Part Two of the Cicada Trilogy
by Belle Whittington
“The darkest days are ahead of us,” Andrew whispered as the drape of shadows slipped away, allowing Blair to awaken. And in her heart of hearts she knew it was true. The unmistakable signs were all around her, growing within her. She was becoming something more than human. All she could do was accept the inevitable.
“I’ve become a freak … an alien. I no longer belong to the human world,” Blair told her true love, and he held her close, determined never to give her up. “I’d stay in this darkness forever as long as I could be with you. Wherever you are … that’s my home.” Everett meant every word. In fact, he’d willingly give up his own life to protect the girl he’d always loved.
But there was a storm brewing … a firestorm so strong and catastrophic that it could keep them apart forever.
That storm roared into town wearing a brown leather bomber jacket and riding a motorcycle.
Ash was like a secret in human clothing … a dangerous secret. Everything about him was mesmerizing – right down to the swirls of ink that flowed over the smooth muscles across his chest and around his arms. Being with him was like playing with fire.
Blair knew all about playing with fire.
She knew something else, too. A small quiet voice deep within whispered that she really would be separated from everyone and everything she’d known and loved.
Because some secrets run too deep …
Belle resides somewhere north of Houston, Texas in a small inconsequential town with the smallest most inconsequential name. There in the shady reaches of the pines, elms, and oaks, she daydreams of adventures and secrets that she weaves throughout her stories. She studied literature at University of Houston and is quite sure that she has the best readers and fans in the whole wide world.
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Readers of my CICADAtrilogy enter the story at the Sonic in a small, inconsequential, southeast Texas town.
To those just passing through on their way to other places, Willis appears to be a tiny town at the crossroads of IH-45 and FM 1097. Many have nicknamed Willis as a “bedroom community”, which generally means that most people commute to neighboring towns for work.
But, as you may have guessed, there’s more to Willis, Texas than meets the eye. This mysterious town stretches its arms out into the great Piney Woods like antennae searching for secrets that lay hidden in the unlikeliest of places. It’s in those places, nestled beneath the shady canopies of the pines and ancient oaks, you’ll find most of the places my characters visit in FIREFLY.
Lake Conroe, for instance, plays a role in the lives of the town folk of Willis and also in the lives of my main character Blair Reynolds, her family, friends, and even a foe. For, you see, the murky waters of Lake Conroe lap at the eastern boundary of the family ranch. Not only has the lake provided hours of enjoyment in the lives of many of the characters, but it also ends up saving Blair in the ending chapters of FIREFLY. If you haven’t visited the lake, you should do so sometime … either on vacation or by picking up my books!
Before my characters prepare to travel to unknown territories south of the border, there are a few stops in Willis where they even bump into actual residents. If you’re considering a weekend trip to discover where it all happens in FIREFLY, you’ve got to include The Pizza Shack on your list of “must visit” locations. You can even sit at the same table where Ash and Blair share a pizza together after a run-in at the local Walgreens.
Like most coming-of-age stories, my characters grow and move on to different places. In the case of Blair and her friends, those places lie deep in the jungles of Brazil where another small, inconsequential town called Cândido Godói harbors secrets about the connection between them and the extraterrestrials that have become a dangerous reality in their lives. But, to find out more about that, you’ll have to wait for the release of MONARCH in 2014!
Check out my books CICADA and FIREFLY, then plan a trip to visit Willis, Texas! Though the town may seem small, the adventures are quite the opposite! ************************************
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