Excerpt from YA fantasy Heartbound by P.I. Alltraine

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A little
bit about Heartbound:
Petyr
has never found it necessary to consider the humans as anything more than
distant, inferior beings–until now. They are the cause of the fatal disease
that has plagued his realm, taking the lives of too many of his kind. As a
future leader of a realm in peril, Petyr must find a way to resist and cure the
affliction. He must enter the unfamiliar realm, appear to be an ordinary
eighteen-year-old human, observe and learn.
However, things don’t
exactly go according to plan. Instead of embarking single-mindedly on his sober
mission, Petyr meets an 18-year-old girl who does things to his emotions that
he can’t quite fathom or control. Petyr is falling in love, and he almost
forgets the gravity his choices have on his entire world. Despite the risk it
poses to his life and hers, he wants to know her, and he wants her to know
him–and his world.
Excerpt
from Heartbound:
I defied my fate the moment I leapt
out of my apartment’s third-story window. I landed on the pavement without a
sound. In the same instant, my feet blended into the measured pace in which
humans carried themselves.
Gazing up at the sky, I tried to
find something to remind me of my home, of my duty. The future leader of a
realm in peril cannot be overcome by irrational desires, I thought.
Thick smoke obscured the heavens so
much even the brightest stars were dull and barely visible. A reminder I was
trapped in this city, in this realm. Too far away from everything I knew, too
restrained, too human.
Through the chaos in my mind, I
captured the image of the girl with brown and dark-auburn tones in her hair,
the shine that bounced from her loose curls, the depth in her hazel eyes, and
even the awkward half-smile when she caught me looking at her. But the memory
wasn’t enough. I needed to see her again.
I kept walking until I reached the
riverbank in the heart of London. The water rippled with a disheveled mesh of
gold and red, reflecting a large architectural structure. My gaze lingered on
the clock tower adjacent to the building, gauging its height. A temptation to
feel even a fraction of my true nature became a need in every fiber in my body.
No longer able to rationalize, my muscles coiled, and I let go. Wind enveloped
me with its familiar warmth as I sprang across the River Thames. I aimed to
land on the lower portion of the tower, to indulge in the pleasure of my
ascent. Though too fast for human eyes, each maneuver, each somersault, each
back flip was slow enough for me to savor every moment of my liberation.
On a part of the roof concealed from
the passersby below, I was closer to the heavens than I’d been since arriving
in the city. Still, I didn’t belong here. Hundreds of lights sparkled below me,
each representing a life I didn’t comprehend. Allowing myself to break free
from my human façade had made me a liability to the others. For a few moments
of freedom, I let myself forget the importance of my purpose here—the lives
that depended on it.
Somehow, having the girl’s image in
my mind brought calmness within me. One that felt permanent. One that
extinguished the sense of entrapment, despite the thick layer of smoke that was
still very visible to me. I held on to the calmness as I regained the confidence
to face the others.
The first three chapters of Heartbound can be read online at: http://www.amazon.com/Heartbound-P-I-Alltraine-ebook/dp/B0125TOMNO
A little
bit about the author:
P.I.
Alltraine is an award-winning poet and author. She has won several
international poetry competitions, and her poems have been published in
separate anthologies.
She
teaches English Language and Literature in London. She earned her degree in BA
English from Queen Mary University of London, a Post Graduate Certificate in
Education and Master’s in Teaching at the UCL Institute of Education,
University of London.
Before
moving to London, she lived in the Philippines where she was ensconced in the
rich culture encrusted with dark myths and enchanted tales. She draws
inspiration from these in her writing. Although she has lived indifferent
places and experienced different cultures, she always enjoyed the constancy of
writing in her life. Her favourite authors include John Milton, Virginia Woolf,
and James Joyce.
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