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TITLE: The Acropolis (Acropolis #1)
AUTHOR: R.K. Ryals
PUBLISHED: 28th March 2012
GENRE: YA Fantasy/Romance
“We have a new assignment for you, Mr. Reinhardt.”
These words are not comforting to me. At eighteen, I am a gargoyle who has been demoted because I broke the rules. Now I have a new mission, a new mark to protect. But I don’t expect Emma Chase. I don’t expect to question my own race. I don’t expect to care for my own mark. And I am not prepared for what I find at The Acropolis.
Emma Chase POV
“This is Emma Chase, Mother. Emma, this is my mother, Beatrice Reinhardt. Bea,” Conor says firmly, his tone laced with warning. Bea’s gaze moves between us before taking in the solid grip Conor has on my arms. I am shaking.
“Is she injured?” Bea asks.
Both Conor and Will shake their heads. Bea sighs, moving aside as she opens the door wider. I catch a glimpse of stained concrete floors. Large potted plants stand like sentinels on each side of the door. Roach, wrapped in a silk, pink robe that only comes to his knees, stands crossly about a foot behind Conor’s mom. I hear Will snigger. I don’t want to go inside the house.
“It’s going to be fine, Em,” Conor whispers into my ear. Bea watches us thoughtfully. I don’t move.
“Oh, for God’s sake!” Bea exclaims before stepping outside and pulling me effortlessly out of Conor’s embrace. My heart rate goes through the roof, and my skin warms.
“Hurt me, and I’ll kill you,” Bea says sweetly when I start pulling at her arm.
Her words don’t make me struggle any less. She is shorter than I am, coming only to my neck in her heels. It should comfort me, but it doesn’t.
“It’s a fight response,” Roach says callously. “I tried telling your son that in Atlanta, but he felt the need to hurry off without any preparation. One of these days, he’s going to get someone killed.”
“Shut up, Roach,” Conor growls. “There wasn’t time for your medical mumble jumble. And nothing you could have done would’ve helped.” Conor looks at his mother. “The girl’s body rejects all medication.”
They are talking about me as if I’m not present, and it is scary how much they know about me.
“S-s-so you are a d-doctor?” I ask, my gaze on Roach. He doesn’t look old enough to be a doctor. Twenty-something, maybe. His eyes narrow.
“No, I study monsters.”
I am a Native Mississippian who started writing in elementary school. I was a reserved child who threw away almost everything I wrote. Later, when I was older, I discovered the crumpled pieces of my work in a box in my mother’s hope chest. When I asked her why she saved the work, she replied, “What you considered trash, I considered genius.” It has been my motto ever since. My mother passed in 2005. She is missed. I am the scatterbrained (no lie) mother of three, and I live in Mississippi with my husband, three divalicious daughters and a female shitszu (also a diva) named Tinkerbell. My poor husband! Redemption is a three book series following young, brash Dayton Blainey. The first two books are now available on Amazon.com for kindle and in print.
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