Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Come on Down to Rainbow Con!

Hey, everyone, and welcome to Amethyst Daydreams, which has been temporarily taken over by the peeps at RainbowCon! As the post title suggests, we're here to tell you a little about RainbowCon and where you can find more information. Ready, set, GO!
 
The Rainbow Conference (aka RainbowCon) is a four-day GLBTQ multimedia conference taking place in Tampa, Florida July 16th through 19th, 2015. Our motto is to celebrate artistic diversity, and we welcome anyone who enjoys GLBTQ content in media from books to movies and beyond. Our first con was in April 2014, and after such a resounding success, we can't wait to get the party started at 2015's event, which is coming up in just another month!
 
 
RainbowCon started up in 2013 when three writers/readers of GLBTQ fiction saw an opportunity to fill the void of conventions focusing on GLBTQ content. I can't tell you how many times my co-author (S.L. Armstrong), her husband (Roger), and I have attended conventions and thought, "Aw, man! This is great 'n' all, but there's only one panel about non-het stuff!" It's incredibly common for mainstream conventions to only have one or two panels about slash fiction or perhaps gay fiction, if they have any content like that at all. What's even more depressing is how that content is usually automatically deemed "ADULTS ONLY" and shoved into a late-night slot like the proverbial ugly redheaded stepchild. But, as far as we're concerned, that ugly redheaded stepchild deserves some love, too!
 
Thankfully, there are exceptions to the rules like Yaoi-Con (part of Anime North up in Toronto, Canada) and smaller events like OutlantaCon, which take pride in being "those people... over there... in that room" (read: outcasts), and we salute them! Their all-inclusive approach to honoring GLBTQ themes in anime/manga and comics/games, respectively, is exactly the kind of thing that inspired us to step up and create our own con.
 
RainbowCon began as a GLBTQ convention centering specifically around fiction, both for readers and writers, but as we move into our second year, we've expanded our programming to be more inclusive. We're happy to announce that we're embracing all the arts. While there's still a strong core of panels and workshops available for fans of GLBTQ fiction, we've also added content for GLBTQ topics and characters in television, movies, web-comics, theatre, and fandom. There's something for everyone at RainbowCon, and we want everyone who attends to have an amazing time!
 
Our Guests of Honor this upcoming year are Alex Woolfson and Adam DeKraker, the writer and illustrator for The Young Protectors web-comic, which you can find online HERE (teaser below). Adam made that custom logo up above for us, and we couldn't be more thrilled to have both of them coming down to Tampa! We also have over 50 authors of GLBTQ fiction signed up to attend, so there are lots of opportunities to find others in our fiction community there! We'll have four days of amazing content, from panels to workshops to a masquerade ball and a field trip to our official charity, the Tampa Bay Big Cat Rescue.
 
 
Interested in RainbowCon? Check out our guests, attending authors, and panel content on our website and 'like' our Facebook Page or follow us on Twitter (@RainbowCon_2015) to stay up to date with out event over the coming months. Just remember, RainbowCon is for anyone and everyone, and we'd love for you to 'Walk on the Wild Side' with us in Tampa next month! There's no registration cap, so come on down!

Monday, June 15, 2015

Brokedown Cowboy by Maisey Yates Blog Tour!

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Welcome to the tour for Brokedown Cowboy by Maisey Yates! Brokedown Cowboy is the second book in the Copper Ridge trilogy, a sexy new contemporary romance series featuring a small-town setting and gorgeous cowboys finding love unexpectedly.



