Fatal Excerpt

Here’s a sneak preview of FATAL! It’s almost time for the first short story of the Puritan Series to be released! Happy reading!

Fatal by Christina Leigh Pritchard

An Excerpt:

WINNER OF PHOTO CONTEST Sarah Al Baitty

 

TODAY

 

Lisa rubbed her eyes. Was what she saw even possible? Francisco crumbled before her at the edge of the lake across from C I N. His arms and legs turned to stone. Everyone watched with fear in their eyes. That could’ve been any one of them.

Lisa placed Rat in the grass and took slow steps towards Francisco, her arm outstretched, trembling. Should she save him? Could she? Just inches from him, Michael stopped Lisa.

Michael wrapped his arms around her waist, blocking her from touching the traitor. “He doesn’t deserve to be saved,” he said. “Francisco has stolen longevity from his family—just to feed himself.”

“You don’t get to judge me!” Francisco shouted. His knees broke, sending him down to the ground. He rolled onto his side, his arms stone and his torso turning brittle.

Lisa cringed. Francisco looked half alive and half statuesque. How could she just stand by and watch something like this? “Let me go, Michael. I’ve got to help him.”

“He’s a monster—murdering others just so he can live.”

“He wasn’t always this way,” a voice said. Lisa and Michael turned sideways. A cloaked man stood before them, lowering his hood. His skin was yellow and his eyes oriental.

“Who are you?” Lisa asked.

“I’m Francisco’s brother.”

“What can you tell me about your brother?”

The oriental closed his eyes, avoiding his ever transforming brother. “I haven’t a single good story to tell—only his beginning.”

“Well,” Lisa sighed. “Get started on your story—and fast.”

“Why can’t I tell my own story?” Francisco said. “I’m the one who knows it best.”

Michael frowned. “What if there isn’t time for you to finish it?”

“I’ll talk fast.”

 

Coming Soon!! (Like in the next couple days…)

 

© Copyright 2012 Christina Leigh Pritchard.  All Rights Reserved Worldwide.

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C I N READING ORDER

Recently, I’ve been asked what the reading order is for the C I N Series. Here’s a list of how it should be presently read. If anyone has any questions, please feel free to contact me!!!

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1. C I N. (ebook)

“Lynn, Lynn, the city of sin. You never come out the way you went in.”

This is the debut novel and should be read prior to any of the other short stories or books available. C I N introduces you to the other books!

NOTE: SHORT STORIES 1-6  (Donna Denning, Jimmy & Amber, Pete and Marie, Regrets, Lanie & Rat) CAN BE PURCHASED AT A DISCOUNTED RATE HERE.

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2. Donna Denning (ebook)

This is the first short story in the C I N Series Shorts. It’s very short and takes you back to 1982, before Lisa was ever born. Learn how the warehouse kids came to be in existence…

Note: You can skip the first 3 shorts and go straight into the 2nd book TRAITOR if you aren’t interested in character development. The shorts are for readers who like to have a little more information. The shorts follow different plots from the books.

NOTE: SHORT STORIES 1-6  (Donna Denning, Jimmy & Amber, Pete and Marie, Regrets, Lanie & Rat) CAN BE PURCHASED AT A DISCOUNTED RATE HERE.

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3. Jimmy and Amber (ebook)

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The 2nd short story in the series is about Lisa’s parents and how they met.

Note: You can skip the first 3 shorts and go straight into the 2nd book TRAITOR if you aren’t interested in character development. The shorts are for readers who like to have a little more information. The shorts follow different plots from the books.

NOTE: SHORT STORIES 1-6  (Donna Denning, Jimmy & Amber, Pete and Marie, Regrets, Lanie & Rat) CAN BE PURCHASED AT A DISCOUNTED RATE HERE.

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4. Pete and Marie (ebook)

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In 1999, Pete and Millie are at a crossroads in their relationship. This is the beginning of Millie’s downfall, her life turns into a spiral of disasters.

Note: You can skip the first 3 shorts and go straight into the 2nd book TRAITOR if you aren’t interested in character development. The shorts are for readers who like to have a little more information. The shorts follow different plots from the books.

NOTE: SHORT STORIES 1-6  (Donna Denning, Jimmy & Amber, Pete and Marie, Regrets, Lanie & Rat) CAN BE PURCHASED AT A DISCOUNTED RATE HERE.

