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Book Blast and Giveaway: Jack Templar and the Lord of the Vampires

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Jack Templar and the Lord of the Vampires

Jack is back.

After his adventures at the Monster Hunter Academy (which included fighting a goblin army, befriending an ancient werewolf, and battling two fire breathing dragons), Jack Templar was hoping for a rest. No such luck.
In Book #3 of the Jack Templar Monster Hunter series, Jack embarks on a quest to track down and acquire the first of the five mythical Jerusalem Stones, an ancient power found by his ancestors the Templar Knights. Only the reunited Stones can stop Ren Lucre, the Dark Lord who holds Jack’s father hostage and prepares for an all-out war against an unsuspecting human world. But each Stone is held by a different Creach Lord and recovering them will not be easy. Jack and his friends begin their quest by seeking out one of the most powerful and dangerous keepers of the Stones, the Lord of the Vampires. The fate of the world rests on Jack’s shoulders and he will be tested like never before. But true monster hunters always do their duty…come what may.
Jack Templar and the Lord of the Vampires.

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Jack Templar and the Monster Hunter Academy (Book 2)

After barely surviving the onslaught of monsters that tried to kill him the day before his fourteenth birthday, Jack Templar leaves his hometown on a quest to rescue his father and discover the truth about his past. Joined by his friends Will and T-Rex, and led by Eva, the mysterious one-handed monster hunter, Jack sets out for the Monster Hunter Academy where he hopes to find answers to his questions. Little does he suspect that the Academy is filled with dangers of its own, many of them more terrifying than anything he’s faced so far.

Jack Templar: Monster Hunter (Book 1)

Orphan Jack Templar has no memory of his parents and only the smallest details from his Aunt Sophie about how they died. The day before Jack’s fourteenth birthday, things start to change for him. At first it’s great: A sudden new strength helps him defend his nose-picking friend “T-Rex” from the school bully, and even his crush, Cindy Adams, takes notice. But then a mysterious girl named Eva arrives and tells him two facts that will change his life forever. First, that he’s the descendent of a long line of monster hunters and he’s destined to be in the family business. Second, that there’s a truce between man and monster that children are off-limits…until their fourteenth birthday! Jack has only one day before hundreds of monsters will descend on his little town of Sunnyvale and try to kill him.

As if that weren’t enough, things get even more complicated when Jack discovers that the Lord of the Creach (as the monsters are collectively known) holds a personal grudge against him and will do anything to see that Jack has a slow and painful death. To stay alive and save his friends, Jack will have to battle werewolves, vampires, harpies, trolls, zombies and more. But perhaps the most dangerous thing he must face is the truth about his past. Why do the other hunters call him the last Templar? Why do they whisper that he may be the “One?” Why do the monsters want him dead so badly? Even as these questions plague him, he quickly discovers survival is his new full-time job and that in the world of monster hunters, nothing is really what it seems.

Jack Templar Monster Hunter was chosen as a Book of the Year Finalist by Foreword Reviews.

Author Jeff Gunhus

Jeff Gunhus grew up in Cyprus, Greece, and Saudi Arabia where there was a distinct lack of television. He quickly found books were the gateway to incredible adventures, fascinating characters and unbelievable discoveries. Now, with five children of his own (all who watch too much television, in his opinion), he has enjoyed revisiting his old books and reliving those adventures all over again.

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Book Blast Giveaway

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Ends 10/31/13

Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

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Book Blast: Egypt Rising by Stan Schatt

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Egypt Rising

Some ancient secrets should remain buried.

An American teenager in Cairo finds herself in the middle of the Egyptian revolution fleeing militant Islamic extremists. She leads her worst enemy and the boy she thinks about much too often on the adventure of a lifetime. When she discovers an ancient artifact that was buried for thousands of years, she learns that very powerful people will stop at nothing, including murder, to learn the secrets of a long-dead civilization.

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Praise for Egypt Rising

From the first page, and quite possibly the first sentence, I was hooked on this refreshingly different YA read that is suitable and enjoyable for all ages! ~Dii

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Author Stan Schatt

Stan Schatt has written thirty books on a wide variety of topics including a chapter book for children, a YA novel, biographies of Michael Connelly and Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., and books on technology and career changing. His love for teaching is reflected in outstanding teaching awards he received from the University of Southern California and DeVry Institute of Technology.

Rather than having one career, Schatt has had several. He has worked as an autopsy assistant, an English professor, a software trainer, a law enforcement administrator, a market research executive, and a sales manager.

