Brad rode Silver Bullet alongside Kressa and Gentle Rider so the horses faced each other upon his approach. He gazed into Kressa’s eyes, longing to learn something new about the girl who lived in his house. Brad removed his riding glove and reached over to brush Kressa’s hair away from her face so he could touch her cheek. She did not shrink away. His fingertips tingled where her skin met his.
So beautiful. Brad’s heart pumped a little faster and his mind swirled. Does she feel drawn to me too? He shook his head slightly. “We should go back now,” Brad said tenderly, realizing once again that the warmth he felt when he touched Kressa also did something to his heart. It was better not to remain alone. He wondered if Kressa would ever admit whether she experienced any affection toward him. He found her hard to read sometimes.
Brad pulled on his glove, led the way back through the forest, and headed for the stable. After brushing, feeding, and watering all four horses, Brad and Kressa strolled back to the house. “Great lesson today. I think before long you’ll be able to go out on your own.”
“Really? That would be great. How many more lessons do I need?” She said eagerly.
“I would imagine one or two more.”
They both laughed at the good news. At that moment, Kressa’s dad appeared around some shrubs at the base of the hill. His face held a fiery red glow.
“Kressa, get to the house right now,” Mr. Morales said grabbing her arm and pushing her toward their apartment. “I don’t know what you were thinking today taking her through those woods, but I don’t like it.”
“Sir, there’s wide open space to run the horses on the other side of the trees. I wasn’t trying to seduce her,” Brad said, feeling some guilt for touching her cheek earlier.
Mr. Morales shot Brad a fierce look and took Kressa away. She followed, pleading with her father to let her go and trying to convince him nothing happened. Kressa and her father began speaking in Spanish, so Brad could no longer comprehend what was being said. Brad headed back to his room in anguish over what he just witnessed. He picked up the handkerchief and rubbed it on his cheek. He was sorry for causing her so much trouble.
Over the next few hours, Brad spent time on his laptop looking up home schooling rules. He gathered all the information he could and went looking for his father. Brad and his dad needed to do a lot of preparation if Kressa were to start school at home in a week. Finding his father in the office, Brad presented him with the draft for a lesson plan needed. It had to be submitted to the school administration.
Dinnertime proved tense for Brad, and he didn’t doubt it was for Kressa as well. He avoided looking at her as much as possible, not because he experienced nervousness concerning their interaction earlier in the day, but because he did not want Kressa’s father to take it out on her. She seemed stiff whenever she served Brad a side dish. He knew her reaction was due to her father keeping a close eye on them all evening. Brad wanted to talk to his new friend, but knew it would be better if he waited until morning.
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Cassandra’s Bio: Cassandra Ulrich was born on the beautiful island of St. Croix, United States Virgin Islands, located east of Puerto Rico. Living in the tropics fueled her imagination and day dreams. For years, she wrote poetry and entered competitions. However, only many years later did she discover joy in writing stories longer than a few pages.
She published her first young adult novel, A Beautiful Girl, in April 2011. The inspirational novel has already touched many hearts ranging from teens to adults.
Her second novel, Love’s Intensity, is a teen paranormal romance and was released on July 11, 2013.
Her third, Billiard Buddies, a New Adult romance novella, was released on May 24, 2014.
In June and August 2014, she also released two poetry books written while in high school and college.
Blog Site: http://cassandraulrich.blogspot.com/
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Guardian of the Deep
by Flossie Benton Rogers
Genre: Paranormal Romance
(sensual heat level)
Forbidden love in the fae realm…
The Succubus Layla has one job: to pursue dreaming men. Although emotional attachments are strictly prohibited, Layla has powerful feelings for the Guardian of the Deep.
Samael is a dark lord charged with maintaining order in his submerged domain. The Guardian is enamored of Layla, and they fuel their passion in his undersea home.
With forces stirring against them, the fae world becomes dangerous. Samael suggests a hideaway in the human dimension – a 1950 Montana ranch.
Layla is thrilled.
They can escape the threat looming over them, and she can indulge her cowboy fantasies with Samael.
When Samael disappears before their rendezvous, Layla’s dream turns to a nightmare.
Peril is closer than ever. She must call on her deepest reserves and risk everything for the truth to come out. Is her love strong enough to hold the bond with her Guardian of the Deep?
The draperies swept open to reveal all the glory of the deep ocean. The phosphorescence of seafae lit the waters.
And there Samael glided, every bit as splendorous as the home of his heart.
Layla moved to stand at the window and watch mesmerized as Samael cavorted among his denizens. As happened when sea water covered him, his skin from chest downward shimmered in vibrant jeweled tones—cerulean, purple, and green. The flecks in his eyes sparkled, and his long dark hair with its burnished streaks streamed out behind him. The lower half of his body had shifted to its undersea form, that of tail and fins, a brilliant-hued merman in all his glory.
The sight took her breath away.
Flossie Benton Rogers shares her passion for mythical realms through sizzling paranormal romances with fairies, goddesses, witches, angels, and demons. Reiki, tarot, runes, and gemstones are sometimes part of the magical mix. She is prodded on by her writing buddy, Marigold the calico, who may be a fur fairy. Flossie’s birth chart features sun in Sagittarius with a Taurus moon and Libra ascendant, as befits a 5th generation Floridian and freedom loving mystic.
