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Beyond (Beyond #1) by S.P. van der Lee
Release Date: November 25, 2013
Sixteen-year-old Raven desperately wants to fit in, but after using a Ouija Board, her already overwhelming hallucinations take a turn for the worse. A ghostly figure named Sam begins to haunt Raven and seems eager to kill her.
She’s saved by a reclusive biker named Damian who goes to the same school and appears to have an interest in her. Raven can’t help but feel drawn to him. Determined to uncover Damian’s connection to the ghost, Raven sets out to discover his secret and the reason Sam started haunting her. However, there’s more at stake than just her reputation. Raven’s choice between unveiling Damian’s true intentions, and living a normal life will put everyone she cares about at risk. To save them, she’ll have to go beyond.
Lives are ruined.
Hearts are shattered.
Death lurks at every corner.
“I loved the premise of the book & I loved the characters. The ending left me wanting more…” ~ Lisa W.
“Finally this ends my dry spell of unsatisfying fantasy novels! I loved the plot! I can’t help but get hooked into it as the story unfolds.” ~ Poecilia from Goodreads
“The book is very good. It has really good mystery in it and a cliffhanger in the end that leaves you screaming for the second book.” ~ Katie from Goodreads
I’m jerked out of my sleep, clammy from all the sweat. Sighing, I rub my face. I’m worn down because of the nightmare. Even though I’ve had this nightmare so many times, I still get chilled to the bone.
Why do I keep having this same bad dream? It all seems so real.
I sit on the edge of my bed to calm myself. I have this dream at least three times a week. It always feels so realistic. My mom used to come to me whenever she heard me screaming when I just had the nightmare. She always found it hard to comfort me, so she just brought me a warm cup of milk.
I blink a few times to take in my surroundings and to assure myself I’m in my room. Every time I have to tell myself I’m not in that car. I’m just home, in my bed. I’m not in that car, and I’m not witnessing the death of the young boy.
Then my cabinet moves.
Stunned, I look at the piece of furniture. Did that just happen, or was it another fantasy? I’ve just woken up, so it’s not strange to see things that aren’t real. Right? All of a sudden something appears from behind the cabinet. Black smog is coming through the walls. A black ghost seeps like water through the wall, and then the cabinet and reveals its true form. A human. And he’s staring at me with the same wretched smile as he did yesterday when he moved the Ouija board.
This has to be another illusion.
Sam flies to my door, and something invisible latches onto him. He wriggles in mid-air, unable to move forward. I watch in horror as the smoky shadow turns about in his invisible prison.
Another entity drifts through the wall.
This one is much faster and blue, and moves with flexibility through my room. He looks human. This is unbelievable, unimaginable and insane.
I can’t comprehend what’s happening. The blue ghost follows the black ghost, who’s still wriggling around. Then he breaks loose from his invisible prison, and his arms go toward the door. The blue entity comes closer and looks as though he’s pursuing the black one.
I watch as Sam flees through my door, just before the blue ghost captures him. Sam’s gone. The blue ghost is too late.
The blue entity turns around to look at me.
His body is transparent, accompanied by smoke. His face is unrecognizable, but he has human traits. My desk and the paintings on the wall are visible right through him. Motionless and with my teeth clenched, I stare back at him.
I can’t believe what I’m seeing. This has to be another ridiculous hallucination.
He stands frozen in my room. Even his eyes are translucent, but they’re there, because they have a lighter color than the rest of his body. It’s as if he’s wearing clothes, but only the soft outlines are visible. His body looks like it consists of a million little stars that glisten as he moves. He reminds me of a reflection of the cosmos.
This ghost isn’t like the others. This one seems more like a real human and less like a horrifying shade. He glows, just like the others, but I sense something that can be trusted in his aura. His body radiates warmth and power, and it doesn’t strike me with fear. What is he?
Then the mysterious stranger leaves just as quick as he came.
I am a writer and reader of YA Paranormal Romance novels and aspire to be a well known author. I love reading the same genre, as well as Dystopian and an occasional fantasy book. In my spare time, when I’m not reading books, I like to play games such as RPG’s.
I have a bachelor in Digital Communication and enjoy pretty much anything that has to do with technology 🙂
BEYOND will be published on November 25th 2013. I’m currently available for Promos, spotlights, reviews, interviews, guest posts, you name it! Just send me a message 🙂
A big thank you to S.P. van der Lee for sharing some tips for aspiring authors about writing:
Starting out with writing:
If you’re thinking about writing a book, it’s a great idea to gather some tips on how to start. Here are some tips.
1. Writing a book starts at the point where you get an idea. You need a solid concept to start something new. Something intriguing. It doesn’t have to be fresh or innovative, just something interesting.
From there on out you start to build on the characters surrounding this concept. Build on the surrounding theme, the idea, and the scenes one by one. Layer by layer. It might come to you in bits and pieces, but that’s okay. Make sure to remember everything or write it down. Don’t shoot down ideas yet. Anything goes in the development stage. You’ll figure out what to put into your book and what to leave out later on.
2. Put down your characters first. Define what they want, what they need, what they desire. This is the most important thing in a book. What drives your characters is what people find most interesting to read about. So create your characters from their emotions and will. Afterwards, you can start describing their looks, what they do, their hobbies, their passion, their age, and so on. Always make it specific. A character never likes ‘just books’. Specify what kind of books. A character never ‘just goes to school’. Describe his exact classes and what he/she likes or dislikes about them. Make them real. This also means introducing flaws. No character is perfect as no person in real life is perfect.
3. Clearly define your genre before you start writing, otherwise it might become unclear later on in the process. It is important that you label your book prior to writing, because you want to know exactly what it’ll turn out to be once published. You must know the ins and outs of that genre and what’s most appropriate in the genres. For example, not all genres appreciate the use of first-person perspective or present tense writing.
4. Do research. Do A LOT of research. I can’t say this often enough. If you find a topic you know little about, dive into it and find more about it. You can find loads of information on the internet if you know where to look. If you use regions in your book that you’re not familiar with, such as a different state or country, then make sure to use Google Maps for instance. You can see a lot of the environment this way and it helps with describing things in your book. The same goes for any kind of topic really. Make sure to get your facts straight.
5. Dedicate a special time of the day to writing. If you want to start writing, you need to have discipline. A story is much better told if you’re ‘inside it’ (not literally, but you get the picture). For example, writing for 1 hour between 8 and 9 PM at night is good for starters. Sit down and open that document. Even if you don’t know what to type, just think. Think about your book. The words will come to you eventually. If you keep this up and abide by your schedule, you’ll soon discover writing is easier than you thought. There is no such thing as a muse or writer’s block. You have to force yourself to write and let it flow. Don’t edit yet, just type out whatever comes to mind. This really helps to get your mind into that working mode. Before you know it, your book is finished and ready for editing and publishing!
Featured Music Playlist
“Illusions” by Thomas Bergersen
“Reborn” by Thomas Bergersen
“Salvation” by Two Steps From Hell
“Dream Within A Dream” by Hans Zimmer
“Dream Is Collapsing” by Hans Zimmer
“160 BPM” by Hans Zimmer
“Black Heart” by Fired Earth Music
“Lifespan” by Zack Hemsey
“That Which You Seek (Finds You)” by Zack Hemsey
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