Element, Part 1
Genre: New Adult Sci-Fi/Romance (ages 14 and up)
Number of pages: 169
Word Count: 45,807
Cover Artist: Amygdala Design
College freshman, Natalie Vega, offers to be a test patient for several vitamins and supplements created by Kronberg Laboratories, a large pharmaceutical company where she interns. Immediately her body starts going through physical changes but when she runs into her former high school crush, Ryan Garrett, she is unaware of the life altering affects he will have on her.
Who could play the characters in Element? By CM Doporto
When I started developing the character’s profile and personality type for Element, I needed a visual. I had to visualize in my head what they would look like so I could describe them. I immediately came up with a few actors based on movies I’ve seen or shows I watched in the past. For others, I had to scour the internet, looking for that perfect person that showcased the features of the characters from the book. If Element was turned into a motion picture here are the actors that could play the part.
Jessica Lowndes, from 90210 would make a perfect Natalie Vega. Her dark hair and striking blue eyes are a perfect match of how I envisioned Natalie. I also found a few clip of Jessica in a more natural look, which is exactly how Natalie starts out in the book.
I think Liam Hemsworth, from the Hunger Games would make an awesome Ryan Garrett. All he needs is brown eyes, which can be done with contacts and a little basking in the sun for that perfect half Hispanic, half Anglo look. Not to mention, he’s darn cute!
Spencer Boldman, from the Disney Channel, could play the part of Natalie’s ex-boyfriend, Toni Rossi. There’s something about Spencer’s dark hair and eyes that would allow him to pass for an Italian. Can you picture him talking with a debonair accent?
Natalie’s roommate and good friend, LiseConner, could be played perfectly by Debbie Ryan. I know, I watch too much Disney Channel. What can I say? I have a six year old son. All Debbie would need is blond hair to match the outgoing and ditzy character she plays on Jessie.
When it came to plotting Sal Rodriguez, Ryan Garret’s cousin and goodfriend, I have to admit that I couldn’t get Taylor Launter out of my mind. So, I did what any writer would do, I describe him as the shirtless hunk we came to know thanks to Stephenie Meyer.
When I started forming the character, Dr. Kronberg, I instantly thought of Ian Holm. Therole he played as a scientific professor in the Day After Tomorrow stuck in my head and I knew that was exactly how he would look and talk with his witty British accent. Obviously, he would have to talk with a Swedish accent since Dr. Kronberg is from Sweden.
Finally, for the antagonist, Russ Hayle, the infamous Dylan McDermott would fit in perfectly. Picture him with salt and pepper hair and poof: you get the sleazy, no good villain that is too good looking to hate.
There you have it, my list of famous actors who could cast the role of Element should it ever make it to the big screen. I know, hopeful wishing but at least you have the picture perfect image when you read the story.
CHAPTER 1 — NEW BEGINNINGS
“Ladies and gentlemen we are approaching a storm and it’s going to be a little rough until we clear it.” The captain announced and then paused before continuing. “Please stay seated and turn off all electrical devices immediately. Thank you.”
Natalie looked out the small oval window. Raindrops smeared across it, dancing their way to the side. Lightening flashed and she shuddered. She didn’t mind flying but she could do without the terrible storm. For a moment, she wished she would have taken the later flight, but she wanted to get back early since classes resumed tomorrow. She reminded herself that she had a great Spring Break in Chicago with her family and ending it with her cousin’s fairytale wedding made it all worth it.
A sudden jolt called her attention back to the situation at hand. She looked out the window again. The plane shook and rattled as it flew on the edge of thick, dark clouds. Within seconds, darkness consumed the plane and the day turned into night. Out in the blackness of the sky she could see powerful flashes of light stretching out like tentacles waiting for the plane to enter. She pulled the blanket closer to her, clutching it up against her chest, somehow hoping it would calm the drumming of her heart.
“What the —” she blurted out when the plane hit another patch of rough turbulence. She took a deep breath and let it out slowly.
