Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Read an Excerpt from The Renaissance Club by Rachel Dacus @Rachel_Dacus @FierySeasPub

The Renaissance Club

by Rachel Dacus

Fiery Seas Publishing

January 23, 2018

Time Travel Romance

About the Book:

May Gold, college adjunct, often dreams about the subject of her master’s thesis - Gianlorenzo Bernini. In her fantasies she’s in his arms, the wildly adored partner of the man who invented the Baroque.

But in reality, May has just landed in Rome with her teaching colleagues and older boyfriend who is paying her way. She yearns to unleash her passion and creative spirit, and when the floor under the gilded dome of St Peter’s basilica rocks under her feet, she gets her chance. Walking through the veil that appears, she finds herself in the year 1624, staring straight into Bernini’s eyes. Their immediate and powerful attraction grows throughout May’s tour of Italy. And as she continues to meet her ethereal partner, even for brief snatches of time, her creativity and confidence blossom. All the doorways to happiness seem blocked for May-all except the shimmering doorway to Bernini’s world.

May has to choose: stay in her safe but stagnant existence, or take a risk. Will May’s adventure in time ruin her life or lead to a magical new one?

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May was hardly back in the room when Darren called and asked her to join him at dinner. When she arrived, May was relieved to see him sitting with Daphne and Becca. There was no way she could confront him now. He was quiet at the meal, letting Becca expound on how the theatricality of the Baroque, as opposed to the Renaissance, was so very Shakespearean. As the dinner plates were cleared, Daphne insisted on taking photographs, with each standing up to photograph the other three.
Becca and Daphne then surprised May by skipping dessert and leaving.
She had to ask Darren now. It was the only time she could, and after simmering with the knowledge throughout dinner, she had a drumbeat of “Why did you do it?” on her brain.
“Darren, why did you tell Norman to fire me?”
Darren seemed very surprised. “Who told you that—was it Norman? He must be confused. I told him you were thinking of trying different things, and might want a lighter load next semester.”
So, Darren had taken her offhand and stupid remark and told Norman to reduce or even eliminate her class hours.
He rushed to justify. “I said I could take care of any classes you didn’t want to pick up. Norman’s the one who got it blown out of proportion.”
“Why was it your job to tell him something I was just considering briefly? I barely make a living as it is. I need those hours.”
She could hardly look him in the eyes. This was so meddlesome and overbearing. He was used to telling her how things would be, but this was invading her decision-making. Her headache and stuffy nose suddenly overwhelmed her. Maybe it really was a misunderstanding.
She gave him the excuse. “You must have misunderstood me. I asked Norman not to lay me off. Now, I need to go and sleep.”
She stood up and was suddenly dizzy. Putting her hand on the chair back, she bent to pick up her shawl and purse. Darren leaned over and kissed her cheek. Startled, she left. Maybe he was asserting his control, making sure she understood her future lay with him. But she was too tired to think further about his motives. She staggered back to her room and was glad the others hadn’t come in yet. She lay down, her limbs burning with fatigue, and melted into the mattress.
But May was wide-awake at three a.m. She put on her earbuds so as not to wake the other women and opened her tablet. Googling “relationships,” she found a webinar called “Taking Your Intimate Relationship to the Next Level Without Involving Your Partner.” The relationship coach promised: Unleash his instinct for intimacy and a ravishing relationship will be yours! But the relationship mentor hadn’t mentioned living in different centuries.
It almost seemed like she and Darren lived on different planets. He had wanted her fired. He was setting things up to make it easy to break up with her. Had she moved on? With a man long dead? How different they were. Gianlorenzo had called her Poet and had her model for an angel. Bernini’s angels were so beautiful people even had them tattooed on their bodies. Darren thought her writing was a distraction, unless it was pointed at getting an academic publication, which he knew it wasn’t. How did she wind up attracting such an ambitious and critical man?
Could she have an intimate relationship without involving her partner’s century? She fell back asleep on that question.

