Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Book Tour The Mythrian Realm Series (Review and Excerpt)

Mythrian Tour Banner Breaking the Nexus 1
Breaking the Nexus by Lindsay Avalon Mythrian #1 Publication Date: December 3, 2014 Also in this series: Warrior Unleashed, Waking the Phoenix Genres: Paranormal, Romance Purchase from AmazonPurchase from B&N

Synopsis:

Book One in the Mythrian Realm Series
Throughout history, myths and legends of extraordinary creatures have been told and retold. Fantastic tales of demons and banshees, gryphons and dragons, and of course, magic. Stories that every child grows to learn are nothing more than fantasy…or are they? Beyond the world you see lies a hidden realm, the Mythrian Realm, inhabited by all of the creatures you’ve been told are mere fiction. Only one thing lies between humans and the truth: the Nexus. A magical barrier erected millennia ago to separate the two realms, it has stood the test of time. Until now. For Mythrian Sha Phoenix, magic is nothing new. But when she stumbles upon a portal on the verge of collapse, her fate will forever change. Pulled through the portal into the Human Realm, she lands in the middle of Detective Connor Flynn’s brutal murder scene. Soon it is obvious someone is using blood magic to try to bring down the Nexus. Together, Connor and Sha must work to unravel the secrets before the barrier falls and the realms collide. The Nexus is breaking and all hell is about to unleash…literally.
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Warrior Unleashed 1.5
Warrior Unleashed by Lindsay Avalon Mythrian #1.5 Publication Date: September 16, 2013 Also in this series: Breaking the Nexus, Waking the Phoenix Genres: Paranormal, Romance Purchase from AmazonPurchase from B&N

Synopsis:

Book 1.5 of the Mythrian Realm. Can be read as a standalone, but best enjoyed if book one, Breaking the Nexus, is read first.
Nothing is more dangerous than a warrior unleashed. When Sentinels begin dying under mysterious circumstances, the deaths are believed to be unrelated. Only one man sees the truth: an unknown enemy is targeting the elite group of warriors and no one is safe. As a panther Chimerae, Achaius Rilke recognizes the signs of an unpredictable predator. The only person he can trust is Saia Makan, the tempestuous Sorceri who has driven him crazy for years. But when the killer has set his sights on Saia, Achaius faces the hunt of his life. Add to Goodreads Waking the Phoenix 3
Waking the Phoenix by Lindsay Avalon Mythrian Realm #2 Publication Date: August 27, 2014 Also in this series: Breaking the Nexus, Warrior Unleashed Genres: Paranormal, Romance Purchase from Amazon

Synopsis:

As two Realms collide, the world descends into chaos.
From the moment Sha Phoenix dropped into the middle of Detective Connor Flynn’s murder scene, he had known his life would never be the same. Following her claim to be a Sorceri from the Mythrian Realm, he had received a crash course in the impossible as they had struggled to stop a madman. Unfortunately, despite their efforts to stop the Nexus, a magical barrier separating the Mythrian and Human Realms, fractured. Magic and myth are spilling over into the Human Realm, plunging everything into turmoil. Is their love strong enough to survive the flames of the phoenix? When Sha vanished through a portal in the middle of battle, Connor did not hesitate to follow the woman he had claimed as his. Now in the Mythrian Realm, they join forces with the Sentinels, the guardians of the Realms, to protect the world they love. Will they be able to contain the evil taking control? Or will they perish in the flames of war? This is a continuation of Connor and Sha's story. Book 1, Breaking the Nexus, should be read first.




EXCERPT Breaking the Nexus (Mythrian Realm, #1)

EXCERPT-

Foot tapping a rapid little rhythm, Sha tried hard to maintain her composure. This small room with its too big table and uncomfortable chair was making her claustrophobic. She didn’t have issues with small spaces in general, it was the austere walls painted an unimaginative gray and stained by years of use that gave the impression they were closing in. Or maybe it was the fact she hadn’t sensed any Gateways during her transportation here meaning she was stranded for now. Lovely.

