Welcome to our stop on the Tempted by Evil Blog Tour!
As a reader, I love those creepy scenes in a book that give you a knot in your stomach that lets you know when something wicked this way comes. Writing those scenes as an author is even better! When choosing an excerpt from Tempted by Evil for this blog, I wanted readers to become immersed in Aspen's world as she is exposed to some of the darkness that surrounds her. This scene has an ominous and foreboding feel that isn't going to keep you up at night, but does paint a vivid mental picture. So settle in for a bit of a Twilight Zone moment and enjoy!
As if led by some unseen force, my feet began to walk effortlessly
down the aisle toward the front of the church. The act reminded me of an
eerie version of the wedding march without the music from the pipe organ
or the guests smiling at me from the pews with warm affection. Fear
suddenly radiated through my body and my hands began to tremble. I tried
without success to get my feet to stop or to move in the opposite direction,
but it was in vain. I had no control over myself whatsoever.
Prisoner to whatever power held me, I moved forward by no will of my
own until I finally reached the altar. My knees automatically bent into a
kneeling position and my head forcibly bowed. It seemed like I stayed in
that pose for an eternity, but, eventually, I felt the tension fall off of me and
I knew I was free to move again.
Lifting my head first, I was taken aback by what I saw. A faint white
light emanated from behind the altar and immediately drew my eyes
upward. Father! His ghostly luminescent form stood protectively next to the
inky blackness that was my mother . Tears welled up and spilled over and I
didn’t even care. I wouldn’t risk blinking for even a single second only to
lose them again as I had before.
“Mom? Dad?” I nearly whispered for fear that anything would cause
them to vanish before my eyes. They remained still, the curls of my
mother’s darkness always attempting to penetrate the light of my father
while his glow ever cast her in shadow.
Finally, my mother spoke.
“Aspen, the Shadow seeks to control and consume . . . , ” she said
softly. “Open your eyes. ”
At her words, my parents vanished and a dark mist began to fill the
nave, and it was difficult to see anything from one side of the cathedral to
the other. Panic rose in my chest. And I was frozen.
The sound of shrill screaming woke me from a dead sleep. Untangling
myself from my comforter, I climbed out of bed to find that I was drenched
in sweat and my throat felt raw. It was then that I realized that the screams
I’d heard had been my own.
I was once again dreaming of my parents.
A sheltered girl.
The perfect boy.
A mysterious stranger.
Random messages delivering a sobering prophecy plague Aspen's existence. With every curious encounter, her sanity wavers further. Before long, Aspen finds herself balancing the fate of humanity on her shoulders, until a single act turns her world upside down. She finds herself alone, isolated from those she thought she could trust.
Alone to damn the world.
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