Excerpt: I, Darcy Chapter 1

In honor of my first novel I, Darcy being released, here’s the first chapter for you to enjoy below.

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I, Darcy

Written by T.C. Harrison

Copyright 2017

“unbeing dead isn’t alive.”

― e.e. cummings

1

“Dammit.” I whispered, looking at the digital clock on my wall, which read 6 a.m. I cursed the clock and got out of bed.  Sleep’s one of the few joys I in my life, and I never had enough of it. I glanced up at my Sailor Moon Crystal calendar that hung from my bathroom door and groaned.  Three more weeks remained before Thanksgiving break, plus today’s Monday which meant Vamp Day.  I groaned again as I entered the bathroom and began to get ready for school.

Every Monday, our local ETF police-the Eidolon Task Force -made unannounced visits to the homes of eidolon residents. They take blood samples from us and our human relatives, hence why we prefer to call them vamps. The official reason quoted was to “watch and prevent further spread of infection,” but it’s a way to keep eidola in line. You either ‘volunteered’ or risked being taken away for weeks or months at time and that depended on who performed the checkup.

Many vamps were okay and treated us eidolon folks well enough, others… not so much. A lot of times, people in authority aren’t responsible with the power given to them… but such is life. My mother gave birth to me and I do everything like a living person, yet I’m still treated as a monster.

A lot of times I’m embarrassed of who I am, of what I am, and I know I shouldn’t be. Every time a human eye looks at my discolored brown skin, I’m reminded I’m what they fear the most.  I’m a mistake, a look-alike-of the human form who wasn’t the real thing. According to society, we eidola are disposable. To them I Darcy Mary Elizabeth Munroe am the monster that they see on TV shows, books, and films brought to life.

Finally dressed, I gazed at the mirror and sighed. Today I wore my favorite tattered Warhol Lewis “Bites Back” shirt over my short black and silver puffy Lolita dress with my black platform boots.  Only my thick curly black hair needed to styling so I ran my comb through it and rolled it up into a bun with a silver band. I gave one more glance into the mirror and sighed, thinking to myself:

But if I’m a monster, why don’t I terrorize them the same way that they terrorize me on a daily basis? Why don’t I make inhuman noises as I walk? Why don’t I rip their flesh apart and eat them?

“Darcy, breakfast is ready!”

My mother’s voice jolted me from my thoughts. “I’ll be right there!” As I headed downstairs I thought to myself: Just because they say you’re a monster doesn’t make it so.

When I entered the kitchen, my Step-Dad Eric greeted me. He took a mug from the top cabinet above him and said, “Morning Darcy, how are you?”

“Fine.” I pulled out a chair and took my seat to eat. “Where’s Mom?”

Please ignore the shirt.

“She’s at the bus stop with the twins.” Eric nonchalantly poured coffee into his mug, his back turned towards me.  Trying to keep him from noticing my shirt, I gulped down my food. “Are you ready for school?”

“Yup.”  I sped ate what remained on my plate.

Don’t look at the shirt.

I didn’t want to argue. Mondays weren’t a good occasion for that. But on weekends I can leave the house for a while and return right before curfew starts. But I knew one was coming as soon as I placed my dirty dishes in the sink. I made feeble try to exit the kitchen and avoided eye contact with Eric who zeroed in on me. But before I could even step into the living room, he stopped me.

“Hold up Darce.”

I froze in my tracks.

Epic fail.

“What?”

“You’re not wearing that shirt.”

Hesitant, I turned halfway towards Eric. “Why?”

“You know why.” Eric didn’t approve of me wearing clothes made by Warhol Lewis. A renowned and controversial fashion designer and artist, Lewis got infected in an accident and became an eidolon reanimate. Nicknamed the ‘Ghost of Magneto’ for his views, Lewis wasn’t a purist. Unlike them, Lewis didn’t want eidola to use humans as a food source. Like purists, he wanted eidolons to use any method necessary to get our equal rights, including resorting to violence. I didn’t agree with everything Lewis did or said, but his words resonated with many of our kind and he became an influential ally.

