Wishing everyone a wonderful holiday season!

Wishing everyone a wonderful holiday season!

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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Time Traveling Highlanders! Promised to a Highland Laird by Sky Purington.



Fun news!! Promised to a Highland Laird (The MacLomain Series: A New Beginning, Book 3) is now available for pre-order! Here’s what you can expect…

Christina has made her own way for as long as she can remember and juggled men for even longer. The love ‘em and leave ‘em type, she finally said goodbye to Virginia, moved to Maine, and made a new start. Or so she thought until her best friends were pulled back in time. Better yet, when a stubborn Claddagh ring on her finger declares she can run but can’t hide. Not when it comes to men from medieval Scotland.

First-in-command of MacLomain Castle, Graham MacLomain has more secrets than most and wants nothing to do with a lass from the future. Especially not one who is promised to King Robert the Bruce. Yet the moment he makes contact with Christina before she travels back in time, he is drawn to her. Soon enough, despite his own commitments and a life that can never include her, he’s eager to be by her side.

Friends from the start, Graham and Christina devise a plan to pretend true love found them. Now they can discreetly dodge destiny and follow their own paths. The only problem? Destiny is unavoidable. Passion sparks and love ignites. Days before the Battle of Bannockburn, they’ll have to face the truth and make a heartbreaking choice. Give in to how they truly feel and destroy all those they care about or turn away, and save Scotland from ultimate ruin.

Available now for pre-order at Amazon in Kindle Unlimited!

Also available at Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU




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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

No Matter How Hard He Tried, He Couldn't Give Her Up. Haunted by Shari Nichols.



Today I’m thrilled to welcome back and interview Shari Nichols, author of Haunted. Congratulations on another release, Shari!

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Liquid Silver Press

Date of Publication: 11/27-2017

ISBN: 978-1-62210-452-9

Number of pages: 234

Word Count:  80.000

Cover Artist: Valerie Tibbs


BOOK DESCRIPTION


When medium Karly Matthews agrees to move into a haunted inn, she’s not sure what’s more dangerous, the ghost or the sexy innkeeper she tries to resist. She’s can’t deny the intense rush of desire she feels every time he’s near. When she agrees to embark on a no-strings-attached relationship, she finds herself thrust into a world of mind blowing pleasures. Now she must face the aching truths of her past.

Hotel heir Thayne Harper has a laser-like focus on success that doesn’t include the help of his family. He’s always been the black sheep, living in the shadow of his dead brother. His dreams are put to the test when a supernatural entity threatens to ruin everything. The one bright spot is the woman who intrigues his mind and heats his blood.

If only he can convince her that, despite his bad boy ways, he can change for the good. Her love becomes his only salvation. Passion burns white-hot as a dark threat looms. The ghost doesn’t want them to be together and sets her sights on Thayne, luring him to a place that goes beyond death. Will Karly be able to save him before it’s too late?

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Giveaway! Be sure to enter the Rafflecopter at the end of this post for a chance to win a $ 25.00 Amazon gift card and a free e-book.

Let’s hear from Shari!


Hello, my name is Shari Nichols and I write paranormal romance. I’m here to talk a little about my new release HAUNTED. So sit back and relax. I hope this is fun!

What inspired you to write this book?

The inspiration for HAUNTED came from a real ghost story a friend told me years ago. I was so moved by his experience and intrigued with the possibilities of where this could go, I decided to write a rough outline that turned into a novel.  I’ve always loved a good ghost story.

What made you choose the main setting for your book?

I chose New Hope, PA as the setting because of all the town’s quaint shops, restaurants, and beautiful old stone houses. I absolutely love the lushness of the area. I actually got married there many years ago. It’s fun to walk along the canal on a Sunday afternoon. New Hope is known to be haunted, so it was an easy decision. Also, the Logan Inn is one of the most haunted places in Americas and serves as inspiration for the book. It’s also featured in the first chapter. This is a beautiful  shot of the Logan Inn along the canal, gorgeous!


