Thursday, 21 August 2014

Welcome Best Selling romance author, Alexa Grace...





 Profile of Terror
by Alexa Grace

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BLURB:

A missing coed named Abby Reece.

Two clever thrill killers are committing the most brutal, public, and horrifying abductions and murders in the county’s history.  The killers, known as the Gamers, have done this before, and are now upping their evil game to a new level.  The question is — can they be stopped before they kill again?

Things get complicated.

When an ex-girlfriend goes missing, Private Investigator Gabe Chase is obsessed with finding her.  But once her naked and posed body is discovered, the investigator becomes the investigated.  His passion for the victim’s beautiful sister is a complication he doesn't need, as he helps solve the county’s most baffling, terrifying murder cases ever.

Add a sociopathic serial killer who calls himself the Master.

A serial killer so deadly, the FBI’s behavioral analysts want to know when and why he began killing, as well as the identification and location of additional victims.  He will speak only to former federal agent, Carly Stone, a woman he blames for his capture.  When the profiler finds herself at the mercy of this ruthless killer, his becomes the most terrifying profile of all.

Profile of Terror

Three chilling villains, two passionate love stories, and pulse-racing suspense with startling plot twists keep readers on the edge of their seats from page one of this heart-pounding and unforgettable romantic suspense.

EXCERPT

At one in the morning, the dark sky was illuminated by a full moon as they drove on a country road, trees hanging overhead like skeletal arms, nearly touching their vehicle.  Driving slowly, they made periodic stops, for only the perfect place would do.

Approaching a bridge over a deep ravine with a wide creek, the van stopped.  Both got out and circled to the back of the white utility van, where they pulled out a young woman's body, already stiffening with rigor mortis.  They carried her to the edge of the road, where they set down her corpse, gave it a push, and sent it rolling down the ravine until it landed on the rocky creek bed below.  Hands on hips, they waited and watched the body at rest, as if they expected it to magically come to life and run away.

"I wonder how long it will take the cops to find this one." The driver chuckled as he followed his passenger to the back of the van.

"Good question.  The one last winter wasn't found until the spring thaw."  He flipped through a stack of magnetic business signs he'd collected in the back of the vehicle.  Choosing one, he slapped it on the side of the van and climbed inside.

"So how many magnetic signs do we have now?"

"Fifteen or so.  We've got signs for plumbing, locksmithing, house painting, and general repair businesses. Think we need more?"

"No." He shook his head.  "You did a good job stealing those.  Even if we have an eye witness tonight, they'll describe a business truck, complete with a name and phone number the cops will use to try to track down their suspects. Too bad it will be a dead end.  Any time we can toy with the cops is a good time."

"Agreed," he said, as a slow, evil smile spread across his handsome face.

Devan Roth glanced at his twin brother, Evan, sitting in the passenger seat, and thought about how much Evan craved his praise.  He'd used that need to his advantage their entire lives.  It wasn't that Devan didn't love his twin.  He did, but he loved manipulating him more.  Although Evan had a higher intelligence level than Devan ever dreamed of reaching, Evan's adoration for his twin was his weak spot.  And if there was anything that Devan could identify from a mile away, it was someone else's weakness.  That's what made Devan the leader.

From early childhood, he could get Evan to do absolutely anything he wanted.  Devan invented the "Double Dare" game when the twins were twelve; he double-dared Evan to jump off the second-story roof. Evan leaped, and broke both his legs.  But he never told their parents that Devan had dared him to do it.  His loyalty to his twin outweighed the pain he suffered that summer.

The Double Dare game continued.  Early on, they stole and killed their neighbors' pets, and then moved on to peeping in windows in the neighborhood and videotaping the event so they could relive the thrill later.  Now they were abducting and killing prostitutes, then disposing of their bodies in remote areas surrounding Indianapolis.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:


USA Today Bestselling Author,  Alexa Grace's journey started in March 2011 when the Sr. Director of Training & Development position she'd held for thirteen years was eliminated. A door closed but another one opened. She finally had the time to pursue her childhood dream of writing books. Her focus is now on writing riveting romantic suspense novels.