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Brokedown Cowboy by Maisey Yates


Title: Brokedown Cowboy
Author: Maisey Yates
Genre: Romance
Age: Adult
ISBN #: 9780373788422
Publisher: Harlequin
Imprint: HQN
Series: Copper Ridge Series, #2
Publication date: June 2015 (Official on sale date: 5/26/2015)
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Pages: 368
Price: $7.99


There are lines best friends shouldn't cross, but in Copper Ridge, Oregon, the temptation might be too much…



If practice makes perfect, Connor Garrett should be world champion of being alone. Since losing his wife he's concentrated exclusively on his family's ranch. Until Felicity Foster needs a place to stay and Connor invites her to move in temporarily. That's what friends do. What friends don't do? Start fantasizing about each other in their underwear. Or out of it…



Since high school, Liss has kept her raging crush in check. But helping Connor rebuild his life only reinforces how much she longs to be a part of it. One explosive encounter, and she'll discover that getting what you always wanted can feel better than you ever dreamed…



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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

USA Today Bestselling author Maisey Yates lives in rural Oregon with her three children and her husband, whose chiseled jaw and arresting features continue to make her swoon. She feels the epic trek she takes several times a day from her office to her coffee maker is a true example of her pioneer spirit.



In 2009, at the age of twenty-three Maisey sold her first book. Since then it’s been a whirlwind of sexy alpha males and happily ever afters, and she wouldn’t have it any other way. Maisey divides her writing time between dark, passionate category romances  set just about everywhere on earth and light sexy contemporary romances set practically in her back yard. She believes that she clearly has the best job in the world.

AUTHOR ONLINE: Website | Twitter @maiseyyates | Facebook | Goodreads

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PART TIME COWBOY – Book # 1

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BAD NEWS COWBOY – Book # 3

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Excerpt


“What is your problem?”
“What isn’t my problem?” he asked, throwing his hands wide, the hammer still gripped tightly in one of his fists. His chest was bare, a golden beam from the work light throwing the muscles on his torso into sharp relief, highlighting the beads of sweat on his skin that were trailing down through the ridges of his abs.
It was difficult to have a fight with somebody when you were lightheaded from looking at them.
“Things are moving. They’re moving faster than I want. Moving on, and I’m not ready,” he said, dropping his arms to his sides. “This barn is getting built, whether I’m ready for it to be built or not. I’m starting to want sex again, even though I don’t really want it.”
Liss blinked, her heart stuttering as she absorbed his words. “Wait, what?”
“And you,” he said, taking a few steps toward her, “you are not helping.”
“What again?” she asked, blinking rapidly, her heart pounding so hard she was afraid she might pass out. Just faint dead away, onto the floor of the partially built barn.
“You,” he said, his voice rough, “and your lacy panties. I saw them in the laundry. And now I can’t stop picturing you in them.”
Her stomach twisted into a knot, her heart thundering against her breastbone. “You thought about me in my panties?”
“I can’t stop thinking about you in them.”
“Well, I saw you in…Your underwear. You didn’t see me in mine.”
“You seem fine. I am not fine.” He dropped the hammer with a dull thud and took another step toward her, wrapping his arm around her waist and drawing her up against his chest. “I’m not fine.” He raised his hand, brushing her cheekbone with his thumb. “I’m just not.”
She could hear the pain in his voice, the confusion, the plea. He wanted her to fix this, wanted her to make it better, to take away the anguish that was tearing at him from the inside out. But she couldn’t.
She didn’t want him to stop picturing her that way. Because she didn’t want him to let her go. As far as this was concerned, she didn’t want it to be okay. She wanted to be different. She wanted to be everything.
He needed her help, and she wanted something else entirely.
She hated herself for that weakness, but she couldn’t fight it. And she didn’t move away from him.
“I’m not fine, either,” she said, her voice small.
For a moment he just looked at her, his chest rising and falling with each breath, his eyes glittering. Then he moved.
“Fuck,” he said, just before his mouth covered hers.
Liss was glad that he was holding on to her, because if he hadn’t been, she would’ve crumpled straight to the ground. Years of fantasies could not have prepared her for the reality of Connor’s lips on hers. It was new, and it was familiar in the most beautiful way. Like Christmas. Different all the time and somehow the same. With surprises and tradition all wrapped into one. That was kissing Connor. His scent surrounding her, so familiar, but mingling together now with his flavor. She had never tasted him before, and it was the most wonderful thing. The most perfect thing.
He angled his head, sliding his tongue across the seam of her mouth as she opened to him, sighing as his tongue moved against hers. She wrapped her arms around his neck, pressed herself hard up against him and kissed him back with all of the repressed enthusiasm that had been building inside of her since she’d first imagined what it might be like to taste his lips.
He was everything. The sunset on the ocean, the salt breeze through the pine trees, a burst of the season’s first ripe blackberry on her tongue. He tasted like heartbreak and hope, and it made her ache down so deep it was physical pain.
He shifted their positions and cupped her face, the kiss intensifying. His mouth was firm, his beard rasping against her skin, his tongue slick against hers. The depth to the kiss, the intensity of it…it couldn’t be anyone but him.
She’d spent years studying his lips, and now she finally knew what it felt like to have them beneath hers. She’d talked to him, but she’d never heard him groan like he did as she swept her tongue across his bottom lip. She knew him, as well as a friend could ever know another friend, and yet, she hadn’t known what he had sounded like when he was aroused. But she did now. And it was better than anything. Better than ice cream.
When he pulled away from her, she was shaking, a strange, sick feeling in the pit of her stomach. Terror mingling with desire, excitement, adrenaline.
She didn’t know what to say; she didn’t know what to do. She wanted to lean in and kiss him again, and she wanted to run away. She couldn’t really do both at the same time. Unless she kissed him really quickly and then ran for the hills.
There was no question that she had just revealed a hell of a lot. Because you didn’t kiss a guy like that if you hadn’t thought about it before. If you hadn’t thought about it for years and years, over and over again.
But he had kissed her back. And even though he was looking at her now like she had sprouted a second head, the fact remained he had instigated this.
And he had thought about her in her panties.
She didn’t want to speak, because that would mean the moment was over. And it was a moment she had spent so many years waiting for, she didn’t think she could face the end of it.
But she did have to deal with the fact that this could very well be the end of the moment. Because he wasn’t moving toward her again. Didn’t look like he was leaning in for another kiss. Didn’t look like he would extend his hands to her, and lead her to his bedroom.
A shiver ran through her body. She wanted to go to his bedroom. She just let the thought sit there, fully formed, acknowledged. She wanted to go to Connor’s bedroom. She wanted more of what had just happened. She wanted him naked, wanted to touch him everywhere, taste him everywhere. Once would never be enough. One touch of his mouth against hers was nothing more than a glimpse at paradise.
How could she go back now that she’d experienced this? Connor was fantasy made flesh. And now that she knew desire like this was real and living, how could she ever go back to what she’d accepted before?
This was heat and fire, the kind that left scorched earth and devastation in its wake. The kind that reshaped everything it touched.
Too soon it was over.
“Sorry,” he said, taking a step away from her.
It was over. That step backward made it official. She hated it. Hated that she was only going to kiss Connor once. She had spent a very long time accepting the fact that she was never going to kiss him at all. But this was worse.
“Don’t apologize,” she said. “It sucks.”