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Book Blast Giveaway! Cerberus by P.K. Gallagher

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Cerberus: Book 1 of Parish by P.K. Gallagher

Paranormal YA Fantasy  

For Kaeden Parish, life in Solace has always followed certain rules—everything makes sense, everything can be planned for, and everything is as it seems. Unfortunately, the secret harbored by his gorgeous, albeit guarded girlfriend is about to shatter all of that. After a successful attack on his life opens his eyes to a world of war, shadows, and supernatural creatures—a world he didn’t plan for—Kaeden finds himself resembling the sort of monster he has always feared. As he desperately struggles to resist a new temptation, danger draws ever nearer, threatening the ones he loves most. A prophecy tells of a final battle and great destruction, and Kaeden must decide which side he is on, a choice that could mean the end of the world. In Book 1 of the Solace Series, P.K. Gallagher pulls readers into a realm where good and evil are at war, and the outcome of it all rests on one young man’s decision to either go and live…or stay and die. This is where the story of Parish begins.

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Author P.K. Gallagher

Despite writing stories that take place almost exclusively in New England, speculative young adult fiction author P. K. Gallagher has lived in the suburbs of the south her entire life. It is to this that she attributes her love of the fantastic and the supernatural—writing such things was her only escape from the monotony of Suburbia. Gallagher graduated from Florida A&M University in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a fervent desire to never set foot inside a newsroom again. She currently lives in Atlanta and divides her time between working a day job, finishing her works in progress, and perfecting her plans for world domination.

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Book Tour: The First Day of the New Tomorrow by Jennifer M. Eaton

Great cover, right? I’m so excited about our guest post by Jennifer M. Eaton today! I know you want to hear what’s on her mind as much as I do, so without further ado …. I give you, Ms. Eaton …

If you could choose, what super power would you pick?

When I set out to write “The First Day of the New Tomorrow” I knew it was going to be a superhero story.  But that was about it.

I decided to start off with a girl not unlike myself as a kid.  I think I was pretty normal… not really happy with my looks, wished I was better in sports, etc.  I modeled my character after what I considered the lowest of the low in a teenager’s self-esteem.

Then the fun stuff started.  Since it was my story, I got to PICK what super power to give myself.  Hey, good deal, huh?  So I went for the big tamale… omnipotence.  Well, almost omnipotence.  There has to be rules for everything, right?

And there’s also consequences. But that’s not the fun part, so let’s push that aside for a second.

Imagine yourself in high school, and one day you wake up, and your every thought becomes a reality.

Pretty cool, huh?

Yeah, Maya thinks so too.  Until things begin to go very wrong.

It’s not easy to control your thoughts, is it?  Ever been angry at someone?  It can get pretty ugly, can’t it?

Maya finds out that omnipotent power can be as much a curse as it is a blessing, and not all things can be undone.

That kind of makes super powers not sound so super, doesn’t it?

So what do you think you would do?  If you could have any power imaginable, what super power would you pick, and maybe more importantly—What would you do with it?

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Bio:

Jennifer M. Eaton is a contemporary blender of Science Fiction, Dystopian, and Romance.  Her work ranges from the sweet contemporary romances of Paper Wishes, to the dystopian society of Last Winter Red and Optimal Red, with a dusting of young adult paranormal just for fun in The First Day of the New Tomorrow.

While not off visiting other worlds, Jennifer calls the East Coast of the USA home, where she lives with her wonderfully supportive husband, three energetic boys, and a pepped up poodle.

Full time team leader, full time mom, and full time novelist… what more can you ask for?  Writing help did you say?  Well, sure!  Jennifer hosts an informational blog aimed at helping all writers be the best they can be. Stop on by and chat. She loves to hear from fans!

http://www.jennifermeaton.com/

Thanks for joining us today, Jennifer, It was great having you here!! Good luck with your newest book release! The book looks awesome 🙂

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Want more? Yup, me too.

Other works:

Paper Wishes

Her contemporary sweet romance, Paper Wishes is currently available in ebook format.  The Dystopian novelette “Last Winter Red” is available as part of the “Make Believe” Anthology.   Each title is available from Amazon.com and Barnesandnoble.com and Smashwords.

Paper Wishes:  Jill has no idea what she wants for Christmas, but when it looks like her best friend Jack is going to get exactly what he asks for, Jill makes a Christmas wish that will change both of their lives forever.

Make Believe

Last Winter Red:  In search of a husband, Emily leaves the safety of the city and risks her life stepping into the outside world.  What she finds there will question the foundations of everything she believes in. Available as part of the Make Believe anthology.

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The Emerald Ring Book Blast and Giveaway!

