Analiese Rising Excerpt!

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ABOUT ANALIESE RISING: When a stranger gives Analiese Jordan a list of names before he dies, the last thing she expects to see is her own on it. Not. Cool. Her search for answers leads to the man’s grandson, Marek, who has dangerous secrets of his own. Both are determined to unlock the mystery of the list.


But the truth is deadly. Analiese is a descendant of the God of Death, known as a Riser, with the power to raise the dead and control them. Finding out she has hidden powers? Cool. Finding out she turns corpses into killers? No, thank you.


Now the trail plants her and Marek in the middle of a war between gods who apparently want to raise an army of the Risen, and Analiese must figure out how to save the world—from herself.



ABOUT BRENDA DRAKE: Brenda Drake grew up the youngest of three children, an Air Force brat, and the continual new kid at school. Her fondest memories growing up is of her eccentric, Irish grandmother’s animated tales, which gave her a strong love for storytelling. So it was only fitting that she would choose to write stories with a bend toward the fantastical. When she’s not writing or hanging out with her family, she haunts libraries, bookstores, and coffee shops, or reads someplace quiet and not at all exotic (much to her disappointment).




I swallow to clear my dry throat. “Maybe she did hear you say my name. But why write that?”

The grave expression on his face isn’t anything like the despair eating away at my stomach. “I don’t know, but she’s gone now.”

A black Jetta pulls up to the curb, and Marek hops off the sidewalk and opens the door. “After you,” he says, trying to give me his best reassuring smile and totally failing.

I get in and slide to the other side of the seat. That’s when I see them through the window. They’re across the street trying to look like tourists, huddled together, a map opened between them. The woman from the train and Marek’s Uncle Bjorn. 

Why are they together? How do they know each other? 

“Wh-what the hell?” I sputter out, my throat closing on the last word. ***

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