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Avalon Nights


Dry Spells and Divinity

Written By: Caitlin West
Series: Avalon Nights #1
Published By: Devine Destinies
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Abigail Wright really has it made. As the lead singer for the internationally acclaimed band, Avalon Nights, she e...

“What chance is there in talking to you?” I asked. “Other than a need to have my head examined for entertaining some crazy guy who won’t take, go away, for an answer.”

“Are you asking me to go away?” He tilted his head curiously. “Or is that just something you think you should say? We’re wasting time. You could be asking a lot more interesting questions.”

“Fine, how do you know my father?” I lifted my finger. “Be careful how you answer that. If I don’t like your answer, you’re out of here.”

His grin turned sinister and it made me take a step back. I could sense that he was suggesting there was no way that security was going to be leading him anywhere. For the first time since I encountered him, I lost all my indignation and became alarmed. Perhaps he was more dangerous than I gave him credit.

“Very well,” Ian replied. “I knew your father before you were born. He was on the opposite side of a mutual disagreement. When he met your mother, everyone figured that he was out of the game, but someone decided that it didn’t matter. After you were conceived, one of us took advantage of his weakness and that’s why you didn’t get to know him.”

“Are you saying that someone hurt my father?”

“I’m saying someone murdered him.”

Abigail Wright really has it made. As the lead singer for the internationally acclaimed band, Avalon Nights, she enjoys a career that most people would kill for. She has great friends and awesome hours. Life literally couldn’t get any better. Maybe that’s why fate just couldn’t leave her alone. Two mysterious men enter the scene, each with information about her enigmatic father that disappeared before she was born. They speak of paranormal events, angels and demons and tremendous responsibility being dropped squarely on her shoulders. As if dodging snarky reviewers and odd fans wasn’t bad enough, she has to come to terms with the fact that real monsters may exist. The choice before her is whether to embrace that world for the good of humanity or turn her back on her heritage.
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Discretion Optional

Written By: Caitlin West
Series: Avalon Nights #2
Published By: Devine Destinies
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Abigail Wright has a complicated life. Lead singer, rising star and just possibly, the descendant of an angel. Abb...

After ensuring that I was encased from shoulders to ankles like a mummy, I wriggled my arm free to drain the water. When I heard it tumbling down the drain, I wandered out of my bedroom and down the hall to the nearest guest room. It hadn’t been used in a while, but the last time the maid was over, she had changed the bedding.

I cranked on the heat and crawled under the blankets naked. Pajamas were an extra effort I was way too tired to indulge. When I closed my eyes, my breathing fell into a heavy rhythm moments later. Sleep danced on the edges of my conscious mind, casually closing in until I drifted off.

A surreal landscape opened before me and for the first time I could ever remember, I knew I was dreaming. Most of the time I simply accepted whatever oddity my brain threw my way, but now I felt like an intruder in my own subconscious, a voyeur who shouldn’t be seeing the things presented to me.

I saw a tempest brewing on the horizon and off to the right, a violent sea thrashed like a restless monster rousing from a long sleep. Dusty rocks surrounded me, the jagged edges bit into my bare feet. I was naked in these elements, the breeze tickling my skin, but it wasn’t cold enough to make me miserable.

I knew I should’ve put on pajamas.

A man came out of the storm, walking with a stiff, proud gait. He was armed with a wicked looking sword, which he held in his right hand, the tip pointed away from him. The blade was longer than my leg with a serrated top and curved edge.

He was still a silhouette, but I could make out some details. His body was covered by piecemeal plate armor. The left shoulder had a massive spiked pad where the other was bare. Boots came high and covered the knees in the front while wrapping low around the sides.

His long hair was caught up in the wind, flowing to the side like he was a living fantasy painting.

Wait, why is he coming this way?

It would take him some time to get to me, but what happens when he got here? That nasty looking weapon was not designed for cuddling. Was it meant for me or some other purpose?

Self-preservation suggested that waiting around to find out was a bad plan. I turned to flee and stopped so suddenly, I nearly toppled off the cliff behind me. The chasm yawned before me, the bottom lost to a swirling mist some dozens of yards down.

Why the hell is my dream so inconvenient?

I turned around to see how much progress my potential attacker had made and let out an involuntary scream.

He was standing three feet in front of me.

 

Abigail Wright has a complicated life. Lead singer, rising star and just possibly, the descendant of an angel. Abby’s many commitments are challenged with the addition of the enigmatic Ian Preiss who has taken over the role of band manager for Avalon Nights. Combine this with the fact that she very well may be falling in love with dashing reporter David Pike, the future is not exactly certain.
Filled with pop culture references, a light hearted tone and an honest romance borne of the soul, Discretion Optional continues the tale where Dry Spells & Divinity left off. As answers come to light, will Abby follow her dreams or embrace traditions she never knew existed?

 
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Style and Disgrace

Written By: Caitlin West
Series: Avalon Nights #3
Published By: Devine Destinies
Heat Level:

A dangerous present, a frightening past, an uncertain future.        Abigail...

“I’ve been standing here for nearly ten minutes! Are you ever going to open up?”

“In case you hadn’t noticed, it’s past midnight!” I cracked the door, but did not immediately offer to let her in. “After twelve years, you think it’s okay to get huffy I didn’t get to the door quick enough? Seriously?”

She was dressed in a black wool suit jacket and skirt which might have not been all that bad had she not coupled it with a white fox fur resting on her shoulders. Being overdone was her specialty, but this was particularly embarrassing. Gaudy wooden earrings made her ears droop and a matching bracelet rested on her hand.