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5. TRAITOR (ebook)

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Book two, TRAITOR should be read next. This novel explores various points of view.

Note: You can skip the first 3 shorts and go straight into the 2nd book TRAITOR if you aren’t interested in character development. The shorts are for readers who like to have a little more information. The shorts follow different plots from the books.

Synopsis:

Lisa thinks she knows everything about her new life. She can deal with the boundaries and even being torn away from her family. But Alex withheld more than she ever expected. Like, what happens when you lose control? How about when you begin to realize just how trapped you are? He leaves out a lot of stuff about himself too. He doesn’t mention the dangers of some of the others—or of what she herself can do…

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5. Regrets (ebook)

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Continuing the story of Pete and Millie. Watch Pete crumble with regret.

Note: If you have not read both  books 1 and 2, C I N and TRAITOR, I recommend that you do not read Regrets and Lanie as they contain spoilers.

NOTE: SHORT STORIES 1-6  (Donna Denning, Jimmy & Amber, Pete and Marie, Regrets, Lanie & Rat) CAN BE PURCHASED AT A DISCOUNTED RATE HERE.

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6. Lanie (ebook)

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Lanie is Millie’s best friend. She must make the ultimate decision.

Note: If you have not read both  books 1 and 2, C I N and TRAITOR, I recommend that you do not read Regrets and Lanie as they contain spoilers.

NOTE: SHORT STORIES 1-6  (Donna Denning, Jimmy & Amber, Pete and Marie, Regrets, Lanie & Rat) CAN BE PURCHASED AT A DISCOUNTED RATE HERE.

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7. Rat (ebook)

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Rat may not say much but he sees everything. Can he finally cross the line, revealing what he knows? He doesn’t want to betray Alex or Ally, but, Millie—his wonderful Millie—is sick and all she wants from him in her last few days of life is to remember…

Note: If you have not read both books 1 and 2, C I N and TRAITOR, I recommend that you do not read Regrets, Lanie or Rat as they contain spoilers.

NOTE: SHORT STORIES 1-6  (Donna Denning, Jimmy & Amber, Pete and Marie, Regrets, Lanie & Rat) CAN BE PURCHASED AT A DISCOUNTED RATE HERE.

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THE NEXT 5 SHORTS WILL BE AVAILABLE IN BUNDLED FORMAT EVENTUALLY ;O)

8. The Puritan Series – Fatal (available 11.06.2012)

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Francisco has a dark side to him. As Lisa and Michael watch him transform into fulgurite, Fransisco tells his story.

Note: If you have not read both  books 1 and 2, C I N and TRAITOR, I recommend that you do not read the  Puritan Series as they contain spoilers.

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9. The Puritan Series – Sucki (available 11.08.2012)

A rival tribe sets fire to Sucki’s village, steals his sister and torments the puritans who his tribe swore to protect. He must save his sister, no mater the consequence…

Note: If you have not read both  books 1 and 2, C I N and TRAITOR, I recommend that you do not read the  Puritan Series as they contain spoilers.

10. The Puritan Series – Charles (available 11.2012)

Arriving by ship, Charles is awakened in the arms of the most beautiful barbarian he’s ever seen.

Note: If you have not read both books 1 and 2, C I N and TRAITOR, I recommend that you do not read the  Puritan Series as they contain spoilers.

11. The Puritan Series – Tobias (TBA)

Tobey came to the Americas with good intentions. Find out what happened to change him into the monster he is today.

Note: If you have not read both  books 1 and 2, C I N and TRAITOR, I recommend that you do not read the  Puritan Series as they contain spoilers.

12. The Puritan Series – Celeste (TBA)

Learn about Celeste and Anna. Sucki is replaced by Celeste in the family heritage. Learn why she accepts the gifts she is given… What they mean to the future of her tribe…

Note: If you have not read both  books 1 and 2, C I N and TRAITOR, I recommend that you do not read the  Puritan Series as they contain spoilers.

13. Ally’s Secret Book 3 TBA (Release date will be given at the end of Celeste!)

14. Amie’s Journals #1 (12.2012 — This will follow book 3 Ally’s Secret. Sorry guys!)

THE NEXT 3 TO 5 SHORTS WILL BE AVAILABLE IN BUNDLED FORMAT EVENTUALLY ;O)

I’ll update this more once I release Amie’s Journal!

15.The Temptation Series: 1-5 short stories TBA (These follow the Groupies and the winners of my CASTING CALLS!)