The Emerald Ring

Sara Bogus’s life turns upside down when she discovers an emerald ring that once belonged to Cleopatra. The fun of discovering the ring’s unique abilities turns to fear when she finds out a dangerous cult bent on restoring Rome to power is after the ring. Forced to choose between keeping the ring and saving her friends, Sara learns the price of bravery in this electrifying read!

The Emerald Ring is a middle grade fantasy novel.

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Praise

“Filled with fun, magic, mystery, and history, The Emerald Ring and spunky sleuth Sara will have you racing on a pulse-pounding trail that reaches all the way to Ancient Egypt.”- Kevin Emerson, author of The Oliver Nocturne series, and The Fellowship for Alien Detection.

“The Emerald Ring is a whirlwind adventure that transports the reader into the mysterious world of Ancient Egypt. A great choice for those who love mythology and magic. ” – Suzanne Selfors, author of The Sweetest Spell, Smells Like Dog series, and many more.

“The Emerald Ring is an exciting and mysterious fantasy featuring fast-paced action, a scary villain, and a spunky young heroine.” – Suzanne Williams co-author of The Goddess Girls Series.

“The Emerald Ring is a not-so-run-of-the-mill middle grade fantasy novel laced with mystery and intrigue. It has just enough surprises to keep kids turning the page to see what happens next. The author has a real knack with “kid lingo” and has used diverse cultures to her advantage. Definitely a book I can recommend with confidence.”- Laurisa White Reyes author of The Rock of Ivanore & The Last Enchanter

Author Dorine White

I graduated from Brigham Young University with a BA in Humanitites. I am a member of the SCBWI and the PNWA. I write middle grade and YA fantasy. My first book, The Emerald Ring, will be published in 2013 by Cedar Fort Books.

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TIED book giveaway/interview with Laney McMann

And without further ado ….

TIED (A Fire Born Novel, #1)

Awesome, right?

BLURB:

Normal people don’t believe their nightmares stalk them. They don’t fall in love with boys who don’t exist, either.

Seventeen-year-old Layla Labelle, though, is far from normal. Her delusions walk the earth. Her hallucinations hunt her, and her skin heats to a burn every time her anger flares.

Or is that all in her head?

Layla doesn’t know what to believe any more because if none of that’s true, Max MacLarnon must be an illusion, and her heart must still be broken.

No matter how much she wants to believe Max is real, doing so would mean everything else is, too. How, then, is that possible?

The answers lie in an age-old legend the supernatural aren’t prepared to reveal, and with a curse that could tear Layla and Max apart forever—if it doesn’t kill them both first.

In TIED, book one in the Fire Born trilogy, learning the truth will mean fighting an arsenal of demons, and being with Max will put Layla on a path toward her own destruction.

Just how far will Layla go to protect the one she loves?

The answer may never be far enough … away.

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Laney McMann

Author of The Fire Born Novels

TIED (Book 1) September 9, 2013

BIO:

With a passion for the supernatural and all things magical, Laney developed a voracious appetite for reading fantasy at a young age. A vivid imagination helped set the stage for creating her own worlds and placed her onto the writing path.

By the time she reached her teens, she’d accumulated notebooks full of poems, which led to short stories and finally novels. Young adult dark fantasy, paranormal romance, and mythology are among her favorite genres.

A former classical dancer and chef, she grew up in sultry Florida where she still resides with her family.

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Welcome, we are so thrilled you’re here!

Q. Tell us about your book!

LM: TIED is a story about seventeen year old Layla Labelle who discovers that everything in her world is far from what she believed. She has a hard time … adjusting. 😉

Q. How did you come up with the idea?

LM: The story idea found me. All my story ideas come to me—and the characters start talking. TIED just held on tighter than any of my other WIP’s. It refused to shut up. 😉

Q. What’s your main character’s greatest strength, biggest flaw?

LM: Layla’s greatest strength is her loyalty. Biggest flaw? Learning to control her anger.

Q. What is the hardest part of writing for you?

LM: Streamlining my ideas. I’ll have thoughts going in every direction at any given time. When that happens, I have to stop listening to myself and only listen to my characters.

Q. What one question do you wish an interviewer would ask you but never has?

LM: Well, I’m kind of new to this so I’m not sure. 😉 Maybe, why do I write? The answer would be because I love it. Because it moves me like nothing else does.

Q. What are you working on now? Do you tend to work on multiple projects or one at a time?

LM: Right now I’m writing TORN, the sequel to TIED.

I need to be working on multiple projects. 😉 But no, right now, I’m focusing on the Fire Born Novels.

Q. What is your favorite line from this book?

LM: “How far would you go to protect the one you love?”

