Christine Vargas is an independent, working-class young woman, tired of her boring 9 to 5 mundane lifestyle until a vicious attack on her sends her sprawling into a world darker and more mysterious than she could ever imagine, unleashing powers within her she never deemed possible. She meets Ryan Price, a handsome, distinguished gentleman, Lord of a small clan of vampires--and twice Christine's age. She questions their odd attraction to each other, soon learning the same mystical forces that rendered her powerful are the same ones within Ryan. While in the midst of getting to know each other, Ryan faces problems of his own--two of his clan members-- dubbed The Geminis--are planning to overthrow him and his new Lady in order to claim the clan for their own. Christine now must deal with a few challenging questions that will determine the fate of the clan, as well as the budding relationship between her and the mysterious Ryan Price...
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A pair of glittering green eyes emerged from the woods off to our left. Dartanian. He had a yard-long tree branch in his hand.
“NO!” I screamed, then a sackcloth covered my head. I felt a punch to my stomach and doubled over in pain.
“Mousy bitches never win,” came a female’s voice.
I felt teeth sink into my neck. I screamed.
“Christine!” I heard Ryan say, before he cried out in agony.
“Sticks and stones, old man,” Dartanian said, and laughed.
I reached out, and found Diana’s hair. I yanked her away from my neck with one hand while trying to get the sack cloth off my head with the other. Ryan would die if I didn’t get to him, and I was panicking too much to focus.
Diana started choking me again. She may have had some of our powers, but she wasn’t using them at all.
I yelled in a rage, getting the cloth off, and grabbed her neck. I looked her in the eyes, head-butted her, and she fell off of me. I rolled over, got up, lifted her body with a gesture and sent her sailing through the air, slamming her hard against a tree trunk. I heard the air leave her lungs as she fell forward, flat on her face.
Kiera and Edward were tending to Ryan, sending the powers we gave them back into him. Good. That gave me time to get--
I looked around. Where was that sneaky shit, Dartanian?
He leapt out from nowhere, right onto my back. I landed hard, almost getting the wind knocked out of me. He bit into my shoulder, and I screamed.
“My Lady!” Edward said, jumping up.
“No! Stay with Ryan!” I said, trying to shake this other crazy jackass off of me. He leaned forward, biting me again. I could feel my blood draining down my neck, into my bra.
I screamed out in anger again. He was tough to shake loose. He bit me on my other side. The pain was excruciating, like being punctured with hot nails.
I envisioned myself surrounded in flames. In seconds, Dartanian howled, and jumped off of me. I rolled over just in time to see his upper body on fire. He dropped to the ground and began rolling back and forth to kill the flames. That gave me enough time to get up and make my way to him.
I smelled his burnt flesh as he lay there smoking, blackened and crusty. Panting heavily, he looked up at me, those green eyes of his expressing raw fear. I picked up the branch he used to stab Ryan with, raised it, and slammed it into his right eye. There was barely enough room for bloody fluids to leak out around the socket. I never heard a guy shriek so loudly.FREE CHAPTER DOWNLOAD OF BOOK ONE HERE PLUS SEE READER REVIEWS!
ABRAXAS:DEFINITIONS--- FREE CHAPTER DOWNLOAD HEREThe saga continues as Christine and Ryan continue to develop their relationship, sharing intimacies and special moments like love-struck teenagers. Things take a more serious turn when an invitation to an elite Christmas charity ball halts their happiness, Christine now worried that her and Ryan's contrasting social status will be painfully recognized at the gala. Even worse, an old flame is at the Ball, with quite a few surprises that will force Christine to rethink the reasons why she should stay in Ryan's life. To complicate matters more, Edward is developing a crush on Christine, and she also discovers that Ryan's old flame is actually a witch, intending on removing Christine from Ryan's life permanently.A QUICK EXCERPT:
No sooner than the warmth of the mansion kissed my face, I saw a few of our clan walking around, discussing what would be that night’s events.
“I do believe you have an engagement with Kiera?” Ryan asked me.
“Oh…I do, don’t I?”
“Have fun, my love,” he said, then kissed my hand while giving me such an intense stare, I actually felt as nervous as I did the very first time I laid eyes on him. I noticed his eyes gave that flicker from greenish-gray to a bright amber, meaning his hunger was slowly rising.
