Green. He realized her eyes were green.
Looking down into her upturned face, Ice flashed back to the night at the campfire. The urge to kiss her was overwhelming. No, that’s not why he was here. His business was done – he should go.
But the seriousness and the potential hazards of what needed to be done made him feel rather reckless. If the medicine man wasn’t okay, Ice was going after the monster alone. So he took a step closer, crossing the line between safe distance and personal space. Jeni didn’t move.
“Mmm, hero? I don’t know about that.” He inched a little closer – close enough to feel her radiant body heat. “But I am going into battle…” Ice wondered if Jeni could hear his heart pounding. He made an attempt at a calming breath. “In case I don’t make it…I thought…” He was going to ask to kiss her, but when she raised her chin and stretched toward him, the unasked question was answered.
Thunderstone by Barbara Pietron
Genre: YA paranormal romance
Published: November 12, 2013
Sneaking out at night, driving without a license, and falling for a guy weren’t things fifteen-year-old Jeni expected to do while visiting Lake Itasca, Minnesota. Then she meets Ice, the local medicine man’s apprentice. Suddenly, her simple family gathering becomes an exciting – and terrifying – week of self-discovery. At first Jeni doesn’t believe Ice’s claim that she can touch the spirit world and has somehow released a mythical underwater monster. However, she’s forced to reconsider when a teen swears a monster killed his father while fishing on the lake. Just as she comes to accept truth, Jeni finds she is the only one who can imprison the monster, making her the creature’s next target. She’ll need immense faith in her newfound ability to put herself in harm’s way and face down the monster. And even if she succeeds in delivering the local population – and Ice – from the creature’s wrath, there is no guarantee Jeni will escape with her own life.
After years in the corporate world, Barbara found herself with a second chance to decide what she wanted to be when she grew up. Her lifetime love of books and the written word returned one answer: writer. Drawing from her experience with technical writing, she began by writing non-fiction magazine pieces and achieved both regional and national publication. Her success encouraged her to complete a novel. She learned much from her first manuscript, critiques, books, contests, and blogs. In 2012, her novel Thunderstone, was a quarterfinalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest and won a critique by Publisher’s Weekly. A few months later, she was offered publication by Scribe Publishing Company.
Barbara has a few other novels in the works, including a Thunderstonesequel. If she’s not reading or writing, Barbara likes to walk, garden, and sew. She works in a library and lives in Royal Oak, Michigan with her husband, daughter, and their cat – who often acts like a dog.