Thursday, June 28, 2012

[Review] Romeo Redeemed by Stacey Jay

Romeo Redeemed
by Stacey Jay
Series: Juliet Immortal #2
Expected Publication: October 9, 2012
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Reader
Genre: Young Adult
Source: NetGalley

All will be revealed for fans who have breathlessly awaited the sizzling sequel to Juliet Immortal. This time Romeo takes center stage and gets one chance, and one chance only, to redeem himself.

Cursed to live out eternity in his rotted corpse, Romeo, known for his ruthless, cutthroat ways, is given the chance to redeem himself by traveling back in time to save the life of Ariel Dragland. Unbeknownst to her, Ariel is important to both the evil Mercenaries and the love-promoting Ambassadors and holds the fate of the world in her hands. Romeo must win her heart and make her believe in love, turning her away from her darker potential before his work is discovered by the Mercenaries. While his seduction begins as yet another lie, it soon becomes his only truth. Romeo vows to protect Ariel from harm, and do whatever it takes to win her heart and soul. But when Ariel is led to believe his love is a deception, she becomes vulnerable to Mercenary manipulation, and her own inner darkness may ultimately rip them apart.


The cover is most definitely gorgeous. Not that it’s that important. There are books that have beautiful covers and yet you can’t even get past through half of the book. But come on, this cover is striking and let’s give credit when credit is due.

I have always liked Stacey Jay’s writing. I don’t exactly know what’s in it but it helps with my speed in reading.

So here's some thoughts after reading Romeo Redeemed.
  • Romeo aka Dylan’s naked dance while singing a West Side Story song is sexy. Oh my gosh and I thought swooning is only for giggly little girls.
  • This book is making me remember why girls are all crazy for Romeo. His charm is downright working on me. I’ve fallen in love again! This man knows exactly how to romance a girl. His wit in romance would be like virtuoso in piano.
  • Let me get this straight, I don’t get the whole Ambassador/Mercenaries thing anymore. I’m not really sure who’s good and bad. Both have equally been considered as bad.
  • Ariel’s crazy. She is so easy to manipulate, not that it’s any of her fault. She lets these manipulations to get to her. And it’s pathetic.
But even so, I enjoyed this book. I gave it five stars because I believe that other book readers would take pleasure in this book too.

I got this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review it has no way affected my review of the book.

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About the Author

Stacey Jay is a recovering workaholic (or at least working hard at recovering) with three pen names, two small children, and a passion for playing pretend for a living. She’s been a full time mom-writer since 2005 and can't think of anything she'd rather be doing. Her former careers include theatre performer, professional dancer, poorly paid C-movie actress, bartender, waiter, math tutor (for real) and yoga instructor.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

[Guest Post] All Kinds of Music - RaShelle Workman

I'm a big fan of music. All kinds. It may be because I started playing the piano when I was five. Or the violin in third grade. But, depending on my mood, I'll listen to classical, rock, pop, alternative... and a smidge of country.

Music can soften a heart, inspire, and calm an angry soul.

As many of you may know, an entire film was inspired by music from the 80’s called, ROCK OF AGES.
Are you a music fan? What do you listen to?

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Sleeping Roses by RaShelle Workman

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Genre - Romantic Thriller
Rating - PG13 (Language, sensuality)
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Monday, June 25, 2012

[Book Spotlight] Sleeping Roses and In Leah's Wake

Sophie married into a lie. 
Sick of her dangerous marriage, Sophie leaves her husband, determined to start a new life. 

But her husband isn't going to let her go that easily. If he can't have her, no one can.
It's hunter versus hunted.

Praise for Sleeping Roses:
 "It's strange, mysterious, and down right cool! It made me wonder if this really happened." Jek Jamison

"A suspense/thriller where nothing is as it seems." Heartsong Reviews 

"From the first page to the last I was captivated by Sophie's journey as told by Ms Workman. Well crafted twists and turns kept me completely enthralled and unwilling to put it down. I found myself empathizing with the characters I closely identified with and feeling compassion, as Sophie did, for those less likable. The author's ability to express the feelings and emotions of the characters transcended the words on the pages." D. Olson

If you think you know how it ends, hold on. You have no idea.

