Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Midnight Moon by Marilee Brothers

BLURB:
The Trimarks are planning an invasion. And the only thing standing in their way is Allie and the moonstone . All Allie wants is a normal life - friends, boys, school dances. Right. Like that's going to happen.
In two weeks, during the summer solstice, Allie's going to face the biggest challenge of her life, fighting against time to save the world from a Trimark invasion. You'd think the world of weird might leave her alone to plan how she's going to survive. But nothing in Allie's world is simple or easy, especially when she's attacked by Trimarks trying to steal the moonstone. Then Sammie disappears into the faery world of Boundless, and Allie must follow and bring her home, only to find the fairy queen, Luminata, isn't about to let Allie leave. So, what's a girl with magical powers supposed to do?
Fortunately, she has a team to help her, a team with special talents of their own.
EXCERPT
By the time I finished my noodles, all traces of the setting sun had disappeared. Darkness pressed against the windows, reminding me that, in our brightly lit trailer, I was a moving target. I moved from window to window, lowering the blinds against the silent, oppressive darkness. Clouds covered the moon and stars. No crickets chirping. Even the sound of traffic on Peacock Flats road seemed muffled and far away. After my dad’s visit, I saw Chris Revelle lurking in every shadow. I double-checked the lock on the door, listening for the shuffling sound of footsteps. Stop it, Allie. You’re freaking yourself out. I turned on the TV for company. Why was my hand shaking? Feeling a bit obsessive, I checked to make sure the moonstone was lying next to the silver cross. In that position, anyone trying to touch it would get zapped big time. Except for Sammie. She wore a locket the exact same shape as the moonstone. We hadn’t figured out the why of it, but somehow the locket and moonstone were meant to be together. A sudden breeze swept down from the Cascades and rattled the awning. Dried weeds behind the trailer thrashed in the wind and scratched against its aluminum siding like witch’s fingernails seeking a weak spot. The sound made me shiver. Okay, now I was well and truly spooked. Sammie. I’d call Sammie and see if wanted to come over and spend the night. As I reached for the phone, it rang shrilly. My heart leaped into my throat. No response when I answered. Not at first. Then, I heard ragged breathing punctuated with low-pitched moans. Oh my God! Was this my very first obscene phone call? I blew out my breath in disgust. Before I could slam down the phone, I heard another sound that turned my blood to ice. A hoarse scream of agony followed by a male voice gasping, “Allie. Please. Don’t hang up.” Junior? I couldn’t tell. My fingers tightened around the phone. “Who . . . who . . . ?” The sound of a blow, another grunt of pain, and the phone went dead. I stared at it in disbelief as if my gaze could bring it back to life. Eventually, the thinking part of my brain kicked in and I hit the off button.
BIO:
A former teacher, coach and school counselor, Marilee lives in Washington State and writes full time. Her books include Castle Ladyslipper, a medieval romance, The Rock and Roll Queen of Bedlam, winner of the 2010 Booksellers Best award for romantic suspense, Moonstone, Moon Rise, Moon Spun, Shadow Moon, and Midnight Moon. Marilee is a member of the Romance Writers of America, Pacific Northwest Writers Association and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. 
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