Ava Sykes wants to put the past behind her … but some things just won’t die.

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Undergraduate by day, bouncer by night, Ava Sykes is just trying to make her way in New LA, a city recovering in the ‘Aftermath’ the time after an earthquake tore the country apart. Ava studies hard, trains at the local dojo, and teaches kids self-defense. Sure, she has a rare blood disorder and a stolen identity, but who doesn’t keep a few secrets these days? Life is tough, but when Ava takes a job at the trendy new club, Poseidon, her financial worries seem to be over.

Then the evil wakes up.

After stumbling into the VIP area of the club, where humans are on the menu, Ava is attacked in the street, and finds herself in the hospital, trying to put the pieces together. The bizarre hallucinations aren’t helping, and neither is Dr. Miguel Rossi, the man who claims to know more about her origins than she does.

Shocked to the core at the discovery, Ava begins a search for her birth mother — and the truth — but with a copycat killer on her tail, the attractive and powerful Daniel Bane offering to protect her and a doctor bent on unraveling her mysterious ‘condition’, the facts are hard to pin down. Meanwhile, the ‘otherness’ in her blood makes her increasingly irresistible to all the wrong people.

Ava used to dream of knowing where she came from but faced with the truth, she’d give anything to forget.

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“Ava Sykes, a martial artiste/undergrad med student grappling with mysterious supernatural forces, money and hot men in a surreal, post apocalyptic Los Angeles, is my all-time fave heroine and this is the coolest Urban Fantasy out there.”
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Behind the Scenes

A book is not just the creation of a single author. It comes from a collaboration of muses, writers, agents, publishers, editors, artists, designers, marketers, producers, technical advisers and most importantly, readers. Gratitude goes out to everyone who has contributed to the Ava Sykes novels.



Kim Falconer is a bestselling author with nine published novels. Originally from California, she lives on the far eastern coast of Australia with a house full of kids and one extraordinary spotted cat. Learn more on her 11th House Blog, the Supernatural Underground and links below.



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