Birthright – Sneak Peek

If you read Guardians, check out this sneak peek of the entire first chapter of Birthright! The first and second book of the Touched by Light series are ramping up to the finale of Riley and Rey’s story. Don’t miss out on the conclusion to their story in the world of Light and darkness. Grab your copy today!

Chapter 1

Riley

“Really, Aunt Lara. I’m fine,” Riley tried to assure her for the fiftieth time today.

Her Aunt had surprised her one afternoon while she was studying in her dorm room and had another episode. From the moment her makeshift parent had found her in the midst of the darkness, she had been treating her like a child, monitoring her every move.

For over a week now, the only solace Riley found was in her freshman classes at Bradford University, but that wasn’t without a fight. The first round of arguments came about after her Aunt tried to escort her to class. The second broke out when she had actually tried to sit at a desk right next to her! It was mortifying! Riley was finally able to convince her Aunt during the third round that her episodes had never occurred during class, but the war was far from over.

“You should get back home to Alexandria. I think it’s under control now.”

Aunt Lara smiled sweetly as she put another load of laundry away. “It’s under control because I’m here, lamb. If I leave, I would guarantee that you would have another episode because you aren’t taking very good care of yourself. Too much stress, too much to manage!”

Riley sighed at the use of her nickname. The endearment used to fill her with tranquility, but now, it only made what her Aunt was saying seem that much more condescending. Her life may have been riddled with the seizure like episodes during her grade school years, but it had never impacted her life in such a way that she couldn’t function. Not have friends or relationships, sure, but her grades, education, hygiene, and nutrition never suffered.

As her Aunt stacked another pile of clothes in the armoire, Riley shook her head. She and her reassigned roommate Elisha were going to have clean clothes for the rest of the term.

“I’ll do better now. I just overwhelmed myself with the whole experience the first few months, but I promise I’ll take it easier. I’ll even create a schedule to better manage my time.”

“Give it another week or so, and we’ll talk about it then,” Aunt Lara said offhandedly. “Until then-”

“Another week or so?” Riley exasperated. “What are you going to do here for that long?”

“Take care of you, of course. It’s what I’ve done for almost nineteen years now,” Aunt Lara responded, offended.

Riley tried to keep her cool. If she lost her temper, she would only be making her Aunt’s point.

“Aunt Lara, that’s not going to work.”

“What isn’t?” Her Aunt was playing innocent, but Riley could see right through it.

“You can’t stay here for ‘another week or so’.”

Her Aunt seemed perturbed. “Then you’re coming home with me.”

Riley felt the broken record skip back to the beginning again. “No, I’m not. I’m staying here, and you’re going home.”

“Riley, this isn’t good for you,” her Aunt started the spiel again, but Riley held up her hand, stopping her.

“Before you say anything else, I need you to understand that I am trying to build a life here. A life different from the one I had in Alexandria that consists of more than being cooped up in our house without anyone to talk to besides you, and I mean that as lovingly as I can. You have taken such great care of me my entire life, and I thank you, but I want to be able to experience life on my own, and I can do that here.

“This is where I am going to make a life for myself, but I can’t do that if you are literally standing right next to me every moment of every day. I understand your concerns about my episodes, but how else can I learn to manage them if you won’t let me be on my own? How else can I figure out my triggers, or how to stop them all together if you are consistently with me?

“I can do this, Aunt Lara. These first few months contradict that, but I promise you I can because I want this. I want this to work, so it will, but you have to go home.”

Riley could see the wheels turning in her Aunt’s head, but for the first time since her arrival, Riley believed she might have gotten something through to her. She knew her Aunt’s concerns weren’t without merit, but she had to learn how to cope with her episodes if she ever wanted a life of her own.

There was no way she was going to be able to go on a date with Michael if her Aunt insisted on escorting them. Talk about humiliation!

Aunt Lara sighed sadly as she smoothed her long gray streaked black hair back from her face. “OK but give me through the weekend. If you haven’t had another episode by Sunday then I will go back home, but if you do, we add a week.”

Riley felt her stomach flop at the idea of her Aunt staying any longer than the rest of the day, but she didn’t want to hurt her any more than she already had. She was sure her Aunt had to be lonely now that she was living by herself too, so maybe her being in Bradford wasn’t just for Riley’s benefit.

“Will you promise to back off a bit? Just to give me some breathing room? I mean, escorting me to class seems a bit much.”

Her Aunt seemed to weigh the request. “Case by case basis?”

Riley took a deep breath and exhaled. This was as good as she was going to get. “Deal.”

Her Aunt smiled. “Let’s get you something to eat. You seem a little peaked.”

Riley shook her head. It was going to be a long five days.

As Riley and her Aunt made their way to Dalton, Elisha skipped down the steps from the library.

“Hey, Elisha!” Riley called, waving.

Elisha waved back and waited for them on the sidewalk. “Where are you headed?”

“Dalton Café for dinner. Want to join?” Riley asked, hoping for the distraction.

“Thanks, but I’m meeting Jake at Bonnie for sushi. I’ll catch up with you later,” Elisha said, already heading toward the far end of the campus.

She hadn’t seen much of her friend since the day before her Aunt had arrived. At the beginning of the term, they had spent practically every day and night together in Elisha’s dorm room since Riley’s real roommate was a terror while Elisha’s had never bothered to move in.

When Riley met Michael, her friendship with Elisha had been the steady constant in the exciting whirlwind of romance with the fraternity brother of Pi Kappa Phi. They would recap the events of her date and giggle at the cute things Michael had said. It had been just what Riley had been hoping for when she made the move to the small university and smaller surrounding town, but when Elisha had met a guy on campus all of a week ago, that all seemed to come to a halt. The guy must have made a real impression for her to be so enamored so quickly.

Riley caught up with her roommate as her Aunt followed closely behind. “Well, you could walk with us to Dalton since it’s on the way. Besides, I want to hear all about this Jake guy. When do I get to meet him?”

Elisha picked up her step. “Sorry, but I’m really late. I’ve got to run if I’m going to make it on time!”

Riley stopped on the sidewalk as her Aunt closed the gap.

“Was that your roommate?” Aunt Lara asked.

“Yeah,” Riley answered, feeling bruised.

“Huh, she must be really late if she had to actually run,” Aunt Lara tilted her head, watching Elisha sprint across campus.

Riley huffed. “I guess.”

The rest of the walk to Dalton Aunt Lara discussed the happenings back home in Alexandria for the hundredth time. It was the same events that happened every year that they never joined in on, but for whatever reason, her Aunt seemed suddenly very interested in them.

