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Conclusion of Sha and Connor’s trilogy




The world as Connor and Sha once knew is gone, replaced by pain, loss, and an everpresent malevolent force determined to subjugate Mythrians and humans alike. Now that the Nexus has broken and the Phoenix has woken, can one detective and the warrior he loves stop the evil carried on waves of chaos and destruction? Or will Ferren and Maestro succeed in their ultimate plan to seize control of both the Human and Mythrian Realms?


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Voluptuous Vindication by Rose Wynters

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BOOK INFORMATION

TITLE – Voluptuous Vindication

SERIES – The Endurers – Book #4

AUTHOR – Rose Wynters

GENRE – Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy, Erotic Romance

PUBLICATION DATE – December 25, 2013

LENGTH (Pages/# Words) – 415 Pages

PUBLISHER – Rose Wynters

COVER ARTIST – Webmark

BOOK SYNOPSIS

No good deed goes unpunished…

Reeling from a tragic event, Endurer Ian Bauer is forced back into the fight when demons set their sights on an mortal angel. He has to keep her alive for four weeks, something easier said than done, especially since it’s easy to see that the plus-sized female is attracted to him. The last thing on his mind is sex, especially when it comes to a BBW.

But Ian never counted on the wicked attraction that flares up between them…

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EXCERPT

“What’s your story, Ian,” Sara shot back, struggling to hide her irritation. “With your attitude, it must be a big one.”

Instead of retorting, he grinned grimly. It wasn’t a pleasant expression. Instead, it was simply scary. Sara had seen that look before. Somewhere in the past, something, or someone, had hurt this Endurer badly.

Her first instinct was compassion, but Ian was too hardened to take kindly to it. So she remained silent, waiting to see if he would continue. When he did, it wasn’t what she was expecting.

“Consider my story a diary, with a giant padlock on it. It’s not open to you, or anyone else, and it never will be. Let’s just make this clear now. I’ve bedded hundreds of women in my lifetime, and I’m no novice when it comes to recognizing feminine sexual interest.”

He stopped, casting a firm look in her mortified direction before adding, “I’m not interested, so don’t bother. I’m not in the market to get laid, and even if I were, you wouldn’t be my type.”

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I didn’t realize that this was part of a series;however, I believe that they are all standalone! The plot I truly enjoyed and loved that the author brought in true characters because not all people can be a size 0. :) I seriously loved how you have paranormal transaction in the novel. You have suspense, action, and romance all into a Pandora Box. As I read I started to feel like these things could possibly happen and wouldn’t it be amazing to have an Elite group from heaven like the Endurers helping us! The characters were off the wall amazing! However, Ian did not start off as a character that I liked because he was a straight jerk and hateful! I do have to say as the story moved on he did finally earn his spot in my love of this book! Sara, is a beautiful woman with a love that shines through her! Trust me when Ian meets her there is definitely sparks just not in the right direction. Will he pull his head out and actually look at her beauty because of who she is and not how she looks or will he stay an idiot! The intensity is high and ignites! Overall I loved this book and everything in it. I will have to go back and read the others, looking forward you to see also what the author will pull up next in this series. If they keep getting better than this one then this could be one of the best I have read in 2015!!! Pick this amazing book and follow Ian and Sara!

AUTHOR BIO

I’ve often been asked how I’m inspired to write about werewolves, immortals, and zombies. The answer is easy. I adore them.

Be it the Wolf Town Guardians or the Endurers, these characters have been a joy to write about. And why not? What woman wouldn’t love a sexy immortal male or a long-lived werewolf that is destined to have them?

Not all of my books contain plus-sized heroines, but many of them do. I believe in true love and true love isn’t based on a size tag. If you agree with this, I think you will enjoy my books.

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The Fixer Upper by Anne Conley

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BOOK INFORMATION

TITLE – The Fixer Upper
SERIES – None
AUTHOR – Anne Conley
GENRE – Contemporary Romance
PUBLICATION DATE – March 1st
LENGTH (Pages/# Words) – 60K
PUBLISHER – Anne Conley
COVER ARTIST – Samantha Holt

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BOOK SYNOPSIS

James is a has-been restaurateur from the UK, trying desperately to get himself out of the hole he’s dug for himself, while trying to figure out how to suddenly be a Dad for his brand-new tween-ager. He thinks he’s fixing things, or at least he’s making a mortgage payment, when he takes a job on a dating show as the Fixer Upper.

