Remembering Raven: Allegra
Genre: Paranormal romance/suspense
Publisher: Asselin Group Online Publisher
Date of Publication: May 22, 2015
Word Count: 20,000
Raven LeClaire is starting to move past the two horrible murders that have targeted her Tarot reading clients. Although she has vowed to stay actively involved with solving these highly puzzling deaths, she is finally allowing herself to get closer to the handsome Viktor Thorssen. The two of them feel the centuries old connection between them and have given into everything that sort of bond brings with it.
Raven’s best friend and business partner, Allegra Canelle, has been acting like a school girl since she has met the elusive and mysterious Philippe. Because of her relationship with him, Allegra has been shirking all of her responsibilities including holding up her end of things at The Little Shop of Secrets. She agrees to sell her half of the shop to Raven so that she can be free to spend more time with Philippe.
Raven is finally beginning to be truly happy in life. She has a thriving business that she can now call her own. Viktor and she had a relationship filled with both undying love and passion. Not only that, but she has recalled much of their previous life together in the 14th century.
Not everything is happy, though. She has seen danger ahead for Allegra as well as a new Tarot client and neither of the women will listen to her. When tragedy does strike seemingly without warning, Viktor makes a decision that will change the lives of all of them. Believing that he is doing the right thing, he is not fully prepared for the reaction that he gets from Raven.
Whatever else may happen, however, Viktor is determined not to lose the love of his life – his soul mate – ever again. No matter what it takes to keep them together, he will do it.
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“Surely, Viktor, you cannot argue that your wife is the fairest in the land,” Kol said with a flourish. “And that is why the lovely Raven will be mine.”
“Kol!” Allegra cried. “What is wrong with you?”
“Allegra, do be quiet,” he said. “Or I shall be forced to silence you.”
“Silence me?” she shouted.
Before any of them could take a breath, Kol leaped to his feet and snapped Allegra’s neck with his bare hands.
“I did tell her to be quiet,” he said as he pushed her body out of the chair.
“Raven, Raven, wake up, love,” a voice whispered urgently in her ear. “You are dreaming. Wake up, now.”
Raven drew in a quick, deep gasp of air and bolted upright in bed. She was simultaneously sweating and shivering. Viktor wrapped his arms around her and drew her to him.
“It is ok now, my love,” he said. “You were having quite a dream.”
“No,” she said.
“What do you mean?”
“I mean, it was not a dream,” she replied.
“Ah,” Viktor said. “So it was another memory?”
“Yes, and it was clearer and more frightening than any nightmare I’ve ever had.”
“Do you want to tell me about it?”
“Maybe,” Raven said. “I think I probably should. Allegra was in this one.”
“Yes, that is to be expected because she was a very close friend to you during that lifetime,” Viktor assured her.
“I know. But this was kind of awful, Viktor.”
“In what way, my love?” he asked.
“Well, she was killed,” Raven replied. “Right in front of us.”
Imperceptibly, Viktor’s body tensed. He tried to control it, but she picked up on it.
“What do you know about that?”
“I…I really do not know much,” he said. “What did you see happen?”
He listened intently as Raven recounted her dream/memory to him.
This is bad, he thought. At this rate, she will be remembering her own death without any help from me. I do not believe she is ready to handle that yet.
“Something keeps trying to break through,” she said. “I do have one question from this dream.”
“What is that, love?” he asked.
“I’m wondering about Allegra’s companion in the dream. The one who killed her,” she said. “Viktor, just who is Kol?”
About the Author:
Lacey Edward was born and raised in Canada. She writes mainly paranormal romance fiction but enjoys throwing in a little mystery and suspense for good measure and to keep things interesting. Her first experience with vampires was the Barnabas Collins book she read in grade eight. She devoured it and never looked back – well, maybe over her shoulder once or twice.
Lacey lives in the country with her husband and two daughters. They enjoy skiing and sliding in the winter, swimming, golfing, and boating in the summer, and music all year long. Lacey also tries to keep up her mixed martial arts skills, just in case one of her unsavory characters comes to life…
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