Hi I’m Scarlett Van Dijk author of the Sky Stone series and I’m your host for this stop in the tour.
This is your post for the ACOA Scavenger Hunt and I am pleased to be hosting AUDEN JOHNSON. In her post you will find a number, not in written text, but as a numerical number. Write it down and collect them all as you visit every post along the way. Good Luck!
Family, Relationships & the Sciell
Themes are sneaky. They somehow find their way into my stories. I go into a new project wanting to write about powerful non-humans in a dark world. Themes like finding a place to belong, family and relationships slip in. I never go into a story thinking I want to deal with a certain issue. The different faces relationship wears is fascinating. I enjoy exploring them in my stories, especially in The Merging Worlds Series.
Vayle Slaughter and Shade Harrelite
Vayle “adopted” Shade as his little sister. In Book One: The Sciell, his entire life revolved around her. He protected and trained her. Shade, in turn, “adopted” Vayle as her older brother. But, Vayle’s parents see Shade as a mangy pet their son keeps trying to dragging home. To Shade’s parents, Vayle is the person that keeps their daughter from getting beat up. They like him. They don’t treat him as family. Shade and Vayle don’t care what anyone thinks of their relationship. They have their problems but their loyalty to each other is unwavering…until Book Two: Chains of the Sciell.
Bel Styne, Josephine Royal and Blae Carlton
They’re siblings. Why they all have different last names is a complicated story. Josephine and Blae are full blood siblings while Bel, the oldest, is from their father’s previous…let’s call it a relationship. Bel neither liked nor disliked his younger siblings. They didn’t exist to him. Josephine and Blae pretended it didn’t bother them. They stop pretending in Book Three: The Lost Sciell (Working Title). They start to form a relationship with their older brother. Bel is surprised. He assumed Josephine and Blae were happy with the way things were.
Josephine Royal and Divine Mathews
Josephine and Divine were born with a deep supernatural connection. They’re like one person in two bodies. They can read each other’s mind, explore each other’s memories and control each other’s powers. They hated this deep connection growing up and took pleasure in making the other suffer.
They actually like each other. If they weren’t connected, they’d be friends. This mix of emotions led to possessiveness. They never dated but they acted as if they were in a relationship, a twisted, unhealthy relationship. In Books Two and Three, they dump the animosity and learn to live with their connection. They become friends and then something more.
(From Book Three of The Merging Worlds Series Coming June 2016)
A hand rolled Divine on his back. Josephine straddled his waist. She lost her mind. Divine clenched his fist by his side. He went to bed in thin shorts, Josephine her underwear. Too much of Josephine’s skin was touching his.
“What do you want?” he asked.
“I spent almost 67 year asleep. My body seems sick of it.”
“And you had to sit on me to tell me that?”
Josephine shook her hips.
“First time I straddled a man and received no reaction. It’s a little liberating.”
The image of Josephine on top of another man made him want to kill someone. Divine backed away from that anger. They were no longer two people who saw each other as objects to control.
“You want to have sex?” he asked.
He wouldn’t give her what she wanted if she said yes.
Josephine snorted. “Baby steps. How about we get used to touching? I’ve had time to examine my memories. I like you Divine Mathews. I don’t think I ever hated you. You’re infuriating but not so loathsome I can’t stand the sight of you.” Josephine poked his chest. “I’m going to make you mine.”
Divine felt hot, uncomfortably so. His heart wouldn’t calm down.
“I’m not a possession.” He couldn’t think of a better response to her confession.
“I studied your memories and feelings as well, from those times our minds merged. You like me too.”
Divine’s thoughts stumbled. He wanted to say something clever. He wanted to change the subject. All he could do was stare at her with his mouth open. This wasn’t Josephine speaking. Their repaired connection and a year’s worth of loneliness was making her think she liked him. Divine’s chest tightened. When she settled in, their relationship would return to normal.
Scavenger Hunt Hint:
The number for your clue will not be written in text, but it will be numeral. Tally all the numbers you find during the hunt and tally them together. This final number will be an entry in the Rafflecopter on the ENTER HERE page on the official website - http://acoascavengerhunt.weebly.com/enter-here.html
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A Writer's Tale
Scarlett Van Dijk
Writer of young adult, fantasy series, the Sky Stone series, poetry and short stories.
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