She’d tried to study the city as the buildings zoomed by, but it hadn’t been easy. The blow to her head had dazed her more than she’d wanted to admit and everything was just so different from anything in Mythria. Most of the buildings were tall, rectangular structures with little imagination; nothing more than glass and metal thrown together. As fascinating as she found the humans, they lacked vision. Sure there was the occasional structure that was architecturally appealing, but what had happened to the gorgeous facades she’d read about? The intricate stone carvings and detail? It made her homesick for the beauty of her Mythrian cities.

Nice job, Sha. You’re sitting in a box in unfamiliar territory and you’re obsessing because the buildings are uglier than you expected them to be. Brilliant show of prioritization skills. When would that detective get here? The sooner she could convince him she wasn’t a lunatic, the sooner she could tackle the issue of what had caused the Gate to collapse. The only answers she’d come up with so far didn’t bode well for the stability of the Nexus. It was a thought that sent a chill racing down her spine.

“Cold in here?”

She jumped at the unexpected question. Either she was losing her touch or that man had perfected the art of sneaking up on a person. His gruff, baritone voice sent another shiver through her body, though she felt anything but cold. It was surprise, not him, she assured herself. Right and gryphons are cowardly fools. Who was she kidding? The detective was getting under her skin without even trying.

“Uh, no, it’s fine.”

“Good. Did you kill the man in the alley?”

Sneaky bastard was hoping to catch her off guard. She arched her brow at the brazen question. “No. Do I really look like I am capable of killing him?”

“You’d be surprised at the things I’ve seen, Ms. Phoenix. How’s the head? Did you get checked out at the hospital?”

She shrugged. “I’ve had worse.” It was true. As a trainee she’d had the brilliant plan to take on a juvenile Scray demon on her own. It may not have been full grown, but it had been twice her size and at least five time her strength. That was one lesson she never forgot. “And yes, the doctors said I may have a mild concussion. Nothing serious, though.”

The hospital was an experience she hoped never to revisit. Riding in the vehicle—car— had been exhilarating and a vast improvement over the carriages in Mythria that were powered by either magic or beasts. However, once they’d arrived at the hospital, she’d been overwhelmed by fear, desperation, and death. Her empathy wasn’t one of her stronger talents but it was enough to ensure she’d told the doctors whatever she thought would get her out of there fastest. Back home, healers made house calls unless your injuries required multiple intense sessions, so she’d never had to deal with such oppressive feelings. How could people take their loved ones into a place such as that? Increasingly she was coming to realize the Human Realm wasn’t quite what she’d imagined after all.

Fingers snapped in front of her, drawing her startled gaze. “Am I boring you, Ms. Phoenix?”

Sha felt her cheeks begin to burn. “Sorry, Detective. I didn’t mean to let my mind wander off like that. My brain must still be addled.” A noncommittal grunt was his only response. Things were off to a wonderful start, she thought with a scowl.

Long moments passed, the uncomfortable silence making her want to squirm. Oh, she knew exactly what he was doing. He wanted her agitated so she’d let something slip. They’d been taught a similar tactic during training; lucky for her, she didn’t have any knowledge to divulge. Squaring her shoulders, she met his gaze unflinchingly.

“Wasn’t there something you wanted to ask, Detective? Or did you just want to have a staring contest?” A small part of her liked staring into his eyes, the intense gray seeming to shift subtly, almost like mercury. Intriguing. She filed that bit of information away to examine later.

“You’re hiding something, aren’t you?”

She decided to play dumb. “How can I hide anything when you haven’t asked a question?”

“At first I thought you were as high as a kite at the scene, but you’re more intelligent than I thought.”

Why did it sting that he’d thought she was high? “Is that a compliment or a question?”

“A statement.” He set a rectangular device on the table and a red light began to blink. “I’ll be recording this if you don’t mind. You’ve already been advised of your rights, have you not?” He paused, waiting for her response.

