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The Highly Capable

by Jayme Beddingfield

The Highly Capable Front Cover

Book Info

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Published by: Booktrope Publishing

Expected Publication Date: November 13, 2015

Cover Design by: Greg Simanson


Blurb

What would you do if you could control objects with your mind?

Would you be able to choose between right and wrong?

Eighteen-year-old Ruby Dawson was born with the powers to move things with her mind. She thought she was the only one of her kind until she met Tristan-a self-destructive drug addict and a crew of super-powered thieves. Working in the shadows, the crew follows their fire conjuring leader, Madison, as they descend further and further into the world of organized crime. Ruby finds herself in a whirlwind of wrong decisions, lies, murder, and realizations she isn’t ready to face. As Ruby watches Tristan disappear further into his drug addiction and her team fight for more money and territory, she struggles with who she has become.

Can Ruby walk away from the closest thing she has to a family and be the hero she is actually meant to be?

The Highly Capable- Volume One of the Ruby Dawson Saga, an urban fantasy, is a tormenting and emotional tale of self-discovery.


Excerpt

LIFE MASTERS THE ELEMENT of surprise. Everything goes on just the way it always does until something unexpected turns the world on its head. Change isn’t something to plan for; it is an event to embrace when it presents itself, because it always will. I walk quiet and slow down an unfamiliar hallway with a sour feeling in my stomach. Something just isn’t right tonight.

“Ruby, let’s check in here. It looks like the master bedroom,” Brody whispers as he ducks into a room at the end of the long, dark hallway.

“It’s crazy how some people carry on such lavish existences,” I whisper back. My toes will touch his heels if I’m not careful. Getting through this night quickly is best. This house is enormous and decorated to the nines—probably like most houses on top of Queen Anne.

Tonight has a strange odor. I couldn’t smell it while I was eating my cheeseburger on the boat, and I couldn’t smell it when my phone rang—but I smelled it the second Tristan and Tolkien didn’t show up. Now that Madison, Julian, Brody, and I are rummaging around in an empty house, I can’t escape the weight of it.

We shouldn’t run jobs without the whole group. All our talents play important parts. I don’t like that Tristan and Tolkien aren’t here. Our current tasks have the advantage, over us—not something I’m used to feeling. The others probably got high and forgot we were meeting here instead of at Brody and Julian’s. I almost forgot, too. Madison changes protocol on us daily.

I’m usually pretty confident when we’re robbing houses. Being telekinetic takes a lot of hassle out of theft—that’s why we’re here. Our abilities make it easy. However, tonight, I don’t feel confident. The smell of something not quite right is now in my bones.

It’s hard to pinpoint what the cause is just yet.


About the Author

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Jayme Beddingfield has been crafting stories since her third grade assignment to write her own fairytale.She has been writing professionally for five years. Originally from Northern New Jersey she now lives in Seattle, the city of her dreams. She lives with her husband, two children, and slew of adopted pets. jaymethescribbler.com

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Guest Post

  I have been keeping a steady stream of short stories part of my routine lately. Short stories are a great resource for me to use when working out different character concepts and story arcs. Since I just recently released, The Highly Capable, which is book one of The Ruby Dawson Saga, and I’m breaking ground on book 2, I thought using backstory I had noted for Ruby. I put together a short story from Ruby’s past. I hope you enjoy, and thanks for reading.