A horrible rumble echoed through the plane, and it wavered from side to side. Gasps and sighs along with people begging and pleading to God were heard throughout the plane. She swallowed hard, feeling the vitamins she took ten minutes ago ease their way up. Without warning, the plane dropped several feet. Her heart hit the bottom of her stomach. Gasping for air, she struggled to catch her breath. An alarm sounded and emergency instructions echoed through the overhead speakers. She grabbed the arm rests and her body stiffened. Her eyes stayed fixed on the flashing red and white lights above her head. Please God, don’t let me die! Please.
“Natalie… Natalie, wake up. You’re having another nightmare.” Lise shook her several times before she finally awoke.
“What?” She sprung up from her bed. Sweat trickled down the sides of her forehead and she breathed heavily.
“You’re okay. It was just a nightmare.” Lise sat down next to her.
It took a few seconds for her to realize that she had been dreaming. She wiped the sweat away and the pounding of her heart turned into slow thud. She lay back on to her pillow and took a few deep breaths. “I don’t know why I keep having these darn nightmares.”
“Well I do.” Lise replied.
Natalie looked at her. “You do?”
“Uh, yea… because you said you nearly died on that plane. It’s post trauma you’re experiencing.”
Natalie swallowed hard. She couldn’t be experiencing post-traumatic stress because only soldiers suffer from things like that, right? “No, I don’t think so. I mean, it was horrible and scary but—,”
“Do you want to talk about it?” Lise’s eyes softened.
“What is there to talk about?” Natalie sat back up. She hadn’t told anyone the full details about what she experienced, including her parents. She wasn’t about to tell Lise either.
“Sometimes it’s good to talk about horrible events. It can help you get over them.” Lise played with the edge of her t-shirt, rolling it up.
“Thanks, but I’ll be fine.” She glanced over at the clock on the window seal. “I guess we should start getting dressed.”
Lise turned and looked at the clock. “Crap, I don’t want to be late.”
Natalie threw back the covers. “Neither do I. First impressions are everything.”
About the Author:
CM Doporto lives in the great state of Texas with her husband and son enjoying life with their extensive family along with their Chihuahua, Mexican Redhead Parrot and several fish. She writes Young Adult and New Adult Sci-Fi/Urban Fantasy stories about ordinary women who do extraordinary things, become a heroine, and find love along the way.
Element Part One, Review
Loved this unique sci-fi romance. It felt a little like a paranormal sci -fi, but think it is supposed to just be sci-fi.
I loved Ryan, a lot, he is like the perfect guy, and unrealistic as I do not think you will find anyone, ever like him. He is too perfect, lol, but it’s ok, I still loved him, great one to have a fantasy about. Lol.
I liked Natalie too, she was really down to earth, and easy to like. She handled her changes pretty well too. Won’t get into that much, trying to keep this spoiler free.
Lise on the other hand, Natalie’s best friend and roommate I didn’t care for too much, she was pretty shallow, and to me seemed immature to an extent, wanting to only party, and a bit promiscuous from what was said of her past anyway.
Sal seemed like a great guy too, he is Ryan’s cousin, and I liked what I seen of him, he and Lise were not a huge part of the story, at least not in this part one.
Overall, I enjoyed the mystery of what was going on, and really loved the slow going romance of Ryan and Natalie. I found it admirable that they took the time to get to know each other, and didn’t just jump into bed. Their chemistry was hot though, whew, not sure how they were able to control themselves, as they have a bit of a supernatural chemistry going on.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys the mystery types with some sci-fi in it. I sure hope part two is out soon, as it does end on a major cliffhanger, which I hate, I despise cliffhangers like that, and try to avoid reading those kinds of books until I have the next one in hand, when I can. If I read a review or something of a book, and they say it has one, I won’t read right away, lol, I will buy and wait, lol. (unless its for a book tour or something of course)
5 out of 5 stars, would give more if I could. Lots of promise with this series.
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