Scientist Talia Zaryn has always had visions of an alien invasion and her own death. She’s kept them a secret, hoping they were nothing more than childish nightmares. But when the face in the mirror matches that of her dreams, she knows her death is imminent. If she can prove that life exists beyond her planet, perhaps people will prepare to fight.
Her work at the Space Exploration Foundation leaves no time for personal relationships, but Major Landry Sutton isn’t looking for a friend. He’s looking for a traitor. His ability to sense emotions convinces him Talia is that traitor until a touch sizzles between them. In an instant their minds are connected and they can communicate telepathically. Just as the two begin to trust each other, the invading force arrives.
Talia and Landry must uncover the secrets of Sendek’s past if they hope to defeat these terrifying creatures. Talia is the key–if she can learn to trust the magic coursing through her veins.
I thought I’d share something I haven’t shared anywhere else in the blogosphere yet. This is the beginning of the invasion.
She watched the light draw closer, every muscle tightening.
“I’m not going to wait for them.” She spat the words out and bolted.
She hit the zipway heading toward the edge of town at a full sprint. It was twenty miles to the forests, and she doubted she could make it even with the help of the moving sidewalk, but she had to try. She gritted her teeth against the pain in her shoulder and refused to look back.
The whir of engines filled the air and a spotlight illuminated her. Talia stumbled and fell when she tried to get a good look at the ship. The zipway kept her in motion but she knew she had to hide somewhere. One roll and she was off the sidewalk and struggling to her feet, her shoulder hanging limply by her side. Talia ran into an alley as the ship landed in the street.
There was nothing in the alley to hide her. No doors. No windows. Not even a trash receptacle to crouch behind.
Talia ran to the dead end and sank to her knees sobbing. She ached for someone to hold her together for the last moments of her life.
“Talia!” Landry’s voice called into the alley.
“Landry?” Talia turned to see him running toward her. She only had time to stand before he had her in his arms. She clung to him.
“Talia, we have to get you out of here.” Landry pulled her toward the street.
“They’re here, aren’t they?”
“Yes, but not close. They started the invasion on the west side. We’ll head for the forests to the east. I’ll get you to the first town we pass before I join my men.”
“Do you have to come back?” Talia’s chest tightened. Landry had found her, but he already planned to leave. If he left, she knew it would be forever. There was no way to fight the Dragumon.
“Landry . . . you can’t win—their weapons . . .” It was more than she could take. The fleeting moment of safety fled and she broke down completely.
Landry scooped her up and carried her to the scytheglider. He pushed her across the seat and climbed in. Once the door closed, he cloaked the ship and lifted off.
About the Author:
Charity Bradford has been a voracious reader ever since her 5th grade teacher introduced her to the world of books with Where the Red Fern Grows and Summer of the Monkeys. She’s the mother of four kids that keep her on her toes, constantly reminding her that imagination still makes the world go round. She lives in Arkansas with her hubby and children, and firmly believes that a smile can solve most problems. The Magic Wakes is her first novel.
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