I’m very pleased to be part of the launch celebrations of The Chosen Path by Jason Hershey. The Chosen Path is the second book to feature Thelonious “Theo” Mitchell following To Die To Live and I’m delighted to have an extract to share with you today. The Chosen Path will be published tomorrow, 3rd May 2017, and is available for purchase here.
The Chosen Path
From the author of the emotional To Die To Live, comes the next riveting chapter of one man’s search to find his purpose in life.
Thelonious “Theo” Mitchell, now a college freshman, is eager to put the death of his friend, Draven, behind him. Devoting himself to school and sports, he meets Sabrinna, a beautiful co-ed who sweeps him off his feet. Untrusting and hidden behind a wall, he allows himself to fall for her.
Will he find his soulmate and someone who can restore his faith and trust in people? Or will she leave him reeling and continuing his search for a purpose in life?
An Extract from The Chosen Path
To be rejected when you give your heart, your whole heart, hurts. What was it inside me that allowed me to get hurt? Was I too nice? Was I too trusting? The questions kept replaying themselves over and over in my head. I felt like a victim of my own thoughts, beat down and weak, with no discernable way out. I just wanted someone for me. Someone who had my back and was down to love me.
I stood up off of the park bench and started to walk. I wasn’t sure where I was headed, but I needed a change. A change of heart, of outlook on life, of friends and future. I needed to straighten my life out, and fast. I walked slowly, taking my time to admire the quiet of the street. One thing about college in Kansas, it was quiet in the little town. I was able to reflect. I knew what I needed to do. It was doing it that was going to be hard. I didn’t know when I would tell people. The team had become my family. I loved those guys. They were a part of me and I was a part of them.
I couldn’t be around her, though. There was too much pain and hurt there for me. I was crushed every time I saw her. Every thought broke me down a bit more. I needed to remove myself from the situation before I forgot who I was.
I picked up a rock and threw it into the bushes, listening to it crash through the branches and leaves. When I was a child, I would stand in my backyard and throw rocks into the alley for hours on end. There was something therapeutic about it. The flight of the rock, free in the air, never knowing where it would land. I was the only person around and my footsteps echoed on the empty sidewalk. I knew that after tonight, my whole life would be different. I was ready for the change.
About Jason Hershey
Jason Hershey was originally from Phoenix, Arizona, but currently resides in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio with his wonderful family. He is a graduate of Bethel College in North Newton, Kansas with a BS in Elementary Education. Jason has always been a writer, but gave it up to work on his teaching career.