Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Blog Tour: The Winter King by C.L. Wilson - Review, Excerpt & Giveaway




The Winter King

C.L. Wilson

Fantasy Romance
Avon Romance

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Wynter Atrialan, the Winter King, once lived in peace with his southern, Summerlander neighbors, but when the prince of Summerlea steals Wynter’s bride and murders his young brother, Wynter calls upon a dangerous Wintercraig magic called the Ice Heart and marches against Summerlea.

After three bitter years of battle, a victorious Wynter arrives at Summerlea’s royal palace to issue his terms of surrender. The prince of Summerlea stole Wynter’s bride and slew Wynter’s Heir. He wants the loss replaced. The Ice Heart is consuming him. Wynter hopes holding his own child in his arms will rekindle the warmth in his heart before he becomes the monster of Wintercraig legend, the Ice King.

The Summer King has three very precious daughters whom he loves dearly. Wynter will take one of them to wife. She will have one year to provide him with an Heir. If she fails, he will send her to face the mercy of the mountains and claim another princess for his wife. And so it will continue until Wynter has his Heir or the Summer King is out of daughters.

The plan is perfect—except for one small detail. The Summer King has a fourth daughter. One of whom he is not so fond. And she is a fiercely passionate creature, with a temper as volatile as the forces of her weathergift, the power of storms.

My Review: I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review

The Winter King is an immersive fantasy story with a romantic arc. From page one I was sucked into the story and didn't come up for air until I was almost one hundred pages in. The characters are so well-developed, the heroine so amazing--I was enthralled. The first quarter of the story moves at a fast clip, as does the last quarter.

I loved Kham. In fact, I haven't felt this drawn to a character in a long time. I don't know if it was her spirit, her moxie, her loyalty, or her perseverance. I think Ms. Wilson did an amazing job creating this lead character. I also loved her sisters and adored how much they cared about Kham. So many writers have made the sisters baddies in this situation. Having the supportive sisters was refreshing.

Wynter is one of those icy alpha males--though he has an underlying reason for his iciness. He doesn't quite understand the strong pull he feels toward Kham. Overall I liked him but didn't love him. The father/evil Summer King is easy to hate... seriously he couldn't meet his demise fast enough to suit me.

As I said earlier, the first and last part of the story flew by, but I got a bit mired in the middle. The same descriptions one would find in an epic fantasy proved to be a bit much for a romantic arc. I enjoyed the story but found myself skimming more and more. With the page count near six hundred, it can be a long read for a romance. That said, if you like a lot of romance with your sweeping epic fantasy, then this is the book for you!

Excerpt:

