“Jacob. You are special. Different, like me. You have abilities that you don’t understand, but when you’re upset—”
“What are you talking about?”
“Magic, Jacob. Wizardry, sorcery, maleficium, whatever you want to call it. I’m a witch, you’re a wizard, and we need to get out of here,” she said, her tone becoming more urgent.
Jacob stared at her. He ran his hand over Emilia’s cheek.
She grabbed his hand with hers. “Jacob, I’m real. And this is real. There is a whole world out there. A magical world. But you have to decide right now if you want to be a part of it. There are things in my world that are beyond your imagination, but if you come with me, you can never go back to being normal. You can never come back here.”
“Emi.” Jacob shook his head. “This is crazy. What are you talking about?”
She brought his hand between them. It was covered in small cuts from shards of McManis’s mug. His hand started to feel warm in her grasp. Not unpleasantly so, but as though it were submerged in warm water. Then his skin started to tingle and sting. The places where the skin had been broken began to look almost iridescent. Finally, the glow subsided and the cuts started to fade. After only a few seconds, his hand was completely healed.
“It is real, Jacob.” Emilia stared into Jacob’s eyes. “Will you come with me?”
Jacob couldn’t think beyond Emilia’s return. She was really back. He was tired, and his brain felt fuzzy. His school was wrecked. His father was dead.
He wanted to be angry with Emilia. He wanted to shake her for making him even more confused, to yell at her for disappearing for four years, for clearly leaving out some very important details in the course of their friendship. He didn’t understand what was happening. He held Emilia’s delicate hands in his. He would do anything to keep her from disappearing again. He would follow Emilia Gray to the ends of the earth.
“Do I need to pack anything?” he asked.
All sixteen-year-old Jacob Evans wants is to win the heart of Emilia Gray, but with order in the magical world crumbling, war threatening, and Emilia’s boyfriend living across the hall, he may never have the chance.
Jacob Evans loses everything he has ever known and is tossed into a world of magic. The Dragons, a group of rebel wizards, are threatening to expose the existence of magic to humans. Jacob is determined to find a way to fit into Emilia’s family, but as his powers grow, so does the danger. With the death toll mounting, Jacob is accused of acts of rebel terrorism and must fight to stay in a world he’s only just beginning to discover.
When Emilia’s life is threatened, Jacob must risk everything to save her. Does he have the power to rescue her in time? And what could their survival cost?
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KARA: Where did you get the inspiration to write THE TETHERING?
MEGAN: It actually all started with a scene at the end of the prologue that takes place a few years before the main body of the book. There was a boy who was all alone, and I had to find a way to save him.
KARA: What is your favorite scene from this book?
MEGAN: I do have a favorite scene. It comes towards the end of the book, and it was so hard to write. I knew what had to be done, but finding the right words was heartbreaking. I won’t give you a snippet of that since I’m not a fan of spoilers. ;-)
KARA: What type of research did you do while writing THE TETHERING?
MEGAN: Most of the research time was spent looking at Latin roots to use as the basis for the spell language found throughout the book. I also spent a lot of time looking at maps figuring out how far apart things were. The most extreme bit of research I did was climbing a mountain in a certain state park to make sure it was suitable to be used in The Tethering.
KARA: What is your least favorite scene from this book? Or rather, the scene you had the most difficulty "getting right"?
MEGAN: There is a council meeting scene, and it drove me crazy. Figuring out who was there, who was conspicuously absent, and how many people that left in the room felt like the bullet scene from the movie Clue. Two plus one plus one plus two... And then deciding who came from where, what side they were on, and who needed more emphasis because I would need them later in the series was a nightmare. Just thinking about it makes me want a bag of gummy bears.
KARA: Why did you choose to write YA as opposed to adult?
MEGAN: I don’t think it was a conscious choice. I had a story that I needed to write, and it just so happened to be YA. And I think there is something really special about writing YA. You get to explore so many firsts: first kiss, first heartbreak, and that’s amazing. I love the innocent passion that YA lends itself to. I’m still working on finishing The Tethering series, but of my other two works in progress, one is an Adult Romance, and the other is a Middle Grade Fantasy. I really want to explore different genres. The Tethering is just where my heart led me first.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Megan O’Russell is thrilled to be publishing her premier novel The Tethering with Silence in the Library Publishing. Originally from New York, Megan is a professional actress who spends her time traveling the country for different shows. When not on stage or writing, Megan spends time with her beloved ukulele and her wonderful husband. To follow Megan’s writing adventures, you can visit her website at meganorussell.com. You can also find Megan on Facebook and Twitter.