The Demon’s Possession by Kiersten Fay Limited Time Sale – 99¢

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Title: The Demon’s Possession
Series: Shadow Quest Book 1

Sale start date: June 22

Price: 99¢

 

SHE NEEDS HIS PROTECTION. HE NEEDS HER FOREVER.

After years of unjust captivity by those who would exploit her mysterious powers, Analia makes a desperate and dangerous bid to escape the craft that has been her prison for as long as she can remember. By chance, she stows away on a passing merchant ship, which could lead her to freedom…or a life worse than death. Staying hidden from the fearsome demon captain and his crew proves impossible, however. And when Analia is discovered, she must keep her secrets close while contending with her freshly awakened desire for the brutally handsome demon. But those whom she escaped want her back and will stop at nothing to reclaim her.

The Demon’s Possession is the first installment in the bestselling paranormal romance series, Shadow Quest.

 

The Demon's Possession by Kiersten Fay

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Review By Tamye

☕☕☕☕☕

I’m in love! I’ve found a new “Go To” author. That’s right, this book is that good. When an author can take something or someone I consider intrinsically evil and make me want them as my newest book boyfriend, adoptive big brother, or new best friend; they have accomplished something major. Go Kiersten!

And that’s just the beginning. Not only do we have space traveling good guy demons. We have intrigue, mystery, and a quest. The mystery involves the heroine Analia (Anya to her friends), who has no idea where she comes from, who her people are, or how she ended up as a slave. She does know why Darius will do anything to get her back. Which is the reason he has kept her isolated most her life, because others would want to use her for her powers also. Needless-to-say when Anna gets free, everything is new to her.

Sebastian fights an overpowering need to protect the stowaway he found on his ship. He has a hard time believing half the things she says, but her reactions support her words. Of course she could be a good actress. It doesn’t help that his demon keeps saying “MINE”.

The tension and chemistry between Anya and Bastian is instant, but plays well throughout the story. The storyline is progressive and plays throughout the series not just this book. Hint: You will want to buy the rest of the books in the series. This book wraps up Anya and Bastion’s romance it doesn’t end their quest. Not that I consider this book a cliffhanger, I don’t. It’s just that more than one story is being told. And you will most definitely want to follow along.

The world building is outstanding, to the point, I have no problem imagining myself on board the Extarga, interacting with all the wonderful characters the author has created. I look forward to reading Marik’s, Cale’s, and Sophie’s stories in the next three books in the series. Yep, they are out too.

The pace was perfect. As in, I couldn’t put it down. It was an engrossing page turner from the first paragraph. So make sure you have five or six free hours. Honest, the house could have been robbed while I read this, and I wouldn’t have noticed as long as they didn’t mess with me, my book, or my coffee.

Happy Ever For Now – You never know what the future will bring. They have sisters to find, and a planet to free. Which means you need to buy the rest of the books in the series. I did! And after reading them I highly recommend you buy them all too.

(Reviewed Oct 2016)

Claiming Her Dragons by Lia Davis Spotlight and Review. A Milly Taiden ‘Paranormal Dating Agency’ Kindle World book

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Claiming Her Dragons

A PDA Kindle World story

by

Lia Davis

Claiming Her Dragons by Lia Davis

Review By Tamye

☕☕☕☕

I was instantly enthralled with this story.

Jackie has a little problem. Her boyfriends can’t keep up, sexually. They say she’s oversexed. Her therapist says she’s a sex addict. Her bestie/roommate says, date a shifter. Being an intelligent lady, Jackie signs up with PDA. The Paranormal Dating Agency who’s supposed to have an phenomenal success rate. Jackie didn’t care what type of shifter she got, as long as there was more than one. No sense taking a chance.

Caleb, Spencer, and Blake want a mate. The same one. But they haven’t had much luck finding a woman who would take on all three of them.

Gerri Wilder, matchmaker extraordinaire has no problem fitting the pieces together and matching Jackie with the three dragon shifters. But can she handle all three of them? Can they satisfy her?

While I enjoyed the story, there wasn’t much tension, or conflict in the story. It’s a fun read, with a few surprises. The characters were engaging, and the writing smooth. It was worth my time to read, and I would definitely like to read more by this author.

Disclosure: I was given this ARC in exchange for an honest review.


Blurb:
Be careful what you ask for…
The beautiful, curvy Jackie Olsen has a sex drive in hyperdrive. Her last boyfriend broke it off saying she was too exhausting for him. Without much hope for finding what she needs in the human gene pool, she turns to Gerri Wilder for help, hoping a shifter, or two, could keep up with her desires.

