Shine: A Novel (Shine Novel Series Book 1)

Shine Novel 1 Aura was only trying to use her healing powers to help a small child. But when she Shined, something went horribly wrong—and Seattle was destroyed. In the aftermath of this disaster, the government institutionalizes Shines in "rehabilitative treatment centers." Aura is sent to the Transforming Your Light island rehab—but to her it seems more like a prison. The other Shines hate her. The people running the place are out to get her. And she feels certain more is going on here than "group grope" and twelve-step sessions. But when she tumbles onto the horrible secret lurking beneath the rehab—she realizes just how great the danger to her and the other Shines really is.

Aura resolves to escape before it's too late. But she can only do that if she organizes the Shines, persuades them to work together, and overcomes the deadly opposition she only barely understands.

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About the Shine Series

Shine is a new monthly series from nationally bestselling author William Bernhardt. Each month a new installment will be released. The first story arc will be spread over the first five months, followed by stories set in the same universe by other authors selected and invited by Bernhardt, until Bernhardt launches his second multi-part story arc in mid-2014.

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Shine 1: Childhood's End

Shine 1: Childhood's End In the near future, a few young women manifest extraordinary abilities called "Shine." Each girl's ability is different. Some develop extraordinary mental abilities. Some become physically strong. Others have powers that defy description. But the world does not embrace these Shines. It fears them.

Aura was only trying to use her healing powers to help a small child. But when she Shined, something went horribly wrong--and Seattle was destroyed. In the aftermath of this disaster, the government institutionalizes Shines in "rehabilitative treatment centers." Aura is sent to the Transforming Your Light island rehab--but to her it seems more like a prison. The other Shines hate her. The people running the place are out to get her. And she feels certain more is going on here than "group grope" and twelve-step programs. But when she tumbles onto the horrible secret beneath the rehab--she realizes just how great the danger to her and all the other Shines really is. Aura resolves to escape before it's too late. But she can only do that if she organizes the Shines, persuades them to work together, and overcomes the deadly opposition she only barely understands.

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Download an audio file of chapter 1 being narrated by Lara Wells (MP3 format).

Shine #2: Roses in the Ashes

Shine 2: Roses in the Ashes In the near future, a few young women manifest extraordinary abilities called "Shine." Each girl's ability is different. Some develop extraordinary mental abilities. Some become physically strong. Others have powers that defy description. But the world does not embrace these Shines. It fears them—especially after the destruction of Seattle is blamed on one Shine named Aura.

After being locked up in the Transforming Your Light "rehab" on Antolina Island, Aura tried to adjust to life with six other Shines and the domineering Dr. Coutant. But a chance encounter with the Shine known as Perfume--soon found dead in the epicenter of a huge explosion in Santa Monica--told her more was happening at TYL than group therapy. Her investigations led her to a underground cellblock where she realized the hideous truth about TYL was far more horrific than she imagined--just before she was captured by Coutant and her goons. Now she must somehow survive a brutal interrogation and find some way to escape. But how can she escape from an isolated island in the Pacific? And how can she organize the other Shines--who she's certain hate her--and get them to work together for their mutual benefit before the government, the Shine Surveillance System, or the mysterious forces at TYL destroy them all?

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Shine #3: Pandora's Daughters

Shine 3 After her horrifying discovery of the underground cellblock where many Shine prisoners—and her mother—were held and experimented on, Aura resolved to escape from the TYL "rehab." Unaware of the government and scientific conspiracies swirling around her, she developed a plan with the other Shines utilizing their special abilities and, most importantly, teamwork. They blew a hole in the electrified wall surrounding TYL, but soon after they were apprehended by Dr. Coutant and her associates, who appeared to have advance knowledge of the escape attempt. Now she must somehow survive cruel retaliation and successfully find some way off the island—before it's too late.

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Shine #4: Renegades

Shine 4 After her unsuccessful attempt to escape from the Transforming Your Light "rehab" on Antolina Island, Aura was subjected to abusive treatment and increased pressure to submit to invasive brain surgery and testing. Aura remained strong and tried to unite the Shines into a cohesive unit. To her astonishment, during a twelve-step meeting, the TYL complex was destroyed. After a skirmish with Agent Coal and her quasi-military team, Aura and the other Shines managed to escape. Now free but hiding as outlaws, Aura must find a way to combat the anti-Shine threat led by Reverend Trent and the SSS, and find out what happened to her mother and the other Shines imprisoned underground at TYL—before it's too late.

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Shine #5: Who's Gonna Stop Me?

Shine 5 Aura and the other Shines escaped from the TYL "rehab" in the aftermath of a titanic explosion that leveled the facility. They holed up in the abandoned basement of an LA library where Mnemo once worked, unaware that Dr. Estes and Reverend Trent were working together to deal with the "Shine infestation." Aura decided they should infiltrate Trent's mansion—a decision that led to their capture. Trent told Aura about his plan to "descend" the Shines and use them to breed a new superior race he can control. Somehow, Aura and the other Shines must escape from Trent and combat the powerful forces gathering against them.

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