Thursday Throwback – Dying to Return

*Spoiler Alert for those who haven’t read the first two books of The Station Series*


DYING TO RETURN

“You have really upset them,” Rush laughs. We’ve circled the Station three times, strolling aimlessly in a figure eight as Rush allows me to take in the scenery and practice blocking out the murmur of the crowd, focusing on only a few people at a time. It’s not as easy as I thought it would be, and I agree with him that it’s smart we came to a Station full of strangers before returning to my own.

“Me?” I mock.

“You know you did. The whole place is brimming now with gossip of our arrival. Usually I tend to hide in the background. You know…blend in with the locals. Not on this visit,” he groans.

“Oh please, you know you love being the center of the universe.”

“Which universe do you speak of?” He feigns a shocked expression and I elbow him in the side.

All of them.”

With a snort, he doesn’t argue. Probably because I’m right. We’re making our way through a group of women with white hair who seem quite taken by Rush when a stabbing pain pulls at my temples. My stomach lurches and for a moment I think I might vomit. Not that anything is in there to come up.

“Piper, what’s wrong?” Rush asks, gripping my elbow with one hand to steady me.

“I don’t…I don’t know.”

The pain spreads along the back of my head like I’ve been struck with a mallet and the air stops in my lungs. The women with white hair shuffle away, afraid, leaving a gap between us and one other person. A young man.

“Holy shit,” he says to no one in particular.

With a final breath before I collapse to my knees onto the pearly floor, I mutter two words I never thought I’d say again, “Ryan Burke.”


The fourth book in The Station Series, DYING to KNOW, is coming soon!

A new SURPRISE Audio Release!

Stationers…

You have been patiently waiting for KERRY-ANNE to release on audio, and now it’s here!


This third Station Series novelette is about innocent Kerry-Anne and how she came to arrive at the Station. Told from her perspective, listeners get an insight into the inner workings of Kerry-Anne’s mind and her early experiences in the Station afterlife.

Who was she before she died, and who is she now? The answers are waiting for you.

Narrated by Kadee Coppinger.

Available NOW on AUDIBLE

COMING SOON to AMAZON


New to The Station Series? No worries! You can get a FREE introduction to Piper Willow’s world (and find out how she came to meet Kerry-Anne) by starting the first book, DYING to FORGET, for no cost! Check it out on AMAZON or NOOK today! It’s available on most retail outlets, but if you can’t find it in your favorite ebook store, you can download the Kindle App for free for your smartphone, tablet or computer. Happy Reading!


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ANOTHER $0.99 Book Sale is Underway!

The second book of The Station Series is on SALE today – $0.99 for a limited time only! That’s two book sales this week, which is kind of fun, I admit! *wink* If you’ve already read DYING to FORGET for free, now is a great time to grab up DYING to REMEMBER while it’s on sale!


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Dying to Remember, The Station Series Book 2


Please share with your friends so they can get in on this sale as well! Thank you!

Happy Reading, Everyone!

COMING SOON, a NEW AUDIO BOOK!

COMING SOON…KERRY-ANNE on AUDIBLE!


Some people think that when a loved one is in a coma, you should talk to them and touch them, so as to let them know you are there. This way the person doesn’t feel alone. And just maybe, they’ll fight to come back – back from death. But no one really gets what it’s like. Being stuck in the middle of where you were and where you’re going – it’s not a choice the person can make. I know this now, because today I realized that the hazy memory fog I’ve been trapped in is a coma. As the Doctor stood over me, explaining to my parents what their choices were, I heard it all.

“No chance of recovery,” he’d said. Brain-dead. Gone.

But the Doctor was wrong. I’m still here – trapped. Screaming. Crying. Hurting. But they can’t hear me. They can’t feel me. Those experts have it all backwards – it’s me who needs to talk to them, to touch them, to let them know I’m here. But I can’t. Even if I was awake, I know my fingers are gone. And my tongue. The flames melted half my flesh away. I know my brain can’t work anymore – the connections that used to fire from one cell to the other are frozen in place – but I’m still here. Like my soul is stuck in time, waiting for permission to move on. I guess that means they’ll have to unplug me.

When you have the sort of empty time I do now, the mistakes you’ve made are all you can think about. And I guess I’ve made some big ones. Setting myself on fire probably tops the list of stupid things I’ve done. I don’t think about that moment much. Not because it’s so unpleasant, but because I just can’t remember it all. I was in the bathroom, the matches in my hand, the lower half of my dress drenched in Daddy’s BBQ lighter fluid, my eyes red from crying, staring back at me in the mirror. I know what I did. And I remember I tried to put myself out with the shower curtain, but it wrapped around me and the plastic melted to me and acted like a funnel, sending the uncontrollable flames licking up my body. Eating at my skin. Devouring me. And then the memory sort of fades to an endless dark nothing.

Dark, like the inside of my no longer working mind.

I know I’m wrapped up with strips of fabric and gauze and dosed with medications, because every once in a while, someone pries open what is left of my eyelids, and for the briefest moment, I can see again. But the damaged skin of my lids is heavy with blisters, and they slide closed when released, and the world around me vanishes once more. It’s the way things go for a long time. A very long time. So long, in fact, that I’m sure I’ve hallucinated my entire life. All fifteen years of it.

Maybe I wasn’t adopted. Maybe Lavinia wasn’t one of those hard-core mothers with a martini constantly in her right hand who pushed her only daughter to be as exceptional as her sister’s adopted kid. Maybe Luke wasn’t one of those fathers who cared only about what everyone else thought of him and his golf swing. Maybe none of it was real, not one single minute. For a while I even thought that I’m a fetus, growing inside some strange woman’s womb, ready to be reborn into a different life. But I know I’m not that lucky…


The third Station Series Novelette is coming to audio! Releasing soon on Audible.com and Amazon – narrated by Kadee Coppinger. If you haven’t read KERRY-ANNE just yet, no worries – you’ll be able to listen to it soon! Stationers won’t want to miss the insight into Piper Willow’s best Station friend’s life…and death. A story about redemption and second chances. Keep an eye out for this release. *wink*

NILES is also available on Audible (for only $3.95!) and Amazon for your listening pleasure. You can find it HERE.


If you’re new to The Station Series, start the first book for FREE!

DYING to FORGET, book 1 of The Station Series

Sometimes the day you die, is only the beginning…

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Let’s Talk

The year is 2013. Even if you don’t have children who talk to you about what happens in their schools, surely you’ve seen the news or listened to the radio and heard of at least one bullying related suicide death of a child in recent months.

I open up this thread for you to post your thoughts because I think this is a subject worth discussing, not ignoring. I may write about this very subject in fictional form, but the issue is a real one. A scary one. One that impacts me and you directly, because our children are very much our future. Those who bully and those who are bullied: they all matter.

Why does this keep happening? Who is to blame? How do we stop this?

Let’s not attack each other – let’s talk. Talk on here and talk at home…because that’s where it matters most.

Be kind, everyone.