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Kismet by AE Woodward Sale Blitz &Rafflecopter giveaway 4/30/14

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Book Title: Kismet
Author: A.E. Woodward
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: February 10,2014
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Synopsis

Katie’s world came crashing down in an instant.

Her husband, daughter, and unborn baby. . . all gone in a flash. The life that she’d come to know, gone before she ever really got to live it.

With a broken heart, she deals the only way she knows how, by shutting it all off. No communicating, no feelings, just pure nothingness.

Alone with nothing but her own thoughts and a well meaning family, she moves back to her childhood home, a horse farm. It’s there that she finds herself healing along with the horses her family rehabilitates. But when Parker McKenzie comes back into her life she’s reminded of all that went wrong, and all that she lost.

Meet the Author

author picA.E. Woodward lives in Vacationland with her husband and two young children. Between her day job and the pursuance of a master’s degree, she wrote her first novel, Imperfectly Perfect. Since then she has written three more novels, Imperfectly Real, Kismet, and Imperfectly Bad.

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In the twenty minutes that has passed since my Mom called Parker, the kitchen has become a hub of excitement and confusion. I’m still sitting on the hallway floor. In all the confusion I think I’ve been forgotten. But that’s fine, because I’m really good with being alone. It’s soothing for me to be lonely. That, and listening to all the conversation gives me something else to focus on besides myself. Tommy and Pop eventually join Mom and Stevenson in the kitchen, waiting for Parker. Each of them throw their two cents in as to how this should go down. Tommy insists that he should go with us, saying that Parker can’t handle the responsibility. I appreciate that he’s still trying to look out for my best interests, but the fact of the matter is that Tommy doesn’t know the half of what I need.

He goes round with Mom and Pop, but Stevenson stops him. “We need to follow her lead, Tommy.”

“I just don’t think her going there with him is the best option right now!” Tommy yells.

“Now, I respect your concern, Tommy, and we all appreciate that you want the best for your sister. However, if Katie wants to go alone with Parker then that is what we give her. She needs to be in control of her own recovery. We need to remember that this isn’t about us. She’s an adult, she can make her own choices.”

Tommy lets out a sarcastic laugh just before I hear the screen door fling open, the springs creaking in response, and then quickly slamming shut. “What the hell is going on?” Parker asks anxiously.

Quickly, Stevenson fills Parker in on my request. He adds that Parker shouldn’t feel pressured, especially if he’s not comfortable with the situation, but that he needs to understand how huge this could be for my treatment.

“Why me?” he questions.

“I dunno, Parker,” Tommy barks. “Why you?”

There’s a brief, awkward silence before Stevenson clears his throat and continues to speak. “Obviously Katie knows you well enough to know that you’ll be there for her, while allowing her enough independence to cope with it on her own terms. She’s trusting you,” Stevenson says without emotion.

“I don’t know if I can do this,” he mutters. Experience tells me that he’s most likely running his hands through his hair. He always does when he’s nervous.

A fist slams against the table, making me jump out of my skin. “You’re right, you can’t!”

“Tommy!” Mom scolds.

A few more moments of awkward silence pass. I can only imagine the looks that are being thrown in that kitchen. The tension is surely raising a few questions in everyone’s mind. “I just don’t think this is the best idea,” Tommy speaks quietly. “You’re in over your head, Park.”

“We’ve been here before, Tommy,” Parker reminds him.

“Exactly.”

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Sutton Boxed Set By Lori Ryan Sale 4/29/14

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NY Times Bestselling Author, Lori Ryan, delivers the heart pounding suspense and heart soaring romance she’s come to be known for in this three book/one novella set! With over 150 five star reviews for the books in the set and an average of 4.7 stars on the boxed edition, you’re sure to fall in love with the Sutton Capital Series. And, at only 99 cents for a limited time, there’s no excuse not to get caught up in time for the next book coming this year!

Legal Ease: A marriage-of-convenience that ends with hearts and lives on the line.

Penalty Clause: An unusual prenup is the only way for Andrew to win Jill’s heart, but will he lose her anyway?

Negotiation Tactics: When well-meaning friends push Chad and Jennie together, Jennie ends up on the run from dangerous criminals…and her own heart.

