The Eden Series
Genre: Contemporary Fantasy/Paranormal
Publisher: Kensington/Lyrical Press
Date of Publication: 12/8/2015
ISBN: Ebook 978-1-61650-989-7 /
ISBN: Print 978-1-61650-990-3
Number of pages: 233
Word Count: 88,373
Cover Artist: Fiona Jayde
In a world divided by war, falling in love is the ultimate betrayal.
Galena Shantos has never questioned her loyalty to Eden. As sister to the Myren king, she serves as a healer, one of the best in the army fighting to suppress the brutal Lomos Rebellion. She’s never doubted the importance of stopping the rebels bent on enslaving humans, until she spots a warrior across enemy lines—and knows instinctively that their destinies are entwined. . .
Rebellion warrior Reese Theron has nothing left to lose. He’s been forced to fight on the wrong side of a war he abhors in order to protect his family secret. His honor lost, as well as the trust of his own people, Reese has thrown himself into a battle he cannot possibly hope to survive. But after being rescued by a beautiful woman whose exquisite eyes seem to see him for more than the traitor he’s become—he may have just found a new reason to live. . .
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A lightning bolt sheared past Reese into the smoke-filled night sky and left an acrid stench in its wake. Streaks of fire and blue-white fingers of electricity flared so bright he could barely focus. He wasn’t getting out of this. Not this battle, or this life, with any modicum of honor.
Darting through the air, he dodged another electrical strike.
An elite flashed into view and swung wide, his bloodied dagger aimed at Reese’s gut.
Reese barrel-rolled up and over his attacker, wrapped him in a chokehold, and masked their presence from the rest of the fighters. Praise the Great One, he should be fighting beside this warrior, not against him.
The warrior flailed and tried to break free, the lack of footing giving him zero leverage. He slumped, unconscious, into Reese’s ready hold seconds later.
He lowered them both to the tree line at the battle’s edge, out of site from the rebels. The man couldn’t be more than twenty years outside his awakening. Probably barely into his elite torc and cuffs. Beneath Reese’s fingers, the man’s pulse thrummed slow, but steady. At least this innocent’s death wouldn’t be on his conscience.
A twenty-five-foot wall of flame exploded across the open field and rattled the air and earth around them. The bright flare faded under heavy night, and more rebellion warriors thunked to the mottled field.
The sharp rustle of leaves against the forest floor sounded down the tree line, one quick shift and then silence.
Reese backed deeper into the foliage and strengthened the mask that kept him hidden. It couldn’t be a rebellion man. All those were engaged against the malran’s warriors. Focusing his thoughts, he sought the soulless black thread that represented the link he’d grudgingly created with Maxis Steysis, and traced his location.
No, not the rebellion leader either. His energy showed more than ten miles to the east, well away from the fight. Reese levitated off the forest floor and floated through the trees. Gnarled and leafless branches scraped his cheek and shoulders. Darkness enveloped him, broken only by the bright attacks where the forest opened to the battle beyond.
There. Not five feet from the tree line, a figure knelt facing the battle.
He drifted closer. The sweet, damp scent of soil and decomposing leaves overpowered the metallic residue of electrical strikes floating on the wind. Grunts, shouts, and the too-frequent thuds of perished men sounded in a haphazard pattern.
A flash spotlighted long, auburn hair. A woman. Bowed over a body, she cradled a fallen companion’s head in her lap.
Reese angled to better see her and nearly faltered in holding his mask. His heart kicked in an awkward rhythm and reality faded to nothingness. Galena Shantos, sister to the malran. The last person he wanted to witness his disgrace.
Seventy years since he’d seen her this close. Her elegant features were still as staggering as the days when he’d trained to serve the malran, but there was more to her now. A confidence in the way she protected her charge and watched the battle. Knowledge behind her tropical blue-green eyes that spoke of experience and age.
And he fought alongside the men who battled her brother.
Galena flinched at another blast and hugged the limp body she cradled tight. As the light dimmed, she uncurled from her burden.
Another woman, her long blond hair stark against Galena’s black tunic and leggings, and her sightless eyes aimed at the heavens.
