Bethany Rossiter had not been a strange girl before she died and came back to life.
She’d been a good but not spectacular student, well-liked but not super-popular, and a cheerleader. Then during a football game there was an accident.
There was a flash of light. And Bethany Rossiter, almost 16, died of a broken neck.
She was a dancing electronic ghost on an airless planet so close to its sun the blazing body took up a quarter of the sky.
She was a giant balloon-like stingray floating and flying near the top of a giant planet’s air, living like whales off floating plants like plankton.
She was a cat-like blue centaur on a garden planet with her husband and two kittenish children, one a girl and one a boy. There were two moons rising in a violet and chartreuse sky.
I’ve been watching Star Voyager too much.
But she was not dreaming. She was in the hospital, recovering from death and injury, and she was remembering past lives. Of her own, or someone else’s. And when she woke up she was no longer ordinary. She had strange powers which she must struggle to master.
And to hide. Her brother’s comic books were very clear. Superheroes were hated and feared as much as they were revered.
To see what Bethany looks like – and maybe influence that look – go here.
Or skip that and go directly to the first snippet from the book.