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Vengeance Borne Excerpt
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If you’ve read any of my other books, you know I like my villains dark and creepy. So I thought I’d share an excerpt from Vengeance Borne with you today so you can see just what you’re getting yourself into with my newest baddie. 😉 Hope you enjoy!
The three of them whispered in his ear. Prodding him for weeks, urging him to take action against those who’d wronged him. At first, he was certain he’d gone crazy. His great uncle had been crazy, you know. Wandered around, muttering to himself, claiming to see things that weren’t there. His grandma called him “touched,” but that was just a polite way to say someone had lost their mind. As the voices became clearer, their presence more and more real, he knew that he wasn’t touched like his uncle. No, he was blessed. They spoke as one. Always as one. Which wasn’t nearly as strange as the fact that he couldn’t see them. But he felt their touch. A constant, sweet balm on his skin. Their hands never left him.
“We can give you pleasure,” they murmured. “We can make you the object of her obsession. We can give you anything you crave if you unleash us. All you have to do is ask.”
“No. You’ll hurt her.”
“Why would we do that?” they cajoled. “If she is not your enemy, she is safe from our wrath.”
“I—I don’t know.” They made him nervous. He didn’t know if he could trust something he wasn’t able to see. “I don’t think this is a very good idea.”
The hands pulled away, and their hissing voices raised the hairs on his neck. “You want what is just beyond your reach. You crave what we can give you. We are the vengeance borne.”
“No. I want you to leave. I want you to go away.”
Their laughter came as through dusty-dry throats. “It’s too late for that. You called to us and we are yours until you give us purpose.”
“If I do it… If I—give you purpose—then you’ll leave me?”
“Of course,” the three replied. “Once we’ve tasted the flesh of your enemies.”
He shut his eyes, the tighter the better. But he couldn’t banish the sensation of their invisible hands caressing him from head to toe, tousling his hair. An invisible hand stroked the inside of his thigh and he shuddered. He wished he were dead. The suspicion over the past weeks that he’d lost his grip on reality wore him down. If he told anyone, he’d be put away for sure. But they were as real to him as anything. The fact that he couldn’t see them didn’t matter. He could hear them just fine. And his body knew their lover’s touch. A blessing, yes, but a blessing he didn’t want for long. He was willing to do anything. Anything to get rid of them.
Tears squeezed out from his tightly shut lids. “Fine. Do it. Take revenge for me. Give me what I want and then leave me alone.”
Invisible lips took turns kissing his mouth. “Your enemies will taste our fury. Who is first?”
He knew who he wanted it to be. But just to be safe he’d try it out, on someone less important. He whispered the name, barely audible, but they heard him and for the first time in months, left his side.
Who’s your favorite villain? Do you like your bad guys super evil or do you like to have them toned down a bit?
Amanda Bonilla lives in rural Idaho with her husband and two kids. She’s a part-time pet wrangler, a full-time sun worshipper, and only goes out into the cold when coerced. She loves the outdoors, black clothes, pink appliances and thinks junk food should be a recognized food group. In the summer, she can be found sitting by the lake, enjoying the view from her dock.
3 digital copies of Vengeance Borne
Vengeance Borne by Amanda Bonilla
Available on September 3rd 2013 by NYLA
Fated to Hunt…
As the local hunter, and a ward of the Sentry, a secret organization dedicated to eradicating the forces of evil, Jacquelyn has been protecting the small town of McCall, Idaho for the past five years. The hours are horrible, the pay is nonexistent, she has to work with her jealous ex-boyfriend – and forget about quitting. She’s in for life.
Destined to See…
When a rugged drifter comes through town, Jacquelyn immediately knows what he is – an Empath who can read emotions and sense what others are thinking – even though it’s clear the handsome stranger has no idea what, or how powerful, he is…
A Town in Peril…
When people in McCall start turning up dead, viciously ripped to shreds as if by a wild animal, Jacquelyn knows better. Furies are loose in Idaho and hell-bent on exacting revenge. But against whom? And for what purpose? Jacquelyn has until the full moon to stop the Furies’ killing spree and save the people of McCall, figure out how to work with her ex – oh, and there’s a handsome stranger in town who’s in desperate need of some schooling…
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