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Monday, January 29, 2018

Can She Fall in Love with a Haunted Man? Farraway Mist by Tani Hanes.



Today it’s my pleasure to welcome over and interview Tani Hanes, author of Farraway Mist, a Paranormal Romance.

Date of Publication: November 17, 2017

ISBN:1973331683
ASIN: B077LCFM6Z

Number of pages: 210

Word Count: 87,210 

Book Description


Scout Lawson is fleeing an unhappy past, and thinks she's run as far as she can from Yale University when she lands a job restoring a library in Cornwall, England for reclusive rock star George Wilder, who dropped out of sight after the death of his beautiful wife the year before.

As soon as she arrives at his estate, Farraway Mist, however, strange things start to happen. As the couple's feelings for each other grow, the events become more harrowing, until everything they hold dear is in peril.


Let’s Interview!


What inspired you to write this book?

I wanted to write something that was kind of an homage to some of my favorite paranormal thrillers. The ones that come to mind right off the bat are Daphne DuMaurier’s Rebecca, Richard Adams’ The Girl in a Swing, and Stephen King’s Bag of Bones. Rebecca was the most evocative of place and atmosphere, The Girl in a Swing was the most beautifully written, the most haunting prose, and Bag of Bones was the scariest. I don’t think I even came close on any level, but those three are what I was aiming for when I took my swing. They make me swoon, every time.

How did you come up with the title?

This one’s easy—Farraway Mist is the name of the estate in Cornwall where the story takes place! I liked the way it sounded, too. The name “Farraway” could almost be “faraway,” you know, which is a romantic adjective, anyway, and “mist” just sounds pretty and wispy and shroudy and foggy and all that good stuff, right? It sounded like a good name for a lonely, English estate where spooky things could happen, I thought.

What made you choose the main setting for your book?

I grew up reading Agatha Christie, and I was lucky enough to go on a cruise around the British Isles a few years ago, so where else would I set a spooky romance about a reclusive, handsome Englishman and his shy librarian? Just the name “Cornwall” brings up images of hidden sea coves and dark, old cottages, doesn’t it? I wanted a little populated, village setting, where strange things could happen, where cell service might be spotty, and things going bump in the night might be “normal,” for lack of a better word.

Tell us a little bit about the conflict in your story.

The set up is very “Rebecca,” I suppose, though there’s no scary Mrs. Danvers, and my heroine has a name and a little self confidence. Her name is Scout, and she arrives at Farraway Mist to find that George, a famous musician whom she’d heard of already, is very closed off and taciturn, hard to talk to. He’s shut out the world because of the death of his beautiful wife a few years before, a woman he adored. And, because of her tomboyish appearance and funny name, he was under the mistaken impression that she was a man as well. So they don’t get off to the best start, and weird things start happening at the house almost right away. Of course they start to have feelings for each other, and the strange occurrences start to ramp up and all that. There are a couple of boys from the village who work for George, and he has a couple of very smart dogs, as well, that make up the main cast, so to speak.

If you had to sell your book based on one run of dialogue (start quote to end quote), which would it be?

"George! Please let me out! Please!" she begged. She was nearly incoherent in her hysteria, yanking on the door knob.

"It's locked! It's locked from the inside!" George was shouting. "You've locked it, Scout! You have to unlock it from your side-- do you understand?"

"I didn't! I didn't! I didn't I didn't I didn't lock it I didn't!" she screamed. She started banging on the door. "Please let me out! There's something in here with me George! There's something in here with me! Please! Please!" She collapsed on to the door, sobbing, unable even to speak, simply continuing to hit the door weakly with her fists. "George, please, there's something in here with me--"

There was only silence from George's side of the door, even the dogs were quiet.

"George, please, please let me out," Scout beseeched him.

"Scout, darling, get away from the door, all right? Move away from the door," she heard.

"Are you well away?" he asked a few moments later.

"Yes--yes," she replied.

There was a huge cracking noise as the door splintered, and the door, George, and both dogs fell into the room.

