**Cover Reveal** Till Forever by Elena Matthews



Till Forever by Elena Matthews 
Genre: Contemporary Romance 
Cover designer: Okay Creations 
Cover photographer: Sara Eirew
Releases 14th November

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Synopsis: 


When you marry your soul mate, it’s supposed to last forever. 

Tyler and Mia Bailey are blissfully married, living out their dreams…until a soul-shattering devastation breaks them apart, forcing Mia to walk away from their happily ever after.

After months of separation and silence, Tyler is finally ready to fight for the love of his life, but Mia is trying to move on, and her resistance to her husband’s charms will prove to be the biggest battle he’s ever had to face.

It was supposed to be till forever…but forever might be just out of their reach.

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Other books in the series:
Our Forever (Our Forever book 1)
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Meet the Author:

Receptionist by day, author by night, Elena Matthews is from Manchester, United Kingdom, the home of Manchester United, MediaCity, and of course, Coronation Street. When Elena isn’t writing, she can be found with her nose in a book or watching guilty pleasures, such as Grey’s Anatomy. And, when she isn’t doing those things, you can often find her on Facebook, or obsessing over Kellan Kyle, book-boyfriend extraordinaire.
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**Release Blitz Tour** Misadventures of the First Daughter by Meredith Wild & Mia Michelle


Misadventures of the First Daughter
by 

Mia Michelle & Meredith Wild


Releases 30th October
#misadventuresofthefirstdaughter

Misadventures Series

SYNOPSIS

Charlotte Daley is the daughter of the newly elected POTUS. An only child, shes both spoiled rotten and entirely neglected by her powerful family. Shes been forced to eat with the right forks, smile at all the right times, and be the picture of perfection for months. Now that her father is in office and too busy to know she exists, shes determined to exercise her new freedom before she heads back to college in New York.

Ex-SEAL Zane Parker has one job to protect the Presidents daughter, all day, every day. But shes been on a partying spree since the inauguration, heading down a dangerous path that threatens to ruin her reputation and cause a major scandal for her father. Zane will lose his job if he cant get her under control. Except he wants to sleep with her as badly as he wants to set her straight. She needs discipline. And he might be just the one to give it to her.

When unexpected circumstances tie Charlotte to D.C. for the foreseeable future, Zane makes her an offer thats anything but honorable. Hell give the first daughter all the thrills shes seeking in exchange for one thing… Her obedience. Fascinated by Zanes dark promises, Charlotte agrees. Submission has never felt so good. But as Zane brings her deeper into his forbidden desires, enemies surface and danger lurks.  

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MEET THE AUTHORS
Meredith Wild is a #1 New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author of romance. Living on Florida’s Gulf Coast with her husband and three children, she refers to herself as a techie, whiskey-appreciator, and hopeless romantic. She has been featured on CBS This Morning, The Today Show, the New York TimesThe Hollywood ReporterPublishers Weekly, and The Examiner. When she isn’t living in the fantasy world of her characters, she can usually be found at:
Mia Michelle fell in love with the world of books the very first time she stepped inside of her small hometown library. Growing up, she loved to spend time losing herself in the world of make believe by creating her own imaginative stories. The gift of a leather journal for her eighth birthday inspired her dream of one day becoming a writer. Though she kept most of her writing private over the years, a childhood best friend read the first draft of Rose of Thorne and encouraged her to take the leap of faith to bring her dream to life.
Mia fully admits to having a hopeless infatuation with her Kindle, and suffers from a one-click book addiction. (No intervention required). When she isn’t shuttling her two kids between cheerleading and football practice, or folding a massive pile of laundry, she can be found curled up in her favorite cozy chair with a pen in one hand and an adult beverage in the other.
Mia currently resides in a quaint little southern town in Tennessee with her husband, two children, and fur baby.


**Blog Tour** Acquisition by Chelle Bliss



NOW AVAILABLE from USA Today bestselling author, Chelle Bliss, comes the Takeover Duet.



A ONE-NIGHT STAND WITH A HANDSOME STRANGER ​WASN’T A PROBLEM—UNTIL HE TRIED TO STEAL MY COMPANY.

