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Blog Tour - Just One Of The Royals
 
 
Just One of the Royals
(The Chicago Falcons #2)
by Leah Rooper and Kate Rooper
Publication Date: June 2018
Publisher: Entangled Teen: Crush
 
 

Star hockey player Daniel Sacachelli wants only two things: 1) for the Falcons
to win next season, and 2) for his secret — the fact he’s actually the prince of Eldonia — to never make its way to Chicago. But if Daniel keeps avoiding his crown, their family will lose their kingdom forever.

Madison Myong can’t believe that her will-they-or-won’t-they best friend Daniel is
really a prince! He’s always seemed more rebel than royal. But now, he needs to clean up his image, fast. Posing as his long-time girlfriend, Madison accompanies him back to Eldonia, intending to give Daniel a makeover fit for a king.

Only, the more royal Daniel becomes, the more Madison misses her best friend. And if she does her job right, she’ll lose him forever...

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:



Leah and Kate Rooper are sisters from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Growing up beside the Pacific Ocean and inside a temperate rainforest fed their sense of adventure as children, and nourished a curiosity for strange and distant lands. They fed this curiosity with books - lots and lots of books. After experiencing the magic of Middle-earth, they began creating their own worlds. When they're not writing, Leah and Kate spend their time blogging and vlogging about their travel adventures and their writing journey.



Kitty's Book Spot!- Guest post
 
KBS:  I would love a Guest Post about music. Whether the author(s) listen to it as they write, or make playlists for their books?
 
 
LKR:  We are so excited to write a post about music! Music plays a huge role in the way we write. We use music differently in the various stages of writing, so we thought we would break those down.

Brainstorming

This is where the story is just starting to take form in our minds. We’ll often create a joint Spotify playlist and add songs that inspire us. Usually, the songs we add correspond to a certain scene in the book. For example, we listened to “Nice and Airy” by Patrick Doyle from the Cinderella soundtrack to help inspire the sprawling green hills and quaint feel of Eldonia. We’ll often listen to the playlist together while we’re cooking or doing dishes and talk about ideas or what each song means.

Outlining


Once we finish our outline on paper, we’ll go back into Spotify and create a playlist that follows the order of the book. This playlist often includes a mix of scores and songs with lyrics. Each scene of the book has its own song (or two). Our parents live almost two hours away, so we’ll listen to this playlist on the drive to visit them and flesh out the plot.


First Draft


When writing the first draft, we’ll usually put our headphones on and listen to the song that most inspires the scene we're writing. It’s not uncommon for us to listen to the same song on repeat for an hour while writing a scene.


Editing


We don’t listen to as much music while editing. We find we really need to concentrate on the words and sentence structure. We’ll often put on relaxing background music or a "rain sounds" video from YouTube. Video game music is great for this — the Breath of the Wild and Animal Crossing soundtracks are two of our favs!

Thanks for taking the time to read about our music process! As a bonus, we’ve included some of our favourite songs from the “Just One of the Royals” playlist!

  • Chelsea Dagger by The Fratellis: This is the song the Chicago Blackhawks (our favourite NHL team) play when they score a goal...so obviously we imagine it as the goal song for our Chicago Falcons :) 
  • Almost There from Princess and the Frog: We love Disney music, and although the lyrics aren’t perfect, this song embodies Madison in a lot of ways. Madison does so much for other people and tries to accomplish so many things that she doesn’t have time to be a normal teenager.
  • Bella Notte from Lady and the Tramp: Daniel Sacachelli is very proud of his Italian heritage and besides being an amazing hockey player, he’s also a talented cook. His signature dish is spaghetti, so obviously the most famous spaghetti-eating song of all time had to make it on our playlist. 
  • Who is She by Patrick Doyle: We listened to the Cinderella soundtrack A LOT when writing this book. Of course, being set in a castle we needed lots of grand ballroom songs.
  • Dive by Ed Sheeran: This song really struck us as Daniel and Madison, two people who care so much about each other, but there’s so many things keeping them apart.




