Cressa Ravensdale deserved a break. After raising an army of the dead to protect those she loved, Cressa had hoped she could spend a little time away from the scrutiny of being a Magic User and steal a few moments alone with her phoenix, Noah. But the Imperium has other plans, and soon the two find themselves back in the city surrounded by curious humans, suspicious new leaders, and hidden enemies.
Losing her mother had been hard enough, but now her brother keeps casting doubts on Noah’s true intentions and why their mother had left them. Her human best friend is on the verge of a breakdown, and Cressa must accept her punishment for using her magic while knowing the Imperium is tracking her every move. Being a Magic User is risky. Being on the Imperium’s most wanted list is deadly.
A demon. A draugr. A kitsune. A phoenix selling out his own kind. Cressa is caught in the middle and it’s hard for her to know who to trust. Not all demons lie and not all humans tell the truth. Whether it’s a summoning spell trapped in Hell or an imposter hiding in plain sight, the stakes are high. Cressa must choose which side of the law, and the land, she wants to stand on.
Why I wrote the book?
Why I wrote this book:
I absolutely love Cressa! I mean how cool would it be to have necromancy powers? Ha! I don’t actually want to raise the dead, but I would live in Cressa’s world in a heartbeat. I mean phoenixes, demons, shifters, and more…how exciting! I remember when I first started plotting this series, I would look around at my office colleagues and wonder who or what they could be. I have been a dreamer my whole life, and while I am a scientist by training, I still have that “what if?” question floating around in my head all day long. In writing this book (and series) I get to imagine what that world would really be like. There is nothing better than losing my head in my stories and enjoying whatever new characters decide to pop up and make my life interesting.
NOTE: This is Book 2 in The Second Rising Series. Book 1 (WAKING THE DEAD) can be purchased for FREE (in KU): https://www.amazon.com/Waking-Dead-Second-Rising-Book-ebook/dp/B07BQLV7F6
EXCERPT OF DEAD MEN RISING
I really missed my chicken foot.
Looking down at the stiff seagull in the sand, I wondered if its foot would work for my ritual. Even though I’d recently raised an army of the dead without the ceremonial knick knacks, I’d chalked that up to the amount of adrenaline coursing through my veins and the fresh blood dripping from the knife wound in my thigh. It was a night of terror and legal nightmares. It was also the night I lost my mother.
I hadn’t raised anything from the dead since.
Twisting my head around to look at the beach cottage behind me, I searched for any signs of movement from within. Using my magic could mean putting a theoretical bullseye on me and those around me. I didn’t want to bring more trouble our way, but I needed to know if that night in the underground parking garage had been a fluke, or if my magic really had grown to the extent everyone thought.
Noah, my boyfriend, slept soundly inside. Or at least he was pretending to take a nap. He had his own issues to work through and I suspected those occupied his time when we were apart.
Believing I had a few minutes by myself I rubbed my hands together and let out a deep breath. “Let’s do this,” I said to myself and the dead bird I hoped to reanimate. It smelled a little funky, but the amount of time something was dead had no bearing on me being able to resurrect it. It would just look and smell really bad.
Laying the gull carefully in front of me, I pushed the sand to the side to make a little ring around it. Like I was planting a tree. This part wasn’t necessary for my ritual, I just wanted to make sure the bird wouldn’t roll too far away during the process. I wasn’t sure what happened to this creature. He hadn’t been out on the beach this morning, but something had killed him before sunset…at least several hours ago given the rigor mortis. It seemed a little odd to find a dead bird on the beach. Dead fish? Sure, all the time, especially during the red tide season. But birds? Not so much.
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