I have a mash-up of things to talk about today.
1. You know the kind of book that sticks with you for days after reading it? The kind of book that once you have finished reading it, you just sit there and absorb what was read. The kind of book that keeps you from starting another one because it almost seems like you're cheating on said book, as if reading another book will erase what you just experienced. I finished The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay a couple days ago and it reminded me of a quote from John Green's The Fault in Our Stars. "Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all human beings read the book." I've read hundreds of books and I can count on one hand the amount of books that have affected me like this one did. It crawled under my skin, latched onto my heart and didn't let go until the very end, changing me in the process. Granted, the book may not be for everyone, but I just have to shout on the rooftops what a powerful and heart-wrenching and raw, and somehow in all of that, uplifting this book was.
2. Because Sarah at Okay Creations is so awesome, she has quite the waiting list so I'll be revealing Ember's cover sometime in the beginning of next year. Abbey sent me the images from the cover-shoot and I can't even tell you how much I love them. The cover is going to be incredible. Seriously. Ahhh! I can't wait!
3. It's been awhile without a teaser so I'm going to give ya a little bit longer one this time around. That okay with you guys?
I hovered on the edge of the grove of trees where the spongy moss threatened to creep up the lawn, inviting me to take one step. The pulsing was already weakening and calmness was gently seeping in. It was only moments before my body gave into the urge to explore further when I felt it.
That sixth sense.
That sixth sense feeling of knowing when someone's behind you or watching you. That tingling feeling that rises up your spine and shivers down your limbs, I was having that moment. It felt like I was staring straight at someone in the trees, but all my naked eye could see was the rich woven branches. And yet it was there. Something or someone had to be out there.
The rational part of my brain kicked in and I started to retreat, pushing a step back. As my foot moved back I heard a quiet yet eager step come toward me. I took another step backward and simultaneously heard another step forward.
I swallowed. "Is anyone there?" My voice timid.
As if in response the wind whirled around me, blowing my hair, but no other sound was made.
"Show yourself." It was the next thing that came to my mind. If something was hiding in our trees, I probably didn't want to wait around long enough to find out what it was, but the pull kept my feet planted in place.
A faint trill of laughter echoed from the forest. It was mocking me. I turned on my heel and bolted for the back door to the safety of my home. I got the unsettling feeling that I was being chased, but when I reached the sliding glass door and slammed it behind me, nothing was there. I flipped the lock, sighing in relief and tried to catch my breath.
"Are you okay, Calliope?"