The Morning Star by Tania Penn
Age Group: Young Adult
Release Date: January 10, 2013
Being the daughter of Lucifer keeps seventeen year old Dawn Belial busy. For almost her entire lifetime, she has been trying to think of a way to free her Archangel mother, Michaela, whom her father has held captive for centuries. She's also attending high school - balancing trigonometry, history, and recruiting souls for her father along with her wicked half-sister, Venus.
There has been no time for love until she meets mysterious Gabriel, a British exchange student. As they fall in love against their will, she discovers a startling secret about him, and a shocking connection to her mother that changes everything.
"Do you think that sometimes, there are those that are meant to be together." He asked, not breaking his gaze. I thought for a moment. "I don't know, maybe." I shrugged.
"What if, there are two parts that were once a whole. Not here on earth, but," he looked skyward, then at me again with those searing golden eyes. A slight, nervous smile crept up my right cheek. He continued, "and those two parts weren't what made them whole, but the parts of them did."
"You've lost me now." I said. as I loosened my grip on his his embrace, shaking my head.
"I'm talking about soul mates. Split aparts. It's a theory of Plato's. Except, what if the split aparts were never one, but each split apart was a part of one that was once whole?"
"I don't understand riddles, Gabriel!" I leaned back and studied his face nervously. What was he getting at with this? All I knew was that I wanted to throw my arms around him, run my fingers through his gorgeous hair and kiss him wildly. Uncontrollably. Right then, as if on cue he pulled my face close to him, and I could smell his warm delicious breath. Like fresh baked angel food cake right out of the oven.
I closed my eyes and tried not to be obvious inhaling the scrumptious scent.
"What I'm saying Dawn, is that I love you. I shouldn't, but I can't control this feeling I have for you. I don't wan't to control it anymore." He leaned in closer. "I'm in love with you Dawn Belial. Please tell me you feel the same way about me." "I..." I was getting dizzy with desire, brushing my lips against his hot cheek. "I feel..." I couldn't finish my sentence, I was so distracted. I wanted to tell him. I shouldn't tell him. This can't go anywhere. So many conflicting thoughts went through my mind all at once.
He caressed the back of my hand then my neck gently with his soft tender lips. Damn him! What has this mortal done to me? I was stronger then this! I tried to pull away from him. He held me gentle but firm. I'm the daughter of Lucifer for crying out loud! I screamed in my head. Love was not supposed to be on the agenda.
"I can't shake this feeling that I've even though I've only known you and we've been together for over a month, I want to spend the rest of my time with you." That didn't seem to be good enough of an answer for him, though. His eyes penetrated mine, as if he was searching, waiting for me to repeat his words. I bit my upper lip and closed my eyes, shaking my head. "I love you too, Gabriel. I don't want to, but I do." There, I said it. With that, our lips touched, hotter than hellfire and damnation. And I knew I was going to be damned.
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Author of debut young adult novel, The Morning Star. Currently working on the sequel, Equinox, as well as a chick-lit, rom-com, slightly sleazy and funny story with a twist, Catching Frogs. And, because I'm loco in the roco, I've got about 12 more on the back burner. When I'm not writing I can be found kayaking, hiking, ninja-training, traveling, and taking a ferry over to the San Juan Islands to search for the elusive creature known as the "Orca." I also am constantly adding ridiculous wants, needs, must-see's and do's to my ever expanding bucket book.
I covet a delicious malbec with a rare steak and make a killer salsa.
Giveaway: (1) Prize pack listed includes an eBook of Birthright by Willow Cross, Destined to Change by Lisa M. Harley, Forever and Always by Beverley Hollowed, and The Morning Star by Tania Penn. (5) Additional winners can each win an eCopy of The Morning Star. (5) Winners who will each receive a swag pack containing The Morning Star bookmarks and stickers.