Hello Friends! In the spirit of my upcoming release, Electric Skies, I wanted to do a fun post about the different elements and their meanings astrologically. Take a look at your own sign's element and see if it matches your personality. xoxo, Belle
Fire Signs: Aries, Leo, Sagittarius
Fire can keep you warm, or it can be explosive. These people tend to be energetic, passionate, and vibrant. Just like Phoenix, these signs can burn out quickly, but rise again from their own ashes. Nurture them, kindle their flames, and they will shine through the darkest of nights.
The Earth Signs: Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn
Earth is the foundation for everything. Loyal, kind, and practical, Earth signs are naturally grounded people. They win the race by going slow and steady, the "builders" of the zodiac. And of course, the most connected with Mother Nature.
The Air Signs: Gemini, Libra, Aquarius
Air signs are made up of mental energy. Quick-witted and intelligent, they are like a breath of fresh air. Their curiosity is boundless and they will bounce ideas around like the breeze. Their downfall is the tendency to intellectualize their emotions.
The Water Signs: Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces
Emotional, sensitive, and otherworldly, water signs are as deeply mysterious as the ocean. Much like Kennedy, these signs often have intense dreams and psychic intuition.
Hey Friends, Just a little update on book number 5 in the Twelfth Keeper series. I have no cover. No synopsis. No release date. Basically, I don't have much.
What I do have is a title, and I also wanted to let you know I am working on it. And... This may be my favorite book of the series. Seriously, guys. I'm in love with this story. Maybe that's why it's taking me so long to finish. I still haven't decided if this will be the last book. I really wanted this to be the last one. I don't know why. Something about the number five, maybe. Seems like a good number. At the moment, I'm leaning toward no. I've mentioned before how I want to do the ending justice. We'll see how it goes. But do me a favor, will ya? Add it to your TBR on Goodreads! XOXO, Belle
(A few days early! :) ) Hope you enjoy reading Kennedy's journey as much as I enjoyed telling it. And please let me know what you thought through twitter @bellemalory, FB, Goodreads or by leaving a review on Amazon.
One by one, their soft twinkle faded
into the dark abyss. Kennedy stared out the window, watching her hopes and
dreams dim with the constellations. The loneliness was suffocating. She had
never felt more isolated, more estranged from the universe. She pressed her
hand against her heart, feeling her chest ache with heaviness.
You left me here in the dark.
She wasn’t sure where the thought had
come from or why she felt like this.
A hand touched her shoulder, and she
gasped. She spun around too quickly, nearly tripping in the process. His arms
came around her waist, steadying her.
She gasped his name.
Her heart pounded as she met his
piercing black eyes. The sharp, intimidating angles of his face softened, but
there was sadness in his gaze. A quiet, desolate sadness.
Her eyes roamed over him, drinking him
up. She touched his face, wanting to make sure he was real. If it was possible,
he looked more handsome than she remembered.
There it was.
It edged out of the confines of her
mind, reminding her of something. Reminding her that…
She looked around, noticing her
surroundings. The pool, the skylights up above. They were standing in the
recreation center on Olympus.
But they weren’t really here.
This wasn’t her Phoenix. And it would
only be a matter of time before this one would disappear too. “Not again,” she whispered...
Mason stopped pacing, and looked
directly at him. “I don’t know if I should be the one to tell you this. I don’t
even know how to tell you this. My
God, I can’t process it myself.” He let
out a long, shaky breath. “The Pegasus
Phoenix’s heart stopped. He couldn’t
breathe, couldn’t move a muscle. It felt like the wind had been knocked out of
“At first I thought it was a ploy. A
way to get the keepers back in Olympus,” Mason continued. “But Vickard showed
me the data logs.”
He coughed, trying to find his voice. “He
must have forged them.”
“I wish he had, Phoenix, but they look
This had to be a mistake.
“There’s also Kennedy’s Series
Seven android, Matilda. Her feed is consistent with the data logs.”
He shook his head, unable to believe
Everything was spinning. “Don’t tell me
she’s dead. Don’t you dare tell me she’s dead. I won’t believe you.”
“One escape pod launched from the
vessel. According to android’s feed, Kennedy was on it. There’s a good chance
she might still be alive. Unfortunately, the android lost communication with
the pod after it launched so they don’t know for sure.”
Phoenix stood, and walked to the
window. He pressed his palms against the glass, taking a
shaky breath. It took everything he had to keep himself calm. He wanted to
shatter the glass with his bare hands. He wanted to destroy everything in this
room. He wanted to pummel Vickard until the general was barely recognizable. How could they let this happen?
His insides twisted, and he knew he
was about to be sick.
“And everyone else?”
“No one else survived.”
That was all he could handle.
He reached for the wastebasket, his
body heaving as emptied his stomach. He tried not to see their faces, but they
came to him anyway—Alanna. Colton. Bloody hell. Two keepers at once. Gone. He couldn’t believe they were gone.
Mason waited until he was done. When
he turned around, he saw the professor leaning against the wall, his hands
covering his haggard face. “It’s my fault,” he said in a broken voice. “I
convinced them to do the mission.”
“It’s not your fault.”
“I’m so sorry, Phoenix. Vickard said
he’s scrambling to put together a rescue mission to leave as soon as possible.”
At least they had a plan. “I want to
be on it.”
Mason sobered, and faced him. “Impossible.
You know you’re needed here.”
be on that ship, Professor.”
“We’ve already lost three keepers. The
world can’t afford to lose you, too.”
“My world is Kennedy. She’s out there somewhere, lost, afraid—who knows what
“Look, I know this news doesn’t come
easy, but you really need to think about the implications of your actions. What
it will mean for you, the other keepers, and the entire planet. She can’t come
“She does come first.”
“Oh, come now. Be reasonable—”
“She comes first. Always.” Phoenix
said it point-blank, his voice deadly serious. “I know what I am, Professor; I
don’t take that responsibility lightly. But nothing you can say will change my
Mason frowned, his brow furrowing into
deep lines. “I didn’t realize the two of you had gotten so close.” He sighed. “Vickard
is going to use this to his advantage. The U.S. government doesn’t have
explorer vessels at their disposal. They won’t be able to plan their own rescue
mission. It will all have to be done through DOE.”
Because let’s face it, they could use
this against him.
And he would let them.
“Vickard will probably make me sign
some contract binding me to DOE for the rest of my life—I don’t care. Whatever
it takes to get Kennedy back, I’ll do it.”
“Be smart about this, Phoenix. For
God’s sake, don’t go in there and show him all your cards.”
“He already knows he has me. I quit
for Kennedy, remember?”
Technically he quit because Sigly
tried to drown her. Back then he didn’t know what Kennedy would come to mean to
him; he was just sick of watching Sigly treat her and everyone else like a
“That was under extreme
circumstances,” Mason allowed. “Doesn’t mean Vickard knows everything.”
Phoenix doubted that. He and Kennedy
had broken into the general’s office once before. The guy kept files on all the
keepers. He made it his business to know everything there was to know about all
“He’s got me, and he knows it,” he said, squaring his jaw. The truth was, it didn’t matter. The only thing that mattered was
finding Kennedy. If DOE was his only recourse, he’d do
whatever they wanted.
Mason joined him by the window,
staring outside into the clear blue sky. “Everything was going so well.”
Phoenix shook his head. “It was too
little, too late.”