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Top 10 Guest Post: David A. Wilson (The Looking for Dei) ~ Giveaway

 

Top 10 Authors You Would Like to Spend a Day With

 

CS Lewis

Not just a brilliant novelist, but an original thinker.  Screwtape Letters was great, and there is really nothing else like it.  I’d love to know what made this guy tick.

 

JRR Tolkien

Good friends in real life with CS Lewis, and Smeagol.  OMG.  What an amazing character.  One just can’t say enough about this guy.  I hope he liked coffee.  It would break my heart if he only drank tea.

 

Piers Anthony

The Xanth novels were a big part of my childhood fascination with fantasy worlds, and Anthony gets much of the credit for my love of the YA fantasy genre.

 

Douglas Adams

Cuz you never know when you’re going to need a towel and any author who has the chutzpah to start out a book with the destruction of the earth would be quite interesting.

 

William Goldman

Princess Bride was the best book I’ve ever read.  Hands down.  And Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid was great.  Goldman would be fascinating to hang with.

 

Roger Zelazny

The Amber novels broke so many molds.  Original plots, fascinating characters, and the ability to give the reader a sense that anything is possible.  Wow.  Sadly, I haven’t read anything other than Amber books from Zelazny.  Maybe I should.

 

Steven King

Great novelist.  Cujo.  Salem’s Lot.  The Stand.  Wow.

 

Brandon Sanderson

Sanderson is a master of originality in the fantasy genre, with amazing characters and above all, fascinating magic systems.  A true inspiration.

 

Orson Scott Card

Not only is Ender’s Game a classic for the big plot twist, but I enjoyed Card’s Alvin Maker series as well.  Fresh, different, and with a great protagonist.

 

Moses

Who wouldn’t want to hang with the first published author on the planet?  Leviticus was a bit dull for me, and if it stood on its own, I’d surely DNF.  But what a life this man led! Although he apparently wasn’t a big talker, I’m sure he’d have some entertaining things to say about leadership after wandering around in the desert for so long.

 

 

Looking for Dei
 

David A. Willson
Publication date: March 23rd 2018
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

 

Fifteen-year-old Nara Dall has never liked secrets. Yet it seems that her life has been filled with them, from the ugly scar on her back to the strange powers she possesses. Her mysterious father refuses to say anything about her origins, and soon, she and her best friend must attend the announcement ceremony, in which youths are tested for a magical gift.

 

A gifted youth has not been announced in the poor village of Dimmitt for decades. When Nara uncovers the reason, she uses her own powers to make things right. The decision sets her on a path of danger, discovery, and a search for the divine. In the process, she learns the truth about herself and uncovers the biggest secret of all: the power of broken people.

 

 

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David A. Willson has worked as a restauranteur, peace officer, and now, author. Taught by his mother to read at a young age, he spent his childhood exploring magic, spaceships, and other dimensions. In his writing, he strives to bring those worlds to his readers.


Much of his material is inspired by the “Great Land” of Alaska, which he has called home for over 30 years. He lives there with his wife, five children, and 2 dogs. He is passionate about technology, faith, and fiction—not necessarily in that order.

 

Looking for Dei is Willson’s debut novel, set in a land where many more adventures will take place. Stay up to date with his ongoing efforts through the Looking for Dei Facebook page or visiting the website at davidawillson.com.

 

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Guest Post: Top Ten Reasons to Try the Bitter Harvest Books by Ann Gimpel

 

Top Ten Reasons to Try the Bitter Harvest Books

 

Special note: They’re in Kindle Unlimited right now, at least the first four are. If you subscribe, I’d pick them up right now because they won’t stay in KU past their 90 day enrollment requirement.

 

  • Hunky vampires.
  • Kickass female leads.
  • Shifter-vampire romance in the first book.
  • Intriguing storyline.
  • Long, satisfying books. All five are around 80K words.
  • Richly researched with an array of mythical creatures and beings either playing major roles or with walk-on cameo appearances. 
  • In a market saturated with vampire and shifter books, these truly provide a different reading experience.
  • The fifth book is finished and will go up for preorder around March first for a mid-March release. No better time to catch up on the first four, so you’ll be ready.
  • If you’ve ever been curious about distant lands, you’ll learn about them reading my books.
  • If you’ve ever wondered about boat travel in polar waters, you’ll learn a whole lot in the Bitter Harvest books. Once the world is reduced to ruins, a hardy group of shifters sets sail to discover if anything is left. 

