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The Forest Portal tells the story of three teens as they
embark on an amazing journey through time. Thrilled about the last day of
school, Cameron Maine, his younger sister Collette, along with their friend
Taden, decide to go to the beach for an afternoon of fun and relaxation, but
Cameron has other plans he has not revealed to the other two. He tells them he
wants help collecting seaweed, shells, and other seashore items. Taden
questions his friend’s request, but reluctantly decides to lend a hand.
Cameron has plans to develop a sealant that turns old
wood new again. Taden, feeling doubtful about the plausibility of Cameron new
project soon discovers, along with Cameron and Collette that the sealant
actually turns out to be a paint that has the ability to turn wood bight,
rainbow colors. Excited, the three decide to paint some trees in a heavily
wooded area behind Cameron and Collette’s house. The three soon discover, to
there amazement that the two freshly painted trees has the ability to transport
them into another time, another place. The trio find themselves probing even
more into a dimension so bizarre, deeper into the realm of an unknown world
that they discovered, sending them on a journey that makes a summer they will
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Born in Chelsea Massachusetts, she has two grown
daughters, and seven "furry babies. Three cats, two dogs and two pet
She's always enjoyed writing ever since she was in
Elementary school. Melody can remember the feeling of excitement she would get
whenever her English teacher wanted the class to write a story. Once when she
was in the third grade, the teacher wanted all of the class to write a short
story of any topic of their choosing. Melody wrote a comedy about a dog and a
cat. Unable to remember all of the story now, she does remember reading it and
the class loved it! Ms. Dempsey also remembers the story was about the comedic
antics of one dog and a mean cat. The story ended with the dog being chased up
a tree. That image is still funny and it got her the first place blue ribbon!
Melody actually started to write seriously when she was
around 14 years old. During the summer months she found that she had more time
on my hands, loving to read more in her early teen years.
After reflecting back on the materials read, she would
find herself with pen in hand, paper in front of her,(there were no home
computers back then), and she would start to create her own stories. Ms.
Dempsey's always been very fond of fiction, adventure, human interest stories,
mystery, and thriller novels and also enjoys comedies, and of course, stories
Excerpt from Book:
Taden grabbed Collette and held her tight to him, her
face only an inch
from his. She looked surprised. He looked intently into
her eyes, his still
filled with anger.
“Look, I’m not gong to let you go through by yourself!!
We’ll just get
in trouble together, ok?”
“Ok” Collette answered softly, a look of surprise filled
Taden loosened his grip a little, still looking into her
eyes; the anger
quickly leaving them as a look of warmth and desire
flooded in. He gently
touched her face.
“I couldn’t take it if something happened to you
Collette,” he said
softly, then he gently kissed her, pressing her closer to
Collette put her arms around his neck. She started to run
through his hair. She felt herself liquidate as he
pressed her body closer
to his; kissing her with more passion. Collette could
feel his strong body
getting more intense. She started to try to loosen his
hold on her, afraid
she may completely let her guard down. Taden pulled her
closer to him.
“Taden, no!” she cried, as she pulled away from him. The
on Taden’s face was quickly replaced with a look of
“Collette, God, I’m sorry. I don’t know…” He wished the
would open up and swallow him.
Collette gazed at him, still feeling the heat of his kiss
on her lips.
Taden was tall and well built from doing work on his
aunt’s farm from
time to time. He was an excellent horseback rider.
“It’s ok Taden. I got carried away too,” she said, trying
looking at him too hard.
She noticed that he was aroused, but she didn’t want him
to know that
she knew. Taden sighed and sat on the ground. He rubbed
through his thick dark brown hair. Collette sat down
Taden found himself melting back into the memory of
sweet tasting lips; the feel of her sensuous slender
curves under his hands
as he caressed her delicate body. Collette reveled in the
Taden’s sensuous, strong arms holding her; his kisses
her lips. After a few moments of silence, Taden spoke up.
“Well, we had
better go and find Cam.”
Collette agreed. They both got up and stood in front of
the two trees.
Taden took Collette’s hand. “Ready,” he asked, giving her
a slight smile.
“Yeah,” she replied
They both stepped through the two trees.
Cam was over by the big rock, squatting down. They ran to
“Cam, what the hell did you come back here for?” asked
A very surprised Cam quickly turned around. “Collette!
down!!” he demanded in a loud whisper.
Both Collette and Taden quickly squatted down. Cam glared
sister and his friend.
“What in the hell are you two doing here?” he growled,
scowling at the
both of them. Collette looked at her brother.
“What the hell are you doing here Cam, and what’s going
“Shhh! Keep your voice down!” he whispered loudly, the
on his face. Taden gave his friend a hard look. “Cam, she
and I were
worried about you,” he snapped in a low voice.
Cam looked at Taden, then at Collette, his expression
“Listen guys, I just heard that guy standing by the apple
threaten someone. I think it’s another man,” he said,
the big tree.
“I didn’t see the other guy. He’s behind that tree
somewhere, but I
heard him. They were yelling at each other. I heard the
man by the tree;
see, the one standing there.” Cam pointed to the large
“I heard him say something about killing some girl the
next time. I
don’t know what that’s all about, but it sounds serious
The trio looked towards the tree. The two men continued
Suddenly there was a gunshot! The man that was standing
by the large
tree fell to the ground. They saw another man with a gun
sight. Collette made a sound as she drew back her breath.