I’m excited to take part in The Shapeshifter’s Secret blog tour today! Heather is sharing an excerpt of her new book with all of you.
Julia is finally discovering what–not who–she is.
Like any sixteen-year-old, Julia’s used to dealing with problems. From her overprotective father to her absent mother to a teacher who definitely has it in for her. But everything changes when Julia’s reactions become oddly vicious and angry—more animal than human. This action-packed adventure has it all: humor, romance, and a plot that will keep you guessing to the very last page.Pub Date: June 12, 2012Publisher: Cedar Fort
As Julia burst through the school’s front doors she began running with quickness and agility she’d never known before. Normally it would have taken her at least an hour to get to Covington Park. However, only minutes had passed when she arrived out of breath and fatigued. Her chest heaved, but she continued onward to the deserted woodland behind the park.
Julia entered into the hidden dark forest and collapsed on the dirt floor. She tried to shake off the anger and heat that pulsed inside her, but it only seemed to have gotten worse. Images of Ms. Finnary and the students swirled in her head, and she screamed with anguish. Why couldn’t she get rid of the horrible feelings? It seemed her whole body was reacting more extreme this time, and she knew she was dangerous.
A branch snapped near her, and she sprang up from the ground baring her teeth again like a wild animal.
She spun around menacingly, and to her shock, found Caleb standing just a few feet away from her.
“Julia, are you okay?” he asked walking toward her with his hands out.
“How did you find me here?”
“You need to calm down. I can help you,” he said, far too composed for the situation.
“Leave.” Julia’s voice was mean, and she hoped it would be enough to get him to disappear. “I don’t want to be responsible for what I do to you.”
“I’m not going to leave you,” Caleb stated. “I want to help.”
“No,” she growled. Soon her hands began shaking harder than ever before. Her breathing seized her, and she felt her lungs might explode before she had enough air. She shook her head as her vision was obscured, and suddenly she was no longer Julia.
Heather Ostler grew up near the mountains with a rambunctiously entertaining family. She majored in English at Utah Valley University, and soon began composing stories about masquerades, water nymphs, and shapeshifters. She and her husband, Kellen, reside in Highland, Utah with two remarkably pleasant pugs.