"Happy birthday, Kerry-Ann," says Leigh Michael
I'd like to give a special shout-out to Kerry-Ann during her birthday bash! Everyone take a moment to send Kerry-Ann nineteen virtual hugs, and one more for good luck.
The thing about birthdays is that everyone has one, but no two are the same. Let's take Kerry-Ann for example. She's celebrating her final teen year with a huge multi-day bash. Chances are, she's having the time of her life. I'd say, that's a great way to make the most of her day/week of birth.
In my series, Annabelle's Story, the protagonist has a very different experience. In Sprite (Annabelle's Story Part One), Annabelle's eighteenth birthday starts with a bang. She wins the New Jersey state championships, her very gorgeous boyfriend congratulates her, and she's got big plans to celebrate. Then, everything goes awry. Read the excerpt below to see for yourself.-->
It was odd; people have always said that you see your life flash before your eyes when you die. But I didn’t. All I could think about were stories I’d heard as a lifeguard — from people who actually drowned and were brought back to life through CPR.
They say after a few minutes you begin to sink. It was because little by little all the air has left your lungs. The aching feeling to replenish your lungs makes your heart quicken.
Then the only thing left to do is inhale. You have no choice, your body just instinctively does it. Doesn’t matter that you’re under water or not. After you do, the water burns your throat as it goes down, it fills your lungs, and then you die.
Right on cue, my body forced me to inhale.
Wanna know more about Annabelle's Story?
Annabelle Walsh thought she had it all. She was the star of her swim team, had a loving family, a great boyfriend, and to top it off, she’d be starting at UCLA in the fall. One day, she’d be referred to as Dr. Annabelle Walsh. She was living every girl’s dream – until her life was turned upside down. All starting with finding out that she's not just a human, but also a water spirit. Half-human, half-sprite to be exact. Although not just any sprite, Annabelle is prophesied to be the only one who can save both the sprites and mankind. With a mix of current events, anecdotes from Greek mythology, tidbits of folklore, and Leigh’s own imagination, we join Annabelle in her journey to restore order beneath the sea. Each step of the way her mind, body, and soul are pushed to the limit begging the question, how much can one half-human, half-sprite take? Sprite (Annabelle's Story Part One) is available to purchase on Amazon and Smashwords in paperback and all digital formats. The conclusion, Kin (Annabelle's Story Part Two) is coming soon (very soon).