The Waiting Booth (Whispering Woods #1) by Brinda Berry
YA Paranormal Romance
YA Paranormal Romance
A missing boy, government agents, an interdimensional portal... Mia has one goal for her senior year at Whispering Woods High-find her missing older brother. But when her science project reveals a portal into another dimension, she learns that travelers are moving in and out of her woods in the most alarming way and government agents Regulus and Arizona are policing their immigration. Mia's drawn to the mysterious, aloof Regulus, but it's no time for a crush. She needs to find out what they know about her brother, while the agents fight to save the world from viral contamination. But when Regulus reveals that he knows Mia's secrets, she begins to wonder if there's more going on than she thought...and if she was wrong to trust him…
Whisper of Memory (Whispering Woods #2) by Brinda Berry
YA Paranormal Romance
Weapons training and winter formals...a deadly combination.
All Mia ever wanted was to fit in at Whispering Woods High. But being a portal-finder who dates a guy from another dimension sort of makes it hard. Mia's brother disappeared over a year ago, and agents from the IIA began policing people's movements through dimensions. She'd trusted Dr. Bleeker from the local university when he'd told her the IIA were the bad guys. But even a girl with an extraordinary ability to sense things can make mistakes.
Now two people are dead, and as a portal gatekeeper for the IIA, Mia needs to find Dr. Bleeker before he hurts anyone else. And her boyfriend Regulus, an Agent for the IIA, carries secrets of his own. Between learning about weaponry, finding the perfect dress for the winter formal, and catching bad guys, who has time to fit in?
Watcher of Worlds (Whispering Woods #3) by Brinda BerryYA Paranormal Romance
Seventeen-year-old Mia Taylor, gatekeeper to an interdimensional portal, wants nothing more than to heal from her romance gone wrong. Illegally falling for her co-worker Regulus had been a huge mistake. But when Regulus goes rogue to hunt down a murderer, Mia must forget her broken heart and use her unique abilities to save him. Traveling across dimensions, she enters a strange and hostile world where a rebel faction holds the key to their escape. Her gift of synesthesia is in high demand, and a secret organization of the otherworldly kind has her in their sights. But sabotage and murder may be the least of her worries. Her ex-boyfriend wants a relationship. Her dad wants her to act normal. Her friends want her to stop moping. Who knew faking happy would be the easiest part of senior year?
Excerpt from The Waiting Booth
“Austin, what in the heck are you doing here?” I looked through the screen door.
He grabbed the door handle. “You gonna ask me in?”
“Why bother? You usually just let yourself in.”
Austin clutched his chest, then grabbed the shaft of a make-believe arrow to remove it from his heart. He steadied himself dramatically before opening the door. “Emily sent me a text earlier saying that you didn’t show at school today and wouldn’t answer her chat. She was major textually frustrated.” He flung his head to the side to move his black hair out of his eyes.
“You had pictures of the so-called ax murderers from the cam, remember? I was coming over here to go all Chuck Norris on them.”
“You crack me up,” I said glibly. “I told you that I wasn’t even worried about it.”
“You should be. You should be more careful. You had the front door open, and your alarm’s not even set, is it?” He pointedly looked at the unit on the wall beside the door.
“Mrs. Anderson just left,” I lied. It alarmed me that I was lying so easily when I considered myself a fairly honest person.
“So, you and Mrs. A just hangin’ out today?”
“No, I was sick.”
Austin pressed his hand to my forehead.
I backed away. “I might be contagious. Sicker than a dog all morning. You wouldn’t even want to go near the bathroom. Been in there for hours.” I was babbling, and I knew it. If Austin didn’t want to back off, telling him I’d been barfing this morning might just do it.
“OK, OK. I get the picture. No need for the details. I can hang around if you need me,” he said with no enthusiasm.
I gave a feeble laugh and shook my head. “I’ll be fine. I just need to get some sleep. And please text Em that I’m fine, and I’ll talk to you both later.”
“Sure.” He turned toward the door, pointed at me, and then to the security alarm keypad.
His college schedule left him way too much free time.
He stopped with his hand on the door. “Lock up behind me, all right? I know you aren’t worried about people near your house, but I am. And Em is.” He brushed his long dark bangs aside to make sure we were making eye contact.
Guilt’s heavy hand sat on my conscience. “Alarm on…the minute I shut the door,” I said. “My dad has nothing to worry about with you around.”
Austin left, pulling the door shut. I parted the blinds enough to see him jump into the Jeep and leave.
Exhaling in relief, I turned directly into Regulus’s chest. “Yikes! Don’t sneak up on me.” My voice was as high and squeaky as a five-year-old’s.
“Good job, Mia. Does your boyfriend visit you unannounced often?” Regulus asked.
“He’s not my boyfriend.”
Author Bio - Brinda Berry
Brinda Berry lives in the southern US with her family and two spunky cairn terriers. She has a BSE in English and French and a MEd in Learning Systems Technology. She's terribly fond of chocolate, coffee, and books that take her away from reality. She doesn't mind being called a geek or “crazy dog lady”. When she's not working the day job or writing a novel, she's guilty of surfing the internet for no good reason.