Before the Ashes – Kingdom Come Series (Prequel Short Story)

Before the Ashes
52 Pages

Kari's actions will shake the world as she knows it... and there's nothing she will be able to do to fix the error of her ways.

Kari is nobody special. She's a high school spirit enthusiast, an aspiring Homecoming Queen, and a--almost--straight C-student who benefits from tutoring sessions with the antisocial, actual Homecoming Queen, Julia White. Kari's a pleaser, and she'll deny herself anything if it means making someone else happier, and that includes Julia. So, if that means studying to get a good grade on her math test, then that's what she's bound and determined to do.

Yes, Kari's just another senior at Shady Creek High School... until shadows creep to cover the land around her renovated farmhouse one autumn evening. It's a night she won't remember, but its impact will shake the world as she knows it. Because in those shadows hides a powerful, conspiring demon with big plans for her.

And one day soon, he'll order her to put those evil plans into play.

Just this once, she needed to say no. She needed to deny someone--no, something--what he was asking for. Because, by summer, nobody will be safe. Especially not Julia. And acing a math test won't fix the error of Kari's ways. Nothing will.

Before the Ashes is a Kingdom Come Series Short Story, a prequel to When Ash Rains Down.

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"Sweet with a menacing touch at the end." ~ Vera, Amazon Reviewer

"Perfect Prequel for the Kingdom Come series. I absolutely look forward to reading more. I highly recommend this series!" ~ Kimi, Amazon Reviewer

Cecelia Earl

About Cecelia Earl (Green Bay, Wisconsin Author)

Cecelia Earl

Cecelia Earl credits her passion for penning fiction to a mandatory sixth grade study hall. She could have gotten her math done, but instead chose to write a teen mystery series, loosely inspired by Sweet Valley High, Trixie Belden, and Nancy Drew--her favorite series at the time. She never shared the stories with anyone, and time moved on.

Sadly, she had no more mandatory study halls during which to write. It wasn’t until she had three children, worked full-time as a teacher, and kept a home relatively tidy that she realized her passion for writing wasn’t something she had to give up with childhood and the end of study halls. Four years and five novels later, she wrote the first book in the Kingdom Come trilogy.

She lives with her husband, three sons, and male dog near enough to Green Bay, WI that her refrigerator is always stocked with cheese, and the first colors her children learned were green and gold. (She happily spends time with her female characters whenever the testosterone levels get too high in the house.)

She can usually be found snuggling her kids, reading on the couch, drinking strong coffee, or sipping from a glass of Malbec. Once in a while she vacuums.

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