Published: November 3rd, 2014
Betrayal lies cloaked in shadow.
Seventeen year old Ryleigh Donnovan is certain her life is cursed. Nothing ever goes smoothly, and her first job interview is no exception. An earthquake rocks the building, sending Ryleigh on a frantic search for her younger sister, a search which lands her in the hospital. Terrified they’ll push her for answers she can’t afford to give, Ryleigh flees with a mysterious stranger.
Jackson Maynard is about to be ordained as a Death Dealer, a warrior for the Kingdom of Cymmera, but first he must pass one more test. When he fails to acquire the human girl the prophet has chosen, he’s forced to stand trial for treason. Banished from his realm, he seeks out the girl from the vision, Ryleigh Donnovan, and together they embark on a journey to save his dying kingdom.
The alley stood empty, save for Jackson’s crumpled body.
“What were you pointing at?” The harsh whisper barely made a sound.
“We can’t leave him.” Mia whispered back, voice trembling, tears running down her cheeks.
“I mean it, Mia. You’d better listen. Get over to that wall behind you and crawl toward the walkway. Now.” Ryleigh pressed her mouth against Mia’s ear as her whispers grew more urgent. Anger replaced some of the fear holding her paralyzed, and she gritted her teeth even tighter, grinding them together. Pain burst through her temples. Great.
“We can’t leave him.” The plea in Mia’s eyes touched Ryleigh’s heart, but no way was she going out into that courtyard.
“We’ll send help as soon as we get somewhere safe. Please, Mia. Please. We have to get out of here, before it comes back.”
“Jackson saved your life. What if it comes back and gets him before we get help?” Sobs wracked her fragile body. She still spoke softly, but her volume increased with every word.
“Mia, please. I have to get you out of here.”
Mia shook her head.
Dani-Lyn Alexander lives on Long Island with her husband, three kids and three dogs. She loves spending time with her family, at the beach, the playground, or just about anywhere. In her spare time, which is rare, she enjoys reading and shopping--especially in book stores. Some of her favorite things include; Bernese Mountain Dogs, musicals, bubble baths and soft blankets. She's an incurable insomniac and has an addiction to chocolate.