“A beautifully crafted story with so many intense moments I couldn’t stop reading.
This is the best book I’ve read in a long time.” 
—YA Books Central

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Eva Marteinn never wanted to be a killer.

Raised in the Commonwealth, where citizens live and die by the code of the Seven Sins, Eva is sickened by the barbaric punishments the High Priests inflict. She sees the Bellators of Light, the Commonwealth’s executioners, as no more than conscienceless killers.

When she’s Chosen as the first female bellator—and can’t refuse, on threat of exile or disgrace—Eva is devastated. But she turns out to be inordinately gifted at the very role she abhors…no thanks to her mentor, Ari Westergaard, who alternates between ignoring her and challenging her to impossible tests.

Ari’s indifference conceals a dangerous secret: He’s loved Eva since they were children. When Eva falls for Ari too, she knows they should do anything to avoid each other. Love is forbidden. Lust is a death sentence. But as mentor and apprentice, they’re bound by the blood oath they swore the day of Eva’s Choosing.

Balanced on a razor’s edge of desire and betrayal, the two uncover a secret that could overturn the Commonwealth itself. Now Eva must make an impossible choice: Turn her back on Ari, and remain loyal to the only home she’s ever known—or risk everything on the slim hope of freedom, and stake her life on the boy she’s come to love.

“Amazing characters and a fast plot that will keep you on the edge of your seat.”
-S.E. Anderson, author of the Starstruck Saga

“A rollicking ride through forbidden love and deadly adventure … I haven’t ached for love like this to conquer all since Tris and Four.”
-Leigh Statham, Author of the Daughter Trilogy

“A romantic dystopian with a fantastic—and unexpected—twist ... SEVEN SINS is powerful, sexy, hopeful, and unsettling.”
-Heidi Ayarbe, award-winning author of Freeze Frame

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SIEGE OF THE SEVEN SINS

Book Two in the SEVEN SINS series

Release Date: August 3rd, 2021

What if the victory you’ve been fighting for is doomed to break your heart?

Rogue bellators Eva Marteinn and Ari Westergaard have escaped the restrictive world of the Commonwealth, and would like nothing more than to leave it behind forever. But for Eva in particular, it’s not that simple. She is the weapon the Commonwealth wants—and they’ll stop at nothing to get her back.

For years, Ari has seen Eva as his temptation and his secret, his virtue and his sin. Now that they’re finally free, he wants what he’s been craving—to start a new life with her…together.

But Eva is keeping a devastating secret of her own: the very victory the two of them have been fighting for is doomed to break both their hearts. Now she faces an impossible decision—be the face of the revolution she’s dedicated her life to fueling, and abandon the boy she loves…or sacrifice everything she’s fought for to stand by his side.

Advance Praise for SIEGE OF THE SEVEN SINS

“This is easily one of the best books I've ever read. Siege of the Seven Sins has it all—heart-stopping action, breathtaking characters, high stakes, and a thrilling story, all wrapped up in beautiful prose.”
— Madeline Dyer, SIBA-award-winning author of the Untamed series

“Thrilling, heart-wrenching, and blood-pumping.”
— Karissa Laurel, author of the Stormbourne Chronicles

“With an intriguing world, an impossible love story, and characters I both loved and loved to hate, the stakes are high. What if love was a death sentence? … A series everyone should know about.”
—M. Lynn, USA Today bestselling author of The Queens of the Fae series 

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Shadows of the Seven Sins

A Story Collection

Release Date: June 1, 2021

What risks would you be willing to take for love?

In the oppressive world of the Commonwealth, citizens live and die by the rules of the Seven Sins: pride, greed, wrath, envy, lust, gluttony, and sloth. Affection is punishable by death…but all of the rules in the world can’t stop people from falling in love.

Fighting back against the High Priests who rule the Commonwealth and the vicious Bellatorum warriors who enforce the law is terrifying. But for love, even ordinary people will take daring chances. For love, people will do terrible—and wonderful—things.

In the pages of this spellbinding collection, dive deeper into the stories of your favorite characters from the Seven Sins series and meet new ones; discover dark secrets they've been hiding; and witness the courage of rebels who risk their lives—again and again—for the justice they fight for and the love they hold dear.

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Sacrifice of the Seven Sins

Enter the world of the Seven Sins with this FREE prequel novella

In a society where kindness is punishable by death, can a boy find a way to be a hero?

Born in the Commonwealth of Ashes, where citizens live and die by the tenets of the Seven Deadly Sins, teenager Ari Westergaard has known little but violence and deprivation. Though attachment to others is forbidden, he’s struggled all his life with the desire for connection—and the sin of pride—only to be rebuffed and punished repeatedly. Then, one day, during a routine execution of a sinner, he sees a girl dare to defy one of the Commonwealth’s High Priests…and falls hopelessly in love.

Lust is one of the Seven Sins, and love is seen as the first step down the road to dissolution. Ari’s feelings for Eva Marteinn are forbidden—a temptation and a secret, a virtue and a sin. Though Ari and Eva have never spoken, his thoughts of her sustain him as he battles his instincts in order to survive in a world where cruelty is the norm and kindness is for the weak. But when Ari is faced with a fellow citizen in need of protection, he must make a difficult choice: Stand up for what he believes in—or pay the ultimate price.

