“Only two weeks till graduation.” Bailey chimed in.
“Only two weeks till vacation.” Alley grinned.
“Only two weeks till we have to find a job.” Clancey frowned. The other three looked at her and nodded, then each grabbed a pillow and attacked their sister. Amid the screaming and giggling the knock on the door went unnoticed.
The old woman stood just inside the door quietly observing the scene with a smile on her lips.
She was glad the girls were having fun as young girls should, she mused. The days, and weeks, and months ahead would have few carefree or fun moments.
“Who are you?” Bailey suddenly stopped swinging the pillow in her hand as she became aware of the stranger in the room. Where noise and laughter had once filled the room, a pin could now be heard if it were to fall upon carpeting. The four sisters looked at one another with apprehension, yet there was no real fear of the little old woman.
“Yes, who are you?” Delaney asked.
“How did you get in here? I know I locked the door,” Alley said and peered at the woman.
“You’re trespassing,” Clancey declared for the sake of having something to say.
The old woman stood perfectly still, yet her small gray eyes moved back and forth as she looked at each of the sisters. The intent look on her face made the sisters more nervous than the old woman’s presence. For long moments no one else said a word. Alley sat on the edge of her bed and the other three sat with her.
Finally the old woman spoke. “I am old,” she began. “I have used my magic for centuries to watch over Rowan’s descendents, to keep them safe, to protect the past and the future. And soon the future must be decided by the four of you.”
The sisters looked at one another, then at the old woman, and back at each other. They shook their heads. “We don’t know who you are or why you’re in our room,” Alley said, “but you need to leave before we call campus security.”
“The choice is yours of course,” the old woman said. “I will be glad to have it out of my hands. I am too old for this now. You, however, are young and healthy and able to endure what will come. Choose to come with me, choose to do what is in your blood to do, choose the right path and the future is yours. Choose wrong and the future ceases to exist. Not only for you, but for all of us.”
“The future is ours,” Bailey laughed. “We graduate in two weeks.”
“That future is an apparition,” the old woman told her with the wave of one gnarled hand. “That future will cease to exist when the alignment is complete. I have waited centuries for the four of you. Now choose.”
“Okay, okay,” Delaney shook her head. “We choose, now leave.”
“You choose to come with me?”
“Sure,” Clancey said and walked to the door. She grasped the handle. “We’ll go with you.”
“All four of you agree?”
The sisters mumbled their agreement and nodded. Clancey turned the knob to open the door.
They would agree to go with her to the door, anything to get the crazy old woman out of their room. The knob turned, Clancey pulled, and white light filled the room. The sisters didn’t even have time to scream before everything began to spin crazily out of control. They were in a vacuum, a whirlwind out of control. Trying to reach each other, they were pulled apart before their hands could touch.
The feeling of flying, falling, and spinning filled their heads. It was difficult to tell what was going on with the sound of rushing wind filling their ears. The sound of a sonic boom echoed somewhere in the distance. A sonic boom? Impossible. They would have to be traveling faster than the speed of sound for that to happen. Lightning clashed, thunder boomed. The sisters tried to scream but had no voice. Then just as suddenly as it had begun, it was over. Darkness, silence and stillness surrounded the sisters.
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A Winter's Night
Today, we’re here with published author, Rie McGaha.
Linda Kage: Hi Rie! Tell us a little about you and what genre you write please.
Rie McGaha: That's a funny question because I write paranormal, romance, western, historical, contemporary, suspense, time travel, fantasy and sometimes it winds up all in the same story! I don't really pay attention to genre lines and wind up crossing them all the time but I think that's what makes my stories unique. As for me, I'm a wife, mom of 12 and Nana of 29. I live a quiet life in the beautiful Kiamichi Mountains of SE Oklahoma. My husband and I love to take off on our motorcycle and just ride. Sometimes we head out with a particular destination and sometimes we just go wherever the road leads.
Kage: And here, I thought my mom (mother of 8, grandma of 21) had a big family! But I digress. Back to all these different genres you write. What happened to the first you ever wrote?
Rie McGaha: The first book I ever wrote was when I was in the 8th grade. It was a western about a woman from Boston who goes west to teach school in the wild, Wild West and falls in love with the town sheriff. I have no idea what happened to it, but I wish I had kept it.