“The Harvest Festival is coming up in a few weeks, not to mention the Columbus Day Fair. There is so much you are going to miss by not being home.”

“Yeah,” was Riley’s only response.

She was trying to focus on everything her Aunt was saying, but her mind was stuck on the two second conversation she had with Elisha. Something about it was off, or maybe it was just Elisha. Was something going on that she didn’t want to talk about in front of her Aunt? Could the guy she was dating be a total jerk and not treating her right, but she didn’t want to say it around anyone?

Riley searched her mind, looking for any hint of distress in Elisha’s demeanor, but all she had was how short her friend had been with her. Elisha wasn’t acting like herself, that was for sure, but Riley couldn’t figure out why. Hopefully she came back to the dorm tonight. Riley never realized how lonely sleeping by herself could be after sharing a room with someone for months.

Maybe that explained Leslie’s desire to keep her room occupied every night.

Riley threw that last thought away knowing there was nothing that could explain her assigned roommate’s revolving door of hook-ups.

“So, what do you think?” Aunt Lara asked.

Riley shook her head. “About what?”

Her Aunt sighed dramatically. “Have you not been listening this entire time? About all the events coming up?”

“What about them?”

“Don’t you want to go to them with me?”

Riley shook her head. “If they are during the week then no, but if it’s a weekend then I can plan to be there.”

“But the best ones are during the week! Especially Friday nights,” her Aunt wailed.

“I can’t miss class,” Riley stated flatly.

Her Aunt was so obvious. The older woman had always been a bit dramatic when she was trying to get her way. Riley had always thought of the classic beauty as a stable rock, but hearing her whine this way was slowly changing the image of her Aunt in Riley’s mind.

“Fine, fine, but expect to be home on the weekends from now on.”

Riley tried not to let her frustration seep into voice. “I’m not going to Alexandria every weekend.”

“Well, why not?” Her Aunt asked with hurt in her voice.

“This is my home now. I have friends here that I would like to spend time with outside of the classroom.”

Aunt Lara flipped her long silvering hair over her shoulder. “They obviously can’t take care of you like me, and a few seem preoccupied at the moment.”

Riley’s heart fell into her stomach as Elisha’s strange demeanor resurfaced in her mind. She’d have to find time alone to talk to her soon. Get to the bottom of her strange behavior.

“It’s not their job to take care of me, and I have more friends than Elisha,” Riley lied, realizing Elisha and Michael were all she really had. It was more than she ever had, so she wasn’t complaining.

“You wouldn’t need them if you came home with me.”

Riley opened the door to the cafeteria and immediately smelled warm cheese and pasta. Her stomach growled as the scent filled her with warmth, easing her mind of any icy thoughts. The fluorescent glow of the overhead lights lit up the room as everyone seemed happy while they filled their bellies.

Maybe her Aunt was right. Maybe she did need her around.

Michael walked up behind her and placed his arms around her waist. “Hello, beautiful.”

Riley smiled, thankful for the distraction. “Hey.”

“Mind if I join you for dinner?” Michael asked, kissing her cheek.

Riley laid her head back on his shoulder. The past few months had been filled with excitement because of him and his adventurous dates, but her feelings for him were steadily growing stronger every day. She hoped he would ask her to be his girlfriend soon, but every time she really thought about the commitment, something at the back of her mind lifted a gate of anxiety. She couldn’t shake the feeling that she was somehow missing something. Michael was everything she had ever wanted in a potential relationship, but that tiny piece of herself told her there was something more out there.

Riley tried to smile as she pushed the gate closed, turning her lips toward him. “Of course. I’ve missed you.”

Just before Michael dipped his head to kiss her, Aunt Lara cleared her throat. “Still here.”

Michael closed the gap anyway and pecked her gently with a chuckle. “Sorry, Aunt Lara, but you’ve been hogging her this week.”

Riley giggled. At least someone had missed her.

Michael, Riley, and Aunt Lara ate dinner together, but that was about all Aunt Lara did. She sat quietly in the booth across from Riley and Michael, and barely said a word the entire night. Riley thought she caught her sulking a few times, but whenever she looked over at her, her Aunt would quickly look away and scan the room.

Michael held her hand the entire night as they discussed their classes and stole kisses on her knuckles whenever Aunt Lara wasn’t looking. As they finished their plates and were ready to head back to her dorm on the thirteenth floor of the Muse dormitory, Michael pulled Riley aside.

“Can we go on a real date tomorrow night? Like off campus, or will your Aunt flip out?”

Riley laughed. “I was hoping you’d ask. I’ve missed you, and I need to get out from under her thumb for a bit.”

Michael smiled and hugged her tight. “Perfect then I’ll pick you up at eight. We’ll head to Macado’s for another round of karaoke.”

“You can have the karaoke, just order me the quesadilla!” Riley exclaimed as he released her and headed for the door.

“See you tomorrow,” he winked. “Bye, Aunt Lara.”

Riley’s smile widened as she watched him walk back across campus toward his fraternity house. She hadn’t realized just how badly she had wanted to go out with him again but couldn’t help the mingling of desire to escape her Aunt’s watchful eye for just one night.

“Will he be dining with us again tomorrow?” Aunt Lara questioned agitatedly.

Riley sighed. “Actually, he asked me to go to Macado’s with him tomorrow.”

“Oh, well, I’m not sure that is really my niche, but I’m sure I could-”

Riley interrupted quickly. “I mean, he asked me on a date.”

“Oh,” Aunt Lara startled.

She could tell her Aunt was calculating her next statement carefully, but before she could begin some spiel, Riley flipped her red hair over her shoulder and headed for the path leading back to her dorm. She wasn’t going to listen to her Aunt drone on about how bad of an idea it would be, or what could happen while she was out. She had been on many dates with Michael at this point, walked with him to classes, ate meals with him and Elisha, and nothing ever happened. Michael wasn’t a trigger for her episodes.

Aunt Lara caught up with her as she passed in front of Whitt. “I know you don’t want to hear this-”

“Then don’t say it,” Riley stated flatly.

She had never disrespected her Aunt before, but maybe it was because she had never had to fight with her over anything back in Alexandria. Her life consisted of school and home every day. She had never had friends, let alone boyfriends, she had wanted to spend time with, so there was never a reason to disagree. Now, she felt like that was all she and her Aunt did.

“Riley, I’m looking out for your best interests, and if your parents were still around, I’m sure they would agree with me.”

Riley had had enough. “But they aren’t, are they? My life is my choice now! It’s not up to you anymore! I make the decisions on how I want it to go, and my decision is I’m staying here, and I’m going out with Michael tomorrow. If you don’t like it, well, I’m sorry, but I don’t care! I’m not living like I used to in Alexandria. I refuse to! I’m going to experience life even if it kills me.”