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The publisher will be giving away paperbacks of Part Time Cowboy, the first book in the series  to the 5 winners of the below Rafflecopter.  The giveaway ends June 23rd.









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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Friction Tour!










Romeo and Juliet had it easier. They came from warring families who clearly drew a line for them not to cross. It wasn’t the same with Easton and Georgia. They came from a town where family was precious and moments were cherished. Still, there were unspoken rules, such as not falling for your best friends kid sister—or testing troubled hearts.
The losses Easton and Georgia endured at a young age tossed them down separate paths, far from the sleepy town they both had roots within.
Now, broken roads and bad decisions were the demons in their pasts—choices that would either draw them together, or rip them apart when chance landed them face to face once more. 

“I tend to attract the broken.”
“I’m not broken,” Easton snapped in a hiss of words.
She felt her body tense before her next bold words came. “Did I say you were?” She lifted her chin. “Am I attracting you, Easton Ballantine?”
He looked right at her, green to blue, a stare reaching past the fraudulent calm surface. Yes, she was. Which only pissed him off more. Not only was she not anywhere near his type, she was Memphis’s kid sister, Lucas’s daughter—she was seventeen. No way in hell this is going down.
He smirked to break the gaze they shared, to put a wall between her and him—to do anything to block the way she was messing with his head.
“I’m every kind of bad habit you don’t want or need, Georgia.”