 

 

Betrayed
Bitter Harvest 
Book Four
Ann Gimpel
Print Length: 259 pages
Publisher: Ann Gimpel Books, LLC
Publication Date: February 5, 2018
ASIN: B0792P5S8T

 

Breaking the world is a hard act to follow.

 

 

Karin’s watched magic ebb and flow over her long life. A healer by nature, as well as a wolf Shifter, she fixes what she can and buries her personal needs deep. In a race against time, she and a small group of Shifters and humans are sailing toward a gateway in the Arctic. If they can’t close it, Earth will be doomed, but getting that far is proving tricky.

 

Daide’s a scientist, first and foremost. Once a world-renowned expert on treating cetaceans, his skills are rusty. Ten years as a Vampire altered a whole lot, and he’s still exploring his brand-new Shifter magic. Karin caught his eye before they left Ushuaia, but she seems to be in love with a dolphin Shifter. Immersed in jealousy, Daide considers walking away, but he can’t give up. The only woman he’s ever loved is worth fighting for. Consequences be damned.

 

Vampires, Witches, high-handed gods, Kelpies, and a host of others all want either the ship or the Shifters’ magic. Even the simplest tasks develop thorny edges, and misunderstandings threaten to destroy everything.

 

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Abandoned 
Bitter Harvest 
Book Three
Ann Gimpel
Print Length: 292 pages
Publisher: Ann Gimpel Books, LLC
Publication Date: December 18, 2017
ISBN: 198126146X
ASIN: B077BSJFD8
Genre: PNR

 

Breaking the world is a hard act to follow.

 

Provocative. Engaging. The wild, supernatural ride continues.

 

Book Description:

 

A handful of Shifters. A hardy ship. An upside-down world where evil runs rampant and none of the old rules apply. Taking a stand against the Cataclysm solved a few problems, but others rushed in to fill in the void.

 

Recco misses his cozy lab and well-organized veterinary clinic, but ten years as a Vampire stripped him of any illusions. Life is done handing him everything he wants. He could rail against fate—which never bought him much—or suck it up and keep going. Defeating the Cataclysm broke Vampirism’s hold on him, though. Even better, it threw Zoe square in his path.

 

When Zoe left Ireland for a visiting professorship in Wyoming, she assumed she’d be home in a year, but her assumption swung around and bit her in the ass. The Cataclysm, a spell trapping her in Ushuaia for a decade may be gone, but it left a hell of a legacy. One that’s far from done chasing her.

 

Darkness stalks the ship. Evil that will stop at nothing to protect itself.

 

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Twisted
Bitter Harvest 
Book Two
Ann Gimpel

 

Book Description:

 

A small group of Shifters sails south from Ushuaia, determined to assess what’s left of the world. A Vampire attack, a possessed priest, and a gateway to Hell mean fallout from the spell gone bad that pinned them in Ushuaia for years is far from gone.

 

Back on a ship again, Juan reconstructs what’s always been a comfort zone. The sea is the only life he’s ever known—if you don’t count the ten years he spent as a Vampire. His new magic, fueled by a bond with a mountain cat, brings its own set of challenges, but they pale in comparison with the white-hot need knifing through him whenever Aura is anywhere close.

 

A historian by trade, Aura deals in prophecies for her Shifter pack. Attraction for Juan ignited when they fought the Cataclysm, but she figures he left a string of broken hearts during his years as chief navigator on cruise ships. They have to work together. A self-indulgent affair could ruin everything. She does her damnedest to keep distance between them, but the ship’s not big enough to escape yearning for a future together.

 

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Deceived 
Bitter Harvest 
Book One
Ann Gimpel

 

Magic shattered the world, but the worst is yet to come.

