Today’s guest host, Liz Schulte, takes us into the mind of a Shifter with her book Choices, Book Two of the Guardian Trilogy. She’s also giving away an ebook copy of Choices to one lucky commenter! Welcome, Liz!
Baker McGovern here. The boss-man, Holden, doesn’t know I’m doing this, so if he asks, tell him “I never saw the bird, you must be all balled up.” He might threaten to kill you (he hates slang), but he will only partially mean it—it’s true.
I’m gonna give you the rundown on Jinn. They’re a secretive lot, so it’s no surprise Liz couldn’t get Holden to talk about them.
First, they’re suspicious. No matter how much you help them they’ll always think you are trying to stab them in the back. Probably because that’s what most of them would do. Finding an honorable jinni is like looking for diamonds in a coal mine.
Second, they love to toy with emotions. If there’s a way to manipulate you, a jinni will use it. Humans are particularly susceptible to their influence and normally they aren’t tryin’ to help.
Third, they would as soon kill as look at you. So once you stop being useful, get out quick.
Now you might be wondering why a fella like me is hanging around with a gang like this. Well, I’ve always been a little bit on the other side of law, but I’m not a hood. I never really hung around Jinn until I met Holden. He’s different. Sure he’s surly and abrasive and threatens to kill me at least twice a day, but he hasn’t and that’s the key. He listens to what I have to say and sees the bigger picture.
Now, Holden’s also hiding somethin’ from me, and I’m bound and determined to figure it out. My money is on a skirt—and some skirt that must be to hook the boss-man. He’s mum on the subject, but I’ll get the scoop. Just you wait and see.
Olivia Martin’s afterlife was more dangerous and confusing than her life ever was. She thought she was ready to come back, to forget about Holden and to let go of the rage consuming her. Fulfilling her destiny as a guardian was all that mattered—the past could stay hidden in the crevices of her mind. However, when guardians are murdered and the evidence points towards jinn, she has to do something. To save anyone’s future, Olivia will have to confront the one person from her past she is terrified to see.
Holden waited for Olivia with the hope he would see her one more time. But when she didn’t return, he found salvation in darkness. The black and twisted road made it easier to forget what he lost than to live with the memory of what he had. An unexpected promotion shoves him into a world of intoxicating power and influence. Holden will have to choose between his new life and the woman he thought was gone forever.
From the ashes of Secrets, Choices are born that will change everything.
Philip Pemberton come on down, you’re the next contestant on Sorry I Destroyed Your Life.
Damn it all to hell, I felt bad for old Phil. He made his deal with the demon and was well on his way to avenging his family and becoming cursed to this cruel and Godforsaken existence. And because of yours truly. What did she ever see in me?
I walked away from the warehouse where I’d taken Phil to meet his destiny. All hope was gone for him now. I glanced at my watch, not even 11:00 pm—the night was just getting started. What else could I do this fine evening? Anything that could possibly squash this surge of humanity, I was up for trying.
It hit me like a tidal wave. One moment I was walking down the street, planning on having a little fun and the next moment I was nearly knocked over by a crushing light that washed over my mind and blinded me to anything in front of me. I staggered, fought to gain some sort of control, then I heard her voice. She said my name—I tried to reply, but she was gone as quickly as she came. It was like I’d been struck by lightning. Her voice rang in my ears.
I’d warred to forget the sound and timber of her voice. I’d battled to obliterate the memories of the smell of her skin and the taste of her lips. This one word from her and all that I tried to forget flooded back.
Could Olivia be alive? Was it a fluke, a coincidence? Did I finally reach her on the other side? Or had I lost all grip with reality? Instead of going out, I caught a cab home. I walked into my empty apartment and stripped the sheets from my bed before collapsing onto it. I searched my mind for any change, any clue that she was really there, and I wasn’t just losing my sanity.
Please don’t let this be a hallucination, I begged the universe.
About the Author:
Many authors claim to have known their calling from a young age. Liz Schulte, however, didn’t always want to be an author. I fact, she had no clue. Liz wanted to be a veterinarian, then she wanted to be a lawyer, then she wanted to be a criminal profiler. In a valiant effort to keep from becoming Walter Mitty, Liz put pen to paper and began writing her first novel. It was at that moment she realized this is what she was meant to do. As a scribe she could be all of those things and so much more.
When Liz isn’t writing or on social networks she is inflicting movie quotes and trivia on people, reading, traveling, and hanging out with friends and family. Liz is a Midwest girl through and through, though she would be perfectly happy never having to shovel her driveway again. She has a love for all things spooky, supernatural, and snarky. Her favorite authors range from Edgar Allen Poe to Joseph Heller to Jane Austen to Jim Butcher and everything in between.
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