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Book Tour: Idenitified - Excerpt + Giveaway

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Title: Identified: The Maya Price Story (The Maya Price Story #1)
Author: Faith A. Rice Mills
Link: Goodreads
Publication Date: December 3, 2012

Maya Price is a typical eighteen-year-old girl without much going on in her life. Her biggest problems include getting ready to leave her hometown for college, figuring out how to avoid her ever-so-strange stepmother, and trying to muddle through her feelings for her best friend, Pete. Yet, on one of her last nights in her hometown, she and Pete are in a car accident. A stranger pulls Maya from the accident, leaving Pete behind, and takes her out of this world and into another dimension.

Maya soon discovers that she has been taken to a dimension called Leets by a group of people that call themselves shifters. Shifters are of mixed human and onyx blood and have various abilities.  These shifters are able to travel between dimensions and control the four elements (fire, earth, wind, water) and the five senses (sight, sound, smell, touch and taste). Their leader, Victoria, informs Maya that she, too, is a shifter and that she must choose to join them or risk being sought out by their greatest enemy, a shifter named Leonas.

Maya joins Victoria and her ragtag group of rebel shifters in Leets, where she is teamed up with a group of seven other shifters. Her new "teammates" include a street-smart girl named Luz, who is especially adept at controlling fire, her twin sister Espy, and a nervous boy named Lamar, who can manipulate sound better than any other shifter. Together, Maya’s team trains for the battle that will soon be  inevitable.

