The Nine Lives of Evy Stone | Kelly Meding
The Nine Lives of Evy Stone
(As Described By Evy Herself)
Okay, so maybe nine lives is stretching it a bit. I’m not a cat (even though I work with quite a few), and I have no intention of testing out how many times I can “die” and survive. And I don’t even know if you can count the second time. I mean, yes, my heart stopped beating for forty-two seconds, but other people’s hearts have stopped and been restarted, and they don’t generally refer to themselves as having died.
At least, I don’t think so….
Anyway, I bet you don’t know many other people who were tortured to death by goblins, and then came back to life three days later in someone else’s body. A body gifted with a handy, dandy ability to heal quickly from pretty much any injury (except the loss of limbs, which my left pinkie finger will attest to).
Since my resurrection five months ago I’ve been shot, stabbed, blown up, beaten up, fallen out a window, tortured more than once, clawed by hybrid dog-monster beasts, swallowed by a bridge troll, my finger cut off—and that doesn’t even count what’s in store for me in the next chapter of my life in Dreg City. I’d have died more than once without my healing ability, but good God, it can be a pain in the ass.
For instance, Walter Thackery. Mad scientist. Thought my healing ability was some physical thing he could test and repeat, no matter how many times I told him it was magical. So I spent twenty days strapped to a metal table in the back of a semi-trailer, while he tested my limits. Cuts, stabs, slices, pain levels. Not fun times. That’s when I died the second time. So the next time you think healing powers are cool, think of the crazy scientist types who might want to cut you open to see how that works.
Keeps me the hell alive, though, which is good because I have so much to live for now. Before my first death, I was a Triad Hunter. I followed orders and hunted goblins, half-Blood vampires, and anything else that got on our radar in a bad way. Hunting was my life, and I fully expected to die young (which I did, at age twenty-two). I was resurrected by Wyatt Truman, my former boss, because he’d been secretly in love with me for…well, a long time. Dummy me had no clue he felt so strongly, but my new body (aged twenty-seven years) figured it out fast.
Okay, cheese time, but I love Wyatt. He’s the better half of me. He’s steady and loving and fair, and he’s the one person I fight hardest for now. We fight for each other. We also fight for our friends and co-workers in the Watchtower—an initiative between humans, shapeshifters, and vampires to protect the city from the darker races, like the goblins. It isn’t easy for me to trust non-humans, but I’m working on it. I have a lot of Triad friends by my side, fighting with me, and that helps. It always sucks watching them suffer from injuries while I heal crazy-fast, and that’s probably the biggest weakness of this power.
Did I mention I can teleport? Something else that has saved my ass quite a few times—and the asses of the people I love.
Survival is in my blood. Bring it on.
Requiem For The Dead (Dreg City #5)
by Kelly Meding
September 16th 2013 by Kelly Meding
She’s died twice while protecting her city…and she’d do it again to save the people she loves.
After a deadly, artificial infection forces the vampire Families into a self-imposed isolation, the city’s protective Watchtower forces are depleted by one third, leaving humans and shifters to shoulder the burden. Human enforcer Evangeline Stone is determined to find a way to help her vampire allies, but she already has her hands full—investigating an escalating series of goblin attacks, dealing with her half-werewolf lover, locating three missing werewolf teenagers, and learning to trust her non-human coworkers.When a potential cure for the vampires’ infection is given to her by an unlikely source, it’s just as quickly stolen—collateral damage in a power play within the were-cat Clan that leaves one human ally dead and another horribly injured. With Wyatt Truman still adjusting to his new life as a half-werewolf, Phineas missing in action, and her shifter allies crippled by internal anarchy, Evy has to rely on her own strength and instincts to steal back the cure, stop a murderer, and to save the Watchtower before it’s destroyed from the inside out.
Kelly Meding, urbanfantasy author and dabbler in tales of the paranormal.
Books 1-4 in the Dreg City Series, THREE DAYS TO DEAD, AS LIE THE DEAD, and ANOTHER KIND OF DEAD, WRONG SIDE OF DEAD, are now available from Bantam Books in digital and mass-market paperback formats. Book 5, REQUIEM FOR THE DEAD, will release September 16 in digital format only.
Book 1 and 2 in the Metawars superhero series,TRANCE and CHANGELING, are available from Pocket books in digital and mass-market paperback formats. Book 3, TEMPEST, is available digitally only, with book 4, CHIMERA, releasing digitally November 11. 2013.