The Sonar Series
Published April 25th 2014
Number of Pages: 240
True Love may cost a price, if the greater good preordains that you are the sacrifice.
There are always two sides to a story. Melanie Wilhelm's begins after she moves from Australia and starts her senior year at Cashmere High. On her first day, she bumps into a mysterious guy, and they form an instant connection. They become friends and he shares his deepest secret with her. As they grow closer, their relationship amplifies and becomes binding. Strange things occur, but instead of worrying, Melanie's feelings intensify.
The excitement of New Year's Eve approaches, and so does Jason's most devastating revelation of all. She learns his ultimate truth and is now spun into his chaotic web. The danger rises and hard choices must be made. By being with Jason, Melanie may have to sacrifice more than her heart. It may cost her life.
Melanie's Evanescent Journey ties into books one and two of The Sonar Trilogy. From spiraling twists to devastating plots, her journey will make you question fate and true love.
Is fate something you can control? Some believe it's in the hands of what you behold.
Work was busy this evening and it was a welcome distraction. I worked as a waitress with Ebony at the Burger Grill. It was a small, family-owned diner. It had been around for over forty years. Ebony had gotten me on a few weeks ago.
“How was your day?” Ebony asked as we were putting our aprons on.
“I’m getting used to the flow of school. How was yours?”
“It will be better once this shift is over. I’m bloated and cramping today.”
“Did you take some medicine?”
“Yes, but it hasn’t kicked in yet. Any luck with J?”
“Not sure. We talked some.”
“At least he is talking with you. It’s a good sign.”
“I hope so.”
“People are getting seated in our sections. We’d better get to our tables,” she said.
We tended to our tables, and around an hour later, Ebony tapped me on my shoulder.
“Look what the cat dragged in. I sat him in your section,” she said and giggled. I saw Jason across the room, sitting with his brother and sister.
“Thanks a lot,” I said, sarcastically. Now I would have to face him again.
“You’re welcome,” she replied still laughing and walked off.
I took in a deep breath and went to their table.
“Hi guys, I’m Melanie. What can I get for you this evening?”
Jason looked up in surprise and blushed slightly, making my stomach do a somersault. Their sister said, “Hi Melanie. We get to formally meet now, I’m Harmony. And I will have a Coke.”
She and her brother did look exactly alike. “Are you guys twins?” I blurted out.
“Yes,” her brother replied. “Nice to meet you, Melanie. I’m Jaden. How do you like Cashmere so far?”
“It’s okay, but slightly different from school in Australia.”
“I love your accent,” Jaden said.
“Thanks.” Jaden was handsome, but his brother was gorgeous.
“Melanie, how long have you been working here? My siblings and I come here often,” Jason interrupted and appeared to give his brother an evil glare.
“For just a few weeks.”
He looked like wanted to ask something else but didn’t.
“What can I get you guys to drink?” I didn’t want to stand there making goo-goo eyes at him.
“I will have a Coke,” Jaden said.
“And I will have a Sprite,” Jason replied.
“Coming right up.”
I brought them back their drinks, took their food order, and took care of my other tables. A little while later Ebony stood next to me, waiting on her order.
“I’ve noticed he keeps staring at you.”
“You know who. Jason.”
“Don’t you have tables to tend to?” I replied playfully.
“I just thought you should know.”
She winked at me and took her food order. He was eating a French fry. Gosh, he even looked sexy doing that. He caught my eye and signaled for me to come over.
“We’d like the check, please,” Harmony said.
“Sure,” I answered, pulling out the bill and placing it on the table.
“So Melanie, are you seeing anyone?” Jaden asked.
Excuse me! He was very direct. I had just met him. Harmony giggled, and Jason turned red. I cleared my throat. “No, not at the moment. Why?”
“Maybe we can hang out sometimes,” he replied with a smile. He leaned back and folded his arms behind his head, waiting for an answer. Harmony was amused, and Jason looked aggravated.
“Um no. Absolutely not.”
“Geez, well why not?”
“Because Ebony’s my friend first off, and second, I have my eye on someone else.”
“Oh, sorry. I didn’t know you guys were friends,” he replied, looking remorseful.
“Yeah, we are good friends,” I said, walking off.
I went to the kitchen and glanced back at their table. Harmony and Jason were laughing. Jaden appeared annoyed. Served him right. It was obvious he thought he was Mr. Casanova.
“What was Jaden talking to you about?” Ebony asked.
“Nothing much, the usual. He noticed my accent and wondered where I was from,” I lied. I wasn’t about to tell her he was flirting. He did apologize when he realized we were friends though, so maybe he wasn’t a total douche. I glanced back over to my section, but they were gone.
* * *
After my shift I stopped at the corner store. There were only a few cars in the parking lot, and no one in sight. I headed to my car, and hit the alarm. Before I could get the door open someone grabbed me from behind. I struggled against them, and fought with all my might, but he dragged me into the side alley. Another person charged from the side, and then something hit me in the head. I fell to the ground, and touched my throbbing wound. It was dark with only the side light from the building, so I couldn’t see the blood clearly. But I could feel the liquid stickiness on my fingers. I squinted in the dim light, straining to see my attackers, but I couldn’t see any facial features. They were blurry. They appeared to be males with short hair, and their broad body frame.
