Excerpt: Riddle of Fate by Tania Johansson

RoFRiddle of Fate
By: Tania Johansson
Publisher: Self-Published
Published: May 29, 2014
Genre: Paranormal YA

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Khaya’s life, a life the Order say was never meant to be, is thrown into turmoil when she discovers she has a second ability. The Company who employs people like her – with rare and special abilities – insists that having more than one inevitably leads down a dark spiral into madness. So they are watching and waiting, ready to terminate her at the first sign of trouble.

Now, on the run from the Company’s agents while trying to prove her sanity, Khaya realises they are not the only ones she should fear. Angels are working towards her demise as well.

The question that haunts her is this: What did she do that was terrible enough to elicit the wrath of angels? And can she trust the mysterious Derrin, or is he the cause of all her tribulations?

 

Excerpt

The bed was pushed up against the walls in the corner of the room. A double bed. She glanced over at Derrin. He’d best not be getting any ideas about sharing the bed. He didn’t seem to take any notice of her glare. He was standing by the window, peering out. “What are you looking for?” she asked.

“Nothing in particular,” he said. “And anything at all.”

She snorted. If he was trying to sound mysterious, he was failing. Badly. She looked at the basin under the rickety wash stand. There were two dead flies in it and a brown smear. She didn’t even want to think about what that might be.

A wash would have been nice, but she thought that would probably be counterproductive in this place.

He glanced at her over his shoulder. “Go ahead and get into bed. I will be staying up a while longer. Just to make sure you weren’t followed here.”

And what made him so sure he wasn’t followed, she thought irritably. She swallowed the question and pulled the blankets off the bed. She sniffed at them and grabbed the lamp, holding it low above the bed to inspect the sheets.

Derrin chuckled. “Will you put that thing down before you set the bed alight?”

“Hmph,” she said. “Burning down might not be the worst that could happen to this dump.”

Satisfied that the bed at least looked decent enough to sleep on, she left the blankets off and curled up on it.

“Aren’t you going to be cold?”

“You can use them,” she said. “I’d rather be cold than sleep under those musty things.”

She furtively glanced at the stranger several times before she finally fell asleep. He hadn’t moved from his post by the window.

 

 

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I grew up in a small town called Ficksburg in South Africa and moved with my family to England aged fifteen.

I then completed my schooling through a correspondence course from South Africa. This challenging time taught me a lot of self-discipline and determination. Qualities that have been invaluable while writing my first novel.

In 2004 I started studying optometry at Aston University in Birmingham, UK and currently I live and work as an optician in Kent.

In 2008, I married my wonderful husband, Tor. He has been such an amazing support and wealth of internet wizardry from when I started writing through to designing a cover for Book of Remembrance, to publishing my book on amazon as well as setting up this website. I cannot thank him enough.

Reading has always been one of my passions. I have fond memories of trawling through the library aged five (yes I was a geek from a young age!). More recently, I found myself wondering about the process writers must go through to complete a novel. I started thinking about how they would go about planning out a story and keeping track of all the various aspects of it. Finally, I decided to try my theories out. I have not looked back since!

I started writing Book of Remembrance end of May 2011 and finished it in December 2011. Since then, I have self-published it as an e-book on amazon. I have also started writing the follow up novel, which is untitled at the moment.

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  1. Thanks for hosting today, Kristin! 🙂

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