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It’s the season of second chances in this heartwarming, contemporary holiday romance where two single parents find each other—and another chance at love—in the most unexpected of places!

’Tis the night before Christmas…and businessman and single father Jason is scrambling to find the dollhouse of the season for his seven-year-old daughter Emily. But when he finally strikes gold at an obscure toy store, he’s met with resistance—literally, as a beautiful woman named Leah is grabbing onto the dollhouse box from the other side of the aisle, determined to get the same Christmas present for her own daughter.

Desperate not to let the other win, Jason and Leah forge a pact: stay together until they find the same dollhouse at a different toy store. It sounds simple, but ten stores and many hours later, they still come up empty. They might not be finding another dollhouse, but they sure are finding a lot to talk about and, as their mutual attraction grows, the unlikely pair finds the greatest holiday gift of all—love.

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Typing out memos is anything but torturous when your boss is this hot! Dani-Lyn Alexander’s irresistible new yuletide romance is a lighthearted office romp that will make you long for the company holiday party.

Olivia Calloway isn’t cut out for the nine-to-five life. She’s a born entrepreneur. She just has to figure out her soul’s true calling—and she’s given herself until the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve to do it. With her trust fund dwindling and only two and a half months to go, she takes an assistant position at prestigious law firm Harris & Harris. The problem is, Olivia’s a terrible employee—incessantly late, forgetful, and clumsy. Not that her gorgeous new boss Garrett Emerson seems to mind. Beautiful, charming Olivia has been on his mind ever since she ran into him, literally, sprinting to the interview. But Olivia’s first big assignment—to plan an elaborate last minute New Year’s Eve party for the entire company—could make or break her job entirely. With Ms. Harris herself demanding perfection, a jealous office rival rooting for Olivia to lose, and even Garrett dreading the affair, can Olivia finally prove herself—or will an unforeseen complication send her back to the drawing board? All she wants for the holidays is to be her own boss—and to ignite the flirtatious sparks between her and Garrett…so she can file their relationship under love.

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The Perfect Gift

It seems every year I end up searching for that one hard to find gift. You know the one, that one thing every kid wants and only a lucky few parents can find. I remember many days and nights in search of that special gift of the season; Cabbage Patch Dolls, Tickle Me Elmo, Power Rangers, Nintendo Game Systems. I waited in line for hours on end, called store after store to find out when they expected deliveries—then thought I would be ahead of the crowd waiting for the trucks to come in, only to find a mob already gathered when I got there.

In The Perfect Gift, Jason and Leah each find themselves in search of an impossible to find dollhouse for their daughters. When they team up, they both find a lot more than they bargained for.

Have you ever gone in search of the hard to find gift of the season? What was it, what lengths did you go to in your efforts, and were you successful?


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Lost Princess
Kingdom of Cymmera
Book Two
Dani-Lyn Alexander

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Ryleigh Donnovan’s life changed forever the day she met Jackson Maynard, a Death Dealer, and followed him home to the kingdom of Cymmera. Now she is trying to care for her sister while saving a realm she knows nothing about…
Jackson has reluctantly accepted the throne of Cymmera, in place of his father. But his world is in turmoil, the kingdom under constant threat of attack. Worse still, Jackson suspects there is a traitor among his court. A powerful prophet has suggested a way to protect the realm, but that solution may drive Jackson and Ryleigh apart forever…
When a magic relic goes missing, Ryleigh has no choice but to journey in search of it. When Jackson discovers Ryleigh is missing, he must make a choice that will either claim their destiny, or bring an end to the only home he’s ever known.

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When Lady Alexandra Calthorpe returns to the Loveland, Colorado, ranch owned by her father, the Duke, she has little idea of how the experience will alter her future. Headstrong and willful, Alex tries to overcome a disastrous marriage in England and be free of the strictures of Victorian society --and become independent of men. That is, until Jesse Makepeace saunters back into her life...

Hot-tempered and hot-blooded cowpuncher Jesse Makepeace can’t seem to accept that the child he once knew is now the ravishing yet determined woman before him. Fighting rustlers proves a whole lot easier than fighting Alex when he’s got to keep more than his temper under control.

