The Giver of Life Trilogy Book 3
by Kristy Centeno
Genre: YA Paranormal
Leah Parker’s fate had always been controlled by others—who she loved and who she lost. Five years after the tragic murder of her daughter’s father, she’s done everything in her power to protect her little girl from the outside world. But she’s rebelled against fate in the past and no act of defiance goes unpunished in the Enchanter community.
The ultimate power wants to correct the damage done by Jae and the only way they can do that is by getting rid of her special child—a child destined to replace all branches of Enchanter magic one day.
But, Leah isn’t willing to go down without a fight. She will do anything to save what Jae died to protect, even if she must turn against the Circle of Elders. But when her first love, Brandon Morris walks back into her life, Leah knows nothing will ever be the same again.
Leah must confront her past, before she and her daughter are erased from her family line. She must get over her guilt and rely on Brandon to ensure her daughter’s survival. But will the pain from their past destroy their friendship forever? Or will their old bond hold them together and carry them through what’s ahead?
“If…” I trailed off. My internal alarm buzzed as first one charm then another was tripped. Wires of magic I’d set up to prevent evil from trespassing were cut off. Something or someone had dared to set foot in my property.
And it was moving closer.
“Mommy!” Lily cried out. She felt it too. Danger was near.
I broke free of Brandon’s hold and rushed into the living room. I picked Lily up and hugged her to me as darkness filled the windows, blocking out the sunlight. It was as if a solar eclipse was in full swing in our little neck of the woods, obstructing the rays of light that had been peeking through the blinds just seconds ago.
The sudden presence was oppressing. Heavy. It fell over the area like a blanket of stormy clouds about to unleash its fury on nature. The boards on the porch whined as an unseen mass applied pressure to them. I followed the noise to the front door, shifting ever so slightly to my right as the sounds stopped at the other side.
Dmitri sprinted to the door with murder in his eyes. He rested his hand on the knob, but I shouted at him to stop.
“Don’t let it in here,” I yelled. He looked at me but said nothing.
I spun on my heels with a shaking Lily in my arms and sprinted to my bedroom. I knelt next to the trunk and opened it, then removed the fan from within.
“What are you doing?” Brandon asked behind me.
“Getting Lily out of here.” I unsheathed the fan and concentrated. Opening the portal to Mr. Hwang’s hidden paradise would require more magic indoors as opposed to outside, but I didn’t have much of a choice. If I had to fight for our lives, I’d prefer for Lily to be safe somewhere far from evil’s grasp. Even if that meant diminishing my stock before a battle.
The Giver of Life Trilogy #2
Fate brought them together. Will evil break them apart?
Leah Parker’s visit to her hometown is supposed to bring her closer to the truth behind her identity. What she doesn’t anticipate is the handsome stranger with almond eyes claiming to be her Pair.
Her world once again upturned with the arrival of the man chosen to be her life partner, Leah is pulled between the feelings she’s always had for the friend she left behind, and those for the compelling stranger determined to save her from certain death—at whatever the cost.
With an ancient evil out to finish what it started twenty-one years before, will Leah find peace within her troubled mind and heart to fight back and win? Or will her disconnection with her newfound powers hinder her only chance at survival?
His sacrifice…is her salvation.
Jae kneeled in front of me and took my hands in his. “You don’t use your powers often, do you?”
“No.” I’d just found out I had them. “Why?” I raised my gaze to his face, expectantly.
“As Enchanters, we’re built to destroy evil. When we fail to hunt, and destroy our enemies, our inner clock gets out of whack and this is the aftermath.”
Confused, I gaped at him. “I have no idea what you just said.”
“It’s a little something we call blue fever. It happens when we accumulate too much power. You can stop it by channeling into your inner Enchantress.”
“I used my powers not too long ago,” I argued.
He nodded. “Not in the way you intended, did you?”
“What difference does it make?”
“Tell me how to stop it,” I requested, annoyed that he knew my faults even if I hadn’t admitted to them.
“Do you hunt?” he prodded.
“No. I had no need to,” I lied. Well, more like fibbed. I wasn’t withholding the truth, just not fully explaining myself. Now wasn’t the place or time for that. “How do I…?” Panicked, I watched as the first strands of the bluish flames emerged from the tips of my fingers. “No.”
