By Jessie Lane
Editions: ebook, paperback
Published May 24th 2012 by Pub It
Genre: YA / Fantasy
She’ll have to believe the unbelievable to survive.
The doctors have told Kay that she will die before she reaches her eighteenth birthday. Her mother’s determination to save her life leads them to a move outside of Asheville, NC to a new set of cancer specialists in the hopes to help her. But it’s not what Kay and her Mom find in the doctor’s offices in Asheville that lead them on the journey to save her before time runs out. It’s what Kay finds in the woods outside of Asheville, and an inhumanly gorgeous guy named Ryan, instead.
Myths and fairy tales come to life before Kay’s eyes, bringing her closer to the ultimate cure if she can stay alive long enough to get there. And if the cancer doesn’t kill her before she finds the cure the secrets her mother has hidden from her may be the beginning of the end.
Can she reach her destiny before tragedy strikes?
~ Author Blurb
“I stood there frozen knowing that I would probably die because of this wretched creature when all of a sudden I saw the quick movement of an arm bringing down the point of the knife slicing down towards the large creature’s skull. The animal’s enraged screams ripped through the woods surrounding us. My brain tried to analyze what was happening before me as I stood as still as a statue and watched as the monster started to crumble away. That’s right, I said crumble. Like something that had been burnt from the inside out and then fell apart, it just was disintegrating into nothing.
This can’t be real.
I looked up from the ashes into the face of an angel.
No, he’s not an angel, he’s just a guy. Right?
He was staring at me as if he had just seen me sprout a second head. I was staring back at him like he was somehow related to those alien birds outside of my window. My mouth flapped open to scream again but before a sound could escape the world faded to black, and I fainted.
At least I didn’t scream again, right?
When I opened my eyes, two ethereal blue eyes were staring back at me. My head was throbbing like the big drum in a marching band, and it felt like my head might split in two from the pounding headache.
“Are you okay?” His strong but sweet voice whispered.
Before I could stop my mouth from saying anything ridiculous I replied, “Are you an angel? Did I finally die and go to heaven?”
He bellowed a laugh while I blushed a shade that was more than likely lobster red.
I really just didn’t say that did I? Stupid, stupid, stupid Kay. I smacked myself in the forehead and tried to hide my face behind my hand. That’s a brilliant way to make a first impression to an extremely hot guy. Let’s just faint like an air headed girl, which I am not, and then wake up asking stupid questions. And then that’s when it hit me. The past few moments of events flooded my brain again and I started to panic.
“Wait, wait a minute! What was that thing and how in the world did it just, just…”
“The dog? I’m sorry to tell you, but I had to cut it with my knife to scare it away. It wasn’t a mortal wound though. He took off through the woods to escape. Sorry if you’re one of those animal lovers, but I was afraid it might kill one of us.”
I shook my head to try to clear it.
“No, no, no, no. That was no dog. Well I mean, it was at first, but then it became something else. It was black, and huge and had those red eyes…”
And before I finished my sentence I looked up at him to see complete shock and amazement on his face. I had never seen anyone look so bewildered. “Don’t look at me like that! I know what I saw! Now what was that thing and what happened to it at the end. It didn’t run off, I saw you kill it. And I would point to the body to prove it, but it; well it fell apart or something.”
And in just a split second the shock had disappeared from his handsome face and was replaced by something more masked and calculating. “I’m sorry. You’re quite mistaken. I didn’t kill it. I only wounded it. And it was a dog.” “Are you sure you didn’t hit your head or something? I’m afraid you might be having some kind of hallucinations of some kind.” Somehow, when he said it, it didn’t seem as scary or grotesque as it did when I played what I thought I saw back in my head.”
A newly edited version of The Burning Star is available.
Those who know me, or know of me, think that my life is carefree. They assume that just because I’ve been born into a rich family that’s in power, and blessed with undeniable good looks, among other things, that life cannot possibly be hard for me. Those individuals would be wrong.
So my family’s rich… and rules the Summer Court. I’m a prince, and heir to the Summer throne. What’s the big deal? It’s not as if my family rules the world. There are three other courts in the fae realm. It’s not like it enables me to move things around until I can always get what I want no matter what the costs. All it means is that I have more responsibilities than those of normal ilk.
So I’m exceedingly handsome. Who cares? Sure it has worked out in my favor with, let’s say, those of a feminine persuasion. Are you telling me that there is no other guy in the history of this world that has been considered attractive to others? Of course, not. And even though I know I’m probably still better looking than those who were considered blessed in the looks department before me, it doesn’t mean I’m conceited. I’m just honest. But it also doesn’t matter. Because no matter how good I look, or how much my family’s wealth or power mean, it doesn’t always get me what I want.
In fact, all of it often cause me more headaches than the perks of my situation could ever generate. You see, my father thinks I’m a perpetual problem. My mother is tossing young women at me in the hopes of an eligible match for the future. We’re having unexplained problems in the realm. Some of which could shatter the safety that we depend on to keep us separate from the human world.
And to top it all off, there’s this girl. It wasn’t lust at first sight. No one would believe me if I told them, but it was something deeper. Something that could never be explained in words, even if Shakespear himself tried. Her name is Kay, and she is unlike anything or anyone I’ve ever seen. She’s not beautiful, she’s radiant. Quirky. Shy. Sweet even when you don’t rile her up. But standing in my way is a problem. That problem’s name is Nick.
So to recap, I have problems at home with my parents. I have problems that threaten the safety of our people in the Summer Court. I have problems not finding a way to dispose of my flea ridden problem named Nick because that would upset Kay and cause her to not talk to me anymore. And to top it all off, I have suspicions about my beautiful Kay. Something tells me that she’s not what she thinks she is. This girl thinks she’s normal. No way in this entire world could Kay ever be normal. She’s something more. I even think that she could be…
Well, you’ll just have to read The Burning Star to see if I’m right.
About the Author
Jessie Lane is the writing team of Crystal Leo and Melissa Pahl. The two sister-in-laws share a great love of breathtaking romance, cliff hanging suspense, and out-of-this-world characters that demand your attention or threaten to slap you around until you do pay attention to them. Because really, it is ALL about the characters. (They’re kind of megalomaniacs)
When not losing themselves in a story, they remember they have real lives. Crystal lives in Kentucky with her husband and two little girls who plot daily the many ways they can drive their poor mother crazy. At the end of the day, Crystal calls Melissa and threatens to ship her two nieces to their favorite Aunt with lots of air holes punched through their box. Melissa answers Crystal’s crazed calls in Washington state where she lives with her husband and big furry baby of a Rottweiler named Yuffie, and reminds her that children are not shippable.
This is their first novel, but they are all geared up and excited to be releasing other projects soon!