ACQUISITION by Chelle Bliss
Takeover Duet Book #1

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A ONE-NIGHT STAND with a handsome stranger wasn’t a problem–until he tried to STEAL her company.
Ambitious, high-powered CEO Lauren Bradley is one press release away from catapulting her company to new heights.
Rival CEO, Antonio Forte is arrogant, controlling, and sexy.
She should know, since Antonio’s a one-night stand she thought she’d never see again.
Antonio wants to takeover more than her company, he wants her as part of the Acquisition.

Let the games begin…

Acquisition is the first book in the Takeover Duet.


NOW AVAILABLE EVERYWHERE!


Our Review


Review by Tara – 5 stars
This book has me feeling all giddy and stuff! It’s not too often that the I get the chance to read a book with a bad ass leading lady, but Chelle Bliss gave me that in Acquisition. 
“It didn’t matter that I was a woman in a male-dominated industry, the only limitations I had were those that others had placed on me, underestimating my drive and determination to reach the top.”
Proving to the world that women are brilliant and strong, Lauren follows her dreams and runs Interstellar, a leading company in aerodynamics. Wanting to make herself and her dad proud, Lauren has pushed away anything in her life that doesn’t involve work. Upon meeting a sexy stranger one night in a bar, Lauren is whisked away with the possibilities of what life could really be like. Antonio is the best at what he does, running a top company and seducing women. When he meets Elizabeth by chance, he realizes he’ll stop at nothing to get her. But when chance meetings lead to impossible hopes and dreams, can these lost souls find the happiness and peace they are searching for?
“The door opens with a loud creak, but I still don’t dare look. Heavy footsteps move closer and grow louder as he approaches. I will not die. I won’t give in. I have to fight.”
Acquisition is an amazing book! I could not put it down. Filled with so much heart, Chelle really shows us that this book is what everyone should be reading! Heat, passion, broken dreams and drama, Acquisition is more than I expected…it’s out of this world!


ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Chelle Bliss is the USA Today bestselling author of the Men of Inked and ALFA P.I. series. She hails from the Midwest, but currently lives near the beach even though she hates sand. She’s a full-time writer, time-waster extraordinaire, social media addict, coffee fiend, and ex high school history teacher. She loves spending time with her two cats, alpha boyfriend, and chatting with readers.



**Blog Tour** Throne of Secrets by Graceley Knox

Throne of Secrets (A Wicked Kingdoms Novel Book #3) 

by Graceley Knox 

Release Date: 24th October

Genre: Paranormal/Fantasy Romance


#ThroneofSecretsTour


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Synopsis

As Ever struggles with the possible consequences of her actions, she works to keep her crew safe in the middle of a political minefield. Determined to keep her promises, Ever enlists the help of an unlikely ally, and together they expose secrets and avenge wrongdoings long overdue for justice.
Ever knows that she and Dare are meant to be together, even if the odds are against them and it’s destined to break her heart. But questions are piling up faster than she can answer them, and time is running out to make a decision that could change her life forever.
Letting go of the past and embracing the future has never been so hard, but when it comes to keeping her family safe, Ever will do what’s needed, no matter the cost.
She’s found answers, and she’s taken risks, but will Ever’s sacrifices be enough to save them all?



Meet The Author

Graceley Knox is an up and coming paranormal and fantasy romance author with a serious caffeine and book addiction. She prefers to listen to music while she writes and is a former New Englander living on the Gulf Coast of Florida. By day she works in the publishing industry, and by night, she plots out the many ideas cluttering her mind. When she’s not reading, writing, or hanging out with her large extended family you can find her on her various social media accounts.

Visit her here: www.facebook.com/GraceleyKnox




OTHER BOOKS IN THE SERIES


                       (A Wicked Kingdoms Novel #1)            (A Wicked Kingdoms Novel #2)


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Tara’s 5**** Review

“I think about how I’m going to right the wrongs of my ancestors and how I’m going to somehow ensure that no matter who or what you are, you’ve got a place in Faerie or wherever else you’d like to be.”
Graceley is killing me with suspense!! I just finished reading Throne of Secrets and my mind is still spinning, trying to process what I just read.
“My heartbeat picks up speed but I don’t falter in my stride. I came here to shed some light on long-kept secrets. There’s no turning back now. Let the dance begin.”
Ever and Dare return to us in this high energy, extremely imaginative story. Learning to work together, this duo and their teams, join forces with other realms and worlds to put an end to a damning prophecy involving Ever. When calm erupts into chaos, and the lives of the two groups are tested, Graceley doesn’t hold back with the action and suspense that she is so great at writing!! 
“I told him that he’d end up breaking my heart and I was right. But what I didn’t know was that he’d be the one to piece it back together and help me protect it.”

