Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Stanley and Hazel by Jo Schaffer #HistoricalFiction



Stanley and Hazel
Book One
Jo Schaffer

Genre: Historical Fiction

Publisher: Month9Books

Date of Publication: May 15, 2018

ISBN: 978-1946700650
ASIN: B07982QYX4

Number of pages: 280

Cover Artist: AM Design Studios

Book Description:

A great depression grips the city of St. Louis in 1934. Stanley, an orphaned newsy, lives in a poor part of town hit especially hard by the economic downturn. One night, Stanley runs into Hazel, a restless debutante-in-waiting who has begun to question her posh lifestyle in the midst of the suffering she sees. She’s out and about without an escort and against her father’s wishes.

When they discover the body of a girl with her head bashed in by a baseball bat, the very different and separate realities of the two teens inform their decision. Together they will figure out what happened to her and bring those responsible to justice.

But getting involved with each other and digging into the secrets behind this murder earns them some powerful enemies, including a secret group seeking to rid society of all they deem “undesirable.” They’ve put into motion “The Winnowing,” a plan seeking to take over the city and enforce their will.

As Stanley and Hazel’s forbidden feelings for one another grow, their investigation turns deadly. Now, it is up to Stanley and his gang of street kids to stop Hazel from becoming the next victim.


Excerpt:

Hazel stumbled down the grassy hill of the moonlit park. Stanley glanced at her from several steps ahead. “You with me, Bananas?”
“Yeah.” She swallowed back the urge to be sick. Hazel’s legs moved her forward but nothing seemed real. She was in Forest Park at night with a newsie boy she’d just met and Sandy’s runaway sister was back there, slumped against the statue of St. Louis with her head cracked open.

She couldn’t make her brain take it all in. Evelyn’s face—caved in on one side, her mouth slack, teeth showing like gravestones covered in blood. Gripped with panic, Hazel quickened her step to catch up with Stanley—her only guide in this darkness. He was a part of it. This was his world, not hers.

About the Author:

Jo Schaffer was born and raised in the California Bay Area in a huge, creative family. She is a YA novelist, speaker and a Taekwondo black belt. She’s a founding member of the nonprofit organization that created Teen Author Boot Camp, one of the nation’s biggest conferences for teens where bestselling authors present writing workshops to nearly a thousand attendees. Jo loves being involved in anything that promotes literacy and family. She is passionate about community, travel, books, music, healthy eating, classic films and martial arts. But her favorite thing is being mom to three strapping sons and a neurotic cat named Hero. They live together in the beautiful mountains of Utah.









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Monday, February 18, 2019

Burdened by Desire by J.L. Sheppard #PNR


Burdened by Desire
Elemental Sisters
Book Two
J.L. Sheppard

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Publisher: J.L. Sheppard       

Date of Publication: First Edition was published Sept 2014
Date of Publication: Second Edition, Feb 11, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-7322181-3-0 Print
978-1-7322181-2-3 EBook
ASIN: B07MRFFQSY

Number of pages: 330
Word Count: 81,855

Cover Artist: Victoria Miller

Tagline: Drowning in regret, he’s made his greatest mistake, denying his gift—her.

Book Description:

Jocelyn Davis is stuck between two worlds but not completely a part of either. As an Elemental, her abilities over the elements of the Earth won’t evolve until she meets her fated, the man destined for her. Until then, she’s easy prey and coveted by Malum Inmortalis, the rogue immortals intent on conquering the world. They abducted her once before. Still, she’s determined to live her life to its fullest, and risking capture isn’t slowing her down.

Alpha werewolf, Landon Waden, has lived with the knowledge his fated female, the one woman created for him, is just beyond his reach. For months, he’s denied her. He’s had no choice. She can’t give him what the pack needs—an heir. When an attempt is made on her life, he can’t help himself. His instinct demands he make sure she’s safe. But then, there’s one problem: he can’t walk away. He won’t. If only she can forgive him for his greatest mistake…


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Excerpt:
He needed to let her go. His clear blue eyes boring into hers, his heart pounding against his chest in sync with hers made it hard to concentrate. What had he said?
Right, he was sorry. She wanted to believe that. Maybe it was the way he stared at her, consuming her like no one and nothing else mattered, like she was the center of his universe.
But was he sorry?
He tightened his arm around her waist, pulling her a touch closer, pressing her against him. She felt every muscle on his chest and the warmth of his body soothing her.
Her eyes settled on his lips. Would he kiss her again? What would she do? She was supposed to be angry with him, but the reason now was beyond her grasp.
“Baby?”
Baby? Her eyes drifted to his again. She fought to catch her breath as he scanned her face.
If she waited any longer, his scent would consume her. She had to move away, get away. She just didn’t want to. She didn’t bother trying because, with his arm around her waist, if he didn’t release her, chances were she’d get nowhere.
What was he waiting for, a response? What was she supposed to say? Had he asked a question? She couldn’t remember. All she wanted now was a kiss, just one mind-blowing, gut-wrenching, searing kiss.