Impulsion Is On Sale of 99¢!



With a glance Wyatt Doran stole Harley Tatum’s heart. With each summer that passed, touch by touch, they robbed each other’s innocence, birthing a love that was so deep that it scorched within. Without warning, they were ripped from the clutches of each other, placed in lives that were worlds apart. Only to cross paths after a freak accident where Harley’s horse rig was flipped. An accident that Wyatt Doran, from fire station 32, responded.
The tension was immediate, the emotions were raw. One breath told them they were not the same as before, one touch….changed their world.

About Jamie Magee


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The fun non boring Bio :)
I'm an obsessive daydreamer. Lover of loud alternative music. Addicted to Red Bull. I love to laugh until it hurts. Fall is my favorite season. Black is my favorite 'shade.' Strong believer in the saying: there is a reason for everything, therefore I search for 'marked moments' every moment of everyday...and I find them. Life is beautiful!
Boring one....
Jamie Magee has always believed that each of us have a defining gift that sets us apart from the rest of the world, she has always envied those who have known from their first breath what their gift was. Not knowing hers, she began a career in the fast paced world of business. Raising a young family, and competing to rise higher in that field would drive some to the point of insanity, but she always found a moment of escape in a passing daydream. Her imagination would take her to places she'd never been, introduce her to people she's never known. Insight, her debuting novel, is a result of that powerful imagination. Today, she is grateful that not knowing what defined her, led her on a path of discovery that would always be a part of her.

Monday, May 4, 2015

A Date With the Devil Cover Reveal!

A Date with the Devil Cover Reveal

Blurb:

The Monster.

In one moment, my entire life was ripped away from me. I ignored the warning signs until it was too late. Until I became the victim.

He took my life away from me; my freedom, my courage. I've lived my life in debilitating fear since that fateful day.

The Savior.

He was there the day it all went down, and he's been by my side ever since. He's been the only thing that's kept me going.

He's my best friend, but he wants more. I'm terrified to lose him. I'm terrified he'll leave.

One tried to kill me.

One brought me back to life.

I'll never be the same person again--that girl died when the match was dropped. Too much has already been stolen from me.

It's time to take back what's mine.

Add to your TBR list: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25192041-a-date-with-the-devil

Author Bio:

Krista Pakseresht has always been a dreamer. From the first time she opened her eyes. Creating worlds through words is one thing she is truly talented at. She specializes in Young adult/New adult romance, horror, action, fantasy, and non-fiction under the pen name Kira Adams.

She is the author of the Infinite Love series, the Foundation series, the Darkness Falls series, and the Looking Glass series.

Connect with Kira:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KiraAdamsauthor
Twitter: https://twitter.com/KiraAdamsAuthor
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7179367.Kira_Adams
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Kira-Adams/e/B00KQZ5838/
Website/Blog: http://kristakakes.blogspot.com/

Giveaway:

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Prodigal and Riven Blog Tour (with giveaway)!


Two journeys. One inescapable outcome. No time to lose.

Riven:
What should be a routine mission leaves Ethan with a serious problem. He's fractured—a break between mind and body that leaves him at the mercy of his Rifter abilities, which are quickly tearing him apart. He will have to trust the only person who might know how to fix him, a mysterious Rifter named Stewart Stills, who seems to have a special connection with the time stream.

Forced to face his dark past and a decision he may never forgive himself for, he will be trained unlike any of the others, to become a true guardian for time. If he accepts, it will mean leaving everyone he loves behind. If he refuses, time itself could unravel. After a glimpse of the dark future awaiting them all, he will have to choose between destiny and desire. Will he rise up and take his place as a defender of the natural order, or will he watch as all of time burns at the hands of the girl he loves?
Welcome to the time war.