Arguments abound as Alex pursues her career as an artist and Jesse faces the prejudice of the English social order. The question is, will Loveland live up to its name?


"Andrea Downing has crafted a masterpiece with Loveland. Her fast-paced romantic western keep readers wondering how the story can ever be resolved...Downing is a strong writer who has written a worthy premiere novel. She handles romantic scenes with flair while showing the nitty-gritty of ranch life in the 1880s. Loveland is packed with action and emotion, leaving the reader wanting more. Loveland is one of those books I hated to have end. A hands-down five-star novel."  Mary E. Trimble,  Captivating Stories from the American West to West Africa


"…Great storytelling! Even though the happy ending is a given, the journey was much more satisfying because of the snappy dialogue, the pivotal plotting, and the realistic progression of Alex and Jesse's emotional connection. I'm happy to give this book Five Stars!

Lynda Coker, Between the Pages

"Andrea Downing does a very good job of depicting the hard life on a ranch in the late 1800´s as well as the struggles of a high-society woman to gain independence. I like the authors descriptive style and the pace throughout the book is very high, with one dramatic event after the other unfolding...The author does a good job in adding a lot of interesting historical detail and a fun group of supporting characters to give this classic romantic story more depth. I would recommend Loveland for lovers of romance and historical fiction enthusiasts."

--Daniella, The TBR Pile


The two men looked over at Jesse who was leading his own horse into the stable, anger etched in every muscle of his face. Joe nodded toward the chuck house and they followed the others in to leave Alex alone when Jesse came out.

     She was starting back to the main house when Jesse grabbed her arm and turned her around. “You ever do that again,” he said in a voice she had never heard, intense in its anger, rage just below its surface, “I swear to God, Alex, I’ll...I’ll take you over my knee and give you a lickin’ once and for all.”

     “How dare you!” She shook him off. “How dare you talk to me like that! How dare you! Who the hell do you think you are?”

     Jesse jabbed his finger at her to emphasize he meant what he was saying. “Who do I think I am?” he snarled back. “Who do I think I am? You ever, ever take a gun off me again and point it at someone, you’ll find out who the hell I think I am. You know that coulda gone off? You know you coulda killed someone? I told you—out there yonder—I told you, you never point that thing at anyone less’n you mean bus’ness.”

     “I did bloody well mean business! They were destroying that horse. Furthermore, I knew, and you knew, and they both knew, there wasn’t a shot under the hammer. You taught me that, didn’t you? So there was no chance of an accident!”

     “That don’t matter none. You coulda pulled the hammer back twice. Way you was, you were nothin’ better’n a loose cannon, Alex. You ever do a thing like that again—”

     “You’ll what?” She shook with her rage as tears pooled against her will. “I apologized to them both and they accepted my apologies. It’s none of your concern—”

     “None of my concern! You pulled my gun! You ever do that again— Don’t you walk away when I’m talkin’ to you!”

     She turned back to him after a few steps. “You’ll what? You’ll what, Jesse? What will you do? I want to hear it! Say it again. What will you do?” And she stood there in the evening darkness, facing him down, wearing him out like she’d faced down the stallion.

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Andrea Downing


There are three miniatures of 1950s movie posters, which hang in my daughter’s bathroom, that amuse me no end.  In light of what they promise by showing supposedly titillating pictures enhanced by sensational blurbs, we now know that their promises weren’t, by any means, kept.  Nineteen-fifties censorship was pretty strict:  no double-bed scenes, never mind sex; closed mouth kissing; and so on.  After all, it hadn’t been so long ago that the producers of ‘Gone With the Wind’ (1939) were told to take out the now-famous line, “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn!”  They decided to pay the fine and keep the line…
In ‘Problem Girls’ (1953), with the tag line, “Why Do So Many Rich Girls Go Wrong?”, the poster shows a scantily dressed woman, her wrists roped above her head with another woman torturing her by spraying her with water.  There is also a shot of a couple in a clinch with the caption, “She Toyed with Men.”  I wonder how many people went to see this movie in the hope she’d be doing more than toying with men.  Turns out the movie actually concerns a doctor who goes to work in a secret rich girl-delinquent reform school, and uncovers a plot that involves drugging one of the inmates until she can inherit a fortune that the matron of the institution plans to steal.  You’d never guess it from the poster.