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Protecting their children comes naturally for Zoe and Will Tyler - 
until their daughter Leah decides to actively destroy her own future.

Leah grew up in a privileged upper-middle class world. Her parents spared no expense for her happiness; she had all-but secured an Ivy League scholarship and a future as a star athlete. Then she met Todd.

Leah’s parents watch helplessly as their daughter falls into a world of drugs, sex, and wild parties. While Will attempts to control his daughter’s every move to prevent her from falling deeper into this dangerous new life, Zoe prefers to give Leah slack in the hope that she may learn from her mistakes. Their divided approach drives their daughter out of their home and a wedge into their marriage.

Twelve-year-old Justine observes Leah’s rebellion from the shadows of their fragmented family. She desperately seeks her big sister’s approval and will do whatever it takes to obtain it. Meanwhile she is left to question whether her parents love her and whether God even knows she exists.

What happens when love just isn’t enough? Who will pay the consequences of Leah’s vagrant lifestyle? Can this broken family survive the destruction left in Leah’s wake?

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Genre - Women's Fiction / Contemporary
Rating - PG13
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Playlist Monday #2 + G!veaway

Today's another edition of Playlist Monday! This is a meme hosted here at We Fancy Books where we feature a playlist from a book. I always wanted to hear what songs would authors like to hear while writing a book. What significance would it be for the book and why they liked the song.

Today I'm featuring a the Playlist of Mary Ting's Crossroads and Between

The main theme behind Crossroads is about forbidden love. Though these songs are not about forbidden love, the lyrics are very touching and it reminds me of the way Claudia and Michael feel for each other. 

I’ve Been Waiting For You-Guys Next Door

Just The Way You Are - Bruno Mars

With You - Chris Brown

For Between, Michael sings "At Last" to Claudia up in the clouds. This is their special song. Davin also sings to Claudia too,  It's So Hard To Say Goodbye To Yesterday -Boyz II Men This is the song he sings before something sad happens. Good Life from One Republic was a song I would blast will driving to work. It put me in a good mood. It also reminded me the way Davin is almost always positive, funny and how he deals with danger- with humor.

At Last-Etta James

It's So Hard To Say Goodbye To Yesterday - Boyz II Men

Good Life - One Republic

About the Author

Mary Ting resides in Southern California with her husband and two children. She enjoys oil painting and making jewelry. Writing Crossroads was a way to grieve the death of her beloved grandmother. It was inspired by a dream she once had as a young girl.


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Saturday, June 23, 2012

[Review] Existence by Abbi Glines

by Abbi Glines
Series: Existence Trilogy #1
Published: December 13, 2011
Publisher: WIld Child Publishing
Source: Bought
Format: eBook
Genre: Young Adult / Paranormal Romance

What happens when you're stalked by Death? You fall in love with him, of course.

Pagan Moore doesn't cheat Death, but instead, falls in love with him.

Seventeen year old Pagan Moore has seen souls her entire life. Once she realized the strangers she often saw walking through walls were not visible to anyone else, she started ignoring them. If she didn't let them know she could see them, then they left her alone. Until she stepped out of her car the first day of school and saw an incredibly sexy guy lounging on a picnic table, watching her with an amused smirk on his face. Problem is, she knows he's dead.

Not only does he not go away when she ignores him, but he does something none of the others have ever done. He speaks. Pagan is fascinated by the soul. What she doesn't realize is that her appointed time to die is drawing near and the wickedly beautiful soul she is falling in love with is not a soul at all.

He is Death and he's about to break all the rules.
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Imagine if you and Death are flirting, would he rather have you dead, or alive? 

Now that was one of the main questions why I’ve decided to read this book. The second one was:

How did she end up flirting with him in the first place? Isn’t he the dude with a creepy all-black coat and a long scary scythe?

But no, according to this novel, Death is really a yummy teenage guy just stuck to do his full time job as the one who escorts souls out of their bodies and later on, a part time rock star named Dank Walker who enrolled in the school where Pagan goes, the girl with a “third eye” whom, at first, just recognizes him as a semi-hot typical lost soul who sings to her with a guitar in hand every night, before she sleeps.  She’s confused with all of his existence, plus there’s another boy that she’s crushing too, and there are other forces that terrifies the soul inside her and the story would get more exciting and more twists and turns would happen, and I couldn’t put it down, and my very first question above would be answered.  I can’t really spill it cause I’d be a total spoiler but all I could ever say is that this is one good read.

