Good morning! Ewelina from Heavenly Good Books and I have had such a good time so far this week sharing the characters of the Succubus Kiss series.
Today we have a special sneak peak of Sacrifice for you. Sacrifice will be released on July 28th so even if you haven’t started this great series, there’s plenty of time to catch up!
Prequel: Kiss of Awakening
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(please remember this is an unedited sneak peek and is subject to change before publication)
The wraith’s laughing grew closer. He was making his way up the hill at a carefree pace. Anger mingled with my panic, fueling my rapidly pounding heartbeat. I hated him. I hated everything he stood for. Most of all, I hated what he was doing to me, what he would do to me.
My eyes skimmed the shack. There were two windows caked in dust on either side of the door. If I could bust one open before he reached me, I might be able to hoist myself inside. Maybe I could use something to block the window, or maybe there would be a weapon.
What could you fight a wraith with though? Wraiths were already dead.
Moving to one of the windows, I wiped my palm against the glass and smeared the dust away so I could see inside. What I saw chilled me to my core.
The entire house was filled with ghosts.
A rainbow of auras floated through the one-room shack in the shape of people. Men, women, and even a few children were congregating inside. What the hell was this place? A storage container for the dearly departed?
While some seemed more animated than others as they flew around franticly, searching for a way out, others appeared stagnant as they slumped in a corner or lay on the floor, unmoving. I wondered if those ones had given up finding a way out. I didn’t have much time to think about it, because the wraith was breathing against the back of my neck, his icy fingers trailing along my spine.
“Do you like what you see?” he whispered. “Don’t worry. You’ll be in there before long too. No need to rush,” he teased.
I swallowed hard. “What is this place?” My muscles tensed from his close proximity, urging me to run, but I knew it would be fruitless. I was trapped between the wraith and the rough wood of the cabin.
“It’s where I store the souls I’ve overtaken.” He breathed against the back of my neck.
Shivers slipped along my spine as I inspected those trapped inside, counting them as best I could. There appeared to be hundreds. Either this wraith had gotten around, or he was older than I thought.
“Aren’t they pretty?” He tugged on a few strands of my hair. “I bet you never thought my collection of souls would be so vast.”
My eyes widened as the ghost of a little girl floated to the window. She pressed a hand against the pane, eyeing me. Her aura was my favorite shade of yellow—bright and shiny amid the sea of blues, pinks, and greens. Her eyes locked with mine. I could sense the sadness and pain in them. Her lips moved, mouthing the words, “Help me.”
Sickness twisted my gut. “Why would you keep them like this? What purpose could they serve you now?” The words tumbled from my mouth without much thought. My hand pressed against the glass pane, covering the little girl’s, wishing I could help her.
“The same reason most serial killers keep trinkets from their victims.” The wraith ran his fingers through my hair, pressing his body flush against mine. “To remember them by.”
Oh my gosh, how crazy is the wraith? Jennifer’s newsletter subscribers also got a peak of Chapter One. So you should really check out her newsletter!
Now for my giveaway! This will be open for 24 hours (10 am central on 6/5) and then we’ll announce the winners of Ewelina’s and my giveaways tomorrow in the recap!
Make sure you come back tomorrow for our final day!