When he was alive, my Dad-an eidolon reanimate-thought Lewis was a hero, while Eric didn’t. When he died, Daddy bequeathed many of his belongings to me, including the shirt I was wearing. As I grew up and heard my Dad’s beliefs, I adopted many of them, which didn’t sit well with my parents.

Turning to face Eric, I felt defensive as I spoke. “What’s the issue?”

Flabbergasted Eric answered, “It’s not something you should wear.”

“Why shouldn’t I-”

“Because he promotes violence.” Eric became frustrated as he tried to stay calm while I became even more annoyed. I looked towards the living room hoping for Mom to come in and end this.

“No, he doesn’t.”

“Yes, he does.”

“Can you understand that he speaks out how I’m treated?”

Eric sighed. “I’m trying to hon, honest.  I’m worried for your safety and that of the twins… can’t you understand where I’m coming from on this?”

He always made it about himself, and his attempts to understand were half-assed, I was so sick of it. Getting angrier by the minute and determined to leave home wearing my shirt, I countered. “Yeah, I can see you’re more worried what your parents and the people who fear me think.”

“Darcy.”

Before our disagreement could continue, the front door slammed shut announcing Mom’s return. Relieved, Eric gestured at her, “I’m sure your mother will agree with me on this.”

Mom strolled into the kitchen wearing a yellow shirt with grey jogging pants, her black curly hair rolled into a bun. She got a mug from the cabinet above Eric. She looked frustrated as she did so, and didn’t notice the standoff between her husband and child.

“The bus driver was late again. Aside from traffic which rarely happens around here, he has no reason to be late.” Both Eric and I remained tense as Mom poured herself a cup of Joe and continued. “He’s got a problem with eidolon families. Every morning he says something snarky to the kids. I’m going to report him.”

Mom sorted through a stack of coupons as she sipped her coffee while the face-off remained at a standstill. “Are you ready Darcy? How bout I drive you ther-” Mom turned towards me, glanced at my shirt, and disapproval filled her face.

“I told her it’s inappropriate.”

Mom nodded her head in agreement at Eric’s comment, “You need to find something else to wear Darcy.”

Dammit.

I looked at my parents in shock and noticed Eric had his “I told you so” look planted on his face. It consisted of a smirk that proclaimed he was victorious. Of all the things, she sided with him on this wasn’t one of them. She knew how important Daddy’s belongings were to me. Eric had finally gotten to her.

“Why?” I persisted.

Concerned, Mom answered, “It’ll cause trouble and I don’t want you to get hurt.”  She’s so bloody overprotective.

Angry and defiant, I shouted “I won’t get hurt, it’s a statement and I want to wear my shirt. I will wear it.” Eric didn’t take my reply too well as he’s so used to me accepting defeat.

Not today Satan, not today.

He shouted back, “You will not be disrespectful to your mother or me. You’re not going to school with that horrible shirt on and that’s final.”

Extremely pissed, I shouted back at my parents who were in pure shock at that point. “IT WAS…MY FATHER’S! YOU DON’T…UNDERSTAND ME! YOU DON’T WANT TO!

 

 

You Can Now Pre-Order I, Darcy ebook

Happy Friday readers! I hope you’re doing well.

It’s been a few weeks since my last post. I’ve been busy conducting research for the next books I’ll write, in addition to editing and formatting two other books.  Also life’s been busy with work and my mother was hospitalized but is doing much better now.

Today I have some wonderful news. You can now pre-order your ebook copy of my upcoming novel I, Darcy! Since 2013 I’ve worked on this novel and it’s been a long journey that will come to end when both the ebook and print versions of the book are released on October 1st, 2017.

You can pre-order your copy at the Kindle Store and over at Smashwords. The ebook version of the novel costs $2.99, while the print version will be around $8.00.

