Rush’s sixth Offspring paranormal (after Beyond the Darkness) is an emotionally charged romance uniting two people in spite of guilt and fear. Lachlan McLeod turned ascetic after he accidentally killed his mother while playing around with his ability to astral project. As a child, Jessie Bellandre watched her uncle Russell and his Darkness—tremendous negative energy brought on by intense feeling—kill her mother and possess her father. She escaped and has run from him for 15 years while stifling her own Darkness. While trying to kidnap Jessie, Russell badly injures Lachlan’s brother, Magnus. Jessie saves Magnus with her Darkness, and Lachlan bulldozes her into accepting his help, assisted by the spirit of a hilariously mercurial 18th-century McLeod. Jessie and Lachlan are perfectly matched, and as they suss out Russell’s plan, she learns how to channel her power while he learns how to accept redemption. This strong installment will have new readers hunting down Rush’s backlist. Agent: Nicole Resciniti, the Seymour Agency. (June)
With Darkness Becomes Her, author Jaime Rush spins off from her acclaimed Offspring series, gifting readers who love paranormal romance and page-turning adventure with an exhilarating tale of two young people who fear the extraordinary powers they possess, yet each is the other’s only hope for survival. A novel that seamlessly blends passion, suspense, and supernatural mayhem, Darkness Becomes Her is a must-read for fans of TV’s Torchwood and Heroes, admirers of Jeaniene Frost, Vicki Pettersson, and Kay Hooper’s Special Crimes Unit novels, and anyone fascinated by the fictional possibilities of shape-shifting, ESP, astral projection, and all things otherworldly.