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Myra McEntire

Genre: Paranormal, Young Adult

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Sometimes it’s hard to know exactly where to begin a story. Every piece of writing advice you read about strong first chapters recommends that you leave the backstory out, and start in media res – in the middle of things – namely the action. But what is an author to do when the backstory is sad, bittersweet, and absolutely hilarious? 

In my case, I usually keep it as fodder for future short stories, but today, I get to share some of it with you!

The main character of Hourglass, Emerson Cole, has had it rough since she turned thirteen, and not just because she lost her parents. She sees dead people. (I’ve wanted to say that for three years somewhere publicly and have been smacked down every time because of the whole Sixth Sense thing. I wonder if I’ll get past the censors this time?) 

But she really does see dead people, and the worst part is that she doesn’t always know they’re dead. She’s been known to have conversations with them. And that can get embarrassing, especially if she’s at, say, a pep rally. Or standing in the lunch line. It hasn’t done a lot for her reputation. 

Luckily, Emerson has the sweetest, most well meaning brother in the world. That’s the way an outsider would see him. Em can see that side of Thomas, but she also sees the desperate side, the side that wants to help her recover. He’s gone to some extraordinary lengths to make that happen, from allowing her to be committed and medicated, to sending her to a private school, away from him and his chosen profession – historical renovations. 

You see the problem. Those pesky dead people have a real thing for historical buildings.

But Thomas has gone a step beyond for Em. He continually searches high and low, far and wide, over and sadly, occasionally under, to try to find someone, anyone who could help his sister. Mystics, exorcists, paranormal investigators – after everything he’s seen his sister go through, his mind is open to all kinds of possibilities (which is why he’s as cool as the Arctic Ocean when he finally learns the truth about what she’s really seeing). 

That’s why Em has had to deal with some honest to goodness crazies. Thomas isn’t too discerning about where possible help comes from, mostly because he’s desperate. But that desperation ends when Thomas learns about the Hourglass, and believes the promise they make to him. 

Emerson can be well again … and not just well, but a useful, productive member of society. 

One who can possibly save a life.

I hope if you choose to read Hourglass that it’s a spectacular journey of discovery for you. It certainly was for me. 

- Myra McEntire

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