Jul/Aug 2012, Pg 23
Seeing Through Gavin's Eyes
Book Excerpt, 'The Pegasus Passion', from Victoria James
Jillian stood at the railing searching for sight of Gavin in the shadowed water below, the memory of Gavin dipping beneath the fog etched in her mind. Her heart raced, pounding within the tight confines of her chest, with his leaving. Closing her eyes, she concentrated all her strength upon Gavin’s plight, willing him to reach the shore safely. She envisioned the water parting with each stroke of his strong arms. She heard the surf pounding against the shore not too far ahead of him. He looked to his side to make certain Cy was near and saw the waves in the water caused by his swift strokes. Feeling reassured, Gavin pressed on, coming into the roaring surf off shore. Once in the shallower waters, Gavin and Cy were both able to get their feet beneath them and walk up the sandy shore. Gavin turned suddenly, finding Jillian’s eyes, a smile coming to his face. Startled by the feeling of being on the shore with Gavin, Jillian’s eyes flew open and she gulped for air.
“Jillian. Are you ill?” Terrance’s voice broke the stillness.
Catching her breath, Jillian reassured him that she was fine. “I was just holding my breath until Gavin was safely ashore.”
Terrance eyed her warily. “I’m sure he has made it by now, my sweet,” he said, taking her hand in his.
“Yes, he reached the shore,” Jillian reiterated. “I’m certain of it.”
About the Book:
In a remarkable debut - dynamic, expressive, and entirely distinctive - Victoria James weaves a tale of adventure and self discovery, bringing to life unique characters and a heroine whose journey forces her to see who she is and what she is capable of. The year is 1666 and Jillian dreams of a life of adventure beyond the barriers of her seemingly normal existence. In an instant, her simple life vanishes when she is taken by pirates on a journey where Jillian discovers who she truly is. Met with danger and adventure beyond her wildest dreams, Jillian finds that she has powers and abilities that she doesn't fully understand. She finds love with Gavin, the handsome first mate, and when they first consummate their love, unbeknownst to them, a family prophecy is fulfilled; a prophecy that holds captive, a family of women who are the keepers of the souls. Terrance, the Captain of the Pegasus, fell in love with Sybil Chandler the first moment he saw her seventeen years before. His mission was to take Sybil and Jillian with him to live as a family. But, when Sybil refused to come, he was left with no choice but to leave without her and take only Jillian. Little did he know that his actions would not only change his life but cause a chain of events that would guide them all on a voyage of enchantment and danger. Evil finds its way into their lives. Through unimaginable strife, adventure and survival, Jillian lives to discover how to use her powers to conquer the evil that is determined to destroy them all and become a part of her forever.
Victoria James and her family live in Fallon, Nevada. She has four children and four grand children who are her inspirations. She is currently working on an Associate degree and practices Reiki and Kinesiology. The Pegasus Passion is her first novel.