Jackie just isn’t prepared to go on a date with not one, but three hot dragon shifters.

Buy Link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B071FPKTC6/ 

PDA Kindle World Landing Page: http://millytaiden.com/paranormal-dating-agency-kindle-world/


Lia Davis Author Bio:

In 2008, Lia Davis ventured into the world of writing and publishing and never looked back. She has published more than twenty books, including the bestselling A Tiger’s Claim, book one in her fan favorite Ashwood Falls series. Her novels feature compassionate yet strong alpha heroes who know how to please their women and her leading ladies are each strong in their own way. No matter what obstacle she throws at them, they come out better in the end.

While writing was initially a way escape from real world drama, Lia now makes her living creating worlds filled with magic, mystery, romance, and adventure so that others can leave real life behind for a few hours at a time.

Lia’s favorite things are spending time with family, traveling, reading, writing, chocolate, coffee, nature and hanging out with her kitties. She and her family live in Northeast Florida battling hurricanes and very humid summers, but it’s her home and she loves it!

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A Wolf in Bear’s Clothing by Renee George – Spotlight and Review – A Milly Taiden ‘Paranormal Dating Agency’ Kindle World book

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A Wolf in Bear’s Clothing

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Renee George

A Wolf in Bear's Clothing by Renee George

Review By Tamye

☕☕☕☕☕

Sign me up! Action packed paranormal romance with spunk and heart.

This story has it all! Once again Ms. George has woven a sexy tale of intrigue, lust, and love interspersed with her signature sense of humor. I have yet to read one of her books that I didn’t love.

In “A Wolf in Bear’s Clothing” you’re immediately drawn into intrigue. Be it a lonely mother conspiring to get her son mated so he will stay away from fighting overseas. Her capable accomplice, the indomitable paranormal matchmaker, Gerri Wilder. Or the strong willed Dr. Quinn Orson who is willing to use a dating agency to find her a bear she can mate ASAP to keep a jerk from inheriting all her family owns, as well as the leadership of her clan. Then to just to mix things up and add some heat, we get the Luke Dashwood a sexy wolf shifter who owns a security firm. Quinn needs a security firm until after the mating ceremony. With a little nudge or two from Gerri all the players are in place and things really heat up.

I couldn’t put this down it was so well written that I was completely captivated. Great read! I hope to see more in this world as I loved all the characters and would enjoy seeing some of the secondary characters stories brought to life.

I was given an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.


Blurb:

Since only a male heir can assume the reigns of the Orsino Bear Clan, quirky and curvy Quinn Orson needs a bear husband and fast. Quinn would willingly let go of her father’s title, wealth, and property—after all, she’s a doctor and lives independent from the clan, but if she doesn’t find a suitable mate in the next two weeks, her mom and younger sisters will suffer the harsh consequences. Quinn wants to save her family’s legacy–she just doesn’t want to marry some hairy beast to keep it. 

Desperate, Quinn seeks the help of the Paranormal Dating Agency. When she meets sexy security specialist Luke Dashwood, their instant attraction makes him the perfect hubby candidate. After all, if he smells like a bear and acts like a bear … then he’s a bear, right? Um…

Werewolf Luke Dashwood wants Quinn Orson, the voluptuous emergency room doctor whose beauty and smarts make his inner beast howl. When he learns she’s gone to the PDA to find a mate—he’s determined to show her that he can be her one and only. Two problems. 1. She’s the eldest daughter of the Orsino bear clan, and needs a mate to keep her family’s legacy intact. To clarify: A bear shifter mate. 2. She’s the target of an assassin hellbent on killing her before she can reclaim her birthright.

Now, Luke’s wolf is ready to bear-up and do whatever it takes to keep the woman he loves safe—even if it means losing her forever.

Buy Link: http://getbook.at/AWolfInBearsClothing

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Renee GeorgeAuthor Bio:

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Milly Taiden’s ‘Paranormal Dating Agency’s Kindle World presents to you Blazing Tales by Jami Brumfield

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Blazing Tales

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Jami Brumfield

Blazing Tales by Jami Brumfield

Blurb:

Mystery author Willamena (Willa) Rines is in desperate need for a date to her birthday party. Her boss has set his sights on her. Willa’s editor, Penny and her decide the only way to escape that train wreck is to show up to the party with a handsome date on her arm. She calls Gerri Wilder’s dating agency and asks for a man who can impress, but isn’t interested in anything long term. Her career and heart can’t take getting burned again.

