Wind Warrior

Wind Warrior

Wind Warrior by Jon Messenger

(NA- Paranormal)

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THE EARTH GIVES WAY TO THE SEA,

THE SEA BOWS BEFORE THE WIND,

THE WIND FEEDS THE FLAME,

THE FLAME BURNS THE WORLD OF MAN DOWN TO THE EARTH.

The sleepy town of White Halls harbors a dangerous secret. On a picturesque street, two houses down from a lovely little park, in a quaint little home with a wraparound porch, lives a family that seems rather normal. Sure, their twenty-year-old son, Xander, still lives at home, but he’s going to college and dating the leader of the schools top sorority. It’s all very… normal.  However, when a man is miraculously saved from being hit by a bus, Xander’s life turns in to the living embodiment of the tornadoes he can suddenly create with a flick of his wrist. Whether he wants this gift or not, Xander must learn to use his new ‘super power’ quickly if he wants to survive.  For his kind is a dying race, and when this sleepy town has a sudden influx of new, blonde, fire wielders, no one is safe, especially Xander. It doesn’t help that one of these blondes happens to be the most beautiful girl he has ever seen. Xander can’t deny the instant connection he feels to her so, when she tries to kill him, it certainly makes things complicated.

 

Excerpt from Wind Warrior (From Chapter 15, Secondary Characters- Sean and Jessica):

Sean pulled back the curtain and glanced outside the window for the hundredth time that day.  Nothing obscured his view of the parking lot and the road beyond.  Despite the densely parked cars in the parking lot, he saw no sign of the blonde haired fire wielders who had attacked him and Jessica.  The strangers seemed to have gone as they came.

He let go of the curtain and let it fall back into place.  Though it seemed as though the Fire Warriors hadn’t followed him to his apartment, Sean refused to let go of the nervous breath he was holding.

After all the time that had passed since the fire in the park near Xander’s house, no one had heard from his best friend.  On the few rare occasions in which Sean ventured out from his apartment, he had asked some of Xander’s former classmates if they had seen him, which none had.  He hadn’t been to the school nor returned to his parent’s home.  His friend had, for all intents and purposed, vanished.

Pushing himself off the couch, Sean walked toward the kitchen.  His refrigerator was running dangerously low of food but there was always food to make into a decent snack.  He knew the jokes Xander would make about eating as a nervous habit but Sean felt justified in being nervous.

As he opened the refrigerator and started pulling out lunchmeat, he heard a gentle knock on the door.  He froze, his hand unmoving around the plastic turkey container.

“Go away,” he whispered into the room.

He didn’t know who was at the door but he honestly didn’t care.  He doubted Xander would knock so gingerly and no one else would be bringing him good news.

Sean slid the turkey package out of the refrigerator as quietly as possible and softly closed the door.  Logically, he knew that the person on the other side of the door couldn’t hear his refrigerator closing.  Normal people couldn’t hear that, he had to remind himself.  His best friend could control the wind.  The people that were hunting him could throw fire from their hands.  There was no telling if super hearing was another of their hidden super powers.

As he reached toward the stack of bread, the same person knocked again at the door.  Glancing around nervously, his eyes fell on the bottle opener magnet hanging from the fridge.  Sean pulled it off the fridge and held it in front of him defensively.  He left the kitchen and walked toward the door.

When the person knocked for the third time, it seemed far more insistent.

“Who’s there?” Sean asked, trying to force some mock confidence into his voice.

“It’s Jessica.”

Sean visibly sagged with disappointment.  He almost wished it were one of the Fire Warriors.

“What do you want?”

“Can you open the door?” she said pleadingly.  “Please?”

Sean sighed as he reached out and unlocked the door.  As he pulled the door open, he was surprised to see a fairly disheveled Jessica standing before him.  Loose tendrils from her shoddy ponytail hung over her face.  She didn’t seem to be wearing any makeup, aside from the obvious lip gloss that caused the unnatural shine on her lips.  She wore a loose-fitting blouse that was heavily wrinkled.  Sean couldn’t remember ever seeing her looking anything less than fully composed. Despite her obviously harried expression, she still found the reserve to frown at her nemesis.

“Sean,” she said.

“Wicked Witch of the West.”

She opened her mouth to offer a sharp retort but quickly thought better.

“What are you doing here?” he asked.

“I didn’t know where else to go,” she admitted sheepishly.

“You didn’t have GPS on your broom?”

Jessica smiled humorlessly.  “Are you done?”

“Not by a long shot,” he replied.

“Go ahead.  Get them all out of your system.”

“You figured the inside of my apartment would keep you out of the life-ending rain?  Your flying monkeys ran out of likely candidates to kidnap?  You do realize I don’t even have a dog named Toto, right?”

