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Supernatural boundaries will be crossed as Angel of Death, Nathaniel Evans, risks his eternal soul to save the one he loves, the paranormally gifted and nature-loving, Juliana Crowson.
While working with a new client, Nathaniel finds out that pissing off a demon-wielding warlock in order to help a suicidal teen with misplaced sexual tendencies may be the last thing he ever does as an angel. Unable to stand aside, Juliana’s involvement in Nathaniel’s new case quickly develops into a misadventure with gun-toting bikers, table dancing, and a shamanic exorcism performed by her temperamental Native American friend, Chris Abeyta.
Can Nathaniel and Juliana’s love endure blood-letting rituals in the forest while helping a terrified teen find the will to live, or will fate and the rules of the afterlife tear them eternally apart?
Read an Excerpt from the Novel
“Are you sure I shouldn’t be worried about something?” she asks again, her green eyes penetrating my soul, looking for some clue.
I sigh heavily. “Only death, Mom. It comes around for everyone, you know.”
“Not funny, Jules.” She scowls at my bad joke. “I’m going upstairs. Nice to meet you, Nathaniel.”
I wish I was being funny. I walk into the kitchen, not really caring if Nathaniel follows or not. Mine and Jared’s survival seem like the only important thing in the world at the moment.
As soon as I hear Mom’s bedroom door close, Nathaniel steps up close. So close we are almost touching.
He whispers, “I’m sorry. I’m sorry about Travis, and for causing you any pain. You’ve done everything. You saved Corrine, Juliana, and I wouldn’t be back to normal — if you call this normal — without you. You’re amazing. I don’t deserve to be here with you. And you still let me in.”
His face is a mask of torture and I want to erase all the terrible things we have been through, but I can’t. All I can do is stand here, surrounded by his warmth, his smell, and his caressing voice. It’s the most comfortable place I’ve ever known, and the most agonizing. I have to work at forming any words at all.
“I had to do something. If it wasn’t for me, you wouldn’t have been killed in the first place.”
“I don’t want to start arguing again, Juliana. I shouldn’t even be here now. You should run away from me.”
Nice excerpt! Now it’s time for a character interview! Welcome Juliana Crowson from Angel Dreams!
Me: So, Juliana, tell us a little about yourself.
J: Umm…first of all. I’m not that comfortable being interviewed. (She says this and bites at her lower lip as if it’s stressful sitting here with me.) Don’t get me wrong or anything, I really appreciate you having me here. I’m just not the type to stand out in a crowd. That role has always been taken by my rock star brother, Jared, and I like staying in the background.
So let me start with the basics – I’m 19. I work in my grandma’s herb shop. I like the job a lot and Grandma is pretty flexible with my schedule, which has been great since I haven’t been going to work very much lately. I’m having the most obscure and wildest summer that I could ever dream of – and that probably sounds way better than it is. Apparently I’m really adept at all things related to the paranormal – like seeing ghosts, demons, and angels. This hasn’t been a fun experience, but the good news is I’ve also fallen head-over-heels for a guy named Nathaniel. Unfortunately, he’s not exactly alive. I just found out and I’m not totally sure how this is going to work between us.
Me: If you’re into the paranormal, do you have any special routines or rituals related to the supernatural?
J: I’m really not that thrilled about my recently discovered “abilities.” In fact, it’s been a freaky burden to bear. But, if you put aside the scary bits, then yes. I have a zillion routines and rituals. Maybe my life-long collection of superstitions came from the fact that I’ve always been so sensitive, but here are some that come to mind:
If your right ear rings, someone is saying bad things about you
Never sweep over a threshold or you risk sweeping all the luck out of a room
Tying a bunch or mint around the wrist cures stomach ails and wards off infection & disease
If a broom falls a spirit is in the house
Never step on someone’s shadow – you’re stepping on their spirit
Pinpricks on the back of the neck mean someone on the other side is trying to protect you
3 time’s a charm – Do not ignore the universe on this!
And a personal favorite of mine is…
When you see ravens: One for sorrow, two for joy, 3 for a girl, 4 for a boy, 5 for silver, 6 for gold, 7 for a secret never to be told
Me: Interesting! What would we find under your bed?
J: Hahaha. This question is directly related to the previous question. You won’t find anything under my bed — especially shoes. It causes nightmares and I definitely don’t need any more bad dreams disturbing my sleep.
Me: *Removes shoes from under my bed* What was the scariest moment of your life?
J: This just happened recently. Please excuse me, it’s sort of hard to talk about still. (She drops her gaze to the floor and takes a couple of deep breaths. When she looks back up at me, her vivid green eyes are piercing, but a little weary.) Not too long ago, I discovered that I can see and talk to spirits and other members of the spiritual realm. It’s been a huge challenge to accept this part of my personality. Then I was assaulted by a “not-so-friendly” ghost. The ghost entered a drug dealer’s body and they came after me as one freakishly warped being. They got their hands around my neck and I blacked out. Yeah, that had to be the scariest thing that has ever happened to me.
Me: I can see why that upsets you, so let’s switch subjects. What makes you happy?
J: Music, concerts, rock climbing, and wild crafting for medicinal plants. And I should probably mention my family, and Nathaniel’s eyes – probably his biceps too.
Me: 🙂 If I came to visit early in the morning would you impress me as being more like a chirpy bird or a grumpy bear?
J: I don’t think anyone has ever described me as a chirpy bird in the morning or at any time of the day. I’m might be a bit of a grumpy bear before 9 am, but I’m not nearly as bad as my brother Jared. He’s a bear with a toothache and a stubbed toe if it’s before noon. I guess if you stay up till the a.m. hours every night, which he usually does, it’s understandable. I just like to have my cup of tea in the morning before I have to speak to anyone.
Me: What one word best describes you?
Awesome! Thanks for being here, Juliana!
About the Author
When Jody isn’t navigating the terrain of her imagination and writing it down, she can be found exploring the wilderness of Colorado with her family, or in the kitchen baking cookies & brownies – and then trying not to eat them all. She’s passionate about continuing to learn and reads anything and everything that catches her interest. Jody is a full time mom, a Reiki Master, and has taught Hatha yoga for over a decade.
Jody’s debut novel, Death Lies Between Us, is the winner of RomCon’s Readers’ Crown award for best Paranormal Romance in 2014. She is currently working on a historical time travel series set in Montana in the 1860’s. The first book in the series, The Night Medicine, will be published in March 2015.
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