Book blurb: Seventeen-year-old Kendra Irisavie is an ondine, a water elemental caught in the middle of an ancient war with the Aquidae, immortal dark demons who will stop at nothing to destroy the fragile balance of the Elemental world. Fierce and independent, Kendra has always played by her own rules. Gifted with the powerful magic of Virtue and trained to be a deadly fighter, she has spent her life breaking hearts and getting into trouble. When her life explodes one violent night in a northern California city, a dark stranger appears, promising answers to her mysterious past. Alone and with no one to trust, she must now navigate through a dangerous new world, face the temptations of a forbidden romance, and remain true to her duty and destiny. All while the Aquidae continue to hunt her down, in the hopes of eliminating her forever. An edgy urban fantasy/paranormal romance, Whirl is recommended for older teens and mature readers due to strong language and mild sexual situations.
The following is an excerpt from Whirl. Demons known as Aquidae attack the main character, Kendra, on her seventeenth birthday. A mysterious stranger intervenes and protects her against the attack.
Every movement was full of power, revealing the litheness of his body and his superior skill and control. Gold streaked through the air as his kouperet staked first one and then the other.
I stared, my mouth slightly open.
All three Aquidae were on the ground, dead in a pool of thick, dark blood.
I couldn’t believe it. I’d never seen anyone move as fast or as effectively as this man just did.
He approached me slowly, arms up as if to show me he meant no harm. The kouperet had already been put away and his hands were empty.
Staring down at the bodies of my mother’s murderers, frustration mixed with the rage and fear still coursing through me. I hadn’t even been able to avenge her myself.
He took a step forward and I tensed. He’d spoken to her on the night she died.
My stomach clenched. He took another step.
Instinct kicked in.
I knew it was stupid, knew that I had no chance, especially after what I’d just witnessed. But logic and reason weren’t in control of my body.
I lashed out, attempting to connect my fist to his face.
With one easy movement, his large hand blocked my punch. Long fingers wrapped around my wrist, holding back the force of my blow. He could have easily snapped my arm off.
But he didn’t.
I felt the power contained behind his grip, in the muscles of his arms and chest. But the fingers that held my wrist were gentle, the skin warm against mine.
I stopped. My heart pounded so loudly I thought it would explode.
About the author: Emma Raveling is a fantasy author who leads a slightly eccentric life traveling throughout the world with her accommodating husband and charming, neurotic dog.
Hopelessly addicted to coffee and diet coke, she has a strange love of spreadsheets and organizational tools because they give her the illusion that she is somehow in control of the chaos that is her life. A dedicated practitioner of vipassana meditation, Emma loves to cook and often spends time scouring the Internet for new recipes. She adores beautiful art such as painting and sculpture, classical music, lyrical writing, and great graphic design.
Whirl is her debut book. She is currently busy at work writing Billow, the second installment of the Ondine Quartet series.
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