The Spiral Arm is a debut Novella from author Peter Boland. It is the beginning of a dystopian serial series, brought to you in episodes. For me, just that sold me on the idea. I love dystopian books and serial series, and I am a junkie for cliffhanger endings. It makes the suspense of waiting for the next one so much sweeter.
Wren Harper lives on an overcrowded Earth on the brink of apocalypse. There are just too many people. The answer lies 600 light-years away on Kepler; a planet more than double the size of Earth. For decades humans have been fighting another race for its control. Earth’s armies are depleted. So now 15-year-old cadets are sent to fight, trained along the way in vast combat ships. But why has Wren been chosen? She’s small and geeky and not a fighter. Will she survive Kepler? Or will the training kill her first?
Wren is a fifteen-year-old insomniac and lives in a world where every bit of space is utilized. People live on the streets and in hallways and the government has built complexes with floors stacked on top of floors (I’m talking 300+ floors) with little cubicle apartments the size of bedrooms. This is due to a serious overpopulation problem on earth. To combat that problem, the people of earth have found another planet, but one that they are having to fight to control.
In this world, fifteen-year-old children are sent to war, training on spaceships on the years it takes to reach the new planet. Wren never expected to be chosen to go and yet, she finds herself aboard the spaceship, the smallest and the weakest one, and the one that a group of people bullies. Will Wren survive her training? Will she make any new friends? Or will she find herself destroyed before she even finds out why she was chosen, when usually only the biggest and bravest are?
I devoured this book in about an hour and a half. It had me on the edge of my seat the entire time. The premise was so realistic and I can just imagine it happening someday. Character development was great and Wren was an amazing main character. This is one book that you do not want to miss. The cliffhanger ending had my jaw dropping open and my fingers flying across the keyboard, begging Peter to tell me when the next episode comes out. I give this book 5 stars.
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Zombies eat brains: wrong.
Zombies are mindless and unthinking: nope.
Zombies are rotting bags of flesh: not necessarily.
Zombies kill humans: never… well, there is that one exception.
Grayson Patch hasn’t been human since he was seventeen years old… and that was nineteen years ago. When he rose from the dead that night, a Zombie, he had no memory of his former life, a craving for raw flesh, and only one purpose: to find a cure. He wishes only to be human again and he is promised that it is possible. But first he must find the human that can help him before he begins to decompose… and trade her life for his. As he learns more about her, he just doesn’t know if he can do it. Can he? When the cost of being human again is to become a monster?
Cori Abbot isn’t scared of Grayson. Not when there are a million other things for her to worry about. Like being the new girl in a school that is a fraction the size of her old one. Or making new friends while battling her antisocial tendencies. And then there’s the big one: dealing with the recent and sudden death of her father. Yeah, there are bigger problems than the strange, withdrawn, and consistently angry guy who seems to hate her for no apparent reason. Imagine how surprised she is to realize that the ever hostile Grayson might actually be the one who understands her the best.
This book was a totally new take on zombies and I loved it! I read it in a day (well, there was some under the covers with my kindle, barely keeping my eyes open reading going on). It was just that good though. The characters grabbed you from the first page and you are hooked. I liked that Cori and Grayson weren’t all sunshine and roses. Cori is upset over her father’s death and at a new school to boot. Grayson is a very unhappy Zombie that ignores everyone and lives in his own miserable bubble. Watching their romance unfold and watching the patience and love in which it does, was awesome. Don’t think it is all romance though… there is plenty of action and lots of interesting tidbits about Zombies and how they manage to live among us. Throw in a cast of awesome sidekick friends, a reaper, and a whole lot of lies that change everything… and you have the making of a great book. I don’t want to say too much because I do not want to spoil it! I am very impatiently waiting for the next book in the series. I urge you to run buy it while it is only $0.99! I give this 5 stars.
T.A. Brock lives in Oklahoma, where Zombies do not thrive. When not immersed in the world of fantasy writing, she enjoys spending time with her big girl, baby boy, and hubs. Some of her favorite things are coffee (specifically with cream, sugar, and chocolate), music (especially something with a good beat), books (especially paranormal), and Tennis. She despises raw meat and therefore is exceedingly glad she’s human.
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Banksters, politicians, and sinister corporations aren’t afraid of laws or regulators or voters. The only thing they fear is an uprising of the people.
That fear is about to be realized.
