Scary October Day #30

Today, I am pleased to introduce Elizabeth Arroyo’s debut novel, The Second Sign. Isn’t this a gorgeous cover? I will be interviewing Elizabeth sometime in the new year, a little closer to her launch date.

Since the excerpt for her novel does tend to fall into the category of ‘Scary October’, I thought I would give you all a sneak peak. Here is the synopsis:

Bred to believe in the war between angels and demons, Gabby has come to the conclusion that love is responsible for war, jealousy, and all the other deadly sins she can think of. So when she’s exiled to the middle of nowhere for getting kicked out of her fifth school for fighting, she doesn’t expect to meet Jake, much less fall in love. But Jake is quickly drawn to the eerie beauty of her violet eyes while Gabby is unsettled by their undeniable connection.

When a demon guardian comes to collect her soul, she refuses to give it up. She’s not a demon. She can’t be. Her father and twin brother are angels. The demon gives Gabby twenty-four hours to decide her allegiance, and then starts killing her short list of friends, leaving a message behind: She is the Second Sign.

As Gabby and Jake begin to unravel the mystery behind the Second Sign, she learns Jake may be the key to saving her soul. But it means a sacrifice has to be made that will change their lives forever.

The following is an excerpt from The Second Sign:

Gabby wasn’t afraid of the dark, but this was something different. It pressed against her flesh, seeped under her skin, and coiled around her. Her labored breathing echoed in the dark chamber, and she forced herself to settle down or risk passing out.

Calm down. She closed her eyes, groping in the darkness for a wall, a hold, anything. She found wet earth that crumbled in her grip. The smooth wall offered no comfort. It wouldn’t hold her weight. She looked up toward the light which opened up to the ridge she had been standing on.

“Stupid,” she muttered, hitting her forehead against the side of the hole. It must have been an old drainage hole. It opened up at the bottom like a flask of wine.

Something scurried behind her and she turned, leaning her back against the wall. At least nothing would spring up on her from behind. The wall was safe. Something hissed, rocks settled, disturbed by something that was inside with her. Under the whispers of movement she heard…breathing. Closing her mouth she held her breath, hoping beyond hope that it was an echo she was hearing. It wasn’t. The breathing continued.

Someone was in the hole with her. Releasing her breath she turned, digging her fingers into the soft mush, scaling frantically up the wall. She couldn’t be here. She wasn’t a demon fighter. She didn’t know squat about demons. She never paid attention to Max. What if whatever was with her was using her to get to Max? Isn’t that what most Hollywood flicks started with? A death of a loved one, a kidnapping, or a ransom? She was collateral damage. Not important. Expendable. The dead sidekick.
Her hand slipped and she fell back down into the hole, swallowed by the darkness.

Oooo, yes, I’d say that certainly qualifies as ‘scary’! The Second Sign will be released on February 7, 2013 by Sapphire Star Publishing. It is a Young Adult, Dark Fantasy/Paranormal Romance. If you are interested in learning more about Elizabeth and her debut novel, here are a few links you can check out.

Hope you all enjoyed this frightening little excerpt and stay tuned. We will be learning more about her in a few months. 🙂

13 comments on “Scary October Day #30

  1. Pingback: Sunday Interview – Elizabeth Arroyo | mywithershins

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