 

“Provocative and engaging. A fast-paced, supernatural ride.” Michelle Fox, NYT Bestselling Author

 

Book Description:

 

The sea may have been a harsh mistress, but Viktor longs for the challenges of wind and weather, for the sound of waves crashing over his hull. Turned by a Master Vampire, he hates what he’s become, but there’s no escape. Not from Ushuaia that’s turned into a city of bones, or from the Vampire who rules him.

 

Ketha and eleven other Shifters traveled to Ushuaia to harness the power of an eclipse and were trapped there when the world turned upside down. Ten years later, they’re staying one step ahead of Vampires who blame them for the cataclysm.

 

With her luck running low, Ketha turns her badly depleted magic on the Vampire assigned to lock her away and gets sucked in by her own spell. Maybe magic can’t save the world, but love might be able to salvage what’s left.

 

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Ann Gimpel is a mountaineer at heart. Recently retired from a long career as a psychologist, she remembers many hours at her desk where her body may have been stuck inside four walls, but her soul was planning yet one more trip to the backcountry. Around the turn of the last century (that would be 2000, not 1900!), she managed to finagle moving to the Eastern Sierra, a mecca for those in love with the mountains. It was during long backcountry treks that Ann’s writing evolved. Unlike some who see the backcountry as an excuse to drag friends and relatives along, Ann prefers solitude. Stories always ran around in her head on those journeys, sometimes as a hedge against abject terror when challenging conditions made her fear for her life, sometimes for company. Eventually, she returned from a trip and sat down at the computer. Three months later, a five hundred page novel emerged. Oh, it wasn’t very good, but it was a beginning. And, she learned a lot between writing that novel and its sequel.

Around that time, a friend of hers suggested she try her hand at short stories. It didn’t take long before that first story found its way into print and they’ve been accepted pretty regularly since then. One of Ann’s passions has always been ecology, so her tales often have a green twist.

 

In addition to writing, Ann enjoys wilderness photography. She lugs pounds of camera equipment in her backpack to distant locales every year. A standing joke is that over ten percent of her pack weight is camera gear which means someone else has to carry the food! That someone is her husband. They’ve shared a life together for a very long time. Children, grandchildren and three wolf hybrids round out their family.

 

 

Website – Blog – Amazon Page – FacebookTwitter 

 

 

 

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Guest Post: Jennifer Ryan shares her Favorite Scene to write in True to You

 

What was your favorite scene to write? Why?

 

I love the scenes where I can show a real connection between the hero and heroine. It’s not always easy to create those intimate moments and make them feel real and have genuine heart. More than that, I love it when I get a chance to show that my tough guys have a huge heart when it comes to the woman they love. They’d do anything, even bare their souls. Even if all seems lost, they keep trying, because it’s worth the fight for a chance at real love and happiness.

 

In True to You Dawson King has been working to take down a major player in the Guzman drug cartel. In order to get the job done, he goes undercover to get close to Iceman’s daughter Cara. He hates lying to her and knows a relationship is a bad idea that will only end in disaster. When all is said and done and it seems that everyone Cara loves has lied and betrayed her, she leaves town, lost in grief and anger.

 

But Dawson isn’t about to let her get away. He calls her every morning, though Cara is stubborn and it’s a one-sided conversation.

 

I love this scene because it shows both their perspectives, but also how well Dawson knows Cara – so much so that he carries on a conversation with her all on his own. And because he knows her so well, Cara can’t ignore or dismiss him or how much he cares about her.

 

Excerpt: True to You

 

Her cell phone rang on the bedside table behind her. She rolled over, picked it up, and checked the caller ID. Her heart fluttered with anticipation. She accepted the call, but like every other time these last two weeks, she didn’t say a word, because she didn’t know what to say or how she felt besides hollow.

 

“Morning sweetheart.” His deep voice sent a ripple of longing through her. “I’m up early for work.”

 

Yeah. Kentucky’s two hours ahead of Montana. Light barely seeped through the slit in the motel room curtains.

 

“I wish I knew where you are. I wish you were here. You feel like you’re a million miles away.”

 

He paused. She didn’t say anything. “Still not talking to me, huh. That’s okay. Did you sleep well?”

 

No.