Aunt Lara stared at her with an expression Riley couldn’t discern, but tears were welling in Riley’s green eyes. She never thought she would speak to her Aunt that way, and it hurt her to her core. Riley turned and ran in the dark toward the illuminated Muse as her tears streaked down her cheeks.

One day, maybe sooner, she was going to regret what she said to her Aunt, but right now, all Riley wanted was to be as far away from her as possible. She ran up the walkway and into the elevator, but before she made it to Elisha’s room, she thought better of it, knowing too soon her Aunt would follow.

Riley checked the doorknob on her assigned room. There wasn’t a ribbon, but music played loudly on the other side. She jiggled her keys in the handle, hoping the noise would disrupt a potential booty-beat session, as her assigned roommate would call it, but no screams for denial of entry met her ears.

“Randy! How are you?” Leslie called from the foot of her bed as she contemplated a few dresses sprawled out in front of her. “Which do you think will bring more boys to the yard? My milkshake is need of stirring.”

Riley didn’t even try to decipher her real roommate’s meaning as she closed the door and landed face down on her mattress. She hadn’t stepped foot in the room in weeks. Leslie had practically claimed the entirety of it with her clothes, shoes, books, and condoms strewn everywhere but on Riley’s bed. All the reasons she didn’t stay in her assigned dorm room were displayed for whoever entered the room to see.

“Bad day?” Leslie asked, uninterested.

Riley rolled her eyes before turning her face to the wall that thumped with the beat of another popular song.

“What, nice and sweet hasn’t made a move yet?”

Riley continued to ignore her as the lyrics from the music erased her thoughts, giving her something to focus on besides her screwed up life.

“You’ve been dating him for how long now, and he still hasn’t sealed the deal? What is he waiting on, marriage?”

Riley huffed. “Some people believe in connecting on a deeper level first.”

“What fun is that?” Leslie scrunched up her nose, disgusted. “How about tall, dark, and handsome? Is he a free agent yet, or are you still hung up on him?”

Riley’s eyes snapped open as she turned to face her roommate. “Who?”

“You know, the guy who helped you ‘move in’,” Leslie sounded bored as she made the finger quotes.

Riley stared at the half naked girl. “Uh, I don’t know who you are talking about.”

Leslie finally looked over at her. “How could you forget that fine piece of ass? Aren’t you friends with his best friend’s girlfriend or whatever weird triangle they are all in?”

Riley tried raking her brain for any possible person Leslie could be thinking of but came up blank. Her ring of friends was small, and the number of guys interested in her was very clearly set at one.

Leslie shot Riley a sideways stare. “Huh, maybe you need your head examined. You can’t tell me you forgot someone as good looking as him because, let’s be honest, how many guys are actually attracted to you.”

Riley felt her fists ball at her sides as she rose from the bed. Her blood boiled at the all too familiar insinuation of being called crazy. She felt the ultimate desire to smack the girl but soothed herself into calm before she could raise her hand.

“How many guys are actually attracted to you versus think you’re an easy target?”

Leslie’s smile became malicious as she leaned against Riley’s bed and whispered. “Honey, I’m not a target. I’m the arrow. Maybe I’ll just go find Mr. tall, dark, and sexy, and prove I always hit the bullseye.”

Riley wasn’t sure why, but the very idea of Leslie touching the mystery man she kept mentioning sent Riley’s heart into a flutter of emotions: pain, anger, disgust. She pushed off her bed and rounded Leslie in a wide berth in fear of “accidentally” pushing past her. She stormed her way to the door, kicking Leslie’s strewn about clothes and shoes out of her way.

“Go ahead! Chalk another one up on your list of men! Have fun explaining that to a potential husband one day!”

Riley slammed the door as Leslie let out a booming cackle on the other side. She marched her way to Elisha’s room, seething as she slammed another door and face planted onto her borrowed mattress. She screamed into her pillow until all her frustration and anguish dissipated, but that had been a horrible idea.

Tears began to fall down her cheeks as a feeling of loss washed over her entire body, and she had no idea why. She knew she and her Aunt would make amends, so that wasn’t the cause. She had to talk to Elisha, but she didn’t think she had lost her yet. Everything with Michael was going perfectly, so why was she sobbing with grief as if she had lost the most important person she had ever met in her life?

Riley grabbed the tiny picture of her parents she had carried around with her since she was a child from the nightstand and clutched it to her chest. She had cried wishing for her parents as a kid more times than she could count, but it had been a long time since then. Maybe with Aunt Lara throwing in her face what they may have done or said had dredged up old emotions for the parents she had never known.

Riley looked at the picture, trying to make out their faces through her tears. They had always looked like a king and queen to her in the photo, dressed in all white on their wedding day. It was heartbreaking how in love they seemed with their arms wrapped tightly around each other, smiling at the camera with newlywed bliss.

Riley wiped her eyes, trying to control her sobs, wishing with everything within that her parents were with her. She begged the photo for the millionth time to understand why they had left her on her Aunt’s doorstep when she had been a baby.

Regardless of what her Aunt had said, she was sure they would understand and want a life full of experiences for her. They wouldn’t want her to go back to the misery of Alexandria and live the half-life she had been in her Aunt’s house.

“Riley.”

Riley sat up quickly, searching the room for the voice. A woman’s voice, just barely above a whisper.

“Follow your light.”

Riley turned toward the bay window at her back, swearing the voice had come from directly behind her, but no one and nothing was there.

She pushed her fingers into her hair and squeezed her head as more tears welled in her eyes. She searched her mind for the owner of the voice, knowing she had heard it before, but came up empty.

Was Leslie right? After all the years of episodes consumed in darkness, was she finally going crazy?

BIRTHRIGHT RELEASE DAY!

The second novel in the Rey and Riley trilogy is available today! Grab your copy of Birthright now! The Touched by Light series is just warning up!

Picking up right where Guardians left off, Birthright dives in head first to the real story behind the lies of Riley’s past full of secrets.

Why was a “retired” Council member raising Riley, pretending to be her Aunt? Why can’t Riley remember her past? Who were Riley’s parents? Can Riley and Rey ever really be together? And so much more!

Birthright brings you into the heart of the world of Light and dark. If you think you understood before this sequel, you had no idea! And if you think Game of Thrones had an epic battle, get ready for the next Great War as the battle for Riley’s soul and everything Light in this universe wages on!

Grab your copy of Birthright wherever books are sold!

Repost: What is a Guardian?

