Author: Kate Evangelista
Publisher: Omnific Publishing
Release: September 17, 2013
Age Group: Young Adult Event organized by: AToMR Tours;
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When Death is stabbed with a dagger that sucks out his powers, Balthazar is
roped into helping him find the Redeemer, the only one who can remove the
dagger. But nothing is free in the Underverse. For travelling to the most
dangerous places in the Underverse, Balthazar asks Death for control of the
Arianne was ready to pay Death’s price to save Niko. She was ready to be
blind with no memory of the boy she loves. Instead, she wakes up in a strange
room, still able to see and with Niko in a deep sleep. She agrees to work with
Balthazar on the condition: Death needs to wake Niko. But Arianne soon finds out
that helping the bad guy means having to do lots of bad things.
“I’m guessing you’re a regular here.”
Balthazar had his eyes closed when he answered, “Back in the day. All work
and no play and all that. Solara’s not so bad, if you take away her tendency to
eat her lovers.”
Arianne dropped the rose and blinked. Then she shrugged. “Can’t say I didn’t
see that one coming. But you survived.”
“Only because I wasn’t stupid enough to stay the night. Niko, on the other
hand…” Balthazar stopped suddenly, like he'd caught himself about to say
“Niko what?” Arianne’s voice grew very soft. Her chest deflated. When
Balthazar didn’t say anything, she rephrased her question, “What about Niko?”
Balthazar opened one eye to look at her before he grimaced. “Slip of the
tongue. Forget about it.”
Arianne rushed the couch and thumped Balthazar’s chest, completely forgetting
he didn’t like to be touched.
“Don’t growl at me,” she said, but took a step back just in case. Those fangs
did look like they could cause some serious hurt if they sank into her skin.
“Just finish what you already started and I’ll shut up about it.”
Balthazar tsked before he closed his eyes again and settled back into the
couch like he hadn’t been ready to pounce a second ago. He breathed in deeply
then exhaled slowly. Arianne waited, twisting her fingers together.
“There are some things you’re better off not knowing, little girl,” he
“I’m not a little girl anymore, Balthazar. If it’s about Niko then I have the
right to know.”
He opened his eyes and locked gazes with her. “No, actually you don’t.”
“I need to know.”
A shiver ran down Arianne’s back by the way he stared at her, like he was
measuring her worth. She steeled herself. Whatever he had to say about Niko she
would accept without judging. She promised herself that.
Balthazar moved his gaze from her to the ceiling before he closed his eyes
again. “Niko frequented this place as much as I did. In fact, we even came
together once in a while.”
Arianne’s heart fell into a heap in her stomach. Then she picked the poor
thing up and put it back into her chest. She couldn’t judge. Niko was a guy. A
Reaper who’d lived countless lifetimes. If he came here to…Arianne couldn’t let
herself think about it.
“Don’t obsess, Arianne,” Balthazar said in a grumbly voice, like he forced
himself to speak. “Niko’s done far worse things than be at a whorehouse…”
“What do you mean ‘worse things’?”
His lower lip jutted out. “I’d rather not say. If you think he’s a good guy,
then maybe he is now. I haven’t seen him since I got banished to the Nethers.
Maybe he’s changed.”
“Are you actually trying to comfort me, Balthazar?” Arianne put together her
best “aww” face.
“Don’t get all mushy on me,” he barked, but his words didn’t have the same
bite. “I’m more the bang ‘em then leave ‘em type.”
the next best thing: entered medical school. After realizing she wasn't going to
be the next Doogie Howser, M.D., Kate wandered into the Literature department of
her university and never looked back. Today, she is in possession of a piece of
paper that says to the world she owns a Literature degree. To make matters
worse, she took Master's courses in creative writing. In the end, she realized
to be a writer, none of what she had mattered. What really mattered? Writing.
Plain and simple, honest to God, sitting in front of her computer, writing. Today, she has four completed Young Adult novels.
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