Teaser Tuesday ~ Vicki-Ann Bush ~ Room 629

About the Author:

For many years I wrote but never submitted. In 2008, I started sending in to various publishers on the suggestions of my two daughters. The first positive response was from Salt of the Earth Publishing. My earlier work started with children books—Winslow Willow the Woodland Fairy and The Queen of It. I have since settled into writing young adult fiction. My first release was the novelette/novella series, The Dusk Chronicles. It is a supernatural romance set in Las Vegas.
Currently, from Solstice Publishing, I have a historical romance novel, The Garden of Two and the paranormal romance novella, The Fulfillment. My latest book, Room 629, is my first Sci-Fi and my third partnership with Solstice.


            Jesse Marshall and her friends just wanted a weekend getaway. After four years of college, cramming sessions, late night book vigils and the epiphany of finally knowing what you want to do with your life—or not, they needed a few days to let go and relax. Forty-five minutes away from their home town of Las Vegas, Primm Nevada, was close enough for their limited schedule and a few days of celebration.

            But their carefree weekend quickly crumbles after they witness a young woman standing in the the middle of a casino, screaming and bloodied. After security takes her away, the friends begin to unravel a mystery that none of them were prepared for and a horror that would change everything.


            Caleb, Micah and Patrick. We had just graduated the University of Nevada in Las Vegas. Everyone but Patrick, that is. He needed to go to summer school to finish his required credits, too much partying and not enough book time had finally caught up with him and he was scrambling to get his degree in Anthropology. Patrick wanted to be a forensic pathologist, a solid profession, but one he hadn’t quite committed to. His dad was breathing down his neck and if he wanted tuition paid for the next four years of med school, then he needed to get serious real fast. I thought it was time for us to take him away. Damn, we all needed to go on a little getaway across the Nevada desert, before we had to become serious about adulthood.  We had to just let loose, pull out all the stops, you know live the cliché  Whatever happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. Technically it was Primm Nevada, but you get the idea.
            I’m Jessie Marshall, average height, average weight and average student. I went to college to major in drama. I thought if I became an actress maybe I could transform this average person into something a little more interesting. But as it turns out, I didn’t really like the whole process. Now don’t get me wrong. I love being on stage, the lights, the sets, the audience. It makes you forget who you are and become anyone you want to be. But there’s the auditions and the rejection and just the whole mess that comes before the actual performance. I didn’t have the stomach for it. So midway through school, I decided to change my major. I’m proud to say, I graduated with a degree in hotel management. I don’t know, maybe I’ll go to cosmetology school, they seem to make okay money and they get to pick their own hours.
            Micah is my best friend. We’ve known each other since kindergarten. On the first day of school, she punched Jeffrey Deninger in the arm for teasing me about my lunch box. Granted it was ninja turtles but I thought it was cool and we’ve been inseparable ever since. Micah is beautiful, tall, lean and very smart. She could easily try out for America’s Next top Model and give those girls a run for their money, but her interests are more of the brain than the face. She loves children, so next semester she starts her new job as a science teacher for Ira J. Earl elementary school, where we met. Talk about full circle.  
            We got to know Caleb and Patrick in our first year at UNLV. Caleb was in Micah’s math class and Patrick had taken drama to broaden his chances of meeting another queen. Yes, Patrick is as gay as they come and loves everything about himself, which is okay, because there’s a lot about him too love. He’s kind and generous with his friends and he’s the least judgmental guy I know. When I wanted to switch mid gear and drop drama for business, he stood by me and never asked why. He just said, “As long as you’re happy.”
            At first Micah had an enormous crush on Caleb, who wouldn’t? He’s 6’2 with sandy brown hair and light blue eyes. His body looks as if Michelangelo himself could have carved it and his smile can melt your heart. Unfortunately it wasn’t long before Micah realized she lacked a certain kind of equipment to get his gander up. So we decided to introduce Caleb to Patrick. They’ve been together ever since. I was pretty proud of my successful love connection—too bad I couldn’t have the same luck with my own romantic endeavors.
            I’ve been dating Gideon Cooper now for about three years. He’s above average height, slender build with medium brown hair and light brown eyes. He bares a striking resemblance to the actor Patrick Swayze, from his Dirty Dancing era. Minus the captivating dance moves. No, really—Gideon can't dance.
            He says he loves me and I’m the only one for him. But his love for himself sometimes over rules his feelings for me, and that’s where my dilemma lies. Now don’t get me wrong. I can be a pain in the ass just like the next person. But I believe that if you love someone and I mean truly love them, there is no one else for you on the planet. You share one soul, split apart until you find each other. Then melting together, whole once again. Your life, becomes each other’s life.

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