Welcome to the Touched by Light series ! Here you will find a quick look into the world Reymend lives as a Guardian. It’s hidden within Riley’s mortal day-to-day, but of all other mortals, she has glimpsed it the most. So, what is a Guardian?

Guardians are immortal beings who have been fated to join the Guardianship. The Council of the Wise is made up of twelve of the oldest Birthright Guardians, meaning they were not born from mortals, but from previous Wise Council members. A Touched soul means the Light within someone is brighter, stronger, more likely to withstand the temptations of Midnight. The Wise determines a Touched soul’s fate at age nineteen. If you are meant to be a Guardian, you are granted immortal life and given Charges (Touched souls, typically mortals) to protect against Midnight’s bidders. If you’re destined for anything else, you are left as a mortal to live out your life.

We’ll get to “What is Light and Midnight?” in my next post. Hang in there! For now, enjoy this excerpt of Reymend’s inner dialogue over the course of a chapter explaining from his memories what it is to be a Guardian, and why having Riley as his next Charge is the most defining Guardship he has ever had.

Birthright, A Touched By Light Series, Book 2 of 3 – Release Date April 2019

Rey hadn’t thought that far back in years to when he and Phelix had been young men, barely over nineteen years old. Two of the twelve members of the Wise Council of the Light had offered them immortal life as Guardians. If they accepted, their lives were to be dedicated to protecting those Touched by Light from the darkness of Midnight. Even though the significance of it all flew over their teenage heads, after living their entire lives as vagrants on the streets of a New York ghetto, it had been an easy decision.

He hadn’t flat out lied to Riley when he said he was an orphan. He and Phelix had been when they were kids, but having been in the system was pushing it. They had lived off what others threw out in the streets or what they could beg for, but back then, that was the system for parentless children. Castaways, left to fend for themselves.

They had met Amber, Phelix’s girlfriend, in their early years of immortality during training, but her life had been completely opposite to theirs. She had known the ways of the Light at an early age before her fate had even been determined. Her entire bloodline could be traced back to Guardians and the Wise Council. As a Birthright Guardian, her conception was a carefully mastered plan to keep purity on the Council. Although, some would argue that plan was failing or had failed already.

The three of them had been through hell and back more than their fair share, facing demons of Midnight when no one else could. They weren’t the strongest singular Guardians by any means, but together, their Light always shone brightest against the darkness. Together, they were undefeated, but in their line of work, defeat wasn’t an option.

The three Guardians had left Baltimore two years ago after their Charges had reached the age to be fated. It had been the first time in their almost two hundred years together that they had been separated. Phelix had gone to Richmond for a Charge until she reached nineteen years old, and the Wise fated her for the Guardianship. Amber had two Charges turn nineteen, one in Atlanta and the other in Columbus, but both of the guys destinies were decided to remain mortal, leaving their Light dormant within their souls. Rey hadn’t had a Charge since Baltimore, so he moved to Bradford for the hub of darkness found at the small town’s edge. There was always something to do in the quiet town for a Guardian.

Phelix and Amber showed up over the summer since the Wise hadn’t designated new Charges for them either. The Wise had always seemed to find them individual Charges within the same vicinity as each other, clearly understanding the strength they shared between them, but after their two year stretch apart, Rey knew things were changing.

They posed as students at the University to keep up appearance and be poised in case their new Charges were students in town. There was also a bit of competition amongst them to keep their minds sharp and see who could have the highest grades, but it all boiled down to being ready when a Charge was granted.

Rules.

Light.

Dark.

They had been Rey’s world for so long. Now he bent and outright broke so many, using his Light in ways he shouldn’t to beat out the dark invading his Charge’s life.

The number one rule of the Guardianship was to never become involved in the Charge’s life. Protect them at all cost, but never be seen. A Guardian was to use their Light in the fight against the shadows of Midnight, but never shine it in the direction of the Charge. After years of servicing mortals, Guardians had earned the nickname of Guardian Angels, but Rey knew he was far from angelic, especially now.

Number two: never, ever touch a Charge. Those Touched by Light could transfer energies, memories, and even thoughts through their Light just by brushing up against each other. It took a Guardian years of training to harness their Light and learn to channel it through the transference of randomness and into a true Connection. It was the very thing that had kept him, Phelix, and Amber alive for so long through all of their battles over the centuries. Their Connection to each other flowed easily, allowing them to communicate and act as one seamlessly in battle.

And, number three: without exception, do not sway a Charge’s fate by Connecting with their Light before the Council so determines the Charge’s destiny. After a Charge turned nineteen, the Wise would determine whether the Touched soul would be given the choice to become a Guardian or remain a mortal, or if their fate was meant for the darkness. No one in the long history of the Light had ever Connected with a Charge outside of the realm of the Council of the Wise.

It was the simplest of rules to follow. Rules Rey had never had issues with in over two hundred years, but now, with Riley as his designated Charge, he had broken all but one so far.

When had his immortal life become so filled with gray?

The first twelve Touched souls composed what is now known as the Council of the Wise. They gathered as many more Guardians they could, Connecting with mortals who held stronger Light, and pushed what they began to call Midnight and its darkness as far from this universe as possible.

As millennia have passed, the Wise Council’s duty had become to determine a Touched soul’s fate, to Connect with those souls and keep the balance between Light and dark, and to keep the rules of the Light by sending Guardians to enforce them on any darkness that made its way onto the plane. The Guardians had become the first defense in the never ending war to keep the world from slipping into Midnight’s grasp while the Wise continued to reign on high.

It was Rey, Phelix, and Amber’s job to keep their Charges safe until the time the Wise determined their fate. They were to keep Midnight as far from their Charges as possible and defend the dormant Light within them. That was what Rey was doing.

Repost: Meet Riley!

1Riley has always been different. The entire town she grew up in reminds her every day just how different she is. She can’t wait for the day she can escape to a new town, a new school, and a new life. College is that chance, a new beginning, a new sunrise on the darkness that was her life.

This is Riley’s chance at a new beginning. Bradford University in southern Virginia is the fresh start far from home that she has always wanted, but no matter where she goes, the shadows will always follow. Her only reprieve as she starts her new life is the possibility of friends, something she never had back home, but it quickly becomes the silver lining in her darker days.

Riley may have been labeled the psycho in her high school, but this girl is strong. She’s carried the pain of her past for too long. Now is a time of beginnings. Making new friends and unleashing the woman she has always known she could be is easier said then done, until she meets Reymend.

Rey’s all warmth and light. A comforting, gorgeous man she hopes she won’t scare away when the darkness gets too close. She wants to hold on to him, but how can she hope for so much when she has only ever had so little?