Bonus novella, The Baker’s Bodyguard: Jesse doesn’t know if she’ll ever have the courage to face the world again, until Zach comes along and holds her up, showing her just how strong she really is.

 

 

 

Excerpt One – Legal  Ease by Lori Ryan

 

“Jack, darling…” Jack’s Aunt Mabry breezed into the room. “I’ve decided to redo my kitchen and the downstairs floor of my townhouse. Chad has a friend staying with him right now so I need to stay at your place for a few weeks until my kitchen is completed.”

Jack had to work to keep from rolling his eyes. He knew perfectly well what Aunt Mabry was doing. She wanted to spy on him and Kelly. There was no way she’d be redoing her kitchen if she didn’t want an excuse to stay with him. And she would normally stay at the Omni downtown or at a spa by the water instead of with him. She had never stayed at his house before, not for a day in his life, even when his mother was alive.

She was spying. He was sure of it. His mind filtered through the excuses he could give her but when he quickly weighed all of the factors, he decided it was best to just let her move in for a bit to get her off their backs. Besides, if his aunt were around he and Kelly would have to pretend to be husband and wife a lot more often, and he liked pretending that where Kelly was concerned.

With unexpected enthusiasm, Jack smiled and said, “Sure thing, Aunt Mabry. You’re welcome anytime. When do you need to move in?”

“Right now,” she said with a Cheshire Cat grin. “I’ll just head over there right now.”

With that announcement, she walked out of the office as breezily as she had waltzed in. Jack stared after her for a minute when suddenly it dawned on him. Kelly and he didn’t share a room. Oh, hell. His aunt wouldn’t buy the happily-ever-after marriage if she found out he and Kelly didn’t share a room. He grabbed the phone to try to catch Kelly or Mrs. Poole in time to warn them.

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Kelly whipped through the house and up the stairs, calling out for Mrs. Poole as she ran. “Mrs. Poole, come quickly! We have to move. We have to move.” Kelly continued yelling as she ran into her room and grabbed drawers full of clothes and piled hangers with slacks and dresses on them.

Mrs. Poole came up the stairs with a puzzled look on her face. “What on earth are you hollering about, Kelly?” she said as she tried to enter the room. She had to jump out of the way as Kelly made a mad dash to Jack’s room.

“We have to move all of my stuff into Jack’s room,” Kelly said, out of breath from her packing and running. “Jack’s Aunt Mabry is on her way here and she’s staying with us for a couple of weeks,” Kelly blurted out as she ran back down the hall to gather more of her belongings.

“Oh Lord,” Mrs. Poole rolled her eyes and followed after Kelly. She quickly grabbed clothes and toiletries and rushed down the hall to Jack’s room. She and Kelly repeated the trip half a dozen more times as they transferred everything and set it into place. Mrs. Poole cleared out half of Jack’s dresser and closet and made room for Kelly’s things while Kelly folded and put her clothing away to make it appear as though the two had been living in holy matrimony since day one.

Kelly put away the last of her things and took a deep breath. She turned to survey the masculine-looking room. There was a dark mahogany dresser and matching armoire against the deep green walls. Large windows looked out on the same beautiful waterfront view that her guest room windows had shared. She stopped suddenly and held her breath when her eyes landed on the king-sized bed in the center. Until that moment, it hadn’t occurred to her that she and Jack would now have to share a bed. Kelly’s smile fell away as she realized that keeping her attraction hidden from Jack just became a lot more difficult.

 

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“Nora asked me what my intentions toward you were. When I told her we were just spending time together, she told me you have a reputation for being – and I swear to you, I’m quoting here – ‘good in the sack.’ It was by far the most uncomfortable conversation I’ve ever had,” Jill said.

Andrew’s fork hung in midair as he stared, open mouthed at Jill, a horrified expression on his face. “She did not. Please tell me she did not say that to you. Of course she did. Who am I kidding? This is Nora we’re talking about.”

Jill just laughed as she watched Andrew try to process her conversation with Nora. “At least you didn’t have to sit there and figure out how to explain our relationship to her,” Jill said.

Andrew grinned at that. “‘Spending time together,’ huh?”

“I couldn’t think of any other way to tell her I was banging her grandson.” Jill blushed furiously as the frank colloquialism left her mouth. She picked up her wine glass and sipped to try to cover her embarrassment, but Andrew leaned in, moved the wineglass out of his way and kissed Jill soundly on the cheek.

