Excerpt and GIVEAWAY: Dreamthief by Tamara Grantham
Author: Tamara Grantham
Publisher: This is a Crimson Tree Publishing Title
Published: Sept. 1, 201
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
Visiting Faythander is a nasty business. Forget the fairies and unicorns, most people come back with lost memories and mental problems. Olive Kennedy knows. She's the therapist who treats patients suffering from Faythander's side effects. Despite her empty bank account, she takes pride in her job as Houston's only Fairy World medical doctor. She's never failed to cure a client—until now.
Traveling back to Faythander wasn't on Olive's to-do list. But she has no choice. The fate of both Earth and Fairy depends on her ability to stop an ancient being called the Dreamthief. To complicate matters, she may be losing her heart to someone who can't love her in return. Saving the world, she can handle. Falling in love—not so much.
As if battling the forces of evil wasn't difficult enough…
Han Solo—gray tail bushy, his purr only a little softer than a dragon’s roar—greeted me as I entered my apartment. He jumped onto my lap as soon as I took a seat on the barstool at the island counter, a bowl of Lucky Charms in hand.
My cat positioned himself next to the cereal bowl. His green eyes watched the spoon enter my mouth.
“No,” I told him.
He mewled, his eyes pleading.
“People food.” I pointed at his cat bowl on the floor. “Cat food.”
He looked at me with those wide cat eyes. After a few more bites, I relented and scooted the bowl of milk to him. I was such a pushover sometimes. Good thing I wasn’t a parent.
Glancing at the clock, I realized I should have been in bed hours ago. Crossing town had been murder—it had taken me two hours just to get back to my tiny little apartment on Galveston Island. Should have taken half that. I hated Houston sometimes.
Stumbling to my bedroom seemed a longer walk than usual. I only had seven hundred square feet to call my own, but even that seemed like a lot. My apartment was functional, decorated sparsely. Honestly, it probably looked like a bachelor pad. I’d never had money to spend on candles or plants or those cute little quotes people hung on their walls.
My mind wandered as I found the bathroom and turned on the sink to wash my face. Living alone was a solitary ordeal, and I found myself having conversations in my head. It sounded strange, but I had certain characters running around inside my head, representing particular aspects of my psyche. Bill Clinton represented my emotions. Albert Einstein represented my rational side. He always popped up whenever I had a moral dilemma. Don’t know how he came to represent my rational side, but I do know when it started. I was twelve, and it was the year I moved in with my mom—the year my world turned upside down.
After washing my face, I grabbed the towel.
A shadow crossed behind me.
I straightened, my heart beating wildly in my chest as the faint reflection gained substance.
A wisp of gray, like the tattered hem of Charon’s cloak, fluttered behind me. A translucent, skeletal face appeared and then faded.
Chills prickled my neck. My body froze.
Einstein spoke up. A specter from fairy world in your bathroom? Is this normal, Olive? Perhaps you imagined it.
The chills on my neck disagreed with him. Something had moved behind me, so close I’d felt it brush against me. I knew I hadn’t released any magic, so I shouldn’t have seen anything in my mirror.
This was why I hated living alone.
My doorbell rang. I almost fell into the tub.
Stumbling upright, I walked out of the bathroom, through the living room, and stopped at the front door. Peeking through the peephole, I almost wondered if Death were on my doorstep. Strange things happened to me frequently, but I never got used to them.
Tamara Grantham was born and raised in Southeast Texas. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in English from Lamar University. After marrying her husband David, she followed him through his training to become a burn surgeon. Tamara and David have five active, sweet, and almost always well-mannered children, ages zero to ten years. Their two pets, June and Chester help to keep the house lively (in addition to the children.)
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