Are you currently working on another story? If so, we’d love some details.

Yes! It’s a far cry from the world of ghosts and haunted inns. I’m working on a series about three best friends who are navigating love, and high powered careers in the big Apple. It’s inspired by the beloved HBO series Sex and the City, my personal favorite. Instead of four friends, there are three; and a sexy Mr. Big character as well. I chose NYC as the setting because there are so many romantic spots and fun places to serve as a backdrop. All three stories are intertwined by the behemoth of a city like New York.

What sort of personality does your heroine have?

My heroine, Karly Matthews is funny, witty, self-depreciating, smart and extremely passionate. She’s always been the caretaker to her younger sister, Sophie. She’s had to deal with some very real trauma in her life and as a result, she’s always waiting for the other shoot to drop. She’s afraid to trust—to love and open her heart.

What sort of personality does your hero have?

My hero, Thayne Harper, is a pure alpha, in every sense of the word. He's controlling, volatile at times, but generous, kind and off-the-charts sexy! He’s closed off emotionally. He’s a millionaire playboy with quite a reputation as a bad boy. 

What sources do you use for research?

I did lots of research for HAUNTED, including talking on the phone and emailing with a real life medium, a character by the name of Erika, who’s featured in the book.  I watched almost every episode of Ghost Hunters, and I’ve read tons of books about ghosts and mediums. I’ve interviewed the staff and toured two inns for realism purposes. I’ve also spent hours at the library.

It’s time to promo. What is your favorite marketing tool?

I love to interact on Facebook. Conversations with readers are always fun. I’ve also done guest spots at launch parties. I will be doing a few book signings, which are also fun. I love meeting people and interacting.

How long have you been writing? How long have you been published?

I’ve been writing for sixteen years. Wow, that seems crazy! It only took me twelve short years to get published. J I’ve been published since 2014.

This was a blast! Thanks so much!

Thanks for joining me, Shari! Wishing you much success!

EXCERPT


Karly made sure to keep her head down, wanting to avoid another run-in. Her gaze skittered over fallen leaves and flagstone tiles. Through the corner of her eye, she spotted a man in a suit and a few servers. Her fingers tightened around her key chain with every step, wanting to be far from the chaos of the evening.

She was almost to the main street, when she bumped into a solid wall of muscle that threatened to knock her on her ass. Her keys flew from her hands as she began to fall backward. Before she hit the ground, two strong hands reached out and caught her around the waist. She glanced up and into the gorgeous face of the god she’d seen earlier.

Up close, he was even more stunning and taller than she’d calculated. He exuded strength and masculinity, and when he focused that intense magnetism on her, all the air left her lungs, along with her ability to speak.

Genuine concern flashed in his whiskey colored eyes. “I’m sorry. Are you okay?” His voice was like warm chocolate, melting her insides. When he dropped his hands, Karly could still feel the imprints on her skin.

“Y-yes, I’m fine. I’m the one who should be apologizing. I wasn’t paying attention to where I was going.” Her heart pounded wildly in her chest. The man smelled incredible, like sandalwood and clean laundry.

“No need for apologies. Maybe you should sit down for a minute and have a drink with me.” There was elegance in the way he spoke that made her think of old money and private school.

For a moment Karly thought about taking him up on his offer, but she wasn’t in the frame of mind to pull off light conversation or flirty banter at this point. “Thanks, but I have to pass. This night, well, it didn’t turn out the way I’d hoped so I think it’s my cue to go.” She did her best to school her features, but inside she was feeling raw and vulnerable. The only thing she wanted to do was go home, soak in a hot bath, and lick her wounds.

His searing gaze swept over her and made butterflies flutter in her stomach “Perhaps I can make it better. Stay and have a drink with me.”

Karly glanced at his jacket for his nametag, but like her, he wasn’t wearing one. “I’m guessing you’re in either sales or politics, and if this is all for a campaign donation, I’m sorry, I already gave at the office.” Immediately she got a vibe telling her he was his own boss, which wasn’t hard to figure out. The man exuded confidence and power.

