Friday, October 11, 2013

Blog Tour: Shine by Amy Freeman - Excerpt

Shine: The Knowing Ones
Author: Amy Freeman

Release Date: July 17 2013.Genre: Fiction / Romance / Paranormal.
Print Length: 359 pages
"We walk among you. Wherever your lives take you within this world we are there and we are many. We are not superior we simply know more...far more...and none of you are safe."

Sam has always had the gift of reading auras and seeing future events. But since beginning college, her gifts are strengthening—becoming more foreboding. Dark visions she can't explain haunt her daily. She senses danger but doesn't know why.
Meeting gorgeous Olympic swimming star Trin Kosolov, who shares her extra sensory abilities, only seems to intensify the imminent peril. Sam soon discovers she was born with an identity she never knew she had and finds herself fighting for her life as she and Trin struggle to save humanity from an evil that could ultimately destroy them all.
The song came to an end. Sam pushed her hands through her thick hair, hoping the next song would be just as good. But the sound of Vig’s guitar ripped through the club instead, the audience spiking to a deafening volume, her cue to exit. Staying put would get her crushed.
She began an urgent search for Anna, who had gone to talk to Vig near the end of the song. She found her waving from their table and started toward her. Each face she passed seemed to be a guy sizing her up or just flat out pawing at her.
“Hey baby, where you goin’?”
“Want a drink?”
“No thanks. I’m looking for my friend.”
“I’ll be your friend.” This one grinned like a wolf about to pounce.
Totally put off, she began pushing past him, then stopped, glancing back in recognition. 
His drunken leering broadened as he mistook her hesitation for an opening. She turned with a shudder. The next face came into view. She knew this one as well, the next, and the next, all familiar. Then it hit her.
The dream.
Sam’s heart rate increased. She scanned the big club, matching up details with what she had seen the night before. This was it. This was the room. Her breathing quickened, fists clenching and unclenching as she wondered what she should do. Her mind raced as she recounted everything, trying to remember the order of events. Her profound curiosity won out. She had to know what was on the other side of the crowd.
She filtered forward, turning this way and that, one step at a time as she disentangled herself from the many bodies in her way—then froze in place.
Moving through the tightly packed crowd, a powerful golden blue essence spilled through the bodies like luminescent honey, passing each one, flowing forward, coming for her.
She caught her breath, casting her eyes about the oblivious crowd. Vig’s ragged voice seduced the audience, guitars rocked, thunderous beat shaking the walls. Everyone was taken by the show, dancing, screaming, just like the dream. But to her—silence, everything in slow motion, and within moments, she was taken.
Swallowed by an ocean of euphoria, she bent to its will, succumbing, moving forward to the staircase leading to the upper level balcony. She took the stairs one by one, reaching the top driven by this living light.
The crowd began to part, her heart racing. If she hadn’t been so tranquilized, she might have passed out in anticipation of what was waiting for her on the other side. Frenzied energy closed in as the last of the crowd blocking her path gave way, revealing the last thing she ever expected.
Shadowed in the corner, he sat, leaning forward on his elbows, but upon seeing her he leaned back in his chair, exposing a massive upper body and a face she couldn’t turn from.
His masculine jaw and full lips were only outdone by stunning provocative eyes—the most hypnotic blue she had ever seen, scintillating in stark contrast against tanned skin and thick black lashes. Naturally streaked by a lifetime in the sun, his light brown hair hung shaggy around his face. Broad, muscled shoulders extended into sculpted arms and powerful hands.
Sam drew in air, finding it hard to breathe.
While concealing her reaction, his teammates returned with a gaggle of sorority girls in the early stages of inebriation. A break in the music allowed for Chris’s brilliant introduction.
“Trin, dude, meet the ladies!”
Sam’s eyes gleamed. Trin.
He lifted a hand in their direction, his penetrating stare never wavering from hers.
“I’m good.” His velvet voice matched his appearance.
She reeled as a flicker of light danced off his fingertips in the direction of his friends. He was holding them at bay; aware of the energy, manipulating it.
They looked from Sam to Trin and smiled, knowing glances exchanged. Chris chuckled.
“Okay, dude. We’ll leave you to it.” The boys walked away, arms slung around their newly acquired trophies.
Trin stood. His faded blue jeans accentuated the rest of his tall, lean body. Dizzyingly beautiful.
Watching her for a moment, an apprehensive smile crossed his face. “Do you want to sit down?”
“Um, yeah,” she replied.
She moved to the chair he held out, and sat down. She noticed his golden blue aura no longer encapsulated her. It did, however, remain strong and radiant around him. She had never seen energy like this—his whole countenance utterly enigmatic.
He sat down, unearthly blue eyes studying her. But far more noticeable was an overwhelming element of relief coming from him, as if the answer to a long sought question had finally been revealed.
All of her questions remained completely unaddressed.
“I’m Trin.”
“Yeah…” she said, still hearing the name in her head. “I mean, I heard your friend call out to you before.”
Trin laughed a little, tilting his head, a trace of amusement in his eyes.
She watched him as he continued to scrutinize her, and still, this feeling of relief radiating off him; a strange emotion to accompany a first meeting.
The band started another song and the volume went back up. Damn it Vig! She wouldn’t be able to hear a word he said. She attempted to read him, baffled by his aura. She could glean nothing from it—unreadable, impenetrable.
He broke her train of thought, calling out through the music. “Are you going to tell me your name?”
“Uh, Sam.”
Amy Freeman grew up in Salt Lake City in a family of five siblings, one of which is an identical twin. She spent most of her time as a child daydreaming and creating stories. She wrote a stellar screen play at ten, her first full length book at age thirteen, and her second and third at age nineteen. She has been published in Meridian magazine, Moab Adventures magazine and has just released her debut novel SHINE the Knowing Ones —the award-winning first edition in the SHINE series.
She is active in several writing and critique groups and maintains an online page for writers, as well as her own website and writing blog
Book Two SHINE Angels for Devils is in the works with an anticipated release next year. Amy lives in St. Augustine Florida with her husband and youngest son, Jackson.

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