He leaned forward towards me and closed his eyes, inhaling and sighing deeply. I could feel the waves of power emanating from my body, his own energies immediately reacting to mine. A merging was calling, a mutual feeding from each other. My heart raced and I backed away slowly. Ryan snapped himself out of his trance as I swooned.
“Go now,” he said quickly, looking away. “She’s waiting.”
“Ryan… what was that?” I asked softly.
“I think you already know,” he answered in the same soft tone, looking to me again. His eyes were a solid amber now, but not in their glowing state. “Go to Kiera. I will be fine.”
“Are you… sure?” My heart was racing faster as I touched his arm, knowing what he needed… what we both wanted.
He grabbed me by my shoulders and pressed me to the wall. I gasped at his sudden actions, welcoming them just the same. Ryan slowly pressed his lips to my neck. He exhaled, his warm breath on my jugular making me shiver, my body heat rising, my energies growing stronger.
His lips moved up to my earlobe, kissing it ever so slightly. He rubbed his cheek against mine, our powers dancing against each other, feeding each other with the desirous energies we radiated. Ryan pulled me away from the wall, crushing me to his chest as we engaged in a deep kiss. One of his hands managed to reach under my blouse and undo my bra. His fingers graced the middle of my back, going up and down my spine, making my legs weak. He held me firm, not allowing me to leave his embrace until our kiss was complete. I ran my fingers through the back of his silky-soft hair, gently gripping it. He responded by running his fingers down the side of my body, his hand caressing me just under my breast. He moaned, releasing me from his lip lock, quick kisses going down my neck to the middle of my chest.
“I don’t want to stop,” he whispered, his eyes still closed, into the moment.
“Is this us, or our powers?” I asked breathily, my head tilted back in utter bliss.
“It’s both, my love,” he answered, finally stopping himself. We looked at each other, and I noticed his eyes were back to their usual color.
“I feel like I’ve just had dessert before the main course,” he said, giving me his devilish smirk. “My apologies. I’ve held you up long enough.” Slowly, Ryan let me go. I found it amazing my legs were steady.
I made it up the first four steps before he said, “Perhaps…we could enjoy the main course later… tonight.”
I gave him just the tiniest grin before running the rest of the way up the stairs.
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Still incensed over the allegations Natasha made of her and Ryan conceiving a child, Christine's dark, vengeful energies continue to increase, but not without Ryan suffering the consequences as well. Christine sets out with Edward to prove the woman is a fraud. They get to know more about each other while sharing a few awkward moments together, which in turn causes Ryan to turn into a 'green eyed monster' in more ways than one. Meanwhile, Natasha is on to Christine and Edward's game of exposing her, and refuses to back down without a fight, using some very deadly and frightening necromantic magic that might put and end to both Christine and Edward's meddling in her schemes.
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There was a sound of glass breaking in the foyer. We all turned to the noise. Edward was the first out of his seat to see what was the matter.
“Edward, get back
here!” Ryan said sharply.
Edward had already disappeared. As the rest of us ran after him to see what the hell happened, we heard him shriek. When we got to the foyer, we saw about twenty guys, the last of them crawling into the window, and none other than Natasha having grabbed Edward by his hair, his head pulled back. She drew open a switchblade and mercilessly slit his throat.
I screamed. Blood spurted from his neck like a bad horror movie special effect, and he dropped to the floor with a sickening thud.
“EDWARD!” I was about to run to him, but Ryan caught my arm. Kiera stood frozen in place, her jaw dropped in shock.
“You crazy bitch!” Kurt yelled, thrusting his arms forward. She flew backward, falling on her ass and hitting her head on the doorstop. She was unconscious for the moment.
The guys came towards us, all the warmth draining from me in terror.
These weren’t your typical thugs or hoodlums. These were the exact same guys Edward and I saw pictures of on Natasha’s altar. Damn it, why didn’t I listen to my instincts?! I should have destroyed everything at her house when I had the chance.
What a perfect way for her to do a sneak-attack, since they had no energies for us to sense.
“Shit,” I said. “They’re her zombies.”