“Can I please come in now?”  Something in her voice caught Sean off guard and the humor seemed to bleed out of the situation.  He nodded and stepped out of the way.

As she entered the apartment, he closed and locked the door behind her.

She walked a few steps inside before turning toward him.  Glancing down, she noticed the bottle opener in his hand.

“What’s that for?”

Sean looked down and seemed equally surprised to see it still clutched in his hand.  “I don’t know.  I figured I could stab someone with it if I had to.”

“You got that from the kitchen?” she asked.  “Why didn’t you just get a knife?”

Sean was genuinely dumbfounded by the question, especially since he didn’t have a logical answer.  He tossed the bottle opener onto the couch angrily.

“Shut up.  You still haven’t even told me why you’re here.”

“I told you, I didn’t know where else to go.  I’ve been totally freaked out ever since the other night.  I’ve barely slept.  I’ve barely eaten.”  Her voice lowered to a soft whisper.  “I think one of those blonde guys has been following me.”

“And you came here?” Sean yelled before throwing a hand over his mouth to silence himself.

“You came here?” he said again in a harsh whisper.

“I told you.  I didn’t know where else to go.  No one else would believe me if I told them some guy set my car on fire using only his hands.  You have no idea how hard it was to explain what happened to my car to my dad.  I had to give him some totally crazy story about a drunk homeless guy.”

Sean stormed past her before pausing in the doorway to the kitchen.  “Did you even stop to consider what would happen if you really were being followed?  You could have led them right to me!”

“Oh, yeah Sean.  You’re practically 007.  Everyone’s trying to hunt…”

The words faded from her lips as someone knocked on the door.  The stern knock was the complete antithesis to Jessica’s soft knocking from earlier.

Jessica started to whimper but Sean stepped forward and clamped his hand down over her mouth.

“Stay quiet,” he whispered.

Sean slipped past her and eased his way to the door.  Leaning forward, he glanced out the peephole.  The man on the other side of the door was unmistakable.  His close-cropped blonde hair and dark leather tunic looked identical to the man that tried to kill Sean at Xander’s house.

“Is it?” Jessica asked, leaving the end of question hanging.

Sean nodded as he inched his way back to her.  The Fire Warrior banged loudly again on the door.

“Let’s just not answer,” she offered.  “He’ll go away eventually, right?”

“He followed you here, remember?  If he wants in, he’ll just burn the door down.”

“Then what to do we do?”

Sean stroked his hairless chin.  “You’re going to open the door.”

“Oh no, I’m not!” she replied sternly.  Jessica placed her hands on her hips and flipped the few hanging tendrils of her blonde hair out of her face.  “If you want the door open, you’ll have to be a big boy and do it yourself.”

Sean frowned.  “You’re going to open the door so that I can attack him.  Unless you want to attack him, that is.”

Jessica quickly shook her head.  “No, that’s fine.  I’ll get the door.”

Sean disappeared into the kitchen as Jessica moved to the door.

“Ready?” she asked.

Sean leaned around the corner and nodded.  She held up three fingers and silently counted down.  When she dropped the last finger, she unlocked the door and threw it open.

The Fire Warrior on the other side seemed temporarily startled.  He quickly overcame his surprise and stepped into the room, chasing after the retreating Jessica.

She stumbled backward and fell into the middle of the room.  The tears already threatened to fall down her face as she stared at the frightening warrior entering the room.

The Fire Warrior smiled wickedly and extended his hand.  The tips of his fingers ignited as flames danced over his hand.

“Sean?” Jessica sobbed.

“Here I am,” he replied, stepping through the kitchen door.  He held up the large red cylinder in his hands and pointed the nozzle at the confused Fire Warrior.

“Suck on this, dude.”

Sean squeezed the handle to the fire extinguisher and the far end of the room was consumed in white powder.  The cloud sprayed over the Fire Warrior, extinguishing the flames on his hand, as he was covered head to toe in white foam.  Sean held down the handle until the small extinguisher ran dry and sputtered in his hand.  As the cloud settled, the entire room was coated in white foam, to include an undignified Jessica who sat sputtering on the floor.

The Fire Warrior coughed loudly as he seemed frozen in confusion.  Sean paused, realizing that he hadn’t thought through his plan beyond spraying the man with the extinguisher.  Despite him being coated in inflammable foam, Sean was still facing a vastly physically superior man.

“I really didn’t think this through,” he muttered as the Fire Warrior reclaimed his wits and stormed toward Sean.

Sean gulped and dropped the extinguisher, as though releasing the weapon would alleviate him of the blame.

