No one should ever go into the woods alone.
Legend of Me by Rebekah L. Purdy
Release Date: September 4, 2018
Brielle has grown up listening to tales of a beast that attacks humans, leaving behind only a scattering of bones and limbs. It’s probably the elders’ way of keeping little children in line, but it doesn’t explain her grisly premonitions of blood, claws, and severed heads.
But when Brielle finds a mangled body in the woods, she begins to wonder if the grim stories may actually be true. Soon, Lord Kenrick, Knight of the Crowhurst Order, arrives asking questions about the legendary monster. Brielle’s attraction to him is immediate and undeniable. She volunteers to help him search for clues to the creature’s existence, despite her suspicions about his timing.
As her seventeenth birthday approaches, Brielle’s nightmares worsen and more villagers go missing. If Brielle doesn’t figure out the connection between Kenrick, the beast, and her visions, more people will die. As Brielle falls deeper in love with Kenrick and deeper into the snares of the abominable beast, she’ll become part of a legend so great, no one will ever question its validity again.
Lord Kenrick’s family crest glinted in the sun as he and his men guided their horses toward the mayor’s house. The crest depicted a griffin with a serpent hanging from its mouth, surrounded by four stars.
Where had I seen that before?
Had I seen it before?
“He’s going to rouse up trouble,” Rhyne said from beside me. “Soon everyone will take to the woods. Don’t think I’ll get much hunting done.”
The undertaker’s cart moved from the gate, and I stared after the mangled corpse, unable to take my gaze from it. At last, I pulled away from Rhyne.
“Do you think it was wolves?”
He glanced down at me. “I don’t know. I’ve never seen an animal tear someone up so badly.”
Perry Dyer pointed to the departing cart. “Did you see her body? All ripped apart. Looked like the Beast got her.”
I shivered, and my skin puckered in gooseflesh. It was one thing to dream about someone being killed, quite another to actually see their dead body …
“I heard she was having an affair. Suppose she deserved it,” someone else said.
Another villager said, “This makes the third person found dead this month. I tell you, the creature is marking the sinners.”
What was wrong with these people? No one deserved to be torn to pieces. They acted as if they knew all along Margaret would meet an untimely death.
My hand fisted at my side. “You’d think finding her dead body like that would garner some sort of sympathy.”
Rhyne took my arm, pulling me away from everyone. “Yes, well, we live amongst vultures.”
We dodged out of the way as men on horseback rode past. Chickens scattered, sending up a flurry of feathers. Once the commotion died down, they went back to pecking the ground for food.
A familiar hunched figure caught my attention, and I saw Gram push through the crowd. Her eyes met mine as she drew closer, and she reached out a gnarled hand to grab my arm.
“The Beast,” she murmured.
“That’s what they’re saying,” I said.
She swallowed. “I have to get back to the cabin. There is much I must look into. Promise me you’ll not talk with strangers. And that you’ll not wander the woods alone.”
“Promise me, Brielle.” Her grip tightened.
Rhyne quirked an eyebrow and I shrugged. “Don’t worry, Loreen, I’ll not let her venture off alone.”
Gram gave him a forced smile, then let go of me. “I know you’ll keep an eye on her. You’re a good friend.”
Rebekah was born and raised in Michigan where she spent many late nights armed with a good book and a flashlight. She’s lived in Michigan most of her life other than the few years she spent in the U.S. Army. At which time she got a chance to experience Missouri, Kansas, South Carolina, and California.Rebekah has a business degree from University of Phoenix and currently works full time for the court system. In her free time she writes YA stories, anything from YA Fantasy to YA Contemporary Romance. Rebekah also has a big family (6 kids)—she likes to consider her family as the modern day Brady Bunch complete with crazy road trips and game nights.When not hiding at her computer, Rebekah enjoys reading, singing, soccer, swimming, football, camping, playing video games, traveling, and hanging out with her family and gazillion pets.