Novel Chapters

Advance Chapter – Tears of Devotion

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Chapter 1: The River

This is a sample chapter from Book 3 in the FALLS OF REDEMPTION epic fantasy trilogy. It is a draft, meaning it has not been edited or finalized. That said, I’m open to feedback! 

 


The man’s eyes opened, and he stared at the clouds floating across the sun that glimmered and wavered as if barely there. Yellow rays of light warmed the man’s skin, accompanied by a gentle breeze. A breath of fresh air alerted his senses, pulling him into the present, reminding him that he couldn’t lie there forever.

For a moment, he wondered if he were in heaven, but a shooting pain in his back told him that thought was wrong. He sat up with the piercing question of who he was and why he was here.

A glance at himself revealed tattered blue robes, and a sandal on his left foot but none on his right. He glanced at his surroundings, curious, hoping for a clue among the weeping willows that lined the reed-filled river, but found none.

Waters raged inches from the man’s feet, tossing froth across small rocks like a rabid dog hoping to eat all in its path. All but the life-size statue of a woman in the middle of the river, where the water soothed to a low whisper. The moment the man’s gaze met the face of the statue, he wished he had not wasted so much time looking elsewhere. He thought of diverting his eyes, to look at the maples in his periphery or the gentle sky he still knew was above him, but he couldn’t. The statue’s slender neck led the man’s eyes to the soft chin and the perfectly formed pouty lips of this sorrow-filled angel. The marble formed a sleek nose below large eyes that stared into the sky as if to thank the heavens for her beauty. (more…)

NOVEL: Allie Strom and the Ring of Solomon, Ch 16

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PLOT: Allie discovers that her new necklace and an unlikely friend are her keys to traveling across the world to save her mom from a cult and their otherworldly leader, and in the process learns that she has a greater destiny.

Without further ado, let’s finish the book, Allie Strom and the Ring of Solomon. 

Chapter Sixteen

Although Allie had been allowed to sleep in her own bed the night of their return, a week had passed before her mom was discharged. Army commanders from a special unit waited at the hospital to explain to everyone that asked how they had found her mom and brought her back just in time. Allie suspected they weren’t exactly real Army at all. The doctor told Allie that an average person could go for only a few days without water, but the damp caves had been kind to her mom. And she was strong, she had put up a fight. (more…)

NOVEL: Allie Strom and the Ring of Solomon, Ch 15

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PLOT: Allie discovers that her new necklace and an unlikely friend are her keys to traveling across the world to save her mom from a cult and their otherworldly leader, and in the process learns that she has a greater destiny.

Without further ado, let’s dive into my MG novel, Allie Strom and the Ring of Solomon. 

Chapter Fifteen

“Allie!”

Allie stirred, sure she had heard someone calling her name. She imagined opening her eyes to find herself on her bedroom floor, having fallen out of bed. But no, the smell of musty old books filled her nostrils, and then there was someone calling her again.

“Allie,” Principal Eisner said, and Allie opened her eyes to see the principal’s warm face, her silver hair framing the deep lines around her eyes.

Allie became aware of the principal’s hands holding her head and intense pain running through her left leg. She tried to move. (more…)

NOVEL: Allie Strom and the Ring of Solomon, Ch 14

Amazon-Kindle Book 1The blogging of my book continues! You can pre-order it onKindle, iBooks, and Kobo, and I encourage you to do so if you enjoy the blog (Only $2.99 while on pre-order, $4.99 after). If you are intrigued and want to know what happens now…

… sign up for my author mailing list for a free copy (along with other free books, audiobooks and updates).

When the book goes live (November 15), it would be great if you have a review ready to go (hint hint). You can also pre-order book 2, Allie Strom and the Sword of the Spirit, which will go live mid-December (just in time for Christmas).

PLOT: Allie discovers that her new necklace and an unlikely friend are her keys to traveling across the world to save her mom from a cult and their otherworldly leader, and in the process learns that she has a greater destiny.

Without further ado, let’s dive into my MG novel, Allie Strom and the Ring of Solomon. 

Chapter Fourteen

Allie lifted her arm and desired the power again, the intense force that had shot at Paulette. All around her the rocks of the mountain seemed to fade into darkness, the sky smothered her in a thick black mist. The power came, coursing through her fingers to blast Paulette in the forehead. Instantly Allie felt her insides churn and found herself on the ground coughing up blood. She heard laughter and looked up to see Paulette’s face shadow over and her eyes turn a fiery red. Paulette turned toward the army and broke into a run.

Allie stood, clutching her stomach. Blood dripped down her arm and chin. Paulette sprinted towards the giant, her hand held high, the ring between her forefinger and thumb. Then Allie saw another face she knew. Behind the giant Chris ran for Paulette, Allie’s necklace in his hands. He smiled wickedly. An aura glowed from the ring as the two drew close, surrounding the dark forces as if they all emanated from the ring. Something told Allie she could not let the ring and the necklace be united, not by those two.