The warrior reached Sean in a few large strides and grabbed him by his shirt.  Despite Sean’s weight, the Fire Warrior lifted him from his feet and pinned him against the wall.

“Can’t we talk about this?” Sean said meekly.

The blonde warrior merely growled at him.  The Fire Warrior leaned in, his nose mere inches away from Sean’s face.  Sean could practically see the fire burning behind his dark eyes.

A hollow thud suddenly echoed through the room.  The smoldering glare in the warrior’s eyes disappeared as his eyes rolled up into his head.  The Fire Warrior pitched to the side, his arms going limp and releasing Sean in the process.

Jessica stood behind the warrior, clinging to the extinguisher like a club.  She looked nervously at the unconscious Fire Warrior.

“You think he’s going to be okay?” she asked.

“Who cares,” Sean replied, laughing nervously.

Jessica dropped the extinguisher and smiled weakly.  Sean returned the smile before spreading his arms and motioning her forward.

“You did great,” he said as they hugged one another in relief.

For a long moment, they stood straddling the unconscious blonde man, embraced in each other’s arms.  Suddenly, as though remembering her surroundings, Jessica stiffened.

“You know that we’re only hugging because I’m so relieved to still be alive, right?  Nothing more?”

Sean nodded quickly.  “Of course.  Sure.”

“I mean,” she continued, “if it weren’t for the fact that someone just tried to kill us, we wouldn’t even be caught dead in the same room, right?”

“Sure,” he said softly as he took in the smell of her hair cascading past his face.

She paused and turned her face toward him.  “Did you just smell my hair?”

Sean arched an eyebrow as his face flushed in embarrassment.  “No, no, of course not,” he laughed nervously.  “That would have been weird!”

“This moment’s over,” she said sternly, pushing him back.

As they separated, Sean inadvertently kicked the unconscious Fire Warrior.  The man groaned softly.  The pair looked at each other again, suddenly remembering what brought them together in the first place.

“What are we going to do about him?” she asked.

Sean shrugged.  “I guess we tie him up?”

“He makes fire out of the air, Sean.  What’s to stop him from just burning through his ropes?”

“Then we put him in the shower?” he offered.  Her withering stare ended that train of thought.  “No, you’re right.  That was a stupid idea.”

Jessica shrugged.  “Yeah, but I don’t really have a better one.”

 

About Jon Messenger:

 

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Jon Messenger (Born 1979 in London, England) serves as an United States Army Captain in the Medical Service Corps. Since graduating from the University of Southern California in 2002, writing Science Fiction has remained his passion, a passion that has continued through two deployments to Iraq, a humanitarian relief mission to Haiti, and an upcoming deployment to Afghanistan. Jon wrote the “Brink of Distinction” trilogy, of which “Burden of Sisyphus” is the first book, while serving a 16-month deployment in Baghdad, Iraq.

 

Wind Warrior is Jon Messenger’s break through novel published through Clean Teen Publishing.

 

Website: http://www.jonmessengerauthor.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jonmessengerauthor

 

 

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Wonderstruck

Wonderstruck

Wonderstruck Anthology is now available! Get Wonderstruck TODAY from Amazon!

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Add Wonderstruck to your Goodreads to be read list

 

When you look at a picture, what do you see? We gave authors around the world the challenge to write a story based on a set of five images. More than thirty authors rose to that challenge and created an amazing young adult anthology of drabbles, short stories, novelettes and novellas for you to enjoy. Flip the pages and prepare to be Wonderstruck!

 

Dive into a world where wind is a power that feeds the flames and love makes everything more complicated. A life where a scorned bride can cause a great deal of trouble and a place where silence as you will find out has a lot to say. Find yourself in a future where a powerful enemy can only be stopped by the most dangerous weapon of all: the truth. All of this and more lies within these very pages… Are you ready?

 

Wonderstruck is Clean Teen Publishing’s first break through Young Adult anthology. All stories within this book have fallen within our YA rating scale, however, not all stories have young adult characters. You will find a great deal of entertainment within Wonderstruck that is appropriate for readers of all ages. To view more information on our official content rating system please visit: http://www.cleanteenpublishing.com

 

Winning Novella-

Wind Warrior by Jon Messenger  (Clean Teen Publishing Author of Wind Warrior)

The sleepy town of White Halls harbors a dangerous secret. On a picturesque street, two houses down from a lovely little park, in a quaint little home with a wraparound porch, lives a family that seems rather normal. Sure, their twenty year old son, Xander, still lives at home, but he’s going to college and dating the leader of the schools top sorority. It’s all very… normal.  However, when a man is miraculously saved from being hit by a bus, Xander’s life turns in to the living embodiment of the tornadoes he can suddenly create with a flick of his wrist. Whether he wants this gift or not, Xander must learn to use his new ‘super power’ quickly if he wants to survive.  For his kind is a dying race, and when this sleepy town has a sudden influx of new, blonde, fire wielders, no one is safe, especially Xander. It doesn’t help that one of these blondes happens to be the most beautiful girl he has ever seen. Xander can’t deny the instant connection he feels to her so, when she tries to kill him, it certainly makes things complicated.

