Meet Cindy, Matt and Phillip Hodges, three teenage siblings who are doing their best to cope with the divorce of their parents. Although they are siblings, they are very different people who are coping with the situation in their own way. Through a strange circular machine with its own personality that appears in the basement of their lake house, they are transported to a different world, a world where magic and science are one. It is also a world where people have wings, can fly, and live in a magnificent, sprawling city floating in the sky. They soon find themselves involved in a religious war, their coming prophesized years ago in the Book of Origins as the Empath, the Warrior and the Wind Rider. With the help of Arion, a teenage sorcerer’s apprentice and the beastly yet strangely human Posdingo, they invade the floating city of Fastune to not only set free the Phoenix – The Daughter of God and this world’s version of Jesus Christ – but to also rid them of the evil Mephosi, a power mad wizard who has declared himself God. As the soldiers of two kingdoms collide in a terrible war they race to set this world back on a peaceful path. But then, a choice must be made. Once it is all over, will they stay here on this wonderful world filled with people they have come to love and consider family…or return home to a family that is broken?
Targeted Age Group:: 10-25
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
Like any of my books, I had to the idea for it and I wanted to explore it and see how it would come out. Even though I pretty much had a general idea of what would happen there were a good deal of surprises.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
My characters take on their lives as the story unfolds. As I write I find out more and more about them and the become fully fleshed out.
Phillip and Matt turned around and their eyes widened.
Floating five feet from the ground and twenty feet away was the Circle.
“Oh, Christ! What is that thing?” Matt barked, now pressing against the wall.
“Don’t be scared of it, it won’t hurt you,” Cindy said.
Phillip looked at it enraptured, his brow furrowed, not saying anything.
“Won’t hurt us? What do you mean it won’t hurt us? It’s a…thing!” Matt yelled.
“No, it’s not just a thing. It’s a…I don’t know exactly what it is, but it’s not just a thing!” Cindy said defensively. “Mr. Circle, these are my brothers Phillip and Matthew.”
The Circle swirled its lights as if saying hello.
Matt looked at his sister not believing what he was seeing, her talking to a…thing, and then the thing seeming to respond. He gazed at his brother. “Phillip, do you see this? What do you think it is?”
“Thank you, Mr. Spock. Now what is it?”
“I can’t say that I’m really sure.”
“Well, there’s a first! We need to get out of here and call the cops!”
“Let’s just wait a moment.”
Matt looked at him as if he had lost his mind. “What do you mean wait a moment? It might decide to fry us with a death ray or something!”
“I don’t think so. If it was dangerous and going to harm us, it would have done so already.”
“Maybe it wanted to get us all in the same room so that it could take us out all at once!”
“No, it wanted to get all of us together, but not to fry us,” Cindy said.
“What do you mean, Cindy?” Phillip asked.
Cindy explained her theory of why she had been able to see it earlier but they couldn’t, because of their mother being in the room. She then went on to explain that she now felt connected to it somehow because of what she had experienced a few minutes ago when she was down here alone with it.
“Will you stop saying that?” Matt complained.
“I have to agree with her about the combination. It is obviously a correct deduction because here we all are and Mom is in her room asleep. If she were here, the…mechanism that is before us now would more than likely not be here.”
“Great! Let’s go get her up so she can call the cops!”
“Now, now, let’s not be hasty.”
“Hasty? Haste is what we should be making! As fast as we can!”
“I’m quite sure that there is nothing to worry about. Also, look at this. I’ve never seen anything like it. It most definitely requires further inspection.”
“Inspect all you want, just do it after you call the cops!”
“We have to make contact with it, all in the name of science.”
“Don’t start! This isn’t something that you can harmlessly look at in a book or through a telescope! It’s here right in front of us!”
“I know. That’s what makes it so fascinating.”
“One more time. Say that word one more time and I’ll show you something really fascinating!”
Phillip moved towards it, Cindy following him.
“Don’t be scared, Phillip. It won’t hurt you,” she said.
“I’ve pretty much deduced that.”
“So, what do you think it is?”
He looked in the center of it, a constantly roving void of endless space.
“I would assume that it could be used for quite the number of things, but my first line of reasoning after inspecting it so closely is that it is some kind of trans-portal device.”
“Would you mind saying that in English?” Matt asked. He had worked up the nerve to approach it and was now standing beside them.
“It is a transporter, more than likely transporting a person to wherever they want to go. It is even possible that it could be a time machine, bending time to its will and able to transport an individual to a different timeline, possibly even another reality.”
“That some kind of machine could actually exist is incredible, it really is a discovery of monumental proportions.”
“If you say so.”
“I keep trying to make out what the vastness is inside of it. I don’t recognize any of the planets or star configurations. However, the way things are moving so rapidly makes any kind of observation difficult. It is very possible that this mechanism may be from an entirely different galaxy.”
“That’s what it told me!” Cindy piped in. “It said that it had been around since the dawn of time and had seen so many things that it was incredible! It’s like a computer and it stores everything that it sees.”
“Incredible! If we could somehow access its…database, I suppose you would call it, think of all of the scientific knowledge that we could gain from it, learn from it. It would be the greatest discovery of all time! The secrets to the universe could be within its very walls waiting for us to unlock them! Right here in our own house!”
“I think it’s pretty,” Cindy said admiring it. The Circle must have appreciated the compliment because it twirled its lights again.
“You know, this reminds me of a book I read recently. It was called ‘Across Time’ by the writer Susan Lexington. It was a time travel story going from present day to the mid-sixties and then back if I remember correctly. The device used to transport the two kids in the story looks very much like what is in front of us right now, the way she described it in so much detail. I always found that story very interesting because it seemed like such a touching, emotional journey. It made me believe that it really happened. The fact that it was written in first person also made it all the more heartfelt.”
“I might have to read that,” Cindy said. “She’s Ronald Lexington’s wife. Both of them are writers.”
“Which leads me to believe something else, if that story was indeed not just a work of fiction but an actual account of something that really happened, as incredible as it might be then this device might have visited other people on this planet for whatever reason. This is all, of course, just brainstorming, but brainstorming is one of the first steps in narrowing down a problem and finding a solution.”
“Excuse me. I don’t mean to rain on your parade or anything, but have we forgotten the point of this? Namely, what is it doing here in the first place?” Matt asked.
“Oh, yes. That is certainly a matter of importance.”
“I would think so!”
“Have any of you noticed a strange smell coming from it by any chance?”
Cindy and Matt smelled the air for a moment.
“It smells kind of like grass,” Cindy offered.
“Yes, some kind of foliage. Don’t you find that odd that an odor of that sort is coming from a mechanical device?”
“Yeah, it is kind of weird. Maybe it’s broken or something,” Matt said.
“I don’t think so,” Phillip replied, his forefinger resting on his chin.
“I don’t like that look you’re wearing. What are you thinking?’
“I’m putting all of the knowledge that we have together and forming a theory. Think about it, this machine could have appeared anywhere in the world and for some reason it is here in front of us. Also, there is the fact that the machine only appears when Cindy is present because she is somehow linked to it, or when the three of us are together. No other combination. There is also what I told you about the book ‘Across Time’ and how not only was it a time travel story, but that the machine described in it seems to be this exact same one. Then there is the smell of the foliage coming from it. It is all very interesting.”
“What’s interesting about it, I mean other than the obvious?”
“I believe that the machine has come seeking us out because we are supposed to assist it in some way.”
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