Color Blind # 1
By Penny Miller
All her life Harmony Phillips has felt defective. Growing up in a paranormal community where magikal abilities come from the wavelengths of color, a color blind girl is worthless, and they haven't let her forget it. No one but her adoptive parents, Charlie a Were-Lion and Sarah a Witch, along with her best friend Tesch, a Siren, have ever given her an ounce of esteem. When a fit of outrage unlocks the color yellow to her eyes, Harmony passes out cold with shock over her eggs and accidentally glamours her nemesis Challen Parks into a cowardly golden retriever. As other colors unfold before her eyes, so do new abilities. Love and friendship get turned upside down as Harmony struggles to have faith in people, discovering they are not always as they seem. The misfit becomes the outlaw as she is once again different from everyone else. What began as joy turns to peril when the paranormal Council finds out she is more than a Witch, or a Were or a Fae... oh my.
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Excerpt One from Chapter 2: Harmony has just seen color for the first time when she cut open a fried egg at breakfast and the yolk spilled out. She screamed and passed out cold and then…
I looked around the room seeing things I’d never noticed. The glass on the kitchen island held juice, a bright shade unknown to me. Tiny little centers of this new color were in the plants that grew in the boxes beneath the windows. I shook my head in wonder and got to my feet.
Charlie and Sarah continued to hold onto me, in case I faltered. When sure I could stand alone, I moved forward to the glass Sarah had poured. They let me go.
My fingers wrapped around the cool, hard cup. There were droplets of condensation forming on the sides. It felt the same in my hand.
I lifted the contents to my nose and smelled oranges before taking a small sip. My other senses needed to confirm the revelation of my eyes. Touch, taste and smell hadn’t changed with the glaring color.
“This is the color orange?” Wonder filled my voice.
“Yellow.” Sarah explained in a soft sure voice. “It comes from oranges, but the color is really a deep yellow.”
“Yellow.” I repeated for myself. Raising the glass, I took another drink. My senses said no real change had occurred, but magikally the juice seemed colder and sweeter. I drained the glass.
Once gone, I wiped away the liquid mustache with a shaky hand. A faint smear of yellow orange juice stained my fingers.
Charlie and Sarah watched me like proud parents would a baby’s first steps. They knew those first awkward movements must be done alone but stood close by should I waver or fall.
“The yolks are yellow, another dark yellow.” Sarah confirmed for me.
“I can see yellow.” The quiet statement slowly sunk in. Pressure built behind my eyes. The hot tears formed, but my lips split into a wide smile so big my cheeks ached.
“I can see yellow.” The words come out as a harsh breath that could have been a whisper but instead carried. Tears began to spill. My next sound came as a shout of joy.
“Charlie! Sarah! I can see yellow! I can see it! I can see!”
All about. . .
Penny Miller is a born and bred Oklahoman. She has a nursing degree from Eastern Penny Miller Oklahoma State College and is a Registered Nurse in addition to being an author. Penny wrote her first short story complete with illustrations when she was seven-years-old and has been writing ideas and bits of dialogue ever since. As a child, her mother regularly read to her classic faery tales. It was those stories that ignited her imagination and attraction to the magical and whimsical. With her three children Robert, Amy and Cheyenne, she carried on the tradition of introducing them to fantasy and other worlds through stories. Three years ago, she co-authored erotic romance e-books under the pseudonym Jp Archer. At that time her daughters asked her when she was going to write stories they could read. Penny went to her keyboard and dug in and her debut solo novel, Color Blind, was born. Most importantly, creating a story in the Young
Adult/Paranormal genre is where she found her true voice as a writer. She hopes readers will become fans of her heroine Harmony Phillips and follow her story through the next phases; Colorful and Colorless.
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