The throaty sound of his laughter raised goose bumps on her flesh. “So you’re funny and beautiful that’s quite a rare combo, Miss….?”

His words slid over her like a warm caress. A flush spread across her cheeks. She shook her head, a little dazed by the compliment. It would be hard not to succumb to his charms. If she was honest, his scent alone was driving her crazy. No, the man spelled danger. “I’m sorry. I should go. Good night and uh, nice running into you.” She sucked in a breath, turned and took a step toward the street.   

“I don’t think you’ll get far without these,” he said in a bone-melting voice that forced her to turn around. He held up her keys in his hand.

“Right. Thanks.” She’d become so dazzled by his looks, she’d completely forgotten about them flying out of her hands

“My pleasure.” The way he said the word pleasure conjured images of their bodies tangled together, rolling around in satin sheets. The air sizzled with sexual tension. Slowly, he closed the distance between them and placed the keys in her hands. She purposely avoided touching him, but his fingers grazed hers, sending a spark of awareness up and down her arm.

“Don’t go,” he whispered.

“Why?” Karly was curious to hear what he’d say next.

“I can’t let you disappear into the night without telling me your name.” The words were spoken in a commanding tone that normally would've irritated her, but for some reason when he said them they hit every one of her buttons. “You can give me that much can’t you? It’s not every day I meet someone that captivates me and you have, quite thoroughly I might add.”

The scorching heat in his gaze made her shiver. She swallowed and tried to regain her equilibrium. It’d been a long time since a man had looked at her with such blatant desire. “I’m impressed— that’s quite a pick-up line. I’m curious, does it usually work?”

His smile was pure sin. “I’m not using a line on you. I just want the chance to talk to you. Give me five minutes, that’s all I ask.”

What happens after that?” His charisma began to melt her resolve. Karly stole a glance at his clothing. His sweater looked like cashmere and his suit jacket was perfectly tailored and cut to fit his body, only adding to his commanding presence. 

“You decide. If you want to continue the conversation, I get your number, if not, then we part ways. No harm done.”

How could she say no when his approach was so refreshing “Nothing like cutting to the chase.” A guy that looked like him probably had women falling all over themselves to get his attention. It didn’t take a psychic to glean the man was a player. He was too smooth to be anything else. “Five minutes is all you get.”

“Five minutes is all I need.” He was persuasive, not to mention cocky as hell and yet for some reason she couldn’t seem to say no where he was concerned. Besides, his vibe was positive and cool with no warning signs. 

“You’re pretty sure of yourself. Do you always get what you want?”

About the Author


Shari Nichols grew up in a small town in Connecticut where haunted houses, ghosts and Ouija boards were common place, spurring her fascination with all things paranormal. Ever since she read her first Barbara Cartland novel, her life-long dream has been to write sexy, romantic stories. Shari has been married to her own alpha hero for twenty-five years. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, going to the gym, or hanging out with family and friends.

She lives in New Jersey with her husband, two teenagers, and her adoring golden retriever. She’s thrilled to spend her days in sweats, eating chocolate while pounding on her keyboard to create her next novel. Shari’s a member of Romance Writers of America, New Jersey Romance Writers, Liberty States Fiction Writers and Fantasy, Futuristic, and Paranormal Romance Writers.









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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Secrets, Lies, Christmas, and a Fake Wedding. What Could Go Wrong? Happy Place by L.P. Maxa.



Today it's my pleasure to welcome L.P. Maxa, author of Happy Place, a holiday romance.

Giveaway! Be sure to enter the Rafflecopter below for a chance to win a copy of the first book in the Devil's Share series, Play Nice, and a copy of the first book in the RiffRaff Records series, Royalty


Before we learn more about Happy Place, let's hear from L.P. Maxa about the holiday season...

