A girl whose breath is poison, whose touch can kill…

 

In the half-drowned city of Aerie, grudges between the Great Houses run deeper than the canals that serve as streets. For Denevah, a member of House Aves, the world of House politics is foreign to her. She’s been raised in solitude, her only company the magnificent garden her father created especially for her. But now, with the Match Ball—the grand dance where marriages are brokered and House alliances are cemented—at hand, Denevah finds herself initiated into the avenues of power as her future is determined behind closed doors.

 

But the tides of unrest are rising in the city. A vagrant street preacher is fomenting rebellion against the Doge, calling on the ancient powers of the Diluvians—water dragons once worshipped as gods and now bound to the very fabric of Aerie—to rise up and smite the wicked. Earthquakes rock the city and send the populace into a panic. In the midst of the chaos, Denevah prepares for her wedding to Cyngare—a young man from House Dauricus—and she discovers that her father holds secrets of his own: about the Diluvians, Cyngare’s mother, and her own frightening power.

 

Denevah will discover that hatred runs deeper than love, that beauty can destroy, and that the faintest touch can demolish even the brightest future.

 

 

 

THE DEMON'S GATE SERIES

The year is 64 A.D. -- though now A.D. stands for Anno Daemonii. Demons have crossed a gate into our world, taking the reins of power from humanity. A new Inquisition has begun, determined to root out any who stand against the new world order. The holy sites on earth have been destroyed -- Jerasulem first, then the Vatican, then Mecca -- and what resistance remains is ruthlessly crushed.

Amaranth is a fighter in the resistance cell based in London. Dham is a Ringer, one of the few people left able to ring the remaining sets of blessed hand bells that have power over demons. When Amaranth discovers that her best friend has been possessed by a demon and is going to be used in the Resistance's final, desperate mission, she asks Dham for his help in saving her friend. With the Inquisition closing in and betrayal threatening from inside the Resistance itself, Amaranth, Dham, and the demon -- along with Catriona, a new, highly-skilled, highly-blonde bell-ringer -- decide to head to Rome and the ruins of Vatican City, hoping to find a way to stem the tide of demonic possessions and close the gate.

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After a disastrous mission and betrayal from within its own ranks, the London Resistance is shattered beyond repair. Amaranth and the meager remains of the Resistance journey to Vatican City, where they hope to discover the true location of the Demon's Gate. Should they find and destroy it, the demons would be forced back to their own world, and the spell binding Amaranth to a demon would break.

But on their heels comes Raulston, a powerful man hell-bent on crushing an resistance to the demons that are destroying the remnants of humanity. Amaranth and her closest companions--Dham and Cat--will do whatever it takes to ensure humanity's survival. With Amaranth's magical powers, and Dham and Cat's rare ability to kill demons using sacred bells, they might stand a chance against the demon invasion. But as the trio face life, death, and the in-between, their devotion to each other may be what brings their downfall.
 

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A girl, a boy, and a family curse...

Devon can’t wait to put her podunk mountain town behind her once and for all when she graduates high school. But even though she’s the class valedictorian, the likelihood of her being able to afford college on her own is slim. As she begins the research on scholarships that might help with tuition, a new distraction arises in the form of the town’s golden boy, the cute and popular Brock Cutler who works in the town Records room. Devon knows that mountain and town folk don’t mix, but she’s drawn to him anyway.

But as her friendship with Brock deepens, Devon realizes that there are consequences when mountain folk and town folk mingle: she’s humiliated at a party by the most popular girl in school, almost assaulted by the school quarterback, and rumors about her begin to spread throughout the school. The ghost of a woman wrapped in a black veil starts haunting her steps. As these unpleasant incidents become more frequent, Devon’s grandmother warns her to stay away from Brock so she doesn’t end up like her mother.

As she digs deeper into her family’s past, Devon uncovers secrets that may be better left buried. Why is she suddenly seeing strange visions of a woman in a veil mourning over a hundred year old grave? How is this veiled woman related to the tragic events in Devon’s mother’s life? And why is Devon’s grandmother warning her away from Brock? As Devon searches for answers and the specter’s appearances become more frequent, everything Devon has ever known in her life begins to change.

Can she unravel her family’s curse before it claims her too?

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The Moon Series

 Leopard Moon-- Kess, a wereleopard, is forced to flee her home in Miami once her brother's obsession with her turns violent. She meets Cormac, a young man with a secret of his own. But her brother is closing in, threatening Cormac's life and Kess' freedom.

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Jackal Moon-- Laila has been pledged to serve the jackal god, Anubis, since she was a child. Whenher initiation into the Keepers leads her to Miami and pits her against thewereleopard Sekhmet, Laila is cast into a sea of clan intrigue and bitterrivalries. The stakes grow ever higher as rivals and Kess, the true clanleader, descend on Miami to vie for power.

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Hyena Moon-- Miami is still in the hands of the wereleopard clan.  But things aren't simple for Kess, especially now that she has Samara's son, Rafe, to deal with. While others see only a spy, Kess is determined to help the damaged young man abandoned by his mother. Rafe knows his mother isn't done with Miami or Kess. In the final bloody conflict between wereleopard and hyena, which side will he choose?

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With the threat of a werehyena takeover dealt with, Kess, Finn, and Rafe can finally enjoy the tentative peace Miami has to offer. As Kess moves forward with her decision to open up the territory to peaceful weres, she knows that the Keepers of Divine Order—a group of werejackal assassins—are watching her every move. If her plan fails, she knows they won’t hesitate to eliminate her and her friends.

When several werehyenas suddenly disappear and Mebis, the Keeper assigned to Miami, goes unexpectedly missing, Kess fears the worst. But even she’s unprepared for this latest threat: a hunter hiding in plain sight whose only goal is killing werecreatures. Can Kess and her friends survive this most dangerous game?

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The Discreet Demolitions Series

Someone’s been raising the dead and it’s J’s job to find out who. As a detective operating in the Underworld, J—with her powers of shadow manipulation—is uniquely equipped for the job. What she isn't counting on is the help of an escapee from a mental institution who seems to attract trouble just by existing.

It’s up to J and T—two very unlikely allies—to find the necromancer and bring him before the Underworld Balance Magistrate for judgment before the human world gets wise to the dead walking among them.

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Leopard Moon Leopard Moon (Moon, #1)
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Jackal Moon Jackal Moon (Moon, #2)
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Hyena Moon Hyena Moon (Moon, #3)
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Hunter Moon Hunter Moon (Moon, #4)
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ratings: 110 (avg rating 4.07)

Long Black Veil Long Black Veil
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