Friday, March 2, 2018

Nadia's Heart Part One Excerpt Tour

When an amnesiac girl who thinks she has been born without a heart utters a prayer, she is met by a mysterious angelic stranger from her forgotten past. Together they embark on a journey to recover her removed heart, but enter into battle with an Evil Voice on a rampage to remove the hearts of an entire generation of children - and replace them with stones.

Exclusive Excerpt:
When she passed through the birch Trees on the Hill into Standhøfl Tourdemil the first thing that Nadia felt was the cold. She saw snow, but something was wrong. . .strange.  The wind blew faintly, but eerily.  And Nadia noticed, as snowflakes stuck to her face and arms, that she cleared a path, for the snowflakes were all suspended in mid air. What had first looked like a blizzard was now a white spotted sky.

Nothing moved, except for a distant wind.  It blew through the barren, uninhabited land.    It was a watching wind that searched for life.  It had nothing to do with the snow, with the season, with the weather, nor the Land itself.  It was an other- worldly wind, searching, defying what Nadia had done, unaffected by the dappled snow frozen in space and the stoppage of time itself.

Nadia had accumulated quite a few snowflakes on her face and arms, and as she looked back, she saw the path that she had cleared.    She was startled to hear Prince Talman’s voice, and hardly comprehended what he had said.  Looking ahead at the mountain, she adjusted the weighty parcels of meat she had brought along for the men.    The higher they flew, the less snowflakes there were.

Nadia swallowed.   She listened.   The wind was the only presence in the Land, and its sound was both distant and near. It was everywhere.

It frightened her.   She had a quick, sinking feeling in her chest, and she had to check to make sure she hadn’t dipped down in flight.   For a fleeting moment, she wondered if  the wish had been a good idea, and had the sensation that she had done something of quite a serious magnitude.

What had she done?  It was the only thing she could do—a decision she had to make—and now they had only one wish left.   It would have to be used to start time up again. 

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Author Bio and Links:
Wendy Altshuler is a writer-producer who explores myth in new media. She writes fantasy novels and creates works in stop motion animation.  Her credits include award-winning screenwriting and WGA-accredited representation. With a degree in psychology and a Master of Arts from Columbia University, Altshuler documented the work of international choreographers and wrote and produced regional programming. Her short plays have been performed at Boston Playwrights' Theatre, at regional schools and most recently, Puppet Showplace Theatre. Altshuler's young adult book series has been hailed as "emotionally moving, uplifting and wholesome," and "spirited and haunting. . .with much symbolism and beauty." 

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    1. Thanks Bridgett. & we just released Part Two in November.

  2. I was really enjoying following this tour, thank you for all the great blog posts and excerpts!

    1. You are most welcome. Thanks for stopping in again, Nikolina.

  3. I enjoyed getting to know your book; congrats on the tour and I hope it is a fun one for you :)

  4. I have enjoyed the tour. The book sounds good.

  5. I've really enjoyed following the tour for Nadia's Heart part one and I'm looking forward to checking it out. Thanks for sharing all of the great posts along the way :)

  6. What is your favorite book of all time? Thanks for hosting. Bernie Wallace BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com