“I like banging you, Jillie Walsh.”

 

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His dark looks – even with the smattering of scars that etched his skin from his time overseas – rivaled those of the biggest and brightest stars of Hollywood. In spite of that, there wasn’t an arrogant bone in Chad’s body. This, of course, made him all the more attractive.

The man was stunningly handsome, unquestionably kind and gentle, and he sent the bones in Jennie’s body into a puddle on the floor when he glanced her way. She didn’t want to be attracted to him. But, Jennie found she couldn’t ignore his effect on her no matter how she tried. And that, unfortunately, tore at her heart. Jennie wished with all her being that Chad Thompson didn’t have such a powerful effect on her.

When Jennie had first met Chad, she tried to find faults in him. If she could get herself to see him as an arrogant jerk, she might be able to ignore the physical attraction she felt for him. It would certainly make it easier, anyway. At first, Jennie thought he was just what she hoped for: a superficial jerk with no substance under the good looks and charm. Since Chad was born into the Sutton Capital family, he could have sat back and reaped the benefits of the family business without actually doing any work. Chad only worked until three o’clock many days, making Jennie assumed he was living off of trust fund money and not really contributing at all. That made it easier to resist the outward allure.

Sadly, her first impressions didn’t last and Jennie soon had to admit that Chad was just as attractive a person on the inside as he was on the outside. It turned out that Chad left work early to volunteer at a nearby veteran’s hospital. And the more Jennie got to know Chad, the more apparent it became that he was anything but a selfish, spoiled trust fund brat. That certainly didn’t make it easier for Jennie to resist him. But, she knew in her heart, she didn’t want a relationship with him or anyone else. She didn’t want the chemistry between them to exist.

 

 

AUTHOR BIO:Lori Ryan is a NY Times and USA Today bestselling author who writes contemporary romance with a twist of suspense. She lives with an extremely understanding husband, two wonderful children, two mostly-behaved dogs, and a lone little cat in Austin, Texas. It’s a bit of a zoo, but she wouldn’t change a thing.



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Lori Ryan
NY Times and USA Today Bestselling Author

www.loriryanromance.com

 
Read my latest release: Ever Hopeful, 
Book One in the Evers, Texas Series!
 

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Lucky Numbers by Kelly Gendron Release Day Event & Rafflecopter giveaway 4/29/14

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Book Title: Lucky Numbers (A TroubleMaker Novel)
Author: Kelly Gendron
Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance
Release Date: April 29, 2014
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Synopsis

One locked safe, a troublemaking tattoo, and two determined people… add up to unlocked secrets and a love that just won’t stop.

Luke “Lucky” O’Conner is a committed bachelor. His motto…“Nobody’s ever getting this Lucky.” So when Kaley Harlow walks into his tattoo shop and somehow leaves with the only record of the numbers to his new safe tattooed on her sexy little hip, Lucky’s motto is threatened. If he wants to see those numbers again, he has to get close. Closer than he’s ever gotten to any woman. And he has three weeks to do it.

Kaley Harlow, a happily washed-up former child star, is out to ruin her reputation. She’s through with people looking at her like she’s still that innocent little girl in pigtails. Not to mention, her agent has just signed her up for a movie contract. But, really, all Kaley wants is to start a new life and finally go to college.

When Lucky happens into Kaley’s life for the second time, the hot, tattooed badass is exactly what she needs to sabotage her image. But this badass has a secret, one that could ruin more than just Kaley’s reputation.

Meet the Author

Kelly GendronKelly resides in a quiet suburb somewhere between Buffalo and Niagara Falls, NY. Her day job? Kelly works in health care representing a group of nursing facilities in the WNY area. She’s been faithfully writing for three years but did write her first book ten years ago. She put it down to raise her son as a single mom and then picked it back up when she and her son finally grew up. That’s when she settled into her newly married adult life and started to seriously write again. She’s dabbled with Romantic Suspense stories, but recently she’s been on a contemporary kick. The recipe for the men in her stories: a dash of bad boy attitude, a cup of strong and confident and, of course, besides being packed with magnificent bodies, and doused with shameless aptitudes, they must have a tender heart you want to rip out of the pages (or your e-Reader) and take to bed with you at night.

