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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. An ancient evil is on the rise, stealing power from the gods, and threatening the destruction of mankind.
And much to the sea god's surprise, the human woman he loves may be the
key to saving them all.
his heart pulsing under his ribs and his chest trembling with nervousness, Triton
raised his fist and rapped on the door.
He waited for several moments. Nicole didn’t answer.
He tried the bell.
Closing his eyes, he felt for her. She was near. Why
wasn’t she answering?
He stepped off the porch and followed a flagstone
path around the side of the house. The foliage opened up into a splendid view
of the ocean. And there she was, sitting in the grass—her back to him. Triton’s
heart pounded in his chest. Her arms were wrapped around her legs and her head
rested on her knees. She looked so small; her beautiful, raven hair flowed like
a waterfall down her back.
Her body shook and a soft, moaning cry escaped her
lips. His heart broke when he realized she was weeping.
Fearing that he might startle her, he approached
quietly. He didn’t dare touch her. Instead, he whispered. “Don’t cry, my sweet.”
Nicole raised her head, opened her teary eyes,
looked into his face, and screamed.
Her shrill cry rent the air and stung his ears.
“Nikki, it’s okay. It’s me, Ty,” he gasped, holding
his hands up as he took a step back.
“Get away from me,” she shrieked. “Oh no, I finally
did it. I snapped. I’m so crazy that I’m hallucinating.” She stood and backed
away from him. He frowned at how precariously close she was to the thirty-foot
drop off at her back.
“I’ve obsessed so much about you over the years that
it’s driven me mad,” she said.
“You’re not crazy, Nicole.”
“Oh really?” she said, taking yet another step back.
“Then why is it that you show up out of the blue after twenty years? And why do
you look exactly the same? You haven’t aged a day in the last two decades?”
“I was about to say the same about you,” he answered
with a tentative smile.
“Oh very funny…I shouldn’t even be talking to you,
you’re not real. Maybe, maybe…I’m dreaming.” Nicole slapped her own face, hard.
that,” he said, reaching out to grab her.
She stepped back yet again and dodged him, getting
dangerously closer to the edge, he gathered the waves from below to guard her
in case she fell. “Be careful—” he began.
“Don’t tell me what to do,” she said and slapped
him, stinging his cheek. “You have no right! You left me… you left me.” It was
then she crumbled, tears coming in a torrential rain.
Triton stepped toward her and pulled her into his
arms. “Sweetheart, don’t cry. I’m here now. I’m so sorry I left. I’m sorry I
hurt you. I’m sorry you had to raise our daughter all by yourself. I’m so sorry
Nicole’s head came up. “What? You know about Sara?”
She looked him in the eye. Her breath hitched, water droplets clinging to her
eyelashes. “Is that why you’re back? You’re here for Sara? You didn’t come back
“No… no, it was you I came back for. I’ve already
settled things with Sara. It’s you I needed to see. I need to tell you…” He
sighed, gathering the courage to speak the words from his heart. “I never
should have left. I was confused and afraid. I was afraid to admit that I loved
you. I still love you, Nikki.”
“But why did you stay away so long?” She sniffled.
“I haven’t been thinking right. I’ve only now begun
to admit how much I love you and how much I’ve suffered staying away from you.
I know it’s probably too late to ask, but I have to know. Could you ever begin
to forgive me? I know I’ve hurt you too much to expect you to love me in
return. But I would like to have your forgiveness.”
Nicole sobbed all over again.
Triton pulled away, his heart breaking at the pain
he was causing her.
“No,” she shouted, pulling him back. “Please don’t
go.” She hiccupped, threw her arms around his neck, and buried her face in his
shoulder. “Please, don’t leave me; promise you’ll never leave me again.” She
Triton wrapped his arms around her, and picked her up
off the ground. “I promise.”
I'm a mom who writes books in her
spare time: translation--I hide in the bathroom with my laptop and lock the
door while the kids destroy the house and smear peanut butter on the walls. I
was born in Utah but lived in Kansas until I was 13, in Texas until I was 18,
and attended college in Hawaii—studying marine biology. I'm now back in
Utah--"happy valley". I'm married to a wonderful husband, James, and
we are currently raising 6 rambunctious children. My interests are reading,
writing (of course), martial arts, visual arts, creating Halloween props, and
spending time with family.
I signed with Clean Teen Publishing
in 2013. My first published book Rising, quickly hit the best-seller lists and
has maintained it's status on those lists since it's release in September 2013.
The sequel in The Rising Series titled, Descending, was released in late March
2014. It also hit best-seller status--reaching all the way to #1 in Mythology
on Amazon. And then the third installment, Avenging, is due to be released
April 21, 2015.