I’m also hosting an excerpt today from “The Moonlight Serenade”, a young adult fantasy novel. Enjoy the excerpt!
The first scare…
Audyn shook her head vigorously. “I’m ready.”
I clapped loudly to encourage her, hoping she really was ready to do this difficult dive. She took another moment before swaying forward slightly then letting go of the ropes and dropping off the back of the swing. Her backflips were not as tight and structured as they had been the first couple times. Instead of entering the water in a smooth, nearly splash-less motion, she belly-flopped in. Tristan stood at the sound of the loud splash but stayed in the aisle watching the tank closely.
Audyn swam closer to the glass, going through the motions of the routine, but things seemed off, less put together, more spastic. She kept moving around underwater and when I had to take a deep breath, I realized I had been holding it in since she let go of the ropes.
“She’s been under a long time,” I commented to Tristan. He kept watching. His hand gripping the top of the chair in front of him.
Another half minute passed, and now I was worried. Audyn’s motions had slowed, but she hadn’t come up for air yet.
“Tristan it’s been too long,” I told him panicked.
And then we both gasped when Audyn turned to look out the tank directly at us. Her face masked in pain; her hands clutched at her throat. Her legs moved together as if she wore the fin costume. A second later she started thrashing in the water. It looked like she was trying to escape an invisible hand that held her down, forcing her to stay below the surface.
A scream rent the air, and before I could even acknowledge that it was mine, Tristan was running full force to the tank. He climbed the ladder built into the front of the tank, dove in and wrapped his arms around Audyn before propelling them to the surface. Even after her head was above water, the look on Audyn’s face was pure terror.
“Backstage,” Tristan yelled at me as he began swimming away with Audyn in his arms.
I took off running through the empty rows of chairs, to the hallway and down through a long corridor to the very last room. By the time I burst through the door, Tristan was climbing out of the tank with Audyn still in his arms. She wasn’t moving.
“Is she breathing?” I begged, rushing to them.
About The Moonlight Serenade
Author: Kate Hinderer
Genre: YA Fantasy
Determined to someday sing on the stage in New York City, Collette takes an internship at the luxury resort on Fascination Island. While she plans to hone her craft by singing nightly on the stage of the Moonlight Serenade restaurant, she never expected to be pushed outside her comfort zone. Shy and reserved, she is challenged to step outside herself and release the inner diva. When Falcon comes along, sparks fly and secrets are revealed. Before long Collette is forced to make life-changing decisions that will impact her future in ways she never even imagined.
Summary of The Emerald Isle, Fascination Island Book 1
To escape a bad break-up and fighting parents Audyn takes a job as a lifeguard at Fascination Island. The posh five-star resort lives up to its name in every way, including the strange rules the owner has about entering the water at night. Despite declaring it a boy-free summer, it isn’t long before the shy, endearing Levi and the mysterious, tattooed Tristan begin vying for her attention. When Levi tries to push his advantage and Tristan comes to the rescue, Audyn realizes there is more to both these boys and the island they inhabit. Suddenly, she’s forced to acknowledge a reality she’d never considered and to pick a side in the conflict that has been waging for decades.
Kate Hinderer Writes (blog): http://katehinderer.blogspot.com/
ModlyChic (fashion blog): http://www.modlychic.com/
Amazon profile: http://www.amazon.com/Kate-Hinderer/e/B004Y7N2N2/
About the Author
In a nutshell: Writer. Blogger. Journalist. Marathon runner. Social media enthusiast. Beer drinker. Avid YA reader. Traveler. Chicago native. Milwaukee resident. Music fanatic. Fashion lover. Oldest of nine.
Writing has been in my soul from the very beginning. In grade school I started my own local paper for the street I lived on. In middle school I wrote for the school paper and loved any English writing assignment. I started writing novels in high school. At the time my friends were the characters, the setting was almost always Regency England, and I scratched the story into lined notebooks.
Now, I have a journalism degree and a dozen various business writing gigs under my belt. I’ve lived in a handful of US cities including Milwaukee, Chicago, Boston, St. Louis and New York. I pen a personal fashion and lifestyle blog, ModlyChic.com, and continue to write about commercial real estate.
My first book, Aurora Undefined, was published in 2011. The Emerald Isle, the first Fascination Island book, came out during the summer of 2012, at which time I immediately began writing the second book in the series.
Next up . . . stay tuned! I’m working on a new contemporary novel as well as the third book in the Fascination Island series.