If I broke out in flames, not only would our victim spot us, but the entire ecosystem around me would be in jeopardy, thanks to my inability to function the way I was built to.
“How do I stop it?” I asked him in desperation.
In response, Jae helped me to my feet, pressed me against the tree’s trunk behind me, framed my face between his palms, and crushed his full lips to mine.
The Giver of Life Trilogy #1
They have a past. But will they have a future?
Leah Parker is resilient and hardworking. She’d always prided herself in maintaining a level head, even under pressure. Everything changes when she begins to see strange apparitions and hear ghostly voices on the morning of her birthday.
In a blink of the eyes, Leah’s life takes a drastic turn that spirals her into the unknown. Something is out to get her, but she’s unsure if she’s losing her mind, or the faces and demands of the dead are real. Unable to find the answers she needs, she has no choice but to rely on ex-best friend, Brandon Morris, for help.
But as she will soon discover, Brandon has his own secrets. Some of which defy logic and only add to the mystery surrounding Leah. And mix feelings between the two complicate matters by getting in the way of what they really want, and what they must do.
Can Brandon lighten the load on her by figuring out what or who wants her dead? Or will their past history get in the way of the storm brewing just beyond Leah’s grasp?
Movement several yards behind him caught my attention and I glanced around his left shoulder to the woods, noting the quick blur of a figure darting from behind one tree to another. Something was off about the way this person rushed by. It sparked a sense of familiarity that horrified me.
“Brandon, I don’t think we’re alone anymore,” I murmured as another flash of white scurried ever closer. It was too dark for me to determine who it was, but I was certain of one thing: we were being watched.
“What…?” The meaning of my words didn’t immediately dawn on him.
“Someone’s out there.”
Brandon spun around abruptly. He scanned the area briefly as he backed into me while sucking in air. His suddenly rigid posture warned me whoever was out there was not friendly.
Without a single word of explanation, Brandon turned to me and took my hand in his, pulling me down the path we’d used to get to the gazebo. He towed me along in a haste, leaving me no room to protest, or figure out what the hell was going on. A weird, high-pitched hissing sound emanated from somewhere behind us. It startled me and I was tempted to glance over my shoulder, but Brandon’s next words stopped me.
“Don’t look, Leah!” His tone was as serious as I’d ever heard it, which freaked me out even more. What was he so scared of?
Kristy Centeno loves to spin tales of creatures that go bump in the night, with a sprinkle of romance to top them off. Her passion for writing stems from a lifelong enjoyment of reading and the pleasure derived from the magical worlds created by authors like her. She prefers her female leads strong, independent, and stubborn who will stop at nothing to save their loved ones and protect those they care for.
Kristy currently resides in Pennsylvania with her five kids and a trio of noisy parakeets. When she’s not working or writing, she juggles her free time between raising a handful of minions and pursuing other career goals.
As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?
What inspired you to write this book?
Prodigy is another product of love for me. It’s book 3 in the Giver of Life trilogy and the conclusion of Leah’s journey as an Enchantress/Giver of Life. She’s gone through so much over the years and the last book especially showcases how much she’s changed and grown up from that entitled young woman we meet in book 1.
What can we expect from you in the future?
I’m currently working on several sequels to other books of mine that have already been published.
Do you have any “side stories” about the characters?
Leah Parker experienced much while she was pregnant with her daughter that we don’t really get to see in book 3. I’ve been thinking about writing a new series of books that chronicles more of Leah’s life before and after Brandon came back into her life.
Can you tell us a little bit about the characters in Prodigy?
Leah is a young woman that was forsaken by her adopted mother. She’s part of a magical world that she has no knowledge of due to a series of events that transpired when she was a baby. During her 21st birthday, things begin to unravel, and she’s forced to take responsibility for her family’s legacy.
How did you come up with the concept and characters for the book?
It started off as an idea and I ran with it. I wanted to create a magical world and creatures that I’d never seen or heard of in books I’ve read over the years. And once I had things plotted, the story took off and came to life page by page.
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