Sunday, May 31, 2015

Release Day for Anew by Josie Litton

From NY Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Josie Litton
Amelia and Ian's story comes to a stunning conclusion in Book Three of this erotic retelling of "Sleeping Beauty" set in the near future. Escaping deadly danger in the glittering city of Manhattan, the lovers find refuge on an island sanctuary where beauty disguises lethal intent.
As they seek to bridge the chasm of lies and half-truths that threaten to destroy them, they discover a new, far deeper love that opens the way to healing and redemption.
But when a deadly enemy threatens to strike again, Ian and Amelia have no choice but to return to the world beyond the island. There they must confront their ultimate fears and together find the means to save everything that matters most.
*Contains sexual content. Intended for mature audiences.*
This is the final book in the ANEW trilogy. Books One and Two are available now. I’m looking forward to writing more stories in the world of Anew.  Visit me on Facebook www.facebook/josielittonauthor or Twitter for updates.

May, 2059
Island of Manhattan
“Those who hold power in this city and beyond must be held accountable for their actions by all citizens.”
I’m facing the camera, explaining on the record why my men raided the elite sadomasochistic club favored by the city’s power brokers, when I hear Amelia cry out.
She sounds upset, even frantic. Why? What’s happening? I break off, turning, at the same time starting toward her. That’s when I see it. Drone. Armed. Incoming.
My brain only barely has time to grasp that much. My body has even less chance to react. I throw myself to the side just as the world explodes in blinding light that turns instantly to darkness, swallowing me whole.
Pain! Intense, savage, eating me from the inside out.
Screaming. My own? Maybe, but others as well. So many screams.
I smell smoking metal and blood but all I can think of is getting to her, protecting her, keeping her safe. My soul rips apart at the thought that she could be hurt and I can’t reach her. But my body no longer obeys my commands. I’m detached somehow, floating outside it.
I look down and see the body of a man, lying twisted and broken on the ground. There are other people, yelling, running, but I focus on him. I need a moment to understand who I’m looking at.
The clarity of that realization gut-punches me but it also brings a strange measure of calm. I’m not afraid, on the contrary a sense of peace wells up in me. As it does, the darkness gives way to a circle of glowing light that expands outward, drawing me irresistibly.
I try to struggle but my connection to the world and everything in it is fading fast. I’m not going to make it--
Suddenly, I feel Amelia’s presence. Joy and relief fill me. I cling to her as her touch draws me back. The light begins to recede. I let it go without regret.
My head is in her lap. I’m cold, so cold but she warms me. She’s the air and light, hope and promise. She’s everything to me. I can’t leave her. I won’t

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