About the Author:

J.L. Sheppard was born and raised in South Florida where she still lives with her husband and sons.

As a child, her greatest aspiration was to become a writer. She read often, kept a journal, and wrote countless poems. She attended Florida International University and graduated in 2008 with a Bachelors in Communications. During her senior year, she interned at NBC Miami, WTVJ. Following the internship, she was hired and worked in the News Department for three years.

It wasn’t until 2011 that she set her heart and mind into writing her first completed novel, Demon King’s Desire, which was first published in January 2013.








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Friday, February 15, 2019

New Release - The Witch and the Beast by H.G. Lynch #NewRelease #PNR



***** New Release February 14, 2019 *****

The Witch and the Beast
H.G. Lynch

"Before Belle, there was the witch who made him a beast. I am that witch."

Agatha is a commoner in the 18th century French town, Ribeauville. A clairvoyant's daughter with the dream of becoming more than her mother. Beautiful and ambitious as Agatha is, she has a dark secret that would mean her death if anyone found out. After all, nobody wants a Witch in town.

However, when a chance encounter with Prince Adam offers her a glimpse at a royal life, she begins to fall for the charming rogue of a Prince.

But Prince Adam is not entirely the suave, noble gentleman he appears to be.

He will pay the price for crossing a Witch.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Dragons of Fate by CR Robertson #ParanormalRomance #PNR



Dragons of Fate

The Gaian Otherworld

Book Two

CR Robertson


Genre: Paranormal Romance

Publisher: CR Robertson

Date of Publication: 31st January 2019

ASIN: B07MKX32HP

Number of pages: 303
Word Count: 84347

Cover Artist: Maria Spader

Tagline: Sometimes love is the most powerful and dangerous magic...

Book Description:

The underrealm was in turmoil with revelations of the evil that had taken root there.

It was no longer a safe haven for the Gaians.

Darius was a golden warrior dragon from an ancient clan. Evanora descended from the purple dragons of healing. They were destined to become fated mates four hundred years ago before Evanora was stolen from the heartland of the dragons.

Her dream of escape became the nightmare of reality.

Even in the light the past haunted her present.

Evanora’s soul was broken by her long years in captivity, until Darius started to fit the pieces back together again. Some fragments no long fit, some slotted into a different position, but the woman who emerged was stronger and more powerful than anyone ever imagined – the Gaian enchantress.

Was it too late for their love?

Or would Fate intervene to light their way to the future?

Sometimes love was the most powerful and dangerous magic...

***WARNING*** Includes a deadly hero willing to fight the monsters of this world to claim his fated mate, and a heroine who powerful enough to bring the world to its knees.

Dragons of Destiny is the second in The Gaian Otherworld. It can be read as a stand-alone paranormal romance.

