Today I have a blog tour stop on the Fading Into The Shadows by Kelly Hashway blog tour. I have an excerpt for you and also a giveaway at the end.
Ella’s convinced Avery’s been kidnapped, and she tries everything to find him—even following a strange shadow to another world where the constellations are real-life figures in the sky. But three star groups have fallen and are destroying the world.
The fallen constellations are not the only enemy. Melanie, the princess of Stellaris, is forcing Ella, Avery, and an army of other kids kidnapped from their world to fight the rogue constellations, even as the land is draining away their life. The longer they stay, the more they fade into substanceless shadows—a fate worse than death.
Can Ella save Stellaris before there’s nothing left of her and Avery?
Excerpt from Fading Into The Shadows by Kelly Hashway
Avery looked over his limbs, and his eyes widened at the sight of his left arm. He raised it, squeezed his fist, and tested it against his other hand, seeing just how much he could feel with his faded arm. After a few seconds, he lowered his arm again and met my eyes. I’d thought I’d lost Avery once, when he was kidnapped. It nearly tore me to pieces. I couldn’t possibly lose him for real this time. I had to get him out of this place. And fast.
“Come on.” I tugged on his good arm. “We’re getting Melanie to open the portal, and we’re sending you home. Bobson said people go back to normal in their own worlds. We just have to get you home. Then everything will be fine.” I dragged him to the doorway before he dug in his heels and stopped, jolting me back with him.
He grabbed me by the shoulders, which felt weird since one of his hands wasn’t fully there anymore. “Ella, slow down. You’re talking so fast I can barely keep up.”
“We don’t have time to slow down.” Why wasn’t he more freaked out? This wasn’t difficult to understand. You fade away to nothing, and that’s it. You’re nothing! “Do you really want to risk fading away completely? ’Cause I’m not about to watch you die.”
He wrapped me in a hug. “I’m not going to die. We’ll figure it out. I promise. But please calm down. You’re going to send everyone into a panic.” He nodded slightly toward the boys who were starting to stare at us.
I pulled away and stepped right outside the doorway so they couldn’t see us. “We should be panicking. This is serious.” I tried to lower my voice as best as I could, but it wasn’t easy to freak out in whispers.
“You’re not acting like it.”
“We have a job to do, Ell. I can’t think about this right now.” He raised his hand, squeezing his fist again. “I have to come up with a plan to fix things here so we can get back home before it’s too late.”
I couldn’t believe he still wanted to stay and help Melanie. It was absurd. Why would he risk his life like this for her? I was about to let him have it when I saw Melanie walk by. No doubt she was heading to her room, away from the unsightly injured and fading boys. I let go of Avery’s arm and ran after her.
“Ella,” Avery called after me, but I ignored him. If he wouldn’t listen to me, I’d make Melanie listen to me.
“Melanie!” I yelled. “We need to talk. Now!”
Melanie turned, looking annoyed. “What is it, Ella? I’m very busy. And there’s no need to yell.”
“I don’t care how busy you are. These kids are fading. Avery is fading. You need to open the portal and send them home. Now!”
About author Kelly Hashway
Kelly Hashway grew up reading R.L. Stein’s Fear Street novels and writing stories of her own, so it was no surprise to her family when she majored in English and later obtained a masters degree in English Secondary Education from East Stroudsburg University. After teaching middle school language arts for seven years, Hashway went back to school and focused specifically on writing. She is now the author of three young adult series, one middle grade series, and several picture books. She also writes contemporary romance under the pen name Ashelyn Drake. When she isn’t writing, Hashway works as a freelance editor for small presses as well as for her own list of clients. In her spare time, she enjoys running, traveling, and volunteering with the PTO. Hashway currently resides in Pennsylvania with her husband, daughter, and two pets.
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