"Scout? Scout? Where are you?" he called. He fumbled for the light switch, illuminating the room.

She was huddled against the wall, eyes huge, hands held in front of her as if warding off a blow.

"Oh my god, you poor thing," George said softly, gathering her up. He tried to lead her to the bed, but she began screaming again, so he simply picked her up and took her to his room, the dogs following worriedly in their wake. She hung limply in his arms, head dangling, eyes wide.

He laid her carefully in his bed, switching on the lamp. She was pallid, her lips blue. He felt her head, cursing himself for not calling in a doctor that afternoon.

"Scout? Scout, I'm going to make you some tea, all right? I'll be right back." She grabbed his sleeve, and it seemed like she wasn't going to let him leave the room, but when Jess and Bandit broke one of his cardinal rules and jumped on his bed with her, she released him.

He hurried downstairs and made the tea, loading it up with sugar. He added a little brandy and brought it upstairs, grabbing one of his sleeping pills on the way.

The dogs had moved, one on each side, and she had an arm around each, though she still looked quite off. He tried to hand her the tea, but she didn't reach for it, so he held it, and she did finally begin to take sips. After she'd drunk about half of it and taken the pill, her color began to improve, and eventually she was able to hold the cup on her own.

"Now, do you think you can talk to me?" he asked softly. "Tell me what happened?"

She looked at him, pupils still so dilated her blue eyes looked black.

"Something was in the bed with me," she whispered.

He looked at her.

"I was asleep, and I woke up because I felt something in the bed with me. It moved when I moved. It was under the covers with me, down near my feet, and it grabbed my ankle right when you started banging on the door," she continued in that same, horrified voice.

She saw his face. "I wasn't sleeping," she said firmly. "I know what a dream feels like, I do." She put her hand on his arm. "And I didn't lock my door, George. I don't even know how that door locks."

He looked at her.

"Okay," he said finally. "There's no need to discuss any of this tonight, regardless of what happened. You've had a shock, and you need to rest, we can certainly agree on that much, right?" He looked at her, nodding.

She just stared at him, finally nodding back. Her eyelids were finally beginning to droop as the pill took effect.

"Right, then, so get some rest, and we'll talk in the morning, yeah?"

"Okay," Scout said reluctantly. She looked around, realizing for the first time where she was. "I can't sleep here, though, and put you out of your own bed." Her eyes were glazed over, but she looked panicky, and George realized that she was really frightened by whatever had happened to her.

"Look," he said softly. "This bed is huge. I'll sleep on top of this duvet, I'll just grab another one, okay? It'll be all proper and above board." He smiled reassuringly at her. "And Jess and Bandit will be between us as canine chaperones as well. They'll be so chuffed they won't move all night, will you guys, hm?" And indeed, the dogs were so happy to be on the bed it did seem as though they were settled in for the night.

"Whatever you gave me was really strong..." Scout mumbled. George smiled when he looked over at her. Her arm was around Bandit's neck, and her eyes had slipped closed. She looked like a sleeping ten-year- old.

He rolled over and tried to put the night's strange events out of his mind. But something was bothering him, tickling the edge of his brain, and it came to him, just as he was dropping off to sleep.
The key to that room had been lost long ago. The previous owner of the house had told him that when he'd moved in.

There was no way it could've been locked.

Are you currently working on another story? If so, we’d love some details.

I have a book called Pete and Daisy, and two sequels, that I’m working on publishing next. It’s a romance (surprise!) about a young college couple living in New York City who are dealing with an unexpected pregnancy, learning to love each other as they face this new chapter in their lives. It’s light and fun, very sexy and romantic.

Do you write books in series? If so, share a bit about the series you currently have published or are coming soon.

