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Clean Teen Publishing is excited to announce the release of Raging, the long-awaited conclusion to Holly Kelly‘s Rising Series.
For two thousand years, a betrayer has occupied the throne on Olympus. Hungry for power, he has wreaked havoc among the gods, as well as the humans on earth. But a spark of hope ignites in the form of four young women—ones who are destined to free the true king and save the human world. Two have been found, and the others must be located before it’s too late.
Drakōn would love nothing more than to turn his back on the whole thing. It’s not that he doesn’t care about humans, but he has his own world to worry about. But then, he is given an impossible task—one he finds himself unable to refuse. He is charged with protecting a woman, but not just any woman—Tana, goddess of wind and fire.
Tana is more than he bargains for. Sentenced to an eternity of imprisonment for burning hundreds to death in a fiery inferno, she has powerful enemies. Drakōn finds himself facing off with those adversaries even as he questions why he doesn’t simply destroy her himself. But Tana is one of four destined to save the world. That is, if she doesn’t destroy it first. And Drakōn? He may just lose his most guarded possession. His heart.
fingers began to burn—not hot, but cold. Feeling came gradually,
like the stabbing pain of a thousand needles. Wetness seeped into her
back, bringing with it agony. She clenched and unclenched her hands,
attempting to generate some warmth. “Father…” she said, finally
managing to speak. A puff of white, misty air billowed from her
Hades responded. “You’re awake.”
she begged through chattering teeth. “D-don’t to this.”
mind is made up, my child.”
F-father. You’re supposed to protect m-me; you’re supposed to
shone in his eyes when he turned away. Knowing he regretted his
actions didn’t help. It didn’t lessen the bitter feeling of
do it now.”
Tana shrieked as the ground below her rumbled and cracked. “Father!
You do this and I’ll n-never forgive you!” Pain as she had never
felt before washed over her as ice water flooded the hole she was
sinking into. She gasped, her muscles clenching—screaming in pain
as fury burned in her. “I swear I will escape, and when I do, I
will come for you, Father. You will feel pain a thousand times worse
than what you inflict on me! I promise you’ll regret what you do
water washed over her, covering her face as she spoke her last
words—and down she sank. The burn of cold engulfed her, more
painful than anything she could have imagined. She flailed her arms,
trying desperately to reach the surface, but some unseen force pushed
her down. In less than a minute, her lungs screamed for air. And then
as fast as a cracking whip, she could no longer move. Her eyes looked
toward the surface—frozen in place. Bubbles around her stilled,
like a cruel constellation spread out above her head. And this was
how she remained for nearly nine hundred years—locked in her icy
prison, with nothing to think on, save regret and revenge.
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In a war between the humans and the inhabitants of the sea–humans will lose. Xanthus Dimitriou–the most lethal Dagonian to rise from the ocean–is on a mission to save mankind from annihilation. But first there’s one small thing he needs to do… kill a beautiful young woman in a wheelchair.
Killing her doesn’t start out as part of his plan. He entrenches himself deep in the human world. Aligning with his enemies, he prepares to send them to Triton to face their punishment. Then Sara Taylor rolls onto the scene. Xanthus knows at once she’s a criminal. And her crime? Being born. She’s a human/Dagonian half-breed, an abomination. Killing her should be an easy job. All he has to do is break into her apartment, slit her throat, and feed her body to the sharks. Simple, right? Wrong. If only she weren’t so beautiful, so innocent, so sweet…
Saving the world may have to wait. It appears Xanthus has a woman to save. But protecting her may cost him his own life.
When Xanthus cashes in a long-standing favor, Kyros is faced with doing two things he thought he’d never do—protect a mermaid and live on land. Dagonians loathe mermaids and Sara, Xanthus’s wife, is no exception. Also, a Dagonian standing on human legs? As if being around the vile creatures responsible for polluting his home and killing his sister wasn’t horrible enough, Kyros has to deal with Sara’s troublesome human friend, Gretchen.
Kyros can’t help but resent Gretchen. Not only is she human and unforgettably gorgeous, but she leaves him swimming in confusion and feeling things he shouldn’t be feeling—least of all for a land-walker! When Gretchen is nearly killed by an assassin’s bullet, Kyros’s mission changes. He’s forced to become her protector. Forced is a gross exaggeration, though. The more time Kyros spends with Gretchen, the more he finds himself falling for this spunky, witty human. When it becomes apparent that something dark and evil will stop at nothing to see Gretchen dead, Kyros expends his resources to find out who that being is. Unfortunately, the answer causes more problems than it solves. When a rogue mermaid wants you dead, you’re safe from no one… not even the ones you love.
Two thousand years ago, King Triton witnessed the slaughter and total annihilation of his merchildren. He vowed then and there to never again father a child. Powerful and eternally youthful, Triton was no stranger to seduction. But his resolve was unwavering—until he met Nicole. Unable to resist the human woman, he found himself swept up in her arms. When he finally came to his senses, he abandoned her to return to his refuge in the sea.
Twenty years later, he comes face to face with his daughter. Triton is both thrilled and frightened to learn he’s a father. Meeting the child he never knew fills a void in his life. But at the same time, he once again finds his heart at risk. Even more terrifying, he’s forced to admit he’s still in love with Nicole. Gathering his courage, he leaves the sea to seek her out. But the pain he caused is not easily forgotten. And mending broken hearts should be the least of his worries. The elements are in commotion, threatening the utter destruction of mankind. And much to the sea god’s surprise, the human woman he loves may be the key to saving them all.
About the Author
Holly Kelly is a mom who writes books in her spare time: translation–she hides in the bathroom with her laptop and locks the door while the kids destroy the house and smear peanut butter on the walls. She was born in Utah but moved around a bit, living in Kansas, Texas, and Hawaii where she studied marine biology. She’s now back in Utah–“happy valley”. She’s married to a wonderful husband, James, and they are currently raising 6 rambunctious children. Her interests are reading, writing (or course), martial arts, visual arts, creating Halloween props, and spending time with family.
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