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by Angela Burke
Description: Raya Walden doesn't believe in ghosts...just the thought sends shivers up her spine. But as she falls in love with Jack Castille during a summer job at the rustic Hideaway Lodge, a resort nestled in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, Raya discovers she has an undisclosed paranormal talent. A talent that she doesn't want. Yet it is this gift that will ultimately save her life... Lucidity is a story about the secrets of the unknown, the essence of the spirit and the endurance of love...will you believe?
eBook Publisher: Solstice Publishing/Solstice Publishing, 2011
eBookwise Release Date: March 2011
Available eBook Formats: OEBFF Format (IMP) [327 KB]
Reading time: 204-286 min.
Raya gripped the steering wheel as she drove her tiny car over the intimidating mountain pass. An afternoon thundershower had drenched the narrow two-lane road that never ceased to twist and turn. Fleeting waves of fog rolled over the pavement. Typical Colorado weather, Raya mused.
Struggling to read her map while keeping the car on the road, Raya made several sharp turns as the sun attempted to peak out from behind the clouds.
"Okay, Raya," she whispered to herself as her sapphire eyes spotted the partially hidden sign to Hideaway Lodge. "This is it."
Pulling onto an isolated county road snuggled between trees, Raya glimpsed fair mountain crests still covered with a generous amount of late spring snow. Goose bumps appeared on her arms as she felt the distance of familiarity and the expectation of something wonderful.
And then her eyes fell upon a man walking along the side of the road, his backpack slung over his shoulder. He turned at the sound of her car, skillfully holding up his thumb for a ride as she passed by. Raya looked into his eyes for a split second. He didn't appear dangerous. In fact, she found him intriguing.
Raya hesitated for a slight moment. She didn't pick up hitchhikers, wouldn't even consider it, particularly unfamiliar men along foreign roads, but she found herself impulsively pulling over to the side, waiting for the unknown. A strange feeling crept up her spine, yet it wasn't chilling. It was strangely peaceful.
The man casually jogged toward her. Raya watched him getting closer in the rear view mirror, her mind racing with apprehensive thoughts as she twisted her long golden hair between her fingertips.
Approaching her door, he smiled and leaned over to look inside. Raya rolled down the window, captivated by his deep, olive eyes framed with long, dark eyelashes. His wavy brown hair hung in boyish disarray and she could tell he hadn't bothered to shave for several days, contributing to his rugged handsomeness.
"Hey there. You're an awfully pretty girl to be stopping to pick up a stranger," he said confidently, flashing a winsome smile.
"Do you want a ride or not?" Raya challenged.