by Jenna Bernel
Published July 20th 2012
If time heals all wounds, then Aria Darwin’s clock has stopped. No amount of magic elixir can repair a broken heart. In the aftermath of untruths and tainted love, Aria is unsure if she will ever recover to see the light of her destiny.
Now living in the enchanted city of Draíochta, along with her two best friends, Aria struggles to find her place in the Kingdom. A plan must be set to ensure the safety of her people, but how can they believe in her if she can’t believe in herself.
With the assistance of her Guard Keeper, Clay, she slowly develops her powers, but will she be strong enough to destroy her enemy? Will she ever remember what was once ignited in her soul, and the real question is will she run or will she fight?
About this Author:
Jenna Bernel lives tucked along the bluffs, spending her days lost in the world of fantasy. When she’s not writing, she’s reading and drinks way to much caffeine to satisfy her love of both. Growing up she traveled extensively through the competitive dance circuit, unaware that at the time it would provide her future career an endless stream of inspiration for the captivating drama of Young Adult Fiction.
Author Link: http://www.jennabernel.com
It was dark, too dark. I whipped around trying to get my bearings, but I could barely see a thing. The only reassurance that I had made it here alive was the sound of my racing heart slamming violently against my chest as I took in the gravity of what I had just done. Clay would never forgive me, but I would not have been able to live with myself if I didn’t at least try. My heartbeat accelerated to an impossible rate, and its drumming echoed through this dark, dingy cavern. I slowly felt along the damp rocks jutting out from both sides as I made my way down the underground corridor. I could see light piercing through up ahead and I instinctively nestled closer to the wall for fear of being spotted. Then from seemingly out of nowhere, he appeared and I flinched, slamming hard into the rock wall. I swallowed down the giant lump in my throat which threatened to morph into a blood-curdling scream when his face materialized in the faint light, those stormy grey eyes, so arrogant. His smooth mouth curled up into a twisted grin as he scanned me. His perfect features always had a way of masking his soulless heart, the man who had destroyed mine. Butterflies punched through my stomach fluttering madly, attempting to warn me to stay away from the figure before me. I retreated deeper into the wall until the sharp rocks cut into my skin. “I have been waiting for you my love,” he purred low and soft, taking a calculated step toward me. My eyes swept frantically over our surroundings as my brain tried desperately to grasp onto a plan of escape, but my thoughts were interrupted by his confident laughter, assuring me that any such plan would be futile. In that moment I knew, tonight I was a dead woman.
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