 

“I didn’t think so,” he answered his question like she’d spoken her thought. He’d become adept at carrying on whole conversations without her saying a word. Because he knew her well enough to guess her part. Which made her think even more about him, what they shared, what she’d lost. What she’d left behind.

 

Which was exactly his intention. And wasn’t that just a lovely thought even if she didn’t fit into his world. She didn’t feel like she fit anywhere anymore.

 

“If you miss me one tenth of how much I miss you, you’re probably as lonely as I am without you.”

 

I am.

 

“I woke up this morning thinking about the way you smell. Coffee and cinnamon sugar donuts and spring.”

 

You smell like the forest after it rains.

 

“I can’t go into a coffee shop without a thousand memories flooding my mind. I miss the hours we worked together side by side in the kitchen. I missed you so much yesterday, I made a bunch of cherry tarts.”

 

Your specialty.

 

“I liked making those the most. Maybe I’ll take some into work for Trigger and the guys.”

 

Your first day back now that they cleared you for the shooting. Does it weigh on you? Does it wake you in the night in a cold sweat? I can’t stop thinking about it. I can’t stop thinking about how close we both came to dying. The thought of losing you…Well, I did lose you. Didn’t I? Do we still have a chance?

 

“I’m not sure I’m ready to go back. It still feels unfinished.”

 

Like things ended wrong.

 

“With things the way they are between us…I have so much more to do to make things right.”

 

Nothing feels right without you. A hard admission to make because her head reminded her that he’d lied, but her heart warmed with the love he showed her then and still showed her today.

 

“When you’re ready, I’ll prove to you that all I want to do is make you happy. I will never lie to you again. I say that all the time, but it’s the truth, sweetheart.”

 

I know. She couldn’t deny the earnestness in his voice or that all the time they’d been together he’d gone out of his way to always tell her the truth even while he lied about being DEA. She understood that he’d had to keep that secret and why. She even believed if he’d had a choice, he’d have confided in her. But he couldn’t risk his life to do it.

 

You didn’t trust me.

 

“I had an obligation to the job, even if it went against what I believed wholeheartedly: you’d never do anything to hurt me or put me in jeopardy. Because you’re a good person, Cara. Better than all of us. And you love me. At least I hope you do, because I love you more than I ever thought possible.”

 

Loving the people in my life nearly destroyed me.

 

“I know you don’t want to hurt anymore, Cara. It hurts so damn bad missing you, not having you here with me, not hearing your voice, or feeling you next to me. You’ve lost everyone, but you still have me. You will always have me. I will wait as long as it takes, but please, Cara, have mercy, come home.”

 

He ended every call with those same two words. And she spent the next five minutes staring at the water spots on the ceiling with tears sliding down her cheeks and her heart aching to go to him. 

 

 

 

True to You
(Montana Heat #2)
by Jennifer Ryan
Expected publication: February 27th 2018 by Avon

 

A Montana Man risks everything for the woman he loves . . .

 

Undercover DEA Special Agent Dawson King spent five months in a Montana prison establishing a fake identity to take down a ruthless drug dealer and put him behind bars. Except there’s a wild card . . . the killer’s beloved daughter. Cara Potter may appear to be on the right side of the law, but King has learned the hard way to trust no one—even someone as tantalizing as the coffee shop owner. She’s irresistible . . . but is she also dangerous?

 

From the moment he enters her life, King makes Cara . . . nervous. The handsome drifter says he wants to get his life together . . . but there is something about him that doesn’t quite ring true. Cara wants to believe in him, yet she holds back despite the way he awakens dormant dreams and leaves her breathless with his sexy smile, steamy kisses, his every touch.

 

When the explosive truth comes out and she’s betrayed by the ones she loves, Cara must decide—can she trust her heart, or should she listen to her head?

 

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Jennifer Ryan, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Hunted and McBrides Series, writes romantic suspense and contemporary small-town romances.

 

Jennifer lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and three children. When she isn’t writing a book, she’s reading one. Her obsession with both is often revealed in the state of her home, and how late dinner is to the table. When she finally leaves those fictional worlds, you’ll find her in the garden, playing in the dirt and daydreaming about people who live only in her head, until she puts them on paper.