As a dedicated arson investigator and dragon shifter, Blaze knows a thing or two about starting and putting out fires on the street and in the bedroom. He is highly respected and very successful in his chosen career. But his brother, Dyson and family friend, Gerri Wilder are worried he is forgetting the most important part of life, family. It’s not that he doesn’t want to find a mate, but his dragon half is very particular. They break him down and he agrees to go on a date. He plans on one night, nothing more, then he meets Willa and the sparks fly. She is only interested in getting through the night. He knows she is his fated mate and needs to find a way to convince her it could be more than a fling.

Fate has a way of forcing their hands. Friendships will be tested, lives put in jeopardy, and a real-life mystery revealing secrets that can destroy both of them are just a few of the obstacles put in their path. If this couple can walk through the fire without getting burned, they may have a future together. Will their love take flight on his dragon wings or die in the embers of their fiery passion?

Buy Link: https://www.amazon.com/ dp/B072JHVNJJ/
PDA KW landing page: http://millytaiden.com/paranormal-dating-agency-kindle-world/

Jami Brumfield


Author Bio:

New York Times Bestselling author Jami Brumfield is happy to share her thoughts, books deals, new releases, and other great news on this blog with you. Bite into something twisted and tasty tonight with one of her many titles and enjoy her research and musing on random supernatural and mythological myths here.

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Milly Taiden’s Paranormal Dating Agency’s Kindle World presents to you Her Mane Attraction by Nicole Garcia

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Her Mane Attraction

by

Nicole Garcia

Her Mane Attraction by Nicole Garcia

Blurb:

Exiled from his native homeland in Africa, Adonis becomes separated from his pride and is forced to make a home in the Adirondacks. The need to claim a mate is strong, but how will he ever find her when no one will give him a chance because of his appearance? Not only did being a white lion make him an outcast amongst his own kind, he’s isolated and constantly rejected in his human form as well.

Eira is bored with her run of the mill, mundane life. She loves her job as a pilot and enjoys meeting new people, but something is missing. There’s no excitement, no romance, no special someone to fill the empty space in her heart. Being human, it only makes sense that she date her own kind, which wouldn’t be so bad if she didn’t find every man she meets a total bore and completely ordinary.

When a skeptical Adonis and an adventurous Eira find themselves hooked up on a not so typical first date arranged by Gerri from the Paranormal Dating Agency, sparks aren’t the only things flying. Their good time quickly becomes a race for their lives as they try to escape the wilderness holding them captive. As if the situation couldn’t get any worse, Adonis has to fight off his rival to keep the one woman who holds the key to his heart.

 

Buy Link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B071W7LT54/

PDA Launch Landing page http://millytaiden.com/paranormal-dating-agency-kindle-world/

 

Nicole Garcia AUthor pIcAuthor Bio:

N.Y. Times Bestselling author Nicole Garcia has a degree in Nursing, but has been a stay at home mom for the past 9 years. Her passion is reading and decided to make a career out of sharing her love for books. Writing and promoting has become a full time job for her now. There are so many unknown authors out there that deserve to have their books read by many. So, after promoting for authors for two years, she decided to follow her dreams and start writing her own books. Nicole started writing poetry when she was just a little girl and had always loved the feeling it gave her. Currently she writes steamy Paranormal, Contemporary, and New Adult Romance, but plans to write other genres in the future. Hope you will join her in all the fun ahead.>

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Milly Taiden’s Paranormal Dating Agency’s Kindle World presents to you Shifting Fate by Wren Michaels

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Shifting Fate

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Wren Michaels

Shifting Fate by Wren Michaels

 

Review By Tamye

☕☕☕☕

Didn’t expect that ending! Wow!

Fun yet intriguing read. And Hot! Definitely hot! Phew, I’m still fanning myself while trying to recover from the shock of the surprise ending. Totally caught me off guard. Wow! Way to go to the author.

Sylvia and Braxton’s story flowed well, as the intrigue and romance increased in a balanced dance of chemistry and tension. I quickly became infested in both the characters. I would recommend this book to my friends and fellow shifter lovers.

Disclosure: I was given this ARC in exchange for an honest review.


