The Queen's Gift by T.R. Allardice {Excerpt}

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The Queen’s Gift by T.R. Allardice 
Publication date: December 15th 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

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Fifteen-year-old, late-bloomer Jean Elliott dreams of becoming a Genie like her mom. When her family relocates to Tokyo, Jean is forced to use sleight-of-hand tricks to fool everyone at school into believing that she’s a normal Preternatural or risk expulsion. When her power finally appears, it comes in the form of the Queen’s Gift–an unspeakable magic that strips power from all Preternaturals and heralds the arrival of the new queen.

After an absence of two hundred years, not everyone wants the monarchy to return and they’re willing to go to great lengths to keep the status quo. When buried secrets rip Jean’s family apart, she has a choice to make: Walk away and hope for the best or embrace the power that’s known to lead to madness in order to save her family.

Jean’s greatest dream has turned into her biggest nightmare and no matter how hard she tries, there’ll be no wishing the Queen’s Gift away.

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Prologue
 
Three weeks ago, I lived in Chicago. Three weeks ago, no one had ever heard of me. Three weeks ago, my family moved to Japan, and everything changed.


In Chicago, Mom used to fix Cheerios. Now I’m left with sticky rice balls for breakfast. I’ll get used to them eventually. I’ve had to get used to a lot. I grabbed two off the counter, and shoved one in my mouth as I rushed out the door for school.

Chomping away, I could see the shiny elevator doors at the end of the hall. I’d just pulled my ear-buds out of my bag, when a deep rumbling growl echoed off the walls. Glancing around, I couldn’t see anything.


Heavy paws padded along the carpet. The stench of something musky stirred the air. My eyes watered and my skin prickled. I hurried toward the elevator.

A shadow stretched out of the hallway. The gray mass loomed across my path, cutting me off. I skidded to a halt. Crushed rice ball seeped through my fingers.

Run! The word throttled my head as I struggled to breathe.

I calculated the odds of reaching the elevator or the apartment before he attacked. They weren’t good.

He growled again. This time lower, from his belly. My feet moved before I could explain to them that it was a bad idea to run from a predator. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw the Shifter take three bounding steps and launch himself into the air. Two hundred and fifty pounds of teeth and claws came rocketing at my face.

I screamed and ran faster, but he was on me before I reached the elevator doors. His jagged claws dug into my book bag and spun me around. In desperation, I lunged at him.

A look of horror crossed his face. The Japanese wolf Shifter leapt back, keeping out of reach. His gold eyes widened, then his gaze dropped to the floor.

“Your Majethsty.” He sounded like he was gargling a mouthful of gravel as he forced uncomfortable words out past rows of sharp teeth. “Pleassse forgive me. D-d-didn’t know it was you.”

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T.R. Allardice writes young adult, new adult, and humorous horror stories. Most of what she writes incorporates several genres. The content won't always be 'safe'. What's the fun in that? She is a member of the Horror Writer's Association, Novelist Inc. and the Author's Guild. She has thirty-one books published under another pen name. 

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