However, Maya soon learns that her purpose is not to just move the earth or send water flying into the air. There are rumors of a hidden prophecy and that the prophecy mentions Maya by name. Supposedly, the prophecy says that Maya will one day have to choose a side and will be essential in bringing her chosen ally to power...
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      The last shifter to exit the gate was the most attractive man Maya had ever seen. His hair was as pale as Victoria’s, but his skin was a warm bronze color. His eyes were the clearest blue and something about them drew Maya in. He was not dressed in the same garb as the soldiers but was rather wearing the loose-fitting linen pants the onyxes were wearing. His sleeveless shirt, however, was made of a very soft, supple material and clung to his frame. Maya thought that he looked like a sculpture of a Greek god that had come to life. He sauntered out to the front of the line of shifters with confidence and gazed out into the square with a sneer on his beautiful face. For an inexplicable reason, Maya felt conflicting urges to kiss him and to spit in his face. She was both attracted to and repulsed by this shifter, but she didn’t know why.
      Perhaps she had been too captivated by his looks, but Maya did not notice the strange creatures that accompanied the handsome man until several minutes after his arrival. A large, terrifying birdlike animal with green plumage sat on his shoulder. The bird was not so different from those in her dimension, except that it was the size of a Doberman and it had ears. Yes, ears. There were two black ears, not unlike those of a cat, poking out of the feathers atop its head. Maya suddenly had a horrible premonition that this bird’s purpose was to listen. Walking beside the man on his left was what looked like an albino panther. Its head swiveled from left to right and it appeared to be looking for something.
     “That is Leonas,” Victoria told her in a voice barely above a whisper. “And he knows I am here, which is why he called his army out of the building. He is an enormously talented shifter. Remember when I told you that some shifters have abilities that others do not? Leonas has a few of those abilities. He is able to communicate with creatures that are not humans or onyxes. It is not necessarily the worst ability to have, but Leonas uses those animals to hurt others. Those particular animals are not his pets; they are more like his soldiers.”
     Leonas’ brilliant blue eyes continued to scan the crowd. “He is looking for me,” Victoria said. “He will not see us, because I am manipulating his and the other shifters’ sight. He may be talented, but I am not without my own gifts.”
     It was then that Maya noticed that Victoria was holding up her left hand and her gaze seemed unfocused. The air surrounding their small bench seemed active and Maya could swear it was crackling.
     At that moment, the panther pawed at Leonas’ leg, which caused him to bend down and lean his head toward the animal’s now moving mouth. It dawned on Maya that the panther was talking to Leonas. He smiled in a knowing sort of way that caused an unexplainable hatred to burn in Maya’s throat, but also made her feel butterflies in her stomach. Leonas began to walk up and down the line of shifters in front of the black wall, as if he were trying to pick the best one. Finally, he pointed at a very young woman with wavy honey hair. He shouted something in the singsong language that Victoria and the old vendor had previously spoken and gestured for her to approach. Her eyes turned to the ground and her chest heaved slowly as she took a deep breath. Raising her chin, she hesitantly walked toward Leonas, a determined look in her eyes. Placing his hand on her shoulder, he pointed at the oblivious old vendor that had sold the flowers to Victoria and appeared to give the girl some sort of instructions. The girl’s head snapped up and Maya saw a look of fear pass over her face. However, it was replaced by a resolute glare in her eyes, and she marched over to the old man. She grabbed the onyx roughly by the arm and threw him to the ground. Maya jumped up from her place on the bench and made a move toward the old man, who now looked very frightened, but Victoria pulled her back to the bench.
     “Don’t,” she spoke in a warning voice. “If you go to him, they will do much, much worse to you. He will be okay.”
     The exchange between the shifter and the old man escalated in a matter of seconds. The man, with a trembling voice, was speaking very quickly and pointing in the direction of Maya and Victoria’s bench. The woman looked directly at the bench and then turned back to the man as if she had seen nothing.
     The scene that followed was burned into Maya’s conscience forever.
     The woman’s resolution was waning: with a defeated look on her face she walked to Leonas and pointed at the bench, speaking in low, clear sentences. Maya imagined that she was telling him that the old onyx said that Victoria was sitting on that very bench, but that the shifter could not see her. Leonas looked at the shifter and his face changed from a look of amusement to one of intolerance and rage. He again placed his hand on her shoulder, but this time dug his fingernails into the metal of her uniform. The panther began to growl as if he were very angry and very hungry. One phrase left Leonas’ mouth and the woman’s shoulders tensed up to her neck. She nodded, turning back in the direction of the man. The onyx was still lying on the ground, struggling against something. It was then that Maya noticed the tiny vines winding around his wrists and feet that were restraining him like ropes. Although the woman looked as if she were going to be sick, she began to shout again, the same words over and over. As she shouted, blades of grass began to grow rapidly and wrap themselves around the man’s neck, strangling him. He gasped and sputtered, attempting to tell the woman something, at the same time trying to uproot the vines around his wrists.
     A female onyx stepped out of the crowd and grabbed the shifter by the arm, trying to stop her. But, as the shifter threw the onyx off her arm, the dirt under the onyx exploded, throwing her to the ground. Several other onyxes rushed forward to help, but the shifter thrust her palm toward them and they were also thrown to the ground by a wall of dirt.
     The old man was growing tired, and his struggle against the vines became more and more feeble. The shifter began to question him again, and he shook his head weakly, tears forming in his eyes. With each unsatisfactory answer, dirt began to fill his mouth, choking him. Maya again jumped up from the bench and Victoria, again, pushed her back down. Every time dirt filled his mouth, he spit it out; but the dirt continued to reappear.
     “She’s killing him,” Maya growled at Victoria. Subconsciously, she noticed that the bench was beginning to shake.
     “She won’t,” Victoria said forcefully, but somewhat unconvincingly.

Author Bio
Faith A. Rice-Mills is the author of Identified: The Maya Price Story and a handful of short stories.  She moonlights as a Spanish teacher,  but has wanted to be a writer since she wrote the poem “The Jackowhipp’s Wail” as an eight-year-old.  Her writer’s spirit resides somewhere between Narnia and Mount Doom, but her physical body lives in Texas with her family.  Besides writing, she loves reading (and will take recommendations!), yoga, coloring with her daughter, and watching Parks and Recreation with her husband.  She dislikes snakes, the word “literally,” and teaching double object pronouns in Spanish.  She is currently working on Burdened, the second book in The Maya Price Story series and is writing whatever short story she has to get out of her brain.
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  1. Thanks for being on the tour, Sophia! :)

    1. No problemo! Thanks for stopping by! :)

  2. Thanks for posting this excerpt and being part of the tour!