Sunday, February 24, 2013
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A chance reading of a newspaper ad will send 16 year old Thomas Byrne into the world within our world.
Following the ad he will find Guardians Incorporated. A seven thousand year old organization charged with protecting the balance between Magic and technology.
Through their guidance technology has kept Magic at bay since the Renaissance, but the balance is shifting and soon all those creatures we've driven into myth and legend will come back with a vengeance.
To protect the present, Guardians Incorporated needs to know the future and to unlock the future
they need a cypher.
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Interactive Excerpt from the Author:
This is the very first time Thomas sees the creatures that hail “From the other side”. The Wraith, they are utterly alien to our current world and completely bent on destroying all life.
Here’s one type of Wraith:
The funny thing is, that the Earth was theirs in the faraway past… they just want it back.
After a short trip in the limo, Bolswaithe escorted Thomas to his front door brandishing the oversized flashlight like a rifle.
“Would you like me to come in, sir?” Bolswaithe asked as Thomas unlocked the door.
“Let me talk with Grandpa first,” Thomas said. He stepped inside and closed the door. He leaned against the door and tried to catch his breath. His heart pounded in his chest. What was going on?
He breathed a little easier; at least the house seemed in order.
“Grandpa!” he yelled going up the stairs in large strides.
“Gramps!” He crossed the small corridor into Morgan's room. The lights were off, but the T.V. was on, the news blaring. Grandpa usually left the T.V. on with the sleep timer when he went to bed.
As soon as Thomas entered, the door slammed shut behind him and a form in the bed stirred.
“Gramps?” Thomas asked. He inched closer, careful not to stir whatever was on the bed.
Suddenly, two tentacles shot from the bed impacting the ceiling. A slime-covered creature rose from the bed and tried to grab Thomas with two more tentacles, but he jumped back toward the door. A jaw ringed with serrated teeth opened in the middle of the bulbous creature – rows of green eyes blinked open.
Thomas yelled for help as the monster stood up on four stumpy legs and approached him. He tried to open the door, but the doorknob seemed to be locked from the outside. The monster opened its mouth wider to engulf him whole, and the smell of decay became overpowering. Thomas covered his nose, choking on the stench.
As the creature closed in on him, there was a sudden explosion of glass and wood as a winged creature entered through the window slamming against the monster. They fought, snarling, wings lashing the ceiling, tentacles slamming into the furniture, until they busted through the wall into Thomas’s room.
The door finally unlocked.
Thomas ran toward the stairs. Two more creatures slipped out from the shadows of a corner. These monsters had dark grey skin and incredibly long arms that ended in knife-like fingers. Their long pointed noses rose in the middle of two small and deeply sunken eyes, and their mouths opened in a wide ferocious grin.
One of the monsters reached out for Thomas and sliced his hoodie cleanly off with a large claw. Thomas looked at his arm and saw blood. He rushed down the stairs, looking behind him as monsters scrambled out from the shadows to follow him.
At the bottom of the stairs, he smashed into something and fell back on his butt. Standing in front of him was a dark grey devil. Its skin looked made of granite, and its leathery wings touched the ceiling. It was almost identical to the one that fought the monster in Grandpa’s room. With a massive claw, the creature grabbed Thomas by the shoulder and helped him up.
“Get to the car, Thomas.” Thomas recognized the voice that greeted him every day at the mansion. It wasn’t a devil, but the gargoyle.
The gargoyle interposed itself between Thomas and his pursuers, and punched, knocked, kicked, and slammed any monsters that got in the way. The gargoyle punched a monster in the face; the creature went through the stairs with a loud crunch just as another monster jumped on top of the gargoyle, slashing and biting into the granite.
This short excerpt is actually the inspiration for the cover!
Here’s a preliminary sketch for it:
Julian Rosado-Machain has enjoyed pizza in three continents, BA in Graphic Design, worked building armored vehicles, handcrafted alebrijes, owned a restaurant and swears that he has seen at least one ghost.
A Mexico City native he now lives in San Diego, California and enjoys the sun with his wife, three children and cat.
Guardians Inc. The Cypher is the first book in a series that describes the creatures and powers that live in the world within our world.
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