Mind Waves Excerpt


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“Stay calm and let me do the talking.” Her savior mumbled, stepping in front of her to face her tormentor. “Let the girl go.” He called across the chasm.

“No need to shout,” the deadly voice said. “I can hear you clearly.”

“It’s me you want, not her. Let her go and you can have me.”

“Really? You would give in that easily? She means that much to you?”

Grace’s tormentor was clearly enjoying himself. “You’ve got it all wrong, you know. It’s not you I want. Grace is mine. I discovered her long before you, which gives me prior claim.”

Once again, something about the way the madman spoke sounded familiar to Grace. He must have been familiar to her helper, too, because he stared at the lunatic for a moment as if putting the pieces of an intricate puzzle together.

“You were after Grace all along. Why? She’s innocent. What can she possibly offer you? Unless…”

“You don’t even understand her true value, do you?” He let out a sinister laugh, pacing on the other side of the pit. “I’ve had the chance to poke around in her mind a bit. She’s strong like your Meg. I’m not letting her go. Which means you must.”

His arm flew out from his side, stretching like a giant rope across the gap in the earth and pulling her to his side.


David Jenkin’s recipe for a Classic Gin & Tonic with a twist. It’s not easy hacking into minds, changing thoughts and guarding the nation’s intellectual capital. In honor of my late English grandmother and after a long day on the job, I unwind with a classic British cocktail—a Gin & Tonic. Who doesn’t like this old favorite? It’s great any way you have it, but I like to replace the tonic with tea syrup for a tangy twist. Garnish with a slice of orange for perfection and enjoy.


40ml dry gin
25ml tea syrup
2 lemon wedges
2 orange wedges
1 grapefruit wedge
Orange twist/zest

Directions: Fill your cocktail shaker with ice, oranges, lemon and grapefruit wedges. Add the gin and tea syrup and shake. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with an orange.

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  1. Barb Hettinger

    Very interesting and smooth read Amanda. I would love to know when your book is published because I want to read the rest of the story. Thanks for sharing it with me. Great job.

    • amandauhl

      Thanks Barb! I’m making great progress.

  2. amandauhl

    Thanks…I just launched this site in May and am working to find an agent to publish this book. I’m also working on the second book in the series if you want to check it out…https://amandauhl.com/?page_id=251&preview=true.

  3. Michele O

    Oh no, I want to read the rest! You do such a good job of creating a mental picture of what the characters are doing and thinking. I love the high kicks feeling! Hope all your writing dreams come true 🙂

  4. Eiger's Mom

    I absolutely LOVE the rewrite! I am waiting with bated breath to read the rest. Please don’t keep me hanging too long!!!

    • amandauhl

      Thanks for re-reading Barb! Glad you liked it. I feel like I’m heading in the right direction.

  5. Eiger's Mom

    I thoroughly enjoyed listening to the audio chapters! I do hope you continue to add more audio files to your collection.

    • amandauhl

      Thanks…I enjoyed making them:)

  6. Jennifer Taylor

    I can’t wait to read it, Amanda! I love the title, and the excerpt was captivating.

    • amandauhl

      Thanks for checking out the excerpt Jennifer. I cannot wait to see it in print. The waiting is so hard!

  7. kim v

    I can’t wait to read more.

    • amandauhl

      Thanks for checking it out! I will let you know when I get the pre-order link.

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