Hard Mistakes Series
by Dannielle Wicks
Young Adult Paranormal
While most college freshmen are partying and going on wild adventures, nineteen-year-old Ashlee just goes to classes, works, and hangs out with friends. It’d be nice to have some excitement in her life—or even better, a little romance. When her wish comes true, a midnight rendezvous lands her in the hospital…
There was this boy. Isn’t that how every spiralling downhill story begins? It’s a little strange he wants to meet her on the edge of the woods at night, but she did want to spice things up, and an unconventional date is the perfect ingredient. But when he stands her up, leaving her alone in the dark, she’s attacked by a wild animal. The next day, Ashlee wakes up in the hospital, dazed, confused, and convinced she’s gone crazy.
When strange things begin to happen, she meets Jayden Ross, who brings crazy to a whole new level…
After her seemingly random attack, other beasts of the feline and canine variety are drawn to her—and we’re not talking housecats and lapdogs. When Ashlee bumps into Jayden on campus, her immediate attraction tempts her to get closer, but he wants nothing to do with her—until he realizes she’s had an encounter with one of the others.
Ashlee learns Jayden isn’t entirely human, and nothing is what is seems.
On the run and fighting for their lives, Ashlee and Jayden weave their way through a world of powerful corporations and their secret experiments, all of which revolve around Jayden’s past—and possibly, their future.
All I can see are flashes, colors and shapes…
It’s difficult to tell what’s happening. I’m in a haze. I can feel my body being pushed around like a limp rag doll.
Suddenly I’m lying on something cold and hard. My arms and legs are strapped down, then my head.
The clean prick of a hypodermic needle at the top of my spine.
Icy liquid rushing through my veins.
My back jerking off the table out of my control.
The cold pain escalates, becoming unbearable. My head feels like its being torn apart from the inside out. I strain against the straps holding me down. My bones feel like they are breaking into a million tiny pieces and then reforming again, my skin stings and itches. I pull against my restraints again, but I can’t break free.
The shapes and colors around me suddenly become frighteningly clear. My mother stands beside me, uncaring as she watches my pain, my father right beside her, his face as blank as hers.
The agony surges until my entire body is affected. The icy liquid, making my veins ache. My back arches off the table again, snapping the restraints tight. I cry out, but no one helps me.
“What have you done to me?” I shout hoarsely before the darkness consumes me and I slip into peaceful unconsciousness.
When I wake I feel different. My body doesn’t feel like my own. My senses are dramatically enhanced and I feel strength surge through my muscles. I pull hard against my restraints and they break. I look down at myself and nearly scream.
What have they done?
I leap onto the first person I see, my jaws sinking into his throat. His terrified face screams soundlessly up at me. I don’t care. I rip my fangs from his throat and he drops to the ground, dead.
I swing around looking for a new victim. Something solid hits me hard on the back of the head—I go down, hitting the tiles with a thump.
The darkness consumes me once again.
When I come to again, I’m lying in a damp puddle on the floor. I feel a little dazed.
What happened? Was it all a dream?
I slowly lift myself off the wet tiles and glance down. My body is back to normal, at least. The color of the floor catches my eye. Red, blood red. Someone is screaming. I look around. My father is lying motionless on the floor, covered in blood. My mother is kneeling over him, tears falling down her face as she stares at me, horrified.
But they did this to me…”
Dannielle Wicks is the author of the Hardest Mistakes series (Broken Sunrise, Book 3, coming soon) and the Reaper Mini-Series.
Dannielle lives in Kingaroy, Australia, with her fiance, 3 dogs and a bird named Torak. Since deciding never to become an adult, she has engrossed herself in the amazing world of young adult fiction and an unusual amount of TV. She adores Disney movies and cant get enough of classic fairy tales. When she’s not busy writing, she can be found sneaking a chocolate from the fridge.