Half-demon, half-goddess, Jade’s fate makes her a pawn in an epic battle among the gods. Hidden on Earth with her sisters, she successfully avoids the Oneiroi—the dream gods—bent on her destruction until the prophecy, long dormant, awakens a dark shadow within her.
Roen, a reclusive Worr demon known for his battles against the Oneiroi, is called to protect Jade. Together they must unlock their mysterious connection and find a way to beat back destiny. Can she outsmart the prophecy, change her fate, and find love—even when she learns who is connected to her destruction?
Hades kissed his wife, Persephone, one last time before reluctantly relinquishing her above ground, where her mother impatiently waited.
“Behave while I’m gone, Hades.” Persephone traced a pink-kissed nail along her husband’s dark jawline.
He was loathe to shave too often as the rough stubble against her skin excited her. “Six months is ridiculously long,” he murmured against her lush lips. “Find a way to meet me at the meadow.”
Mischief danced in her eyes as she stepped onto the boat which would ferry her along the River Styx, leading her out of the Underworld. “It’s a date,” she purred, blowing her husband a sultry kiss.
That woman slays me. He watched until she was out of sight. Once his bride was gone, his attention returned to his beloved Underworld and the current state it was in.
Hades leapt onto his chariot. A resounding crack split the air as he commanded his four black horses to lead him past boiling lava pits and stalagmites to the deepest, fiery pits of the abyss—Tartarus.
Creatures scampered out of his way. Fallen angels and demons went about their business—lest they draw his anger—as he thundered past. Tormented screams echoed off cavernous walls and pools of fiery despair. His pulse roared in his veins. He reveled at what he was about to see…
The Fates’ curse had begun.
Reining his steeds to a halt, he dismounted, his black boots crunching on a mixture of bones and jagged pieces of rock. Amidst the prisons, the things of nightmares tortured imprisoned souls.
A laugh rumbled up from his gut and rolled out. He threw back his head then ran his hands through his black hair, freeing it from its tie. Pers wasn’t here right now, due to his brother, Zeus’s, acquiescence to Demeter.
Hades ignored the slow burn in his chest at the thought of his wife being gone for six long months and focused on the game of persecuting his brother instead, for he knew a thing or two about Aiesa’s offspring that Zeus did not.
An ear-splitting scream rent the air, snapping Hades out of his thoughts. New souls.
He knew who sent them. Although he benefitted from so many entering his domain, his brother would not be happy.
What a perfect time to pay Zeus a visit.
Have you ever had an imaginary friend?
None here. Although that would have been so much fun!
Do you have any phobias?
LOL, um…spiders. I’m not crazy about bugs in general. My house is split down the middle between kill the spider and DON’T KILL IT! Those who will not, trap it and set it free outside. I want NO part in their endeavor. Shudder.
Do you listen to music when you're writing?
Absolutely. I have several playlists that fade into the background as I type. I don’t even notice the music but it really seems to help with creativity.
Do you ever read your stories out loud?
Yes, especially if it’s dialog. It helps to make sure it works and sounds natural. I do find myself reading other passages out loud but not all of them. And I’m usually not here working alone, so it can be a little awkward.
Tell us about your main character and who inspired him/her.
All the sisters have an artistic element, which is true with many in my family and friends. So I guess I am inspired from those around me, but her situations and core personality are uniquely her own. Although, her phobia of spiders is definitely from me.
Jade is a demigoddess, one of five quintuplet sisters. For safety, she and her sisters have hidden on Earth, scattered across the globe in hopes of hiding from the ones who hunt them. For the majority of Jade’s adult life, she searches for the elusive key that will eradicate her curse. Separated from her family, Jade battles a bone deep loneliness. What she really wants is love. But is she too late, and at what cost is she willing to pay?
About the Author:
Amy McKinley is a freelance writer and author. She lives in Illinois with her husband, their four talented teenagers, and three mischievous cats. Her debut novel, Hidden is the first in the Five Fates Series.