The Sonar Series
Published April 25th 2014
Number of Pages: 240
True Love may cost a price, if the greater good preordains that you are the sacrifice.
There are always two sides to a story. Melanie Wilhelm's begins after she moves from Australia and starts her senior year at Cashmere High. On her first day, she bumps into a mysterious guy, and they form an instant connection. They become friends and he shares his deepest secret with her. As they grow closer, their relationship amplifies and becomes binding. Strange things occur, but instead of worrying, Melanie's feelings intensify.
The excitement of New Year's Eve approaches, and so does Jason's most devastating revelation of all. She learns his ultimate truth and is now spun into his chaotic web. The danger rises and hard choices must be made. By being with Jason, Melanie may have to sacrifice more than her heart. It may cost her life.
Melanie's Evanescent Journey ties into books one and two of The Sonar Trilogy. From spiraling twists to devastating plots, her journey will make you question fate and true love.
Is fate something you can control? Some believe it's in the hands of what you behold.
Work was busy this evening and it was a welcome distraction. I worked as a waitress with Ebony at the Burger Grill. It was a small, family-owned diner. It had been around for over forty years. Ebony had gotten me on a few weeks ago.
“How was your day?” Ebony asked as we were putting our aprons on.
“I’m getting used to the flow of school. How was yours?”
“It will be better once this shift is over. I’m bloated and cramping today.”
“Did you take some medicine?”
“Yes, but it hasn’t kicked in yet. Any luck with J?”
“Not sure. We talked some.”
“At least he is talking with you. It’s a good sign.”
“I hope so.”
“People are getting seated in our sections. We’d better get to our tables,” she said.
We tended to our tables, and around an hour later, Ebony tapped me on my shoulder.
“Look what the cat dragged in. I sat him in your section,” she said and giggled. I saw Jason across the room, sitting with his brother and sister.
“Thanks a lot,” I said, sarcastically. Now I would have to face him again.
“You’re welcome,” she replied still laughing and walked off.
I took in a deep breath and went to their table.
“Hi guys, I’m Melanie. What can I get for you this evening?”
Jason looked up in surprise and blushed slightly, making my stomach do a somersault. Their sister said, “Hi Melanie. We get to formally meet now, I’m Harmony. And I will have a Coke.”
She and her brother did look exactly alike. “Are you guys twins?” I blurted out.
“Yes,” her brother replied. “Nice to meet you, Melanie. I’m Jaden. How do you like Cashmere so far?”
“It’s okay, but slightly different from school in Australia.”
“I love your accent,” Jaden said.
“Thanks.” Jaden was handsome, but his brother was gorgeous.
“Melanie, how long have you been working here? My siblings and I come here often,” Jason interrupted and appeared to give his brother an evil glare.
“For just a few weeks.”
He looked like wanted to ask something else but didn’t.
“What can I get you guys to drink?” I didn’t want to stand there making goo-goo eyes at him.
“I will have a Coke,” Jaden said.
“And I will have a Sprite,” Jason replied.
“Coming right up.”
I brought them back their drinks, took their food order, and took care of my other tables. A little while later Ebony stood next to me, waiting on her order.
“I’ve noticed he keeps staring at you.”
“You know who. Jason.”
“Don’t you have tables to tend to?” I replied playfully.
“I just thought you should know.”
She winked at me and took her food order. He was eating a French fry. Gosh, he even looked sexy doing that. He caught my eye and signaled for me to come over.
“We’d like the check, please,” Harmony said.
“Sure,” I answered, pulling out the bill and placing it on the table.
“So Melanie, are you seeing anyone?” Jaden asked.
Excuse me! He was very direct. I had just met him. Harmony giggled, and Jason turned red. I cleared my throat. “No, not at the moment. Why?”
“Maybe we can hang out sometimes,” he replied with a smile. He leaned back and folded his arms behind his head, waiting for an answer. Harmony was amused, and Jason looked aggravated.
“Um no. Absolutely not.”
“Geez, well why not?”
“Because Ebony’s my friend first off, and second, I have my eye on someone else.”
“Oh, sorry. I didn’t know you guys were friends,” he replied, looking remorseful.
“Yeah, we are good friends,” I said, walking off.
I went to the kitchen and glanced back at their table. Harmony and Jason were laughing. Jaden appeared annoyed. Served him right. It was obvious he thought he was Mr. Casanova.
“What was Jaden talking to you about?” Ebony asked.
“Nothing much, the usual. He noticed my accent and wondered where I was from,” I lied. I wasn’t about to tell her he was flirting. He did apologize when he realized we were friends though, so maybe he wasn’t a total douche. I glanced back over to my section, but they were gone.
* * *
After my shift I stopped at the corner store. There were only a few cars in the parking lot, and no one in sight. I headed to my car, and hit the alarm. Before I could get the door open someone grabbed me from behind. I struggled against them, and fought with all my might, but he dragged me into the side alley. Another person charged from the side, and then something hit me in the head. I fell to the ground, and touched my throbbing wound. It was dark with only the side light from the building, so I couldn’t see the blood clearly. But I could feel the liquid stickiness on my fingers. I squinted in the dim light, straining to see my attackers, but I couldn’t see any facial features. They were blurry. They appeared to be males with short hair, and their broad body frame.
