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Excerpt: reEMERGENT by A.M. Hargrove


Title: reEMERGENT
Series: Book #4 of Guardians of Vesturon
Author: A.M. Hargrove
Genre: YA (Science Fction/Fantasy, Romance)

Synopsis from Book 1: Survival. "Maybe I was caught between the two worlds. I was having serious trouble distinguishing fantasy from reality."

While on a backpacking trip in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, nineteen-year-old Maddie Pearce finds her world has been thrown into a vortex and is madly spinning toward the impossible. Abducted by a mad psychopath, Maddie narrowly escapes with her life. But that is only the beginning. Her mysterious rescuer introduces her to a world that Maddie has difficulty accepting as reality. Will this strikingly gorgeous stranger be the key to her future or will she return to her mundane world, scarred from her experience? Follow Maddie as she is forced to make difficult decisions that carry her to mysterious places.
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Excerpt
PROLOGUE THE PLANET EARTH
THE FEMALE TRUDGED THROUGH THE STREETS OF ATLANTA, POST-PANDEMIC ATLANTA, NOT FOCUSING ON ANYTHING BUT THE BACK OF THE INDIVIDUAL IN FRONT OF HER. HER BLACK HAIR WAS FILTHY AND MATTED, HER FINGERNAILS RAGGED AND TORN WITH DIRT CAKED BENEATH THEM. THE SOOTY STREAKS COVERED HER SKIN, BUT IF ONE TOOK THE TIME TO LOOK CLOSELY, THEY WOULD HAVE NOTICED THAT AT ONE TIME SHE HAD BEEN QUITE BEAUTIFUL. THE VACANT LOOK IN HER EYES HID ANY KIND OF RECOGNITION, ANY KIND OF TRIGGERED MEMORY THAT MIGHT EXIST, BURIED DEEP WITHIN HER MIND. “HALT!” THE COMMANDER YELLED. THE LINE OF WORKERS CAME TO A STOP AS THEY WAITED FOR THEIR NEXT ORDERS. “THIS IS WHERE WE STOP FOR THE NIGHT.”

THEY WERE IN FRONT OF A LARGE EMPTY WAREHOUSE IN WHICH THE WINDOWS HAD BEEN BROKEN AND THE DOORS TORN AWAY. THE STREETS HAD BEEN ABANDONED MONTHS AGO, WHEN THE HEMORRHAGIC SMALLPOX DISEASE HAD SWEPT THROUGH THE CITY, AND THEN THE COUNTRY AND FINALLY THE WORLD, LEAVING MILLIONS OF PEOPLE DEAD IN ITS WAKE. THAT’S WHEN THEY CAME...THE XANTHIANS. THEY CAME TO TAKEOVER EARTH AND MAKE IT THEIR OWN. SHE WAS PART OF THEIR SCHEME, ONLY SHE DIDN’T REMEMBER THAT. SHE SCARCELY KNEW ANYTHING ANYMORE. HER MIND WAS NOW CONTROLLED BY THEM...BY THE NANOCHIP THEY HAD IMPLANTED INTO HER CEREBRAL CORTEX. IT HAD TAKEN OVER HER BRAIN AND TURNED HER INTO A MINION. SHE NOW BELONGED TO THEM, DOING EXACTLY AS THEY TOLD HER, WITHOUT A THOUGHT OF HER OWN.

     About the Author     
One day, on her way home from work as a sales manager, A. M. Hargrove, realized her life was on fast forward and if she didn't do something soon, it would quickly be too late to write that work of fiction she had been dreaming of her whole life. So, she rolled down the passenger window of her fabulous (not) company car and tossed out her leather briefcase. Luckily, the pedestrian in the direct line of fire was a dodgeball pro and had ├╝ber quick reflexes enabling him to avoid getting bashed in the head. Feeling a tad guilty about the near miss, A. M. made a speedy turn down a deserted side street before tossing her crummy, outdated piece-of-you-know-what lap top out the window. She breathed a liberating sigh of relief, picked up her cell phone and hit #4 on her speed dial.

"Hello."
"Boss, is that you?"
"Why yes, A. M., who else would be answering my phone?"
"Er... right. Well, I'm calling to let you know you can pick up my luxury Ford Focus at Starbucks near the interstate."
"Why ever would I want to do that?"
"Because I quit you idiot!"

A.M. hit the end button and speed dialed her husband.

"Hi hubs, can you pick me up at Starbucks?"
"Sure... Having some car trouble?"
"Not at all. I don't have a car to have trouble with because I just quit my job."
"WHAT?!"
"It's time for a new career and I am going to be a very famous novelist."

So began A. M. Hargrove's career as a young adult paranormal romance author of self-published ebooks. Her series, The Guardians of Vesturon, centers around a family of six siblings and is a mix of humor, mystery, suspense and of course, love. Survival is her first book in the series and her second, Resurrection will be released in January. If you're wondering, it didn't happen EXACTLY that way, but....
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With love,
Margaret

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Posted on Monday, February 18, 2013

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