Echoes in the Glass by Cheri Lasota
Author: Cheri Lasota
Publisher: Ever-Sea Press
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Finnian bears the scar of an unspeakable crime. Tiria hides the pain of a terrible betrayal. When all their secrets are laid bare, will the truth rip them apart or forever silence the echoes of the past?
Seventeen-year-old Finnian Bell has been on the run for years, but he finally has a chance to rebuild his life while restoring an abandoned lighthouse on the Oregon Coast. Tiria Lucas, the lightkeeper's daughter, is still reeling from the pain of an event that has shattered her innocence. Fear and bitterness have turned her heart from Finnian, but he is determined not to let her go.
The lighthouse harbors dark secrets of its own... When Finnian and Tiria uncover the story of two teens hidden in the tower back in 1935, they discover a shocking connection that bridges time and death.
Crossing genres into worlds you've never seen... Echoes in the Glass is half-contemporary, half-historical with enough mystery, romance and lighthouse lore to ignite your imagination.
Excerpt 5: The fight
“You’re a coward, Joss. You always will be.”
This set his brother off. With a blink, Joss threw a solid punch. It caught Finnian off guard. It actually knocked him off his feet. If he wasn’t suddenly blind and pissed off, he’d be mildly impressed. Disoriented and dizzy, he slowly came to the realization his eye was bleeding, sending spurts of hot liquid down his cheek. He didn’t think of crying out. He thought of punching back. His brother was about to find out what a real fight looked like.
Before he could move, out of the corner of his left eye, he saw his mother rushing toward them, fear etched into her face. When she saw Finnian’s face, she stopped running, her face turning into horror.
He actually smiled apologetically at her, knowing instinctively what he must look like. He’d seen this kind of injury before, in a cow stuck in the eye by a bramble. He was sure it looked worse than it felt. It was numb, like fingers out in the cold morning air too long.
Joss didn’t see her. He reached down to pummel him again. But Finnian was prepared now, ducking his head, reaching up with a left uppercut to the stomach. When Joss doubled over, his mother threw herself between them, trying to pull them apart.
“Get back!” Finnian shouted at her, trying to shield her from Joss’s flailing fists. His brother’s hand snuck above Finnian’s arm in an attempt to punch him in the jaw, but he hit her face instead. Finnian caught her in midair as Joss stood suddenly motionless, his own eyes glossy with confusion. With his good eye, Finnian watched her eyes close into unconsciousness as he lowered her to the wet grasses by the trail.
His brother’s carelessness filled Finnian was utter rage. It built in him as he touched his mother’s face. How could Joss hurt her? His own mother? No, not on his watch. He would teach his brother a lesson he would never forget.
He stepped over her, careful not to touch her, pushing Joss backward with the heel of his palm. He didn’t stop. He kept pushing until the rage in him boiled over. Then he let his hands do what they wanted, feeling their power as they struck his brother over and over, in the face, the soft belly, the arms. Joss took it; he didn’t fight back.
He fell, crumpling in a heap as Finnian kicked him in the side. His face was dripping with blood. When his brother stopped moving, the body that lay there struck him as unrecognizable. What was this gory pulp at his feet?
Finnian felt the chill of a cold breeze touch off his face, and he realized his breath was heaving in his chest, and his mother was stirring behind him.
He was coming back to himself, realizing by slow degrees what he had done and who he had done it to. Behind him, he heard his mother’s faint whisper.
He didn’t turn toward her. Somehow he didn’t want her to see the last vestiges of anger in his face, didn’t want her to see his disgusting eye. Didn’t want her to see her son lying bloodied on the ground.
“My God.” She gathered Joss into her arms as Finnian turned away toward the darkened field behind them. “You killed my son.”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Cheri Lasota has written poetry and fiction for sixteen years, edited fiction for nine years and recently jumped headlong into design work for enhanced e-books. She has a great love for all things techy, so she finds herself pushing the boundaries of e-book marketing and design at every turn. Her passion for fiction and helping other novelists achieve their goals is without limits.
Her bestselling debut novel, ARTEMIS RISING, is a 2013 Cygnus Awards First Place Winner and a 2012 finalist in the Next Generation Indie Books Awards. Cheri just released her how-to e-book DESIGN AND UPLOAD YOUR EPUB and is currently finishing up her second YA novel, ECHOES IN THE GLASS, set on the Oregon Coast.
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