Waking up in the morning, for me, is a cruel reminder that it’s all true. My life, the one that won’t let me go, is still here, waiting for me to open my eyes and continue this merry-go-round. Follow my routine that is no longer gifted with light.
I go downstairs, see my dad racing his truck out of our driveway, and know what I’m about to see. My heart goes numb but I push forward. What choice do I have?
She’s on the couch, again, unconscious, so I pick up my mom’s spilt drink that smells of rum, grab a banana and walk out the front door.
As I walk down my driveway to catch my ride from Sky, I think, I wish, I pray. I pray to find hope… happiness, relief, and joy. I want my parents to be normal. Deep down, I know that will never happen. But, if there’s a God, maybe he can help me find a little peace, a little Serenity. It’s a cruel joke, my name, Serenity, because I’m far from it. In fact, I feel more like I am trapped in a cave… of darkness. Away from the sun I long for.
God? Can you here me?
Serenity (Forever, #1)
by India R. Adams
Publication date: July 26th 2016
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
To say I know where this story begins is to say I remember what lifetime started it all…and why. What I do know is this lifetime is hard and cruel…maybe like the rest. That is until I meet him–the light that shines and guides me. To where I don’t know but my soul chooses to follow regardless. I believe it has done this before. I believe I will follow him…forever.
A destructive home life silently tears Serenity, a 16 year old girl, apart until her broken spirit is given a gift in the form of an old journal that sends her a visitor in the night.
Away from the sun I close my eyes
and release myself into the unknown
I hope she is there
I hope she is there…
The cloaked woman teaches Serenity that the lingering feeling of missing a part of her soul, may not be a figment of her imagination and with these words Serenity’s journey, of this lifetime, begins.
The toll on my spirit had slowly broken me down—day by day, night by night, drink by drink, hit by hit—to the limp, fragile, lost girl that Dereck Hamilton . . . carried away.
About the Author
India R Adams is an author/singer/songwriter who has written YA and NA novels such as Blue Waters (A Tainted Waters Novella), My Wolf and Me, Steal Me (A Haunted Roads Novel), Rain (A Stranger in the Woods Novel), Serenity (A Forever Series Novel) and also The Forever Series music.
India was born and raised in Florida but has also been so lucky as to live in Idaho (where she froze but fell in love with the small town life), Austin Texas (where she started her first book, Serenity, and met wonderful artist), and now Murphy, North Carolina (where the mountains have stolen a piece of her heart).
Being a survivor of abuse, has inspired India to let others know they have nothing to be ashamed of. She put her many years of professional theater background to the test and has written fictional stories with a shadow of her personal experiences. She says, “I’m simply finding ways to empower perfect imperfections.”
Another cause India feels needs change, is Sexual Slavery. She has joined forces with jewelers to design beautiful ways to raise money for non-profit organizations. Even though India writes about serious subjects such as domestic violence, sexual abuse, and Human Trafficking, she has a magnificent sense of humor, as do the characters she creates. Perfectly balanced between laughter and tears, her readers see how to empower their own perfect imperfections.