I can’t say enough good things about Graceley and the Throne Of Secrets! So entertaining, attention grabbing, breath holding and hair pulling good, the Throne of Secrets is a perfect follow up to Mark of Truth and Crown of Betrayal. If you like taking a break from reality, Throne of Secrets is for you!


**Release Day Blitz** Ride or Die #2 A Devil’s Highwaymen MC Novel by Cee Cee Riley

Ride or Die #2
A Devil’s Highwaymen MC Novel
Synopsis

Love can either destroy you, or bring you back to life.
Dom, Casa & Harlow
1992
Casa only cares for two things in this life: his club—the Devil’s Highwaymen—and sex. That is until he meets Harlow. She’s feisty, passionate, and doesn’t fall for his usual charms. She’s perfect for him…but she belongs to someone else.
Harlow is broken; she has been for a long time. With nowhere to go, and worse, no one to go to, she’s become a clubslut for the West Side Bangers. That is until a chance meeting with her old friend and former lover, Dom, brings their worlds colliding together once more.
Dom is on a one-way train to hell; the guilt of losing his soulmate is killing him—but he can’t tell anyone about it. That is until he finds a brief respite from his suffering in the form of Harlow, the woman whose heart he once broke.
With all three set on their own self-destructive paths, they’ve only got one chance to make things right—but only if they can learn to forgive, and then to love again.
The funny thing about love is, it’s both painless and painful, and not even death can end the suffering.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Claire C. Riley is a USA Today and International bestselling author. She writes on the darker side of fiction, dipping her proverbial quill into genres such as post-apocalyptic romance, dystopia, thrillers, and even some horror. She writes characters that are realistic, and kills them without mercy. 
She also writes under the pen name of Cee Cee Riley, where she writes MC romance and post-apocalyptic romance.
Claire lives in the United Kingdom with her husband and three daughters. She believes in cupcakes, rum and bathroom rap battles are the solution to most of life’s problems.
Claire is represented by Michelle Johnson of Inklings Literary Agency.
Author of:
Odium The Dead Saga Series 
Odium Origins Series 
Limerence (The Obsession Series) 
Out of the Dark Series,
Twisted Magic,
Co-authored books with Madeline Sheehan:
Thicker than Blood,
Beneath Blood & Bone,
& Shut Up & Kiss me,
And by Cee Cee Riley:
The Ride or Die #1 A Devil’s Highwaymen MC novel
Contact Links:
https://www.instagram.com/redheadapocalypse/
http://www.clairecriley.com/
https://www.facebook.com/CeeCeeRileyBooks/
https://www.facebook.com/ClaireCRileyAuthor/
http://amzn.to/2fLekLF

**Release Blitz** Acquisition by Chelle Bliss



NOW AVAILABLE from USA Today bestselling author, Chelle Bliss, comes the Takeover Duet.


A ONE-NIGHT STAND WITH A HANDSOME STRANGER ​WASN’T A PROBLEM—UNTIL HE TRIED TO STEAL MY COMPANY.

ACQUISITION by Chelle Bliss
Takeover Duet Book #1

DOWNLOAD IT NOW!

A ONE-NIGHT STAND with a handsome stranger wasn’t a problem–until he tried to STEAL her company.
Ambitious, high-powered CEO Lauren Bradley is one press release away from catapulting her company to new heights.
Rival CEO, Antonio Forte is arrogant, controlling, and sexy.
She should know, since Antonio’s a one-night stand she thought she’d never see again.
Antonio wants to takeover more than her company, he wants her as part of the Acquisition.

Let the games begin…

Acquisition is the first book in the Takeover Duet.


NOW AVAILABLE EVERYWHERE!


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Chelle Bliss is the USA Today bestselling author of the Men of Inked and ALFA P.I. series. She hails from the Midwest, but currently lives near the beach even though she hates sand. She’s a full-time writer, time-waster extraordinaire, social media addict, coffee fiend, and ex high school history teacher. She loves spending time with her two cats, alpha boyfriend, and chatting with readers.