Even Brighter

I have always loved the holiday season. From October 1st until January 2nd is my jam. I'm one of those "to every season there is a purpose" people. I don't start thinking about Thanksgiving until Halloween is over. And I don't put up any Christmas decorations until after the Thanksgiving leftovers are almost gone. I like to celebrate each holiday, milk every occasion for all it's worth.


But now, it’s officially time for Christmas. I'm doing a little happy dance in my chair as I type this. I've always loved everything about Christmas. I love the glitter and the food and the good will and cheer. I love the twinkle lights and the magical feel in the air. I love that people strive toward kindness and compassion. December gives me all the feels.

Obviously, I love holiday traditions. I live for them and I am constantly trying to rope my family into new ones. Not all of them stick...my family doesn't blindly follow my lead.

My absolute favorite tradition? Christmas books. We started it when my daughter was a baby, and we do it every year. We buy my daughter a new Christmas book and then read it during bedtime all of December. Every night in December we crawl in bed and read through all her Christmas books. It's so cozy and fun. And I can now recite “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” which is a great life skill.

I know that my daughter won't always let me read to her. I know that before long, she'll be reading to me. But just as I refuse to celebrate holidays early, I refuse to rush my kiddo out of her childhood. I'll help her believe in the magic of Christmas (and Halloween and Thanksgiving) for as long as I possibly can.

Happy Holidays everyone. Joy and Good Cheer you and your loved ones.

Happy Place

L.P. Maxa


Genre: Romance

Publisher: Boroughs Publishing Group

Date of Publication:  December 20th 2016

ISBN: 978-1541227-91-0 – print
ISBN: 978-1-944262-56-3 - ebook
ASIN:  B01MT15T5J

Number of pages:  162
Word Count: 50,260

Cover Artist: Boroughs Publishing Group

Tagline:    Secrets, lies, Christmas, and a fake wedding. What could go wrong?

BOOK DESCRIPTION

Two years after spending one blissful night with her lifelong crush, Cassie Huntington meets Declan Preston again during the Christmas season, and secrets and lies turn into a fake wedding that just might save their love.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR


L.P. lives in Austin, Texas with her husband, daughter, three rescue dogs, and one adopted cat. The fish died. She is a full-time writer, and part time business owner. L.P. says she loves to read as much as she loves to write, and reading a good book is her reward after writing one. In her spare time, she fosters puppies for a rescue organization based in Austin.

Website: http://www.lpmaxa.com







Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Holiday Passion, Love & Romance. Mistletoe by Emily Mims. #amreading



"Can the holiday season turn make-believe into real passion, love and romance?" Let's find out! Today it's my pleasure to feature Mistletoe (The Smokey Blues, Book 6) by Emily Mims.  

Genre:  Romance

Publisher: Boroughs Publishing Group

Date of Publication:  November 20th 2017

ISBN:  978-1-979474-24-5 – print book  
ISBN: 978-1-944262-99-0 - eBook

Number of pages:  227
Word Count: 65,450

Cover Artist: Boroughs Publishing Group

Giveaway! Be sure to enter the Rafflecopter below for a chance to win copies of the first and second books in the Smokey Blues series; Mist and Smoke.

BOOK DESCRIPTION


Aspiring songwriter Caitlyn Murphy is tired of sister’s hand-me-downs. From toys and bicycles to men, it seemed like everything in Caitlyn’s life first belonged to her late sister. Roped into doing Christmas for motherless nieces, and entering into a pretend romance with their dangerously attractive father, Caitlyn soon finds herself falling in love with the girls, and the enigmatic Tanner Dyson. She resists the temptation and Tanner’s insistence that they make their pretend relationship real. She wants her own family, not the one her sister had first.






“I haven’t dated anybody since I lost your sister.”  Tanner laced his fingers together. “But yes, before I fell in love with Meghan, I mostly dated dancers and other women who worked in the clubs. I guess we’re going to have to work that much harder to make it believable.”

Caitlyn eyed him curiously. “How do we do that?”

