Monday, March 25, 2019

Black by Mia Malone (Thor, #1)

Black
by Mia Malone

My rating: 5 stars

Series: Thor - Book 1
Publisher: Mia Malone; 1 edition (February 28, 2019)
Publication Date: February 28, 2019
Genre: MC Romance | Erotic
Print Length: 221 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
When your daughter is everything, what are you willing to do to save her? 

Cassandra is on a desperate flight with her teenage daughter, willing to do anything to get them both away from the dirty Sheriff who's chasing them. She's tired and worn down but determined to go on when she gets unexpected help from a group of men who are downright scary. Except they make her feel safe, and then there’s Black, who makes her feel a whole lot of other things. 

Black is Sergeant at Arms in Thor MC, and he’s not expecting to feel so protective about the soft, sweet woman with her ridiculous plan to take her daughter across the border and into Canada. He’ll sort out her problems because he really wants to get into her panties, but that’s it. Or? 

What should be a brief fling turns out to be more, but life hasn’t been easy for either of them, so they’re both quick to give up when things go sour in ways neither expected. 

And then life hits them again.

Black by Mia Malone (Thor, #1)

Black (Thor Book 1)And Mia Malone slams another hot and heavy mature romance home! This time out she has smoothed some of the rough edges off her characters and I have to say, I loved them, every single one!

Cassandra and her daughter are on the run. But where can you run to when the monster is a dirty sheriff and the long arm of his twisted law packs a deadly punch? Isn’t law enforcement supposed to be the good guys? Then why, when she least expected help, did she find herself feeling safe with a gang of rough looking motorcycle club members?

Clearly looks can be deceiving, especially when a fifty-plus Thor MC member finds a warm and gooey spot for a desperate woman on a mission that is sure to fail. Black is tough, loyal and has seen enough in his lifetime to know when he needs to help, anyway he can. He wasn’t expecting to fall for Cassandra or to find the fiery and passionate woman behind the soft exterior. But will this just be a fling? Will Cassandra go home again after Black makes things safe for her daughter, forgetting all about him or will time apart bring them back together when trouble brews, once again?

BLACK by Mia Malone is that edgy romance that sneaks up on you as one very alpha male, not afraid to skirt the law and one strong-willed woman find more in common than they realized? A little less raw, a little more romantic, but still filled with the spice that Mia Malone brings to the table to create a perfect escape into a world filled with characters that will make you sigh, smile and take a walk on the wild side with! Definite proof that fifty and over knows how to play the passion game!

I received a complimentary copy from Mia Malone!


Nothing But Trouble by Amy Andrews (Credence, Colorado #1)

Nothing But Trouble

My Rating: 5 stars
Written by: Amy Andrews
Series: Credence, Colorado
Sequence Series: Book 1
Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: Entangled: Amara
Publication Date: April 30, 2019
ISBN-10: 1640635378
ISBN-13: 978-1640635371
Genre: Romantic Comedy

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For five years, Cecilia Morgan’s entire existence has revolved around playing personal assistant to self-centered former NFL quarterback Wade Carter. But just when she finally gives her notice, his father’s health fails, and Wade whisks her back to his hometown. CC will stay for his dad—for now—even if that means ignoring how sexy her boss is starting to look in his Wranglers.

To say CC’s notice is a bombshell is an insult to bombs. Wade can’t imagine his life without his “left tackle.” She’s the only person who can tell him “no” and strangely, it’s his favorite quality. He’ll do anything to keep her from leaving, even if it means playing dirty and dragging her back to Credence, Colorado, with him.

But now they’re living under the same roof, getting involved in small-town politics, and bickering like an old married couple. Suddenly, five years of fighting is starting to feel a whole lot like foreplay. What’s a quarterback to do when he realizes he might be falling for his “left tackle”? Throw a Hail Mary she’ll never see coming, of course.

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Rarely do you find a romance with so many amazing characters, right after I finished Nothing But Trouble my mind started contemplating whose story I'd want to hear next...

Amy Andrews emotionally invested me, the reader. She masterfully pulled me through the gambit emotions following the CC's and Wade's rocking relationship while keeping us completely loving their surrounding cast! She even managed taking an very unlikable, self centered, star and turned him into the perfect guy for CC.