 

Blurb:

Sylvia Schneider loves her some Navy SEALs, but only the ones she creates digitally for the video game she’s producing with Noah Wright. Devastated by the death of her military fiance, she hasn’t dated in two years, much less left her apartment. But when Noah asks her to introduce the new game at a convention in Vegas, she’s forced out of the house and her shell. To top off her already building anxiety, she’s been getting nastygrams from someone claiming she stole their game design. Threats on her life send her to Gerri, owner of the Paranormal Dating Agency, for a shifter bodyguard. Sylvia is adamant that it’s just for the weekend, and just for an escort, and not that kind of escort.

Braxton “Brawn” O’Brien was the runt of his pack. He left home to make a name for himself as a Navy SEAL, where as even the smallest wolf, he towers among the humans, using his preternatural abilities to save lives. But lately his wolf side has been battling anger issues, and the rage inside him cannot be quelled. He’s forced into medical leave to figure out what the problem is, or his military career is over.

 

When Gerri hooks Braxton up with a bodyguard gig while on leave, he hopes she can also find him a mate to satisfy the beast roaring inside him. One look at his charge, Sylvia, and he knows she’s the one. The problem is then convincing the spunky, yet shy human of the same. When the threats on her life turn into attacks, Braxton will hunt until his last breath to keep his mate safe. But Sylvia’s got secrets of her own, that may make or break the mating bond.

 

Buy Link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B072Q12BRF/

PDA Launch Landing page http://millytaiden.com/paranormal-dating-agency-kindle-world/


Shifting Fate TeaserAuthor Bio:

Wren hails from the frozen tundra of Wisconsin where beer and cheese are their own food groups. But a cowboy swept her off her feet and carried her below the Mason-Dixon line to Texas, where she promptly lost all tolerance for cold and snow. Fueled by coffee, dreams, and men in kilts, Wren promises to bring you laughter, sexy fun time, and action that keeps you on the edge of your seat. The easiest way to her heart is anything to do with the Green Bay Packers, Doctor Who, or Joss Whedon.

 

Represented by Margaret Bail of Fuse Literary Agency.

 

 

 

Milly Taiden’s Paranormal Dating Agency’s Kindle World presents to you Playing With Fire by Margaret Madigan

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Playing With Fire

by

Margaret Madigan

Playing With Fire by Margaret Madigan

 

Review By Tamye

☕☕☕☕

Blind date: Dream date or nightmare?

Angela Reeves gets saddled with an unwanted blind date for a concert of the local band named Cry Wolf. She’s there to investigate the disappearance of several missing woman. She’s not there to find a mate, and she doesn’t need a protector or so she thinks…..

The author has a unique approach to the paranormal world of shifters and witches that keeps things from being predictable. Smooth writing and an intriguing storyline keep you reading from the first page to the last.

Disclosure: I was given this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Playing With Fire by Margaret Madigan

 

Blurb:
When Vlad Golakov is sent to New Orleans on a protection detail, he plans to get the job done quickly, then enjoy the Big Easy. But when the woman he’s assigned to finds out he’s there disguised as her date, she ditches him at the first opportunity, complicating the job.

Angela Reeves is an investigative reporter on the trail of several missing women. Her leads all point to a local band called Cry Wolf. When she goes to a concert to search for clues, she doesn’t anticipate waking up as a wolf, or being rescued by her hot dragon shifter date.

Vlad tracks Angela to a rundown plantation outside New Orleans where Cry Wolf has been luring women to grow their wolf pack. Angela is just another of their victims until Vlad rescues her, but he can’t just leave her to deal with her condition alone. As they navigate her symptoms, attraction ignites between them. Seeking a safe and remote location for her first shift, they end up back at the plantation where they battle Cry Wolf and teach them that when you play with fire, you’re bound to get burned.

Buy Link:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B071J9FC9C/

PDA Launch Landing page (All books and buy links will be updated on here): http://millytaiden.com/paranormal-dating-agency-kindle-world/
Playing With Fire by Margaret Madigan

 

kitty cupcake Author bio:

Margaret Madigan writes romance for Entangled Publishing and Evernight Publishing. She writes and indie-publishes romance and sci-fi through M&M Publishing.

She’s an Oregon Ducks fan.

She’s a donut and pastry addict (pretty much any carbs, really).

She likes cats.

She’s terrified of balloons.

When she’s not writing you’ll find her in a college classroom teaching English and, of course, wrangling her family.

Please visit her page. She loves it when her readers review her work on Amazon, GoodReads, Barnes and Noble, blogs, or wherever else they think of. When you talk about something she’s written, not only does it make her ridiculously happy, it also lets other readers know it’s a great read and they should run out and buy it. So if you enjoy something she’s written, please review it! She’ll love you forever if you do.