“Yes, I have.”

“Good. You were found in an alley lying in a pool of blood. How did you end up there?”

“I don’t know.” It was close enough to the truth. No reason to mention the bit about falling through an invisible, magical barrier.

“Do you know this man?" A picture slapped down onto the table in front of her showed a man, his skin waxy with a grayish cast and large purple shadows around his eyes.

“No, I’ve never seen him before.”

“Really? I find that hard to believe when we found you within feet of his body. We’re waiting on DNA confirmation, but unless you have an explanation for where the blood in the alley originated, I’d say you and I both know it belongs to our victim here. Let me ask you one more time. Do you know this man?”

Irritation flashed through her body. “As you pointed out, Detective, I was found unconscious and prior to that had never met the guy. I may have lain next to him, but that doesn’t mean I knew him. Who is he?”

“I’m working on determining that. He’s lacking his fingerprints, so it’s not as simple to identify the body. What happened last night?”

“I don’t know. All I remember is waking up, being confused, and being surrounded by strange people. You showed up a short time later.”

“Where are you from?” That man just didn’t know when to drop the subject, did he?

“I’m from out of town.”

“Can you be more specific?”

“A town so small, I’m sure you’ve never heard of it.” Not far from the truth. Fire Falls wasn’t tiny, but it wasn’t huge.

“Do you take me for a fool? Stop lying, Ms. Phoenix. You had no ID on you, no credit or debit cards, no cell phone, and your prints aren’t in the system. Tell me the name of the town; it should be simple enough to verify it.”

“Trust me, Detective, you wouldn’t believe me if I told you.”

His eyes sparked at her words, the irises seeming to shift with increasing speed. If she didn’t know better, she’d think he had some Metallum ancestry. Only the metal crafters in Mythria had eyes like that, but there was no way he could share their blood.

“I’m tired of your games. I have a body in the morgue and two other cases I believe are related to this one.” He pulled out pictures of two other crime scenes and placed them on the table in front of her. “This is your last chance. Answer me now or I’ll have you locked up for obstruction of justice.”

Sha stared at the two other images, stunned. “It can’t be,” she whispered.

He sat back in his chair, studying her. “What can’t be? You recognize one of them don’t you?”

She didn’t know what compelled her to respond, however, she couldn’t halt the flow of words. “I don’t know who the men are, but I recognize those runes. It’s impossible you’d find them here.”

“Three dead guys would beg to differ with you on that one. Where have you seen the runes before?”

“You wouldn’t believe me if I told you.”

Connor’s palms slammed on the table, the sound reverberating through the cramped room. “Enough with the theatrics. Where…have…you…seen…these…

runes?” He punctuated each word with a stab of his finger on the photographs.

“In Mythria,” she blurted before she could stop herself. Mother Night. What had she just admitted?
 


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About the Author

Lindsay Avalon1 Lindsay Avalon is a wife, owner of a devious mini Schnauzer, programmer, and now an author. An avid reader, her amazing husband never seems to mind the multitude of books scattered around the house. However, after listening to the words “I have nothing to read” one too many times, he suggested Lindsay try her hand at writing her own books.
Since she’d never liked writing in school, she balked at the idea until her sister pestered her to participate in NaNoWriMo. It was then Lindsay realized that it was never writing she hated; it was writing boring essays. Creating worlds of magic, mystery, adventure, and romance became her true calling. In 2012, she embarked on the journey to become a self-published author and to bring her crazy ideas to life.
In 2013, Lindsay decided to ask a fellow author about her publishing company, Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly. It was a spur of the moment, impulsive decision, and one which Lindsay is eternally grateful she made. Though self-publishing was exhilarating, being a part of her amazing publishing family gives her a bit of structure in her chaotic existence.
When she’s not writing or spending time with her husband, she’s hiding out from devious bears seeking to thwart her writing efforts, pestering her amazing friends and personal assistant, creating works of art in resin, and a multitude of other things that capture her attention at the moment. You can find Lindsay online spreading insanity across Facebook and interacting with her many lovelies. She loves hearing from her readers and fellow writers!
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Review The Mythrian Realm Series by Lindsay Avalon (Book 1-2)




Throughout history, myths and legends of extraordinary creatures have been told and retold. Fantastic tales of demons and banshees, gryphons and dragons, and of course, magic. Stories that every child grows to learn are nothing more than fantasy…or are they?

