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Excerpt:

Cleopatra was utterly trapped. She longed to close her eyes and block him out, but fear of

the unknown kept them wide open. The man had no weapon, couldn’t possibly mean to harm

her. Except, would he really need a weapon? She couldn’t fight him, wouldn’t even know where

to begin.

He studied her closely, and when his head tilted slightly, she noticed every bit of his

focus fixated on her neck. Not a murderer. He wanted to mark her, to bite her neck, leave the

wound to heal and forever bind her to him. This was why daughters of the aristocracy were kept

under a tight watch. The mark, unbreakable and indisputable, would give this man access to her

family’s wealth and prestige, and bind her to him until death.

He reached for her, head descending to her neck. Cleopatra quickly covered his target

with both hands. Tears gathered in her eyes, sorrow distorted her voice. “I don’t want this.

Please, don’t hurt me.”

The man rocked back as if she’d smacked him, and for the first time since he’d appeared,

he looked at her face. His eyes met hers and didn’t look away as he brought his hand to her

cheek and brushed away a tear. He saw her, truly saw her, and the adoration in his eyes sent a

completely different shimmy down her spine.

In one step, he crowded her, pressing his cheek against hers. “Could never hurt you. My

angel,” his captivating voice crooned, so close to her ear. He drew in a deep breath, his face

buried in her hair. Then he whispered, “My Cleo.”

She gasped. The shortened version of her name on his lips sounded strangely intimate, as

though he’d known her for years. The warmth rolling off his body kept her intensely aware of his

close proximity, and she held her breath, waiting for his next move to prove his intent. He didn’t

bite her, didn’t hurt her, and the sincere affection in his gentle touch left her so very confused.

Any other man would have bitten her, taken advantage of the opportunity laid before him. But

this man? His intent to bite her had been unmistakable, and he’d stopped because he…cared for

her? She didn’t understand.

His hand slipped from her face, dropped to his side, and he staggered back, moving as if

through a dream. He still watched her, but he swayed, that intense focus suddenly gone. The man

crumpled to the floor with a heavy thud.

Dragging in a long, shaky breath, she blinked away tears she’d been staring through. A

few more deep breaths, and she allowed herself to really look at him. He lay on his side, knees

slightly curled, motionless. Something was wrong with him. People didn’t just fall over.

Gripping the railing, which had swiftly become her personal anchor, she pointed her foot

and gingerly nudged his arm. When he didn’t move, she put more force behind the kick.

Cleopatra jumped as his hand fell away from his ribs, thumping onto the floor. Blood coated his

fingers.

He was bleeding? She’d missed the injury completely. The saturated, glistening spot had

been hidden under his hand and camouflaged by his black button-up shirt. He’d been so close

and she hadn’t… She glanced down at herself. Blood streaked across her pale blue gown, more

evidence of his severe injury.

The elevator doors slid open. Oh God, if someone were to see them together in this state,

what would they think? What would happen to her, or to him? Her heart hammered, panic

flooding through her as she peeked out into the main corridor of Sterling.

The white, gold-trimmed corridor stretched on, empty. The elevator doors slid shut, and

there it would stay, unless called. She might not have much time. Peering down at the

unconscious man, she tried to fit the puzzle pieces together.

She’d mistaken his intent. He’d needed sustenance badly, and now he bled out, dying at

her feet. Because of who she was, he refused to harm her, to take from her. How did he have the

willpower to block his instincts from taking over, to stop from feeding?

Whoever he was, she had to save him. She dropped to her knees and pushed away any

lingering fear under her newfound resolve. Tugging his shirt from his dark jeans, she searched

for the injury. In the midst of his blood-slicked skin, the wound gaped open between his ribs. It

looked like he’d been slashed, the nasty gash a result of being on the wrong end of a knife. Just a

guess. She had no experience with this sort of villainy.

Her hand flew to her mouth. The murderer running loose in Galbraith used a knife. Could

this man be yet another victim?

“Can you hear me? What happened to you? Who did this?” She awkwardly patted his

whiskered cheek. His eyes fluttered open, then shut again.

“Balinese is safe.” His voice trembled, his words slurred without support from his

shallow breath. “Paris. Demons.”

Cleopatra’s fingers fumbled as she pulled away his shirt collar. Several teeth-like gouges

in his shredded skin oozed blood near his collarbone. Demons. They’d almost made a meal of

him, and he was a bloody mess, but the real danger came from that knife wound. It looked deep,

and if he’d been damaged internally and lost too much blood, he might not survive.

He needed blood now. She bit her wrist and pressed it against his mouth. His lips didn’t

part, and his body refused to respond. A rivulet of blood slid down his cheek. He’d die if she

didn’t fight for him.

