The Awakening (Emerge #1) by Melissa A. Craven {Promo + Giveaway}




Allie Carmichael has always believed life is simple. 

You’re born. 

You live. 

You die.

She has no cause to believe that equation works differently for her, but there has to be a reason the world treats her like a pariah.

When an unexpected move to Kelleys Island brings Aidan McBrien crashing into her life, Allie is thrown by his reaction. He doesn’t shrink from her touch. He doesn’t stutter or make a quick exit. He smiles and welcomes her into his circle of friends, who aren’t exactly comfortable with Allie, but they seem to get her in a way most people don’t.

Finally, Allie has a real shot at normal and rides that high right up to her sixteenth birthday when she wakes in agony—an experience Aidan insists they have all faced. She struggles in ignorance, uncertain of what is real and what isn’t. When she emerges, Allie is different. She has always been different, but even among her extraordinary friends, she and Aidan are special. 

As Allie struggles to maintain her tenuous grasp on the power that threatens to overwhelm her, she worries she will lose herself in this strange new world. A dangerous world where she will have to fight tooth and nail to defend the power and freedom that is her birthright. 

…only Allie hates to fight.

2015 Dante Rossetti Awards Finalist
2015 International Book Awards Finalist
2015 USA Best Book Award Finalist​




Emerge: The Awakening is on sale for $1.99 during the tour!



Emerge: The Edge is on sale for $0.99 during the tour!​




Chapter Thirty-Two

 “Allie, I swear, you will get past this aversion to fighting if I have to bloody beat it out of you!” Gregg’s patience with her was obviously slipping. 
“She’s perfectly willing to spar with Aidan,” Jin said. 
“He’s my EQUAL!” Allie didn’t understand how they couldn’t see the huge difference that made. 
“Aye, and I know you feel more comfortable bouting with Aidan, but you hold back with everyone else. It has to stop,” he said. “Sasha isn’t a delicate little flower. I’m her father—I give you permission to wipe the floor with her. She’ll only respect you for it!”
“She’s my friend, Gregg. I just can’t.”
“Two thousand years and I’ve never met anyone so stubborn.” He raked his hands through his hair in frustration.
“How am I supposed to be okay with this? I don’t care if you heal fast, it just isn’t fair when I’m so … whatever.” 
“Aye, you’re a powerful girl, Allie. You have something most Immortals would kill for, and make no mistake, they will come for you, sweetheart. Sooner than you might think and you have to be ready. I need to know you can protect what is rightfully yours. I’ve no doubt you would pull it together to defend those you love, but I’m not so sure you’d defend yourself.”
“I don’t know. I guess I still don’t see this power as mine. If someone wanted to take it from me, I don’t know if I wouldn’t just let them,” she said truthfully.
“Allie, no,” Gregg said. “Your gifts are who you are. It isn’t some luck of the draw. You were meant for this because you have the inner strength to control it. You need to own it. It doesn’t just belong to you, it is you, and no one has the right to take it from you. You and Aidan are so unwilling to own your power. Perhaps it’s your youth, but one day you’ll take pride in your strength—in what sets you apart, and you’ll fight to protect it.”
“I know your power must confuse you,” Jin said, “but imagine what it could do in the wrong hands?”
“I never really thought about it like that,” she said. “I know I have to do better.” 
“This is a problem, Allie,” Gregg said in his best, ‘listen-to-me-because-I’m-old’ voice. “Your mental blocks could destroy you if you don’t learn to overcome them.”
“Blocks? I wasn’t aware I had multiple issues.” All things considered, Allie thought she was killing it in her training.
“I’m afraid we might need to take more drastic measures to get through that bloody thick skull of yours. I don’t expect you to become a ruthless fighter overnight, but I do expect you to be aware that this is a problem. And there’s something I have to know before I leave.” He paced across the room. It happened so quickly, she barely saw the sword in his hands.
“No!” she screamed in horror as blood spattered across her face and Jin’s head rolled across the floor. His body slumped forward in a boneless heap. 
She fell to her knees beside him, not sure what to do. “There’s so much blood! What have you done? Help him, Gregg, please!” she sobbed. 
He carefully returned Jin’s blank staring head back to his lifeless corpse. 
“I’m so sorry, Red.” He pulled her into his arms. “You know we cannot die, but you’ve reacted as if you still don’t believe it. You need to see this. Watch and witness the miracle that is your life.” 

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A Sneak Peek at a Special Location in the Next Emerge Book


Cleveland might seem an odd choice of location for an Urban Fantasy, but it was my home for nearly a decade and one of my favorite places in the world. 

As a student of architecture and a huge Art Deco fan, it blows my mind that I did not know about this hidden gem right under my nose. I recently discovered an article about the Detroit-Superior Avenue Bridge connecting the West and East banks of the Cuyahoga River. The Bridge practically ran through my living room and I never knew there was a secret, subway level that was closed in the early fifties.

Needless to say, the interior designer in me was intrigued. What I wouldn’t give to take a tour of this place! But I live in Atlanta now, and that’s a long trip to go look at some old bricks. 


For my current work in progress, I have plans to feature this location for a very important section of the book. I originally planned a different location, but I was never happy with it and as a result, that part of the book was moving slowly for me. I lacked the inspiration to move forward with it and was really stuck on my progress. Since discovering a setting that truly inspires me, I’m now excited to work on this part of the book. Inspiration is half the battle. Forcing it when you aren’t feeling it will always show through in the writing so I’m thrilled with the latest addition to the Emerge setting. 















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