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A desperate widow…
It’s 1874 in Cedar City, Utah Territory, when Penelope Cavey finds her beloved husband, Henri, dead from a gunshot wound and the mysterious phrase, “demons dance” carved into the parlor mirror. Despite her brother’s attempts to dissuade her, Penelope is determined to find Henri’s killer and sets out alone for St. Joseph, a rural town in Utah—following the only clue Henri left for her.
A lying father…
Ava Patton is haunted by dreams of another life. Her nightmares give way to reality when her caring stepmother, Nellie, confirms her rising suspicions that the man who claims to be her father is only pretending to be, and that her real parents are dead. Astounded by this revelation, Ava sets out to uncover what became of her parents and in doing so, stumbles upon a heartbreaking tragedy. She is forced to stop her quest when her brother, Lawrence, falls seriously ill.
A labyrinth of a mansion…
Lawrence finds himself trapped within the winding halls of a large house, plagued by taunting voices as he struggles to escape. Unable to distinguish reality from the imaginary, Lawrence doesn’t know who or what imprisoned him there, nor to whom the house belongs. Lawrence realizes he holds the key and must find Ava and Penelope before another person is silenced.
Lawrence gripped the doorknob in his hands, clinging to the cold metal as he dangled in midair. With eyes and teeth clenched, he could see himself falling to his death.
Looking up, he saw the outline of the doorframe and the hinges that looked like they were about to burst under his weight. Using all the strength he had, he tried to pull himself back up into the room when he paused and looked down—the top of a table stood only a little way from his feet. Relieved, he let go of the door and dropped down.
Lawrence felt a rush of fear as he landed and looked about the room, suddenly feeling wary. Quickly, he jumped off the table. He stood in a long, rectangular dining hall, reminding him of the medieval halls he had often seen in books. A long table covered in a white cloth ran down the center of the chamber. Above it, a large wooden chandelier hung on a rusty chain, with hundreds of little candles flickering back and forth, manipulated by unheard whispers echoing throughout the room. His heart quaked. On either side of the room, windows lined the walls, but instead of seeing sunlight and lawns, he saw blackness. Lawrence crossed to one of the windows and gazed out.
Where am I? was the resounding thought inside his mind.
About the Author:
Emma Briedis has written six books in multiple genres, including fantasy, romance, and historical fiction with Where Demons Dance being her debut novel. After reading Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables at the age of thirteen, she decided to write a book of her own, and hasn’t stopped since. She lives in Southeastern Wisconsin with her dog, Chewie.
Amazon link to buy book: https://www.amazon.com/Where-Demons-Dance-Emma-Briedis/dp/1732983305/ref=sr_1_2
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