Straight up, Nothing But Trouble is a feel good, family centered, hometown romance with a golden cast that I just can't get enough of.

I received this ARC copy of Nothing But Trouble from Entangled Publishing, LLC - Amara. This is my honest and voluntary review. Nothing But Trouble is set for publication April 30, 2019.



Deja Vu by Karen Janowsky (The Persistence of Memory, #1)

Déjà Vu
by Karen Janowsky

My rating: 4 stars

Trilogy: The Persistence of Memory - Book 1
Publisher: Mill City Press (February 24, 2019)
Publication Date: February 24, 2019
Genre: Urban Fantasy | Romance
Print Length: 208 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
When superheroes fall in love, anything can happen.

Daniel Hecht doesn’t belong in this century. Catapulted into the present from 1943, he’s out of place and out of touch. Still, he was the American war hero called “Lionheart” and his heroism has followed him into the modern world. He now leads an underground group of superpowered misfits, but the misfit he keeps turning to is Nina Asher.

Nina has a vast knowledge of history, yet no idea who she is or where she’s from. She has become the target of dangerous creatures that have appeared all over the world. As she and Daniel work to decipher an ancient, cryptic myth, they experience flashbacks to things that never could have happened. They are falling in love, but there’s something they’re sure they need to remember, and it’s keeping them apart.

The key to saving the world may begin with the act of remembering.
Deja Vu by Karen Janowsky (The Persistence of Memory, #1)

Déjà Vu (The Persistence of Memory #1)Superheroes, created, transported through time, are they experiencing DÉJÀ VU when two of them find a romantic connection that has endured through the ages?

Karen Janowsky debuts her creative talents with something fresh in a world full of superheroes, paranormals and fantasies, adding a sweet taste of romance along the way. Daniel Hecht has a past, he is a legendary hero, but in the modern world, he is the leader of an underground group of superpowered humans, none quite fitting into society. The day Nina Asher came into his life, he knew he had found someone special, but Nina has no memories of her past. Could it be that her interests in history will uncover a past neither could imagine? Are they meant to be together throughout time?

Certainly a unique reading experience for me, two outwardly normal people who are truly extraordinary find a sweet connection and a budding romance.

Karen Janowsky is a fresh voice, creates a world filled with both the past and present and weaves a tale that is both intriguing and romantically passionate. I look forward to more from this talented author!

I received a complimentary copy from Karen Janowsky!


Enchantress Undercover by A.C. Spahn (Arcane Artisans #1)

Enchantress Undercover

My Rating: 3 stars
Written by: A.C. Spahn
Series: Arcane Artisans
Sequence in series: Book 1
Paperback: 263 pages
Publisher: Independently published
Publication Date: January 8, 2019
ISBN-10: 1793066248
ISBN-13: 978-1793066244
Genre: Urban Fantasy

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Adrienne Morales is a hunted woman.

Stalked by Voids—people immune to magic—and pursued by a deadly past, Adrienne wants nothing more than to avoid spells and sorcery. Her powers as an enchantress make that impossible. Every few days she must release the magic gathering around her, or it’ll steal her sanity. The only way to stay alive is to practice her magic in secret, hiding enchantments in works of art she sells in her craft store.

When a firebreathing psychopath controlled by enchantment tries to burn down her store, Adrienne unleashes her powers to stop him. Unfortunately her battle has a witness—Adrienne’s handsome business partner. Turns out he’s a Void, and sworn to a Union that executes rogue magic users. Worse, the firebreather isn’t the only victim to pop up around San Francisco. Someone is using magic to create monsters and destroy minds, and the Void Union wants them dead.

Now Adrienne must capture the rogue enchanter before they ruin more innocent lives—and before the Voids punish her for the rogue’s crimes. But Voids aren’t the worst thing chasing her. Every enchantment she crafts makes it more likely her past will track her down. And if it does, madness will be the kindest fate awaiting her.

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Enchantress Undercover had some amazing world building with an emphasis on the creation of the supernaturals which I definitely liked. The pace was well maintained and the action sequences were strong and well thought out. Urban fantasy is my go to genre and this had plenty to classify as urban fantasy. And here comes the but...But, I did not connect or become in invested with any of the characters. I found a few interesting but without any investment, I just liked it.