I didn’t know I liked writing serials until I started writing, but I do. When I get to the end, or what I thought was the end, it turns out there’s still so much more I want to say! And my readers, too will start asking, almost immediately, if there’s more. They ask me what happened to “so and so,” like they just drop by to chat or something. I remember reading Stephen King talking about something like this, and him being so surprised by this, but now I know what he’s talking about. I get to really enjoy spending time with these people I’ve created, and I miss them when I put them away. The UK Crush books were seven in all, and I do think I’m finished with them, though even those guys pop up as carry overs in my other stories. Pete and Daisy have three book so far, and I haven’t even published any yet, so who knows? And the characters in Farraway Mist, well, I miss them, and I’d love to write more about what happens to them after this book ends, so who knows?

Excerpt


Eventually she fell into a kind of fitful sleep, but suddenly came wide awake in complete darkness, unsure for a moment where she was.

Something was in the bed with her.

She lay completely still, not even breathing, and she felt it again, the thing that had awakened her.
Something was moving, down near her foot. Under the comforter. As long as she didn't move, it didn't move, but every time she moved, she felt a corresponding movement down there.

Soft.

Stealthy.

Scout didn't know how long she lay there without moving, but it felt like hours. She could hear her heart hammering in her ears, feel it pounding in her chest. Her foot twitched, completely out of her control, and the comforter jumped, at least eight inches away from where her foot was. 

About the Author


 
Tani Hanes was born in Yokosuka, Japan. She spent the first few years of her life traveling back and forth between Japan and the US, making the permanent move to the Central Valley of California when she was five. She visited family in Japan on a regular basis, and attended college in Tokyo for one year at ICU before getting her degree in Language Studies from UC Santa Cruz. She has two children, and was a substitute teacher for fifteen years. Hanes currently resides in New York City with her husband and cats, Moss and Lily.









Monday, January 22, 2018

Ages of Invention Series by S.B.K. Burns. #timetravel #steampunk



Today it's my pleasure to feature the Ages of Invention Series including Entangled and Fly Like An Eagle by S.B.K. Burns. 


Entangled
Book One

Genre: PNR, Sci-Fi,
Time-Travel, Steampunk

Date of Publication: December 2016

ISBN: 1521172862
ASIN: B01N6EE13Q

Number of pages: 320
Word Count: 79290

Cover Artist: Fiona Jayde

Book Description

She’s Hume’n, a member of the lower class, with one chance to change her life…

In an alternate, twenty-first century Boston, Dawn Jamison is a hair’s breadth away from earning her doctorate degree—a degree that would allow her entrance into the upper class, to become the unemotional and self-disciplined Cartesian she is now only pretending to be. To reach her goal, all Dawn must do is overcome her forbidden attraction to the Olympic-class weightlifter Taylor Stephenson who’s just crashed her lectures on past life regression. She must also teach her group of misfit students how to travel back into their past lives—and, oh, of course, figure out how to save the great scientists of the early eighteenth century before they’re inextricably caught up in a time loop.

He’s Cartesian, a member of the upper class, and supposed to know better…

Coerced by his politically powerful, wheelchair-bound brother into spying on Dawn’s past-life regression classes, Taylor knows better than to give into his desire to claim Dawn as his own. But his past-life entity, eighteenth-century Colin, has no such inhibitions. When Taylor and Dawn meet up in Scotland in the 1700s, all the discipline he’s forced on his twenty-first-century self disintegrates in the past, leaving only his overwhelming lust for Dawn’s past-life double, Lily. Unable to escape their sexually obsessive past, Dawn and Taylor find themselves in a race against the clock at the epicenter of a world-altering time quake of their own making.


Excerpt 


Before Dawn had finished the second suggestive sentence of her self-regression, she was here in the misty Lowlands of Scotland, not far outside Edinburgh. As on her previous trips, she was literally in Lily’s body, experiencing all the woman’s senses and emotions, but none of her thoughts. So frustrating.

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Fly Like An Eagle
Book Two

Genre: PNR, Sci-Fi,
Time-Travel, Steampunk

Date of Publication: February 2017

ISBN: 1520680112
ASIN: B01MQT3PRN

Number of pages: 318
Word Count: 83,197

Book Description

It’s 1824 Philadelphia at the opening of the Franklin Institute of Science, and one of its founders, Samantha’s father, wants her to marry his business partner, a much older man, to keep their war industry dealings secret.

