Wednesday, September 3, 2014

~Excerpt Hop: Guardian by Courtney Cole~

September 3-Excerpt 3


“Whitney, you probably know this, but my brother died a couple of years ago. I remember every detail of it like it was yesterday. I thought I shouldn’t cry, because I was supposed to be a man, but I wanted to cry every minute. Bryant knew me like no one else did. And I didn’t get to say good bye to him that day, because I didn’t realize I’d never see him again. I thought it was an ordinary day.  Just like you did. When I heard what happened to your dad, I felt an instant connection to you, because I know exactly what you feel like. Is that weird?” 
Tears start running down my face all over again as I shake my head. Great. I’m a human faucet.
“I haven’t talked about it much with anyone here, even though I know people are curious. Sometimes it makes it worse to talk about it- have you noticed that?”  I nod silently. “But sometimes, it makes it better. You’ll eventually notice that, too. It just takes awhile longer for that part.”
Everything he’s saying is exactly right.

Excerpt Hop Schedule:
September 1-Excerpt 1
September 2-Excerpt 2
September 3-Excerpt 3
September 4-Excerpt 4
September 5-Excerpt 5
September 6-Excerpt 6


GUARDIAN Synopsis:
  Sometimes, things that go bump in the night are real. 

My name is Whitney Lane.  I’m sixteen years old and at first, I thought I was crazy. 

I kept seeing shadows move along walls, and hearing whispers around corners, but whenever I looked, there was never anything there.  

Until one day, there was. 

Our world isn’t what we think.  There are things around us, good things, bad things, scary things.  
Things that we tell ourselves aren’t real, but they are.   

They’re very real, and they’re terrifying. 

I’ve been swept up now, in a battle of good and evil, confused about love and what is supposed to be love, but isn’t.  I don’t know what to think anymore.  I can’t trust my emotions and I don’t know what is true.  

There’s only one thing I know for sure. 

Nothing is what it seems.


Courtney Cole is a novelist who would eat mythology for breakfast if she could. She has a degree in Business, but has since discovered that corporate America is not nearly as fun to live in as fictional worlds. She loves chocolate and roller coasters and hates waiting and rude people.

Courtney lives in quiet suburbia, close to Lake Michigan, with her real-life Prince Charming, her ornery kids (there is a small chance that they get their orneriness from their mother) and a small domestic zoo.



  1. Something that is not to over the top, yet still "real" and believable, thank you!!!! :)