Fifteen-year-old Veronica “Ronnie” Lambert wants to get out from under her older brother’s shadow. When Ronnie gets a tattoo and then is struck by lightning, she suddenly finds herself able to see and hear things in shadows that don’t appear to others. Then Ronnie meets Gavin Clearwater, the hot new guy in all of her classes and finds out he can see and hear the same things she can.
Gavin tells her about the Spiral Defenders, a group of warriors that travels through space and time to defend the planets of the Spiral. After meeting the Commander of the Spiral Defenders and realizing his intentions might not be pure, Ronnie struggles between following her destiny to become a Spiral Defender and trying to regain the life she had before being struck by lightning.
Excerpt: from Chapter 27 of Into the Spiral. Ronnie learns something new about herself…
Ronnie woke with a start, immediately wondering what had woken her. A noise, she realized. She glanced at the clock on the table and saw it was just after two AM. She laid still and quiet, listening for the noise again. Her body flooded with warm, tingling awareness as she heard the soft rustle of fabric, making her smile.
“I know you’re there,” she whispered.
“I didn’t want to scare you,” Gavin whispered back. He sat on the edge of her bed as Ronnie sat up and scooted over to make room for him. When she knew where he was, she leaned forward and wrapped her arms around his waist, her head pressed against his chest.
“You could never scare me,” she told him as his arms came around her. Ronnie sighed as all the tension left her body and she finally felt the comfort she had sought all day.
“You’ve had one hell of a day, Princess,” he commented. She nodded.
“And I’m proud of you,” he added and she lifted her head. She could see his face well enough to know he was smiling at her, the kind of smile that made her heart flutter, and she blushed as she nestled against him again. This was what she needed. She closed her eyes and settled against him. Sleep began to take her again when she remembered her shoulder. She sat up so quickly she nearly knocked Gavin off the bed and reached back to turn on the lamp. Its soft glow had both of them blinking as their eyes adjusted.
“I have to tell you what else happened to me today,” she declared grinning and showed him her right shoulder. He looked at it and shook his head.
“I don’t get it,” he admitted.
“The shadow hound’s claws raked my shoulder when it attacked me after you left,” she told him. “And I healed myself.”
“You healed yourself?” he repeated slowly. She nodded and reached back to retrieve the paring knife she had left by her phone on the table. Still grinning, she turned back to Gavin, the knife poised to slice her left palm.
“What the hell are you doing?” he exclaimed as he reached for the knife. Ronnie shook her head as she jerked her hands out of his reach.
“It’s okay,” she insisted and sliced open her palm. The pain only lasted a moment and then they both watched as blood pooled in her hand and the wound knit itself back together. Once it was healed, she reached for a tissue and wiped away the blood. She set the knife back on the table and grinned at Gavin, so giddy she could barely sit still.
“Isn’t it cool?” she asked beaming. He shook his head, an odd expression on his face, like he was seeing her for the first time. He reached up to cup her face with one hand and she stilled, her heart fluttering in her chest.
“You are amazing,” he whispered.
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Erin Danzer wrote her first book at 10-years-old for a Young Authors competition, where she was awarded an Honorable Mention and discovered a passion for the written word. She’s written several novels and short stories since that spark ignited. Into the Spiral is the first of a four book series. In addition to her novels, Erin writes a monthly short story serial, The Cassandra Serafin Chronicles, posting alternately on her blog and in Literary Lunes bi-monthly online magazine. Erin resides in Racine, Wisconsin, with her husband, two children, and their cat.
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