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Excerpt 2:
I spun, my tail knocking people across the room to snarl at my father. My wing descended to protect Evanora. There was no way anyone was taking her, they’d have to go through me first. I crouched low to pounce. Andreas studied my reaction to the threat, his eyes widening at all the revelations today.
Evanora squirmed from under my wing and stood in front of me, her hand on my chest. “I think I can handle this.” She prowled in front of me like a threatened tigress protecting her mate.
She snapped her fingers, and the elders levitated above the stage. Her right arm flung high in the air, and the emerald guards flew across the room by an invisible wind that herded them all in the corner beside Ruben.
Several of them tried to run, but the golden dragons cut off their escape route. A few emerald guards transformed into their dragons. Ruben leapt on one, his talons tearing through its protective scales as if they were nothing more than fine silk. His teeth tore the throat out of another.
A green dragon launched itself towards Evanora, and I pounced on it. My talons eviscerated it, his flesh steaming from the toxin Evanora had infused there to fight against the krakens. I’d never killed another Gaian—until recently I would have believed it was blasphemy—yet I never gave it a second thought because he had attacked my mate.
Ruben advanced on the others with murder in his amber gaze. They had attacked his mate, and I had no doubt every single emerald guard would suffer the force of his wrath for their actions. Panicked energy filled the air, and screams followed as more dragons emerged to try and fly to the doors at the top of the staircase. Some used their talons to climb the walls.
Ruben didn’t miss a beat. He rained fire on them, turning them all into heaps of steaming ash. The ferocious heat permeated the room, and every Gaian took a step back from the black death dragon.
The smell turned my stomach, and I tried not to breathe to limit my exposure to it. The cooking flesh reminded me of a dark fae party where they roasted whole pigs over open fires. Suddenly, turning vegetarian seemed like a good idea.
“You!” Evanora’s finger pointed directly at Cyrus. “Are a monster from the depths of hell.” She took slow deliberate steps towards him.
He swallowed and furtively looked to the side, taking a few steps back. The coward was searching for somewhere to escape to. He tried to lift his foot, but he seemed to be stuck where he stood. Apparently, he could only be brave if he had his women helpless due to a dragon suppressing collar.
Sensing the situation was under control, I returned to my human form. Ruben appeared at my side. He snapped his fingers, and we were both clothed in black.
With each flick of her wrist, lashes appeared on Cyrus’ body until he fell to his knees, his clothes in tatters. Evanora rubbed her hands together in a circular motion. His skin began to melt and peel down his body like a candle under the intensity of her stare.
“Even as you forgot them, I remember every one of their names, every terrified young girl you tried to impregnate with your evil spawn. Cyrus of the green dragons, I curse you from this day hence. You shall not rest in the afterlife but spend eternity in the realms of purgatory to experience the pain and suffering you have caused to others. Their agony will be yours, your body violated with their rapes, their torment only yours to bear.”
A BOOM shook the chamber, forming a crack across the ceiling. Wails sounded all around us before a black shimmering vortex appeared behind Cyrus. Shadow hands grasped his limbs and dragged him screaming into the darkness.
Stunned silence filled the room. Ruben’s hand grasped my arm, his eyes wide in alarm at what we’d just witnessed.
Evanora dusted her hands off and placed them on her hips. “Now what should I do with the elders who sanction rape, torture, and murder?”
Fuck that I was annoyed with her. I’d never seen anything more magnificent than Evanora go on a murderous spree. Her hair had a life of its own, moving around her as magic coursed through her. She took beauty into a different league.
I wanted her more now than ever before. She no longer looked frail and ready to break; her curves were accentuated in the deep purple gown that hugged every inch of her. When she released her magic, I swore I could see dark writing under her pale skin.
Evanora clicked her fingers, and the elders dropped to the ground, scrambling to get back on their feet. She chanted words from an ancient language that I didn’t understand. Energy pulsed towards the stage from the four directions of the wind, which Evanora summoned.
“Your dragons are bound inside you, unable to be released until the day you prove yourselves worthy to be a Gaian once more. You are nothing more than human, trapped in a realm that you can no longer leave,” she said. Her voice sounded remote and devoid of emotion.
Magic manifested in the air in a green mist. It twisted and swirled around the elders, stripping away their elder marks from their wrists. Evanora stalked through them, examining every single one of them until she seemed happy that they were bound by her enchantment.
“Next time you consider touching my mate, I would think again,” she hissed at them before strutting down from the stage. I’d never been more turned on in my life from her display of dominance.
“It’s time to go home.” Evanora opened a portal, indicating that Ruben and Justus leave through it.
My eyes met Andreas’. He nodded to let me know he would take care of everything.
Evanora grabbed my hand, and the world tilted off its axis for a few seconds before we re-materialised in my house.


About the Author:

CR Robertson is a paranormal romance writer who lives in Ireland, the most magical country in the world. From an early age, she loved faerytales and mythological stories. She delved into the pages to go on an adventure with the characters, sparking a lifelong love of the literary world and story craft.

The Otherworld Chronicles started when the characters evolved in her head, constantly jumping in to tell their story until one day that nagging voice said, “Why not write their faerytale?” The rest resides in the pages of the Otherworld. Her in-depth knowledge of mythology and faerylore weaves the background for the characters in each of her manuscripts.

