As blood streamed down her round tear soaked cheeks and what was left of her leg, Layla struggled to gain her composure as she fought to survive. But her training faltered as her thoughts drifted back to her adopted mother who raised her as her own, her surrogate Uncle and the teacher who taught her everything but this, that monsters are real. More
As Darkness Falls tells the story of Layla, a young girl orphaned at birth due to an unexplained car accident. She’s delivered still born in the operating room of a New York City hospital. As she lay growing cold and stiff, a caring nurse, overcome by an unconscious bond, began to cry over her small lifeless body when something miraculous happened. As her tears caressed the child’s cool listless frame; Layla began to grow warm and glow like a bottled sun. Her cries filled the operating room with life and a haunting echo that forever changed the lives of those in that sterile white room.
Five years later, Layla finds herself in the same hospital she was born in when she’s admitted as a victim and a witness to an attempted sexual assault and brutal murder at the foster home where she’d been placed. Within hours after her admission, Layla’s adopted by the same critical care nurse who cried for her in the hospital when she was born.
As Darkness Falls is Layla’s coming of age story. Book one follows our reluctant protagonist from birth through age seventeen as she goes from an outcast to what appears from the outside to be a reluctant high school senior with a loving mother, adopted uncle and wise counselor who all help raise her. But Layla is not normal and neither are the people who care for her. What secrets are they keeping from her? More importantly, what secrets are they keeping from each other? The reader is taken on an intricate ride as they watch Layla grow up through her eyes as well as those who love her. Layla is special, but so are those who surround her. As Layla grows, so do her powers. But will she be strong enough to face the darkness that’s coming?