A Shadow of Time by Louann Carroll
Today I have a guest post from Louann Carroll, author of A Shadow of Time. She’ll tell us a bit about her character, Leanore, and she’s offering a giveaway!
Insight Into Leanore
For someone like Leanore, who is comfortable traveling through vast dimensions, Shadow Ley represents a curse and a threat to those she loves. When Kellyn O’Brien takes possession of the mansion, every ounce of Leanore’s paranormal abilities is on alert. She purposely keeps a low profile because she knows things are not what they seem, not at the house, not in the world in general. Something is wrong at Shadow Ley and that wrongness equates itself with the Guardian of Time, the creature that inhabits the underworld beneath Shadow Ley.
Leanore sets out to protect her daughter Connie from the new owner, a young widow named Kellyn O’Brien. Kellyn and Connie have struck up a friendship and Leanore worries about both women as she attempts to protect them from the Guardian of Time. The creature is mad with loneliness and uses death as a means to find someone with which to communicate. Kellyn falls in love with John, a local physician who shares Leanore’s reservations about the estate.
What was once old is now new and the legends that abound turn into reality. And so Shadow Ley, the home the new owner hopes will bring peace to herself and her children becomes mired first in doubt, then in terror, and finally in love eternal.
Excerpt from A SHADOW OF TIME
Michael disappeared into the haze, his face graying out and blending with watery droplets. Suddenly a baby cried. A soft noise so quiet it hardly made an impression.
She stiffened. Again, a mewling echoed in the distance. She leaned over the side of the tub to get a better view. Warm mist coalesced into a lacy fog. On the other side of the bathroom a cradle shimmered. The flowered linoleum floor supported a white wicker cradle with a pinkish veil drawn across the opening. Four wooden legs held up the cradle with white paint flecking off ancient legs.
Stunned, she pulled herself to her feet, got out of the tub, and walked toward the cradle. She touched the wood, finding it soft with mold, then drew the veil from the cradle as the material rotted away in her hands. There, lying on a bed of stained red satin, was the decaying remains of an infant, its mouth contorted in agony. Bits of skull showed in-between wizened skin, its eyes gone, forever sightless. Her stomach contracted and her breath hitched. From a depth she hadn’t known existed within her, she screamed.
Kellyn’s eyes flew open, her heart thumping in fear. One hand held Scott’s fingers in a death grip while the other curled defensively around the child in her womb. She drew in a deep breath while tears sprang from her eyes. Her heart ratcheted up a beat, and the hand that protected her belly flew to her chest.
Jesus. I can’t breathe!
Louann Carroll is a Native Californian living in the Sierra Nevada foothills with her husband, Dennis. Mother to three children and grandmother to seven, she is an avid rock, fossil, and gem hunter, who enjoys sharing her finds with family and friends. She is a student of alternative religion, archaeology, anthropology, and paleontology. Louann has written numerous radio talk shows, articles on adoption, and is the author of Innocent Blood, Gemini Rising, The Light and the Flame, and The Journey Series, heartfelt childrens’ books about the challenges of life.
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- Open internationally, with one exception. Signed book is USA only.
- Must be 13+ to win.
- 1 -Rear-view Mirror Ornament (Skulls)
- 1 – $10 Amazon Gift Card
- 1 – Signed Paperback Copy of A Shadow of Time
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