Margaret’s life is perfect. At least, that’s what she keeps telling herself. A recent divorcee, she can’t believe she’s turned into a cliché. When she makes a deal with her ever-helpful mother who will stop fixing her up with men, if Margaret will go on a dating show, she thinks she’s solved one of her problems.

What happens when the womanizing TV host meets the classy lady with OCD tendencies? Can they find what they need in each other?

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James watched as she picked up her onion sword and dipped it into her mouth, extracting one and swirling it around her mouth before taking a drink. He sipped on his scotch, churning it around his mouth and letting it cleanse him as it went down his throat, bloomed in his chest, and spread through his stomach. He relished the burn.

The bartender came over to wash some glasses near them, and after catching James’s eye, lowered to whisper to him, “Are you her decoy?”

“What do you mean?”

“She’s in here almost every night, beating men off, explaining why she doesn’t need to actually have a boyfriend to not be interested. I was just wondering if you were pretending to be her boyfriend, so she wouldn’t get hit on. I’ve been tempted to offer myself.”

“No, I’m not pretending to be her boyfriend.” James couldn’t hold back the grin at the image of Margaret fighting off potential admirers.

“Are you really her boyfriend?” The poor man’s eyes were huge with disbelief, and James could completely understand. She did put off the cold fish vibe, but he ached to change that.

“I can hear you two idiots,” Margaret hissed at them. Turning on the poor boy, “You are no longer my favorite. Where’s Marcy? She’s almost as good at my martini as you are.”

“Sorry. She’s not in tonight, you’re stuck with me.” He grinned at her boyishly, and James watched her blush. Was she flirting with the bartender? He left to go help someone at the end of the bar, and James turned to her.

“You like him, huh? Is he the one you want to take to dinner?” Her lucky date for tonight would get dinner out on the show.

“No! He’s a child!”

“That’s right. That pesky age thing.”

Before he could elaborate, a sharp-dressed CEO type walked up to Margaret on her other side. The man exuded money, from his Armani to his Rolex. James watched with interest.

“Hey there sweet thing. Can I buy you another?”

James felt a prickle of jealousy and again questioned himself. He had no claims on her, in fact, he was here to help her get a date, in spite of what the producers said. Even so, he cheered inside his head when her mouth shaped the word no, before snapping shut. When she re-thought her response, his unease returned.

“Sure, why not?” Her voice was blithe, but James saw the underlying tension and resignation to the simple statement, like she knew exactly what was going to happen next, and dreaded it, participating only to please the show.

As soon as the bartender brought another drink for the two, the man bent down close to Margaret’s ear. James didn’t hear all of it, but he managed to see red darken his Maggie’s chest and knew exactly what that meant, he’d done it to her himself. Before he could react, she’d thrown her drink in the CEO’s face, who took it all with aplomb.

Removing his handkerchief from his breast pocket, the man wiped his face before smirking and leaving. No more words were spoken.

“What the hell did he say to you?”

Angry tears sounded in her voice, and sudden understanding dawned on him. Men were fucking pigs. “He told me to come back to his place so he could stick his dick in my hot, wet, cu—
“Never mind. Forget I asked.” Her eyes shined at him, as if tears were just under the surface, and James wondered if it was always like this for beautiful women with no self-esteem. Margaret knew she was pretty, but didn’t give herself enough credit for the rest. That’s why she kept her standards so high, so she didn’t get hurt. And the men who came on to her were total assholes. James knew she’d only allowed the wanker to buy her drink because he’d told her to lower her standards. If she kept up with her normal routine, that man wouldn’t have stood there more than thirty seconds.

James held out his arms, trying to be comforting, and to his surprise, Margaret sort of slumped towards him. He took a step forward and enfolded her in his arms. It was similar to last night’s embrace, except she wasn’t trying to beat him senseless. Instead, she was just… limp.

Stroking her back, feeling her warmth through the thin material of her dress, he inhaled the scent of her shampoo, lavender and vanilla. Scents that should remind him of his gram, only on Maggie, they made him want her naked.

He was such a fucking tool, no different from the others.

She relaxed in his embrace, her own arms coming around his waist and squeezing him, pressing herself against him. Something welled up inside, something a little foreign, something that surprised him. He realized he cared for her, and not just enough to sleep with her. James cared for Margaret enough to want to know what happened to them after the sex.