Looking for a way out of the arranged marriage, tomboy Sam finds it in Eagle, the half Native American son of the man she is to marry.

Eagle brings Samantha into his spiritual world, his bimijiwan, in order that she might stop their father’s preparations for an ironclad Civil War at sea. To do this, Sam might have to convince Benjamin Franklin to abandon his kite experiment.


Excerpt 

Samantha had most probably escaped to the house. Migizi (Eagle) would return her shawl, hoping by the time he caught up to her, she would have put on something a little less fetching.

Her father had been wrong about him. Leaving me alone with Ronaldson’s nubile daughter? Look at her as a sister? He’d have more success taking flight by jumping off a cliff and flapping his arms.

About the Author


Both romance and science have been central to the life of S.B.K. Burns (Susan). As a teen, she wrote romantic musicals between quarterbacks and cheerleaders. After a career as both a science teacher and advanced degrees in science, she began a ten-year journey of paranormal romance novel writing. Her ten books include two series: LEGENDS OF THE GOLDENS (about psychic vampires that protect humans from the baddies, even when the humans are not too keen on getting saved) and AGES OF INVENTION (alternate science history/steampunk: where Electress Sophia of The House of Hanover (ancestor to today’s British royalty) runs a time machine where she helps our heroes and heroines save the great scientists of history.






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Friday, January 19, 2018

The Sea Devil (Pirates of Britannia: Lords of the Sea) by Eliza Knight. #romance



Amazing news!! I’ve been invited to write a story for Kathryn Le Veque and Eliza Knight’s awesome new Pirates of Britannia series. SO excited! LOVE pirates! In fact, I’m reading Eliza Knight’s brand new release, The Sea Devil right now and it’s fantastic! Be sure to scoop up your copy of The Sea Devil (Pirates of Britannia: Lords of the Sea, Book 3). You’re going to love it! 

A daring brotherhood, where honor among thieves reigns supreme, and crushing their enemies is a thrilling pastime. These are the Pirates of Britannia.

The Sea Devil by Eliza Knight

Thornley “Thor” MacLeod, captain of The Sea Devil and prominent member of the Devils of the Deep is out for one thing and one thing only—revenge against Santiago Fernandez, leader of Los Demonios de Mar. Tormented by the demons of his past, he knows the only relief to his pain will be spilling the blood of his enemy. When he learns that Santiago seeks to find a child he abandoned nearly two decades before, Thor is determined to find the precious treasure first. Which means, Thor may have to sacrifice his honor in order to exact the perfect vengeance.

Orphaned at a young age, Alesia Baird has grown up along the harsh coasts of Scotland, bearing witness to many a nightmare. With the hangman’s noose dangling ever closer to her neck, she has to find a way to escape the only life she’s ever known. When she overhears a pirate mention he seeks the child of Santiago Fernandez, Alesia takes the leap, knowing this could be her only way out.

Alesia must keep up the ruse long enough to escape with her life, and perhaps a sack full of jewels. But when it comes time to jump ship, she finds her destiny may have led her in a different path. Will the hardened Highlander allow a lass into his heart—or is she destined to be alone forever?

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Here’s more about Books 1 & 2!



Savage of the Sea
Book One
By Eliza Knight

When Highland pirate prince, Shaw “Savage” MacDougall was invited to a deadly feast, he didn’t know that saving a wee lass would forever change his future.

A lady with a dangerous secret

Lady Jane Lindsey, widowed at a young age, seeks refuge from her departed husband’s vengeful enemies. For five years, she’s held a secret that could cost her everything, including her life. When her safety is compromised, she reaches out to the only man who’s protected her in the past, and offers him a bounty he cannot refuse.

A Highland pirate determined to save her

Shaw’s life is perfect. Whisky, women and mayhem. He wants for nothing—until Lady Jane presents a treasure he’d never considered possessing. Is he willing to risk his lethal reputation in order to save a lass he barely knows, again? Will she trust a pirate to see their arrangement through to the end? And what happens when perilous battles turn to sinful kisses? Who will save them from each other?

