From the #1 international bestselling author of Rise of the Flame and The Chronicles of Koa comes Silenced, a dark paranormal romance novella.
Silence kept her alive.
Magic will set her free.
Willa Avery created the serum that changed the world as humans, witches, and vampires knew it. Sun Serum 99, the cure for a vampire’s death by sunlight. Many tried to create it, but it took the magic and science of a Grand Elite Caster to perfect it. Despite the fame and recognition that came with this discovery, the fact remains: Willa was forced by the vampire king of the West to create the one thing she could have used to kill him.
After hiding from the king and his spies for years, she’s tired of living in the shadows. She vows to end his reign of terror and return to the man she was stolen from a century ago.
With her two best friends—witches of high rank by her side, and the love of a vampire seeking his freedom, can Willa destroy the king that ruined her life?
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THE WORLD SEEMED to slow when Willa entered the ballroom. Kristoff’s heart leaped from his chest at the sight of her. His breath was ripped from his chest, as he leaned forward and clutched the banister of the balcony overlooking the dance floor below.
Nothing in the entire world mattered at that moment. His eyes took her all in. She hadn’t aged a day. Every feature that he’d fallen in love with and dreamed about was the same. He was supposed to meet her at the altar. That was a century ago. Now, instead of a white dress, she wore a red one, one that looked stunning on her petite frame.
Kristoff wanted nothing more than to leap from the balcony and go directly to her. He stepped back, into the shadows of the corridor. He couldn’t do that. Not in public. He’d seen Willa’s picture in a magazine for a feature on her discovery of Sun Serum 99. Despite his shock and rage at finding that she had been alive all of that time he thought she was dead, he noted the look in her eyes.
There was no joy. Those blue eyes that used to gaze into his with such love and innocence were lifeless, dark and full of fear.
He had to find out why that was. But not in front of his guests, not with Lukas keeping tabs on him.
Josef waited in his office. He spoke to Kristoff’s new assistant, a middle-aged woman with a no-nonsense look about her. Her drab, yet well-tailored gray pantsuit, and blunt cut shoulder length brown hair served to enhance her professional persona.
That’s what he needed. Just an assistant. Not another moody lover.
“Kathy,” he called to her.
She looked up, adjusting her glasses. “Sir. Did you need something? We were just going over the schedule for the Vampire Nation Assembly next month.”
“I just need a moment in private with Josef. He’ll come to you when we are done.”
She nodded. “Of course. Just let me know if you need anything. I’ll be in my office.”
Kristoff nodded and waited for her to walk past him and leave the room. Closing the door, his attention went to Josef, his best friend since the dark days of his transformation. Kristoff was lucky that the Vampire Nation was so welcoming of such a lost newcomer. Now, he was the most famous vampire on the planet.
“She’s here,” he said, almost unbelieving of his words.
His eyes widened at the weight they held. He hadn’t been so nervous in ages. Running his hand through his brown hair, he sat down on the leather sofa against the wall beneath the large window that looked out into the woods behind his backyard.
“That’s good news, sir. Isn’t it? She is the woman you were looking for, correct?”
Josef’s soothing voice was what Kristoff needed. No. Willa Avery was what he really needed. There was still a banquet dinner, speeches, and dancing ahead of them, but Kristoff didn’t want to wait any longer.
Looking up at Josef, Kristoff pulled at his tie, loosening it. “Yes. And it’s exquisite news. I almost didn’t believe it was her when I saw that story in the magazine. Seeing her is like seeing a ghost.”
“A beautiful ghost,” Josef added, with a lop-sided grin.
“Hey,” Kristoff said, giving Josef a look. “Look, but don’t touch.”
Chuckling, Josef nodded. “Of course not, sir.”
“Bring her to me.” Kristoff swallowed. This was it. The moment he’d only dreamed about. “Please.”
Josef nodded and gave a quick bow. “Of course. Is there anything else?”
“Make sure her guests are taken care of,” he said. “They are Grand Elite Caster’s, just like Willa. Don’t anger either of them…especially the tall one.”
Josef raised a brow. “Oh. Is she special?”
Kristoff chuckled. Memories of witnessing Zoe’s power ripping through the town when Willa went missing came back to him. “That would be an understatement.”
“I could not put it down and quickly fell in love with her Casters and the vampire world and solution she created for them (no spoilers). There was romance, tension, humor, fantasy elements, and of course, blood and gore. All the great stuff of Lee’s writing. This is a great, fast read that will have you begging for the next installment.”– CM Albert- The Grammar Babe, Author of Faith in Love.
“Fun read based on a world filled with vampires and witches! What a combination! Loved the characters and plot. Highly recommend. Another great story by K.N Lee.”- G. Amazon Reviewer
“This is a fun novella. Reminded me a little of Jessica Jones/comic book fare! The main character was traumatized by a man (in this case, vampire) who was in his own disturbing way in love with her and was able to control her and use her powers for evil. Add in immortality, the mainstreaming of witches and vampires, and it’s a great start. My one complaint is that the book ended too soon! I know there is so much more coming in this story, waiting for part two!”-Eli. Amazon Reviewer
K.N. Lee is an award-winning author who resides in Charlotte, North Carolina. When she is not writing twisted tales, fantasy novels, and dark poetry, she does a great deal of traveling and promotes other authors. Wannabe rockstar, foreign language enthusiast, and anime geek, K.N. Lee also enjoys helping others reach their writing and publishing goals. She is a winner of the Elevate Lifestyle Top 30 Under 30 “Future Leaders of Charlotte” award for her success as a writer, business owner, and for community service.
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