When Jocelyn Weatherford is whisked away from a preparatory academy in upstate New York to live with her extended family in New Orleans, she is unprepared to encounter the dangers awaiting her. Yet even as she is thrust into an unfamiliar world of witches and voodoo magic, the greatest threat of all may be the boy she has fallen for.
While handsome and charming, he is also a Caldwell...a member of the family the Weatherford's have been feuding with for centuries. As their forbidden love grows it becomes the volatile spark that forever changes their world and everyone in it.
Included on the Following Goodreads Lists: Best Supernatural Series, Young Adult Romance, Books That Should Be Made Into Movies, Favorite Books, Books That Should Get More Attention, Best Female Characters from YA and Children's Fantasty and Science Fiction
Original release date: April 2012
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Event organized by: AToMR Tours
About the Author
Laury Falter is the bestselling author of the Guardian Trilogy (Fallen, Eternity, & Reckoning). When she isn't writing, she likes to take her two stray dogs for walks and enjoy date nights with her husband.
Laury's debut novel, Fallen, hit Amazon's Top 100 list in three genres and the remaining two books in the trilogy made showings in the Top 100 of the same genres as well. With a new series available, Residue, about a teenage girl who learns she is a witch and falls in love with a boy from a feuding family, her reader following continues to grow rapidly.
The directions I followed, took me to a quiet side street lined with worn buildings, and more
specifically, to an unmarked, weathered door along a row of doors looking remarkably the same.Without the typical store sign or even a window to peer in, I didn’t know whether I might walkinto someone’s house. To be on the safe side, I knocked.The door rattled loosely against its frame and then settled. A few moments passed and no onecame, so I knocked again. Again, there was no answer.Wondering if the directions were wrong, I tried the door handle. It was unlocked, which almostsurprised me. Opening it a crack, I peered inside.While it was incredibly dim inside, lit only by candles held in wall sconces and open lanternshanging from the ceiling, I could see that it was actually a store. Disheveled and poorly laid outwith towering wooden bookshelves stuffed with merchandise, I couldn’t see all that far inside.“Hello?” I called out without receiving an answer back.Figuring they may be in the storage room, if one even existed, I stepped inside.“Hello?”
No one responded so I moved farther down the aisle.This was no regular OfficeMax or OfficeDepot. It didn’t even resemble a college bookstore.In the place of textbooks on biology, calculus, and the English dictionary there were witchalmanacs, spell books for solitary witches, and tomes on spells and rituals for every purpose.Where pens and paper should have been, there were tarot card stacks and candles of every color,style, and size imaginable. Canisters of countless herbs, stones, and gems replaced impulse-purchase bins of calculators and keychain flashlights.What exactly am I supposed to buy in here? I wondered.Then, just as I reached the cash register, which looked like an antique ready for a museum, thestore’s front door opened, allowing in a thin stretch of light down the side aisle. I listened as thestore’s most recent patron strolled toward the back, where I now stood when the scratchy voiceof an older woman drew my attention away.She hobbled out from the back room, hunched and bracing herself against the counter as shewalked.
“What you lookin’ for?” she asked.Hesitating, I didn’t know quite how to explain it and then settled on the most basic of answers.“My school supplies.”She lifted her chin in a brief gesture of acknowledgement and then shuffled down the longcounter, stopping at nearly the end of it. From there, she withdrew a clothed bundle, tied withtwine at the top. Rather than carrying it back to me, she dragged it, drawing up dust where it hadsettled. Leaving it before me, she then held out her hand for payment.“Eighty-five dollars.”I placed the cash in her palm and she dropped it in a canvas bag beneath the register, withoutbothering to count it.“You got the potent kind,” she stated.“The what?”“They’re dangerous,” she warned. “Watch yerself with them.”Interestingly, I wasn’t the least bit surprised that whatever the brisk woman sleeping across thehall from me had ordered on my behalf wasn’t safe.“All right,” I shrugged. I wasn’t quite sure what was in the bundle or how I should treat them toprevent inflicting harm.Then several things happened simultaneously. Just as I turned around to leave, the personwaiting patiently in line behind me spoke. And just as he spoke, the room broke into chaos.The wall sconce candles flickered first. Next the tarot cards lifted from their spot on the shelvesas if a brisk wind had picked up and carried them, disheveled, through the air. Then heavierthings began to move. Candles darted off the shelves like projectiles, hitting the walls withenough force to leave wax marks. Books slid off and slammed to the floor or against thebookshelves opposite them. The ceiling lanterns swung fiercely from side to side, slammingagainst the whitewash to send down chunks of plaster. The glass canisters banged against eachother threatening to break.That was when I felt arms around me, pulling me to the ground, and a body covering me, solidand secure. My top hat was gone and hands now covered my head with elbows pressed againstmy ears, dimming the sound of the destruction around us. With my face covered by my ownhands and my body in a crouched position, only my legs were exposed.I had to give the person credit. Despite the devastation going on around us, nothing touched me.It raged for several seconds, prolonging the demolition of this elderly woman’s store. Then, justas quickly as it had begun, it came to a screeching halt.My protector’s hands freed my ears and the body stretched across my back moved away. Thatwas when I heard the voice. It was comforting, concerned, and a little uncertain. I was instantlydrawn to it, realizing a ridiculous urge to listen to it endlessly. I couldn’t help feeling foolish,especially since his question was so understandable given the circumstances.“Are you hurt?” he asked.I felt a hand, warm and firm, on my shoulder, coaxing me to react.
Releasing the breath I’d been holding, I stood and blinked a few times, clearing the haziness inmy head.“Never been better,” I muttered and when he handed my top hat back I heard him chuckle.A quick look around told me that the elderly woman had survived unharmed but her store hadnot. Every piece of merchandise now lay broken, littering the floor.Without any warning whatsoever, she launched in to a tirade, speaking rapidly and in French,a language I hadn’t learned well enough yet. Then she stopped suddenly, to my surprise, with achuckle, wide eyed and beaming.I chalked it up to delirium at seeing her store destroyed at some unknown phenomenon until herother patron standing beside me spoke.“Huh…” he mumbled.“What?” I asked, still battling the surreal state I was in, watching as the woman shrugged anddisappeared into the back room still chuckling.Then he chuckled to himself, surprised. “She said she’s never seen this before. Apparently she’sread about it and been told of it but hadn’t witnessed it herself.”“Witnessed what?” I asked, taking my sack of school supplies.He laughed again, farther down in his chest. “Well…” He cleared his throat uncomfortably. “Shethinks she just saw the introduction of two fated lovers.”“Really? Who?” I asked, my head swiveling back and forth now, profoundly intrigued andlooking for the people they were referring to, the two whom they believed to be the cause of thismess.He hesitated and then spoke deep, firm, and with certainty. “She meant us.”
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