Author Alexa Grace is consistently listed in top twenty of Amazon's Top 100 Most Popular Authors in the categories Romantic Suspense and Police Procedural. She was named one of the top 100 Indie authors by Kindle Review. A chapter is devoted to her in the book Interviews with Indie Authors by C. Ridgway and T. Ridgway.

She became a USA TODAY Best Selling Author for her participation in THE PERFECT TEN book set.

Her books Deadly Offerings, Deadly Deception, and Deadly Relations have consistently been listed in Amazon's Top 100 Bestselling Romantic Suspense and Police Procedural Books. Deadly Deception, Deadly Relations and Deadly Holiday have ranked #1 in the top... Read More

Alexa Grace began her writing journey in March 2011 when the Sr. Director of Training & Development position she'd held for thirteen years was eliminated. A door closed but another one opened. She finally had the time to pursue her childhood dream of writing books. Her focus is now on writing riveting romantic suspense novels.

Alexa Grace is consistently listed in top twenty of Amazon's Top 100 Most Popular Authors in the categories Romantic Suspense and Police Procedural.  In 2013, she was named one of the top 100 Indie authors by Kindle Review. A chapter is devoted to her in the book Interviews with Indie Authors by C. Ridgway and T. Ridgway.

Her books Deadly Offerings, Deadly Deception, and Deadly Relations are listed in e-retailer's Top 100 Bestselling Romantic Suspense and Police Procedural Books.  Deadly Offerings has not left the top ten bestselling free mystery romance and police procedural books since 2011.

Deadly Holiday, published in November 2012, is her holiday-themed romantic suspense novella, featuring all her Deadly Trilogy characters.

 Alexa Grace's book Deadly Relations is included in the bestselling book set The Perfect Ten along with Dianna Love, Norah Wilson, Nancy Naigle, Andrienne Giordano, Misty Evans, Sandy Blair, Mary Buckham, Tonya Kappes and Micah Caipa.

Profile of Evil, the first book of the Profile Series was published in May 2013. Profile of Terror was released in May 2014  and Profile of Fear will be released in 2015.

Earning two degrees from Indiana State University, Alexa currently lives in Florida. She's a member of Romance Writers of America and Sisters in Crime.

Her writing support team includes five Miniature Schnauzers, three of which are rescues. As a writer, she is fueled by Starbucks lattes, chocolate and emails from readers.

You can visit her website at - http://www.alexa-grace.net/


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Tweet her - @AlexaGrace2

Book Links

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Alexa will be awarding a signed copy of PROFILE OF TERROR with a $25 Amazon Gift Card to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour, and a signed copy of PROFILE OF TERROR with a $25 Amazon Gift Card to a randomly drawn host. (US ONLY for book/ International for GC)

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Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Welcome Wild Rose Press author, Diana Green...



Great to have you here, Diana! I am looking forward to learning more about you and your books. Let's get started with the questions...

1)   Did you set any goals for 2014?

I’m a goal oriented person, so that is a big YES. Besides all the personal stuff like eating better and exercising more, I have a goal of placing in at least one writing contest (New Sion is currently a finalist for the Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence), finishing my Dragon Clan trilogy, and starting my new multiple-worlds fantasy series, Rifters.

2)   How long does it take you to write a 50,000-60,000 word manuscript?

It takes me about three to four months, especially if I have a lot of marketing and promotion activities going on during that time. It can be hard to carve out writing time in the day, as I’m sure you experience.

3)   Tease us with a blurb/short except

Dragon Wife  Blurb

The clan is waking. After centuries of spellbound sleep, dragon-shifters are
returning to the mountains. They are few in number, and the outside world has
become overrun with humans.

Huroth, the dragon chieftain, recognizes a need for his kind to adapt, by
forming alliances and mate-bonds with humans, but his clan is divided. From the
first time she meets him, Lady Orwenna is drawn to the magnificent chieftain. 
The mind link he forms with her is both fascinating and frightening, as is the
powerful attraction she feels for him. If only she knew what was in his heart.

Does he want her for the woman she is, or for her magical abilities? When war
breaks out between kingdoms and ancient enemies of the dragons resurface, the
clan will be tested. In the midst of uncertainty, can Huroth and Orwenna find
their way together?


