Demon Within Series Bonus Scene

I posted this bonus scene a few months ago in one of my newsletters and thought I’d post it to my blog as well. The scene is from a day in the life of Cadence while she was busy hunting with Cami during the time between Crushed and Haunted. Be warned, it contains spoilers for Crushed, so do not read if you haven’t read Tainted or Crushed.

Since the scene is six pages long, I’ve included it as a PDF. Enjoy!

Need a New Gym Bonus Scene

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Revived Deleted Scene

Miss Cami and Dylan? Here’s a glimpse at a deleted scene from Revived: Demon Within Book 5. It contains spoilers for the series, so read at your own risk. Also, this scene was cut from the very first draft and has not been edited.

REVIVED DELETED SCENE

Fog hovers over the sleepy town of Shadow Meadows as I watch the sun peak over the horizon from my place on the hillside. The world explodes with golden hues, covering everything in ethereal light. Tilting my head back, I soak in the warm rays. Sunrises never get old now that I know what life is like without them. I half expect the daylight prison realm to steal me away at any second, but it doesn’t. Not with Zach’s heavenly light swirling through my soul, anchoring me to this plane.

I cross my legs out in front of me and dig my dirty fingers into the dry grass that hasn’t seen rain in months. Somewhere down below, people are stirring, getting ready to face the world. Jealousy sneaks into my mind, catching me off guard. I’ve never felt so jealous for the oblivious in so long. It’s tempting to knock on everyone’s door and tell them who I am. Maybe I’ll discover something that makes me want to actually save the world.

A soft thud sounds from my right as someone lands nearby, interrupting my peace and quiet. Expecting that Zach would leave me alone for longer than an hour was wishful thinking. He always returns as my ever-present shadow. My protector of sorts. Funny to think that a demon would need an angel’s protection, but I never thought I made a very good demon in the first place.

“I’m starting to think you’re obsessed with me,” I comment, keeping my gaze trained on the small town below. I still want to tear off his head after last night.

The scent of dewy apples catches on the breeze, encompassing me in its familiar scent. “I thought we had already established that, love?”

Heat crawls up my cheeks as embarrassment grabs hold of me. “Oh, hey,” I say without looking at Dylan. “I didn’t know you were in town.”

He plops down next to me and bumps me with his shoulder. “Just got back.”

“How’s Faith?”

“She’s holding up.”

Like most of the demonic world, Faith believes that I sacrificed my life to save Malicevile. Even though she isn’t Hell-bound, she still remains in her demonic father’s care. The less she knows about me, the better. I feel guilty that she had to mourn me, but guilt is nothing new to me. I hope one day, when everything is said and done, I’ll be able to show myself to her again. You say that like you’re still willing to destroy your father…

I push the thought away. “Any other news?”

He shrugs. “Nothing important, and I haven’t seen him if that’s what you’re really wanting to know.”

Him. Dylan refuses to even speak Evan’s name. I don’t know if he thinks it hurts for me to hear it or if he just hates him so much he refuses to acknowledge he even has a name. Either way, it doesn’t matter.

Sighing, I lean back until I’m flat on the ground with a clear view of the crystalline sky. It’s so blue that I feel as if I could get lost in it.

“I miss him,” I say more to myself. I know it’s the last thing Dylan wants to hear, but I don’t care.

He ignores my comment and says, “I heard about the demi-demon.”

“So that’s why you’re here? Zach can’t bother to face me so he sends you in to try to reason with me. It’s not going to work, Dylan. You weren’t there. You didn’t see her. I—”

He cuts me off by pulling me from the ground and into his arms. His arms wrap around me in a hug that suffocates me with his scent despite how gross and crusty my clothes are—not to mention smelly—and rests his chin in the crook of my neck.

I’m too surprised to move, so I keep my hands pressed into his chest, feeling his rhythmic heartbeat under my palms.

“You don’t have to explain yourself. I went to Hell for you, remember? And I wouldn’t expect anything less from you, love. If my soul were bound to Malicevile, I’d hope you would be considerate as to what happened after he died. But Zach and the others? They’ll never understand what it’s like to be in love. I’m just lucky I’m only half angel. I couldn’t imagine life without being able to have experience what I do for you.” He squeezes me a little tighter, like his embrace has the power to stop the battle raging within me.

“You don’t think I’m selfish for dooming the world to Hell?” I ask, breathing into his neck.

He chuckles into my hair. “Of course not, but I also don’t think you’re solely responsible for the state of the world. You’d have to have a pretty extreme complex for that.”

