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STARSEED by JUDE WILLHOFF
Star Traveler Series – Book One
He’s not what she expected…
Starseed is a paranormal romantic suspense about Elle Thomas, a hairstylist with psychic abilities. When her hometown of Sweetwater, Colorado is suddenly plagued by UFO sightings, cattle mutilations, abductions and murder, fear is in the hearts of its citizens. Because of her abilities, Elle is shunned. An orphan found in the wilderness, strangely drawn to the stars, she has always been taunted by her peers about being part alien. It’s the last thing she’d ever wanted to be, but her strong psychic abilities make things worse than ever for her. When she meets a handsome mysterious stranger, Kole Stith, her attraction to him is overwhelming and she can’t understand why the feelings aren’t mutual. Her abilities tell her otherwise.
She’s what he never knew he always wanted…
Confirmed bachelor Kole Stith is sent to Earth to retrieve a Starseed—Elle Thomas, and the Dropa Stones—disks that hold secrets of the universe and return them to the Ancient One. Kole discovers he possesses human emotions and falls for Elle. But he must put his feelings aside and discover who is abducting and murdering the citizens of Sweetwater to prove his people aren’t to blame. And fulfill his mission on Earth: Together, a pure Elle and Kole are the only hope to heal the endangered planet’s polluted waters.
Starseed is a Romantic Suspense with a twist of Paranormal. Aliens need love, too! Who knew? Elle and Kole must travel to other worlds to discover their strength and love for each other.
STARSEED by JUDE WILLHOFF
Star Traveler Series – Book One
10 Years Later
A few miles outside Sweetwater, Colorado
Damn, we should’ve stopped at that last excuse for a town. Driving home from Denver at night, across the desolate high plains of Colorado a blowing sandstorm came out of nowhere. Elle Thomas gripped the steering wheel so tightly her knuckles turned white. If she wasn’t careful, she’d kill herself and her best friend, Sara Banks. She slowed the car. Her body started to tingle and she drew in a shuddering breath. No, not now! The familiar sensation had her sixth sense working overtime.
Without warning, a bright light blazed through the blinding sand pitting against her windshield. Elle instinctively slammed the brakes to the floor but the car refused to obey. She slid off the road, jerking against the seatbelt. Elle turned to Sara and squinted for a better view. “Do you see that?”
“Yes, what is it? I’ve never seen anything like it.” Sara held on to the dash with both hands.
Out of the darkness, the brilliant glare broke into three bright lights similar to those of a freight train and barreled toward them, growing larger by the second.
Eyes narrowing, Sara stared through the swirling sand. “It’s going to hit us.” She screamed.
Black fright swept through Elle as she pressed her foot against the accelerator. The engine whined and tires dug deeper in the sand. They were trapped. Her breath caught in her throat, leaving her woozy. Forcing her mind to focus, she watched the lights rush toward them. Adrenaline pumped through her veins. “This can’t be real.” The strange lights engulfed the car. Elle threw her arms in front of her face. Sara screamed, again.
Yet, nothing hit them. Elle watched the large black mass with pulsating lights stop before them in the dim glow from the headlights. It silently rose and hovered over the car, showering them with more blinding white light. The radio died. The dash went dark. The engine ground to a halt and the headlights blinked out. “Oh, crap,” Elle said. A haunting childhood memory rushed in. She’d been through this before. Go away!
The only sound was their labored breathing and the howling wind hammering sand against the car. Elle’s chest pounded like a thrashing machine stuck in high gear. A bad taste of rusty pennies trickled down her throat from where she’d bit her lip when they hit the ditch.
The last time the aliens had left her with the ability to foretell the future. She didn’t know how she did it. It just happened. Growing up, the other kids had treated her like a freak. Now what was in store for her?
Fear, stark and vivid glittered in Sara’s brown eyes as she leaned against the passenger side door. She pushed the straight brown hair away from her face and scooted across the seat to grab Elle’s arm. “Oh, God. What is it?”
