The Space Within
by Kristie Cook
Series: The Book of Phoenix #3
Publication date: April 5th 2013
Category: New Adult
Genre: Paranormal Romance
When Darkness threatens, what matters most lies in The Space Within
Completing a mission that reunites Guardian Twin Flames turns devastating when the Book of Phoenix throws Leni and Brock into a Dark world, leaving Jeric and Asia behind. They count on their other halves to rescue them, but when that doesn’t happen, they must fight through the Darkness and find a Gate that will take them home.
Except all of Earth’s Gates are sealed.
Enyxa, ruler of Darkness, and her horde of Dark souls storm the Gates to push their way through to Earth. While Leni and Brock fight Enyxa on their side, Jeric and Asia must figure out how to save their Twin Flames without jeopardizing all of Earth’s souls. Through it all—and with a little help from Enyxa—Brock and Asia begin questioning their relationship and whether they’re truly meant to be together…or if they’re two Lost souls forced to become one.
If the Broken dyads don’t find each other fast, they’ll be lost to the Dark forever. But to reunite means choosing themselves over all of Earth’s souls. Can Jeric make that decision? And will Brock and Asia find the love they both desperately crave? Or are they all doomed to perpetual Darkness?
Discover how it all ends in The Space Within, the explosive conclusion to The Book of Phoenix trilogy.
As the New Adult category has risen in popularity lately—actually, shot to the stars—there are some misconceptions about it that many authors, like myself, are working painstakingly to clear. One that it is “new.” Although the term was only coined in 2009, many of us have been writing it for much longer. These books were previously shelved and marketed as upper YA or Adult, though—or ignored completely because publishers believed nobody wanted to read about college-aged protagonists.
The second and most harmful misconception for the entire reading community is that it’s a subgenre of romance, particularly contemporary romance or erotic romance. Along with this goes the thought that NA is simply sexed-up YA.
This belief is so limiting!
If we can spread the word that NA is an age category and not a genre or subgenre, readers of all genres will benefit. Imagine the possibilities! There are NA horrors, mysteries, suspense, thrillers, historical…the list goes on. Authors have been writing these for years. But getting the word to the general reading public has been a struggle.
As one of my characters, Bex, would say, thank God and baby Jesus that readers are starting to expect more from NA. They don’t want the contemporary and erotic romances to go away—none of us do! But we all want more variety. Right now, readers are wanting to see NA paranormal stories. This is what I write, and The Book of Phoenix trilogy is a perfect example of how what we love in NA and what we love in paranormal can work together.
The characters in this trilogy fall into the NA age group—18-25 year olds trying to figure out who they are in this world as they make their ways on their own. And they all have the angsty issues we love in NA.
Leni is a dancer with body image issues and past eating disorders, along with a mother she could never please. Jeric is the ultimate sexy, bad boy we love in NA, who lost his family and his hearing in an accident years ago. Jacey is a punk-rocker in the 80s with a substance abuse problem, and Micah is an ex-Marine who’s lost everyone he’s known. Bex grew up living in cars until her drug abusin’ mama abandoned her and her sister and now faces that mama on her deathbed. I don’t want to give away Asia and Brock’s struggles because they’re a key plot twist more than the others, but suffice it to say they’re dealing with the consequences of mistakes many young people make in today’s world.
So everything you could want in the characters of a New Adult story.
Now we get to add in more conflict and tension that you only get in a paranormal world. Add in some vampires or shifters or maybe some angels and demons or gods. Talk about fun and insanity!
In The Book of Phoenix, the paranormal twist is a bit different. For example, all evidence of the characters’ existences starts to disappear so even those closest to them don’t know them anymore. Also, Dark Souls that are very much like demons, begin to attack. Strange marks are showing up on their skin as if they’ve been branded. I don’t want to give away the biggest and most unusual twist, but I will say there are gates to other worlds and the Darkness is trying to get into ours.
So normal world issues, the exploration of new relationships and even love, and the trials and challenges of a paranormal environment all come together in multi-layered, dynamic stories that take you to other worlds. If you’re at all into paranormal and into New Adult, then you’ll love what happens when they join forces.
