#Excerpt from Rising Tide:Dark Innocence by Claudette Melanson @Bella623 #Paranormal #YA

Posted on Thursday, May 22, 2014

Later that night I stood in front of the mirror, fresh out of the shower, blow drying my hair.  I looked a bit closer, trying to see  something there that would possibly cause, perfect Katie Parker to wish she had my hair.  And cause her brother to take special note of it.  I realized, stunned for a moment, that it was different, somehow.  I’d always thought of my hair as ordinary.  It was a dark, unusual kind of brown, but I’d always been disappointed with its flat, lackluster look and straight texture.
Tonight, even under the subdued lighting in our bathroom, my hair shone with a new light.  I blinked and looked back, picking up a strand for close examination.  I turned the dryer off and ran my hand down the lock, amazed at how it felt glossy.  Dark highlights played across the surface as I twisted my head under the scant light.  And there just seemed to be more of it, as well.  I ran both hands up through, along the sides of my head.  It was so thick, thick and silky soft, like never before.  Or had I just never noticed?  Did Katie’s unexpected comment somehow wake me up to see things I’d never seen in myself before?  Impossible.  I didn’t remember my hair ever being like this, and even twisted to the side to get a glimpse of it falling toward my waist in waves more like my mother’s hair.
Smiling, I shrugged and turned the dryer back on, the logical part of my brain chalking the whole thing up to Caelyn purchasing some expensive, salon-brand shampoo that I hadn’t noticed in the shower.  Satisfied with my theory, I didn’t dare pull the shower curtain back to check.
Rising Tide will sink it’s teeth into you, keeping you awake into the wee hours of the night
Maura’s life just can’t get any worse…or can it?
Isolated and sheltered by her lonely mother, Maura’s never been the best at making friends. Unusually pale with a disease-like aversion to the sun, she seems to drive her classmates away, but why?
Even her own father deserted her, and her mother, before Maura was born. Bizarre physical changes her mother seems hell bent on ignoring, drive Maura to fear for her own life. And her luck just seems to get worse.
Life is about to become even more bewildering when her mother’s abrupt…and unexplained…decision to move a country away sets off a chain of events that will change Maura forever. A cruel prank turned deadly, the discovery of love and friendship….and its loss, as well as a web of her own mother’s lies, become obstacles in Maura’s desperate search for a truth she was never prepared to uncover.
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Genre – YA Paranormal Romance
Rating – PG
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