It may be cliché, but she has a cottage by the sea on the east coast of Ireland. Gardening is one of her favourite pastimes and is evident in her garden that is overflowing with crystals and seasonal flowers for the birds, butterflies, and her favourite bumblebees. Her dogs enjoy the sleepy seaside town and spend their time playing in the sea.




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Release Day Blitz Trudy Hicks Ghost Hunter: Case One -The Deceit by Lori Zaremba



Trudy Hicks Ghost Hunter

Case One -The Deceit

Trudy Hicks Ghost Hunter
Book One
Lori Zaremba

Genre: Paranormal Mystery

Publisher: Limitless Publishing

Date of Publication: 2/12/2019

Number of pages: 337
Word Count: 78500

Tagline: Some secrets are meant to stay buried.

Book Description

My job? I hunt ghosts. Not to prove they exist—because I already know they do—but to figure out why they’re still here.

My first big case leads me to a mansion on the Chicago Gold Coast, the previous home of a wealthy socialite who lived there until she accidentally fell to her death in 1927.

I’ve never been this determined—and excited—to solve a case like this one before. Pity I’m forced to work alongside a man whose sole purpose is to debunk paranormal activity. But the worst part? He’s gorgeous, and the more we work together, the more I realize I might be falling for him.

Together we’re delving deeper and deeper into the spiritual world. But the more secrets we uncover, the more pissed off these ghosts become; and that’s when I start to realize…we might be in way over our heads.



Excerpt:

His gaze settled on her half-smile. “At least it won’t be boring.”
Her heart did a somersault. “Yeah, I don’t do well with boring.”
Feeling brazen, she leaned over and planted a quick kiss on his mouth. His eyes widened in surprise, and Trudy jumped up, grinning from ear to ear.
“Let’s go, Mr. Young. They’re probably wondering what’s happened to us.” She was halfway out the door.
Jason grabbed her hand before she could reach the hall and spun her around. His lips claimed hers before she could grasp what was happening. Trudy felt his hand on the small of her back molding her to him, while his other hand gently held her head. She felt a thrill like never before, and just as her knees started to give out, he released her.
“Better hurry, Gertrude. Wouldn’t want anyone to think you were trying to take advantage of me in this here grand bedroom.” He smiled into her eyes, and once again she was lost. She shook her head to clear it and get some control of her senses.
“We better go, or I’ll be taking advantage of you.” She laughed, and he did too. She loved the sound of it. She glanced over her shoulder. “I hope that damned camera of yours was turned off.”

As they headed out the door, Jason walking just behind her, he grimaced when he saw the red light on the camera on and grunted, “Oh, shit.”

About the Author:


Lori Zaremba is a full-time Internet Sales Manager and writes Web Content as well as providing Copy Editing for businesses in the Greater Pittsburgh Area. Lori has published short ghost stories on Your Ghost Stories, as the Haunted_Cleaner and on her website lorizaremba.com

On her website, lorizaremba.com, Zaremba refers to herself as the ghost magnet and briefly describes her encounters with departing spirits.

Lori began writing her fiction story as a creative offering of why a ghost would haunt.  Before long the story became a novel Case One: The Deceit in the Trudy Hicks Ghost Hunter series.

Lori currently lives in the suburbs of Pittsburgh with her husband Wayne and two fur babies Jaxson and Stewie.




Hellfire and Kittens by Rhiannon Lee #PNR #reverseharem



Full of action, interesting creatures, hot guys, and a sassy, independent heroine who is thrown into a strange world she must learn to navigate while discovering that true love really does exist. Even if it is unexpected and unconventional.

Hellfire and Kittens
Queen Lucy Series
Book One
Rhiannon Lee

Genre: Reverse Harem Paranormal Romance

Description: 

Hell is just a place on earth, right?

For Lucy, this couldn't be any closer to the truth. Stuck working in another dead-end job in another unremarkable city, Lucy’s adapted to life on the run by arming herself with a smokescreen of snarky humor. Sometimes though, her filter-less sasses land her in hot water, especially when it comes to triggering her unruly magic. But, still haunted by the memory of her parents’ deaths, she does her best to scrape by under the radar. Little does she know, however, mysterious forces at work have other plans for her.

After a trip to the pound, where a small, scrappy black cat befriends her, a rapid series of events thrusts Lucy—literally—into the complicated world of Hell.

Caught up in the politics for the scramble to secure Lucifer’s throne, Lucy’s birthright is challenged when a nefarious plot arises, threatening the stability of not only Hell, but the relationships she's worked to build after years of mistrust.

