Greetings weekend hoppers! In two weeks The Goddess’s Curse, my new fantasy/sci-fi romance will be released in ebook and paperback! If you were here last weekend, you read a short excerpt in which the hero caught sight of the heroine’s portrait. What he saw then, and what exists now, is significant, so if you haven’t read it, take a peek here before reading this week’s.
But here’s the latest. In this scene, Garat was skulking about in the woods when Reena stopped to pick a flower. After she leaves, he reflects:
He dug the unguent from his pocket and flung the jar into the woods. Useless stuff. He’d reacted to a painting! And now to a skin and bones wraith with sunken cheeks and a figure that more resembled an immature Lahon’s than a Sharona’s…She had seemed familiar, yet he was certain he had never met her. Bony wrists had jutted out from her sleeves when she’d lifted the flower to her nose. Her white robe lay slack against a flat chest and sharp hips. Gauntness extended to her face, enlarging cyan eyes shadowed by dark rings.
What do you suppose happened to her? The clue is in the blurb:
The Goddess’s Curse
Coming March 15, 2015 in ebook and paperback
Sharona women and barbarian Lahon men maintain separate lives until libidinal fever strikes, and the Sharona are forced to mate.
Stricken by a mysterious terminal illness, Reena, the Sharona queen’s daughter, jumps at the chance to accompany a cousin on her mating journey so she can at least see a Lahon before she dies.
Garat, leader of the Lahon, has only hatred for the Sharona because of the woman who birthed and killed his son years ago. Now that a massive earthquake has left his people with precious little water, he has the perfect excuse to avenge his son’s death by driving the Sharona from their homeland to take what the Lahon need.
When he encounters Reena on the mating journey he takes her hostage to force the Sharona to capitulate to his demands, but finds himself drawn to her instead. As his desire rises, lust for revenge wanes.
But after what he’s done, can he convince her of the evil that lies in the palace in time to save her life?
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