Junnar lay atop the prone, lifeless figure of Wynter’s brother.  An arrow--its shaft painted with the Prince of Summerlea’s personal colors --protruded from Garrick’s throat.
“Garrick?” After moving Junnar to one side and packing his wound with snow to numb the pain, Wyn reached for his brother with trembling hands.  His fingers brushed the boy’s face, and he flinched at the coldness of his brother’s flesh.  Garrick had been dead for hours.  Probably since before Wyn had left Gildenheim in pursuit.  How could Wyn have lost the only family he had left in the world and not known it the instant it happened?
Horses approached from Wynter’s back.  Then Valik was there, laying a sympathetic hand on Wynter’s shoulder.
“I’m sorry, my friend.  I’m so sorry.”
Wyn nodded numbly.  The ache was consuming him.  The pain so deep, so indescribable, it was beyond feeling.  His whole body felt frozen, like the ice statues he and Garrick carved together.
“Help Junnar.”  How he spoke, he didn’t know.  His voice came out a choked, gravelly rasp.  “Make him as comfortable as you can.”
“Of course.”
He waited for Valik to lift Junnar and settle him off a short distance before gathering Garrick’s body into his arms.  He held his brother for a long time, held him until Junnar breathed his last and the White Guard packed the bodies up for transport back to Gildenheim.  Their hunt for Prince Falcon of Summerlea had ended the moment Wynter found his brother’s corpse.  But there was no doubt in any of their minds that this was far from over.
Wynter carried Garrick in front of him on Hodri’s back, cradling his body as he had so many times over the years after their parents had died and it had fallen to him to raise his brother.  He carried him all the way to Gildenheim, releasing him only to the weeping servants who would prepare Garrick and the others for the funeral pyre.
Wynter stood vigil by his brother’s side throughout the night.  He murmured words of sympathy to the parents of the other lost boys, but shed no tears of his own though his eyes burned.  At dusk the following night, he stood, tall and dry-eyed beside the pyres as the flames were lit and remained standing, motionless and without speaking, throughout the night and into the next morning.  He stood until the pyre was naught but flickering coals.  And when it was done and there was nothing left of his brother but ash, Wynter mounted Hodri and took the long, winding road to the Temple of Wyrn, which was carved into the side of the next mountain.
Galacia Frey, the imposing and statuesque High Priestess of Wyrn, was waiting for him inside the temple.  She had come the night before to bless his brother and the others and to light their pyres, before returning to the temple to await his visit.
“You know why I have come.”
Her eyes were steady.  “I know.  But Wyn, my friend, you know I must ask you to reconsider.  You know the price.”
“I know and accept it.”
“There’s no guarantee the goddess will find you worthy,” she warned.  “Many men have tried and died.”
“You think that frightens me?  If I die, I will be with my brother.  If I survive, I will have the power to avenge him.”
She closed her eyes briefly and inclined her head.  “Then take the path to the left of the altar, Wynter Atrialan, King of the Craig.  Leave your armor, clothes and weapons in the trunk by the door.  You must enter the test as you entered the world.  And may the goddess have mercy on your soul.”


About the Author

C. L. WILSON grew up camping and waterskiing across America, from Cherry Creek reservoir in Denver, CO, to Lake Gaston on the border of Virginia and North Carolina, to Georgia’s Lake Lanier and Lake Allatoona. When she wasn’t waterskiing and camping on family vacations, you could usually find her with a book in one hand and a sketch pad in the other—either reading, writing stories, or drawing. Sometime around the ninth grade, she decided she was better at drawing her pictures with words than paints and charcoals, and she set aside her sketchpad to focus entirely on writing.

Wilson is active in Tampa Area Romance Authors (TARA), her local chapter of Romance Writers of America. When not engaged in writerly pursuits, she enjoys golfing, swimming, reading, playing video games with her children, and spending time with her friends and family. She is also an avid collector (her husband says pack rat!), and she’s the proud owner of an extensive collection of Dept. 56 Dickens and North Pole villages, unicorns, Lladro figurines, and mint condition comic books.

Wilson currently resides with her husband, their three wonderful children, and their little black cat, Oreo, in a secluded ranch community less than thirty miles away from the crystalline waters and sugar-sand beaches of Anna Maria Island and Siesta Key on Florida’s gulf coast.


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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Book Spotlight: Blind Servitude by David Chattaway


Blind Servitude

David Chattaway

YA Urban Sci-Fi/FantasyNovella


 
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"We both looked deeply into each other's eyes and I knew that he felt the same fears and concerns I was feeling. Planning escape was very different to actually escaping and in that moment when our cell door sprung open, and freedom beckoned to us both, so did doubt and worry."

Blind Servitude is the tale of a young boy's journey to find his courage in a world where fear is used as a weapon and love is the only light.


About the Author


Adelaide-born David Chattaway has been writing since he was a teenager but only took his passion to the next level when he released his debut novella 'Singing Sand' in October 2013. Its sequel 'Quietus' quickly followed, released in February 2014 and not long after Chattaway re-released the books as one, complete volume - 'The Singing Sand Story'.

'Singing Sand' received warm reviews - even making it into Amazon's Top Ten thriller list.

recently released, Chattaway's newest novella - 'Blind Servitude' - is a step above his first books, with hand-drawn custom illustrations by a local artist. The young adults book explores a boy's search for inner strength in the face of adversity and manages to linger on the magical while pulling at the heartstrings.

