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Her magic is dormant.
When Aoife Burke rushes home after the unexpected death of her father, she discovers her mother has vanished amidst inexplicable circumstances. She returns to her childhood home to search for clues of her mother’s whereabouts but another shock awaits her. Sean O’Connell, the object of her girlhood crush, has purchased the family home. She senses Sean is hiding something from her, refuses to let her inside and does everything he can to keep her out. A determined Aoife breaks inside and stumbles upon an antique trunk in the attic. When she opens it, instead of the normal musty clothes and ancient letters, she finds a stairway leading into darkness. It calls to her and she cannot resist stepping into the trunk and onto that first stair where it leads her to magical truths her mother never wanted her to discover.
His magic is dangerous.
Sean O’Connell has been assigned by the Inter-dimensional Portal Protection Agency to keep Aoife and her mother out of Faery. But when she breaks into the house and disappears through the portal in the trunk—like her mother—he has no choice but to follow her, even though stepping into Faery will force him to face his past. Keeping her safe and out of the hands of the Wizard King also becomes a fight to save Aoife’s life from her own mother, who has discovered a time portal in Faery leading her back in time to alter her past mistakes, putting Aoife’s life in peril. Sean is willing to do anything to make sure she’s safe. Even if it means he has to tap into his dangerous magic to do it.
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A truck rambled up the street and she turned to see a faded red Ford F-150 pick-up rattling its way toward the house. She shaded her eyes from the early morning sun to get a good look at the driver. He parked the truck, swung open the door, stepped out and paused.
Recognition hit her with the force of a straight-line wind. Sean O’Connell had been the object of her teenage crush. They stared at each other for a long, quiet moment. He looked exactly the same as he did when Aoife left home five years ago. The stiff breeze tousled his black hair and ruffled his white shirt.
She stepped off the porch as he started toward her, all confident masculinity.
“Aoife.” The sound of her name on his tongue was pure honey. The dark brown eyes reminded her of melted chocolate and were set deep in his chiseled, rugged features. “You have my deepest condolences on the death of your father.”
Grief punched her in the gut. She hadn’t really dealt with her father’s death yet. It was raw and new and she was still in shock. Her mother had been so odd about it when she’d phoned to tell her, and now her mother was missing. The only person who could give her answers was nowhere to be found.
“Thank you.” She glanced back up at the house, as though she would find the answer to the mystery. “I can’t find my mother.”
“She’s gone?” he asked, sounding astonished.
About the Author:
Her love of romance started when she picked up Victoria Holt and Daphne du Maurier and was immediately smitten with the genre. But she also found another love in the fantasies of Patricia A. McKillip and Anne McCaffrey. Since she couldn’t decide which genre to pick—and because she’s a true Gemini—she decided it would be super fun to write contemporary and fantasy romance. She is a member of Romance Writers of America and has served on the board of several chapters as president and treasurer.
In her spare time, she enjoys listening to music, reading, cross-stitching and watching movies. A Native Texan, she loves castle, dragons, fairies and elves and is an avid Game of Thrones fan. She can be found online at Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Goodreads.
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