Title: A Dance with Darkness
Author: Courtney Allison Moulton
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Release date: January 2, 2013
There were shadows in this alley that no light touched, and where there was no light, anything could hide.
At the end of the fourteenth century, angelic reapers struggle to defend London against a legion of the demonic who have their sights set on claiming human souls and ancient relics for a dark purpose. Madeleine, a young but powerful warrior, is duty-bound to fight the demonic, and she lives for this pursuit above all else. Then, on a routine night of tracking, she is ambushed by a cadre of reapers and, though she defeats them all, she is left wounded and at the mercy of their lord, the notorious Bastian.
Madeleine is astonished when Bastian lets her live. She goes deeper into the world of the demonic and is shocked to meet him again-this powerful reaper whose touch makes her restless and gives her a thrill unlike anything else. When they fall into a dangerous clandestine affair, her head and her heart must wage their war: can their love overcome his demonic nature? Will her dance with darkness burn her or bring Bastian into the light?
With scorching romance and fantastic action, this original novella is a prequel to Courtney Allison Moulton's gripping and epic Angelfire series.
Courtney Allison Moulton on A Dance with Darkness:
I know, right? It has been excruciating to keep this a secret. I've said before how much I'd love to tell Madeleine's and Bastian's story, and I'm still jumping for joy to know my amazing publisher HarperCollins is as excited as I am. ADWD is dark - very dark - and more adult than my other books. It's also blisteringly sexy, so sexy that I'm pretty surprised I got away with this. But it's also heart-wrenching, and if you've read my previous books then you know what becomes of these characters in the end. While ADWD stands on its own quite well, those who have read my previous books will appreciate this story even more.
I can't tell you how much I've enjoyed writing from Madeleine's perspective and I totally have a girl crush on her now. She is badass through and through, and probably the strongest character I've ever written. She's so smart and resourceful - not to mention a little fireball of asskickery - but she learns when to take what she wants and when to make sacrifices for the good of others. Without being too spoilery, her son is a main character in the Angelfire series, and they are so much alike. There are very subtle things here and there that I think may make readers smile, thinking of him. Madeleine lives for battle and for heart-pounding thrills - the most of which she finds in Bastian. Talk about a forbidden affair.
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