Never Let You Fall by Michele G. Miller
Published: May 1st, 2013
Young Adult Paranormal Fantasy
Orphaned at 7, with no memory of her past or the family she lost, 17 year old Skye Martin is tired of being alone and afraid. After a hard night of partying, Skye wakes up alone in an unfamiliar hotel. All she can remember is the deep voice of her rescuer and his promise: “I am safe.”
Xander has been tasked with watching Skye from afar for the past two years, in order to keep her safe from the demons that hunt her. An easy job - until a pair of red glowing eyes reveal themselves to Skye, and Xander, in a moment of weakness, is forced to break his cover to protect her.
Never good at trusting people, Skye is inexplicably drawn to Xander and the immediate bond she feels for him. However, Xander is filled with secrets and ties to her past that threaten to thrust Skye into a world she could never imagine existed…
As she begins to unravel the truth about who Xander is and the details surrounding her family, she discovers that she might just be the key to saving everything...
And, most importantly, she finds that there has always been someone by her side who would never let her fall…
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from Never Let You Fall
As her Guardian, I was not supposed to make contact with her. I was to watch her from afar and keep her safe until it was time for her to learn about us. As I thought about the consequences I would probably face because of this night, I felt her shoulders start to shake. She was crying quietly and I leaned in, trying to hear what she was mumbling.
“Are you safe?” she whispered brokenly over and over. I remained quiet for a few minutes, waiting for her to say more, but she just kept repeating herself.
Finally, she managed to voluntarily move her arms and pushed her hair back from her face. Still unsteady on her feet, she looked over her shoulder and raised big brown eyes to my face. They were dilated still, but seemed a little clearer. She stared into my eyes as she spoke once more, “Are you safe?”
I couldn’t pretend that I didn’t know what she was asking, as I looked into those eyes and saw the tears stream down her pale face. Her voice was shaky, and the small hand that held the hair back from her face was trembling.
Although I could tell she was standing a bit straighter, I was still supporting most of her weight. Sighing, I resigned myself to the trouble I was about to get myself into.
“Yes, Skye.” I leaned down, holding her eyes with my own. “I promise you, I am safe.”
She gasped as she heard my answer, and to my astonishment, immediately broke into loud sobs as she crumpled into my chest. I sank down to the tile floor and held her close to my chest as she cried.
The steaming hot water of the shower pulsed down on us and washed her tears down the drain, along with the last of my resolve to stay away from her.
Guest Post: Ten things that scare the dickens out of me!
by Michele G. Miller
Since the excerpt I shared with you is about Skye wanting to feel safe I figured I would share ten things that scare me. I warn you- if you try to scare me I will beat you up first, ask questions later! Got it? Good ;)
- I hate H.A.T.E being held down and covered. Basically do not ever try to wrap me in a blanket to contain me. As a kid my brother used to do that to me to 'beat me up'. Freaks me out now. When my kids and I are horse playing they will throw a blanket over me and try to tackle me. Ugh! It's feels like I'm being smothered, I just can't do it. Weird I know.
- Don't touch my neck. Seriously another childhood trauma. My dad would pretend to be Dracula and come after me saying 'I vant to suck your blood'. Lordy I haven't liked people touching me neck since then. Even the hubby has to be careful if he goes to kiss me on the neck. *Sorry babe
- Things that go bump in the night. Yep like all scaredy cat girls out there I can't stand it when I hear a noise at night. I usually pull my little arms and legs into the center of the bed for fear of the monster underneath it. I've watched way too many CSI's and horror movies!
- Swimming in water I can't see through. This one is my overactive imagination for sure. See I watched Friday the 13th when I was a kid…I know Jason lives in the lake. LOL, when I go tubing on the lake here at home I hang on for dear life. The thought of being stranded by myself if a lake with "Jason" just freaks me out.
- Having my car break down. Anyone else scared of this? The thought of my car breaking down in the middle of busy rush hour traffic is the motivating factor to my always getting the new car in the family and the fact that I make sure I get my maintenance done on time every time it's needed.
- Horror movies. Ick! I watched them as a teen but not anymore. I can't watch anything scary or freaky without wanting to sleep with a bat. I also hate blood even when it's fake...ewww scenes where people cut something? Faint!
- My PC crashing. I bet this scares ya'll too!
- Okay, another water one. Sharks! Again as a kid I watched Jaws (and the sequels) many times. I used to freak out in a dark swimming pool at night because that dang shark would come to my mind.
- Hornets. Somehow I don't freak if there is a spider, ants or even a roach in my house. Hornets however I can't stand. Every spring we get a few that somehow creep in from somewhere we can't figure out. Trying to watch me and the three kiddos trying to hide and kill these flying demons would make us $10,000 richer on America's Funniest Home Videos.
- Bridges over water. Yep my number 1 fear is going over those pesky bridges in my car. I don't mind walking over water but driving? I hate it. Especially over big bodies of water. I have this abnormal fear of going over and plunging into the sea. When my kids were little it terrified me because I never knew how I could save them all. Thankfully they are older, swimmers and can unbuckle themselves now. Still it makes me nervous. Ever see "What would you do?" one of those Dateline specials on how to save yourself if you plunge into the water. Best and worst show ever!
Now you know my crazy fears. I feel so weird sharing them with you. Please don't judge me too harshly ;) What's you fear?
About the author
Having grown up in both the cold, quiet town of Topsham, Maine and the steamy, southern hospitality of Mobile, Alabama, Michele is something of a enigma. She is an avid Yankees fan, loves New England, being outdoors and misses snow. However she thinks southern boys are hotter, Alabama football is the only REAL football out there and sweet tea is the best thing this side of heaven and her children’s laughter!
Her family, a doting husband and three awesome minions, have planted their roots in the middle of Michele’s two childhood homes in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Never Let You Fall is Michele’s first novel and she is beyond thrilled to have finally followed up on a dream she has held for over 20 years! God willing there will be many many more books to follow.