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About the Author
Shay West was born in Longmont, CO and earned a doctorate degree in Human Medical Genetics from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical. Dr. West currently lives in Grand Junction, CO with her two cats. When not writing novels, she plays with plushie microbes and teaches biology classes at Colorado Mesa University. She is the author of the Portals of Destiny series and the Adventures of Alexis Davenport series. She has also been published in several anthologies: Battlespace (military sci-fi), Orange Karen: Tribute to a Warrior (fundraiser), and Ancient New (steampunk/fantasy).
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About the Book
(Adventures of Alexis Davenport #2)
by Shay West
Paperback, 190 pages
Published July 24th 2014 by Booktrope Editions
(first published January 1st 2011)
Alexis Davenport is learning to come to grips with her ability to travel through time, but she still hasn’t been able to stop the evil Drifter and his Master from trying to alter the past.
When she travels back to ancient Egypt, Alex gets a most unexpected surprise; she meets someone who can help her figure out how to use her powers, another Traveler like herself.
But can Alex learn how to control her gift before Drifter finds a way to stop her from meddling in his Master’s plans?
Q: What is your favorite snack food?
A: Hmmmm, this one’s a tough one. I adore ice cream but don’t buy it very often since I tend to eat it in just a few days. I also really like popcorn and do eat that more regularly but I use an air popper and don’t put butter or anything on it.
Q: What historical figure would you most like to have a discussion with?
A: I would have to say Jesus of Nazareth. I can’t imagine what it would have been like to sit at his feet and listen to him speak.
Q: What makes you really sleepy?
A: One or both of my cats snuggled against me and purring. Knocks me right out!
Q: What do you consider unforgivable?
A: Cheating. It’s abhorrent behavior and is so destructive and hurtful. There are a million other ways to handle a situation that to me, the person cheating wants to hurt their spouse, even if they claim they don’t.
Q: When do you find yourself singing?
A: When don’t I find myself singing?? LOL I love singing away in the car when I’m driving and I have been known to do the occasional karaoke. I’m not a good singer by any means but I totally make up for it with enthusiasm!
Q: What season do you prefer? Why?
A: Fall, hands down. The crispness in the air requiring a jacket, the changing colors, the pumpkin pie everything, and Thanksgiving dinner with the family.
Peek inside the book
Get a grip, Alex! She took a deep breath and passed by the red velvet curtain. Time to become Yackle the Crone.
She slowed her movements and hunched her shoulders as though they were weighed by a heavy burden. Her hands curled in on themselves, and she held them gingerly, as though they pained her. Alex drew on every memory she had of the time she inhabited the old slave woman’s body, what it had felt like to have every joint ache, to have her muscles refuse to move as quickly as she wanted.
When she was through, she was greeted with stunned silence. Alex feared that she had really messed up her lines. She breathed a sigh of relief as the entire place burst into applause.
“Alex! That was magnificent! I’ve never seen anything like it.” Mr. Reardon gushed.
The other students rushed to the stage, patting her on the back and staring at her in wide-eyed wonder. Alex blushed and mumbled responses. Her heart soared when Drake hugged her in front of everyone.
“I’m glad the best actress is my girlfriend,” Drake whispered in her ear.
Alex felt as though her heart would burst. She giggled and hugged him tight. He said girlfriend! He said it! As Mr. Reardon was giving instructions about the next rehearsal, Alex noticed Jennifer standing by herself, arms crossed over her chest, a frown pasted on her face.
“Something wrong?” Alex asked.
“Gee, why would anything be wrong?” Jennifer refused to look at Alex.
“Come on, Jenn. What gives?”
“You, that’s what gives! Don’t you think some of us could have our time in the spotlight?”
“What are you talking about?”
“You know exactly what I’m talking about! Everything you do is so perfect, isn’t it?”
Heat rushed to Alex’s face and her hands clenched into fists at her sides. The venom in Jennifer’s voice was unmistakable.
“You’re pissed because I did a good job today? Would you rather I fell on my face?”
“It would be nice for a change.” Jennifer stood and tossed her backpack over her shoulder.
“Are you insane?” Alex’s eyes filled with tears. “What about me is so perfect? Oh wait, it must be my dad leaving, or the fact that he has never asked about me since he left. Oh, I have it! It’s the endless torment by Catelyn and Beau!” Alex’s voice rose to a fever pitch.
“Are you forgetting the new house? Or your little secret? You can’t tell me that you don’t wish you could tell everyone about it so they can pat you on the back some more.” Jennifer stood toe-to-toe with Alex, her face red, anger and jealousy written all over her face. “And let’s not forget the new boyfriend.” She spun and walked out of the theater.
Alex stood in bewilderment and embarrassment. The other students tried to pretend they hadn’t heard the entire exchange, but it was obvious by their complete lack of eye contact that they had heard every word.
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