Amazon Sales Rank!

today, C I N was given away free and although there’s still about 30 minutes left, of the promotion, the sales ranks are as follows:

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #236 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)

#9 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Fiction > Genre Fiction > Science Fiction

“Lynn, Lynn, the City of Sin.”


And it’s #14 in Romantic Suspense!!

In 30 minutes these ranks will disappear but it still feels good to see :o)

A ‘MUST KNOW” Photographer

I am very happy now!

Photographer and artist, Michelle Monique has created a photo that screams Lisa Brown. She generously allowed me use her photo Storm at an extremely reasonable rate! I can’t thank her enough. I plan to use the photo (with lightning that she added in for me!) as the new cover for book one C I N. I will retire the present cover and release the new cover very soon.

Any who would like a digital copy/PDF of C I N with the new cover should contact me via Facebook privately or via this blog’s contact page.

Michelle Monique

More about the artist:

Michelle Monique has remarkable talent and an impressive portfolio. She won first place in the Pix Digital Imaging Contest and has created book covers for various authors such as Darin Caulhoun, K.T Tran, Andrea Cremer, and J.A Redmarski. Her talent does not stop here! Michelle Monique has been commissioned for a diverse group of clients ranging from CD covers to tee shirt designs, perfume ads for Dior and even youtube backgrounds!

As a child, Michelle Monique practiced photographing her cat, Kissy. (What do you guys think about a girlfriend for Rat? :o) Wouldn’t that be fun?!)

After schooling… Oh wait. Did I forget to mention that she’s a self-taught photographer who now works with professional companies such as Random House and Penguin for Young Readers?

Would you like to learn more about Michelle Monique? Please support her wonderful work by becoming her facebook fan and by checking out her blog where she has a long list of various press releases and awards!

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CIN 2 Traitor Release Date!

Hello Everyone! I have a release date for you ;o) It will be announced during the online Night Owl Reviews author chat on March 26th. Along with the release date three winners will receive an autographed pre-release copy of C I N 2.So make sure you log on and sign up! (I’ll post again when it gets closer!)

I’ve had a hard time with the book’s line up. Originally book two “Get Lost” was going to be released. Unfortunately, I am having an internal struggle [problem] with this. Instead I’ve decided to go with Traitor (originally book 5) which is a bit intense–I hope you’re ready for it ;o) In this book you will find the answers to what makes Pig the way he is, where Aunt Millie goes at sunset each day, why Ally’s hair went from red to blond, what C I N originally meant  and Traitor will bring to light some new things as well leaving you with even more questions ;o)

Anyhow, until March 26th, I’ve pasted the synopsis and first chapter told from the viewpoint of Alex Moody. I hope you like it!

Synopsis:
Lisa thinks she knows everything about her new life. She can deal with the boundaries and even being torn away from her family. But Alex withheld more than she ever expected. Like, what happens when you lose control? How about when you begin to realize just how trapped you are? He leaves out a lot of stuff about himself too. He doesn’t mention the dangers of some of the others—or of what she herself can do…

Part One
Alex Moody

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Lisa lay across my lap as she scratched under Rat’s chin. He purred and kneaded his paws into my shirt. “Get that ugly cat off my bed.” I hid my face behind a Scott Westerfeld novel.

“If he goes then so do I,” Lisa decided, tugging at the corners of my book. “Is that what you want?”  I touched a strand of her black hair. It was soft and silky—just like her flesh.

“Sometimes I’d like to be able to breathe.” I held back a grin. Really, I would. She was always around.

“In that case,” she sat up, “Rat and I will be going.” Lisa snatched her Himalayan cat and headed for the door. I grabbed her around the waist.
“I changed my mind.” I whispered in her ear. She giggled, falling backwards.

“Alex,” she sighed, “This is getting too intense. “I think you and I need some space.”

“Oh do you now?”

“Don’t you think that would help us out?” Her fingers intertwined with mine. “A little down time might give you a break from my new found neediness. I’ve never been like this before in my life I swear!”

“I can barely breathe without you, Lisa.” She couldn’t get away from me even if she tried.

“I hate when you say things like that.” She complained, tightening her grip. (That’s because it made her want me even more.)

“Why?” I smiled. It was almost easy to forget her faults when she pouted.

“Don’t play dumb, Alex.”