ISBN: 978-1-946143-41-9 ~ eBook

ISBN: 978-1-946143-42-6 ~ Paperback

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~ Praise for The Renaissance Club ~

Enchanting, rich and romantic…a poetic journey through the folds of time. In THE RENAISSANCE CLUB, passion, art, and history come together in this captivating tale of one woman’s quest to discover her true self and the life she’s meant to lead. Rachel Dacus deftly crafts a unique and spellbinding twist to the time-traveling adventure that’s perfect for fans of Susanna Kearsley and Diana Gabaldon. — Kerry Lonsdale, Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author
The Renaissance Club is a beautifully written story about a woman torn between two worlds—the present and the distant past. This time-travel adventure kept me guessing until the end about which world May would choose, and if that choice would be the right one. Highly recommended for lovers of time travel fiction or anyone looking for a compelling story about a woman trying to find happiness. — Annabelle Costa, Author of The Time Traveler’s Boyfriend

The Renaissance Club shimmers with beauty, poetry, and art. Author Rachel Dacus sweeps her readers away to Italy with her, lifting the senses with the sights, sounds, and tastes of that stunning country; imparting her deep knowledge of Renaissance and Baroque art while immersing the reader in a gorgeously romantic story. This book is time travel at its best! — Georgina Young-Ellis, author of The Time Mistress Series

Meet the Author:

Rachel Dacus is the daughter of a bipolar rocket engineer who blew up a number of missiles during the race-to-space 1950’s. He was also an accomplished painter. Rachel studied at UC Berkeley and has remained in the San Francisco area. Her most recent book, Gods of Water and Air, combines poetry, prose, and a short play on the afterlife of dogs. Other poetry books are Earth Lessons and Femme au Chapeau.

Her interest in Italy was ignited by a course and tour on the Italian Renaissance. She’s been hooked on Italy ever since. Her essay “Venice and the Passion to Nurture” was anthologized in Italy, A Love Story: Women Write About the Italian Experience. When not writing, she raises funds for nonprofit causes and takes walks with her Silky Terrier. She blogs at Rocket Kid Writing.

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Book Spotlight & #Giveaway ~ Escape Claws (A Cat Lady Mystery, Book 1) by Linda Reilly @LindaSReilly7

Escape Claws

A Cat Lady Mystery

Book 1

Linda Reilly

Genre: Cozy Mystery

204 pages

Here, killer, killer, killer . . .

For the first time in sixteen years, Lara Caphart has returned to her hometown of Whisker Jog, New Hampshire. She wants to reconnect with her estranged Aunt Fran, who’s having some difficulty looking after herself—and her eleven cats. Taking care of a clowder of kitties is easy, but keeping Fran from being harassed by local bully Theo Barnes is hard. The wealthy builder has his sights set on Fran’s property, and is determined to make her an offer she doesn’t dare refuse. 

Then Lara spots a blue-eyed ragdoll cat that she swears is the reincarnation of her beloved Blue, her childhood pet. Pursuing the feline to the edge of Fran’s yard, she stumbles upon the body of Theo Barnes, clearly a victim of foul play. To get her and Fran off the suspect list, Lara finds herself following the cat’s clues in search of a killer. Is Blue’s ghost really trying to help her solve a murder, or has Lara inhaled too much catnip? 

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Armed with a degree in Criminal Justice, Linda Reilly once contemplated a career in law enforcement. But life took a twist, and instead she found her niche in real estate closings and title examinations, where the dusty tomes in the Registry of Deeds enticed her into solving mysteries of a different sort. A dyed-in-the-wool New Englander, Linda lives in New Hampshire with her husband, who affectionately calls her "Nose-in-a-Book." A member of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America, she loves solving mysteries of the cozy type. When she's not pounding away at her keyboard, she can usually be found prowling the shelves of a local bookstore or library. 

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Book Spotlight & #Giveaway ~ The Last Line of a Goat Song by Jonathan Doyle ~ Literary Fiction, Action Adventure ~ @wildthornbooks

The Last Line of a Goat Song
Jonathan Doyle

Genre: Literary Fiction, Action Adventure

Publisher: Wild Thorn Publishing

Date of Publication: 01/23/2018

ISBN:  978-1948223003

Number of pages: 236
Word Count: 63000

Cover Artist: Holly Yvonne Designs

About the Book:

Having lived a life of self-imposed isolation, William suddenly finds himself on a road trip to Mexico with a woman whose life becomes intertwined with his.