I crinkle my nose, pulling back to stare into Dylan’s chocolate-brown eyes. He grins at me, flashing his dimples, and I reach up and rub his cheek. “You can thank that jerk, Zach, for that. Those were his words.”

Dylan leans forward, brushing his nose against mine for a split second before pushing from the ground with me still in his arms. Usually I’d protest, but the world doesn’t feel so heavy when someone else is holding me.

“Well, I don’t know about you, but I think the world will wait a few hours to combust. Want to grab breakfast?”

“Think we can make a quick stop first?”

“Whatever you want, love.”

With those words, Dylan bends his knees, launching us into the air. I keep my eyes trained on him instead of watching the world disappear below. I’ve had enough of the world. I’m sure it’s had enough of me.

***

I hope you enjoyed this deleted scene with Angel Boy!  Thanks for reading!

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Revived Playlist

I had intended to post the playlist for Revived, Demon Within Book 5, a while ago, but it completely slipped my mind. So, here it finally is for those of you who are interested in the music inspirations behind the book.

You Found Me by The Fray really captures the essence of how Cami feels throughout Revived. In Scorned, she felt so lost and alone, like the world was against her and in Revived she realizes that she’s not alone after all, that there are people who truly do care about her and who stand up beside her, even if she didn’t see it before.

Favorite Lyrics:

“Lost and insecure
You found me, you found me
Lying on the floor
Surrounded, surrounded
Why’d you have to wait?
Where were you, where were you?
Just a little late
You found me, you found me.”

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Sing for Me by Yellowcard is Dylan’s anthem in Revived. He’s tried his best to be the type of Demon Watcher Cami deserves, but Cami is quite the fighter and doesn’t want to be coddled or looked after. Their deep-seated connection really does surpass human relationships, and they’ll always have something special between them that Cami has with no one else.

Favorite Lyrics:

“Every lock, on every door
I put them there to try and hide you from the world
And you kicked, yeah, you screamed
You never understood you’re everything to me.”

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Your Guardian Angel and Cat and Mouse by Red Jumpsuit Apparatus

Your Guardian Angel is Zach’s anthem to Cami in Revived because his whole purpose in life is to stand by her side and protect and guide her. His love for her is the purest, on a heavenly level, and no matter how much Cami will deny it, she likes having Zach around.

Favorite Lyrics:

“I will never let you fall
I’ll stand up with you forever
I’ll be there for you through it all
Even if saving you sends me to heaven.”

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Cat and Mouse is the perfect song to portray Cami and Evan’s relationship through the whole series. They’re constantly unintentionally playing games with each other and having games played with them. They struggle to find balance with each other and their relationship at some points is toxic for the both of them due to demonic circumstances.

Favorite Lyrics:

“We made plans to grow old,
Believe me there was truth in all those stories that I told.
Lost in a simple game cat and mouse are we the same people as before this came to light?

Am I supposed to be happy?
With all I ever wanted, it comes with a price.
Am I supposed to be happy?
With all I ever wanted, it comes with a price.
You said, you said that you would die for me…”

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Burning Bridges and Something I Need by OneRepublic

Burning Bridges is Evan’s anthem in Revived because he’s so tainted and out of control of his life, but he does love Cami even if he’s under Malicevile’s influence. Cami’s had Evan’s heart from the first time he laid eyes on her, and he is one of the only people who can relate to her and understand what it’s like being born demi-demon.

Favorite Lyrics:

“Look for my heart
You stole it away
Now I’ll never sing the road that I could take

Listen, I want you to burn my bridges down (down)
I said, I want you to burn my bridges down, down, down
Set me on fire
You set me
Set me on fire
You can burn my bridges down.”

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Something I Need is another song for Cami and Evan, because they do understand each other on a different level. They do some crazy things for each other and that’s what I love about their relationship. It’s imperfect but their strong wills are a match.

Favorite Lyrics:

“And I had the week that came from hell
And yes I know that you could tell
But you’re like the net under the ledge
When I go flying off the edge
You go flying off as well.”

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Leave Out All the Rest by Linkin Park

This is another song that captures Cami’s essence in Revived. She’s been through so much and has been broken and had to put herself back together all while dealing with her morally ambiguous actions she thought were justified. In the end, she hopes that people can forgive her for her flawed humanity, because it’s her most precious thing and she’d never trade it for anything.

Favorite Lyrics:

“Don’t be afraid
I’ve taken my beating
I’ve shared what I’ve made
I’m strong on the surface
Not all the way through
I’ve never been perfect
But neither have you
So, if you’re asking me, I want you to know

When my time comes
Forget the wrong that I’ve done
Help me leave behind some reasons to be missed
And don’t resent me
And when you’re feeling empty
Keep me in your memory
Leave out all the rest.”

