Ariel Dodson writes fantasy novels for adults and teenagers. She is the author of Blood Moon, a novel inspired by a 16th century werewolf legend, and the Southmore fantasy series for teenagers involving magic, jewels and an ancient family curse. The most recent novel in the series, The Shadow Heart, was published in August 2017.
"I’ve got this new friend, see. This new friend, who can make all your dreams come true. He’s especially asked to help you – says you go way back. ’Ow about for an old friend then, love? What would you like? What – most of anything in the world?” The germ rose again, unbidden and seething. A world without Arlen.
But he is a MacKenzie! She heard Janet’s fierce cry whip through the air like a scream, but she stood firm. No, I will not hurt him, she told the girl silently. MacKenzie or not, I will never hurt him.