“We should just go. I’m hopeless.” She sniffed into his chest, and he could barely hear her. “I’ve thrown my drink at one guy, and I’m hugging on you. Nobody’s going to want to go out with me now.”
“I do.” His words shocked him, but no less for the meaning behind him. He did want to take her out. He wanted to make her feel desired, undo all his words of yesterday and the day before. He regretted them, immensely, and didn’t know what to do to take them back.

She looked up at him, her brow furrowed with confusion, but didn’t take a step back. Still holding her with one arm, he reached his other to smooth the wrinkles on her forehead, and shrugged, murmuring, “Masochistic tendencies.”

Her lips curled into a smile, and she laughed. He’d never heard the clear tinkling sound resonating from her before, and suddenly he lost all of his senses. Something changed in both of them. As abruptly as she started laughing, she stopped, and James watched as her gaze focused on his lips. Maggie’s tongue snaked out and stroked her bottom lip, leaving it sparkling wet, preparing it for him. James was lost. He wasn’t sure if she raised herself, or if he lowered his face, but in the next second, their lips were on each other’s.

 

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AAnne Conley has a way with word that will one minute have your heart hurting and the next you’ll be feeling a little hot! In this amazing and unique novel she has build a world around a chef ex playboy who ends up being part of a reality show. I first laughed when I read what the book was going to be about.  Seriously who would come up with this. I loved it!!! James is said ex chef who has his world turned around due to his past and I felt sorry. Everyone in my opinion can change. When Margaret came into the book it made it that much better. She is a Low self esteem due to her past! But you get to see her flourish as the story moves along. Can these two really have a future or is it for show? The plot was exceptionally and one of a kind because I have not read anything like this before. The author had a perfect balance of fun and also hotness to fulfill my love for this genre. The characters were real life with problems that could happen to us all. Overall I have to say I loved this novel and highly recommend it. Its quick and very filling so pick it up!

AUTHOR BIO

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Anne has written her entire life and has the boxes of angst-filled journals and poetry to prove it. She’s been writing for public consumption for the last four years. Currently she is writing two romance series. In Stories of Serendipity, she explores real people living real lives in small town Texas in a contemporary romance setting. In The Four Winds, she chronicles God’s four closest archangels, Uriel, Gabriel, Raphael, and Michael, falling in love and becoming human. She lives in rural East Texas with her husband and children in her own private oasis, where she prides herself in her complete lack of social skills, choosing instead to live with the people inside her head

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Cover Reveal ~ Savannah Sins by Jenna Fox

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BOOK INFORMATION

TITLE  Savannah Sins
SERIES N/A
AUTHOR Jenna Fox
GENRE erotic/horror
PUBLICATION DATE  March 3rd 2015
LENGTH (Pages/# Words)  15,300 words
PUBLISHER Dark Hollows Press
COVER ARTIST  3 Rusted Spoons

BOOK SYNOPSIS

Her prison became his hell.

 

The only thing standing between Beverly Price and a prison cell is her well connected attorney, Jackson McNabb. Jackson pulls some legal strings, getting Beverly sent to his family’s plantation to work out her sentence at an isolated setting- the perfect place for sexual escapades. When Jack and Beverly act on the pent-up lust burning between them, their passion rouses an angry spirit, setting off a series of frightening paranormal events and sending Beverly fleeing the arms of her lover, leaving Jack to fight for both of their lives.

 

Where will you run when your sins come back to haunt you?

 

 

 

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It took her higher than any drug. Deeper, harder and faster. Each thrust was more determined than the last. Beverly’s pussy was zinging with sensitivity, stretched wider than ever in so long, with a man balls deep inside her. The inferno burned higher and hotter as she tightened around him, his cock expanding with her clasping heat. Jack began a merciless onslaught, holding nothing back, breaking down the fibers of her being. Her world was on fire and her emotions were spinning. Their bodies exploded, mouths agape as they came out loud together and she reached around him, clutching his ass to grind more of his hard flesh into hers.

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AUTHOR BIO

Jenna Fox is a civilized hillbilly, mother, wife and multi-published author of erotic romance residing in Eastern Tennessee. Besides juggling a busy family life, Fox reviews and critiques for other authors and crafts her own dark erotic tales. Stories always feature a mysterious alpha male with unexpected twists to shock the reader. She believes in HFN and HEA endings, although not always in a romantic or conventional way.