NOTE: This is Book One in the Lords of the Sea pirate series, written by Eliza Knight and Kathryn Le Veque. Kathryn Le Veque's novel, LEADER OF TITANS, is Book Two in this series. Book Three is THE SEA DEVIL by Eliza Knight. All books are stand-alones but much more fun if read together!

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Leader of Titans
Book Two
by Kathryn Le Veque

It's Medieval knights on the high seas! Swords, sea, and sea-going warriors in this exciting tale!

1444 A.D. - Constantine le Brecque a man of many facets. As the bastard son of Henry V, he was raised in secret to protect him from the king's enemies and lived his life knowing that his royal blood was a curse. He was, however, properly educated and trained as a knight, and one of the very best England has ever seen. But when he falls in love with the wrong woman, the course of his life is irrevocably changed....

Now, Constantine is known as the fearsome English pirate called LEADER OF TITANS, but his experience with his ex-lover wasn't enough to drive him away from women. He loves them, and loves them in droves. Passion, plunder, and pirates his is motto.

Enter Lady Greggoria "Gregg" de Moyon. A pious woman, she was given a sacred object by her husband, an object much sought after by the terrible French pirates who roam the coast between Brittany and England. When her husband is killed by the French pirates on their quest for the treasure, Greggoria must turn to Constantine for help. She knows that only a pirate of equal strength can fight off the French and save her from most certain doom.

Constantine is more than willing to help the beautiful woman with the unusual name. But when he unexpectedly falls for her, the man with more women than a Arab shiek finds that his task has just become unbearably complicated. Can he save Greggoria from the French pirates who want to see her dead? And the mysterious treasure that she is protecting... will it be his destruction?

NOTE: This is Book 2 in the Lords of the Sea pirate series, written by Eliza Knight and Kathryn Le Veque. Eliza Knight's novel, SAVAGE OF THE SEA, is Book One in this series. All books are stand-alones but much more fun if read together!)
 


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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Where Magic Rules and Menace Abounds. Storm Crossed by Dani Harper.



Today I'm thrilled to welcome over Dani Harper, author of Storm Crossed, Book Four in The Grim Series. 

Release Date: January 9, 2018

Publisher: Montlake Romance

ISBN-10: 1503948943
ISBN-13: 978-1503948945


Book Description

The latest stand-alone novel in Dani Harper’s Grim Series will delight old and new fans alike, transporting them to the ancient fae realm beneath the modern human world, where magic rules and menace abounds . . .

Heir to a noble fae house, Trahern is forced to watch helplessly as his twin brother is cruelly changed into a grim—a death dog—as punishment for falling in love with the wrong person. Trahern doesn’t believe love exists, but he will do anything to keep his brother alive—even join the Wild Hunt and ride the night skies of the human world.

Lissy Santiago-Callahan believes in love but has no time for it. She’s busy juggling her career as an academic and her home life as a single mom to a young son with Asperger’s. Her hectic life in sleepy Eastern Washington is made even more chaotic with the sudden arrival of a demanding fae and his unusual “dog.”

Mortal and immortal have nothing in common, and the attraction between Lissy and Trahern surprises them both. But when their desire places Lissy and her child in the path of a deadly faery feud, will the connection last, or will their separate worlds prove too great a divide?  

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Let’s Interview!

Hi, I’m Dani Harper and I’m excited to be here. Love your big comfy chairs! I’ve had my morning coffee – okay, I’ve had two, and there’s a third in my hand – and I’m ready to answer questions! 
Welcome Dani! Congratulations on your new release! I'm with you on the coffee intake. I'm easily on cup #4 by now. ;-) So tell me, what kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
I think I’ve been researching my whole life! I’ve had a fascination with mythology, legend, and folklore since I first learned to read, and I was fortunate to have access to some incredible collections of books on those subjects. Plus, I was also lucky enough to know my Welsh gramma, and a few other people who could be coaxed to talk about faeries.

