Augustina Van Hoven was born in The Netherlands and currently resides in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, a dog and two cats. She is an avid reader of romance, science fiction and fantasy. When she’s not writing she likes to work in her garden or, in the winter months, crochet and knit on her knitting machines.
Beverley: What’s your name?
Karl: Karl Hansen
Beverley: Where did you grow up?
Karl: I was born and raised in Baltimore.
Beverley: During what time period does your story take place?
Karl: This story takes place in the spring of 2013.
Beverley: What’s your story/back story?
Karl: I have a master’s degree in chemistry from the University of Maryland. I’ve been working for the several years for the drug cartels until my last job started going south. Now I’m working as a barista in a small Oregon town until it’s safe to find another chemistry job.
Beverley: Why would someone come up with a story about you?
Karl: Well, I end up stumbling upon the greatest secret of human history. We are not the only sentient species on this earth.
Beverley: What’s your goal in this story?
Karl: I’m trying to find the woman I met in the park, only she isn’t human.
Beverley: What conflicts are you facing?
Karl: I’m still on the lam from my last employer and now I’m trying to infiltrate a hidden community of supernatural creatures.
Beverley: Do you have a plan for resolving them?
Karl: I haven’t a clue. I’m making this up as I go along.
Beverley: Is there anything else you’d like us to know about you?
Karl: I love Avalyn and I’ll do anything to find her.
Blurb for The Discovery
Humans aren’t safe in Avalyn’s paranormal world, but to one man, that doesn’t matter…
Karl Hansen’s greatest skill—besides his ability to develop illegal concoctions—is his instinct for survival. When Karl’s position as head chemist in a drug cartel looks like it might turn deadly, he goes on the lam. Karl’s working as a barista in a small Oregon town—legal concoctions this time—when he meets Avalyn. He’s felled by her, fairy wings and all. She vanishes into the mist, and he’ll brave any danger to find her.
Saving fellow refugees from the hidden magical world is all that matters to Avalyn of the water Fae. She is on a mission to help the shifters, vampires, elves, and other members of this community who have managed to escape that dangerous world. Then she meets Karl. Though they see each other only once, and only for a moment, she cannot get him out of her mind. But he’s human. He’ll die. Is she willing to spend the rest of her immortal life alone?
“The rain is ending, and I should head back.”
Karl hastily stood, also. “Do you really have to go?” He’d just found her—he couldn’t lose her. He held out his hand to her, hoping she’d change her mind, take it, and stay with him.
Her lips tilted down at the corners, and her eyes clouded. She sighed and looked down at her empty hands. “Yes, I’m afraid so. Thank you for keeping me company. I really enjoyed it.”
He didn’t know what to say to make her stay, but he knew he didn’t want her to leave.
His feelings must have shown on his face because she reached out and took both his hands in hers.
“Thank you, Karl. I wish I could stay longer, but the sun is coming out, and I don’t want them to come looking for me.”
She arched up on her toes and pulled him closer, reaching up to kiss him. He closed his eyes and waited for her touch. It was nothing like he had ever experienced. Her lips were warm and inviting. The word that came to his mind was home. He never wanted this kiss to end.
She pulled away, and he opened his eyes. The clouds broke, and a beam of sunlight shone in his face. He blinked to adjust his vision and froze. Avalyn was nowhere in sight.
His heart beat faster as he frantically looked around for her.
How could she move so quickly? Which direction is she going?
He moved down the stream away from the waterfall, scurrying along the uneven ground as quickly as he could. They had been heading south all along, and perhaps they had been moving toward her car or her lodging.
She has to be here.
The stream made a turn to the right and disappeared behind a clump of trees and bushes. He broke through a small gap in the vegetation to find her standing on a rock near the edge of the water. The air around her back shimmered, and large butterfly wings appeared. She flapped them and rose a couple of feet before disappearing entirely in the same type of shimmer.
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