by S.M. McCoy
Genre: YA Fantasy Paranormal
Release Date: September 21st 2018
While investigating her mother’s disappearance Crystal’s bloodline leads a supernatural council to hunt her down for her latent magic. Love, lies, and long buried secrets change her life forever.
Sixteen-year-old Crystal Dylan has been marked by the waning crescent due to her latent diviner heritage. The magic from her is a beacon to any nearby supernatural beings, especially energy serpents, vampires sent by the Divine Council to capture her. She never believed in the strange, the superstitious, or magical until she started looking for her long-thought-dead mother. Too many attacks on her aura have left her drained, dying, and vulnerable leaving Victor no choice but to try anything to help her, even the serpent’s kiss.
The Divine Council was looking for the lost heir, and Damien, a drawn class serpent, was their retrieval system with an agenda of his own. Crystal’s memories are being manipulated, and she struggles to find the truth about who she loves, what happened to her mother, who she is, and how to stay alive long enough to figure it all out.
When the world starts to fall apart, but you’re trying to act like everything is fine. I like this excerpt because it sets up the change from ordinary life as Crystal knows it to the point of no return, where she’s knee deep in a paranormal world that she never imagined she’d be involved with. What’s worse is that Aislin, her guardian and roommate, knew more about the situation that she ever let her know before.
“Stop dancing around the question!” I glared at Aislin and tapped my foot. I thought it worked because she let out one large breath and turned toward me.
“This isn’t human.” She froze in place and her gaze became vacant.
“And still you’re dancing. Spit it out already.” She remained glossy-eyed so I walked up to her then placed my hands firmly on her shoulders. Shaking her, I asked again, “What’s going on?”
“Ser—” Her eyes still hazy, she stuttered as if confronting a fear. “Serpent…” She shook her head and her eyes returned to normal. “No, it’s silly. It’s nothing. Let’s get ready.” She switched gears so fast I was having whiplash. We already talked about serpents, they were draining my energy, and I was going to learn how to protect myself, blah di blah blah.
“What does serpent have to do with anything?” I held her in place before she could escape on some other train of thought. She spoke of energy serpents yesterday as if they were no big deal, and now she looked like spiders were covering the walls, the floor, and preparing for an invasion that ended in human annihilation as we knew it.
“You’ve been…I mean you have…there are…teeth marks. Nah, you probably just scratched off a scab from something else. Just looks like…nothing.” She stepped away from me as my grip loosened.
Looking down at her feet as she exited the bathroom, she mumbled under her breath, “I was with her all night, how would any of that happen? No need to have her worry, I will find something, I will fix this. This is too soon, she’s too young to start training now. What if this changes everything?”
***About the Author***
Stevie Marie is the author of young adult paranormal fantasy and the Divine Series. Born within the apex of another universe, where magic flows like leaky faucets, and forged from the fires of the Underrealm she dug her way to Earth and reluctantly participates in human society, secretly returning to her home world to relay the stories of her monsters, and the troubled love of her people. When she isn’t writing she’s crafting clothing in her sewing room, cuddling her significant-other creature, or pretending to adult by managing a portfolio of properties for an accounting business in the rainy city of Seattle, Washington.
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