The man who now calls himself Thomas Paine lived his entire life by the rules. He went to college, served bravely in combat, raised a family, and paid his taxes. Then his employer went bankrupt, taking his pension and his wife’s medical insurance with it. After her death he’s decided that America needs a Second Bill of Rights, one that he is determined to bring about through an “American Insurgency.”
How many among the desperate and disaffected who see the American Dream turning into the American Nightmare will join him? Can targeted vigilante violence really inspire true political reform and save democracy, or will it just provoke massive government repression, and perhaps even widespread martial law? Is it possible that the insurgency will spawn a successful non-violent third party, or will government seek to squash that as well?
And what about FBI Special Agent Darren Medlin? How far will he go to stop Paine before he draws his own line in the sand? What role will the beautiful young talk show host Crystal Dickerson play? What important decisions will she face, and how will her relationship with Medlin evolve?
Raised in a politically active family, Jess Money majored in Political Science with a minor in Economics. He sold his first magazine article at the age of 16 and has since written everything from ad copy and political mailers to a screenplay for DreamWorks, which earned him membership in the Writers Guild of America. Along the way he had a career in professional motorsports, worked with the U.S. Women’s Olympic Volleyball program, managed two of the entertainment industry’s most acclaimed screenwriting programs, and worked as a bar bouncer when that’s what it took to keep the wolf from the door.
No longer the handsome devil he once was, he decided against posting a picture, even though using an old one might boost sales.
Thanks to Cynthia for inviting me to do this guest post, which is particularly special because, although I’ve had success at many other types of writing, PUBLIC ENEMIES is my first novel, and this is my very first chance to discuss how it came to be.
Although neither paranormal fantasy nor historical romance, PUBLIC ENEMIES shares one thing in common with many books reviewed and discussed here: a young woman caught up in an important struggle. However, Crystal Dickerson, an ambitious but principled young talk show host on a small independent radio station, isn’t struggling with zombies or vampires or paranormal elites. Instead, she’s unexpectedly caught up in an historic struggle for the future of America.
The idea for the book came out of my participation in a citizen’s group fighting overdevelopment in our local community. One night driving home from yet another city council meeting I realized that the developers and their council puppets that run our city didn’t fear anything. Our referendum and initiative petition drives kept forcing public votes, which they kept losing, yet they forged ahead, each time tweaking their plans just enough to force us into another arduous ballot fight or expensive litigation, which they also kept losing. Just as in Washington, nothing seemed to deter them, nothing pried them loose from the grip of special interests. Then I thought, “Well, everybody is afraid of getting shot.”
Of course, in a real world civilized society governed by the rule of law with a functioning judicial system, disgruntled folks can’t just go around knocking off politicians with whom they disagree. But the famous question, “What if?” is the birth mother of fiction. What if a hooker picked up in Hollywood turns out to be someone special, and the guy who did the picking up is really Prince Charming? What if a cute little extraterrestrial accidentally gets stranded in your back yard? Or, what if someone started dishing out vigilante justice to corrupt politicians?”
In a flash the idea for the novel congealed. In Hollywood movie terms it would be DEATH WISH (or DEXTER) meets NETWORK. What if a vigilante set out to administer justice to those so financially powerful and politically connected that they were exempt from the law, beyond the reach of the formal justice system?
The question, “Do the ends justify the means?” always hangs on the perceived merits of whatever the end is. Mere assassinations alone would not be enough to sustain reader interest, or make a plausible case why some portion of a fictional public might embrace this kind of vigilante justice. On the other hand, for years polls have shown that an increasing number of people feel the country is headed in the wrong direction. Naturally, folks differ about exactly what’s wrong and how to fix it, but this still prompted me to examine various reforms that have been suggested to improve our political system.
And thus was born PUBLIC ENEMIES, in which an elusive domestic terrorist using the alias Tom Paine attempts to force enactment of Constitutional amendments he calls “The Second Bill of Rights.” But unlike terrorists who aim for mass casualties, Paine carefully targets only those he considers “the real Public Enemies” — politicians, banksters, lobbyists, and the heads of sinister corporations. By selecting Crystal’s show to communicate his demands, Paine thrusts her into a spotlight she’s not yet fully prepared for, and into conflict with both FBI Agent Darren Medlin, charged with stopping Paine, and entrenched special interests who stand to lose if the proposed amendments are adopted.