Although his already released works are being well-received, Chattaway views them as a warm-up of sorts to his masterpiece 'Mal'akh' which is set to be released later this year. The supernatural-fantasy opens the reader to a new world within our own and the endless battles and psychological warfare that ensues when good and evil collide amongst mankind.

Chattaway resides in Adelaide.



Monday, July 21, 2014

Blog Tour: Becoming Lady Lockwood by Jennifer Moore - Excerpt & Giveaway

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Becoming Lady LockwoodBecoming Lady Lockwood

Jennifer Moore

Amelia Beckett is delighted to be a widow. Married by proxy to a man she'd never met, Amelia recognizes that a fortuitous entry into widowhood frees her from meddlesome chaperones and matchmakers. Heiress to her mother's sugar plantation in Jamaica, she happily anticipates working in a man's world, with the additional credibility of her new title: Lady Lockwood. But with the arrival of Captain Sir William Drake, her plans quickly go awry . . . William has traversed the Atlantic with one purpose. If he cannot prove that Amelia's marriage to his brother was a fraud, she will be entitled to a sizeable portion of his family's estate. He is determined to return this duplicitous Lady to London for an official hearing, and he carries with him a letter that will ensure her cooperation . . . Left with no choice, Amelia joins the captain on his return voyage to England, and the two quickly find that ship life does not allow for evasion. Amelia and William are ceaselessly thrown together, and amidst fierce storms and ocean battles, what began as antipathy seems to be evolving quite unexpectedly. But as they draw ever closer to their destination, will the impossibility of their circumstances shatter any hope of a future together?

Praise for Becoming Lady Lockwood

"Moore does a lovely job of showcasing sizzle in this must-read for fans of regency and historical romance." ~ Foreword Reviews


Excerpt

He finally stopped and pulled his chair closer to her, raising her chin. “Amelia. I cannot begin to thank you for what you did. It was brave and brilliant, and it terrifies me to think that you put your life at risk for—”
“For my shipmates, Captain.” She kept her eyes lowered.
“I would never have forgiven myself if anything had happened to you.” He wiped the tears from her cheeks with his thumb.
“I would never have forgiven myself if I had not tried. These men, this ship, it has become . . . I care for them, William, for all of you.”

He raised her chin even higher, so that she was forced to lift her gaze his face. He stared at her for a moment. Then his eyes dropped to her lips, and Amelia’s pulse began to race. Would he kiss her again? They sat, frozen for a heartbeat, and then William stood, stealing with him all of the warmth in the room.


Jenny MooreAuthor Jennifer Moore

Jennifer Moore is a Passionate reader and writer of all things romance, helping her find balance with the rest of her world, which includes a perpetually traveling husband and four active sons, who create heaps of laundry that are anything but romantic. Jennifer has a BA in linguistics from the University of Utah and is a Guitar Hero champion. She lives in northern Utah with her family. You can learn more about her at authorjmoore.com. The author's first book, Becoming Lady Lockwood, is a regency romance centered on the British navy during the Napoleonic Wars of the early 1800s.





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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Book Blitz: Web of Light by Kyra Dune


Web of Light
Web of Light Duology #1
By- Kyra Dune
Genre- YA Fantasy
Published By-Shadow Portal Books
Publication Date- October 14th 2013

When Queen Eanndra calls the leaders of the Territories and their heirs to Star Mountain for a Conclave, none of them expect to have their lives changed forever by the repercussions of a war that ended three hundred years ago.

With the return of the Web of Light, chaos and destruction must surely follow.

Sides will be chosen.

Friendships won and lost.

For within every heart lies the dark seed of betrayal.

 

Friday, July 18, 2014

Tortured Souls Blog Tour Schedule


Just a few weeks until the Tortured Souls Blog Tour! If you didn't get on this tour and are interested in reviewing Tortured Souls, you have two options.


There is a reviews only blog tour for Tortured Souls,
hosted by Xpresso Book Tours, October 6-11.
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Tortured Souls is also on Netgalley for a limited time.