Beyond the world you see lies a hidden realm, the Mythrian Realm, inhabited by all of the creatures you’ve been told are mere fiction. Only one thing lies between humans and the truth: the Nexus. A magical barrier erected millennia ago to separate the two realms, it has stood the test of time. Until now.

For Mythrian Sha Phoenix, magic is nothing new. But when she stumbles upon a portal on the verge of collapse, her fate will forever change. Pulled through the portal into the Human Realm, she lands in the middle of Detective Connor Flynn’s brutal murder scene. Soon it is obvious someone is using blood magic to try to bring down the Nexus. Together, Connor and Sha must work to unravel the secrets before the barrier falls and the realms collide. 

The Nexus is breaking and all hell is about to unleash…literally.

*** Warning this book contains two graphic sex scenes featuring a sexy detective ***


Breaking the Nexus (Book one)
My Thoughts & Review

3/5
Cover: Hot! Both realms merging is as same in the book. 
Genre(s): Adult fantasy, urban fantasy, New Adult, romance, keyword ADULT 
Fast paced short read 

I'm in the middle of rating this book for a review. This book was not a favor in my reading BUT I do think many others may like the story the author created. It has to be, there are many fans of this book and the ratings are pretty high, got to mean something.

WARNING! Heavy scenes in this book for adult readers
This happens to be one of the reasons me and this book didn't see eye to eye! One of my number one irks in a book is unrealistic in the sheets scenes! I can't stand when the chic has multiple satisfaction back to back and every touch is the BEST in this world, never before happened, compulsion touch... It doesn't work for me.

In this book not only is there instant love but another man who has the touch of pure bliss.

HOWEVER, I still think there's readers out there that may dig that sort of thing 0_o

I was bit disappointed that the blurb did not match the story in book one. I was looking forward to the 'Demons'...'Dragons'...a world of fantasy creatures...didn't happen.

Sha is from Mythrian, she is some type of soceri. While on patrol, she falls into the human world into a crime scene where the main man and detective Connor is in charge of. Instant attraction between the two while they try to figure out why bodies are showing up dead and possibly be caused by creatures from Mythrian realm.

It is a quick read about 200 pages with a cliffhanger!

This book takes place the majority, mostly entirely, in the human realm. The second book actually will be in Mythrian Realm which I look forward to reading,

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As two Realms collide, the world descends into chaos.

From the moment Sha Phoenix dropped into the middle of Detective Connor Flynn’s murder scene, he had known his life would never be the same. Following her claim to be a Sorceri from the Mythrian Realm, he had received a crash course in the impossible as they had struggled to stop a madman. Unfortunately, despite their efforts to stop the Nexus, a magical barrier separating the Mythrian and Human Realms, fractured. Magic and myth are spilling over into the Human Realm, plunging everything into turmoil.

Is their love strong enough to survive the flames of the phoenix?

When Sha vanished through a portal in the middle of battle, Connor did not hesitate to follow the woman he had claimed as his. Now in the Mythrian Realm, they join forces with the Sentinels, the guardians of the Realms, to protect the world they love. Will they be able to contain the evil taking control? Or will they perish in the flames of war?

Waking the Phoenix (Book 2)

My Thoughts and Review 
4/5
The action picks up in this one! 

We are now in Mythrian Realm! Shifters, elfs, battles, and new characters (if you haven't read 1.5 Warrior Unleashed Novella, might want to read that one first for a back story!) Book two is more upbeat in tempo with double the action and throwing in the fantasy world with many creatures. There's still heavy scenes for adult readers! 