No. Surely not. Reese crept closer, pressure building at his temples. The zings and thunder of battle rumbled louder, and his gut clenched.
Phybe. She’d been alive when Reese left her, tucked away in a zeolite mine where Maxis couldn’t trace her link. He touched down in the thick carpet of leaves at Galena’s right and dropped his mask. “I failed her.”
Galena jerked and reached for something beneath one leg. “Who are you?”
Smudges marked Phybe’s ashen face, her blue gown torn and satin slippers stained. Somehow Maxis had found her and finished the job he’d sent Reese to do. “He’ll kill me for trying to save her.”
More strikes burst through the thick residual smoke, the malran’s fighters airborne and casting one attack after another. Fewer than twenty rebellion men still lived, half retreating north.
“A cause that fights without honor isn’t worth fighting, is it?” he said.
Galena straightened and squared her shoulders. “I’d have a hard time counting on honor from any man who fights with Maxis.”
“You’re right. I gave that up the moment I agreed to his schemes.” He crouched beside them.
Galena tensed and tightened her grip on whatever she hid beneath her leg.
Reese palmed Phybe’s forehead, cool and lifeless. May your journey be swift and your spirit find peace with The Great One. The same Myren prayer he’d offered his mother when she’d drawn her last breath. He stepped back. Maybe it was time to find his own peace. On his own terms. “You don’t remember me do you?”
She shook her head. A terse, barely-there jerk as she eased from beneath her dead charge, crouched on the balls of her feet and coiled for escape.
“My name is Reese Theron.”
She froze, flashes of light from the battle winking off the edge of her blade. She assessed him head to toe, no spark of recognition.
Maybe if he’d been braver all those years ago, he’d have had a chance with her. Or broken his vow and killed Maxis himself when he’d had the chance. He shook the memories off. He’d taken the wrong path and now it was time to pay. “Call your guards. Make sure they know you’re in danger.”
A gunshot rattled the skies and a woman’s blood-curdling scream sounded across the battlefield.
Galena lurched to a stand and then stopped, zigzagging her attention between the shouts along the battlefield and Phybe’s body.
Now was his chance. Either he took the brave farewell, or he’d die by Maxis’ hands. “Your face is a good one to remember. Go with The Great One, Galena.” He shot to the sky and built a violent ball of energy in his palm, sharp tendrils darting from its center. Drawing back, he aimed the bogus attack at Galena. Surely The Great One would understand.
An elite guard spun from across the skies and drew back for counter- attack.
Reese braced for impact.
A streak of auburn flashed below him. Galena, spearing through the air, her trajectory centered between the elite and Reese.
The energy in his palm fizzled. Not her. Not Galena.
Lightning fired from the elite’s palm, sheered past Galena’s cheek, and pierced his shoulder. He jerked and spasmed, locked in place by the force of the strike. Blue-black spots dotted his vision and his lungs seized.
A woman’s scream ripped through the air.
Wind whipped around him, dead weight as he fell, and darkness took
About the Author:
Rhenna Morgan writes for the same reason she reads—to escape reality.
Yes, her life rocks—two beautiful little girls, a great husband, a steady job, and the kind of friends that would take you out back if you hurt her. But, like most women, she’s got obligations stacked tight from dusk to dawn. So, when the world gets her down, she slips into something…less realistic.
Romance is a must. So is a steamy romp (or four). Nothing thrills her more than the fantasy of new, exciting worlds, strong, intuitive men, and the sigh of, “Oh if only that could happen to me.”
So, if you’re picking up one of her books, expect portals into alternate realms and men who’ll fight to keep the women they want. Romantic escape for the women who need it.
Where are you from?
I live in Tulsa, Oklahoma. If you’re not familiar with the area, a lot of people refer to it as Green Country, which is pretty accurate. Unlike Oklahoma City which is more central to the state, Tulsa is closer to the Northeast corner and has a lot more hills than some of our “plains” neighbors.
Tell us your latest news?
Well, you’ve probably figured out that Healing Eden, book two in The Eden Series is now live! Even more exciting is that we have an official date for book three, Waking Eden, slated for July 26th, 2016. Not nearly as long of a wait as what we had between books one and two. I expect the final book, Eden’s Deliverance, to follow about six months after.
