Special Preview of The Phoenix Exodus
Book Two will be released in just a few short months! Here’s a little teaser to get you excited.
Su’Nell positioned me at the edge of the Spiral field. We spread out, the other Flames to my right. The Wolves took their spots to my left, the ten of us forming a perfect circle as the crowd roared with anticipation.
“What do I do?” I whispered.
“Don’t get hurt,” Su’Nell replied.
“How will I know- you know- when it’s time?”
She backed away. I suddenly felt so alone without her powerful grip on my arm. “You will know. Trust me,” she said.
The other players readied themselves like a sprinter before the starting gun. I mirrored their stance. Couldn’t let on that I honestly had no idea what I was doing. One hundred feet away, in the dead center of the circle, a small glowing ball floated silently. That was the game ball. It waited for the first player to fly in and grab it.
The crowd turned to a giant screen that showed our determined faces waiting for the countdown. I didn’t want to be the only one with a terrified look so I faked my best brave face. I thought about Keiko and her bravery in the hospital on Saturn Station. I thought about Stark and his willingness to die for me aboard the Radiant Dawn. And I thought about my own determination… that moment back on Earth when I decided to defy Cardinal and end it all. Where had that Ellie gone? Swept away in a complicated plot meant to reunite me with my sister. But I wasn’t in control. Hadn’t been for quite some time. I had forgotten what it was like to be the master of my own fate. Forget all that! I was strong. I was in control now. I was the girl that had defied orders to save Tatiana from plunging into Saturn’s atmosphere. I was the girl that had broken out of the brig to help her friends in the Battle for Earth. And I was the girl that had crashed her Hornet in order to save the great Mohrad city.
I was the girl with the fire hair who never quit.
My face appeared on the giant screen. That look of determination made all my nerves disappear. I was me. Ellie had returned.
Two hundred thousand began to chant, “Five… four… three… two… one…”
Here we go.