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Influenced by Patricia Josephine
“Influencers are the voices that whisper in our ears. Tiny Angels and Devil sitting on our shoulders and guiding our choices. They are sworn to thwart the other. It is their duty.
Or so they thought…
Nothing is as it seems and questions are piling up. Do Kale and Ariel have the strength to face the truth? Will Tony and Landon be forced to choose a side? Can Soleil break through to Kemuel? Three tales, three choices: Light. Dark. Or the shades of gray between.
Which one will win?”
If you like:
- Good vs Evil
- Short Stories
- Defying Destiny
Then this is the book for you!
Trigger Warnings: Self Harm/Cutting and Depression
Influenced is a collection of 3 short stories that follows three sets of angels and demons as they try to influence the human’s soul to be either good or bad during the time of the war between good and evil and each human soul could be the one to tip the scale.
All of the influences have this inherent pull to guide the human’s soul to their side, but there’s this want to explore and learn the more about the stuff other than what their are taught based on where they came from.
Without one part of the balance of the universe, the scale is unbalanced leaving the person who doesn’t have both the good and bad influence on their should an empty shell with no will to do anything, and the angel and demon finds that out that both sides are needed to keep the person functioning regardless of if the person is leaning more towards one side than the other.
They also find out that there are misconceptions on both sides that have to be reconsidered.
The short story Balance of Love, is the one with the teenage boy cutting when his moral compass got messed up when his angle and demon weren’t “doing their job”. I’m not one who has triggers, but it was so unexpected that I felt it the pain and sorrow and was upset by it. There were no actual cutting but references to the shallow cuts and the guy holding the razor about to do it but the influencers finally came to their senses.
I’d say that this book did a good job of showing the gray of the world where you have to have both the good and bad to balance a person.
Influence of Love
James Arnold didn’t blink an eye when the minuscule woman appeared out of thin air with a loud pop. He ignored her as he read the morning newspaper at the kitchen table. The small woman hovered in the air a moment, smoothing her white dress and wings. She combed her slender fingers through her golden hair then perched on his shoulder and whispered in his ear. He continued to read, ignoring her as if he didn’t even know she was there.
But that was the truth. He didn’t know she existed. She was nothing more than a tiny, invisible, angelic figure perched on his left shoulder, offering guidance that would lead him to the Light. And if he knew she was there, would he mind?
The voice came from James’ other shoulder, a rich tenor—the opposite of her soprano voice. She wrinkled her button nose as her opposite flitted in front of James’ face, purposely smacking the mortal on the nose in the process before landing next to her. James gave no sign he felt the blow, but she felt a bolt of irritation.
“Kale, we are not to disturb the mortal.”
Kale grinned impishly. His brown eyes sparkled under a mess of reddish-brown hair. Sticking out of the mop were two small, red horns. “Oh, come on, Ariel. It’s not like he notices. We could do the waltz in front of his face and he wouldn’t see.” He grabbed her by the waist and spun her in front of James’ face.
The world swam around Ariel and she struggled to free herself. Acidic thoughts not befitting an angel churned in her head. She leveled an icy glare at Kale but didn’t speak. Instead, she reined her emotions in and returned to her spot on James’ shoulder. Kale followed, still grinning.
“You’re impossible.” She sighed.
“Impossible?” He feigned hurt. “I think interesting is a more fitting term.”
Ariel snorted and focused on James who had started to rise from his chair but had stopped, as if unsure what to do next. She laid a hand on James’ ear and leaned in to whisper guidance. Out of the corner of her eye, she saw Kale take note. Before she could think to delay him, he bolted to his side. Feeling James’ decision waver, she spoke quickly, hoping and praying the mortal would heed her words and not whatever mischief Kale sought to lure James towards the Dark with.
About the Author:
Patricia Josephine is a writer of Urban Fantasy and Sci-Fi Romance books. She actually never set out to become a writer, and in fact, she was more interested in art and band in high school and college. Her dreams were of becoming an artist like Picasso. On a whim, she wrote down a story bouncing in her head for fun. That was the start of her writing journey, and she hasn’t regretted a moment. When she’s not writing, she’s watching Doctor Who or reading about serial killers. She’s an avid knitter. One can never have too much yarn. She writes Young Adult Paranormal, Science Fiction, and Fantasy under the name Patricia Lynne.
Patricia lives with her husband in Michigan, hopes one day to have what will resemble a small petting zoo, and has a fondness for dying her hair the colors of the rainbow.
Happy reading until next time,