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The commander devastated
the town of refugees and, to wound Sydney more deeply, seized her
family. Crewe promised to help her rescue them, but paralyzing grief
over his own loss has made him unreachable. With the other seeksmen
feeling equally defeated-and the traitor still among them-Sydney is more
alone in this fight than ever, but she will not give up. With
relentless determination, she vows to do everything in her power to get
her loved ones back. Sydney’s chances for success are threatened as
plans backfire and unforeseen obstacles arise. When her true tie to the
commander is revealed, she loses the trust of the few allies she has
left. The situation grows even graver when a terrible epidemic advances,
and the responsibility to decide who will have a shot at surviving is
placed in her uncertain hands. The suffering has to end, and only Sydney
has the unique knowledge and connections to bring down the cruel
leaders of the oppressive system. The time has come for the battle of
her life-one that will claim many. Even if she survives, will her heart
endure the choices she will be forced to make?
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in my tracks. The road in front of me descends into a dark,
rectangular channel. Sitting in front of the opening is a terrified,
redheaded boy with his hands and feet manacled together and
explosives strapped to his chest.
friend to trigger the explosives, I stop on a dime. All traces of the
cheerfulness and optimism for which Red is known are gone. Affliction
is the most prominent characteristic of the gray-skinned, skeletal
boy who I would hardly recognize if not for his flaming red hair.
“There’s a letter behind you.” Red is careful not to move
anything but his bloodshot eyes to direct me. “Under that rock.”
to lift the rock that sits atop the crisp, white paper.
could trigger the network of wires and packaged explosives strapped
to Red’s vest.
overhearing. “It wouldn’t make sense to have him die before I can
read the commander’s terms.”
afterward. Gauge, the captain, Evvie,” he says, listing just some
of the people my uncle has at his disposal.
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Concealed in the Shadows (Book 1)
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Sydney Harter has long
awaited September 12th, 2033—her eighteenth birthday. She can finally
apply for guardianship of her sister, who is her only family and entire
world. She hopes they will be lawfully reunited, but is prepared to defy
authority and risk everything to escape the captivity of Miles County
so that they can be together.
Escaping will be difficult and
dangerous. Citizens are bound to their county by sophisticated chip
implants that deliver shocks to those who dare to cross the electric
barrier. Sydney is very clever, but her trickery is limited against the
all-seeing eyes of technology. Even if they were to survive the escape,
disappearing into the forgotten forests and towns of the past seems an
What Sydney doesn’t know is that she is the
particular interest of two opposing forces. With deceit, fear, and
warfare surrounding her—can she trust the party that aims to help with
her fight against the other? Can she open her heart to receive and
return unexpected love? When her sister’s life becomes jeopardized,
Sydney will have to weigh a new love against the only enduring love she
has known. The cost could be deadly…
How will she choose?
Released From The Darkness (Concealed in the Shadows Book #2)
Two young seeksmen are
dead, and Sydney blames herself. The only way to get her sister back
from the county’s clutches, while also preventing more death, was to
offer her own life in exchange for Evvie’s freedom.
She expected a
dreadful end, but nothing like the prison in which she wakes. Agonizing
county life is redefined in Neo-Necropolis, new city of the dead, which
lies beneath the earth. Worse than being allegedly deceased, is the
false identity Sydney is forced to assume where Evvie, Sheridan’s
captain, and Crewe never existed.
Sydney alone knows the
magnitude of the county’s evildoings inside, outside, and now below. At
only eighteen, the responsibility to defend freedom falls solely on her
tried and tested shoulders—a burden that requires desperate action when a
catastrophic revelation upends the world as she knew it.
people Sydney cares for are more vulnerable than ever. Though she’s
buried underground and monitored by county agents, she must escape this
new captivity. Maybe it’s time to fight fire with fire. Sydney has
proven her courage in facing their weapons, but can she trigger her own?
About the Author
Gabrielle recalls first believing in the worth of her writing in high school,
where her advanced language and literature coursework both challenged
and celebrated her craft. She aimed for perfection in her work, yet made
time for her other courses, soccer, track, National Honor Society, and
From 2006-2009, Gabrielle attended St. Scholastica in
Duluth, MN where she earned a degree in Elementary Education. She played
collegiate soccer for the Saints, held work-study positions, acted in
theater productions, and volunteered often.
Gabrielle is currently teaching and pursuing her passion for storytelling through
writing and acting. She enjoys reading, watching movies, listening to
and playing music, playing and coaching soccer, being outdoors, and
spending time with her family and friends.
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