Title: Stepping Off A Cliff
Series: The St. Augustine Trilogy #2
Author: Kate Deveaux
Genre: YA Paranormal
An otherworldly, evil and dangerous force infests America’s oldest and most haunted city, St. Augustine, Florida. Everyone living there, or visiting, is at risk in ways too horrible to imagine.
Standing between this invader and the people of St. Augustine are teenagers Jeff and Carla, the mysterious Native American shaman, Lobo, and Lyle, the homeless guy.
In their quest to save themselves and all the inhabitants of this ancient Florida city, Jeff and Carla uncover lost parts of St. Augustine history, push past the limits of space and time, and come face-to-face with what they come to realize are the true walking dead.
As soon as those three words came out of my mouth, the flow of cars and trucks stopped dead. I mean it didn’t continue slowing down. No, it instantaneously ceased moving and so did all sound.
There was no movement anywhere except Lobo sitting there, looking at me and nodding slowly. Not a leaf moved on any of the trees. Even the clouds seemed pinned to the sky. Two crows no longer flew directly overhead. They stayed where they were in the mid-flap of their wings as if hung up there by strings. Tourists on the sidewalks held whatever position they were in when I said “Lottery Tickets Inside.”
The air around us felt heavy, syrupy like and very familiar.
“Well done,” Lobo said, shattering the total silence as he got up from the bench.
His voice filled the air all around us like a thunderclap. Even his footsteps, as he walked the short distance over to the curb, sounded super loud.
After surveying the inactivity on San Marco, Lobo continued talking almost as if nothing has happened. “Frozen Time. It’s an interesting phenomena isn’t it? Not that you haven’t seen it before.”
“This is your doing too, just like the dragonflies,” I replied, startling myself with my own voice. Thing is though, he was right. I had seen it before.
Turning to me, he said, “When it happened to you the first time on the battlefield in your ancestor’s dream world, you were astounded. And when it happened to you in my truck once, you found it interesting. Now, it’s almost like an old friend, isn’t it?”
About the Author:
A former winning educator, Doug writes about things paranormal and historical. His interest in the paranormal comes from personal experiences as detailed in the non-fiction adult book he and wife wrote titled, An Explosion of Being: An American Family’s Journey into the Psychic. Out of those events and extensive historical research, he then created Sliding Beneath the Surface for young adults, Book I of the St. Augustine Trilogy. Dough set his trilogy in the oldest and most haunted city in the United States, St. Augustine, Florida.