Lucy will need to learn to rely on others and use the help offered to her by an alluring demon and a ragtag team of misfits in order to save Hell before it’s ripped apart by all manners of depraved, ruthless enemies.

 **This series contains explicit language and adult situations.

***Trigger warning info—This book contains situations of grief and loss.



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Monday, February 11, 2019

Guest Blog with M.L. Mastran - Favorite Vampire and Werewolf Movies


Hello all! M.L. Mastran here; author of Albion Moon, the first in a series.  I would like to tell you a little about my book and how I got to where I’m at with it. So, real quick, here’s a bit about Albion Moon. Evaline's brother is missing. She's desperate to find out what happened to him. As she digs deeper into his disappearance, the mystery reveals an ancient family secret carried through the bloodline that began centuries ago in the Scottish Highlands. As this secret from the old world closes in on Evaline, she tries to sort through her disconcerting feelings towards the mysterious Mason. He not only seems to always know when she is in danger, but he is insistent on protecting her, no matter the cost.

Exciting eh? Well here’s more about how I got to writing about werewolves…..yes werewolves.  So, I’ve been reading and watching the paranormal/supernatural since I was young so I have always been enthralled with it. Vampires and werewolves are the most intriguing. I enjoy seeing how vampires have evolved and the different ways they are portrayed in both film and in books. Incidentally, I even have a top 10 favorite vampires in series and film below so check it out!  The same can be said for werewolves. Werewolves, unlike vampires, can be found in ancient mythologies which made it so much fun for me to pick at! J When I started Albion Moon I wanted my werewolves to be different. In using the hit series Charmed (the original one) formula, my characters are a family dealing with everyday things; bills, groceries, sibling squabbles, etc., oh yeah, they happen to be werewolves. Along comes my protagonist Evaline, who unbeknownst to her, is connected to the family. She of course finds more out as she trying to find out what happened to her brother. My favorite part of Albion Moon is the back story! I love History, hence my degree in it, but whatever I write, I usually have a history arc in it somehow. The backstory of Albion Moon was taken right out of the history books with the ancient Scottish Highlands. 

So I decided to add a supernatural twist to it….makes for good drama. So, for you romantics, enter Mason, one of the brothers in our family, who absolutely becomes captivated by Evaline. She definitely wasn’t looking for love but of course, as in life, it happens when we don’t expect it. I did want to explain a bit how my werewolves are in the book. Werewolves are sometimes portrayed as evil or it’s a curse.  There are of course exceptions; Teen Wolf and Twilight, but those aside, one of my biggest influences were the Underworld movies.  Now, I really do appreciate the classics and nothing beats a great werewolf flick with popcorn and a fuzzy blanket on a cold night. I also have a top 10 favorite werewolves in film and series below.  J As for my werewolves, they are combinations of all we have seen.

M’s Top 10 Vampire flicks!

1)     Nosferatu (1922, movie, classic)- scary!

2)     The Strain (series)- creepy!

3)     30 Days of Night- (movie) scary!

4)     Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1990’s)

5)     From Dusk til Dawn (movie)

6)     Salem’s Lot (original)

7)     John Carpenter’sVampires

8)     The Lost Boys (classic)

9)     Blade (original)

10) Subspecies (classic)

**Honorable mentions Fright Night (original), The Passage (anticipated-series), Interview with a Vampire and True blood (HBO series)


M’s Top 10 Werewolf flicks!

1)     An American Werewolf in London (classic)

2)     The Howling (original)

3)     Underworld Movies- those werewolves!

4)     The Wolfman (original and reboot)

5)     Gingersnaps (original)

6)     Wolf (with Jack Nicholson)

7)     Stephen King’s Silver bullet

8)     Wolfen (classic)

9)     Dog Soldiers

10)   Cursed (2005)


**Honorable Mentions J Curse of the Werewolf (classic) and Teen Wolf (movie)



Albion Moon
Albion Moon Chronicles
Book 1
M.L. Mastran

Genre: mystery/suspense/paranormal/romance

Publisher: Champagne Book Group



Date of Publication: August 2018

ISBN: 978-1-947128-36-1 (e-book)
ISBN: 978-1-947128-37-8 (print)

Number of pages: 171              
Word Count: 94,000

Cover Artist: Creative Paramita

Tagline: Stand up and fight or lose everything

Book Description:

Evaline's brother is missing. She's desperate to find out what happened to him. As she digs deeper into his disappearance, the mystery reveals an ancient family secret carried through the bloodline that began centuries ago in the Scottish Highlands. As this secret from the old world closes in on Evaline, she tries to sort through her disconcerting feelings towards the mysterious Mason. He not only seems to always know when she is in danger, but he is insistent on protecting her, no matter the cost.

