About the Book
Title: Out of Time
Author: Michelle Garren Flye
Genre: Romantic Fantasy
Tucked away in the mountains of North Carolina, the people of the strange little town of Sanctuary have enjoyed their status as a tourist attraction and Renaissance faire destination for decades. But on her twenty-sixth birthday, Kaelyn Anderson discovers a dark secret about her hometown.
The only reality she’s ever known has proven false. Now, her last hope lies in an unusual alliance with the son of the enemy she didn’t even know she had. Under the protection of Jack, an Elf prince, Kaelyn plunges into Cherokee lore to find the answer that will protect her people from invaders from another world.
Can Kaelyn and Jack form an alliance between three factions to fight their common enemy, or are they out of time?
Jack and Todd continued running for a few seconds before realizing she wasn’t with them. Todd noticed her absence first, grasped his brother’s arm and loped easily back to her side. Jack stopped but didn’t come back.
Todd took her hand, kneeling beside her. “We need to go on, Kaelyn.”
She shook her head, anguish building in her throat. “I can’t.” The words came out with difficulty. Was that a panting breath or a sob? She struggled for control. “Oh God. Please tell me that was all part of my birthday party. It’s just a game, right?” Never mind that she had just run twenty miles faster and with more ease than any marathon winner could have done. Never mind that her brother had looked away when she reminded him they had the same father. Never mind the bleeding, crumpled figure of her father on their tiled kitchen floor…
Richard. She could call Richard. He must have taken her father to the hospital by now. The police had probably swarmed Sanctuary. She could go back. Safety surely lay behind her, and not ahead of her in this unknown forest now creeping with afternoon shadows. She felt for her cell phone in the back pocket of her jeans, fingers curving over its familiar, modern form with relief.
“Kaelyn.” Todd moved in front of her now, his hands on his thighs, his voice anxious.
“Be quiet. I have to call Richard. I have to know if my father—” She broke off, her throat too tight to talk as she punched the power button on her phone.
The screen remained black. What the hell? She’d just charged it. Was it broken? She shook it impatiently.
Todd covered her hand with his and gently removed the phone. Kaelyn looked from him to Jack and back again. “I have to call Richard.”
“You can’t.” Todd brushed her hair back from her face and handed the phone to Jack. “Sweetheart, the phone won’t work anymore. Not here.”
“What do you mean, here? Is the reception bad? We should still be able to get something. There are cell towers all over these mountains. We just have to—”
“What he means is that you’re not part of that world anymore. The one with cell phones and computers and weapons of mass destruction. You aren’t part of it and you probably shouldn’t have ever been there to begin with.” Jack stuck the phone in his coat pocket. “We’re out of time.”
Michelle Garren Flye is an award-winning author of romance and women’s fiction. Reviewers have described her work as: “an engaging novel with charming and likable characters”, a story that “will make you believe in love and second chances”, and a “well-written and thought-provoking novel.”
Michelle placed third in the Hyperink Romance Writing Contest for her short story “Life After”. Her short stories have been published by the romance anthology Foreign Affairs, Opium.com, SmokelongQuarterly.com and Flashquake.com. She has served on the editorial staffs of Horror Library, Butcher Shop Quartet and Tattered Souls.
Michelle has a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She is the mother of three and lives in North Carolina with her husband and their rapidly growing collection of pets.
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