Author: Danielle Koste
Genre: Sci-fi, Paranormal, Romance
Release Date: January 1st, 2018
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Rowan Platts is addicted to success.
When she’s presented with the chance to work on a top secret project fronted by her idol, renowned virologist Dr. Margot Miller, Rowan signs her life away without second thought. The
realization she’s gotten in over her head comes only after the subject of their study is revealed: a boy with a bad attitude and an uninhibited taste for human blood.
He’s a medical anomaly. Having the ability to crush metal with his bare hands and hear a heartbeat from across the room, it would make Rowan’s career if she was the one to discover what made him so unusual. Easier said than done, with a subject who prefers snapping necks over answering questions.
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EXCERPT: Chapter 14
Rowan fidgeted in her chair, feeling hyper aware of the bare skin at her collarbone and wrists. She pushed her shoulders up, discreetly adjusting her sleeves, trying to hide her veins like an addict hiding track marks. He was not giving her any physical signals to be scared, but there was always a part of him that looked at her like something to devour, and it was that look that made her so nervous.
His effect on her showed in the weakness of her voice as she tried to change the subject. “Thanks to the samples I took yesterday, we’ve managed to learn quite a bit about your condition.”
“My condition? Am I sick, doctor?”This was the biggest he’d grinned since the day she first saw him, obviously self-satisfied with his joke.
“In more ways than one.”Rowan fired back the retort without thinking, her nerves getting the better of her. She shot her eyes to his in mild horror, but luckily she was greeted with the gleam of a laugh. She resisted a relieved sigh, and continued. “You have a virus. We expect you’ve had it for a very long time, and it’s the root cause of basically everything different about you.”
He tilted of his head as he repeated her words. “A virus?”
Rowan bit her lip, unsure what to make of his neutral reaction. She continued cautiously. “Yes. In your blood. It’s complicated, we still don’t know everything about it, but to put it simply, it seems to be enhancing your body’s natural biology. It’s improving your blood cells, and as a result, the rest of your body is also improving.”
He stood during her explanation, starting a slow pace towards the back wall of the room. His expression turned a fraction more curious, holding his arm out in front of him and pumping his fingers so the veins of his wrist bulged up, dark blue against his pale skin. “In my blood?”
She wasn’t really sure why, but when he wandered away from her, Rowan got up to follow. She took a step towards him, nodding in response. “That’s where the virus started, at least. It’s been in you for so long now that it has influenced the chemistry of your entire body.”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Danielle Koste is a born and raised Canadian, but currently lives with her significant other in the equally snowy and cold Stockholm, Sweden. While working a day job and learning the language of the locals, she spends her free time honing the craft she’s always had a passion for.
When procrastinating, Danielle likes to enjoy other forms of rich story-telling, besides the obvious abundance of novels filling up her apartment and Kindle. Movies, music, and video games are among her favorite time-wasters.
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Erika is a freelance content writer and illustrator from the Philippines. Aside from her love of arts and reading, she loves taking photos, coffee, cats, and fairies. She’s into fantasy, historical fiction, and contemporary, and anything young adult genres.