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Title: Lights of Aurora [Stone Legacy #2]
Author: Theresa McClinton
Publication Date: November 1, 2013
Genre: Young Adult
After the discovery of her ancient Maya bloodlines, eighteen-year-old Ashley Coreandero is faced with a daunting responsibility. She must protect the stone of Muuk’Ich while Sarian, the underworld general, relentlessly drives her to the brink of insanity.
As the winter solstice approaches, it brings an onslaught of unexpected side effects. Ashley must seize control over her supercharged powers, while dealing with the overwhelming suspicion that her boyfriend, Arwan, is hiding a secret so dark it could destroy them both.
With the arrival of a surprise houseguest, Ashley’s deepest fears about Arwan are confirmed. And when middleworld deities intercede, the group of gifted Maya descendants are confronted with hardships they never saw coming—including an enemy more deadly than they have ever faced.
Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned—but when that woman has no soul and a taste for revenge, they will need the powers of every surviving ancestor simply to stay alive.
13th Street, Novella 2.5 of The Stone Legacy Series.
A long time enthusiast of things that go bump in the night, Theresa began her writing career as a journalism intern—possibly the least creative writing field out there. After her first semester at a local newspaper, she washed her hands of press releases and feature articles to delve into the whimsical world of fiction.
Since then, Theresa has been married, had three terrific kids, moved to central Ohio, and has been repeatedly guilt tripped into adopting a menagerie of animals that are now members of the family. But don’t be fooled by her domesticated appearance. Her greatest love is travel. Having traveled to over a dozen countries—not to mention an extended seven-year stay in Kodiak, Alaska—she is anything but settled down. But wherever life brings her, Theresa will continue to weave tales of adventure and love with the hope her stories will bring joy and inspiration to her readers.
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The water crawled over her shoulders and up her neck. Ashley’s entire body went numb. Sheer panic was the only thing she felt now, overwhelming her. “I can’t do this,” she said as she slashed at the water.
Arwan’s grip on her tightened.
She froze and searched his face. “Let go of me, Arwan.” Her voice trembled, though she tried not to let it show. His eyes saddened. With a powerful lunge, she tried again to break free but his grip was like iron. “Let me go!” The water turned white from her pounding fists.
“Ashley!” The tone of his voice shocked her. She’d never heard him shout in anger before. Her body went rigid and she froze.
He pulled her back to his chest. “Wrap your legs around me.” His jaw worked while she floated motionless in front of him. Her toes couldn’t touch the bottom anymore. His legs pumped, holding both of them above the surface. “Please. I’m freezing.” His quivering lips were tinted blue.
Hot tears filled her eyes and stung her skin as they slipped down her cheeks. Shit. She really had to do this. “You’re sure we’ll be okay when it’s over?” As much as she loved Jayden, she didn’t want to sacrifice ever seeing Renato again. The pleading tone in her uncle’s voice as he pleaded with her not to go weighed her down with guilt. If she didn’t get out of this, he’d be crushed. And Tara. “Oh my God.” Her eyes widened. “I never called Tara. What if we don’t make it out? What if I never see her again?”
“You will.” He hugged her closer. “But we have to drown, not freeze to death. So wrap your legs around me and I’ll hold you the entire time.”
She swallowed, more tears slipping down her face. “Promise?”
He nodded, and then kissed her. His mouth was the only warmth she could feel and the only comfort to be found. So rather than running away from her feelings for him, she dove into them with the hope it would distract her until it was too late to turn back.
She wrapped her legs around his waist and her arms around his neck. Her hands were numb, but she could feel the texture of his hair while she ran her fingers through it. His hands crawled up her back and hooked over her shoulders, locking her against him.
The next thing she knew, they were underwater.
She held her breath. It was instinctive. Their lips stayed locked until Arwan finally pulled away. She forced open her eyes. The water was so cold she could barely manage, but she had to see him. He watched her with a mask of serenity as if nothing were wrong. As if they weren’t submerging themselves into a black hole of death.
The light cast from her chest wavered over his face with dancing shadows. Tiny air bubbles escaped his nose and rose toward the surface.
Her hair floated around them. Then her lungs began to burn.
Still holding her breath, she swallowed, but dared not open her mouth. The urge intensified, and the need to breathe tightened her throat. She wriggled, and squinted toward the surface. A surface that was no longer there. They had sunk down what felt like a hundred feet, away from any hope or chance to escape.
Panic streaked her mind while instinct and logic battled inside her. She didn’t want to die.
Not even if it didn’t last.
Not like this.
Arwan’s fingers dug into her shoulders while they sank into the darkness.
Finally, the need to breathe was too much to bear. She parted her lips, and water flooded her lungs.