Book 3 in Charlie Madigan series out in December
The Hour of Dust and Ashes is book three in the well-loved Charlie Madigan series by Kelly Gay and is out in paperback on the 8th December.
Charlie Madigan knows that the off-world drug ‘ash’ makes humans the perfect vessels for possession.
Which means that she will do anything to save her sister Bryn, who is already addicted to the drug.
But as the New Year approaches and ash addicts start to take their own lives, Charlie realises that time is running out.
Even worse, all of Atlanta’s exorcists seem to have fled, meaning now no one is able to “see” which of the addicts are possessed.
Desperate, Charlie turns to an ancient race of being-creatures of mist and smoke who demand a deadly price.
Charlie, her siren partner Hank and the Revenant Rex must journey into hellish Charbydon to save Bryn, and get out before the creatures claim their prize.
But one of them isn’t coming home…
Excerpt from the book:
“You mean to tell me every single exorcist in this city is gone?”
Perched on her crude stone chair like some ancient Greek actor shadowed in darkness and smoke, Alessandra rolled her luminous green eyes to the ceiling. “Why is it everyone who stands before me must repeat everything I say?”
Because you say the craziest things? I thought, keeping a straight face.
Under the bowl-shaped seat, a bundle of laurel leaves smoked in a copper basin wedged between thick tripod legs. The fine material she wore over her head and shoulders caught the sweet-smelling smoke rising from below, billowing the fabric and directing much of it toward her lungs. Her hand stroked the back of a python curled in her lap, its fat head resting over her forearm.
Stone, python, laurel leaves—all primitive, powerful things that enhanced the sight and gave Atlanta’s resident oracle a spot at the very top.
About the author:
Kelly Gay describes herself as “just your average bookworm who likes to spend an embarrassing amount of time in make-believe places.”
She worked in a number of jobs before becoming a writer, including construction, waitressing, managing horse farms and selling men’s underwear.
She was a double finalist in the 2010 RITA awards, has been a RWA Golden Heart finalist three times and has received an NC Arts Council Fellowship grant in Literature.
The Hour of Dust and Ashes is due for release on 8th December 2011 and is available now for pre-order on Amazon.
Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Pocket Books; Original edition (8 Dec 2011)
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