‘Island Women’ (1958) promises “The Whole Ripped-Bare Story of the Beach Babes of the Caribbean!”  It appears the beach babes of the Caribbean need to shave under their arms, for one thing, if the poster is anything to go by.  “White-hot off the blazing beaches of the Carib sin-ports…the story of excitement-mad “nice” girls looking for “kicks” in the luxury isles!”  and “Everything you’ve heard about them is true!”  Remember Dr. Ben Casey/Vince Edwards?  Well, he was in this one—produced by Security Pictures, Inc., by the way.  So, was this the tale of a bachelorette party gone mad?  Nope.  I’d like to direct you to IMDb to read the whole plot summary, but basically it is about a charter boat captain who loves a girl whose aunt also has the hots for him and conspires to have her man.  I’m sure there’s fodder for a good romance novel in there somewhere.

And finally, we have ‘Lost, Lonely and Vicious’ (1958):  “A Dramatic Sensation with the Brightest Stars of Tomorrow” whom we’ve hardly heard from again… Anyway, this poster says the film is a “CONFIDENTIAL EXPOSÉ! The white-hot story of what happens to boys and girls who come to Hollywood…seeking success, and clawing their way to the top!” Really?  IMDb tells us that it concerns a rising male movie star, involved with his older woman dramatic coach (ah, that cougar detail again!), who meets a young innocent girl.  And, by the way, he is strangely preoccupied with death…  You wouldn’t guess any of this from the girl in her slip by the bed.

Designers of book covers today know all about titillation.  Women no longer wear one-piece bathing suits; in fact, they hardly have to wear anything at all.  Men with washboard stomachs and steel six-packs grab the female eye.  And, then, there are those compromising positions or more-than-hints at Doms about to play hardball.  But, at least, for the most part, the covers we now have live up to their promise. Now we will really get that whole, ripped-bare story of the beach babes of the Caribbean and the no-longer-confidential exposé.

My own covers are relatively tame but beautifully designed, I think.  And they are certainly relevant to the book.  I hope you’ll get a chance to look inside, too.
Andrea Downing likes to say that when she decided to do a Masters Degree, she made the mistake of turning left out of New York, where she was born, instead of right to the west, and ended up in the UK.   She eventually married there, raising a beautiful daughter and staying for longer than she cares to admit.  Teaching, editing a poetry magazine, writing travel articles, and a short stint in Nigeria, as well as extensive travel throughout Europe, Africa and Latin America, filled those years.  She returned to NYC in 2008.  She now divides her time between the city and the shore, and often trades the canyons of New York for the wide open spaces of Wyoming.  Family vacations are frequently out west and, to date, she and her daughter have been to over 25 ranches throughout the west.  Loveland, her first book, was a finalist for Best American Historical at the 2013 RONE Awards and her three further novels and novellas have garnered several awards.

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Reclaiming Flight
Flight Book Two
Heather M. Sharpe

He could lose his life, his love…or reclaim it all.

Twenty years ago, Cedric found his mate’s dead body in a heap at the base of a cliff. Ever since, he has dedicated what’s left of his life to serving the Council. But after a lifetime of being their Enforcer, he’s finally had enough and has asked to be released from his duties. One last job, one last innocent to protect, and then he can disappear.

Until a mysterious woman in the woods offers him something he never dreamed he’d get: a chance to reclaim the love he thought he’d lost forever.

Cedric is overjoyed at a chance to have Taryn back and jumps at the offer. But his last assignment won’t leave him alone to rekindle their relationship. With a warning that Taryn’s time could be limited, and with a dangerous stalker on the loose, Cedric must try to unravel the mystery behind Taryn’s accident twenty years ago. If he plays it wrong, he could lose his love, his career, and his life…or reclaim it all.