Prodigal:
Stein has been with the Hollows for as long as she can remember. Taken as a child, she has no
memories of her past—and that's always been fine by her. Until the day she stumbles across a hidden journal containing the devastating truth about her paternity. Now everything she thought she knew—and everyone she thought she could trust—has changed. The truth about who she is and where she came from is a secret so deep, it will rock the Hollows and the Tesla Institute alike.
During a test to verify her bloodlines, Stein makes a terrible discovery. She is carrying a rare genetic mutation that is slowly killing her. Unsure who to turn to and running out of time, she has no choice but to turn to Tesla—her most hated enemy—for help. But can she trust the man who she's been fighting against her whole life, or will she end up another piece in his deadly game of cat and mouse with the people who betrayed her so long ago?


My Review 

I am going to review these two books together because they feel very much like opposite sides of the same coin.  I loved getting to see both stories.  I love that we get a male and female perspective as well as views from each of the opposing factions.  I loved the first book in the Lost Imperials series and I loved these two as well. Riven and Prodigal are action packed adventures that have a steampunk feel and a time travel theme that feels like an episode of Dr. Who at times. The characters are all well written and engaging. I highly recommend this series to all readers young and old.


Bio:
Tyler H. Jolley is a sci-fi/fantasy author and full-time orthodontist, periodontist (see: Overachiever). He divides his spare time between writing, reading, mountain biking, and camping with his family.
Sherry D. Ficklin is a full-time writer and internet radio show host with more mouth then good sense. She has a serious book addiction, but continually refuses treatment, much to her husband’s chagrin.
Tyler and Sherry met one fateful day and bonded over their love for books, science fiction, and donuts. Their first co-written novel came shortly after. Now, they still do all those other things, but also go to various steampunk conventions and events under the guise of ‘research’. They can often be found lurking on the Lost Imperials Facebook page or over on the official website, www.thelostimperials.com.


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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Zombie-Sourus Rex Blog Tour!

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About Zombie-saurus Rex:

Zombie-saurus RexRex Morton, a seventeen year-old zombie, has arrived in the small farming town of Plain View, Nebraska; just another stop in a long string of small towns left behind in their rear view mirror. Unlike the zombie stereotype, Rex is bright and friendly - as long as he doesn't get hungry. He hopes this time he can manage to stick around long enough to get his diploma.

Rex’s fiercely protective mother has strong armed yet another school district into accepting her son by threatening a discrimination lawsuit. At Plain View High, a dismal pattern of fear, prejudice, and bullying steers Rex down a familiar path toward expulsion. The difference this time is that Rex has fallen for fiery Goth girl, Ariella Klopenstein, the daughter of the Police Chief, and decided he will make his stand in Plain View.
As the Z-virus spreads west and the country panics, Rex and Ariella must find a way to overcome Rex’s mother who wants to break them apart and flee town, a school principal who wants Rex expelled, Ariella’s father, the Police Chief, who thinks Rex is dangerous, and a government zombie round-up aimed at solving the zombie problem once and for all.
Zombie-saurus Rex is a story about perseverance, overcoming prejudice, stereotypes and adversity. What it isn’t is a story about dinosaurs. The title is inspired by a nickname a school bully hangs on Rex due to his size, posture, and slow plodding gate.