Big thanks to everyone who signed-up to host!
Official Blog Tour Schedule August 4-22

August 4
Shattering Worlds http://shattering-words.blogspot.ro/ – Spotlight/Excerpt, Top 10, Playlist
For the Love of Books http://ftlobblog.blogspot.com/ – Spotlight/Excerpt, Review
Bound 2 Escape http://www.bound2escape.com – Spotlight/Excerpt
Itching for Books http://www.itchingforbooks.com – Review
Books Authors Blogs http://therightbook4u.blogspot.com/ – Character Bios
Captivated Reading http://www.captivatedreadingreviews.com – Spotlight/Excerpt/Guest Post
A Book Lover's Retreat http://www.abookloversretreat.com – Spotlight/Excerpt. Guest Post
Coffee Books & Art http://sarityahalomi.blogspot.com/ – Spotlight/Excerpt, Interview, Playlist
Shooting Stars Reviews http://shootingstarsreviews.blogspot.com/ – Spotlight/Excerpt
V's Reads http://vsreads.com – Review

August 5
I Am A Reader http://iamareader.com – Guest Post, Playlist
Becky's Barmy Book Blog http://beckysbarmybookblog.blogspot.co.uk -Spotlight/Excerpt, Top 10
Jess Time to Read http://jesstimetoread.blogspot.com – Character Bios
Pink Fluffy Hearts http://pinkfluffyhearts.blogspot.com – Spotlight/Excerpt, Playlist
Loves All Things Books http://lovesallthingsbooks.blogspot.com/ – Spotlight/Excerpt, Character Bios
Marked by Books www.markedbybooks.blogspot.com – Review, Playlist

August 6
Girl's With Books http://girlswithbook.blogspot.com/ – Spotlight/Excerpt
Fantasy Book Chick http://fantasybookchick.blogspot.com/ – Spotlight/Excerpt, Top 10
Abookdoration www.abookdoration.blogspot.com – Review
Christine Amsden http://www.christineamsden.com – Character Bios or Character Interview
Imagine a World http://www.thegoldenruleof666.blogspot.com – Spotlight/Excerpt, Review
Gimme the Scoop Reviews http://gimmethescoopreviews.blogspot.com/ – Guest Post, Top 10, Playlist

August 7
Write Away Bliss http://writeawaybliss.com – Spotlight/Excerpt, Character Bios
The Story Goes http://www.the-story-goes.com/?m=1 – Review, Playlist
Bookcrastinators www.bookcrastinators.com – Spotlight/Excerpt
Bookworm for Kids http://www.bookwormforkids.blogspot.com – Spotlight/Excerpt, Review
We Do Write http://we-do-write.blogspot.com/ – Author Interview
Tich Brewster http://tichbrewster.blogspot.com/ – Spotlight/Excerpt, Playlist
Fundinmental http://www.fundinmental.com – Spotlight/Excerpt, Top 10

August 8
Strand of Thought http://kaistrand.blogspot.com/ – Character Interview
Chelsea's Reading Adventures http://chelseasreadingadventures.blogspot.com/ – Review, Character Interview, Playlist
Team Nerd Reviews http://teamnerdreviews.blogspot.com/ – Spotlight/Excerpt, Review, Guest Post
The Bookworm Corner http://thebookwormcornerr.blogspot.com/ – Review, Author Interview
Book Briefs http://bookbriefs.net – Review, Top 10
6 Feet Under Books http://6feetunderbooks.wordpress.com/ – Spotlight/Excerpt, Review

August 9 -Sat
Fang-tastic Books http://www.fang-tasticbooks.blogspot.com – Character Interview, Char Top 10
Part of that World http://skizzles22hu.blogspot.com/ – Spotlight/Excerpt, Review

August 10 –Sun
Book Hostage http://bookhostage.wordpress.com/ – Spotlight/Excerpt