 

 


Bound
The Cities Below
Book Two
Jen Colly
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Kensington/Lyrical
Date of Publication: January 31, 2016
ISBN: 9781516101474
ASIN: B01FBZXSES
Number of pages: 200
Cover Artist: Valerie Tibbs
Book Description:
The streets are a battleground for humans, vampires, and demons alike—where survival is a skill, love is a weapon, and the most dangerous act is to care for another . . .
Keir is an assassin devoted to Lady Arianne, the last of her royal bloodline. He is sworn to protect her, and that means eliminating any threat to her life. But while on a mission, he is set upon by a pack of demons, barely escaping with his life.
Cleopatra lives by a set of rules so rigid she no longer knows her true self. But her kind and loving nature resurfaces when she finds a man, bloodied and dying. Moved to help him, she risks her future and her life to save a stranger far below her aristocratic station.
Their attraction to each other is as powerful as it is forbidden. But even as their love grows, Keir keeps his true identity a secret—and this lie is not the only threat to their love . . . or their lives.
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About the Author:
 
Jen Colly is the rare case of an author who rebelled against reading assignments throughout her school years. Now she prefers reading books in a series, which has led her to writing her first paranormal romance series: The Cities Below. She will write about anything that catches her fancy, though truth be told, her weaknesses are pirates and vampires.
She lives in Ohio with her supportive husband, two kids, one big fluffy dog, and four rescued cats.

 

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Domination by Imogen Rose

 

Excerpt:

There are no roads, tunnels, or bridges linking Earth to Beyond. Ships, airplanes, or

rockets can’t transport us there. The only passage is through the Emerald Portal, the gateway

between our two worlds. And the only one who can grant access to the portal is the queen of

Beyond—my boyfriend’s mom.

My name is Cordelia Hammer and I’m a demon. Not the human, teen variety, but an

actual supernatural. My father is the demon sovereign of Paris. Each city has its own council

made up of royal representatives who oversee the supernatural activity of their kind within their

jurisdiction. Currently, I’m apprenticing for King Sebastian, the demon sovereign of London.

As I wondered what Jagger was talking about, digesting his words — Mother insists that

the new fae princess must be born at the palace — a green mist appeared in the corner of the

bedroom of the Seattle hotel suite where Jagger and I were staying.

“I suggest we both throw on some clothes,” Jagger muttered, picking up his black jeans

from the floor. “It would be unfortunate to appear in front of my mother in our birthday suits.”

“Huh?”

“Hurry up, Cordelia. We only have a few minutes before we get sucked into that portal.”

“Is that the Emerald Portal?” I looked at it in awe as the mist morphed into a tunnel. I

took a step toward it to peek inside.

“No!” Jagger pulled me back. “Get dressed, please.”

“Into what?” I had no idea what the weather was like in Beyond or whether an audience

with the queen of Beyond required formal attire. Jagger had thrown on his favorite black jeans

and white T-shirt, his black motorcycle jacket in hand.

“Anything,” he said. “Something comfortable. And make sure it’s very warm as it’s

always cold in Beyond—freezing, in fact. I’ll call GRIP in the meantime to let them know that I

won’t be in today.”

GRIP—the Global Retrieval and Intelligence Program—that’s where Jagger worked.

GRIP had been founded following the attacks on the international supernatural communities

during Code Uprising to monitor and curtail any subversive activity. It had become the

authoritative supernatural agency regulating the global communities. Well, except for the

subterranean troll population who seemed to be completely unregulated. Jagger was part of the

GRIP Tactical Combat Force. I was pretty sure that they wouldn’t be happy with him taking a

day off right in the middle of the most critical time in modern supernatural history, with a

noncompliant supernatural moving into the White House. Plus, just days ago, we’d captured

Katerina Miller—the monster responsible for the last spate of global massacres—and were

waiting to question her.

 

Domination
Bonfire
Chronicles
Imogen
Rose
Genre:
Supernatural/thriller/horror
Publisher: Wild Thorn Publishing
Date of Publication: 01/14/2017
ISBN: 978-1-940015-43-9
ASIN: B01NCVR7MZ
Number of pages: 395
Word Count: 86,814
Cover Artist: Phatpuppyart
Book Description:
Years of hard work preceded her
entry to the Oval Office. She attended the right prep schools and right
colleges. She made sure to make all the right contacts, ingratiating herself
into the right circles. But all those rights hadn’t been enough.
In the end, she’d needed her
mother.
And now it was time to repay that
debt.
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About
the Author:
Imogen Rose is the author of the
bestselling series, the Portal Chronicles, which has attained cult status
within indie literature and become a favorite among teens and adults alike.
An immunologist by profession,
Dr. Rose published her first work of fiction in 2010. She now writes full time
and is currently working on her second teen series, the Bonfire Chronicles.
Imogen was born in Sweden and has
lived in several places, counting London among her favorites. She moved to New
Jersey in 2001. A self-confessed Hermès addict, Imogen enjoys shopping,
traveling, watching movies, and hanging out with her family, friends, and
Chihuahua.
Twitter: @ImogenRoseTweet
Instagram: ImogenRoseGram

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Soul of a Viking by Sky Purington

Excerpt:

“Who goes there?” came an all-too- familiar voice from the door.