Q. Did you always want to be a writer?

LM: I’ve written all my life, but being a published writer was just a dream. It wasn’t something I took seriously.  Until a few years ago. 😉

Q. Was there any part that you struggled with or avoided writing?

LM: Um … I don’t think so. TIED is a fairly emotional book in some ways, and I didn’t shy away when the story started going in that direction.

Q. What are you reading right now? Do you read a book at a time or more than one?

LM: I just started Terri Rochenski’s new book, Eye Of The Soul. I have an ARC. 😉 And I’m also doing some beta reading for another author friend of mine.

I generally do read more than one book at a time unless a series of books just yanks me by the throat. Then I’ll go into a ravenous reading state and read them all, and nothing else, in a matter of days. 😉 Assuming an entire series is out.

Q. What do you like to do when you’re not writing? Any hobbies?

LM: I run. I read. I’m a chef, so I cook. Go to the beach. Listen to music. Lately, all I’ve been doing is writing, though.

Q. What was your favorite book/who was your favorite writer as a teen?

LM: I don’t have one favorite book. I have lots of favorites. When I was really young, Judy Blume was my favorite writer. In my teens and twenties, Anne Rice was definitely my favorite.

Q. Who is your favorite writer now?

LM: Anne Rice is still up there. I really like George R.R. Martin, and JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series is one of my all time favorites. Also Michael Scott. Suzanne Collins. Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl.

 Q. What is the best young adult book you’ve read so far in 2013?

The Hunger Games series.

Q. What do you see emerging as the next big trend in young adult literature?

LM: I know Dystopia is pretty hot right now, but honestly, I don’t follow the trends. I read what I like, and I write what speaks to me.

Q. Have you ever wanted to quit writing? Why? What made you keep going?

LM: Quit is a strong word. I’ve wondered what I was doing a few times. Writing can be very hard in so many ways.

I keep going because for me, it’s worth it. Writing is a passion I’ve always had, and sometimes our passions irritate us, make us mad—doesn’t mean we aren’t still in love. Doesn’t mean we just give up.

Q. If you could have a career besides being an author, what would it be?

LM: I was a dancer for most of my childhood and into my adult life, so if I had to choose, it would definitely be that. Assuming my knees held out this go round. 😉

Q. We love animals! Do you have any pets? Can you tell us a bit about them?

LM: I LOVE animals, too. My step dad calls me Ellie May from the Beverly Hillbillies. ;P I’m an absolute sucker for dogs. Big ones. I have three, but if I had the space, I’d have a lot more. I can’t go to shelters because I want to take them all home.

I have a Chocolate Lab who can’t stay out of the water and loves her toys. A Golden Retriever who is completely high strung, but very sweet. And a Lab/German Shepard Mix who is my oldest, most protective, but gentle boy. I also have two cats. A Tabby Point Siamese, and a Calico who is very, very vocal. 😉

Want more? I know it, me too … how about this?

Excerpt:

Forcing myself to blink, I turned my head away. The visions had grown worse as I’d become older. I’d tried to convince myself they were nightmares—or weird dreams. Hoped for years they were, but only people who sleep dream.

Unable, or unwilling to stop myself, I glanced back over my shoulder, thoughts flooding my brain. Memories I knew couldn’t be memories but I cherished all the same. For years I’d tried to shake them away. To make myself forget.

I couldn’t.

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LINKS:

You can find my occasional ramblings on Twitter.

Book updates on my author page at goodreads.

My Facebook Profile for inspiration and randomness.

Updates on The Fire Born Novels at my Facebook Author Page

My interests on Pinterest.

And I’m now on Tumblr ,too.

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You can also contact me by email at: laneymcmannyaauthor(at)gmail(dot)com

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Thanks, Laney! It was awesome having you today. Your book looks fantastic, can’t wait to read!


Blog Tour Release and Giveaway: Perry Road by Emi Gayle

Perry Road Is Now Available!

I’m so excited to announce a new work by my writing buddy, Emi Gayle. She has released Perry Road, the first in the Revolution Series, out September 3, 2013. Check it out!!!