Excerpt of Guardians: “I know what you’re thinking, but before you say anything just know that I’m going to do this. I’m making a life for myself here no matter what the cost. I have friends for the first time in my life. I wake up excited to see what the day will bring. I’m finally happy! Nothing will stop me from taking this chance. Not my episodes. Not the fear of what follows me everywhere I go. Nothing. I’m doing this because for once in my life, it’s my decision.”

This girl may face darkness every day, but she knows what she wants! She’s scared, but determined. Even though she knows the shadows wait for her around every corner, sending her into blackout fits of terror, she still pushes forward. She is a real heroine even if she doesn’t understand the darkness that follows her.

Birthright, A Touched By Light Series, Book 2 of 3 – Release Date April 2019

Guardians – Sneak Peek!

Guardians Proof twoWith Guardians publish date right around the corner, I’m hardly containing myself with excitement and the desire to just push it out NOW! I’m impatient and antsy and ready for you to meet Riley and Reymend. I want you to explore their world with them, fall in love with them, and be ready to face the darkness with them. Hurry up, Halloween!!

Screw it. I may not be able to push the button for the whole book now, but I can give you a sneak peek of the first chapter of Guardians! Wahhoooo! Hopefully this tides me over until the publish date!

Guardians, a Touched by Light series, book 1 of 3 is out for PRE-ORDER now on all major distributors. Publish date is set for October 31, 2018 – Halloween!

Chapter 1

Riley

A beginning is a chance to become exactly whom you want to be no matter the past you left behind. A beginning is a fresh start, a blank page ready to be written on without pretenses. This beginning was Riley’s chance to leave everything she knew, everything anyone ever thought of her or whispered behind her back, behind.

Riley parked her car in front of the largest building on campus. The Muse dormitory at Bradford University stood thirteen stories high with a large clock facing the grounds. As she stepped out of her Toyota, the clock began tolling for noon. She stared up at the large brick building towering over her. The lower four levels spanned horizontally along the corner edge of the campus. The other nine floors rose high and centered over the lower four.

The campus was beautiful, covered in trees with color changing leaves and crisply cut green grass. The all brick buildings holding the classrooms and dormitories were straight from the Victorian era, merging purpose and everyday life into their structure and intricate window design. The Muse was the odd ball. It was also covered in bricks and designed with mix purpose, but its architecture seemed more industrial than Victorian, turning students into graduates like a revolving door.

The sleepy town of Bradford, Virginia surrounded the babbling New River as it flowed along the edge of the city limits. The college life was contained within an acute triangle of space between Main Street, Tyler Avenue, and Jefferson Street. Outside of the triangle lay beautiful, old houses, small shops and eateries, and endless outdoor adventures and sports. Apparently, there was a Walmart and Kroger’s across the river, but as far as chain stores went, that was as extravagant as it got.

It was the best chance at the beginning Riley had been hoping for, and it was perfect. She had applied to so many colleges as far away from her hometown as she could. When Bradford sent her an acceptance letter, she immediately fell in love with the school, not just for its outstanding programs and beautiful campus, but for the escape they were offering from the life she had always known.

People streamed to and from the building; parents dropping off their kids with tearful goodbyes; returning students discussing their summers; resident assistances, or RAs, directing the flow of traffic with big smiles and their “How can I help you?” t-shirts. Everyone seemed in a rush to get where they were going with large suitcases and clear plastic storage containers, but Riley relished in the moment as the clock struck for the twelfth time.

It was in this brief instant that to everyone around her, she was no one. She was just another face in the crowd. She was just another student trying to find her dorm room while lugging way too much baggage. In this moment, before she introduced herself to anyone, before she attempted to make connections with her fellow classmates, and for the first time in her life, she was invisible.

Riley watched as more students scurried around and giggled when someone’s cart of necessities tipped over. The force of the impact exploded an overstuffed bag and released undergarments all over the front steps of the dorm. The cart driver was a well-endowed platinum blonde, so every male RA stepped up to help her collect her belongings. It became a game to see who among them could pick up the most panties as the guys snickered and winked at the unfazed blonde.

Riley shook her head. If that would have been her first impression, she would have been mortified and got back in her car to head home, but the girl strolled towards the building with a handful of lace underwear like nothing ever happened.

Riley envied the girl’s confidence. In high school, she had always been the quiet girl everyone avoided and whispered about, so her boldness ended at the natural red color of her hair. Her green eyes were illuminated by her pale skin, and she had always thought her lips were too thin and red. At five-foot-tall, she had tried to hide amongst her peers in grade school, but no matter what she did, they had always seen her as a freak.

A horn honked behind her, and someone shouted out a window. “Coming or going, sweetheart?”

Riley jumped. She hadn’t even turned her car off when she pulled into the dorm parking lot.

“Staying,” she replied as she ducked her head into her car and pulled the keys out of the ignition. The driver pulled away and made another circle around the lot.

Riley took a deep breath and repeated the mantra she had been chanting since she left her home in Alexandria: “New year, new town, new school, new people, new me.”

“Excuse me,” Riley said to an RA. “Where do I get one of those carts?”

The girl looked up from her clipboard with a plastered smile tight on her lips, clearly having answered the exact same question multiple times already today. “Right along the walkway here is a row of them.”

Riley’s gaze followed to where the RA pointed. “OK, thanks.”

Before Riley could take a step towards the carts, the RA sidestepped in front of her. “Do you need any assistance loading the cart?”

“No, thanks,” Riley answered, attempting to step around the wide-eyed girl, but the RA stepped in front of her again.

“I see that you are alone. Parents couldn’t make it?”

Riley felt a bubble of all too familiar anxiety rise in her chest. She tampered it down as she pasted her own practiced smile to her face. “Nope, they had to work.”

The smile must have put the girl at ease as her arms uncrossed from around her clipboard, and her eyes became a bit less probing. “Mine had to work on my first move-in day as well. If there is anything I can do to make today easier, please let me know. The first day is always the hardest.”

“Will do,” Riley lied, scurrying towards the carts.

As she pushed the squeaky metal flatbed towards her car, she wondered what her parents were actually doing right now. As a kid, she had always fanaticized about them. Her young mind had made them into a king and queen facing adversaries, or fairies with very important quests, which is why they had to leave her.

But that was the truth of it.

Her parents had left her with her Aunt when she was just a baby. No explanations, no reasons, no way to get in contact. Just gone. The only thing Riley had of them was an old and wrinkled picture, but it was a tiny piece of the people she had longed for the most as a child. She couldn’t remember how many nights she had spent hugging that tiny picture, wishing for them to come and take her with them to their kingdom or on their journey, but they never came.

