Author: Ashley Jeffers
Release date: April 25th, 2014
Genre: Paranormal Romance
I had no life…
For the past ten years, I’ve been kept away from the world, treated as a danger to those around me. While the visions I have both confuse and frighten me, I know I’m not the dangerous one in the family. Escape has never been within my reach. When my father dragged me along on an expedition to an ancient temple, I discovered a door hidden in the wall, and everything changed.
He would live forever…
After freeing a vampire from his stone prison, I was swept away to the island belonging to his coven. He swears none of them will harm me, but I can’t be so sure. Zachary is convinced he knew me before he was imprisoned—three hundred years ago. He tries to get me to remember our shared past…while I find myself more concerned with our future.
My blood could end them…
My blood could end them…
I opened the door to find Zachary standing on the other side, his hands behind his back and his head bowed. He looked so sad, and I wondered what had upset him. “Is something wrong?” I asked, resisting the urge to throw my arms around him and hold him close.
He raised his head, but could barely look at me. I felt my heart breaking. I had a sinking feeling he was going to tell me something I did not want to hear. Finally, he spoke. “Diana is here, and would like to meet you.”
“Who’s Diana?” I asked, not a bit relieved. I didn’t really care who she was. All I wanted was for Zachary to look at me, to tell me everything was going to be okay.
“She’s an Elder, the one who made Matthias,” Corbin explained.
“Why would she want to meet me?”
“She would like to speak to us all, actually.” Zachary finally met my gaze. More sadness filled his eyes now than when he spoke of his mother’s death a few hours earlier. What could possibly be wrong? He brought his hands from behind his back. “I brought you a change of clothes, just in case you wanted to clean up a bit before you meet her.”
I looked down to see a short red dress draped over his arm. I hesitated a moment before taking it from him and whispering, “Thank you.”
“You could take a bath, if you’d like,” Corbin suggested as he walked toward one of the three doors to our left. As he opened the door, he added, “I’m sure Diana wouldn’t mind waiting.”
I nodded, and headed to the open door. “I won’t be too long,” I assured as I flipped on the light switch. Realizing what I had just done, I looked to Corbin. “Electricity?”
He laughed. “Only a few rooms have it, mainly the ones that don’t have windows.”
“Huh. Okay then,” I uttered as I entered the bathroom and shut the door behind me.
The elegance of the bathroom surprised me. I had not expected it to be as regal-looking as the rest of my room. Everything—the floor, the walls, the sink, and even the bathtub—was made of ivory colored marble. Golden sconces lined the walls, some with unlit candles and others with light bulbs. On the edge of the bathtub lay a few folded, gold colored towels. Near the sink sat an ivory and gold vanity. I ran my fingers over the cool marble of the vanity, in awe at the beauty of the bathroom. The one in Zachary’s room hadn’t been nearly this nice. I laid the dress on the stool, then walked to the tub and turned on the water.
As the water sloshed into the tub, I turned to the vanity again, eyeing my reflection. No wonder Zachary had suggested I clean up. Tiny pieces of glass littered my hair, my shirt and jeans were torn, and dried blood covered my arms, neck, and face. Bending at the waist, I tipped upside down and shook my hair, attempting to knock loose all the glass. I flipped back upright and examined my arms. Amazingly, the only evidence of injury was the blood still staining my skin and clothing. Could vampire blood heal everything?
When the tub filled, I undressed and climbed into the warm water. Though I tried to relax, I found it impossible to do. I could not take my mind off Zachary’s expression. Why was he so sad, and why wouldn’t he look at me? It had to be more than realizing he wasn’t in love with me. He looked like he had lost all hope. What could have caused him to feel that way?
I washed quickly, but once I’d finished, the crying began. Tears fell from my eyes, making tiny splashes in the still water. I had told Corbin and Zachary I would not be long, but I couldn’t force myself to get out of the tub, not while the tears still spilled forth. After a while, I heard a knock on the door, and Zachary’s voice on the other side. “Arielle, is everything all right?”
Maybe he does care, I thought as I brushed tears from my eyes. “Yeah. I’ll be out in a minute.” I attempted to compose myself as I exited the tub and dried off, but crying had only made me feel worse. I pulled the dress over my head, smoothed it out, and grabbed the towel once again. I scrunched the water from my hair I headed for the door. “Sorry,” I said after opening it. “I was just having a hard time getting my hair dry.”
He looked into my eyes and frowned. “Are you sure there is nothing wrong?”
I forced a smile. “Yeah, I’m sure.”
He shook his head as he reached out and touched my cheek. “You have been crying.”
“I’m just a little overwhelmed.” Though it wasn’t a lie, it felt like one. “Where’s Corbin?” I asked when I noticed he was no longer in the room.
“He went down to let Diana know what was keeping us. Are you ready to go?”
I shrugged. “I guess. What does she want to talk to us about?”
He hesitated before answering, “I think it would be best if she told you.” Though I wondered why he wouldn’t tell me what he knew, I decided it was best not to push. Instead, I nodded and tossed the towel back into the bathroom. Zachary took my hand. “We should not keep them waiting any longer.”
About the Author:
Ashley Jeffers writes Fantasy and Paranormal Romance. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in English from the University of Michigan. A certified night-owl, she spends most her nights writing, as her days are occupied being a full-time mom to three young children. Her debut novel, Blood of the Immortal, is available in paperback and e-book format. Thanks to a combination of ADD and OCD, she has several other projects in the works. She currently lives in Michigan with her husband, three kids, and two dogs.
Official Website: http://www.ashleyrjeffers.wordpress.com
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