12 March 2015

#Throwback: Nighttime Wishes

As a small child Shawn stood at his bedroom window staring above the tree line watching the odd shooting lights in the nighttime sky. Remembering his mom’s comment about making a wish upon a shooting star Shawn—there in the dead of night—made a wish.
This 60 page novella is about the life from a boy to a man named Shawn. We start the story when Shawn is small boy looking out a window and making a wish on the bright lights he sees. Later in life he sees these lights again and again. After he returns home from college and working, he’s fathers passing and he’s mother wanting to sell up and move away has forced this move. He once again encounters these lights but this time they have a surprise, an alien named Ziang. Ziang has been watching Shawn from he’s early childhood and has now decided it’s time to take him as a mate. Problem is when Ziang lands other people saw these lights as well.  Now they have a race on their hands.

This was an interesting story about a man that really never settled into adult life and couldn’t figure out why until an alien crash landed in his back yard. These two MC have good chemistry and we have good build up of the characters for the next book. I enjoyed that even though, Ziang and Shawn have had a connection Shawn just didn’t jump at the chance and leave. He still needed convincing. Even though we didn’t end with a cliffy, you know the story isn’t done. And you must read in order. Not a fan of being ‘told’ what to read, in what order or you won’t get it.
A small tow-headed child stood in his footed pajamas at his second-story bedroom window staring above the tree line, his large, chocolate brown eyes wide. Bright lights moved in odd circles in the distance. 


One light suddenly took a hard right turn and headed in his direction, moving fast. Brightness lit up his room, framing Shawn in the window. He blinked and shaded his eyes, but was unable to see anything.
The hair on his body stood up and his small hand clenched the curtains. He was afraid, but he didn’t feel threatened. The white light changed to a pale yellow, then returned to bright white. Seconds later, the light was gone and he stood in the dark again. The other lights shot off across the sky, heading away from him. All except for one; it hovered close to his house for several moments before it left, too. As he released the curtain, he remembered his mom commenting about making a wish upon a shooting star.

He shrugged his shoulders. “Why not?”

There, in the dead of night, Shawn made a wish.  The first time he saw the lights in the nighttime sky he was six.
M.A. Church is a true Southern belle who spent many years in the elementary education sector. Now she spends her days lost in fantasy worlds, arguing with hardheaded aliens on far-off planets, herding her numerous shifters, or trying to tempt her country boys away from their fishing poles. It’s a full time job, but hey, someone’s gotta do it!
When not writing, she’s exploring the latest M/M novel to hit the market, watching her beloved Steelers, or sitting glued to HGTV. That’s if she’s not on the back porch tending to the demanding wildlife around the pond in the backyard. The ducks are very outspoken. She’s married to her high school sweetheart, and they have two children.
She was a finalist in the Rainbow awards for 2013. Drop by her blog at http://machurch00.blogspot.com/


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