She was taken…She was changed…Now The Hunger Calls

Falling — Book One

Cover_Falling_Girl with Broken Wings_J BennettMaya knew something was wrong… The stranger’s glowing hands were a big tipoff.

When the stranger murders Maya’s boyfriend with a single touch, drags the college sophomore to an abandoned storage unit, and injects her with a DNA-altering serum, Maya prays for a savior. Instead, she gets a double helping of knight-in-not-so-shining-armor when two young men claiming to be her half-brothers pull off a belated rescue.

Now Maya is swiftly transforming into an “angel”, one of the scientifically-enhanced, energy-sucking creatures her brothers have spent their whole lives trying to destroy.   Maya’s senses sharpen, her body becomes strong and agile, and she develops the ability to visually see the emotions of those around her as colorful auras…beautiful auras…tempting auras.

“There are so many positive adjectives I can apply to this novel, I scarcely know where to begin.  It’s totally exciting.  Dramatic.  Vividly intense.  Poignant.  Need I add that it’s an utterly riveting, page-turning read?” A Night’s Dream Of Books Blog

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Coping — A Novella (1.5)

Cover_Coping_Girl With Broken Wings_J BennettCoping is an exciting novella that follows Falling in the Girl With Broken Wings series

Maya, a quirky and likable heroine, is intent on joining her half-brothers in their secret war against the genetically-enhanced killers that call themselves angels. Still trying to cope with her new abilities and the hunger that threatens to overwhelm her, Maya may be more of a hindrance than a help to her brothers as they take on a new mission and make a horrifying discovery.

“ This is the kind of tale that leaves you desperately wanting the next piece… any piece. Okay, you’ll take the leftover scraps, just give you something! Kind of book!” The Insane Ramblings of a Crazed Writer, Book Review Blog

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Landing — Book Two

Cover_Landing_Girl With Broken Wings_J BennettFighting evil isn’t only high-stress, no pay, and uncomfortable as hell most of the time…</b> It also doesn’t turn out to be quite as black and white as Maya would have hoped. As a hybrid angel struggling to control her murderous appetite, Maya should know better than to expect simplicity.  With one half-brother still convinced that she’s an unstable threat and the other oblivious to the danger she presents, Maya struggles to find a balance between her diminished humanity and the darkness of the monster within.

The world gets murkier when Maya discovers a pair of angels who invite her into their lives. Now, she must choose between family or the promise of acceptance. The stakes grow higher when Maya’s greatest enemy returns. Vengeance may be within her grasp, but will Maya have to sacrifice one she loves to take it?

Landing was full of excitement, surprises, sadness, and laughter. What a combination.” Book Marks The Spot

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Rising — Book Three

A sturdy pair of heels and a well hidden gun can do wonders for a girl’s self-esteem, especially when fighting a secret battle against genetically-enhanced, murderous creatures who mockingly call themselves angels.

Maya is finally getting the hang of the vigilante life, but that’s about the only thing going right. Tarren is more distant than ever, and Gabe wants off the DL even when it’s obvious that he’s nowhere near fighting fit. When Gabe detects angel activity in the Midwest, Maya and Tarren plunge into a treacherous snow storm to take out the threat. They aren’t the only hunters prowling the icy streets. Can Maya convince the mask-wearing Totem members that she’s on their side before she becomes their primary target?

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Recovering — A Gabe Fox Novella

Cover_Recovering_Girl With Broken Wings_J BennettGabe, Gabe, and more Gabe! Recovering plays out in parallel with the first half of Rising and features the point of view of the most sarcastic member of the Fox clan.

Left behind to recuperate after nearly getting killed by his greatest enemy, Gabriel Fox feels abandoned and forgotten by his vigilante siblings. Drinking and smoking too much doesn’t speed the healing process, but it helps pass the time.

When Gabe demands to get back into the field and start saving the day as only he can, a painful test proves that he isn’t even close to full strength. Of course, when did Gabe ever follow the rules? To this gold-hearted jokester, falling down is just the thing you do before standing back up.

Gabe’s mind is made up when he discovers that his sister, Maya’s life is in jeopardy. Whether or not his family wants him back on the mission, Gabe is coming, and he’s bringing along his irrepressible wit, his lucky hat, and his favorite sidekick, Sir Hopsalot.

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Leaping — Book Four

Maya and her brothers are back, fighting an increasingly desperate war against a rapidly growing enemy. As they push themselves to the brink, mistakes start to creep in…mistakes they can’t afford to make.

When Rain, Maya’s clumsy and adored boyfriend, is injured on a mission, she must decide whether love is worth the risk of loss and heartbreak. Rain’s encounter also raises ghosts from the Fox family past. Tarren knows something, but can Maya break through his ever-present wall to find the truth?

Tarren heaps more dark secrets onto the growing pile when he announces a new and mysterious mission. He needs to capture an angel…alive. As for Gabe, his carefully crafted world of good and evil gets a serious challenge…one that might change his perception of the war forever.

As if that weren’t enough, Maya and her brothers stumble upon a zealous new cult of angels that could represent the greatest threat yet to the human race. Humor, love, and sacrifice have gotten them this far. Can it keep them going? Find out when you take the leap into LEAPING.

