Title: The Soul's Mark: Broken
Author: Ashley Stoyanoff
Series: The Soul's Mark #3
Expected publication: April 1st 2013 by Ashley Stoyanoff Books
Page Count: 160
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Romance
Shelf: Advance Review Copy
The air became thicker, pressing against him from all sides, and the crackle of magic was deafening, ringing through his ears. She locked dark eyes with him challengingly, as if she was daring him to make a move, and in that moment, he couldn’t. He couldn’t move, couldn’t breathe, couldn’t even blink. Her smile widened then, and just like that, the air around him regulated, and he sucked in a burning breath.
“You probably should be,” Mitchell said in a matter of fact kind of tone, except, right now he wasn’t so sure if that was true. Clearly, this…this…whatever she was, could protect herself. Her magic was lethal. Even now, he could still feel it in the air coiled like a snake ready to strike.
“I can see through your act, Mitchell.” She unplugged the boiling kettle and began pouring the water into the mugs, adding tea bags with it. “You won’t hurt me. You’re just a big old teddy bear.” She poured a dollop of milk and a teaspoon of sugar in each mug, stirred, and removed the tea bags. Then she carried them to the island, set the mugs down, and took a seat.
Astonished. That was exactly how Mitchell felt as he watched Sally sip her tea. Did she realize he was on the verge of a nervous breakdown here? If she did, she obviously didn’t care. He could hear the sound of breathing behind him, and he knew that the others were there. Most likely, they were just as confused as he was.
“Who is that?” Eric asked, his voice wound as tight as a clock spring.
Mitchell didn’t answer. Instead, he sat down across from Sally. He had a hunch that this (whatever this was) was bigger than he was, than all of them. It was the only thing he could think of to explain this woman’s sudden appearance and Amelia’s disappearance. And he knew without a doubt that he would need the psychic’s help. He took a deep breath, attempting to control his raging emotions, and said, “Tell me where they are.”
“Mitchell, you can’t go after them yet,” Sally said. “Amelia has to find her way through this.” Sally took another long sip of her tea, taking her time in swallowing, before she continued, her expression changing to ominous and stormy. “And I’m afraid if you follow her now, you’ll end up dead. The paths of destiny have been crossed.”
There was a chorus of gasps and a low growl, presumably from Eric. Mitchell’s heart shattered again, and he was sure he looked every bit as broken as he felt. “No,” he whispered, clutching the cup of tea that had sat in front of him untouched. He was hoping the warmth would help, but it didn’t. “They can’t cross. Not now. I just found her.”
Sally sighed and cast her eyes down to her mug. “You have no one to blame but yourself.”
“How is fate my fault?” he asked, but it was a pointless question. Who else could there be to blame? Everything had changed after the lifetime Amelia had been burned as a witch, and that was also his fault. He should have saved her then, but he hadn’t.
As if Sally could read his mind, she sighed and then said, “There are some things you need to know about Amelia. About her past lives after she was burned.” Sally looked past him, and smiled a sad kind of smile to his family. “You all might as well sit. This affects all of you.”
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Here are a couple of giveaways for The Soul's Mark: Broken to tide us all over until it's release on April 1st!
The first is for participants in Canada & the US only. Enter to win 1 papberback copy of The Soul's Mark: Broken by Ashley Stoyanoff, coupled with a 'book cushion' (may not be exactly as pictured).
The second contest is open Internationally. Enter to win one of 3 sets of The Soul's Mark series. That's right, each of the 3 winners will win a copy of The Soul's Mark: Found, The Soul's Mark: Hunted, and The Soul's Mark: Broken.