Grow Great Vegetables in New Jersey by Marie Iannotti

Grow Great Vegetables in New Jersey

My Rating: 4 stars
Written by: Marie Iannotti
Series: Regional Vegetable Gardening Series
Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Timber Press (April 16, 2019)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1604698853
ISBN-13: 978-1604698855
Genre: Non-Fiction | Vegetable Gardening

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Get the Inside Dirt, New Jersey!

Grow Great Vegetables in New Jersey is the ultimate guide to growing food in the Garden State! This must-have guide to growing vegetables, fruits, and herbs provides you with insider advice on climate zones, average frost dates, and growing season details. Information includes details on sun, soil, fertilizer, mulch, water, and the best varieties for your region. A garden planning section helps with design and crop rotation, and monthly lists explain what to do from January through December. In-depth profiles of fifty best edibles help ensure a can’t-miss harvest.

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As an avid gardener, I was thrilled to see a book created just for my gardening home of NJ. I immediately felt a kinship reading Iannotti's words of not being able to pass up a seed catalog without coming out with acres more of seeds than I could grow in my planting area.

I found her ideas and descriptions marvelous for both new gardeners and even established gardeners like myself. GROW GREAT VEGETABLES IN NEW JERSEY will give a new gardener all the steps required to start gardening as well as refresh an established gardeners outlook on what to do and what they may have forgotten or overlooked along the way.

I received this copy of GROW GREAT VEGETABLES IN NEW JERSEY from Timber Press. This is my honest and voluntary review. GROW GREAT VEGETABLES IN NEW JERSEY is set for publication April 19, 2019.



#Cover Reveal - The Good Girl’s Guide to Being Bad by Cookie O’Gorman


The Good Girl’s Guide to Being Bad
Cookie O’Gorman
Publication date: April 2019
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Seventeen-year-old Sadie is tired of being a good girl.
Her Career Aptitude Test results say she’s ideally suited for a career in the clergy (aka a nun), and on top of that, she receives yet another rejection. An aspiring dancer/choreographer, Sadie dreams of being featured on Dancer’s Edge—but they say she’s too sweet, needs more life experience. Her BFF, Kyle, and her oldest friend, 79-year-old Betty, agree: Sadie is in desperate need of a life makeover.
But she’ll need a coach.
Sadie doesn’t lie, cheat or steal–heck she doesn’t even curse (part of the reason she hasn’t checked off anything on her “Carpe Diem List”). Sadie doesn’t know the first thing about being bad. But Kyle’s twin brother, Colton, does. And he’s willing to teach Sadie on one condition: she has to do everything he says for the next month.
A dazzling first kiss, two smokin’ hot brothers and a bet that changes everything. In this enemies-to-more YA romance, Sadie learns:
Breaking the rules can be fun—especially when it leads to happily-ever-after.


Author Bio:
Cookie O'Gorman writes YA romance to give readers a taste of happily-ever-after. Small towns, quirky characters, and the awkward yet beautiful moments in life make up her books. Cookie also has a soft spot for nerds and ninjas. Her novels ADORKABLE and NINJA GIRL are out now! Her third book, THE UNBELIEVABLE, INCONCEIVABLE, UNFORESEEABLE TRUTH ABOUT ETHAN WILDER, was released April 5, 2018!

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A Tale of Two Houses by Susan Harris Blitz and #Giveaway


