We’re celebrating the release day party for “The Return”, the second book in the urban fantasy series “The Witch Hunter Saga”.
We’re also hosting a giveaway for two lucky winners! Each of them will receive an eBook copy of “The Witch Hunter” and “The Return”. Want to participate? You can find the giveaway below!
Excerpt from The Return (#2 in the Witch Hunter Saga)
Aya vs. Titus Circa 43AD
The door opened slowly with a loud groan. A figure stood in the doorway, his shadow looming across the floor, lit by the warm glow of the torches behind him. There was a sharp intake of breath that gave away that they had thought to find a pile of ash, not a living girl. Slowly lifting her head she was a little surprised to see Titus, not Arturius as she had expected. No matter. He would die just the same.
He walked forward and grabbed her hair, wrenching her head back cruelly. “You were meant to burn, witch,” he spat. “We will just have to find another way to kill you.”
She felt his fangs rake along her exposed neck and involuntarily she shuddered with fear.
He laughed at her reaction and hissed into her ear, “I’m going to have so much fun with you, whore.”
It was now or never. The door was open and Titus felt he was in control. She felt the rage burning inside of her and she gave herself over to it. Her vision burned white around the edges as it consumed her and she felt tightness in her mouth as her own fangs grew for the first time. She didn’t care one bit. Reaching up with impossible speed, she had him around the throat and was hurling him across the room with a scream of rage. He collided with enough force to loosen the stones, dust and rubble showering down on him as he hit the floor. She clutched the back of her head, where he had torn a clump of her hair and as her hand came back wet, she smelt the intoxicating scent of blood as a vampire for the first time. Looking over to Titus she took a step towards him, but he was already back on his feet, black eyes snarling in anger.
Lunging for her, his arms closed on empty space. Looking around wildly, he couldn’t sense her. Suddenly she was behind him, viciously kicking his legs from under him. Falling face forward onto the putrid floor, he spluttered in surprise. Snarling, she grasped one leg and twisted with all her strength. There was an audible crack as it broke and Titus screamed in rage as much as pain. Before he could retaliate, she clutched the other and snapped that, too. She knew he would heal, but he wouldn’t be alive long enough to see it done. He was hobbled and unable to run.
She felt a semblance of her old power rising inside her and she reached out with her mind and grasped it. Straddling Titus she placed her palm over the spot where she felt his erratic heart beat, her outstretched arm and hand burning with blue fire. Grimacing with anger and pain, she dug her fingertips into his skin, all the while Titus writhed in agony, pleading with her to stop. She couldn’t, even if she wanted to. The burning taste of revenge had consumed her. She plunged her hand into his chest cavity and pulverized his heart in the power of her grasp, the blue fire finishing off the pieces she had missed. He jerked, letting out a strangled cry of pain and stilled.
She stood slowly as Titus’ body turned grey, desiccating. Her arms and dress were covered in his blood and she absently licked the back of her hand. Her eyes were completely white, shining in the semi-darkness like pearls. Listening to the sounds of the surrounding castle, she heard movement far above. There were too many layers of stone for anyone to have heard Titus’ screams. She flew from the dungeon and was outside in the courtyard in a second. A few men were in the stable mucking out stalls, but were too busy to notice her. Before anyone could come into the yard, she scaled the outer wall and disappeared into the surrounding forest.
About The Return
Author: Nicole R. Taylor
Genre: Urban Fantasy
I’ve wandered my afterlife believing that I was the monster my maker told me I was. It was the only thing I knew. Not even my brother, Sam, could convince me otherwise.
Not until her. Not until Aya. She walked into my life like a hurricane of destruction and nothing would ever be the same again. None of us could have known what would happen next. What fate had in store…
I finally grew a heart, only to have it ripped out.
Now, I will stop at nothing for revenge.
Zac’s afterlife is just going from bad to worse. He grew a heart only to have it torn out by the founding vampire, Arturius.
Nobody is sure what he wants, but Zac doesn’t want to know. He’s more interested in finding a way to end him for good. But, it might just be that he’s after Gabby, who’s harboring a secret of her own, one that Arturius would do anything for.
Aya’s past will come back to haunt Zac in ways he never thought possible and what he finds out will alter everything he ever knew about her. He will uncover a deadly secret that should have remained buried. A secret Aya has fought to keep for thousands of years. One she has killed for.
In the end, who’s secrets will betray them to the one man who wants them all dead? Aya’s or Zac’s?
They’ll need to figure it out sooner rather than later, because death is not an option.
Nicole R. Taylor is an Australian born paranormal, fantasy and contemporary fiction author. She is a graduate of the University of Ballarat Professional Writing and Editing program and is a former music memorabilia sales person and grocery merchandiser.
She currently lives in Ballarat, Victoria, Australia with a two year old rescue cat named, Burger. She enjoys reading, writing, traveling and a little too much chocolate. One day she hopes to sky dive, but has to work up the courage first.
The first in her new paranormal fantasy series, The Witch Hunter Saga is available in print and eBook.
Blog and Official Website: www.nicolertaylorwrites.com
Two lucky winners will each receive an eBook copy of “The Witch Hunter” and an eBook copy of “The Return”. Fill in the Rafflecopter form below to participate.