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Night Bloom: Book One in the Night Bloom Saga

Night Bloom: Book One in the Night Bloom Saga

Night Bloom: Book One in the Night Bloom Saga

Night Bloom: Book One in the Night Bloom Saga

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Overview

All Sophie Bloom has ever known is a quiet, sheltered life with her abysmally normal parents, who just left for an anniversary trip. Having just moved to the beach cities of California, her biggest worry is whether the embarrassment that is her mother’s ancient, sputtering car might affect her ability to make friends in her upcoming junior year.

She has no idea that one morning will change everything about her ordinary life. Because by the end of her usual run, she’s seen something she can’t explain—something that can’t be human—and been saved by an unnamed hero who quickly disappears. Yet, it’s really the phone call that arrives moments afterwards informing her that her mother is in the hospital that alters her reality the most.

As her mother falls victim to a sudden illness, Sophie is plunged into a dark and violent world of creatures straight out of mythology. It seems she didn’t know everything about her mother after all.

Delving her mother’s past, even knowing it is the key to everything, including her own future, isn’t easy. Especially when it becomes abundantly clear that something or someone from that past is now after her. As if that wasn’t enough, her dormant love life suddenly blares to life, making a spectacular, complicated mess of things.

Yet the deeper Sophie goes down the rabbit hole, the more she learns about the truth at the heart of who she is. As long-held secrets come to light, she’ll be forced to make impossible choices and only one thing remains perfectly clear: Sophie’s life will never be ordinary again.



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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781947117006
Publisher: Rachel Hunsaker
Publication date: 05/07/2017
Series: Night Bloom , #1
Pages: 282
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.64(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

R.G. Hunsaker lived in the beach cities of Southern California, where Sophie's story takes place, for over 20 years. When she's not writing, she can be found designing sewing and crochet patterns, painting, or baking treats for her family and friends. She has a degree in Fashion Design and Production, and backgrounds in Business Management and Art. Rachel lives in Nevada with her husband and five kids. Night Bloom is her debut novel. You can find her at www.rghunsaker.com.

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PROLOGUE

"I'm so proud of you," he whispered. The tiny infant in his arms stirred slightly.

"She's asleep, she can't hear you," Avabelle said as she watched her dad cradle her daughter. Feelings of pride and sadness mixed inside her. She wished she could stay here, in this moment, forever.

She took one last look around her room, trying to commit it all to memory. The vaulted ceilings stretched high above into the night sky as the candlelight flickered off the gold accents around the room. The marble floor was polished to a high gloss and reflected the light all around them. She leaned against the oversized pillows propped up behind her. The sheer drapes on her four poster bed were tied back with thick luxurious ropes and dripping with tassels the size of a melon. Her armor was polished and waiting for her on a table by the end of her bed. This room had been a refuge and welcomed her when she came back from wars. She never dreamed it would house her daughter someday.

"Are you ready for the life you've chosen?" the old man looked up from his granddaughter and the look of concern grew across his face. "The world is a dangerous place, and I won't be there to help you."

"I know," Avabelle quietly replied. She brushed the hair away from the tiny babe's eyes. The little girl let out a sigh and smiled in her sleep. "But it's what we both want." She turned towards her husband's direction on the other side of the great room. He was snoring slightly in one of the overstuffed velvet arm chairs in the corner.

"But what do YOU want?"

Avabelle didn't dare speak what her heart yearned for. A life here. Surrounded by those she loved and safe from all the dangers of the world, with complete safety for her only child.

"I want her to live an ordinary life," said Avabelle.

"Ordinary is overrated," snuffed the grandfather. "She was born for greatness. She was born to rule."

"That may be, but I don't want it forced on her," Avabelle replied. Her father beamed as he snuggled the baby close to him. She couldn't remember ever seeing him so happy and content. "I promise there will be a day when she learns the truth about everything. And when that day comes, I want to be the one to tell her."

The baby's grandfather reluctantly handed her back to her mother and sat on the bed next to them. Avabelle cradled Sophie's little head in the crook of her arm.

"But why on Earth does she have to?"

"It's good to struggle," Avabelle said. "It builds character."

The man nodded his head in agreement. Just then, a raven flew into the room and sat on a wooden perch by the window. The king walked over, his long coat and robes dragging on the floor behind him. He snatched the paper from the bird's leg and a look of concern grew over his face as he read the contents.

"News of Sophie's birth has spread," he looked at Avabelle and the baby resting in her arms. "It won't be long before your sisters find out. Protect her from them." He walked to his son-in-law sleeping in the corner and shook his shoulder. "You all need to leave. NOW."

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