August 11
Paranormal Romance Fans for Life paranormalromancefans@gmail.com – Spotlight/Excerpt, Playlist
The Book Bag http://susan-thebookbag.blogspot.com/ – Spotlight/Excerpt, Guest Post
The Cover Contessa http://www.thecovercontessa.com/ – Spotlight/Excerpt
Falling for YA http://www.fallingforya.com – Spotlight/Excerpt, Top 10, Playlist
Whatever You Can Still Betray whateveryoucanstillbetray.blogspot.com – Spotlight/Excerpt, Top 10

August 12
From the Shadows http://www.fromtheshadows.info/ – Guest Post
Sasha Hibbs http://sashahibbs.blogspot.com/ – Spotlight/Excerpt, Review
The Rest is Still Unwritten http://rachybee-the-rest-is-still-unwritten.blogspot.com.au/ – Review
Am a Book Lover Blogger http://amabookloverblog.wordpress.com/ – Review
United Indie Book Blog unitedindiebookblog.weebly.com – Spotlight/Excerpt, Review

August 13
The Rest is Still Unwritten http://rachybee-the-rest-is-still-unwritten.blogspot.com.au/ – Promo TBD
My Midnight Fantasies http://mymidnightfantasies.blogspot.com – Spotlight/Excerpt
Urban Fantasy Investigations http://urbanfantasyinvestigations.blogspot.com/ – Guest Post
Blissful Book Reviews http://blissfulbookreviews.com/ – Spotlight/Excerpt, Review, Guest Post, Top 10

August 14
Sunshine Book Promos http://sunshinebookpromos.blogspot.com/ – Spotlight/Excerpt, Character Bios
Book Talk Reviews http://www.michelle808205.blogspot.com/ – Spotlight/Excerpt, Character Bios
Mom With a Kindle http://momwithakindle.blogspot.com  – Spotlight/Excerpt
Sweets Books http://sweetsbooks.wordpress.com – Spotlight/Excerpt, Author/Character Interview

August 15
Stressed Rach http://StressedRach.co.uk – Review
Bookworm Lisa http://lisaisabookworm.blogspot.com – Spotlight/Excerpt
A Thousand Words, a Million Books http://athousandwordsamillionbooks.blogspot.in – Review, Character Interview
Worth Reading It? http://worthreadingit.blogspot.com/ – Review

August 16 –Sat
Mad Hatter Reads http://madhatterreads.com – Spotlight/Excerpt, Top 10

August 17 –Sun

August 18
Jillian's Books http://jilliansbooks.blogspot.com – Spotlight/Excerpt, Review, Guest Post
Bookish Outsider http://bookishoutsider.blogspot.com/ – Review
Sapphyria's Book Reviews http://saphsbookblog.blogspot.com/ – Spotlight/Excerpt, Character Bios
Emeraldfire's Bookmark http://rubyandthetwins.blogspot.com – Spotlight/Excerpt, Review
I Read it and Wept http://ireaditandwept.wordpress.com/ – Spotlight/Excerpt, Review

August 19
Twin Spin http://kristineandterri.blogspot.ca/ – Review, Character Bios
Books and Books http://booksandbooksreviews.blogspot.co.uk – Review, Playlist
Megan Likes Books http://megantalksbooks.blogspot.com/ – Review
NaYa Books & More http://nayabooks.blogspot.com/ – Spotlight/Excerpt, Character Bios, Guest Post


August 20
Booky Ramblings http://bookyramblingsofaneuroticmom.blogspot.co.uk/ – Spotlight/Excerpt, Character Bios, Guest Post
Paranormal Romance and Authors That Rock http://www.pratr.wordpress.com – Review
Wanderteen's Reviews http://wanderteen.wordpress.com/ – Review, Playlist
Deal Sharing Aunt www.dealsharingaunt.blogspot.com – Spotlight/Excerpt
Enchanted by YA http://enchantedbyya.blogspot.co.uk/ – Spotlight/Excerpt, Review, Author Interview