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This Love by Taylor Swift

This Love is Cami and Evan’s theme song for their relationship throughout the series. They’ve been through so much together—good and bad—but they always find a way back to each other. They have a sometimes brutal relationship, but they’d also do anything for each other, even if it might not be what is best, which neither of them really know what is best, just that they’d do anything to see that they’re okay in the end.

Favorite Lyrics:

“Your kiss, my cheek, I watched you leave
Your smile, my ghost, I fell to my knees
When you’re young you just run
But you come back to what you need

This love is good, this love is bad
This love is alive back from the dead
These hands had to let it go free
And this love came back to me.”

Thanks for reading more into my Revived Playlist. You can check out the videos on my YouTube playlist below.

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Demon Within Series Cover Re-Vamp Announcement

Over the next few weeks, you’ll notice a change in the covers of the Demon Within series if you haven’t already seen them on Amazon. While the original covers will always have a place in my heart, and I’ll always love their colorful spines, I’m officially in love with the new covers and their portrayal of Cami Anders.

Why re-vamp the covers so soon after the release of Revived you ask (or didn’t ask)? Well, the simple answer is that the decision to change them has been with me since the release of Crushed, though I didn’t want to change the covers halfway through the series. The original covers were often misinterpreted by just looking at them, especially with an older man (who was portraying Malicevile—Cami’s demon), and people assumed he was the love interest, which is obviously not the case. Also, I believe the new covers better portray the YA Paranormal genre. Plus, now, “These covers are on fiiiiiiirrreeeeee!” (Imagine Alicia Keys singing).

Anyway, I hope you all love the new Demon Within series covers as much as I do! If you’re interested in purchasing a signed paperback with the original covers on them for a discounted price, please feel free to message me at Ginna @ GinnaMoran . com (there are no spaces) or shoot me a message here.

Have a great day!

XOXO,

Ginna

P.S. Tainted and Crushed are still on sale for .99cents! Get your copies today!

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CRUSHED LINKS: Amazon, Smashwords, iTunes, Barnes&Noble, and Kobo.

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Scorned Playlist

Music has been an important influence on the Demon Within series, helping me get into a specific mood to be in Cami’s mind, which isn’t always—actually mostly isn’t—a bright, sunny place. She goes through several devastating circumstances through the series that change her, which changes the feel of the each book. Scorned was a particularly hard book to write because Cami struggles with everything that she is—everything she thinks is wrong with her or everything wrong that has been done to her to put her in the situation she’s in. There’s a particular feeling I felt throughout writing Scorned, and I wanted to share the music that helped me capture the essence. I hope you enjoy my compilation.

 

  1. Feel Again by OneRepublic

This song would be the theme song for Cami in Scorned. (Spoilers ahead) As you know if you’ve read Haunted, Cami gets pushed to the point where she no longer cares. In Scorned, Cami learns what it’s like to feel again, and the feelings push her toward change.

Favorite lyrics:

“It’s been a long time coming since I’ve seen your face
I’ve been everywhere and back trying to replace
Everything that I broke till my feet went numb
Praying like a fool who just shot a gun
Heart still beating but it’s not working
It’s like a hundred thousand voices that just can’t sing
I reached out trying to love but I feel nothing
Oh my heart is numb

But with you, I feel again
And with you, I can feel again”

  1. Ashes of Eden by Breaking Benjamin

This song reminds me Cami’s darkest moments in the series. She spends a lot of time wondering why things are the way they are, and her silent questions that never receive the answer in the way she wants, leave her feeling more alone than ever.

Favorite lyrics:

“Will the darkness fall upon me
When the air is growing thin
Will the light begin to pull me
To its everlasting will
I can hear the voices haunting
There is nothing left to fear
And I am still calling
I am still calling to you”

  1. Love Runs Out by OneRepublic

This song encompasses the lighter, feistier moments with Cami. It’s a song she might listen to in her Mustang while flying well over the speed limit with Evan in the passenger’s seat. It’s perfect to describe the heat (pun intended) of Cami’s and Evan’s relationship.

Favorite lyrics:

“I got my mind made up and I can’t let go.
I’m killing every second ’til it sees my soul.
I’ll be running, I’ll be running,
‘Til the love runs out, ’til the love runs out.
And we’ll start a fire, and we’ll shut it down,
‘Til the love runs out, ’til the love runs out.”

