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“I really like this series, I think the whole world that Catrina Burgess has built is so original. I can never predict what is going to happen next in these stories.” —Goodreads reviewer

Praise for Awakening, Book 1 in the Dark Rituals series:

"A paranormal story unlike any other. If you are looking for an original plot look no further. … I couldn't put it down! Every single time I thought I was getting to a lull where I might be able to stop reading, the hooks dug in deeper." —Goodreads reviewer

"The plot twists and turns on this wild horror ride. … A must read by an exceptional upcoming author." —Goodreads reviewer

“…I love that is unashamedly dramatic.” —Goodreads reviewer

Awakening, Book 1 the Dark Rituals - Meet Colina, healer turned death dealer. The Dark Rituals YA book series by Catrina Burgess. Best Suspense Wattpad 2014. Over 3 million reads on Wattpad. Available in digital and print format - Amazon, Kobo, B&N, iBooks, Book Depository.


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In Awakening, the first installment in the Dark Rituals series, a former healer turns to the Death Arts to seek revenge.

Seventeen-year-old Colina was born a healer. But after a horrific event forces her to leave her clan, she becomes desperate to learn the dark magic of the death dealers, mages who draw their power from the spirits of the dead. Colina was taught to fear and hate death dealers, but becoming one of them is the only way for her to get the revenge she seeks—and the only way for her to survive.

Colina asks a young death dealer named Luke to help her, but he’s reluctant to train her in the Death Arts. Little does she know convincing him to teach her will be the easiest part of her journey. To become a death dealer, Colina will need to undergo three dark rituals, each more terrifying than the last. At the same time, she’ll have to deal with her growing feelings for her mentor. Too bad the first ritual involves him strangling her to death.

As Colina undergoes the trials, she discovers an untapped darkness within herself. If she survives the horrific rituals and gains dark power, what will she become?

Catrina Burgess’ Dark Rituals series originally appeared on Wattpad with over three million reads. Awakening is the first book of four and was named Wattpad’s Best Suspense Story of 2014.

Praise for Possession, Book 2 in the Dark Rituals series:
 “After taking few deep breaths, I... still don't feel better, in fact. That was terrible. And great. Colina would say: Terrific. I had to give this five stars, because, OK, I didn't cry or anything, but! It. Was. So. Amazing. And disgusting, most of the time.” – GoodReads Reviewer
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Excerpt from Possession:
I stood paralyzed. Memories whipped across my mind: people in black robes rushing around the ballroom, screaming in fear and pain; Luke, his body crushed under the stone alter, his face ashen, his open eyes staring at me, lifeless. I remember trying to reach him, to heal him, but hands had grabbed at me and pulled me back.

Voices screamed, “Help us!”

Spirits in the here and now were screaming at me, startling me out of my memories. I was back in the present, staring down at Dean’s motionless body in the water. He’s drowning… I have to get him out!

“Luke!” I threw my hands into the tub, grabbing around his waist and trying to pull him up. He was too heavy. “No!” I cried out in frustration and changed position. I reached under the water again, and this time grabbed his right arm. I braced my feet against the tub and pulled. I strained with every bit of strength and, ever so slowly, his body began to move. I dragged him out of the water, inch by painful inch, until his upper half tilted over the edge of the tub and his weight carried him over and down onto the floor.

I knelt over him. His eyes looked glazed and dead. There was no breath coming from his lips. I was once again frozen by fear, trying desperately to remember what I should do.

A cool breeze brushed across my cheek. “CPR…” a voice whispered in my ear.

I leaned forward and put my lips on his. I breathed once, twice. His lungs inflated with each of my breaths. I put my head down against his chest. There was no heartbeat. “Come on, Luke! Come back!” I crossed my hands one on top of the other and brought them down hard against his chest. I pushed again and again. I can’t remember how many times to push before breathing into him again. I stopped my frantic compressions and took a deep breath, put my lips against his, and blew.

I don’t know how long it went on. Every ounce of my being concentrated on doing this one task. My life narrowed and became nothing but pushing and breathing.

Walter had warned me—I had one shot at bringing Luke back. He’d told me that if I used this spell, if I forced Luke’s spirit into the comatose boy, I was messing with the very laws of nature. To do it once was taking a risk. Who knew if Luke would be the same when he came back? The time spent in between, the pain spirits felt over the loss of life, the loss of loved ones, the suffering they took with them, unresolved issues from their lives, tasks left undone, regrets—all these things could change a person, turn them, make them different.

But Luke came back the same. He’s the same guy I fell for.

Walter warned me that if for some reason Luke couldn’t stay inside Dean—if Dean forced his spirit out and I tried the spell again—there was a chance Luke’s spirit wouldn’t come back, at least not the same. Not the second time.

I pushed the thought away. I refused to give up. I pushed, I breathed. Time stood still.
And then suddenly, he coughed. It was a beautiful sound. I knelt back, and tears of joy streamed down my face. He’s alive. Luke is still here, with me.


His eyes opened. He was alive and breathing, but then he moaned and turned his head, reaching out to me. I fell back in shock.

It wasn’t Luke I saw in the eyes that were now open and looking directly at me.
Blue eyes stared at me as his mouth opened and a voice croaked out. “Colina? Where am I?”
It wasn’t Luke’s voice.

“Who are you?” I whispered, afraid to hear the answer.

“Dean. My name is Dean.”

Revenant, Book 3 Available October 21st
Legion, Book 4 Available February 17, 2016


About the Author:
I write because it helps keeps the darkness away and reminds me that there is magic in the world. I live with one husband, two dogs, and a cat named Shitty Kitty in a small mining town in Arizona. At night this place is definitely spooky. I swear I’ve heard the wind giggle, and sometimes there’s a very odd breeze. Luckily, I love all things that go bump in the night. I adore old movies. I’m a huge Joss Whedon fan.

I’ve been known to eat pizza and cold Chinese food for breakfast, and I’m the queen of the board game Stratego. I’ve never been beaten. NEVER!

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