**Release Day Blitz** Without Truth by Victoria L. James and L.J. Stock

Book: Without Truth – Babylon MC Series Book 3
Authors: Victoria L. James and L.J. Stock
Genre: MC Romance

#WithoutTruthRelease



Synopsis

Determined to be a better man, Drew Tucker is trying to turn over a new leaf as President of The Hounds of Babylon. With the love of his life, Ayda Hanagan, by his side, and the enemy he once feared at every turn now gone, he can finally see a glimmer of hope on the horizon of their future together. 
With Ayda as adamant as ever to never witness her man suffering again, she has a different outlook on their lives. She wants protection. She wants assurances. She never wants to have to feel scared of losing the man she loves ever again. And she’s willing to do anything to make sure she’s the one who can save him. 
But secrets don’t stay secrets forever in Babylon, and when things done in the shadows begin to step out into the light, Drew and Ayda are faced with a hundred different challenges neither one of them see coming. When everything around you begins to turn your hopes into nightmares, who the hell can you turn to or trust?
Lies are no longer an option.
Not for Drew.
Not for Ayda.
Not for any of The Hounds of Babylon MC.
No matter what happens when the truth is finally set free…

Buy the Book


Review by Wendy

Welcome back to Babylon.
I was so excited to return to this series, following the dramatic ending of Without Mercy, for which will ever be ingrained in my mind.  Ask anyone who has read this series and they will tell you, the words “I Love you. Pull the trigger Darlin” brings a tear to every readers eye, as the magnitude of the situation Drew and Ayda find themselves it.
And so Without Truth brings us back to the ‘HOB’ with Drew Tucker at its helm, the President of the Hounds of Babylon, with Ayda by his side guiding him in his new found maturity and with her love, he knows he is a better man. His men know he is a better man because of her too, but they also know that retribution is in the air.  The events of ‘that’ night will come back to haunt them. And Without Truth brings us to that day of reckoning, while continuing to weave a story of family, although not necessarily by blood, of love and of loss.
Victoria L James and LJ Stock write seamlessly, a union of minds that relish in our shock, misery, love and anger.  All emotions which this book conjured up. 
Without Truth was gut wrenching, the ending was not what I was expecting nor what I was looking for.  And yet it was still be most amazing story, the best in the series and had you asked me if I thought Without Mercy could be beat I would have said no.  Now I say absolutely. 




Meet The Authors

L.J. Stock on Victoria L. James ~ What can I say about Victoria L. James? Loads actually, she’s an amazingly talented author and I had the absolute distinct pleasure of writing with her. I also call her a friend. When we first met, we bonded instantly over our love of music, Victoria tends to be as eclectic as I am with her tastes. She finds stories in lyrics and feels the moods in the melodies. 
When we first started writing together, I’ll admit I was intimidated. Here is this woman with a huge passion for putting words onto paper and painting pictures so clearly that you are completely immersed in them. How was I going to keep up with that? I’m not sure I ever did, but over time we’ve built up a repertoire. We bounce off one another and bring our characters to the forefront and hope that the interactions are as real as they appear for us. 
On a more personal note, Victoria is bright, smart, kind, intelligent, funny, caring and witty. She can see so much in the world around her and always has time for anyone. Victoria lives in sunny ole Yorkshire with her family and her cats – had to mention them – and can normally be found in the playground of her imagination, listening to the Foo Fighters.

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Victoria L. James on L.J. Stock ~ There aren’t many people you bump into in life that you want to both work and spend your free time with. From meeting L.J. through the wonder that is the internet, we soon came to realise that we had a hell of a lot in common. Music was where our friendship truly began, but our writing partnership flourished not too far behind. I always felt like my writing was missing something, and it was only when I read L.J.’s work that I realised what exactly that was. It was missing her influence! 
After spending over a year working together, day in, day out, not a moment goes by where I don’t thank the Twitter Gods for bringing this amazingly strong and talented woman into my life. She’s an inspiration, a positive force in every situation and one hell of a talented writer. To say I’m honoured that she wanted to create a new world with me is a gross understatement. I’m blown away. One day, I hope I get lucky enough to visit her in Texas, where she lives with her family and her zoo of animals, so we can write by her pool and take part in our other dream… The great Taylor Kitsch Road (stalking) Trip. Who needs a yacht in the Caribbean when we have that to look forward to, right?
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**Release Blitz Tour** Misadventures of a Backup Bride by Shayla Black

Misadventures of a Backup Bride
by
Shayla Black


#misadventures
An Overnight Billionaire. When Carson Frost inherits a confectionary that rakes in billions but is too cash-strapped to last another sixty days, he agrees to take a loan from his late fathers rival. There are two catches: Carson has to sign over a permanent stake in the company, and marry the mans daughter.