Writing the book took a long time, largely because it was hard to explore these complex issues without interrupting the narrative pace or interfering with the emotional connection for the reader. Ultimately the issues shaped the characters, set the stage for crucial decisions each has to make, and provided a terrific vehicle for developing the romantic and professional relationship between Crystal and Agent Medlin. In the end, they become co-co-protagonists. Neither one can succeed or maintain their principles without help from the other.
The professional editor I hired, Hillel Black, called a late draft “fascinating and impressive.” I hope you find the premise intriguing enough to warrant reading, and agree with him when you’re done. I’m particularly interested in what female readers have to say about how Crystal is portrayed, the growth of her character, and how she deals with issues on many different levels. Hopefully I did this well. Of course, I’m also interested in response to the book as a whole.
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He didn’t commit suicide but who’s going to believe her…
Frustrated at being fired from her latest job and overwhelmed by her consolatory family, Sam decides to move to the family’s cabin at the lake. A place she hasn’t been since her dad committed suicide there twenty years before. Or did he? Snooping is something she’s good at but someone seems to be taking offense to her looking too closely at what has been happening at the lake. What she discovers is shocking. Now she must uncover what’s real and what’s not. All that she learned growing up, may be false. Keegan, who has recently moved to the area to finish his latest book, is also trying to find out if his grandfather, who’d passed away ten years before, died of natural causes or was murdered? The descendants of the four families, who own the land around the lagoon, are dying off. Since Sam and Keegan are the only ones questioning the deaths, they find themselves working together to seek the truth. Are people being murdered? Who would benefit from their deaths? Why would there be barricades and armed guards at the north end of the lake? To stay alive, Sam and Keegan must find the answers and convince others, before more people are killed… including them.
“This is a book that will have you on the edge of your seat. Just when you think the story is over, think again.” Read Your Writes Book Reviews
What the Cover Reveals
By Maggie Thom
Whether you’re book is a paperback or an ebook the book cover is almost as important as the amazing story you’ve written. Some would say that as an ebook it has to be even more enticing and engaging to attract attention through the bombardment of all that is on the internet. People are generally visual and make judgements very fast and move on very quickly, so your book cover needs to grab their attention long enough for them to check out what your novel is about. It is the first impression they have about your book.
Another way to think about the cover is to think of it as the window to your book. So what is the view telling people? If your book is a gentle, cozy kind of book you don’t want fire on the front. The same holds true if you book is about wars or murder. You’re probably not going to have a picture of a beautiful flower on the front, unless it has blood dripping from it or it is gripped in the hands of a dead person. What you put on the cover really needs to reflect what’s inside. People are not only going to determine if they like the cover but whether it is a type of book that they would like to read. So it has to be eye catching but tell a story of its own.
If you’re writing romances than you are more likely to have one or two people on the front. What they are doing and the level of undress can be determined to some degree by how explicit your book is or the depth of the love story.
If you’re writing suspense or mystery, then you want there to be some mystery, some intrigue on the front – maybe a weapon, a dead body, someone hiding.
If you’re writing fantasy than you want something that shows that the people are different or the world is different.
Each genre of book is going to require that there be something a bit different on the cover. It gets a little tricky when your book crosses over several genres but it just may mean you have to include a few more elements on your cover.
Not only does the picture matter but so do the colors. If it is a cozy, warm hearted story than you probably don’t want black or browns or super bright reds or oranges. Softer colors would go with the softer story. If it’s a swashbuckling tale than you are going to want blacks, whites, grays, browns with maybe some splashes of color. So really think about whether your story is dark like horrors or light, like a love story and does it have a happy ending.
There really are a lot of factors to consider in creating your book cover. It needs to entice, to draw people in, to make them curious as to what is inside. Really the front of the book is the packaging. So make it attractive and tempting. Make sure the cover appeals to you but that it is also conveying your story. Ask some of your friends or people who’ve read your book if they feel that the picture goes with the story that you’ve created. There are some amazing book covers out there, make sure yours stands out in the crowd.
