Black Dog: A Christmas Story by Victoria Danan



Black Dog: A Christmas Story
Knights of Black Swan
Book Thirteen
Victoria Danann
Genre: paranormal fantasy
Publisher: 7th House,
Imprint of Andromeda LLC     
Date of Publication: December 22, 2018
ASIN: B07JBK9DNR
Number of pages: 201
Word Count: 43k
Cover Artist: Victoria Danann
Book Description:
Old dogs tell no tales.
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author, Victoria Danann, brings a moving triumph-over-darkness story to the world of Black Swan.
The Hawking family is at home at the Northern Ireland farm and wolf-dog kennel for Yuletide when Blackie goes missing. Instead of a joyous celebration of family and friends, Ram’s mate and elflings are beside themselves with fear and worry. As Song and Litha bring their respective paranormal abilities to aid in the search, the story takes a turn into the dark world of dogfighting and the abduction of adult male dogs matching the profile of fighters.
Black Swan rarely gets involved in the mundane affairs of the world because it’s not their purpose, mission, or directive. But when Simon’s office is drowned in messages from retired knights insisting that Blackie is unofficially one of them and that an exception must be made, he relents and orders available personnel to assist B Team with a rundown.



Blackie climbed
the hill to his favorite spot. He didn’t trot or run, as he’d been known to do
in his younger days. He ambled, telling himself that he could trot or run if he
was so inclined. He just didn’t feel like it that minute.
The hill above
the Laiken kennel and farm had the very best view of the surroundings. When he
was there he could imagine himself to be protector of all he surveyed; his
people, the land, the wolf dogs.
There’d been a
light snow the day before, but the morning’s bright sun had melted a small
clearing that formed a patch of bright green grass. Bright sun was unusual in
northern Ireland at that time of year, but dogs don’t analyze changes in
weather or atmospheric conditions. They simply accept what is and adapt as best
they can. When the sun shines warm on old bones, they accept it.
After turning in
a circle three times around the patch of green, Blackie sunk down into a sphinx
pose and indulged himself in a satisfied sigh.
It’s impossible
to know what dogs do or do not remember. Perhaps he had crystal clear memories
of his adoption by The Order of the Black Swan and recalled every detail of
every adversity and adventure. Perhaps there was a vague recollection of his history.
Who can say?
He sat on the
hill overseeing his farm. Perhaps old dogs do what old people do. They divide
their reveries between recollection and remorse. Because even the best of us,
human or dog, could have done things better. If there was an exception to that,
it would be Blackie. Because he had never failed to give his whole heart and
effort to any given task in any given moment. Surely dogs as smart as Blackie
are like humans, recalling this corner of a moment or that fragment of a song
at odd and inexplicable times.
To Helm, Blackie
was as constant as was the idea of his father, Sir Rammel Aelshelm Hawking,
Black Swan Knight Emeritus and Prince of Ireland, and his mother, Lady Elora
Laiken, Black Swan Knight Emeritus, former Princess of Britannia, Stagsnare
Dimension.
Perhaps his
earliest memory was a black muzzle shoved between the bars of his baby bed
resting on the sheet-covered mattress, intelligent brown eyes full of light and
staring at him intently like he was the most precious thing in the universe. At
fourteen he’d never confronted the prospect of surviving Blackie. He’d never
considered it and simply couldn’t imagine the world without the big black dog.


About the Author:
#1 Amazon Paranormal Romance Bestseller
OVER ONE MILLION BOOKS SOLD
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author.
Knights of Black Swan – BEST PARANORMAL ROMANCE SERIES (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)
A Summoner’s Tale – BEST PARANORMAL ROMANCE NOVEL (2013)
Moonlight – BEST VAMPIRE/SHIFTER NOVEL (2013)
Solomon’s Sieve – BEST VAMPIRE NOVEL (2014)
Falcon – BEST PARANORMAL ROMANCE NOVEL (2016)
Simon Says – BEST SCIFI/FANTASY ROMANCE NOVEL (2017)
D.I.T. – BEST SCIFI/FANTASY ROMANCE SERIES (2017)
In addition to the brave and beautiful vampire hunting knights, Victoria writes other paranormal romances that often touch on scifi/fantasy along with contemporary bikers for those who love it when the bad boys are soooooo good.



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