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.
Ronnie said good night and watched her mom walk down the hall that led to the master suite at the back of the house. Then she decided her mom had a great idea and pulled out her phone as she walked upstairs. She knew Andi would still be up; she had promised to call when she got home. She walked into her room and dropped her phone when something moved on her bed. Her eyes widened as the black shadow crossed the room with amazing speed and a human hand covered her mouth to keep her from screaming.
“I’ll let you go if you promise not to scream,” Gavin said in a low voice. She nodded.
“What the hell are you doing here?” she hissed as soon as he took his hand away. “Were you following me?”
He arched an eyebrow. “Yeah, I was following you. I managed to slip by while you were making out on the porch and get passed your mom to get up here before you,” he pointed out. “Try again, Princess.”
She glared at him, a little unnerved by his close proximity. He may have removed his hand but he hadn't stepped back and she was starting to feel nervous having him so near. He was close enough to kiss. She closed her eyes as she realized this and wished he would move away. She didn’t even want to think about what that thought said about her.
“Problems, Princess?” he asked, a smirk evident in his voice. Her eyes flew open and she glared at him.
“Yeah, you,” she growled. “Why are you here?”
He finally stepped back, his trademark smirk in place as he looked her up and down. Ronnie tried not to squirm under his scrutiny. Her heart pounded as something she refused to acknowledge flashed in his eyes. He took another step back and she could breathe again. She stepped into her room enough to close the door behind her and then flipped on the overhead light, blinking in the sudden brightness. When her eyes finally adjusted, she saw that Gavin had reclaimed his place on her bed, sprawled over her pillows in a way that was entirely too inviting. She continued to glare at him.
“You know, I thought you had a good time tonight, Princess,” he commented. “You don’t look very happy.”
“I’m not; I had to come home and find you here. And you still haven’t told me why you’re here. You can’t just show up out of thin air.” She ran a hand over her hair and started pulling out the bobby pins that held it in place. She needed something to do before she entertained the thought of choking Gavin and throwing him out. He really knew how to ruin an evening. She crossed the room to sit at her vanity table and laid down the pins in her hand. She knew Andi had used close to two dozen; this was going to take a while.
“Consider me your guardian angel; I just wanted to make sure you got home all right,” he finally told her as he sat up.
“Well, I’m home safe and sound so you can leave.”
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About the Author:
Erin Danzer wrote her first book at 10-years-old for a Young Authors competition, where she was awarded 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.an Honorable Mention and discovered a passion for the written word. She’s written several novels and short stories since that spark ignited.
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