As the winter solstice approaches, it brings an onslaught of unexpected side effects. Ashley must seize control over her supercharged powers, while dealing with the overwhelming suspicion that her boyfriend, Arwan, is hiding a secret so dark it could destroy them both.
With the arrival of a surprise houseguest, Ashley’s deepest fears about Arwan are confirmed. And when middleworld deities intercede, the group of gifted Maya descendants are confronted with hardships they never saw coming—including an enemy more deadly than they have ever faced.
Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned—but when that woman has no soul and a taste for revenge, they will need the powers of every surviving ancestor simply to stay alive.
Book Excerpt (from Chapter Six)
The sound of Ashley’s scream tore into him. Arwan clenched his fist as scarlet liquid slid down his forearm and dripped from his elbow onto the stone floor. He pumped his hand to encourage the flow of more blood as he knelt, laying his wound over the altar. His shoulders slumped forward as the offering was collected.
He swore he would never go back to his old life. He made an oath to leave that world behind and fight against every soul that dwelled in the shadows—every force responsible for causing pain. Now he was going to break that promise, for her, and he may lose her in the process.
Ashley’s hands clutched his shoulders. “What did you do?” He hung his head as low as he could, wishing he could disappear completely. His honor had been stripped away. Shame hung like a heavy cloud over his soul, mocking the years he spent hiding the truth. It was all for nothing.
His blood filled the cracks of the aged rock. With his other arm wrapped around Ashley’s waist, he pressed his forehead against her belly as if already begging for forgiveness. But there was no time for that now. He had to hold onto her, or she would be lost in the transport.
A burst of wind tore through the cave. Ashley screamed and grabbed onto him as she fought against the blast. Darkness consumed them, snuffing out any light Ashley produced. The thick fog weighed on Arwan’s chest as he felt the core of his being break free.
Until that moment, he’d managed to keep his darkness under control. Now he felt it claw its way out of its dormant state and flush his veins. His vision blurred. Only the warmth of Ashley’s body kept him grounded. He clenched his jaw, huffing breaths through his nose while they were sent to the gate, where worse terror awaited.
The wind died in an instant and slapped Arwan to the cold stone of the isolated cave—the other side of the portal.
The gate to the underworld.
He tried to push to his feet, but he had no strength left to support his effort. The sound of Ashley’s breaths grew louder until her warm hands cradled his cheeks. He opened his eyes, barely able to see past the pain tearing through his muscles.
She grabbed his hand. “Hold on!” Her voice sounded frantic. Warmth seeped into his wrist from her trembling fingers. His wound knitted together, healed by her touch. She rested her hand over his chest. He relaxed his muscles while the heat from her body poured over him.
The darkness inside of him thrashed through his gut and he curled on the floor. Tightening his fists, he had to do something to offset the effects of being so close to the underworld.
He’d managed to keep from changing all these years by staying near the goodness of Riyata, and far from the powers beneath. But crossing through the portal and near the gate meant he had to control his darker half, and quickly—or risk it emerging from inside him.
Ashley’s heat was gone, leaving him frozen on the ground. The chilled air prickled his skin, making it hard to concentrate. He opened his eyes for a split second, just long enough to see Ashley’s expression turn to horror.
She leapt to her feet, and he listened to her footsteps drag over the ground with each backward step. “What just happened, Arwan?” Her screech bounced off the stone walls. “Your eyes are black. Completely black!”
He struggled to sit, concentrating to keep his focus on caging the force within him. He’d nearly forgotten how powerful it was. But he didn’t want her to be afraid of him, and the hope she would still want him had begun to fade beneath her trembling voice.
It took almost everything he had, but finally he was able to see clearly, and he knew his eyes had returned to normal. For now.
He gathered the courage to meet her gaze. When he did, he wished they had never come to this damned place, and he could be with her the way they were before. Before she knew who he really was.
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A long time enthusiast of things that go bump in the night, Theresa began her writing career as a journalism intern—possibly the least creative writing field out there. After her first semester at a local newspaper, she washed her hands of press releases and feature articles to delve into the whimsical world of fiction.
Since then, Theresa has been married, had three terrific kids, moved to central Ohio, and has been repeatedly guilt tripped into adopting a menagerie of animals that are now members of the family. But don’t be fooled by her domesticated appearance. Her greatest love is travel. Having traveled to over a dozen countries—not to mention an extended seven-year stay in Kodiak, Alaska—she is anything but settled down. But wherever life brings her, Theresa will continue to weave tales of adventure and love with the hope her stories will bring joy and inspiration to her readers.
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