New Excerpt to Tide You Over Until the Release of Book Two!

Hello my wonderful readers, who I’m sure have been patiently waiting for me to climb back out of my hole with an update on Book Two.  So here we go.  Remember when I said that I would release book two at the end of August, OR early September?  Well, I have good and bad news.  The bad news: it’s going to be early September (hopefully) because LIFE people…because life.  I’ve been swamped with new job/family/friend events the past several weeks (all of which are good things…but really take away from the precious little free time I possess).  But there is good news!  The book IS coming (I promise) and it’s coming SOON!!  Really, this is just more time for those of you who haven’t finished Book One to catch up.  Until then, however, here is another excerpt from The Guardians of Light, Book Two: The Land of Sand and Sea to hold you over until the full thing is done…

When Kandin finally woke, Andreena was looking down at him.

“How long have I been out?” he yawned.

She shrugged.  “A couple of hours.”

“The others will probably be wondering where we are,” he groaned as he sat up.

Andreena shook her head.  “They know we’re down here, and they know where to go to reach the bottom of the cliff.  We’ll meet them there.”

Kandin frowned at her.  “How do you know that?”

“Arnes spoke to me.”  She pointed to her head.

“Isn’t she…?”

Andreena shrugged.  “Her mind is powerful, and she can tap into her powers even in her present state.”

Kandin nodded, pretending to understand.  He was tired of looking like an idiot in front of her.  With another quick stretch, he stood.

“Shall we go then?”

Andreena smiled.  Grabbing her hands, Kandin helped her stand.  It was then he noticed the dry blood coating her left palm.

“Are you okay?” he asked, turning both of her hands carefully to see the extent of the damage.

“It’s fine,” she said with a blush.  She pulled her hands away and began moving.  Kandin blinked, surprised by her strange reaction to his concern.  He quickly followed after her.  After a short time of walking, however, he began to grow tired.  The further they went, the more exhausted he became.  After about an hour, he stumbled and dropped to his knees.

“Kandin!”  Andreena knelt next to him, and when he started falling forward, she reached out and grabbed his shoulders to hold him up.  “What’s wrong?”     

“I’m…so…tired,” he gasped.

“I was afraid of this,” she sighed.

“Afraid of what?” he panted.

“That blast you emitted to save us was too powerful.  With your limited training, there was little chance you could control it.  It drained you…could have killed you!  You need more time to rest.”

“Good to know that now.”  He still struggled to catch his breath.

“Are you going to be okay?  You’re not going to pass out again, are you?”  Andreena put her hand on Kandin’s cheek to hold his head up so she could study him.  Her other hand stayed on his shoulder, keeping him upright.

His heart skipped a beat as he met Andreena’s eyes.  Her face was so close to his, he could have leaned forward and kissed her.  The thought didn’t help his breathing at all.

“I’m fine,” he murmured.  “We can keep going.”

Instead of scolding him as he expected her to, Andreena smiled and softly said, “You amaze me sometimes, Kandin.”

He couldn’t fight a grin, but didn’t say anything.  He kept his eyes locked on hers.  Her hand was still on his cheek.  As if pulled by an invisible tether, they began to lean in closer to each other.  Just as Kandin began to close his eyes, hers went wide.  She quickly turned her face away and shot backwards, removing her hands from his face and shoulder as well.  Without her supporting him, he slumped forward onto the ground.  Kandin groaned into the dirt.

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