“I’m not sure,” Elle whispered, glancing at her friend. Sara couldn’t handle the truth. They huddled together, holding each other for comfort. The silent, pulsating colors shone through the car’s glass moon-roof as if looking for something…or someone.
“Starseed. It is time.”
The thought burst forth in Elle’s mind. They’re after me. She swallowed…hard and shivered in anticipation of the worst. No! I won’t go. Please go away! In self-defense she locked the car doors.
To Buy A Book….
You may purchase a print edition or e-reader copy of Starseed, Book One of the Star Traveler Series or any other of Jude’s books at www.judewillhof.com or www.amazon.com
Some of Jude Willhoff’s earliest and happiest memories are of reading and writing. She started reading at an early age. Being an only daughter and living out in the country far from friends, she had to find other outlets for entertainment. In good weather, she’d climb into her tree house with a book and be content for hours hidden among the branches. In lousy weather, she was happy to spend time in her room, reading, or writing in her journal.
At one time, she thought she’d like to be an investigative reporter, but became sidetracked in college. A husband, children and life have a way of changing things. The years slipped by and Jude didn’t consider writing again until she was faced with a health crisis. “It started out as a low back ache. I thought I’d pulled a muscle. The pain down my hips and legs became severe and within six months I was unable to walk without assistance. I became totally dependent on others and had to take debilitating medication to enable me to live with the pain. A horrible time.” With the future looking bleak, Jude began writing in her journal to save her sanity.
To make a long story short, eventually Jude was diagnosed with Arachnoiditis, a noncurable progressive disease of the spinal cord, which causes constant, excruciating pain. Finally, after much searching, she found relief from her constant pain with a Medtronic spinal cord implant, Advanced Pain Therapy Neurostimulation, which gave her life back. But she was unable to go back to work as a freelance artist doing make-up, hair, wardrobe, and special effects for movies, commercials, and documentaries. However, she does have screen credit for the films she worked on and if you happen to play pool, check out her status with the Billiard Congress of America. She earned recognition as a National Eight-ball champion before becoming physically challenged. It was difficult for Jude to face the fact she had to leave behind a career and things she loved. After two major back surgeries and a spinal cord implant, today she controls the pain, is drug free, and people don’t know Jude lives with chronic pain on a daily basis unless she tells them.
She was asked to join Rose-Colored Ink, a local critique group that evolved from a Romance Writers of America chapter, Pikes Peak Romance Writers and she began writing seriously. Jude has been the recipient of numerous awards for her novels in contemporary romance and books of nonfiction.
By day, Jude works alongside her husband with their real estate investments. “Though I could always use more time to write, the hours spent working with the real estate are never dull and are a constant source of ideas for plots and characters.”
By night, she writes contemporary romance and nonfiction. Jude has served for several years on Pikes Peak Romance Writers’ board and received PPRW’s Volunteer of the Year award. She is an active member of Romance Writers of America, Pikes Peak Romance Writers, Colorado Romance Writers, Heart of Denver Romance Writers and Pikes Peak Writers
Currently, Jude resides in Colorado Springs, Colorado with her beloved husband, Rob, and their longhaired orange and white cat, Sheldon. She is the mother of four and grandmother to six precious granddaughters who keep her busy when she’s not writing.
Links to Jude’s website, blog, books, etc.
All of my books can be found on my website at www.judewillhoff.com or www.amazon.com
Sweet Home Colorado Series:
Book One: No Direction Home (Link: http://amzn.com/B00G7HUW80)
Book Two: Fly Away Home (Link: http://amzn.com/B00G7HNCZU)
Book Three: Home Sweet Home (Link: http://amzn.com/B00G7REBGO)
Writing Secrets of 33 Bestselling Romance Authors (Link: http://amzn.com/B00G715A9K)
Living Well With Chronic Pain (Link: http://amzn.com/B00G714MQM)
**SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Jude will give away an e-copy of her book, STARSEED, to one reader who comments on her Monday Interview or Wednesday Book Bench blogs. Don’t miss this chance to read this story. Thanks, Jude, for sharing your story with us!