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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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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The Lovely Reckless by Kami Garcia

img_5351I was so excited to receive an ARC of The Lovely Reckless months before its release, and I devoured it! The novel blew me away! It follows Frankie Devereaux, a teen girl whose boyfriend is brutally beaten to death in front of her, as she gives up her old life of wealth and riches after making a mistake that gets her kicked out of her prep school. Forced to live with her undercover cop father and go to a new school vastly different than her private school, Frankie falls into a world of street racing, fights, and everything that encompasses hot, irresistible bad boy Marco Leone.

thelovelyrecklessBeautifully written, The Lovely Reckless captured the perfect amount of action, love, grief, and self-discovery. It lingered with me for days as I reveled in the love story of Frankie and Marco. It was one of my favorite young adult contemporary romances ever. I just loved the development of Frankie’s character and her growth throughout the novel. I loved how every relationship played a role in who she was and was becoming from her strained relationship between her parents, the forced friendship with her best friends, to the new unexpected relationships in the people she’d have never associated with if she were the same Frankie before the death of her childhood friend and boyfriend.

But the story wasn’t all love and moving forward through grief, it was action-packed and exciting with some mystery. It had all the things I love in a novel. If you enjoy stories about love and loss, are a fan of street racing movies like The Fast and the Furious, like young adult contemporary romance, and novels with diversity, The Lovely Reckless is for you.

Buy links: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iTunes.

About the Author

kami-garciaKami Garcia is the #1 New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling coauthor of the Beautiful Creatures and Dangerous Creatures novels. Kami’s solo series, The Legion, includes the instant New York Times bestseller UNBREAKABLE, and the Bram Stoker Award nominated sequel UNMARKED, both of which were nominated for Bram Stoker Awards. Her forthcoming YA contemporary romance THE LOVELY RECKLESS releases on October 4, 2016, followed by THE X-FILES ORIGINS: AGENT OF CHAOS, an novel about a teenage Fox Mulder, in January 2017, both from Imprint (Macmillan).

BEAUTIFUL CREATURES has been published in 50 countries and translated in 39 languages, and the series has sold over 5 million copies. BEAUTIFUL CREATURES was a finalist for the ALA’s William C. Morris Debut Author Award, a SCIBA Award Finalist, Amazon’s #1 Teen Book of 2009 and #5 on the Editor’s Top 100 List, a YALSA “Teen Top Ten” Pick, and a New York Public Library’s “Books for the Teen Age” selection. The film adaptation Beautiful Creatures released in theaters in 2013, from Warner Brothers.

Kami has an MA in education, and she was a teacher for seventeen years before co-authoring her first novel on a dare from seven of her students. If she isn’t busy watching Supernatural, Kami can teach you how to escape from a pair of handcuffs or bake a Coca-Cola cake. She has never raced a car, but there is still time. She lives in Maryland with her family, and their dogs Spike and Oz (named after characters from Buffy the Vampire Slayer). Visit Kami at www.KamiGarcia.com.

Keep up with Kami and her books here: www.kamigarcia.com, Facebook: KamiGarciaYA, Twitter: @kamigarcia, Instagram: @kamigarcia, Tumblr: kamigarcia, & Pinterest: kamigarcia.

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The Summer of Lost Wishes by Jessa Gabrielle


I’m super stoked to participate in this book blitz featuring Jessa Gabrielle’s debut novel, The Summer of Lost Wishes, because as soon as I discovered it, I knew I had to read it. And just as I expected, it was amazing. I also had the pleasure of interviewing Jessa, so you can find an author interview at the bottom of this post.


The Summer of Lost Wishes
by Jessa Gabrielle
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Release Date: June 13th 2016


Summary:
When sixteen-year-old Piper Davenport’s mom packs up their lives and heads to the coastal Florida town of Coral Sands, Piper doesn’t care much for the view…until she catches a glimpse at Rooks Carter. 

Her mom’s “look but don’t touch” policy regarding the boy next door is all but impossible to maintain, especially since he’s helping his dad restore Piper’s new home, the Calloway Cottage. A gorgeous, shirtless boy makes this boring little town a bit more exciting.
 
