The Keepers Blog Tour - Book Excerpt
Hey Everyone! I'm back with a new one. I'm late posting this one and I want to apologize to the author and to Bels for being late. Well, I'm here to give you a little teaser on what 'The Keepers' is all about.
The door flew open, rebounding against the wall with a thump. Justin jumped to his feet as Blake burst into the room carrying a woman in his arms. He was soaked with rain as was she.
Her long hair swept in circles as he carried her towards the sofa. Blood trickled from her head and leg, leaving a trail as Blake advanced. The sight caused some ancient power to stir in him. It squeezed the breath from his lungs and made his muscles ache and he moved across the room despite his hatred for humans.
His arms reached to take the girl from Blake, and his eyes settled on her face. It was her, the girl who had mesmerized him with her laugh. All at once, he had gone from counting the ceramic floor tiles, to staring down at Jess as he cradled her. His soul froze while his brain tried to make sense of the situation. His lips wouldn’t move, and his gaze shifted from her to Blake and back again. Her skin was so soft against his. It reminded him of the fragility of the human body. Odd. He wasn’t sure how this mental
nod to mankind made him feel anymore.
“What happened?” Justin looked to Blake again. Justin scanned his brother’s mind for answers, but saw nothing. Blake had locked him out. Fury rose like a hungry tiger clawing at his brain. "ʺBlake!"ʺ
“Bro, she was attacked in the Quarter. I saw the whole thing.” Blake’s words came in gasps, as though the weight of her or the sprint to the apartment had winded him. “I heard her scream, and there was this dude on a motorcycle. Man, she hit her head.
Maybe, I should take her to the…”
Justin frowned and waited for Blake to calm down. He knew if his brother focused on the girl, the truth of her identity would sink into his clouded memory. “No, we got this, really. Did you see him? The guy on the motorcycle. Did you recognize him?”
“I think it was Dawson. He had on a helmet. Justin, I thought he had killed her.”
“If Dawson wanted to kill her, she’d be dead.” Justin touched his fingers to the gash on Jess’s forehead. She flinched and his spirit shifted once more, causing a stab of pain in the center of his chest.
“I didn’t know if I should, you know. I just didn’t know what to do.” Blake was still breathing hard, and Justin smiled.
Things still shocked Blake, and he loved that about him. His brother still found humans mystical, and still questioned his own place in the universe. It was an attractive quality; one Justin lacked.
“It’s fine. She’s okay now. Where was she?”
“Side street, no tourists, pretty stupid.”
More about the Author:
Monique O'Connor James
Author of: "The Keepers"
Monique is the mother of two beautiful children and lives in a small community outside of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She currently works full time as an insurance agent, but her favorite jobs are mother, wife, and author.
On her eighth birthday, her mother bought her a journal and said "write whatever you want, just write". And so, a love affair with words was born. She wrote poetry and short stories in high school and college, until 1993 when her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer.
After her mother's death in 1998, deep in depression, she found herself unable to write. Nine years passed, and only on rare occasion did she attempt to write.
Finally, in 2007, under the urging of friends, she sat down and pecked out her first novel. It was raw and unpolished, but the process had been unquestionably cathartic. The next three years were spent filling her hard drive with seven complete manuscripts.
At the beginning of 2011, Monique decided it was time to edit the work and share it with the world. She hopes you enjoy the ramblings of a truly southern girl raised in a state rich with heritage and love.
Sept 1st– Sept 11th
Sept 1 – Book Lover’s Hideaway
Sept 2 – Readergirls
Sept 3 – Coffee Table Reviews
Sept 4 – The Wormhole
Sept 5 – Journey With Books
Sept 6 – Song and Stories
Sept 7 - Paranormal Opinion
Sept 8 – Sassy Book Lovers
Sept 9 – Hands And Home
Sept 10 - Book Savvy Babe
Sept 11 – Author Site – FINAL STOP
So Good luck and Happy Reading Everyone^^