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I'm teasing with CLOUDBURST ICE MAGIC, a paranormal romance featuring Ice Demons, and book 3 in the Cloudburst Colorado series. In today's tease, Zach Snow is an SAR operative and an Ice Demon, but he hasn't heard from his mate, Lily, who has moved to the Rockies around Cloudburst. He's talking to his best bud Sleet before he moves into Colorado. Sleet speaks first.
“Right. There is no way I’m letting this go, and you can bet an avalanche your parents won’t, either, when they find out.”
“Find out what?” Zach hoped his voice sounded sufficiently bland even as his stomach tightened. Telling his traditional Ice Demon parents that he’d mated with a human would be a helluva conversation. It was bad enough when he’d told them he planned to move to the Rockies.
“That you’ve met someone.” Sleet inhaled and narrowed his eyes. “You smell different. Like spicy.” He wiped some of his sopping hair off his face. “Ice Demons never smell spicy.”
Zach laughed to cover his unease. “You’re melting. Get out of here before you turn into a puddle on my floor. I’ll swing by the upper peaks before I go. Where are you migrating to this year?”
Sleet’s irrepressible grin split his face and exposed his canines. “Patagonia. The weather’s gonna be wicked this year and they’re having a glacier building contest. Winner gets an ice cave in Banff.”
Zach whistled, impressed. “Nice. Are you going to enter?”
“Yeah. Me’n Hailee are gonna work together to win.”
Zach raised an eyebrow as he shooed his dripping friend out the door. “You gonna share the ice cave with your brother?”
“Yeah. We thought we’d make it a swinging bachelor pad for wooing chicks.” Sleet flashed his grin again. “But you don’t need to do that anymore, do you?”
“Get outta here. You’re leaving watermarks.”
Sleet laughed, saluted, and was gone in a hissing sprinkle of snowflakes. The desert air sucked up the moisture before it hit the ground and took Zach’s smile with it. He shoved the last of the totes into the back of his truck and closed the tailgate, grateful Sleet didn’t push too hard. He wasn’t ready to tell anyone of his impulsive choice to mate with Lily.
Speaking of which, why hasn’t she answered my texts? He checked his phone again to be sure, but he found a big ol’ nothing. He shook his head and sprayed a little shower of water around him. Crap. Nevada had launched into its warmer spring temperatures and he needed to make himself scarce in the lowlands or get out of Dodge entirely. He locked the empty cabin and glanced at his phone again, willing it to beep with an incoming text or email.
A chill ran up his back from his gut and all his crystalline hair rose to stand on end. Something’s wrong. He inhaled the balmy spring air and scanned the softly dripping world around him, but everything appeared in order. Still, the eerie feeling of dissonance rattled the crystals of his hair and he gritted his teeth as he strode for the driver’s side of his truck. What is it?
His phone rumbled with a red hawk’s scream, the sound he’d chosen for emergency contact texts. He jerked it out of his pocket and touched the screen.
Snowed in bad. Whiteout conditions w/hikers on the slopes. Miss you and love you. Lily.
Zach’s stomach flipped over and dropped to his boots. He punched her number immediately and listened to it go straight to voicemail. “Dammit, Lily! Where are you?”
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