When and why did you begin writing?
You know that little voice in your head that keeps after you to do things? That’s how writing romance was for me. I’ve been a writer for as long as I can remember—short stories in school, music, you name it! Every time I’d pick up a book (which was, and still is, often), that little voice would tell me, “You should write a book.” Finally, I gave in…and it was magic. I haven’t quit since.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
You know, I have to give Kristen Lamb props on this one. (For those of you who don’t know, she’s a social media maven who’s encouraged, nurtured, guided all kinds of writers over the last several years.) I’d been writing about a year and was shopping my book for an agent. During one of her online conferences, she said, “If you’re writing, you’re a writer. There is no aspiring writer. You either are, or you’re not.”
You know what? She’s right. And after that moment, when people would ask me, “What do you do?” I’d answer, “I’m a writer.”
What inspired you to write your first book?
The aforementioned voice. Now, granted, it took about two years of that voice nudging me to try. I’d been selling real estate at the time, which gave me LOADS of time to daydream. The story I played with as I drove around fed a lot of the first book in The Eden Series, Unexpected Eden.
Do you have a specific writing style?
Hmmm. That’s tough. So far, I’m a third person writer, and tend to show both the hero and the heroine’s point of view. What’s a little different for some people, is that I also show the villain. Call me weird, but as a reader, I kind of like watching the two threads and their impending collision. It kind of turns me into the gawking bystander and draws me deeper into the story.
How did you come up with the title?
Ack. Titles. Sometimes they’re super easy and sometimes they’re the very devil. Surprisingly, after coming up with Unexpected Eden’s title, all the other stories in the series have been easy peasy. I just figured out what the main focus of the story was—in this case, healing, or redemption—and plunked it at the front.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Always. And for this book in particular, it’s super important. No one is beyond redemption.
How much of the book is realistic?
Well, in terms of the world, probably not much. Healing Eden takes place almost exclusively in Eden and they’ve got some mighty impressive powers. After reading the story, though, some of my beta readers have said they’ve caught themselves wondering if they have their own Spiritu.
Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Not in this one. In book one, Lexi dreaming of her powers came from a dream I’d had, but that’s the only tie to the series. The rest is all purely Rhenna’s overactive (and sometimes wishful) imagination.
What books have most influenced your life most?
In the paranormal genre, I’d say Christine Feehan’s Dark series, and JR Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood. Those were the two that really sparked my imagination and made me think beyond the real world. They’re both extremely creative and beautiful writers.
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
Oh, boy. Here comes my girl crush. J
Hands down, Kristen Ashely. I love her writing, and I love her books, but more than that, she just seems to be a kick ass lady. Very genuine and open, and someone I’d love to model myself after.
What book are you reading now?
I’m just about to start the third book in one of my close writer pal’s latest contemporary series, The Gilded Chain by Lauren Smith. Lauren writes all kinds of romance—Paranormal, Contemporary, and Historical. She definitely keeps our local writers group hopping.
Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
I’m not sure if you can call her new or not. Maybe new to me? We started publishing around the same time, but Juliette Cross is the bomb on paranormal. Everything I’ve read from her I’ve gobbled up in no time. Seriously, if you love well written stories with heroes to freaking DIE for, grab one of her books. Anything. Seriously, she’s that good.
What are your current projects?
At the moment, I’m halfway through writing the final book in The Eden Series, Eden’s Deliverance, but I’ve also got a new contemporary series in the works. It’s The Haven Brotherhood series and my husband loving refers to it as, “The Crossfire series meets Sons of Anarchy.” J
What would you like my readers to know?
My stories are all about escapism. Like most women today, I’ve got more irons in the fire than I know what to do with. When I read, I want to turn all of that off. I want a heroine who’s smart. I want an alpha hero who will sweep me off my feet along with the heroine and make me sigh. So, if that’s your gig too, I’m pretty sure you’ll enjoy the stories I’ve lined up. I hope you’ll pick up a copy of Healing Eden, and if you haven’t already, it’s predecessor, Unexpected Eden. Everyone deserves a trip to paradise, right?
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