A Tale of Two Houses
Susan Harris
(Defy the Stars, #1)
Published by: Clean Teen Publishing
Publication date: March 25th 2019
Genres: Fairy Tales, Fantasy, Young Adult
Centuries ago, the royal house of witches in Vernanthia split into two factions: House Cambridge and House Montgomery. These two houses warred with each other for an age, causing widespread bloodshed and death. Those without magic—the Nulls—suffered the most. One day, a favored daughter of the Nulls was slain. With her dying breath, she cursed the covens to know no peace until love was possible between the houses.
That curse had long since been forgotten—until now.
Julian Montgomery is the reluctant Prince of House Montgomery and Rowan Cambridge is in no rush to become the Queen of House Cambridge. Both heirs long for freedom from their birthright obligations. When fate throws these two star-crossed lovers together, it sends them on a collision course with destiny that neither could have predicted.
Shakespeare’s classic Romeo & Juliet is reimagined in this compelling drama about two young people drawn by fate into an unwinnable situation. If you think you know how this story ends—think again!
EXCERPT:
“Go talk to her already.”
I jumped at the sound of Toby’s voice, who was grinning at me so much, I could see the white of his teeth.
“Go talk to her already,” he repeated, inclining his head toward the person I’d been staring at. “You’ve been standing there staring at her for quite a while. It’s starting to get weird.”
“I haven’t been staring,” I said with not much conviction as I took a large gulp of my ale.
“Yes, you have. Now is the perfect opportunity to go and ask her to dance. Considering she’s been eyeballing you when she thinks no one is looking, I do not think she will refuse you. Besides, I’m pretty certain the gorgeous creature beside her is the future queen of the Cambridge coven. You go romance her attack dog. Leave the princess to me.”
There was a hint of menace in his tone, a wolfish smile on his face. I put a hand on Toby’s arm. “We will not insult Ashbridge’s invitation by waging war here. It is horrid enough that we are stealing under his nose. Promise me, Toby. No bloodshed here.”
“Unless provoked, my Prince, there will be no bloodshed.”
I lift my arm from Toby’s as the seriousness fled his features. “Now, go get the girl.”
He pushed me forward and I almost stumbled in the dim light, causing me to glare at him for a moment before I rolled my shoulders and prayed that I don’t make an absolute fool of myself. My heart thundered like a drum as I made my way toward the girl, noticing that her eyes were the same color as her dress. My palms were sweating, and I licked my lips to try and rid myself of the dryness.
I stood a mere breath away from her when she turned in my direction, and I could not find the words to speak. Her companion, the girl Toby thought to be the Cambridge heir, giggled, even as Auggie chuckled, a dash of mischief in his eyes. But I blocked them out, my steely focus on the girl with the green eyes and a smile made of sunshine.
“I was wondering, M’lady, if you would dance with me?” I held out my hand, trying to ignore the tremble.


Author Bio:
Susan Harris is a writer from Cork in Ireland.
An avid reader, she quickly grew to love books in the supernatural/fantasy and Dystopian genre. She writes books for young adults and adults alike.
When she is not writing or reading, she loves music, oriental cultures, tattoos, creepy snow globes, DC shoes, stationary, anything Disney, Marvel movies, psychology and far too many TV shows. If she wasn't a writer, she would love to be a FBI profiler or a PA for Dave Grohl or Jared Leto.

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Adina Donati, Accidental Sleuth by Cassidy Salem Tour & #Giveaway


Think Murder
Adina Donati, Accidental Sleuth Book 1
By Cassidy Salem
Genre: Cozy Mystery

Good friends, wine and conversation… Great fun – until somebody turns up dead.


Adina Donati came to Washington D.C. to find excitement, not a dead body. When a friend is murdered, Adina is drawn into the middle of the police investigation. Tensions rise as the suspect list expands to include Adina, her friends, and colleagues at the prestigious think tank where she works. But every cloud has a silver lining. Between the nice detective, the hot new volunteer at the dog rescue center, and the newly available preppy ex-boyfriend, Adina’s dating dry spell appears near its end. That is, if she doesn’t become the next victim.





Dying For Data
Adina Donati, Accidental Sleuth Book 2

A rival suitor and a deadly attack are enough to put a damper on any date.



A romantic evening with a hot guy goes downhill fast when dinner is interrupted by the scream of sirens and the arrival of Adina's favorite police detective.  Afraid her bartender boyfriend might be accused of murder, Adina's neighbor enlists her assistance, and in the process exposes her to the seamier side of illegal immigration and crime in the city. Hard as she tries to limit her involvement, the more Adina learns, the more she needs to know - until a case of mistaken identity lands her in hot water. Will she uncover the truth before it's too late?




Killer Reputation
Adina Donati, Accidental Sleuth Book 3

Adina can’t resist snooping when someone she knows turns up dead. Again.


When a colleague at a prestigious think tank meets a violent death, Adina’s not convinced any of the obvious suspects disliked him enough to want him dead. Can the young research assistant, her quirky neighbor, and a lovable rescue pup help the police put together the pieces of the puzzle?