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“Put your hand under your dress,” he said, his thumb still stroking that damn wet beer bottle like it was her clit.

Kaley turned to see if anyone was watching.

“Hey!” Lucky’s stern voice whipped her head back to him. “Look at me. Don’t worry about anyone else. I’ll warn you if someone is coming.” His feet spread her legs farther apart. “Where you’re sitting, I’m the only person who can see you. Now, do as I say, unless you want me to stop.”

His daring eyes held hers, and all discretion slipped out of her grasp. She gave him his answer by dropping her hand beneath the table.

“That’s good,” he rasped, deep and low. “Now place your hand on your thigh and slide up to the top of it. Are you there yet?”

She nodded.

“I want you to grip it hard.”

With her heart racing and wishing his hand was there instead of hers, her fingers dug into her flesh.

His eyes raping her of any reluctance, he bent forward and grunted, “Harder.”

Noting all the hot spots, the tight grip he had on the beer, his biceps and the tattoos bulging from the cut of his sleeves, his mouth that lay slightly open, Kaley squeezed tighter.

“Are you wet?”

“Yes,” she gasped, clinging tighter to her thigh. “I’m so wet.”

His tongue tapped his top lip. “Are you throbbing?”

“God, I’m aching for you,” she said, and she meant it, for she wanted nothing more than his tongue on her.

“Kaley,” he said, swaying closer, tempting her, “tell me, is your pussy mine?”

“Yes,” she breathed out. “It’s all yours.”

“Then touch what is mine.”

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Strobe by Holly Stephens Release Day Event &Rafflecopter giveaway 4/28/14

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Book Title: Strobe
Author: Holly Stephens
Genre: Erotica
Release Date: April 28, 2014
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Synopsis

Strobe, simply put, is a voyeur’s playground. A place where people can heighten their sexual awareness, play with fire, and combust all under the same roof. It’s a place where people come together and a place that can push people apart.

Sloane Renard knows sex.

She knows what the textbooks tell her. She doesn’t know her world is about to be torn upside down by one man. A man who will push her limits and force her to see herself in another light.

Lennox Coymns knows sex.

He knows how a woman likes to be touched. He knows how to make a woman scream and moan. He knows the world outside of the bedroom.

As Lennox teaches Sloane about the world of voyeurism, she learns more than how to let herself be free with sex; she learns how to confident and sexy- the kind of woman Lennox desires.

But can sex and love keep themselves separated, or will these two fall under the dark spell that is the lights of Strobe?

Meet the Author

Holly is a wife and mother to two of the greatest boys in the world. She’s southern, born & raised, and as you’ll find in all of her writings- so are her characters. She can’t imagine not using “y’all” in her writing.

Holly is the author of Second Rate Chances- a new adult novel released January of 2013.

When she isn’t writing she’s cheering on her husband & son in the sport of the season; whether its coaching or playing.

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“Tell me, Sloane, are you curious?”

“About what? How it would feel to have another set of eyes on me while I’m in the bedroom?”

“Who says it has to be in the bedroom?”

Sloane felt her cheeks get hot. “I don’t play outside of the bedroom,” she said in a stern tone.

“Then you’re not playing.” Lennox quipped. “I have to wonder, are you even playing in the bedroom?”

“This is not the kind of conversation to have with someone you just met.”

“Are you a virgin, Sloane?”

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Lussuria by SJ Molloy Release Day Event & Rafflecopter giveaway 4/27/14

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Author: S.J. Molloy
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romantic Suspense
Release Date: November 26, 2013
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Lussuria
#1 in The Luminara Series.
An emotional erotic heart-wrenching story of lust, love and light.

File U for upside down. Lexi Robertson’s carefully constructed life is about to be turned upside down.

Recently hired as Club di Energia’s physiotherapist, the stunning yet insecure twenty-six year old finally thinks she has a handle on her physically and mentally damaging past. The only way Lexi can cope is by compartmentalizing her feelings with a unique, internal filing system. To maintain order, Lexi has a firm set of boundaries in place, and she never lets anyone too close.

File N for not happening. Lexi has no intention of giving in to the charming Lucca Caruso when he comes into her clinic for an emergency physiotherapy session. Despite his painstakingly handsome face and Italian that renders her speechless, Lexi is able to resist.

