Sunday, May 5, 2013

Party Pavilion Exclusive Excerpt

Party Pavilion Exclusive Excerpt from Death Lies Between Us!

For Goddess Fish Readers Only, here is a never before seen excerpt from Death Lies Between Us by Jody A Kessler.

Death Lies Between Us is a New Adult Paranormal Romance and new release from Crescent Moon Press. It is the first book in the series, An Angel Falls. The second book in the series, Angel Dreams, has just been signed with Crescent Moon Press and is due out in early 2014!

The back cover blurb

Saving the life of someone you love should not be the worst thing you have ever done, unless you are an Angel of Death.

Disgruntled with his position in the afterlife and conflicted by his feelings toward his new client, Nathaniel Evans forgoes the rules and saves nineteen year old Juliana Crowson from being hopelessly stuck in Forge Creek. This alters Juliana’s destiny and she finds herself in a series of near death accidents.

In the mountains of Colorado, Nathaniel comforts Juliana as she struggles to understand her paranormal abilities while coping with her brother’s drug addiction. When an ill-tempered Native American Shaman teaches her the difference between ghosts and place memories, she decides she wants nothing to do with the supernatural world. Too bad she doesn’t know that Nathaniel is part of it.

Will fate bring these two together, or has Nathaniel made the biggest mistake of his afterlife?


(Here’s the set up — Angel of Death, Nathaniel Evans watches his new client, Juliana Crowson as she becomes stuck in Forge creek. In this scene he decides the consequences of rescuing his client from the freezing water may be worth it. This is the first time they meet in person.)

I wait until she’s looking the other way and then I will myself into visible form.

Her head turns in my direction and she simultaneously jerks and screams, “Holy mother! Where did you come from?” She clutches her chest as if she’s trying to stop her heart from popping out.

I see her pulse racing under her left ear where her hair is pushed back and I like the frenzied beat of it. My own pulse quickens, although I know mine doesn’t show.

She shakes herself and apologizes, “Sorry, I didn’t see you coming.”

“Most people don’t.”

She gives me a quizzical look.
I’m not sure what propelled me to answer her that way. But then again, I’m not sure about anything I’m doing when it comes to her. Marcus, my mentor, would have something to say about this. I put that punishing image in the back of my mind and try to correct by saying, “No one’s ever called me Holy Mother before.”

Light rose creeps over her pale cheeks making me want to embarrass her again.

I try to give her a friendly smile, but it feels awkward. I look away from her warm face. “Having some difficulty?” I direct my gaze at her leg.

“Actually, yes. I’m hopelessly stuck. Do you mind? You’ll probably get all wet, but I’ve tried and tried and I think I’m making it worse. Can you believe it? What a weird thing to happen. I’m sorry, I’m rambling. I’ll shut up now.”

“That’s not necessary,” I tell her, but it’s too late. She clamps down her lips and watches me as I approach. She’s nervous, or excited, maybe both. Is it me? Does she know what I am? I don’t have time to dwell on it. I step into the water, making my physical appearance as believable as possible. It takes an enormous amount of effort to do it, but I want to act, and look, like a normal person.

“Are you ready?”

She nods.

A thick sucking sound follows and she pulls her leg free. I let the rock fall back into place with a small splash.

She hobbles away like a lame doe. “Ohhh, thank you!” she breathes out, and then eases down onto the grassy slope of the bank.

Stepping out of the creek, I watch as she takes off her wet boot and peels off her sock.

“Is your foot going to survive?”

“I’m not sure. It’s too cold to feel anything.”

“How about the rest of you?”

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Debby said...

Messing with fate can cause lots of problems. INtriguing.
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Jody A Kessler said...

Yes! Thanks. A lot does happen