 

 

Winning Novelette-

Pastiche by Maren Dille

A punishment far worse than death awaits Alim Hamal. Sylin Incorporated has a particular sentence for their rogue assassins: uncovering the darkest moments in their subconscious, then watching as they relive them through virtual simulation. Only one assassin has ever escaped. Alim plans to be the second.

 

The simulation demands the truth, something Alim has kept from his employers at all costs. But as his final moments emerge, Sylin will discover that the truth is Alim’s most dangerous weapon.

 

Winning Short Story-

The Silent Man by Kati Ellis

I thought my time with Silence would be peaceful. Heaven knows I deserve it after all those years of raising babies. Silence, however, had a different plan. If it weren’t for Marigold, I don’t think I would’ve seen it. She introduced me to the Silent Man, and Silence, as it turns out, has quite a bit to say.          

 

Winning Drabble-

A Lady’s Revenge by Jennifer Bull

A scorned bride can cause a great deal of trouble…

 

Wonderstruck Authors (By Last Name)

Radeyah H. Ali

Drabble~ Magically Fitted

 

Gabrielle Arrowsmith (Clean Teen Publishing Author of Concealed in the Shadows)

Drabble~ Joah and the Beacon of Light

 

Beau Barnett

Short Story~ Into Eternity

Eric, a widowed paralytic, knows he is dreaming when he sees a younger version of his deceased wife, Jessica, by a lake with his old dog. But the joy of seeing them again is replaced by the pain of knowing they won’t be there when he wakes up.

 

Jennifer Bull

Short Story~ A Wizard’s World

When Jack stumbled upon a strange jar in the middle of the forest he found the one thing he had always wanted—a friend, and now he’ll do everything he can to protect her. Born into a world unlike any other, a world within a jar, Lottie longs to explore beyond her glass home. Little does she know that even the smallest adventures can have dangerous consequences…

Drabble~ Life in a Jar

Drabble~ Round and Round I Go

Drabble~ Once In a Blue Moon

 

Liana Chau

Drabble~ Ahead and Beyond

 

MeMe Collier

Short Story~ The Fairy Jar

Gracie doesn’t believe in magic. Disillusioned by their mother’s abandonment, she dismisses her younger brother, Brennan’s, claim that he’s caught a fairy. But as the invisible Ileana works in her family’s lives, memories of their mother’s fairytales tug at Gracie’s mind. They call into question everything she’s come to place her faith in, making her wonder if magic really does exist and if love still lives on after loss.

 

Leah D.W.

Short Story~ Watery Grave

There is something in the water…something dark…something hungry…

When Ashlynn escapes from a life of abuse she is thrown into the swamplands rumored to harbor a nightmare. She should have listened to the rumors because there is something in the water…and it loves the taste of human flesh

 

Julie Gilbert

Drabble~ Keio and the Farsight Fire

 

Lisa Goldman

Short Story~ Oafish Me

In Oafish Me, teenager, Misty, considers herself a social outcast—an oaf—as her classmates remind her every opportunity they get. When Drake, a charismatic and gorgeous new student, stays by her side through their constant ridicule, she discovers she not only longs for a friendship with him but for the first time, a relationship. With her raw emotions on the line, she accepts his invitation to go out but when he takes her to a secluded wooded area, she starts to question if he is her knight in shining armor or her worst enemy.

 

Dominique Goodall           

Drabble~ Fairy Capture

Brenna Harden

Short Story~ A Warriors Journey

 

Sandra Havriluk

Drabble~ Jedidiah

 

Sacha Hope

Novelette~ Glass Heart

Wolt is a brilliant scientist trying desperately to cure his wife’s condition. Doctors suspected she had a type of cancer and their medicines offered little help to the ailing woman. Wolt finds a way to buy time for his wife, but his experiment turns her into something else altogether…

 

Erin Liles

Novelette ~ Outside the Walls

Outspoken, seventeen-year-old Jenna hates the settlement she lives in where disagreement is frowned upon. Fed up, she leaves one day, and meets a group of outsiders, only to discover that her home and family are in danger. It is up to Jenna to save them and in doing so, discover what is really important.

