Tainted (Demon Within #1)
by Ginna Moran
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance/Fantasy
Release Date: June 30th 2016
Sunny Palms Press
Summary from Goodreads:
Seventeen-year-old Cami Anders uses one word to describe her life: Purgatory. What she doesn’t know is she’s closer to Hell than she thinks.
On the run from the demon that killed her parents, Cami struggles to find her place on the fringes of the Veiled Realm, the part of the world where demons and other creatures lurk in the shadows. Striving to find a normal life in the care of a former demon hunter, who would punch even an angel to protect her, is harder than Cami ever imagined. There’s nothing ordinary about sipping holy water like it’s her beverage of choice, having stare-downs with animalistic demons, and relying on a hunter with enough secrets to fill an ocean to keep her soul safe.
When the demon from Cami’s past arrives to collect her soul, which he believes is rightfully his, she must unravel the secrets her protector has spent the last three years keeping from her. She finds herself questioning her existence and learns that running isn’t the answer. The only way to find normalcy is if she fights for it. But is it worth the risk of losing everything, including her soul, in the end?
I somersault backwards, throwing my legs over my head before the demon shoves its tusks into my side. I land on my knees and jump back to my feet, disoriented from the sudden movement.
The demon roars.
I watch in horror as it rises on two legs. Its small forelegs now look like T-Rex arms except its claws don’t look like they can bend to grab onto me. They look like chicken feet with talon-sharp nails.
The demon waddles toward me, and I crouch low, spreading my arms wide to maintain my balance. I angle my arm into a hook and thrust my dagger out, ripping the demon’s underbelly. Black goo sprays out like a fountain, coating my face and hair with its awful smelling slime. My chest heaves as I fight the urge to gag. I swipe my sleeve over my mouth to wipe away the demon blood as best I can.
The demon falls over, its legs twitching, trying to stabilize itself. I jump to my feet and kick it onto its stomach to let the blood pour out faster. It claws at the ground, realizing that it can’t outmatch me. Before it can flee, I ram my dagger straight into the back of its skull. The demon drops to the ground, unmoving. God, this is disgusting.
I step back and watch the demon dissolve into a runny mess. Come dawn, the sun will take care of the rest of the cleanup. At least it’s one less thing I’ll have to worry about.
About the Author
Ginna Moran is the author of the Destined for Dreams and Finding Nate series. She lives in Austin, Texas but is originally from Southern California.
When she realized her love of writing was her life’s passion, she studied literature and writing at Mira Costa College in Northern San Diego. Besides writing novels, she was the senior editor, content manager, and image coordinator for Crescent House Publishing Inc. for four years.
Aside from Ginna’s professional life, she enjoys binge watching television shows, playing pretend with her daughter, and cuddling with her dogs. Some of her favorite things include chocolate, anything that glitters, digital design work, and organizing her bookshelves.
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