Concocts a Fake Bride. Two weeks before the wedding, he gets cold feet and claims hes in love with someone else. The investor says hell still hand over the cash if Carson takes a stroll down the aisle with the woman who owns his heart. Since he isnt even dating anyone, Carson panics. Where is he going to find a bride willing to jilt him at the altar on such short notice?

And Whips Up a Little Love. Ella Hope is an actress happy for any paying gig, but jilting a hottie in public isnt what she had in mind. Still, she needs rent, and hes in a bind. How hard can it be? While playing at matrimony, suddenly their intimacy isnt so fake. Ella cant help but fantasize that Carson is her groom and they will live happily ever after. But once his company is safe, will he want her anymore?



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Meet the Author
Shayla Black is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than fifty novels. For nearly twenty years, she’s written contemporary, erotic, paranormal, and historical romances via traditional, independent, foreign, and audio publishers. Her books have sold millions of copies and been published in a dozen languages.

Raised an only child, Shayla occupied herself with lots of daydreaming, much to the chagrin of her teachers. In college, she found her love for reading and realized that she could have a career publishing the stories spinning in her imagination. Though she graduated with a degree in Marketing/Advertising and embarked on a stint in corporate America to pay the bills, her heart has always been with her characters. She’s thrilled that she’s been living her dream as a full-time author for the past eight years.

Shayla currently lives in North Texas with her wonderfully supportive husband, her teenage daughter, and two spoiled tabbies. In her “free” time, she enjoys reality TV, reading, and listening to an eclectic blend of music.
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**Blog Tour** 2.05 A.M. by C.M. Moore

Book: 2:05 a.m. (An Ice Era Chronicle, Book 2)
Author: C.M. Moore
Genre: Dystopian Military Romance

#2.05Tour



Synopsis
After spending all her life trying to be normal, Nova has given up. She knows she isn’t like everyone else and after her break-up, she decides to dive into her work. Even though she’s settled in her private world and has no wish to change, she finds herself sucked into a trip that takes her away from her safe and secluded world.
Arrow has been trapped in a cage for, well, he can’t recall, but he is ready to be free. As fear that the crumbling water base around him is going to crush him before he can escape, an angel appears. She is what he’s been searching for and his soul knows her. The only problem is, she doesn’t know who he is and is begrudging when it comes to helping him.

As these two broken people meet and start a friendship, a train ride will change them forever. Before long they will uncover the dark past that hunts Arrow and the even darker future that awaits them both. Life for Arrow is about to become real, but for someone as crazy as Nova, this one man turns out to be the balance she’s always needed.

Author Bio

C.M. Moore is a retired solider, and a romantic at heart. After being blown up in Afghanistan and receiving a purple heart; he began writing. Connor’s first book 1:05 am is a mixture of love, sex, and action. Today if you are looking for Connor, you can find him volunteering with veteran organizations, and harassing his military buddies. You can also find him attempting to “hunt” in the woods and ponds of Minnesota. In the event you find him in the woods, don’t be scared, he can’t hit anything. 
If you want to contact him message him at [email protected] …OR…


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The Selkie’s Tale by Nara Malone – Release Day Blitz

Book: The Selkie’s Tale
Author: Nara Malone
Genre: Virtual Reality/Romance

#TheSelkiesTaleRDB
Synopsis

Seven tears cast upon the water summon the selkie, summon seal across the ocean, summon man from beast—liquid keys to break the curse. Freed one night every seven years, Ronin is doomed to repeat that cycle into eternity. Unless he can find a woman powerful enough to resist a selkie’s irresistible pheromones and sex magick.
Maille believes she lost reality between Maine and New Mexico. Between where she is now and where she should be. She believes in facts, not magick. But facts can’t explain how she wound up naked on a beach with the sexiest man she’s ever laid eyes on. Or how she knows in her bones that losing herself in the passion Ronin offers is a path to disaster.
It’s going to be a long, hot, wet night. Caught between sex magick and a sexy selkie, disaster is inevitable for Maille. To break the enchantment she has to rely on the oldest magick of all—the power of love-drenched hearts.