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Milly Taiden’s Paranormal Dating Agency Presents “Bearback Bride by Liv Brywood

Bearback Bride
Liv Brywood
Arizona needs to get married immediately. After fleeing an arranged marriage with a Mob boss, she’s in a world of trouble. Gorgeous cowboy bear shifter Garrett agrees to protect her as long as she poses as his fiancé. Their relationship may be fake, but their mutual desire is very real. And trying to resist the sexy shifter may be the most dangerous game she’s ever played.

When Garret’s dying father begs him to get married, he contacts a matchmaker to find him a fake fiancé. He doesn’t want his father to suffer through his last days, so he lies to the bear clan and tells them he’s engaged. Being tied down isn’t on his bucket list, but when he meets his fake fiancée, his bear takes one whiff of his fated mate and becomes determined to fight for her. Their arrangement is only supposed to last a few weeks, but will their unexpected passion burn hot enough to last a lifetime?

Buy Link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B071FPL4DW/

PDA Launch Landing page (All books and buy links will be updated on here): http://millytaiden.com/paranormal-dating-agency-kindle-world/

Author Bio:

Liv Brywood is the USA Today best-selling author of the Curvy Bear Ranch paranormal romance series. She can be reached on her website and she loves chatting on Facebook.
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Book Tour & Giveaway – SPELLBOUND: A Limited Edition Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy Collection

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Bleeding Hearts

Ash Krafton

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Genre: fantasy/ paranormal romance/ urban fantasy

Publisher: genreCRAVE

Date of Publication: May 2, 2017

ASIN: B01N18NFS9

Number of pages: 5000+

Word Count: 1.5 Million +

Cover Artist: Rebecca Frank

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The Spellbound Boxed Set is a compilation of 20+ Full-Length Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance reads!

Readers of all ages will be swept away by this fascinating mix of existing titles and brand new content, full of pages brimming with faeries, witches, vampires, shifters, psychics, Greek gods, angels, demons, and even ghosts!

With over a million words of fiction, this is your one stop shop for urban fantasy, epic fantasy, sword and sorcery, shifter romance, vampire romance, elemental magic, time travel, and MORE from today’s New York Times, USA Today, and internationally bestselling authors!

Although some of these reads may be gritty and dark, this is a collection of clean reads that anyone will enjoy!

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Book Description – Bleeding Hearts by Ash Krafton

Sophie Galen is an advice columnist whose work leaves her neck-deep in other people’s problems. Thanks to her compassion, her gut instinct, and her magnetic charm, Sophie really knows how to attract little black clouds.

Marek Thurzo is no little black cloud; he’s a maelstrom. Marek is Demivampire, a race with the potential to evolve into vampire. A warrior who’s taken his share of spiritual damage, he hovers dangerously close to destruction.

He seeks salvation. She’s driven to save him. But what if he can’t be saved?

Sympathy for his plight becomes true empathy as Sophie’s hidden nature is revealed. Marek suspects she may be one of the Sophia, oracle and redemption of the damned Demivampire. She alone can turn back the evolutionary clock.

All she needs is the courage to face her fears. Can she save him from Falling?

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Excerpt from BLEEDING HEARTS Demimonde Book 1 by Ash Krafton

In the great hall housing the Egyptian exhibitions, I immediately noted the change in the atmosphere. The room was cool and dry, its climate controlled to mimic the conditions in which the relics had existed in their native land.

The entire room had been designed to resemble an Old Kingdom temple. The main lights were dimmed while strategically-placed spotlights emphasized massive columns and magnificent wall carvings like sunbeams through temple windows.

I scanned the room. No other tourists. Even better. I meandered, enjoying the rare opportunity to linger.

Craning my neck, I ran my gaze up each of the columns, reading the images, admiring the palm leaves carved at the tops like great stone trees. Eyes toward the ceilings, I turned slowly around, admiring the handiwork of the ancient artists.

What was it like to live in those lands and those times? Could an ancient version of my spirit have been there, stepping barefoot and silently through a sandy temple like this one?

Lost in contemplation, I was completely unprepared for the shock of smacking into someone, bumping him hard enough to lose my balance. I’d have fallen had he not caught my arm. Wide-eyed with consternation, I stammered an apology to the handsome but serious-faced gentleman.

“You are not hurt, I hope?” His voice, deep and smooth, sent shivers marching down my neck, between my shoulders, down my spine.

“I’m okay.” I shook my head, too shy to make direct eye contact, wishing I’d checked my hair and lipstick before coming in. “I’m far too adept at being inept.”