Dragon Wife Excerpt

            The gathering grew quiet as sounds of boot heels on stone echoed from the entryway. A man strode in alone, though to call him a man seemed less than sufficient. There was such raw power about him, such majesty in his bearing. No one could mistake his identity. This was the black dragon, shifted to man-like form, just as legend described. Orwenna felt the hairs stand up on the back of her neck.
            “I am Huroth, son of Huren,” he announced, his voice rich and deep. He faced the king, down the long silent hall. “I am chieftain of the dragons who dwell in the Drake’s Teeth Mountains. We offer an alliance to the kingdom of Rhelaun. How do you answer?”
            “You are most welcome, honored guest.” The King bowed as he spoke then beckoned the chieftain. “Please, come and talk with me, so we can decide how this alliance should be arranged.”
            As Huroth advanced towards the throne, he made an impressive picture. He was tall and broad shouldered, wearing dark leather armor and a heavy fur-lined cloak. His hair tumbled in a thick black mane, his eyes the pale blue of glacier ice. They swept over the courtiers, coolly assessing.
            When those eyes came to rest on Orwenna, she felt time slow. Everyone else, all her surroundings, faded to nothing.
            And who might you be?
            She heard the words in her head, as surely as if he’d spoken aloud. Without consciously choosing, she responded in kind.
            Orwenna.
            His eyes widened in surprise, and he paused mid-step. Apparently, he had not expected her to hear his musing nor be able to answer.
            There is an aura of magic about you. He sent the thought, his gaze on her as sharp as a hawk’s.
            That’s from my mother. She didn’t know how she spoke directly into his mind. It made her a little dizzy, like too much wine.
            Who is your mother?
            Sister to the king and the mage, Vardis.
            I see.
He considered a moment, before nodding respectfully to her and continuing down the hall. Those nearby gave Orwenna odd looks, and she realized how strange her encounter with Huroth must have seemed. To everyone else, they would have appeared to be simply standing, watching one another without speaking.
How long had it been…one minute…five? She couldn’t guess. All she knew was that it changed her. Reality had shifted and would never be quite the same again. Dragons lived, breathed, and walked upon the land like lords of men. She had spoken mind to mind with one, his fierce eyes locked on hers. It was not an experience she would soon forget.

Dragon Wife is available from the Wild Rose Press, Amazon, and other online retailers. For more information, excerpts, trailers, and reviews visit my website at dianagreenbooks.com

4)   Tell us about a new author you’ve recently discovered

Lindsay Buroker. She’s self-published and very successful. Her writing style is fast paced and action oriented, but it also has romantic elements. She creates great characters and wonderfully snappy dialogue.  I highly recommend her novel, The Emperor’s Edge, and it’s available free on Kindle from Amazon.

5)   Name two romances you’ve read more than once

Ilona Andrews’ On the Edge is a great fantasy romance, and so is Heart of Fire by Janine Ashbless.

6)   Tell us about your first car

Oh boy. It was an old Chevy Chevette which had previously belonged to a skate-boarding anarchist, at my high school. It had these crazy bumper stickers on it and TONS of mechanical problems. It finally self-destructed, after I’d had it about three years. However, it did get me all the way to Olympia Washington, from Boise Idaho, when I moved after graduation.

7)   Tell us something you’ve lied about?

When a friend has bought a new dress or got her hair done, and she’s all excited about it, but I actually think it looks awful. You better believe I lie. I don’t like to hurt people’s feelings or rain on their parade.

8)   Kissing in public? Yes or no?

I guess it depends on the situation, but I certainly don’t rule out the possibility.
Author Bio
Since her childhood, growing up in New Zealand, Diana has been an avid storyteller. For years she enjoyed teaching art and special education, while continuing to write as a hobby. After she developed chronic fatigue syndrome, a career change was necessary, but happily this led her to become a professional author.
Diana’s books are mostly fantasy and science fiction, with strong romantic elements. She currently lives in beautiful Washington State, where she writes for The Wild Rose Press.
For information about her other books, visit her website at

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Saturday, 16 August 2014

A Week of New Covers...