A Tuscany vacation with her best friend is just what Lexi needs to stop worrying about life and start enjoying it. A cooking course at a villa near the Chianti hills, just outside of Florence, will take her mind off a certain set of mesmerising azure blue eyes.

File F for fate. Lexi never expected to see the Italian god again, but they’re staying at the same villa.

For someone that purposely refuses to feel, Lexi finds herself on a journey of self-discovery, helplessly folding, melting, and crumbling under the temptation of her heart’s desire.

An emotional, erotic, heart-wrenching story of lust, love, and light.

Lexi struggles to confide in Lucca, slowly learning how to love and trust. Lucca is a gentle, patient lover with a heart of gold, but his need for Lexi is insatiable. He’s the man we all want and can’t get enough of.

Through the passion of lust and the sweetness of love, Lexi spreads her wings towards the light … until her past comes back to haunt her.

A hot and sexy story of survival, acceptance, learning to trust, and believing. One woman’s destiny to find her light, and the one man who can take here there.

Welcome to the Luminara series.


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SONY DSCSJ Molloy, first time British Author of ‘The Luminara Series’ was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. As a young child, her family moved and raised her in Lanarkshire, Scotland where she currently resides with her husband, two daughters and her energetic, hyperactive loving gun dog who is utterly spoiled.

SJ is a qualified Fitness Instructor and Health & Fitness Motivator of various fitness styles and disciplines. Music and dance aerobics have always been a pleasure and passion for her. SJ will sporadically make up dance style routines at any hour of the day when a move comes to her or piece of music moves or inspires her. Currently not teaching classes she is focusing her time into nurturing her yearning passion for creative writing, exchanging one visualization for another.

As a child, SJ loved to write in journals and make up short stories and has a flare for all things creative. With an overactive imagination at times, SJ adores to make notes, visualize scenes and settings to create characterizations.

While on holiday with her family one summer reading book after book, she had a flash of inspiration and has had various ideas whirling around in her mind ever since. It was not until she pulled back on teaching classes that she found the courage, time and insight into actually bringing these ideas to life.

In February 2013 she decided to bring that imagination to light by beginning her writing journey with ‘Lussuria’ the first installment in ‘The Luminara Series’ available from late October 2013.

Being a self-confessed book junkie, she loves nothing better than to get lost in an emotional and moving book. A true romantic at heart, her guilty pleasure is reading heart-warming, passionate stories and falling in love with her favorite fictional characters.

With five books already mapped out in ‘The Luminara Series’, SJ’s busy creative mind has already planned two more fictitious novels, both stand-alone romance books and very different in their own right.

When she is not writing or reading, spending time with family and friends or exercising and walking her dog, SJ loves all things practical and creative. Dancing, music, cooking, travelling, good food and wine and painting are her favorite past times along with laughter, lots and lots of laughter.

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“Okay, Lucca, maybe we will see you tomorrow if you are around,” Hazel says optimistically.

“Si, I will definitely be around, buona notte.”

“Nighty night.” Once she closes the door, Lucca and I remain silent but stare at one another.

“This is an appropriate room for you. True beauty,” he says, nodding towards the plaque on the door, and I blush. Lucca leans over me and palms my face in both hands. “Let me take care of you. I promise, not to hurt you. Please think about it.”

A promise is a promise.

I nod and he closes the space between us, enveloping my sense again with the scent of his aftershave: masculine, sexy, intoxicating. And those eyes …

Sweet Jesus.

My throat instinctively moves as I swallow, then I inhale a ragged breath when I think he’s about to kiss my lips. Instead, he places a chaste kiss on my forehead.

“Dormite bene, bella dolcezza.”

“Umm …?”

“Sleep tight, beautiful sweetness. That is what it means.”

“So, dolcezza means sweetness?” I ask while turning the handle.

“Si. And you most definitely are mine.”

I lean on the door for support, as my legs are defying gravity, ready to give way with his romantic words. When I turn around to say good night, he’s walking back down the corridor.

When I’m in my room, I kick off my shoes and lean against the door trying to get my head straight, overwhelmed with his charm, but also overwhelmed at myself for allowing myself to be affected.

