I’m sooo excited for this book! I’ve read & enjoyed the first 2 books so am really looking forward to this book! Here’s an excerpt sneak peek!
Circle of Light (Light Series #3) by Jennifer DeLucy
Omnific Publishing (October 2012)
Empath and Pathcrosser to the dead, Lillian Hunt has finally come into her own as a Sentient being. All seems well in her brave new world…that is, until a tragic turn sends her tight knit Sentient group on a rescue mission through lore-infested Europe. Their goal is to save the love of Lily’s life—vampire Sentient, William Maddox — from both the prejudice of their own society and the dark intentions of ancient vampires. But how will they keep hope alive, even as time runs out?
I groaned and plodded down the hall, watching for stray employees, and William followed me. We noted an overhanging sign that read “Distribution/Mailroom/Food Services” with an arrow pointing to the left and another sign that said “Morgue” with an arrow to the right. I knew which route I preferred, but that’s not where we were headed, obviously. There was no use fighting the inevitable.
We turned right, passing a line of maintenance and equipment rooms, along with a partially lit lab room where a custodial worker was cleaning the floor. William grabbed my arm and pulled me back against the wall as the man neared the partially opened door with his mop. We proceeded once he’d passed the area, and I stifled a giggle. William shook his head.
“Don’t shake your head at me, Double-Oh-Seven. I’m not used to sneaking around in public places,” I whispered as we walked. Then I promptly made a face as a cloying, chemical scent overtook the area. We followed the signs and made another right, stopping to stare at the windowless double doors at the end. The marker above them read, “Morgue. Please keep doors closed.”
“Jackpot,” William said.
“How much you wanna bet those aren’t locked?” I said. William chuckled and we continued toward the entrance. “You think anyone’s in there?” I asked.
“Well, I think there are several people in there, actually,” he answered.
I rolled my eyes. “I meant the living kind.”
“Then, I don’t know. At this hour, maybe not, but it’s a hospital. People die at all hours, Lil.”
Lifting my hand to the large green door, I gave it a hard shove and it swung open, revealing very little in the absence of light. The smell, however, made my stomach pitch. Formaldehyde. How unexpected.
William didn’t waste time sampling the perfume, as I had. He went right in and found the light switch, instead. Ah, the perks of being with a vampire. Though, now that the light was on, I found myself wishing it wasn’t.
If you’ve ever been in a morgue, you’ll realize that it takes a very special kind of person to handle such a job, because, if the smell alone doesn’t drive you to insanity, the temperature and the line of torture-chamber instruments will. I shuddered. “Unpleasant,” I said.
“I know,” William added, wrapping an arm around my shoulders.
“So, now what?”
“Well, I don’t know, honey. You tell me.”
I sighed and closed my eyes, preparing to do my thing. But the sound of moving wheels froze us both in our tracks. Someone was coming. “Shit,” I whispered as the doors swung open and a man pushing a gurney stared at us in surprise.
“Hey, you shouldn’t be in here,” he said angrily.
William stepped forward and stuck his arm out. “I’m sorry to alarm you. My name is Joe Carter. Who are you?” he said, and the dumbfounded tech responded on autopilot, taking William’s hand. That’s all he needed to capture the poor schmuck’s mind.
“I’m Gail,” said the tech, grinning happily.
“Gail. Nice to meet you. We’re actually supposed to be here because we’re state inspectors. And no one knows about this visit except for the hospital administration, so I have to ask that you go somewhere and take a break while we do our job.”
“Yes, but you can come back in half an hour. And Gail, is there anyone else who might come down here tonight?”
“Oh, no. I’m the only one on call.”
“Great. And remember, no one is supposed to know about our visit, so don’t say a word, all right?”
The man nodded respectfully. “Okay. Sorry.” He abandoned his gurney, which held a sheet-covered body, and exited the morgue.
I gawked at William. This was the first time I’d ever seen him use his enthralling abilities to their full potential. “That was just plain sexy, Maddox,” I said.
“Really?” he lifted an eyebrow.
“Well, I can go find someone else to enthrall…” he offered.
I smiled. “Better not. Job to do.”
“All right, here we go.” I closed my eyes and opened my arms, building energy to the surface of my skin, making sure that whatever was around and wanting my attention would surely be drawn in. I breathed mindfully, inhaled and exhaled with patience and waited for something to happen.
“Lily?” William said after a few minutes.
“Huh?” I answered with my eyes still closed.
“Wha?” I opened my eyes, or, at least I thought I had, but the room was dark.
“Something’s doused the lights,” William repeated.
“I’d try to turn them back on, but the bulbs are burned out. Take my hand,” he said.
“Okay.” I reached out and grasped for him, latching on and holding tight. “God, you’re freezing,” I said.
“What do you mean? I am not.”
“You are, too,” I laughed. “I can feel your hand.”
“Uhm, no, sweetheart. No one is holding my hand.”
“But—” I gasped…then screeched and tried to drop whatever I was touching, but the mystery fingers clung to mine with a vengeance and the next thing I knew, I was on my back with a loud metal thud and something held me down.
Jennifer DeLucy is an author of paranormal fiction, most notably The Light Series Trilogy, a freelance editor and a musician who believes in combining talents to create unique and inspiring work. Born and raised in Scranton, Pennsylvania, Jennifer moved to the Midwest in her early twenties, honing her passions and publishing her first two novels before moving to Seattle, Washington in 2012. She continues to pursue new and exciting avenues in both the writing and music fields.
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Jennifer is generously offering an eBook of Circle of Light AND a Swag pack filled with FUN Seer’s goodies to ONE winner. Please leave a comment telling me what kind of supernatural powers you’d like to have and we’ll random draw a winner on 19th October 2012. Please note do NOT include your email address in the comment but DO include it on the comment form. Please respond within 48 hours or another winner will be drawn.
For myself, I would probably love telekinesis (especially when one needs that tv remote on the other side of the room!)