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Dark Angel’s Ward (Angel Warden Series, Book 1)

Nia Shay

Self (Moonwild Press)

80,000 words

Contemporary, M/F, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Urban Fantasy



Two years ago,
Jandra Maxwell walked away from the secret Fairlight Society and started a new
life in a quiet Texas town. When her former Ward, the dark angel Zeph, seeks
her out and begs for her help, Jandra faces an impossible choice. She knows he
can only offer her heartache, but she can’t turn her back on the only man she’s
ever loved.
Zeph teeters on
the brink of madness, pummeled by emotions his angelic blood once rendered him
incapable of feeling. Driven to protect Jandra from a threat he can only
glimpse in nightmares, he refuses to leave her side. As they explore the
mystery of his recurring dreams, they discover the Fairlight Society has been
keeping a terrible secret – one they’ll kill to protect.
Fighting for
her life isn’t so easy when Jandra’s also fighting her heart. Her inexorable
attraction to Zeph may save them…or may damn them both.



“Sound and fury,” I
murmured aloud.
I didn’t repeat it; he
probably wouldn’t have understood even if I had. Ever since I’d read that
phrase in Macbeth I’d always associated it with this feeling. It was one thing
to be selectively psychic – at least the only thoughts I usually heard were
Zeph’s. But when he and I were truly joined, not just in body or in mind but in
the very essence of our beings, I got a taste of what it was really like to be
half angel. And I hated it. I couldn’t fathom how to cope with hearing the
thoughts and prayers of half the damn city. Except maybe by dissociating large portions
of my personality, like he had. Zeph’s mind could be a scary place.
“Jandra? Are you sure
you’re all right?”
I dragged my attention back
to the matter at hand. “I told you, yes.”
That seemed to satisfy him.
At least he didn’t argue with me anymore. His fingertips brushed the side of my
face. “Thank you.”
“Whatever.” I raised bleary
eyes just in time to see his mouth descending on mine.
Our lips met before I could
stop him, and once I felt his warmth I couldn’t quite bring myself to complain.
I ended up moaning into his mouth instead of pulling away. Encouraged, he
brushed his tongue across my lower lip, his hands stroking upward over my
My body remembered this –
his embrace, his touch. As I arched my back in unbidden reaction, he cupped my
breasts, his long fingers splayed and caressing. I gasped, feeling his surge of
fierce enjoyment as the pleasure he wrought in my body echoed through his own.
Which was just the reminder
I needed. I wrenched away from him, hissing, “You are not allowed to touch me
that way!”
“I can’t help it.” Zeph’s
eyes were violet fire. “When you feel me and I feel you … how am I to resist?”
“Here’s a suggestion: how
about going away and leaving me alone for the rest of my life? Wasn’t that the
He sighed, his gaze going
distant. “I released you because you begged it of me, Jandra. Not because I
desired it. Your pain was crushing us, and you couldn’t seem to heal while you
were with me. But now you have healed. You are whole again, and strong.”
“So you’ve come to break me
all over again?” I accused.
“I’ve no intention of
hurting you.” He reached for me, but I evaded him. Instead, he pinned me with
his gaze as he spoke his greatest lie. “I love you, Jandra.”
“No you don’t!” I
shrieked, balling up a fist and darting forward to punch him in the chest. “You
do not love anyone or anything. You are not capable of it!”
“Perhaps that’s true,” he
said calmly, enfolding my fist in one large hand. “Or perhaps your love has
changed me.”
The tears came as hot and
fast as the resonance of his soul had, and they burned just as deeply. “I never
loved you.”
He said nothing, merely
released me and retreated to the doorway while I wept. As my sobs faded into
racking gasps, he cast me a long look and muttered, “Yet I am the one reviled
as a thief of souls.”
Sony Reader –


Nia Shay is a
reclusive weirdo who lives in a tiny concrete box in the middle of the Arizona
desert. (No, seriously.)  In
between dealing with mild OCD and an epic caffeine addiction, she finds time to
mold the voices in her head into cohesive sarcastic remarks, and sometimes even
a story or two. She has been penning such tales, almost all of them with a
decidedly paranormal flavor, since the second grade. Now that paranormal
fiction is the “in thing,” Nia has decided to overcome her extreme
distaste for trends and jump on the ol’ bandwagon. Join her on her harrowing
journey through the twisted corridors of her own mind—that is…if you dare.
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This Post Has 29 Comments

    1. Thanks, Nia. I love meeting other angel writers! Why I was intrigued with yours. I agree with Bri, your excerpt and bio really pulled me in. Living in a box in Arizona? I've done that in California! Welcome and hope you come back again!

    1. Thank you! I do so love that cover 🙂 One of the joys of self-publishing…I love having total control over the look of the book as well as the content.

  1. So, I didn't read the excerpt because I want to be totally enraptured and enthralled as I read the story and not go looking for the parts that I think I know 🙂

    And, yes…the cover is rather…uh, enticing too!

    1. I hope you'll enjoy it, Andi! I had so much fun picking the stock photo 😉 The photographer had lots of enticing models to choose from. I nearly went into a coma after an hour or so…

  2. Eva, thanks for stopping by to say Hi to Nia. I'm looking forward to her next one as well. It's been fun having here.

    Andi, You are so funny! I'm the same way about some books. The cover is amazing – one of the very best I've seen.

    Thanks you two for stopping by to give Nia some love. Hope you come back again.

  3. Hey Nia,
    I'm so very excited for you!!! I just picked it up and can't wait to start reading it!! Read Anne-Katherine's review and man I'm thinking I'm going to put the book I'm reading now down and start yours ASAP?!!!!!

    Lots of love,

  4. Nia is going to pick the winner of the free PDF of Dark Angel's Ward. I'm already on Chapter 5 and I love it!!

    Pleasure having you here today, Nia. Please join me again sometime. Let us know who has won the drawing!!

  5. Eeek! Sorry for the delay in picking, I've been out all day. On my way to right now… And the winner is… Sue S! Congrats Sue! Email me at and let me know where to send it! Thanks again to everyone for coming by to chat with me, and Sharon I'll definitely be glad to guest with you again 🙂

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