Absolutely Almost Human (The Bot Trials #1)

It’s been a blast jumping into the fun-filled world of middle grade writing. I’m super excited to introduce Bot to you all.

Here’s the blurb and a sneak peak into the first few lines of the story….

Eleven-year-old Robert “Bot” Trials comes to terms with becoming a cyborg—the very thing that has turned his friends and their families against him.

His desperate need to prove he can be a normal human boy pairs him with an unlikely friend: the mysterious girl who just moved into the Haunted House on the Hill. The bullies, haters, and frightening urban legends won’t stand in their way of finding a talking dog that showed up the same time mystery girl did.

With his wacky new friend and his long time best friend at his side, they set out on an adventure that leads them into a world of secret societies and technology warfare. Everything spirals out of control when deadly family secrets are exposed.

Secrets that could kill them all.

 

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THE DAY I DIDN’T DIE

Lightning flashed, and the entire, beaten-down house on the hill was visible in the blast of yellow. The shattered windows on the main floor morphed into dark mouths with jagged glass teeth. Ones that could chomp anything to shreds.

Thunder clapped. My tree house roof rattled. I stepped away from the telescope and held my breath to listen.

Wind howled, moaning through the gaps in the walls of my little hideaway. Branches scraped along the wooden roof.

Like a monster clawing its way in.

A monster sent by The House.

Watcher of the Realms Chapter 32

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Chapter 32

“Riley, boy of no origin, you showed much bravery. Risking Earth’s demise, not only to return a lost soul to his mother, but also because you refused to sacrifice those who hurt you—no matter how deserving—to save Earth.” The King nodded at me. “That demonstrates much compassion. Whether these scientists intended to create it or not, it is there. You belong in no Realm, yet can freely travel to them all. This is a great responsibility.”

I gulped, still clinging to Janet. No, to Mom. My mother. She was my mom.

“I will grant your request to spare the Realm of the Humans if you agree to one thing.”

Tish grabbed my hand and smiled.

“What is it, sir?” I asked.

“You will become my Realm Watcher. You, your family, and your human friend. You are all charged with monitoring Realm Jumpers. While it’s forbidden, it happens. And when it does, damage to all Realms occurs. You, for example, are a result of such things.”

“Wait a minute.” Jeff stepped in front of me. “What’s that mean?”

The King grinned. “We will get to that. I think Riley has questions?”

“The scientists got the DNA from those who have Jumped illegally,” I said.

“Yes.” He glanced down. “As you mentioned earlier, there are creatures on every Realm who make poor decisions. They don’t realize the consequences ripple through every Realm.”

“I think some do,” Tish said.

“Evil, greed, desire, it grows everywhere, leading to actions that cannot be undone.”

“Your son,” I whispered.

He looked at me for a long, long time. “They have caused much grief. I was blinded by it. Nearly stepped down a course that would have been most regrettable.”

“I assume you mean destroying the Earth?” Janet asked, still holding my hand. And Tish’s. Hope was on the other side of her with Braeden standing close.

“Thank you, Riley. Your bravery showed me the error of my ways.”

“You’re welcome, sir.” Wow. The King was thanking me. Earth was saved. My family was here. I couldn’t believe it. “What will happen to the scientists?”

“What would you like?” The King asked.

“To find out more about me. My fathers and my mother, too. I would very much like to know more about what I am. Why I was created with the ability to use this.” I clutched the chain holding The Coin around my neck.

With all the unconsciousness, Jumping and fighting I was lucky I hadn’t lost it.

“I suspect you will not always need it.”

“Excuse me?”

The King leaned forward in his throne. “You, I suspect, are not done developing your unusual set of skills. But, should you accept my offer, you and you alone will have my permission to Jump Realms as needed to bring violators to justice.”

“Justice?” Janet asked.

“To bring them before me.” His voice boomed.

“And what will you do with them?” I asked.

His beard jiggled. He was smiling, or maybe laughing? “Nothing regrettable.”

Braeden stepped beside Mom. We all stood together, shoulder-to-shoulder-to-shoulder, facing off with The King. A creature with the power to blink out a whole world with the snap of his fingers.

