Wednesday, November 1, 2017

High Child - An Intriguing Addition to Series by J. T. Bishop

Gus put his own bottle down. "Come on, Starman. I want to see."
Royce tried to divert Gus's attention. "Why do you insist on calling me Starman?"
Gus eyes' narrowed. "You know why."
Royce studied the trees. "I know. Another one of your visions." He sighed, "You should stop calling me that."
"Why?" asked Gus. He settled back in his seat. "Does it make you uncomfortable?"
"It's not something I talk about."
Gus's mouth turned up. "Don't worry. It's not something I plan to share."
"I don't even know why you believe it. It was just a vision."
Gus spoke with certainty. "I always trust my visions. And I know what I saw. You come from the stars." He raised a hand to the sky.
Royce sat up but didn't respond. He stared at his fingers. Gus continued. "I suppose that has something to do with how you hide from bears that are standing right in front of you." Royce fidgeted...
"What is it Chief?" he asked. "Something on your mind?"
Gus was quiet and Royce waited. They both listened to the wind stir the leaves. "On this walk, I had another vision." Gus finally said.
"You told me. You saw me with the bear."
Gus shook his head. "Not that," he said. "Something else."
"What?" Royce tuned in to Gus's energy and felt the concern drift off the man. Since Gus rarely worried about anything, Royce perked up.
Gus shifted and held Royce's gaze. "You, my friend."
"Me, what?"
Gus studied his palms. "I saw death."
That made Royce straighten. "You saw what?"
"And there's a woman."
Royce didn't understand. He thought of his mother and sisters. "A woman? What woman?"
Gus's eyes drooped. "She will break your heart."
Royce didn't understand. He wasn't dating anyone, and considering who he was, he wondered if he ever would. "What the hell are you talking about, Chief? Other than my family, there are no women in my life."
Guy held his gaze. "Not yet."
Royce felt his body stiffen. "What are you saying?"
"I'm saying that there's trouble on the horizon. Someone's coming."
Royce though back on the previous six months and felt his belly curl in fear. He gripped the chair. "Who?"
Gus was unfazed. "Two maybe more. I can't be sure..."
...Royce gripped the rail. "Should I leave?"
Gus shook his head. "It's too late for that."
"Who are they? Do you know?"
Gus stood and went to stand next to Royce. "I didn't see that in my vision."
Royce didn't know what to think. "Damn it..." It was all he could think to say.
Gus spoke calmly. "But that might be the reason there's a car on the road, watching your house..."
"Leaving won't help. You must face this," said Gus. "You can not run from it."
"Run from what?" asked Royce. "What exactly am I running from?" He itched to race back to the house and start packing.
Gus didn't hesitate. "Your destiny, Starman. You have one and you must prepare for it."
Destiny can be a Deadly Choice

High Child is the fifth in the Red Line Series. This is my first book by J. T. Bishop and can assure you that this is definitely free standing, although I did get curious about what had happened to get the story to this point...

The book centers in on Royce Fletcher, who is living in a cabin in the woods, where we meet him while he is testing his paranormal skills of cloaking while a large bear is close by. The bear can definitely smell him, but cannot see him... Remember the bear because he gives payback later when he can see Royce!

While we get to know Royce, there is a murder in the nearby woods--no identification and with one shoe missing... Getting to know the sheriff and his son was a great sub-plot that I enjoy, especially when they both become part of the mystery...

Royce's friend, Gus, is a Native American. I loved his part as he uses the skills of our American Indian friends in sharing his visions to readers...He has "outed" the main character, Royce, as a man who comes from the stars...specifically from Eudora... Royce and his two sisters live on Earth, while their father lives on Eudora. Royce knows little about where he came from or his father, but made the rest of his family his responsibility when his father left. 

Through Gus' latest vision, Royce has become aware that new people are coming into his life... All strangers... Now he worries if he is the only family member who is in danger... But then Gus' vision begins to come true...
Destiny - Do you believe in destiny? Must you follow it or does it just happen? For Royce, Destiny came through that bear getting even and a new woman caring for his wounds...

And again, when a man and woman were waiting in his cabin, there, to present both more of his own history, and his destiny for the future...

Two women, both of whom Royce is drawn to...Will either of these break his heart as Gus' vision indicated? Readers have the delightful opportunity to follow Royce's relationships with both of them. Which woman will you choose for Royce... but remember, the vision claims his heart will be broken..

Readers are quickly caught up as the investigation of the first, and then another attack in the woods occurs, while Royce seems to have a central role in that, at the same time he is being, albeit, unwillingly, drawn toward his destiny... With this part of the vision, it needs to be kept secret as the story gets more and more complex, dangerous, and another amazing surprise brings more people into the story, including Royce's family members.

The story grows intense, intriguing and, in the end, unexpected as the surprising climax comes... Still, while a satisfactory ending, I felt that it could also be an early indication of what the next book will cover... Mainly, I'm hoping Royce's broken heart does not remain that way! I really enjoyed this book and wish my time would allow going back and catching up with the series... On this one, I do recommend you check out what has to be an epic series!


J. T. Bishop is the author of the Red-Line series, Gold Badge winner from Readers Review Room, and an Indie BRAG Medallion recipient for her first book, Red-Line: The Shift and her fourth book, Curse Breaker.

Born and raised in Dallas, TX, J. T. Bishop began writing in 2012. Two years later, the Red-Line trilogy was complete. She’s not done though. The Red-Line saga develops as she continues to write new books.

J. T. loves stories that explore character’s unique abilities and origins. What if extraterrestrials did walk among us? It’s a theme she finds intriguing and provides a wealth of inspiration for her books. Drama, angst, passion, and humor all add to the fun. A little bit of romance doesn’t hurt either.

J. T. loves to spend time with family and friends, traveling whenever she can, and spending time in nature (despite the heat in Texas). Getting up in the morning with a cup of coffee, ready to write is the start of a perfect day.

If you'd like updates on upcoming books and events, then connect with J. T. on the J. T. Bishop website (, her Facebook page ( and Twitter (@jtbishopauthor).

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