Bold. Rebellious. Independent. Strong. Selfless. Outspoken.
As a reader, I find that I am more drawn to a strong female lead, so it's no surprise that with every book I write there is always a protagonist that kicks ass first and takes names later. Being a heroine doesn't necessarily mean that you have to be a badass huntress or an immortal with enhanced speed and great strength. Sometimes the leading lady is just a human girl, who get's caught up in the world of the supernatural and in order to survive, she must find her inner strength to come face to face with the monsters that roam the earth at night, despite the disadvantages of only being a mortal.
That's Paige Jacobs. That's my heroine.
I write main characters that are courageous, selfless and have the strength to go on, despite the challenges they must face along the way.
Excerpt - Tamed
Mortal vs. Immortal...
I saw them straight ahead. My father knelt in the dirt with his hands bound behind his back and his head bowed. With her hands fisted at her side, Andie paced back and forth, impatiently waiting for my arrival. Her clothes were soaked in blood. Ms. Charlotte’s blood. I could see the deep, nasty scars from Silas’ claws that covered her cheek. As her eyes shifted over to me approaching, a smile grew on her face, satisfied that her plan was working.Every heroine needs a love interest ... or two.
I looked down at my dad, resisting the urge to run to him in fear that she would attack me way sooner than I would like. Blood dripped from his head and mouth and into the soil below.
“I was beginning to wonder if you were going to show up. Poor daddy would have paid for that.”
“Let him go right now. I’m here alone, I followed your orders, now you follow mine and free my dad.”
I placed my hand behind my back, gripping the dagger just in case she surprised me with any sudden moves toward me.
She glared at me. “What do you have there? Is it your flask? Sorry, honey, but alcohol doesn’t burn these eyes.”
“Paige … run,” my dad said, breathless and tired as he could barely get the words out.
“Shut up!” Andie yelled.
She kicked my dad in the head and he fell forward, knocked unconscious. I gasped, anger stirring within. I wanted to rip her head off her shoulders.
“Don’t touch him!”
She laughed. “And what are you going to do about it, bestie?”
I took out the dagger. “I’m going to stab that pretty little heart of yours and fry it. Enjoy being electrocuted.”
“The only thing I’m going to enjoy is feeling your blood slide down my throat.”
She hissed and flew at me. My hand tightened around the dagger as I thrusted its sharp blade at her, feeling it slide into her stomach as she yelped.
Andie gasped, letting out a growl as she carefully removed the dagger from her stomach. "Stupid, stupid, girl."
Falling in love was the last thing Paige wanted, yet she found herself drawn to two supernatural beings, leaving her to choose between Eli, the charmer, who would do anything to protect her, and the mysterious, alluring Silas, who had secrets far too dark to reveal. Paige soon learns that it isn't the love that she shares for both men that drags her into danger, but an enemy with a craving for revenge, forcing her into a battle that has been brewing for quite a while.
Excerpt - Eli and Paige
“I’ve seen. You bend your knees, but your stance isn’t all that great.”
He moved behind me. “You don’t part your legs.” His foot tapped on the back of my shoe. “Spread ‘em.”
I grinned. “I can think of plenty of inappropriate replies to that.”
I heard him smile. “Part your legs, perv.”
And so I did just that, feeling him push my foot further apart, guiding me until he was satisfied with the distance between my feet.
His hands settled on my waist, and I smiled as a jolt of excitement soared through my body.
“I’ve seen you do it, but remember to twist your body when throwing your punch.”
I turned my head to look at him, our faces so close that our noses almost touched. I looked down at his mouth before meeting his eyes once more, resisting the urge to kiss him.
“You just needed a reason to touch my waist.”
He smiled. “Well, obviously.” He then backed away. “Stop flirting with me.”
“Oh, who was really flirting with who here?”
Excerpt - Silas and Paige
“A pool, beer, and one beautiful woman.” His eyes heated with want, and it called to me, deep in my stomach. “I’m liking it.”
“Come on in the pool. Wait, you’re not going to melt, are you?”
He smirked. “Really? Do I look like the wicked witch from The Wizard Of Oz?”
“You like the The Wizard Of Oz? You don’t seem like the type to be interested.”
“Okay, I may have visited a girl when she was watching the movie.”
I felt a sting of jealousy. “Oh, really.”
“Yes, really. Make sure you watch me now.” He gave that sexy smile and winked as he started to take off his clothes. And I did just that, my eyes running over his slim, toned body as I admired the view. He dived in the pool, his body soaring through the water as he made his way to me. I took a drink of my Corona as he popped up.
“I’m melting! Melting!” he said, in his best wicked witch voice.
It was so unexpected that I burst into laughter and my hand shot to my mouth as I choked on my beer.
“Oh, what a world, what a world,” I said, although his impersonation was much better than mine was.
Until I met Silas.
There was something about him that drew me to him; something in his eyes that mesmerized me. He was beauty and perfection wrapped up in one, and I was drunk in lust. He was like a magnet, pulling me right in, and I was completely trapped in his gaze, unable to look away. Even though I was warned of the dangers that came with his kind, I found myself getting sucked into his mysterious and seductive world.
I was falling for both supernatural creatures, who would stop at nothing to have me, and in the end, one of us wasn't making it out alive.
Adria Wade lives in Maryland and is the author of The Forbidden and The Awakening. When not writing, she can be found reading, listening to her favorite bands, and watching way too many eighties movies.
Other Books by Adria Wade
The Huntress Series