Perry Road

Revolution Series by Emi Gayle Release Date: September 3, 2013 Target Reader: New Adult/Young Adult Keywords: Dystopian Paperback, EPUB, Kindle

Blurb:

In 2132, “We the people …” means nothing, and it hasn’t for a hundred years.
Like all the citizens of the American Union, eighteen-year-old Erianna Keating is not to ask questions. She is not to believe anything except what the A.U. tells her. More importantly, she’s not supposed to know what she doesn’t know, nor that she’s a pawn.
Like everyone else, though, she is, and like everyone else, she is a hundred percent oblivious to what’s going on.
Or is she? Are they?
Erianna thinks going to Perry Road and joining the national registration program is her next step toward adulthood; the 2132 candidates for adult-classification, though, are in for a big surprise. Especially Erianna.
Thanks to Zane Warren, an awkward but hot guy who won’t shut up about a history that doesn’t—or shouldn’t—matter anymore, Erianna will know. Will learn. That includes finding out what actually happens after registration and doing something, anything, about it.
Fixing what went wrong, what caused the U.S.A. to split into two countries, though, is not on Erianna’s bucket list, but as she faces her future, she must decide whether to fall in line with the American Union’s plan for her, or to consider that Zane might not be wrong, and the time for revolution begins now.
   

Reviews!

What are people already saying about Perry Road?
“This one, by far, is Emi’s best. Of anything she’s written.” — Julie Reece, author, Crux
“I really hope [this] stirs up controversy and changes some youngsters thinking. God knows we could use that today in this society!” — Terri Rochenski, author, Eye of the Soul
“… this was a total pleasure to read.” — Kelly Said, author, Tidal Whispers & Make Believe
“… [this] will inspire an extreme diversity of opinion. It kept me involved and interested throughout, and I love novels that make me question my current understanding/viewpoint on life.” — Amaleen Ison, author, Remember Me

The Author:

Emi Gayle
I had a really great bio in my head around midnight one night …. right before I fell asleep and it disappeared into the nothingness of unconsciousness. Bummer. So here’s something less well thought out.
I want to be young again, so I’m kinda sorta living it again. At least on paper. You see, I write paranormal romance. Now, that stuff can get really hot, and really gritty and well … mine does. But! My characters are teenagers, 18 and under. Like I was once … and want to be again.
Why would I want to be a teenager again? Geez. Because! If you met the man of your dreams at 14 was engaged to him at 19 and married him at 20, wouldn’t YOU want to do all that over again? Especially if you were still in love with him? I mean, c’mon! It’s love! That’s why I write, too.
You see… just because you pass a certain age doesn’t mean you forget what it was like to be 14, 15, etc. Actually, because I kinda grew up with my husband, we both still feel like the 14 and 17 year old kids we once were. So that’s where I’m coming from. You might think it’s totally lame, but you know what? That’s ok! Maybe you’ll like my other me instead. ;)

Excerpt:

“Well?” Cam asks.
For some reason, I don’t want her to know. I want to find out by myself if I’m going to get a real life, or if I’m destined to wear hand-me-downs from twenty years ago until I’m ninety. I want to prepare, to plan, to cry if we don’t get to go together, or if I’m not like her.
I’m not, of course—in any way like her. Who am I kidding?
After what seems like hours, but is only seconds, I say, “Nothing.”
“Damn.” She throws her arms up in the air. “Figures. And it’s almost five. So, you know, I gotta go. Mom’s sure I’m going to be chosen to pop out babies, like she is, so she wants to make sure I know how to cook before the fake chefs get ahold of me to ‘teach’ me.” Cam gives me a dramatic eye roll and places a hand to her forehead. “Like, oh, my Oz, Eri, you know? We have people to cook for us for a reason. Duh! If I learn to cook, what job am I going to give someone like your mom, you know? And why would I get picked to be fat and ugly when I look like this?” She bats at her blonde curls.
Wanting to change the subject—to anything but the woes of Cam’s perfect life—I walk to her, give her a hug and a quick pat on the back. “I’ll … call you when I get it, ‘kay?”
“You better. We only have two days to shop for the perfect outfit. Why couldn’t your birthday be October twenty-ninth instead of December?” She snatches up her coat—preparation for the winter blast that will tear into uncovered skin. “And … you’re not a fluke. You will get in the white house, and when January first comes, we’ll be official!” She boogies her way out, hips wiggling. For someone who’s not happy about the prospect of becoming a baby factory, she’s awfully chipper.
I know it’s because she’s waiting to hear my fate. To prove I’m not a fluke. To validate my relevance as her friend—the one girl Cam can give backhanded compliments, and, for that matter, insults all day long, and still walk back in with a smile as if nothing happened.
Cam walks through the hallway and says goodbye to my mom who’s probably still working at her makeshift office in our miniature kitchen—trying, I assume, to avoid the whole days’ events. As much as Cam wants me to not be a fluke, my mom wants me to be one. If I’m like her, nothing will change. Like Cam, I’ll be the same old Erianna, just one day older and as useless as all the other flukes in the world.
The front door opens and closes, and I move to the window. Once Cam disappears from view, and only then, I turn over my P-Comm and touch the one message that sits inside.
The one that says: “Invitation for Erianna Price Keating.”

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