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School is over for the summer! All Jared wants to do is sleep, swim, and delve into as many computer and video games as possible. Life has other plans for him, however, and everything transforms one fateful afternoon when Jared accompanies his mom to an antique shop.
He is inexplicably attracted to a magnificent silver dragon statue with eyes that glow like precious rubies. When Jared brings the statue home, he initiates a chain of events that catapults him and his friends Griffin and Chase into a great adventure solving the mystery of the crimson-eyed dragon. Joined by Chase’s sister Amber, the teens discover that the statue holds a vital clue to the previous owner’s life. They embark on an innocent quest, but the secrets that unfold lead them into unimaginable danger that could ultimately destroy all of their lives.
BOOK EXCERPT: THE CRIMSON-EYED DRAGON
An hour or so later Jared noticed that the sun had changed its angle and was now creating an eye-squinting glare on his computer screen. As he got up to shut his blinds, he noticed the way the sunlight was reflecting off the dragon statue’s crimson eye, causing it to shimmer and gleam.
“Cool”, murmured Jared as he leaned closer to examine it.
Also brightly illuminated by the powerful sunshine was the gaping hole from the other eye socket. Jared was fascinated to discover something deep within the socket that was now visible. It looked to be a raised button. Jared searched frantically on his desk for something small enough to reach into the tapered opening. He tried a pencil but it did not fit the narrow shape. Suddenly inspired, he ran down to the garage to his dad’s tool workbench.
“There has to be something here,” Jared thought to himself, rifling through items.
“Aha! A mini screwdriver set”. Jared grabbed it up and raced back upstairs.
He tried the smallest one first. Success! It seemed to hit the end.
Jared carefully applied pressure and with a loud creak, the dragon’s left wing dropped.
“Oh darn!” he shouted. “I’ve broken it!”
Annoyed with himself, Jared carefully hoisted the dragon to see what damage he had caused. To his amazement, he discovered that it was not broken at all. The wing seemed to be floating, suspended on some kind of a hinge that pushing the button had lowered. There was a small cavity now revealed within the wing and with shaking fingers Jared nervously removed what was hidden there.
Author Bio:Delyse Rodrigues-Trink grew up in Greenfield Park,Quebec where she got her CEGEP degree in Economics. She later moved to Ontario, Canada and received her college degree in X-ray Technology in which field she worked at for many years.
She enjoys traveling,gardening and reading.
Her love of reading romance novels inspired her to write her first romance novel Wrapped in a Rainbow.
She has received an Editor's Choice Award for an anthology submission.
Her most recent release The Crimson-Eyed Dragon is her version of a modern-day Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew type of story. She next hopes to write a mystery/suspense novel based on her experience working in the medical field.