Henderson author L. M. Smith started crafting stories and poems as a child and has always been fascinated by mythology and the paranormal. She embraces both along with a bit of sci-fi in her novel "The Citizens."
Smith capitalizes on apocalyptic concerns about Dec. 21, 2012, in a book about strangers abducted and transported to a mysterious town called Kolob. Seen through the eyes of Montana farm girl Jasmine Marshall, the novel's heroes fight to escape as they search for the identity of their captor.
Smith has launched a contest on her Facebook page to select one reader to feature in a cameo in the next book in her Jazz Nemesis series. Entries are due Sept. 1. For more information, visit facebook.com/authorlmsmith.
Excerpt from "The Citizens"
They were moving around the town one store at a time in a clockwise direction, making their next stop the book store.
"Shall we skip this one?" he suggested.
She was surprised. "I kind of thought that this might be our best shot at finding some clues or something," she said.
"Like what a 'How to survive being marooned in a strange ghost town' manual?" he teased.
"That would be nice, but I was thinking something more along the lines of a book on geography or an atlas of some kind."
"Geography?" Beck asked.
She sighed and reminded herself that he'd been in Afghanistan so the weather here might not seem as strange to him as it did to her.
"Well it was snowing in Montana last night, but it's got to be over 80 degrees here. So I'm thinking we're somewhere near or south of the equator. I thought a geography book might help us narrow it down a little bit based on the climate."