For me, the best part about being a novelist is receiving the new book covers - it never gets old and I'm writing my fifteenth book!

This week I received the cover for book number three in my Victorian romance series with eKensington/Lyrical. Is it beautiful?? This is Monica's story who featured as a secondary character in book two, The Temptation of Laura. What A Woman Desires goes on sale in January but available for pre-order right now :)

The second cover to drop into my inbox this week was for book number four in my Templeton Cove series with Harlequin Superromance. My first ever Christmas book - I am SO excited for its release in November! Christmas At The Cove features a brand new hero and heroine who haven't featured in any of the first three books in the series. Hope you enjoy Scott and Carrie's story :)

Happy Reading!

Rachel x

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Welcome multi-published author, Brynna Curry...


1.        What do you wish men understood about women?
That we are a force to be reckoned with, capable and strong.

2.        Do you only work on one book at a time?
No I work on several projects at once. At times I just can’t focus on a particular project and it helps to switch to something else for awhile.

3.        Who is your favorite fictional couple?
   J.D. Robb’s Roarke and Eve.

4.        Favorite TV show?
NCIS – Although I’ve been disappointed in the episodes post Ziva. Another I actually take time to watch is Defiance.

5.        Do you set daily writing goals? Word count? Number of chapters? Do you get a chance to write every day?
No writing goals. The more I try to structure my writing time, the less I actually get done. My muse likes to be free of schedules.

6.        Who was the last person you hugged?
  My daughter Kayla. Unless you count Asheron, my cat, as a person. He surely thinks he’s human.

7.        What are you working on now?  
I have a few projects going right now, but I'm focusing my attention on TEMPTING TAYLOR (Triple Star Ranch #2) which picks up the threads left intentionally in CLAIMING ANA and when I need a break from the suspense, CHARM OF LIGHT (Shadows of Seven #1) allows me to walk on the paranormal side with vampire Kail McKenna.




Blurb: Writer Liv Corrigan has the worst luck with men -- her telepathy tends to make them run for the hills. When she meets widower and ex-cop Jack Roarke, she decides to keep her talent hidden. Things are looking up until their third date crashes and burns as the man who murdered Jack’s wife turns out to be after him too.

Injured, Jack retreats with Liv to his house under armed guard. But with Liv’s mysteries rapidly coming unraveled, a diamond-thief killer to stop and passion in the air, the safe house is anything but safe for their hearts!



Excerpt – First meet between Hero and Heroine

Jack scanned the bookstore as he sat in the hard metal folding chair, at the small table, and wrote. He thought his hand would fall off. Whoever said writing wasn’t real work had to have been crazy. He knew things about two hours’ worth of people their mothers probably didn’t know. Mandy Lou something or other had a granny who thought he was grade A and she was his number one fan. She didn’t look old enough to be allowed to read his brand of horror, but she had two copies of each of his books.

Jack had politely—he hoped—shrugged off the forty invitations to dinner, fourteen offers for coffee, and two very indecent proposals for ‘wild, hanging from the chandelier sex’ to quote one lovely fan. All in all, a long day barely described it, but he’d seen people and observed, that was for sure. If it helped with the new book, it might have been worth it, and then again maybe not.

Ellie dropped by to see how things were going, and then promptly ran away when he tried to beg out. He didn’t like being maneuvered, and Ellie was a champion at it. Entertaining the notion of strangling her got him through the second hour, but considering he needed a good editor, he changed his mind.

The line grew shorter. While he juggled the newest Hastings baby on his knee, which the boy’s proud papa had insisted on, Jack inscribed a message in the front cover to Mrs. Hastings, another number one fan and the mother of six children all under ten. How does she have the time to read at all? His message to her read, “Mrs. Hastings, I’m your number one fan. You rule. Jack.” Mentally saluting her efforts, he passed back junior, and sent them on their way. He automatically reached for the book a slim hand offered. Eyes down on the cover of what he’d created, he said the same thing he’d told countless others. “Hi, who should I make this out to?”

“Just sign it to Olivia Corrigan, fellow mystery writer.”