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About Heather M. Sharpe

Heather M. Sharpe lives on 6 acres in central Kansas with her husband, perfect little boy, and mother-in-law. Being the mother of a 3 year old boy, her house has been overrun with pets—everything from dogs and cats, ducks and chickens, to turtles and fish. And each night it’s a race between the people and the seven 4-legged pets to fight for room on the bed.  

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"Please eat.” She continued to stare at him, and he realized where he'd learned the trick. All these years he'd thought himself so clever, and he'd merely been copying the habits of his lost love. She never screamed or shouted when they disagreed, just stated her point quietly, then waited in silence for him to consider both sides. "I'm sorry. I'll have someone deliver some fruit, or something healthier.” He reached for her plate.

"Leave it. It's perfect. I'd like an answer, however, to my question. What's going on?"

Cedric ran a hand through his hair nervously. "If I answer, you'll eat?”

She tilted her head slowly, not a full nod but affirmation.

"Fine. I'll answer. Just give me a sec to get it all sorted out.”

With his promise, she tore into the sandwich. Cedric was almost distracted from his dilemma by the butter that escaped to run down her chin. In no time at all, she'd finished her breakfast, and he scooted his plate to her across the smooth black counter. She picked his up and arched one brow at him expectantly.

"You were in a coma.” The words tumbled out of his mouth before he had a chance to consider them. In hindsight, it was a perfectly logical explanation. It would explain the missing time in her memory, and he wouldn't have to lie if she asked about any of the events leading up to the memory gap.

Absently she returned the biscuit to the plate. Her brow creased, and her eyes darted back and forth as she searched her memory in an attempt to confirm or deny his absurd claim.

"For twenty years. I seem different because I am. I'm old."


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Lost Princess

Kingdom of Cymmera
Book Two

Ryleigh Donnovan’s life changed forever the day she met Jackson Maynard, a Death Dealer, and followed him home to the kingdom of Cymmera. Now she is trying to care for her sister while saving a realm she knows nothing about…
Jackson has reluctantly accepted the throne of Cymmera, in place of his father. But his world is in turmoil, the kingdom under constant threat of attack. Worse still, Jackson suspects there is a traitor among his court. A powerful prophet has suggested a way to protect the realm, but that solution may drive Jackson and Ryleigh apart forever…
When a magic relic goes missing, Ryleigh has no choice but to journey in search of it. When Jackson discovers Ryleigh is missing, he must make a choice that will either claim their destiny, or bring an end to the only home he’s ever known.

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Blood Stitches
Erin Fanning
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Love and danger intertwine…

It’s called El Toque de la Luna—The Touch of the Moon. At least that’s how nineteen-year-old Gabby’s older sister, Esperanza, refers to the magical powers she inherited from their Mayan ancestors. Esperanza says women with El Toque weave magic into their knitting, creating tapestries capable of saving—or devastating—the world. Gabby thinks Esperanza is more like touched in the head—until a man dressed like a candy corn arrives at their Seattle home on Halloween. But “Mr. C” is far from sweet…

Soon, Gabby and her almost-more-than-friend, Frank, find themselves spirited away to a demon ball, complete with shape shifters—and on a mission to destroy Esperanza’s tapestries before they cause an apocalyptic disaster… And before it’s too late to confess their true feelings for each other.


This scene comes from the beginning of the book, when the main character Gabby and her best friend Frank meet a man who will change their lives forever.

A gust of wind scattered leaves across the University of Seattle campus. My hair tangled over my face. New contacts tortured my eyes, and books weighed down my backpack. It didn’t matter. A tornado could have snatched me up. As long as it carried me home and put an end to the anniversary of the worst day of my life.

“Watch out, Gabby.” My best friend Frank thrust his hands deep into the pockets of his pinstriped suit. “We’re being followed by a giant candy corn.”

“Giant candy corn? Yeah, right.” If I turned around, Frank would laugh and say, “Gotcha”, or some other dorky thing. The mind-numbing boredom of Calculus I, our last class of the day, always set Frank off, making him zanier than usual.

