STONE ANGEL: The Chosen Ones
New York Times bestselling author Christina Dodd brings you STONE ANGEL: The Chosen Ones, an original paranormal e-novella of 32,000 words (approximately 140 pages) written with brilliant newcomer Audrey Shaw.
Amanda Reed has been given an ultimatum: risk her life as a madman’s spy or her young sister will live out her life frozen in stone, a decorative statue in a wizard’s cold mansion. To free her sister, Amanda needs help, help only one man can provide…the man who betrayed her and broke her heart.
Liam Gallagher is an orphan, scoundrel…and one of the Others. He learned to survive by any means, without hesitation or regret. He had orders to seduce Amanda, and then, against all odds, he fell in love. Now to win back her trust, he will risk everything, do anything, be anything for the woman he loves.
Together, Amanda and Liam face a terrifying nightmare. But time is running short, and only if these two wounded souls learn what trust truly means can they succeed…
Enjoy STONE ANGEL, the next chapter in the Chosen Ones series and prequel to WILDER.
Amanda Reed stepped onto the stage of the Chosen Ones in the guise of Irving's nurse. Yet she hides a terrible secret, and with the help of the brilliant young writer Audrey Shaw, I tell her story in this original paranormal e-novella which takes place after CHAINS OF FIRE, called STONE ANGEL.
“I have a proposal for you.” Amanda could scarcely contain her impatience with Liam … or her worry about her sister. “Are you interested or not?”
“Darlin’,” Liam said, “I am always interested in a proposal from you.”
“Your charm is overrated. But not your greed.” She dangled the bait. “It involves a lot of money.”
Liam did skepticism very well. “You don’t have any money. You and Sophia were barely making it with your nursing job.”
It gave her a great deal of satisfaction to retort, “You’re right, I don’t have money. But Irving Shea has tons of it.”
“Why is Irving Shea willing to hand you money?”
“Because I asked for it. Because I need it to get Sophia back.”
Liam stiffened. “Getting Sophia back is the plan? Good luck with that. The last time I stood against the Sculptor, I got a sound beating by two of my brethren. I’ll not volunteer for that again.”
“When have you ever stood against the Others?”
Piercing her with his deep blue gaze, he replied, “When I came to warn you. When I told you to get out of town. Remember?”
“I remember. I remember you waited until the last second.” Liam had led the Others to her. When the Others broke into the apartment, Eric had thanked Liam. Liam was responsible for Sophia’s captivity, for the Sculptor’s ability to blackmail Amanda. Liam worked for the Sculptor, for Osgood, and ultimately for the devil. No matter how cute Liam was, no matter how the dark hair fell over his forehead, no matter how his blue eyes gazed at her in pleading and love like a man who desperately wanted her to believe … she had to remember the truth, to hold it close, and never let Liam back into her heart.
He must have seen her eyes harden, for his shoulders sagged. “Anyway, I can’t help you save Sophia, not if it means going against the Sculptor. He’s one of Osgood’s favorites, and he has been given great power.” He shuddered. “Just get Irving to come out of the house, let the Others have him, and you might be able to wrest Sophia from the Sculptor’s grasp — unless you’re planning on offering me a new identity and enough money to blow this joint and get as far away from Osgood as possible, I can’t help you.”
Amanda had him. She could tell. Maybe his employee benefits weren’t what they used to be. Maybe somewhere in his evil mind, there was enough goodness that he wanted to leave the Others and their devilish organization behind.
Maybe he merely needed to be enticed.
And she was the woman to do it.