Thursday, March 20, 2014

Blog Tour: Intangible by DelSheree Gladden *Excerpt

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Intangible (The Aerling Series, #1)
by DelSheree Gladden
Published: March 12, 2014
Available: Amazon 
Mason is not imaginary.
He's not a ghost, either.
And he's most definitely not a hallucination.

Mason is an Aerling, and the Sentinels' number one target.

Separated to keep each other safe and alive until Mason's eighteenth birthday when Olivia is expected to guide him back to the world of the Aerlings, neither one was prepared to be stripped of their best friend, of the person they love most. The pain being away from each other causes is the least of their worries, though, as the Sentinels intensify their search for Mason and bring the threat of danger to a whole new level.
Excerpt from Intangible by DelSheree Gladden

Chapter 16

“I won’t sacrifice your life for any reason, Olivia,” I say, my voice sounding harsh.

Taking in a deep breath, Olivia prepares to argue with me. I don’t give her the chance.

“Unless Robin’s grandmother gave you some kind of insight about what’s going to happen to you when I go home, this is far from being a done deal. Nothing will ever convince me to let you risk your life to save mine. I won’t let you do it. I won’t!”

Expecting an immediate argument, I am left off balance when I am greeted by silence. An unsettling anxiety washes over me as I wait for her to say something, anything!

Olivia’s quiet, sweet voice whispers over the line, and from the first syllable I know going against her is nearly impossible. “Mason, I would gladly give up my life in exchange for yours. That was never even a question for me.” She breathes out slowly. “But this is so much more than just us now. It isn’t my life or yours that we’re risking. It’s every Aerling’s life. Molly’s, Conner’s, Shane’s. If I don’t help you get home, the Sentinels will eventually find them. They’ll never give up their war. We have a chance to stop this forever. We have a chance to save them all. Saving you is reason enough to do this, but ending a war…how could I not take the risk?”

Silently, I wipe away the tears that started falling at the mention of Molly’s name. I could never let Olivia risk her life for me, but could I make the same argument when it is Molly’s life hanging in the balance? I shake my head, knowing I would do anything to protect Molly. It breaks my heart to admit Olivia is right, but there is no other choice I can make.

Emotion is thick in my voice as I say, “Molly.” My heart aches thinking of such a sweet little girl being hurt because of me.

“She’s the only reason you’re going to let me try, isn’t she,” Olivia says.

It takes me a moment to answer, to clear enough emotion from my voice to forms the words I need to say. “Olivia, you have been my whole world since the day we met. I love you so much. The idea of any harm coming to you kills me, but Molly…she changes things.” I scrub my free hand through my hair. “Does that sound bad, that I’m agreeing to this in order to protect her? It’s still putting you at risk. Helping me could kill you, Olivia. How do I justify that?”

“You justify it because she’s you love her, Mason. She’s part of you now. That’s what family is all about, making the hard decisions and sacrificing what you love most in order to protect them,” Olivia says quietly.

Her love reaches out to me, wrapping me up and filling me with a warmth like I have never experienced. I have always known that Olivia was an amazing person, but I don’t think I realized until this moment just what a beautiful soul she really is. My breath hitches as tears begin rolling down my cheeks.

“You are what I love most, Ollie. You know that, right?” 

“You’re what I love most, too, Mason. You always will be.”

More about The Aerling Series
The Characters:

Invisible (The Aerling Series, #1)

Olivia’s best friend is not imaginary. He’s not a ghost, either. And she’s pretty sure he’s not a hallucination. He’s just Mason.

He is, however, invisible.

When Olivia spotted the crying little boy on her front porch at five years old, she had no idea she was the only one who could see him. Twelve years later when new-girl Robin bumps into the both of them and introduces herself to Mason, they are both stunned.

Mason couldn’t be more pleased that someone else can see him. Olivia, on the other hand, isn’t jumping at the chance to welcome Robin into their circle. Jealousy may have something to do with
that, but honest fear that Robin’s presence will put Mason in danger is soon validated when a strange black car shows up outside Olivia’s house.

The race to find out what Robin knows in time to protect Mason from whatever threats are coming becomes Olivia’s only focus.

About the Author
DelSheree Gladden lives in New Mexico with her husband and two children. The Southwest is a big influence in her writing because of its culture, beauty, and mythology. Local folk lore is strongly rooted in her writing, particularly ideas of prophecy, destiny, and talents born from natural abilities. When she is not writing, DelSheree is usually reading, painting, sewing, or working as a Dental Hygienist. Her works include Escaping Fate, Twin Souls Saga, The Destroyer Trilogy, and Invisible. Look for, Wicked Power, the next book in the Someone Wicked This Way Comes Series, and Soul Stone, book two in the Escaping Fate Series, coming 2014.
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