ONE DAY until Reborn releases!
I am super excited about the release of Reborn: House of Phoenix. It’s not only part of the amazing multi-author shared world, Wicked Reform School, Reborn is also the prequel for my upcoming Academy of the Phoenix series. Dates, cover reveals, and teasers will come soon.
But right now we are counting down to Reborn’s release on Thursday, May 21, 2020!
NOTE: The excerpts are continuing from the one before it. So if you missed the previous teasers you can find them below.
Seagulls called out to each other, sounding like they were laughing. They probably were with me being the butt of their joke. Ocean water lapped at the shore a short distance away, telling me I was on the beach.
Slowly I opened my eyes and sat up. A low hum of a headache echoed in my skull and I smelled like ash. I never knew what to expect when I woke from my first rebirth. Mom said it was different for each person and got easier as we grew older. Since I was only half fire phoenix, we never knew what would happen.
I’m glad this little test run resulted in me being reborn. But why wouldn’t it? Because my father was a god? In my book that would ensure I would wake from death fire.
I’ve watched a phoenix die and then rise from the ashes before. It was during a battle with a rival phoenix clan. One of mom’s guards was attacked while she was flying in her bird form. Her attacker broke her wings, making Judy drop from the sky and land on the ground. Moments later she was covered in fire while several of our clan members circled around her, forming a barrier to protect her body while she regenerated.
They were able to move her to the medical center once the fire was out. While the fire only burned for a few minutes, it was hours before she woke up from the deep sleep we fell into so our bodies could heal.
I rolled to my knees and stood up, slowly. The ache in my head eased, but the world was still hazy and spinning. There was something I needed to do…
Lucent! He took the blame for killing the harpy princess. But my mom would have known it was me. Damn what a fucking mess.
Pushing away the dizziness and the low-grade headache, I rushed through the dense jungle, heading to my village. I needed answers and Mom was the only one who could give them to me.
After all, I did call her to come to scene when I heard the cry of the child that turned into a trap. Or was she already on the way? Hell, I didn’t remember. It was all a blur.
I slapped large leaves away as I ran and jumped over brush. My village came into view, but I didn’t slow until I was inside my house. Even then I power-walked to Mom’s office.
I opened the office door without knocking and skidded to halt. Two large males stood to one side of the office. Their dark eyes landed on me and their lips curled in wicked smirks. They were phoenixes and huge-ass fuckers, but not from my clan. There weren’t many males born to our kind. Most of them worked as enforcers for the council, like the two standing in Mom’s office watching me like I’d run out the door.
Giving them a sickly-sweet smile, I moved to stand in front of Mom’s desk. Her three mates—Gauge, Flint, and Cross—gave me sympathy looks from behind Mom. They couldn’t help, although I guessed they tried. The three of them had been more like dads to me than my absent sperm donor.
Mom didn’t look up from her tablet as she said, “Took you long enough.”
“Well, it was my first death and rebirth. Things were a little weird. Plus I had a hole in my chest that needed to heal first.” I glanced down at myself and winced. My clothes were burnt and blackened. Even my fingers were dark from the ashes.
Come back tomorrow for the next excerpt, which picks up where this one left off!