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Welcome to my post for the Rise from Darkness book tour! I have an excerpt coming up, as well as a giveaway for a $40 gift card. But, first, allow me to introduce the book:
Release date: September 24, 2014
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Series: Battle for Souls #1
Alexander Lorre gives new meaning to the term "tormented teen." He's a newly fallen angel, which means he has the self-control of a three-year-old, the hormones of a teenager and the strength of an angel. When he rescues Gaby Moore from drowning, the chemistry between them is undeniable. With a local demon threatening Gaby's life, he struggles to find a balance between remaining close enough to protect her but distant enough to control his desires.
As danger draws closer, Gaby uncovers shattering secrets that will lead to an ultimate choice. Will she fight alongside her father, an earthbound hunter killing fallen angels and demons, give into the demon blood coursing through her veins and join the demon world, or save the man she loves from both? The first two choices damn her, but the last one could destroy them all.
Alexander retrieved her shirt, beach towel, art supplies, and discarded drawings. “What’re these?” he asked, lifting two blurred pictures from under the supply box. His soaked shirt gaped open, exposing more tan skin and well-defined muscles. Her eyes stuck to his body for a second too long, until her mind processed what he was holding.
She quickly stepped forward then halted, forcing herself not to overreact. It would only make them more curious. But her heart was fluttering faster than humming bird wings. “Uh, just crazy ideas I come up with,” she said, trying to sound casual.
“They’re good.” He eyed one of them for a moment then pointed at the dark-horned figure, bleeding down the page. “Is this a monster?”
“I, uh, guess you could call it that.” She toed the sand, not wanting to expose herself any more than she already had.
He looked between the two drawings. “They look like something straight out of a nightmare,” he said, almost absently.
Gabby stared at him in disbelief. How did he… No, there’s no way he could know that.
He handed them to her, along with the supply box. “You’re a gifted artist. These are sick.”
Gifted? Sick? Which was it? “Um…thanks.”
“You been drawing long?” Sammy asked.
“All my life, but… just this kind of stuff for the last year or so.” She tucked the ruined pictures inside the supply box then hugged it against her chest. When Sammy gave her an odd look, she couldn’t help but bite her bottom lip.
“What happened?” Sammy asked.
“I’m sorry?” Gabby said, confused by the girl’s question.
“What happened a year ago that would make you want to create such dark pictures?”
Instantly, familiar and deep, stabbing pain of loss pierced her heart and she inhaled sharply, fighting to keep her composure. “Just seemed interesting, I guess.” Clutching her belongings to her chest, she started back down the beach. “I should get home. My father’s due back any time and he tends to worry.”
Not taking the hint, Sammy followed her down the path that led to her father’s shack. “Why don’t we stop by tomorrowto check on you?”
That couldn’t happen. She couldn’t chance her father coming home early. The last thing Gabby wanted to do was get back in the water, but she didn’t want Sammy or Alexander running into her father. She stole a quick glance back at Alexander. He stood there with an air of confidence. Yet his eyes were soft. “How ‘bout we meet here instead.”
“Sounds good. We’ll be here mid-morning, say ten-ish.” Sammy yelled over her shoulder before she jogged back toward the beach.
“Tomorrow then,” Alexander said, his deep voice carrying on the wind.
Gabby nodded then raced to the house. If her father beat her home, there’d be hell to pay.
The sun was setting and she needed to get dinner. She swatted gnats from her face as she slowed at her back yard. Breathless, she opened the door and stopped short. Her father was glowering at her from his favorite brown chair. She sucked in a quick breath.
Which father was it today? Mean drunk or supportive dad?
Up for grabs is a $40 gift card.
About the Author:Ciara Knight began her writing career in 2008. She writes to ‘Defy the Dark’ with her fantasy, paranormal, and dystopian books. Her first Young Adult Series, Battle for Souls, will be published by Turquoise Morning press, with her prequel novella, Love’s Long Shadow, releasing in October 2011. Followed by Rise From Darkness (Book I) in March 2012, Fall From Grace (Book II), and Ascension of Evil (Book III).
Also in 2012, her adult fantasy, Curse of Gremdon will be published by Crescent Moon Press.
When not writing, she enjoys reading all types of fiction. Some great literary influences in her life include Edgar Allen Poe, Shakespeare, Francine Rivers and J K Rowling.
Her first love, besides her family, reading, and writing, is travel. She's backpacked through Europe, visited orphanages in China, and landed in a helicopter on a glacier in Alaska.