“Leave me alone!”
One man’s response was a kick to my stomach. I gasped and cringed in pain. Why was this happening to me? I had been told that burglaries and assault hardly ever happened on this side of town. Me and my rotten luck were going to make the crime rate sky rocket. Taking a deep breath, I gathered my courage, and tried to get up. One of the men pushed me back down. I saw an object in his hand, the silver color bounced off of the light. It was a knife. I had to find a way out of this. Heat pulsed through my body as I glared into his eyes. And fear consumed me with the black depths of them, dark as midnight. The other man held me down, and I fought to get out of his grasp. The one with the blade leaned closer to me. He didn’t have on a mask, but I still couldn’t make out his features. He was faceless. He thrust the blade against my neck. The pain was sharp, and tears sprang into my eyes.
“Please stop! Why are you doing this?”
He snorted. “Because the greater good has preordained it.”
Before I could contemplate his strange explanation he slit the knife against my throat.
Character Name: Bryan Romeland
Character Bio: Prince of Kadan
Heir to the throne of Nazari
Husband of Shiray Romeland
Fire– The ability to conjure fire through the palm of his hand.
Fire Ignition– The ability to make matter explode.
Describe yourself what is your worst and best quality?
I am a very direct person. I’m used to getting my way. If I want something I go after it and make it happen. I don’t like taking no for an answer.
I love my wife and family. I would do anything to protect and keep them safe.
What is the one thing you wish other people knew about you?
I fight for what I believe is right.
What is your biggest secret something no one knows about?
Well, I can’t tell you that. Then it wouldn’t be a secret anymore. Lol.
What are you most afraid of?
Getting old, which should be the least of my worries. I definitely have bigger problems with my planet at war and all. Plus, my race, the Kadanans, live on average to be 300 years old.
What do you want more than anything?
For my wife to forgive me.
What is your relationship status?
I am married and praying to stay that way. We’ll see what happens in book #2. It seems that fate is out to get me. It always throws obstacles in my path.
How would you describe your sense of fashion?
My fashion is high class, although I prefer to dress causal. But I have to keep up with the Joneses, or my father would pop a blood vessel.
How much of a rebel are you?
I was raised on tradition, politics, and stern rules because of my heritage. But if I don’t agree with something, I won’t do it. That has caused a lot of arguments between my father and me.
What do you considered to be your greatest achievement?
I think one of my greatest achievements has been the rebuilding of my planet, Kadan after so much destruction.
What is your idea of happiness?
I am very family-oriented. I want my wife to be happy. I believe in that Earth saying: a happy wife means a happy life. I want to raise a family with my wife. And for my children to be able to grow up with their mother, since we both lost ours at an early age.
What is your current state of mind?
Well, that depends on which book you are reading. Lol.
Book # 1, Sonar The Crashing, I’m all over the place emotionally. I am mostly confused and frustrated. By the end of book one, I am back on track, confident, and I have high hopes for the future.
In Melanie’s Evanescent Journey #1.5, I start off shy, which is the total opposite of my personality. But at that time I have amnesia so I can’t remember who I really am. As the story progresses I grow frustrated. I am also nervous about the outcome of what could happen if Melanie found out my secret.
What is your most treasured possession?
My most treasured possession is Shiray Romeland, my wife.
What is your most marked characteristic?
I am not sure about the answer to this question. I would like feedback from you guys of what you think my most marked characteristic is. Please read my story and get back with me.
What is it that you, most dislike?
All the heartache my planet Kadan, has had to suffer.
Which living person do you, most despise?
King Zeus Alexzander, ruler of Polaris.
What is your greatest regret?
My greatest regret has been to kill someone. Even if he or she is an enemy, it doesn’t make it any easier.
Also, the pain I have caused the two women I love.
What is the quality you most like in a man?
That’s hard to say since I am a man myself. Lol. But I have learned that woman like honesty.
What is the quality you most like in a woman?
A woman who is not afraid to fight for what she wants.
Who is your favorite hero in fiction?
I don’t really have one, I live on Kadan. And when I lived on Earth for slightly less than three years, I was into car races.
Which living person do you most admire?
Shiray Romeland and Melanie Wilhelm. They are the two women who have made me who I am today.
If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?
My bad temper. But I doubt that will ever change.
What is your motto?
My motto is Valondra Romeland, my beloved mother who will always be in my heart. She is my motto because she taught me morals and values. Also to stand up for what I believe in. And most importantly to forgive those who do wrong by you.
I have wanted to be an author since I was fifteen years old and grateful to have accomplished this dream. I have three wonderful children and a husband who defines the person I am today. I work full-time as an Ultrasound technologist in Sugarland, Texas.
I have very vivid dreams and a wild imagination. I like to read, watch tons of TV shows, and movies. I’m addicted to romance and get a thrill out of action and suspense. I write New Adult Fantasy and Sci-fi
In the Sonar series it was fun to explore different elements of Sci-fi romance and create various realms of powers for my characters. I want to show my readers that Sci-fi can be fun, but also traumatic. I hope you guys enjoy the Sonar Series.