The Awakening on April 1st 2015
Allie Carmichael has always believed life is simple.
She has no cause to believe that equation works differently for her, but there has to be a reason the world treats her like a pariah.
When an unexpected move to Kelleys Island brings Aidan McBrien crashing into her life, Allie is thrown by his reaction. He doesn’t shrink from her touch. He doesn’t stutter or make a quick exit. He smiles and welcomes her into his circle of friends, who aren’t exactly comfortable with Allie, but they seem to get her in a way most people don’t.
Finally, Allie has a real shot at normal and rides that high right up to her sixteenth birthday when she wakes in agony—an experience Aidan insists they have all faced. She struggles in ignorance, uncertain of what is real and what isn’t. When she emerges, Allie is different. She has always been different, but even among her extraordinary friends, she and Aidan are special.
As Allie struggles to maintain her tenuous grasp on the power that threatens to overwhelm her, she worries she will lose herself in this strange new world. A dangerous world where she will have to fight tooth and nail to defend the power and freedom that is her birthright.
…only Allie hates to fight.
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About the Author
Melissa A. Craven (the “A” stands for Ann—in case you were wondering) was born near Atlanta, Georgia, but moved to Cleveland, Ohio at the age of seventeen. She still thinks of Cleveland as home, so it was only natural for Emerge to take place there.
Today, she is back in Atlanta—for some reason she can’t seem to stay away from the ungodly heat that makes her long for things like “lake effect snow” and wind that will knock you flat.
Melissa decided a long time ago that the “life checklist” everyone else was clutching so tightly in their fists, just wasn’t for her. She does everything backwards because she is weird like that, but then, she is an artist and artists are notoriously “unique” and “quirky.”
She is an avid student of art and design, and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of West Georgia in 2009. She worked as an interior designer for several years, but she’s always thought she might like to be a writer when she grows up.
In her spare time, if she has any, she enjoys shopping for derelict furniture she refinishes to exercise the interior design part of her brain.
My top five Classical Crossover musicians – (and favorite music for inspiration)
When I first lost my mind and started writing book one of Emerge, it was a fun hobby I enjoyed, but never thought it would turn into an actual book. Years later, once I completed an enormous mess of chapters, scenes, timelines and character profiles, it was time to make sense of the madness.
For a long time I had trouble concentrating as I worked to dig my way through the content that would eventually become Emerge: The Awakening and Emerge: The Edge. I simply must have music playing while I work, but if ever expect to get things done, I cannot listen to anything I can sing along with. So the right music was a turning point for me—classical crossover particularly. I’ve always enjoyed classical music, and at times, it did help me focus. But with classical crossover, I got the beat and tempo I really needed to get in the zone, but I also got the focus and concentration that classical music gave me.
The genre is rife with terrible music and poorly arranged tunes that don’t work well with the instruments (and don’t get me started on bad electric strings) but when it’s good, it’s amazing!
Here are my favorites who are typically part of my daily routine.
1.) David Garrett (a major inspiration for Aidan’s character)
3.) 2 Cellos
5.) The Piano Guys
Check out my playlists on Spotify
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