Killer Reputation is the third mystery in the Adina Donati, Accidental Sleuth Series by Cassidy Salem. The books are standalone reads and can be read in any order.





Cassidy Salem has always been an avid reader. She is especially fond of mysteries (both cozy and traditional) and police procedurals. Over the years, her favorite mystery authors have included Agatha Christie, Kathy Reichs, Mary Higgins Clark, and John Grisham. When she's not reading, she enjoys music and spending time with family and friends, and travels with her husband and son whenever possible. Her travels have taken her to destinations throughout the United States, Europe, and Scandinavia.



Cassidy is the author of the Adina Donati Mystery Series, which includes Think Murder, Dying for Data, and Killer Reputation. Cassidy co-authors, together with Christa Nardi, a YA mystery series, which includes The Mysterious Package, Mrs. Tedesco's Missing Cookbook, The Misplaced Dog, and Malicious Mischief.





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House of Madness by Sara Harris Tour & #Giveaway


House of Madness
by Sara Harris
Genre: Paranormal Thriller

Can You Ever Truly Put the Past Behind You?
Tim and Adelaide Smithfield are haunted by memories of loss too raw to forget, and too painful to remember. Their 11-year-old daughter, Michaela, has her own set of sensory processing challenges, not to mention an overwhelming sense of guilt that she might be at the root of her parents’ problems.
The sprawling ranch house on the outskirts of the quaint West Texas town of Big Spring promises a fresh start for a young family on the verge of collapse.
But the house is haunted by memories of its own… and a guilt that West Texas’ famed thunderstorms can’t wash away.






Sara is a mother of four, animal lover and advocate, and conservationist. Little House on the Prairie, Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman, and Lonesome Dove are among her favorite shows/movies and books. Sara holds her B.A. in History and is the author of the historical romance series, An Everlasting Heart, from 5 Prince Publishing and recently debuted into the children's book realm with Chunky Sugars (5 Prince Kids), written for her own chunky baby.






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Sunday, March 24, 2019

Little Darlings by Melanie Golding

Little Darlings
by Melanie Golding

My rating: 4 stars

Publisher: Crooked Lane Books (April 30, 2019)
Publication Date: April 30, 2019
Genre: Dark Fiction | Horror
Print Length: 315 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Everyone says Lauren Tranter is exhausted, that she needs rest. And they’re right; with newborn twins, Morgan and Riley, she’s never been more tired in her life. But she knows what she saw: that night, in her hospital room, a woman tried to take her babies and replace them with her own…creatures. Yet when the police arrived, they saw no one. Everyone, from her doctor to her husband, thinks she’s imagining things.

A month passes. And one bright summer morning, the babies disappear from Lauren’s side in a park. But when they’re found, something is different about them. The infants look like Morgan and Riley―to everyone else. But to Lauren, something is off. As everyone around her celebrates their return, Lauren begins to scream, These are not my babies.

Determined to bring her true infant sons home, Lauren will risk the unthinkable. But if she’s wrong about what she saw…she’ll be making the biggest mistake of her life.

Compulsive, creepy, and inspired by some our darkest fairy tales, Little Darlings will have you checking―and rechecking―your own little ones. Just to be sure. Just to be safe.
Little Darlings by Melanie Golding

Little DarlingsA mother knows her babies and Lauren knew her twins had been switched with changelings from the deep, but no one would believe her. She HAD to get them back, but being labeled as mentally unstable would prove her first challenge, switching them with the witch from the water would be her second. Surviving would be her third.

LITTLE DARLINGS by Melanie Golding is dark, haunting and every mother’s worst nightmare. Throughout this tale the feeling of wrongness prevails and an eerie sense of horror will keep readers glued to each page. Have the twins really been switched for monsters or has Lauren gone over the deep end? Riveting and edgy, this tale is the thing nightmares are made from.

I received a complimentary ARC edition from Crooked Lane Books!


Finder by Suzanne Palmer

Finder
by Suzanne Palmer

My rating: 4 stars

Publisher: DAW
Publication Date: April 2, 2019
Genre: Sci-fi | Space Opera
Print Length: 397 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Fergus Ferguson has been called a lot of names: thief, con artist, repo man. He prefers the term finder.

