Today I have an excerpt and two, yes two, giveaways for Betrayed by Ednah Walters. (I am still away at a work conference so I will be responding to comments, tweets and emails when I get back) Enjoy!
Series: The Guardian Legacy Book #2
Paperback, second edition, 336 pages
Published June 5th 2012
Lil isn’t just an average teenager. She’s one of the Nephilim–the descendants of humans and angels–which gives her some serious psi skills and a mission for redemption. Just when Lil thinks she’s found a balance between her normal life with human friends and her training to become a Guardian, she’s warned that someone close to her will betray her. When the boy she loves starts acting strangely and one of her human friends acquires a supernatural ability, Lil begins to realize that someone is manipulating the people she loves… and won’t stop until she’s been lured to the dark side.
Lil and Bran’s Moment (excerpt)
Kim and Izzy still waited for me outside the classroom, but they weren’t alone. Along the opposite wall, Remy, Sykes, and Bran argued in low tones. They all looked up, concern and sympathy etched on their faces. My gaze lingered on Bran’s and I shook my head. I couldn’t deal with any of them. Not yet.
I closed the door on their pity and teleported home. Resisting the urge to throw the cell phone, I dropped it on my dresser, curled up on my bed, and covered my head with a pillow. The humiliation. The look on the faces of the students when they realized I was Lilith. No, I was never, ever going back to school again. Never.
Grampa home-schooled me until I was ten. He could plan my lessons again for the rest of high school. What did a Cardinal Guardian need with a high school diploma anyway? We were demon hunters.
The room buzzed with Bran’s energy the moment he materialized. His psi energy brushed mine, gentle and soothing. My grip tightened on the pillow, not wanting him around yet lacking the will to send him away. I hated depending on anyone, even him. One word out of him, just one word of sympathy, and I’d kick him out.
The mattress dipped. His warmth and piney scent drift to my senses. More movements behind me, then his long body curled against my back. I stayed stiff even as his arm wound around my mid-section and his hand covered mine. He didn’t speak, just held me, his warmth seeping into my numb limbs until my hand opened and welcomed his.
“No,” I said, still not wanting to talk.
“I wanted to say lunch period will be over soon. Are you going—?”
“I’m never going back.” I burrowed deep under the pillow.
“Will understand,” I finished, but inside I knew Grampa wouldn’t. He didn’t raise me to be a quitter, to run when things got tough or painful. Or humiliating.
Bran became silent. After a while, he said, “talk to me, Sunshine.”
“There’s nothing to talk about,” I mumbled.
He slipped his head under the pillow and whispered, “You know you’ll tell me eventually. We don’t keep secrets from each other.”
“Don’t be too sure about that,” I mumbled.
“Damn, you’re stubborn.” He sat up. “Are you hungry?”
“Too bad. I got us sandwiches. I’ll be back in a second.” He teleported, taking his vibrant presence with him.
How could he think of food at a time like this? The whole school probably knew the call was for me. Then there was the nonsense Valafar spewed about not trusting the Guardians. I hated the fact that for a brief moment I’d actually listened
and wondered if there was some truth to them.
Bran returned and the scrumptious aroma of teriyaki chicken drifted to my nose. My stomach growled. There was the rustling of a plastic bag as though he was setting it down.
“So? How long are you going to feel sorry for yourself?” he asked.
Anger slammed through me at his indifference. He knew I was hurting. Felt it, too, I was sure. I pulled down the pillow and glare at him.
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