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Maggie Thom took the challenge and leapt off, leaving a fulltime, twenty year career in management, to write full time. After her initial panic that she might need a straight jacket, she published her first book Captured Lies, October 2012. And now is excited to release her second novel, Tainted Waters, April, 2013. Her third book, Deceitful Truths (sequel to Captured Lies), available fall of 2013. An avid reader and writer her whole life, she decided to break the monotony of wishing to be an author by making it happen. Married to her best friend, she is learning that humor, love and patience help her navigate her way through her twins’ teen years. Her motto: Escape to read and Read to escape. “Maggie Thom writes a fast paced thriller laced with romance that keeps the reader interested and on edge!” InDtale Magazine
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Everyone assumes that Joelie Baudelaire lives a charmed life. She has a generous benefactor in Warren Jardine, and a glamorous lifestyle in the exciting city of Las Vegas. Everyone is wrong.
When Warren is arrested, Joelie has the ability to escape the emotional jail he’s held her captive in for two years. Her father’s house should be her refuge, but it’s another kind of prison altogether. All Joelie wants is a normal, peaceful life. Discovering that she is one of The World Elite, a
genetically superior race, puts a whole new set of shackles on her life.
Her destiny is planned, and her future marriage is pre-arranged. While Joelie still remembers her childhood crush on the Elite, Sender Stelle, it isn’t easy to accept a betrothal to a man she barely knows beyond his photograph.
Warren doesn’t want to release his control over her. The World Elite would force her to fulfill her destined duty, and Sender has gone from resigned acceptance to benign co-operation with the powers that be.
Freedom is just out of reach. All Joelie must do is defy some of the most powerful people in the world, and survive.
Coey Cain is a dedicated author who began writing novels as a means of entertainment at the tender age of eight. Never intending to publish or pursue a career in the field, she chased other opportunities and gained knowledge in a plethora of interests. She spent most of her adult life out West, living a fast-paced lifestyle and appreciating every minute of it. With a great love for fast cars, and with sixteen years’ experience in racing and precision driving, she dreams of rally racing cross-country one day.
Coey is an adventurist at heart who’s unafraid of new endeavors. She believes that danger and risks are what make for the best experiences, and ultimately better stories. Currently, she’s maintaining a quiet lifestyle while focusing on her writing career. Her passion for writing and storytelling has stood the test of time and she feels obligated to herself to make her dreams come true in every aspect of life.
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Excerpt #1 from Chapter Two
“In the past four months, from Portland, Oregon all the way up to Canada, over thirty people have vanished. The last one disappeared two days ago in Everett. From the southernmost point of the state to Canada’s border, we’ve got thirteen missing people and eight dead. It’s not usual.
“In Grays Harbor County alone, we have five missing people and four deaths. Some of them look like they’ve been attacked by an animal. Some have bled to death. There’s been drowning, car accidents, literally all kinds of things, but none of us have ever seen this kind of tragedy around here before. We’ve more than tripled hunting efforts trying to find the animals that are responsible for the mauling’s, but we’ve never seen anything like it. I’d say everyone should be cautious and worried. Over twenty-five percent of it has happened in this county.”
Joelie swallowed hard. “Jesus!”
“Don’t worry, though. You’re covered. We’re all packin’,” he stated, and patted the gun at his hip, concealed by a black jacket. “Maybe we’ll get one of these animals on camera when I get everything installed. I know it sucks but, in the meantime, you’re going to have to stay indoors as much as you can, and absolutely don’t go walking around by yourself.”
“Don’t worry. I’m not the type to go wandering off into the forest alone. Maybe when I was little, but I’ve grown out of my tomboy phase. Now that I’m grown up, I’m not fond of getting dirty.”
“So, how do you plan on entertaining yourself out here? There isn’t much nightlife around, except for a few bars.”
“I haven’t figured that out yet. Maybe I’ll find a job somewhere. Then I’ll be too busy to get bored.” She was amused by the idea. She hadn’t worked in years, but had always enjoyed having a job and a place to go every day. “Plus, I’d meet people and make friends.”
“I don’t know many companies that would understand us hanging around for your safety, though.”
“Why would you be around if I was at work?”
“Why wouldn’t we be? The risks are high right now. I know you’re probably not thrilled about having a bunch of strange dudes coming and going at all hours, but there is some reason in it. All of us agree on that. We’ve all looked through Warren’s file. The dude’s been arrested seven times in the past three years. He’s what we call a ‘habitual offender.’ It’s pretty clear he has a drinking problem and control issues.”
“He’s an alcoholic and a control freak. I’m just shocked he’s gotten away with the real crimes he’s involved in.”
