The Problem with Power, by Agnes Jayne
Crescent Moon Press, June 2012
Emily VonPeer hopes that she never meets the man of her dreams. For years, she’s been haunted by visions of an unknown lover destined to die in her arms. When her aunt’s death brings her home to her family’s estate in Upstate New York, she meets Nicholas Flynn, an agent of Paladin, an enterprise dedicated to the study and eradication of demons, and the hero of her nighttime fantasies. He arrives on her doorstep seeking answers for a slew of magically-related murders tied to the VonPeer family.
Although his intentions are suspect, Emily follows Nicholas into the investigation, hoping to spare him the fate promised by her premonitions – at least, that’s what she tells herself. When their exchange with a demon goes awry, Emily sustains an injury that threatens to turn her into a monster. Her transformation places her in the crosshairs of sorcerers, senators, and a seductive stranger who promises eternity.
Agnes Jayne always hoped that she’d grow up to be a writer. She began her career as a political writer, producing speeches and other government documents for local politicians. She has a passion for folklore, literature, art, and smart female protagonists. A native of Northern New York, she holds a Master’s Degree in English from the State University of New York at Albany and an undergraduate degree in English and Political Science from Binghamton University. When she’s not writing, she spends her time teaching classes in composition and literature at a small college in Maryland. She lives high in the Blue Ridge Mountains of West Virginia with her husband, son, and a plethora of adopted pets.