Her voice alone lifted his eyes to meet hers, a musical lilt that teased of mist and bogs, faeries and leprechauns. She was dressed professionally, but he could easily imagine her calling up a wild wind or casting spells. She was only about 5’4” and slim, claimed black Irish coloring. He saw a flash of what might have been a premonition, but after blocking the gift so long he couldn’t hold on to it. Did he smell rain? Candles or lightning? But the sun was shining. For a moment he just stared, couldn’t speak , and was certain he knew her but couldn’t remember where from.

“Is something the matter?”

He quickly signed her book, before he forgot that was the reason for their meeting in the first place. She was the last in line, and he was free. Thank God! Sorry, muse, position filled.

“Jack Roarke, it’s a pleasure, Miss Corrigan.”

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About the Author:  Brynna Curry was born south of the Mason-Dixon Line. After living all over the southern states, she finally landed in North Alabama where she lives with her husband and their three children. Growing up, books fueled her dreams and imagination, ultimately becoming her salvation during the hardest times in her life.Writing is her passion, but she enjoys the fun of sharing those stories with others by reviewing books and working in publicity.
When she isn’t writing or promoting, she’s often found haunting the library for new books to read or just spending an quiet evening at home with Jackie watching old westerns on TV. Although her wizards, shifters and vampires are as real to her as anyone, she insists love is the truest magic and with it every day is another wonderful adventure.
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Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Welcome fellow RNA member, Teresa F Morgan...




Hi Teresa! So happy to have you here today to promote your debut release with Harper Impulse, "Plus One is a Lucky Number". I assume you've recovered from the Romantic Novelists Association annual conference? I have…just! Okay, looking forward to reading your excerpt...

About Plus One is a Lucky Number

The wedding favour...

Sophie’s going to a wedding where the invite is strictly plus one… but with her single girl status not exactly fitting in with the bridesmaid dress code, and the best man being none other than the ex she would rather forget, Sophie needs a favour and she needs it fast!

Luckily for Sophie, her dreamy but distant co-worker Adam Reid owes their mutual friend James big time…and his gorgeousness more than fills the role of the ‘Perfect Boyfriend’!
As they take off to the sunny shores of Cornwall for the wedding weekend, it’s not long before pretence leads to passion and Sophie and Adam must decide; is their relationship real or is it all for show?


Plus One Is A Lucky Number excerpt:

“No, Adam.” Sophie placed her arm across his chest to stop him entering the room. “I can’t do it.”
“Of course you can.”
“No, I can’t. This is ridiculous. No one will believe it,” Sophie replied, her voice low. He could barely hear her. “Let’s drive home.”
Adam’s jaw clenched. There was no way in hell he was driving home. He needed a drink. Strong one, too. He softened his mood, and touching her chin, made her look at him. “I promise, I’ll be convincing. I’ll be with you every step of the way.”
“Adam, I don’t doubt you can charm the spots off cheetahs.” She nervously fiddled with an earring. “But I don’t think they’ll believe I’m seeing a guy like you.”
Adam chuckled and wrapped his arm firmly around her waist to pull her closer, liking the way she felt against him. Soft. Warm.
“Of course they will.”
“It’s a big lie we are trying to pull off so I can save face,” Sophie whispered. She tried to step away, but he kept her held firm against him, so they looked close – like lovers? That’s what she wanted, wasn’t it?
She hesitantly put her arm around his waist. “I can’t believe James talked me into this.”
“Look, at first I wasn’t too sure about this either, but James is right. We can do this. Hey, we might even have fun.” Adam even liked the idea of the challenge.
“But it’s foolish. More on my part than anything. I’m lying to my friends and family.”
“Sophie, I promised James I wouldn’t let you down and I won’t. They will never know.” He held her hand, and tugged gently. “Now let’s get that drink. You may not want one, but I do.”
Sophie took two hesitant steps, stopped, bit her lip, and looked him in the eye. “Adam, I’m still not sure about this.”
Adam, trying to keep a lid on his impatience, caught someone heading towards them out the corner of his eye, and pulled Sophie even closer. His hand pushed back her hair, his thumb brushing her neck, as he whispered into her ear, “Too late.”
He breathed, taking in the scent of her hair – coconut, reminding him of Caribbean beaches and the sun. Before he could register the sensation it provoked Sophie had released from his hold, allowing an older woman in her sixties to hug her.
“Sophie! Sweetheart, so glad you could make it,” the woman said loudly, her voice echoing through the bar. She kissed Sophie’s cheek. “How was the drive down? Not too much traffic I hope.”
“Aunt Veronica, lovely to see you.” Sophie’s smile stiffened. Adam swallowed. “This is my boyfriend, Adam.”