But after Piper and Rooks discover a secret in the walls of the cottage, they have a chance to unravel the biggest mystery in Coral Sands history – unless someone unravels them first. 
 
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My thoughts:

What can I say? The Summer of Lost Wishes was the perfect book to kick off my summer. It had everything I love in a YA novel from teen angst to a hot boy next door and some mystery as Piper and her new neighbor Rooks set off to discover what really happened to the five teens who died tragically in their small beach town fifty years ago.

Jessa Gabrielle does a stunning job at weaving the perfect beach setting, with incredible summery descriptions that really let me experience the small town of Coral Sands. The sweet, budding romance between Piper and Rooks had me smiling at nearly every page. There aren’t enough smiley heart-eye emojis in the world to describe how adorable every moment between the two of them was. Their summer love story was really well done.

I also loved how some letters from the past were speckled throughout the novel to give us a glimpse at the teens’ lives from 1965 before the tragedy occurred. It set up the mystery of the story perfectly.

I highly recommend this story for those who like young adult contemporary novels, beach reads, beautiful settings, and an all around cute romance.


Author Interview

1. First of all, I loved everything about this book—the mystery, the sweet love story, the setting—it was perfect. So, what was your favorite scene to write?

Thank you so much! I really loved writing a particular conversation toward the end of the book where a lot of the mystery was revealed. It was a big moment because it’d been in my head for a year, so finally getting the words down was awesome. But since that would be a total spoiler, I’m going to say my other favorite scene, which was the county fair. The flirtation between Piper and Rooks was so much fun. I loved everything about that scene.

That was hands down my favorite scene, too. 🙂

2. Piper Davenport has an interesting taste in room décor. Why faux deer heads? Is there a reason behind them?

When I started plotting this book, I had the big plot twist but nothing else. I wanted Piper to be a little quirky and different, so I hopped over on Pinterest and tried to imagine what her bedroom would be like, to get an idea of her personality. I actually saw the deer heads on there and loved them. (https://www.pinterest.com/jessa_gabrielle/the-summer-of-lost-wishes)

The Summer of Lost Wishes by Jessa Gabrielle quote3. What was your favorite quote from the book?

“This is our fate. We played with the sharks, and now we’re going to get bitten. We tempted the ghosts of the past, and we dug into a treasure chest that was meant to be sealed for eternity. Now we’re going to pay the ultimate price. Seth and Hanna won’t be the legendary couple who died at Shark Island anymore – we will.”

4. I know some people like to have playlists with their books. Any songs capture the essence of The Summer of Lost Wishes for you?

I usually have pretty in depth playlists for my projects, but this book only had a few songs on it – “Teenage Dream”, “The One That Got Away”, and “Thinking of You” by Katy Perry and “Shut Up and Dance” by Walk The Moon.

5. Will you ever visit Coral Sands again?

I told myself I wouldn’t when I started writing the book, but I have a terrible, terrible habit of going back and revisiting old places and old characters, so it’s possible that Coral Sands will pop back up.

6. Can/Will you share anything about future projects?

My next book will be a YA contemporary romance called Fireflies, Sandcastles, and Other Remnants of Summer.

It doesn’t have an official blurb yet, but it’s a summertime romance between two childhood best friends who have grown apart. It’s set in a summer beach house in the fictional beach town of Cape Gabriel, revolves around their two families, and has pretty summertime things like fireflies and sandcastles in it. (hence the title)

Thanks so much for the interview, Jessa! I had so much fun reading TSOLW!


About the Author

Jessa Gabrielle is a young adult author who lives in the land of salt water, palm trees, and sandy shorelines. She believes that summer love is pure bliss and that she was a mermaid in a past life. The Summer of Lost Wishes is her debut novel.
 
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After Death Academy-A Super Short Blog Story

I wrote this super short story as the beginning of a project that ended up falling through. I might pick this one up later on when I have time, because Noah was such a fun character to write for such a short period of time, or maybe I’ll just add on to this one in other blog posts when I have the time. I hope you enjoy After Death Academy, a place to go for a second chance at life while taking away someone else’s only chance.


