Title: Of Fire and Roses by Danielle Belwater
Publisher: Evernight Teen
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Romance
Length: 188 pages
Nathaniel West’s mother is dead, his father a lost cause. Anger has become a way of life, until he meets and falls in love with Cora Ewell. Only Cora has a secret, one that could kill them both.
An age old dark magic resurfaces and it becomes a race against time for Cora and Nate to find the long buried secrets to saving everyone they love and each other.
After a near fatal accident leaves Nate in limbo, he must find a way to get through to Cora before time runs out and she is forced into life eternal with the evil wizard, Elias Stafford.
I felt her before I saw her. Warmth and comfort spread through me like hot soup on a cold day. I spun around and tried to focus through the hazy grey mist. But I could see her, hiding behind a large oak. There was no mistaking that flaming red hair. I had to resist the urge to run both my hands through the rich silk tresses, to feel its softness, to see if locks the colour of fire would burn me.
I didn’t want to startle her, so I motioned with my fingers that I was coming over. I calmly and deliberately walked over, terrified she might run off, even though my own heart felt like it was going to make a break for it. Her head darted back and forth like a frightened rabbit, uncertain of where to go. As I approached, I could see her eyes flicker with apprehension but she remained still.
When I got about ten feet away, I stopped. Her eyes connected with mine and I lurched backward. Her eyes were two azure blue pools so deep you could dive in and never reach the bottom. Those eyes appraised me inquisitively. I couldn’t move. I was stuck fast like the forest tree she hid behind. I had the unsettling feeling I was about to be dashed against rocks like sailors drawn to a siren’s song, and there was nothing I could do about it.
Danielle Belwater adores the concept of true love and thoroughly believes everyone has their Prince Charming or Snow White out there somewhere, even if they have to fight demons, ghosts, and wizards to find it.
Danielle has been having a love affair with words since she was young and in primary school, writing some rather imaginative tales. This love has followed her into adulthood.
She lives in rural South Australia with her husband, young daughters and way too many animals to mention. She spends most of her time dreaming up characters, stories, ghostly tales, and watching Firefly re-runs. She also cooks the odd meal for her family to avoid them looking like skeletons at official author functions!
Danielle is passionate about reading and her interests include pretty much anything with words from rolling four volume epics to the daily newspaper.
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