August 21
The Phantom Paragrapher www.thephantomparagrapher.blogspot.com – Review
Doodles, Doodles Everywhere http://gopaintbrush.blogspot.com/ – Spotlight/Excerpt
Ali's Books http://alisbooks.wordpress.com/ – Spotlight/Excerpt, Review
Fictional Reality http://livinginafictionalreality.blogspot.com/ – Review, Character Bios, Playlist
Endless Reading http://www.endlessreading.wordpress.com – Spotlight/Excerpt, Playlist
Simplistic Reviews http://simplisticreviews.com – Spotlight/Excerpt, Review, Playlist

August 22
CBY Bookclub http://cbybookclub.blogspot.com/ – Character Bios
Goth Girl Gabs http://www.gothgirlgabs.com – Spotlight/Excerpt, Review, Character Bios
Ohana Reads http://ohanareads.blogspot.com – Review
Amethyst Daydreams www.amethystdaydreams.blogspot.com – Spotlight/Excerpt, Playlist
Musings of Immortals http://readers2212.blogspot.in/ – Review
A Leisure Moment http://www.aleisuremoment.com – Review, Author Interview
Nay’s Pink Bookshelf http://nayspinkbookshelf.blogspot.com – Spotlight/Excerpt, Review, Author Interview
A Girl With a Pen victoriazumbrumsreviews.blogspot.com – Spotlight/Excerpt, Review, Guest Post



Thursday, July 17, 2014

Release Blast: Raven Falling by Misti Murphy - Excerpt & Trailer

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covergifTitle: Raven Falling
Series: Shadows and Light #1
Author: Misti Murphy
Audience: Adult
Genre: Paranormal Fiction
Formats: E-Book
Publisher: Misti Murphy
Cover by: Yocla Design
Date Published: 17 July 2014
 
 
 








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Raven Mackenzie has a normal life, a great job in finances and a never-ending closet. At the end of a hard day the only thing she wants is to spend time with her best friend Luke, her constant companion since they were teenagers.

Ash is an Angel of Death and for thousands of years he’s been taking souls to the other side. Now he faces his toughest mission. He made a promise to Raven’s father, a promise he intends to keep. He must help Raven survive no matter what the cost. Even if it means taking her into a world he hates.
When Raven meets Ash, her normal life is rocked to its core. No longer a human but an Angel of death, she is given a choice. She must decide between eternal torment and murder.
As Raven’s world crumbles around her, she finds herself torn between the decision she must make, her past, and the future she wants.

Will Raven be able to make the right choice before time runs out?