Forging an unlikely friendship, they must learn to navigate the dangers and chaos of their adventure while confronting ghosts from the past.

Praise for The Last Line of Goat Story:

The Last Line of a Goat Song is poetic and poignant, with characters full of longing, pain, and a desire to be seen, if not for who they are, then who they want to be. This is a riveting story of an unlikely friendship. A remarkable novel.
—Edan Lepucki best selling author of California and Girl No. 17

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   “I’m leaving Monster.” Maggie said. She lit a cigarette that William didn’t know she possessed.
   William put down his journal. He looked over at her with a raised eyebrow,
   “I’m done with him.”
   She loved men like a tourist, William understood. She saw the best in them, was fascinated by their history and etymology, took tours and learned the topography, the geography. Then she left after three days, or a week, or maybe three months. She took pictures, she bought postcards, but she always left.
   “He has a problem with drugs. I deserve something more than that.”

Meet the Author:

Jonathan Doyle is a screenwriter and novelist based in Los Angeles with his large collection of books and his trusty DVR. A native of Phoenix AZ, Jonathan grew up in Southern California and is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University with a degree in Psychology, but still can’t overcome his fear of freeway overpasses. When he’s not busy working on a new novel/poem/song/screenplay, he enjoys reading Virginia Woolf, lamenting a Lakers loss, or watching Siberian tiger videos online.

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Book Spotlight & #Giveaway ~ Spirit of the Sea Witch (Keepers of the Stones, Book Two) by Tara West #YA #Fantasy @TaraWestauthor

Spirit of the Sea Witch
Keepers of the Stones
Book Two
Tara West

Genre: YA Fantasy

Publisher: Shifting Sands Publishing

Date of Publication: 1.23.18

Number of pages: Est 400.
Word Count: 100K

Cover Artist: Bob Kehl

Book Description:

Desperate to escape the wrath of the vengeful sky goddess Madhea, a group of brave young explorers flee to the sea in search of safe haven for their people while the apprentice witch Dianna steals away Madhea’s dragon to The Shifting Sands.

Though they are an ocean apart, the future of all humanity lies within their entwined fates.

Before they can defeat Madhea, they must stop the vindictive sea goddess Eris from destroying the world.

