Saturday, August 9, 2014

Tortured Souls by Kimber Leigh Wheaton

Kacie Ramsey’s Top Ten Favorite Things

1) Logan – My boyfriend who has been my rock through the scariest ordeal of my life. He has saved me more times than I can count and always stood by my side. We were friends for two years, but in the month we’ve been together, I’ve learned so much more about him. I really like him… a lot…

2) My Friends & Family– When life gets turned upside down, you discover who your real friends are. The ones that stick with you through the bad times are keepers. I love the new friends I’ve made in the Orion Circle, but Celia will always be my BFF. We’ve been friends for years, through the good, bad, and worse. Dad and my brother, Gavin, are also keepers. You don’t get to choose your family, and I’m glad I ended up with them. My mother, not so much…

3) The Orion Circle – I struggled alone with my abilities for years. In the month that I’ve been part of the Circle, my life has taken a drastic turn. It feels so good to have people who understand the toll my psychic powers can have on my life. I finally have people to talk to.

4) Kodiak – He’s my dog—a full-size Goldendoodle who looks more like a sheep or a polar bear than a dog. He runs with me just about every day and sleeps with me at night.

5) Musical Theater – I love the theater, love being on stage, love being in the audience. Musical theater is perfect because I love to sing. When I’m on stage I feel alive.

6) Animals – I have a soft spot for animals of all kinds, even snakes and other creepy crawlies. I was shocked when I discovered my familiars. But as a witch, I guess I was destined to have them.

7) Cars – I love cars. My dream car is a McLaren 650s Spider. But I have to admit I also love Logan’s Mustang Shelby GT500. Though I haven’t broached the subject of cars with Dad yet, I turn sixteen in six months.

8) Chocolate – Cake, ice cream, cookies—doesn’t matter as long as it’s chocolate. My favorite is chocolate cake with chocolate frosting and chocolate sprinkles. Logan brings me a chocolate cupcake from a local bakery once in a while. It tastes that much sweeter since it’s from him.

9) Video Games – I used to play a lot of RPG games, but lately I’ve been into the multiplayer variety. My preference is racing or fighting games.

10) Running – I’m on the cross country and track teams at school. There’s something exhilarating about running. My dad once said I do it to try to run from my problems, but it actually helps me confront them and deal with them.

Tortured Souls
The Orion Circle #1
Kimber Leigh Wheaton

YA paranormal romance
July 14, 2014
Sea Dragon Press

Sometimes Rest in Peace isn't an option.

Kacie Ramsey sees ghosts—and it's ruining her life. Her mother left, her father blames her, and no matter how hard she tries, she can't keep the ghosts away. Now a new power has emerged. Nightly visions of grisly murders and a relentless predator draw her to the brink of insanity.

When the phantom appears at a party, Kacie's longtime crush, Logan, saves her. He invites her to join the Orion Circle, a group of supernatural hunters with chapters in schools all over the country. Through the Circle, Kacie learns to embrace her spiritual powers, and for the first time in her life she feels in control rather than a victim.

But the Foxblood Demon will not give up so easily. A demented serial killer in life who trapped the souls of the thirteen children he murdered, imprisoning them within the walls of his mansion. Now in death, he plots his return while drawing power from the pure souls of the children. He recognizes something in Kacie he's never seen before—a medium powerful enough to provide a vessel for his tainted soul.

Kacie can't ignore the tortured souls of the children crying out to her every night. With Logan at her side, she will fight the Foxblood Demon. But can they banish this powerful phantom, or will Kacie lose not only her body, but her eternal soul to the monster.

Excerpt #3

Horrifying broken pictures shatter the tranquility of my once pleasant dream. Though I scream in my mind to wake up, I know I won’t be able to. I’m captive in my own head while the gritty scenes play out in stark black and white, flickering like an old silent movie. I run from the phantom chasing me. When I slip in a dark gray puddle, my body collides with the ground, my hands slapping into the viscous liquid. Blood. The sharp, pungent odor assaults my nose, telling me this is no ordinary dream.
I stare into the sightless eyes of a teenage girl sprawled across the grass like a broken, discarded doll. Her legs bend beneath her at impossible angles, the bone poking through the shin of one leg. Blood seeps from her shattered skull, flowing to the grass in rivulets to pool around her lifeless body. As I try to crawl away from the broken girl, I sense the approach of a monster, the man responsible for this gruesome display. With a tiny whimper I surge to my feet. He’s on me in a flash, and I scream a wordless keening cry before my airway is forced closed. My sanity begins to shatter then everything goes mercifully black…
Somehow I manage to tear myself from the gut-wrenching dream. I bite my lip to keep from screaming. Blood pours into my mouth, and I gag on the metallic taste. As my heartbeat begins to return to a normal rhythm, I untangle my body from the sheets holding me captive on the floor of my room. Lurching to my feet, I try to comfort my mind, ease my quaking nerves. This is the fifth night in a row I’ve had this dream. It’s always the same, always in black and white, gritty, the images jerky.
I haven’t seen the attacker, the monster responsible for the grisly murder. The faceless phantom hides in the darkest recesses of my mind. He chases me for several minutes in the dream, but I never turn to face him. Deep down I know if I face this dream monster, something awful will happen.

Leaving the sheets on the floor, I move back to sit on my bed, staring into the room, but only seeing the dream. Vision, my mind insists—it was a vision not a dream.

About the Author

Kimber Leigh Wheaton is a bestselling YA/NA author with a soft spot for sweet romance. She is married to her soul mate, has a teenage son, and shares her home with three dogs, four cats, and lots of dragons. No, she doesn’t live on a farm, she just loves animals. Kimber Leigh is addicted to romance, videogames, superheroes, villains, and chocolate—not necessarily in that order. (If she has to choose, she’ll take a chocolate covered superhero!) She currently lives in San Antonio, TX but has been somewhat a rolling stone in life, having resided in several different cities and states.

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1 comment:

Kimber Leigh Wheaton said...

Thanks for participating in the tour and for featuring Kacie's top 10 list!