There are some books that are just plainly good. This book is one of them. It’s the way the author had crafted the story; the words and lines she used and constructed are just able to captivate the readers, and she could satisfy you with the story itself. This book is not just about “aww that is soooo sweet!” moments, but there is also a hint of reality in it where the girl protagonist thinks of herself as a bit of a wacko for waiting for a soul to show up and serenade her before she drifts off to dreamland. Somehow, those parts made the hairs on my back rose. But as I’ve said, Glines knows her story and she gets what the readers want to read. She sets on a very likeable side for her dark protagonist that could make you swoon. Hurray for the fan girls!

“I get to keep you,” he said, staring at me with an intensity that made me shiver. 
“Keep me?” I asked, reaching up to kiss his chin and trail kisses down his perfect neck. 

The last part was where our protagonists faced a really difficult decision to answer this question: “Would you sacrifice your life for Death?” And its irony was enough to make me fall for it harder. Plus, a very shocking revelation popped out in which it is hinted to be answered in the second book!


About the Author

Abbi Glines can be found hanging out with rockstars, taking out her yacht on weekends for a party cruise, sky diving, or surfing in Maui. Okay maybe she needs to keep her imagination focused on her writing only. In the real world, Abbi can be found hauling kids (several who seem to show up that don’t belong to her) to all their social events, hiding under the covers with her MacBook in hopes her husband won’t catch her watching Buffy on Netflix again, and sneaking off to Barnes and Noble to spend hours lost in the yummy goodness of books. Her debut novel, BREATHE, can be found in digital format at Barnes and Noble and Amazon. Existence, a YA paranormal, was released December 13, 2011 by Wild Child Publishing. She also released a YA contemporary romance, The Vincent Boys this Fall. She just released her first New Adult contemporary, Because of Low. She is currently editing the second book in the Existence Trilogy, Predestined. If you want to find her then check Twitter first because she has a severe addiction to tweeting @abbiglines. She also blogs regularly but rarely about anything life changing. She also really enjoys talking about herself in third person.
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Friday, June 22, 2012

[Cover Reveal] The Weeping by O'dell Hutchison

I was part of The Weeping Blog Tour last March and had the chance to do an Interview with Molly. Today I reveal you the newly designed Paperback cover! If you haven't read The Weeping yet make sure you do! Just read the Blurb done by Xpresso Reads!

The Weeping
by O'dell Hutchison
Expected publication: August 28th 2012

Oh I just love the cover! I believe this is Catherine, Yes I think this is in fact Catherine! She looks really pretty, if you haven't heard of The Weeping please read my review. I also heard that an Audiobook for this book it will be released along with the paperback. If you want to hear a sample there will be a 5-minutes snippet of the actor's audition at Book Twirps tomorrow so make sure check it out. I'm looking forward on hearing Heath's voice! If you have an eReader make sure to grab a Kindle copy and/or a Nook copy for only $2.99


Twenty years ago, Catherine Whitley was the victim of a horrible crime. Betrayed by her friends, including the boy she loved, she was left to die when the Rock Harbor Opera House caught fire, taking a disturbing secret with her to her grave.

Seventeen-year-old Heath Ingram was driving the night his Jeep careened off the road, killing three of his closest friends. Once a popular, outgoing athlete, Heath now suffers from severe depression and crippling anxiety. His parents decide to send him to stay with his uncle in Rock Harbor, Oregon for the summer, praying that by getting away he will be able to put this awful tragedy behind.

When Heath starts working at the newly renovated Rock Harbor Opera House, he meets Molly, a young dancer who awakens in him a desire to start over and move on. But, when he begins having visions of a half-burned girl in a white dress, he starts to think he may be slipping even further over the edge. 

As the apparent hauntings become more intense, Heath begins to fear for his safety. With the help of his friend Josie, Heath discovers an unsettling secret that ties the mysterious girl to both their families. When two of their friends die unexpectedly, Josie and Heath realize that something, or someone, is after the children of those who wronged Catherine, and they are next.

