One of my twitter buddies told me about this test that is supposed to tell you if a book is worth reading. Just read page 99 of the book and if you like it, you should read the book. So, I decided to check my novel. Here is my page 99! It is the conclusion of Chapter 8. Would you read it?
Page 99 From SOLSTICE:
Leo didn't say a word on the drive back to the library. He just stared out of the windshield, his eyes wide and watchful. His silence was painful. Was he angry? At that exact thought, Leo put his hand on mine and stroked the top of it with his thumb. He was trying to comfort me.
I looked over at him, wanting so much to say something but too afraid to utter a sound. He didn't acknowledge my gesture. Leo was tense and looking everywhere as he drove through the streets of town. I had never seen him scared before. The city lights were blinking on as the dusk turned to dark.
We arrived at the library and he pulled in very close to my car. It would only take me two steps to get in. There wasn't a soul around and the whole scene made me scared as well. Leo spoke through the darkness in a rapid whisper, one streetlamp sending a streak of yellow across his face.
"Go straight home and I will follow you." He stroked my cheek with the back of his hand, his voice quivering with stress.
"You have to talk to me, Leo. What's going on?" I couldn't take it, his emotions were killing me. I held his hand to my cheek with my own, not willing to let go.
"I don't have time to explain, but I will tomorrow, I promise." He leaned his forehead down to touch mine. "I'm afraid my family is in danger, but you don't have to be involved...please...just do what I ask." Leo had never ordered me to do anything. He had always been the perfect gentleman. This must be very serious.