  1. Little Do You Know by Alex & Sierra

This song captures how much Cami tries to hide and control her emotions when they threaten to ruin her, especially when it comes to her relationship with Evan.

Favorite lyrics:

“Underneath it all I’m held captive by the hole inside
I’ve been holding back
For the fear that you might change your mind
I’m ready to forgive you but forgetting is a harder fight

Little do you know, I need a little more time.”

  1. Empty Apartment by Yellowcard

The final song in my short playlist is Empty Apartment. The song captures Cami’s relationship with Dylan and how Dylan wants nothing more than to help Cami in her loneliest, darkest moments, where she doesn’t know what to do or how to feel. He’s willing to risk his own heart even if she could possibly break it.

Favorite lyrics:

“Waking up
From this nightmare
How’s your life
What’s it like there
Is it all
That you want it to be
Does it hurt
When you think about me
And how broken my heart is.”

Thanks for reading! I’ve included my youtube playlist if you’re interested in listening to any of the songs.

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Scorned Excerpt

I’m ecstatic to announce the release of Scorned, the fourth book in the Demon Within series. Scorned is my favorite thus far because of the shift that takes place in Cami’s life and world. I loved exploring all her different relationships–both the good ones and bad ones–and how they affected her on different levels.

With every release, I usually share the prologue, but I’ve decided to share an excerpt from the first chapter instead. I’ve edited out most spoilers, but I have to warn you, if you haven’t read any of the other books, you may still stumble across some.

I hope you enjoy!

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Fire glows in Malicevile’s eyes as he directs his anger at me. Raising his hands, he blasts me with a surge of white-hot energy. I don’t have time to react. His power knocks me back into the wall, sending sparks through my vision.

I grind my teeth while he shoots more power at me until I focus enough to absorb it. My hair rises around my face as static clings to me. My soul fills, expanding to the point that I’m pretty sure I’ll combust if he continues, but I won’t give him the satisfaction of asking for mercy.

Standing over me, he smiles. “Had enough?”

Kicking my leg out, I knock his feet out from under him, stopping him from blasting me with another wave of power. If he expects anything less of me, then he doesn’t know me as well as I thought he did.

I levitate from my spot on the floor and land just next to him. “Have you?”

He laughs as his eyes narrow. Without answering me, he handsprings to his feet and removes his suit jacket. It gives me the chance to ready myself for his next move. As he rolls up his sleeves, I shrug from my leather jacket and toss it to Evan.

I roll my shoulders, stepping backwards, not touching the floor as I levitate high enough to be at the same level as Malicevile. He cracks his knuckles like he can somehow intimidate me. It works a little.

Power ignites in his fingers, and it doesn’t take him long to thrust an energy orb at me. As I catch it, he charges forward, slamming his hands into my chest, pushing me back into the wall. His sharp nails dig into my collarbone, stabbing into my skin.

Jerking my leg up, I knee him in the stomach. He doesn’t back down though. He never does. I could fight him all I want, but he only reacts like I’m a pesky fly.

“You’re boring me, Camilla,” he says, sending another bout of energy into me.

I don’t respond. I can’t. His energy comes in faster and hotter than usual. It sinks deep into my soul, threatening to consume me. He’s testing me, making a point. Showing me that I’m nothing. It’ll take me years to ever measure up to him.

“Have you had enough?” he asks again, smiling at my obvious pain.

“No,” I manage to spit out.

“Good.” He drops his hands and steps back to give me a chance to try to best him again. “Now stop thinking and just react.”

Without waiting for him to strike first, I shoot a fireball from my hands instead of the energy he expects. The fire singes the fabric, smoldering his dress shirt. There’s no point in trying to use his power against him.

As he pats the burning fabric with his hand, I rush forward. Another fireball erupts in my fingers, and I chuck it at him again. He’s prepared this time though and drops to the ground before propelling from the floor to knock into me. His arms circle my waist, and he flips me up and over his shoulder. He spins me through the air and launches another bout of energy at me.

I can’t absorb the power and stop my fall at the same time, so when my back hits the hardwood floor of his office, air bursts from my lungs. I skid across the floor, hitting my back on the door. It shakes on its hinges from my force but doesn’t crack like the last time I egged my father on.

I shift, peering at Evan’s boots as he stands over me. Glancing up, I meet his serious eyes. His jaw tenses, and we watch each other for a split second. It’s long enough for Malicevile to shock me again.

I scream out in frustration and thrust my hands out, sending the power I’ve been saving for a special occasion. The lava bomb flies through the air and hits Malicevile in the stomach. Surprise crosses his face, and he rips his shirt off before the acid-like power melts into his skin. He wasn’t quick enough though. His abs glow bright pink.

