Authors: Jessa Slade
Vowed in Shadows
took me on a dark and sexy and intense ride with two complex, compelling characters.”
New York Times
bestselling author Nalini Singh
“If you like your stories filled with action and romance, plus about two wounded souls, then this is a series for you. This series is wonderful; it has everything you could want to read about.”
—Night Owl Reviews (top pick)
“A solid entry in what is sure to become a classic series in the genre.”
“Slade’s characters are extremely well-developed, with boundless emotional depth. In this third Marked Souls novel, the story line is gripping, with plenty of sensual scenes.”
“Dark, dangerous, and spiced with passion, this is a well-written tale that will grab your attention from the very beginning.”
—Romance Reviews Today
“The wordplay is riveting and the story line is fast and action-packed.”
—Smexy Books Romance Reviews
“The only thing I can say about this series is WOW!!! Ms. Slade brings the fight against evil from the dark and into the light. This story is so exciting and action-packed that I had a hard time putting it down. I ended up reading it in one night. I can’t wait to see what comes next for this great new romantic urban fantasy series.”
—Night Owl Reviews (five stars)
“[A] heady mix of philosophy and religion … serves as part of the framework for this excellent series and sets it apart from the pack. … Be first in line for book three,
Vowed in Shadows
—Bitten by Books (5 tombstones)
“For readers who love J. R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood, the Marked Souls series will hit the spot.”
New York Times
bestselling author Gena Showalter
“Slade’s debut presents a dark and dense supernatural conflict with high stakes in a world where demons and angels possess humans and use them as tools in the unending fight between heaven and hell … [a] rich crossover urban fantasy.”
“A beautiful and inventive new series start, with plenty of action and wonderful characters!”
—Errant Dreams Reviews
“A gripping, suspenseful story, with some hot romantic interactions thrown in for good measure.”
San Francisco Book Review
Seduced by Shadows
blew me away … Slade creates a beyond-life-or-death struggle for love and redemption in a chilling, complex, and utterly believable world.”
—Jeri Smith-Ready, award-winning author of
Also by Jessa Slade
Seduced by Shadows
Forged of Shadows
Vowed in Shadows
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An engineer first, but an artist too. You gave me some good
material, genetics-wise, and some funny stories.
My editor, Kerry Donovan, and agent, Becca Stumpf, have been with me from
, from cover art first-glimpse squees to back cover copyedits. “Thank you” is only two words (can I say anything in two words?) and doesn’t even begin to capture my gratitude.
The entire team at NAL brings my books to life—and to bookshelves—and I can’t thank them enough, especially Jesse Feldman and Kayleigh Clark; copy editor Jane Steele (who had to put up with all my beloved sentence fragments); and Gene Mollica and Adam Auerbach, who put a chest (if not a face) on my sexy hero.
Mwahs to my cheerleading beta reader, Delilah Marvelle, whose energy in her writing and in her life inspires me endlessly.
As I write this, Book Blogger Appreciation Week is coming to a close, but I want to give them a shout-out here too, considering how their delight in and ardent support of romance has contributed substantially to my to-be-read mountain. Extra special thanks to Bitten by Books, Night Owl Reviews, Errant Dreams Reviews, Romance Reviews Today, and Smexy Books Romance Reviews.
All families put up with craziness in their loved ones, but maybe writers’ families sigh more deeply, with a little extra angst. To my family and Scott, much, much thanks and love, love, love.
Dear new Bookkeeper,
Sucks to be you.
You’re probably flipping through these mostly blank pages where the notes for the last year should be, wondering why the archives of the Chicago league of demon-possessed male talya warriors haven’t been updated lately. Honestly, as the temp secretary, I’ve been superbusy. Mostly doing my nails.
Hey, sharpened nails come in very handy against the lurking evil of the horde-tenebrae.
Besides, calfskin, goose quills, and illuminated letters went out a long time ago. You Bookkeepers should try Twitter.
So here’re the past eleven months—since the demonic possession of the first female in a couple thousand years (that’d be me) and the return of the mated
bond—condensed to 140 characters with gratuitous emoticons and random misspellings:
More evul than evuh WTF? Djinn-man wants to destroy the world (X_X) But wait! T&A + witty repartee = True Love Saves the Day! <333 The End …?
Well, that pretty much covers it. I can’t imagine you’ll have any more questions. Now that you’re here, I’ll be out slaying bad things. Don’t worry; just regular ol’ bad things—like ratty little malice, huge stinky ferales, and burning salambes—not insanely powerful, straight-up insane djinn-men like Corvus Valerius, who had the nerve to open a portal into hell before we vanquished him three months ago. No thanks to our former Bookkeeper who betrayed us and helped unleash the repentant demon that possessed me and
started this whole damn mess. We won’t hold that against
, though. Really.
We know the ranks of Bookkeeping masters frown on us pulverizing tweaking the traditions the London league has upheld for centuries, but—did I mention?—sucks to be you. Welcome to Chicago.
Sera Littlejohn, Interim Bookkeeper