maandag 30 december 2013

Book Excerpt The One You Feed

 I'm hosting an excerpt from "The One You Feed" today. That's a young adult horror book by author James Drummond. 

Book Excerpt

Toby shined the flashlight around, making sure they were alone, before settling the beam onto some cave drawings that covered a large portion of the enclosure’s slick, shiny limestone. Rachel scanned her eyes over the fading symbols and figures. This wasn’t the first time she’d seen representations like these. They decorated many of the old tapestries, drums, and tools in Dyami Askuwheteau’s relic shop, so she recognized the style as being Umatilla, but that was all she was able to determine.

When she was younger, her uncle had attempted to educate her on their tribe’s drawing techniques. However, like most of her generation, she hadn’t shown much of an appreciation for her ancestors’ lost practices and traditions. She had as good a chance of actually understanding these figures as she would if they’d been done by an African or Egyptian tribe.

Her eyes stopped on what appeared to be a large animal, drawn completely in black. The chalk, or whatever had been used to make the illustration, had been scratched furiously around the beast. Rachel supposed it was meant to represent fur. The way it was scrawled added to the creature’s size and made it much more menacing. Around it laid figures drawn mostly in red. Many of them had red lines drawn downward from their bodies. Blood, Rachel assumed.

“Well, it’s pretty obvious which one is the werewolf,” she said.

“Any of the rest of it make sense?”

“To be honest, I never really learned how to read these,” she confessed. “I’m not even sure where it starts or ends.”

Rachel ran her fingers along the drawings, completely befuddled. “What do you see?”

Toby gave no response. Curious as to why he’d gone silent, Rachel turned to catch him staring not at the drawings, but at her.

He glanced away quickly. “Um, yeah…Well, like you said, the werewolf is pretty obvious.”

She couldn’t help but smile a little. “Anything else?”

Toby’s embarrassed eyes scanned the cavern wall. “Those guys kind of look like they’re wearing uniforms.”

Rachel stepped closer to take a look, brushing up against Toby’s side as she slid in front of him. “Yeah, I noticed that too.” The figures all wore shirts, or coats, with double buttons. The way they were drawn in consistent rows made them look like marching soldiers.

“Wasn’t sure what to make of them.” Rachel stood mere inches from Toby now. She hesitated for a moment, then glanced back over her shoulder. “Any other thoughts?”

Toby held her gaze, a palpable tension between them. He had nice eyes, holly green with a bit of a sparkle. She’d noticed them the day they’d met, when he’d saved her box of belongings. With his chest pressed up against her back, she could feel his heart starting to thump a little faster. Hers was doing the same. Rachel knew they had more pressing issues to deal with, but she was enjoying their little moment. He leaned in closer to kiss her. She leaned back into him. 

About The Book

Title: The One You Feed
Author: James Drummond
Genre: YA Horror
Like most kids who grew up in the small Oregon town of Silver Falls, Toby Hoffman had heard all the scary stories about the monsters living in the neighboring woods of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Now a teenager, he knows the stories are made up to keep the town’s children from wandering where they aren’t wanted.

Then his best friend, Nate, wakes up covered in blood in the reservation woods, with no recollection of whose blood it is or where it came from. When even more brutal attacks follow, Toby can’t help but wonder if one of the fables he was told as a child might be true. With the help of Rachel, a determined Native American girl who has moved off the reservation and into the house next door, he begins searching for an explanation for the recent carnage. He also develops feelings for his new neighbor, which are put to the test when he and Rachel discover that her uncle may be responsible for the emergence of a legendary monster that does in fact exist.

To make matters worse, there’s evidence that Nate was turned by the beast, and that he has every intention of holding onto his extraordinary new creature capabilities no matter the cost. In order to save Silver Falls from a true scary story, Toby will have to face off against forces he doesn’t fully understand – and his closest friend.

Author Bio

James is the author of The One You Feed and Something Wiccan - the first two books of the Out of the Dark series. He lives in Chicago, Illinois with his girlfriend Angela and two cats named Tim and Ruby. During the day James is a Senior Instructional Designer for an e-learning development company, where he writes activities and scenarios to educate learners on a wide array of topics—from fast food to PTSD therapies. A Graphics Designer at the company, Wojtek Batko, designs the covers for James' books.
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