Dragonfly by Alyssa Thiessen
Publication Date: February 6, 2016
Publisher: Peasantry Press
Eighteen-year-old Joshua Miller is great at being invisible, despite the four, large, insect-like wings protruding from his back and his knack for high-rise robberies. He can remember almost nothing of his life before Nik found him and taught him his trade. Now he’s alone, and he likes it that way.
When Joshua unexpectedly meets Lexi on a job, his simple, uncomplicated existence shifts. Although he intends to remain uninvolved, something about her captivates him and he begins to let her in. As he navigates the strange nuances of a relationship with a girl as desperate to be different as he is to be ordinary, he becomes increasingly aware that he is not who he wants to be for her. Confronted by the past he’d forgotten and a family he didn’t know existed, Joshua must decide for himself where he belongs and who holds the key to his future.
Character Spotlight – Joshua Miller
Name: Joshua Miller
Appearance: Dark hair and eyes, fine features, and, of course, four large, translucent wings extending from his back.
Who he is: Joshua can remember very little from his childhood, before his mentor Nik found him alone and disoriented in a field. Although Joshua has some fragmented memories, he can’t seem to hold onto them. He doesn’t know where he came from or why he has wings. Nik taught Joshua to survive by staying isolated and by robbing unsuspecting marks. He also taught Joshua not to care about anything beyond his own survival.
Joshua is an introvert, but it’s his life that has made him so. Without a past, and raised by a cold, detached guardian, Joshua doesn’t really know how to interact with people anyway. He has a few connections – people who know a little about him, who help him to survive – but his interactions with them are limited to meeting needs. He doesn’t need conversation. He doesn’t need friendship. At least, he doesn’t think he does.
When Joshua meets Lexi, everything changes. He realizes he doesn’t like who he’s let himself become, and that being alone is no longer enough. At the same time, though, he sees in Lexi a girl he will never truly deserve. He believes that a girl like her should have a hero, and he knows he’s no hero.
When unexpected events send him in search of a family he never knew existed, Joshua has no choice but to face his past.
Dragonfly is really a story all about Joshua Miller. It’s about his quest not only to find out who he was, but to figure out who he wants to be – and how to get there.
The front door swung open. He had come back, and I was standing in the doorway of his bedroom, masked and gloved, wings reflecting the points of light from the living room chandelier.
“What…?” A moment – it took a moment of stunned silence – and then, shouting, he charged toward me. I tried to move back, out of the way, but suddenly, he was on me, his hands around my throat, pinning my head hard against the floor. I could hear his wife screaming in the background, and I clawed at his shirt, at his face. The edges of the scene in front of me darkened; I breathed in frantically. Air. I groped blindly beside me, feeling a small, hard object – a shoe, maybe. Bringing it up hard and fast, I felt it connect with his skull, and he fell off. I clambered to my feet and, as he tried to get up, my fist connected solidly with his heavy jaw. My foot jabbed at his rib cage, and he rolled to escape my wild kicks.
He lunged towards me; I saw it too late, a glint of light from the sharp piece of crystal in his fist. Searing pain. I staggered backwards, and the man, breathing heavily, looked down at the blood-covered shard in his hand. I clutched at my side, feeling the sticky warmth soak through the fabric of my gloves.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
When she’s not donning her secret identity and saving the world, Thiessen keeps busy writing her next novel, reading something beautiful, teaching high school English, drinking coffee, cycling, and hanging out with her family – husband, kiddies, and miniature schnauzer.
Giveaway Information: Contest ends April 15, 2016
• One (1) winner will receive a physical copy of Dragonfly by Alyssa Thiessen and a $20 Amazon Gift Card (INT)