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“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.”
Excerpt from Lights of Aurora:Chapter Four
Two miles to go before they reached the caves. That gave Arwan just two miles to make Ashley smile. She’d been forlorn all morning.He suspected it was due to what happened the night before. And of course she would be upset. He’d rejected her. Not because he didn’t want her. Certainly that wasn’t the case. If she had pushed, even a little more, he might not have shown the willpower he did.
He watched her, so quiet and despondent. “Do you need a break?” he asked. It was a legitimate question, but a part of him just wanted to see if she’d respond.
She shook her head.
Not quite the response he’d hoped for. “We’re making good progress,” he continued. “At this pace we will arrive in less than an hour.”
Ashley glanced at her watch. “Good. We don’t have a lot of time to waste.”
Her tone was cold, distant, and so unlike her. He tightened his grip around the straps of his pack. He’d hurt her feelings. It wasn’t intentional. There was no other option than to slow it down. That, or they would have done something she might later regret.
Especially after today was over.
“We should skip lunch,” she called over her shoulder. “The less we stop, the quicker we’ll get there.”
The tension in his muscles tightened. Each passing minute meant they were closer—closer to the caves, closer to the underworld, and worse, closer to Ashley finally knowing the truth. But he was the only one who could get her past the gate. It was the reason he volunteered to escort her, and though he hated the idea of her going at all, if she went alone, she’d never be able to get through, and that would crush her.
“I think we should take a short break,” he said. “You need to keep up your strength.”
“I told you. I’m not hungry.” She squirmed under the weight of her pack, and then pushed forward, her head tilted down as if she were fighting against the pull of the load on her back.
Maybe she was angry, but that didn’t make her invincible. “You clearly need a break, Ashley.”
“Would you stop being so fussy?” she spat. “I’m a big girl, Arwan, and I know when I’m tired.” She pushed forward with more determination.
He squared his jaw. It only took a few long strides to catch up to her. He grabbed the nylon handle of her backpack and pulled, stopping her in midstride. Her arms flailed in the air as she fought to keep her balance, and then she spun around to face him.
He knew she was upset, but he didn’t expect to fall victim to the bitterness that poured from her stare.
She balled her fists. “What?”
He took a step back. “What’s wrong with you?”
“You know…” She paused and pursed her lips. “Never mind. Let’s just go. We don’t have time for this.” She turned and started back up the trail.
He watched her place one foot in front of the other before she noticed he hadn’t moved. She stopped and peered over her shoulder.
“What are you doing?”
“I was fine with giving you space, but if you’re upset with me, you need to tell me why.”
She scoffed and turned to face him. “You’ve got to be kidding.”
He stepped toward her. “You’re angry.”
“Oh, really?” She threw her hands in the air. “That’s a very astute observation. Anything else, or can we go now?”
“Is it because of last night?” He stepped toward her. “Ashley, please. I just didn’t want to—”
“Yeah, you made that much really, really clear.” She crossed her arms and hung her head, kicking at the dirt.
He let out a long exhale. “You didn’t let me finish.” She waved her hand, as if saying…go ahead. He cleared his throat. “Trust me. I wanted to.” He slowly closed the space between them. “But you have to understand that I just want you to be sure, and you can’t be sure.Not yet.” He trailed his fingers down her arm.
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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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