#NewRelease Awakening by Stephanie Summers

The town of Willow Creek is seemingly free after Remy’s sacrifice set off a life-altering chain of events that resulted in the demise of most of the world’s vampire population. Sabine flees to her home afterwards, except her family has disappeared and a “For Sale” sign is planted in her front yard. Just when she thinks she’s lost it all, she’s summoned back to Willow Creek Manor. Confused, and almost certainly walking into a trap, she reluctantly returns, only to find that the king of vampires still lives… and he is none other than her Remy. The dead love of her life is alive, but he doesn’t quite seem like the same man. With the help of a witch, a ghost, and a longtime enemy, can Sabine bring back the man she fell in love with… or will she lose him forever? 

Tears threatened to wet her cheeks as she prepared to see Remy lying dead where she’d left him only a few hours before. A flash of fear rippled through her body. I really shouldn’t have come back here. I’m a Grade-A dumbass. I know it’s a trap. If it wasn’t, why wouldn’t Sam or Damen just tell me what was up? Or even Gretchen, for that matter? I should’ve just left town.

Pushing the ballroom doors open, a crowd of humans—once vampires—knelt with their backs toward her. Glancing to the spot where she’d left her love lying, her stomach knotted as the air, thick and stifling, closed in around her, threatening to take her breath away. The absence of his body tore through her like a bullet to the heart, hurting so much more than she’d anticipated. Trying to hold back the tears with a trembling lower lip, she sniffled once and looked in the direction everyone was facing. Swallowing hard, she tried to calm her nauseated stomach.

A glint of gold caught her eye, drawing her gaze to a large, ornate chair sitting on the raised platform. The same raised platform where she’d married Remy and almost been forced to marry Bastian not that long ago. Someone sat in the chair, but it wasn’t Damen like she’d expected.

Her gaze landed on the face of the one vampire she longed to see. Gasping, she cried out, “Remy!” Taking off as fast as she could toward him, the tears she’d tried to keep from falling streamed down her face and dripped onto her chest. He stood as she approached him. Throwing her arms around his neck, she hugged him as tight as she could, vowing never to leave his side again.

He’d showered and changed out of the ratty, old jeans he’d been imprisoned in. He wore boots, a clean pair of jeans that hung perfectly on his masculine frame, and a gray, just-tight-enough V-neck T-shirt that now sported a rather large wet spot from Sabine’s tears. His hair was pulled back loosely, exposing his chiseled jaw.
As she crashed into him, his body bowed slightly to accommodate the difference in height as she threw her arms around him, but stayed mostly still. His hands barely grazed her shoulders while he inhaled deeply. She expected him to embrace her tightly, not sniff her like a dog. This wasn’t a man acting as if he’d just come back from the dead who was eager to see his wife again. His touch was indifferent, at best.

She pulled back, looking intently at him. “What’s wrong with you?”

Stephanie Summers is a paranormal and contemporary romance author. She graduated from West Virginia University with a degree in accounting, though writing is her true passion. Stephanie seemed to always have a story or two or ten running around in her mind. At the ripe old age of 30, she finally decided it was time to put aside the thought that she didn't have what it took to write a novel and began writing her first story.

She has since started writing her first paranormal series, The Willow Creek Vampires Series, with Craving (Book #1) and Haunting (Book #2) available now and Awakening (Book #3) available December 29. Her short story, Love Forgotten, was chosen to be published in Stardust: A Futuristic Romance Collection, and another short story, Saved by the Bear, is available now. Her contemporary rock star romance, Take Me On, is scheduled to be released in early 2015.

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