Original Publication Date: December 11, 2010
Though I didn’t write this, I did give it a quote and I wanted it on my site as a loving tribute to a dear, dear friend who was taken way too soon. I miss you, Leslie. Every single day of my life.
Stay in the Light! I know the angels are glad to have your company, but I sorely miss you here. Until I see your beautiful face again, I will keep your place in cyberspace warm so that we’ll remember what a treasure your words, work and life are. Sleep well, my angel. The good fight goes on . . .
Shadow Walker is book 1 in a new paranormal YA trilogy written by L.A. Banks.
Sarah Rivera has a lot going on in her life right now. It’s bad enough that she’s being shipped off to Temt Tchaas Academy also known as Neteru Academy, a high school for future Guardians of the Light who have special powers, but she has to go there with her cocky twin brother and the rest of her compound brothers and sisters. To make matters worse, everyone has ridiculous expectations of her all because her parents are like supernatural rock stars for saving the planet sixteen years ago. But what nobody, not even her best girlfriend Tami seems to be getting is the fact that Sarah doesn’t think she’s special, doesn’t want to be a demon-hunting hero, and is even afraid of the dark! So what that her mother was a Warrior Angel and her Dad used to be a Hell Council-level Vampire? Opposites attract. Go figure. As far as Sarah is concerned, all she got from the combination was a pair of fangs that lengthen at inappropriate times to embarrass her in front of her secret crush; whereas her brother, Alejandro, got the good looks and cool wings. However, what her parents’ status has created is drama in her life by ensuring that the mean girls at school will make her life a living nightmare. Sarah knows her family’s renowned slayer reputation will also ensure that everyone at school will assume she had it easy and should be able to do everything her famous rebel parents can do, when the heartbreaking truth is, she can’t. Not by a long shot.
Once at the hidden boarding school in the Appalachian Mountains, things go from bad to worse as Sarah tries to fit in. Her nightmares increase and it isn’t just anxiety; her second sight is suddenly developing at a record pace. Layers of secrets are held in the building, held by her parents, and nothing is as it seems. There is something really bad going on at the school, worse than bad – deadly.
Only, faculty and administrators don’t know where to begin to look for the cause as students start to disappear. Sarah must make a choice to stand on the sidelines or to use her gifts to save someone dear. But to do that means facing all her greatest fears, along with a demon or two.
L. A. Banks has written over 42 novels and contributed to 23 novellas. In addition to a busy writing schedule, she is a proud member of The Liars Club, is a Board of Trustee member for the Philadelphia Free Library and serves on the Mayor’s Commission on Literacy. Ms. Banks is a graduate of The University of Pennsylvania Wharton undergraduate program with a Master’s in Fine Arts from Temple University. She is a full-time writer living and working in Philadelphia