The Girl and the Gargoyle
Being half-witch/half-demon and dating Marcus, a gargoyle and demon enemy, is complicated enough for Lucy. She can almost tolerate Jude, her demon father, forcing her to undergo combat training.
But when Marcus’s long-lost family returns to Chicago, her world begins to crumble. Marcus's mother wants him to leave to join the gargoyle clan; his father wants him to help kill Jude. There’s one major problem with this: if Jude dies, Lucy dies.
Marcus will do whatever it takes to save Lucy and her father. Meanwhile Lucy has her own plan and with the aid of a surprise newcomer, seeks help from the most unlikely—and dangerous—source.
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Jude balances a fresh fireball in the palm of his hand. He lobs
it at me, and I hold my hand up. I envision my hand as a brick wall. Big, strong, impenetrable. I imagine it swelling, doubling in size and strength. As the fireball comes within six inches of my hand, I step toward it and lob it back to Jude. The fireball moves toward Jude, but sputters out before it reaches him.
“Pretty lame if you ask me,” Dylan calls out.
“Funny thing, no one asked you!” I snap.
“Again,” Jude calls out. “This time put some power behind it.” We repeat it again. I struggle to ignore Dylan’s taunts. Idiot.
What is it with him? Why won’t Jude and Henry reprimand him? I wait until the fireball is two inches from me then whack it
back to Jude hard. He lunges to the left to avoid being hit.
“Nice job, Lucy,” Henry says.
“For a girl,” Dylan adds.
I spin around and throw a fireball at him. It slams against his
shoulder. He tamps out the flames and flashes a big grin my way. “Is that all you’ve got?”
I take a step toward him. “Keep it up. There’s more where that came from.”
Dylan laughs. “You’ve got nothing. Without Daddy to protect you—and everyone else—you’re nothing.”
About the Author:
Pauline Gruber is a self-professed music junkie, cat wrangler, and travel nut. She went to Paris in the 90’s where she discovered a love of three things: croissants, old cathedrals, and gargoyles. Deciding that the paranormal world could use a new kind of hero, Pauline translated her fascination with the protective gargoyle into a suspenseful love story. She is the author of the young adult series, The Girl and the Raven, The Girl and the Gargoyle and the forthcoming novel, The Girl and the Demon. By day, Pauline is a legal assistant for a Chicago law firm where she steals identities and incorporates them into her books. If you tell anyone, she’ll deny, deny, deny. Pauline lives outside of Chicago with her precocious black cats.
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