After Death AcademyAfter Death Academy

The last ten seconds of my life, summed up in five words, will be forever etched into the stone placard marking my grave near the tallest palm tree of the Eternal Life Cemetery.

Noah Ryan Thomas

Brave. Selfless. Gone too soon.

The five stupid words are the reason I’m also not enjoying my afterlife, partying it up with all the people who died before me. During those last ten seconds, as I watched the Dodge Ram swerve in the direction I was jumping, I knew I’d get hurt, but I had no idea the force would shoot my soul straight from my body into what I can only describe as an otherworldly dimension that lacked the clouds and pearly gates I assumed awaited me.

But, what people say about dying, you know, with the bright light and harmonious voices—that part was true. Unfortunately, the bright light wasn’t the tunnel to Heaven, but a bare light bulb in a boring white room. As soon as my ears stopped ringing, the voices turned nasally and more annoying than my grandmother trying to sing her favorite song on my little sister’s karaoke machine after spending the evening smoking a pack of cigarettes with Earl, my recently widowed next-door neighbor. Those voices belonged to the After Death Recruiters, who were expecting my arrival.

A woman with white, curly hair, tightened her black robe at her lumpy waist and offered me a sad smile. Without a word, she pointed to the sign hanging on the wall behind her.

We believe in second chances.

Are you brave?

Are you selfless?

Did you die a heroic death?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, the After Death Academy and Grim Reaper Next Life Learning Program is for you.

I remember laughing, staring at the recruiters like someone was playing a serious joke on me. How the heck was I, a sixteen year old junior at Quinn Baker Prep, even remotely qualified for a position I thought to be based on myth?

Looking back at the day of my death, I should’ve asked a few more questions. Instead, I nodded yes, and with a wave of her scythe, the recruiter teleported me into the administration office of After Death Academy, and it’s where I’ve been sitting for days, waiting for someone to tell me what’s going on.

The clock on the wall strikes twelve for the eighth time since my arrival, and a woman in a black robe flies into the waiting room. She looks at her clipboard and then to me.

“Welcome, Noah. Sorry I’ve kept you waiting,” she says. “I’m Ms. Josette, the head mistress of the academy. I’m sure you have a lot of questions.”

I push up from the chair, wobbling on my legs from the lack of sensation. I guess death does that to you. “Am I being punished?”

She tilts her head to the side for a moment before shaking her head. “No, definitely not. You’re being rewarded. Because of you, Gillian Kingston gets to live a long, fulfilling life.”

She’s talking about the kid I pushed out of the street when I saw the truck run the stop sign. I didn’t know who she was, but I was walking home late from school because of the unfair detention Mr. Peters had given me for speaking my mind. All the girl had to do was look up from tying her shoe, and I’d have never been in this mess.

I rock on my heels. “I’m a little confused. Those people—”

“The recruiters,” she says, interrupting.

“Yeah, them. They pointed at a sign about second chances.”

She beams a smile and pulls a stack of papers from her clipboard. “At the After Death Academy, we offer second chances to live again after successfully collecting the souls from your list before someone else does.”

My eyebrows knit together. “Huh? Who?”

She lifts and drops her shoulders. “No need to worry about that now. Everything is in the packet. Read up, Mr. Thomas.”

And with the wave of her scythe, the world shifts, and I disappear.


Thanks for reading! I hope you enjoyed the story! Let me know in the comments, and I might just continue on.

XOXO,

Ginna

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Writing Stolen from Me Thoughts and Facts

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With the release of Stolen from Me upon us, I figured I’d share what I loved about the next part of Nate and Mira’s journey as they figure out their place in the creature and Human Preservation Agency world. Good versus evil is a running theme through my novels, and while things have never been clear or black and white, Stolen from Me shines a light on good and evil within a person and how they handle it.

I loved writing Stolen from Me and exploring the darker sides of my characters. With Nate Burnham, the Human Preservation Agency altered him into a killer—or what Dr. Prudence referred to as a “better killer” since he was capable of murder before the HPA brought him in as we saw in the beginning of Altered to Kill with the incubus. Stolen from Me focuses on Nate’s struggle with trying not to kill and learning how to survive in what he thinks is a kill or be killed world.

