Today we are excited to introduce you to Band of Shadows by H.P. Waitt.
Band of Shadows
Scarlet Has No Idea Who She Is.
And after spending nearly a decade in the foster system, she has never quite felt like she belonged. In fact, for the first seventeen years of her life she didn’t even know her last name.
Night after night, she is plagued by a dream of a strange-looking door. Until finally, she stumbles upon that very door and is thrust into another realm, a place unlike anything she has ever seen.
Now alone in the unknown world of Avalon, a land where the plants have healing powers, the birds play games, and the trees hide the most valuable secrets, Scarlet meets Morgana, the island’s enigmatic leader who unveils the truth: Scarlet is a Faye, a powerful race of people whose population was nearly decimated during the Shadow Wars.
But Morgana didn’t bring Scarlet to Avalon solely to keep her safe.
Unsure who to trust or what to believe, Scarlet learns that the truth isn’t always what it seems. There is a new war brewing, and when it arrives, Scarlet will make a shocking discovery about her past from the most unlikely of sources, and everything Scarlet has ever known will be thrown into question.
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Band of Shadows Excerpt:
Scarlet hated sleeping — sleeping meant dreaming and dreaming meant nightmares. It had always been that way, night after night, for as long as she could remember. Terrifying nightmares would jerk her awake, breathless and dewy with sweat, leaving her feeling restless and wanting.
But recently, her nightmares had been interrupted by a dream. The dream wasn’t scary or frightening. It was about a door: an ordinary door, slightly weathered through the years, adorned with brass handles and a floral doorknocker.
In the dream, the door would open — as if meant only for her — and she would pass through it into some sort of lush rainforest . . . Bright, yellow light peaked through the treetops; she could taste the fresh condensation of dew from the surrounding plants. But, oddly enough, there wasn’t a single sound beyond the door, as if she had stepped into a world of perfect silence. It had an otherworld quality, as dreams often do. Yet each time she stepped into this new world, she was filled with an overwhelming sense of dread. And the moment she felt that dread, she would wake up.
It was the third time this week that the dream had interrupted her slumber.
Notwithstanding its sheer improbability, it felt real.
Or maybe it was just a door.
Maybe it was just a dream.
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About the Author: Hailey Waitt originally hails from the wide-open plains of Dakota Dunes, South Dakota. She earned her BA from the University of Southern California, where she studied both history and psychology in an unflagging effort to understand what makes people tick. When she’s not reading, reading, or reading, she’s wearing out her passport pages in search of inspiration and the perfect cup of coffee. Hailey currently resides in San Diego, California.
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