“We start by spending the rest of this evening together, like we can’t bear to be separated from one another. We sit down tomorrow morning and come up with some concrete plans, both for the girls’ Christmas this year and for some public outings for you and me so it looks like we’re dating. We see how it goes. Do you have time for a short outing with them tomorrow? Something they can tell my mother about if she asks?”

“I can take them somewhere. It might be pretty simple.”

“Simple is fine." He glanced down the hall. “Let’s get back to the reception and put this whole thing in motion.”

She would help. But she didn’t have to like it. She would make damned sure both her mother and her Aunt Bea knew she didn’t particularly appreciate being shanghaied into a ridiculous subterfuge with Tanner Dyson. She didn’t even like him all that much. And she wasn’t all that close to the girls. How would she know what they wanted or needed to celebrate Christmas?

They returned to the party and made a beeline for the champagne fountain. He filled two flutes and handed one to her, his fingers warm where they brushed against hers. She resisted the urge to down the champagne in one nervous gulp and instead sipped it slowly, determined to ignore the curious looks she and Tanner were getting, especially when he settled his hand at her waist in a casual show of possession. To her surprise, the warmth of his hand felt comfortable, reassuring even.

She looked around to see if the Dysons had seen them together. She couldn’t spot them in the crowd, but she did catch Timberlynn’s eye as her sister gave her an almost imperceptible wink. Her mother or Aunt Bea must have filled Timberlynn in on what was going on. Her sister would probably laugh all the way home tonight. Trish looked at them curiously, especially after Tanner pulled her close for a hug, and leaned over and whispered something to Asher. Suddenly the magnitude of the ruse she and Tanner were trying to pull swept over her. Who else besides the Dysons were they going to try to fool? Just them? Or everybody in Kingsport?


ABOUT THE AUTHOR 




Author of thirty-four romance novels, Emily Mims combined her writing career with a career in public education until leaving the classroom to write full time. The mother of two sons and six grandsons, she and her husband live in central Texas but frequently visit their grandchildren in Tennessee and Georgia. For relaxation, she plays four musical instruments: the piano, the ukulele, the organ and the dulcimer.








Friday, December 1, 2017

30 Medieval & Scottish Highlander Romances! #BookSweeps



Today, I have a fun surprise that I’d like to share with you.

I’ve teamed up with 30 fantastic authors to give away a huge collection of Medieval & Scottish Highlander romances to 2 lucky winners, PLUS a brand new eReader to the Grand Prize winner!

Oh, and did I mention you'll receive a collection of FREE ebooks just for entering? *grins*

You can win my novel Sworn to a Highland Laird, plus books from authors like Cecelia Mecca and Eliza Knight. 

Enter the giveaway by clicking here: http://bit.ly/medscot-nov2017

Good luck, and enjoy!




Sunday, November 26, 2017

Cyber Monday Book Blowout! #dragons #shifters #romance



I hope everyone had a great holiday! Ready to take advantage of Cyber Monday??  If so, I’ve got crazy awesome sales running on a few of my books right now. If you love Time Travel Romance rich with seafaring Vikings and dragon shifters you don’t want to miss this!

Now through November 30th, 2017, FOUR BOOKS from my Viking Ancestors’ Kin Series are on sale. The sort of wild discounts you probably won’t see again so be sure to take advantage!

Vengeance of a Viking (The MacLomain Series: Viking Ancestors’ Kin, Book 2) will be FREE through Monday, November 27th
Available now at Amazon.

Soul of a Viking (The MacLomain Series: Viking Ancestors’ Kin, Book 3) will be .99 cents through Monday, November 27th
Available at Amazon.

Fury of a Viking (The MacLomain Series: Viking Ancestors’ Kin, Book 4) will be .99 cents Sunday, November 26th through Thursday, November 30th
Available at Amazon.

Pride of a Viking (The MacLomain Series: Viking Ancestors’ Kin, Book 5 will be .99 cents Sunday, November 26th through Thursday, November 30th
Available now at Amazon.

