I guess you know by now that I am a moody reader. Well, lately I'm in the mood to read books about (fallen) angels, demons, Guardians etc - you get the idea. :D And today I'm really happy because not only do I get the opportunity to talk about my new book crush, but I also can give you a snipped from it. But first, I should tell you what book crush I'm talking about:
Published August 22nd 2010
Most teens turn sixteen and get the license to drive, but Lil Falcon gets the license to kill demons. Orphaned as a child and raised by an eccentric grandfather, Lil is concerned with surviving high school and is unaware that she's a Guardian-a being with super powers charged with killing demons and protecting humanity. When she meets Bran, a mysterious boy with amazing abilities, his psi energy unlocks her latent powers. But Bran has a secret that can ruin their growing relationship, and the truth she discovers may destroy everything she believes in unless she finds the right balance between love and sacrifice.
Published August 1st 2011
Lil has come to terms with her life as a Guardian/demon hunter and the wielder of the Nephilim most powerful weapon. She trains everyday to master her growing powers, gets along with her Guardian trainee friends (most of the time) and cherishes her moments with her human friends.
Just when she feels she belongs, her nature-bender father contacts her and warns her about a betrayal by someone close to her. Then Bran, the guy she loves, starts to act strange and one of her human friends acquires a supernatural ability. While Lil struggles find a connection between these three things, she begins to realize that someone is manipulating her and Bran, and will stop at nothing (including hurting those she loves) to lure them to the dark side.
And now *inserts drum roll effect here* this is an excerpt from Betrayed, The Guardian Legacy book #2:
Lil and Bran’s Second Moment
Kim and Izzy still waited for me outside the classroom, but they weren’t alone. Along the opposite wall, Remy, Sykes, and Bran argued in low tones. They all looked up, concern and sympathy etched on their faces. My gaze lingered on Bran’s and I shook my head. I couldn’t deal with any of them. Not yet.
I closed the door on their pity and teleported home. Resisting the urge to throw the cell phone, I dropped it on my dresser, curled up on my bed, and covered my head with a pillow. The humiliation. The look on the faces of the students when they realized I was Lilith. No, I was never, ever going back to school again. Never.
Grampa home-schooled me until I was ten. He could plan my lessons again for the rest of high school. What did a Cardinal Guardian need with a high school diploma anyway? We were demon hunters.
The room buzzed with Bran’s energy the moment he materialized. His psi energy brushed mine, gentle and soothing. My grip tightened on the pillow, not wanting him around yet lacking the will to send him away. I hated depending on anyone, even him. One word out of him, just one word of sympathy, and I’d kick him out.
The mattress dipped. His warmth and piney scent drift to my senses. More movements behind me, then his long body curled against my back. I stayed stiff even as his arm wound around my mid-section and his hand covered mine. He didn’t speak, just held me, his warmth seeping into my numb limbs until my hand opened and welcomed his.
“Lil…,” Bran started.
“No,” I said, still not wanting to talk.
“I wanted to say lunch period will be over soon. Are you going—?”
“I’m never going back.” I burrowed deep under the pillow.
“Will understand,” I finished, but inside I knew Grampa wouldn’t. He didn’t raise me to be a quitter, to run when things got tough or painful. Or humiliating.
Bran became silent. After a while, he said, “talk to me, Sunshine.”
“There’s nothing to talk about,” I mumbled.
He slipped his head under the pillow and whispered, “You know you’ll tell me eventually. We don’t keep secrets from each other.”
“Don’t be too sure about that,” I mumbled.
“Damn, you’re stubborn.” He sat up. “Are you hungry?”
“Too bad. I got us sandwiches. I’ll be back in a second.” He teleported, taking his vibrant presence with him.
How could he think of food at a time like this? The whole school probably knew the call was for me. Then there was the nonsense Valafar spewed about not trusting the Guardians. I hated the fact that for a brief moment I’d actually listened and wondered if there was some truth to them.
Bran returned and the scrumptious aroma of teriyaki chicken drifted to my nose. My stomach growled. There was the rustling of a plastic bag as though he was setting it down.
“So? How long are you going to feel sorry for yourself?” he asked.
Anger slammed through me at his indifference. He knew I was hurting. Felt it, too, I was sure. I pulled down the pillow and glare at him.
Thank you, Ednah!
Gosh, I love those two!:)) Actually, I love this series! Lil is a super fun, likeable character and Bran is just...well... *swoon* Not to mention all the action and the super awesome cast of characters! You just have to read it!;)
I grew up reading Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys mysteries before I graduated to Mills & Boons (starting with Janet Daily's Shutter the Sky).So, if you want to know what was all that about, buy Betrayed at:
I enjoy good love stories, tingly mysteries and wondrous adventures. When I finished college and decided to be a stay-at-home mother, I devoured books like they were going out of production, until reading just wasn't enough. So I decided to teach myself to write fiction.
I've written picture books, contemporary and romantic suspense, biracial/multicultural books, and finally YA fantasy. Most of them are still taking up RAM on my computer. Awakened is the first book in The Guardian Legacy series. It was released in September 2011 with rave reviews. Betrayed (book 2 in the series) was released August 1st 2011. Hunted, book 3 in the series, is due out in March.
When I'm not knee deep in battles between Guardians and demons, I write adult contemporary romance (the Fitzgerald family series), sassy, stubborn and gutsy women anyone can identify with and men anyone would be proud to claim. When not writing, I do things with my family, five children or my darling husband of 19 years. I live in a picturesque valley in Utah, the setting for my YA series.
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