Book TOur & Giveaway: Rise from Darkness by Ciara Knight
Rise from Darkness (Battle for Souls #1)
by Ciara Knight
Release Date: 09/24/14
Defy the Dark Publishing
Summary from Goodreads:
Alexander Lorre gives new meaning to the term "tormented teen." He's a newly fallen angel, which means he has the self-control of a three-year-old, the hormones of a teenager and the strength of an angel. When he rescues Gaby Moore from drowning, the chemistry between them is undeniable. With a local demon threatening Gaby's life, he struggles to find a balance between remaining close enough to protect her but distant enough to control his desires.
As danger draws closer, Gaby uncovers shattering secrets that will lead to an ultimate choice. Will she fight alongside her father, an earthbound hunter killing fallen angels and demons, give into the demon blood coursing through her veins and join the demon world, or save the man she loves from both? The first two choices damn her, but the last one could destroy them all.
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A deep want to experience intimacy with him hummed through her body. She relaxed into Alexander’s embrace and sighed, rubbing her face against his strong chest—at peace and truly happy for the first time since her mother’s death.
His navy aura turned into night, and a small current jolted through her for a second then settled. Her rapid pulse pounded in her head. The salty air spun around them with ever-growing intensity. Alexander’s face blurred then disappeared into the swirling blackness. She closed her eyes, opened her heart, and waited for the connection.
The air morphed from a pleasant dance into a ferocious cyclone lashing at her skin. The world turned upside down, leaving her without any concept of direction. Sweat coated her, making it hard to hold onto Alexander. She clawed to keep him close. The more she fought the further he slipped. “Alex!” she cried.
No response, only air.
Her stomach clenched around an abyss of emptiness. Sammy hadn’t warned her about this. Was it part of the ceremony?
Her body convulsed. A slit of fire ran from her skull, behind her eyes, down her back, stopping at her waist. She tried to slap out the sting, but couldn’t reach far enough behind her. Razors slid down her back and her skin ripped open. Her insides shuddered and pulsed. Her arms spread outward, and she turned like a tilt-a-whirl gone wild.
Something’s wrong. Can’t be part of the ceremony.
Faint, cryptic words rang in her ears. Alexander called out to her, his voice muffled by the fierce wind. Yes. Something had gone wrong. All her organs boiled. She flashed back to the night Forras had attacked her and the demon poison.
Grace was right after all. Only two angels could bond. Alexander would die.
“Oh, God! No!”
Despite the excruciating heat, she fought to free herself from the cocoon of hell. “No!
Two large balls formed below her shoulder blades and pressed at her flesh. The hot line spread, as if forceps stretched her muscles open and pulled her ribs from her spine. The two spheres extended down, scraping against bone and tissue.
The wind stopped, yet the world continued to rotate. Air swooshed by her. She blinked and saw the earth crashing toward her. Her back peeled open and massive black clouds plumed above her shoulders. She screamed and retched. Muscles tightened and the wound sealed.
Through the pain, the smell of salty air and fresh cut grass teased her senses into believing the ground greeted her with soft sand. She knew better. Trees jetted up from below like spears, waiting to impale her.
She caught a glimpse of the white sand beach in the distance. She’d veered toward the forest with no sign of Alexander anywhere. The dark pools moved up and down and the muscles along her spine tightened.
They weren’t clouds, but massive, evil extensions of her body. Blood-red wings.
About the Author
Ciara Knight began her writing career in 2008. She writes to ‘Defy the Dark’ with her fantasy, paranormal, and dystopian books. Her first Young Adult Series, Battle for Souls, will be published by Turquoise Morning press, with her prequel novella, Love’s Long Shadow, releasing in October 2011. Followed by Rise From Darkness (Book I) in March 2012, Fall From Grace (Book II), and Ascension of Evil (Book III).
Also in 2012, her adult fantasy, Curse of Gremdon will be published by Crescent Moon Press.
When not writing, she enjoys reading all types of fiction. Some great literary influences in her life include Edgar Allen Poe, Shakespeare, Francine Rivers and J K Rowling.
Her first love, besides her family, reading, and writing, is travel. She's backpacked through Europe, visited orphanages in China, and landed in a helicopter on a glacier in Alaska.
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