What Readers Are Saying About SWORD OF THE SEVEN SINS:

“An amazing book… I fell in love with the characters the second I met them.”
—@universewithinpages

“This book has kept me glued to my chair- turning the pages and biting my nails.. It’s insane and I am loving it.”
—@booktalesanddonuts

“An absolutely mind-blowing, spine-tingling, action-packed extravaganza … an electrifying, imaginative, phenomenally well-written book. The tension, banter and angst blazes.”
—Emerald Book Reviews

“An absolutely wild ride … I couldn’t stop reading.”
—The Word Traveler

“I devoured it in 48 hours.”
—@lilareads

“A beautiful story about forbidden love … 5 stars out of 5.”
—@throneofbooks

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Eva

My pulse pounds wildly against his fingers, a bird trapped in a cage, wings thrashing in an effort to get free. No one has ever touched me this way. Certainly I never felt the smoldering heat of a slow-burning fuse when the medics worked on me or the Mothers sluiced the shampoo from my hair.

Ari

Her beauty is a weapon, the only one that has ever been able to bring me low. It has as much to do with the fierce intelligence in her eyes as it does with that thick fall of black hair, always bound in its braid, and the opalescent sheen of her skin. In my darker moments, I’ve imagined what it might feel like to tug her hair loose from its bindings, if it would run like water through my fingers. If her touch would burn.

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Eva + Ari

Thinking like this is wrong, I tell myself. Remember who you are. But when she holds the tip of her blade beneath my chin, I think not of blood and punishment but of how her skin would slide through my hands, rain-wet and slippery as a selkie, how much I would like to know whether her lips are as soft as they look. How she tastes.

Efraím

He raised me to be what I am, has mentored and trained me. Yet despite the hours we’ve spent together, sparring and debating the finer points of strategy—despite the regret I saw in his eyes—there’s nothing left between us but this: a traitor and the warrior chosen to bring about his end. It is my flaw, my sin that I cannot help but wish for more.

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Kilían

Kilían, the lead interrogator, has point. He stands in front—the tip of an arrow made up of the thirty elite bellators that comprise Efraím’s inner circle—blade unsheathed in his hand, his close-cropped red hair gleaming in the torchlight. “In girum imus nocte et consumimur igni,” he says in greeting. We enter the circle at night and are consumed by fire.

Ronan

I expected the barbarians Outside to set on me, to rip me limb from limb. But they were not barbarians at all—just people, trying to survive. They cared for me. They took me in. And when I grew old enough, I dedicated my life to fighting for their cause.

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The Executor

It is our duty to guard the unsullied state of your souls, for the past has shown us that only too easily can they become corrupt. So easily can mankind indulge our animal nature. Citizens of the Commonwealth, it gives me no pleasure to acknowledge our final sinner, who shall be sentenced to serve you our finest food and drink today—and yet partake of none. Thus she shall experience deprivation that will return her soul to purity; thus she shall renounce her gluttony, to serve and sin no more.

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Eva

My pulse pounds wildly against his fingers, a bird trapped in a cage, wings thrashing in an effort to get free. No one has ever touched me this way. Certainly I never felt the smoldering heat of a slow-burning fuse when the medics worked on me or the Mothers sluiced the shampoo from my hair.

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Ari

Her beauty is a weapon, the only one that has ever been able to bring me low. It has as much to do with the fierce intelligence in her eyes as it does with that thick fall of black hair, always bound in its braid, and the opalescent sheen of her skin. In my darker moments, I’ve imagined what it might feel like to tug her hair loose from its bindings, if it would run like water through my fingers. If her touch would burn.

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EVA + ARI

Thinking like this is wrong, I tell myself. Remember who you are. But when she holds the tip of her blade beneath my chin, I think not of blood and punishment but of how her skin would slide through my hands, rain-wet and slippery as a selkie, how much I would like to know whether her lips are as soft as they look. How she tastes.

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Efraím

He raised me to be what I am, has mentored and trained me. Yet despite the hours we’ve spent together, sparring and debating the finer points of strategy—despite the regret I saw in his eyes—there’s nothing left between us but this: a traitor and the warrior chosen to bring about his end. It is my flaw, my sin that I cannot help but wish for more.

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Kilían

Kilían, the lead interrogator, has point. He stands in front—the tip of an arrow made up of the thirty elite bellators that comprise Efraím’s inner circle—blade unsheathed in his hand, his close-cropped red hair gleaming in the torchlight. “In girum imus nocte et consumimur igni,” he says in greeting. We enter the circle at night and are consumed by fire.

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Ronan

I expected the barbarians Outside to set on me, to rip me limb from limb. But they were not barbarians at all—just people, trying to survive. They cared for me. They took me in. And when I grew old enough, I dedicated my life to fighting for their cause.

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The Executor

It is our duty to guard the unsullied state of your souls, for the past has shown us that only too easily can they become corrupt. So easily can mankind indulge our animal nature. Citizens of the Commonwealth, it gives me no pleasure to acknowledge our final sinner, who shall be sentenced to serve you our finest food and drink today—and yet partake of none. Thus she shall experience deprivation that will return her soul to purity; thus she shall renounce her gluttony, to serve and sin no more.

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