The bag was a knockoff of some kind. The cheap faux leather was a serious contrast to the poor dead animal hanging out on her upper half. She had nude hose, black heeled shoes, and a ridiculous hat that could’ve been cool on just about anyone else.

Including Godzilla.

Hell, especially Godzilla.

“Are you going to leave me in the cold or invite me in?” My mother was capable of ignoring the most pointed questions in the world as if I never spoke. Half of me wanted to slam the door and tell her to go to hell, but my curiosity got the better of me.

I stepped aside and she entered like a queen, giving my living room a royal appraisal. Her judgmental aura seemed to fill the place and when she let out a sigh, I could tell something had offended her sensibilities. I wondered if I should have been ashamed of just how much satisfaction I got from her lack of approval.

“So what the hell do you want?” I asked. “Since you ignored my first questions.”

“Aren’t you going to offer me anything?” she asked.

“What? What do you mean? Like what?”

“Coffee, tea, a soda…water. You’re a terrible hostess, Abigail. I thought I raised you better.”

You didn’t raise me at all!” I let the full force of my voice carry, not quite a yell, but with all my vocal training I could speak louder than most people could scream. “You can’t claim any of my qualities, good or bad.”

“And I’m still waiting for you to offer me something.”

“Jesus! Fine, what can I get you? Do you want something? Something soothing? Can I make you a damn espresso?”

“No, I’m fine. Thanks for asking.” She wandered into the kitchen and looked around before taking a seat at the dining room table. The plates were still out from my meal with David. “Wow, and you don’t clean up after yourself either?”

“If you came here to criticize me, then you can just take yourself right back out the door.” I gestured for the exit. “Maybe you didn’t notice I’m not thrilled to see you.”

“Really, Abigail, I’m shocked!” She sniffed indignantly. “I am your mother.”

“A biological accident, I’m sure.”

“We have a great deal to discuss. You must believe I came here for a reason.”

“I’d be lying to you if I said I cared, but since you’ve decided to interrupt my life, bring it on. What the hell do you want?”

“This is about your father. He made me promise something before you were born.” She picked at her jacket, keeping her eyes averted from me. “He told me if anything happened to him, then I was to give you some things when you turned thirty. I thought he was being ridiculous, but here we are.”

“My father wanted you to give me something.” I folded my arms over my chest. “People are coming out of the woodwork about dear old dad. What were you supposed to give me?”

“I don’t know, I lost it a long time ago.”

“And so ends another useless conversation with my mother.” I filled the honorific with as much sarcasm I could muster.

“There was more to it than just giving you something,” she replied, “and since I left, I’ve learned a great deal about him…about you…and about the man who killed him.”

My eyes widened. “This is all very ominous.” I was too shaken to be flippant, but I recovered quickly. I didn’t want her to see it. “I really need you to get to the point.”

“I understand you might have met him already. Ian Preiss is his name.”

“What?” My concern turned to skepticism. “How do you even know about him? Who put you up to this? Do you need money? Are you working for some tabloid?”

“This is not a laughing matter, Abigail.” The authority in her voice made me laugh.

“This reminds me of the time you were out on some drunken bender with one of your asshole boyfriends, came home after a week, and decided to scold me about a curfew you never told anyone about. Remember that? You always had a habit of being gone and expecting your made-up rules to be obeyed.”

“You really should be listening to me.”

“What I find most sad about this is that I trust Ian Preiss more than I trust you. I don’t know what your motivation is beyond proving you’re an irresponsible bitch. Trust me, I got that memo a long time ago. You don’t have to reinforce it now.”

“Abigail, you…”

“Will not listen to anything else. Get out!” I pointed at the door. “You’re not welcome here. Not now…not ever. If you show up again, I’ll call the cops.”

“But I—”

“You didn’t even come to your father’s funeral.” I shook my head. “Why should I care about anything you have to say?”

“This is important!”

“There were plenty of things you should’ve considered important. Now you get to live with the consequences…those being that I want nothing to do with you. I’m an adult now that made it despite you. Now…don’t make me tell you again.”

Mother set a card down on the table and tapped it. “In case you change your mind, that’s where I’m staying. Call me at any time…day or night. I’ll be there for another week.”

“You might want to make other plans.”

“I’ll go.” Mother stood up, pacing slowly across the living room. “I…I am proud of you. You’ve done very well.”

“Too bad it took you thirty years to give a shit.”

At the door, she cleared her throat, looking at me expectantly.

“Are you kidding?” I stormed over and threw it open. “Go!”

“We’ll speak soon, Abigail. Good night.”

The moment she was clear, I slammed the door and started to pace. She had always been a master of pissing me off, but this was literally her command performance. Someone must have put her up to it and the fact she brought up Ian made it all the more suspicious. Money had always been a problem for her, so it probably wouldn’t have taken much to convince her to mess with me.

A dangerous present, a frightening past, an uncertain future.     
 
Abigail Wright has learned a lot about her family’s history in a few short days. She’s also landed an amazing boyfriend, been reminded of how great her friends are, and knows her future should be brighter than ever. Unfortunately, Ian Preiss seems hell-bent on throwing a wrench in all her carefully laid plans.
The arrival of her mother encourages the Pillar representative to come clean on a variety of topics, not the least of which may be more shocking than Abby’s potential inheritance from her father. As one evening goes from strange to uncomfortable, a revelation might just be enough to alter Abby’s perspective on whether or not she can leave her destiny behind or embrace it fully.
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