 

B.T. Lyons

Novella~ Heartkeeper Short Story

It only took fifty years for humankind to plummet from the turmoil of a population of ten billion people to a struggling group of two billion trying to figure out how to survive in harmony with the Earth. Under a new, peaceful societal structure, people have relearned their connection with the Land and the spirits of nature that live there. Young Adain has just reached thirteen years of age, and must undertake the dangerous Heart Chase to secure the spirit of an animal that will act as his conscience and companion for the rest of his life. It will be a year of trials and challenges, but the risks to the People may be even higher as someone else binds with an animal spirit that may not have their best interests in mind…

 

Short Story~ Peace

London in the late 1800’s is a dirty, chaotic, and above all, loud place embroiled in a scientific war with neighboring France as each strives to outdo each other with technological wonders. A young married pair of university professionals finds themselves at odds over the benefits of this war: Nigel only wants to see England prevail – preferably through his own inventions – whereas his wife, Christine, dreams of quiet and a natural world that she has only seen in storybooks. Enter a street-side vendor offering “Peace In A Bottle”; this might be the answer to Christine’s greatest desires, but it could be the beginning of Nigel’s worst nightmare.

 

Julie Marcinik         

Short Story~ The Executioner

Vivian Fletcher has a gift that’s given her a special place in the kingdom—the King’s personal executioner. Everything and everyone she touches dies. When she finds out that the world she’s living in is full of lies and turmoil, she’ll have to accept her gift and use it to right the wrongs.

 

 

Mia Marin

Drabble~ A Note To My Traveler

Drabble~ A Dear Dalliance

 

Miranda Maurin

Short Story~ The Dance of Time

Tabitha and Carter are a little too daring when they run through a tunnel to investigate the mysterious music they heard while running through the woods. The cave is well lit, and the dance looks fun, but they can’t seem to stop.

 

Veronica Morfi

Drabble~ Shine

 

Ifeoma Ofuani

Drabble~ He Would Be Great

 

Paula Phillips

Short Story~ Skye in High School Wonderland

It started out just like any normal day for high school Plain Jane Skye Salisbury until tragedy strikes her school and out of nowhere, a glimmering hole appeared. The question on everyone’s minds is—what lies at the bottom? Will it be another world or a different dimension?

 

Jocelyn Sanchez

Novella~ A World Unlike Mine

What would you do if you could see magical creatures from the early age of five? Well, for seventeen-year-old Tasha it gets pretty difficult when a fairy prince named Thomas appears with news that will change her life forever. But with the help of her best friend and pixie, Seamus, Tasha will find her place in a world so unlike hers. Will she rise to the occasion and become who she was destined to be?

Drabble~ Night

Drabble~ Darkness and Light

 

Cindy Saunders (Clean Teen Publishing Author of Double Star)

Short Story~ Nirvana

She looked at the picture she’d painted many years ago. It was a magical place—a place inspired by her dreams. Though, tonight it almost seemed… alive, as if it were calling to her.

 

Clemy W. Thompson         

Drabble~ The Truth

 

Dana Wright

Drabble~ Fairy Lights

 

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Night Marchers

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The Night Marchers Series by Rebecca Gober and Courtney Nuckels

(YA Paranormal Romance)

Night Marchers (Free) and Redemption

Available now through Amazon, B&N, iBookStore, Smashwords and Sony Kobo.

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NEVER, EVER lock eyes with a Night Marcher! Everyone in Hawaii has heard this warning, except for seventeen-year-old Emma Townsend, that is. For most Hawaiians know that looking into the eyes of Night Marcher can strike a curse that will end in death or eternal servitude.

Even though her father, who is a paranormal investigator, solely raised Emma, she has little experience in the realm of the supernatural. When she is forced to move with her father to Hawaii, only months before her graduation, Emma finds that her world as she knows it, is shaken when she starts seeing the unexplainable: fire balls in the distance, beating drums in the middle of nowhere and strangers who vanish into thin air. Then one day when she has a run in with a procession of Night Marchers, ancient Hawaiian spirits wandering from their burial grounds to their locations of battles past, Emma has no choice but to believe that the unbelievable does exist.

Now Emma must go on the run with the help of a mysterious stranger, as they seek out how to free Emma from the curse of a Night Marcher, who will stop at nothing to get her soul.

Night Marchers has had more than 100,000 downloads since February 2012.

The Legend of the Night Marchers Guest Post

Source of article: http://www.to-hawaii.com/legends/night-marchers.php 

Hawaii – Home of the Night Marchers

The Hawaiian Islands are notably one of the most spiritual vacation destinations. With a rich history of mythology and folklore and numerous sacred sites still standing, Hawaii’s link to the past is ever present.