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RAVEN STOOD in the middle of Ash’s living room. It was not what she had expected. The furnishings were sparse, and thick with dust. Nothing about the place spoke of the man in front of her. His intensity, and his impeccable taste, obvious by the clothes he wore should have been noticeable in his belongings. Instead, his house looked like it should be tore down, and the way he fidgeted, shuffling his weight from one foot to the other made her think he wanted to be anywhere but here.
In the kitchen, he put the kettle on to boil and pulled a chipped blue mug from a cupboard, plunking a tea bag into it. “I hope you don’t mind it black.”
The room seemed to grow smaller with every moment she watched him, his agitation rubbing off on her. The air was thick with dust and she coughed, wondering if it would be rude of her to leave so soon. Her gut twisted, now he was not paying any attention to her, she couldn’t shake the feeling something was wrong.
He pushed the mug, the string of the tea bag still hanging down the side, in front of her and she took the warm cup. Sipping her tea, she followed him into the living room, noting the fading yellow paint, and threadbare carpet, full of waxy-edged burn marks. Abandoned, she thought, was the feeling she got from the house.
The night was not turning out the way she had wanted it to. He flung himself down into the armchair and waved for her to sit. She looked at the couch, and hoped her tetanus shots were up-to-date. It sagged heavily in the middle and she was sure she could see the end of one of the springs poking out of the worn upholstery.
She wanted to go back to when the night had promised kissing, when she had been excited to be going home with this good-looking stranger.
Together they sat in silence, the clock ticking quietly in the background. She waited impatiently. The longer she waited the more frustrated she got. Her nerves frayed with how weird the situation was, but she could not bring herself to leave. He had not made a move to speak, or to look in her direction, as if he had forgotten she was there.
He watched her as she shifted in her seat, unable to get comfortable. The hardness of the worn-out couch was causing her butt to go numb. Having sobered up considerably and the warmth of the tea having dissipated, she stood up to leave. There was no point in continuing this night and her bed called in a soft and inviting voice.
His voice sliced through her. “This is more difficult than I thought it would be. I have to tell you something important and I need you to listen.”
“What?” She gaped at him, as she slid back on to the couch. What could he possibly have to say that she needed to hear?
A shiver swept up her spine and she tried, unsuccessfully, to shake it off. She didn’t go home with random guys, no matter how handsome they were, or how good they smelled, and now he wanted to tell her something. Her heart was beating hard with the sense of danger, but she was stubborn too, and she would stay until she knew what she needed to know, whatever it was.
She had trusted him enough to leave the club with him, so she could give him the benefit of the doubt. She jostled her legs as she considered whether she might need to run away. Having run track all through high school, she knew she was fast, and hoped with a head start she would be able to outrun his long legs. She stared at the door for a moment and then gave him her full attention, not wanting him to realize what she was thinking. He rubbed his hands through his glossy black hair, making it look even more styled than it already was.
“I don’t know how to start this…,” he said, looking around the room, at anything but her. “I’m just going to have to tell you and hope you will not be too difficult to persuade.”
She didn’t know if he was trying to frighten her, but every word added to the uncertainty of the situation, and had her struggling to keep her eyes from the door. She wished for the second time that night she had chosen to wear ballet flats instead of heels. She was slowly deciding heels were not a girl’s best friend.
He sat forward, knotting his fingers under his chin and resting his elbows on his knees, looking her over as if she were an exotic specimen under a magnifying glass. “I don’t want to scare you, but I can’t see how I am going to tell you this without you freaking out.”
“Just tell me!”
“I’ve been sent to…mentor you through your testing.”
She had no idea what he was talking about, but he was right, she was freaking out. His eyes told her he was worried about her reaction, but his words were having that exact effect. “I don’t know what you’re talking about.”
“I have no choice… You have no choice. I was sent to watch you until… It’s time Raven. You are one of the chosen, one of ours and now it’s time.”
What the hell was happening? She felt like she was on the verge of a breakdown. Somewhere between dancing with Tarra, and now, her mind had simply vanished. She needed the full story, and she was no longer willing to wait to hear it.
However, he continued to circle his point.
“Your father was my friend. I promised him that when it was time, I would be there to help you.”
She did not understand why he would bring her father into it. He could not possibly have known her father, Sam. He had died fifteen years ago, and she had never seen Ash before tonight.
She had at first glance assumed he was not much older than she was, and on second glance she would not place his age over thirty-five. Even if he did have a full nine years on her, she didn’t really think he would have been the type of person her father would have known.
She stood up, her hands automatically going to her hips. It was a stance that had gotten her through many difficult situations. “Whatever you are trying to tell me, you need to tell me now. I am two seconds away from walking out the door.”