A few months back I revealed I, Darcy’s cover and premise, but since it’s been a while here’s the cover and premise:

Genre: An alternative historical YA novel.

Teaser:

A sixteen-year-old eidolon girl’s charged in the death of her human bully. Her human step-father volunteers to represent her but they distrust each other. Can they reconcile in time to win the case?

Blurb:

“Society believes I’m disposable. To them I Darcy Mary Elizabeth Munroe am the monster that they’ve seen on TV shows, books, and films brought to life.”

Sixteen-year-old Darcy Munroe enjoys books, music, fashion, and other aspects of pop culture. Unlike most teens, she doesn’t have the privilege of living a normal life due to being born an eidolon. Darcy lives in a world that not only hates and fears her but is edging towards an apocalypse.

When her human bully dies in a school-related incident, Darcy’s charged with their death. With her fate lying in the hands of a human jury, things become more complicated when her human step-dad Eric volunteers to represent her. They don’t trust each other and often butt heads over the human/eidolon conflict. Can Darcy and Eric settle their differences in time?

Sounds awesome right? I’m looking forward to sharing this story with you and I hope you’ll enjoy it. I, Darcy will be out in print and ebook on October 1st.  You can purchase your copy at Amazon.com, Smashwords.com, and BarnesandNoble.com.

I’ll close out this post by thanking those who’ve purchased copies of my previous works including my mermaid fantasy novella Orniainthi. Your support means a lot to me.

I hope your weekend goes well and I send Galactus sized hugs to those you need it. Stayed tuned for more updates and posts! Have a wonderful day and weekend and to those who celebrate, Shabbat Shalom.

Official Cover Reveal: I, Darcy

After a lot of false starts, my first novel I, Darcy finally has an official cover. Here it is below:

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And here are the official teaser and blurb:

Teaser:

A sixteen year old eidolon girl’s charged in the death of her human bully. Her human step-father volunteers to represent her but they distrust each other. Can they reconcile in time to win the case?

Blurb:

“Society believes I’m disposable. To them I Darcy Mary Elizabeth Munroe am the monster that they’ve seen on TV shows, books, and films brought to life.”

Sixteen-year-old Darcy Munroe enjoys books, music, fashion, and other aspects of pop culture. Unlike most teens, she doesn’t have the privilege of living a normal life due to being born an eidolon. Darcy lives in a world that not only hates and fears her, but is edging towards an apocalypse.

When her human bully dies in a school-related incident, Darcy’s charged with their death. With her fate lying in the hands of a human jury, things become more complicated when her human step-dad Eric volunteers to represent her. They don’t trust each other and often butt heads over the human/eidolon conflict. Can Darcy and Eric settle their differences in time?

I’m still in the midst of the editing process, but I hope to have I, Darcy out by the end of this year or early next year.  So stay tuned and let me know your thoughts on the cover, teaser and blurb.

Review: Phases of a Broken Sky

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Written by Christina Barr

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5/5

Phases of a Broken Sky is an excellent read.

The novel tells the story of Jesse Holloway a young lady trying to break free from her over protective parents by starting her college years miles away from where she lives. At the start of her road trip she meets a stranger who changes her life forever.

Miss Barr’s writing continues to be superb and her characters fleshed out, flawed, complex individuals. The pacing of the story wasn’t slow or forced, nothing felt rushed and the plotting was well paced. I really enjoyed Jesse’s journey and the ending of the book reveals that her story is just beginning. The ending was really good and had me asking questions and wanting more. I look forward to reading the sequel.

Overall, Phases of a Broken Sky is a great addition to the paranormal genre.

Book Review: Becoming Undone

becomingBecoming Undone is the sequel to Almost Alive and continues the story of two lovers who fight demons, Michelle and Julian.

