Michael’s mysterious powers emerge after being hospitalized at the age of six. Along with reading minds, he also develops the ability to sense emotional and physical echoes and auras of people around him. Most of the time these echoes are blissful.
However, there is a darker side to his powers. Unearthly, dangerous monsters that once were hidden from view are no longer invisible to him, and are living incognito in his once quaint and beautiful town.
He grows up in relative self-inflicted isolation from a world that simply could not accept that there are very real monsters everywhere. To protect himself, he spends his life pretending that he cannot sense them, but a chance encounter with a powerful creature unravels all the avoidant and safety strategies he had meticulously constructed.
Using his powers, Michael learns that what appeared to be a homeless woman in the park is actually a vile twitching creature called a Gibbering. She demands to know about a mark on his arm which identifies him as a person with remarkable powers. She threatens to know who marked him and Michael and his arrogant cat, Henry, narrowly escape.
Moments after he flees from the wretch, a second creature, with fire lapping at the tips of her hair, stands in his bedroom, teleported from another dimension. How had she learned of the terrifying encounter so quickly? Were the creatures working together? Mind control forces him to sign a contract requiring him to express in writing his deepest, darkest secrets. His powers are exposed which initiates the unraveling of his carefully crafted protections and sets in motion a series of events that Michael cannot stop.
It becomes evident that the creatures are gathering and watching in greater numbers than ever before. Michael realizes that a mesmeric, beautiful girl may be the potential target of their attention. He is compelled to keep careful watch from a distance since she is involved with charismatic Greyson. Without understanding the mystery of their complicated and special connection, Michael falls helplessly in love with Avery who has some impressive, mysterious powers of her own.
How can Michael protect the girl he loves without fully exposing his secrets and risking everyone and everything in the process?
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Shannon Rieger is a fiction writer for the Young Adult genre and has completed The Pria Chronicles series and has started a new trilogy titled Paranormal Painless. Her work in progress is Cats Rule: Henry’s Purr-spective.
She has a significant background in teaching at the secondary school level and uses these experiences to present a seamless, genuine world of conflict for teenagers as a backdrop to the story, while adding the infiltration of creatures from another dimension.
Teaching at this level has given her the unique opportunity to create believable characters who think and respond to conflicts like a teen, as well as, an opportunity to include what appeals to them: powers, magic and a hint of dark conflict.
Shannon was born and raised in a small town in Ontario, Canada. Her parents ran programs for at-risk teenagers, and often had a few living in their home over periods of time. She learned patience and empathy, while finding a way to escape the business by writing fiction, even at a young age. She has written all her life, creating worlds and creatures, placing them carefully into stories using her active imagination.
She and her husband are high school sweethearts, had children in their late twenties, and live simply while sharing their love for writing fiction, the love for words and humour, and even their children, although obnoxiously lovely, find time to throw a few words on paper, building stories like their parents.