 

Her work is born from real life experiences, an overactive imagination and a consuming caffeine addiction. Fox is a listener of bad-ass music and a watcher of classic slasher films. In short, she’s a multi-tasker  a writer, a storyteller, able to make a boo-boo all better with just one kiss and a proud, world class expert at screwing up recipes and scaring away closet monsters. She believes in ghosts and God and is absolutely convinced chocolate soothes the savage beast.

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Cover Reveal ~ Jaded by Desire ~ Desiree A. Cox

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by Desiree A. Cox

Series: Lust, Desire and Love Trilogy, Book 2

Genre: Erotic Romance

Release Date: March 28, 2015

Nikki’s life was changing. She was in love, she was getting married and she was going to have the baby that she never expected she’d have.

Everything was perfect.

Or was it?

Everyone has secrets, those hidden parts of our past we don’t ever want  to be discovered.

Nikki and Jeff’s love will be tested.  Is their love strong enough to survive the secrets that come out?

Desiree was born and raised in Iowa.

She married her high school sweetheart and moved to the Philadelphia area after high school and has been happily married for over twenty-five years. She’s the mother of two sons and a daughter.

She writes Erotica and is looking to expand into the thriller/suspense genre in the near future.

Desiree enjoys family time, traveling and spending time at the beach.

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The Breed: Nora’s Choice by Alice K. Wayne Cover Reveal

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The Breed: Nora’s Choice

by Alice K. Wayne

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February 27, 2015


Synopsis:


Nora is a fiery independent beauty with an attitude cold enough to freeze any man’s heart.  Any Man except Quinn Roberts; the Breed’s newest and most vicious weapon as the war against the Hunters, who is hell bent on making his mate see what their love could be.

With each of them bearing the scars of a brutal past, will the bond they share be enough to heal them, or with war and bloodshed encircling them, will their bond be destroyed before it even has a chance to begin?

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Alice K. Wayne is a young paranormal romance/ erotica writer, born and raised in the Motor city. From a young age books became her favorite escape, and that love eventually turned to writing. Alice loves traveling, is a self proclaimed foodie, absolute camera whore, and like all good Detroiters, is completely obsessed with Red Wings hockey.

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Tortured beyond Endurance…

Kelly Wachowski has no memory of her life before she was five. Despite being one of the ‘found’ children and her uncanny ability to assimilate languages, she’s managed to live a normal life for twenty years until the day she was kidnapped. Tortured beyond endurance she prayed for death while she dreamed of a boy long forgotten-Noah.

A Hero with a Secret…

Samson Noah Kukailimoku is another ‘found’ child. His existence was kept secret by the Polynesian family who adopted him. Now he’s a highly decorated naval officer, and part of an elite unit whose mission is to rescue children like Kelly. The closer he gets to finding her the more he connects to her and shares the pain of her torture and the dreams of their shared past.

 

A Love That Is More than a Dream…

After her rescue, Kelly is convinced she’s losing her mind as she experiences Noah’s life in a waking dream. Knowing she’s in danger, Noah must save Kelly from herself and those tracking her, moving Heaven and Earth to protect her. Linked by their past, danger and deception follow them everywhere. Together they discover a love and passion surpassing all of their dreams, but before they can have a future together they have to solve the mystery of their past.

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The mission was a success, it had gone like clockwork.  Then Noah got back to the room, and found Sarah with Sierra and Kali.  Kali still had some blood in her hair, and even though the women explained what happened he lost his mind.  Literally lost his mind.

Noah didn’t care what the others thought as he dragged Kali out of the room down the hall to a private room he had booked.  

“Take off your clothes.”

“Noah?”

“Now.”  His boots hit the floor, then the knife, gun, and jacket.  She stood there, her blonde hair still in disarray, some strands still showing red.  When he was down to his jeans he grabbed her around the waist and yanked her against him.

“Don’t you ever put yourself in harm’s way again.  Ever.  I would die if something were to happen to you!”  Noah jerked the T-shirt over her head and had the bra off her before she had time to react.

