Itâs cover reveal day for Illusion by Lea Nolan. This is the third book in the Hoodoo Apprentice Trilogy, and I am so excited because all three books are getting gorgeous new covers! Check it out!
Author Name: Lea Nolan
Release Day: October 5th
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal
New school. Cross-country move. Broken heart. If only these were Emma Guthrieâs worst problems as the first day of her sophomore year dawns. Instead, she must battle a trio of enemiesâhuman and spectralâwho may or may not have joined forces against her. All while pretending to be over Cooper Beaumont, her ex-boyfriend and true love, to shield him from her arch-nemesisâs revenge.
Worse, when the fight escalates, Emma is tempted to use the black magic sheâs always fought against, endangering her own soul. As her enemies close in, join forces, and fight with new and dark magic sheâs never seen before, Emma must finally harness the power within her to fulfill an ancient prophecy, defeat a centuries-old evil, save her family, and reclaim the only boy sheâs ever loved.
A screech echoes through the woods. The sound is like a nail scraped against tin and raises the tiny hairs on the back of my neck. Itâs the unmistakable caw of a crow. Spinning, I search the dimness for the source. Before my eyes can focus, a glossy black shadow bursts through a sheet of Spanish moss draped on a nearby live oak.
Shrieking, I cover my head with my hands and duck, then dart toward the path that brought me here. The bird pursues, flapping its large wings and gaining ground fast. With a whoosh, it swoops from the sky and slams into me, sinking its talons into my arm. I scream, then thrash around, trying to knock it loose. Its spiky nails clamp deeper into my flesh.
âGet off her!â Cooperâs voice booms.
Tears, the very best kind, surge. Iâve never been so happy to have him near. âHelp!â I lamely shake my arm again, but the psychotic bird hangs on.
Cooperâs feet pound against the dirt as he races toward me and my winged assailant. As he draws close, the crow squawks, then jams its beak into my scalp, yanking out a clump of hair.
Pain, brilliant yellow and blinding, flashes across my vision. I wail, overcome.
I drop to my knees. Something hard thumps against the bird, launching it into the air like a golf ball from a tee. Its piercing caw bounces across the clearing. As the bird soars into the moonlit sky, it attempts to beat its wings, but somethingâs wrong. Only one of its feathered sides extends. Midair the shiny black crow stalls then careens back toward the earth. Just as Iâm sure itâs headed straight for us, the lame wing unfolds then beats furiously to avoid what is sure to be a deadly collision. Veering off, it follows a wobbly flight path toward the shadowy forest.
Cooper tosses a long, heavy stick onto the ground, then reaches for my hand and pulls me to my feet. âAre you okay?â His wide hands clutch my arms as his eyes search mine.
âIâI think so.â My voice shakes as I work to process all thatâs happened in the last few minutes. My temperature drops as shock sets in. Was it real, or just an immensely screwed-up dream? One glance at the slick streak of blood dripping down my skin confirms my new wound, though I canât tell how bad it is until I see it in the light.
Grabbing me close, he wraps his strong arms around my back. The heady scent of his Cooperness swirls around me, filling me with familiar warmth that heads off my shock. My thoughts zoom to the red stain that has likely already smeared his polo. âIâm bleeding.â I try to pull away.
âI know.â He grips me close, like heâs fallen from a ship and Iâm the only life preserver.
âBut itâll get it on your shirt.â A tear streams down the side of my face.
He pulls away, just enough to meet my gaze. âWho cares about my shirt? I thought I lost you, Emmaline.â Brushing his thumb against my cheek, he wipes away the salty liquid.
âBut you didnât. You saved me.â
âI was almost too late.â His voice is breathy and so full of despair it nearly breaks my heart.
About Lea Nolan:
Lea Nolan is a USA Today bestselling author of Contemporary Romance and YA. Her books for young adults feature bright heroines, crazy-hot heroes, diabolical plot twists, plus a dose of magic, a draft of romance, and a sprinkle of history. She also pens smart, witty contemporary stories for adults filled with head-swooning, heart-throbbing, sweep-you-off your feet romance. Born and raised on Long Island, New York, she loves the water far too much to live inland. With her heroically supportive husband and three clever children, she resides in Maryland where she scarfs down crab cakes whenever she gets the chance.
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