The Phoenix Series: Blue Ruin (Chapter One: Chasing Shadows)

As a way to countdown to the release of my novel, Blue Ruin, every day I am going to post an 8 to 10 sentence snippet. I got the idea after joining Weekend Writing Warriors, where each Sunday, you share a snippet of your work with other writers.

Today, I’m going to share a snippet from Chapter One: Chasing Shadows. Here, our main character and anti-hero, Maura Leroux, comes face to face with the antagonist of the book, Adrian Wilhelm, a notorious Vampire whose future has tethered itself to Maura’s past.


The monster in his Armani suit with his dark red eyes and widening smile surfaced from the shadows.

“Adrian,” Maura breathed.

Time slowed to a stop. She was a kid again. Scared, alone, staring at the being who tore her world apart. She could still see her mother’s blood dripping from his fingers, etched along his broad smile. She quivered with a surge of emotions. Anger. Hurt. Sorrow. Hate.


The Phoenix Series is a dark fantasy series comprised of gothic, supernatural, paranormal, and noire elements.

A hunter and the hunted, Maura Leroux is one of the last of her kind with a dark past that has haunted her. With black magical beings having been hunted for centuries, she’s come to learn a thing or two about survival. But Adrian Wilhelm, a notorious Vampire, threatens to destroy Maura’s newfound life as a detective in the magical world of Mystics. Adrian intends to use Maura as a means of resurrecting the fallen world of black magical beings, Abysm. Maura has made it her mission to stop Adrian while covering her tracks from those that have been seeking her out for centuries.

Blue Ruin is book one of three. It is now available for pre-order here — set to release on February 29, 2016 with a printed version. 



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