“I mean it. We’ve got a candy corn on our tail.” Frank whistled a Lester Ruben song as he sauntered ahead.

“Okay, okay. Let me see this Halloween wonder.” If I didn’t give in, Frank would never leave me alone. I whirled, ready to hear Frank’s laugh, and almost ran into a man. His face glowed orange, like someone who’d spent too much time in a tanning booth, and he wore a white cap pulled down to his ears. A yellow scarf hid his neck and chin. For once, Frank wasn’t kidding. The man resembled a giant candy corn.

Shredded paper and a postage stamp poked out of his scarf, and a moon decorated an edge of the knitting, like one of my older sister Esperanza’s creations. It didn’t seem possible, but no one else I knew added garbage and a signature moon to their knitting. A wool coat covered the rest of him, except his face and steel-tipped boots.

“Sorry.” I jumped back.

Frank’s chuckles mixed with squirrels chattering in a nearby tree. Drizzle moistened my forehead, and a cold dampness seeped into my bones. Everything seemed to happen in slow motion, like watching Esperanza unravel her knitting one stitch at a time to fix a mistake.

The man, smelling of hot chocolate and rotten eggs, stepped closer. He only reached my shoulder but doubled me in width, giving an impression of strength instead of fat, as if more than his boots were constructed of steel. I met his eyes, bloodshot with yellow flecks, and he swayed from foot to foot. “Yeah, they call me Mr. Candy Corn.” He rolled his shoulders like a gangster in an old movie and jabbed a gloved finger at me. “Some people think I’m sweet, but I’m really not.”

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Every Move She Makes
Jannine Gallant

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The eggs have all been found. (We hope!) Half-eaten chocolate bunnies decorate the coffee table. The ham is in the oven. Time to kick back and relax with a good book. Every Move She Makes is Book One in my Who’s Watching Now Series. Enjoy romance mixed with suspense as you try to figure out which suspect is stalking the heroine… And now, how about a little taste of the romance to whet your appetite!

The trail meandered out of the trees onto a ridgeline, which dropped off in a sheer descent to a valley below. Kane stopped and turned to face her, holding her gaze.

“Are you attracted to me?”

A blush colored her cheeks, but she didn’t hesitate to speak. “Yes, my sister knows me well.”

A bit of the weight eased. “The feeling’s mutual.” He bent to pick up a rock then sent it soaring into space. “So, Nolan and Grace wanted to warn you I’m a head case.”

“It wasn’t like that.”

“Then what was it like?”

Rachel sighed. “My marriage ended in disaster, and I haven’t dated much since. When it comes to men, Grace is overly protective. She doesn’t want me to get hurt again.”

“And based on a half-hour conversation, she thought I would hurt you? Or was that Nolan’s idea?”

“Grace wanted me to know you have some personal issues to deal with. She thought you might not be a great relationship risk at the moment.”

“All I did was walk you to your car.”

Rachel crossed her arms and gazed out at the view. “She didn’t say a word until I told her I was coming up here. Then she got it into her head I was planning this vacation as a way to see you again.”

His heart jumped. He reached out a finger to stroke her cheek. “Was she right?”

“I had several reasons for wanting to make this trip.”

“Was I one of them?”

She nodded and licked her lips. The flick of her tongue destroyed his self-control. Stepping forward, he gripped her arms as his mouth covered hers in a quick hard kiss. When it ended, he didn’t release her.

“I like being a reason.”

I wish you and your family a very happy Easter!
No matter where she goes, he knows her every move…

Long ago, Rachel Carpenter was a glamorous soap star. She gave it all up to move to Napa Valley with her daughters to open a bookstore near her family vineyard. Her life is safe and dependable, until she encounters Kane Lafferty at a wilderness camp in the rugged High Sierra. A burned-out police detective struggling with his own demons, Kane is instantly attracted to Rachel. And like Rachel, he isn’t sure if he’s ready to open his heart. But everything is about to change…

Someone is watching from the darkness. A fanatic obsessed with Rachel for years has decided to claim what he believes is his. It will be up to Kane to not only protect his new love and her family, but to uncover the identity of the stalker before it’s too late for all of them…

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Write what you knowJannine Gallant has taken this advice to heart, creating characters from small towns and plots that unfold in the great outdoors. She grew up in a tiny Northern California town and currently lives in beautiful Lake Tahoe with her husband and two daughters. When she isn’t busy writing or being a full time mom, Jannine hikes or snowshoes in the woods around her home. Whether she’s writing contemporary, historical or romantic suspense, Jannine brings the beauty of nature to her stories. To find out more about this author and her books, visit her website atjanninegallant.com.