“What?!” Kurt shrieked. “Real
living-dead? Oh hellll no! I don’t do zombies!” Frantically, he waved his arms around like he was shoving them away from us. In response, the zombies were strewn all across the room by an invisible force, landing on the couch, the floor, or got slammed against the walls.
Ryan stood his ground, staring at them. He was trying to command them to turn on Natasha, but it wasn’t working.
“What in bloody hell is going on?” he said, frustrated.
“They have no vital essence, and no real will except what she commands,” I answered, then looked at the rest of the clan. “We gotta fight them. Hand-to-hand combat, just like Edward taught you guys!”
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Edward lies in a coma in the hospital, with Christine having a sneaking suspicion Ryan has something to do with Edward's current condition. Ryan continues to act strangely possessive of Christine to the point where it becomes too scary for her. Edward's spectral form constantly cries to Christine for help, leaving her with many sleepless nights... and to make matters more trying for her, Christine's best friend stops by for a visit, unknowing of her situation.
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I got to the foyer and raced up the staircase. Dumb move! I should have ran out of the mansion! I felt as stupid as those girlie victims in horror movies who always ran up
instead of out
whenever they were trapped in a building or house, all the while being chased by some undead, crazy, serial killer. Common sense would have told anyone to leave
. I guess it has a tendency to allude you when you’re in a panic.
From a short distance away, I heard Ryan growl again, making the hairs on my neck rise. I didn’t know what his problem was--aside from me smacking him with my energy--but I didn’t want to use my more forceful powers on him either. Who knew what would happen to him, or what effect it would have on me
He bounded up the stairs by twos, grabbed my ankle, and I fell on the steps with a thump. He clambered over me, and flipped me over so I would be facing him. He held my wrists down. That solid, gross, zombie-like color was gone from his eyes, but his irises remained bright green. He wore his usual suspicious look and smirked, raising an eyebrow at me, giving a slight sniff of arrogance.
“Going somewhere…my dear
?” We were nose to nose.
“I--I--” I stammered. The hard edges of the steps were really biting hard into my back and arms.
“Did you honestly think these little games you and Kiera were playing around the house would work? Did you really
think you had me fooled?” His grin grew wider. How long did he know?
“So…we were both trying to play each other for fools. Whoop-de-fucking-do,” I replied in a snide tone.
“A sad and pathetic raggedy bunch of so-called vampires can’t stop me
,” he hissed. “You, who’s too afraid to use the powers you’ve been given, and your ‘mate’ being just as bad, while being absolutely sick in love with you. You both couldn’t have been an easier target.”
“Target?” I echoed. “What the hell are you talking about?”
Demon Ryan's eyes flickered an even brighter shade of green. Any more and they’d look neon.
“That stupid witch had abilities I already possess. Hanging around her was starting to prove useless, until I found out she knew your mate, Ryan Price, who has powers I’ve always dreamed of possessing. The powers of Abraxas
.” He took a deep breath, calming down. “Then I discovered you share the same power!” His grin widened. “One of man’s biggest sins is jealousy, and once I realized how much he covets you, it was all too easy to invade him.” He ran his cheek against mine, and I heard him inhale deeply. God, nothing could describe how badly this was freaking me the hell out. I wished I had something nearby to knock him unconscious with.
But then he distracted himself. “I love the scent of your skin. Like cherries and blackberry wine…” He ran the tip of his tongue around the edge of my ear, making me shiver. But it wasn’t Ryan’s tongue; it was too slender, too snakelike. Good thing I couldn’t see it---I might have screamed.
“I can see why he’s so passionate about you,” he continued, pulling back slowly. He looked into my eyes, then, very predator-like, he covered my throat with his hand. I gasped, the knot in my stomach tightening more. He tilted my head to the side slowly, exposing my neck.
“I could kill you right now with a flick
of my wrist,” he whispered. “But it would be such a waste….”
The look on Demon Ryan’s face was very calm and almost seductive. Now holding my shoulders down, he leaned forward, licking me from the base of my ear, then down the side, and around to the hollow of my neck. My heart was beating so fast, I thought it would explode.
Slowly, his tongue slid up the middle of my throat. I grimaced. He continued going under my chin, following the curve of it, then brushed my bottom lip. I closed my eyes, too afraid to--- Don’t look Christine, don’t look!
