I watch as Caleb disembarks after the souls. He pauses to wave, something in his smile seeming to be just for me. I wriggle my fingers back, wondering what the hell is happening to me.
As the train starts up again and heads back to Central Station, I flop back in my chair like he just took all my bones with him. I’m nothing but a puddle of smiles.
It quickly wears off, like my happiness needs Caleb to sustain it.
Or maybe… it’s what I saw in Melvin.
I shudder, wrapping my arms around myself.
Melvin’s chest was no longer empty after his soul was taken from him. Deep within the space that houses our light and spirit, a wraith had made itself comfortable. It turned his torso into a silently screaming black hole.
Today’s excerpt is from Julie Kramer’s Of Curses and Scandals, featured exclusively in Souls & Shadows.
Being a teenage sorceress is hard, especially when you work with the police.
“This is a Hunger.” He showed us a tiny mechanical snake, no bigger than my index finger and carved with runes.
My magic shook its head, and I pressed my back against the pillar, the ropes straining as I shifted as far away as I could. I didn’t want that thing anywhere near me. Something about it was extremely sinister; the runes whispered of blood, betrayal, and pain.
He continued. “It burrows under your skin and drains your magic, to be stored for later use. If it stays in long enough, your magic won’t regenerate.”
As we get closer to the launch of Souls and Shadows, the limited edition paranormal romance boxset that I’m a part of, I thought I’d start sharing exclusive excerpts with you from each of the authors. I think with each post you’ll see why I’m SO excited to be a part of this exclusive set! I’ve joined over 25 other authors with a goal to hit the USA Today Bestseller list, and this is one of those journeys that I am THRILLED to get to share with each of you!
I’m calling these teaser posts — Inside the Shadows and here is your first one!
Now, sit back and enjoy an Excerpt from Adrienne Blake’s The Necromancers Curse, featured exclusively in Souls & Shadows!
Out there is a tome that could save her. Or destroy her.
The fierce, yellow eyes of the attacking wolf locked onto mine. He hesitated for the briefest moment, and then I knew—he was ready to end this. The great beast finally released me, confident in his prize. He paused to take his time.
Circling, he watched as I writhed on the ground, yellow eyes narrow and calculating as he reviewed his prey and the damage he’d caused.
He pounced, and my howl formed at last, only to be put out like a kicked bitch as my assailant’s jaws locked onto my throat.
Have you snagged YOUR copy of Souls and Shadows yet?
I wanted to pop in and give you, not only an exclusive teaser to my novel within this box set, The Time Traveler’s Awakening, but also to provide a little background on why this new series is SO near and dear to me.
My grandfather was always so proud that I was writing. He didn’t care what it was about, he would brag to his friends and our family constantly (even though, there was really nothing to brag about!!). We were in Philadelphia for one of his cancer treatments, and as we sat in his hotel room we started spitballing ideas for a new series. He loved this restaurant called the Moshulu, and some of the history the ship-turned-restaurant held. We started piecing together ideas for a time travel adventure involving the ship, and thus the Magic Bound Saga was born!
Unfortunately, he passed away before I ever got any of this new series written. The time has come to bring this adventure to life and I’m thrilled to not only share it with you all, but to put out the story that my grandfather helped me imagine.
Not only is this story one I’ve been waiting to write to make it AMAZING, but as you know – Souls and Shadows is aiming to hit the USA Today Bestsellers List. To make that list alone is a dream of mine, but to do it with a story created with someone I loved so much would be even greater!
Now that you have the background of my story within the set, and why it’s so important to me, how about a quick, exclusive teaser just for you?
“I’m coming, Mom,” she whispered.
Everything happened just as before, only this time, she expected it. The light, the tug in her gut.
Almost everything. She arrived somewhere dark, and before her eyes had a moment to adjust, she was grabbed from behind.
“Hey,” she yelped, flailing her legs in the air.
Ember tried to twist her body, but the steely grip that held her was unyielding. She twisted again, swinging her feet to try to kick a shin, or something of her attacker.
The male holding her grunted once, but then laughed.
She was set down firmly into a chair, but not in a way that hurt her.
Ember wasn’t going to stay put without a fight and immediately tried to scramble up and away from the chair, and the stranger in the dark. She feared whoever it was must have had her mother, too.
A flaming candle appeared near the chair as she attempted to move further away from it.
She didn’t get far. She was picked up by both arms and lifted effortlessly, right back into the chair.
Only this time, the person putting her in place, knelt in front of her.
“You,” she said accusingly.
Ember’s eyes went wide at the sight before her.
Something had gone very wrong on this jump, indeed.
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