But utter hopelessness took over. She knew she couldn’t reach them in time. She fought back tears, refusing to be afraid of death. But Daniel… (more…)

NOVEL: Allie Strom and the Ring of Solomon, Ch 13

Amazon-Kindle Book 1The blogging of my book continues! You can pre-order it onKindle, iBooks, and Kobo, and I encourage you to do so if you enjoy the blog (Only $2.99 while on pre-order, $4.99 after). If you are intrigued and want to know what happens now…

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When the book goes live (November 15), it would be great if you have a review ready to go (hint hint). You can also pre-order book 2, Allie Strom and the Sword of the Spirit, which will go live mid-December (just in time for Christmas).

PLOT: Allie discovers that her new necklace and an unlikely friend are her keys to traveling across the world to save her mom from a cult and their otherworldly leader, and in the process learns that she has a greater destiny.

Without further ado, let’s dive into my MG novel, Allie Strom and the Ring of Solomon. 

Chapter Thirteen

She looked around, instantly recognizing where she was. Before her stood the gold walls of Solomon’s throne, beyond the wall that had crumbled. She was back in Osh.

Footsteps echoed from the rock tunnel behind the crumbled wall. Allie turned, looking for somewhere to hide. Ready for anything except, to her surprise, when Paulette poked her face through the opening, panting and sweating.

“What happened?” Paulette asked. “How’d we get back here?”

“I… I found another way.” Allie stepped back and looked at the massive golden wall, too tall to climb. “You?” (more…)

NOVEL: Allie Strom and the Ring of Solomon, Ch 12

Amazon-Kindle Book 1The blogging of my book continues! You can pre-order it onKindle, iBooks, and Kobo, and I encourage you to do so if you enjoy the blog (Only $2.99 while on pre-order, $4.99 after). If you are intrigued and want to know what happens now…

… sign up for my author mailing list for a free copy (along with other free books, audiobooks and updates).

When the book goes live (November 15), it would be great if you have a review ready to go (hint hint). You can also pre-order book 2, Allie Strom and the Sword of the Spirit, which will go live mid-December (just in time for Christmas).

PLOT: Allie discovers that her new necklace and an unlikely friend are her keys to traveling across the world to save her mom from a cult and their otherworldly leader, and in the process learns that she has a greater destiny.

Without further ado, let’s dive into my MG novel, Allie Strom and the Ring of Solomon. 

Chapter Twelve

Chris’s smiling face grew bright as the necklace’s glow increased, the blue mixing with the red of his eyes to form a purple that then formed shadows, reaching shadows, shadows that moved around the room as if attempting to escape the light.

Allie turned to Daniel in horror and saw his eyes rolled back in his head. He fell, but before he hit the ground Chris lunged forward and the light flashed blindingly to fill the room.

Then the room was gone, her so-called friends were gone – it was only her, floating through the sky like a spirit. Could she be dead? The wind passed right through her. Clouds parted before her, the sky seemed to welcome her coming. (more…)

NOVEL: Allie Strom and the Ring of Solomon, Ch 11

Amazon-Kindle Book 1The blogging of my book continues! You can pre-order it onKindle, iBooks, and Kobo, and I encourage you to do so if you enjoy the blog (Only $2.99 while on pre-order, $4.99 after). If you are intrigued and want to know what happens now…

… sign up for my author mailing list for a free copy (along with other free books, audiobooks and updates).

When the book goes live (November 15), it would be great if you have a review ready to go (hint hint). You can also pre-order book 2, Allie Strom and the Sword of the Spirit, which will go live mid-December (just in time for Christmas).

PLOT: Allie discovers that her new necklace and an unlikely friend are her keys to traveling across the world to save her mom from a cult and their otherworldly leader, and in the process learns that she has a greater destiny.

Without further ado, let’s dive into my MG novel, Allie Strom and the Ring of Solomon. 

Chapter Eleven

Allie blinked, trying to clear the light blotches visible in the dark room. Daniel rubbed his arms, as if to make sure his whole body had returned. Whatever had happened, Allie was more certain than ever that her necklace was the key to figuring everything out, and her mom hadn’t simply been on some development mission.

“Did you get it?” Paulette asked.

“What could my mom have been doing there?” Allie asked, ignoring Paulette’s question.

Paulette raised an eyebrow.

“It’s some Indiana Jones stuff is what it is!” Daniel said. “I mean, did you see those carvings? And then the room!”

“You found the room?” Paulette stepped forward and started patting Allie’s pockets. “What was in there, what’d you find?”

“Stop it,” Allie said, stepping back. “What are you doing?”

