Thursday, August 15, 2019

Einstein's Compass: A YA Time Traveler Adventure by Grace Blair & Laren Bright


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Einstein's Compass: A YA Time Traveler Adventure
by Grace Blair & Laren Bright
Genre: YA Sci-fi/Time Travel
Release Date: January 2019

Summary:

How did Albert Einstein come up with his wondrous theories of light and time? In Einstein's Compass: A YA Time Traveler Adventure, a young Albert is given a supernatural compass that allows him to travel through time and space, and find wisdom in other dimensions, including the lost city of Atlantis. But evil forces seek the power of the compass, including a monstrous, shape-shifting dragon from a different age. Can the compass protect Albert from such villainy?


2019 Finalist National Indie Excellence Award Young Adult Fiction
2019 eLit Award-Winner in the Juvenile/YA Fiction Category


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Excerpt
Raka sat in his grotto on a battered wooden armchair that 

had washed up on the shore of his hideaway cove. For the 

last day or so he had done little but experiment with his 

new form and new powers. He had begun to develop a 

healthy respect for his strength and the seeming 

indestructibility of his body. He had come to grips with 

the realization that there was no going back. 

Truth be told, he was beginning to think he wouldn’t 

have wanted to go back even if it were possible. He had 

not been appreciated. Neither his uncle Thoth nor his 

twin, Arka, had ever recognized his promise. “If only Ar- 

ka had let me practice the mystical arts with him, I would 

have shown him what I could do. Fool! It’s his fault I am 

here,” Raka muttered to himself. 

The day before his meeting with the Council, reflect- 

ing further, Raka remembered his quarrel with Arka. 

Arka pointed to the container on the counter. “Where 

were you today? You were supposed to take the ruby crys- 

tals to the Temple of Healing. We had to cancel the 

treatments when they did not arrive.” 

Raka petulantly stared at the ground. “Something im- 

portant came up.” Then he looked up at Arka defiantly. 

“But I told Prensa to take the crystals to the temple. It’s his 

fault the treatments were canceled, not mine.” 

Arka frowned. “Prensa? He is our cook, not your servant.” 

Arka shook his head as if to disperse Raka’s weak ex- 

cuse, then changed course. “The temple guard said he saw 

you walking with a female member of the Belial Brother- 

hood near the gardens. What were you doing there with 

her?” 

“She wanted to know what we did in the Temple of 

Healing,” Raka lied. “I showed her around the temple 

grounds.” That wasn’t all I showed her, Raka thought to 

himself with a lascivious smirk. 

Arka could only shake his head in resignation. 

The memory aroused Raka’s anger, which brought 

him crashing back to the present. “I am meant to do im- 

portant things, not just be an errand boy!” he shouted at 

the rock walls of the cavern. 

With thoughts of revenge seething in his mind, he 

snatched at a rat that had the misfortune to scurry past. It 

was the first sustenance he’d had since the transfor- 

mation—he hadn’t really been hungry. He angrily tore a 

leg off and took a bite, the first food he’d had since changing 

form. As he swallowed, he felt something a transfor- 

mation begins—short, gray hairs started to replace the 

scales on his arm. Raka stopped chewing and watched the 

shift. He was a changeling, he realized, but the transfor- 

mation didn’t end with his dragon form. Tossing the still 

squirming rat aside, he plucked a beetle off the cave wall 

and bit down on it with a sickening crunch. A moment 

later, his skin began hardening into a chitinous shell. 

Concentrating, he found he was able to control, or even 

halt, the changes to his structure. 

The thought of changing into other forms intrigued 

him. His mind flooded with information he had learned 

in his healing energy classes. Raka felt something else as 

he sorted through what was happening. It was a sort of 

knowing, an intuition. Could be this be from the dragon 

DNA he had ingested? He thought back over his 

transformation. 

He discovered that his eyes were now acutely sensi- 

tive. He could see in total darkness and normal light. His 

memory, too, had sharpened. He could repeat his entire 

meeting with the council verbatim. His memories were 

much more vivid. He recalled his rage at his uncle and 

brother and felt it with new intensity. In fact, he could 

muster no feelings of compassion or love at all. Glancing 

at the writhing rat whose leg he had bitten off, he studied 

its suffering. This excited his killing instinct. It took an 

effort not to inflict further pain on the creature. He craved 

more of the rat’s blood, and he speculated that human 

blood and organs would be a delicacy. A burst of intuition 

revealed that eating an entire human body and drinking 

its blood would transform him into a doppelganger of

that person. He would have to test out how long this

would last, but he suspected it would hold until he decid-

ed to take on another form.

As he discovered more of the strengths his new form

provided, Raka reveled in the thought that he had nothing

to fear. Then, an ancestral memory—perhaps connected

to his dragon DNA—flared in his mind. He saw many of

his fellow reptiles trapped in a burning structure, writhing

in agony. Fear welled up in him at this vivid memory. He

had at least one vulnerability: fire. Raka tore himself away

from the vision and shakily drew in a deep breath to calm

his trembling body. “Enough wasting time on what I fear.

Now it’s time to plan for the future and my revenge on

Arka and his ilk.” That is the task worthy of my new,

transformed self, he thought.

About the Author
Grace Allison Blair is an award-winning self-help and motivational author, and podcast host, who has assisted thousands to find their spiritual wisdom to solve everyday challenges.

Throughout her adult life, Grace became a serious student of the spiritual. She found that, often, psychological principles and practices were incomplete, but could be filled out by adding the missing spiritual component. Her approach was always to see practical applications for what she uncovered in the mystical. It was through immersing herself in this field of study and experience that she came up with her idea for her book, Einstein’s Compass.

Grace is a successful award-winning author, modern mystic, wellness consultant, business development advisor, marketing coach, and workshop facilitator. She has faced many life challenges, including life-threatening disease, and used what she encountered as a stimulus to gain greater happiness and fulfillment.
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