Anything supernatural or paranormal fascinated me as a child, and still does. I have mad research skills gained from my career in the newspaper business, and I collect information like a dragon hoards gold. Yet I still find myself researching as I write. It never ends, and I enjoy learning about anything and everything.

Does your family support your career as a writer?

I am incredibly fortunate in that respect. My husband reads every word I write, even though fantasy and paranormal romance isn’t exactly his chosen genre. He’s my first and best beta reader. And definitely my staunchest fan. He’ll tell complete strangers about my work, anytime, anywhere, even when I’d really rather he didn’t, LOL. My grown daughters have cheered me on from the very beginning too, and my youngest often beta reads for me as well.   

Does writing energize or exhaust you?

Near the end it becomes an invigorating joy. During those final chapters I find myself writing faster and faster, the words flow, and I’m so deeply in the zone that I CAN’T WAIT to open my laptop and immerse myself in the story again.

In the earlier stages, writing can be pretty exhausting. No matter how much you plotted and planned beforehand, you’re still feeling your way along, and there’s a zillion decisions to be made. And sometimes the characters flat out refuse to cooperate.

No matter what stage the book is at, I’ve had to learn to take frequent breaks, clear my head, and get some exercise – walk or bike or swim. One of the very best “breaks” for me is to go out to my chicken yard and work on something there while I hang out with the flock. (Who knew that poultry was so good for mental health?)

Tell us about your favorite writing environment. Indoors, outdoors, a special room?

Most of my laptop work gets done at our kitchen table. It has the best lighting in the house, and the coffee pot is close at hand! I do have an office, and it has an exercise bike with a desktop in it – I spend close to an hour on that nearly every day.

When I’m stuck on a scene, though, I may have to pack up the laptop and leave the house in favor of a busy coffee shop or even a crowded McDonalds. No matter how much noise goes on around me in a public setting, it doesn’t distract me because it has nothing to do with me. I don’t have to respond to it! At home, the dogs want in and out, the phone rings, the laundry and the housework call out for attention – you know how it is!

Are your book/books available in audio?

YES, every one of my Grim Series stories is available as an audiobook. And I’m very excited and grateful that the narrator of the first three, actress Justine Eyre, graciously made time in her busy schedule to voice Storm Crossed. She has an amazing gift for accents, an affection for the characters, and really brings the story to life. My readers adore her, and so do I!

What genre/genres do you prefer to write? Are there other genres you’d like to write in the future?

I love fantasy and the supernatural too much to ever give them up. If I wasn’t writing paranormal romance, I’d probably move over to urban fantasy (hey, my favorite author is Ilona Andrews!). But I confess, I’ve become more and more interested in romantic thrillers over this past year. I’d love to try writing one!

Do you write books in series? If so, share a bit about the series you currently have published or are coming soon.

My stories do tend to grow into series! I never plan to do that in advance. It’s more a case of creating a world that I’d like to spend more time in, and characters that have more to tell. (Right now, a couple of them are actively campaigning for a book of their own!)

A recent example is my ghostly Yuletide romance, The Holiday Spirit. The characters have been among the most demanding – and creative – of any I’ve ever written, and I finally agreed that we would allow the book to evolve into The Haunted Holiday Series.

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Thank you so much for inviting me to your blog today! And I can hardly wait to chat with your readers in the comment section.

Thanks so much for joining us today! Wishing you much success. 

EXCERPT


“What are you doing here?” demanded a new voice, a rich masculine voice, and every one of her friends fell silent.

Oh great, we’ve attracted a park ranger, thought Lissy as she turned to face this new issue. How are we going to explain—

It was no ranger. The first thing her eyes took in was a heavy black cloak, thrown back to reveal strange leather clothing. Ornately tooled and trimmed with silver, it hugged a lean frame.

No, some instinct decided, not lean but lithe. Lithe like a big cat, all coiled agility and snake-strike muscle in a deceptively relaxed package. She was forced to tilt her head to see the strong jaw that underscored the man’s angular face—and the scar that ran diagonally across his throat.