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            Gorpat’s eyes flew open, and she jumped to her knees. “Fire! Fire!” She pointed to the ice dwellers, then lifted Ven out of his bedroll. 
            The blue man screamed, trying to swat the giant while dangling upside-down in the air. 
            Ryne jumped to his feet and kicked Ven’s bedroll. A red stone rolled out, its color fading to pale white as it came to rest beside Ryne’s foot.
            “It is not a fire, you beast!” He pointed at the giant, his pale eyes lit with fury. “It is Ven’s warming stone.”
            Gorpat’s face fell, and she dropped Ven back on the ground. He hit the dirt with a thud, cursing as he rolled onto his side.
            Zier scratched the back of his head, sharing startled looks with his cousins. “Warming stone?”
            Ven stood and limped to Ryne’s bedroll, scooping up the stone. “I use it to chase away the chill.”
            Zier turned to Alec, an excited gleam in his eyes. “Is this stone like the one Markus used to deflect the goddess’s magic?”
            Alec nodded, finally relieved he had proof his story was not a hoax. “It’s exactly like the stone Markus used.”
            A chorus of excited whispers broke out as the dwarves jumped to their feet, heads bent and arms wildly waving.
            Zier hobbled over to Alec, patting him on the knee. “I’m sorry for doubting you, son.”
            “Why do you ask?” Ryne’s booming voice cut through the dwarves’ chatter.
            All eyes shot to Ryne, and not a sound could be heard except for Gorpat blowing her nose into her sleeve. Ryne glared at them with legs braced apart, his hand on the hilt of his blade.
            Zier rubbed his beard, eyeing Ryne for a long, tense moment. “How many do the ice people have?”
            Ryne jutted a foot forward, speaking through clenched teeth. “Again, why do you ask?”
             “I would gladly trade any of my goods for such a stone,” Zier answered.
            Ven tucked the stone back in his bedroll and went to stand beside Ryne, his youthful face transformed into a mask of hard angles. “This stone has been in my family for generations and is not for trade.”
            Zier rubbed his hands together. “I have spices, gold, weapons.” He waddled back to the campfire, lifting the shield with a groan. “Look at this fine workmanship.”
            “Again,” Ryne boomed as the other ice dwellers rose from their beds and flanked him, “this stone is not for trade.”
            “Very well.” Zier heaved an overly-dramatic sigh and lowered the shield. “But if you should change your mind—”
            “Our minds will not change.” Ryne said firmly.
            Alec’s breath caught in his throat at the murderous look in Ryne’s eyes, the same look the dwarves were reciprocating as they flanked Zier, their hands resting on the hilts of their swords. The dwarves outnumbered the ice dwellers seven to one, not to mention they had a giant on their side who could flatten them all into hotcakes.
            Brendle ran behind Des, shaking as if he’d just been pulled from an icy river. Tar stood between the dwarves and Ryne, dancing on his paws.
            “Come here, Tar!” Ryne growled.
            Tar nuzzled Grim’s hand before slinking over to Ryne, his tail between his legs.
            The dog didn’t want to see his master fight with the dwarves, and neither did Alec. He had to think of something, and fast, before their disagreement escalated.
            He stepped between the dwarves and Ryne, holding up both hands. “Why don’t we all get some sleep?” He did his best to keep his composure, despite the wild beating of his heart. “We can discuss the stone in the morning.”
            “Are you as daft as the dwarves?” Ryne pointed at Alec with an accusatory finger. “There will be no discussion.”
            “Go to bed, Ryne,” Alec spoke through a frozen smile. 
            “Do not tell me what to do.”
            Ryne was either very stubborn, very foolish, or both. Either way, Alec had had enough of his temper. Balling his hands, he channeled his dead father’s dark and violent moods as he stalked toward Ryne. “I said, go to bed!” He jutted a finger at Ryne’s bedroll, feeling the heat creep into his chest as he and Ryne locked gazes for several interminable, thudding heartbeats. 
            So enraged was Alec, he was barely aware of his own shallow breathing or of Gorpat sniveling behind them.
            “Friends no fight.” the giant cried.
            Alec couldn’t let Ryne win this battle of wills. As the dwarves’ grumbles grew louder, Alec knew their lives depended on Ryne backing down.

Meet the Author:

Tara West writes books about dragons, witches, and heroes while eating chocolate, lots and lots of chocolate. She's willing to share her dragons, witches, and heroes. Keep your hands off her chocolate. A former high school English teacher, Tara is now a full-time writer and graphic artist. She enjoys spending time with her family, interacting with her fans, and fishing the Texas coast.

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Monday, January 22, 2018

Press Release: Shadow Walker (Shadow Walker Trilogy, Book 1) by Tiffany Shand


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Shadow Walker
Shadow Walker Trilogy, Book 1
Tiffany Shand

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About Shadow Walker:

After her enforcer teammates are killed in a bust gone wrong, Denai witch Charlie McCray struggles to carry on working the job without them. Using her gift of communicating with the dead, she's determined to get justice and find those responsible no matter what. But her only clue to go on is a mysterious orb with a deadly reputation that everyone wants to get their hands on.

The only one who may be able to help her figure out their deaths, and the connection to the orb is the dark and sexy demon from her past. Convinced she's his life mate, to her denial, Charlie isn't happy to see him again. Can they really work together as partners to track down the truth whilst ignoring the ever-growing attraction between them?

Genres: Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance

Length: 111 pgs.

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Tiffany Shand started writing short stories when she was a child. She has always done writing in one form or another and started writing novels in her early teens.

Tiffany loves to read books and discovered her love for fantasy and paranormal romance. She writes both non-fiction and fiction, and love helping writers to build their author platforms.

After doing a creative writing course in her early 20s, she is now a freelance writer and professional editor.

