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Monday, February 11, 2013

Character Love Letters: Soul Avenged by Keri Lake (Letter/Giveaway)

Joining us for our event is Zayne, a character from Keri Lake's Soul Avenged, with a love letter for his lost love, Shey. 







SOUL AVENGED 
(Sons of Wrath, #1)
By: Keri Lake
Release Date:  February 6, 2013
Genre:  Adult Paranormal Romance/Dark Urban Fantasy
ISBN:  978-0-9848517-3-7
Number of pages:  533
Soul Avenged Page on Keri Lake’s website
Passion is blind in vengeance and love  …Ayden’s suburban home was invaded by a pack of Lycans.The brutal attack is the only memory she carries of her former life.Now, one motive burns in her soul:KILL THEM ALL.The Sons of Wrath—a brood of vengeance-dealing warrior demons—band with Ayden to hunt the Lycans on Detroit’s most deadly feeding grounds.Kane Walker should’ve been her easiest kill.Unfortunately, the newly bitten Lycan has something she wants—clues that may finally lay her past to rest.  To reach them, she must be willing to submit to the sensual pleasures awakened by his touch.Time is running out.In seven days, Kane will become what Ayden despises most.  She can halt his transformation but the antidote requires the ultimate sacrifice.  As the beast takes hold, Kane becomes more of a threat.Ayden must choose between her lust for revenge, or surrender to her enemy and discover a horrible truth.
Excerpt:


CHAPTER ONE

Ice water.

The frigid sensation sliced through Ayden’s veins, leaving a numb trail in its wake as she stepped through the remains of the abandoned factory—one of many havens for the crack addicts and prostitutes. The old Packard Plant had become no more than a ghostly haunt for tormented souls.
Shitholes were cropping up everywhere, much more rapidly than ever before.Detroit, once a thriving city, brought to ruins. Gray and lifeless like the suffocating overcast that loomed during daylight.
A vile stench assaulted her nose,a potent blend of piss, sex and rotted meat, as garbage crunched beneath her boots. Foundation had collapsed all around where she stood, crumbled as if the building would fold into the depths of hell.
The graffiti spattering the walls gave the impression that gangs were the real threat—‘We don’t die, we multiply.’
Right. Like gangs own any part of this city, anymore.
A Beretta, loaded with silver bullets and a silver parrying dagger rested at one of Ayden’s hips, a silver bullwhip at another, as she moved past comatose bodies and decaying corpses.
Feeding grounds, like a bait pile.
Deadened eyes slowlytracked her movement in the darkness,squinting, as though craving the light that hers didn’t need to see. Humans so strung out on drugs, they failed to recognize the half-eaten carrion were once their own kind.
Not that knowing would stop them. They’d apparently chosen to face danger rather than kick their addiction, roaming the streets every night in search of their next high.
Lambs.
They were already dead. Death just hadn’t come to collect yet.
The blissful sigh of a hopped-up junkie reached her ears. She snarled her lip. “Enjoy it while it lasts, asshole.”
It’d be one thing if they were homeless. Hell, she might’ve fired a warning shot to evacuate.
The homeless didn’t come here, though.
Neither did the police—making it the perfect spot to get wasted and hustle some money.
Shots fired would’ve been nothing more than a momentary distraction before their minds slipped back into their ignorant state of euphoria.
Screw ‘em.
For any other girl, the place promised very bad things—an opportunity for a sadist to live out wild fantasies without ever getting caught.
For Ayden? Humans posed no threat. Their fragile bodies would shred like paper dolls against the work of her hands. Luckily for them, she sought something else to sate her thirst for bloodshed, something far more threatening than their most psychopathic criminal—and she’d tracked it right to the surrounding cornucopia of human flesh.
A thin, black mesh hoodie beneath her jacket concealed her face while the shiny black leather covering her body acted as a beacon in the moon’s light.
Full moon.
It didn’t matter.
Contrary to the fairytales and movies, they didn’t need a full moon to change.
Werewolves, some called them—like a supernatural Bigfoot on the loose. Nothing more than fodder for the tabloids, not to be taken seriously.
Lycans is how those ‘in the know’ referred to them.
The bastards could transform at will. In the middle of the day, if they wanted. Though, like a true predator, they’d evolved throughout the centuries, eluding humans by hunting them at night, catching their prey in their most vulnerable state.
Ayden reached a door in a darkened corner. The stubborn panelheld stiff against the push of her palm, giving way only beneath one heave backed by exceptional strength. Beyond, a spiral of stairs wound above and below. Visualsflashed through her mind as she imagined the stairwell bustling with men in suits who passed each other with carefree visages—everyone of them ghosts that roamed the destruction.
A quick scan showed no movement.
She tipped her head back and inhaled the repugnant scent the beasts had left behind.
They’re close.
Her feet took light steps, hardly making a sound against the concrete as she descended further into the pit of hell otherwise known as the lycan’s lair.
With each step, she wished her heart would pound wildly in her chest, or that her pulse rate would surge—both human reactions to fear. Neither of them did.
What fragmentsof her human soul remained had been stripped bare the night the Alexi made her one of their own. Even that, as tortuous as the unrelenting pain that seared through her body while it underwent its transformation, was a memory she could hardly summon anymore. Only a silent blackness dwelled in the place where snapshots of her life would have roamed free, a void that she couldn’t see beyond, separating her present from past.
She’d become one of them: an Alexi soldier. A cold and remorseless killer designed to eradicate in one sweep.
A noise piqued her sensitive ears.
Two flights below.
It could’ve been the skittering feet of a mouse beating against her skull like a base drum.

