Thursday, October 18, 2018

First Sneak Peek at The Howling - Book Six, A Young Adult Fantasy, Seventh Dimension Series

Sometimes writing evokes deep emotions. I have been working on The Howling for close to a year, and I just wrote a scuba diving scene that takes place in the Red Sea. That was one of the places I dove many years ago, having made over a hundred dives all over the world. 

When I began writing these chapters, memories resurfaced, nostalgic sentimentality, and surprisingly, gratefulness. Today was my birthday. I just turned sixty-three and am one year out following my year-long battle with breast cancer.

I see every day I'm here as a gift, and when I think back to my diving years, I am reminded how quickly time goes by and what's really important when we get closer to the end of our journey. What a blessed life God has given me. 

With those thoughts as a backdrop, I decided to share a short excerpt I wrote tonight. Those who have read previous books in the series will wonder how this scene fits into the story--but I shall not spoil it. I hope The Howling will be the best book in the Seventh Dimension Series yet.

I followed Maurice along the coral shelf where clownfish darted in and out of sea anemones. Nothing appeared out of the ordinary. The shimmering schools of fish; the tiny, shy creatures lurking in overhanging crevasses, the unknowable world of the deep—God spoke to me through his watery domain, even if that voice was only to evoke in me a longing for more.

How could we ever fathom the depths of God's handiwork in the window to the deep? Who could know the inner workings of the tiny seahorse? Who could understand the symbiosis between the known and the unknown? 

But we hadn't gone very far when our surroundings changed. The sheltered wall had turned into a death trap filled with whitewashed bones. Heaped upon the sandy bottom were skeletons of decomposed fish.

Did death have a voice? I heard a muffled grating sound that seemed unnatural. 


I hope to finish the first draft by Christmas. 
Lord willing. 

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