“Lisa, Lisa, Lisa.” I cradled her in my arms. Rat hissed, wriggling free. He flicked his tail and disappeared from sight. She was warm and I liked that she still trembled whenever I touched her.

She laughed, tossing her head back. “This is the smallest room on campus. It barely holds a bed.”

“I like it like this. Then there’s only one place for you to sit.”

“What, in your lap?” She rolled her eyes, resisting me.  “Sometimes you make me mad.”

“Good, I like it when you’re feisty.” I bit her on the neck. She squealed, bending forward.

“Why can’t we close the door?” She smelled like Vanilla. I wanted to explore her even more.

“Because I don’t trust you,” she admitted. “I’m not like the groupies.”

I pulled away.

“Sorry, but I’m not.”

“I never said you were, Lisa.” Too bad you weren’t though…

“Listen, Alex.” She placed her hand on my heart. Her thoughts invaded my mind.  She loved me. I was hers’. “Don’t you understand?” She asked.  I hated when she pushed her thoughts into my mind. It was one thing when I wanted to know what she thought—it was another when I didn’t.

I hated to admit it but I made a mistake. My emotions got the better of me when I changed Lisa. Why didn’t I let her go; leave Lynn with her mother when she had the chance? Now, I’d imprisoned here with me. Her life was fragile and any hope for her survival—

“Alex,” my sister, Ally, banged her fist on the open door, “It’s time to go.” Her hair used to be red but now it was long and blonde—nearly white—just like mine. Her eyes were about as pale as mine these days too. Rarely did I enjoy being interrupted to help Ally. But, today, I wanted nothing more than to get as far away from Lisa as possible.

“What are you guys going to do?” Lisa questioned, jumping up.

“We’re going to sift through some old boxes.” Ally answered. “Is that the same shirt you wore yesterday, Lisa?” She rolled her eyes, “That’s gross. There’re a million shirts in our room. You could change your clothes every once in a while.”

“You act like I can stink.” Lisa laughed. She loved the fact that when she was hit by lightning her sweat glands no longer emitted an odor.

“It’s about proper hygiene.” Ally argued. “Do you think Alex wants to see you in the same shirt every day? Do you even change your undergarments?”

“Of course I do!” Lisa frowned. “What’s your problem anyway?”

“I don’t have a problem.” Ally narrowed her eyes. “Alex, let’s go.”

“Let me get my shoes.” Lisa dug under the bed. “I’ll be ready in just a minute.”

“Please don’t tell me you invited her to help us.” Ally groaned. I shook my head.

“Lisa doesn’t want to come with us. You told me you were going to hang with Donna today, right?” Maybe she’d get the hint.

“Well, I want to be with you, Alex.” Her hands rested on my hips. “Don’t you want me to come?”

No. I don’t want you to come. Can’t you take a hint?

Lisa jerked back. She’d heard my thoughts. (Another thing the lightning gave her—great.) “Fine, that’s all you had to say.” She brushed past us and stood at the stairwell. “I can’t believe you lately. You’re acting weird.”

“She’s getting annoying—almost worse than Donna.” Ally said under her breath.  “If she’s this annoying now what will she be like in ten years—or a hundred?”

“Stop it,” I ordered, motioning for her to leave. “I think I’m going to move back home. I need more space.”

“Does this ‘space’ have a name?” Ally teased, racing ahead. “Why don’t you call it what it is?”

I ignored her. There was nothing I could do now. This was my fault.

“I used to like Lisa too before she started transforming.” Ally led me out the front entrance of the C I N boarding school. We headed around the lake towards our little shack. We needed to hide some very crucial evidence of our past from a very meddlesome girl. She never stopped. It was an invasion of Lisa all the time. She was in your thoughts, in your stuff, in your heart, in…

“Stop picking on her,” I said. (Ally was right though—she had become annoying.)

“Why?” Ally pouted, “Because she’s the only person you can touch without being in excruciating pain?”

I froze. “Don’t make this a bad thing.” That wasn’t the only reason I liked Lisa.

“You don’t really love her, Alex. You should’ve let her and Michael have each other. Why are you doing this to yourself?”

“I do care for her—a lot.”

“But, not the way you did for—”

“Shut up!” I screamed. Why did she have to bring up the past?

“It’s the truth,” Ally shrugged, “Isn’t that why we’re doing this?”

“Doing what?”

Ally and I twirled around. Lisa stood behind us. Tears brimmed in her eyes.

