2 Page Tuesday – Sherry Soule

Today I am pleased to have author Sherry Soule on the blog! So grab a cold drink and enjoy her visit…

 

What was the inspiration behind Beautifully Broken?

 

I’ve always had a morbid fascination with ghosts. I love all things supernatural, and I knew the young adult fiction market was flooded with vampires, fairies, and werewolves, so I decided to make the heroine of my debut novel a sassy witch who works in a haunted house filled with lost souls. Because witches need love too!

 

 

BEAUTIFULLY BROKEN EXCERPT:

 

“Good morning, Shiloh” Ariana said the next morning as she slid into the Jeep, throwing her backpack on the backseat. “I’m extra happy about you getting a vehicle. It sucks taking the bus. You want gas money?”

“Nah. My dad gave me a gas card.” I slowed at the red light.

“We’re gonna be late if we keep hitting all these lights.” She pulled down the visor mirror to check her unruly blond curls.

“I wanna try a spell,” I said. Ari glanced over at me and I added, “To get all the lights to change.”

She shrugged. “Okay.” She rubbed her hands together and added an evil laugh. “Muahaha!”

I giggled. “I’m serious. I’ll try to absorb the color green from the trees and grass with my mind and then I’ll direct it at the traffic lights.”

I gazed at the pines arched thick over Sycamore Avenue and weakening the sunlight. I breathed the fresh fragrance of green spring grass and the scent of pine from the trees supporting lavish conifers on their branches. My ears caught the enchanted chirping of blue birds and the cool morning breeze softly touched my cheeks, blowing wisps of hair across my forehead.

I took a deep, cleansing breath and said, “Traffic light, traffic light, erase all traces of red from my sight.” My gaze fixed on the red signal ahead. “Move these cars along their way, and keep the traffic moving today.” As we approached the next light, it turned green, and I breezed through the intersection.

Ariana clapped her hands. “Whoa! Did you learn that from those books you bought?”

I nodded and smiled. “Maybe I’m a real witch.”

Ari grinned. “I think I’d like having a BFF who’s witchy.”

The rest of the way to school all the lights remained green. We parked in the lot and Paige waved hello from across the quad and joined us. “Shiloh, can I borrow your notes for algebra? I left mine at Grant’s house.”

Ariana made loud kissing noises, and I giggled.

Paige wacked Ariana on the butt with a binder. “Cut it out, Ari. I respect his mind.”

“Sure ya do,” Ariana said with a giggle. We entered the building and went our separate ways. I headed for English class and they walked toward gym. I didn’t have any classes with Ariana this year, which really sucked. I slid into my desk and stashed my backpack beneath it as Mr. Hall handed back our essays. The room fell silent, apart from the murmurs and moans as he passed each desk. To my left, Ashley scanned her paper and smiled smugly. Micah bent over his essay, one hand rubbing the back of his neck. Around me the sounds grew louder, a cough, papers rustling, the scribble of a pen, and someone shifting in their chair. Nervously, I tapped my boot on the metal chair in front of me. Mr. Hall reached my row and I glanced at my grade. Whew. Although I’d written the paper on my real fears, I’d still gotten an A-.

Mr. Hall made his way back up to the front of the classroom and wrote on the blackboard the word, DECISION. “Our lives are determined by the everyday choices we make. And occasionally, we make a choice, sometimes cautiously, sometimes wisely, that yields unwanted results. For your last assignment of the year, I want you to focus on what decision means, and write a short paper on a difficult choice you’ve recently made. This needs to be completed by Thursday, people! We’ll have a class party on Friday before school lets out for summer. Ashley has offered to bring cupcakes…”

I pondered my decision to work at Ravenhurst while he droned on. Was it a smart one or a dangerous one? Was my ambition leading me into serious trouble? My thoughts turned to Trent and a smile spread my lips. Yeah, he was worth a little trouble.

The temperature cooled. Kids were suddenly zipping up jackets and pulling down sleeves. I hunched over and rubbed my arms. I glanced at the air-conditioner, but it wasn’t on. A bad feeling settled all the way down to my belly ring. This primitive instinct always hit me whenever the shadows appeared.

Dark otherworldly shapes entered my line of sight. They scuttled beneath desks, tables, and heavy drapes. Mr. Hall sat on the edge of his desk and read aloud from the textbook. Everyone had their head down, reading along and taking notes.

I listened. Counted to a hundred. Mentally picked out my outfit for school tomorrow. Thought about my history assignment due. I tried not to fidget. I jutted out my chin.

Invisible fingers touched my back. Cold as ice cubes. I turned my head. The wraith floated directly behind my chair. Her fair eyes were like dying spring flowers with frostbite. So haunted they held no trace of life.

Crud. Why did I sit in the back again? Good move, Shiloh.

She snaked out a hand and stroked my arm. Frost slid in my veins at her soft caress. My teeth chattered. “Shiloh, what makes a person heroic is when they don’t let their fears stop them from finding the answers they seek,” the wraith said, although no one heard or saw her but me.

I cringed and pulled my arm free from her grasp.

This is just too much. I mean, a month ago my life’s like, oh—crap—a pop quiz! Today it’s oh—crap, it’s the skulking wraith and I’m on some supernatural hit list.

 

BUY LINKS

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/beautifully-broken-sherry-soule/1104027189?ean=2940012787293&itm=1&usri=sherry%2bsoule

 

Amazon Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/Beautifully-Broken-Spellbound-Series-ebook/dp/B0058DE8YI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1309823343&sr=1-1-catcorr

 

Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/69419

 

Where you can find Sherry Soule:

Official website: http://sherrysoule.com/

Blog: http://sherrysoule.blogspot.com/

Twitter: http://twitter.com/writersherry

Book Trailer/YouTube: http://youtu.be/5uqVXKygvUs

goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11634793-beautifully-broken

 

 

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