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About the Author

O'Dell Hutchison was born in a small rural town in Idaho. After attending college in the Pacific northwest, he found his way to the Houston area in 1997. He currently lives in Katy, TX with his dog, Gia. By day, he is a Business Systems Analyst. In his free time, he tries (and fails) to work out regularly and eat healthy. He also acts and directs at various theaters around Houston.

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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Infographics - 10 Tips to Improve Your Grammar

Here's an Infographics on How to Improve Your Grammar!
Grammar is very important to writers and bloggers as well.
I hope these tips will help you be a better writer.

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I agree with all the tips given but if I was to give a tip I would say...

Practice makes perfect.
Learn from your mistakes.

 Cliche as it can be, writing is definitely a learning process. You cannot be a good writer in just one day. You should practice and eventually you'll get a hang of it. Learn from your mistakes and experience but not disregarding the technical stuff.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday #26

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.
This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:

I have three books this week and they are equally good not that I've read them but I'm totally waiting for them. Taken sounds really good and with the blurb "Once you're over the Wall, there's no going back." sounds really good right? This one comes out April next year! So there's a long wait for it. Next one is Insignia and I just can't wait till it's July 10th already! been totally waiting for this now that I heard that there's going to be a movie for this book. Another book to look forward and is worth pre-ordering! The Syndicate, lets just say I'm really biased for covers and this one is a total catch! I love the cover and I've been hearing good things about it. It sounds really good too, don't you think? Must read for me!

by Erin Bowman
Expected publication: April 13th 2013 by HarperTeen

There are no men in Claysoot. There are boys—but every one of them vanishes at midnight on his eighteenth birthday. The ground shakes, the wind howls, a blinding light descends...and he’s gone.

They call it the Heist.

Gray Weathersby’s eighteenth birthday is mere months away, and he’s prepared to meet his fate–until he finds a strange note from his mother and starts to question everything he’s been raised to accept: the Council leaders and their obvious secrets. The Heist itself. And what lies beyond the Wall that surrounds Claysoot–a structure that no one can cross and survive.

Climbing the Wall is suicide, but what comes after the Heist could be worse. Should he sit back and wait to be taken–or risk everything on the hope of the other side?

by S. J. Kincaid
Expected publication: July 10th 2012 by Katherine Tegen Books

More than anything, Tom Raines wants to be important, though his shadowy life is anything but that. For years, Tom’s drifted from casino to casino with his unlucky gambler of a dad, gaming for their survival. Keeping a roof over their heads depends on a careful combination of skill, luck, con artistry, and staying invisible.

Then one day, Tom stops being invisible. Someone’s been watching his virtual-reality prowess, and he’s offered the incredible—a place at the Pentagonal Spire, an elite military academy. There, Tom’s instincts for combat will be put to the test, and if he passes, he’ll become a member of the Intrasolar Forces, helping to lead his country to victory in World War Three. Finally, he’ll be someone important: a superhuman war machine with the tech skills that every virtual-reality warrior dreams of. Life at the Spire holds everything that Tom’s always wanted—friends, the possibility of a girlfriend, and a life where his every action matters—but what will it cost him?

Gripping and provocative, S. J. Kincaid’s futuristic thrill ride of a debut crackles with memorable characters, tremendous wit, and a vision of the future that asks startling, timely questions about the melding of humanity and technology.

The Syndicate
by Shelena Shorts
Expected publication: July 9th 2012 by Lands Atlantic Publishing

For centuries, the Petrescu family has been protecting society from a danger that moves among the population undetected. Eighteen-year-old Vasi Petrescu has never had a problem carrying out his duty, but, when ordered to eliminate an eighteen-year-old girl, he is immediately taken out of his comfort zone.

The Syndicate has never targeted a female before, yet somehow this one has ended up on more than one hit list. Vasi would like to find out why, but there may not be time.

Now, he'll have to decide whether or not to keep her alive even if it means going against his own family.

The action, mystery, and conspiracy in The Syndicate will take readers on an immersing journey in which decisions are not only life changing, but irreversible.