Right now is a great time to find out if NA paranormal is your thing. The Space Between, Part One of The Book of Phoenix, is FREE on all ebook retailers. It’s also part of the Curses, Fates & Soul Mates: 5 Paranormal New Adult Novels box set that’s on sale now through Oct. 14 for only 99c. AND, The Space Beyond, Part Two of The Book of Phoenix, is on sale through Saturday, Sept. 6, for only 99c. The Space Within, the last part of the trilogy is only $4.99. So that means you can get the entire trilogy for less than $6 or get 7 books, including the trilogy, for less than $7. It’s a steal you don’t want to miss!
Thank you, Toni, for having me here! Happy reading to all of you!
~Book of Phoenix Series~
Synopsis for The Space Between (book 1):
When Life Falls to Pieces, Answers Lie in the Space Between
Leni Drago can’t make a smart decision on her own, according to her mother anyway–the few times she’s tried resulted in disaster. When her uncle sends her on a dance tour in Italy to find her real self, she returns to an empty home and any evidence of his existence wiped out. Then things get even stranger, like the mysterious appearances of Jeric Winters–inked, pierced and a hit-’em-and-quit-’em type. He’s one decision that should be easy for Leni. Or is he?
Jeric doesn’t do girlfriends. Unless they’re someone else’s. He left the fighting cage and modeling for a reason, and girls who want more than a night of fun are distractions he doesn’t need. Especially when they come with as much baggage as Leni carries. But he can’t shake the gut feeling that he needs to know her. All of her.
To discover the truth behind their connection and their ties to a journal from 1989, they must face painful secrets from their pasts. And they must do so quickly because their own existences are falling to pieces.
Two love stories, one mystery and a paranormal twist that readers call “mind blowing.” This first part of The Book of Phoenix takes you on a heart-wrenching ride as you discover the answers that lie in The Space Between.
Synopsis for The Space Beyond (book 2):
As members of the Phoenix, Jeric and Leni are thrust into their new lives, expected to lead Earth’s Guardians. But Leni struggles with trusting her own soul, and Jeric is more concerned about keeping Leni safe than meeting others’ demands. When Darkness swarms Lake Haven, they embark on their first mission with little preparation and no idea which soul the Dark hunts.
Born and raised in Lake Haven, Bex hopes to escape her small-town life, ideally in the arms of her soul mate. She knows he exists, and her heart aches with the need to find him. When her long-lost mama calls to announce she’s knockin’ on death’s door, Bex reluctantly makes the trip to see the uncaring bitch (bless her heart), only to be knocked off her feet by the sexy and charming Dr. Mason Hayes. Is he really The One?
Leni’s soul felt an instant connection to Bex, but if Bex found her soul mate, she isn’t their mission. So who is, and why does Leni instinctively feel drawn to her? Can Leni even trust her intuition? And will Jeric step up and lead when the time comes orcontinue to hold them back?
If they don’t learn to trust themselves and each other quickly, Darkness will claim them all…along with the rest of Earth’s souls.
About the Author
Kristie Cook is a lifelong, award-winning writer in various genres, from marketing communications to fantasy fiction. She continues to write the Soul Savers Series, a New Adult paranormal romance / contemporary fantasy, with Promise, Purpose, Devotion, Power, and the latest release, Wrath, book five, available now. She’s also written a companion novella, Genesis: A Soul Savers Novella, which tells the compelling beginnings of her Soul Savers mythology. Over 300,000 Soul Savers books have been sold, with Promise peaking at #54 on the Amazon Top 100 Paid list and at #1 in the Amazon Fantasy category.
Kristie’s second series, The Book of Phoenix, is a completed New Adult paranormal trilogy including: The Space Between, The Space Beyond, and The Space Within.
Besides writing, Kristie enjoys reading, cooking, traveling, and riding on the back of a motorcycle. She has lived in ten states, but currently calls Southwest Florida home with her husband, three sons, a beagle, and a puggle.
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