Excerpt

Bouncing from school district to school district had advantages and disadvantages. Rex
often found himself hopelessly behind in some subjects if the curriculum at his previous school
was wonting. In the case of Ms. Remington’s English class, he’d already read most of the books
listed, either on his own or for assignments at other schools. Academically, English was going to
be a breeze. But then again, academics were never the problem.
Students around him looked frightened and confused. Rex copied the reading list slowly,
careful not to do anything threatening. Even after copying the titles, Rex kept his head down and
pretended to still be writing to occupy time.
Once, just once, he’d like to rise from his chair baring his teeth and growling, and advance
on the class stiff legged to watch them cower and run. Just once he wanted to trade places, to
make them know what it was like to be powerless, to be victimized. His mother always warned,
mind your manners, son. Dogs that bite get shot.
A girl in the next row watched him, a sly grin on her lips. She was small, both short and
slim, dressed all in black. She had pale skin and fine features, a small nose, sharp chin, and heartshaped
face. Parted at the side, her hair cascaded across her face like a shiny black waterfall
concealing one eye. She wore a black Jane’s Addiction tee-shirt, a short black skirt, long black
satin fingerless gloves, and black Doc Martin’s.
“Guess who just lost the tag of weirdest kid in school?” she said. She pointed her thumbs at
her chest and said, “This girl.” She cocked an eyebrow upward. “Do you eat people, big boy?”
Rex snorted out a laugh. “Only when I’m hungry.”
“You hungry now?”
Rex shook his head. “Aren’t you afraid of me?”
“Should I be?” she said.
“Everyone else is.”
A small smile played across her lips. “Who wants to be like everyone else?”
Rex grinned.
The girl extended her hand and he took it. “Ariella,” she said in a cheery tone.
The warmth of her skin crept into Rex’s fingers and seemed to suck the air from his lungs. “Rex
Morton,” he managed to stammer out. He stared at her and struggled to say something more. The
moment begged for it, something witty that would convey in a casual way that he liked her. But
his brain went blank. She smiled and let her hand drop from his. As her warmth evaporated from
his skin, he realized the she was escaping him. The opportunity had passed him by. Embarrassed,
he looked straight ahead at the blackboard feeling lame and stupid.
My Review


I found this book to be interesting and deeply moving. It reminds us all how we, as humans, hate and fear the unknown. It made me intensely angry because I hated how everyone treated Rex. He was infected through no fault of his own and yet, he is punished for it by those around him. I found that the supporting characters were all very interesting and some were very funny. I thought that the story was a bit slow moving but it is a great story for anyone who enjoyed Warm Bodies. I give this book 3 Fairies for an intense read that held my attention.

Mark Souza Author PhotoAbout the Author:

Author Mark Souza has always been a storyteller, whether explaining who filched the ice cream, or what happened to the cat’s tail. He learned most of life’s lessons from the business end of a wooden spoon, and the rest from public schools spanning the breadth of North America, all of which were overjoyed to be rid of him. He became an author of short stories and novels in the horror, mystery, thriller, and young adult genres later in life, after time and a desk job had softened his edges, transforming him into the round, doughy shape Big-&-Not-So-Tall shops crave.
Mark was the proud recipient of the 2013 Indie Reader Award for Best Science Fiction for his debut novel Robyn’s Egg.
He now resides in Western Washington with his wife (also an author), two daughters, and their dog of questionable heritage, Tater. Visit his website; http://www.marksouza,com. There you’ll find a multitude of ways to make contact. Mark enjoys cordial correspondence and will write back. He’s always on the lookout for that next victim reader.



Giveaway:
$50 Amazon Gift Card (INT)
Ends 5/21

This event was organized by CBB Book Promotions.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Beckon Me Release Day!


Find Cindy Thomas Online:

Goodreads / Website / Twitter / Facebook / Newsletter

Links to buy:

Amazon / Barnes & Noble / iBooks / Google Play / Kobo

About BECKON ME:

Everything nineteen-year-old Karina Mitchell knows about death changes the instant that she and her best friend, Rainey, are shot. For one, souls don’t die. They cross over. Only, Rainey’s soul hasn’t, and her ghost is hell bent on haunting Karina.

When Karina begins her sophomore year of college and moves into the apartment that she was supposed to share with Rainey, she learns a few shocking truths from her mysterious and gorgeous blue-eyed neighbor, Eli.

One: Karina has been chosen to become a Beckoner—an immortal conduit of the dead who helps safely guide souls to the other side.

Two: She’s the reason that Rainey’s soul can’t cross over—Rainey followed her back from death and missed her window to be at peace.

Three: Eli is hot. As in swoon-worthy, to-die-for, will-make-you-forget-yourself hot. And it turns out, Eli is a Beckoner, too.

Despite her attraction to Eli, the decision to become a Beckoner isn’t an easy one—it would mean giving up her own mortality … her own soul. But if she doesn’t, her best friend will be left to suffer an eternity at the hands of the evil Ceptors, dark creatures that feed on the souls left behind. After all, it’s her fault Rainey is haunting her.

Time is running out, and Karina needs to decide: Are love and loyalty worth sacrificing her soul?