I have no recollection of how I ran across this particular author. I just know we found each other on Facebook, and when she put out a call for bloggers to help launch her new book, Dying to Remember, I said “sure!” Especially since her launch is (was) on 12/12/12, which is totally a cool date. And well, if you haven’t figured it out yet, this blog is all about promoting fellow artists and writers. Well, and me rambling on a variety of topics. Oh, and The Questions, which Trish answers tomorrow, so be sure to stop back by and learn more about her.
So, without further rambling on my part, here’s an excerpt from the book:
If I thought the exceedingly happy mood that has me perched atop my favorite velvet throne would last very long, I’m mistaken after I enter the Ones building. Niles is standing near the counter talking to Laney. I know the moment I see him that he is there to give me news about my volunteering status. *Poof goes my throne.*
“Hey, Piper. You really are a popular girl today,” says Laney with a tight smile.
“I guess so,” I try and laugh but it sounds more like a vocal seizure.
“Piper, I came to collect you,” Niles says, all business.
“Collect me?” I try and laugh again, but the sound is simply unpleasant so I snap my mouth shut to avoid any more verbal diarrhea, and nod a goodbye at Laney while moving back outside with Niles.
I allow my eyes a few seconds to readjust to the brightness around us. He places an arm loosely around my shoulders as we begin walking and says in a comforting tone, “Before I tell you where we are going and who we will be speaking with, I need you to understand you aren’t in trouble. You’ve done nothing wrong, okay dear?”
I don’t trust my voice so I only nod.
“I’m taking you to see the Mentors and…” he pauses to glance around us, and only when he seems satisfied that no one is close enough to hear, he continues, “…and the *Keeper*.”
I don’t know what this means. The look on my face must further establish my confusion, but Niles only nods and continues to usher me around the fountain, which is currently teeming with teens of all ages, until we reach the Staff building.
Finally, just as Niles opens the door in front of us, I find my voice, “What’s the Keeper?”
“I can’t tell you, but you will see, don’t worry, dear. Remember, you aren’t in trouble, okay?”
We walk down the empty hallway and go through a door into a room that looks nothing like the one where Mallory and I met for the first time in person. This staff room is shaped more like an oval, with no corners on the walls, and there are no tables or chairs. The center of the floor dips down a good two feet, creating a sort of recessed bench that matches the curved shape of the room. This is where the Mentors sit in a circle. I get over my intimidation of them instantly as my eyes widen at the sight of the other person sitting with them. A man at least a good foot taller than anyone else stands and nods at me. His clothes appear to be all white but it’s hard to tell at first, because the man is *glowing*.
Piper has new challenges to overcome, new names to learn, and is faced with a new Station occupation. Did she make the right choice – choosing to stay at the Station and become a Volunteer? Does she really want answers to the questions that never leave her mind? How did the Station come to be? What lies beyond? Who is Andurush and what, exactly, does he want with Piper?
She must ask herself once again if she has what it takes…but this time it isn’t about saving lives, it’s about discovering what lies beyond death. Would you want to know?
dSavannah note: The first book in the series is Dying To Forget. I haven’t read either – yet – but only because my editing means I hardly read for fun anymore!
Trish was born and mostly raised in San Diego, California, where she lives now with her family and pets. She’s been writing short stories and poetry since high school after an obsession with Stephen King’s The Stand. After over fifteen years of crazy dreams and an overactive imagination, Trish began her first book, I Hope You Find Me, in December of 2011. Book 2 is currently underway and due out in early 2013.
When Trish isn’t writing, she’s homeschooling her amazing daughter and mildly autistic son, reading whatever she can get her hands on, or enjoying the Southern California sun. As a strict Vegetarian, Trish holds a special place in her heart for animal rights and dashes into the backyard weekly to rescue lizards and mice from her mini-lab/cocker spaniel mixed dog, Zoey…who is always getting into some sort of trouble.