Gabriel, the Archangel and Messenger of God - yeah,
that Gabriel - visits Mary Miller. He tells her, as the key, she is destined to
spread the Light and vanquish the Darkness. Her first assignment is to restore
the soul of the Walking Man. Sounds simple enough -- until she’s thrown into
the face of evil. And then, Joe Deacons enters her heart. This battle just got
a lot more complicated. She must complete her mission without losing all she
furrowed her brow and softly interrupted, "André is the Walking Man?"
looked at Marie and asked, "You've heard of him?"
nodded. "Of course. He is a staple of the Downtown area. There are a few
groups I'm affiliated with that hand out food and clothing to those in need. He
never comes to these events so I leave them by the area where he sleeps."
She paused, thoughtfully. "I just can't believe that it is André."
cleared his throat and looked at his father. "What happened to
sighed and after a moment said, "It really was the fault of that witch he
was married to. She and her family treated him horribly. She was a gold digger
and all she cared about was money and the prestige."
interrupted Alfred by saying, "I remember her. She was so mean to André
and all she cared about was looking
rich. Wealth is a gift—she just wanted it for a toy. She treated André so
badly... and his mother-in-law was the worst. She would put him down all the
time. In front of other people, no less."
continued, "André was a good man and worked hard. He was working on a big
project for the city. He worked night and day on the project and told me it was
going to put Golden Lake on the map.
absolutely adored his daughter, too. I remember that clearly. She was his everything."
Alfred paused, apparently lost in his thoughts. With a sigh he said,
"There was a scandal with the project, though, and André got fired. Soon
after, Dara left him, took Katherine with her and André fell apart. He started
drinking heavily and, without his daughter, his life fell apart."
looked at me and I fought to keep from throwing my hand over my mouth. There
was purple fire in his eyes and I felt his anger. I already knew the story of
André and I tried to smile at him.
I smelled burning flesh. Joe flashed
in full armor fighting demons with a golden sword.
gasped at the vision and brought my hand to my chest in shock feeling the key
necklace, before I could stop the physical reaction. The necklace weighed
heavily as did my heart. He would be fighting at my side soon.
asked, "Are you okay, dear?"
turned to look at his mother. He nodded and only said, "I never knew any
continued, "I am sorry, son, but you asked for the truth. This is what I
know. André was sleeping at the office and drinking all the time. He was
supposed to give a presentation to a client and was drunk. He got into a
scuffle with his boss and rumor has it, André punched him."
feigned shock and said, "Oh my!"
Than is to blame. I don't know how I
know or what happened but I vow to the Lord that I will make Than pay,
choked and almost spit out my drink. I
just heard Joe's thoughts! I had to set him straight and right away.
cleared my throat and said awkwardly, "Joe, I think I left something in
looked at me with eyebrows raised. "Excuse me, we'll be right back,"
I said with a smile.
walked outside and knew that Joe was right behind me. When I reached the car, I
whirled and said in a stern tone, "Are you trying to get yourself
stopped mid-step and said, "What are you talking about, Mary?"
ran into his arms and whispered, "You cannot take on Than by yourself! I
heard your thoughts in there. Now, I don't know how you know that it was Than
who drove André to punching his boss but please promise me that you will not
paused to catch my breath and remembered what Gabriel told me. "Joe, in
order to defeat the darkness and not become dark ourselves, we need to have a
pure heart. We are filled with the Light and our motives must always be to
speak the Truth and spread the Light."
took several deep breaths while he held me. He stroked my hair and whispered,
"I'm sorry, my angel. I didn't mean to frighten you and you are right. It
was just a momentary thought."
lifted my head and locked eyes with Joe. Tears filled my eyes but I was
determined. I bit at my top lip and then whispered, "Promise me you won't
put yourself in harm's way." Hot tears spilled down my cheeks.
wiped at them and said in a deep, reassuring tone, "I promise, Mary. I
promise I won't be a hothead and I won't be rash." Then, he laid his
forehead on mine and whispered, "Please don't cry, darling. Please."
nodded and whispered, "I would die if I lost you. Than will use you to try
to get to me. You are my love, my everything." My voice cracked. "I
would die if I lost you," I repeated.
shook my shoulders a little and looked deep into my eyes. "Listen to me,
Mary, you will never lose me! Do you hear me? I am by your side now and forever."
Bio: N. N. Light has
been creating stories ever since she was little. Her grandfather remembers when
she was two years old, she would stand at the top of the stairs and tell him a
story filled with emotion (and in a language foreign to him) with her hands on
her hips. Let's just say she was a born storyteller.
She was born in Minnesota, lived in Southern
California only to move to chilly Ontario, Canada to marry her beloved husband
MR N. She is blissfully happy and loves all things chocolate, books, music,
movies, art, sports and baking. Her mantra is to spread the Light.
Most of the time you can find her on Twitter or
getting new ideas on how to spread the Light on Pinterest. She is a proud
member of ASMSG, Independent Author Network and Marketing for Romance Writers.
Part of the proceeds of Princess of the Light will go
directly to food banks in order to feed the hungry and help those in need. With
only 7,500 books sold, N. N. Light will be able to set up a monthly endowment
for the local food bank.
In addition to being an author, she's also a book
promoter/reviewer and social media marketer. She loves books, has ever since
she was young. Matching up books and readers is something that gives her great
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