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(Demon Assassin Series Book 1)
by A.C. Wilds
Kill him or die.
Anima’s existence is about one thing ––exterminating demons. She’s an assassin for the black magic coven, Tenebris, and her next assignment is to kill the President of Hallowed Grounds MC. Except, when they meet, she can’t fulfill her task. Torque isn’t the ruthless Princep of Bloods they declared him to be, he’s much more.
Time is running out and Anima knows what happens to assassins who don’t satisfy their contracts. She never meant to spare him, but if what he says is true, then her entire life has been a lie.
Two dark souls linked by a future neither saw coming. If they don’t get answers fast, all of New City will be slaughterd. The one-person Anima thought she could trust is behind it all. Her mentor and high priestess of the Tenebris coven, Rahna, has been keeping secrets, the kind that can ruin the realms.
Can enemies join forces to take down a common foe, or will old habits prevent them from saving all that’s important?
Excerpt from Blood Demon:
Tenebris witches have been native to these lands for centuries. When the demons came, the witches were ready. Our sacred grounds were protected, and we became something of a beacon for those in need. Tenebris may mean dark in Latin, but in times of war, purity isn’t what keeps people alive.
“Welcome back, Anima,” Rahna says from the doorway to the citadel. Her raven-colored hair tumbles to her waist. A sleek white gown hugs her torso, flaring at the hip. Her sword, Ira, dangles by her side. Its casing is intricately engraved with runes and glyphs that keep the Blade of Wrath secure. If it got into the wrong hands, no creature in any realm would be safe.
“Your Excellence, how may I serve you?” Head bowed in deference, I even keep my eyes pointed down as I wait to be called upon. Rahna is everything a royal should be—ruthless and cunning. She’s the perfect witch to lead us. I’m proud to be her assassin, to be working toward ridding this realm of demons.
“You may speak plainly. As I was walking past, I saw you pull up. I take it the mission was completed.” There is no question in her voice. If I hadn’t completed it, she knew I wouldn’t return.
“Yes, ma’am, everything has been taken care of. I sent the photos to operations, and the cleaning crew was en route before I left the scene. Azzoz will not be harming any other humans.”
She nods in acceptance, then continues into the citadel. I follow behind on quiet feet, knowing she’ll talk when she’s ready. Our relationship is complicated, but I’ve come to honor the silence between us. I don’t remember what she saved me from, but I’ve always felt grateful for her presence, even when it was tough to bear.
We enter her office, and she gestures for me to close the door behind her. I oblige and head farther into the room, waiting for her to tell me to sit. Opening the desk, she pulls out a stack of papers and hands them to me.
It’s a report on one of the most notorious demons in the Mortal Realm. Princep Torque Sanguis, the head of the Blood Demons. He rose from the Demon Realm and conquered his way onto this plane, killing and sacrificing anyone and anything in his way. He’s New City’s most feared demon, and my priestess has handed me his death warrant.
“You can’t be serious,” I whisper, placing the papers on the corner of the desk and taking a seat opposite her. Her expression gives away no emotion, but her eyes say it all. She’s dead serious.
“Why? How do you expect to take down a princep without any retaliation against the coven? The demons who work for him will come after us hard. Are you prepared for a war?”
I’m speaking out of turn, but what she’s asking is madness. Torque has never been aggressive. In fact, he keeps his demons in check as much as he’s able. To be able to exist on this plane, Blood Demons survive on the blood of humans. Without it, they’d be sent back to the Demon Realm. Torque gets his blood from willing donors—at least, that’s what he claims. Humans who want to be demons are called vampires. Neither dead nor alive, their existence is based solely on the Blood Demons who control them.
“He’s becoming a problem. Too many humans are signing up to become his vampires. His following is getting out of hand, and the covens agreed he needs to be stopped.” She steeples her hands in front of herself, staring directly in my eyes. “You’re the best assassin from any covens in New City, and I need you to get this done.”
I grab the papers from the desk, reading them through once more. This mission will be my hardest. I’ve taken down some nasty demons, but someone of this power could end me.
“Yes, My Priestess.”
Meet Author A.C. Wilds
A.C. Wilds was born and raised in New York City. She lives in an outer borough with her husband and two girls. She loves horseback riding, mythical creatures, and everything books. When she isn't at her desk writing the next great escape, she can be found with the blankets over her head reading a steamy paranormal tale.
Interview with A.C. Wilds:
Q: Hi A.C. Wilds! Tell us a little more about yourself.
ACW: Hi Guys! I’m A.C. from New York City. I’m a paranormal romance author with loves writing reverse harem and menage. I love pizza and can’t get enough coffee.
Q: Tell us about your publishing journey. Did you always want to be an author?
ACW: I’ve been writing since I was a little girl but didn’t start publishing until 2019. I always wondered why I didn’t fit into any career and it was only until I had my youngest daughter that I figured out why. Reading reverse harem in the middle of the night while nursing made me think of writing again. Ten months later I joined NaNoWriMo and wrote my first full length novel, Death Card.
Q: What’s your favorite type of paranormal creature and why?
ACW: Currently, demons. I’m obsessed with Dante’s Divine Comedy and the circles of Hell. I’ve been having a lot of fun plotting new books to include them.
Q: For those who are new to your books, what is the story about?
ACW: Blood Demons is a tale of two enemies who find that there is a bigger threat then each other. Anima is a Tenebris witch trained to hunt and kill demons. Torque is the King of the Bloods and the President of Hallowed Grounds, a demon motorcycle club. Anima is tasked with killing Torque, but the story takes a turn and they soon team up. There are a lot of surprises and forbidden romance. At the end, you find out why Anima was created to hunt demons.
Q: What is your favorite part of being a published author?
ACW: My readers. I’m so blessed to have an amazing following who enjoy my work and look forward to my next insane idea. My female characters aren’t the typical damsel-in-destress or even the girl-next-door. They’re powerful women who kill people, have sex as much as possible, and don’t give a f@*k afterworld. There aren’t a lot of fans of woman being empowered in that way, but my readers embrace it.
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