 

Please visit her website at www.jennifer-ryan.com for information about upcoming releases. 

 

 

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Guest Post: Sharon Ashwood (Enchanter Redeemed) ~ Giveaway/Excerpt

 

Building the Better Alpha

 

What’s big, domineering, possessive, and delicious to look at? The romantic alpha male, of course! He’s been swaggering through our bookshelves for years, exasperating and seducing us by turns.

 

On the surface, he looks like an easy character to write—make him handsome, make him heroic, add some baby oil to show off all those muscles and you’re done, right? Not so fast! Because he’s such a familiar archetype, it takes some extra work to turn this hero (or villain, for that matter) into someone extraordinary.

 

Powerful male characters are multi-dimensional. He needs to be smart, which enables him to function in his area of expertise. This might be as a stock trader, or a scientist, or the leader of a street gang. However he does his business, he has somehow believably earned his place. Generally, he’s also people-smart. An alpha is a leader, and that requires empathy, emotional maturity, and excellent self-control. If he’s stomping around demanding that everyone play by his rules, he looks like a jerk. Smart alphas get their way by earning respect.

 

My hero, Merlin, is the enchanter in King Arthur’s court of Camelot, which has been accidentally transplanted from medieval England to modern day Washington State. Merlin is a warrior, a magic user, and a teacher. He’s also keeping some impressive secrets, which is the special sauce every powerful male character needs. An interesting protagonist is flawed, sometimes badly. Just ask Merlin’s demon ex-girlfriend.

 

Flaws make for interesting characters who grow and change. In a romance, that journey of redemption begins with love. Most heroes resist emotional intimacy at first. Here the hero is at his most vulnerable, and yet that emotional openness is what allows him to grow. It takes an extraordinary woman to convince him to take the first steps down that road to healing and redemption. Clary, Merlin’s apprentice, is truly one—or maybe two?—of a kind.

 

Merlin’s journey is laden with peril, including an array of terrifying past mistakes. He has to save the world, but first he has to save himself, the woman he loves and the entire realm of Camelot.

 

 

 

 
Enchanter Redeemed
 

Camelot Reborn #4


Sharon Ashwood


Genre: Paranormal Romance


Publisher: Harlequin Nocturne


Date of Publication: February 1/6 2018


ISBN: 978-1335629487


ASIN: B073P5TL7J


Number of pages: 300


Word Count: 80,000


Cover Artist: Brandon Allen

 

Tagline:  Ancient magic and new passion…

 

Book Description:

 

In the last battle for Camelot, Merlin had to make a terrible choice. Now he must pay the price. When a demon from his past reappears, she wants nothing more than to destroy the wizard. Now to reap her vengeance as a lover scorned, the demon occupies the body of Clary—the apprentice who is capturing his heart—and has the innocent behaving in uncharacteristic ways. Ways that push the forbidden desire Clary and Merlin share into heated play…

 

 

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Other Books in the Series

 

Book 1 – Enchanted Warrior (RITA nominee)

Book 2 – Enchanted Guardian

Book 3 – Royal Enchantment

 

Clary jolted awake. Power surged through her body, painful and suffocating. Her spine arched into it—or maybe away from it, she wasn’t sure. Merlin had one hand on her side and the other on her chest, using his magic like a defibrillator. The sensation hammered her from the inside while every hair on her body stood straight up. When he released her, she sagged in relief. A drifting sensation took over, as if she were a feather in an updraft.

Merlin’s fingers went to her neck, checking for a pulse. His hands were hot from working spells, the touch firm yet gentle. In her weakened state, Clary shivered slightly, wanting to bare her throat in surrender. She was a sucker for dark, broody masculinity and he projected it like a beacon. All the same, Clary sucked in a breath before he got any big ideas about mouth-to-mouth. If Merlin was going to kiss her, she wanted wine and soft music, not blood and the dirty workshop floor.