Here’s a bit about books 4 & 5 plus excerpts!!

FURY OF A VIKING-BOOK 4


Shannon usually prefers the dead to the living. But then running a funeral parlor offers a different perspective. Peace and escape. Or at least it did until the day she’s summoned by her sister to their Winter Harbor Chalet in Maine. Now she knows the truth. The veil between worlds is far thinner than she thought. In fact, it’s so thin she can’t prevent her and her daughter, Emily, from slipping back in time.

Of dragon blood, Matthew Sigdir has suffered more loss than most. A wife. Sister. Now, because of a vicious enemy, possibly his son, Håkon. Infuriated, determined to find his child, he heads north over unforgiving land. What he doesn’t expect is a twenty-first century little girl and her beautiful mother, Shannon, to join him on his quest. Nor does he expect Hel to show them favor. And there’s no turning away Loki’s daughter when she offers help. Now they have to navigate not only through the elements of a wicked Scandinavian winter but Helheim itself, the underworld of the dead.

While they travel, Matthew and Shannon are forced to face their pasts. What they left behind and all that haunts them. As they do, old wounds heal. Hope grows. Love sparks. Through it all, Emily leads them ever closer to Håkon. She’s the key. But is it already too late? Will they make it in time to save Matthew's son? Or is the enemy already one step ahead of them?

Available at Amazon

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Fury of a Viking Excerpt


He had learned an awful lot today and suffered from years of being haunted. Now his son was gone. So she figured if he wasn’t latching on to every little thing she said right away, that was okay. One step at a time. “You should get some rest, Matthew.”

“Yes,” he murmured. Yet the second she went to move, he grabbed her wrist gently. When he spoke, she realized he had, in fact, processed all of what she’d said. More than that, he must be catching glimpses of what she had seen. 

“There’s more to this. More to Uncle Kjar having my son. Somehow, they’re in that other place. Helheim.” He clenched his jaw as he struggled to come to terms with that. It seemed he had also telepathically caught what she hadn’t told him based on what he said next. “Do not put Emily’s life at risk for this, Shannon.” He shook his head. “And don’t put yours at risk either.”

She could tell by the way he said it, the emotion in his voice, that he fully understood why she held back. More than that, he agreed with her. He didn’t want Emily in harm’s way. Even if she could lead him to his son.

“I’m so sorry,” she whispered, guilt ridden. But she had to put her daughter first. “I just can’t put my baby in that kind of danger.” Emotion thickened her throat just like it had his. “Please forgive me.”

“There is nothing to forgive.” He cupped her cheek. “I would not allow you or Emily to be put in harm’s way. Not for anything, Shannon.”

But he’s your son,” she managed to say into his mind because her vocal chords refused to work. “How can you…”

The next thing she knew his lips brushed hers. It was brief but so profound she lost her breath as he pulled away just enough that their lips remained centimeters from one another. “One of our children is already in harm’s way. Another will not be added to it.”

Shannon barely processed his words she was so caught up in his taste lingering on her lips. Had he said our children? He had, right? Yet she couldn’t focus on that. All she could do was run her tongue over her lips and relish the flavor. His flavor. It almost felt like she could taste what he was made of. And it wasn’t what she expected.

“You used to laugh and smile all the time,” she whispered before she could stop herself. For a flicker of a moment, she could see his smile. Hear his laughter. Then it faded. Long ago. Shannon closed her eyes and pulled away. He had been taken down a path he didn’t deserve all because there was a glitch in the system. All because…

Her eyes shot open.

The cave was gone. The water at her feet vanished. Now she stood on a shore with hundreds of men and women coming together. Vikings with their blades drawn and fury on their faces. Battle raged. Matthew, Sigrunn, Freydis and so many more, fought, determined to conquer.

This was the infamous battle that took so much from Matthew.

Seconds later he vanished yet the battle raged on.

Yet she knew where he went.

