I'm offering snippets of IN DEATH'S SHADOW, Book 3 in the Rifts series. Quinn Tarlen is a master assassin and the dryads contracted him to escort a princess on a quest to find a missing magical artifact. Unfortunately, she doesn't have his same stamina and has collapsed in the snow, out cold. Literally. He's found a cave to hole up in, but he has to warm her up or she'll die, killing him too.
“All right, Princess, we need to get you warm.” He didn’t know why he needed to hear the sound of someone’s voice, but it brought him a strange comfort. “I’m going to take off your coat and wrap around you under mine. We’ll add the blankets to help keep the fire’s heat in, too.”
Extracting her from her coat was harder than he expected. Who knew an inert body could be so difficult to move and undress? He swore several times and almost tore her jacket, but eventually he managed to set her gear aside and expose her body. She wore a long tunic belted to her waist and trousers much like his own, but the body had curves he couldn’t ignore.
His cock swelled in his pants and he gaped at her a moment. His primitive mammal brain shut down all other intelligent thought for one crystal clear statement. Beautiful woman.
Sensuous curves, full breasts, round hips, soft skin. His mouth watered until he slid his fingers over her cheeks.
Soft, smooth, COLD skin.
Fuck! What the hell’s wrong with me?
So not so impervious to her charms after all. ;) There are several great authors on the Weekend Writer Warriors list and in the Snippet Sunday Facebook group. A few of my favorites are Charley Descoteaux, Karen Michelle Nutt, Veronica Scott, Gem Sivad, Jessica Subject, and Iris Blobel. Here's the blurb to THE IN DEATH'S SHADOW:
After three hundred years, Princess Maia is done with dryads.
Imprisoned by the wood folk for a crime she didn’t commit, Princess Maiasora Silvercloak wants her life back. If she finds the Key to the Twelve Realms and returns it to the dryads by the summer solstice, she’s free. Too bad she has no clue where to look. And the dryads’ solution might kill her.
Master Assassin Quinn Tarlen wants safe passage across the dryads’ forest after his last contract put him in the crossfire. The dryads offer him a deal: Escort a princess on her quest to find a magical artifact and he’ll be released. One catch: she’s the daughter of the king who killed his brother.
Spell-bound together, they must scour the world for the pieces of this artifact without getting killed or killing each other. Falling in love isn’t part of the plan as they race against time to secure the Key before the deadline. But nothing’s ever simple when magic is involved and death isn’t the worst outcome if they fail to find the Key.
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