Hello again! It’s been a little while since my last post…between teaching, moving into a new house, and doctor visits (We are expecting our second child in June!), things have been a little crazy around here! But I’m back to post today to introduce you to a fellow author – and one of my college friends – Ashley Stambaugh. Ashley’s second novel was released this week by Astraea Press, and I’m so excited to have her here to share a little about it!
The first book in the series, Collide, is an introduction to Melina Rowe, who never thought her quiet, simple life could change to one full of fear and confusion just by accidentally bumping into someone. But after she collides with an elderly man named Walter, she starts to hear people’s thoughts and have unsettling visions.
Walter reveals himself as a guiding angel and explains to Melina that she’s a rare type of human who can absorb angel powers. But her special ability is more of a problem for her than a gift.
The powers are too strong for humans and will eventually kill Melina unless she can successfully use them to help a select individual who’s in need of guidance. Her chances are slim, though, seeing that the handful of other humans this has happened to before didn’t survive.
Scared for her life, Melina desperately tries to help a young man named Lee, but his continual resistance and her struggle with the powers make it almost impossible. Her situation only grows worse when a trio of soul-snatching demons is sent by an unknown entity to take her soul and kill her.
As a determined Walter sets out to discover who sent the demons and why, Melina must defend herself from their relentless attacks all while trying to use powers she doesn’t fully understand to help someone who doesn’t want to be helped. If she can’t figure out how to break through to Lee, the powers will ultimately destroy her. But if the powers don’t kill her first, the demons will.
The second book in the trilogy, Torn, continues Melina’s journey. Three months have passed and Melina thought she was safe. Safe from the effects of the angel powers and safe from the Noxin demons. But she thought too soon.
Just as she’s starting to enjoy her new powers and her new relationship with Lee, the slight pain she still experiences after using the powers starts to grow worse. As the pain becomes more and more unbearable, she finds herself lashing out at innocent people with unexplained anger and hatred. Then to make matters worse, she sees a Noxin demon again.
No one, not even the elders, seems to know what’s happening to Melina, or how a Noxin demon found her. And when she’s introduced to Dean, another unique human like herself, she learns that his pain is completely gone, which only makes her situation even more confusing.
Grasping for any type of answer, Melina throws out one possible explanation after another. But as her angry feelings intensify, and her angel powers grow weaker, she begins to think there might be something malevolent inside her that’s trying to take over. It’s not long before her internal struggle spirals out of control, and her body is turned into a battlefield that’s torn between good and evil.
Melina fears that if no solution is found, then she might lose all the people she loves, especially Lee. But what scares her even more is that she might lose herself to evil.
I’m really excited to share an excerpt from Torn below!
Melina released his hands and nodded again as she turned to gaze out the front windshield. “I’ll talk to him as soon as I…ʺ Her voice trailed off as she continued to stare out the window.
“Is it the pain again?ʺ Lee asked.
“No,” Melina replied, her face turning paler by the second.
He glanced out the window and then back at her, a look of concern in his eyes. ʺWhat’s wrong then? What do you see?”
“A demon.” She continued to stare out the window, her body frozen stiff with fear.
Lee’s brow furrowed. “Why are you so scared? I know you can see angels all the time now, but I thought you could see all sorts of different demons now, too. ”
Melina’s eyes remained fixed out the window. The demon’s black, billowy figure wasn’t exclusive to his particular group, but the fiery red eyes were unmistakable.
“This isn’t just some random demon. It’s a Noxin demon.”
Lee’s expression turned serious. “Those are the ones I saw on the video footage from my apartment, right? The ones you said were really dangerous?ʺ
She gave him a stiff nod, but kept her gaze locked on the demon. Out of the corner of her eye she saw him looking out the window to see if he could spot the demon himself.
“Where is he?ʺ Lee asked.
“He’s behind the antique store across the street, lurking back in the alley.ʺ
Lee leaned forward in his seat and squinted his eyes as he looked in that direction. ʺI don’t see it.”
Melina’s breath suddenly caught in her throat. “It’s gone. It’s gone!ʺ She sat up in her seat, her eyes frantically searching the area outside. A few seconds later she turned to look at Lee, her bright green eyes wide with fear. “This is serious. We need to go.ʺ
You can find Torn by using any of the following links:
Amazon US: www.amazon.com/dp/B00SS399IU
Amazon UK: www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00SS399IU
And to connect with Ashley, find her at…
Author of urban fantasy and paranormal fiction
I hope you all go check out Ashley and her books – they are so unique and I know you will enjoy them as much as I did!