And he wanted us. A group of misfit genetic freaks and humans to help him govern the Realms. Yikes.

I looked at Jeff and he dipped his head. Janet smiled. “I stand by what I said earlier, honey. Whatever you decide, I’ll love you.”

“Um…I don’t know what to do. The other Realms. How—”

“Say yes, and you will be trained. Your friend and family will be your support.” He pointed to Tish. “And you, little girl…”

She turned into me, shaking.

The King grinned. “You, my dear, will be their eyes.”

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Watcher of the Realms Chapter 31

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Chapter 31

“They’re dead!” Tish screamed. “Mom!”

I whipped around and faced The King. He remained on his throne, watching me with those arrogant red eyes. No expression on his face.

He’d wiped out Earth—my family—without even batting an eye?

My heart exploded into a pounding so hard my chest burned. Clenched so tight, my jaw throbbed. Nails bit into my palms as I fisted my hands.

“You killed them.” Tears stung my eyes. Tish and I were truly alone. The King had no right. No mercy. He didn’t deserve to rule.

I stepped toward him.

He titled his head and whispered, “There’s the Barbarian in you.”

This was not fair. None of this was. How I was created. His son dying. Everyone the scientists hurt. My family—

Janet’s face flashed before my eyes. You’re so sweet, Riley. You have a big heart.

She’d told me that more than once. Even though I wasn’t human, she treated me like one. They all did. They loved me.

But she wouldn’t like this anger and hate rampaging through my body right now. I didn’t like it. Darkness. Pain. Everything felt heavy.

I stopped and looked back at Tish. She lay on the marble floor, hugging her stuffed monkey, crying. Heat flared to life in my chest again. I swallowed it back.

She needed me. I had to take care of her.

“It takes a strong will to beat back the Barbarian rage.” The King stood.

“Hurting you solves nothing.” I glanced back to where the screen was, hoping it’d flicker my family’s images. That they’d be okay. That this was a nightmare.

“As if you could hurt me, boy,” The King said. “You have no idea what it takes to rule the Realms. All its inhabitants. You think I like punishing my people.”

“You didn’t punish them. You ended them,” I yelled. Tears burned. I refused to cry in front of him. Never. I would stay strong.

He slammed his staff against the marble floor. The screen appeared again, but this time images of The King and a boy filled it. The boy was small but looked like The King. Laughing, The King launched the boy into the air. Giggles that sounded a lot like Tish’s filled the throne room. Echoed off the marble.

Cut right to my chest. “Your son,” I whispered.

Tish took my hand and held Alastair in her other one. Tears ran down her cheeks. Her nose was red and so were her eyes.

“Phael.” The King stood beside me, watching the supernatural screen.

His long beard lay along his armor, nearly reaching his belly. His knuckles whitened as he squeezed his staff.

“Feel better now that you vaporized the Realm that killed him?” I swallowed the lump in my throat.

Killed them. He…killed everyone on Earth.

The King grunted.

“Was it worth it?” My voice cracked.

The dam of tears burst open. My knees met the hard floor, and I hugged Tish. Everyone was gone.

“You reap what you sow,” The King whispered.

“I don’t even know what that means.” And I wish he’d quit saying it.

“How you live your life. The choices you make. It comes back on you.” The King stepped away, and the screen vanished.

He sat down on his golden throne, rested his head back and closed his eyes. He’d just wiped out my Realm and now he was going to take a little nap?

I looked around, not really sure what to do other than hold on to Tish. The marble went all the way to the ceiling. From what I could see behind the throne there might have been a couple of doors, but I had no clue where they’d lead me.

I didn’t have anywhere to go, anyway. Nobody to help me. What would happen now?

“Mercy and compassion.” The King scrubbed his face. “Determination and courage. Makings of a great leader.”

He was missing the mercy and compassion part for sure.

“Despite the horrors you faced, the pain you experienced, and how you were created, your heart remains pure. Compassionate. Injustice grieves you.” He cleared his throat. “Therefore, you will reap what you sow.”

He jammed his staff against the floor. Lightning flashed. I grabbed Tish, blinking through the blue spots in my vision.

“Riley!” Janet yelled.

I turned around, taking Tish with me, and there was my family.

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