The retelling of spooky ghost tales has been a favorite form of entertainment and an important cultural link in Hawaii since ancient times. Ghostly images or haunting acts have been reported in old buildings, deep valleys, sacred burial sites, ancient temples called heiaus, forested areas, beaches and lava fields. A good majority of Hawaii residents have either had a spooky encounter at some point during their lives, or know of someone with an eerie story to tell. One of the most popular subjects of ghost stories in the islands is the Night Marchers, or Hukai-po.

Who are they?

Night Marchers are ghostly apparitions of a band of beings who move with purpose to the beat of primitive pounding drums. Some say they are armed spirit warriors en route to or from battle, toting archaic weaponry and clothed in decorated helmets and cloaks. Other accounts tell of high-ranking alii (ruler) spirits being guided to places of high importance or to welcome new warriors to join in battle. Perhaps these restless souls are looking to reclaim rightful territory, replay a battle gone awry, or avenge their own deaths. Some say the Night Marchers are searching methodically for an entrance into the next world.

Night Marchers are said to roam through very specific locations on the islands, between seashore and mountains and are often recognized by their raised torches and repeated olis, or chants. Although there have been a few scattered reports of daytime marches, these apparitions appear to be most active at night and are said to march on certain nights designated by the moon. And although the Night Marchers allegedly float a few inches off the ground, some local accounts tell of seeing mysterious footprints in their path after they’ve passed.

Areas like the Nuuanu Pali Lookout, Kaaawa Valley and Kalihi Valley on Oahu are rumored homes of Night Marcher trails, and nighttime visitors are encouraged to be wary.

What to do when happening upon a night march in progress? The ghostly procession must never be interrupted. Legend has it that resting your eyes upon the Night Marchers could signal a grim fate for the perpetrator, a friend or relative, so witnesses are urged to crouch low to the ground, “play dead” and avert the eyes. Any sound or movement could invite a Night Marcher’s deadly glance. These Night Marchers are set diligently upon their destination and are not considered spirits that will deviate from their path to haunt humans nearby.

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Some characteristics of the mysterious night marches include:

  • Heavy wind
  • Rows of spirits carrying torches
  • Alternating male and female rows
  • Accompanying lightening and thunder
  • Accompanying heavy rain or high surf
  • Chanting and drumbeating
  • Unusually bright torches
  • Game playing and revelry
  • Accompanying mist or fog

About Rebecca Gober and Courtney Nuckels:

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Rebecca and Courtney are downhome country girls powered by chocolate and other random late night cravings. Coined in southern twang they bring new meaning to the word y’all. BFI’s since the 6th grade, with a knack for getting into sticky situations, has resulted in countless ideas to write about for years to come.

Where can readers check us out?

Blog: http://nightmarchersseries.blogspot.com/

Facebook fan page: http://www.facebook.com/nightmarchers

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Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5308881.Rebecca_Gober

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Twitter: MidniteBeckie and NuckelsC

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Double Star

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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?

 

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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.

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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.

Coincidence???

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.

 

Website: http://www.cleanteenpublishing.com/cindy-saunders

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/doublestarbook

Concealed In The Shadows

Concealed In The Shadows

 

Concealed In The Shadows by Gabrielle Arrowsmith

(YA Dystopian- Available Now)

Amazon link:

http://www.amazon.com/Concealed-in-the-Shadows-ebook/dp/B00CUJ3QQE/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1370122427&sr=1-1&keywords=concealed+in+the+shadows

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Sydney Harter has long awaited September 12th, 2033—her eighteenth birthday. She can finally apply for guardianship of her sister, who is her only family and entire world. She hopes they will be lawfully reunited, but is prepared to defy authority and risk everything to escape the captivity of Miles County so that they can be together.

 

Escaping will be difficult and dangerous. Citizens are bound to their county by sophisticated chip implants that deliver shocks to those who dare to cross the electric barrier. Sydney is very clever, but her trickery is limited against the all-seeing eyes of technology. Even if they were to survive the escape, disappearing into the forgotten forests and towns of the past seems an impossible task.

 

What Sydney doesn’t know is that she is the particular interest of two opposing forces. With deceit, fear, and warfare surrounding her—can she trust the party that aims to help with her fight against the other? Can she open her heart to receive and return unexpected love? When her sister’s life becomes jeopardized, Sydney will have to weigh a new love against the only enduring love she has known. The cost could be deadly…

 

How will she choose?

Guest Post by Gabrielle Arrowsmith: Futuristic Technology

 

Do you ever find yourself laughing out loud at old movies that were set in the future – a time period that has since arrived or will shortly? I sure do!

