What is a prequel? It is a story which takes place before other books which were released earlier. In this case, Overcast was the third book in the Taken Series but the story tells about Alec, the hero, when he was a child and growing into adulthood. Readers get to learn what makes him tick and what made him into the driven determined man who would kidnap someone for their own protection.
As a reader, have you ever wondered what made your favorite character into the person you met. For example, wouldn't you love to know why Dumbledore (Harry Potter) is who he is? Or what about Ariel's mom from The Little Mermaid? I do all the time!
Here's an excerpt showing how Alec deals with the "voice" which is a result from his upbringing....
I stood from the still-made bed and changed my sweat-dampened shirt for an undershirt. I stalked through the quiet house and out the back door. The gentle lapping of the ocean on the sand disappeared as the blackness of the forest devoured me.
I walked. I kept walking. I hoped to lose my way, to be lost.
I should’ve stayed in Europe, away from that voice. It was all I could hear—except one tiny evil voice in my head, the selfish part of me that said I should try anyway. Women liked me, it said, so why wouldn’t she? The voice was low and malignant and spewed shit like, maybe she would find me attractive. Maybe I cold abduct her attention for a couple hours, an afternoon, a few days. Maybe I could touch her. Maybe she would talk to me with that sweet voice, or show me that stubborn scowl. Maybe she would smile at me. The voice murmured in my ear. Maybe you could sleep with her. You could have her innocence.
“Fuck!” I roared.
Birds in the trees all around snapped awake and rustled the leaves as they escaped.
Silence slowly pulled back around me, crushed me. I fell to my knees on the sodden ground.
Father’s voice was there, louder than all the others. I clung to the sanity of it. He was right. He was always fucking right. “You will not talk to her,” he demanded. “You are not deserving.”
My head bowed with the weight of his truth. “Yes, sir.”
I was thankful to him, thankful that he kept my head straight. I would only hurt her, just like I’d hurt Janice, and Camille, and even Elizabeth. Hurting her was unforgivable. And she would see through me, anyway. She would see what I was, the monster in me. I would scare her. I didn’t want her to know me.
It makes me want to reach out and help Alec, comfort him and just hold him. Take a look into his eyes on the cover...Can you see how he's going to overcome his father's abuse?
Alec Kaden is the son of organized crime. But that’s not what causes him to be cold, and anger to crawl up his spine. He trusts his father’s judgment—his mother’s death in childbirth was his fault. Only one person can calm the monster inside him, but he will not allow her to know him, to see through him and find the darkness lurking behind his detachment. Will he forever remain her invisible protector?
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
M.S. Kaye has several published books under her black belt. A transplant from Ohio, she resides with her husband Corey in Jacksonville, Florida, where she tries not to melt in the sun. Find suspense and the unusual at www.BooksByMSK.com.
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Other books by M.s. Kaye
Kindling the Past
Endless as the Rain, book one of the Taken series
Overcast, prequel to the Taken series
Echo Through the Mist, book two of the Taken series
Strong as Death, book one of the Born from Death series
Awaken from Death, book two of the Born from Death series
Once, book one of the Once series
Once & Again, book two of the Once series
Once & Forever , book three of the Once series