“He won’t forever. I really hope he comes out here on my watch, or Diesel’s. Either way, Old Dude is going to get played.”
Mayhem laughed mischievously. His laugh was similar to the sort of laugh you would hear from a group of teenage boys watching an old man stomping out a flaming bag of manure left on his doorstep by said teenagers. It was loud, overly boisterous, yet charismatic. He was an energetic character, and he amused himself.
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“Voices of the Soul” by Rene Folsom
The Contessa’s Last Dance tells the story of Julie MacFarlane, who goes to stay in the country house of the ageing Contessa when she begins a history of art course at university as a mature student after the breakdown of her relationship. The novel also features a dashing American academic and a princess, the Contessa’s companion who lives in a crumbling castle (really a hunting lodge) in Austria. It explores the sense of loss the Contessa’s generation feels as the ‘electronic age takes over fair play, aspiration and good manners’.
An endearing historical romance, the contessa is crafted on Dame Barbara Cartland, a friend of Irene Panter’s. Striving for the highest good , she sets out to make Cupid do his duty by two of her paying guests; Julie and the American, as she searches for an English gentleman whilst remaining loyal to her lifelong friend, the princess, despite being hampered by her as a result of her excessive jealousy.
Set against the backdrop of Austria and England, only her amorous paying guests don t give her future bequests a thought. But who will become heir to the bluebells and country house in England? After all, those from her past all seem to have designs on her fortune. But are any of them actually genuine in giving of their friendship? Will it be the solicitor, her friend, the accountant, those in her employ, her stepson … or none of these? And what becomes of the true English gent the contessa has been searching for, despite the fact he is American?
London author Irene Panter based the protagonist of her novel,The Contessa’s Last Dance, on none other than the late Dame Barbara Cartland, after having tea with her.
Ten years ago, Irene ghost-wrote a biography of a London businessman, ”He’d been the director of a building firm in Mayfair and knew all these society people, Mountbatten and all those, and I met Dame Barbara through him and she invited me for tea. I was in touch with her quite a lot while I was writing that book,” relates Irene.
For the novel, Irene also drew on the history of art degree that she studied for at Birkbeck University in Bloomsbury under Nikolaus Pevsner, a course which Julie enrols on in the novel.“She represents the older generation that has seen England slip away into the computer age,“ says Irene. “It’s not going to stop, is it, but I think it’s terribly difficult for a lot of older people. The book is really a lament for England, Robert Browning’s ‘Oh to be in England’ sort of thing. That’s what Dame Barbara was in mourning for, she was a traditionalist.“
Irene first had a novel published 50 years ago by Hodder and Stoughton, called Must I Remember, but decided to concentrate on a career in personnel management and teaching instead. But, now she has The Contessa’s Last Dance under her belt, she already has an idea for another fictional outing.
“I think I could write a fictional account of my grandmother who lived in Hampstead,“ muses Irene. “She had a very traumatic life, having been foolish enough to fall in love with Lord Mansfield of Kenwood House’s boot boy, even though she was married to his gardener.“
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Duality (Melancholia - Volume 1)
The first book in Elle Casey’s Melancholia series is out today. The title is Duality and the book is (in my opinion) one of her best. I was happy to devour the book in just a few hours as I was given an ARC yesterday. I’m not going to give a long, detailed review because I simply don’t want to spoil this book for anyone and it is going to be really hard not to post spoilers. I’m going to try though.
Malcolm’s had a problem for as long as he can remember. No matter where he goes or what he does, he leaves misery in his wake. Sadness and negativity are his constant companions, influencing others around him until they cannot bear to live.
But then Rae shows up in his life, and everything changes. Darkness cleaves to light. Anger yields to joy. The question is whether she’ll be his salvation or his destruction.
Duality switches back and forth between the point of view of Malcolm and Rae. The two are as different as night and day but both want the same thing—a normal life. Malcolm is known as a ghost in his school, the boy that never talks to anyone or participates in anything. Something about him brings misery to people in a way that causes harm. And then Rae comes into his school as a new girl and everything changes. Rae is different too, but not like him. She has had just a hard of life as he has though. Coming into the new school, she is shocked to make a few friends in Kootch and Jasmine and to be so drawn to Malcolm. Full of Miserables, Rainbows, and Neutrals (Got you wondering now, huh?), Duality is a book that will have you turning the pages as quickly as you can, alternating between laughter and tears and back again.