On the other side of things, Mira Everson has been quite the opposite of Nate. As an enchantress, she’s innately benevolent, and she encourages Nate to be the boy she fell in love with. Unfortunately, she finds herself in a downward spiral as she starts to recognize the real evil in the world. She battles with her humanity and starts to question if it’s worth being good when the bad guys seem to always win. Out of all my characters, Mira has the biggest transformation which you’ll see in the second installment of the Finding Nate series.

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Apart from what I loved exploring with Mira and Nate, I figured I’d share a few more fun facts and tidbits to watch out for while you read.

  1. Stolen from Me was the book that sparked the idea for the Destined for Dreams series. It was written before all three books and stories, and I went back and rewrote Stolen from Me after the fact to tie things into the Destined for Dreams series.
  2. You get to meet one of my favorite characters in Stolen from Me. His name starts with a T, and I’ve considered giving him his own series.
  3. I introduce a creature I’ve never written about before.
  4. Dreams are pretty prominent in all of my books, whether or not there’s a nightmare inflictor involved.
  5. I love the unexpected side effects caused by Nate giving Mira a fresh start in Altered to Kill. The scenes capturing his reactions were interesting to write.
  6. If you’ve read Destined for Dreams, you know the connection Nate shares with the Creature Council. Nate is the last one to know.
  7. Creatures on the west coast tend to be more aggressive because they haven’t had any sort of Creature Council protection until recently.
  8. I’m not able to share my favorite quotes because they contain spoilers.
  9. Some of Evie’s old friends make an appearance.

I hope you look forward to reading Stolen from Me! You can pre-order today or purchase your copy on April 12th!

Links: 

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Stolen-Me-Finding-Nate-Book-ebook/dp/B01CRI5QVK/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/stolen-from-me-finding-nate/id1097632650?mt=11

Barnes&Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/stolen-from-me-ginna-moran/1123600170?ean=2940152945249

Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/stolen-from-me-finding-nate-book-2

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/625947

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Halfway There: A Falling from the Sky Short Story by Nikki Godwin

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Halfway There is a cute, quick short story that picks up halfway between Falling from the Sky and Crash Landing, a series that follows Ridge McCoy and how he navigates his new relationship with Micah Youngblood, the boy who figuratively brought him back to life after he struggled when his father died in a plane crash.

I loved catching up with Ridge and Micah in Halfway There as they take a short New Year’s vacation to none other than Sierra Springs, which happens to be the setting of Breaking Saint Jude, a book I recently read and loved by Nikki. I loved this! It’s like when two great books meet each other, and you’re reminded how awesome both are. I giggled excitedly with the cameo of Max and Jude (even though they remain anonymous to Ridge and Micah), and now I really, really, want a story to feature all of them. Nikki has a way with crossing over characters naturally, and it’s such a treat to experience.

If you haven’t read any of Nikki’s books yet, you should! She writes such a variety of contemporary YA novels that I feel like there’s something for everyone. LGBT boyXboy, clean romance, surfers and sunshine, and even boy bands and adventurous summers.

I highly recommend you read Falling from the Sky before trying out Halfway There. If you’ve read Falling from the Sky, then what are you waiting for? Also, read Breaking Saint Jude while you’re at it.

Read my thoughts about Falling from the Sky and Breaking Saint Jude.

Links: Amazon, iTunes, Barnes&Noble


 

NikkiGodwin

Nikki Godwin is a YA/NA/LGBT author. She can’t live without Mountain Dew, black eyeliner, and music by Hawthorne Heights. When not writing, she internet-stalks her favorite bands and keeps tabs on surf competitions. Her favorite surfer is Gabriel Medina. If you ever get her started on surfing or music, she’ll never shut up. You’ve been warned.

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Grounded by Heather Young-Nichols

Grounded by Heather Young-Nichols

What is there not to love about a story that follows a sassy, confident Gremalian teen on the hunt to find a boy who’s supposed to save her people in a war against Gobels? Nothing, really. I enjoyed every minute of Alyssum Bracken’s story.

