Hi everyone! Today is the start of the Afterglow Trilogy blog tour, and I have something for you. Author Alyssa Rose Ivy wants to share an excerpt of Beckoning Light, the first book in the trilogy.
About Beckoning Light:
As Charlotte steps through the gate, she has a strong feeling that nothing will ever be the same again.
Moving back to South Carolina after three years away, Charlotte knows she’s going to have to face people from her past and adjust to a new high school, but she’s completely unprepared for what else waits for her in Charleston.
Drawn through an old garden gate, Charlotte discovers a hidden world where she meets Calvin, a boy to whom she is inexplicably attracted. As Charlotte is pulled deeper into this hidden world, it’s up to her older brother Kevin to rescue her. No matter how hard Kevin tries, the rescue depends upon Charlotte fighting her intense feelings for Calvin while mastering a set of abilities that she has only just discovered she possesses.
I snapped out of my hurt and spit out “Yours? I’m yours? I am nobody’s possession. Maybe in this crazy world you still treat women like the Middle Ages, but where I come from, women are encouraged to be independent and strong. We’re not owned like property.”
“Property? Charlotte, you know I did not mean it that way. I just meant that you are meant to be with me,” Calvin said sadly.
I knew that if I was going to make my move, now was the time. I let the words out. “If I am going to be treated like a prisoner, then why not chain me up and throw me in a dungeon?”
For some reason, those words did the trick. Calvin stopped arguing.
Blake took advantage of his silence. “Clearly, Charlotte is not to be reasoned with right now. She wants to be treated like a prisoner; we will give her that. Of course, that is only if you agree, Calvin.”
“You think we should put her in the dungeon?” Calvin asked tentatively.
“A few hours down there and she will realize how silly she is being. See how she behaves when she is actually a prisoner.” Blake looked at Calvin for approval.
Calvin tried one last time to hold my hand, but I pulled it back. He nodded to Blake. Trying to avoid looking at Calvin, I noticed a look of shock crossing James’s face. Calvin gestured to the armed Bravado at the door and told them to escort me down to the dungeon.
As I was led out of the room, Calvin called out to me using almost the exact words Blake had used the night before, “Charlotte, Bellgard is your home now, and the sooner you accept that, the easier it will be for all of us.” When I didn’t respond, he continued, “As soon as you are ready to return to me, you will be released immediately.”
I couldn’t even look at him. As much as my heart ached, I tried to reassure myself that my mission was accomplished. My reassurances did nothing; I was led down to the dungeon with tears streaming down my face.
Ooooo…. sounds good, huh?
The second book in the trilogy, Perilous Light, is available too.
About Perilous Light:
Would you sacrifice everything for a world you barely knew?
A year has passed since Charlotte and Kevin first stepped
through the gate into Energo and neither has been able to settle back into their normal lives. Charlotte tries to distract herself from thoughts of Calvin with the antics of James and her growing friendship with Liam. Kevin can’t seem to shake his feelings for Samantha as he adjusts to his new identity as a college basketball player.
When they unexpectedly return to Energo, both Charlotte and Kevin must face their fears and become the leaders they were always meant to be.
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You can download both books from Amazon by clicking on the covers.