Lauren sighed and called out. “It is none of your concern, Tait.”

Evidently, he thought differently because seconds later he entered, a frown on his face as

his eyes swept around the lodge. “I heard a man in here.”

“It was just Einar,” she began, her words trailing off as she gestured towards him only to

find he’d vanished.

Tait’s brows slammed together. “Einar? I do not know that name.”

“He was just right here,” she murmured, glancing at the rear door. “He must have slipped

out the back.”

“Nobody has come or gone since your sisters left,” Tait said, troubled.

“I can assure you they did. A woman then a man. Einar.” She folded her hands in front of

her and focused on the bigger problem. “You had no right to barge in here. Please leave.”

“Actually I had every right.” He continued eying the place looking for Einar. “This is my

lodge, woman.”

His lodge? How unfortunate. “My name is Lauren.”

Tait shrugged as an annoying grin tugged at his lips. Apparently, he was done searching

out another man. He gestured at the water. “You will bathe then join your sisters in the main

lodge, yes?”

“That was the plan, yes,” she allowed.

“Then please,” he headed for the corner table, “do not let me disturb you.”

She frowned as he filled a mug with what appeared to be ale. “What are you doing?”

He gave the mug a pointed look. “Drinking.”

“Then please do so outside.”

“But this is my lodge.”

“Then I will need another lodge.”

“No.” Tait shook his head. “I can only be so far away from you and will sleep nowhere

but here.”

Her eyes widened. “We are not sleeping in the same room.”

“We will if we have to.” He gestured at the tub again. “Right now you do not need to

worry about sleeping but bathing.”

Lauren inhaled deeply and remained calm. “As much as you would probably enjoy it, I

am not bathing with you here.”

“Well, I am not leaving because whether or not I saw anyone enter, I heard a man in here.

So I will not leave you alone.” He considered her before he murmured something and a tall

screen appeared in front of the tub. “There. Now I will not be tempted by you, woman.” He

removed his fur, plunked down and narrowed his eyes at her when she narrowed her eyes on

him. “Now I can focus my thoughts on Shannon.”

Lauren ignored her strong reaction to his words and smoothed her expression.

Regardless, there was no controlling the flare of defiance that screamed inside her. A defiance

that had her doing the last thing she intended. Something she found extremely appalling and

would never normally do. Something she would judge harshly if she saw another woman do it.

Especially one who was married.

She tested his resolve about Shannon as she held his eyes and took her time stripping

down before she sauntered around the screen and got into the tub.

 


Soul of a Viking
The MacLomain Series
Viking Ancestors’ Kin
Book Three
Sky Purington     
Genre:  Time-travel Fantasy Romance
Date of Publication:  January 24, 2017
ASIN: B01M296U3S
Number of pages:  290
Word Count:  85,000
Cover Artist:  Tamra Westberry
Book Description:
Lauren refuses to believe that her sisters traveled back in time to tenth-century Scandinavia. Cybil must be off doing one thing or another. And what of Samantha? She returned then vanished again with a bunch of uncivilized ruffians who called themselves Vikings. While thankful the crude men finally left, she’s now caught in an unusual situation. No matter how hard she tries, she cannot step foot outside her Winter Harbor chalet.
Desperate to return to the twenty-first century and figure out why he and Lauren were cursed by a Nidstang, Tait Sigdir struggles with what feels like half a soul. But that’s not all. When he finally returns to the future, he realizes how troubling things really are. Though drawn to Shannon, he can’t seem to stay away from her sister, Lauren. Hard to believe considering how difficult she is to be around. Even for a flirt like him. Yet if he’s not near her, he becomes uncharacteristically sullen.
Caught in an unraveling hex that steers them closer to the enemy, Tait and Lauren are forced on an adventure that tests them in more ways than one. Friendship emerges. Passion ignites. Even so, love does not come so easily to those who are cursed. As it turns out, they must get through a whirlwind of unfortunate events that will either bring them together or drive them further apart.
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About the Author:
 
Sky Purington is the bestselling author of over twenty-five novels and several novellas. A New Englander born and bred, Sky was raised hearing stories of folklore, myth and legend. When combined with a love for nature, romance and time-travel, elements from the stories of her youth found release in her books.
Purington loves to hear from readers and can be contacted at Sky@SkyPurington.com. Interested in keeping up with Sky’s latest news and releases? Visit Sky’s website, http://www.skypurington.com to download her free App on iTunes and Android or sign up for her quarterly newsletter. Love social networking? Find Sky on Facebook and Twitter.
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