Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Swept into the Darkness by Lataeya Lane: Spotlight and Excerpt

Swept into the Darkness

by Lataeya Lane

Sydney London is no ordinary twenty-four year old. Ever since she was a child she has had unique out of this world abilities. Suffering from a near death experience and surviving a deadly car crash Sydney is no stranger to death and loss. Cut off from the world around her she encounters an Angel and eventually falls for him inspired by deceitful magic.

Her one true love awaits in the shadows attempting to guard and protect her by risking his immortality. Traumatized by the murder of her best friend she sets off on an unspeakable journey to bring the dead back to life. Sydney's journey of self discovery opens her up to learn of her true angelic identity. She is led in the middle of an inter dimensional war among a hybrid breed of Angel Vampires and the Hierarchy of the Angelic clan. Will her unique powers and the love she bears for her guardian be enough for her to save the Earthly Realm or will she be Swept into the Darkness?

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Ever since the car accident I have excruciating headaches. I went into the kitchen and pulled out the drawer that my medication was in. At the moment I was taking prescription pain killers, sleeping pills, and sometimes antidepressants. I hadn’t needed to take those pills in a long time. I tried to deter the pain from gaining force. If it didn’t, I was going to have to cancel my date with Christine and go straight to bed. The headaches are almost blinding at times, and literally feel like a hammer is banging inside of my brain. Every time I think about the trip I am reminded of the worst day of my life. 
I had just gotten back from a weekend ski trip in Aspen with some girlfriends, including Christine. It was mid-winter and my flight was delayed for several hours due to a terrible snow storm that hit the area. My dad, a surgeon at Milford General Hospital picked me up from the airport after a thirty-hour shift; the staff was low because of the storm so he decided to stick around to help out as much as he could. We were both pretty tired but it never occurred to me that dad was not in any kind of shape to drive. It was 4:45 on a Thursday morning, and it was dark and freezing cold. Sleet came down pretty hard, and made the roads very slick. It looked like dad was doing fine, and I always felt safe when he was behind the wheel. Mom was waiting for us with hot cocoa and I was so excited to see her and tell her about my trip. 
The ride was long and I dozed off a few times. I woke abruptly to the sound of skidding tires and a sudden swerving motion. Dad’s head was slumped down over the steering wheel, his glasses were crooked and his eyes were closed.
“Dad! Dad! Wake up!” I yelled. I yanked off my seatbelt to shake him with force. The car was spinning out of control. His head bobbed up and down and his eyes lazily open and closed. I grabbed the steering wheel and tried to scoot over as close as I could towards him and reach for the break with my foot. The car was going too fast and bumped and swayed through the light traffic. The car sped up and then everything went black.
When I awoke after the accident, I was dressed in a white gown and tucked into a hospital bed. The room was bright and felt empty. I heard the steady beeping of a heart monitor, and noticed the IV was hooked up to my right arm. My mouth dry and pasty, I desperately wanted to feel gulps of ice cold water streaming down my throat. I immediately began to panic. I knew there was an accident, but I didn’t know how bad it was. I worried about my father. My head started to pound. I felt the side of my head, where the pain was coming from. Massaging the thickness of the bandages with my fingers, my body started to ache all over. This was bad. My heart thudded faster and I heard the increase of the sound on the monitor. I pressed the call button for the nurse. Within seconds she came in with two other doctors. 
“Sydney! My goodness... You’re awake!” She said with worry and excitement in her voice.
“Where is my mom? My dad was driving, what room is he in? Is he ok? What happened? How did I…” My voice trailed off. The questions flowed freely from my lips. 
The dark-haired doctor spoke up. “Miss London, I’m Dr. Randolph.” 
“Yes Doctor Randolph,” I answered him nervously. It was weird looking at everyone stand around the sides of the bed staring at me. 
“I see that you remember that you were in an accident. That’s good... But...” He paused. I was under the impression that he was trying to tell me something that was not good at all. I made an attempt to brace myself. “Miss London, this is Nurse Hathaway, and my partner Doctor Anderson.” They both nodded their heads and extended their hands. 
I shook their hands and motioned for Doctor Randolph to continue. I noticed that the energy around them glowed blue. I’d never been a “normal” person. Ever since I was a child I’d had experiences that were hard to explain. For example, I frequently had “flashes” that showed me glimpses of the future. I also remember times when a small light would emerge from my fingers, and I was able to move things using the light. Sometimes I saw things in my visions as well, like shadows and creatures. I could also see an aura around people—usually either a bright blue color or a muddled gray. Sometimes I’d seen a red aura, which for some reason really scared me. I’d tried to ignore these abilities, and there were times when I refused to admit that strange things were happening.


Years of exposure within the writing and publishing world have made a lasting impact on Author LaTaeya Lane. Writing since she was seven years old, Lane began jotting down phrases and themes later turning them into poems and short stories. Writing became such a passion throughout her youth that she became the Junior and Senior editor of her High school newspaper. She wrote her first novel at age sixteen but was not seeking publication at that time in her life. Lane entered several creative writing contests during her early years of writing and won a few of them. Always captivated by the supernatural and elements of fantasy, Lane was inspired to write a series of books that focused on going beyond the boundaries of life and imagination. The angel vampire fantasy "Swept into the Darkness" is Lane's first published book in a series called "Chronicles of the Celestial." Lane completed a degree in Social Sciences and currently works to support the education of special needs middle school students. Lane resides in the state of New Jersey with her husband Leo and is working on writing and publishing the second book in the series. Lane also loves to draw and paint. Traveling and experiencing a variety of different foods is also a deep passion of hers. Lane loves watching horror and fantasy movies and is a believer of the Ancient Alien Theory. Some of her favorite authors include, Charline Harris, Stephen King and Erick Von Daniken.

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Eva Millien said...

Thanks for sharing the great excerpt and the giveaway. Sounds like my kind of book. evamillien at gmail dot com

Carolyn Johnson said...

have not but would love too

Erika R said...

I've not read anything from this author as of yet but after checking this book out I am going to.. you can count on that!

Christy Maurer said...

I haven't read any of her books yet! This sounds great!

melisk1966 said...

Thank you so much for introducing me to a new author. Although I have not read any of her books I am looking forward to changing this. Marie