As the old world collides with the new, Evaline discovers she must choose to stand and fight or risk losing everything, and everyone, she holds dear.

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Excerpt:
The Blue Dawn was booming by ten o’clock. At the heckling of Jonas, I decided to bring Laine, to get him out of the house. We walked in, and there at the end of the bar were the brothers including Mason. He turned and smiled at me as I went to him.
Jonas lit up and put a beer mug to the air as Laine hobbled on crutches over to the bar. “Whew! What up, bro? This here is what you need.”
I couldn’t help but laugh. Isaac stood behind the bar and pulled out some shot glasses and a bottle of whiskey. Lucy tended bar on the other side, and she made her way to us. Aaron sat next to Mason, and Jonas stood on the other side. Kristy was as was Lizzy. They came over when we walked in.
Mason turned to me. “You all right?”
“I’m good.”
But he continued to look at me curiously.
“What?”
“I don’t know,” he said. “Something’s different.”
I thought a moment. “Well, we had a family talk about the whole mess with Campbell and Jimmy.”
“And?” he asked intently.
“And I need you to drive me to the state police. Think you can do that?”
A smiled crossed his lips. “I can do that. So now you are okay with help?”
I shrugged, as he leaned to kiss me.
Aaron cleared his throat. “Ahem. Not to interrupt a moment, but can we toast now?”
The group burst into laughter. Jonas waved for Kristy to join us, and we lifted our shot glasses.
Isaac went first. “To healing.”
Everyone agreed, and we drank. Lucy, Lizzy, and Kristy went back to working as Isaac cleaned up behind the bar. Aaron sat next to Mason, drinking a beer and talking to Jonas and Laine. The room was filled with the smell of beer, sweat, smoke, and Coca-Cola. The aromas were overbearing at times. Pamela, one of the waitresses, walked behind Isaac, and Jonas watched with a big grin.
“She wants you so bad.” Jonas winked at his brother.
Isaac said nothing but smirked.
She came back a moment later. “Hey, Evaline.”
“Hi, Pam. Looks like a good night.”
She agreed and went to her table with a tray of drinks.
Kristy came over. “It’s my break, going out for a quick smoke.”
I jumped up. “I’ll come with you. I need some air anyway.” I turned to Mason. “Be right back.”
He nodded, and Kristy smiled as I followed her out the rear door. There was a security light extending from the roof, which lit a small area with a picnic table and a trash can. We sat on the table with our feet on the bench and gazing out into the dark woods. Moonlight filled some dark gaps with light, and other than the music from inside, there was silence. Kristy lit up her cigarette
“I thought you quit?”
“Recent reoccurrence. I guess with Mom, and now this shit with Campbell.”
I knew the pain well.
She bent her head to me. “Eva, can I ask you something?”
“Yes.”
“The Jimmy situation aside, are you happy here?”
That was something I hadn’t thought much about. Happiness was a word which seemed so distant with everything that had been happening lately. However, I could honestly say I was happy with some aspects but not all. The sensation of being incomplete, because I couldn’t find Jimmy, but the strong sense of danger I knew I was in left me with an uncertainty, and the pressure to protect what little family I had left at all costs weighed on me.
Then there was Mason—my sense of safety and, strangely enough, power. My strange attraction to him complicated everything. It wasn’t something I intended, but I firmly believed everything happened for a reason. The reason was the riddle.
Finally, I answered the best way I could. “I am happy here with you and Laine, but I’m not content. I don’t think I can be until I know what happened to Jimmy.”
She sighed. “I just—I just don’t want you to leave.”
I shook my head. “I’m not leaving unless the danger gets too close to you and Laine.”
Her expression looked troubled as I continued, “Kristy, you two are all I have left. I will not let them take you away too, and if I have to leave to keep you safe, then I go.”
She was about to say something in protest, but there was strange thud. We both looked toward the old fence that separated the break area from the parking lot. She got up and peered out into the dark. An arm reached from around the fence and grabbed her—it happened so fast, neither of us had time to think.
I shot up but froze as a man appeared holding Kristy tight by her throat. Her terrified eyes locked with mine. He said nothing as he stared at me. I recognized him. The man who had attacked me. He had a crazed look, something wild, and his dark eyes glowed. His face seemed distorted, but I concentrated on Kristy. When he finally spoke, I noticed his elongated canine teeth. He resembled something from a Lon Chaney flick.