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Reluctant Prince
Kingdom of Cymmera
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Betrayal lies cloaked in shadow.

Seventeen year old Ryleigh Donnovan is certain her life is cursed. Nothing ever goes smoothly, and her first job interview is no exception. An earthquake rocks the building, sending Ryleigh on a frantic search for her younger sister, a search which lands her in the hospital. Terrified they’ll push her for answers she can’t afford to give, Ryleigh flees with a mysterious stranger.

Jackson Maynard is about to be ordained as a Death Dealer, a warrior for the Kingdom of Cymmera, but first he must pass one more test. When he fails to acquire the human girl the prophet has chosen, he’s forced to stand trial for treason. Banished from his realm, he seeks out the girl from the vision, Ryleigh Donnovan, and together they embark on a journey to save his dying kingdom.


"A gorgeously wrought fantasy realm with a heroine who will make you cheer!"
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"Reluctant Prince grips you from the beginning and won't let go...fresh and engaging."    
~ Ally Shields, author of the Guardian Witch series.

"A thrilling ride on a rollercoaster of danger that'll keep you gasping for breath with every turn of the page."
 ~ Laura Diamond, author of The Zodiac Collector.

"Dani-Lyn weaves a tale of family bonds, untapped abilities and an alternate world of fantastic wonders, all discovered by a courageous heroine and a swoon-worthy hero I want to see again and again!"
~ Theresa DaLayne, author of The Edge of You.

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Kingdom of Cymmera
Book Two
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Ryleigh Donnovan’s life changed forever the day she met Jackson Maynard, a Death Dealer, and followed him home to the kingdom of Cymmera. Now she is trying to care for her sister while saving a realm she knows nothing about…
Jackson has reluctantly accepted the throne of Cymmera, in place of his father. But his world is in turmoil, the kingdom under constant threat of attack. Worse still, Jackson suspects there is a traitor among his court. A powerful prophet has suggested a way to protect the realm, but that solution may drive Jackson and Ryleigh apart forever…
When a magic relic goes missing, Ryleigh has no choice but to journey in search of it. When Jackson discovers Ryleigh is missing, he must make a choice that will either claim their destiny, or bring an end to the only home he’s ever known.


Eternal Fires
Guardian Witch Book Seven
Series Finale
Ally Shields

It started with the murder of a stranger. Then the crows appeared…

Ari and Andreas know the O-Seven will never leave them alone. Ari is carrying Andreas's mortal child, but the vampire elders are convinced the child will be the first vampire baby and are out to posses it. Or kill it. Either way, Ari and Andreas will do anything to keep their unborn child safe, even if it means Ari has to go into hiding and leave Andreas exposed to the O-Seven alone.

But then the O-Seven call on the Mahmo magic that can turn an elder into a winged killer, and each time Ari runs, they find her again. The only way to protect their child's future is to defeat the O-Seven, once and for all. And to do that, Ari will have to face the elders head-on in their castle stronghold deep in Germany’s Black Forest…

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“A super crow,” Doc Onway muttered, sounding exasperated. “What’s next?”

Exactly. Ari disconnected. During her conversation with the doctor, the bird hadn’t moved from its position on the fence. It was at least as large as a condor, and the murky haze around it wasn’t put there by nature. The creature cocked its head and stared at her. Witch fire tingled in her fingertips, but she calmed the magic and tightened her grip on her handgun.

Unless forced by circumstances, she wouldn’t use magical fire out in the open like this, where she might burn the farmer’s fields. And where motorists might observe her. Magic still caused a big stir—and a lot of fear—among humans.

