Madly is your average nearly-eighteen year old girl—for a princess, that is.
Madly James is thoroughly enjoying her internship in the small town of Slumber when the unthinkable happens—there’s a prison break in Atlas, the magically-protected home of Madly’s race. A traitor has set free eight Lore, the spirits of what humans know as fairy tales, and they are making their way to Slumber to awaken their descendants.
The first spirit to arrive is that of Ulrich Wolfhardt, a man that was once obsessed with wolves and a young maiden he would follow through the woods. After a bite from a wolf, Wolfhardt’s obsession with the girl became an unnatural hunger and the young maiden’s grandmother cursed him with a fate worse than death. And now he’s back…with a vengeance and a bite that can infect others as well.
Madly must learn the identity of Wolfhardt’s descendant and stop him before he kills again and spreads his curse across the earth. But the only person strong enough to help Madly is Jackson, the Sentinel who vowed to protect her and the one person capable of breaking her heart. Can Madly resist forbidden love long enough to save the world from Wolfhardt? Or will she have to sacrifice her heart and her destiny to save the ones she loves?
How deep does love run? Deeper than the ocean? Deeper than memory? Deeper than magic?
Following their plan to save Atlas, Madly and Jackson return the spirit of Wolfhardt to his prison beneath the sea. But even the best laid plans couldn’t account for the surprises they find. This time, Lore aren’t their only challenges.
Madly is special in ways no one could have guessed and dark forces seek to control her. They want her power, but first they must weaken her. They need her beaten. Vulnerable. Near death. And alone. But that task isn’t an easy one with Jackson at her side. The strongest of their kind, the only way to separate Jackson from Madly is to destroy his love for her, to erase it from his mind. And his heart.
Is it possible to steal Jackson’s love from Madly? Or is their love the only truly unbreakable thing?
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GETTING TO KNOW JACKSON...
Place of Birth: Atlas
Description: 6’6”, black hair, blue eyes
Q: What are your favorite foods?
A: It’s food. I don’t eat it to enjoy it. I eat it to stay strong.
Q: So there’s nothing that you like outside its nutritional value? Nothing you like just because?
Q: That’s kind of strange for a guy, isn’t it? Isn’t that sort of a girl thing?
A: I don’t care. I like it. It tastes good.
Q: Because you have to wear it all the time in Slumber?
A: (shrugs) Maybe.
Q: What are you favorite activities?
A: Chasing Makos.
Q: What’s a Mako?
A: It’s the fastest shark. It keeps my skills sharp trying to catch them. Not to mention that they fight back. And their death…Damn, they’re sharp!
Q: What do you like to do on dry land?
A: (pauses) I like the forest. Especially at night. On patrol, I like to go there and just listen. The sounds keep me alert, but they’re also much different than the sounds we hear normally in Atlas or in the water. Obviously. But I like them. They remind me of rain.
A: Yes. That’s not something we get to hear often either. It didn’t take me long to discover that I like that sound, though. I never mind it when it rains.
Q: What’s your favorite thing about Madly?
A: (laughs) Look, I’m still a guy. Do you really want me to answer that?
Q: Okay, physical characteristics notwithstanding, what is your favorite thing about Madly?
A: Her heart. She has more heart than any ten Mer I know. I’d do anything in my power to make sure she never loses that, to make sure it never gets broken.
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author, M. Leighton, is a native of Ohio. She relocated to the warmer climates of the South, where she can be near the water all summer and miss the snow all winter. Possessed of an overactive imagination from early in her childhood, Michelle finally found an acceptable outlet for her fantastical visions: literary fiction. Having written over a dozen novels, these days Michelle enjoys letting her mind wander to more romantic settings with sexy Southern guys, much like the one she married and the ones you'll find in her latest books. When her thoughts aren't roaming in that direction, she'll be riding wild horses, skiing the slopes of Aspen or scuba diving with a hot rock star, all without leaving the cozy comfort of her office.
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