As a huge YA paranormal fan, it was quite the treat to stumble upon a novel with creatures I’ve never read about. Heather Young-Nichols does a fabulous job bringing to life such a sarcastic, funny, and rebellious female lead. Alyssum captured the essence of what it’s like stepping into adulthood by learning to make her own decisions when it comes to her life and what she wants to do.

Apart from Alyssum, who was a great lead, I loved several other characters, including her love interests, Jensen and Aric. Heather crafted the perfect story between them that didn’t disappoint. I also felt for Alyssum’s father, the leader of the Gremalians, and thought his character perfectly portrayed what it would be like having to be a leader all the while wanting and needing to protect his family. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for his and Alyssum’s relationship.

Another thing I loved about Grounded was the world building and how little pieces of Alyssum’s life and power were woven throughout the story. I liked how she knew she could stand up for herself, fight along with the best, and also not let others hold her back. It was refreshing.

I highly recommend this story to those who enjoy YA paranormal romance, love triangles, unique creatures, a fierce and feisty female lead, and some hot book boyfriends. I look forward to the next book in the series!

Get your copy of Grounded here.


 

About the Author (from Amazon)

Heather Young Nichols

Heather Young-Nichols has been writing since she was little. After a life hiatus from all things fun, she returned in full force and hasn’t stopped since. It’s unusual to find her without her computer, a book or her kindle unless she’s spending time with her family. And the real fun comes out during baseball season. Then, all bets are off. Heather grew up in Saginaw, Michigan and graduated from Saginaw Valley State University with a degree in Sociology. Although she’s currently living in the country, she’s always been more of a city girl.

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Destined for Love First Chapter

I’m so excited for the release of Destined for Love: A Destined for Dreams Novella! This story has been a whirlwind of a ride, and I’ve enjoyed every second of it. I hope you do, too!

To celebrate the release, I’m including a special first chapter excerpt. I have to warn you, though. While Destined for Love can be read as a standalone story, some of the back story contains spoilers to the Destined for Dreams series. So, read at your own risk!

You can pick up your copy of Destined for Love at most online book retailers for only .99 cents!

Links to purchase:

Amazon, Barnes&Noble, iTunes, Kobo, and Smashwords

Now, without further ado, here’s the first chapter for your reading enjoyment.


 

Destined for Love: A Destined for Dreams Novella by Ginna Moran (Young Adult Paranormal Romance)

1. LOVERS’ DAY

 

 

NADIA

Hunter’s warm breath tickles the nape of my neck as he brushes his lips across my skin under the glowing sun of our dream world. I laugh, shifting on his lap, and then I pull away to meet his hazel eyes. They sparkle as light hits them, and I can’t help myself from leaning forward to kiss him again.

“We can stay here all day, you know.” Hunter waves his hand over the luscious grass, and a blanket materializes in front of us. A basket appears next, and then he reaches over and pulls out a foil wrapped box with a bow and lifts the lid, revealing delectable, heart-shaped chocolates drizzled with caramel.

The sugary scent fills the air, and I take a deep breath. “You’re always full of surprises. You’re getting better at controlling our world.”

He wags his eyebrows. “I know you don’t eat, but these are different. They’re made of my dreams.”

I pluck a chocolate from the box and nibble the edge, expecting it to explode into dream dust. Sweetness coats my tongue, and I close my eyes, moaning as I revel in how wonderful this day is starting out to be. “They’re perfect.”

Hunter leans in. “Like you.”

I drape my hands around his neck and kiss him again. I could kiss him forever if the world would stop and allow it.

Joining Hunter in his dreams feels like the only time I get to spend alone with him these days. Now that the council has been reformed with Jacqueline Matthews in charge of monitoring the Human Preservation Agency’s activities, things have gotten a lot less scary in the city. My father even deemed it safe enough for me to get a part-time job at The Haven while I figure out what college I want to go to, and what I want to do with the rest of my life.