Elle shocked even me, a die-hard Elle fan girl, with this book. It was so unlike her others, but kept with her same style. I loved Malcolm, Rae, Kootch, and Jasmine. Malcolm instantly hit the book crush equation and Kootch had me rolling on the floor laughing. He was so funny. Rae was unlike any of Elle’s other heroine’s and yet she was exactly what the book needed. Jasmine reminded me of someone and I definitely liked her vibe. The high school antics and even the unbelievable situations seemed believable. I believe that Elle hit a home run with this book and that this is one that nobody wants to miss. It was so original, refreshing, and funny—while at the same time tugging at your heartstrings and having you aching inside for them all. Don’t miss this one! I give Duality 5 STARS and would give it so much more if I could.
One of my favorite quotes from the book:
“You’ve got two seconds to get your head out of your colon before I twist your scrotum off and make earrings out of your beanbags.” Jasmine
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“The Devil Knows” is a paranormal romance-drama. It starts off with Megan learning that her best friend since birth has been diagnosed with terminal cancer. Megan’s life is then consumed by the drive to find a way to save Anya. She scours the internet looking for medical answers, as well as those that seem far-fetched and impossible.
Soon, her computer leads her to the possibility of making a deal with the devil. Megan wonders if it’s even possible for her to give up her soul to save Anya. Not knowing where to begin, she soon discovers clues and signs that seem to be left for her, which leads her to an occult shop where she tries to find some answers.
But it doesn’t take long for Anya to get worse, as it seems each day her condition deteriorates. Even the doctors are baffled by the progression of the cancer, as it’s much more aggressive than anticipated. During a trip to the emergency room with Anya, Megan meets Dr. Carson who is Anya’s attending physician.
Quickly a spark between Megan and the doctor ignites, even though there appears to be something that just isn’t right about the emergency room doctor. Besides he treated Anya, so that makes Megan feels weird. Plus there is the fact that she’s been thinking about selling her soul, so a relationship is the last thing on Megan’s mind! But after a few encounters, Megan realizes that Jeremiah Carson may not be exactly who he has portrayed himself to be.
Who holds the answers to curing Anya? Could Megan really sell her soul when it comes down to it? Only the devil knows…
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K.C. grew up in a small town in Northeastern PA, she still lives close to her hometown, remaining close with her friends and family. She has been writing since a young age, and always wanted to be a writer. Before now, she focused on poetry and short stories. The Devil Knows is her debut novel, and was written after K.C. found out that a family friend was diagnosed with cancer.
With lots of projects in the works, she is hoping to release her second novel this summer. You can look for her YA apocalyptic trilogy, Eternal Trilogy (with a few additional shorts), and a YA paranormal mystery.
“Are they talking about admitting her?” Megan asked, trying to keep the horror out of her voice. From their conversations the doctors hadn’t thought hospitalization would be necessary and she could receive her chemo as an outpatient. If the emergency room doctors were considering hospitalization for anything other than dehydration and nausea, then Anya was not in good shape. If so, all the optimism and perky tones in the world wouldn’t do her any good.
“I don’t know,” Bryan repeated, clearly frustrated. “I don’t think the doctors know!”
“Okay, okay,” Megan said, trying to calm Bryan down. “I’ll be there soon. Let her know, okay?”
“Yeah,” he said weakly and mumbled that he needed to go and he’d see her soon.
The phone clicked, signaling the call was disconnected and Megan had to fight the urge to put her head back and close her eyes as she merged onto the interstate. Thankfully the rush hour traffic was dissipating.
Minutes later Megan was maneuvering through downtown, silently cursing every red light. She had been able to see the hospital since she exited the interstate and was anxious to reach her destination.
Finally, the light turned and car in front of her rolled through the intersection. Megan made her right turn into the hospital parking garage and felt her pulse begin to race.
It wasn’t fear of being too late, but the fear the unknown. Having just seen Anya earlier, Megan wasn’t sure what kind of state her best friend was going to be in.
The parking garage was across the street from the hospital and Megan collected the ticket so she could proceed further into the underbelly of the garage and begin her hunt for a space.
Parking was a nightmare—almost as bad as the ones she had been suffering at night. She reached the third level before she found a parking spot in a distant corner of the garage. She quickly trotted to the elevator, waited for what felt like hours, and wrote it down to street level.
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