Elemental powers in the palm of her hands - and it won’t be enough to save her.
When Kaitlyn Alder is involuntarily introduced to a life of magic, she becomes part of an organization hell-bent on saving the Earth. Just as her new-found life holds promises of purpose, romance, and friendship, the organization divides and a rogue member holds Kaitlyn hostage. Now one of the most terrifying men the human race has to offer stands between her and Earth’s survival.
Water is a contemporary eco-fantasy, the first of a four book series. This novel contains adult language and sexual situations (some non-consensual). Download sample chapters here (first 12,000 words).
In the spirit of Mother's Day tomorrow, I wanted to take the opportunity to do a guest post with an excerpt of my eco-fantasy novel, 'Water, Book One of the Akasha Series'. The excerpt below occurs when the main character, Kaitlyn, is being held captive and tortured by the antagonist, Shawn. Kaitlyn finds the strength to endure and persist by recalling memories of her mother, and uses certain skills her mother taught her to concoct an escape plan:
"Is it happy hour already?"
Shawn didn't a laugh. Without glancing up, he said, "I am souring your luck." He put the lime in a bowl and added salt and ashes. He placed the bowl in front of me, stood, and gave orders to have me moved back into the bed. As they lifted me off the table, I managed to kick over the bowl of lime and ashes.
I can make my own luck, I thought. Mother taught me how.
In the Akasha Series, both of Kaitlyn's parents passed just after she had turned 18. The family's ability to manipulate the natural elements of water, air, fire, and earth, was yet to be revealed. However, Kaitlyn was able to tap into the strength of her mother to survive some of the worst moments life had to offer.
I have no doubt that both intrinsic and learned qualities from my mother and the other strong women in my life have helped me not only overcome some of my most trying times, but also to seek them out. I don't live in my comfort zone; I never really have. I joined the Marine Corps out of high school. I married young, and had my first child the day after I turned 20. Before my five year enlistment was up, I had a bachelor's degree. Four years after that gave us two more children, a master's degree, and we had already lived in five separate states. At the age of 32, I am now a mother of three, hold a full-time job as the director of a translation company, and have three self-published novels.
This is not to say that sometimes I reach a little too far. When I do, who is there to pick up the pieces? My family. My mother. In fact, it is her support and stability that lends me the confidence to try in the first place.
A huge shout-out to all the mothers out there, and a heartfelt thank you to mine, for giving me that special something to keep me going. Love you, mom!
Terra is author of eco-fantasy novels, 'The Akasha Series'. The first two books of the series, 'Water' and 'Air' are currently published. Their sequel, 'Fire', will be released in October 2012, followed by the final novel 'Earth' to be released in Spring 2013.
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