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Book #1 in THE HUNTED series
Because of what you are, the Believers will hunt you down.
Voices told Lucas Darby to run. Voices no one else can hear. He's warned his sister not to look for him, but Rayne refuses to let her troubled brother vanish on the streets of LA. In her desperate search, she meets Gabriel Stewart, a runaway with mysterious powers and far too many secrets. Rayne can't explain her crazy need to trust the strange yet compelling boy--to touch him--to protect him even though he scares her.
A fanatical church secretly hunts psychic kids--gifted "Indigo" teens feared to be the next evolution of mankind--for reasons only "the Believers" know. Now Rayne's only hope is Gabe, who is haunted by an awakening power--a force darker than either of them imagine--that could doom them all. They are our future--if they survive...
Indigo Awakening – Main Character Bios
There is a fuller cast of characters in Indigo Awakening (Book #1 in the Hunted series), but here are the bios of the main ones in the order in which they appear in the book. It was especially fun to have more boys to write and it became a challenge to give each one a unique voice that I could hear in my head. I have fallen in love with each of them and worry that they won’t come out of this unscathed in some way. I’m writing book #2 now – Crystal Storm – and I am definitely worried. ~ Jordan Dane
Lucas Darby is fifteen, tall and lanky, with long hair and beautiful gray eyes that match his sister Rayne’s. He’s an evolving Crystal child who has been stunted by his time locked up in a mental hospital and emotionally innocent. Drugs were used to control him and have taken a toll. At his young age, he’s manifested his Crystal child abilities early and becomes a huge target for the Believers to hunt him down. They want to “study” him, but that’s never a good thing. Lucas’s potential is similar to the gifts that Gabriel Stewart has, but Lucas also shows the ability to read other people’s memories. This psychic gift is called Retro-cognition. Crystal children tend to be more benevolent and peace loving by nature and Lucas is no exception. He’s at odds with Kendra’s warrior nature to protect their kind. Once he sees how far the Believers will go to destroy innocent lives, Lucas will be forced to take a stand he’s not prepared for.
Rayne Darby has learned the life of a loner out of necessity. She’s a spunky, emancipated minor at seventeen. Her parents died in a plane crash and left her older sister Mia to deal with the family money, trust funds, and the aftermath of caring for their mentally troubled brother, Lucas. When the sisters argued over Lucas’s care, after Mia committed him to a mental facility, Rayne filed for her independence and moved out to live on her own. She and Lucas are very close. She would do anything for her younger brother. Rayne is a quietly strong character who has learned to stand on her own, even though she makes mistakes. She rides a vintage Harley motorcycle, cares for her ‘roommate,’ her pet Iguana Floyd Zilla, and she likes gummy bears in her cereal.
Gabriel Stewart is eighteen and has a faint British accent. He’s tall and well-built, with long hair and honey amber eyes. He looks like a rocker and is partial to wearing T-shirts from local rock bands in LA and hoodie sweatshirts to cover his face when he doesn’t want to be seen. Gabe has a very mysterious past that will unfold during the series. For part of his childhood, he was “on the run” with his mother, Kathryn, and led a very strange nomadic life in their chosen line of work (which I can’t talk about without spoilers). Gabriel is the most powerful Crystal child. He thought he was an Indigo, like his British mother, but after he meets Lucas’s sister, Rayne, and links to the collective hive mind through Lucas (another Crystal child), he is gripped by a metamorphosis that he can’t stop. He can connect his consciousness through animals and the dead, but his powers evolve into much more. I can’t say too much about his abilities without giving away strong elements to the story, but Gabe is seriously cool. His faithful companion is his dead dog, Hellboy.
Kendra Walker is an Indigo who has become a modern day Joan of Arc at seventeen. She’s strong and rebellious, driven to protect the Indigos right to live. She has the ability to connect with other Indigos, to draw them to her and track them, but only with a limited range and often with one-way communication from her to them. She is a healer and uses herbs and her garden to not only feed her street family, but she also hears the voices of “the others” through her plants, especially as she tends her garden. Kendra has a past she is deathly afraid the other Indigos will find out about and she knows she’s unworthy to lead them because of that secret, but she is driven to defend them anyway. She believes Lucas is the next coming of Christ and would die to protect him, for the good of all Indigos.
Rafael Santana is a street kid who communes with the dead and easily connects into the spirit world. His swarthy good looks make him easy on the eyes, but that’s not how he sees himself. After years of abuse at the hands of his father, when he left home after his old man nearly killed him, he’s been living on the streets of LA and learning even harder lessons. But once he met Kendra, he found a new kind of home. He’s eighteen and is the heart and soul of Kendra’s Indigo family, a simple guy so desperate to have a real family of his own, that he takes on the role of big brother to an abused homeless kid, ten-year old Benny. Although Benny isn’t psychic, these two are inseparable kindred spirits. Rafe is beyond wishing anything for himself, but he doesn’t wallow in self-pity over how his life turned out. Instead he takes on the responsibility of caring for a young boy and no one comes between him and Benny, not even his beloved Kendra and her Indigo rebellion.
Here is a FUN CHARACTER FACTOID you might find interesting. I conducted a playlist contest not long ago where a book blogger won the prize of being named as a character in Indigo Awakening—O’Dell from the amazing Book Twirps. http://www.booktwirps.com After O’Dell sent me a list of his unique quirks (his obsession over Chinese food, his fear of snakes, and his lifelong desire to have his own bunker, etc), I had such fun creating his character, that I made him a villain. Bad boy O’Dell will be in book #2 of the Hunted series, Crystal Storm. What does the real O’Dell think about his character? In a recent tweet, he said, “I love how you made me such a meathead.” A glowing endorsement if I ever read one.
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