 

It was important to me while writing “Concealed in the Shadows” that I try to carefully envision the technology of the future as not to be laughable. Eek! This was especially important since the novel is set in the near future, 2033, and even mentions the beginnings of chip implantation in the very near future – 2015!

 

Of course, this required in-depth research about the capabilities of things like chip implants and application of current trends in the uses and styling of technological devices.

 

In creating the story, I extended even small ways that we currently use technology to connect with others and share our whereabouts and/or happenings. Location services currently make it relatively easy for us to ‘check-in’. The chips in the wrists of all citizens allow anyone who has been added to your circle to track your whereabouts anytime. Of course, this invites some major drama if a friend has temporarily blocked another friend from being able to view their location and company.

 

Status updates are also automatically fed to the device of anyone who follows you. The pop-ups must be insane! The only way to be able to manage them is to be tied to your device more so than we currently are (already too much, in my opinion).

 

Or devices can already handle transactions and more, but I wanted to take this a step farther. I need this capability to be moved inside the body so that the chips would hold a person’s identity and entire worth. Pretty hard to part with, right? Being in the body, the chips can also monitor citizens’ health. This is very important in this futuristic setting as cancer and other fatal illness are on the rise.

 

Do you think the way that I’ve advanced technology in the setting of “Concealed in the Shadows” is possible? Probable? An eerie idea, considering how things go in the novel, but one about which I’d love to hear your thoughts! Let’s discuss in the comments!

 

About Gabrielle Arrowsmith:

 

GABRIELLE ARROWSMITH enjoyed writing her debut novel, Concealed in the Shadows, during a lovely Minnesota summer that she had off from her primary profession, teaching. Acting, playing and coaching soccer, reading, playing piano, and spending time with family and friends are among her other interests.

 

Website: http://www.gabriellearrowsmith.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ConcealedInTheShadows

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6880655.Gabrielle_Arrowsmith

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/garrowsmith13

CTP Website: http://www.cleanteenpublishing.com/gabrielle-arrowsmith.html

The ELE Series

The ELE Series

by Rebecca Gober and Courtney Nuckels

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Project ELE (Free), Finding ELE, Exposing ELE and Surviving ELE

Available Now Through:

Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iBookStore, Smashwords and Sony Kobo

View the book trailer for Project ELE!

 

 

Millions have already died, and thousands more are perishing daily. As a last ditch effort to preserve the human race, the government implements Project ELE. With the earth heating at rapid speeds, all remaining survivors are forced to turn to F.E.M.A. shelters to wait out ELE’s wrath.

 

Fifteen-year-old Willow Mosby’s life, as she knows it, ends the moment she walks through the shelter’s door. Willow has to quickly adapt to the new challenges that shelter life demands, which includes making new friends and working a full time job.

 

Soon after making an interesting discovery, Willow and her friends start exhibiting strange abilities. Seeking answers, they embark on a mission to find out what these new abilities mean and whether they are a gift or a curse.

 

This new adventure can send her world crashing down around her. The question is: Can Willow survive the fall?

 

From the best selling authors of Night Marchers comes a new apocalyptic series with a paranormal twist.

 

Creating ELE Guest Post

Courtney and I have been best friends since the 6th grade. We took that friendship to a new level in October 2011 when we decided to partner together to write our first novel, Night Marchers. Little did we know that a year and a half later we would have six books under our belt, two of which have hit best selling status on Amazon and we would have opened our own publishing company!

 

The ELE Series has become our favorite journey through writerdom yet! We’ve been asked what inspired us to create this series, and to be honest there are a number of factors that led us to create the world around Project ELE.

 

After reading The Hunger Games trilogy as well as a few of our other favorite dystopian genre novels, we knew that we wanted to try out a futuristic setting for our next quest. We played around with several different ideas and all of them kept coming back to a heroine with amazing powers who would eventually learn to kick bad-guy-butt. We also came to the agreement that we wanted to have a series that starts at the beginning of an apocalyptic event as opposed to the aftermath in the future after such an event had occurred. After many Skype dates in search of the perfect plot, we ended up blending two of our ideas together. Courtney had some awesome ideas about immunizations gone wrong and I had written a short story for an anthology about a world in the future where everyone has a special power. We smooshed the two ideas together, added a strong heroic female lead who is still very much a teenager and BAM, we had the ingredients for making The ELE Series.

 

Currently the ELE Series consists of four novels: Project ELE (which is FREE), Finding ELE, Exposing ELE and our most recent release- Surviving ELE. We’ve been asked how many books will be in this series. We honestly don’t have an answer to that yet. Willow’s story hasn’t been fully told, so there will be at least one to two more books that follow up after Surviving ELE. Currently we are working on the fifth book in the series that is tentatively called Ending ELE. We hope to release this book between June and July this year. We are also working on a novella called: ELE, which will show all of our main characters before they were forced to head towards the shelters. We figured this inside scoop would be an exciting edition for our fans and a sort of prologue to Project ELE.

