Monday, October 7, 2013

You don't recognize me? (Excerpt from _Mirror Project_)

My new book, Mirror Project, is out now for Amazon's Kindle platform. If you don't own a Kindle, you can still read it via the Kindle app for Android, iOS, and Windows platforms. Here's a sample from the book. It's from the second chapter, when our protagonist is just waking up, and before she knows that she's an artificial intelligence:

“Who the fuck are you?” I asked.

The younger of the men said, “Lynn? You don't recognize me?”

I focused my gaze on him for a few seconds. Black hair. Stubble. Tall forehead, but no caveman brow. Good jaw line—not square, but not sharp enough to make his chin pointy. Maybe forty, forty-five... Oh. That's Bill, I said to myself. My husband. It was embarrassing, to be able to remember what he looked like, but to still have trouble recognizing him when he stood in front of me.

“I know who you are now,” I said.

He smiled and said, “It's good to have you back.”

“I don't feel very back,” I replied.

Then I had to close my eyes, because I was seeing too many memories of us together, and it hurt. That's all I can say about it—it hurt. Not emotionally. Not because I loved him so much.

It hurt more like being suddenly forced to accommodate something that was too big to fit inside me would hurt—like something that had suddenly expanded in my stomach, only not in my stomach, in my head. Inside my brain.

I realized then that the only memory I'd been playing over and over to myself before I had opened my eyes was that memory of the night of the accident. Then I had all of Lynn's memories, and they hurt.

When I opened my eyes again, Bill's face was the only one hovering above me. The older man and the woman were both gone.

You'll have to buy Mirror Project to find out what happens next. It's worth the $2.99. Don't just take my word for it, either. Read the review that Mr. Stonebender left on Amazon.