Death comes for everyone eventually, but Izzy Maitland plans to live forever. At nearly eighteen years old, it's not an unreasonable goal, but Fate has other plans. Izzy has a car accident. A bad one. Suddenly, strange things start happening and her ordinary life is turned upside down. She wakes up tasting blood, more often than not, and her injuries heal at an alarming rate. Her friends and family weaken, and every day, Izzy grows stronger. Strangest of all, she seems to have acquired a stalker, and he might be the Angel of Death.
**Note: This book contains some violence and strong language. Recommended for ages 16+.**
“I did not lay a hand on her, and yet her soul floated free above her body. It hung there, a beautiful shade of shimmering rose gold; an old soul in a young body”
'From 'Wings of Darkness'
The rainbow had vanished, swept away behind a great sweeping of grey clouds. The air was still fresh and fragrant from the afternoon April shower, when for a time the sun had peeked through cotton candy clouds. Dorothea magically produced a tiny retractable umbrella, from her coat pocket, just as the first drop of rain fell. Albert always marvelled at her ability to be prepared for any event, she was his beautiful and intelligent petite little Dotty. The rain started gently, in spits and spats but the heavy laden clouds were being whipped up into a frenzy. As little Dotty opened the brolly a sudden gust of wind shot through, and flipped it inside out.
The couple began to laugh as they struggled together to right the umbrella, whilst standing in the middle of a sodden, damp country lane. The rain was now pouring; it fell heavily, quickly soaking them through to the bone. They didn’t hear the car approaching, what with the wind, whipping round them and both wrangling with the now useless item, still clenched between them.
Then it was too late.
Welcome to Seasonal, Sweet, and Suspenseful, a collection of holiday, romance, and mystery short stories from writers across the globe.
A beautiful collection, written as entries for two short story competitions set by DigiWriting in 2014.
These shorts each offer a distinct experience and create a powerful emotion, whether it is nostalgia, passion, hope, or fear. The voice of each writer is distinct and unique, creating a mosaic of stories united in themes but varying in styles.
The winning entry penned by Rose is titled 'The Magic of Grandfather Christmas'
5***** Review 'Star Gazing' by Lindar Gillard
This is one of my all-time favourite books. For me it is a beautiful distraction. A book I read time and again.
Marianne Fraser is the strong heroine of the story not only is she blind from birth but she is fiercely independent. Music fills her world Marianne is a great lover of opera she says it
"(music) pours a vision of a wider world into her ears"
(taken from chapter 1) she also tells us in the same chapter
"music goes directly to her heart; it pierces her soul and stirs her with nameless emotions, countless ideas and aural pictures".
Simply beautiful.From this beautiful book I learned how to cherish the gifts I was born with, I take nothing for granted.
I purchased, and now often listen to some of the music mentioned in this wonderful book. I close my eyes and listen to it from Marianne’s viewpoint.
I treasure my environment and often wander around taking everything in, especially when strolling through the woods. I inhale deep of my surroundings; I listen to the wind & rain in the trees.
Everything is so beautiful, oh and yes like Marianne I have been known to hug a tree or two. (My favourite local trees are the imported Redwoods in Queenswood, Hereford, West Midlands UK. The texture of the bark is amazing, they really invite you to touch them, in my mind they are truly caress-able. (See image left)
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