Sunday, November 3, 2013

Between Land and Sea by Joanne Guidoccio + GIVEAWAY


I am happy to participate in the Goddess Fish Party Pavilion. Throughout the day, I will be posting different excerpts of Between Land and Sea. Follow my posts and answer the questions. At the end of the day, I will send one lucky person a $10 Amazon gift card. The more questions you answer, the more opportunities to win.

Visit my Amazon page and read the description.

Question 1: Where was Isabella abandoned?

Email me the correct answer at guidoccioj@bell.net


GOOD LUCK!!


Excerpt

Isabella stumbled as she got out of bed and tried to balance herself on the stumps that now served as permanent legs. She willed herself not to cry as she recalled the magnificent tail that had been the envy of the Mediterranean kingdom. Her mother and grandmother had also been blessed with the same tail. Now only Annabella held this birthright.

She heard her stomach growl and thought longingly of her favorite kelp dish. She closed her eyes and visualized the steaming goodness that would satisfy her hunger. And then she remembered that she could no longer manifest her desires.

No more powers. No more comfort and ease.

Her lips trembled as she looked about the small, neat room filled with large wooden pieces and smaller metallic ones. She tried to move one of the larger pieces and then gave up in frustration. Andrew had promised her a beautiful home with servants, and now she must live this life of ordinary humans.

The flickering of a green light caught her attention. She approached and noticed the tablet lying on one of the wooden surfaces. It was blinking at her. Tentatively, she touched the green light. The blinking stopped and a smiling face materialized.

“Greetings, Isabella. I am Lisa738. Annabella has asked me to guide you through your orientation.”

Isabella frowned and tried to recall her connection to this lowly mermaid from the Numbers class.

Lisa738 explained, “Since this is your first time using a tablet, I will describe some of its features. Whenever you press the green light, I will appear on this screen. Underneath the screen are a series of buttons that you will learn how to use.” She paused. “Am I going too quickly for you?”

Isabella had a sudden flash from her youth as she recalled a small, helpless, uncoordinated mermaid who could not keep up. She also remembered the wicked laughter and cruel taunts she had hurled at Lisa738. “No, go on. I’m listening.”

“Some of the buttons are raised and shiny. If you touch them, you will notice they have a smooth finish. Their glaze has been treated with magnetic ions. Go ahead and peel off one of the coatings.”

Isabella picked up the button closest to her and slowly and deliberately peeled off its coating. She looked up expectantly at Lisa738.

“Good. Now place the button on your left temple. The ions from the button will penetrate your skin and enter your brain. It will take only a few seconds for all the information from the button to enter your consciousness. When you feel a tiny surge of energy, move on to the next button. Each button has been programmed to give you enough information to survive as Barbara Davies, your new earth identity.”







4 comments:

Jessica Jefferson said...

So excited about this book! Just referred it to my Friend the other day!

Catherine Lee said...

What a fun Sunday Party Game!

Joanne Guidoccio said...

Hi Jessica,
Greatly appreciate the recommendation. Thanks for dropping by.
Joanne :)

Joanne Guidoccio said...

Hi Catherine,
Glad that you entered the giveaway. More opps to follow. Thanks for dropping by.
Joanne :)