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Destined Death

A Destined Death

Elizabeth Tarkson has it all figured out. She has a plan. She knows exactly what she wants and how to get it. At least she does until the day she turns eighteen, and a gorgeous stranger crashes her birthday party. 

But this stranger knows things about her that he shouldn’t know, and as he slowly reveals his secrets, she discovers the world she thought she understood is much larger than she'd ever imagined. She is swept into a whirlwind of secrets, death, and attraction all involving him. Will she uncover the truth about her tragic past in time? Or will she be forever bound to…

A Destined Death.

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Release: May 2, 2012



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This book is a standalone, but a number of readers requested I create a series out of this book.

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“I should stay with you tonight,” he said, the humor absent from his expression. “You’ve had quite a shock.”

I almost swallowed my tongue. “What?”

“I should stay with you,” he repeated.

“Ummm, no. I don’t think so.”

“Why not?”

“Because we’d get caught and then…” I sighed. “Honestly, my mom would probably cheer me on.”

“What’s stopping you then?” He reached out to grab a strand of my wet hair and placed it behind my shoulder.

Nervous as I was, I waited until he withdrew his hand to speak. I felt unable to refuse him while he touched a part of me. When his hand returned to his side, I took a deep breath. “Well, let’s throw the fact that I don’t even know your name right on top of my list.”

“Or maybe you’re afraid of living as I suggested.”

Crossing my arms over my chest, I met the challenge in his eyes. “All right. Tell me your name, and you can stay with me.”

“Draven,” he said. “My name is Draven.”



"  I am pretty sure I have just found a new favorite author!  A Destined Death by Lisa Rayns is the best book I have read in a very long time! ... Seriously, I can't give this one enough stars.."

~ Momma Chaos

"I quickly was caught up in the story and when the paranormal part cropped up I was almost shocked! It was brilliantly written and the plot was terrifically well thought out and planned. I was drawn to the dynamic of Elizabeth and Draven's relationship."

~ cm3


Fabulous Beta Reader Comments

Wow, you have reminded me why I started writing. I almost went back to my story to amp up Lachlan's swoonworthiness. I really meant it last night when I said I heart Draven, I was hooked right away! I couldn't stop reading.

I spent all night and all day reading. I really hope you plan on continuing with Armando, Ben and maybe even Johnny!

~ K. J.

Lisa - WOW!  Really, that was by far the most original story I've read in a very good while.  You did a fabulous job.  I was enthralled and in the story.  I'm actually sorry because there was some great dialogue between Draven and Elizabeth and I meant to point those out, but nope, I just needed to keep reading until I could get to the end and find out what would happen.

Best of luck and if I can do anything else, please just let me know. Happy Writing!

~ O.H.

All in all it was a very clean read. I liked the story and appreciated your subtle changes to the vampire myth. Cute ending and I'm glad she couldn't [censored - spoiler]! Ew! I'm really impressed and I know you'll do well! Totally didn't see [spoiler – the ending] coming BTW ;)

~ C.L.

I wanted to let you know that the changes to DD were brilliant. There were parts that you fleshed out that I didn't catch the first time and it was beautifully executed technique. I loved seeing more of Draven's POV.

Its a great book! You should be proud. I love Draven, just saying. Thankfully he really doesnt have any competition I would have to kill.

Have a great night.

~ Crit Partner, D.M.

Obviously I thoroughly enjoyed it! You really have a great story here…

I hope that I didn't miss anything towards the end because I must admit that I got very wrapped up in the story to keep a honest editing eye BUT that's also a good thing because I was completely hooked on the story and finding out what happened next! Hope this helps! Thanks for letting me read it for you!

~ K.S. [She was also very insistent about wanting a sequel]


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