Fifteen-year-old Veronica “Ronnie” Lambert wants to get out from under her older brother’s shadow. When Ronnie gets a tattoo and then is struck by lightning, she suddenly finds herself able to see and hear things in shadows that don’t appear to others. Then Ronnie meets Gavin Clearwater, the hot new guy in all of her classes and finds out he can see and hear the same things she can.
Gavin tells her about the Spiral Defenders, a group of warriors that travels through space and time to defend the planets of the Spiral. After meeting the Commander of the Spiral Defenders and realizing his intentions might not be pure, Ronnie struggles between following her destiny to become a Spiral Defender and trying to regain the life she had before being struck by lightning.
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“What the hell are you doing?” he exclaimed as he reached for the knife. Ronnie shook her head as she jerked her hands out of his reach.
“It’s okay,” she insisted and sliced open her palm. The pain only lasted a moment and then they both watched as blood pooled in her hand and the wound knit itself back together. Once it was healed, she reached for a tissue and wiped away the blood. She set the knife back on the table and grinned at Gavin, so giddy she could barely sit still.
“Isn’t it cool?” she asked beaming. He shook his head, an odd expression on his face, like he was seeing her for the first time. He reached up to cup her face with one hand and she stilled, her heart fluttering in her chest.
“You are amazing,” he whispered. Her breath caught in her throat. He leaned toward her and she willed herself not to run away again. She wanted this, she had wanted it the first time it almost happened. His lips were almost to hers when a knock sounded softly on her door.
“Veronica, is everything okay?” her mom asked as she started to open the door. “I thought I heard voices.”
Gavin disappeared over the far side of the bed as the door opened all the way. Ronnie shot her mom a smile, praying she didn’t look as out of it as she felt. “Yeah, Mom, I’m fine. I was on the phone with Andi. I’m sorry if I woke you,” she replied. Her mom frowned as her eyes darted around the room. Ronnie’s heart pounded as she silently willed her mom to go back to bed. Apparently finding nothing amiss, her mom sighed and started out of the room.
“Okay, well, get back to bed. You have school in the morning,” her mom said and left the room, closing the door behind her as Ronnie said good night.
“Can’t I eat first?” she asked. They shook their heads, looking at her expectantly. Ronnie sighed. “Okay, here it is. You know when I got struck by lightning last weekend?” she asked. They nodded.
“Oh my god, you got super powers because of it,” Andi excitedly interrupted. Ronnie halfheartedly smiled.
“Actually, it’s not really a super power,” she agreed. “I can see ghosts.” She looked at Shawn. “That’s what freaked me out last night. I’m sorry I didn’t tell you.”
“You can see ghosts? That’s what you thought you couldn’t tell me?” Shawn clarified. She nodded, feeling foolish when he put it like that. He grinned at her. “I thought it was going to be something serious.”
“This is serious,” she insisted. “They’re after me.”
“According to who?”
“What?” Ronnie shook her head, realizing how close she was to admitting she had seen Gavin that morning. “No one. I mean, it just seems like they’re after me with the way they swarm around me.”
“Can you talk to them?” Andi spoke up. Ronnie shook her head again.
“Maybe that’s the problem. Maybe they think since you can see them, you should be able to talk to them and try to help them but you can’t so they get mad and attack you.”
“So, if that’s the case, all I have to do is stay inside where it’s well lit and sleep with the light on. Yeah, that should be easy.” Ronnie rolled her eyes.
“I didn’t say it would be easy; I’m just throwing out an explanation.” Andi shrugged. “I don’t know; I’ve never dealt with ghosts before.”
“Neither have I.” Ronnie ran a hand over her hair and started fidgeting with the end of her braid. “That’s why I didn’t want to tell you guys, because I don’t know what I’m doing or why it’s happening. I’m just so freaked out.”
Shawn wrapped an arm around her shoulders. “Don’t worry, babe, I’m here to protect you. No ghost is going to scare you when I’m around.”
“Babe?” She raised an eyebrow at his term of endearment. He grinned at her.
“Yep, babe,” he agreed. Ronnie rolled her eyes.
“You’re such a dork,” she told him.
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About the Author:
Erin Danzer wrote her first book at 10-years-old for a Young Authors competition, where she was awarded an Honorable Mention and discovered a passion for the written word. She’s written several novels and short stories since that spark ignited. Into the Spiral is the first of a four book series. In addition to her novels, Erin writes a monthly short story serial, The Cassandra Serafin Chronicles, posting alternately on her blog and in Literary Lunes bi-monthly online magazine. Erin resides in Racine, Wisconsin, with her husband, two children, and their cat.
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