Book excerpt from The Ashes that Remain by A.M. Griffin

A. M. Griffin is a wife who rarely cooks, mother of
three, dog owner (and sometimes dog owned), a daughter, sister, aunt and
friend. She’s a hard worker whose two favorite outlets are reading and writing.
She enjoys reading everything from mystery novels to historical romances and of
course fantasy romance. She is a believer in the unbelievable, open to all
possibilities from mermaids in our oceans and seas, angels in the skies and intelligent
life forms in distant galaxies.

Today features a book excerpt from her new novel, The Ashes that Remain.

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We’re at war against the aliens that have
invaded Earth, fighting the only way we can—by surviving. I have more than most
people do, but although I know it’s stupid to hold on, I can’t let go of what
might have been—can’t help dreaming of something more. No matter how I tell
myself it would be easier to do what everyone else wants me to, there’s a part
of me that can’t give in.

Making the best of the situation is one
thing. Settling, even to make other people happy, is something else.

Then we hear the alien mother ships have
disappeared. Of course we have to go and investigate. What we find lands us in
a huge mess that we somehow have to clean up and, as our little enclave is
rocked to the core with even more changes, I’m learning a hard lesson.

The more things change—for the better or
the worse—there’s no fighting human nature, and building on the ashes that
remain will take everything we have. And maybe more.

I can hear Dave talking from down the hall. As he thunders
on I cringe. To be late for a meeting Dave called is a big no-no unless you
want the evil stink-eye. And since I can hear him talking adamantly about
something, I’m preparing for his wrath.

Mia moves behind Ian, pushing him in front of her. “You go
in first.”

missing out on my opportunity for protection, I hide behind Mia. Maybe by the
time Dave gets through chewing out Ian then Mia he’ll be too tired to cut into

“Mia, I
sent you to get everyone over thirty minutes ago,” Dave says.

So he’s
skipping right over Ian to Mia. I could either throw her under the bus or help
her out.

makes me step from behind her. “I’m sorry, Dave. I held her up.”

glares at me. He’s an older man with grey hair and a big build and, although
he’s usually good natured, he’s serious when it comes to Arrowwood community

I shuffle
on my feet and feel the odd need to explain myself further. “I…um…needed her
help with something.”

With a
shake of his head he dismisses us, leaving Ian, Mia and I to take some open
seats. Glancing around I can tell everyone is here. My mom is sitting up front
next to Rocky and Rocky’s ten year-old daughter Brooklynn. Wade waves to me
from where he’s sitting at a table on the other side of the room. He has an
empty seat next to him and when he indicates to it I shrug. “Sorry,” I mouth to
him. I want to take the closest seat. Moving across the room would probably
only irk Dave even more.

“As I was
saying,” Dave says, after we’ve found our seats, “Since the mother ship has
left Detroit, we’re going to investigate to find out what’s going on.”

It’s gone?

My breath
seems to leave me.

back-up,” Ian says. “The big spaceship is gone?”

“Are all
of them gone?” I add. The last news report we’d seen said there were one
hundred mother ships hovering over the largest cities of the world. That had
been last May while we were still at band camp in Tallahassee. None of us knew
if that number had grown less or more since then.

shakes his head. “Unfortunately we don’t know. All we know is that the one over
Detroit is gone, Jorin saw it take off while he was in one of the trees using
his Ham radio. We don’t know if it’s gone for just a little while or gone for
good. We’re forming a team to leave tomorrow at 1800 hours. Rocky will lead,
MJ, Wade and Jorin are in.” Then he glances over to Ian. “How about you? Can we
count on you as well?”

glances at Mia before answering. If she had a problem with him leaving I’d
expect him not to go. But she gives him a nod. Ian reaches out to hold her hand
before he turns to Dave. “I’m in.”

we’ll find out—”

“I’m going
too,” I blurt out.

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