In a city where Dark Technologies Inc. now runs the show, Kadie Williams has more immediate concerns than the fall of Blaze, their guardian superhero. Almost every morning for the last few months sheâ€™s woken up with cuts and bruises on her body, and no idea how she got them. There are no nightmares. No evidence that she sleepwalks, or any sign of a break in. And nothing to tell her whoâ€™s been cleaning up after her. As just one of thousands of civilians conscripted to slave away in the labs of Professor Dark, she knew there’d be trouble ahead. ButÂ she never expected it to be so bad, or so personal.
Desperate for answers, Kadie looks to the new defender of the night,Â the only person who can hinder the total domination of Professor Darkâ€”Nocturnelle. The mysterious vigilante superhero came from nowhere with her cybernetic sidekick Shadow, set on putting an end to the brutality of Dark’s regime. But as his laboratories work on a new secret super-weapon, Nocturnelle and Shadow may not be enough to save Nephopolis…or to save Kadie either.
When Dark Falls is an alternative 1920s superhero romance from Breathless Press. Add it to your Goodreads shelf HERE. Sign up to my no-spam newsletter HERE to stay up to date with releases, cover reveals, sales and giveaways for all my titles and more.
A hard knot twisted her throat. “You don’t want me.” A part of her shriveled up and died.
“I do want you.” He sounded as if he’d had to force the words out, need in his voice. “She’s gone, and it’s not that I don’t…that I haven’t thought…”
“Then what?” She gazed up at him. “What’s stopping you?”
“You’re not meant for me.”
“Who says? The League? The city? We could die tonight. Dark has weapons that could kill me, and you’ve already come close in the last week. So some stupid rules should stop us from having an hour of happiness?”
Jev shook his head, face creased in confusion. “It’s not as simple as that.”
“It is.” She kissed him and put meaning into it. He held himself away from her but didn’t move, accepting the kiss even though he didn’t respond more. He tasted of something sweet and coffee, and a vague tang of mint. After a moment, Kadie leaned away to look him in the eye. He clenched his jaw, unable to meet her gaze.
She gulped. “Was it that bad?”
“Then why don’t you kiss me back?”
“Because I’m afraid.”
“Afraid of what?”
“Afraid of tomorrow. Of how you’ll feel when you become Nocturnelle but remembering what you did as Kadie.”
“You think my feelings will change just because my skin does?” She brushed his face. “That she’ll boot your behind for taking liberties with her feeble mortal self?”
He managed a smile. “Maybe something like that.”
“You don’t think Nelle might actually envy me?”
“I…” He swallowed. “I shouldn’t be doing this but…”
He leaned down and kissed her, hard. Wrapped his arms around her. Pulled her tight against him.
She wanted more of him. More than his mouth on hers. More than his hands skimming over the fabric covering her back.
“Kadie…” His voice, rough with desire, made her ache. Right now, all she needed was him.
“I don’t think I can. But Kadie?”
“If you want me to stop, all you have to do is…”
She silenced him with her mouth, stopping any further speech. He grasped her hips, tugging her hard against him in response. The heat of him burned into her as she reached under the loose ends of his shirt, exploring the firm muscle of his back. She found knotted scars as she travelled upward, these from battle rather than the surgery that had saved his life. As she traced each scar, he held her as tight and close as her second skin, but stirred a thrill within her deeper and more exhilarating than traveling the city as Nelle. Her breath caught as every fiber in her body coiled tight and her legs shook. Nothing, not even an adrenaline fueled flight through Nephopolis could compete. She looped her hands around his neck, frightened of falling, of him moving away as need consumed her. Don’t let this be the only time. Don’t let this end…
Romancing the Book gave it a Lovely Rose – “The author has created a world unlike anything I could imagine.”
Goodreads review – “Heart-pounding Action and Romance.”
After spending twelve years working as an Analytical Chemist in a Metals and Minerals laboratory, Pippa Jay is now a stay-at-home mum who writes scifi and the supernatural. Somewhere along the way a touch of romance crept into her work and refused to leave. In between torturing her plethora of characters, she spends the odd free moment playing guitar very badly, punishing herself with freestyle street dance, and studying the Dark Side of the Force. Although happily settled in the historical town of Colchester in the UK with her husband of 21 years and three little monsters, she continues to roam the rest of the Universe in her head.
Pippa Jay is a dedicated member of the Science Fiction Romance Brigade, blogging at Spacefreighters Lounge, Adventures in Scifi, and Romancing the Genres. Her works include YA and adult stories crossing a multitude of subgenres from scifi to the paranormal, often with romance, and sheâ€™s one of eight authors included in a science fiction romance anthologyâ€”Tales from the SFR Brigade. Sheâ€™s also a double SFR Galaxy Award winner and EPIC finalist, been a finalist in the Heart of Denver RWA Aspen Gold Contest (3rdÂ place), and the GCC RWA Silken Sands Star Awards (2ndÂ place).
Wattpad – http://www.wattpad.com/user/PippaJay
Bookstrand – http://tinyurl.com/kkonr53
All Romance eBooks – http://tinyurl.com/n873eap
Smashwords – http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/495412
Web page to other links – http://www.pippajay.co.uk/#!when-dark-falls/cl15
- About the Author
- Posts in the Past
A girl who writes scifi and the supernatural with a romantic soul. Whovian, Scaper, and Sith-in-training. Published by BURST books, an imprint of Champagne Books. Double SFR Galaxy Award Winner. Readers Favorite Contest, HOD RWA Aspen Gold and GCC RWA Silken Sands Star Awards finalist. 2015 EPIC eBooks Awards finalist in the SF category. Member of the SFR Brigade, Broad Universe, and EPIC.