“Noah, Sierra was with me.  We were in a public place.  We were perfectly fine…”  His tongue thrust into her mouth and the sense of panic began to slowly dissipate.  God, the taste of her, the heat of her.  Just her, just Kali, how could he have gone through the last twenty years not remembering her?  He tipped them onto the bed, frantically pulling at her khakis.  Thank God all of her clothes were loose, so he could easily remove them.  He skipped trying to unbutton or unzip anything, and pulled them off her.  He saw the plain white cotton panties she was wearing and smiled.  Only Kali could make those look good.

“Quit ogling my sexy lingerie and strip Kukailimoku.  I want to see the goods.”  

He ignored her, and slowly pulled down her panties.  Kali’s light blonde curls were already damp.  He watched in fascination as the lean muscles of her thighs tightened as she went to clamp them together, but he was having none of that.

“Open Kali.  Spread your legs for me.”  He looked into those blue depths and saw her hesitation, but he also felt her curiosity, and he could definitely see and smell her desire.  They hadn’t played these games in the bedroom, and now they were at a point where it wasn’t a game.  She had put herself in harm’s way, and Noah had a deep seated need to exert his dominance over his woman.  He didn’t want to, nor would he ever hurt or humiliate Kali, but this?

“Kali, part your legs.”  He watched as the plump white lips of her pussy slowly opened, showing him the slick essence of her arousal.  She trembled and he stroked the glistening pink folds.  “Wider.”  He watched her with steady eyes, as she struggled with his command, but her knees drifted outwards, allowing him to push and twist two fingers into her hot, tight channel.  Her whimper was music to his ears.

“Noah?”

“You are mine.  This body is mine.  You are mine to care for.  You will not take risks with what is mine.”  

Her eyes turned a deep navy, their wills clashing as her hips arched into his caress.  “I knew what…hmmm”

He rubbed circles on a spot inside her, his thumb teasing her engorged clit, and was rewarded with a burst of honey.  

“Noah, more.”  She pressed into his hand.

“No.  Not until you agree that when it comes to your safety I am in charge.”  Her eyes were at half-mast.  He felt her confusion, her anger, but underneath it all, he felt her understanding.  He wasn’t above using that.

“Please baby, I need this,” he said as he continued stroking in and out, his eyes leaving her face to see the beauty of her sex splayed before him.  “I need to know you’re protected.”

“But…”  

He delved deeper, and Kali arched higher, so close he felt the burn.

“If I feel you’re in danger, I’m not focused, and I might make mistakes.”  Her hips dropped onto the bed with a thud.

“Oh no.”  He was right.  “Noah, I wasn’t thinking.  I forgot how connected we are.”  

“We still are Kali.”  He licked along the folds of her sex, around his fingers, tasting all of the honey he had been dying to sample.

“Noah!”  

He felt her explode, and it was amazing.  He actually experienced her orgasm, and had to exert all of his control not to come.  There was no way he was going to deny himself the pleasure of coming inside this woman’s body.  Stripping out of his jeans, it took him moments longer to put on the condom than it should have.

Looking at Kali lying in front of him, he realized he had everything he could ever want.  Somehow his life had come into complete focus.  He was blessed, and he was going to die if he didn’t get inside her.

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Kali realized Noah had used sex to manipulate her into agreeing.  She resented it, but she couldn’t blame him when she had felt his anguish.  She reached out and grabbed hold of him, he was her everything, and she needed him inside her.  He started slow, he always did, like she was some kind of delicate thing.  This time she was having none of his nonsense.  She wrapped her legs around his hips and took him inside her in one fast plunge, rejoicing in the feel of him.

“Kali!”  He looked at her, his eyes filled with concern and censure.  She smiled beaming with contentment.

“You feel so good, and I needed you.  Now move.  Fuck me, Noah.”  He hesitated for all of a second and then pulled out and thrust deep and hard.  God it felt good.  “Again, and again, and again.”  They grinned in perfect accord.  Kali looked into his eyes, as they turned from brown to black and filled her vision, filled her world.  She saw her blue eyes through his, for just a moment, and they glowed like sapphires.  Then both colors splintered into the night sky, and she flew with Noah.

