Excerpt for YA paranormal novel Vanished from Dust by Shea Norwood

The YA paranormal novel Vanished
from Dust
by Shea Norwood is the focus today.


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Blurb
about Vanished from Dust:
A
CHILL RUNS THROUGH HIS SKIN AS THE PHANTOM APPEARS.
HE
SEES THEM EVERYWHERE . . .
Eric
Stark is not insane. Or at least he doesn’t think so. He wishes everyone in
Dust, Texas, felt the same way. But that’s not going to happen since the whole
town thinks he’s crazy. Why didn’t he keep his mouth shut?
No
one understands. Eric is alone as he battles his sanity in a town of
tormenters. Suddenly a new friendship emerges after the new kid, Kyle Barrett,
moves to town.
Eric
reluctantly reveals his secret. Is it a curse or a gift? He isn’t certain, but
with Kyle by his side he finds the courage to seek the truth.
They
soon realize that something sinister is descending on the residents of Dust.
Is
it caused by Eric’s phantoms or is it something else? Is it connected to the
mysterious death of hundreds of townspeople over sixty years ago? One thing is
certain—only Eric and Kyle can save them.
They
set out on a heart-pounding adventure and find themselves transported to a
disturbed and deserted version of their small southern town. They quickly
discover that this new world has mysteries of its own to uncover. What they
find could prove more than they bargained for, and it only leads to more questions.
Eric and Kyle must face a horrifying fact—they may never get out alive.
“We’re
gonna die here,” Kyle muttered.
 “I don’t believe that,” Eric said. “And
neither do you.”
Will
they survive their encounter with these dark and mysterious beings?
Will
they find a way back home?
Or
will they be lost forever?
The
Vanished from Dust series is perfect for anyone who craves a hair-raising
thriller packed with mystery and suspense. This paranormal story for young
adults can be compared to Stand by Me, mixed with Odd Thomas, and a twist of
The Dark Tower.


Excerpt from Vanished
from Dust
:
“Where’s Katie?” Kyle asked. “Tell
me.”
The sparkling view into another
world, his world, reminded Eric of when he used to swim underwater on his back
in the public pool. At moments, the portal was still providing a clear picture.
At other times, it was blurry. Was it his concentration that brought the image
into focus? He took a deep breath and tried to calm his mind.
Katie was now playing with red blush
and laughing about something only third grade girls would find funny. Her side
of the portal looked nearly identical to the world Eric and Kyle were in. He
noticed subtle differences like blue versus leafy-green towels next to the
sink. But, otherwise it was the same.
Eric touched the mirror, sending a
shockwave of ripples as if he’d just tossed a stone into a still lake. A tingle
of electricity passed through his hand and up his arm. He pulled his finger back
sharply as the tingle became more intense.
“What are you doing?” Kyle asked.
This time, Eric put his entire hand
on this mirror. A much larger ripple spread, blurring the image. His hand felt
like it was asleep. He closed his eyes again, trying to calm his mind. The
inside of his head felt like a violent ocean near the eye of a hurricane with
monster waves that surged against the shore.
Katie, Eric said in his mind, can
you hear me?
In the portal, Katie picked up the
eye shadow and leaned in closer to apply it. She looked like a clown with all
the make-up she had already smeared across her face.
Eric focused all his mental energy:
Katie!
She dropped the eye shadow and
looked directly at him, but it wasn’t like before. They locked eyes for a
moment, and then she screamed and ran out of the room. Amanda looked bewildered
and turned to watch her leave. She looked back into the mirror. Her jaw
dropped. She ran.
Eric pulled his hand from the mirror
and backed away.
The circle was shrinking. The image
of Porky Pig saying, ‘That’s all folks,’ at the end of a Looney Tunes’ cartoon
flashed through Eric’s mind.
A few seconds later all he could see
was the blue dot. When he blinked it vanished.

Author
bio and links:

Shea Norwood is a West Texas
native that currently lives in the DFW area with his wife and son. He’s an avid
reader and enjoys the craft of writing. The fictional town of Dust is loosely
based on a small town south of Odessa, TX.

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