By Kristy Centeno
ISBN: (ebook) 978-1-939590-78-7
Page count: 327
He’s been locked away his entire life.
He dreams of freedom.
The only way he can accomplish his goals is by breaking free of the chains tying him to a dark past and gloomy existence. But there’s one catch. He’s not human.
And he’s never set foot outside his jail.
Devoted to saving his peers as well as his own life, he sets out to find the one person that can help him achieve his objectives. He knows where she will be and what she will look like, but what he doesn’t anticipate is the fact he finds himself caring for the girl whose life he’s put at risk, more and more each day.
He has no name.
He has only known hatred and violence before her.
However, she will teach him to have faith in humanity, even if she can’t trust him.
Together they will embark on a journey to bring down a corrupt system responsible for the loss of many innocent lives. But when he finds his feelings compromised, can he still move on knowing that doing so will put an end to the life she once knew? How far is he willing to go to be free?
I pull open the driver’s-side door, only to have it brusquely shut by a rather large, pale hand. Startled by the suddenness of the man’s appearance, I shift to my left and come eye to eye with a bulky-looking individual with dark brown eyes, and a scar that traces a fine line from his upper lip all the way down to his chin.
“Don’t attract attention, missy.” He sneers at me.
I glance down at the feel of something hard poking my ribcage and find, much to my horror, that he’s leveled a gun at my stomach. Most of the weapon is concealed by a khaki trench coat he wears.
“Keep your pretty little mouth shut and all will sail smoothly,” he warns, standing rigidly beside me. He glances briefly over the roof of the truck. “Tiger. Hello there, my dear old friend. Didn’t take you long to make friends, huh?”
I grow stiff. So these are the psychos that are after Tiger.
Dissension (A Deliverance Novel)
By Kristy Centeno
ISBN ebook: 978-1-945910-37-1
In an age where humans dominate the world…
And supernatural creatures exist in the cover of darkness…
He must find a place among his rivals or risk losing it all.
Hayden has had his hands tied coping with life outside of the Institutes. He’s come far despite all the bumps along the way. He’s allowed himself to believe he could live a normal life…until a new threat makes its presence known.
In an instant, his entire life is flipped upside down once more. Those he cares for are not safe with or without him. There’s no escaping his past. Or permanent solution to his problems. One way or another he’ll become the target for all those looking to destroy the hybrid who endangers their way of life and challenges everything they’ve ever known.
Now he must decide between kill or be killed, and risk becoming the very monster he’s fought so hard to prove he’s not. Freedom has come with a price, but is he willing to pay the cost?
I failed to notice before, caught up in my conversation with Gabriel. My heart picks up speed as I come to the realization that something is off. We may have walked straight into the mother of all traps.
“What the hell…?”
“Kristina, run!” Gabriel shoves me back the way we came before I can make sense of what has made him so paranoid all of a sudden. I stumble, nearly dropping the flashlight in the process, but regain my bearings and haul ass in the direction of the SUV as fast as my legs can carry me.
The ground begins to shake almost violently as we start running, making it very hard to maintain my balance. I struggle to stay upright, the severity of the situation failing to register as I worry more about getting to solid earth. But I’m slowed down by the constant sway, and can feel myself falling behind with each step I take. My heart jumps at the prospect of being left alone to fend with whatever the hell is out here, but Gabriel grabs my arm and tows me at a pace I can barely keep up with.
Gabriel legs it, but staggers as the shaking increases in intensity. I bump into him continuously in my desperate attempt to keep up since he’s forced to slow down to prevent a catastrophic fall that could quite possibly be the end of the both of us, but it’s basically a race I’m destined to lose. He can get away, but that will require him to let go of me.
I certainly hope he doesn’t.
- What inspires you?
When it comes to what inspires me to write, I’d say that pretty much everything motivates new ideas or concepts. My brain is always working overtime. If I watch a movie, I might find a spark of inspiration in one of the characters or a twist in the plot. It’s a never-ending cycle, which is why I always have a notepad and pencil at the ready wherever I go.
When it comes to life in general, I’m inspired by my life. The need to be a better person not just for the sake of those around me, but for a more comfortable future as well. Life is never easy, but it’s getting up after you’ve fallen what really strengthens you and shapes your outlook. I like to challenge myself, it motivates me to keep going no matter what fate throws my way.
- What are your three most treasured material possessions?
Every book I own, because I love to read. Memorabilia I have of when my children were younger. And the countless pictures I have of my family over the years. Every once in a while, I like to flip over those old memories and reminisce.
- What scares you the most and why?
Losing my children. No parent wants to live through the nightmare of losing a child. That’s my biggest fear. It’s become the source of nightmares for me.
- Do you believe in destiny?
