One lost love.
One lost best friend.
One hot soul reaper.
Straight out of the psyche ward, Cora just wants her life to be normal. She doesn’t want to see souls or the reapers collecting them. The love of her life, the guy she’s loved from a distance for years, has moved away without saying goodbye. So yes, she’s nursing a serious heartbreak. It’s no wonder love is the last thing on her mind when Echo storms into her life.
The chemistry between them is mind-blowing. The connection defies logic. It doesn’t help that Echo is the poster boy for everything she hates in a guy—hot, beautiful, and cocky. A general pain-in-the-butt. Being around him makes her feel more alive than she’s ever felt before. But more important, the souls leave her alone when he is around.
Echo is perfect for her. Echo might even be her soul-mate. There is only one problem. Echo is a freaking soul reaper. A Grimnir. The very beings she wants out of her life. Maybe normal is overrated because Cora wants it all. Answers. Love. A life. You see, once you fall for a Grimnir, your life will never be the same again.
The ICU had open visiting hours, but only relatives were allowed. Dad convinced the nurses to get Raine and her mother to come out. I left my parents waiting at the nurses’ station and found the perfect seat to observe the Valkyries. I picked up a magazine, lowering it so I could study them unnoticed.
The girl was gorgeous and frail-looking. From the way she was looking at the silver-haired guy, she was totally into him. The guy had the same alert look in his eyes as Torin and was equally good-looking. Maybe runes gave them model-worthy looks, or being exceptionally good-looking was a criterion for becoming a Valkyrie.
I pretended to read when Torin glanced my way. In a few seconds, my heart skipped with dread. They’d decided to join us. My parents were still by the nurses’ station. Maybe I should just join them. The Valkyries took the empty chairs across from mine. My heart pounded so hard I was sure they could hear them.
No, I’m not going to look at them. I’m not… I’m not...
“Maliina got a few things wrong,” the silver-haired guy said. “She’s hotter.”
“Shut up, Andris,” Torin said firmly.
So that was Andris. Were they talking about me? And who was Maliina?
“Do you think she’s faking?” Andris asked. “Her mother said she had a breakdown and claimed she could see us and souls.”
They were definitely talking about me.
“Can you hear and see us, Cora Jemison?” Andris asked, confirming my suspicions.
“Leave her alone,” Torin said in a firm voice. “I’m sure it was a one-time thing.”
Was that why he’d been in my P.E. class? To confirm whether I could see him? He didn’t have runes at the time, but… dang it. I hated not being able to look at them. And I agreed with most comments I’d read online. Torin’s British accent was sexy.
“Maliina marked her,” the girl said in an accent I couldn’t place. “She was never patient, so maybe she mixed up the runes. Gave her temporary abilities.”
Maliina again. Who was she?
“I can prove she’s faking.” Andris stood and walked toward me.
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About the author:
EDNAH WALTERS grew up reading Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys and dreaming of one day writing her own stories. She is a stay-at-home mother of five humans and two American short-hair cats (one of which has ADHD) and a husband. When she is not writing, she’s at the gym doing Zumba or doing things with her family, reading, traveling or online chatting with fans.
Ednah is the author of The Guardian Legacy series, a YA fantasy series about children of the fallen angels, who fight demons and protect mankind. AWAKENED, the prequel was released by Pill Hill Press in September 2010 with rave reviews. BETRAYED, book one in the series was released by her new publisher Spencer Hill Press in June 2012 and HUNTED, the third installment, was released April 2013. She’s currently working on the next book in the series, FORGOTTEN. Visit her at www.ednahwalters.com.
Ednah also writes YA paranormal romance. RUNES is the first book in her new series. IMMORTALS is book 2. She is presently working on book 3, GRIMNIRS [Book 2.5] was released in December 2013. Read more about this series and the world she's created here www.runestheseries.com.
Under the pseudonym E. B. Walters, Ednah writes contemporary romance. SLOW BURN, the first contemporary romance with suspense, was released in April 2011. It is the first book in the Fitzgerald family series. Since then she has published five more books in this series. She's presently working on book seven. You can visit her online at:
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