She couldn’t even find it in herself to blame them for leaving. What those early days must have been like with someone like her. They were probably terrified of her and the things she saw. It was no wonder they left.

It had been her and her Aunt Lara for as long as Riley could remember, and although her Aunt had done everything she could to raise her well, there was a hole in Riley’s heart, never to be filled with a parents love and affection.

Riley shook her head, scolding herself. She had made herself promise the entire four-hour drive to Bradford that she wouldn’t dwell in the past.

Not today.

The past was gone, and today was about beginnings.

Riley glued another smile to her face and continued loading the cart.

Today was going to be a happy day. No matter what.

Then Riley felt it.

A dark, swirling sensation weighed down on her chest as goose-bumps rose on her skin despite the ninety degree weather. Her breath felt labored, and her hands shook the cart handle. She closed her eyes as they stung with tears and her stomach dropped into her pelvis.

No! Not here!

Riley’s head felt heavy as she slumped against her car, trying her hardest to open her eyes again, but they wouldn’t cooperate. She felt something grab hold of her body like a vice squeezing her mid. She clamped her eyes shut, placing her hands over her face, determined to block it all from her mind.

Please, no!

She had hoped she had left all this behind in Alexandria.

How could it have followed her here?

She hadn’t even done anything to trigger it!

A deep voice full of malice rumbled in her ear a language she had never been able to understand, but the message was still clear. The voice grew louder with each of her staggered breaths. The hold around her middle became crushing. She gasped for air, begged for the episode to end, but the voice and the strength of its hold on her, only grew.

A bright light began to shine through her eyelids as warm hands grasped her shoulders, spreading their fever through her frigid veins.

“Are you alright?” The silky voice said as random shapes were drawn on her skin.

The darkness, the gravelly voice, the pain, all receded as the light grew stronger, and the warmth enveloped her in serene silence. Her breathing calmed, and her eyes slowly opened. The sun blinded her for a moment with sudden flashes of light before her eyes readjusted, but then dark hair, blue eyes, and a beautifully white smile met her stare.

“Hey, you OK?” the guy with the amazing smile asked again.

As Riley’s eyes focused, she could make out the dimples on his cheeks, the stubble on his chin and jawline, and the warm honey tone of his skin. The guy was gorgeous, and he was touching her.

“Do you need to sit down?” Concern washed over his features.

Riley shook her head, but with one jerky movement, thought better of it. She always felt like she was going to get sick after an episode as colors continued to zoom in and out of her peripherals.

“N-no,” Riley stammered, trying to ground herself again. “No, I’m fine. I just need a second.”

The guy’s smile was back in place as he released his hold and leaned against the car behind him. “You sure? You don’t look so good.”

Riley’s head began to clear, and her stomach returned to its rightful position. She stood straight and took a deep, lung filling breath. The memory of the voice and strange language was already disappearing, leaving only the distinct feeling of pain behind, but that was how they all ended. Even though this episode had felt stronger than it ever had before, it went away a lot faster than the usual.

Maybe that was a good sign. Maybe this move was what she needed after all.

“I’m fine,” Riley responded, trying to convince him or herself, she wasn’t sure.

The gorgeous guy quirked his eyebrow at her, clearly not convinced, but Riley could only concentrate on how striking his features were.

Riley tried again, straightening her spine. “Seriously, I’m OK. Thank you.”

“No problem.”

Riley looked up to him, following the sound of his voice as her eyes traveled higher and higher. She was just now realizing how tall and muscular he was. Definitely near the six foot mark. She stared up at him as his brighter than the summer sky eyes searched her face.

“I promise,” Riley said, trying to smile as warmly back.

The guy’s smile stretched wider as his dimples dipped deep into his cheeks, and he held out his hand. “I’m Reymend, but everyone just calls me Rey.”

“Riley,” she responded, taking his hand in hers.

A pulse shot through her body as hot and strong as electricity. A whirlwind of images flashed through her mind stronger than before, bright colors and assorted shapes, but they were all too abstract to understand before they disappeared, and Riley was staring back at Rey.

“First year?” Rey asked, his smile turning into more of a smirk as he reluctantly released her hand. He crossed his muscular arms over his chest displaying his firm build which was easily visible through his thin V-neck t-shirt. With his right leg crossed over his left, his shorts, sneakers, and sunglasses all made him look like a model straight out of a magazine.

“Yeah,” she answered, trying to make sense of what had just coursed through her mind and body.

“I’m a junior. I have an apartment on light side.”

“Is that a street name?” Riley asked, confused.

Rey chuckled. “No, it’s the side of campus. One side has a lot of streetlights; the other, not so much.”

“Oh,” was all Riley offered. She probably sounded like an idiot to the upperclassman. One hell of a way to make a first impression.

“Muse is your dorm?”

“Yeah, I’m on the thirteenth floor.”

“Are you nervous?” Rey asked quirking an eyebrow again.

“No,” Riley answered quickly. Too quickly.

Rey snickered. “All freshies are when they find out they are up there, but like I always say, Nostradamus hasn’t been right yet.”

“Who?”

“Nostradamus? The clairvoyant who predicted someone would die on the thirteenth floor in a building that sat next to a river that flows backwards?” Rey said in an attempt at a spooky voice.

He had no idea.

“You’re joking?” Riley choked.

“Nope. Real dude who also predicted the world was going to end in like 2012 or something, so again, he has yet to be right.”

But that was before I came! Riley screamed in her mind.

She thought she had researched the school so well! How could she have missed that prediction?

“Are you telling the truth, or are you just messing with me because I’m a freshman?”

“I promise. Look it up tonight.” Rey’s smile faded as Riley tried to hide her panic. “Better yet, don’t. It’s just a prediction made by an old man hundreds of years ago. Besides, there’s another building in Egypt that fits the description as well.”

Riley shook her head as she tried to calm herself. There’s another one in Egypt. It doesn’t mean it will be here. It’s been hundreds of years.

Then you came, a voice growled in her ear.

Riley felt her heart skip a beat, but refused to show it. She was so used to it all by now that even though she was a little rattled by Rey’s story, she still had control. At least for the moment. She had to get to her dorm. She just needed a minute to think and calm herself.

“I’ve got to go.”

Rey shook his head, his smile gone and his eyes downcast. “Yeah, guess that was a sucky opener.”

Riley stopped mid-step on her way to her cart. He had actually wanted to talk to her even after her episode. He wasn’t running scared or calling her names. He had actually approached her in the midst of it all.

Riley turned towards him again. She had never in her life had a chance to flirt with a guy, so if that was what he had been trying to do then no wonder he had failed. He was trying with someone who was completely oblivious to romance.

