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Synopsis: Being a teenager is tough, especially when you have to pretend to be something you’re not, and you’re in love with someone you shouldn’t. 115 years ago, a small planet called Arcadia was invaded by a vicious alien race and nearly destroyed. Cut off from their resources, the Arcadians turned to Earth for help. A group of Arcadian explorers discovered a Prophecy that claimed their salvation lay in the hands of two children from Earth. To ensure their safety, the Arcadian Council sent their most gifted youngsters to Earth to act as protectors. Samantha is one of them.
To succeed in her mission she must learn to control her Arcadian powers and keep her true identity from her best friend, and the girl she swore to protect, Alexia. But Samantha will soon realize that nothing is as it seems. Someone is trying to prevent the Prophecy from taking place and the prophecy boy hasn't been found yet. There is also a new drug circulating at school that is turning students into freakishly strong menaces.
To make matters worse, distractions keep getting in her way. Such as her love/hate relationship with her “cousin” Matthew. Or her confused feelings toward popular and mysterious Julian. She wants nothing more than to be free to live her life. But the survival of Arcadia depends on her and her friends. Free will is not an option.
*Note from the author: Due to strong language and mature content this book is recommend to readers 17+. This is a Sci-Fi/Paranormal Romance novel.
Swoon Worthy Character Interview
TeamNerd Reviews: What would you say makes you so swoon worthy to the ladies? What draws them to you (minus your gorgeous looks)?
Matthew: I guess it's the mystery factor that draws them to me. I'm not a fan of reveling much about myself and for some crazy reason girls dig that.
TeamNerd Reviews: How do you feel about having your life story on display for the world to read? Does it bother you that M.H. Soars wrote a book depicting what happened to you?
Matthew: Yes, it does. But I don't have any say in the matter. At least I still get to keep some things to myself.
TeamNerd Reviews: What would you say people misunderstand about you the most that drives you crazy?
Matthew: They think just because I don't like to talk about my feelings that I'm broody. I don't brood. I just like my privacy.
TeamNerd Reviews: What’s one of your most embarrassing moments you’re willing to admit publicly (keep it PG to PG-13!)?
Matthew: When I was voted best boyfriend material sophomore year. Girls would stare at me in the hallway and giggle as I walked by. It didn't help that Sean and Zach teased me to no end.
TeamNerd Reviews: What’s something you’ve always wanted to do but haven’t had the opportunity to yet?
Matthew: I would love to explore my home planet, Arcadia. Unfortunately, due to our mission, every time spent there is devoted to training and nothing else.
TeamNerd Reviews: If you could have your own personal theme song, which artist or band would you want to write it and what would the song be called?
Matthew: That's a hard question to answer. Can I get a rain check?
TeamNerd Reviews: Let’s wrap this up with some fun questions to tease your fans with *wink*:
If you could have any superhero power which one would you want? I've got a superhero power, sort of, so I think I'm good in that department. To be able to come back to life is a pretty cool power.
Boxers, briefs or commando? Boxers.
Favorite cuss word: Don't have one.
Favorite sound: How about utter silence.Any tattoos? If yes, where is it and what is it of? If not, would you ever get one and what of? Heck, no and no. To quote Sean, have you ever seen a Ferrari with bumper stickers?
SNEAK PEEK FROM THE PROPHECY OF ARCADIA
The conversation with Alexia had made me edgy. I walked toward the middle of the room, getting closer to Sam so I could have a clear look at her face. Even though I could tell she was trying to be stoic, I wanted to see if there was any sign that she still cared.
She closed the book she was pretending to read and sat up on her bed, looking at me like I was a nuisance. “You know I don’t want to talk to you. Why do you insist?”
She stood up suddenly, throwing her book on the bed with such force that it bounced and landed on the floor. My gaze followed the book’s trajectory and stayed on it for a few seconds as I tried to control my rampant emotions. Sam’s question hurt, and it subdued my anger a little. I took a deep breath and found her face again.
“Do you even have to ask? How many times do I have to say I’m sorry for what I did to you seven years ago?” My voice came out strained. I was sure she had noticed, but her angry posture didn’t change.
“Just tell me what really happened then. Just tell me, Matt.” She used my nickname — something she only did when she forgot she was supposed to be mad at me. Her voice had a pleading tone to it now, and it gave me hope. I looked into her eyes and saw all the hurt there. I wanted to tell her, I truly did, but I just didn’t know what to tell her.
“Sam,” I said as I carefully approached her. She gasped as I placed my hands on her arms. I looked deep into her eyes. That close, I could see little gray specks in a sea of dark blue. “I, I, can’t tell you,” I finally said.
She pushed me away from her with a powerful shove and I had to take several steps back to regain my balance. “You can’t, or you won’t, Matthew?”
Her own anger fueled mine. I didn’t want to lose it with Sam, but I also wasn’t able to walk away from this conversation now. She had balled her hands into fists, and that did something to me.
I hesitated to tell her the real reason because she probably wouldn’t believe me. But the swell of emotions within me just made me want to yell the truth at her. But how could I tell her that looking at her after the accident made me feel like the most despicable person in the world?
“I can’t tell you because I don’t know why!” I watched her expression change from anger to disbelief and back to anger again in a matter of seconds.
“Bullshit!” she said.
Sam was ready for a fight. Her muscles were tight with anger. The air around us felt charged, like the calm before the storm.
Ignoring the signs that we were escalating this argument beyond our control, I moved closer to her again. But now my movements had a menacing quality to them. I was letting her know she wouldn’t be able to push me away this time as I pleaded my case.
“Why can’t you believe me? Why is it so hard for you to trust me and forgive me?” My temper was rising, and I was starting to feel feverish. I opened and closed my hands, trying to control the rage boiling inside of me. My entire body shook and I knew I had awakened the Phoenix. It didn’t take much these days. Sam had the power to evoke feelings in me that I would rather keep buried.
She took a few steps back until she reached the edge of her bed and couldn’t retreat further. “Because you won’t trust me!”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
I like to call myself a United Nations child. I was born in the United States but grew up in several different countries which gave me a broader perspective of life. I've always been passionate about books and stories and at a certain point had a comic book series going. With a background in fashion design I always thought I was going to follow that path. But the characters in my head kept begging to be set free. So I decided to write their stories. A couple of years and a baby later, the first installment of my Arcadian Wars series is finally done. I currently reside in New Mexico with my husband and baby daughter. I love to read novels in the YA, PNR, Fantasy, Historical Fiction, and Chick Lit genres. When not devouring said novels, you may find me shopping online (I'm an expert), blogging about fashion, or trying to teach my daughter to walk (even though she's too young for that).
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