By: Molly M Hall
Series: Dark Prophecy Book 1
My Copy: Ebook for Tour
"They say the truth can set you free. I found out it can kill you."
Seventeen-year-old Kat Matheson has never revealed the dark secret that sets her apart from everyone else: She can see and hear the dead. Until now, she has been able to ignore the strange apparitions and whispering voices. But it may not be that simple anymore. Haunted by eerie visions and increasingly frightening nightmares, Kat begins to fear she may be the target of a dark and ominous force from beyond the grave. Complicating matters is the arrival of her new neighbor, a young man she instinctively distrusts but is inexplicably drawn to. Gorgeous and mysterious, he seems to hold a disturbing knowledge of her long-held secrets.
As she desperately tries to maintain control, events take an unexpected and violent turn. Discovering that nothing is what it seems and that herpsychic abilities may involve far more than just communing with the dead, Kat may be forced to confront her worst fears and the powerful curse that controls her destiny.
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There are many things that makes a book a great read: amazing male characters, strong women, action, love, drama, and every once and a while, a book that really introduces you to its characters and the action starts just a few chapters before it ends. That was the Reckoning for me. Normally, I enjoy a book that starts off with drama or action from the beginning. I live for those kinds of books. But Hall takes a different approach and really lets the readers get invested into the characters. I got to know them before anything happened so when small drama pockets where presented, I knew how they were going to act. It was brilliant because it made me feel like I was a part of the story. Kat’s neighborhood, I can see it in my head. Her house, her school, or Lovell’s house, the layout is in my brain.
During the book, you have no idea why this is all happening to Kat or if these people in her life are apart of all of this. Kat has a completely normal life, besides seeing ghosts. But when you hit that chapter and find out everything, it all completely makes sense.
Hall takes the time and sets you up because about five chapters before the book ends, the action starts and when you get to the last page, you will wish you had the second book ready.
More about Molly Hall:
Molly M Hall is the author of Reckoning, the first novel in the Dark Prophecy series. She has spent most of her life in Colorado and currently lives just outside of Denver. She pursued a degree in English Literature at Columbia College, and worked in the corporate world for several years before turning to writing full time.
When not reading or writing, she can be found shopping for awesome boots, listening to music, exercising, working on her very inadequate French, playing piano, or looking for inspiring landscapes to photograph. More at: mollymhall.com
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A One-on-One Chat with Lovell Ambrose
When I first sat down with Lovell Ambrose, the young man who befriends Kat in Reckoning, I wasn't sure what to expect. I'd heard he was handsome; intelligent mysterious; aloof. And after meeting him, I found that he is all of those things. But there is something more—an elusive, intriguing quality that is hard to pin down. I can understand why Kat is so drawn to him. He kindly agreed to meet me at his home in Denver. After greeting me at the door, he invited me into his small dining room. Settling onto two straight-backed chairs, the interview began. Always polite, always charming, he answered all my questions and even asked some of his own. He was open and forthright and never played at being evasive. But I walked away feeling as though there is a great deal he hasn't revealed, and that, somehow, he knew more about me in ten minutes than I will ever know about him.
Hi, Lovell. Thanks for agreeing to speak with me today.
No problem. I'm glad to do it.
I'd like to start by talking a little about your background. You recently moved to Denver from Boston, is that right?
Yeah, I got here a few weeks ago.
It must be quite a change.
Yeah, Denver is a new experience. It's a different environment, a different vibe from Boston. I like it. Don't get me wrong—Boston's great. There's a lot of history and sports and culture, and the ocean's right there, which is awesome. But Denver is definitely a big change. It's very spread out here, isn't it? There's a lot of space.
Yeah, there really is. It takes a while to get places sometimes.
(Laughing) I noticed that.
So, aside from the travel times, what do you think of Denver so far?
It's great! The weather's beautiful, and the mountains are awesome. It's a nice city. There's a lot going on here.
