by Robyn Bachar
Her desire unites them. Her secret could destroy them all.
The sole survivor of the Sunsinger massacre, Lord Degalen Fairren spends his days reading tales of the family he never knew. When a rival house threatens to enslave Cyprena, Galen is forced to pull his nose out of his books and enter into an alliance with House Morningstar, and a dangerous mission to save his world.
Lady Andelynn Harrow isn’t House Morningstar’s eldest or prettiest daughter, but she is the deadliest. After her father’s murder, Andee must defend her new house and mate—the shy, reluctant Galen—but every battle risks revealing her terrible secret.
Malcolm gets his first taste of freedom when the Cy’ren recruit him to locate the cure to a deadly virus—and feels the burn of desire for Galen, the lord he can never have, and for Andee, who awakens memories of a long-lost first love.
The danger they face fuels the heat between them, but with Cyprena’s fate hanging in the balance, the race to find the cure could come with devastating costs.
Warning: Contains a blushing, virgin lord, a sexy geek, and an empathic assassin who always brings lube on a mission.
Cursing, Andee shoved Galen behind cover next to Malcolm and then knelt beside them. She ordered Sharp to lay down covering fire. When the marine shouted for her to go Andee leapt into action and used Sharp’s distraction to her advantage. Andee dropped two guards before they could react and Sharp’s pistol took out a third—good thing the man was a decent shot, because she didn’t want to fall to friendly fire. But the fourth guard was a tougher foe, his energy empty of fear or hesitation. He fired at Galen and Malcolm’s hiding place, and Andee threw herself in harm’s way. The bolt burned a ragged line across her stomach—ugly but not deep—and she swallowed the scream of pain that bubbled up and channeled her adrenaline into a kick to his knee. The guard stumbled as he raised his rifle for a second shot, but before he could fire Galen tackled him to the floor.
Andee lurched forward and cut the guard’s throat. She sheathed her blades then took Galen’s arm and pulled him away, checking him for injuries.
“A’gra, you’re wounded,” he blurted. She flinched and snarled in pain when he touched the burn. Andee staggered, nearly overwhelmed with the force of Galen’s concern for her, and then she caught his hands and steeled her shields.
“It’s all right. Just a graze,” she assured him through gritted teeth.
“Why did you do that? You could have been killed!”
“It’s a privilege to die for my house,” she quoted grimly. Andee stepped back as Malcolm approached them, wide eyed but uninjured. “Are you ready to go?” she asked him.
“Let’s move out.”
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Greetings! Thank you for having me today. :-)
I winced when I received the topic suggestions for today (“How to avoid the slush pile” or “How I made my first sale”)—not because they’re bad topics, but because I’m one of those authors. The near-mythical few who got accepted by the first publisher they submitted to. Oh, I had two agent rejections, but Samhain was the publisher I wanted to write for, and they plucked my book from the slush pile and offered me a contract, almost like magic. Now I have nine titles with them.
It’s an atypical story. Most authors I know went through dozens of rejections and several books that didn’t sell before they got the call. Blood, Smoke and Mirrors was the first real novel I’d written (let’s not talk about the one I wrote in high school, because there were unicorns in it), and it started as a National Novel Writing Month project. That said, it took three years of editing before it was contracted by a publisher, and those were three important years. I joined Romance Writers of America, and I learned a lot about improving my craft.
That is really the best advice I can give—find help. Take workshops, go to conferences, enter contests, join a critique group. You need fresh, impartial eyes to read your manuscript and give you the unvarnished truth. Of course your mom loves your writing—she’s your mom, it’s her job. You need beta readers who aren’t related to you by blood or marriage. Even better if they write in your genre, and the best if they’re familiar with your sub-genre too. For a while I was the only paranormal author in a group of contemporary and historical romance authors, and we didn’t know what to make of each other.
Also, don’t chase trends. The big thing that is trendy today was contracted at least a year ago, if not more. The publisher is already on to the next thing, so you may as well focus on writing what you love. If you write a fabulous vampire book, it doesn’t matter if vampires are “over”, because you have an awesome book.
Don’t give up. At a conference I attended an author claimed that every writer has a magic number of rejections before they’re offered a contract. If you’ve been rejected 99 times keep trying, because your magic number might be 100.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Robyn Bachar enjoys writing stories with soul mates, swords, spaceships, vampires, and gratuitous violence against the kitchen sink. Her paranormal romance Bad Witch series, historical paranormal romance series Bad Witch: The Emily Chronicles, and spicy space opera romance trilogy Cy’ren Rising are available from Samhain Publishing. Her books have finaled in PRISM Contest for Published Authors, the Passionate Plume Contest, and twice in the EPIC eBook Awards.
As a gamer, Robyn has spent many hours rolling dice, playing rock-paper-scissors, and slaying creatures in mmorpgs.
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