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My name is Cameo Renae, USA Today Bestselling author of the Hidden Wings Series, the After Light Saga, In My Dreams duology, and Guarding Eden.
I recently released Guarding Eden, which is a spin-off of Hidden Wings BUT can be read without having previously read the Hidden Wings Series, but it is recommended to get the full experience.
There is an EXCERPT of Guarding Eden below.
THE HIDDEN WINGS SERIES
As her family's sole survivor in a car crash, Emma Wise, is distraught when she is sent to live with an estranged aunt in Alaska.
Secrets unveil themselves and now…she doesn't even know who or what she is. Her journey is just beginning, and an ancient prophecy is about to put her in terrible danger. She finds she’s a part of a hidden world filled with angels, fallen, and many more dark creatures. She’s smack dab in the middle of an ancient war.
Guarding Eden is a Hidden Wings Spin-off Series and a Midway Novel, but can be read without having read the Hidden Wings Series.
Intended for Ages 15 and over…
Tucked away at an upscale, private boarding school in Brindle Hollow, Washington, seventeen-year-old Eden East comes face to face with a hideous creature on her walk back to her dorm. Shaken to her core, she's left questioning the world around her, and soon finds herself entering a friendship with a hot, new student named Alexander.
Little does she know, Alex is a Guardian Angel, sent from Midway to protect her from those dangerous creatures—known as Darkling—lurking in the forest outside Brindle Hall. It isn’t long before Alex learns this is no ordinary assignment. Eden’s existence holds a secret; something hidden from even herself.
Eden is thrust into a world where Fallen angels and creatures of the Underworld will stop at nothing to catch her. With Alex at her side and a little help from some of his old friends, they form a formidable front against the enemy.
Hopefully, it’s not too little, too late.
Guarding Eden Excerpt:
Then, I heard a sound, and a horrible stench wafted towards me. My stomach twisted inside and goosebumps raised the hair over my entire body. My senses seemed to automatically be on alert.
As I came up to the side of the dorm, I pressed my back against the tall brick wall.
What if it was a black bear? Or a rabid coyote?
I glimpsed around the building, and there were approximately one hundred yards between me and the door to safety. I quickly dug through my purse and pulled out the only weapon of defense I had—a can of pepper spray my mother had given me before I’d left home. It was so old, I wasn’t even sure it would work.
An unsettling growl filled the air. It was deep and sent a cold shiver up my spine, coming right from the direction I was supposed to run. There was no other way in, except to scale the wall or head around back, where there was an emergency door. But if anyone tried to use it, alarms would go off.
Dammit. I had to see what I was up against. If need be, I’d run around the entire school, hoping I could beat the growling beast and save myself.
Thank God I didn’t accept any drinks, and I also happened to be a decent runner.
One eye, Eden. That’s all I needed to peek and see what the hell it was.
Slowly inching my eye beyond the corner of the building, I glimpsed a dark figure. It wasn’t an animal, or was it? Its limbs were gangly, and the body was hunched over. It had long stringy hair, and its skin was pasty white.
Just as I thought to run around the back of the building, it raised its face to the sky, sniffing the air. I could see its sunken eyes, black as night.
I jerked back around the corner, breathing heavily. I’d never seen anything like it—a deep, dark nightmare come to life.
I was in trouble.
My heart was racing, and my palms were sweating. With trembling legs, my brain reminded me of how unbelievably idiotic I was for being outside alone.
Could it be a vampire? Forks wasn’t too far from here, and seeing this creature made me wonder if those folks from Twilight were actually real. But if it was true, then why was this vampire so grotesque and creepy as hell? It looked like the kind that would rip your heart out and hold the beating organ in front of you, so it’d be the last thing you saw before you kicked the bucket.
I couldn’t make a run for it. Given the length of the creature's limbs, it’d probably be on me in seconds.
Where the hell was the security officer? Did he get eaten?
Oh my God. What if he did?
This would be all over the news in the morning, and I would be the only witness. Before I could worry about it anymore, the creature’s footsteps dragged closer, and my limbs became weighted with fear.
Placing my finger on the pepper spray trigger, I waited. It must have known I was close because the growls were getting louder. I could barely breathe; my heart was beating so hard I thought it was going to rip from my chest and run away.
Then, a most disturbing, nightmarish voice whispered, “I smell you.”
Oh, hell no!
My knees almost buckled, my body trembled uncontrollably. This thing would haunt my nightmares for the rest of my life. If I survived.
The creature had spoken though, which put it in the human category. And I was pretty sure it was talking to me. It smelled me. It must have been that stupid perfume I borrowed from Trissa. I didn’t even like it, but she’d insisted. Damn her and her smelly perfume.
The air was thick with its stench, and the only sounds I could hear were the heavy breaths and rumbles from deep inside the monster's chest. Its lengthy feet dragged across the gravel, raising my awareness and anxiety.
It was getting closer, and the thought of impending doom anchored my feet in place. My nose was tingling, my eyes watering from the horrid smell. I tried to hold my breath because if I didn’t, I’d gag and possibly vomit.
Either way, I decided I couldn’t stand here and let it kill me. I had to at least fight—make an effort to survive.
I took in a deep breath and willed my legs to move. Then, like the cops I’d seen in the movies, I pivoted my legs until they were spread apart, holding the pepper spray out in front of me.
The creature’s dark eyes snapped to me, filled with what I could only describe as pure evil. A sinister snarl revealed sharp teeth. Its fingers were long and bony, with sharp claws at each end. Claws that were ready to rip my heart out.
“Go away!” I shouted, but my voice was weak, shaking just as much as the rest of me.
Instead of doing what I willed it to do, it crouched, then bounded in my direction. Before it reached me, I screamed and pressed the trigger.