“It’s not coming after us.” Ryan turned to look at her. “What did you mean by ‘a normal bird wouldn’t?’”

“It isn’t a coincidence that a flock of crows is called a murder of crows,” she said darkly. “They have a bad reputation. Their minds can be bent to evil by someone with the ability to call and control them—a werewolf, a witch or wizard, even a vampire. There are stories of powerful magic users who can morph into the creature’s form. Just look at it, Ryan. You can’t see the dark aura, but how do you explain that size?”

“Are you telling me that bird might be someone else? Someone supernatural?” Ryan’s hand moved to hover over his own pistol.

“Let’s find out.” Ari took off running, vaulted the fence, and headed straight for the crow. The creature stretched its head high before spreading its wings to their full span and lifting into the air. It released a loud caw and streaked away at astonishing speed. Ari came to a halt in the middle of the field. By the time Ryan caught up, she’d already put her gun away.

“Guess it wasn’t in the mood for a fight.” She shaded her eyes and watched the black object disappear into the horizon.

“How can a bird move that fast?”

Ordinary birds couldn’t. Ari didn’t bother to answer him. She started toward the fence line where the creature had perched.

“Now what?”

“The residual magic might tell me what it is or who’s controlling it.”

Ryan didn’t comment, but she heard the cornstalks swish against his denim jeans as he followed her. He acted skeptical, which kind of surprised her after all the things he’d seen in the last three years. But Ryan had never been completely comfortable with the Otherworld. He’d rather believe the bird was genetically altered by some mad scientist than a magical manifestation.

She stopped at the wooden fence and ran her hands over the rails until she found a spot that tingled…and filled her with an unreasonable sense of dread. She lifted her hands and the oppressive feeling receded. Bad mojo.

“Hey, look.” Ryan pointed toward a black feather sticking out of the grass. He pulled a set of crime scene gloves from his pocket and handed them to Ari. “I suppose you need to handle it first.”

“You know me.” She snapped the gloves in place and picked up the glossy object. Scorching heat, devouring flames. “Yikes!” She dropped it from sheer reflex, the heat vanished, and her fingers had no sign of injury. An illusion. A strong one.

“What happened?” Ryan demanded, staring at the shiny quill as if it might come to life. “You act like it bit you.”

She eyed the feather, not eager to repeat the experience. “Try touching it.”

His brows shot up.

“Carefully,” she added. “See if you get the same vivid sensation of heat.”

“Why am I always the guinea pig?” But he pulled out a second pair of gloves, crouched, and extended a tentative finger. “Nope. I feel nothing.” He picked it up. “What’s that tell you?”

“It has a defensive shield that reacts to magic.”

“So you were right. It wasn’t a real crow.”

She gave a terse nod. “I couldn’t get past its shields to identify the magic user. Maybe the lab can do better.” She took off her gloves and stuffed them in a pocket. Ryan could carry the damned thing.

They headed back to the car. Ari kept a vigilant eye on the sky and trees around them, extending her senses to avoid a surprise attack. Although the nymph hadn’t died from the visible injuries of a crow’s attack, Ari believed they’d just seen the killer—or some form of the killer—and the cause of the nymph’s death was dark magic.

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Other Books in the Series

Title 1: Awakening the Fire (Guardian Witch #1), GR link to cover:


Title 2: Fire Within (Guardian Witch #2), GR link to cover: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16283418-fire-within

Title 3: Burning Both Ends (Guardian Witch #3), GR link to cover:


Title 4: Blood and Fire (Guardian Witch #4), GR link to cover: https://www.goodreads.com/book/photo/18583974-blood-fire

Title 5: Fire Storm (Guardian Witch #5), GR link to cover: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18751319-fire-storm

Title 6: Wild Fire (Guardian Witch #6), GR link to cover: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18751327-wild-fire

All books can be accessed through the Amazon author page: http://amzn.to/13LH078

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Future releases: Cross Keys: Revelation, Elvenrude Novel II, Fall-Winter 2015