“This wouldn’t have had to happen if you would have just backed off to begin with. If you do not give us this supposed evidence you have, you will see how very serious we are. Watch and learn.”
My heart sank. Before he could move though, another man clutched me from behind. I kicked and yelled. “You kill her, you’ll never find what I have, and you’ll all go down!”
The man stopped moving. He’d pricked Kristy’s throat with his knife, but now he kept still. His head tilted.
The man who was holding me in an iron grip spoke up. “Tell Campbell we have her and take that one out back and finish it.”
I screamed as he covered my mouth with his hand, my gaze never leaving Kristy as the man dragged her out of sight. I fought with everything I had as he yanked me toward the parking lot. Without warning, he froze then lifted his head, sniffing the air. There, standing in front of us, was Mason, Isaac, Jonas, and Aaron. All four had the same rage-filled look, and Mason’s gaze never left me and the guy holding me.
“How nice, the MacCowans came out to play.”
The brothers didn’t even flinch. It was the first time I had heard Mason’s family called by their ancestral name by someone other than themselves. Everyone knew them as the Cowans. How did these men know them? Worse yet, did the brothers know who these men were?
Isaac had a hold on Mason, who was ready to pounce on my attacker. Isaac spoke with firmness, but he was cool and collected as he said, “Little too far west, boys, don’t you think?”
In the next moment all my suspicions, all those telltale dreams, everything Jimmy and Grandma had been trying to tell me about what Mason really was—all of it was confirmed. It wasn’t just him—it was all four of the brothers.
I stared at Mason, who was fixated on my attacker—who appeared to be changing as well. Their eyes glowed bright, and their bodies heaved unnaturally. The thing was, it didn’t matter what any of them were. Certainly didn’t matter what Mason was either.
Right then, all that mattered was getting to Kristy. I gritted my teeth then slammed my head back. The crack of breaking bone sounded like a gun shot. He screeched in pain, and his grip loosened. With a wrench of my body, I broke free of his grasp.
Mason and his brothers lunged at him even as I scrambled away.
Yelling for Kristy, I bolted toward the woods. At the edge, I slowed as I caught sight of her lying on the ground. Behind her was the same pepper-black wolf from the hospital parking lot.
“Don’t move,” Lucy’s voice cut through my thoughts. She came literally out of nowhere, and now she had her hand on my arm, holding me back.
I did what she told me to and froze, and the big wolf stopped as four equally large wolves advanced on it. One of the four turned to me, gazing at me for a long moment—my gray wolf. That’s when the reality of who the wolf was finally washed over me. Every breath told me it was impossible, but my heart knew the truth. The black wolf snorted, bared his teeth, and fled as the others took off after him in pursuit. In a blink, my wolf was gone.
I watched them disappear into the forest anxiously, but shook it off and ran to Kristy, who was motionless in a pool of blood. No! No! No! I kept screaming in my head as I knelt beside her and pulled her to me. She gasped and made gurgling sounds.
Lucy and I put our hands to her throat to try to slow the bleeding. “Kristy, you stay with me, please don’t leave… Don’t you leave me too.”
Lucy was trying to soothe Kristy the best she could.
“Lucy, we need to get her into the car.
She shook her head. “No, the ambulance is here.”
I observed in disbelief at the ambulance almost upon us. How did it get here so fast?



About the Author:

Nothing captures the attention of M.L. Mastran more than writing a good story with amazing characters and a history arc that made the history books. This is Albion Moon in every sense.

On the flip side, M.L. can also journey to another world completely and pull the same elements with fantasy and make the reader yearn for more. Her uncanny ability to blend genres makes her unique to the literary world and an absolute reading joy. From the first moment you open the page, curiosity will pull you in and keep you engrossed in the story as you take the voyage with the characters to different places and times; to experience the events as they unfold.

Whether being told from a one character perspective or several points of view, her stories will unfold in your mind like a movie playing in your head. This is what pushes M.L to write her stories. It’s the thrill of the read and the drive to carry readers away that will make this trip to the literary world of imagination all the sweeter.


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