It all made sense now.

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PRIDE OF A VIKING-BOOK 5


Two men tore Erica’s world apart in another life. One was the man she loved and the other the enemy. Now both are back, and it’s up to her to make sure an ancient blood feud doesn’t destroy everyone she cares about. That means steering clear of her dragon mate. But sometimes memories are too strong and the past too powerful. Or so it seems when she slips back in time and ends up on an unexpected journey with a man she was determined to forget.

Having confronted who he once was and what he did in a previous life, Kodran Sigdir sets out to seek answers. He needs to better understand his part in an age old war and keep his distance from Erica. They should remain apart. Yet destiny seems to be drawing him back to her. How he once felt. All he gave up. Could things go differently this time? Or will the risk to their people be too great? Find out as Erica, Kodran and their kin go up against the enemy one last time in Pride of a Viking, the epic conclusion of Viking Ancestors’ Kin.

Available now at Amazon.

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Pride of a Viking Excerpt


“Are you sure Hallstein was your mate in another life?” His eyes held hers as he spun her so that they were facing each other. “Do you have memories of your time with him?” He shook his head, spoke through clenched teeth and worked hard to keep rage from taking over as he caught glimpses of what she had endured. “He did things to you, Erica. Terrible things. Things that make no sense given you were Maeva…his mate.”

She leaned back, clenched her jaw and averted her eyes. “Yes, he was my mate. I’m sure of it.”

“Then why can’t you look at me when you say that?” He tilted her chin until she had no choice but to meet his eyes. “What aren’t you telling me? What’s the missing piece?” He frowned. “Because something’s not adding up.”

“It doesn’t…you just...” She frowned as well. “You need to let this go. You need to let me go. It’s the only way this is going to work. It’s the only hope we have.”

“And where am I supposed to let you go to?” He glanced around to remind her where they were before his eyes returned to hers. “Because it’s out of my control, yes?”

“You know what I mean.”

“Do I?” He stepped a bit closer and never removed his fingers from her chin. “Because as far as I can tell you want me to believe you desire Hallstein when that’s the furthest thing from the truth. I think you’re trying to push me away so that you can somehow save everyone all on your own.”

Because he was remembering his last life, he remembered what Maeva had looked like. While they shared the same tall, lithe build with curves in all the right places, he found Erica more stunning in this life. Her eyes were varying shades of striking green that seemed to shift with her mood, and her warm skin tone was luminous. He wanted to feel her soft skin against him. Touch every last inch of her.

She went very still as their eyes held. Or so one would think if they couldn’t detect the slight tremor that went through her. Shivers that only translated to another dragon. He also noticed that she had gone from momentarily vulnerable to completely closed off despite her physical reaction.

“You’re good at that,” he murmured, shifting even closer to see if he could bring out that tremor even more. “Trying to be strong for everyone else all the time. How long have you played that part?” While he should have remained compassionate and thankful, his inner dragon was flaring.
The jealousy that reared whenever he thought about her in the enemy’s arms. “How long have you been playing the part of a woman trying to convince Hallstein that you’re his? How long have you been—”

“No,” she cut him off, yanked her chin away and narrowed her eyes. “What I’ve done to help our people is not because—”

“Because you’re meant to be together?” he cut her off just as readily, as he turned things around on her. “Because you’re not, are you?” He shook his head and narrowed his eyes as well. “You’re not supposed to be with him.” His voice dropped to a whisper as the truth hovered just out of reach. Like a memory he was right on the verge of remembering. “You never were, but something happened…”

Something he needed to understand, so he thought fast. If one thing had been proven true with his kin and their mates it was that intimacy seemed to speed up their mental connections. So why not get things moving in that direction?

It seemed Erica followed his line of thought because a moment later she started to move away but he caught her. With an arm around her lower back, he yanked her against him, cupped the back of her neck and kissed her.

The moment he did, everything changed.

Available now at Amazon.

FREE in Kindle Unlimited!