“That was a line?”

Rey snapped his attention back toward her and laughed. “I guess a bad attempt at one, yeah.”

“Why?”

It was the dumbest question anyone in the world could have asked at that moment, but she needed to know. What if it happened again? She had to understand, so that she was ready next time some unknowing guy tried to come on to her, if that in fact was what Rey was doing.

“Seemed like you could use a friend.”

Riley’s heart melted in her chest. “I could definitely use one of those.”

Rey’s smile stretched wide, and the full weight of its sincerity filled Riley’s veins with sweet delight.

“How about we start over? Hi, I’m Rey. Can I help you with your stuff?”

Riley giggled a soft sound she had never heard from her mouth before. She actually felt at ease with someone other than her Aunt for once in her life.

“Sure,” she practically sang as she tossed a plastic space bag at his chest.

He reached out and effortlessly caught the bag of squished bedding with a playful smile turning the corners of his lips.

“So where are you from?” Rey asked, tucking the bag in between her suitcases on the cart.

“Alexandria. You?”

“Baltimore.”

“Huh, why didn’t you go to UMD? I hear that is a really great school.” But not far away enough from Alexandria, Riley thought.

“It is, but I wanted to get out of Maryland, try someplace completely different than the city.”

Riley smiled as she handed off another box. “I know exactly what you mean.”

Rey smiled back. “What’s your major?”

“Undecided. I was hoping after a semester or two, something would intrigue me.”

Rey laughed. “Typical freshman answer.”

Riley shot him a sideways glance as she dropped a heavy box in his arms. “Well, what’s yours?”

The weight of the box didn’t even phase him. “Education. I’m very comfortable in front of a crowd, and like breaking things down for people to understand them better.”

“That definitely isn’t the typical answer of someone wanting to become a teacher. Most of the time people say they like kids, or want to mold the future generations,” Riley scoffed. It always sounded like a desire for control to her.

“Well, I’m hoping to teach high school geometry, so they aren’t really kids by then, and their minds are very independent around that age.”

“High school?”

Rey smiled up at her as he placed the final box on the cart. “Yeah. Crazy, I know. All those hormones and rebellious tendencies. Just call me a glutton for punishment.”

Riley laughed and followed behind Rey as he pushed the cart towards the dorm. Rey steered it around the crowd of parents and students gathered at the entrance to the building and up the walkway leading into a large lobby with an elevator bay in its center.

“Downstairs is a dining hall, but they are rarely open, and the food is actually kind of pricey if you are on the meal plan. Everyone typically eats at Dalton or Bonnie on campus,” Rey offered as they waited for one of the four elevators to open.

“I have no idea what the Dalton or Bonnie are, but if you say so,” Riley smiled. She could listen to Rey’s voice all day and never be bored.

“Well, once we’re done unloading your cart, I could give you a tour,” Rey smiled back, hope clear in his eyes.

Riley felt her heart lift, but falter for the briefest of seconds. Could she allow herself to become involved with someone after everything that happened in the past? If she were to have another episode, would he leave like all the rest? Could she handle that pain again?

“If you want,” Rey added as quickly as the overflow of thoughts bombarded her mind.

Riley smiled, but it felt forced compared to the one she held all of five minutes ago. Her heartbeat quickened and pounded against her chest. Her body felt as if it were thrusted into an ice bath as she shivered and hugged her mid.

Don’t trigger it. Don’t trigger it!

“I, uh-”

A warmth blossomed within her chest, expelling all of her anxiety and nurturing her heart into a steady rhythm. This is why she came here, the warmth coaxed, enveloping her body with steady heat. A fresh start, a chance at real friends and real experiences.

A real life.

Riley took a deep breath and exhaled slowly, uncrossing her arms in front of her. She could do this. She had to do this.

“That sounds great,” she smiled, feeling the uneasiness melt from her body.

Guardians – What is a Guardian?

Guardians Proof twoWelcome to the Touched by Light series and the first book, Guardians! Here you will find a quick look into the world Reymend lives as a Guardian. It’s hidden within Riley’s mortal day-to-day, but of all other mortals, she has glimpsed it the most. So, what is a Guardian?

Guardians are immortal beings who have been fated to join the Guardianship. The Council of the Wise is made up of twelve of the oldest Birthright Guardians, meaning they were not born from mortals, but from previous Wise Council members. A Touched soul means the Light within someone is brighter, stronger, more likely to withstand the temptations of Midnight. The Wise determines a Touched soul’s fate at age nineteen. If you are meant to be a Guardian, you are granted immortal life and given Charges (Touched souls, typically mortals) to protect against Midnight’s bidders. If you’re destined for anything else, you are left as a mortal to live out your life.

We’ll get to “What is Light and Midnight?” in my next post. Hang in there! For now, enjoy this excerpt of Reymend’s inner dialogue over the course of a chapter explaining from his memories what it is to be a Guardian, and why having Riley as his next Charge is the most defining Guardship he has ever had.

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Rey hadn’t thought that far back in years to when he and Phelix had been young men, barely over nineteen years old. Two of the twelve members of the Wise Council of the Light had offered them immortal life as Guardians. If they accepted, their lives were to be dedicated to protecting those Touched by Light from the darkness of Midnight. Even though the significance of it all flew over their teenage heads, after living their entire lives as vagrants on the streets of a New York ghetto, it had been an easy decision.

He hadn’t flat out lied to Riley when he said he was an orphan. He and Phelix had been when they were kids, but having been in the system was pushing it. They had lived off what others threw out in the streets or what they could beg for, but back then, that was the system for parentless children. Castaways, left to fend for themselves.

They had met Amber, Phelix’s girlfriend, in their early years of immortality during training, but her life had been completely opposite to theirs. She had known the ways of the Light at an early age before her fate had even been determined. Her entire bloodline could be traced back to Guardians and the Wise Council. As a Birthright Guardian, her conception was a carefully mastered plan to keep purity on the Council. Although, some would argue that plan was failing or had failed already.

The three of them had been through hell and back more than their fair share, facing demons of Midnight when no one else could. They weren’t the strongest singular Guardians by any means, but together, their Light always shone brightest against the darkness. Together, they were undefeated, but in their line of work, defeat wasn’t an option.

The three Guardians had left Baltimore two years ago after their Charges had reached the age to be fated. It had been the first time in their almost two hundred years together that they had been separated. Phelix had gone to Richmond for a Charge until she reached nineteen years old, and the Wise fated her for the Guardianship. Amber had two Charges turn nineteen, one in Atlanta and the other in Columbus, but both of the guys destinies were decided to remain mortal, leaving their Light dormant within their souls. Rey hadn’t had a Charge since Baltimore, so he moved to Bradford for the hub of darkness found at the small town’s edge. There was always something to do in the quiet town for a Guardian.

