Yamaria achieves consciousness as a child, guided by an ethereal being. She inherits a locket, eventually accessing space and time. As a child she had the ability to manifest, the abiility to transcend the material and her point of time and existence through a form of her unconscious state. Yamaria reunites with a former co-ed, Salvatore, who is handsome, tall, well-bred and only recently left his work in the sciences. He is now an esteemed businessman in his family valuable conglomerate. Though hesitant, Yamaria agrees to court her former university colleague. She and Salvatore are being watched. Nonetheless they grow in natural affection. Somehow Salvatore knows that Yamaria was always the one with whom is future lies. A man who knew Yamaria’s mother before she was even born named Antonio transverses time seeking revenge against their world. Yamaria discovers three others at the point where space meets time. They were placed in different worlds with an enchanted heirloom, defeating Antonio. Livianna, one of whom she met at the insterstice, dies. Time is paused. Basilia assists Antonio as revenge against her parents. The mystical being destroys Antonio. Basilia sacrifices herself as recompense. Salvatore proposes to Yamaria. Livianna returns from the dead. Gidadina still possesses the ancient text which shakes as a warning of something yet to come.
Targeted Age Group:: 14+
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
Circumstance and a yearning to write beyond what I had been before. Silhouette Lost is the first of two fiction books I wrote. I wanted to use whatever spare time I had and one night I could not fall asleep. All these ideas were stirring in my head. I initially jotted some notes about the what names I would call the characters, whether their names would have any hidden meaning and a line or two about the main plot. Since then I generally do not outline or make notes. It was a time in my life in which a jolt of literary energy surfaced. Writing a novel was still new to me. I go into details on what inspired me to write this book in the preface of Silhouette Lost, now available as an ebook at select online retailers.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
Well, I have always written characters of multi-racial heritage. Italy is a country that I have always wanted to visit but have yet to. I thought it interesting to write the protagonist and some of the other characters to have at least partial Italian heritage. Yamaria's love interest is full European Italian. She is beautiful, bashful, intelligent, but capable. He is suave, intelligent and business savvy. Before they enter into the realm of unexpected possibilities, I understood that their complimentary traits would help guide them throughout subsequent adventures throughout the series. Where and how, I had yet to imagine.
“It’s like a dream, and please do not wake me if it is so,” she said. The wind was
toggling her carefully crafted fishtail pony. The wind was so brisk it flowed straight through Salvatore’s loose linen button up shirt.
“This is real and there will be so much more I hope to show you, not just today or
tomorrow…” Salvatore said. A flock of birds caught his eye. He had not noticed Yamaria was gone until he turned back around and heard her yelling his name. Yamaria had stumbled and fallen backwards over an embedded stone. She continued falling from the cliff which had a rounded tip and dipped inward throughout its rugged descending contours to its based below the somewhat still waters. Yamaria managed to grab right underneath the rugged surface and held on dearly calling for Salvatore. Her legs dangled for a few seconds before she tried to kick her left leg closest to the cliff. Yamaria realized that all she was doing was losing energy and causing her fingers to lose her grip. “Yamaria! Yamaria!” Salvatore yelled. “Hold on!” He went to the edge of the cliff and reached out his right hand, the span of distance was too great that their hands met only halfway. “I cannot lose you, not ever! Just stay calm and I’ll get some rope, a raft, and help from the locals. Just do not let go, ok?!”
“I am trying but the rock is too rough and it is hurting my hands!” Yamaria cried. She felt a surge of force behind her which she concluded arose from her inner strength awakened by extreme circumstances. Yamaria was lifting upward, and stretching her legs forward focusing on the terrain closest to her. She fell forward but felt no real pain, only a bit embarrassed. By the time Salvatore returned with gear and help, Yamaria had already recovered and was safely back on top of the cliff. Salvatore rushed towards her and lifted her off the ground.
“How did you even…are you alright? Was someone here already?” Salvatore asked.
“Calm down Salvatore. I’m fine, I think,” Yamaria said.
“I’m not letting you out of my sight for one second.”
“As you wish, but I am telling you that I am fine. I am just unsure how I was able to do that, or even if I did.”
“La vostra bella signora è forte,” one man said. “Your beautiful lady is strong.”
Patricia M. Muhammad is an multi-genre fiction author of crossover contemporary romance/science fiction, science fiction/fantasy, mystery, magical realism and historical romance genres. She has currently written 22 novels.
Patricia often incorporates characters of multi-racial heritage and interracial relationships into her books. As a young girl, she often found herself immersed in the stories of fictional characters; from animated animals to youth who were amateur detectives, to a young girl survivor on a mission to save her younger brother off the coast of the wilderness. These stories contributed to her budding imagination.
She is currently working on her next book manuscript.