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Ok I have to first say I love Kali’s actual name! The author has taken the ability to create more than just another romance novel with this one; you are encased into a world that is opened to mystery and also possibly fantasy/sci-fi!  Trust me you do get plenty of hot erotic and romance scenes to balance it out. However,  as I read the author gave only bits and pieces of what was to come and what truly was going on. I extremely enjoyed reading this novel because it kept my attention at all times and trust me there are plenty of twists added! When I say that authors have a uniquely written novel well Revealed is at the top; however, the author has outdone herself because it is AMAZING!   The characters are amazingly written and I loved all of them. Yes there were portions of Noah that I did possibly want to slap him but I do have to say he did earn my love again.  Lol. Kali, I couldn’t find any fault at all. When these two get together there is an explosion of chemistry and your able to feel it through the passion and each emotions that they go through.  You also get a peak at some of the other characters that are considered ‘found’. What are they, well read this pandora box novel and see! The overall novel was fantastic and one I would reread! I can’t wait to see what’s next in this series. If you love a mixture of genres that fit together like a puzzle but in the form of words I strongly recommend Revealed!

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10899986_1537995699804922_570479309709522933_oI was born in Seattle Washington, but soon moved to a small town North of there, which is where I grew up. I’m the oldest of five children, so it was a lively household, and reading became my way to block out the noise. I am an avid reader. I love every genre, but romance and happily ever afters have always been my favorite books. I remember in middle school my biology teacher taking a Rosemary Rogers book away from me; I didn’t understand why-she was certainly teaching me aspects of biology!

 

As I grew up, I would write stories to entertain myself and my younger siblings. I often wrote their book reports for them. My brothers were only one year apart in age. I wrote a report for the oldest his senior year, he turned it in and got a B+. The next year John turned in the same report to the same teacher and got an A-, the year after that the youngest turned it in to the same teacher and got an A. The teacher liked it better each time he read it!

 

I’ve worked in corporate America for most of my life, where a lot of creative writing takes place (and if you don’t believe me, you really don’t know corporate America). I blogged to all my employees when I spent six weeks in India-they considered me quite the smartass. My corporate life has allowed me to live in Washington, Texas, Belgium and California.

 

I have been with the same man for seventeen years. He was born and raised in Texas, and twelve years ago I whisked him, kicking and screaming, to Southern California. Luckily he loves me and wants to be where I am, but he’s still a Texan at heart (although he doesn’t miss Texas summers). I’m a very lucky woman who enjoys swimming, traveling, babysitting her nieces and nephews and doing lots of “research” with her husband for upcoming books.

 

After being such a fan of romance all my life, I was reading Sophie Oak’s Bliss and Siren in the City series last year, and they weren’t coming out fast enough. I started thinking about a place up in the Northwest, and characters started spinning in my head. Then came Chance. Once he was there, he demanded to be put down on paper. I don’t really write the stories. For real, the stories just come out of my fingers onto the computer screen. Half the time I’m surprised by what ends up being typed!

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Chapter One

 “Tell me where you came from.”

 

It always started this way.  First the question, then the excruciating pain as the electric paddles were held against her temples.  The smell of her burning flesh.  Then they would take the rubber bit from her mouth and ask another question.  Another question she couldn’t answer.

 

“How many of you are there?”

 

She prayed to all the saints her mother taught her that this time she would pass out.  It was the only thing to ever stop the questions.  Stop the pain.

 

“I don’t know!” she wailed, as the bit was shoved into her mouth. She squeezed her eyes so tight she saw stars before the shocking red flames took over her very being.

 

“Where did you come from?  Where are the rest of you now?”  They yanked the bit from her mouth, making her lip bleed.

 

“Just tell me what you want me to say…” her voice didn’t sound like her own.  For hours or months, she wasn’t sure how long she begged them to tell her what they wanted her to answer.  The paddles were again placed on her temples.  Fire exploded behind her eyes and her teeth actually tore into the rubber bit.

****

She wasn’t strapped down.  She stretched and it felt wonderful, until the pins and needles started.  Where was she?  She wanted to see if they noticed they forgot to buckle the straps. She tried to look around.  She couldn’t.  She was blind.  They’d blinded her, the shock therapy had blinded her.  Oh God.  She trembled in horror for long moments before realizing it was her eyelids, they were swollen shut.  She tried to touch them to make sure it was the only thing wrong but pain seared her arm.

 

Moving slowly to restore some circulation to her limbs, she realized she was lying on something soft.  Rolling just a little so she wasn’t lying on her arm, she fell on to a hard cement floor.  It hurt, it was cold, but at least she could move.  Trying to stand up, she used the cot as leverage, but her legs wouldn’t support her.

