‘The stuff that gets you dead,’ I said.
Pearl and Spicer have one thing in common. Both have lost loved ones to violent religious sect, Mesmeris. While Pearl moves away to escape her past, Spicer decides to do the opposite. He infiltrates the cult, going deep undercover into their shadowy world of violence, coercion and sacrilegious ceremonies. When the cult relocates to London, Pearl discovers that leaving your past behind is not as easy as she thought.
This short story is about a character in the Turning Vampire series.
When a millennia-long, interplanetary war lands on Earth, nobody would have expected the planet’s fate to fall into the hands of Sam Adams. He isn’t exactly what his fellow students call talented. Shy, weird, and tall, maybe. Cue two alien races breaking through to Earth. One wants peace, the other only cares for power – and both claim to be the good guys. Who can you choose to trust but the ones helping save your mom?
Sasha Leroy Palmer decided in the 1960’s to fight the enemy on the other
side of the Iron Curtain from within. Even if this meant becoming a spy.
She convinced herself that her sister’s death was the only reason she came
here. To help her home country, the one that was truly free, to fight one
that wasn’t (even if it proclaimed otherwise). It was the duty of every true
American citizen to resist Soviet propaganda and help weaken the force of
evil. Especially since the Cuban Missile Crisis.
So why then did every letter from home, secretly passed to her by
colleagues in the cause, make her feel that this hadn’t been the reason?
That there was an even bigger one for her coming here.
Hadn’t she made peace and accepted her father’s decision? Was she really
running away from her responsibilities, as her parents insisted?
And if she was, what could make her stop running?
Surely not the man who caught her as she stumbled on a shaky trolley-bus
in the capital of Soviet Moldova. Or could he?
Regan Claire – Gathering Water
Della was handed a slim folder the day she turned eighteen. Inside it was the name of her mother and the identity of a family that never tried to pull her from the foster system she hates. When Della moves across the country to claim the only pieces of her mother that still remain, she finds herself pulled into an unimaginable world —one on the brink of war — and it takes everything Della has not to drown in a destiny she didn’t choose. Can she move past her anger and pain to save the people she’s come to love, or will her enemies strike before Della has the chance to become the only weapon capable of destroying them?
Theresa Kay – Dark Expanse
In a world of military space stations, planetary jumps and alien offensives, nineteen-year-old Eva Braebel’s life has never been easy. She’s small. She’s female. And she earned the ire of a powerful General at a young age. With hard work and the support of her friends, she achieves more than she ever dreamed possible: A position as flight squadron leader and the man who she loves by her side. Eva just got everything she’s ever wanted, but how long can she keep it?
Caylie Marcoe – Choose Us
Riley Logan and Travis Grayson have been best friends for fifteen years. Riley never imagined that working as Travis’s personal assistant would land her the job of undercover spy on a televised dating show meant to find him love. Travis forced her into it and now the last girl she expected is the one she wants him to choose – her.
Stormy Smith – Bound by Duty
Amelia Bradbury is the last living Elder. She has power she can’t control and has been forced to hide, while a prophecy dictates her fate even as she fights for a normal life. She faces a betrothal she can’t stop and, on top of it all, she’s lost her heart to a human. When the whole truth comes to light, will Amelia choose her duty or her heart?
Elizabeth Tuttle – Spark of Light
Nearly a century ago the world was decimated by a magical war. In their defeat, elves were captured by humans, cut off from their magic, and broken down into lifeless, drone-like slaves. Avery is different. Never completely broken, she must pretend in order to survive. But when love sparks the light inside Avery, her magic blooms to full force. It’s only once she is ripped away from this love that Avery finds herself at The Farm, facing truths she never expected and the possibility that she could be the spark her people need to reignite.
Kat Nichols – Family Secrets
Sophia Morganthal is an orphan that not only found herself flung halfway across the country to live with relatives she never knew existed, but that those relatives came from a long line of witches that require her to be initiated into their coven within the year to prevent a battle for leadership. As Sophia learns more about herself, and what being initiated into Blackthorne coven really means, she must answer the ultimate question – would she give up everything for her family?