Have you lived anywhere other than Boston?
I've spent some time in a few different places. My parents are world-relief workers so we moved around a lot.
Any favorite places?
None in particular. There were things I liked about every place we were, and things that I didn't. Just like everywhere you go.
Where were you born?
In a very small village in northwestern France. It's in the region of Bretagne.
It sounds beautiful.
It probably is. We left shortly after, and I've never been back. Where were you born? Are you one of those Colorado natives I hear so much about?
Almost. I wasn't born here, but I've been here since I was about four, so I think that just about makes me a native.
(Smiling and nodding) Agreed.
What brought you to Denver?
My parents bought a house here. It's an older place that needs some work, so I'm getting it move-in ready for them.
Other than fixing up the house what do you do?
I've got some different hobbies and interests that keep me busy—music, hiking, reading. I'm kind of in a transitional phase right now so I'm not sure what the future holds. But I'm open to possibilities.
I understand you've become friends with your neighbor.
Kat? Yeah, she's awesome. She's a lot of fun to hang out with. Do you know her?
No, I don't. But I'm hoping to meet her soon. I'd love to interview her.
She's really interesting. But, fair warning: She doesn't like to talk about herself very much.
I'll remember that. Do the two of you spend a lot of time together?
A fair amount. She's got a lot going on so it's hard to catch up with her sometimes.
Here's just a random question—What do you like best about her?
Her courage. She's got spunk. I like that.
I'm going to run through a list of questions pertaining to your favorites. One-word answers are fine, or you can elaborate. Ready?
Go for it.
A well-made cheeseburger.
Cold, clean water. When you see how many people don't have access to clean drinking water, you really learn to appreciate it.
Anything on the cello or the piano.
You play both, right?
(Nodding) I do. What about you?
I play a little piano. Not as well as I'd like, but you know how that goes.
It can be a hard instrument to master.
I don't watch a lot of movies, so I can't really answer that. What's yours?
I like period pieces, so anything with great costumes and sets.
Ah…a history buff, huh?
Yeah, I guess I am. Best way to spend a weekend?
Doing something you love, maybe with someone special.
OK. This is my last set of questions. They're a little more personal, if that's OK?
Sure. But I reserve the right to refuse to answer. (His lips turn up in a smile that is both flirtatious and nonchalant.)
OK. Fair enough. First question—How would you describe yourself?
(Laughs) Wow! Now I'm really on the spot…let's see…I would describe myself as a traveler who is intuitive, loyal, physically fit, conscientious and dedicated.
Dedicated to anything in particular?
(Smiling) Truth, justice and liberty?
Those are good ideals.
Would you say you're an honest person?
Yeah, I would. But I won't reveal all my secrets up front. A little mystery is good, right?
What's the worst thing you've ever done?
(He flashes that smile again.) I can't tell you that. That goes back to the whole mystery thing. Maybe when you get to know me better I'll spill. What's the worst thing you've ever done?
(I can't help but laugh.) Turning the tables on me, huh?
Absolutely. The street always runs both ways.
Touchè. As someone recently told me…I reserve the right not to answer.
(He laughs softly, dipping his head in acknowledgment.)
OK, final question—What do you care about most in the world?
(He sighs and, tilting his head back, looks up at the ceiling. He sits in thought for a moment then returns his gaze to mine.) Giving your all to whatever path you follow and making sure the innocent don't suffer.
Well said. I think that's it. Thank you for your time. I hope we can do it again soon.
(He leans forward and shakes my hand.) Anytime.
I'm about to rise from my chair when a petite redhead with striking green eyes enters the room. Glancing between the two of us, she says, "Don't believe anything he says." Dropping her backpack in the corner, she looks at Lovell with one eyebrow raised then heads in the direction of the kitchen.
(Lovell looks at me with that now familiar smile.) What did I tell you? Spunk.
I gather my things and leave the house realizing that I've just encountered Kat Matheson.
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