YA Paranormal Romance
Date Published: 2012
For Alexis and Alex life has been great. They have loving parents, great friends and live a life every teenager dreams. However, they are adopted and Alexis struggles with wanting to know who their real parents are and not wanting to hurt her adopted parents. Then, a stunning guy moves across the street from them. One who has a secret past and seems to know things about Alexis. One who does mysterious things and leads her to other mysterious persons. One who pushes her to discover her extraordinary birth family and the truth between mythology and religion.
Alexis must pick up the broken pieces of her heart and pull herself together because she has a mission: To awaken the sleeping gods. When she is at the point of giving up, wearing her pretend smiles and feels like there is nothing left of herself, her friend becomes her savior. Patryck helps put Alexis back together again and in return Alexis sees him as something more than a friend…
Together with her brother, Alex, her father, Edmund, and a team of angels they make their way to Mount Latmos, to awaken the gods. But obstacles are in their way, one of them being Cole, the traitor, the one who shattered Alexis’ heart.
New friends and family she never thought she would meet will come to aid Alexis.
…And a love will blossom that will redefine the saying, “Love you forever.”
Lexi has fulfilled her destiny and now the gods have awakened, but is that a good thing?
Now, Lexi lives in a world that is on a global collapse. The gods are angry that they have been forsaken and are seeking revenge on humanity. The oceans are in turmoil, tornadoes, earthquakes, hurricanes, volcano eruptions and famine are causing global chaos, and the sun is being held hostage in an astrological phenomenal, never-ending solar eclipse by the avenging Helios.
Then, there is the problem of Zeus’ threat. Lexi must choose between giving herself to him or watching the “abominable” angels die by his hand. Not to mention, Hera, Zeus’ wife, is proposing her own jealous-driven proposition to Lexi: stay away from her husband or the angels and everyone dear to her will die. Lexi sees no way out of either predicaments and it puts a strain on her relationship with Cole. Will she lose him either way?
Excerpt from Lunangelique (First book in series):
He laughs at me like I have said the funniest joke in the world. I keep my face neutral, not wanting to show any emotions while he finally collects himself. “You are amusing. Aren’t you afraid? Why do you not fear me? Do you know what I have done to Kakabel? What I intend to do to you?”
I shrug my shoulders, wanting to appear as calm as possible. “I won’t be scared if I tell myself there is nothing to fear. You cannot hurt me because I will tell myself not to feel pain. I don’t know what you did to my art professor so I won’t know what you will do to me.” I play him with words because I know he won’t understand.
“Where are your wings?” he demands, angry now because I’m not giving anything away.
“What this?” I nod my chin to the necklace around my neck. He comes forward and yanks it off my neck. “Hey, I like that,” I whine like a spoiled child.
“Malachi,” he calls towards the other room. In a few seconds, Malachi is by his side. He takes Cole’s wings that Cerviel hands him and studies it before laughing. “I thought you would like that.” Malachi throws it on the floor and stomps on it. “Go back to Samson,” Cerviel orders him. Malachi is gone in the blink of an eye, leaving me alone with Cerviel again.
“That’s my necklace.” I pout. “There’s no reason to treat it that way.”
“It will hurt your lover,” he informs me with a malicious smile. “If you will not cooperate, then we will torture him.”
“How?” I challenge him.
“His wings,” he indicates to the necklace lying on the floor, “contains a link to him. They’re still connected even though they’re not attached. If you hurt one, then you hurt the other.”
“You’re insane.” I act like his notions are ridiculous.
“Want to test it out?” he picks it up and places his hands on either end like he’s about to twist it or break it in two.
“No!” I scream, terrified that what he says is true.
Games up. I lost this match. Sugar snaps!
“What are you?” he asks again patiently. He takes a chair and places it in front of me. Then, he sits down, folding his legs and hands as they rest on his leg. He’s acting like this is a normal conversation over tea with a friend.
“Can I have some water, please?” I’m trying to buy some time to get away.
“After you answer my questions,” he answers.
“Are you going to let me go after I do?”
“It depends on if I like your answers.” He smiles sweetly at me. “What are you?”
“A girl who is starting to get pissed off that you keep asking me that, like I’m a freaking alien or something!” I scream it at him. I close my eyes and take a deep breath to calm down when I feel a slap across my face. My eyes dart open and I glare at him angrily. I taste blood on the side of my mouth. He stares at the wound and I see a light bulb go off in his eyes. He grins wickedly at me and then produces a switch blade from his pocket.
“Let’s see how much of a pissed off girl you really can be,” he mocks me and then plunges the knife into my hand, impaling it into the arm of the chair I was gripping. My eyes bulge open in shock and horror and I want to scream, but I tell my nerves not to feel anything and my hand goes dead of feeling. I’m so glad right now that I’m a freak.
