Shadow Caster

Shadow Caster

by Stephen Colter

ISBN: 9781481112703

Publisher CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Published in Literature & Fiction/Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction/General

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Book Description

Bobby hasn't seen his grandmother, Mae, for a while. When she shows up he isn't sure if it's really her, since she arrives while he's dreaming. She continues to appear in his dreams to tell him he's a Shadow Caster and has to figure out how to help her, because she has answers, since she too is a Shadow Caster.

A fast paced energetic story about a boy who is cast into the paranormal realm. Using mystical abilities he goes from geek to supernatural powered geek and with help from his friends, the walking dead and spirits from the past he overcomes bizarre obstacles to save Mae.

Sample Chapter

Time to Dream

“Hey geek,” says the bully as he hits Bobby in the head with a paper wad. Bobby's groggy eyes open and he raises his head. The bully laughs,“Sleepin on yer desk again.” All the other kids in the classroom begin laughing at Bobby. Merry-go-round music plays as they circle around his head, their faces spinning around him like he was being whirled in his chair. He covers his ears but their distorted laughter still gets through. Wack. A really big paper wad strikes the bully in the side of his face, ceasing the music and spinning faces. Rubbing the red mark the wad left on his cheek. He looks to the thrower with gritted teeth.

The thrower, in full Wild West gear from head to toe, is kicked back at a desk with arms crossed and hat down to hide the face. Bobby whistles a tune from an old Wild West movie and the other kids follow with a high-pitched “Waa Waaa Waaaaa.”

The thrower slowly pushes up the hat to reveal a smirking grin. Her teeth sparkle. In a low, raspy voice, she coolly commands the bully, “Leave my friend alone.”

“OOOHHHOOO,” moan all other the kids, then their lips go tight and silent.

“Aw, the little girl is taking up for ya again,” the bully taunts Bobby. The cowgirl stands slow and smooth. As she steps towards the bully, the clanging of her spurs are the only sounds echoing in the classroom. The bully shakily says, “Sorry, gulp,” under his breath and adds, “Big girl,” as he looks at her, beginning with her tall, flashy tasseled boots up to the top of her tipped-back hat.

She peers down at him and spits to the side. “Name is Riley,” she says with a nod and reaches towards him.

“Stop, listen to me Bobby. You have no time to dream now, no time at all,” echoes from nowhere. Suddenly, his dream is totally dark. Moving in from behind him a blurry image of an older woman appears. Dressed in a plain white gown, she's excited to see him. “Bobby, I made it, I got to you.”

Startled, he spins around. “Mae?” His face shows alarm at her appearance “You look like a ghost.”

She gets closer and the blur goes away so she now looks like a person. “Uh, no, it's me. Ghosts aren’t attractive.” She says with an attitude. “When my time comes I'll be a beautiful good spirit. Though I'd rather get the wings, if I could make the squad.” She chuckles then grabs him by the arms and pulls him close to hug him. He could see her so clearly now, unlike most dreams, and her touch felt so real. He couldn’t tell if he was dreaming or if he had woken up to a dark room with Mae really there.

She speaks quickly, but softly “My Amulet. You are the only one who will understand, the only one that can help. So wake up and send your father to my house right away. Something is wrong. Tell him to find the Amulet because it's no longer on my body. You must wake up.”

Bobby gasps and quickly sits up. He gets a glimpse of something in the mirror over his desk but as he blinks the mirror only reflects some light from the moon. He hears the phone ring and rubs his eyes, trying to clear his head of the confusing dream he just had. He looks around his room as if he is expecting someone to be there. A bit of light comes from his computer screen as -Bobby the WIZKID- scrolls across it.

“Yes, this is Robert Lowery. What? Who is this? Uh, I’ll get there as soon as I can.”

“Who was that?” Leigh asks.

“A police officer. There’s been a fire at Mae’s house. They’re taking her to the hospital and said she should be alright, but they want me to go there.”

“Oh no, I’ll wake up Bobby.” Leigh rises up onto one elbow.

“Wait.” Robert puts a hand on her shoulder and rubs his head with the other. He blinks to clear his eyes and mind. “No need for all of us to go until we know what's going on. I’ll call you when I get to the hospital. I didn’t even know she was back.” He hops out of bed, opens a drawer to pull out some green sweat pants and pulls them on. He grabs an orange t-shirt from the open drawer and his red striped tennis shoes from the floor. He shoves his phone and wallet in his pocket as he pulls his t-shirt over his head, then grabs his keys. As he is heading out of the room he whispers back, “Don’t worry. I’ll call as soon as I know what's going on.”


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Author Profile

Stephen Colter

Stephen Colter

Writing became a hobby/pastime for me just a few years ago. I worked in the restaurant business for most of my adult life and due to the work hours I rarely had time to write. I had notes and ideas for my book but didn't really get to work on it until I made a career change into automotive sales, which allowed me some time for creativity. I work full time at an Audi-Porsche dealership and write on the side. The automotive business gives me some good material, though most of it wouldn't work in a young reader fiction, and riding around in the world's finest vehicles sure beats the heck out of spending 12 hours per day in a hot kitchen.

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