The Ravens of Darkness is a secret society of gifted elites: seers, shifters and telepaths that have controlled history from the shadows. They have remained hidden for centuries, until now.
Living in a quiet beach town on Lake Michigan, sixteen year old Evie Willow is terrified of drowning, but she’s even more afraid of letting her feelings out. She hasn’t cried in ten years. When the charming, telepathic lifeguard, Talon Renwyck, suddenly turns his affections toward her, Evie’s ability to rein in her feelings is threatened. Talon knows a secret which plunges Evie into the deep waters of her emotions.
As she drifts away from the life she knows into Talon’s beckoning arms, she learns he is more than just the handsome guy she’s falling in love with. Caught in a supernatural addiction and tied to the mysterious raven cult, Talon is crying out for help. Can Evie save him from himself?
Is their love the real deal or is it an illusion?
Targeted Age Group:: Teen+
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
The idea for Illusions: Ravens of Darkness started years ago when I was in high school. I would often secretly write in class as a diversion from subjects I was not interested in. I've always loved the idea of regular people in a familiar setting having supernatural abilities and being able to interact with and impact their surroundings with their special skills. I started writing it long ago, then life happened and I forgot about it. A few years ago, I came across an old notebook with bits of the story. I reworked it and completed it. It's not exactly the same story I started back then, but it has some of the original ideas in it.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
The characters developed over time. There's a love triangle, and I wanted the two potential love interests to be dynamically different on the surface but as the story progresses it becomes clear that they are not as different as they first seemed. In other words: no one is really who you think they are. I wanted my characters to be complex and real. The heroine isn't always heroic. The bad guy can be nice sometimes. The girl you think is stuck up is really shy. I like them to have layers, just like we all do, so I spent a lot of time thinking about their backstories and their interests, their strengths and weaknesses, and have compiled extensive notes on the main characters.
My mind goes to Talon and the stolen moments we've spent in the planetarium. Alex looks at me with the now familiar "Talon is an idiot" expression on his face. Alex is always reading my thoughts. I can conceal nothing from him.
"The real thing is so much better, " he mutters.
"Huh?" I say.
"If Talon had half a brain, he'd take you someplace dark and quiet and show you real stars, not some lame projection on a screen. I mean that's what I'd do if we were dating."
"We don't go there to look at the screen," I say being sassy on purpose.
"I know," Alex says. "He takes you there so he can steal your energy."
"Steal my energy?"
"Yes. He's in the Raven cult. They feed on the energy of other people."
"Like some kind of energy sucking vampires?" I say.
Alex rolls his eyes. "You girls and your vampire fetish. No. This is different. In vampire lore, they need blood, right? Psychic predators don't need energy. It's more recreational."
"They steal people's energy for fun?"
"They can increase their own supernatural powers by supplementing their energy from others. They want control."
It's kind of crazy, but what Alex is saying makes sense. It explains how Talon was able to command the bonfire at the beach party, how Jake was levitating, and how Rhiannon could control the water.
"So they were stealing my energy at the party and using it to enhance their abilities?" I ask.
"Yes," Alex says rubbing his temples and sounding annoyed with me. "Your boyfriend had a party, and you were the drug of choice."
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