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Friday, November 22, 2013

EXCERPT / Stepping Off A Cliff The St. Augustine Trilogy: Book II By Doug Dillon

 
Stepping Off A Cliff
The St. Augustine Trilogy: Book II
 By Doug Dillon

Genre: YA Paranormal
Length: 321 Pages
Release: November 11, 2013
Presented by: As You Wish Tours

BLURB

An otherworldly, evil and dangerous force infests America’s oldest and most haunted city, St. Augustine, Florida. Everyone living there, or visiting, is at risk in ways too horrible to imagine.

Standing between this invader and the people of St. Augustine are teenagers Jeff and Carla, the mysterious Native American shaman, Lobo, and Lyle, the homeless guy.

In their quest to save themselves and all the inhabitants of this ancient, Florida city, Jeff and Carla uncover lost parts of St. Augustine history, push past the limits of space and time, and encounter what they come to realize are the true walking dead.


EXCERPT

“You did all that with the dragonflies, didn’t you?” I asked Lobo. “That was anything but natural.”

“You give me too much credit.” He still stared straight ahead. “Besides being intelligent and curious, dragonflies are at times drawn to heightened psychic energy just like we’re giving off right now. They see it as we would see heat waves rising from the distant surface of a street on a hot day and they feel it as a slight tingling in their nervous systems.”

Part of me wanted to ask him how he could possibly know any of that, but a bigger part just accepted what the man had said. There were times, I knew, not to question Lobo’s ability to see way beyond normal human awareness.

“Some Native American lore says the appearance of many dragonflies is a sign of coming change and enlightenment.” Lobo turned to look right at me with his eyes flashing. “You’ve already had a lot of change in your life since Carla introduced us in my workshop, haven’t you?”

“No kidding.” Was that ever an understatement. “At the time, you said I had problems buzzing around me like yellow jackets.”

“And so you did, but you had the courage to face what you must, head-on.”

Wow, I thought, a rare compliment from Lobo. “Yeah, and almost got Carla and myself trapped in my ancestor’s self-created spiritual hell or even killed.” Thinking back on that time though, I had no doubt that Lobo’s guidance helped us to survive.


About the Author


Doug Dillon has been writing for adults and young people since 1984, especially in the paranormal realm. An award winning educator, he spent many years as a classroom teacher, school administrator, and coordinator of programs for high-risk students. Prentice Hall, Harcourt, Mitchell Lane Publishers, Boys' Life magazine, Learning Magazine and The Orlando Sentinel have all published his work.



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