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The Viking Squaw Blitz 4/27/14


Born in a strange new world and raised as a Viking Warrior in another, Kata Haldorsdottir didn’t fit in. Raiders change her life in a moment, though, when her father is struck down in front of her. Knowing his life is nearly at an end, Haldor Hakonsson remembers his long ago promise to Kata’s mother, Summer Rain. He orders a ship and Kata embarks on a journey that turns her world upside down. 

Among her mother’s people, she is expected to be meek and subservient, but that is not part of Kata’s nature. She is different in all ways. The People are short and she is tall. Where they are dark, she is blonde. The women are soft, while she is a hardened warrior with the skills of a man. She does not know how to cook or sew, only to fight and hunt. 
Inadvertently, she draws the attention of Dark Hawk, a man whose only wish is to subdue her. Spurning his advances makes her a powerful enemy. When she is allowed by the village shaman, to become a warrior and hunter of the tribe, her enemy steps up his game. 

Only Running Deer, the son of Chief Soaring Eagle, and her staunch friend, Night Moon, stand by her side. The tribe mistrusts her as a stranger, and Day Star, as Kata is now called, must fight for her place among the People, or return home. 

Domri Stevens was born in Salem, Massachusetts. The history of the Witch Trials of 1692, the writings of Nathaniel Hawthorne and Edgar Allen Poe only sparked an avid interest in history, and led to more authors and more stories. Reading became more than a pastime, and daydreams became stories unfolding. After raising her son, she decided to turn to her writing again, and has not looked back. Her other joy is editing other people’s work, and running her editing company, Open Hearts Editing Services, has rounded off her love for the written word.

Destined to Love by Jourdyn Kelly Cover Reveal 4/26/14

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Book Title: Destined to Love (A Destined Novel)
Author: Jourdyn Kelly
Genre: Young Adult/Urban Fantasy
Release Date: May 2, 2014
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Anala Geil has finally fulfilled her destiny to become the Leader of the Society of Hunters – 600 years AFTER she thought all Cursed Ones were gone. So far; she is a Cursed Hunter, has fallen in love with a fellow Hunter, had another Hunter turned, and lost Thomas –
the one she had feelings for so long ago. She’s doing great.

The challenges that Ana and her Hunters must face now will either tear them apart, or bring them closer. But what will Ana do when she is forced to make the most difficult decisions of her long life?
Will she be able to hold on to the humanity she feels is perilously close to shattering?

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“Rantings of an angry vampire”

I wonder. If I will myself to change, and attack Jenna for her incessant popping of her gum, it could be ruled as an animal attack. I could totally make it look like an animal attack. I would be quick; she wouldn’t feel a thing.

Rantings of an angry vampire. Maybe that’s what I should name my blog. Or memoir. Okay, so I’m cranky. Sue me. I have been sitting here for days waiting for Zac to wake up. All of my Hunters are here, except Sam who is working. They don’t need to be here, they just insist on it. Much to my dismay. Talking, tapping, singing, popping. Ugh!

“I need blood.”

Amanda’s eyes snapped up from one of my father’s journals she was reading. Her reaction to my thought surprised me, and told me it wasn’t a silent thought at all.

“Sorry,” I mumbled, lowering my gaze from hers.

“Don’t be, Ana. If you need . . . “

“I’m just irritable.” I looked pointedly at Jenna who popped her gum at me. “If you keep popping your gum, I will go all Chicago on you.”

Jenna’s face scrunched in confusion. “Huh?”

I couldn’t help but to roll my eyes. I know, childish, but come on! She’s so annoying! “Stop popping your gum. And get some culture.”

“Jenna,” Amanda interrupted Jenna’s comeback – which was bound to be bitchy, since we’re talking about Jenna. “Could you get Ana some blood?”

“Why can’t she get it herself?”

“Because I need to stay here with Zac,” I shot back. “You don’t need to be here.”

“He’s my friend, too!”

I am over 600 years old, and I’m arguing with what is essentially the ultimate ‘mean girl’. Sigh.

“I understand that, Jenna. However, I am technically Zac’s true Maker. When he wakes up, I need to be here.”

“Wouldn’t he want all of his friends here?” Jenna countered.

“Jenna, Ana isn’t just Zac’s friend. He will be bonded with her now.”

