Today I am proud to be sharing this excerpt from Rua
with Bookish Brunette's Blog Tours
By Miranda Kavi
Publication date: September 3, 2012
A girl with an unknown destiny.
A boy from a hidden world.
When Celeste starts at a new school in a small, Kansas town, she hears whispering voices, has vivid nightmares, and swarms of blackbirds follow her every move. She is oddly drawn to aloof Rylan, the other new student who has his own secrets.
The exact moment she turns seventeen, she wakes to a bedroom full of strange creatures, purple light emanating from her hands, and Rylan breaking in through her bedroom window.
He knows what she is . .
woke a short time later, heart pounding and energy thrumming through her body.
She lifted her hands, saw they were shaking then tried to bury them back in the
blankets. Her stomach lurched.
pulled herself to a seated position, looking at her bedside clock. It read
10:03. She felt the truth in her bones.
She was now seventeen, and whatever would happen was happening now.
vibrating sensation started in her toes, then moved up her body. In a matter of
frightening seconds, her whole body tingled.
happening?” Fear settled cold and hard in her belly. She tried to stand, but
was overwhelmed by a torrent of sound.
“Oscail an doras! Oscail an doras!”
Voices surrounded her, filling her head with strange words. Her head ached like
it did when she saw Rylan, a drummer inside her head beating its way out. The birds outside grew restless: scratching,
clawing, and squawking in the night air. Shadows filled her room, moving and
jumped out of bed and backed against the window. The shadows filled in, details
forming: clothes, skin, hair. They were people; wispy, dark, gossamer, but
actually there in her room. They moved toward her, begging and pleading for
something. She didn’t understand their words.
put her hands in front of her. “Stop! Please!”
she did, purple light shot out of her hands. The shadows recoiled. “Oh my God,
oh my God, oh my God,” she cried. She pulled her hands back and turned them
palms up. A purple flame pulsed in the palm of each hand, twisting and rolling
she didn’t have time to process it. The people in her room were everywhere,
some hanging off her ceiling in strange, unnatural ways. They filled the room,
stacking on top of each other, occupying the whole space from the floor to the
ceiling. Some had strange, ancient-looking clothes on, some had none at all.
Some had normal human skin tones, and others did not.
very short woman with gray skin and bright pink hair grabbed her leg. “Please,
open it,” she said. The top of her head came only to Celeste’s mid-thigh.
screamed. She kicked the creature off her leg.
heard pounding on the door. “Ce Ce! Open this door! Are you okay?” She barely
heard her dad’s voice over the shrieking, warbling creatures.
Help!” she screamed.
loud thumps on the door. “I can’t get in. It’s jammed! What’s happening?” he
yelled through the door.
creature grabbed her leg and pulled hard, sending Celeste flying to the floor.
She landed on something squishy, and it screamed in protest. She screamed along
yanked on her left arm and shoulder, pulling her to her feet. A cold hand
covered her face.
look at me,” the voice said.
focused on the source of the voice. Rylan. Half in, half out of her window. He
dropped his hand from her mouth.
“What are you doing here?”
time. You need to come with me.” He extended his hand, green eyes blazing.
hesitated, glancing at her door, where the pounding caused by her father’s
attempts to enter grew louder and louder.
can’t help you. I can.”
clapped his other hand over hers, then lifted her up and out through her
window. She landed hard on the grass, panting, surprised at his strength. The crows flew in big black circles above
Oh my goodness..now I want to know what happens next!!
What do you think?
Miranda Kavi is a YA and Urban
Fantasy author. She has worked as an attorney, an executive recruiter, and an
assistant in a biological anthropology lab. She loves scary movies, museums,
and is hopelessly addicted to chocolate. She lives in the Houston area with her
husband and daughter.
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Paperback of RUA, earrings and a
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