Kage: What’s your backlist and coming soon bookshelf look like?
Rie McGaha: Most of my backlist falls in to the erotic category with various and multiple sub-genres. I have about a dozen published works with several more coming between now and spring of 2011. My most recent releases include:
- COMES AN OUTLAW, a historical western that is one of my faves from Silver Publishing; and
- CLOSURE, a contemporary suspense set in Albuquerque, NM from Champagne Books. CLOSURE was so much fun to write because it's about a serial killer and to be sure the killings could really happen the way I wrote them, I made my husband my "victim"!
Kage: I bet the hubby just loved that!! But CLOSURE isn't the book we're going to talk about today. Let's move along to...A WINTER'S NIGHT.
Rie McGaha: I have recently released A WINTER'S NIGHT with Untreed Reads that turned out to be a real blessing. In June our house burned down and the publisher is giving me 100% of the royalties from now until Dec. 31, 2010 to help replace some of the things we lost in the fire. This is a paranormal short story that is available at http://www.untreedreads.com/?page_id=1806 and the cool thing is that readers can purchase A WINTER'S NIGHT, email proof of purchase to me at and get my book GHOSTS OF VALENTINES PAST courtesy Noble Romance Publishing absolutely free!
A WINTER'S NIGHT
Four sisters discover that they are born into a line of women with powers to control the Elements. Plucked from their normal college lives and thrust into a battle to save the Earth, can they defeat the evil Montatre?
GHOSTS OF VALENTINES PAST
Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. That’s Twyla’s philosophy ever since she found a pair of thongs in her fiancé’s car the day before their wedding. Now it’s Valentine’s Day and her roommate is all about the hearts and chocolates, but Twyla isn’t going for it. That is, until a few ghosts drop in to show her the error of her ways.
Kage: What would the story be rated if it were a movie?
Rie McGaha: Both of these books are definitely G-rated, but A WINTER'S NIGHT is my first non-romance story..
Kage: If you HAD to fit A WINTER's NIGHT into a cliché, which one would it be?
Rie McGaha:Well, if you insist that I absolutely have to, then A WINTER'S NIGHT could be categorized as a paranormal save the world, I suppose.
Kage:Okay, now that we have a general idea which class to fit A WINTER's Night under, what makes this book so unique from every other book out there?
Rie McGaha: Like I said, this is the first story I've written that isn't a romance, and it's also the first one I've written that I actually will allow my teen grandkids to read!
Kage: What was the easiest part to write?
Rie McGaha: The prologue was the easiest part to write and after it was written, the story sat idly by for quite a while because I didn't know where it was going to go after that. Then one day I began writing the first chapter and when I read it back I just knew it was the beginning of the rest of the story.
Kage: What do you like most about the characters and what do you like least? Did you learn anything from them?
Rie McGaha: I always like the older characters in my stories and I usually write at least one character that is a little bit me, or a little bit what I would like to be. In this case, the old crone is my fave. I like to imagine that I have become a little wiser and a little more patient in my old age.
Kage:Rie, Thank you so much for stopping by today and gracing us with your presence. Before we go, is there anything else you’d like to say to wrap things up?
Rie McGaha:Please drop by my website for free reads, excerpts, and contest information. Right now everyone who buys a copy of A WINTER'S NIGHT is entered to win every book from my backlist. And thank you so much for having me, it's been a real pleasure
Now that Rie has totally made us want to buy A WINTER's NIGHT and win her backlist--PLUS help her out with her fire-loss, she was kind enough to provide us with a a buy link :
Amazon : A Winter's Night
Untreed Reads : A Winter's Night
If you're still curious about Rie, here are other places to find her on the web:
- Blog: http://sizzlingreleases.blogspot.com/
- Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/RieMcGaha
- Twitter: http://twitter.com/Rie_McGaha
- MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/RieMcGaha
- Publisher’s Author Page: http://www.untreedreads.com/?page_id=1806target=
- Noble Romance Publishing: http://www.nobleromance.com/BrowseListing.aspx?author=8
- Untreed Reads: http://www.untreedreads.com/?page_id=1806
- Manic Readers: http://manicreaders.com/riemcgaha/
- Amazon Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/rie%20mcgaha
- BikerOrNot: http://www.bikerornot.com/natenrie