If I’d been asked that questions five years ago, I would have answered yes. Today, I’m not so sure anymore. I don’t know if things happen because they have to or if our future is influence by every bad/good decision we make. That’s a mystery I might never have the opportunity to crack.
- If you could go back to any place and time in history, where would you go and why?
I’ve always complained that I was born in the wrong time. I’m old-fashioned, probably the only one in my family. I prefer the simpler lifestyle.
- What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Perfect happiness to me would be to enjoy life without so many restrictions.
- What is your favorite childhood memory?
My favorite childhood memories consist of many Christmas celebrations when our home was filled with family members that traveled far to join us for dinner. I recall playing with cousins I hadn’t seen all year, the delicious food, the sound of laughter in the background. Good times.
- A weekend camping in the woods or in a luxury hotel with a spa?
A weekend camping in the woods for sure.
- If your personality was a color, what would it be?
Black. Not because I’m dark inside, but because I have a little of every color in me.
- What book(s) have most influenced you?
Almost every book I’ve ever read have impacted my life one way or another. Especially recently. I’ve come across some hidden gems in the kindle store that I’ve really enjoyed and have inspired me to get to writing again.
- What is your favorite cartoon character?
Raven from Teen Titan.
- Are you a morning or night person?
Total night owl. I’m not a chipper person in the morning. In fact, I don’t normally say a word until after I’ve had a cup of coffee. I’m sluggish and sleepy too. However, come nightfall I’m wide awake, have a ton of energy, and can never fall asleep at a decent hour because my mind is racing.
- What is your favorite TV show?
That’s a difficult question to answer. My tastes vary and change very often. But right now, I’m enjoying Supernatural. Next week, something else might catch my fancy. Truth is, my favorite show doesn’t always stay my favorite for very long.
- If you were to place yourself as a character in a novel, would the story be Mystery/Suspense, Fantasy, or Romance?
I love romance, but if the opportunity for a great mystery/suspense popped up, I wouldn’t want to pass it up. I love solving problems, so this would be right up my alley.
- If you could change any one thing about yourself, what would it be and why?
Self-doubt. I’m always doubting whether I did this right, or made the right decision, or if my next manuscript makes any sense. It’s a annoyance I contend with every day.
- If you won a paid vacation anywhere in the world, where would you go?
There’s three places I really want to visit. I’d have to choose between South Korea, Japan, or China. That’s a tough choice to make.
- Do you prefer summer or winter?
Winter. I’m not very fond of the heat.
- Would you rather listen to rock or country music?
Rock. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve enjoyed a good country song here and there. But I prefer rock.
- What are the 10 most played songs on your iPod/Mp3 player?
As with TV shows, my taste in music changes all the time. I don’t have a top ten songs only because I listen to whatever I’m in the mood for at that moment. I can be in the middle of writing the next chapter in my current project and be listening to rock. And in the next instant be cleaning and organizing the house and have pop or Spanish music playing in the background.
- Are you an introvert or extravert?
Introvert all the way.
- Do you prefer the country or the city?
Country. If I could pick up and move into a cabin in the middle of nowhere, I would. In fact, I might just do that one day.
- Are you spontaneous or are you a planner?
Depends on what I want to do. If it’s a long trip, I might plan every single detail weeks ahead of time. If it’s a Saturday morning and I’m looking to do something fun, I might just pick up and leave and see where I end up.
- Do you play video games?
Absolutely. Who doesn’t? I’m a huge Resident Evil and The Last of Us fan.
- What is your favorite rainy day activity?
Reading. Give me a good book and a cup of hot coffee and I’m golden.
- Do you prefer cats or dogs?
- What is your favorite food? Least favorite?
I love pasta. However, I don’t have a least favorite. If it’s cooked well, with just the right amount of flavor and spices, I’ll try whatever catches my eye.
- If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?
Only one, huh? That’s a tough call. But I’ll settle for teleportation. I’d be amazing to be able to think of a place and be there in an instant. No money, luggage, or passport required. A gal can only dream.
- What personality traits do you most admire in others?
Honesty. Respectful. Kindhearted. And loyal.
- Some people believe we can tell a lot about a person by the books on their shelves. Share 3 titles from your bookshelf and tell us what you think they say about you.
Blood Ninja- I enjoy books with Asian influence.
The Séance – Paranormal? Bring it on. The scarier the better.
Z for Zachariah – I’m a post-apocalyptic loving freak.
About the Author:
Kristy Centeno is the author of the Secrets of the Moon saga and Keeper Witches series.
She has always had a passion for books and after years of being an avid reader, she decided to transform her desire to write into a reality and thus, her first novel was born. When she’s not busy taking care of her five children or holding down the fort, she finds time to sit and do what she loves the most: writing.