He flashed a grin and I caught a glimpse of nice white teeth. “Temples are places for spiritual reflection. It is forgivable if your vision was turned inward, rather than toward where you were walking.”

His expression softened by amusement, he tilted his head toward the pillars. “Majestic, aren’t they?”

I stole another glance at him—black hair smoothed back into a discreet tail, clear light skin framed by long sideburns, strong jaw culminating in a square, cleft chin. Like the other items in the museum, something about him made me want to look closer, inspect each detail.

A subtle flush warmed my cheeks and ears so I quickly turned back to the heights of the exhibition. Murmuring a sound of agreement, I circled the column, stepping a few feet away so I could see both him and the stone. “Do you visit this museum often?”

Furtive glances allowed me to take in more of his appearance a tiny section at a time. Clothing dark as his hair. Long blazer, something in between a suit coat and an overcoat. In one hand he carried a bound book and fountain pen, as if he’d been making notes.

His gaze was calm and steady and entirely on me. Taking a deep breath I permitted the contact of the direct look. My boldness was well-rewarded. His Paul Newman lips brought to mind the sculptured busts on display in the Greco-Roman Quarters and he wore a stern expression that cast a veil of hardness upon his features, enhancing the impression he’d been carved from marble.

Except for his eyes. The Roman busts bore eyes that were blank and white but this man’s eyes were alive with bright green color. Like gemstones, they glittered and drew my gaze.

“No, actually,” he said. “My first time here. Although, I admit, I’m drawn to places like this.” His voice made music of the words—deep bass notes and soothing rhythm.

“Ah!” I said. “A man after my own heart.” His left eyebrow arched so sharply I thought it might disappear into his hairline and I hurriedly continued. “Are you a professor?”

“No, nothing like that. I do studying of my own, it’s not a living. It’s more of a hobby. Personal research, of sorts.”

“Studying past times is one of my pastimes. It’s my preferred form of entertainment.”

“Mmm.” Eyebrow cocked again, he cast a disapproving look at me and swept his hand around the contrived temple. “Would the gods be pleased to know they are reduced to the level of entertainment?”

“I hope so.” I kept my tone light. Considering the seriousness of his expression, I didn’t want to accidentally insult him. “Otherwise, they’d have to be content with staying dead, right?”

His gaze swept over me and I shivered again as if the touch had been tangible, a brush of fingertips against my cheek.

“Well, I’ll leave you to your worship. I mean, your wanderings.” He gave me a conspirator’s wink. “Unless…”

He hesitated, with a quiet clearing of throat as he tucked his notebook and pen into an inside pocket. “You wouldn’t mind a companion? Sometimes one sees things differently when seeing through another’s eyes. I would appreciate a new perspective.”

I mulled it over, listening to the rain spattering the windows and distant voices echoing faintly from other rooms. Although I’d looked forward to a quiet afternoon, it might be nice to spend it with someone who seemed to share my interests. He certainly was attractive, and his pleasant voice intrigued me.

I realized I’d become used to living inside a shell. This man made me want to step outside for once.

“I’d like that.” I smiled at his pleased expression. “I’m Sophie, by the way.” I stuck out my hand in introduction.

Instead of shaking my hand, he bent his head over it and pressed polite lips to the backs of my fingers. The quaint gesture would have seemed strange and out of place had we been elsewhere. “I am Marek. Pleased to make your acquaintance.”

Fingers tingling from the unexpected kiss, I fought the urge to curtsy. “Well, Marek. Lead me into the past.”

His almost-smile sent a thrill down the back of my neck. “That’s exactly the sort of thing I’d hoped you say. Shall we?”

He turned on his heel and swept out a hand with a slight bow, indicating the archway to another exhibit. For the first time since I’d been coming to this museum, I wondered what I’d see on the other side, and was surprised to realize I wasn’t afraid to find out.

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About the Author:

A speculative fiction girl through and through, Ash writes paranormal romance and urban fantasy novels as well as poetry and short fiction. She also writes for New Adult audiences under the name AJ Krafton. Her work has won a bunch of awards and was even nominated for a Pushcart Prize. When she’s not writing, she’s practicing Tai Chi, listening to loud rock and metal, or crushing on supervillains.

Most recently, she’s re-released her urban fantasy trilogy THE BOOKS OF THE DEMIMONDE because she never really left the world of Sophie and her Demivamps. She’s also working on the next installment of her Demon Whisperer series.

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