 

For more information on our ELE Series, check out the book descriptions below. We hope you will take a chance and download Project ELE today.

 

Where can readers check us out?

Blog: http://nightmarchersseries.blogspot.com/

Facebook fan page: http://www.facebook.com/nightmarchers

Facebook fan page: http://www.facebook.com/eleseries

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5308881.Rebecca_Gober

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5308882.Courtney_Nuckels

Twitter: MidniteBeckie and NuckelsC

http://www.eleseries.com

http://www.nightmarchersbook.com

Book Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XpSSFWmJDNY

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Project-ELE-The-Series-ebook/dp/B008R523K0/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1345596424&sr=1-1&keywords=project+ele

 

Clean Teen Publishing

Clean Teen Publishing

We are excited to be able to tell your amazing readers about our new publishing company: Clean Teen Publishing. CTP is a new Indie publishing company that publishes Young Adult and New Adult fiction. We opened our doors in late February of 2013. Since then we have signed 5 authors and we have published 9 books and we have another book release scheduled for next week:

 

 

We have additional author deals in the works as we speak now.

 

What Makes Clean Teen Publishing Different For Readers? One of the things that makes CTP stand out from the crowd is our trademark rating system. All Young Adult genre books that are newly published through Clean Teen Publishing will have a rating attached to their book. This content rating is based on the following: Romance, Language, Violence and Drug/Alcohol Abuse. At Clean Teen Publishing, we believe that our readers deserve to know ahead of time what they are reading. We do not believe in censorship; we believe in the right to know. Every reader, no matter what their age is, has certain boundaries they don’t want to cross. Currently there is no consistent rating system in place for books like there are for movies, music and video games. We believe by offering a wider range of disclosure about the content of our books, we will give readers of all ages and parents, a stronger sense of comfort according to what lies between the pages.

 

With that said, we will not deem whether a book is appropriate or inappropriate for any particular age range. *Our disclosure is simply for you to know what is in the book and we leave it up to you to decide what you are comfortable with reading.

 

Below you will find an image of our current rating system. Please note that we only rate YA books. We currently have not determined the need to rate New Adult books. For more information on our ratings please check out this link: http://www.cleanteenpublishing.com/content-disclosure.html

 

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Did you know that Clean Teen Publishing offers the ability to order a rating for your self-published book? We also offer this content rating for other Indie publishing companies who want their YA books rated. For more information on how to order your rating, please check out this link: http://www.cleanteenpublishing.com/order-a-rating-for-your-book.html

 

What Makes Clean Teen Publishing Different For Authors? At Clean Teen Publishing, we believe our authors, who create new and amazing literary worlds, deserve to receive a large share of the profits that their art creates. We also believe that our authors deserve the support of quality editing, breathtaking covers and the power of a strong marketing presence behind them. As authors ourselves, we know that your writing comes from your heart and, in a sense, is a part of you. We will carefully protect that part of you and work hard to keep your creative vision alive.

 

Clean Teen Publishing is currently accepting submissions for Young Adult and New Adult novels. We are looking for well written YA (young adult) or NA (new adult) novels that are between 50,000 and 100,000 words. We are interested in stand alone books and we will accept submissions for previously self-published work (however, this may change in the future.) Our ideal submission would be the first two books in a series or a novel and a novella that is a prequel to the novel. We are looking for something unique and breathtaking. For more information on our submission guidelines, check out: http://www.cleanteenpublishing.com/submissions.html

 

~The CTP Crew: Rebecca, Courtney, Marya and Dyan

http://www.cleanteenpublishing.com

https://www.facebook.com/cleanteenpublishing

@CleanTeenPub

 

Find More from Clean Teen Publishing:

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Facebook: Clean Teen Publishing, Gabrielle Arrowsmith, Cindy Saunders, Jon Messenger, ELE Series, Night Marchers Series, Strong Image Editing (Cover Designer), Cynthia Shepp (Editor)

 

Twitter: @CleanTeenPub and follow the Clean Teen Publishing Blog

 

Amazon: Concealed in the Shadows by Gabrielle Arrowsmith, Wonderstruck (A Clean Teen Publishing Anthology), Project ELE and Night Marchers by Rebecca Gober and Courtney Nuckels

 

Upcoming Releases:

June 7, 2013: Double Star by Cindy Saunders

June 14, 2013: Wind Warrior by Jon Messenger