Sometimes I wished I listened to my inner-self.
It took all the strength and will I had in my bones not to shriek, as I caught a glimpse of that forked, blood-red, snakelike tongue retracting itself back into Ryan’s mouth.
“I want to taste you, Christine,” he whispered softly, his breathing quickening, the look in his eyes deadly as he tightened the grip he had on my shoulders.
I panicked, fearing the worst. Snakes could smell with their tongues, and I half-wondered if he was smelling my blood under the surface of my skin.
I swallowed, then bravely gave a half-hearted laugh.
“You’ve done that---quite a few times now.”
“I want...to taste...a different
essence,” he replied, and before I realized it, he flashed a pair of fangs and dove for my jugular.
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REVIEWER COMMENTS..."Something is definitely wrong with Ryan. A “souvenir” from the Abraxas clan’s encounter with Natasha attached itself to him. And with the jealousy he strongly feels against Edward, the demon spirit possessed him. Fortunately, Kiera knows something about trapping the demon, and with the love and loyalty the remaining members feel toward Ryan, we all know they are willing to help. Yes, life for the Abraxas clan has not quieted down ever since Christine joined them.And by the way, the challenges never stop for them. Just as it did with Book 3, Book 4 leaves us in a cliff hanger. If you want to know what happens, you need to read the next installment. As I did with the first three books, I was not able to put this book down. It just has that enthralling aspect to it. I am pretty sure you will find Ms. Santiago’s unique take on vampires extremely appealing, as well. I love the secondary characters Kiera, Kurt, and Jonathan. As in any vampire family, they bring color and flavor to the Abraxas series... I am really looking forward to reading the next book."~ (BittenByBooks.com)"Things are getting a little weird around the mansion. Poor Christine is now seeing Edward's 'ghost' and he seems to be trying to tell her something. Her love, Ryan has been acting really strange too, especially when it comes to her. She feels like she has to sneak around and he's always acting so suspicious. Her friends, Kiera and the others of the family are trying to help her sort of all of this out. But then she gets this strange feeling that something is going to happen...and something she's not really looking forward too! Her best friend sends a postcard and says that she's coming for a visit. Now what?So all in all, how is she really going to try and handle everything. Ryan isn't going to be much help and poor Edward is in a coma due to something that she fears involves Ryan. So in her quest to find out what Edward needs help with and how to handle her best friend, who doesn't know that she is a vampire, her 'family' and such are trying to find out what's wrong with Ryan and why he's acting the way he is!Once again, the story is told from Christine's POV and is uniquely plotted to keep you on the edge of your seat. With all the ups and downs of the story, we see a little more into the life of Christine and her new found 'family' and bring some demons into the mix - well, that can spell disaster. But as this book ties into the last with what Ryan can really do, it starts to make more sense on why Ryan acts the way that he acts.So if you haven't read any of these books yet, you need to! Way to go Ms. Santiago!"~(Ruthie's Book Reviews
"Wow...freaky and creepy. What can I say? Demonic possession is the focus in this installment, as Ryan's covetousness over Christine makes him vulnerable to invasion by a demon of jealousy. (We start seeing hints of it in "Affaires de Coeur" from the last book) Afterward, matters get more pressing as the demon needs to be exorcised before it becomes a more permanent fixture by killing Ryan's soul--and Christine's!--in order to have a chance at gaining Abraxas' powers. The seductiveness of this demon in disguise is so unnerving and eerie, and Christine is sooo conflicted, I felt so bad for her!--I couldn't put this down yet again. I was however, disappointed to see that Edward's out of the picture for now, and I hope he won't be gone from the series entirely. But I am growing fond of 'Jonathan'--he seems like a weird, quirky kid....alas, as always, we're left on another cliffhanger, and I REALLY can't wait to see what happens in the next book!!! KUDOS!"~(The Purple Raven)
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The waters are getting testier when Christine and Ryan have to face the remaining Elders of their House to assess the progress of their Abraxas Clan, which someone has purported to be too chaotic and disorganized since Christine’s arrival. Magdalene, Kain’s mate, passes a special bit of judgment all her own when she offers Christine a ‘present’ that will test her faith, love and devotion to the Abraxas Clan, as Christine is sent back in time…
before she became a vampire.