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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

[Blog Tour] Dancing Naked in Dixie by Lauren Clark - Review, Excerpt and G!veaway

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Dancing Naked in Dixie
by Lauren Clark
Published: May 21, 2012
Publisher: Monterey Press
Source: Author
Format: Kindle
Genre: Chick Lit

Travel writer Julia Sullivan lives life in fast-forward. She jet sets to Europe and the Caribbean with barely a moment to blink or sleep. But too many mishaps and missed deadlines have Julia on the verge of being fired.

With a stern warning, and unemployment looming, she's offered one last chance to rescue her career. Julia embarks on an unlikely journey to the ‘Heart of Dixie’—Eufaula, Alabama—home to magnificent mansions, sweet tea, and the annual Pilgrimage.

Julia arrives, soon charmed by the lovely city and her handsome host, but her stay is marred by a shocking discovery. Can Julia's story save her career, Eufaula, and the annual Pilgrimage?
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The settings and the character just jive within this wonderfully written story.

Dancing Naked in Dixie was a fun and light read. I really enjoyed the story of Julia Sullivan and how she evolves into a new person she didn't even realize. Julia Sullivan was a travel writer for Getaway magazine in which she has a new boss that assigned her to write an article on which she found herself going to the 'Heart of Dixie'. She embarks to a jouney to write this article but suddenly found herself charmed with the picturesque place.

The story for what I can say is very typical, I felt like I was watching a movie and concluded the ending after watching a few minutes of it. But I was wrong at some point, there's a twist in the story which I would say was pretty surprising but like the start it was very typical. I was quite frustrated with the romantic setting of this book, there was a hundred chance of Julia and Shug hitting it off but it seems that their fate was already decided in the ending. I enjoyed the whole journey of Julia, even if she was very clumsy and always side tracked by her real intention on visiting the place she proves to be a changed person in the end.

Julia Sullivan for what I say is a very clumsy and a worrisome person. Her life seems very hectic with her schedules and deadline. She got a breath of fresh air when she got to experience the life in Eufala which I can say changed her a lot. Reading her character was really enjoyable, the way her character grow through out the book was a great journey. The characters blended well with the story, Shug Jordan was a character that I knew from the start would be with Julia but then given the circumstances he is in, it added flavor with this wonderful story. But I was really disappointed with the forbidden love but I must say Clark gave me a satisfying ending!

Coverwise I like the cover, it's very flawless and it has a good read feel when you see it. Not that there's someone dancing naked on the book (was there?).  I don't really approve that the author's name was really big, I don't know it seems overshadowing the title but over all it's a good cover.

Overall I recommend this if you are looking for a contemporary read. I was captured with the picturesque setting and the tale of Miss Sullivan. I was appalled with the ending but in a good way. All's well that ends well like they say. Clark did a woving this novel, though some parts didn't work out well for me I was really entertained throughout the whole read.



The Best Butts in Alabama, the huge billboard above my head brags. A robust pink pig, dressed in blue overalls and a cowboy hat, winks down at me. Next to the hog’s turned up nose, royal blue letters read ‘Phil’s Bar-B-Q.’ 
            Phil certainly knows how to make a first impression. As does Mother Nature.
            The sunshine beats down on my shoulder through the window. Is it always this muggy in December? I swipe at my forehead with the back of my hand and do quick surveillance.
            Where is the historic, elegant city I was promised in the letter? There is a normal-looking church across the street, a run-of-the-mill real estate business to my right, and a tiny hole-in-the-wall place called The Donut King, which seems to be doing ten times more business than the Winn-Dixiegrocery store I just passed.
So far, all I see of Eufaula, Alabama is more in-your-face commercial than traveler chic. Of course, I’m not in the best frame of mind to become one with my surroundings.
After a lousy Thursday morning of sulking and a rushed packing job, I sent an RSVP with regrets for the fundraiser, gave away my tickets to the Met, left a voice mail for Andrew, and changed my ticket to an earlier departure.
Hours later, after fighting through JFK security, surviving the cramped flight to Atlanta, I spent the night in Buckhead, Georgia, picked up my enormous rented SUV this morning (it was either that or a red minivan), and began driving the three-and-a-half hours to reach my pinhole-on-a-map destination.
All to save my job.