I don't think this is the end of the series. The ending did leave room for another potential book. 

Recommended Read





Nothing is more dangerous than a warrior unleashed.

When Sentinels begin dying under mysterious circumstances, the deaths are believed to be unrelated. Only one man sees the truth: an unknown enemy is targeting the elite group of warriors and no one is safe. As a panther Chimerae, Achaius Rilke recognizes the signs of an unpredictable predator. The only person he can trust is Saia Makan, the tempestuous Sorceri who has driven him crazy for years. But when the killer has set his sights on Saia, Achaius faces the hunt of his life


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Saturday, December 27, 2014

Review Beast of Burden A.Z. Green (Book 2) The Hidden Blood Series




Pack Leaders who were allies at the time of the Vikings, had rings made to remind them of who they were and what they stood for. Weremen of peace, justice and loyalty. We try to stand by that principle.

After the attempt on Nik's life, he and Jaz leave Deer Creek to escape the dangers and judgements on both their heads. But many are determined to find them and drag them back. 
Curs are creeping out of the woodwork and making themselves known by the increase of deaths, kidnappings and rapes but it seems the Head Council are looking the other way. 
Jaz and Nik put their differences aside to begin her training in self-defence and controlling her ability to Change. Jaz allows herself to trust him again despite their rocky start, and in doing so, she soon understands the true reasons behind his past actions. 
Things aren't what they seem. 
Packs are stirring, enemies are coming out to play, humans will be caught in the crossfire, hybrid Weres must fight for their survival and sides must be picked. 
Which side are you on?




My Thoughts & Review
Beast of Burden (The Hidden Blood Series-Book 2)

4/5 
Cover: The cover does remind me more vampire than werewolves but it is still a beautiful cover
Genre(s): Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy, 

The story continues in book two with more action and details of Jaz's werewolf and the betrayal of Nik (Driver) pack! Half way through this book, finally, Jaz and Nik make a connection! Their relationship was slowly built, no instant-love, and given the reasoning of the history of them both, I think the author made a wise choice by going slow. 

The author takes her time writing out her stories covering and building a whole new place. It shows in both book one and two with the descriptive detail in tempo of the book. There's still as many characters in the first book and it can be a bit confusing to keep up or remember everyone's role. There's not only Nik and Jaz's relationship developing but other characters like Fraya (the villain in book one) and Yon, which she leaves hanging! So that's something to look forward to in her future writing in this series. 

Cliffhanger warning! The author leaves many untied plots by the end of this book. 
Recommend read must read book one to understand book two 

