Final Life by Rose Garcia
Book #1 in the Transhuman Chronicles
Nothing sucks more than being forced to move cross country during senior year. And Dominique Wells doesn’t think things can get any worse until she’s invited to a quirky neighbor’s party. When pressured into playing a magical card game, Dominique’s world goes from sucky to terrifying. She begins having visions of a red desert and an evil presence–a presence who hints at past lives and promises to kill her.
Plagued by fear and suspicion, and unaware of a family secret kept hidden from her, Dominique is determined to live. Together with a mysterious and gorgeous guy who’s moved in while his parents are away, and a hot, popular guy from school, Dominique must seek clues to her past if she’s to survive. That, and keep her emotions in check for the two guys she suddenly can’t stop thinking about because if she doesn’t, she’ll be dead. For real.
The imageof blue sky, white sand, and calm waters popped into my mind, edging out the fear and panic that had taken over me.
My bodyslipped to the ground. My knees sank into the cool, pebbly sand. A soft breeze flowed through my hair. Farrell stood beside me at the water’s edge, staringout at the still water. He extended his arm and helped me to my feet. I brushedmyself off, recalling the terror and pain I had just left behind in the red desert. I patted my chest.
“Am Ireally here?”
Farrell said sadly. “Only your mind is here.”
“Farrell,am I—?” I paused, not wanting to say the words, as if keeping them to myselfwould change my fate. “Am I dying?”
“Yes.” Hetook my hand. “There’s nothing I can do.” His calmness filtered into me. Andfor a minute there, death didn’t seem so bad.
My attention turned to a bird in the distance that soared through the cloudlesssky. For eight lifetimes now I had died, and this was my last time. The worldwould never be the same, and it was my fault.
Farrellsqueezed my hand. “Remember what I said? The last time we were here?”
Of course I remembered. “You told me the end is not yet written, and to trust myself.”
The bird, a white Egret, flew closer and glided right over us, wings outstretched. A lone, feather escaped its plumage. The delicate quill drifted back and forth in the sky. Just like the feather from my dreams and the feather Ms. Ryken had given me that I had later seen at Jan’s. And then it dawned on me that it was the same color as Farrell’s aura. I extended my hand, reaching out for it. When it touched my palm, it disappeared.
Like flipping a switch, I was back in the desert. Heat exploded inside me. The air in my lungs had almost emptied. Warm, thick blood dripped from my fingers. Farrell and Trent were on the other side of Tavion’s dark energy force, and I was still inside, barely alive. Tavion continued to lift me at my throat, squeezing the life out of me.
“Dominique! Fight!” Trent yelled.
Rose Garcia is a lawyer turned writer who’s always been fascinated by science fiction and fantasy. From a very young age, she often had her nose buried in books about other-worlds, fantastical creatures, and life and death situations. More recently she’s been intrigued by a blend of science fiction and reality, and the idea that some supernatural events are, indeed, very real. Fueled by her imagination, she created The Transhuman Chronicles–a series of books about people who have overcome human limitations.
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