“Get up, Cami,” Evan whispers.

Malicevile’s already crossing the room before I have a chance to get to my feet. Fire burns in his eyes as he closes the distance. Energy swirls in his hands, and he comes at me with furrowed brows, a look of revenge on his face.

I raise my hands. “I’ve had enough.”

He hovers over me. “I’ll tell you when you’ve had enough.” With those words, he sends a stream of electricity straight into my chest.

The edges of my vision darken as exhaustion consumes me. He hasn’t pushed me like this in weeks. I’m pretty sure I’m being punished.

An angry tear escapes my eye. “Stop!”

“Make me,” Malicevile says with a smile.

But I can’t. All I can do is succumb to the darkness that drags me away from the world.

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You can pick up your copy of Scorned today from most online retailers.

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Music Inspiration for Haunted

Every book writing experience differs for me. Sometimes, I write in silence and edit with music. Other times, I write with music and edit in silence. And more often than not, I write and edit with music. The Demon Within series has had a lot of musical influences, but mostly for the characters. I’ve narrowed down my playlist for Haunted to my top 5 favorite songs if you’re interested in listening.

  1. Demons by Imagine Dragons

Demons was a huge inspiration for Cami’s character in Haunted. She has lived for months with this notion that she is somehow evil because of her birthright, and all she wants to do is protect those she cares for. Demons captures her struggle through the entire series.

Favorite lines:

They say it’s what you make
I say it’s up to fate
It’s woven in my soul
I need to let you go

Your eyes, they shine so bright
I want to save their light
I can’t escape this now
Unless you show me how

  1. Anthem of the Angels by Breaking Benjamin

Anthem of the Angels perfectly captures Dylan’s feelings for Cami in Haunted. He wants nothing more than to see her pull through her inner struggles, and his devotion to her surpasses all reason.

Favorite lines:

Days go on forever,
But I have not left your side.
We can chase the dark together,
If you go then so will I.

There is nothing left of you,
I can see it in your eyes.
Sing the anthem of the angels,
And say the last goodbye.

  1. Haunted by Taylor Swift

Haunted is the namesake of the novel and captures Cami’s feelings on an emotional level. She feels like she’s drowning in everything wrong in her life, and all she wants is to fight and save those she can.

Favorite lines:

Stood there and watched you walk away
From everything we had
But I still mean every word I said to you
He will try to take away my pain
And he just might make me smile
But the whole time I’m wishing he was you instead

  1. Angels Fall by Breaking Benjamin

Angels Fall sums up Cami’s relationship with Evan in Haunted. Evan, like Dylan, plays a huge role in Cami’s life. Every relationship molds Cami into who she is, but with Evan, it reminds her of how unfair life can be.

Favorite lines:

Gray skies will chase the light away
No longer
I fought the fight now only dark remains
Forever
Divided I will stand
And I will let this end

When angels fall with broken wings
I can’t give up, I can’t give in
When all is lost and daylight ends
I’ll carry you and we will live forever, forever

The sun begins to rise
And wash away the sky
The turning of the tide
Don’t leave it all behind
And I will never say goodbye

  1. Ungodly Hour by The Fray

Ungodly Hour captures the anguish and hope Cami drowns in through Haunted. Just when she feels certain about her life, everything changes and forces her to realize that the only thing she can be certain in life is who she is.

Favorite lines:

And I am short on words knowing what’s occurred
And she begins to leave because of me

Her bag is now much heavier
I wish that I could carry her
But this is our ungodly hour
Ungodly hour
Ungodly hour

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I hope you enjoy my song selection and connect to them the way I did while writing Haunted. If you haven’t picked up your copy of Haunted, it is now available across all major e-retailers.

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Haunted Prologue

I’ve decided to shake things up and instead of just paste the prologue for Haunted: Demon Within Book 3, I’ve decided to read it via voice over for you. I hope you look forward to Haunted and enjoy it as much as I do!

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Letters to Cami Anders

Usually Cami would be excited to receive mail, but unfortunately, she only gets mail from the two people she would rather not. If you haven’t read Crushed, be warned. The letters do contain spoilers.

Happy reading!

letter-from-hunters-alliance mal-letter

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Demonic Clean-up 101

One of the least favorite things for Cami to do is demonic clean-up. Here is an informative handout provided by the Hunter’s Alliance to help you survive your first clean-up. Though, Cami questions the relevance of said handout. Cadence helps explain.

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