 

She crawled and bumped her head against a wall.  Using it as a guide she followed it around the small room with cement walls, basically a cell.  Mostly empty except for the cot and the toilet, there was a tray with something that felt and smelled like bread and cheese.  She wolfed down some of the food, but there wasn’t anything to drink.  Crawling over to the toilet she flushed it, then greedily drank handfuls of water.

 

“Good to see you’re back with us Kelly.”  She hadn’t heard any door open or anything else to indicate she wasn’t alone.

 

“Who are you?  What do you want from me?”  Cringing at the desperate edge in her voice, she clamped her lips tight.  God, how she wanted to beg for water that didn’t come from a toilet, for food, or a blanket, or to go home.

 

“Who are we?  You don’t get to ask the questions, we do.  We want to know who all of you are.  We know about you and the four others.  You all showed up twenty years ago.  Why did you come here?  Where did you come from?”  The woman’s voice was calm and soothing.  It was like they were having a polite conversation, but Kelly knew the horror awaiting her at the woman’s command.

 

“I told you, I don’t remember anything before waking up in Dad’s police car.”  Kelly’s voice was raspy from all the screams, but at least it was even.

 

“But Kelly, Mike Wachowski isn’t really your father now is he?”  Again the woman’s speech was calm and soothing.  “You appeared out of thin air twenty years ago and were adopted into his family, isn’t that right?”

 

It wasn’t a question, and Kelly didn’t reply, but suddenly realized what was coming next.  She’d forgotten.  This wasn’t the first time she’d woken up in this room and drank from the toilet bowl.  Doubted it was even the tenth time.  It had to be the shock treatments.  They were messing with her memory.  She didn’t remember when she’d been kidnapped, but it had to have been well over a month, oh God, could it have been a year?

 

She sat there, turning her head away from the direction of the voice.  She waited, and then heard more people entering the cell, knowing what came next.  Holding up her arms she didn’t have long to wait, they were there, grabbing and dragging her out.

****

“Noooooo-aaaahhhhh!”

 

“Shove the bit in again.  I don’t want her biting through her tongue.  Hopefully this new dosage will break down the damn barrier.”

 

Whatever chemicals they gave her burned as they made their way into her system.  She moaned around the rubber bit and struggled with the restraints as the paddles were placed against her temples.  Maybe they’d finally kill her and her suffering would end.

 

First black, then white, and then the red of fire and pain.  Coursing through her like molten fire, through every molecule, forcing her to lose control of her bodily functions.

 

The colors burst in front of her, yellows, purples, pinks and blues.  Ripping the head off one wildflower she pushed it against her nose and inhaled the fragrance, and then threw back her head and laughed.  The sun was up and warm against her bare shoulders.  Charging forward, she giggled as the flowers brushed legs, the soft grass squishy between her toes.  She soared over the log in her path, and then she saw him.  

 

Noah was her best friend.  She knew he wanted to be alone, but he needed her.  Tiptoeing behind him, she jumped up to surprise him as he turned around.  He gave her a dark look but she smiled at him and flung her arms wide, watching as his face suffused with laughter.  He scooped her up and twirled her around.  He was nine and she was five, but their age difference didn’t matter, they were best friends.  Grabbing his silky black hair as he twirled her, she hugged his neck, and Kali was content.  Nothing was better in her world than loving Noah, he belonged to her.

 

“Don’t be sad anymore, Noah.”

 

“I’m not sad, Kali.”

 

“Don’t lie.”

 

“I’m leaving with the others.”  She’d known.  But she didn’t want him to leave.  “Kalani, you need to understand, let me show you.”  He touched their foreheads together.

 

“No, I don’t want to see.”

 

“Open up Kali, you need to see.  Let me show you.”  

 

Kali relaxed and let him share the other universe needing their help.  He revealed everything.  So many things didn’t make sense, but the pain and suffering was easy to comprehend, and more, she could see what it was Noah and the others were supposed to do.  It was simple, they were to be themselves and just help a little.

 

He was right, he had to go, it was important.  Kali started to cry.  She knew it meant she would have to leave everything she loved, her Nana, the meadow, and everything else, because there was no way Noah was leaving without her.

 

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