Elicia Hyder is the author of The Soul Summoner series, the Journey Durant novels, and her new roller derby series, The Music City Rollers. Elicia enjoys barefoot walks on the beach, the proper use of the semicolon, and good IPAs. She sucks at CAPTCHA puzzles and firmly believes heaven will have heavy metal music.
They say the best things come to those who wait, and no one hopes that's true more than Special Operations Commander, Nathan McNamara.
For over a year, he's put his life, his career, and his mother's hopes for more grandchildren on hold to dive headfirst into a world he never knew existed. A world full of angels, demons, and enough sexual frustration to crack the Pope.
But all that is supposed to be behind him, and his future looks bright and full of possibilities. That is, until a familiar chill ripples the atmosphere--and a supernatural thunder rumbles over the mountains.
PLEASE DO NOT TRY TO READ THIS AS A STANDALONE. This book will spoil the series if you haven't read it.
Roller Derby 101
Lucy Cooper isn’t looking for love when she finds it—or slams into it, rather—during rush hour traffic. But her heart, like her car, is a total loss the moment West Adler steps out of his truck to inspect the damage.
West truly is the perfect guy: handsome, funny, rich. The benefactor of not one, but two children’s hospitals. And he’s the main sponsor of the Music City Rollers, Nashville’s championship roller derby team.
When Lucy discovers the Rollers are actively recruiting “Fresh Meat,” she puts her life on the line to catch West Adler’s attention. But will accident-prone Lucy skate off with the heart of Nashville’s Most Eligible Bachelor? Or will she get herself killed in a sport that promises, “It’s not a matter of if you’ll get hurt—but of how bad and when.”
There's only one being on Earth who calls Sloan Jordan by that name--her biological mother, a demon named Kasyade. So why did she answer Sloan's best friend's phone? When Sloan reaches Adrianne Marx's apartment to investigate, all she finds is a half-written list of things to do before Sloan's wedding:
1. Order booze for the reception.
2. Send the final guest count to the caterer.
3. Register for gifts.
4. Don't forget to--
That's where the to-do list ended. Mid-sentence with a scrawled line like Adrianne had been dragged away from the task. If Kasyade was involved in the abduction, Adrianne probably had been.
The reason? Ransom.
The price? Sloan's unborn daughter, the most powerful angel in all of history.
But hell can't rival the fury of an angry mother protecting her child, and until the baby is born, her incredible power is Sloan's to wield. Now the prey becomes the predator as Sloan seeks to put an end to Kasyade forever.
Sloan Jordan’s days are numbered. She has 139 to be exact. In that time, there’s a lot to do: a missing friend to find, a wedding to plan, and her own murder plot to overthrow.
When a lead takes the crew back to Chicago, the truth they uncover is more shocking than they ever imagined—to fight the enemies of the present, they must first face the demons from the past.
After stopping a serial killer and shutting down an interstate human trafficking ring, Sloan Jordan is ready for a break. But back at home in Asheville, her problems have only just begun.
The supernatural world has taken an interest in her, and strange things are happening. Her powers are multiplying, she’s plagued by vivid nightmares, and a deranged young woman, babbling an unknown language, has been detained by police. The only clue to her identity—Sloan’s name carved into her arm.
If that wasn't enough, the FBI has launched a full-scale investigation into her private life, believing Sloan might not be as innocent as she claims.
With her boyfriend, Warren Parish, deployed with the Marine Corps, Sloan is left in the protection of Detective Nathan McNamara. And their complicated friendship is about to be tested. Sloan has a secret…one that could turn even Nathan against her forever.
All the missing victims of North Carolina’s deadliest serial killer have been found, all except Rachel Smith. When the FBI produces a photo proving Rachel is alive and well in Texas, one case is closed but another one is opened. Either this is a case of mistaken identity or there are more people than just Sloan Jordan and Warren Parish who seem to walk the earth without a soul.
Along with Detective Nathan McNamara, Sloan and Warren travel south to find Rachel and solve the biggest mystery of all: determining who—or what—they really are.
Blessed or cursed with a connection to the souls of others, Sloan Jordan can see the best in people...and the worst. With nothing more than a glance at a photograph, she can judge the living from the dead and the good souls from the evil ones. For twenty-seven years, she's kept her ability a secret, but eleven young women have been murdered in the mountains of North Carolina, and Sloan may be the only hope of finding their killer.
She has just agreed to help Detective Nathan McNamara with the case, when a stranger--who is as alluring as he is terrifying--shows up at her doorstep with a dark past and another puzzling mystery: she can't see his soul at all.
Now Sloan is on the hunt for a deadly psychopath with two irresistible men. One of them would die for her, and the other would kill to keep her safe.
At sixteen, Journey Durant hasn’t yet experienced her first anything. No first boyfriend. No first date. No first kiss. But that’s all about to change. Two boys at West Emerson High are vying for her attention: the MVP quarterback and the school’s reigning bad boy.
David Britton is the sensible choice. He’s attractive, responsible, and every mother’s dream—including hers. But David and Journey are from two different social universes where David is the sun in his, and Journey is a moon rock in hers. He’s the most popular guy in school, and Journey is just background noise. She has a hard enough time accepting that he truly wants to be her friend, much less anything more.
And then there’s Steven Drake. Steven has dominated Journey’s fantasy life for as long as she can remember. He has a short list of things he cares about and school, the future, and what anyone thinks of him aren’t on it. Journey finds the element of rebellion he emanates to be intoxicating. But as much as Steven excites her, she knows there’s trouble down that road.
So who will be her first? Mr. Most Likely to Succeed or Mr. Most Likely to Go to Jail?
If you want a book that finishes with a neat and tidy ending, don't try and read this as a standalone. To Be Her First is the young adult prequel for the bestselling novel The Bed She Made. It is a high school drama and romance that leads up to where The Bed She Made begins.
It is the beginning of the end for a rebellious daughter and the parents and boys who love her.
Journey Durant's father warned her, “Someday you’ll have to lie in the bed you’ve made.” But she didn’t believe him... until now.
She has just received news that her ex-boyfriend is about to be released from prison, and this reformed bad girl can’t shake the feeling that her troubled past is coming home with him. The town of Emerson, Georgia has forgiven and forgotten her involvement in the most publicized tragedy in the town’s history, but only because of her three year absence, her prominent Southern Baptist family, and her marriage to the closest thing her small town has to a superhero.
Bullets and emotions fly, leaving Journey to realize that no matter what penance she has done for her past, the mistakes of her youth still carry unpaid penalties.
The Bed She Made is a stand-alone novel with a bonus prequel called To Be Her First.
The Bed She Made is the story of a prodigal daughter who is forced to confront the consequences from her reckless youth. The book does explore some heavy topics such as sex, drug abuse, and violence, but the overall message is one of forgiveness, redemption, and second chances.
It is a feel-good romance that will take you from laughter to tears and back again.