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"The running that we were now constantly doing seemed a relevant juxtaposition to my whole life. With each step away from my past I realized that I had always been running from the truth. I hadn't asked the right questions, sure like Sara had said, I had argued, but about pointless things. Now as I flashed back over the past sixteen years of my life I tried to think of some sort of gap, something that would show what I had been missing. Somehow I couldn't find it. I did think that something had to have gone wrong more than they had led on for us to need to be protected, but this? The world was now run like the Wild West, guerilla warfare was the enforcement, and there was no safe place. It was obvious from the way Hunter fought that everyone needed to be skilled in fighting to survive—especially the men. The society was obviously patriarchal, so maybe that was why I had seen nothing. I wasn't meant to. I was supposed to do as I always had—read, study when my dad chose it to be the school year, do chores and look pretty. I wasn't really supposed to use my brain. I was supposed to keep my mouth shut. That was how I had made myself a target to them. I had wanted to use my brain. I had not wanted to be talked at—I had wanted to understand, and when my family has grown tired of my questions I had grown cold. I had grown silent until the rare occasion where I couldn’t hold back my thoughts anymore. I glanced over at Hunter and realized, although he had been molded far harsher than I had, he had become cold in the same fashion. My family had essentially given up on me, and I supposed that was because I was a girl, but Hunter had been broken and reshaped. I knew because he hadn't killed me that they hadn't truly tamed him. Inside Hunter was still who he had always been, and just like me, he had modified his exterior to be what they had wanted. Cold, unquestioning and subservient. In that instant anger began to rush over me at the thought. We were headed right towards those people. I would have to meet them and be what they wanted me to be—the same thing my family had wanted me to be. Sixteen years, and I knew I still hadn't learned, but then I hadn't realized it would get me killed. Now I knew that everything I said and did would be held against me. The worst thing was that we had to do what we hated the most to survive—lie. Drown in the lies. Breathe them like air. I took a deep breath and looked over at Hunter’s chiseled figure and haunting eyes. We had one thing that we hadn't had before—each other. At least we had that truth."
Cassandra Giovanni is an avid writer of young adult novels and can’t wait to share her work with you. The genres of her novels include dystopian, paranormal, mystery and romance all aimed at appealing to adults and young adults alike. Her personal goal with her writing is to show the reader the character’s stories through their dialogue and actions instead of just telling the reader what is happening. She began writing at a very young age, in fact from the moment she could draw she was telling stories that way. At age seven she won a contest in American Girl Doll to have a chapter she had written published. From that point on she was always writing, if not on paper than in her head. In May 2012 she published her first novel, In Between Seasons, which demonstrated her unique writing style and approach to the genre of post-apocalyptic fiction. On Halloween 2012 Cassandra released her second novel, Walking in the Shadows. This novel puts a new twist on the obsession of vampires in literature and explores some of the darkest parts of human nature, while still showing that there is always hope–if we only choose to believe in ourselves.
Cassandra is also a professional photographer with areas of interest such as car features, floral and architecture. Her photography company, Gio Design Studios, will be transitioning into a publication marketing company that designs covers and marketing materials for authors utilizing the company’s photography. She is currently studying to receive her associates degree in Marketing. Cassandra is happily married to the man of her dreams and they live in the rolling hills of New England with the other love of her life their dog, Bubski.
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