The ground beneath us rumbles, like a small earthquake erupts under the grassy knoll in the center this beautiful, vibrant meadow created just for me. Hunter grabs my hands, frowning, and the blue sky above us clouds over before thunder booms. A dark crack fissures the sky, and the world begins to crumble.

“I have to go,” I say, kissing him once more on the cheek. “Someone is knocking at the door.”

I pull out of Hunter’s dream world as darkness consumes it. In a few minutes, he’ll wake up and join me in the real world.

The banging on the door continues, and I slide on my robe and cross our bedroom. There’s only one person who could be on the other side. I grab a small bag off my vanity table with glittery red tissue paper sticking out from it.

I swing open the door and smile. “Happy Lovers’ Day, Lys!”

Alyssa holds a gift-wrapped box in her hands. “I wanted to give you your present before I head out.”

Every year, Alyssa and I exchange gifts on Lovers’ Day, the most romantic day in the creature world. There were never many boys our age in the Creature Council’s compound, so we turned it into a day to celebrate being best friends. Even with Hunter around, I’m glad nothing has changed between us. I think we’re closer than ever.

I hold out the bag. “You already know what I got you.”

She grins. “And I love it!” She shoves the box at me. “Here, open it. You’re going to love it.”

I laugh. Nothing’s ever a secret with a seer as a best friend.

I pluck the bow off the box and stick it to my vanity mirror and then tear the paper off, letting it fall to the floor. I hold the shoe box in my hands and gaze at the drawing of the meadow from Hunter’s dream world. It’s like Alyssa went there herself to capture it in her drawing. It’s so beautiful and perfect that tears line my eyes, and I clutch it to my chest.

Alyssa beams a smile. “Open it already. That’s just a decoration.”

I thumb the lid of the box open and brush my fingers along the beaded bodice of a deep indigo gown that matches the color of my eyes. The airy fabric runs through my fingers as the dress settles back into the box, and I bring my eyes up to Alyssa.

“It’s beautiful, but you went way over budget.” I close the lid of the box and set it on my vanity table.

Hunter moans from behind me, finally waking up, and I peek over my shoulder as he sits up on his elbows.

Alyssa smiles and waves at him before turning her attention back to me. “You’ll need it tonight.”

My brows furrow. “For what?”

She shifts her gaze to Hunter for a split second. “You’ll see.”

We smile at each other for a moment, and then I fling my arms around her shoulders. This year’s Lovers’ Day will without a doubt be better than the last one, seeing that I’m an entirely different person, no longer afraid of the outside world. It’s also the perfect replacement of Valentine’s Day, which Hunter reminded me that we missed while I was imprisoned in the Human Preservation Agency’s termination facility.

Alyssa pulls away. She holds up the simple red bag. “Thanks for the bracelet and candy. I’ll see you at work in a bit.”

“Bye, Alyssa,” Hunter calls out, but she’s already halfway out the door.

I close the door and turn back to face Hunter. He opens his arms, inviting me back to bed, and I glide across the carpet and slide in next to him. He kisses my hair and my temple, and then finally my lips.

I snuggle against his warm chest. “We should get ready. You promised to help my dad this morning before our shift at The Haven.”

He groans. “Let’s call in.”

I shake my head, whipping my pale blond hair across my face. “It’s going to be a busy day. We can’t leave Cian stranded.”

Hunter groans again. “All right, but we’re not staying late. I have plans for us.”

I smirk because Alyssa already hinted about them. “What kind of plans?”

“It’s a surprise.” He pulls me to my feet and laces his fingers around my waist.

I kiss him. “Then we better hurry and get the boring stuff over with.”

 

HUNTER

We enter through the elfin spelled chain-link gate that protects the warehouse from any HPA agents roaming around. Nadia hugs her dad, Dmitri, when she sees him. I always thought coming back to the city would be the worst idea ever until I realized how much both Nadia and I missed it.

We had planned on getting an apartment with Alyssa in the same building as The Haven, but Dmitri surprised Nadia and Alyssa and signed over his house near the city to them. This gave us a place to live, but in a safe neighborhood away from the dangers of the city. Dmitri moved to the compound permanently and lives in an apartment down the hall from Jacqueline. It’s strange, but it works for us. I’ll be forever indebted to Dmitri and the council for giving me the best life I could’ve asked for.

