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Riddle of Fate by Tania Johansson

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Riddle of Fate by Tania Johansson
Publication date: May 29th 2014
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult


Khaya’s life, a life the Order say was never meant to be, is thrown into turmoil when she discovers she has a second ability. The Company who employs people like her – with rare and special abilities – insists that having more than one inevitably leads down a dark spiral into madness. So they are watching and waiting, ready to terminate her at the first sign of trouble.

Now, on the run from the Company’s agents while trying to prove her sanity, Khaya realises they are not the only ones she should fear. Angels are working towards her demise as well.

The question that haunts her is this: What did she do that was terrible enough to elicit the wrath of angels? And can she trust the mysterious Derrin, or is he the cause of all her tribulations?

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“What do you mean? What did you see?”

“Someone leaving the house,” he said, pointing to what she assumed was Leena’s house.

“Maybe she just had a visitor,” she said doubtfully.

“A visitor who wiped and then sheathed a knife as he left her house? You reckon she had someone over to butcher a chicken for her?”

A chill went down her spine and she peered round the corner. “We are a long way from the house still. Are you sure of what you saw?”

He nodded and she took off running towards the house. “Wait!” he called. “Where are you going?”

“She might be hurt.”

She didn’t look round, but she heard him following. She’d hoped he would. She was terrified. Not that she would admit that to him.

The door was ajar and she pushed it open. “Leena!” she called. When there was no answer she went in, searching through the house and calling out, Merrit on her heels. “Keep it down, Khaya,” he hissed in a whisper. “We don’t know if that man will be coming back. Or if there could be someone else in here.”

She didn’t pay him any mind and continued calling out. She stopped dead in her tracks as she got to the top of the stairs. Pieces of glass lay strewn across the floor. By the look of one of the larger pieces, she thought it was probably a drinking glass. Or two. “Leena! Are you up here? It’s Khaya.” There was no answer apart from the exasperated snort from Merrit.

She gingerly walked on, glass crunching under her shoes. She peered into the bedroom. Someone – she assumed it was Leena – was in the bed. “Leena?” she said, softly this time. “Are you sleeping?”

Merrit tugged at Khaya’s arm. “Come on. Let’s get out of here.”

With a disgusted grunt, she snatched her arm away from him and walked up to the foot of the bed. Leena’s long brown tresses were spread out on the pillow in disarray. The blanket was pulled up high, concealing her face. Khaya crept around the bed, a sense of dread twisting her stomach.

About the Author

I grew up in a small town called Ficksburg in South Africa and moved with my family to England aged fifteen.

I then completed my schooling through a correspondence course from South Africa. This challenging time taught me a lot of self-discipline and determination. Qualities that have been invaluable while writing my first novel.

In 2004 I started studying optometry at Aston University in Birmingham, UK and currently I live and work as an optician in Kent.

In 2008, I married my wonderful husband, Tor. He has been such an amazing support and wealth of internet wizardry from when I started writing through to designing a cover for Book of Remembrance, to publishing my book on amazon as well as setting up my website. I cannot thank him enough.

Reading has always been one of my passions. I have fond memories of trawling through the library aged five (yes I was a geek from a young age!). More recently, I found myself wondering about the process writers must go through to complete a novel. I started thinking about how they would go about planning out a story and keeping track of all the various aspects of it. Finally, I decided to try my theories out. I have not looked back since!

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