Saturday, July 18, 2015

At Death's Door by Astrid V. Tallaksen

The world is a pretty straightforward place. Even for medium Sara Stone things seem pretty simple, aside from the whole talking to spirits bit.

The world is a pretty straightforward place. Even for medium Sara Stone things seem pretty simple, aside from the whole talking to spirits bit. But when the spirits get too hard to handle and Sara ends up admitted to a mental hospital, the world starts to seem a lot less straightforward. First her family disappears, including her four year old son. Then she gets the sneaking suspicion that not only are the staff at the mental hospital somehow connected, but they also have no intention of ever letting her leave the hospital.
    Everything changes when Sara has her first visitor in three months. Daniel is handsome, friendly, and a complete stranger. When he promises to spring her from the hospital and swears that everything she's experienced is completely real, Sara has no choice but to believe him. But once she reaches a run-down Victorian house in the tiny Alabama town her rescuer calls home, the last thing she expects to discover is that every memory she has is a lie.
    Daniel reveals a world filled with angels, demons, and an impending war humans know nothing about. Sara wants to ignore her role in the whole mess – all that matters is solving the mystery of where her son has gone. But the forces of Heaven, Hell, and the Heart have other plans for her. Can she find her child before the world comes crashing down?
            “Sara, you have a visitor.” A nurse touched my shoulder and pointed to a man, about my age, 28, standing in the doorway to the common room. He was tall, six five I would have guessed, considering he was nearly a head taller than me, and I'm a good six feet tall. Shaggy dark hair curled around his ears and grazed the collar of his shirt. He looked a bit embarrassed or unsure about being in the psych ward of a hospital, but when his gaze landed on me, the tension went out of his body as if he had all at once become much more at home in the place.  His smile wasn't exactly bright or cheery, but it was still a smile aimed at me that wasn't faked. He came and sat across from me at one of the many tables in the room, all of which had families visiting with their loved ones. For the first time in three months, I had a visitor. To my disappointment it was neither my parents nor my son and his father, nor anyone else I had ever met in my life. Maybe he was confused. He didn't look confused—at least not anywhere near as much as me. And for once the dead were nowhere to be found; just my luck. When the blue-eyed man had offered peace and quiet, I didn't know this was coming down the line. I cursed the damned wily ghost. And then myself for being so strange.

            “Umm, Sara,” the man said my name, pulling me out of my odd little reverie, “You look a little out of it. How much did they sedate you today?” He seemed to know a little more than I was comfortable with about my current situation. I frowned, my forehead creasing, and looked down. He reached forward, pushed the curtain of red hair out of my face and lifted my chin so I'd look at him. His eyes were golden brown, like amber, and he looked at me like he'd known me for years.
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Meed Astrid

Astrid V. Tallaksen grew up with a heart for stories of creatures and places outside of this world. Her love of reading quickly became a love of writing. She spent several years creating content and helping writers to improve their craft on the online world of Althanas, a creative writing workshop in the guise of a roleplaying forum. A self-avowed nerd, Astrid loves science fiction, comic books, and eighties fantasy movies in the vein of The Princess Bride and Labyrinth. Her geekiness extends to annual volunteer work at the massive sci-fi convention known as Dragon*con every year in Atlanta, Georgia. In the odd times that she's not immersed in geekdom or writing, Astrid loves to sing karaoke, crochet, and spend time with her family and pets.

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  1. Sounds like a great read.
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  2. Thanks so much for hosting my book on your blog! Have a fantastic day :)


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