Hey everyone! Rachel McClellan, author of Fractured Light, is back on the blog today for a guest post, excerpt and a giveaway of Fractured Soul, as a part of the FS blog tour!
The Author of Our Lives
Guest post by Rachel McClellan
So I had one of those moments, you know where the sun is setting, birds are singing, kids are strangely and happily quiet, and for just a second there's no pressure to get things done? I took advantage of this moment and thought about the main characters in my current project. Specifically, what do they need to go through before they reach their full potential? This made me feel sorry for them
because I know it is going to be tough. They are going to experience a lot of pain and heartache throughout the novel, but I have to give them these challenges,
otherwise they will never become the strong characters I know they can be.
This got me thinking in another direction. Do you ever feel that we are all just characters in a book and there's an "Author" guiding us down a specific path with specific challenges? I've felt like this at different points in my life, very recently in fact. During these "trials" I often want to take the author's pen and cram it up a cram hole, but afterwords, when I can see how much I learned and grew from the hardship, I am humbled and grateful.
Maybe the Author knows what He's doing after all...* ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~
As soon as the Vyken appeared in the doorway, I tossed a ball hard. He dodged it by jumping up along the side of the wall, his nails and bare toes somehow finding a hold in the thin cracks of the wall. I threw another one, but he was already moving, scrambling alongside the stones like a spider. He was grinning.
I rolled away from the wall until I was in the middle of the room. I lost sight of him for just a fraction of a second, but that was enough. The Vyken was gone, or, I should say, hiding. He was still here. I could feel him. I looked up toward the rafters of the tower roof. It was pitch black. At the bottom of the tower, I heard Christian begin to ascend the stairs. “I’m coming, Llona!” he yelled.
Still staring up, I created Light again in the palm of my hand and willed it to rise. The closer it got to the rafters the faster my heart beat. Sweat rolled down the small of my back.
Light began to fill dark spaces, exposing that which wished to remain hidden. My Vyken was there, but he wasn’t alone. Another sat crouched on a beam. Where his left eye should’ve been there was an empty hole.
I screamed when my Vyken dropped from the ceiling, extinguishing the light. He fell onto my stomach, pushing my shoulders into the floor. I tried to create Light, but it was as if he knew what I was going to do because his hands slipped up and pinned my wrists together. He bent forward and inhaled my skin. The warmth of his breath steamed my ear when he said, “I’m going to eat every part of you.”
(Fractured Light #2)
by Rachel McClellan
Published February 12th 2013 by Cedar Fort Books
Llona will do whatever it takes to protect her new found friends and home, but the dark plot that is threatening Lucent Academy, a school that’s supposed to be a safe place for Auras, may be too powerful for even Llona to defeat. This fast-paced tale of love, loyalty, and overcoming the darkness will keep you on the edge of your seat until the last page!
What others are saying:
“I love these books! A kick-butt heroine and a hottie love interest, with a refreshingly original concept. Be prepared—once you start, these are hard to put down.”
—Paula Cotton, book reviewer at ReadingLark.blogspot.com
“Fractured Soul is a brilliant sequel, exceeding even the remarkable first book in the series. It will haunt your every waking moment between the times you’re reading it, and it will stay with you long after you’ve finished. It’s an amazingly well written and engrossing story that I highly recommend—after you’ve read the first one, of course.”
—Cindy Bennett, bestselling author of Geek Girl and Rapunzel Untangled
About the Author:
Rachel McClellan was born and raised in Idaho, a place secretly known for its supernatural
creatures. When she's not in her writing lair, she's partying with her husband and four crazy, yet lovable, children. Rachel's love for storytelling began as a child when the moon first possessed the night. For when the lights went out, her imagination painted a whole new world. And what a scary world it was...
About Fractured Light
(Book one of Fractured Light series)
Llona Reese is used to living on the run. After the Vykens killed her parents, she knew they
would eventually come for her too. She can’t take any chances. But when she starts to make
friends for the first time in her life, she gets careless and lets her guard down. Big mistake.
As an Aura, Llona can manipulate light and harness its energy. But if she wants to survive,
Llona will have to defy the Auran Council and learn to use her power as a weapon against the
Vyken whose sole desire is to take her light. Now she’s caught in something even bigger than
she can understand, with a power she can’t wield, and no one she can trust, except, just maybe, a mysterious stranger.
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