Double Star by Cindy Saunders
(YA- Paranormal Fantasy- Available Now)
She fell into his world, unaware of the key she carried and the doors it opened; a world where darkness waited to be set free … The wait is over
Do You Believe?
When Cepheus, a dark god, forces seventeen-year-old Ally Ashworth off an isolated overlook, she has no idea she’s falling into his world, or that the necklace she’s wearing is actually a key -one with the power to ignite the next world war. But she’s carried beyond his reach and into the one place where he’s powerless … the forest of Gilgamesh.
Ally’s never been Miss Popularity, but her outsider status takes on new meaning when she’s rescued by Liam Cheveyo and his peculiar friends. After seeing them shape-shift into their freaky humanimal counterparts, Ally smacks hard into a few truths: magic really does exist and, although getting here took no effort, finding her way back might be impossible.
Feelings between her and Liam begin to grow along with the realization that, in this world, she’s stronger, better … until she’s caught in a trap set by the creepy spider-boy Cepheus sends to retrieve her. But Ally’s not going down without a fight, not after learning the horrible truth about the passageways.
The survival of both worlds depends on it.
Guest Post by Cindy Saunders: The Mysteries of Vortex Sights
I believe ‘What if …’ is a phrase most writers start with when they have an idea for a story. What if vampires really walk among us? What if there is another dimension where wizards practice their magic? What if our future holds a post-apocalyptic nation where the government exercises complete control over its people? What if there is world running in a parallel to our own, connected by portals allowing travel between the two?
The last question cycled through my mind when I began thinking about Double Star. After all, it’s crazy to assume that our world is the only in existence, right?
On a recent trip to Sedona, we happened upon some vortex sights. I walked to the top of one located in the red rocks near Airport Road. I noticed the Juniper trees were very twisted as I made the climb and, as I stood at the top and looked upon the beautiful landscape, I began to wonder, “what if?”
A vortex is a funnel shape created by spiraling energy … whirlwinds, tornados, water going down a drain. The vortexes in Sedona are thought to be swirling centers of energy emanating from the earth and I knew this had to be one of the portals in my story. After reading Double Star, a few people actually understood why I picked Sedona and I thought I might be on to something.
I began to do research on other vortex sights and discovered they create an environment that defies gravity, bends light and twists trees into contorted shapes; some think they are portals to other worlds. Stonehenge in England and the Great Pyramids of Egypt were thought to be built on vortex sights. Think about it … no one can explain how either of these was built.
Stonehenge was created by a culture that left no records. How were the stones brought to the sight and how was the monument constructed with such accuracy that it aligned perfectly with the rising and setting of the sun? It’s thought that only someone with precise astronomical knowledge could have created such a structure. Based on carbon dating of the stones, it’s estimated that Stonehenge dates back to 2600 BC.
The Great Pyramids of Egypt are one of the Seven Wonders of the World and the only one to remain somewhat intact. It’s thought to have been built around 2500 BC.
The mathematical complexity, engineering requirements and sheer size suggest the pyramids were constructed by a civilization more advanced than what existed in that time. It’s a mystery how the enormous blocks of solid, red granite were transported to the site, cut to the precise size and carried five hundred feet to the summit. The tools of that time were not sophisticated enough to cut through these rocks. The finished pyramids contain approximately 115,000 stones, each weighing 10 tons or more. They are so close together, that a thin blade cannot be placed between them. The sides of the pyramid are lined up almost exactly with the points of the compass. The accuracy of this alignment is astounding. Research indicates that the builders knew the precise spherical shape and size of the earth and had accurately charted such complex astronomical events as the equinoxes and the lunar standstill dates. Whoever created them incorporated precise mathematical, geographic, and astronomical information into the structure. Napolean spent a night alone in the coffer of the main chamber. When he emerged he would not speak about his experience, but only said, “You would not believe me if I told you.”
What if the Bermuda triangle is a portal and the aircraft and ships traveling through the “Devils Triangle” have disappeared into another realm? What if they are waiting for a door to open to return home? Where on earth is Amelia Earhart?
Lots of what ifs, huh? The Double Star series contains eight such portals – some traveling into another world, some leading out of and a very special door that opens both ways. Sedona is the only vortex mentioned in Double Star Book but these other sites will play an important role in the books to follow.
I do have one final question … Do you believe?
About Cindy Saunders:
CINDY SAUNDERS was born in Lowell, MA. She moved to RI almost twenty-five years ago and now considers the Ocean State her home. She graduated from Bryant College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance. When she’s not reading, writing, spending time with her two teenage children (how did that happen?) or working, Cindy tracks down one of her favorite local bands and enjoys a glass of wine. She completed her first novel, Double Star, a YA fantasy, in October 2012 and is currently working on the second book in the series.
Double Star is her first novel.