“Leave me alone!”
One man’s response was a kick to my stomach. I gasped and cringed in pain. Why was this happening to me? I had been told that burglaries and assault hardly ever happened on this side of town. Me and my rotten luck were going to make the crime rate sky rocket. Taking a deep breath, I gathered my courage, and tried to get up. One of the men pushed me back down. I saw an object in his hand, the silver color bounced off of the light. It was a knife. I had to find a way out of this. Heat pulsed through my body as I glared into his eyes. And fear consumed me with the black depths of them, dark as midnight. The other man held me down, and I fought to get out of his grasp. The one with the blade leaned closer to me. He didn’t have on a mask, but I still couldn’t make out his features. He was faceless. He thrust the blade against my neck. The pain was sharp, and tears sprang into my eyes.
“Please stop! Why are you doing this?”
He snorted. “Because the greater good has preordained it.”
Before I could contemplate his strange explanation he slit the knife against my throat.
Did you always wanted to be a writer? If not what did you want to be?
I have wanted to be an author since I was fifteen years old.
When did you first consider yourself a “writer”?
I first considered myself a writer when I wrote my first unpublished book when I was fifteen.
How long did it take to get your first book published?
Once I found out about Create Space it took around eight months to get my book published.
Do you do another job except for writing and can you tell us more about it?
Yes, my fulltime job is an Ultrasound tech. I scan everything from babies, to breast, and almost all body parts.
What is the name of your latest book, and if you had to summarize it in less than 20 words what would you say?
The name of my latest book is Melanie’s Evanescent Journey.
There are two sides to every story. This one is told from Melanie. From spiraling twists to devastating plots, her journey will make your question fate and true love.
Who is your publisher? Or do you self-publish?
I am self-published through Create Space publishing.
How long does it usually take you to write a book, from the original idea to finishing writing it?
My first book took me over four years to write. But now that I know the main plot and where it is going in each book, it’s a lot faster. Melanie Evanescent Journey, my companion novel took me around five months to write. And book #2 Sonar The Cyclone took me eight months to write.
What can we expect from you in the future? More books of the same genre? Books of a different genre?
You can expect more books from the same genres of fantasy, sci-fi, and paranormal-romance. The series that I am currently writing now is New Adult. But my next series will be Young Adult.
What genre would you place your books into?
Fantasy, Sci-fi, Paranormal-romance, Space opera
What made you decide to write that genre of book?
I decided to write in that genre because it’s my favorite to read.
Do you have a favorite character from your books? And why are they your favorite?
That’s hard because I like them all. But my favorites are my two heroines in my first novel, Sonar The Crashing.
How long have you been writing?, and who or what inspired you to write?
I have been writing on and off since I was fifteen. Writing has always been my passion, so I decided to put my thoughts into a story.
Do you have a certain routine you have for writing? ie You listen to music, sit in a certain chair?
I listen to music most of the time while I write scenes. That helps a lot. I do make notes and outlines beforehand when I first get an idea. But I don’t write the story in order. I write the story as it presents itself to me.
Do you choose a title first, or write the book then choose the title?
I choose the title after I know what the main plot of the story is. Also once I know certain aspects within the storyline.
How do you come up with characters names and place names in your books?
I develop the plot first, and then as the story unfolds the characters fall in line. As for names; I like unique names. I also like to use biblical names. For each of my series I like to have a cultural theme. For example; the Sonar series’ theme is Egypt.
Are there any hidden messages or morals contained in your books? (Morals as in like Aesops Fables type of "The moral of this story is..")
Yes, the hook to Melanie’s Evanescent Journey contains a hidden message. Love may cost a price if the greater good preordains that you are the sacrifice.
Forgive those who have hurt you most. Life is short and precious. We all make mistakes and everyone deserves a second chance.
Do you think books transfer to movies well? Which is you favorite/worst book to movie transfer?
A lot of times books do transfer over to movies well. It depends on who the director is. And it also helps if the author is a co-producer. My favorite movie transfer is Breaking Dawn part 1 & 2. I actually liked both of those movies better than the books. And it’s normally the other way around.
As for the worst, I was very disappointed in the True blood series. The first three years started off good and followed the books, but still had their own spin to it. The fourth book was my favorite. That season of True Blood was just okay. I don’t think they did the book justice though. And then it just went downhill from there.
My favorite color is purple.
My favorite color is purple.
Your favorite Author is?
My favorite authors are Stephanie Myers, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Jamie McGuire, and Jennifer Armentrout
I have wanted to be an author since I was fifteen years old and grateful to have accomplished this dream. I have three wonderful children and a husband who defines the person I am today. I work full-time as an Ultrasound technologist in Sugarland, Texas.
I have very vivid dreams and a wild imagination. I like to read, watch tons of TV shows, and movies. I’m addicted to romance and get a thrill out of action and suspense. I write New Adult Fantasy and Sci-fi
In the Sonar series it was fun to explore different elements of Sci-fi romance and create various realms of powers for my characters. I want to show my readers that Sci-fi can be fun, but also traumatic. I hope you guys enjoy the Sonar Series.