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My name is Eleanor Valentine, aide to the President of the United States of America in 1992. Simply put, I am the catalyst for the Nighthawks, the one who plucks at the strings of fate, ultimately bringing together these individuals with uncanny powers to circumvent a dark future.
Pluck the strings of fate? The future? How do you do that?
I knew you would ask that. Much like Nostradamus himself, I can see the future, many futures to be precise. I have spent my entire life looking at what might be and what will be, and tempting fate. It is rare for me to not be able to see the future, and in this case, there is something dark looming on the horizon. I’m unsure of what it is, but I know I must do something to tip the scales.
How do you do that? Tip the scales?
I have spent my entire life seeing my future and the destiny of those around me. Decades in the future there will be a group of individuals who, without my intervention, will miss the chance to encounter one another. Without me, they will lead their solitary lives, ignorant of one another, and right now, of all the futures I can predict, them meeting is the most likely chance to overcome this darkness. So before my untimely demise, I’ve written a collection of letters that will make their way into the hands of these Children and force them to meet.
I am a psychic. I’ve known how I will die since I was a little girl. I have made peace with it. In truth, because of knowing this I have made every day of my life count. But my wild youth is a story for another time.
Don’t you think it’s dangerous to play with fate like that?
I am a psychic, a mentalist as they say, and since I was a child, I’ve always tempted fate. I have pondered the question, “Do I bend fate, or am I her handmaiden?” I have to believe that my involvement will give them hope. However, I do not know if it will be enough for Conthan, the young artist and his compatriots, to defeat what lies in this veil.
What is this darkness?
I am fearful to say for the first time in my life, I do not know. Only time will tell, I only pray I have chosen the right future.
Twenty-six-year-old painter Conthan Cowan takes art to a shocking frontier…
His debut exhibit features the transformation of his high school friend, Sarah, as she went from a shy, soft-spoken girl to a Child of Nostradamus—an individual gifted with extraordinary abilities. Living in a society where the Children of Nostradamus are captured by the government, Conthan’s exhibit draws attention from officials and protesters alike.
A government psychic may be dead, but that doesn’t stop her from manipulating the future…
The deceased White House aide is only remembered for her failed assassination attempt on the president decades before Conthan was born. Foreseeing her own death, she scribed letters to bring together specific Children of Nostradamus on a mission that will change the world.
On the night of the gallery exhibition, Conthan receives one of those letters…
Whispers from the past direct him to visit Sarah, the subject of his paintings, who like many Children of Nostradamus, is being detained in a government research facility. It’s there he finds himself aligned with a rogue group of Children on a mission to prevent a dark future.
As a dark future unfolds, there's only one hope to stop the destruction of the world...
The Children of Nostradamus.
As you ponder the situation laid out in front of you, it is clear that things will never be the same. Before you are many decisions, but alas, beyond this point I cannot see nor predict your future.
You are an element that seems to defy the strands of probability. I fear that before you lies a path that will test the fortitude of your soul. I wish I could give you more than a simple direction. I have done everything in my power to see you safe to this point. I wish I could tell you that somewhere on the other side of the darkness will be you, standing triumphant. However, I cannot. For that, I am sorry. What I can do is start you on your hero’s journey.
Go to Sarah.
Eleanor P. Valentine
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
I’m high school graphic design and marketing teacher, at a large suburban high school in Massachusetts. Working as a high school educator and observing the outlandish world of adolescence was the inspiration for my first young adult novel, “Suburban Zombie High.”
My inspiration for writing stems from being a youth who struggled with reading in school. While I found school assigned novels incredibly difficult to digest, I devoured comics and later fantasy novels. Their influences can be seen in the tall tales I spin.
I took the long route to becoming a writer. For a brief time, I majored in Creative Writing but exchanged one passion for another as I switched to Art and Design. My passion for reading about superheroes, fantastical worlds, and panic-stricken situations would become the foundation of my writing career.
I participated in my first NaNoWriMo in 2006 and continue to write an entire novel every November. Now I am the NaNoWriMo Municipal Liaison to the Massachusetts Metrowest Region. I also belong the New England Horror Writer’s Association and to a weekly writing group, the Metrowest Writers.