So, you want to read Water’s Threshold, but you’re asking yourself, What exactly are the Elementals?
I’ve included a few excerpts from Water’s Threshold to help create a more vivid picture of the Elementals. I’ll start with an introduction. Maya Conway is Water. She can become all forms of water: ice, fog, mist, hail, and rain. Nodin is Air. Flint is Fire. And Earth, well that’s what Water’s Threshold is all about.
In this excerpt, Maya meets up with Nodin, and we learn the purpose behind their gifts.
Maya stood by the spring’s edge as the breeze died down and a man formed out of the air by her side—Nodin. He had the same symbiotic relationship with air as she did with the water. Together with Flint, who was fire, they represented the Elementals. Mother Nature had bestowed upon them “the gleaning,” which was the ability to read and compel minds. They used their elemental abilities to protect the Earth and its people.
Nodin spent most days in the Plains States, like Nebraska and Kansas. Mother split them up and sent them where the need was strongest. Prior to coming here, Maya had lived in California. She hadn’t seen Nodin in months. Six months had passed since she’d seen Flint.
“Are you all right?” Nodin wrapped his hands around her shoulders. His sky blue eyes assessed her, and an airy breeze floated through her consciousness.
An elemental connection linked their minds, although they allowed each other as much privacy as possible, no distance was too great for them to communicate. With a single distress call sent across Earth’s frequencies, either Nodin or Flint would appear.
Terran Forrester, the hero of Water’s Threshold, has found himself in a bit of trouble. In this excerpt, Maya has to revive him after he takes a beating from four men.
Each Elemental received one additional gift. Hers was the ability to heal. She rarely used this gift, not believing in interfering with death’s plans. Today, she believed. Strongly. Dreams of a life with Terran remained buried deep in her heart, and she refused to watch him die.
The stream bubbled around her, seeking guidance upon sensing her need for additional strength. Maya drew Terran deeper into the water and wrapped her arms around his chest. As she spilled cool water down his throat, her healing elixir flowed into his body.
The Elementals are peri-mortal. This means they perpetuate their life force by using their element for sustainment. In this excerpt, Terran is a tad upset to find the woman he’s falling in love with, isn’t at all what she seems. He’s discussing his confusion with Nodin.
Terran turned away and walked back to the warmth and link to reality found in the sun’s beam. “You think you’re immortal? And you can detect, or ‘glean’ as you say, what I am thinking right now? On top of that, you believe you can change my thought patterns?”
“Not immortal, we are peri-mortal. Do you know what a “Peri” is?” Nodin asked.
Terran shook his head.
“The mythology has been misinterpreted. Peri’s are thought to be spirits who have been denied paradise until they have done penance three times. Not completely accurate, as we were chosen by Mother Nature, but our mortality is perpetual. Our elemental sustenance is required to sustain our life force. If Maya were to go without water for a time she would die. If I were placed in a vacuum, I’d cease to exist. As for redirecting your mind, we’ve done so on a few occasions.”
And then, the villain of this tale is—Dark matter, or Quint. He uses human bodies as hosts, but they are incapable of sustaining his life force. He’s quite keen on using a certain body that can sustain itself forever, and he’s got his eye on Terran.
Here’s an excerpt from Quint:
Attention once more on Crowder, he inquired, “Do you know what dark matter is? No one really does. Does it repel or is it a gravitational force? Never seen, never detected. You see, Crowder, I cannot exist without coming here and grasping what I can of this world, of its people. I stay on this plane to be acknowledged. To live. You humans act as if you are the center of the universe, but you don’t even make up five percent.”
Quint laughed upon detecting a pitiful wave of resistant energy flowing from Crowder as he tried to escape the dark prison of mental and physical control.
Pinching the bridge of his nose, Quint continued, “And yet I have to debase myself with humans in order to breathe. I suffer to endure your skin. I find regular human hosts aren’t enough, but I’m getting there. Very soon, I’ll have the one who can sustain me forever. No longer will I have to feed off weak tits like you.”
I hope this small glimpse into the world of the Elementals has peaked your curiosity enough to learn more. In the prologue of Water’s Threshold, Maya’s thoughts run parallel to why I wrote this story—a woman who survives only on water, and the direction I chose was the elements. Enjoy!
And thanks for reading,
The Elementals Series
By: Jillian Jacobs
Publisher: Green Moose Productions
Word Count: 87,802
Cover Artist: http://www.shelbybertsch.com
What happens when a lonely water-girl finally finds her shore? [Click to tweet!]
In a tourist town at the base of the Tetons, Maya Conway, a mythical being known as an Elemental, stands at a crossroads. On her current path, she is content using her life force water to protect humans and the environment. Her direction is altered when Mother Nature taps her to guide Terran Forrester, an analytical scientist, on his journey to become the next Elemental Earth.
If Maya crosses into his world, will her lonely heart find a partner or will his rational mind reject her otherworldly existence?
When an ancient evil evolved from dark matter shadows their steps, which path will they choose—logic or love?
A low beat of classic rock came from the backyard as Maya stood on Terran’s front porch. Always one to forge her own trail, she fought the notion that this pull toward him was predestined. Hadn’t she, so many years ago, left behind her birthplace to begin a new life? At eighteen, she had traveled across America by train to California. Forever frozen at age twenty-one, she fought the notion this relationship was chosen for her. Fate did not have her at Terran’s doorstep-hope did.
At the door’s threshold, indecision raced through her mind. Should she cross into his life and get release for this pent-up need, or should she walk away? If she left, could she keep him safe and ignore the pull attempting to anchor her in place? Could she stand still, neither in, nor out?
About Jillian Jacobs
In the spring of 2013, Jillian Jacobs changed her career path and became a romance writer. After reading for years, she figured writing a romance would be quick and easy. Nope! With the guidance of the Indiana Romance Writers of America chapter, she’s learned there are many “rules” to writing a proper romance. Being re-schooled has been an interesting journey, and she hopes the best trails are yet to be traveled.
Water’s Threshold, the first in Jillian’s Elementals series, was a finalist in Chicago-North’s 2014 Fire and Ice contest in the Women’s Fiction category.
Jillian is a: Tea Guzzler, Polish Pottery Hoarder, and lover of all things Moose.
The genres she writes under are: Paranormal and Contemporary with suspenseful elements.
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