Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Shades of Pink Teaser - The Last Sunset by Kallysten
Every day until the end of September, I will post here the blurb for one of the stories from the Shades of Pink charity anthology, as well as a teaser, and a short bio for the author. The anthology will be available on October 1st, with all proceeds going to breast cancer research but you can donate today and get it 5 days early! I invite you to come back, share the links for these teasers, tell your friends about it... It's all for a good cause! And if you tweet about it, you can use the hashtag #shadesofpink :)
Today, a glimpse from The Last Sunset by Kallysten
When she first met vampires Blake and Marc, Kate couldn’t imagine falling in love with two men; after five years of fighting demons by their side, she can’t imagine not loving them both. Tonight, she plans to become theirs for good, and make them hers forever.
After almost fifteen years of fighting demons, and fourteen breaches closed over the last five years, there was only one thing that Kate hated more than fighting in the woods: fighting in the woods when a preternatural mist swirled around the trees, the rest of her squad—and the demons.
That damn mist came out of one in every four or five breaches. There were theories about why it happened, whether natural conditions or some kind of magic on the part of the demons. Kate didn’t really care about the why of it, she just knew that it made fighting a lot harder.
There had been mist around the very first breach the squad had closed five years earlier, but the battle had taken place in the ruins of a devastated town. Fighting among the ruins hadn’t been so bad, or at least not once the reinforcements—namely, Blake—had arrived. Then again, it might have been the passing years that made the memory more pleasant. Closing that first breach had started it all. Things weren’t going as quickly as they’d all hoped because few mages were strong enough to pull off the spell. Nonetheless, one by one the breaches were being closed.
But this… this was a nightmare. Kate couldn’t see a damn thing. Every tree looked like a demon, and she was sure that once they finally came out, every demon would look like a tree. The squad was spread out around her, and she couldn’t tell where Simon and the other mages were. She couldn’t tell where anyone was.
“Weren’t we supposed to stay together?” Marc asked from behind her, sotto voce.
She glanced back, but could barely see him in all that mist. He sounded worried, and she had no trouble imagining that what he really meant was, I thought you were supposed to stay close to us.
Close to them. Close to him and Blake. Close enough that they’d be able to protect her, even if neither dared to say that to her face. The thing was, she could take care of herself. And she needed to prove it to herself one last time. She needed to know, once and for all, that she could have gone through the rest of the war the same way she had so far. Her decision to change it all had nothing to do with her fear that she wouldn’t live to see the end of the fight. Instead, it had everything to do with how she wanted to spend the rest of her existence—and with whom.
“I can’t see a damn thing,” she said, just as quietly, and it wasn’t an accident if she wasn’t answering him. “Can you tell where Simon and the other mages are?”
“To your left.” This time, it was Blake’s voice that rose through the mist, closer than she’d known he was. “About twenty yards away, a little behind us. Daniel and a couple of his goons are with him.”
A low hiss rose from twenty yards or so to the left, and Kate wanted to roll her eyes. Blake had an uncanny talent for annoying Daniel, even at a distance. She never had a chance to chastise him. Ahead of them, in a small clearing, an eerie glow pierced the mist, announcing that at long last, after three nights of searching, they’d finally found the breach. And, of course, demons.
Kallysten’s most exciting accomplishment to date was to cross a few thousand miles and an ocean to pursue (and catch!) the love of her life. She has been writing for over fifteen years, and always enjoyed sharing her stories and listening to the readers’ reactions. After playing with science fiction, short stories and poetry, she is now trying her hand, heart and words at paranormal romance novels. To see her other stories, including free short stories and sample chapters, visit http://kallysten.net.