Tiffany lives in Essex with her family and two very spoiled cats.

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Sunday, January 21, 2018

Virtual Book Tour Schedule ~ Shadow Walker (Shadow Walker Trilogy, Book 1) by Tiffany Shand @TiffanyShand

About Shadow Walker:

After her enforcer teammates are killed in a bust gone wrong, Denai witch Charlie McCray struggles to carry on working the job without them. Using her gift of communicating with the dead, she's determined to get justice and find those responsible no matter what. But her only clue to go on is a mysterious orb with a deadly reputation that everyone wants to get their hands on.

The only one who may be able to help her figure out their deaths, and the connection to the orb is the dark and sexy demon from her past. Convinced she's his life mate, to her denial, Charlie isn't happy to see him again. Can they really work together as partners to track down the truth whilst ignoring the ever-growing attraction between them?

Genres: Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance

Length: 111 pgs.

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Hallmark Movies & Mysteries "Morning Show Mystery Premiering this Sunday, Jan 21st at 9pm/8c! #MorningShowMystery @hallmarkmovie #Giveaway

Morning Show Mystery: Mortal Mishaps

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Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Programming Presents: Morning Show Mystery: Mortal Mishaps, which premieres Sunday, Jan. 21st at 9pm/8c and stars Rick Fox and Holly Robinson Peete!

About Morning Show Mystery: Mortal Mishaps:

Billie Blessings has gone from beloved chef, restaurant owner, and morning show segment host to #1 suspect in a murder case when one of the executives at the network dies from poisoning. When the head chef at Billie's restaurant is arrested and held as a suspect, Billie takes matters into her own hands by digging deeper into a mystery that could incriminate people close to her while risking her own life in the process.

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Promo Blitz ~ The Three Souls by Bill Thomas ~ Contemporary Fiction/Fantasy ~ #promo #bookblitz #rabtbooktours #fantasy #fiction

The Three Souls
Bill Thomas
Contemporary Fiction/Fantasy
Publisher: BookBaby
Published: June 2017

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About the Book:

Johnny Chambers is jailed in Texas in the early 1960's. He is falsely convicted of a crime and is sentenced to five years in prison. While is prison he meets two other inmates Vinny Le Pugh and David Madejas.

Both inmates have had near death experiences and yet both have shown new found talents in music and art. Johnny decides to talk to the warden about their ability in a way to help them find their freedom. The warden goes along with it for a while but then decides to pull the plug on the craft room. Johnny, fearing for his life, decides to plan an escape with the two inmates and their art.

Meet the Author:

Bill Thomas grew up in Austin, Texas. Bill started playing drums at an early age and played in many local bands including The Rock Hounds and Primitive Moderns. Bill moved to guitar and released two original CD's on CD Baby. He performs with a stage name of Bill James. Bill has also written two full length screenplays.

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Book Spotlight ~ High Hand by Curtis J. James #Espionage #Novel

High Hand

by Curtis J. James

About High Hand:

A billionaire businessman with secret ties to Russia becomes the Republican presidential candidate. Does this plot sound familiar? Years before the rise of Donald Trump, Curtis Harris, James Ellenberger, and James Rosen may have predicted the crazy political landscape we have been recently experiencing in their espionage thriller High Hand [Copper Peak Press, January 4, 2018]. 

In High Hand the billionaire Republic nominee, Stuart Roberts, is on a glide path to the White House until a bomb explodes during a campaign rally in Los Angeles leaving him seriously injured. Is there a connection between a bomb blast meant to kill the presumptive Republican presidential nominee and a group of prominent men who played poker in Moscow years ago? Fifteen years earlier, while serving as a US ambassador to Russia, Roberts was one of the poker players in a group organized by Frank Adams, a Moscow correspondent and top investigative reporter for the Los Angeles Register. The story centers around Frank Adams, who is on a mission to figure out why his old poker buddies are being targeted for assassination.

When Adams gets a call from an old friend in Russia, he returns to his old stomping ground and risks his life in a high-stakes bid to uncover the truth about the Republican presidential candidate’s secret ties to Russia. In the midst of threats to reporters, Adams discovers bizarre intervention by President Vladimir Putin and a US spy agency’s covert effort to alter the presidential race.