My boyfriend, Sam, chose the exact moment Amanda spoke of Zac’s bond with me to walk in. I noticed his step falter, and his eyes cloud over with an emotion I couldn’t read as he cleared it immediately. Fantastic. As if he wasn’t already weary of Zac’s feelings for me.

Jenna must have felt the change in the air, because she excused herself, mumbling about getting me blood – and popping her damn gum. The rest of my Hunters didn’t move to leave, but had enough decorum to at least look like they were busy doing other things on their smart phones or tablets.

“Any movement, call me back. I’ll be right outside,” I whispered to Amanda. She gave me a nod before glancing at her brother Sam. A look passed between them, and I wished then that I could read minds. With a sigh, I step outside the room with him.

“Hey.” He pulled me to him, kissing me chastely on the lips. It wasn’t his normal hello kiss, but he had just heard that Zac – who had confessed to being in love with me before he was turned by Thomas – would be bonded to me. I guess I couldn’t blame him.

“Hi. Tough case?”

Sam and I haven’t been able to spend much time together since that fateful night we went to kill Thomas and his army of Cursed Ones and Hybrids. He caught a big case, and since we were waiting for Zac to wake up before our search for Thomas started up, he had been spending a lot of time on his own investigation. If I hadn’t been so caught up with Zac, I’d probably think something was off between us.

“They’re all tough. I’m a homicide detective.”

Or, maybe there is something off between us.

“Sam . . . “

“He’ll be bonded to you?”

Sam’s voice was even, but the look in his eyes belied that calm. Was he worried that this bond with Zac would push us together?

“I cannot change that, Sam. Believe me, I would if I knew how.”

“What does this mean for you two?”

“It means . . . ” I made a frustrated noise that made Sam’s eyebrows quirk. “I do not know what it means. I have never been anyone’s Maker. At least, not by choice. If I knew how to be a Maker and use whatever that bond was, I would use it to find Thomas.” The idea gave me pause, and I momentarily forgot about what Sam and I were talking about. Could it be that easy? I may not have made Thomas myself, but it was my blood. I am his Maker.

“Ana?”

Sam brought my attention back to him.

“I am sorry. I was just thinking.”

Sam’s lips pulled into a grin. He stepped closer when I give him a questioning look.

“Your entire vocabulary changes when you’re thinking as Anala.”

“Does it?”

“Mmhmm.” Finally Sam wrapped his arms around me, without any of the stiffness or reluctance I had felt earlier. “It’s sexy.”

I snorted. Not exactly sexy, but it’s what happened.

“You just think my accent is sexy.”

He had told me before that along with my long, raven hair, translucent eyes and awesome body (his words, not mine), my English accent turns him on. I accused him of being biased, and insisted I didn’t have an accent. What can I say? I don’t always take compliments very well. Especially when they come from someone who looks like Sam.

“I think all of you is sexy,” he responded, touching my cheek softly. Thank God I can’t blush.

My response was to kiss him. And, not just a chaste kiss like he gave me before. I’ve missed this. I realize that if we had finished the job with Thomas, I wouldn’t be here. Or, shouldn’t be here. I had given Zac instructions to kill me after Thomas was dead. Things didn’t go quite as expected that night.

It’s been almost a week since then, and as I pushed my fingers through Sam’s wheat colored – and, oh so soft – hair, I couldn’t help but think about this being the first time Sam and I have actually had more than just a quick kiss.

“I miss you,” he whispered, echoing my thoughts.

“Are you off tonight?”

He sighed, pressing his forehead to mine. “No. I’ll be late.”

“I don’t care. Come to me when you’re done.”

Meet the Author

headshotbwCurrently living in the Houston area, Jourdyn spends her time writing, designing websites and caring for what she equates as a zoo with 3 dogs, 2 cats, a bearded dragon, 3 frogs and 3 turtles. In the recent years, she has changed her lifestyle to include working out and eating right. She now competes in triathlons, has run her first half-marathon, and loves Muay Thai kickboxing, boxing and Krav Maga.
Jourdyn loves bringing her characters out for everyone to meet. Her goal is to keep writing in many different genres, as she feels there shouldn’t be anything limiting writers. Coming up, you will hear more of Blaise Knight’s story.

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