Ana Unbound, the second book of The Protectors trilogy is pouring out of me. I almost didn't do NaNoWriMo this year, but I'm glad I changed my mind. The words are coming out pretty easy so far. Which I don't believe has anything to do with writing talent; rather it's a result of how excited I am about the story.

Here's the synopsis and excerpt I posted on my Author page at NaNoWriMo...


Ana Eloise Bertrand, after centuries of anguish and torment, has finally thwarted the Horsemen and bound the destructive powers of the ancient book of power. At least that's what she thought.

Now she's unbound from the great book and alone with her father on a strange new world. Events bigger than she could have ever imagined have been set into play by an unknown power, and she may just have inadvertently delivered herself and the key to the universe right into their hands.

But if they think for a minute that little Ana Eloise is going to play by their rules, they've got another thing coming.


He shook his head again. Ana could see the lights turning on in his eyes. It was as though she were watching all the gears of a long dormant machine falling into place, turning for the first time in ages.

“Gabriel said that once they had activated the higher functions of the book and delivered the first, they would be granted immortality and allowed to rule however they chose. I didn’t understand at the time, and frankly I thought he was full of shit, but they had been promised these things as long as they delivered. And I think they have, although inadvertently.” He laughed again. “Of course you made sure they wouldn’t benefit from their treachery.”

“Delivered what?”

He grabbed her by the shoulders. “You. Don’t you see? They activated the higher functions, which is what made it possible for you to open this portal. Afterwards you delivered yourself.”

“That’s crazy. Delivered to whom? There’s nobody here.”

“Not yet, but I have a hunch that somewhere, somehow, someone is aware of our presence and that the way has been opened.”

Frederick scooped up his pack and hefted it over his shoulder.

“Wait a minute. You can’t really believe all this.”

He looked back at her. “I do, and I think deep down you believe it too.” His eyes pierced hers. “Come on, Ana. Something beyond our understanding is at play here, and we need to get moving before we become pawns in a game not of our own design.”

He was already halfway to the foothills before she caught up with him. “So what are we going to do?”

“We’re going to get to that damn metallic whatever it is before they think we can, and then we’re going to get the upper hand.”

“Before who thinks we can?”

There was a fire in his eyes now. “Whoever made that centuries old deal with the Horsemen.”


  1. Looks like you've got off to a great start, Josh. Ana's story needed to continue.


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