On behalf of Melanie Fraser from https://frasersfunhouse.com/ and Jessaca Willis I am proud to host an extract from this thrilling novel Blood Awakens which I cannot wait to read.
People called Sean a blood guide, though he never fully understood why. As far as he knew, he could hear heartbeats and heal people. It wasn’t until he walked in on his brother’s brutal murder that he learned of the darker nature of his power: blood speaks to him, and he to it. With a simple song, he can command it to do whatever he wants, and in that moment, he showed his brother’s murderers no mercy. Now Sean must fight to keep his inner demons in check and his path to redemption begins with the establishment of sanctuary for people like him, people with powers, the Awakened.
Graciela is one of many who did not Awaken, but she’s watched as her brother’s power as an empath—the ability to sense other’s emotions—has brought him to the brink of death. Together, they set across Central America in search of a cure, or at the very least, safety. What they find is a sanctuary called Hope, the same one Sean governs.
But they soon discover that even from within the compounds of the sanctuary, no one is safe. Not when there are people in the world with unimaginable power and insatiable bloodlust.
Genre: Post-Apocalyptic Fantasy
Word/page count: 392 pages
“Don’t let them get away!” Someone snarled in the distance.
With nauseating haste, Graciela propelled herself over the uneven road, every intersection presenting opportunities for escape. There was no time to think through any of them though. Her muscles seemed to guide themselves, solely fueled by instinct and necessity. Up until a few months ago, she had no idea that her body was even capable of such exertion. Adrenaline was a remarkable thing.
“Come back here, Awakened filth!” another screamed.
Graciela, feet moving faster than she could keep track of, stumbled in a pothole. Fortunately, Santiago’s extended hand was there for stability.
“Thanks,” she huffed. Without him, she didn’t know what she would do.
Through ragged breaths, he joshed, “It’s what I’m here for, to rescue the ladies.”
Graciela rolled her eyes to suppress the grin tugging at the corners of her mouth. She shouldn’t be able to laugh given the circumstances. If they were caught, they’d be beaten, taken hostage, likely separated and ultimately murdered. Leave it to her brother to make light of their current situation.
Author Bio – Jessaca Willis
Jessaca is a fantasy writer, with an inclination toward the paranormal, dystopian, dark, and horror sub genres.
Jessaca studied social work for both her undergrad and graduate degrees and incorporates themes from her education (i.e. systems of oppression, family dynamics, mental health) into her writing. She is a self-proclaimed nerd who loves cosplay, video games, and comics. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her partner and their human- and fur-babies. She is an amateur trapeze artist (though currently, she’s on hiatus after having a baby).
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