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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Excerpt and Giveaway: Illusion by Jamie A. Hope

Published: February 20th, 2014


When alluring teenager Salem Stone becomes a magnet for assaulting demons and suddenly develops superhuman abilities, family secrets are revealed that will not only endanger his life and the life of his childhood love—but the lives of everyone on earth. Back Story: Magnetic teenager Salem Stone dominates the football field, wrestling mat, and hearts of all of the girls at his school. But off the mat he is easy going, especially when it comes to his childhood love, Sarah. 

Salem lives a charmed life until he is attacked by demons, leaving him with physical wounds. Salem struggles to keep the repeated assaults a secret, until he confides in his long time best friend Ben, who strangely dismisses the wounds with a logical explanation. 

When Salem attempts to outrun the menacing demons, he develops superhuman abilities, leaving him with even more questions. Looking for an escape from the mental and physical torture, he becomes fixated on an irresistible new girl at school, Lily. As Salem focuses his attention on Lily, everything around him devolves into chaos, including his relationship with Sarah. 

What he soon finds is the relentless pursuits by demons and his superhuman abilities are triggered by the same source—life threatening family secrets. Just when he thinks his family and friends are not who he thought they were, he discovers he's not who he thought he was either—and that he is the most hunted teenager on the planet. And he has just been found.


The creature floated slowly toward Salem, staying on the opposite side of the trail. He kept his eyes on the shadow, buckling as it moved closer. Then his fight-or-flight response kicked in. He ran past the creature, deeper into the wooded trails. Before he knew it, he was away from the trails and in the park. He bent over, struggling to catch his breath—not because of how fast he ran but out of fear from what had just happened. He heard voices and looked up to see who was it was.

“Salem.” Horace sneered.

“Not today, Horace,” Salem uttered mindlessly, looking around for the shadow. He wiped the sweat from his brow and walked to the park drinking fountain.

Horace huddled with his friends. Salem looked up from the drinking fountain and saw all of them staring at him.

“You look spooked. Not as tough without your friends, huh?”

“I said, not today, Horace! If you don’t shut it right now, you’ll have the same look on your face when I’m done with you.” Salem continued looking to his left and right. Feeling a burning sensation, he rolled up his sleeve on his left arm. It was slightly bloodied and had fresh carvings on it.

Horace noticed his arm and laughed. “Are you cutting yourself?” All of Horace’s friends laughed with him.

Salem lunged at Horace and grabbed him by his throat, squeezing his airway shut.

“Stop! What’s wrong with you?” Horace’s friend Kristen screamed.

“What’s going on?” Salem heard Lily’s voice and instantly let Horace go.

“Nothing. Everything . . . everything is fine. Horace and I just had a little misunderstanding.” Salem motioned for him to agree.

About the author:
Jamie Hope grew up in the heart of the automotive industry. Because of her constant hijinks and inability to journey, she created her own world filled with constant adventure where everyone was in trouble except her. As a mother of two, Jamie continues to visit her fictional world where she can vacation from her parental responsibilities and continue her once-upon-a-time hijinks.

Jamie has a B.A. in Business Administration from Michigan State University. She is a contributor for American Thinker, a 2012 top rated online public policy website, a substitute teacher, and an instructor for the United States Naval Sea Cadet Corps.

Jamie has been featured in her local news!

Teaching local elementary kids just isn’t quite enough for Jamie Hope. The 37-year old mother and substitute teacher from St. Johns just had her first novel “Illusion” published. It was released February 20 and is a young-adult sci-fi effort aimed at the kids she teaches. - WILX Ch 10 HERE

She was also featured on 99.1 WFMK, the biggest morning talk show radio program in the State of Michigan, with Michael Patrick Shiels : HERE

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Roxy. said...

I think it's a little bit creepy but also ...amazing!! :D

Carla Bosch Clar said...

I'd love to be able to teleport myself anywhere in the world! Thanks for the post and giveaway :)

Anonymous said...

I'd love to be a time traveler. :D Thanks for the giveaway!

Angie D said...

I'd want to be invisible.

ana12e said...

Reading minds

Cyndi F said...

i would want to fly!!

ionutzk said...

I would like to be invisible sometimes :D

nurmawati djuhawan said...

reading people minds..
thx u ^^

collenga said...

The ability to be invisible would be awesome!