About Teresa F Morgan

I live in sunny Weston-super-Mare, trying to hold onto my Surrey accent where I was born and bred.

For years I persevered with boring jobs, until my two boys joined my nest. In an attempt to find something to work around them, and to ensure I never endured full time boredom again, I found writing.

I’m at my happiest baking cakes, putting proper home cooked dinners on the table (whether the kids eat them or not), reading a good romance, or sitting at my PC emptying my thoughts onto the screen.

I love writing contemporary romance, stories with a touch of escapism and creating heroes readers will fall in love with. Men who in reality, let’s face it, just don’t exist.


 Teresa is waiting to answer your questions and comments!!

Friday, 8 August 2014

Welcome romance author, Christine Wenrick...



1)  What kind of music do you like?
I love many kinds of music, mostly top 40, but also classics, blues and jazz.

2)  Describe your dream home…
A very special treehouse I wrote a little something about in my first novel, The Charmed. In fact, I have floor plans and everything for the lofty structure. If you want to know more detail than that, however, check out the book.J

3)  Favorite literary hero & heroine?

Might be a common answer, but Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy. Pride and Prejudice is one of my favorite novels. I love how each is deceived by their first impression of one another. I think that is a common trap for us. We meet someone and instantly form an impression, perhaps a bad one. But we never really stop to consider that we may have just met that person after a really bad phone call with their boss or an argument with a family member.

4)   What are you reading now?

LOL, my next book. I love to read works by other authors, but sometimes, with another full time job and my writing career, it feels like a luxury to carve out time for it. That has kind of been the case the past couple months while preparing for this book release. A friend just recommended and Catherine Coulter novel to me, Split Second. I plan to read that next.

5)  What did you do on your last birthday?

I played a Texas Hold’em game with my friends. I love to have my friends over to play cards. It’s casual and fun, and we laugh a lot. Perfect birthday!

6)  What comes first, plot or characters?

I believe characters should come first. But for me, finding all those wonderful little details of a character comes from what happens to them inside the plot. How they respond to situations, deal with conflict. My characters become richer by the end of the book because, just like the reader, I understand them better. So even though one may come first, you have to have both.

7)  Do you ever suffer from writer’s block?

Yes, when I’m stressed. If I have writer’s block I will usually just switch to a novel that I am editing until get back on track.

8)  Do you ever want to be someone else? Who?

Honestly, no. I love my life. But I do think part of the fun of being a writer is putting yourself in your character’s situation and living their story through them. In a way, while you’re writing their story, you are living another life.

9) What’s next for you?

Book three in my Men of Brahm Hill series, Leaving Lily Behind, will be coming out next April. So I better get editing, LOL. Thanks for having me here today!

Guarding Poppy
by Christine Wenrick

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BLURB:

ONE NIGHT . . . ONE VIOLENT, SUPERNATURAL BATTLE . . .

AND FIVE STORIES OF THE MEN WHOSE LIVES WILL BE CHANGED BY IT.

Alec Lambert was born to lead. He’s a ruling Elder of The Brethren, possessing steely confidence, natural smarts, and decisive problem solving abilities . . . and he’s not too bad on the eyes, either. Everything in his life has gone exactly according to plan—until the night of Brahm Hill. Alec loses his best friend at the hands of the uncle he trusted like a father, along with his previously unshakable faith to lead those with whom he’s charged. Despite this, he continues to press ahead, and for his next assignment he’s asked to protect a very beautiful but very clumsy Dhampir who’s being hunted by a powerful warlock. Suddenly, he finds his whole Brethren world is turned upside down . . . and he finds himself harboring a desire for her he can’t explain.