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Flying — Book Five

Cover of Flying by J Bennett How do you save the world from a secret, super-powered army that seems to create ten new soldiers for every one you kill? Siblings Maya, Tarren, and Gabe Fox are tired…and they’re losing the war they’ve been fighting their whole lives. To add insult to this injury-pie, a dangerous and growing cult threatens to finally expose their hidden war against the angels.

With nerves frayed and losses mounting, Maya and her brothers must figure out an end game before the enemy overwhelms them. Probably not a great time for painful secrets to come rushing up from the past; secrets with the power to cleave apart the once unbreakable bond of family. Then again… no one said life was fair.

Humanity’s future is on the line in FLYING and so are the souls of its protectors. This fifth and final volume in the GIRL WITH BROKEN WINGS series gives readers a harrowing ride through the eyes of Maya, Tarren, and Gabe. Before the dust settles, each one will have to decide how much more they are willing to sacrifice for the ones they love.

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Deidre


Age: 24
Occupation: Housekeeper to Nathaniel Hayward
Hobbies: Playing the cello

About: Deidre may not be a particularly good housekeeper, have a lot of natural talents or ever be able to tame her frizzy red hair, but what she lacks in life skills she makes up for in perseverance.  She needs a lot of it as she dodges the practical jokes of the haunted mansion's two resident poltergeists, makes sure The Thing In The Basement has fresh cow heads to munch on, and puts up with her cranky boss Nathaniel who is libel to drain whoever knocks on his door (usually Mormons) if she doesn't watch him.

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Nathaniel


Age: 266
Occupation: Vampire of leisure
Hobbies: Cleaning musket, reading biographies, watching I Dream of Jeannie, campaigning for Dwight D. Eisenhower

About: Nathaniel doesn't understand why everyone gets so uppity about newfangled fads like the telephone and horseless carriage. He also doesn't approve of the loose today's loose social morals, what with women walking around wearing pants and making it to age 20 without at least one child on their hip. This isn't what Nathaniel fought in the Revolutionary War for (only at night). The worst of the lot is his housekeeper, Deidre, a bitter old maid who insists he stop sucking the life blood from the Mormons who knock on his door and can't even get prune juice stains out of his kerchiefs.

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Dex


Age: Unknown
Occupation: Conveyor of Extreme Emotions
Hobbies: Guiding unwilling individuals to the conclusion that true fear resides in the devastation we bring to our planet and to our society.

About: Dex is dedicated to transcending the poltergeist stereotype by delving deeper into the nature of fear and showing his unwilling victims that our own reality is what truly deserves our fear and notice. He accomplishes this by through artistic haunting - murals, dioramas and even living projects (which tend to scurry away and end up jumping out at Deidre from the kitchen cabinets). Dex is a ghost with a cause, and he won't rest in peace until you've heard it.

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Sloppy Joe


Age: Unknown
Occupation: Scary-ass Poltergeist
Hobbies: Making Girl Scouts piss their skirts

About: Sloppy Joe grew up on the mean streets of Zanesville, Ohio  where he was pursuing a career as the world's latest and greatest skinny white rapper when he met his untimely death. Nathaniel's mansion is his first official haunted residence. He's still getting used to his powers, but that doesn't stop him from trying to make Deidre's life hell and demonstrate that death doesn't keep down a brother from Zanesville.

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Silas


Age: 79
Occupation: Retire factory worker/part-time vampire hunter
Hobbies: Collecting lawn gnomes, killing vampires

About: Silas was all set to marry his high-school sweetheart in the 1950s until she came home one day a couple of shades paler and with some dental enhancements. After staking his fiancé, Silas vowed to  kill the vampire who had turned her. This led to a 50-year stint as a part-time vampire hunter  and eventually brought Silas to Nathaniel's door. With his fanny pack filled with stakes, Silas is ready to avenge his long lost love.

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Silvia


Age: Claims to be 45
Occupation: Between jobs
Hobbies: Bingo, shopping on QVC, flirting

About: Silvia is proof that some gold diggers never stop digging. When she sets her sights on Nathaniel, she's not worried about his fangs as long as his bank account is just as sharp. Not one to put all her eggs in one basket, Silvia also treats Henrick the werefrog to a little of her wrinkly good stuff. Sure, the extra long tongue is a bit of a turnoff, but she just saw the cutest pair of heels on QVC. No time for scruples when there's sexy footwear on the line.

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Henrick


Age: Unknown
Occupation: Insect control
Hobbies: Taking a snack break at the dumpsters behind the nearest buffet (he only comes for the flies)

About: Henrick is an obese werefrog who was quite the monster back in his day. Now, confined to an electronic scooter, his terrorizing the human populace days are well behind him...unless something really gets him riled up.

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Drew


Age: 25
Occupation: Assistant shift manager at Arbys
Hobbies: Rooting for the Browns, playing Xbox

About: Drew just wants to be your everyday slacker jock. He's got the good looks, nowhere job and deep thought avoidance radar that would make him the perfect addition to any state college frat keggar. Unfortunately, a small genetic inheritance keeps getting in his way, as Deidre learns first hand. Even the knowledge of Drew's dark secret can't douse the flames of Deidre's crush though she knows that the handsome jock never falls for the chubby nerd...or does he?

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The Thing in the Basement


Age: Unknown
Occupation: Vortex of destruction
Hobbies: Anything that involves mayhem

About: The Thing In The Basement shall not be spoken of.

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