About the Author

Lauren Clark has been a voracious reader since the age of four and would rather be stranded at the library than on a desert island. In her former life, she worked as an anchor and producer for CBS affiliates in Upstate New York and Alabama. Lauren adores her family, yoga, her new Electra bike, and flavored coffee. She lives near the Florida Gulf Coast. Visit her website at
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[Blog Tour] Cicada by Belle Whittington - Review and Excerpt

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by Belle Whittington
Published: September 13, 2011
Publisher: CreateSpace
Source: Author
Format: Kindle
Genre: SciFi / Supernatural

Summertime for Blair Reynolds and her friends had always been carefree and fun... until the summer they happened upon something that was not human. As they band together in a fight for their lives, Blair's true love becomes something more than human. Something unnatural. And their survival depends entirely upon their ability to keep a secret.
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The premise is haunting and exciting, a thrilling read with a cup full of extratresstrials!

Cicada is a breath of fresh air, cliche as you can say but this book is very different from my usual read. It involves extrateresstrials that I'm sure you rarely read about. Starting this novel was never a mistake, I love it but I needed more.Though it turned out really good at first, I felt that the following pages were just fillers. I find this book strangely good at times but most of the time really off.

One thing that put me off is that this book is really slow, even after things has developed it's still really slow. I was looking for the excitement which by the way I did get on the ending. I really love how things developed through out the story, I was definitely gasping for more after finishing it. But through and through I found myself stalling while reading this. I did skim some parts which didn't help as much as reading is concern but it felt necessary at times.

The story felt like a movie. Yep, I think this book has a movie counterpart, I've seen movies like this with the same plot so it felt like reading a movie. I do enjoy alien movies but reading about it, made me imagine all the gory things. It scared me at some point but not enough.

Overall this book is not a disappointment, I recommend it if you want to read beyond the normal books that you usually read. This book was a very interesting premise that I'm sure you will love. Belle did a great job writing this book, make sure you check it out!



The dark feeling inside me was twining its way out from the core of my being, winding its tentacles around my ribs.  My fingers were quivering, and I pushed my hands deeper into my pockets so no one else would see.   
I glanced to my right and caught the terrified expression in Natalie’s big blue eyes.  She was standing as close to David as possible without wrapping her arms around him.  David’s eyes were squinting slightly as he looked into the fire, and I noticed that his brow was furrowed.  Andrew was as still as a statue, his eyes still on Grandpa, but I could see that he was wondering … wondering … it scared me when he wondered … 
The group grew eerily quiet and still for several moments.  That’s when I became keenly aware of the separation of dark and light that met out by the back gate.  Something made me think that there were eyes on the other side of the wall of darkness where the light shining from the back porch ended.  Something was watching.  Something knew about that haunted wood.  Something that made a circle in the lush green grass out where the cows usually graze.  I felt my breath catch in my throat. 
Grandpa grabbed me by the elbow and drew me into a hug.  “Now, now, Blair.  Don’t you go get scared.  This is your land here, sweet pea.  Don’t you fear anything on your land.”   
“Let’s go out there!”  I hadn’t noticed that Everett was sitting by his dad with that wild, inquisitive look in his eyes.  “I want to go see the crop circle!”  He stood, looked out back at the four wheelers then back at Andrew.  “Just a peek.  Come on!”  His eyes pleaded with Andrew.  Everett just never seemed to have a healthy dose of fear.  His curiosity always won out over anything that might be the least bit frightening. 
“Naw, Everett.  It’s too dark out there tonight.  There’s no moon.  We wouldn’t be able to see our hands in front of our faces let alone drive out there without running into a tree.”  Andrew tried to look calm and unafraid as he spoke, yet I saw the subtle difference in his stance.  He stood a little more alert … a little wary.  I noticed how he turned his face a little to the side and looked toward the back pastures and the mystery that lay out in the black night.  “Let’s go out there tomorrow.”  He spoke as if he saw something that no one else could.  As if he could see through the darkness.  “Tomorrow.” 

About the Author

Belle resides somewhere north of Houston, Texas in a small inconsequential town with the smallest most inconsequential name. There, in the shady reaches of the pines, elms, and oaks, she daydreams of adventures and secrets that she weaves throughout her stories.

As a student of literature, Belle is earning her degree in English at the University of Houston. She hopes to teach literature at the college level some day.

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