“Right.” He stood too, towering above her, causing her to step back. “Let me get straight to the point then. It is my job to know who you are, to protect you, and to help you survive. Your father was an amazing man. He was a very gentle man but he had a hard job, one that I am afraid you will inherit in a very short time, and I promised him I would prepare you for it. Your father was an angel. He and I, we are of the same line. We are Takers of Souls.”
“Takers of Souls?” The concept was familiar and she searched her memory. “Angels of Death? Shouldn’t there be only one?”
She couldn’t begin to process his far-fetched story, but the fact he thought he was an angel of death scuttled her nerves. She could see it in his eyes, in the way he talked that he truly believed what he was telling her. Oh, God, was she going to die tonight?
What if he was stuck in his own fantasy world? How could he know enough about her to get her here, alone, in such a dangerous situation? Could he have been watching her, following her and had she simply not noticed? She tried to remember if she had seen him before, but she knew she would have remembered him. Anyone who saw him would have to notice him.
Her legs jiggled with adrenaline. Despite wanting to run, she felt compelled to listen to him, to stay and hear him out.
Every word he said sounded like the truth. It was only her brain, which kept her from believing, from falling under his spell. Her brain was a logical thing and would require proof. Something she was sure he would be unable to provide. She glanced at the door for the millionth time.
“Your father is dying, Raven, and even though he fell many years ago, his role has not been replaced. When he passes, that role will be yours. You are being called to serve.”
“Wait! What do you mean my father is dying?” Raven could not believe what she was hearing. Her father had died. She had been at his funeral; it was the last time she had gotten to say good-bye to the man who had meant so much to her.
She could still remember that day clearly. She had held her mother’s hand as they entered the church. Inside she could hear the voices of the many people who had come to say good-bye to her father. His coffin had been at the front of the room, and they had had to walk past the rows of pews to where her father’s body rested. Her mother had been broken as they stood beside the coffin saying their final good-byes; she had squeezed her mother’s hand, holding on as she watched her mother’s tears trailing silently down the woman’s cheeks.
She had wanted to comfort her mother, but didn’t know how to reach out to the woman who had shut down completely on hearing the news of her beloved husband’s death. They had stood silently hand in hand for a long time, staring at the man laid out in a black suit.
She had wondered why her father had been in a suit, and not in his customary uniform of denim and a T-shirt. It was the only time she could remember seeing him in a suit and it had looked so wrong on him. His skin had been pale, tinged blue and his eyes closed, and she hoped that he was only sleeping, although she knew, that he would never wake up. She had leaned closer and whispered to him, “Don’t leave me, Daddy.”
The tears had flowed freely then, dashing a mad race down her cheeks, as her mother pulled her quickly to the front pew where they sat silently side-by-side for the rest of the funeral. She hadn’t gone to the cemetery, although she had wanted to. Her mother had sent her home to prepare for the visitors that would arrive shortly after they lowered her father into the ground.
“My father died a long time ago,” she said.
“No. He didn’t.” His voice was quiet, and sliced through her like steel. Raven stopped and turned.
“Yes…” He had her questioning herself. “… he did.”
“Your father is an angel. Angels are immortal beings, and as such, he cannot die. However, to hide himself and you from us, he has had to siphon off his immortality, now he is getting weak and they will find both of you.” He was coming toward her, his hands moving rapidly as he talked.
“Them? Do you mean God?”
“No! I mean them!” He hissed, rolling his eyes heavenwards. “The Shadows. God is for humans—those that don’t know any better.”
“So my father is not dead?”
“Yes.”
“You’re lying. Why are you lying to me?” she snapped and took a step toward him, her hands balled in fists at her sides.
She did not want to believe him anymore than she wanted to go through the pain of losing her father a second time, adding to it the misery of finding out he had abandoned her all those years ago.
“Unfortunately, Raven, that’s not your choice to make. You are required for service. It’s time to face your past and your future.” He was stalking her across the room and she took another step back, the back of her knees hitting against the coffee table. There was nowhere for her to go.
“Why? Why should I?” She did not know why she kept having this conversation with him.
“Because you are the only heir your father had. As our leader, he must be replaced by his own bloodline, and when he dies that role will be assigned to you. You don’t get a choice in whether you accept it, only whether you survive it.”
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about the author
imageMisti Murphy has lived in a fantasy world most of her life. She is away with the faeries, the angels, vampires, shifters and dragons.
Misti writes to give voice to her imaginary friends, who want a real life on paper, where they can be free to be themselves.
When she's not writing, she is almost always reading anything she can get her hands on. She reads word like they are chocolate, and must be devoured in one sitting.
She can often be found multi-tasking effortlessly while reading a book and spending time with her husband, four children and two dogs.
She loves chocolate as much as she loves reading, and enjoys baking desserts that result in diabetic comas. In her downtime she procaffinates with friends and stalks Facebook.


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