This week MasterKoda is excited to present to you the young adult shining star author, Natalie Star!
I didn’t get to write today and that makes me crazy!
If you’ve followed me at all, or read my bio, you know I never liked the whole reading and writing thing until a few years ago. So when a day goes by that I cannot write for one reason or another, I think it’s funny.
Well, not at first.
I go through a gamut of emotions when I am on a roll with a story and for one reason or another life says I cannot write that day. I get angry, frustrated, bewildered, passive, and finally I laugh.
First thing Monday morning I woke thinking about my current WIP and wanted to start on it immediately. Then I remembered I volunteered to work at my son’s school.
I sold snacks all day for half of the school during field day to celebrate the end of the school year (and tomorrow I volunteered to do it again for the other half of the school). At first I was annoyed that I couldn’t write and that this was taking time away from me. But after I arrived at the school the kids started coming in with their change in hand, beaming over the sugary snacks, and I couldn’t help but feed off their enthusiasm. I stood on my feet for four and half hours thankful that these kids weren’t coming home with me. The amount of sugar they purchased was insane.
A lady I was working with, another volunteer, recognized me from a year ago when we did this very same thing. She said, “Hey, you’re that author lady! How’s it going with your books?” At first I was angry because I put the thought of not being able to write out of my mind, and there she had to go and bring it up again! She asked question after question and I found myself enjoying our conversation. I got to work on my story a little in my mind as I was talking it over with her. So I mentally forgave her, and my mood lightened again.
After I got home I was so exhausted. Not just from selling snacks, but from the Friday through Sunday sand soccer tournament my children played in over the weekend. Being in the sun on the beach all weekend wears one down.
I plopped down on the “man chair” and I guess I took a nap. When I woke my dear husband had dinner ready for me (and the kids), all the while I was thinking about my story. It was just one of those days for me. At this point I was frustrated, and couldn’t wait to get the kids to bed so I could get to work.
The kids are finally in bed, and as I write this right now, I know I will not get to write tonight because I am still so tired and have to stand on my feet again tomorrow. So I will go to bed. I hope my muse doesn’t lose her gusto by the time I’m all rested up.
After a day like today, and probably tomorrow, I can only laugh. Three years ago I would never have been so eager to write anything other than a simple facebook status (or even read anything beyond facebook). I can’t help it, I like facebook, but now I love writing.
by Natalie Star
The morning of her sixteenth birthday, Billie feels blessed despite the reoccurring nightmare that wakes her. Loving parents, a caring boyfriend, and great friends surround her until an heirloom necklace throws her into a world she never imagined.
“Gifted” with supernatural powers and an unexpected destiny as the Keeper, Billie and a mysterious boy from her past must work together to find answers. But, as they begin to discover feelings for one another, he disappears leaving her to fight evil alone. Her life spirals out of control. She breaks up with her boyfriend, Tony, and alienates her best friends Arianna and Jocelyn to protect them from the truth.
As dark forces pursue her, Billie longs to run away from it all, yet a need to do what’s right compels her to face the future as the keeper of more than her own fortune.
“Do I want to know?” he asked uneasy.
“Probably not, so if you want to call it quits and go on with your life I would totally understand because all of what I have to tell you is unsettling and will be life changing. If you want out, now’s the time.” I waited.
I didn’t know I held my breath until Ty stopped walking. He kept his stare on the ground. “If you don’t tell me now, I will always wonder and probably regret not knowing because it seems important.”
“You need to be absolutely sure you want to know before I tell you. So think about it for a few minutes.” I had an awful feeling in the pit of my stomach for him.
He nodded, and we followed the overgrown trail for a while through curves and switchbacks. The path led through all kinds of trees and wild growth. Never have I seen such beauty in autumn. I could see yellows, oranges, and reds all around us. It would have been silent if it weren’t for the fluttering leaves and nuts falling from the trees, and our feet crunching over the dead vegetation on the ground. I stomped my feet, and I liked the noise it made. Crunch. Crunch. Crunch. I put my arms out and spun in a circle while crunching. I felt giddy. I almost forgot where I was and why. Ty regarded me as if I’d lost my mind, which I probably had.
“What?” I asked as I spun past him.
“Just watching you.” He continued to watch with smiling eyes.
“It’s fun. You should try it.” I grabbed his hands because he wouldn’t come willingly, and we spun and spun until we were dizzy. We fell to the ground and lay there for a minute to catch our breath and get our heads straight.
I watched him. He seemed genuinely happy, and I felt genuinely crappy. Could I really take away his happy life and innocence? That’s exactly what I was about to do by unleashing the truth. I sat up.
He too sat up and looked toward me. “You okay?” He twirled a strand of my hair. I knew which bit of hair, too; the one that always curled away on its own.
I shook my head. “Not really. I don’t want to tell you. I thought I did, but now I’m not sure.”
“I don’t want you to tell me…not yet. First let’s have a few more minutes of normal.” He reached for my chin and tilted it toward him and pressed his lips to mine. We lay back in the leaves holding and kissing one another. We were consumed in each other’s sweet perfect kisses.
I pushed away from him and lay my head on his chest. He stroked my hair as we listened to the sounds of Mother Nature. I could hear his heartbeat, and it was calm and soothing. It didn’t match mine.
I jumped to my feet in a split second. I was on total alert. My heart pounded so loud I felt it in my ears.
“What’s going on?” Ty asked. Still on the ground where I was a second ago, he swiveled his head around.
“We’re done with normal.” I reached for my gem. Yep, cold but I didn’t need to feel it, I actually sensed it beforehand. I dropped a hand to help him up. He stared at it. “Ty, come on we don’t have time for this. I am stronger than you, much stronger, so this is why you need to get out of here.”
He took my hand. I pulled him to his feet. He gasped. With a peck on his cheek, I told him, “Go. Run.” But he stood there not moving. I saw and heard nothing. I closed my eyes and went into my mind to see what might come in the near future, and it wasn’t pretty.
“I might need to take my own advice and run.” I took Ty’s arm and dragged him along with me. It was too little, too late. We were surrounded.
“What can I do?” His voice crackled in fear. His head whipped around looking from one monster to the next. The creatures completely surrounded us. There was no way out, and they were hungry, hungry with a desire to kill. I could hear them in my head: kill.
“Try to stay alive,” I said. I felt sick to my stomach because I knew he wouldn’t make it through this.
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