He watches my expression change with amusement and then looks lethal again when I don’t scream out. I drum the fingers of my other hand on the arm of the chair. Acting like I’m bored with this act.
“Where are your wings?” Cerviel demands of me.
“I don’t have any wings you freakin’ lunatic. I’m just a girl.” I start laughing because my hand not responding to being impaled is a pretty sure sign that I am not human. I feel psychotic in the moment. I think shock is setting in and I cannot control it. I just continue to laugh at him.
His face breaks out in uncontrolled angry grimace and then he pulls the knife out of my hand and plunges it into my chest. I feel it tear through the arteries of my heart. I’m so shocked he did it that I stop breathing, which ends my laughter.
“Go and find her brother,” I hear him bark at someone before I black out again.
Kristin R. Campbell currently lives in Utah with her husband and two children. She is prior military and has pursued Religion, History and Legal Studies before finally settling with a Bachelor Degree in Criminal Justice. She is a self-proclaimed workaholic, who also loves hiking, traveling, spoiling her babies and, of course, reading and writing.
I would like to welcome and thank Kristin R. Campbell for taking the time to answer the following author interview questions.
What is your favorite part of the Lunangelique Series?
The ending. There’s been a lot of confusion on what is happening in the end. I don’t want to give anything away, but to the readers: keep in mind that there is a theory that multiple universes are overlapping with our own. Think of multiple dimensions where you are living two or three lives at once.
If you were stranded on a desert island which of your characters do you want by your side?
Cole. He’s a survivor. Plus, incredibly hot. Think Henry Cavill. I wouldn’t mind be stranded with him. lol!
If you could be best friends with one of your characters, who would it be?
Kaitlyn. She’s incredible sweet and just an overall good person. There aren’t a lot of people in the world like her. She never judges, she’s never jealous, and she’s always there for you.
What inspired you to write your first book?
I can’t remember. I just remember sitting down at the computer one day and just typing. Nine days later, I had a finished book. I was obsessed!
What is your favorite book that you wrote?
Awakened Gods. It was definitely the most challenging and I LOVE a challenge. Finding the ending in a hopeless situation was incredible hard. I scratched so many ideas and rewrote so much. I didn’t think I would ever come to a conclusion with the book. As it is, I can go back to the series whenever I want and continue the sage. There are so many more ways to go with the books. I’ve said that one day I will go back to it. Just not today.
Who or what inspired you to be a writer?
I would have to say Jessica Sorensen. She’s the sister-in-law to one of my sister-in-laws (if that makes sense). Anyways, my sister-in-law got in touch with me, asking me to help Jessica with editing. At the time, Jessica was writing her second book, I think. I helped her and in that way she inspired me to give it a shot. She was even one of the first to read my book and encouraged me to publish it. She’s been amazing with teaching me the ropes of the Indie world.
What books have most influenced your life?
Ugh, this is a hard one. I recently read Gabriel’s Redemption by Sylvain Reynard and that reminded me of my faith; helped influence me to go back to church. I think that’s the most important influence in your life.
Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
I have so many favorites that I can’t pick one. I love authors who have the guts to write what they want to write, without fear of not having a happily ever after. Three authors come to mind when I think this. Thomas Hardy, L.M. Trio and M.S. Brannon. I’ve gotten to know Trio and Brannon this past year and I think they are incredibly brave and should be applauded for going outside the norm. They were criticized a lot, just like Thomas Hardy, for not giving the readers a HEA. They are my heroes!
What is your typical day like?
Send kids off to school, get my coffee ready and sit down at the computer for the next 7 hours. Then, kids get home, help them with homework, jump back on computer while they go out to play, cook dinner, get kids ready for bed and then back to the computer. Lol!
How do you overcome writer’s block?
I haven’t really experienced writer’s block. I’ve gotten lucky and the characters living in my head have said it all for me. With that said, I do have uncompleted books where the characters have taken a vacation. I don’t know how to overcome that.
Can you share a little of your current work with us?
It’s a contemporary that spans years. A love story with a lot of misunderstandings that separates the lovers. It’s going to be sad, but I’m trying to mix a lot of ethical philosophies into the book so there will be a lot of lessons to learn.
What book are you reading now?
Effortless by S.C. Stephens, again. I think I’ve read the series about 3-4 times in the past year.
What do you prefer paperback, hardcover, or ebooks?
Ebooks are more economical, but I still love to hold a good hardcover.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Thank you for reading my books, loving the stories and being supportive. It means so much and I can’t show my appreciation enough. Mwah!