“Major presidential candidates must be vetted very closely, especially those with great wealth and complicated overseas business dealings,” Rosen says. “In the Internet Age and 24/7 cable reporting, it would seem impossible that someone like Stuart Roberts could reach the White House while shielding dangerous aspects of his past. Yet, the current Special Counsel and congressional investigations of President Trump’s alleged ties to Russia reveal how real this threat is, especially when the White House candidate is willing to conceal his past and ignore long-established but unwritten rules of American government.” 

Dr. Vince Houghton, the Historian and Curator of the International Spy Museum, took an extreme interest in High Hand and feels the authors essentially predicted the 2016 election. “It’s hard to overstate how prescient this book is, especially considering how long it takes from when a book is actually written until it is published,” Dr. Houghton reveals. “Rosen, Harris and Ellenberger were thinking about Russian interference in an American presidential election years ago. Throw in the billionaire Republican candidate and the espionage angle and you’ve got the classic recipe for life imitating art. The only problem these authors will have is convincing people they didn’t hastily write this book in the summer of 2017.”

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Meet the Author:

Curtis J. James is a pseudonym for the three writers who collaborated on this book. They are Curtis Harris, James Ellenberger, and James Rosen. 

JAMES ELLENBERGER worked for nearly 30 years in numerous capacities with the national AFL-CIO. A Vietnam War veteran, he has written numerous articles on international labor affairs, social insurance and medical care for injured workers. He is a founding member of the National Academy of Social Insurance. 

CURTIS HARRIS is a physician-scientist who is world-renowned in the field of cancer research. Dr. Harris has published more than 500 journal articles and 100 book chapters, has edited 10 books, and holds more than 25 advanced biotechnology patents owned by the US government. He is chief of the Laboratory of Human Carcinogenesis at the NIH National Cancer Institute. He is adjunct Professor of Oncology at Georgetown University School of Medicine. 

JAMES ROSEN is an award-winning political and national security journalist who reported from Moscow during the historic collapse of the Soviet Union. Since then, he has covered the Pentagon, the White House and Congress, producing a number of complex investigative articles on insecure nuclear weapons (“loose nukes”) in Russia; alleged Saudi complicity in the Sept. 11 attacks; sleeper Islamic jihadist cells in Europe; and a range of other cutting-edge topics. 

For more information, visit www.curtisjjames.com and connect with the authors on Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

Praise for High Hand:



The Acclaimed Espionage Novel That Eerily Predicted Trump and Russia.

—Dr. Vince Houghton, the Historian and Curator of the International Spy Museum 

High Hand released January 4, 2018.

Book Spotlight & #Giveaway ~ Heart on Fire (The Kingmaker Chronicles, Book #3) by Amanda Bouchet @AuthorABouchet @SourcebooksCasa

Heart on Fire by Amanda Bouchet
The Kingmaker Chronicles, #3
Publication date: January 2, 2018

The riveting conclusion to The Kingmaker Chronicles!

Without Griffin—and apparently a few meddling Gods—to push me along, I’d still be telling fortunes at the circus, lying about my past, ignoring my future, and living as far away from my tyrant mother as humanly possible.

True understanding thuds into place. Hope isn’t just an abstract concept; it’s me. Flesh and blood me. Griffin knew it all along. Probably everyone did. I’m an idea in human form.

I have the power of the Gods at my fingertips.
The only thing ever stopping me has been me.