“Who do you really love, Alex?” Lisa’s bottom lip trembled. “I thought you couldn’t touch anyone besides me? I thought you never felt the way you feel about me before? I don’t understand. You said there was never anyone else. Who or what are you hiding from me? You think I’m annoying now?”

“Lisa,” I tried to speak. Words were never my thing. It wasn’t that I didn’t care about her. I knew I desired her but was I in love? Plus, which question did she want me to answer anyhow?

“Answer me, Alex.” Lisa wiped away a stray tear. Which question Lisa?

“And say what?” I shouted. “Go back to school and leave us alone!”

Lightning crackled in the sky above. Donna and Big Mike sat on a bench by the school’s entrance.  They raced inside. From the other side of the lake I could hear the sound of the door slam shut.

Dark clouds covered the skies. Lisa glanced at them. Before she would’ve raced away too—frightened at what I could do.  Instead, today, she stepped forward, ready to fight. “Why are you threatening me?” She asked.

“I want you to go home.”

“This isn’t my home!” She cried, “I’m your stupid prisoner, remember? A girl you thought you liked but now are getting tired of. Besides, that lightning crap won’t work on me now. You can’t tell me to ‘hurry on home’ anymore.”

“Stop acting like a twelve year old.” Ally said, hands on hips. “He’s not tired of you. I’m not tired of you either. Sometimes you’re just a bit clingy and nosy. Give us a break already. We went from having no one to you—who happens to be in our face all the time.

“I thought you said you wanted me to know all about you?” Her eyes set on mine.

I stared at the ground. Little red ants climbed over my bare feet. If they were biting me I couldn’t tell. I just wanted her to shut up and leave. Everything she said started to sound like garbled static.

“Alex!” Lisa yelled. Her fingers twitched, sparks generated then electrical currents shot from her fingertips disintegrating a tiny anthill between us. I frowned at the pile of ash.

“That was mean.” I announced, turning my back to her. “Go home before you lose control and kill something else.”

“What’s the big deal if I do?” Lisa wouldn’t budge. This wasn’t normal. Had she already begun transforming? Panic raced through me. It usually took over a hundred years to transform. If she kept changing at this rate there was no telling whether she’d survive.

“Do you want to kill someone?” Ally questioned, invading Lisa’s personal space. That just screamed ‘bad idea’.

“Ally,” I warned.

“No,” Ally refused. Lisa wants to see what will happen. I think it’s time she got to see what happens to her when she loses it.”

“Stop,” I began. “We don’t know how much she can handle yet.”
Lisa’s hair rose and so did Ally’s. Sparks flew from their fingertips and the sky rumbled above us. The grass below them blackened turning to smut.

“I can’t control her, Ally.” I reminded her.

“So what, I know what will happen in the end to her.” Ally’s eyes danced.

My feet stood frozen in place. Lisa was more powerful than Ally and I combined. She petrified me. Electrical currents beyond anything Reginald ever measured in Ally or me were alive in Lisa. It was as if she weren’t human anymore. Each day she changed more and more. Her powers were going to overtake her soon. The last person who lost control ended up killing—

“Calm down!” I stood between them. Pig growled, tugging on Ally’s pant leg. Lisa grinned, picking her Boston terrier up. He kissed her face and narrowed his bug eyes at Ally.

“Why didn’t you just let me go away with my mom? Why’d you have to trap me?” Lisa cried. “I thought you guys wanted me around. Now I’ve got to stay here with people who hate me!” She raced through the tall grass around the lake towards C I N. She didn’t look back. My heart pounded and every fiber in my being yearned for her touch.

I kicked the pile of ash (that was once an anthill) and called out, “I hate you!”

“A little dramatic, don’t you think?” Ally grumbled, “She’s not that bad.”

“I don’t hate Lisa.” I told her.

Ally’s eyes widened. “You don’t mean—”

I took off, running as fast as I could. I needed to get away from my sister, from Lisa, from everyone. This is why I liked living alone; too much drama, too much talking, too much of everything.

“Alex!” My sister chased after me. Lightning crackled above us. “Don’t push me away again!” Her words stung. “What are you running from? It wasn’t your fault. You’re not the one who is to blame!”

What was I running from? How about the fact that I’d fallen into the same trap again? This time, though, I was falling for someone even worse than Amie. And, what did Ally know? It was my fault; all of it was.