Dmitri pulls away from Nadia and turns to me, drawing me out of my thoughts. “Thanks for coming, Hunter. I need your opinion on a few things.” He pats my back, nudging me to walk with him.

Nadia trails behind us, her feet silent as she glides over the dirt.

“What’s the HPA doing now?” Any time Dmitri or the council needs information, they come to me. I don’t mind, but one of these days I’m afraid they’ll tell me something about my mom or brother. I have no idea what they’re up to, and I’m not even sure if my brother is alive since the last I heard, he was attempting to join the Special Abilities Task Force, a part of the HPA where they alter a person’s DNA to turn them into a weapon. Most volunteers don’t survive. I hope he did. I think about calling my mom sometimes, but I know I never will.

“Nothing crazier than usual, but an agent was caught. I need you to talk to him.” Dmitri holds the door to the warehouse open. “I want you to tell me if you think he’d be useful.”

I don’t move to go in. Instead, I cross my arms. “You want me to do what? I’m a dead man, remember?”

Nadia touches my shoulders. “I don’t like this, Dad. You promised we’d never be involved with council matters. This is more than answering a question or giving insight.”

He presses his lips into a thin line. “Ana is here to assist. The agent won’t remember you. I promise.”

I rub my hand down my chin. “Tell the council not to expect this to be a regular occurrence.”

He nods. “They already know that.”

“Then lead the way.”

Nadia takes my hand, and we follow behind Dmitri into the large living room. Wall-to-wall bookcases line the grand room, and a leather sectional couch faces a flat-screen TV. Tucked in the corner is a formal dining area with a black table and high-back chairs. It’s unchanged since the last time I saw this place. The familiarity of it all is both comforting and disconcerting since I have mixed emotions of the day I said goodbye to the HPA for good.

Dmitri peers around the empty room before motioning us to the stairs where we follow him up two flights to a row of doors in a hallway that looks like a hotel. He unlocks the sixth door on the left and sticks his head inside for a moment before opening it completely.

Fear trails down my back as I imagine facing one of my greatest enemies all over again. I squeeze Nadia’s fingers, and she enters the room before me, dragging me along with her. I draw my eyes from the floor and stare at the guy, who is sitting in a wooden chair with his hands resting on his lap. My fears prove unwarranted because there is nothing scary about this agent. I don’t even know him. His puckered brows and wide eyes are more frightened than menacing, and I bet he thinks he’s about to die.

I want to pity him, but I can’t. He captures creatures all the time and brings them back to the HPA where they meet their end. He almost doesn’t deserve the council’s mercy.

I plop into the chair across from him. “You’re new to the city.”

He doesn’t respond.

I lean forward. “I’d know you if you weren’t. It wasn’t long ago that I was wearing a uniform like that.”

He stiffens. I knew that would get a response out of him.

“But I realized something. The board has it all wrong. Creatures aren’t the dangerous ones. You are.”

The guy’s eyes narrow, and he bares his teeth. “Liar! Traitor! How can you side with the monsters?”

I shake my head. Talking to him was pointless. He doesn’t even want to hear me out. I get off the chair and turn to Dmitri. “This guy is wasting everyone’s time. You should just get rid of him.”

“You’re just like them!” he screams.

I jerk to face him. “It’s better than being like you.”


 

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Ginna

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Introducing Altered to Kill!

I’m so excited to finally share the cover and book blurb for my newest series, which is a standalone companion series to Destined for Dreams, called the Finding Nate series. Altered to Kill is a novel dear to my heart, because it’s what inspired my creature and Human Preservation Agency world. I hope you enjoy it and love the cover as much as I do!

Now without further ado…

Altered to Kill by Ginna Moran cover

Seventeen-year-old Nate Burnham never thought killing would be easy, but when his girlfriend, Mira Everson, is attacked by an incubus disguised as a classmate, Nate discovers love is worth killing for. With the possibility of a grim future, Nate finds himself in the back of an unmarked van with a decision to make—spend life behind bars or enroll in the Special Abilities Task Force run by the Human Preservation Agency. In order to protect Mira, Nate joins the secret organization and is plunged into a world of monsters, murder, and secrecy.