Another bolt of power, more pain, another pulse check. Clary managed a moan, and she heard the sharp intake of Merlin’s breath. His hand withdrew from her pulse point as she forced her eyes open. He was staring down at her with his peculiar amber eyes, dark brows furrowed in concern. She was used to him prickly, arrogant or sarcastic, but not this. She’d never seen that oddly vulnerable expression before—but it quickly fled as their gazes met.

“You’re alive.” He said it like a fact, any softness gone.

“Yup.” Clary pushed herself up on her elbows. She hurt all over. “What was that?”

“A demon.”

“I got that much.” Clary held up her arm, peering through the rents in her jacket where the demon’s claws had slashed. Merlin’s zap of power had stopped the bleeding, but the deep scratches were red, puffy and hurt like blazes.

“Demon claws are toxic.”

“Got that, too.”

“I can put a salve on the wound, but you’d be smart to have Tamsin look at it,” Merlin said. “Your sister is a better healer than I am.”

“She’s better than anybody.” Clary said it with the automatic loyalty of a little sister, but it was true. “She’s got a better bedside manner, too.”

Merlin raised a brow, his natural arrogance back in place. “Just be glad you’re alive.”

She studied Merlin, acutely aware of how much magic he’d used to shut the demon down. He looked like a man in his early thirties, but there was no telling how old he actually was. He was lean-faced with permanent stubble and dark hair that curled at his collar. At first glance, he looked like a radical arts professor or dot-com squillionaire contemplating his next disruptive innovation. It took a second look to notice the muscular physique hidden by the comfortable clothes. Merlin had a way of sliding under most radars, but Clary never underestimated the power he could pluck out of thin air. She was witch born, a member of the Shadowring Coven, but he was light years beyond their strongest warlocks.

That strength was like catnip to her—although she’d never, ever admit that out loud. “What were you doing?” she demanded, struggling the rest of the way to a sitting position.

“I was watching the demons through a scrying portal when you interrupted me.” His tone was precise and growing colder with every syllable. Now that the crisis was over, he was getting angry.

“The she-demon tried to kill me.” Clary’s insides hollowed as the words sank home. Dear goddess, she did kill me! And Merlin had brought her back before a second had passed—but it had happened. Her witch’s senses had felt it happen. The realization left her light-headed.

“She doesn’t get to have you,” he said in a low voice.

Their gazes locked, and something twisted in Clary’s chest. She’d been hurt on Merlin’s watch, and he was furious. No, what she saw in his eyes was more than icy anger. It was a heated, primal possessiveness that came from a far different Merlin than she knew. Clary’s breath stopped. Surely she was misreading the situation. Death and zapping had scrambled her thoughts.

“I shouldn’t have walked in on you.”

“No, you shouldn’t have,” he said in a voice filled with the same mix of ice and fire. “You’d be a better student of magic if you paid attention. You asked me to teach you proper magic and not the baby food the covens use. Real magic is deadly.”

Abruptly, he stood and crossed the room to kick a shard of agate against the wall. It bounced with a savage clatter. Clary got to her feet, her knees wobbling. He spun and stormed back to her in one motion, moving so fast she barely knew what was happening.

He took her by the shoulders, the grip rough. “Don’t ever do that again!”

And then his mouth crushed hers in a hard, angry kiss. Clary gasped in surprise, but there was no air, only him, and only his need. She rose slowly onto her toes, the gesture both surrender and a desire to hold her own. She’d been kissed many times before, but never consumed this way. His lips were greedy and hot with that same confusing array of emotions she’d seen a moment ago. Anger. Fear. Possession. Protectiveness.

Volatile. That was the word she’d so often used in her own head when thinking about him. Volatile, though he kept himself on a very short chain. Right now that chain had slipped.

 

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Sharon Ashwood is a free-lance journalist, novelist, desk jockey and enthusiast for the weird and spooky. She has an English literature degree but works as a finance geek. Interests include growing her to-be-read pile and playing with the toy graveyard on her desk. As a vegetarian, she freely admits the whole vampire/werewolf lifestyle fantasy would never work out, so she writes paranormal romances instead.

 

Sharon lives in the Pacific Northwest and is owned by the Demon Lord of Kitty Badness.

 

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