Today’s Deadly Destination is from CJ Omololu‘s Cole Ryan on Tower of London from INTUITION (published on June 18, 2013 by Walker/Bloomsbury). Want to win a copy? Enter via the widget below.
CJ Omololu’s Cole Ryan on Tower of London from INTUITION
It all started in London. It wasn’t the first time I’d felt a déjà vu, but it seemed to be happening more and more since we got off the plane – unexplained feelings of familiarity whenever we’d pass an old building or a house even though I’d never been to England before. Throughout our short vacation, I felt like I was being drawn to the Tower of London, that I needed to put my hands on the old stone walls and walk on the worn cobblestones. On our second to last day, I finally convinced my sister to take a tour, even though she’d rather spend more time at Harrod’s.
If anything, the feelings intensified the minute we stepped on the grounds. As we took the tour, I could anticipate what the guide was going to say about a particular spot. I even said out loud that people used to arrive at the Tower in a boat. Out of all of the buildings, the Beauchamp Tower seemed to call to me. Luckily, a former prison building filled with graffiti carved by prisoners hundreds of years before appealed to my sister and we walked up the steps without too much grumbling. It felt like I knew this place—that I’d walked up these curving stone steps and looked out at the square from these very same windows. As I approached one piece of graffiti – not even the most impressive one on the wall – I could suddenly read the Latin inscription and longed to put my hand right over the old stone. For Eternity 1538.
Later, after I’d met Griffon and learned about the memories that were being restored, I knew why this place was so important. I’d been locked up in that very same tower centuries before, looked out that very window as the men below built the scaffolding that would end my life in a flash of metal on an overcast English day. My husband, the love of my life had been there too, months before me, just before he was killed for betraying the King. And he’d carved a simple message for me in the desperate walls that he hoped I’d never have a chance to read. For Eternity.
Griffon wasn’t that man. We knew how we’d been connected in the sixteenth century and it was a much darker story. But we were together now and he was helping me find my way in the new world of the Akhet as I remember more about my past lives and develop the empath skills that might help the world in ways I can’t even imagine. Which is why meeting Drew has rattled me. It’s not just that he recognized the ankh necklace that was hanging around my neck – the same necklace that was returned to me after centuries apart. He called me Allyson – the name I used when I was that young girl in the Tower. But he can’t be the husband I lost so long ago. He can’t be the man who pledged his love for me for all eternity – and carved it in stone in the Tower of London.
It’s fate that Griffon and I are together in this lifetime. And you can’t mess with fate….can you?
CYNTHIA (CJ) OMOLOLU majored in English at U.C. Santa Barbara because she liked to read, not because she liked to write. Eventually, she discovered that the voices in her head often have interesting things to say. Her YA novel DIRTY LITTLE SECRETS from Walker/Bloomsbury is about a girl growing up in a hoarded home and the difficult decisions she has to make to keep the family secret safe. Published in 2010, it was included in the ALA Quick Pick list as well as numerous state reading lists. It was recently optioned by a major television network. Released in June of 2012, her novel TRANSCENDENCE is a YA novel about reincarnation and destiny with the sequel INTUITION in June of 2013, both from Walker/Bloomsbury. She recently sold THE THIRD TWIN to Delacorte, a YA thriller due in early 2015.
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Available on June 18, 2013 by Walker/Bloomsbury
With every new vision from her past lives, Cole understands more about who she is in this life…and her love for Griffon grows as quickly as her unique Akhet abilities. Able to sense people’s innermost emotions, Cole is a much needed asset to the Akhet’s worldwide plan. Then she meets a young millionaire named Drew who reveals a startling connection to Cole’s life in Elizabethan England. His intense desire to restore their past confuses and excites Cole but his affections complicate her plans with both Griffon and the Akhet. When her best friend Rayne is endangered by Cole’s carelessness, Cole must find a way to save Rayne and prevent the Akhet’s plans from falling into the hands of people out to destroy the world. Only by trusting in herself and her newfound abilities can Cole fight for her friend, her love, and her rightful destiny.
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