Still, he could have been called handsome if it wasn’t for a strange otherness to his perfect features that was impossible to describe. Human, yet decidedly not. And no human she knew boasted hair like that. Pulled into a thick braid that fell halfway down his back, it was white in the way that snow was white—not a single shade, but many.

She had to remind herself to breathe. This was no lost cosplay enthusiast or a Lord of the Rings extra, but an actual living, breathing member of the faery race. Somewhere in the back of her mind, a faint thought protested that such a thing was completely impossible. It wasn’t very convincing, however, not with a flesh and blood dog the size of a goddamn Volkswagen already in front of her.

The man’s pale hair glowed in the fire’s light. A fistful of loose strands fell across his face, and beneath them his eyes were watchful, alert. A panther scanning for prey.

And he had found her.

The stranger’s unnerving gaze lingered for only a moment before apparently dismissing her. “What are you doing here?” he asked again, and Lissy realized he spoke to the enormous canine behind her.

“Wait a sec. This is your dog? Yours?” All the shock and fear of the past few minutes transmuted into anger. She’d been prepared to die defending her child, and this man, this being, was totally responsible! It was as if a switch inside had been thrown. Normal-everyday-college-science-professor Lissy was abruptly replaced with I-will-savagely-tear-apart-ten-man-eating-lions-to-save-my-kid Lissy. She stepped directly into his line of sight. “What the hell were you thinking, letting this animal run around loose like that?” she demanded.

He merely looked around her, as if she was a tree or a bush or a goddamn rock, and that just ramped up her fury. “You! I’m talking to you!” Without thought but backed by a considerable amount of adrenaline, she shoved him with all her strength. The element of surprise gave her an extra advantage, and the tall man stumbled back a step.

Now she had his full attention.

Most nature documentaries she’d watched advised against locking stares with wild animals, yet Lissy stood her ground and met the stranger’s riveting gaze boldly—despite her resentment at having to look up to do it. She all but bared her teeth as she stated her case: “You. Endangered. My. Son.”

“There was no danger to your offspring. The hound does not devour mortals.”

Was he mocking her with that imperious tone? “Yeah, well us mortals had no way of knowing that your monster dog doesn’t snack on humans. You have no right to frighten people like that!”

“I require no rights from you. I ride with the Hunt.”

Her gaze flicked to a faint ripple of movement at his side. The heavy cloak drew aside as if by its own volition, and the fae’s hand casually rested on the handle of a large coil of plaited leather at his hip. Ghostly tongues of bluish light flickered continuously over the heavy whip, here then gone in an instant only to reappear in a different spot, as if they were living things. 

Lissy could hear some gasps from her cluster of friends, and some hurried words between Morgan and Brooke. Though she’d never encountered the Wild Hunt herself, she knew that had to be what the stranger referred to. As a mere human, she should be utterly terrified.

Instead, she couldn’t care less if he was a unicorn. “Well, I require a goddamn apology from you, Mister,” she heard herself say, and folded her arms to wait.

About the Author



Legend, lore, love, and magic. These are the hallmarks of Dani Harper’s transformational tales of faeries, shapeshifters, ghosts, and more, for a mature audience.

A former newspaper editor, Dani’s passion for all things supernatural led her to a second career writing fiction. There isn't anything she likes better than exploring myths and legends from many cultures, which serve to inspire her sizzling and suspenseful stories.

A longtime resident of the Canadian north and southeastern Alaska, she now lives in rural Washington with her retired mountain-man husband. Together they do battle with runaway garden gnomes, rampant fruit trees, and a roving herd of predatory chickens.

Dani Harper is the author of Storm Crossed, Storm Warned, Storm Bound, Storm Warrior (the Grim Series), as well as First Bite (Dark Wolf), for Montlake Romance. She is also the author of a Yuletide ghost story, The Holiday Spirit, plus a popular shapeshifter series, which includes Changeling Moon, Changeling Dream, and Changeling Dawn.

For more, visit her website at http://www.daniharper.com



Twitter - https://twitter.com/Dani_Harper  or @Dani_Harper

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