Poppy Honeywell knows she’s far from perfect. Bad things tend to happen when she’s around. She’s more than a little clumsy, with a phobia or two mixed in. Not to mention that her name is certainly unusual. But she doesn’t have time to worry about all that because she’s on the run and not about to back down from the arrogant Elder who’s just been assigned as her protector, claiming he has all the answers to her problems. The real problem, though, is . . . she’s irresistibly drawn to this man who faces constant danger and takes charge so naturally. But Poppy also sees that taking charge of others helps Alec mask his own very deep pain.

WILL ALEC FIND HIS WAY OUT OF THE DARKNESS AND SURRENDER TO HIS FEELINGS FOR POPPY BEFORE THE WARLOCK CHASING HER CATCHES UP TO THEM BOTH?

 Excerpt #1

Sovereign Elder Joseph Davin stepped forward to embrace Poppy. “You’re not safe here, little flower.” Now Alec really felt like he was intruding on a private conversation. “I must protect you the best way I know how. I promised your mother.” He then motioned back to Alec. “I trust Alec. He’s a former Guardian—and a very good one. You yourself said that you can feel Irina getting closer. Let Alec take you someplace where he can protect you and you can know what it feels like to be safe. In the meantime, I will find a way to deal with Irina.”
Poppy dropped her head quietly, and for a moment it seemed she wasn’t going to answer him. “I feel safer here with you than I will with a stranger.”
“He’s right,” Alec finally said as he came slowly to his feet, realizing he needed to do something to gain this woman’s trust—though he could hardly blame her for being guarded after spending a lifetime on the run. “I may be a stranger to you, but I can protect you. And more importantly, I can give you all the tools at my disposal so you can protect yourself. If you have a sense for recognizing the warlock who’s threatening you, your Dhampir instincts are telling you that you’re in danger. You need to start trusting those instincts.”
Those huge gold eyes of hers locked on him fully with a look of utter determination as she walked right up to him—thankfully, straight this time. He had to admit, he flinched just a bit with the possibility she might trip again. “I don’t want any part of witchcraft, Dhampirs or vampires. That’s not who I am.”
“Yes, it is,” he challenged her without hesitation. “That’s exactly who you are.”
Her eyes narrowed as if she were preparing to blast him with a thousand different reasons why that was not true, but instead she replied, “I will agree to go with you on two conditions.” Alec simply crossed his arms in front of his chest. What was it about women and their conditions? Why couldn’t they just agree? “One, you’ll agree to never disagree with me again.” Alec’s brows arched high at that rather impossible request. “And two, I will only go with you if it doesn’t require us crossing an ocean in an air-”
Poppy’s words were cut off by her small squeal when Alec caught sight of Joseph sticking a needle into her arm. Her eyes widened in shock and she tried to turn to Joseph, but her limbs gave out from under her almost immediately. Alec reached out and caught Poppy when she would have otherwise collapsed to the floor. “What in the world did you do that for?”
“No worries,” Joseph assured him. “It’s just a little something to help her relax for the trip.”
Alec blinked at him. “Relax? She doesn’t like flying?”
Joseph shook his head. “Terrified of it, actually. Unfortunately, Poppy lacks an appreciation for the severity of her current situation. We need to get her out of London tonight—hence, something to relax her. But once she’s someplace safe she’ll be no trouble at all.”
Alec’s gaze narrowed shrewdly. By what he had already witnessed in the few scant minutes he had been in this woman’s presence, she was the very definition of the term high maintenance. 
So he doubted that very much.



AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Christine is a graduate of Washington State University where she received a BA in Interior Design. And true to form of using mostly her ‘right brain’, she splits her time between her commercial design career and her imaginary world of writing. She lives in the scenic Pacific Northwest where she enjoys hiking, camping and photographing many of the wonderful places that served as inspiration for her writing. Her biggest reward in life is any given day when one of her books connects with a reader because she herself is such a lover of reading. Some of her favorite authors include Lisa Kleypas, Julia Quinn, and Kimberly Derting.





Twitter: @CWenrick  https://twitter.com/CWenrick







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