(Chronicles of the Interred #2)
By Marilyn Almodovar
YA Paranormal Romance
Releasing May 20, 2014
Published by Iambe Books, LLC
Baxter Jacobs just survived the worst Sweet Sixteen in history: buried in a coffin, hunted down by assassins, and losing almost everything that mattered to her. She’s ready for some normalcy, but “normal” won’t play any part of this Time Bender’s future.
Now that the immediate threat is over, Baxter learns just how much the English Council expects of the newest Interred. The pressure has her seriously considering her uncle’s offer to take her to New York, especially since she thinks it will keep her Healer, Jack, from overusing his abilities. Knowing the New York Council’s ranks are filled with beings using dark powers, however, makes her hesitate.
Before she can choose, the decision is wrenched from her. Fissures in Time result in a new battle with an old enemy. Someone she thought she’d lost reenters her life, and she’ll discover a web of lies woven into the fabric of Time…lies only she can unravel. Baxter will have to use her growing abilities to try and reveal the truth, even if it forever changes the reality she knows.
My tooth cuts into my lip as I stare at the box. The feeling of familiarity, of camaraderie, is there. Something in my brain wants me to remember, but I can’t reach those memories to explain why I want to talk about boys with her, play around and be plain silly.
Once again, pain surges as I think of how my mother did this to me. She erased Dare from my memory, not thinking twice about what she was taking away from me…a friend who belongs to this crazy Magical world, someone who would have been there to support me and talk to me before the Interment.
My mother might have been trying to protect me, but in the end, she failed. Not because she didn’t try hard, but because she left me with no recollection of the past, and no knowledge of the people around me, leaving me open to their attacks.
“There’s a part of me that remembers,” I say in a quiet voice, “but it’s like staring at a blank canvas after the pictures have been removed. There’s nothing, just the marks of the pictures that were once there.”
“Zachary says Mara wanted to protect you,” Dare says.
I open the box and pick up one of the pictures. I recognize myself in it as a six-year-old, running after a much taller blonde girl. Turning it over, I recognize my mother’s excellent penmanship: Dare and Baxter, East Hamptons, 2002.
“She did an awesome job,” I reply bitterly as Dare reaches for another picture from the pile.
“Hey.” Her eyes are as stern as her voice. “She did what she thought was best.”
“I know…but now she’s dead, and I’m left to deal with all this crap.” I try to speak as softly as I can. “I…I don’t mean crap-crap…I mean like…”
Dare’s smile is infectious. “It’s a crappy life sometimes. I mean, I can’t imagine that having people trying to kill you or take your ability is any fun.”
I nod. “I wish I knew more than what I do.”
“Well, you can start with these.” She picks another picture and holds it up for me to see. “And you can ask me anything. I’ll make sure to answer, and if I can’t, we’ll find the answers together.
Time has never been an issue for Baxter Jacobs, but then she never knew she had the ability to Bend it.
As her sixteenth birthday approaches, Baxter inherits a pendant that will change her life. Connected to the pendant is a dark and mysterious young man named Declan Ashdown. Trapped in a Time loop for the past 122 years, Declan needs Baxter’s help to escape. The only problem is, she has no idea how to do it.
To acquire the power she needs to free him, she’ll become one of the Interred, those whose Magical abilities emerge as they come of age. When she does, she’ll discover that Declan isn’t the only one interested in the fact that she’s a Time Bender.
(1) E-book of Interred , (1) E-book of Fissure
(1) Fissure Notebook , (1) Interred Magnet
Marilyn Almodóvar is the author of a series of YA paranormal novels. Born in Ft. Huachuca, Arizona, Lyn is a lover of words whose reading tastes range from Victorian novels to the books of Stephen King. Her favorite past-times have always been reading and writing, two activities that let her escape to other worlds.
Lyn could happily exist breathing the clean air of Narnia, trapped in a cupboard under the stairs with Harry, fighting alongside Captain Jack Sparrow, doing an internship in Torchwood, or traveling around time and space with the Doctor...as long as she can have Mr. Spock, Captain Kirk and Captain Mal as companions.
She currently lives in Central Florida with her French husband, English-born eldest son, and French-born youngest son.