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Excerpt
After five minutes of flat out running, Jaz's lungs were on fire; a knife sticking into them each time she breathed in. She said to herself she couldn't run like this anymore. As soon as she passed a bed of rocks, she doubled back on her footprints, put her trainer against the nearest tree and hauled herself up. Hiding flat against the trunk, she tried to catch her breath as quietly as she could. Only a minute later there were the sounds of two pairs of boots. She waited, wondering why her trackers weren’t in Beast form. Nik had said they were and surely it was faster? But when she peered behind the trunk, she saw that they were very battered and bleeding, which reminded her that Changing took a lot of energy in a short burst. In the arena, Nik had been so injured and ill from the poison, he wasn’t able to Change.
She guessed they'd decided to turn back so they could save their energy. Jaz—thinking of this—forced her hands to Change. It took a long, terrifying moment for her body to finally answer her call before she felt the claws grow out of her nails beds, the cuticles being pierced in the process; they then healed back quickly, leaving no traces of blood. The entire process had become more efficient with practise. She felt her face Change on its own and now that she was armed, she waited. The partial Change took no more than a minute and in that time, the Weres had circled around, not seeing her high up in the branches of the old oak tree. When they came back, Jaz watched with disgusted awe as they began to Change—they were naked as the day they were born, their clothes tied in a bundle around their hips.
The sound of bones snapping and crunching was a familiar but still equally unpleasant sound. As she crouched there, she considered if this was a good time to climb down and escape before they came, but she didn't know how fast they would be and how she would be able to outrun them if they saw her. They would most certainly see her; she just had to lift her head and she'd be in their line of sight. In their Beast forms—one light-haired, the other a deep red—they prowled around the trees, hers included, tracing her scent with their sharp noses. They stopped where the prints stopped. She glued herself to the trunk when they looked up, but when they did not climb up to rip her apart, she started to regain some hope. After fifteen minutes of waiting, hearing their paws depart ten minutes before that, she was finally convinced enough to peer out. They had gone. She inhaled deeply through her nose, listened out and used her strong sight to find them. She caught their scent about a mile back where she had come. They hadn't moved on so she guessed they were still looking for her. With only two of them, Jaz suspected the other two were on Nik and Darby's trail. She hoped they were okay.
Tiredly, she climbed down the tree; at each descent of a branch she looked around, sniffing the air until she was sure to climb down further. When she hit the bottom she stepped as lightly as possible, using the bottom edge of tree trunks, roots, stones and rocks as a way to mask her prints. She travelled for five minutes before she broke into a run again. She jogged through the trees stealthily, eyeing her surroundings, keeping her nose open. She smelled the stag before she saw it and stopped a hundred yards from it. He didn't see her, his head was lowered, feeding on the ground. His antlers were stunning, and so much more alluring in real life. She'd never seen one so close before and, as she took a moment to catch her breath, she perched her back against a trunk, shielding herself from anyone who thought to come up behind her. With her knees bent into a squat, she admired the stag. She tried not to think about her situation—otherwise she'd start to panic—and allowed this scenic beauty to calm and numb her mind, as if it was all a dream.
The stag's head snapped up from a sound that Jaz did not hear and ran. Jaz took that as a sign to leave and jumped up, sprinting forward towards the rising sounds of the motorway.  She smacked into a body that swerved in her path; the sudden, powerful impact knocking her back onto the ground. A huge breath escaped her, then as she groggily scanned up the body, her eyes widened when she saw it was naked, and bloody, and her heart sank. She'd been found by the Weres. And this one in particular had death in his brick-red eyes.
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Review Beast Hood by A.Z. Green (Book 1)




The bloody, raw meat was tantalizing her; calling to her. She hated it and yearned for it all at once.

Stop, she ordered. What are you doing?!
So hungryyyyy, snarled a primal voice deep within her. 
Don’t you dare! she screamed back. 
But the primal hunger ignored her pleas and took over her body, forcing her rational voice deep within the crevices of her mind.




What would you do if you discovered you weren't human? That you turned into a bloodthirsty monster against your will?
What if your instincts, emotions and desires were torn between your own and the dark, dangerous animal lurking inside of you?
If it could make you yearn for someone you shouldn't, make you say and act in ways you wouldn't and overwhelm your whole existence?
If everything you'd ever known about your life was a lie?



In a world where a deeply hidden community is swathed in mystery, deadly secrets, betrayal and murder, Jaz Barker struggles to fight against the dangerous Beast within her and the emotions and desires it thrusts her way.



When tensions ride high and people she cares about are put in danger, she will have to decide how much of her newly awakened animal-side she's willing to let in.



And if it is worth the risk...




My Thoughts & Review 
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3.5/5
Cover: Great cover! It as if she is hiding a secret in which Jaz, main lady, is doing in this story! 
Genre(s): paranormal romance, urban fantasy, young adult, new adult 

It had a great story line but for me the tempo of it was a bit slow even though this may be a favored style for other readers. The romance is building in this book but not quite there yet. Some readers may not agree with how this love interest evolved from, I in the other hand read the story how the author wanted it to be. The author is extremely detailed and at times I do think it is unnecessary information and slows the pace of the book, especially the thirty something characters she introduces in book one. I almost feel like I should have a notepad to remember them all. The style of writing is also different. The author writes in different character's view and timing from past to present. This book is under 'dark paranormal romance', to me it wasn't 'dark' other than maybe the reasoning where the love interest comes from...