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Author Bio

Whether it’s a shapeshifter romance exploring the primal power of the wild feminine, or BDSM romance where love digs into a character’s shadows, Nara believes romance should open the door and push lovers into a new dimension: sexually, emotionally, and sometimes physically. 
Nara Malone is an award winning novelist and poet. As a freelance journalist and writer, her feature profiles on women entrepreneurs and her romantic short stories have been published in newspapers, magazines, and digital publications.
Nara lives on a small farm in the shadow of the Blue Ridge Mountains. When she’s not writing, she loves to run, hike, bike, and kayak. Every story she tells incorporates her love of animals, nature, and adventure.

An Excerpt From: THE SELKIE’S TALE
Copyright © NARA MALONE, 2013
Tears.
Ronin was so tuned to the presence of a woman’s tears that he could swear he heard them fall. While hearing a tear hit the surf on the other side of the ocean was a stretch, there could be no mistaking the scent or the taste. Each woman’s tears were unique. These tasted of secrets and sorrow. Ronin held each on his tongue, decoding subtle clues and catching one after another.
Seven tears cast upon the water summon the selkie. Liquid key that broke the curse for one night. Sunset to dawn.
Ronin had twelve hours exactly on this night of Mabon, the autumnal equinox.
Obsidian black with foaming mane and tail, his liquid steed bucked and galloped across the Atlantic in the time it took a cloud to glide across the face of the rising moon. At the edge of Wolf Harbor, his ride dissolved into thrashing breakers along the jetty.
Seven tears summoned the beast across the ocean, carried the selkie to his intended on enchanted waters. Seven tears summoned man from beast.
The scent and taste of her—cool and crisp as new snow—washed through him, renewing his withered spirit. A vision of her tear-streaked face, framed in a wild mane of dark locks, was like a sun rising in his heart. Her need gave him power. Her hunger drove him up on the rocky barrier.
Metamorphosis clamped him in its jaws. Transforming Ronin form seal to man. He writhed and moaned like some great sea slug, belly down in a kelp pile. Bones shattered and reformed. Skin spilt at the seams until at last he crawled from the prison of his pelt. All indignities and agonies made bearable by the promise of holding her.
Growing taller with each breath, Ronin scrambled to his feet. Nothing equaled the sheer exhilaration and power of standing erect.
Ronin reached to the sky, and turning to face each of the four sacred directions, he named the elements. “Earth, wind, fire, water, I bow to your power. I am nothing on my own. Embrace the frailties and powers of this human form. Lend me your strength as I do the Goddess’s will.”
The wind carried a wolf song from shore. Tipping his head back, Ronin turned toward the moon, his voice rising to unite in song with his shape-shifting cousins. None but a being who walked the earth as both human and beast would recognize the subtle tonal differences and encrypted messages that signified the human souls beneath those canid hides. The pack leader’s solo answer welcomed Ronin ashore and promised no interference with his mission.
Satisfied, Ronin shook out his long hair and turned to face the wind. Heavy locks whipped back from his face and fanned out across his shoulders. A wave broke, colliding with the boulder he perched on. The resonant boom vibrated in his bones, cold spray making him shiver.
Maybe it was the remnants of the storm spinning up turbulence. Maybe it was the moodiness of autumn setting in, or maybe because it had been longer than usual since he’d last tumbled in clean sheets with a willing female, but tonight felt different.
Heat emanated from the water. Power dissipated by the goings-on at Shadowling, the magickal manor perched on the cliffs. The priestesses and their servants would be celebrating the Mabon, but the woman on the beach was not of them. Her tears didn’t carry the telltale electric zap of power. If she had power, it was dormant yet. Her summons had been born of innocent despair.
As such she was tonight’s innocent recipient of his eternal penance.
Shrugging off the mood, Ronin stashed his pelt under a cairn of loose rocks and dove back into the water. He had eleven hours and fifty minutes left. He wasn’t going to waste one second more than he had to. Still, he had to proceed cautiously.
She’d summoned him without knowing he existed, or the workings of his enchantment. Most women didn’t embrace strange men who walked naked from the surf.
Pity, that.