Monday, 3 February 2014


Hi Everyone! Gina has been gracious enough to sit back and allow me to take the reins of her blog for two days! What was she thinking, right? The good news is that I have TONS to share with you guys and I can't wait to hear your questions and comments, so don't be shy!! 

I will also be giving away 2 e-books after the takeover to two very special readers!! So who's ready to get started! *raises hand* First I want to share a short excerpt from Forsaken with you! Let me know what you think!! And don't forget to enter the giveaway at the bottom of the page!

“Where’s Phoebe?” she yelled.

            “She was right over there!” Carmen leaned into the wind and pointed up the beach.  The nest Phoebe had been emptying was now under at least three feet of water and her basket was floating away, held captive by the waves.  I looked around frantically, but didn’t see her.

“Take the baskets!” I yelled to Carmen and Willow, “I’m going to find her!”

As I maneuvered my way down the beach, the water rose up to my thighs.  I was having difficulty keeping my balance in the strong current, and the waves crashing into me were relentless.  I could hardly see my hand in front of my face.  This wasn’t going to work!  There was only one thing to do.  I dove into the water.

            Beneath the water, my vision magically cleared.  Not sure how to find her, I tried to swim in a zigzag pattern, hoping she hadn’t been swept out too far.  The current was still strong, but I was able to counteract it pretty well and stay on course.  I spotted something bright green blowing in the current just a couple of yards away and instinctively swam toward it.  Phoebe’s shirt.  She was sinking.  I wrapped my arms around her and kicked toward the surface. 

            “Phoebe!” I called out to her, but there was no response. “Phoebe!” Her lips had turned blue and her eyes had rolled back in her head.  I struggled to keep her head above water and swim at the same time.  I’d never had any lifeguard training and I had no idea what I was doing.  I kicked as hard as I could with my legs, but I knew I wasn’t getting anywhere.  The rain assaulted my face, making it hard to see where we were in relation to the beach.  I could be swimming out to sea for all I knew.  Wave after wave crashed over us, trying to pull her from my arms.  I latched onto her as tight as I could and shut my eyes.  I controlled the waves once before, I could do it again.  I concentrated on breathing and tried to slow my heart rate.  Be calm.  Be calm.  Be calm.  I tried to project my feelings in to the water.  Another wave crashed over us and we tumbled helplessly below the water.  Somehow I held on to her shirt and was able to pull her back up to me as I kicked to the surface again.  This wasn’t working.  She was going to drown out here in this God forsaken hurricane.   Another wave hit us from the side, instantly ripping Phoebe away from me.

            “Phoebe!!” I screamed, knowing she couldn’t hear me.  My eyes stayed locked on her green shirt as she was tossed around like a rag doll.

            I lost sight of her as a wave crashed directly on top of me, pulling me under and slamming me against the ocean floor.  The back of my head hit something solid, a sharp pain shot down my neck, and I decided I’d had enough.  An inferno sparked deep within my soul, growing in to an all-consuming emblazoned fury.  My vision sharpened immediately and a powerful sensation shot through my limbs, filling me with added strength and resolve.  I pushed off the bottom with my feet, propelling myself back up to the surface easily.  I glared at the boiling ocean with hatred, like I was staring down an old opponent in the ring before a fight.  It would NOT break my will.  And it would NOT take my friend.  I unleashed what sounded like a roar filled with pain and anguish, and then brought both of my hands down on top of the water with such force it stung.  Words flowed from my mouth with a ferocity I hadn’t known I possessed.

“You will not take any lives tonight!!  Give her back to me!!  Now!!” I yelled at the top of my lungs and squeezed my eyes shut.

             I hit bottom with a thud, momentarily knocking the breath out of me.  I looked down at the ocean floor.  The ocean floor?  I tried to get my bearings and realized the ocean had receded in about a five yard radius all around me, as if I was standing in an oversized bubble.  The waves sloshed up against the sides, unable to reach me.  Miraculously, Phoebe was laying a couple of feet away from me, still unconscious and ashen.  She had long gashes along her arms and legs.  I lifted her up and tried to remember how long a person could go without oxygen before brain damage set in.  I felt like we’d been in the water for hours.  Surprisingly, as I walked towards shore, the protective bubble followed, allowing me to walk all the way up to the beach untouched by the waves.  Finally on the sand, Carmen and Willow took Phoebe from me, staring at me wide-eyed. I was just hoping Carmen wouldn’t ask me to show her how to do what I just did.  Because I had absolutely no idea. 

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