The purpose here is to spotlight a few lines or a few paragraphs from a new release or backlisted title. This way my readers get to sample some delicious snippets and I'll do my best to tease, titillate and tantalize you into the weekend.
This week I'm teasing from IN DEATH'S SHADOW, my new release fantasy romance, and Book 3 in the Rifts series. Princess Maiasora Silvercloak has been a quest and a partner to guide her. Too bad he's more like a villain than a hero.
But her companion left a lot to be desired. Beauty to look at, but beastly to talk to. Yeah, if anyone embodied a fairytale, Quinn nailed it. If he took the role of villain. Dangerous, scary villain. But sexy.
She bit back a groan. Why did women always think bad boys were wonderful? He spent his time either ignoring her or scowling, neither of which constituted pleasant company. There is something so wrong with me. He’d make a nice wall-hanging, something to look at or admire, but not a good partner. In anything.
She shot another look at him from under her lowered lashes. He wore his long, white hooded jacket over trousers and tall brown boots. The visible weapons made him bristle, but she knew there were plenty she couldn’t see. Not to mention the sneaky way he’s proficient at killing. She’d never hear him coming.
Maia shook her head and closed her eyes, trying to settle her trepidation. She took slow, deep breaths to find whatever center she had and on a whim, tested for the energy of the Keeper. As expected, bloom of energy pulsed to her left from where she’d seen the Keeper standing. But another, faded shimmer of energy came from behind her. It wasn’t strong, but it was present.
Hang on, if I can sense the artifact, why can’t they?
Before she could ask, the Keeper called for their attention. “Your quest is this: You must find the Key to the worlds’ gates. It may be in one piece or several, but included in your map case is the known drawings of this item. Find it, return it to us, and your contracts will be fulfilled. Princess Maiasora, your younger two sisters have been included in your contract and they shall be free to go upon your return. You’ll find it in writing as you requested.”
Maia pulled out her map folio and opened it to check the contents. The contract sat behind the hand-drawn map and the illustrations of the Key. The images were vague and so were the descriptions. Oh, that’s much better. She resisted the urge to roll her eyes. Guess I’ll just have to depend on my sense of the damn things.
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