USA Today bestselling author Lia Davis spends most of her time writing witty paranormal women's fiction and urban fantasy, the majority of which takes place in fantasy worlds full of magic and mayhem. She prides herself on her ability to craft strong and sassy heroines, emotionally intelligent alpha heroes, and rich, expansive universes that readers want to visit again and again.

She is the mastermind behind the bestselling Ashwood Falls Series and the co-author of the beloved Witching After Forty Series.

She currently resides in Florida where she's working on her very own happily-ever-after with her supportive husband and spends her free time doting on a pack of feisty felines and her loving family.

Rise of the Shade by Lia Davis

Murder is a game that Randi Sanderson knows far too well, but at least she's playing on the right side of the law. Being half-archangel and half-vampire makes her one of Jacksonville Sheriff Office's best detectives and a suspect's worst nightmare.

When she arrives at the scene of her next case, it's obvious this murder isn't a typical human crime of passion or rage. As a powerful hybrid, Randi can sense something is off, and not just because the body was dumped in a church parking lot. Luckily, her many gifts include the ability to dig up dirt on anyone.

This time, getting to work won't be so simple. Surprised by a new partner, Randi knows her life is about to get a little more complicated. There's a reason she doesn't work with others. To the outside world, she's just a police detective and single mom, but the reality is she has a secret identity to keep.

With the case taking a dark turn and her new partner obviously keeping secrets of his own, the last thing Randi needs is more trouble. So when the angelic and demonic factions start bidding to hire her to kill other supernatural beings just like herself, she patently refuses. The rogue hybrids known as The Shade are none of her concern, and she isn't interested in becoming an assassin.

But when she finds herself in the middle of her own case with The Shade coming for her, she must reconsider. The half-angel, half-demon miscreants won't stop until they're dead or they have what they truly want: Randi's son.


A half-archangle, half-vampire detective solving murder with a hidden identity? Rise Of The Shade only scratches the surface of a deep mystery that draws you in and doesn't let go until you've read the last page. – Arizona Tape



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I waited for him to take his seat behind the wheel before launching my attack. I reached out with thoughts that entwined themselves around his throat and clenched. His eyes registered shock as they turned to face me, his hands grabbing at his throat. I leaned close. "I know you're a nephilim and that you're trying to hide that from me. Why?" With his airway pinched, his guard fell and I reached into his mind. With immense concentration that caused my brain to throb, I rummaged in search of his ulterior motive. Yet, despite the momentary clarity, nothing matched my suspicions, no harmful intent secreted away among his private thoughts. All that returned was a brief glimpse of his past, a prior detective position in neighboring Clay County, a history tied to the area reaching back several decades. The majority of his life.

I pulled back and let the knot of thoughts tied around Cash's windpipes dissolve. He coughed while pulling in lungfuls of air. "Alright," I said. "Let's get some lunch."

Not until we reached the Riverwalk, burgers in hand, did I finally say, "Sorry about that."

He rubbed his throat with his free hand, a bitten, double-patty cheeseburger in the other. "Don't sweat it," he replied with an emphatic raspy throat. Then he looked down at me and grinned. "It's fine, caught me off guard, but no damage done. Did you read what you needed to?"

"I thought I was a little more discreet than that."

He paused his chewing, a bite of burger tucked into his cheek. "I pride myself on having excellent control over my consciousness."

"More than that," I said, then chewed into my own lunch.

"What do you mean?"

I waited for a jogger to make her way past us. It was an elderly woman with two small purple weights in each hand, a windbreaker tied around her waist. She smiled politely as she made her way along the red brick path curving along the south bank of St. John's River. We made our way beneath the white awnings designed to resemble birds in flight. I swallowed my bite then answered, "Your magic. You keep it shrouded. I've never witnessed anything like that. When I first tried reading you, it was like running head-first into a concrete wall."

"Sounds painful."

"It was!"

"But I suppose my healing touch helped out, didn't it?"

I nodded, peering out over the calm waters separating Southbank from Downtown. "Massage therapist, huh?"

He shrugged, a sly grin on his lips. "Easier than telling you the truth in the middle of an active crime scene."

"One of the fallen."

He raised an eyebrow. "You got that deep? Perhaps I'm not as conscious as I thought."

I shook my head. "My dad."

He tilted his head back. "Ah, of course. That's why—"

"I had you pick me up at home, mhm. Clever, huh?"

"Sneaky. Your father's quite the vampire. But you're a little more, aren't you?"

Swallowing the last bite of my lunch, I balled the wrapper in my fist and drifted over toward a trash can to deposit it. Then I meandered toward the railing and leaned my forearms against it, turning my head toward the bridge to watch the traffic crawl across it. Cash mirrored my pose, leaning over the railing. I could feel his eyes on my face, intense, inspecting, but not without that angelic sympathy they all tend to throw in your face without even realizing it. "My mother's archangel Ariel." I turned to watch his reaction. An expert at work, he could have been a professional card player. "Nothing personal."

He pivoted, placing his back against the rail while rubbing the back of his neck. "It's not the chosen that bother me, though I know what they think of us fallen."

I turned around, placing myself a smidge closer. When I reached back to wrap my hand around the railing, it met with his. I retracted it like an embarrassed teen, opting to cross my arms instead. But in that momentary touch, a note of his pain transmitted, an underlying loss that simmered as a pool of hate in his basement. We've all got basements, I couldn't hold that against him. The trouble occurred when we visited them, as I had. "Demons then?"

He nodded, then lowered his head, chin nearly resting against his broad chest. "My parents were murdered when I was young." I didn't bother asking the reason. In the world of magic, innumerable conflicts arose and resolved across the aeons between the various factions. A historian of our messy past would be overwhelmed. The Bible barely scratched the surface. "Ever since, I sort of…" the muscle in his cheek flexed. He took a breath and released it slowly through his flared nostrils. He turned to look me in the eye. "I have a difficult time trusting any demons I encounter."

Under his intense gaze, I felt a moment of threat, yet the glimpse into his mind exposed only positive feelings toward myself. "Well, having been bound to a fallen, I can relate. I have a reluctance to work with any paranormals."

A wry smile crossed his face. "So, what's a distrustful vampire-angel hybrid and a fallen nephilim to do when thrust together as partners?"

"Sounds like a sitcom, don't it?"

He laughed, which admittedly felt good to hear in that moment. I allowed myself a reprieve from my suspicions and defenses to laugh along. "You were bound to a fallen?" he asked.

The laughter abruptly halted. "Story for another day, my friend."

His grin widened. "So, we're friends now?"

"Bring the car around, rookie."