Dez thought she knew who her mother was, who she was. Thought she had friends, a boy who loved her, and a school where she finally fit in.
But across the veil linking our world and the next lurks a monster which can annihilate. . .or liberate her. Now she must confront it there with help from one boy who loves her and one who can't stand the sight of her.
Dez thought she understood her tiger form, her deepest self. But in this treacherous place, she'll have to choose between the two halves of her soul--and determine which world survives.
Othersphere is the third and final installment in Nina Berry's acclaimed young adult Otherkin series, which blends romance, fantasy, and action in a powerful story of friendship and self-acceptance.
by Nina Berry
I grew up in Hawaii and was nine years old when my Dad taught me to bodysurf at this spectacular beach with its soft, sugar-white sand and friendly turquoise waves. It’s my favorite place on earth. I go back at least once a year.
Here it is on a typical Friday afternoon (my own photo):
As much as I travel, I love being at home on my comfy green couch. It’s where I entertain friends, hang with my cats, watch TV, and, most importantly, where I wrote every single one my books.
I fell so hard for Ancient Egypt at the age of seven that I nearly became an Egyptologist. I finally got to Egypt in 2003 and felt utterly serene cruising down the Nile, watching birds flit over the green cultivated fields with the pink-gold desert hills in the background. It was like home.
Here’s a photo of fishermen I took from the upper deck of our boat. It would’ve looked much the same in the days of the pharaohs.
I’m an Anglophile, so to walk the streets where the Beatles, Queen Elizabeth I (well, sort of), and Monty Python dwelled is like stepping straight into my childhood fantasies.
When the sun shines through the stained glass walls of the upper chapel, it’s as if you’ve been enfolded in the wings of a celestial butterfly.
If forced to pick just one place in this marvelous country, I’d choose the balcony of our hotel room in the Hotel Milano in Varenna, Italy, a tiny town on Lake Como.
See the yellow terrace right in the center with the green umbrellas? That’s where we lounged, for many sunny days just like the one. Damn, I’m a lucky girl.
I’m as comfortable there as I am in my own home. It’s is where I can say anything and frequently laugh my butt off.
Where once-abused elephants become happy, free elephants, and you get to be their friend. Picked every year as one of the top ten animal sanctuaries to visit in the world. (Go to blesele.org for info.)
Here’s a photo of me (please excuse the baggy pants; it was very early in the morning.) with (left to right) Wassana, Lotus, and Pang Dow, making sure they have enough bananas.
The home of my ancestors with purple-green hills covered in crooked stone walls, cows on the beaches, soft rain-showers, and the friendliest people on earth.
Oh, the smell of books. More than anything I love the sight of shelves groaning under the weight of all those ideas. A library is the one place that allows you to travel anywhere and learn anything. It’s where you connect to people you’ll never meet or who never were. It’s where stories live. It’s magic.
Nina Berry is the author of the acclaimed YA paranormal OTHERKIN series from KTeen and the upcoming historical thriller PAGAN JONES series from Harlequin Teen. She grew up bodysurfing in Hawaii, learned to throw snowballs at the University of Chicago, and now lives and works in Hollywood, pretending to lead the glamorous life.
When she’s not traveling, reading or tweeting links to save the tiger, she writes all kinds of things, some of which might surprise you.
Nina blogs at ninaberry.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @Ninaberry or hang out with her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/writerninaberry.
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