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ON THE OTHERSIDE, BOOK ONE
DENISE GROVER SWANK
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about the book:
Sixteen year old Julia Phillips buries herself in guilt after killing her best friend Monica in a car accident. Julia awoke in the hospital with a broken leg, a new talent for drawing and false memories of the accident, in which she dies and Monica lives. The doctors attribute this to her head injury, but no one can explain how a bracelet engraved with her name ended up at the scene of the accident. A bracelet no one has ever seen before.
Classmate Evan Whittaker paid Julia no attention before the accident, let alone after. Now suddenly he’s volunteering to tutor her and offering to drive her home. She can’t ignore that his new obsession started after his two-day disappearance last week and that he wears a pendant she’s been drawing for months. When the police show up one night looking for Evan, he begs Julia to run with him, convincing her that Monica is still alive. Julia agrees to go, never guessing where he’s really from.
sounds pretty intense doesn't it? Well guess what? We happen to have an excerpt from the book....read on...
I run from the school, down the street a half-mile and turn the corner down the two-lane highway that edges town. I ignore the ache in my leg that creeps up my thigh. My hair grows slick and heavy from the rain. My thin long-sleeved t-shirt plasters to my body.
I push on despite the stitch in my side and the now-sharp pain in my leg. The gray stone church tucked into the edge of the woods comes into view. It’s my beacon, my anchor. Tears stream down my face and blend with the rain, which now falls at a steady rate. My breath comes in desperate pants, yet I refuse to slow down, refuse to stop until I’m there.
My feet crunch against the gravel of the church parking lot and my gait falters. A black wrought-iron fence lies ahead. My hands fumble with the latch of the gate until it opens. The hinges creak as I rush through, toward the back of the cemetery where the fence and trees are almost one. I run past the older headstones, past the newer compact markers until I drop. The soft ground absorbs the impact as my knees hit the earth. I fall face forward before Monica’s headstone.
“It should’ve been me,” I cry, my hands grasping the edges of the cold, slick stone. Gut-wrenching sobs rack my body. The rain falls harder, pelting my back.
Warm hands wrap around my arms, pulling me off the ground. My body turns and my face presses into a firm, warm chest. I’m enveloped inside the opening of a warm coat. I sink into the warmth, my legs barely holding me upright. A voice whispers in my ear, “It’s okay, Julia. I’m here now. Everything’s going to be okay.”
A sharp pain stabs my neck and then there’s nothing.
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I love this cover...it just looks so spooky and mysterious.
Now, about the author...
Denise Grover Swank lives in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. She has six children, three dogs, and an overactive imagination. She can be found dancing in her kitchen with her children, reading or writing her next book. You will rarely find her cleaning. Denise is represented by Amanda Luedeke of MacGregor Literary.
You can find out more about Denise and her other books at www.denisegroverswank.com or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org You can also follow her on Twitter: @DeniseMSwank or friend her on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/deniseswank
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a quick review:
I like books that are different. This was just such a book. A great story that doesn't really end.
The characters are fascinating. Julia is somewhat of an enigma throughout the story, but the guys...ooohhh la la!!!
Evan and Reece....perfect male characters. I hope Julia ends up with Reece, or Evan, no Reece, no make that Evan. Well I'll be happy as long as she ends up with one of these guys. :) No spoilers in this review, but as you can guess, a bit of a triangle involving the main characters.
I'm waiting anxiously for book two.