The Phoenix Series: Blue Ruin (Chapter Nine: Crossing Paths)

Day nine!

Today’s snippet is from Chapter Nine: Crossing Paths. Here, we follow Heidi — Maura’s old detective partner, a double agent for The Keep (the government) and Adrian Wilhelm (the antagonist) — as she works. After being the only known survivor from Adrian’s attack, the attack that placed Maura in hiding, agents within the department begin to questions, why did she survive? Even more importantly, why isn’t Adrian hunting her?

This snippet is longer than my others, but there was no proper place to cut it. 


Matt tripped from the room, and minutes later John entered without knocking. He sat across from Heidi, reports in hand, and dropped them in front of her. He unbuttoned his suit jacket, adjusted his tie and pulled a pen from his pocket. 

Heidi dropped her legs from the desk and twisted in her chair. “I’m of no help.” 

“You’re our biggest help.” John slid the paperwork and pen across the desk. “You’re the last one standing.” 

“I wasn’t there.” 

“Doesn’t matter.” 

“I’d think it does.” 

“You were first on the scene. I need to know what you saw.” John sat back. “Fleeing cars, auras, remnant spells. Survivors.” 

“Like you said, I’m the last man standing.” 

“Phone records show you called Aegis ten minutes after the last distress call went out.” 

Heidi leaned forward. “You looked at my records?” 

“We’re investigating all possibilities in this case.” 

“All possibilities?” 

“An entire team – an elite team – was wiped out in a matter of minutes. It’s not uncommon for Adrian to–” 

“You aren’t looking for a witness report,” Heidi interrupted, stiffening. “You’re looking for a rat in the department.”

“A flat tire spared you. Your name is second on the case, and Adrian isn’t hunting you down?” He raised an eyebrow and looked around the room. “Nice upgrade.” John rose, a smug smile on his face.

“You can’t prove anything.”

“We can pay more. I expect the files on my desk by five.” 


Blue Ruin is the first novel in The Phoenix Series. The Phoenix Series is a dark fantasy with gothic, noire, paranormal, and supernatural 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 now available. The Phoenix Series: Blue Ruin.



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