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The Awakening and Other Stories by Emma Meade

I’m launching my short story collection, The Awakening & Other Stories, next Monday December 10th. I wanted to share the cover, blurb and an excerpt here. Anyone who read my Friday Fiction posts last month will recognise the excerpt.

Blurb

Put on the kettle, close the curtains and curl up by the fire. Dive into 8 short tales, each with a slice of the paranormal.

Ghost Story – Who is the shadow in the window of the abandoned house, and what or who is he waiting for?
The Awakening – It’s time for Sabrina to wake up and face the light.
End of the Line – Cassie wants to die. When midnight rolls around, she stands on the tracks waiting for the train to come.
Milsa Loris – The once magnificent kingdom of Milsa Loris comes alive one night each winter. The King’s witch is brewing up a little magic, sure to make the soup all the tastier.
The Old Vampire – Hailey spent her life dreaming of a dark prince falling in love with her. He never showed up, until now.
The Knocking – Alison’s grandfather has one eye on the next life. After all, he’s heard a lot of rapping at his door lately.
The Boy on the Beach – Kate’s grandmother warns her about the boy with the green eyes. Will she pay heed?
Snowglobes– It’s busy at Calvin’s Cabins this Christmas. Eddie and Maggie are a young couple in trouble. Not to fear, Calvin is always ready to lend a hand.

Excerpt from “End of the Line”

End of the Line

In the distance, the familiar, white light appeared, cutting through the dark of midnight. She’d watched it come before, but always from the sidelines, imagining what it would be like to face such a beast.

            Cassie drew in a shaky breath and steeled herself. Legs splayed, arms by her sides, fists tightly clenched, she waited on the tracks as the train approached. Her legs shook, and strands of hair licked her cheeks in the gentle night’s breeze.

            She swallowed the fear threatening to overcome her. Hang in there, she told herself. Another sixty seconds, and it will all be over. No more drowning, murky thoughts, heavy dreams or stilted breathing. She lifted her head and stared straight ahead, willing her body to freeze.

            Closer now, but not coming fast enough. She was scared. As much as she desired to have it all over with, the fear gained ground. Could the driver see her yet? No, still too far away. Why had time slowed down? An ache began in her ankles, spreading up her legs and winding its way around her thighs and into her clenched hands.

            The feel of her fingernails scraping the soft flesh of her palms roused her, just as she became aware of the vibrations on the tracks.

            Cassie stumbled into the grass growing beside the tracks and ran, tears running down her cheeks. She stopped as she reached the first line of trees and leaned over, resting her hands on her thighs, trying to get her breath back.

            Damn it! She wanted to die. Why couldn’t she have stuck it out?

            The train thundered by, unaware of the woman hunched over in the darkness, sobbing. She raised her head to watch the carriages pass, slithering alongside Wilkins Woods like a dark snake. In thirty seconds, the night was once again silent.

            She’d try tomorrow night. Maybe pick up a bottle of Jack Daniel’s after work. Might help with the nerves.

            Slowly, her breathing returned to normal, and she wiped the tears away. Cassie followed the edge of the woods the mile back to her squalid flat. She let herself in and headed straight to bed. One more day. She could make it that far.

Curious to find out what happens to Cassie? Download the book.:)

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Book Review: A Vision of Green by L.H Cosway (Stunning mix of Fantasy, Folklore, Paranormal & Romance)

Read this in one day this past weekend. Only put it down long enough to boil the kettle.

If you need to remember what happened in the first book in The Florence Vaine series,  A Strange Fire, see my review HERE. If you haven’t yet read A Strange Fire, beware of a few spoilers ahead.

The creatures in the woods on the outskirts of the no longer so sleepy town of Chesterport are awake and want out. They’re just waiting for the opportunity to break free and go after the townsfolk. Flo, as if she didn’t have enough questions about her gift and who she is, now learns she’s distantly related to elves. Yes, you heard right. Now we have elves and other strange woodland creatures to deal with as well as angels, demons in teenage boys’ bodies, psychics and empaths. We know it’s only a matter of time before the beings in the forest are let loose, but how exactly will this happen, and what is in store for the town once it does?

Flo’s abusive father is back in her life, always ready with a hard fist or mean put down. Against her better judgement and her boyfriend, Frank’s advice, Flo stays in her now deceased Gran’s house with her Dad. She locks her bedroom door at night to keep herself safe, but it’s not enough to save her from a beating and psychological abuse. I was rather annoyed with Flo at some points in the story. Yes, her father blackmailed her to break up with Frank, but I wanted her to defy him, pack her things and never look back. I guess it’s difficult to break the habits of a lifetime.

The romance between Frank and Flo has cemented into a loving relationship.  Like any teenage boy, Frank openly admits to spending 99% of his time thinking about having sex with Flo. She’s not ready, and Frank being the nice guy he is, doesn’t push. The few heated moments between them give us an idea of what’s to come when they do finally consummate their relationship. I think we’ll all be looking forward to seeing what’s in store for Flo and Frank in the next book.

The secondary characters add to the vibrancy of the story. We even get to spend a short time with the vampire Ethan, human, but not all the way human, Tegan (the heroine from Cosway’s other supernatural series, The Ultimate Power) and the spunky witch, Rita when Flo visits Tribane.

Okay, so what else can I say? I loved A Vision of Green. The next book in the series isn’t out until next summer, so I’ll have to re-read all of Cosway’s novels to keep me going until then.  *****                                                                                                                                         If you’re curious to learn more about this author, read my interview with L.H Cosway from last week.

Check out A Vision of Green on Amazon HERE

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And just a quick note to say Dark Mind Book Tour of Under the Desert Moon kicked off today with a review & guest post over at Chapter by Chapter where I talk Twitter, blogging, Facebook & more.

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