Paulette took a step back and leaned against a nearby wall, her expression discouraged. Footsteps pounded in the hall. The doorknob turned. “Listen, we have to get you back there, I don’t know what it was, but we were meant to find something. Something very important or my necklace wouldn’t be telling me to help you. But for now, we have to get you to safety.” (more…)

NOVEL: Allie Strom and the Ring of Solomon, Ch 10

Amazon-Kindle Book 1The blogging of my book continues! You can pre-order it onKindle, iBooks, and Kobo, and I encourage you to do so if you enjoy the blog (Only $2.99 while on pre-order, $4.99 after). If you are intrigued and want to know what happens now…

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When the book goes live (November 15), it would be great if you have a review ready to go (hint hint). You can also pre-order book 2, Allie Strom and the Sword of the Spirit, which will go live mid-December (just in time for Christmas).

PLOT: Allie discovers that her new necklace and an unlikely friend are her keys to traveling across the world to save her mom from a cult and their otherworldly leader, and in the process learns that she has a greater destiny.

Without further ado, let’s dive into my MG novel, Allie Strom and the Ring of Solomon. 

Chapter Ten

A light shone, growing and pushing out slowly from Allie’s chest. It moved to her hand, pulsating as it sent tingles of warmth through her body. With a crack as if the air were a whip against the earth, the light expanded as far as the eye could see and then was gone, leaving the natural light of day.

She stood atop a small hill behind the brick remains of a house, Daniel and Paulette at her side. They were in a sprawling city of brick buildings and trees surrounded by mountains and foothills. The sun shone bright, doing nothing against the cold chill of the air on her skin. Her hair danced in the wind and she felt Daniel’s hand on her shoulder, but also jagged rocks beneath her. She looked over and saw him, his eyes wide and his bottom lip trembling. (more…)

NOVEL: Allie Strom and the Ring of Solomon, Ch 9

Amazon-Kindle Book 1The blogging of my book continues! You can pre-order it onKindle, iBooks, and Kobo, and I encourage you to do so if you enjoy the blog (Only $2.99 while on pre-order, $4.99 after). If you are intrigued and want to know what happens now…

… sign up for my author mailing list for a free copy (along with other free books, audiobooks and updates).

When the book goes live (November 15), it would be great if you have a review ready to go (hint hint). You can also pre-order book 2, Allie Strom and the Sword of the Spirit, which will go live mid-December (just in time for Christmas).

PLOT: Allie discovers that her new necklace and an unlikely friend are her keys to traveling across the world to save her mom from a cult and their otherworldly leader, and in the process learns that she has a greater destiny.

Without further ado, let’s dive into my MG novel, Allie Strom and the Ring of Solomon. 

Chapter Nine

Allie followed Daniel into a small bedroom, tiptoeing so as not to wake his dad. A blue comforter lay tossed across the bed and video games were scattered across the floor.

“Some place you have here,” she said.

“I’m sure.” He smirked. “Whatever, I’m a guy. I don’t have to be clean.”

“Huh,” was all she could say to that.

“So, no luck with your dad then?” he asked.

Allie’s sour mood returned. “I thought if I just told him….”

Daniel leaned against his television stand and Allie noticed something behind him.

“Is that a present?” she asked.

He turned and sure enough, he picked up a small package in blue wrapping paper.

“What is it?” she asked.

“Oh, yeah, this. Just a present from Chris.” Off her look he added, “My friend from P.E. class.”

She stared at him. “It was your birthday?” (more…)

NOVEL: Allie Strom and the Ring of Solomon, Ch 8

Amazon-Kindle Book 1The blogging of my book continues! You can pre-order it onKindle, iBooks, and Kobo, and I encourage you to do so if you enjoy the blog (Only $2.99 while on pre-order, $4.99 after). If you are intrigued and want to know what happens now…

… sign up for my author mailing list for a free copy (along with other free books, audiobooks and updates).

When the book goes live (November 15), it would be great if you have a review ready to go (hint hint). You can also pre-order book 2, Allie Strom and the Sword of the Spirit, which will go live mid-December (just in time for Christmas).

PLOT: Allie discovers that her new necklace and an unlikely friend are her keys to traveling across the world to save her mom from a cult and their otherworldly leader, and in the process learns that she has a greater destiny.

Without further ado, let’s dive into my MG novel, Allie Strom and the Ring of Solomon. 

Chapter Eight

Allie waited expectantly on the couch, rocking back and forth, the necklace held between her hands. She figured this was a talk better had between her and her dad. Daniel said he had plans anyway, so he headed home. What would her dad do when he found out? She imagined him jumping up and down for joy, like a child on Christmas morning. And then what? Somehow, he would know what to do. She was sure of it.

Her dad came home later than usual, his eyes heavy and focused on the ground before him. In the entryway, he sighed and pulled out his phone, stared at it longingly, then looked up to Allie with a half-smile.

She ran to him, the news exploding from her mouth. “I found her!” (more…)