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Griffin’s hand tightens on my arm.
I roll my eyes. “I’m not going to fall in, you know. The cliff is all the way over there.”
He loosens his hold. Sort of.
I glance up at him, trying to tame my sudden smile. Domineering and overprotective doesn’t even begin to describe my husband. There’s also deliciously jealous, but that’s another subject all together. The black stubble framing his mouth makes his full lips look impossibly kissable. It’s been hours since they were last on mine. And I love to kiss the hawkish curve of his nose. So strong and masculine. I adore that nose. And the rest of him. His powerful body. Muscle. Sinew. Bone.
I gaze up at him, nearly sighing. “I love you.”
Griffin stops dead in his tracks and glares down at me. “That’s it. We’re leaving.”
I blink. “What? Why?”
“You think something terrible is going to happen.”
“No, I don’t.” I frown. “I don’t think so.”
His eyes narrow, wariness hardening his expression. “You do.”
“What are you talking about?”
He scowls at me.
“Well, something terrible could happen,” I concede. “But that’s always true, no matter where or when. Tomorrow, I could trip over my own feet and break my neck for all I know.”
Judging by the look on Griffin’s face, I don’t think that helped.
“You only say you love me or you’re sorry when you’re scared or almost dead. You’re not almost dead, so what’s scaring you?” he demands.
“I say I love you all the time!”
“When we’re in bed. When I’m so deep inside you that you can’t feel anything but me. Not when we’re about to knock on a stranger’s door. What’s scaring you?” he demands again.
I huff. “At the moment? The way your jaw is popping like it’s alive.”
Griffin crosses his arms. “I want honesty. Right now.”
Right now, Your Imperialness?”
His nostrils flare. His hard look is spectacular.
I’m not intimidated. It makes me hot. Then again, so does just about everything at the moment, but not in the same way.
“If you must know, the magic around here is a little intense and…disturbing, but it’s not scaring me. Not really. It’s probably just something coming from whatever is down there in that God Pit,” I say, waving toward the cliff. “I’m a shade nervous. That’s all.”
His eyes stay flinty and unconvinced. “That’s all? That’s not generally cause for a heartfelt declaration, at least not from you.”
I toss my hands in the air. “Fine. I take it back. I looked at you, found you incredibly desirable, and my body got all hot and tingly. I blame pregnancy for an excess of sentimentality and…and…urges!”
Griffin stares at me. Then his mouth splits into a grin that makes me all kinds of angry. He reaches for me again, his grasp lighter this time.
“Incredibly desirable?” Looking smug, he threads his fingers through mine.
Scowling, I poke him in the chest with my free hand. “Well, you do have that whole overbearing warlord thing going on. Plus, plenty of muscles in all the right places, some good ideas, and, you know, a really big sword.”
A laugh cracks out of Griffin, and my heart swoops like an off-balance bird. He’s rarely free with humor these days, or maybe there’s just not enough of it in our lives anymore. The happy flutter that wings through my chest takes any lingering irritation away with it.
Gah! Talk about mood changes!
Griffin captures my other hand and then pulls me in to him until I’m standing between his legs. “I love you, too, Cat.”
He kisses me, his mouth pressing softly against mine. Warmth rolls straight from his lips to my toes, which curl in my boots.
“Tell me again,” he coaxes.
I shake my head, our noses brushing.
“Say it,” he demands against my mouth.
“I don’t think so.”
“Last chance,” he warns, gently nipping at my lower lip.
“Big sword.”
Chuckling, Griffin swats my bottom. “There’s more where that came from.”
I look up at him through my lashes. “I sure hope so.”
He grins. “I think you just managed coy.”
“Good Gods! Has the Underworld frozen over?”
“Next, Centaurs will fly.” He brushes his lips over mine again, not lingering, and when he lifts his head, his black hair ruffling on the faintly sulfurous wind, the teasing gleam is already absent from his eyes. “You’re sure there’s nothing else?”
“Nothing besides our baby wreaking havoc on my moods?” I shake my head. “But I wanted you before. I want you always.”
He lifts his hand and brushes his thumb across my lips. Then his fingers fall away, trailing lightly down my arm until I shiver.
“You’re the air I breathe,” he says without a trace of humor in his voice.
My whole chest clenches hard, squeezing a tight, almost painful beat from my heart. “I admire you,” I reply. “I need you. I love you with all my heart.”
Griffin offers me a different kind of smile this time, small, lopsided, gentle, and so entirely genuine. It fades almost immediately, though, and he straightens to his full, imposing height, abruptly pinning me with his warlord stare. “If you feel anything off here, we leave, with or without the potion we came for. You’ve got great instincts, Cat. Trust your gut.”
I nod. I will. I always do.

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