Dear Reader Letter and Excerpt from Keri Arthur's Darkness Devours
Risa Jones—the heroine of Darkness Devours—wasn't supposed to exist.
Not as a fully formed fictional character with her own series, anyway.
In fact, she was supposed to be nothing more than a means to an end. In Tempting Evil, the third book of my Riley Jenson, Guardian, series, I needed a reason for suspect Dia Jones—a very powerful psychic—to be working for the villain of the story. I also needed a reason for Riley to like—and trust—her. Given Riley was slowly coming to realize she may never have children of her own, it seemed logical that the one thing above all others that would sway her opinion would be a child in danger. So Risa—a tiny baby being held prisoner to ensure Dia's obedience—was born.
And that was supposed to be the end of it.
Risa, however, was having none of that. She popped up again in Embraced by Darkness as an excitable toddler who sees death standing over Riley's shoulder, and appeared more frequently in later books. By the time she was a two year old sweet talking her 'aunt Riley' into giving her cake and Coke, I knew she was going to have her own series.
But Risa—like her mother—is no ordinary werewolf. Her father is an Aedh, a being of pure energy, and one of the guardians of the gates to heaven and hell. She can walk the lands between life and death, converse with souls, and see reapers. She even has one of the Dark Angels psychically linked with her.
Trouble is, the keys to the gates have gone missing, hidden somewhere on Earth, and Risa—thanks to her Aedh heritage—is the only person capable of finding them. But with her mother's murderer on the loose, the lives of her friends on the line, and the vampire council debating whether she should live or die, the fate of heaven and hell is the least of her worries.