Sneak Peek & Exclusive Excerpt: Recreated (Colleen Houck)
Today we're offering a sneak peek of Colleen Houck's new novel, Recreated!!
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Meet Colleen Houck!!
New York Times Bestselling Author Colleen Houck is a lifelong reader whose literary interests include action, adventure, science fiction, and romance. Formerly a student at the University of Arizona, she worked as a nationally certified American Sign Language interpreter for seventeen years before switching careers to become an author. Colleen lives in Salem, Oregon, with her husband and a huge assortment of plush tigers.
From Colleen Houck, New York Times bestselling author of The Tiger’s Curse, comes Recreated, the second book in the epic Egyptian-inspired Reawakened series, in which a seventeen-year-old must literally go to hell to save the love of her life.
Lily Young thought traveling across the globe with a reawakened sun prince was a grand adventure. Now she’s about to embark on the journey of a lifetime.
When Amon and Lily part tragically, he transports himself to the Netherworld—what mortals call hell. Tormented by the loss of his one true love, he’d rather suffer in agony during Lily’s mortal years than fulfill his duty to protect humanity.
Heartbroken, Lily seeks refuge on her grandmother’s farm. Yet she can feel Amon’s pain, and she has been having dreams—dreams of Amon continually suffering.
For before he departed, Amon gave Lily something very special, an item that connects them even though they are worlds apart. Now Lily must use this object to free him, and to free their realms from darkness and utter chaos. She will do whatever it takes.
“All hail the Devourer!” he cried out and the sentiment was echoed among the rowdy crowd of monsters so terrifying I knew I’d have nightmares about them for years, assuming, of course, I survived long enough to dream again.
The personification of all I loathed took a step forward. She raised her arms to the crowd, her back to us, and laughed. “Thank you all for attending this most auspicious occasion!” the Devourer said in her lovely, monstrous voice. She turned in a circle, swinging her curvy hips as she did so and I saw that this time she was dressed in a gown of sparkling silver. A very clingy gown of silver. The living cloak trailing behind her was spiked with the horns of the winged minions that clung to one another and the skulls of some little beasts adorned each shoulder.
Her long, dark hair hung down her back in lustrous undulating waves, and, even from a distance, I saw that the small silver beads adorning the locks of her hair were living creatures, clutching sections with their claws and affixing a gleaming, jeweled crown upon her head. The gems were as red as blood. Appropriate, I thought, for someone as evil as her.
She looked even lovelier than she had the last time I’d seen her. The greenish-grey veins in her skin had disappeared. Now she was all creams and pinks except for her still blood-red lips. It was as if she’d blossomed while feasting on Amon’s power. Technically, she’d been siphoning off energies from all of us. The idea that the bloom in her cheek might have come from me sickened me. I shivered knowing that that was likely precisely what had happened. She thrived on our shared power.
“She’s not at all what I expected,” Ahmose whispered.
“In all the stories I’ve heard about her, she was always referred to as the ugliest of immortals,” Asten added.
“You might think she’s beautiful now,” I said. “That is, until she opens her mouth like she’s about to stuff an entire Thanksgiving turkey down her throat. Turns your stomach.” Ahmose and Asten stared down at the woman like they were in love or, at the very least, entranced by her. I elbowed them. “Do I have to leave the two of you here? Are you going to be able to fight a girl so pretty?”
Ahmose had the decency to look chagrined. “Sorry, Lily. We will fight when the time comes.”