Brandon Jones, a handsome, hopeful young actor, stands on the verge of fame and fortune—when a car accident shatters his life, bringing his career to a screeching halt. Isolating himself from anyone connected to his once dazzling future, he cuts off his friends and family, turns to booze for company, and withdraws to a small apartment on Sunset Boulevard. Now the only people he begrudgingly interacts with are two neighbors, a drag queen and a student paying her way through college as an escort.
Brandon’s convinced he has nothing to live for, until a startlingly beautiful young couple moves in across the hall. Spying through the peephole in his door, he grows increasingly obsessed with his new neighbors—and the parade of damaged strangers who visit them at all hours. Then something seemingly impossible happens that convinces him this mysterious couple can help restore all that he lost.
Brandon insinuates himself into their lives, and finds himself on a journey from despair into hope—as an ancient secret from the dawn of time draws him head-to-head with a terrifying foe bent on destroying everything he’s now come to love.
Once again, Steven-Elliot Altman dares to place his readers in the company of an embittered antihero, in the same manner that inspired Paul Goat Allen of the Barnes & Noble Review to call his bestselling novel, Deprivers, “One of those rare novels that will haunt the reader’s subconscious for a long time.” The author has produced a timeless work that tempts our greater demons and provokes our higher angels. Imagine Leaving Las Vegas meets City of Angels and American Gods, and you've glimpsed the haunting power of Severed Wings.
My name is Jenna Solitaire and everything I thought I knew about myself, my family, and my future is wrong. My life is not my own. It never has been. I just didn't know it—until now . . .
Nineteen-year-old Jenna Solitaire has lost her grandfather, who was her only remaining family. Going through old family belongings in the attic, she discovers a trunk, and in it a planchette made of bone and an ancient wooden board scorched by fire and covered in strange symbols. Thinking only to connect with some element of her past, Jenna attempts to use it, and soon there is a voice whispering long-lost secrets in her mind. Secrets about her family, and the role handed down through generations of Solitaire women: Keeper of the Board. Thrust into a world she doesn’t understand, Jenna will begin an adventure that will ultimately take her around the world, but first, she must master the Board itself, even as she faces forces of greed and power—those who will stop at nothing to take the Board for themselves. As the Board conjures devastating storms, Jenna struggles to find her footing and determine who she can trust. Events spiral out of control, and Jenna fights to protect those she still believes in: Father Andrew, the family priest who has known her since she was born, her best friend, Tom, and his girlfriend, Kristen. And then there is Simon Monk, shrouded in mystery and connected somehow to Father Andrew and the Vatican itself, who appears to have her best interests in mind, but frightens Jenna with his intensity. Jenna must conquer her doubts, her fears, and take on the mantle of Keeper of the Board and the Daughter of Destiny, or leave the Earth itself in peril.
When a rash of suicides strikes Bellingham, Washington, Sarah Beauhall finds herself embroiled in a conspiracy that involves long-dead gods, love-scorned ancients, dragons, witch feuds, and the rediscovery of a mysterious abandoned world.
Can Sarah put together the puzzle pieces before her world comes crashing down around her?