Phelix and Amber showed up over the summer since the Wise hadn’t designated new Charges for them either. The Wise had always seemed to find them individual Charges within the same vicinity as each other, clearly understanding the strength they shared between them, but after their two year stretch apart, Rey knew things were changing.

They posed as students at the University to keep up appearance and be poised in case their new Charges were students in town. There was also a bit of competition amongst them to keep their minds sharp and see who could have the highest grades, but it all boiled down to being ready when a Charge was granted.

Rules.

Light.

Dark.

They had been Rey’s world for so long. Now he bent and outright broke so many, using his Light in ways he shouldn’t to beat out the dark invading his Charge’s life.

The number one rule of the Guardianship was to never become involved in the Charge’s life. Protect them at all cost, but never be seen. A Guardian was to use their Light in the fight against the shadows of Midnight, but never shine it in the direction of the Charge. After years of servicing mortals, Guardians had earned the nickname of Guardian Angels, but Rey knew he was far from angelic, especially now.

Number two: never, ever touch a Charge. Those Touched by Light could transfer energies, memories, and even thoughts through their Light just by brushing up against each other. It took a Guardian years of training to harness their Light and learn to channel it through the transference of randomness and into a true Connection. It was the very thing that had kept him, Phelix, and Amber alive for so long through all of their battles over the centuries. Their Connection to each other flowed easily, allowing them to communicate and act as one seamlessly in battle.

And, number three: without exception, do not sway a Charge’s fate by Connecting with their Light before the Council so determines the Charge’s destiny. After a Charge turned nineteen, the Wise would determine whether the Touched soul would be given the choice to become a Guardian or remain a mortal, or if their fate was meant for the darkness. No one in the long history of the Light had ever Connected with a Charge outside of the realm of the Council of the Wise.

It was the simplest of rules to follow. Rules Rey had never had issues with in over two hundred years, but now, with Riley as his designated Charge, he had broken all but one so far.

When had his immortal life become so filled with gray?

The first twelve Touched souls composed what is now known as the Council of the Wise. They gathered as many more Guardians they could, Connecting with mortals who held stronger Light, and pushed what they began to call Midnight and its darkness as far from this universe as possible.

As millennia have passed, the Wise Council’s duty had become to determine a Touched soul’s fate, to Connect with those souls and keep the balance between Light and dark, and to keep the rules of the Light by sending Guardians to enforce them on any darkness that made its way onto the plane. The Guardians had become the first defense in the never ending war to keep the world from slipping into Midnight’s grasp while the Wise continued to reign on high.

It was Rey, Phelix, and Amber’s job to keep their Charges safe until the time the Wise determined their fate. They were to keep Midnight as far from their Charges as possible and defend the dormant Light within them. That was what Rey was doing.

Guardians – Meet Riley!

1Riley has always been different. The entire town she grew up in reminds her every day just how different she is. She can’t wait for the day she can escape to a new town, a new school, and a new life. College is that chance, a new beginning, a new sunrise on the darkness that was her life.

This is Riley’s chance at a new beginning. Bradford University in southern Virginia is the fresh start far from home that she has always wanted, but no matter where she goes, the shadows will always follow. Her only reprieve as she starts her new life is the possibility of friends, something she never had back home, but it quickly becomes the silver lining in her darker days.

Riley may have been labeled the psycho in her high school, but this girl is strong. She’s carried the pain of her past for too long. Now is a time of beginnings. Making new friends and unleashing the woman she has always known she could be is easier said then done, until she meets Reymend.

Rey’s all warmth and light. A comforting, gorgeous man she hopes she won’t scare away when the darkness gets too close. She wants to hold on to him, but how can she hope for so much when she has only ever had so little?

Excerpt of Guardians: “I know what you’re thinking, but before you say anything just know that I’m going to do this. I’m making a life for myself here no matter what the cost. I have friends for the first time in my life. I wake up excited to see what the day will bring. I’m finally happy! Nothing will stop me from taking this chance. Not my episodes. Not the fear of what follows me everywhere I go. Nothing. I’m doing this because for once in my life, it’s my decision.”

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This girl may face darkness every day, but she knows what she wants! She’s scared, but determined. Even though she knows the shadows wait for her around every corner, sending her into blackout fits of terror, she still pushes forward. She is a real heroine even if she doesn’t understand the darkness that follows her.

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Cover Reveal: Guardians, A Touched By Light Series, Book 1 of 3

IT’S COVER REVEAL DAY!! Guardians is available for PREORDER now! Publish date is set for October 31, 2018 – Halloween.

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I’m so excited to unveil the cover of my latest novel Guardians! This book is not my usual hot and steamy romance. It’s technically a paranormal romance, but the two main characters struggle just to be friends throughout this novel. Instead the heat is found in the strength of our heroine. This girl struggles throughout her daily life, but refuses to give up. She’s a brave and determined female lead looking for a new life far from her past. Only, she has no idea what really lurks in the depths of the darkness that has plagued her entire life.

Introducing Riley and Reymend!

Riley had spent her entire life terrified of the shadows and darkness that followed her everywhere she went. They ruined her chances at a normal childhood and tormented her throughout her teenage years, labeling her the freak in her hometown, but now was her chance to start over. After receiving her acceptance letter from Bradford University, a chance at a new life and new friends in a town far away from home filled Riley with such hope for the future, but never had she dreamed of meeting the most gorgeous guy on campus. Not only was he attractive, but the shadows were chased away whenever he was near. Riley hoped she could hold on to him, but how could she hope for so much when she had only ever had so little?

Reymend may look like just another student at Bradford University, but his world was greater than any mortal could understand. He was blessed by the Light, trained to be a Guardian, a warrior against the shadows of Midnight that plagued Touched souls in the never ending battle of Light and darkness. It was his duty to protect those souls, and his next Charge was Riley. She didn’t understand the shadows that followed her relentlessly, but one day, she was going to be stronger than any Guardian in the history of the Light, if the darkness didn’t claim her first.

I am beyond excited to announce this novel is available for preorder now from all major distributors. Head over to my Written Works page for a few quick links. Remember: this is only book one of the trilogy. Book 2 is almost finished, and I’m aiming for spring 2019. If you’re looking for your next favorite series, look no further! Guardians is about to reach the top of your list.

Check out the book trailer I put together! Let me know what you think. Guardians is now available for preorder! Publish date is set for October 31, 2018 – Halloween.

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