Outcast by Lauren Hillman
GENRE: Middle Grade Fantasy
With the help of the hummingbird Chippen, Merissa sets out on a dangerous journey to find the one faerie who may know the truth about her past. But they only find more questions when they meet Griff, a gypsy boy with pale grey eyes and one heart-melting dimple and Merissa discovers a strange connection between them. But soon her past will endanger them all.
But she is a faerie. And faeries are protectors. So if anything will help Merissa regain her lost powers it will be to save her friends.
Excerpt: Hovering no more than a flea’s length from her face was a great green hummingbird. Strands of blue and black hair whipped around her face in the tornado of wind his wings were creating. His long beak was so close she was afraid of being speared onto it.
She froze in fear.
“Greetings fae,” the bird said, his sharp beak flapping too close to her eyes for comfort.
The sound of his voice brought her back to her senses and she fled, adrenaline rushing through her veins. She sped away as fast as she could, sneaking a glance over her shoulder.
The bird was gone! Was he ever even there or am I crazier than I thought?
She shook her head but when she looked up the hummingbird was hovering directly in front of her again. “Stop,” he said and she let out a yelp in surprise.
She barely had time to stop without crashing in to him, but at the last second she managed to turn, bolting to her right. He called after her but she couldn’t make out the words over the dramatic wind.
Terrified, Merissa raced as if her life depended on it. But the bird was beside her again in an instant. He sailed beside her casually, keeping up with her pace and sudden turns with ease.
Flying backwards like it was completely natural he said, “Listen, my name is Chippen. I’m from the Citadel. I only want to talk to you.”
Merissa twisted and turned through the forest frantically, dodging branches and leaves and trying to keep moving to confuse him. “You’ll never be able to lose me, fae, I’m much faster than you. I have a message for you. Why don’t we just rest while we t—,” but he cut off as Merissa finally lost control of her flying and smacked into a leaf that had come rocketing on a gust of wind. She fell through the air, the leaf wrapped tightly around her, restricting her wings. She struggled to pull free of the leaf as she plummeted towards the ground. Too close for comfort, she extracted herself from the leaf and beat her wings, nearly skimming the ground with her knees. However, she was slow to get her bearings and in veering away from the ground she didn’t see the tree root sticking up in front of her until it was too late. She was thrown directly into it. Her stomach wrapped around the root, knocking the air out of her and she slumped to the ground in defeat.
AUTHOR Bio and Links: Lauren Hillman is an actor, teacher and writer living in Vancouver, BC. Originally from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario she moved west after university to pursue a career in acting. For the last ten years she has primarily been working as an acting teacher in elementary and middle schools, occasionally writing scripts to be performed on stage. The transition to novelist wasn’t easy but was aided by the knowledge and love of storytelling that the theatre gave her. Her first novel, Outcast, was largely inspired by her students.
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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION Lauren Hillman will be awarding a $30 BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.