(A Halven Rising Novel, Book 1) Fantasy Adventure
Come of age, come into power
“and exciting new fantasy adventure series…” ~ Library Journal.
The back cover blurb —
Elena Rosales has busted her ass to get into a good college. She’s the only one in her family ever to attend, and expectations are high. No pressure. But Elena’s got this one in the bag, because she’s as dependable as the molecules she studies, as reliable as the chemical reactions that comfort her in their predictability. Until they don’t.
Elena has always wondered why her mother abandoned her on her first birthday. It’s not until she turns eighteen and her chemistry experiments go berserk that she learns the truth: Her mother wasn’t human, and the Fae are willing to harm those Elena loves if she doesn’t use her power over the elements to cure them of a deadly disease.
Derek, Elena’s brooding neighbor, isn’t the friendliest guy, but he has access to an off-hours lab and is willing to help Elena create the antivirus. He has his own secrets to keep, and this business Elena is mixed up in could blow his cover. But when Elena and Derek get together, more than chemicals spark fire—and they soon discover just how complicated attraction can get when they find themselves on the other side of the portal, fighting for survival. Lives collide, and allegiance and love are tested, in Fates Divided.
A taste of what’s inside:
“Why Dawson University? Why not plop your portal to Emain someplace remote?”
Keen’s mouth quirked. “You don’t believe your university—situated amongst agricultural fields—remote?”
“I’m talking really remote. Like the Gobi Desert or the Himalayan mountain range.”
“A natural energy field plumes below the campus, spreading wide from coast to highland. The energy field allows us to maintain portals with minimal magic. Humans are interested in energy conservation; the concept shouldn’t be foreign to you. As for the setting, we built a university because it provides an ideal monitoring station.”
A shiver slid across her ribs like invisible fingers. The Fae had built Dawson? No wonder they had access to the buildings.
“What are you monitoring?”
He leaned forward as if divulging a secret, a lock of pale hair falling across his cheek. “The Halven.”
Derek inched closer—close enough to touch without touching.
Keen straightened and shrugged one shoulder. “As Portia said, millennia ago, angels mated with humans and created the Fae.” He turned the knob to the Fae classroom without opening it. “Fae only mate with Fae. At times, they’ve lain with humans and created a diluted, lesser being, the Halven. It doesn’t happen often. Fae do not generally desire humans. But when it happens, we must watch the offspring for signs of abilities.”
Doesn’t happen often? Must happen enough that they’d built the university.
Derek snorted. “Sounds like some serious denial you’ve got going on there, buddy.”
Keen shot him a look and opened the door.
Before Elena could walk through, Derek pulled her aside and spoke low in her ear. “Mating with humans? Tirnan and the Fae realm?” He shook his head. “We stick together inside Fae-U, got it?”
Elena wet her chapped lips. The things Keen had said, Derek’s deep voice in her ear and the protective way he’d been acting toward her—all equally distracting.
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A RITA-nominated author, Jules Barnard began her publishing career in 2014 with Deep Blue, the first book in the contemporary Blue Series, hitting bestseller lists on Amazon, iBooks, and All Romance. In 2015, she launched Fates Divided, the first of a romantic fantasy series Library Journal calls “…an exciting new fantasy adventure.” Whether she’s writing about beautiful Lake Tahoe, or a Fae world embedded in a college campus, Jules spins suspenseful stories filled with realistic characters who have heart and humor.
When Jules isn’t in her sweatpants writing and rewarding herself with chocolate, she spends her time with her husband and two children in their small hometown on the California coast. She credits herself with the ability to read while running on the treadmill or burning dinner.
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