August 13, 2012

A Human Element by Donna Galanti: Virtual Excerpt Tour {Goddess Fish}

One by one, Laura Armstrong’s friends and adoptive family members are being murdered, and despite her unique healing powers, she can do nothing to stop it. The savage killer haunts her dreams, tormenting her with the promise that she is next.

Determined to find the killer, she follows her visions to the site of a crashed meteorite–her hometown. There, she meets Ben Fieldstone, who seeks answers about his parents’ death the night the meteorite struck. In a race to stop a mad man, they unravel a frightening secret that binds them together. But the killer’s desire to destroy Laura face-to-face leads to a showdown that puts Laura and Ben’s emotional relationship and Laura’s pure spirit to the test. With the killer closing in, Laura discovers her destiny is linked to his and she has two choices–redeem him or kill him.

Reviewers are saying…

“A HUMAN ELEMENT is an elegant and haunting first novel. Unrelenting, devious but full of heart. Highly recommended.” –Jonathan Maberry, New York Times best-selling author of DEAD OF NIGHT

“A thrilling ride full of believable characters, a terrifying villain, an epic battle for survival, and a love worth killing for. A page-turner filled with fascinating twists and turns!” – Marie Lamba, author of WHAT I MEANT

Outside a drowning deluge of May showers beat down on the roof. Tree branches whipped at the room's windows. They scratched the glass over and over as if to claw their way in and entangle him in their punishing snare.

The slippery body inside the girl gave way. "It's coming!"

With her last bit of strength, the girl clutched Doctor Britton's coat. "Don't let me see it!"

He peeled her fingers from him with gloved hands, leaving her blood on his coat.

She smiled and closed her eyes. "But if it's girl . . . name her Laura."

"Sarah, you've got to push." Doctor Britton allowed himself to say her name for the first time that night. "Pull your legs up and bear down now." But the girl's eyes remained closed. "Nurse, push her legs up further. We need to widen the birth canal."

The nurse hesitated. She didn't want to touch the girl.


The nurse pushed up on the girl's legs until Doctor Britton had the baby firm in his grasp. He pulled with care, suddenly wishing the girl would live. The amount of blood gushing between her legs suggested otherwise. The head stretched and ripped the girl with its savage size. In a sliding, silent whoosh, he pulled out the child.

"Oh, my God," the nurse whispered.

They stared at the boy he held in both hands. It must have weighed twelve pounds. Through the blood and mucus covering it, the child gleamed pale as the moon. The pulse throbbed through translucent veins with a life force so strong it had ruptured its way into the world. Its forehead was a bulbous mass protruding from a Neanderthal-like skull.

Donna Galanti Bio: Donna Galanti is the author of the paranormal suspense novel A HUMAN ELEMENT (Echelon Press). Donna has a B.A. in English and a background in marketing. She is a member of International Thriller Writers, Horror Writers Association, The Greater Lehigh Valley Writers Group, and Pennwriters. She lives with her family in an old farmhouse in PA with lots of nooks, fireplaces, and stinkbugs but sadly, no ghosts. Website | Twitter | Facebook | Blog

Purchase A HUMAN ELEMENT here: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Giveaway: A $50 Amazon Gift Card will be given away to one random commenter throughout the tour. So comment below and follow the rest of the tour for more chances to win!


  1. A HUMAN ELEMENT looks like an exciting read. I read the excerpt twice. Fascinating!!


  2. Kate and Jess, thanks so much for hosting me! Love your blog and fun to be here. Will pop in during the tour and hope to chat with folks!

  3. Marybelle, thanks for stopping by. Glad you liked the excerpt! As a mother, it was intense for me to write :) I'm also nearly done with the sequel called A Hidden Element. If you like A Human Element I hope you'll like Book 2.

  4. Oh man this looks interesting. That excerpt is something. :P

  5. Leah, glad you enjoyed! Good luck on the giveaway!

  6. I am intrigued by this book like crazy! I am looking forward to learning more about it!!


  7. Yowch, that looks intense! Promises to be an interesting tour.


    1. Hope you stay in touch the rest of the tour! Definitely some twisted and hopeful "sneak peeks" coming up :)

  8. Chelsea, good luck with the giveaway and hope you enjoy the book. It's a cross genre book so has something for all - sci-fi, romance, horror, and paranormal. There is a strong element of adoption/being an only child in it - which I am adopted child so can relate to my characters. All are raised alone eventually and deal with it in different ways - good and bad.

  9. Wow. This book sounds really exciting and full of suspense. I can hardly wait to read it.

  10. Boy, this one looks awesome!! Putting on the wish list.

    mlawson17 at hotmail dot com

  11. Just popping in to say HI and sorry I missed visiting with you on party day! Hope you all had a good time!

    kareninnc at gmail dot com


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