College-bound Lexi Adams leads no ordinary life. Premonitions dictate her every move, compelling her to rescue strangers day and night. After years of self-sacrifice, she decides to ignore one, but innocent people die. More complications arise when a series of strange illnesses and murders devastate her small town, and co-worker Jessica Nelson insists Lexi can help. According to Jessica, everyone is born with an inner energy called Essence. Only a select few, Amethysts, can control Essence and heal people. Jessica claims to be an Amethyst and asks Lexi to join her and a group of her friends as they track the murderers. But Lexi discovers Jessica’s friends harbor extraordinary abilities and their own hidden agenda.
Lexi wonders why Jessica’s group has connections with the Ray-pacs – the sadistic killers who are preying on human Essence? Ultimately, Lexi must decide if life, not death, equals salvation. And if so, is she willing to make sacrifices and help eradicate the Ray-pacs?
Amethyst is the first novel in the Guardian series, a spellbinding, young adult, urban fantasy series.
Targeted Age Group:: Young Adult
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
Once, only once in my life did I have a feeling something really bad was about to happen. Not exactly a premonition but something similar. When I was in elementary school, my parents had a huge dinner party fundraiser for the Rotary Club, and one of the couples brought their daughter with them. She was the same age as me, and we spent the evening talking, laughing, and getting to know each other. We really hit it off, and I was excited to learn she only lived a couple miles away. Because she went to a private school we’d never run into each other at the public school. When it was almost time for her to leave, I had a terrible sensation that something bad was going to happen. At the time I thought I was crazy, but I couldn’t shake the chills and darkness sweeping over my body when I looked at my new friend. When I asked if she could stay the night, my parents were all in, but her parents didn’t think it was a good idea because they didn’t know us very well. To say I begged and pleaded would be an understatement, but eventually, her parents relented. They ran her home to get her overnight items and brought her back. In the early hours of the morning, a truck and car were drag racing down the street by my friend’s house, and not realizing the street ended, the truck was unable to stop at the sudden stop sign and ran right into her house. Her entire bedroom wall of bricks crushed inward, leaving bricks and rubble all over her bed, destroying her bedroom. Had she been home that night, we’re not sure she would have lived through it. The event was shocking and everlasting, especially for me because my strange feelings that something horrible was going to take place, really did. A couple days later, I told my parents that if I ever wrote a book some day it would be about a girl who has premonitions and saves people. So, my character Lexi Adams was born.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
I knew I wanted to have college students and a strong female character, thus, Lexi Adams, the main character was created. Actually, for the rest of the characters, I wrote a list of names I loved and tried to imagine them in the different roles. Jason and Madison have always been favorite names, so I chose them. I wanted a bad boy and decided Ash was the perfect fit.
I wiped my face and peered through the rain, trying to discern who was winning the other battle. Both humans were unbelievably fast, but maybe that was an illusion created by the mist.
Dancing around each other, they threw punches and kicks from all angles like they were in a martial arts competition. The girl swooped in and delivered a swift upper cut to the bare-chested guy’s face. His lip split and sprayed a fountain of blood. Staggering back, he finally regained his balance and launched himself forward, kicking her mid-drift. The force of impact sent her hurtling to the ground. She landed flat on her butt.
“Now you’ve really pissed me off!” she yelled, rising to her feet. All at once, buckets flew through the air, one right after another, clobbering him from all directions. I knew she was quick, but how was she…? I rubbed my eyes and watched as she hurled those buckets faster than I could blink. In fact, I don’t know how her arms could move that fast.
One of the dogs yelped, causing me to glance away for an instant, so I missed how she executed her next move. But when I looked back, the bare-chested guy was sailing backwards through the air. He slammed into the brick sidewall, and his head snapped forward.
At that moment, another cloaked person entered the alley, dashed past the dogs, and rushed toward us. I held out the bat, but the person said, “We’re here to help. Are you all right?” The voice was soft and definitely female.
Before I could respond, the whimpering girl at my side sputtered, “I don’t think I can…” But suddenly her voice morphed into a shriek, and she pointed in front of us.
I looked up. The Mastiff had broken away and was bolting our direction. His droopy jowls lurched side to side. Raising my hand in the air, I fired a jet-stream of mace into his face and then swung the bat. The bat never made contact though, because unbelievably, the Mastiff stopped dead in his tracks, like he’d run into a brick wall. His amber eyes sealed shut, and his face twisted in pain. My jaw dropped, and I looked at the pepper spray with new respect.
Who needed a Taser? Right? Talk about overrated.
Taking advantage of the situation, the Wolfhound attacked and tore a bloody chunk of flesh from the Mastiff’s hind leg. Howling, the Mastiff’s strange yellow eyes popped open. He leaped several feet in the air, glided over the Wolfhound, and tore from the alley. How he did that, I don’t know, but the Wolfhound followed in hot pursuit.
That’s when I noticed the bare-chested guy had disappeared as well.
His impressive opponent yelled urgently, “Let’s go.” She didn’t come any closer, just brushed her hands together at a task well done. I couldn’t make out her facial features, but long, drenched hair clung to her back.
Stepping forward, I found my voice. “That was insane! How did you throw those buckets?”
Her head tilted slightly upwards, and light glistened on her wet face. “That is one of my many talents. Now, let’s get out of here,” she said haughtily.
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