The thirst for blood moved like a dark storm cloud through her veins, a mix of raw adrenaline and something else—the something that came with her transformation.

Destroy.
Her feet moved on impulse, carrying her closer to whatever it was,rendering it nothing more than a thread-width away from its death.
In the corner of a landing,he sat hunched over on himself,body convulsing.
A grin skated across her face as she approached her first kill of the night.



Keri Lake Bio:

Keri Lake is a married mother of two living in Michigan.  She writes paranormal romance, urban fantasy and loves a good, tragic love story.  Though novels tend to be her focus, she also writes short stories and flash fiction whenever distraction manages to suck her in to the Land of Shiny Things.When she isn’t toiling away on plots and protagonists, she enjoys reading, music and travel.  If she could create mystical powers for herself, she’d have the ability to flash to anywhere in the world.  And if she could flash to anywhere in the world at this very moment, she’d be staring at the ocean from her adirondack chair on the shores of North Carolina.
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12 comments:

Debby said...

Zayne - beautiful letter. Never give up!
debby236 at gmail dot com

Kassandra said...

For either or both----What is your favorite genre to read?

Kassandra
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Tiffany H said...

Awww, Zayne! I feel so badly for him having lost his love. :(

Keri Lake said...

Hi Kassandra!
I actually enjoy reading paranormal romance and urban fantasy :) Love dark worlds with lots of supes.

Thanks for checking out the post!

SdyLion said...

Touching letter- loved it. sdylion(at)gmail(dot)com

Mary Preston said...

I want someone to write just such a letter to me.

Braine TS said...

Oh zayne, you break my heart!

jmcgaugh said...
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jmcgaugh said...

I enjoy gritty urban fantasy.
jmcgaugh (at) semo (dot) edu

pc said...

Love Zayne's letter! This is so tormented and heart-tugging...definitely sounds like Soul Avenged is going to make me want to cry and grab the edge of my seat at the same time!
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Denise Z said...

I love all things UF and am really excited about Soul Avenged - can't wait to read it. Thank you for sharing this lovely letter with us. I wish you joy and every success on the release and tour :)

Kamla L. said...

I love PNR/UF and follow several of the older ongoing series but it’s been quite a while since I have been this excited about a new upcoming series. I have been stalking the SOUL AVENGED tour and becoming more and more feverishly intrigued by your characters and the darkly tantalizing and steamy world of your series. It all just sounds so fresh and uniquely imaginative. Can’t wait to get started!!!