However, when the story is moving it's kicking! Our leading lady, Jaz, is learning about herself and who she really is. Many secrets are revealed and choices have to be made. She is a feisty character which I like and it shows in many parts of the story.  
Driver is the moody, alpha pack leader. He has suffered losses in his life and looking for his future mate while there is 'spy' and liars under his pack. 
There's a few fight scenes including Jaz in her own and Driver in a dual battle. 

I do think if the author focused on a smaller amount of characters, their personality would of shown a lot better in the writing. A.Z. is definitely a talented writer and is only going to improve in her future writings! Recommended read

Excerpt:
Holding her breath, she leant forward and dunked her head into the water, staying under for no more than half a minute when a loud, sharp vibration reverberated through the water, coming from somewhere above. She jumped back and gasped; her wet hair flopped back splashing water across her chest and back.
She darted her eyes at the border of trees. Nothing. Her gaze panned across the river, then the lake. Apart from the splashing, trickling, crashing water there was nothing. No sounds. No crickets, no wildlife. She listened hard, forcing her hearing to penetrate through the distracting cacophony of the river.
She'd heard something. It was loud and sharp enough to vibrate the water. It had sounded like... A growl, she thought. Her muscles locked. Her blood turned to ice water. As if the creature sensed her fear, another guttural growl thundered through the night air, coming from her side of the river. Right behind her. Before she could see what is was, she spotted movement in the trees to her north-east. Her eyes caught the shape as it lurked in the woods. Whatever it was, it wasn't human.  She tried not to squeal, clamping her lips tight.  
Something prowled through the grass towards her and she swung round. The field was overgrown, the grass reaching up to her knees, so she couldn’t see who it was. The sight of a creature crouched down about fifty feet away caused her to release a strangled cry. Within the shards of grass there were two dark, piercing eyes, ringed in white, and staring straight at her.  She saw a flash of fang-like teeth as the creature snarled. Her legs reacted so fast she stumbled forward, falling onto her knees. Her right one landed on a sharp rock, sending a shooting pain through her leg. She gasped. She heard a loud bark that she knew was the creature breaking into a run and she jumped up, wheezing in panic. Her knee cried out in anguish but she forced herself to move, feeling the trickle of blood down her leg. She sprinted across the shallow area of river and crashed through it to the other side. If the predator couldn't see her, it could definitely hear her.
She ripped through the trees knowing it was a bad idea, but she was desperate to get away. She dodged the enormous trees and protruding roots, weeds, and bushes, all the time aware of how much closer the creature was gaining. She looked back and saw the gigantic, muscular beast of death rampaging towards her. She then saw two more Beasts not far behind it. Then another three. She couldn't look back anymore, nearly getting whipped in the face by a low hanging branch as she turned. She sprung forward so fast that she was leaning almost parallel to the floor. Stones, twigs and weeds grazed her bare feet; she winced when a thorn embedded itself in her left foot, but she didn't stop; she couldn't stop, she had to keep moving. Growls lashed the air; rabbits and other rodents scurried away, hiding in their little hidey-holes in the ground and under tree roots. At that moment she wished to God to be that small and disappear into the earth.
She shrieked when she sensed the Beast a hair away from her. She could feel its hot, damp breath on her back, hear it panting and snarling, its claws clicking on the ground as it ran. She couldn't help but look back again but she misjudged the level of the ground and stumbled into a pothole, twisting her ankle. Her body whipped round as she plunged headfirst, landing flat on her back, inches away from being lashed apart by the Beast's claws. A screech got lodged in her throat as the ground knocked the air out of her lungs. She felt a sharp waft of air as the Beast jumped over her rather than risk tripping, landing a few feet past her head.
She sat up, grasping her twisted, throbbing ankle as she gaped at the Beast. This is it? This is how I'm going to die? she thought, horrified and oddly disappointed. Eaten alive...by my own species...?

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