Search for Fire
An Urban Fantasy
by Ally Shields
A young witch, hunted by demons, in a desperate search for the truth behind a prophecy.
Vivid nightmares haunt guardian witch Arianna Calin, igniting memories of the demon attacks seven years ago…and the threats against her daughter Rayne. An ancient evil is rising, and a future battle is foretold by the prophecy marking Rayne as its Chosen. Only the star witches hidden in Tuscany, Italy, have the answers to the mysterious prophecy. She has to find them…while there’s still time.
For the vampire warlock Andreas De Luca, his wife’s dream visions couldn’t come at a worse time. While he will do anything to protect Rayne and Ari, the vampire world is restless, old territorial rivalries are rising, and he’s caught in the middle of danger and betrayal. If he leaves the country with his wife and daughter, his people in Riverdale will be vulnerable to attack without their blood-bonded prince to lead them.
In Italy, Rayne is hunted by a demonic spirit determined to destroy her, and the search for answers pulls the family apart just as they need each other the most. Evil forces are gathering, and Rayne is directly in their sights…
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Ari’s eyes flew open, her heart pounding. “No! Never, devil’s spawn!” She snatched the dagger under her pillow and slashed at the darkness, her blade cutting a vicious arc. A steely grip caught her wrist and turned the razor-sharp edges away.
“Cara mia, it’s only a nightmare.” Andreas pulled her tightly against his chest. “It’s not real.”
She let him take the weapon, but the foul, sulphuric stench of demonkin seemed to fill her senses. Shaking her head, she fought her way free and shot out of bed. Andreas called her name as she raced into the hallway. But blonde strands whipped against her cheeks as if aligned with the residual fear that drove her. At the first turn, she slapped her hand against the wall to check her speed, slid around the corner, and threw open the second door on the connecting hall.
And finally sucked in a ragged breath.
Moonlight streamed across the bed of a sleeping child of twelve in a gray tee-shirt and pink shorty pj bottoms, her dark, silky hair spread across the pillow, her gangly legs half-covered by a sheet. A snow-white Siamese mix curled next to the girl and looked up, lazily blinking large green cat eyes. Two male lions, startled by the disturbance, snarled as they sprang to their feet, then sat on their haunches when they recognized the intruder.
From behind her, Andreas placed his hands on his wife’s shoulders, flooding her with reassuring warmth.
“She is fine, Arianna. Nothing is wrong.”
Ari nodded mutely. Her heart still pounded. Just a bad dream. Another terrible vision. Revving the intensity up a notch with lurid detail. She swiped a hand at the beaded sweat on her forehead.
“You’re trembling. It must have been bad this time,” he murmured. His arms slid around her, his voice enfolding her in a lyrical hint of Italy and a touch of vampire glamour.
“Yes.” She breathed out the single hushed word and leaned against him for a moment while struggling to conquer those awful images. Ari swallowed and squared her shoulders, giving the cats, big and small, an apologetic look. “Sorry, guys. A bad night.”
Only it was more than that.
Meet Ally Shields
After a career in law and juvenile justice, Ally Shields turned to full-time fiction writing in 2009 and currently has fifteen published urban fantasy/paranormal novels.
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Other published works by Ally Shields:
Embers of Fire (Guardian Witch Legacy #1)
Awakening the Fire (Guardian Witch 1)
Fire Within (Guardian Witch 2)
Burning Both Ends (Guardian Witch 3)
Blood and Fire (Guardian Witch 4)
Fire Storm (Guardian Witch 5)
Wild Fire (Guardian Witch 6)
Eternal Fires (Guardian Witch 7)
Cross Keys (An Elvenrude Novel)
Cross Keys: Revelation (Elvenrude Trilogy Novel 2)
Cross Keys: Unity (Elvenrude Trilogy Novel 3)
Ghost Walking (Maggie York Paranormal Mystery 1)
Ghost Witching (Maggie York Paranormal Mystery 2)
Ghost Haunting (Maggie York Paranormal Mystery 3)
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The next episodes will be available on January 2.