Sunday, January 5, 2014

Lights of Aurora by Theresa McClinton - Excerpt and Double Giveaway!

Lights Of Aurora, 

book 2 of The Stone Legacy Series
After the discovery of her ancient Maya bloodlines, eighteen-year-old Ashley Coreandero is faced with a daunting responsibility. She must protect the stone of Muuk’Ich while Sarian, the underworld general, relentlessly drives her to the brink of insanity.

As the winter solstice approaches, it brings an onslaught of unexpected side effects. Ashley must seize control over her supercharged powers, while dealing with the overwhelming suspicion that her boyfriend, Arwan, is hiding a secret so dark it could destroy them both.

With the arrival of a surprise houseguest, Ashley’s deepest fears about Arwan are confirmed. And when middleworld deities intercede, the group of gifted Maya descendants are confronted with hardships they never saw coming—including an enemy more deadly than they have ever faced.

Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned—but when that woman has no soul and a taste for revenge, they will need the powers of every surviving ancestor simply to stay alive.

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Chapter Three

The twilight skies hovered over them as they exited the canopy of trees. An area bare of foliage lay straight ahead. Ashley knew they were supposed to make it to the mouth of the cave by nightfall, but considering they hadn’t reached it yet—probably thanks to her short stride—it didn’t look like that was going to happen.
“What are we going to do?” she asked.
Arwan slowed to a halt and dropped his pack on the ground. “We need to make camp. It’s almost dark, and we need to collect firewood. This is a good spot for us to spend the night.”
Ashley sighed. “I figured as much.” She knew they’d have to spend the night in the cave at some point, but didn’t love the idea of sleeping near the jungle. They didn’t have any real shelter, and there were more bugs than she could fathom, all of them probably waiting for her to doze off so they could crawl over her face. She cringed. “What if it rains?” She scoped the last of the bare tree branches reaching toward them. “We’ll get soaked.”
“It hasn’t rained in weeks, and I doubt it will rain tonight. The skies are too clear.”
“Oh. Right.” She’d have to learn how to look for signs like that.
She rolled her shoulders back and let the pack hit the ground with a thud. Throbbing pain pulsed through her neck and upper back. “Ugh.” She reached across her chest and massaged the knot.
“I’ll gather firewood. You can get out your sleeping bag and—” He pointed to some rocks near the path. “If you can gather some stones and make a circle for a fire pit, that would be helpful.” He unzipped the hoodie he wore and tossed it beside his backpack, displaying his muscles packed under his T-shirt.
Heat spread through her body. She cleared her throat. “Sure, no problem.”
“I won’t be gone for long, but if anything happens, I won’t be far.”
She bit her lip in an attempt to suppress a smile. “Thanks for being so worried about me.”
He stood and examined her with a quirky grin. The way he watched her made her uneasy.
“Just be aware of what’s around you. Besides, you’re the guardian. You don’t need me around to protect you.”
He said that, but she knew he always would be. No matter what.

A long time enthusiast of things that go bump in the night, Theresa began her writing career as a journalism intern—possibly the least creative writing field out there. After her first semester at a local newspaper, she washed her hands of press releases and feature articles to delve into the whimsical world of fiction.

Since then, Theresa has been married, had three terrific kids, moved to central Ohio, and has been repeatedly guilt tripped into adopting a menagerie of animals that are now members of the family. But don’t be fooled by her domesticated appearance. Her greatest love is travel. Having traveled to over a dozen countries—not to mention an extended seven-year stay in Kodiak, Alaska—she is anything but settled down. But wherever life brings her, Theresa will continue to weave tales of adventure and love with the hope her stories will bring joy and inspiration to her readers.

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