Mira Everson’s life is turned upside down when she discovers Nate has been abducted by scientists who have the ability to rewrite lives. She flees her home to escape a deadly agent sent to kill her, and she must come to terms with the idea that any future contact with Nate could result in her death.

Thrust into a war between humans and creatures, Nate and Mira are fated to fight on opposing sides. Can they unravel the secrets of the supernatural world or will they face deadly consequences?

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Here’s an excerpt:

I’m going to need a lot more than this dish rag and paper towels to clean up the pool of blood seeping from Ryder’s stomach. The puddle smears when I rub it instead of being soaked up like it should be. “Stop bleeding already, man.” I drop the dish towel, splattering blood on my shoes. “Where the heck is the mop?” I don’t know why I even ask. No one will respond.

I wipe my hands on my jeans without thinking. “Oh, come on!” I’m starting to look like a murderer. Hate to break it to you, Nate, but your appearance is the least of your worries. I’m sweaty, have blood all over me, and I’m sure my eyes are wild.

Think, Nate. Think. Think. Think. I growl like a rabid dog. “Why can’t you just go away?” I kick Ryder’s leg. “You piece of crap lunatic!” I kick him again. “You should be the one going to jail. You attacked my girlfriend. You held a knife to her throat. I heard you tell her how she didn’t deserve to live. How you were going to make her feel the pain she made you feel. But guess what? You did that to yourself. You knew she was in love with me. Mira is my girlfriend. Not yours. And if anyone should deserve to live, it’s her.” I kick him so hard his body rolls over.

What the…? No way. Bodies don’t decompose this fast. Part of the skin on Ryder’s arm is blackening. It looks like it’s raw and melting away, yet Ryder has only been dead for just over an hour. I nudge his arm with the toe of my shoe and it deflates. I jerk back in surprise. It’s foul and intriguing. Does Hollywood keep this postmortem fact a secret? I never knew this about dead bodies. At least he doesn’t stink. Actually, he smells rather nice. Like cinnamon rolls. Man, I’m disgusting.

Morticians have a lot of work to make bodies look presentable. If they threw Ryder in a casket now, it’d have to be closed. He’s nasty looking. But dang, his warm pastry smell is overpowering and making me hungry.

I shake my head to regain focus, but I can’t. My stomach growls. Despite Ryder’s disgusting flesh, his scent is mouthwatering, and I almost want take a bite out of him. Almost. Now that’s one way to get rid of the body.

I yank my shirt over my nose. This body cleanup business is ludicrous. I need to put him in a trash bag and somehow manage to get him in the back of my Ford Ranger without anyone seeing me.

I kick the dishrag away. No point in trying to soak up the blood if Ryder isn’t going to stop bleeding and decomposing. The police would never believe this happened just over an hour ago. Maybe that would help my case. I can find an alibi for another day and time. I wonder if anyone would believe I just stumbled upon him. With the way he looks now, only a DNA test could determine who the body belongs to. He’s in your girlfriend’s kitchen. That still leaves her a suspect.

I stumble around the rotting corpse and yank a few black trash bags from under the sink. They’re impossible to unfold with my gooey fingers, and I shake them until they open. With one hand, I yank Ryder’s blood-matted hair until he’s is sitting up. I let go to adjust the bag when he slumps against my chest. The trash bag slips from my fingers, and my shirt yanks down with Ryder’s weight. The cinnamon roll smell smacks me in the face, and I breathe deeply.  “You’re making me so hungry.”

I lean closer and closer. I can’t help it. I can’t do anything to stop myself. I have to taste him. One little bite won’t hurt.

I grab his soft, slimy arm and bring it to my mouth. Don’t do it! This is disgusting. And crazy. And completely not something a normal person would do. Pull it together. Seriously, pull it together! My mind doesn’t want any part of this Ryder tasting, but my hands won’t drop his arm, and my mouth won’t stay shut. I’m really doing this. I’m going to take a bite out of a dead guy.

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