Julian loses himself and it’s up to Michelle to save him and get him back and she does. But not before going through many hellish twists and turns. In fact Julian and Michelle both become undone in different ways, only to pick themselves up again at the end.

I truly enjoyed reading this book more than I did reading the first. What I loved about this book was that the plot moved steadily and had many twists and turns that I did not see coming. From the get-go the story is full of action packed movements as the series of events throughout the story build on one another.

In this story Michelle finds the hope and courage to believe, and that is one of the messages readers can take away from Becoming Undone. At the end of the book, I was left content but also wondering if Michelle and Julian’s story wasn’t over just yet.

Overall Becoming Undone is an excellent sequel and readers will not want to put the book down until they’ve reached the end.

5/5

Book Review: Almost Alive

22349283Let me just start by saying that I love the cover of the book. Miss Barr does an excellent job of creating covers for her stories and this cover definitely gets the attention of a would-be reader.

Almost Alive is a supernatural tale of epic proportions. Its theme of good vs. evil reminds me a little bit of the CW’s Supernatural and Buffy, but instead of vampires there are demons attached to the souls of humans, and witches. The novel’s protagonist Michelle is a person who survived a suicide attempt and has returned to the land of the living with no actual purpose in life.

Her parents are living a double life and she’s lost her friends and boyfriend. Michelle is truly alone, until she meets a young man named Julian at her new school. In meeting him, Michelle discovers that she has a demon attached to her soul and the rest of the book is about her struggling to deliver her soul from evil and finding a reason to live.

The Christian themes of good and evil, sin and temptation, demons, and prayer are heavily featured throughout the story and are at times delivered right on the nose. Some readers may find the exposition of them to be somewhat preachy. There’s also a bit of slut-shaming-in my opinion-in the early part of the story.

However the pacing of the story is well balanced and doesn’t stray from beginning to end. Readers will enjoy the character’s growth and development as they’ll sympathize and understand each of the characters’ motivations. The ending of the book is only the beginning of Michelle’s and Julian’s journey. I could see this book being a TV show and I think readers will definitely enjoy it.

Over all Almost Alive delivers and is a great addition to the paranormal, urban, horror, and supernatural genres.

4/5

Book Review: The Holy Dark by Kyoko M.

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Kyoko M.’s The Black Parade series concludes with the final novel The Holy Dark. At the end of She Who Fights Monsters, our heroine Jordan Amador had almost brought on the apocalypse, was a fugitive on the run (which was brought to an end by the president’s pardon), she had lost her best friend’s trust, and she’s estranged from husband, the archangel and commander of the Lord’s army Michael O’Brien.

When The Holy Dark begins, Jordan is continuing her mission of finding the remainder of the Judas coins while trying to keep one step ahead of the archdemons Moloch and Belial who want her dead. Can Jordan salvage her relationships? Can she stop the archdemons’ plan for world domination? As you read, you’re gonna go on one hell of a ride to find out.

At the beginning, the pacing is a little slow but after a few chapters, the story picks up and never slows down until you reach the end. Just when you thought you’ve learned all you could about the characters there’s more that has yet to be revealed. The characters themselves continue their personal journeys and learn that they can’t go through life carrying their burdens alone, that they work better as a team.

Reading the book one theme is constantly present throughout. The word ‘ohana’ comes to mind to describe it-you know the word from the Disney movie Lilo and Stitch. In Hawaiian, ‘ohana’ means family and family means no one gets left behind. That theme is prominent in the story.

Overall I loved this book.

I’ve enjoyed watching these characters grow and come into their own from start to finish. I’ve enjoyed the pop references, humor, romance, sex, sadness, and anger that is depicted in each book. With the lack of creativity and diversity being discussed in the publishing, TV and Film industries, Kyoko M.’s The Black Parade series brings something new to the table. I hope to see the series brought to life on the big screen.

I want to thank Kyoko for sharing her talents with us and bringing readers this series. I look forward to reading more of her work.

5/5

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