Two Years Earlier
Some moments are quicker than others. Five seconds can be the difference between carrying on down the same path and taking a sharp left turn blindfolded.
    It was a Tuesday. The rain had been pouring down for the third straight day. It also happened to be my sixteenth birthday. It felt more like the day was making how long I’ve been on the street than actually celebrating my life. It was exactly two years since my mom took off. As a little girl, my ability to move objects with my mind was only a secret, my dad took to his grave. But, I’m certain I wouldn’t have been able to survive on the streets by myself without my telekinesis. I can take what I need without putting myself in real harm. Up close I’m not a fighter. I don’t care for violence, but I take some and I help when I see something I can do. I was always able to get collect enough from other people’s pockets to eat pretty well and keep myself in some clothes. Unfortunately, I hadn’t been able to hold a place for very long.
Living in the shadows means I exist somewhere slightly different than most. It’s difficult to find others when traveling in the dark. Loneliness, was part of the curse, part of my story. I had taken the last bite of chocolate cupcake I bought for myself, then tossed the wax paper wrapper in the trash can next to a sculpture of a large pig covered in pictures of tiny wings.
    As I made my way down the low-lit market stairs, heading to the waterfront, I heard hurried and muffled voices coming from the bottom of the stairwell. I continued, but I had slowed down considerably.
    The shadows of three figures cast themselves on the stairs as I got closer to the bottom.
I saw the girl first. She was a little older than me and had straight dark, black hair and pale skin. Her large, red lips curled into a scowl. She stepped toward a male slightly larger than her, but almost as thin. He took a step back. His blond hair covered his eyes.
    “I won’t let it happen again, but we all know the power is shifting. There was too many of us under Blake.” He said this continuing to step away.
    Another male took a step closer to the two. His muscles were massive and unnatural looking. “We’re being watched closely,” was all he said. Then he looked at his heigh-high boot wearing co-pilot and said, “We should roll, now,” the body builder growled.
    She nodded with unmoving hair.
    I stayed tucked against the wall. As they walked away, leaving the blond by himself. He dusted off his pants, then quickly and nervously ran his hands through his hair. He seemed to be waiting for something. I pressed my back firmly against the wall, doing my best intimidation of being part of the darkness. The guy pulled his gray hood up as he gave a quick glance around him. Just like that he started to fade like a failing television set. I squinted my eyes trying my hardest to understand what I was seeing, but he did intact continue to fade away until he had completely disappeared. Suddenly, a wave washed over me. The possibly of others’ like me hadn’t occurred to me. I had to fight out more.

Author Question

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer? 
In second grade, book clubs started at my school. My first project was on Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson. That book was a big deal for me. I remember thinking, one day I want to make someone feel the way I felt. That was truly the begin of my writing and reading. I’ve been story obsessed ever since.

Character Question

What is your greatest fear?
My greatest fear is that I look in the mirror and see what I should be fighting. The truth is everyone is given different gifts and different flaws. Not a single one of us is playing with the same cards. That being said, it is important that I’m not part of the noise. I don’t want to look at myself and see that I’m part of the problem.

Review

I received an advanced reader’s copy of The Highly Capable in exchange for an honest review. I really enjoyed this story because subjects about the paranormal peek my interest. This story begins with a girl named Ruby. She has a powerful mind, one that she can use to control objects with. Ruby has a few problems though, even though she is “highly capable” of controlling other objects—her emotions are out of her control. She must decide whether to stay with the group who took her in and helped her control her powers…or to leave. The group that she is with, each individual also has a special ability…but they use them to manipulate “regulars” and commit crimes. Once Ruby’s powers start to grow, she not only hears what others are thinking, but she feels the pain that she inflicts on them. Will she be able to leave the group without being hunted down herself or will the pain she causes—ultimately break her?

My favorite characters in this story are Ruby and Charlie. Ruby is smart, sensible, pretty and wickedly powerful. She knows that her powers can kill—she has done it countless times to protect the group and their secrets. When Madison, the group leader, decides that they must become criminals—or worse, drug dealers…Ruby must make a choice. She is smart, she understands what drugs can do to people—mainly her ex-boyfriend who she is forced to take care of time and time again. The guilt that she feels after every kill finally leads her to Charlie and Darcy. Charlie is the first “regular” that she has let get away after finding out about her secret. Charlie is very trusting, shy and has an easy going personality. He cares about Ruby in a way that she has never known and at first, it scares her. She is afraid for her life, but when the she meets Darcy—she knows that she can’t be scared forever. She needs to boost her confidence and get her priorities straight before she is led down a path that she cannot come back from.

I really liked reading this book and I found it to be one of those, edge of my seat reads. I instantly wanted to know what was next after almost every scene. I did notice that there were a few inconsistencies, like hair color and grammatical content. Overall, the story was pretty interesting and I would definitely recommend it to friends and fans of the paranormal and science fiction genres. Her writing style is wonderful and the pace is quick, which I enjoy. This author does a superb job with character development and everything was easy to picture. I rate this story with five stars, due to originality and creativity along with other aspects already mentioned. After reading this, I can totally see myself picking up another book by this author.


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