Without a cover to display I've taken some of the notes and complied this video to express the time I have put into creating such a fictional world and the love for readers to live alternate lives. An short excerpt for this novel awaits for you to read. Raw and slightly edited. Professional editing to come later.
The goal here seems simple enough - publish through AuthorHouse and offer great gifts in return. The Temperature series is set as a trilogy. I hope to have this in print while pounding the keys for the final installment, which leads the main character, Sally, to decide the fate of the world. I don't wish to give away too much yet. You'll just have to wait for the final novel to come out. For now I offer this small excerpt that follows to tide you over until Bitter Cold (title pending) is published.
Gold had a way of
locking memories away when used to restrain the undead. Sally had learned firsthand
this truth when Bo had cuffed her in the motel room so long ago. He had forgotten
to keep an eye on the setting sun before it was too late and Sally’s first
taste of what effects sundown could have on her took over. That night had been
a whirlwind of emotional turmoil tucked in with a deep sensual vibe to seduce, and
a flock of unbidden memories not belonging to her as it drove her after Bo for
release. Where was her friend, Bocnic Drewings? She could only hope he was not
far behind to save her yet again. Thinking of her own past cleared the fog out
of her mind to comprehend her present situation better. The Cross had her now.
“I see the small
struggles you are having with the restraints. I assure you they are for our
protection as much as they are for your own,” Sally watched his mouth curl up
into a half-hearted smile when he finish. “As time passes we will consider
removing them, but for now – please do try to find them comfortable.
“Where are my manners
today; I never introduced myself. My name is Demric. I already know you, Sally,
because we tried finding you earlier before those decrepit creatures muddled
your mind up with lies,” He looked at her with saddened eyes, nearly bringing
his lips to form a pout. Sally was already sick of hearing his voice but
without any way to escape she sat through his treacherous speech.
Words crackled dry from
her throat as she spoke, “Why did you chase us?” If Sally had enough juices to
form spittle it would have ended up in Demric’s face. Thinking it over she was
glad not to have any or her actions might have made things worse.
“Isn’t it the way of law
enforcement in your country to pursue the criminals with some amount of force?
My men were only trying to do the same thing by saving you from a fate God only
knows would have happened. I was not there; however, my men had reports you
would be going to trial and we wished to intervene. The spells around the area
kept us from making it in time,” Demric paused to catch his breath before continuing
and stopped her from interrupting with a wave of his hand. “I would have
preferred to scoop you up from such disaster had I the ability. It seems we
reacted too hastily as you made it out alive. That culprit was with you when my
men spotted movement near the road. They had to act fast or fend off the
creature protecting you.”
Anger touched her words
emphasized by the disappearing dryness that plagued her throat as she worked to
moisten her mouth, “He is not some kind of creature! That man did his best to
save me when the chips were down. He even offered up his own life to protect me
during the trial.”
“There, there. No need
to get hysterical over the minor trial. We know all about that and more,”
Demric flashed a quick smile, for reassurance she thought.
Her disgusted look she
gave him did not perturb Demric from continuing, “It was set up to bring you to
us. A way to guarantee safe passage from those cursed lands they inhabit to us.
We wanted you safe and sound…”
“Such language from a
pretty girl. I know it’s hard to believe right now, but I already told you our
efforts you think were to kill you had been directed to the one keeping you
from us.” Demric shook his head for emphasis, “I wish you would see the facts
clearly. Sally, our goal is not to convince you through torture; however, we
will if it is what helps you to see the light.”
“You’re all crazy! How
is that kind of treatment going to make me think any differently about the
church’s motives? By the way, don’t call me girl again,” Sally said the last
part almost too quietly for them to hear. She realized the threat would be
laughed at. At least until she got free – she could be patient she hoped.
A chuckle escaped Demric’s
lips as he spoke, “No, we just use time-tested methods that have worked
repeatedly. Nothing against you, but your mind has been corrupted by
otherworldly forces and we are going to help straighten you out.” He squinted
at her curiously for a moment, “It won’t take long unless they made the
influence burrow deep down into your subconscious. That might pose a problem,
but you’ll live through anything we’ll do to you since meeting the afterlife
means nothing to the undead.”
Sally stared in
disbelief. How could someone become so twisted in their beliefs to accept such
hogwash as he was spouting. It made her unable to reply. What the hell, she thought as the fear of what might come next
covered her like a blanket; I have to get
away from these freaks now.
As she struggled in
vain against her bonds Demric called out to the man closest to Sally, “Knock
her out for now. We’ll start in an hour.”
Shock fell over her
face as the bulking man standing next to her lifted his rifle to strike her
with the butt of his rifle. A voice from out of her view was Demric yelling,
“Not like that…” but she never heard the rest of it as everything faded to
(This excerpt isn't set in concrete. Edits are sure to change the outcome as time passes. I can say little will be altered, but it is the natural of the beast to make some changes. I hope you enjoyed what is offered to date.)
If the $1500 goal is met I will write a Novella for Bo set before this series started (free for all backers).
If the project hits $2500 I will write another feature (novella) for the backers free of charge surrounding Zemra first becomes a witch.
All of this will be written by July 2012 if the project is a success. I challenge you to challenge me. They have both yet to be put to paper and such a short time to be created.