His latest job should be simple. Find the spacecraft Venetia's Sword and steal it back from Arum Gilger, ex-nobleman turned power-hungry trade boss. He'll slip in, decode the ship's compromised AI security, and get out of town, Sword in hand.


Fergus locates both Gilger and the ship in the farthest corner of human-inhabited space, a gas-giant-harvesting colony called Cernee. But Fergus' arrival at the colony is anything but simple. A cable car explosion launches Cernee into civil war, and Fergus must ally with Gilger's enemies to navigate a field of space mines and a small army of hostile mercenaries. What was supposed to be a routine job evolves into negotiating a power struggle between factions. Even worse, Fergus has become increasingly--and inconveniently--invested in the lives of the locals.

It doesn't help that a dangerous alien species thought mythical prove unsettlingly real, and their ominous triangle ships keep following Fergus around.

Foolhardy. Eccentric. Reckless. Whatever he's called, Fergus will need all the help he can get to take back the Sword and maybe save Cernee from destruction in the process. 
Finder by Suzanne Palmer

FinderLooking for a swashbuckling hero who is part daredevil and part rogue with his own brand of charm? Meet Fergus Ferguson, now on a mission to recover (read that steal back) a certain spacecraft on a remote space settlement. Hang on tight as Suzanne Palmer blasts us of into a space opera adventure that plays out at the speed of light!

FINDER is fast, fun and furious as Fergus attempts to con the conman and retrieve the ship while escaping with his life. All in a day’s work for Fergus, but can he outwit the hostile mercenaries that will be on his tail?

Haven’t tried a space opera yet? Now’s the time to meet Fergus and friends…and enemies. An out of this world escape into reading!

I received a complimentary ARC edition from DAW!


Mimic by C.L. Denault Blitz and #Giveaway


Mimic
C.L. Denault
(The Prodigy Chronicles #2)
Publication date: March 22nd 2019
Genres: Dystopian, Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
In 2012, one cycle of an ancient calendar system came to a close. Humanity predicted its downfall, but it wasn’t the end of their evolutionary climb. It was the beginning.
Willow Kent is discovering that life as a second-phase prodigy comes at a price. Trapped in the London Core, her choices are limited, made difficult by her forbidden romance with Reece and the presence of a new commanding officer who establishes harsh rules. With unpredictable skills and a growing distrust in her birth parents, she is struggling to play the Core’s game. But when opportunity arises in the form of a mysterious shapeshifter, Willow realizes there’s more to her own evolution than meets the eye. She soon learns that keeping secrets is a key move, and the more dangerous they are, the greater her need to evolve into the powerful prodigy nature intended her to become.
But those closest to her have their own secrets, and her status has made her an easy target for betrayal. Who will she turn to, when nothing is as it seems?
Sequel to:
EXCERPT:
The blow shouldn’t have stunned me. I’d grown up in a tavern, defending myself, and had spent plenty of time training with Kane and Tem. I knew how to take a hit.
This was more than a hit. Kristoffe’s swing was fast and brutal, with a force behind it that rivaled my own—enough to knock me off my feet and send me flying down the hall.
Sensations took over. There was the feel of backward motion. Loss of control as my body hit the floor. More motion from sliding, and the hot sting of my flesh scraping tile. Ceiling lights blurred into white lines. Pain throbbed in my cheek.
But it was the tightness in my throat that hurt most. The tiger clawed like mad as we slid. Her screams pierced the fog in my brain, parting it, carving out a path. If I didn’t stop her, she would use it to climb up and take control.
Let me in!
I managed to shake my head.
You need me!
“No,” I whimpered, bumping into the limp body of an elevator guard. One of his arms stopped me, and I sat up quickly, recoiling. He was spread-eagled, face down among his comrades, his fingers wrapped around a retinal scanner. I cringed. Was he dead? Had the tiger killed them all? Then my eyes fell on the laser resting at his hip.
Take it.
I couldn’t. I’d never fired one before.
He’ll kill us!
Not sure who she meant, I jerked my head around. The man with the sabre was still gone. But Kristoffe and his patrol were marching in my direction, dragging Toby with them. He struggled violently until one of them drove a fist into his stomach. A savage tug tore through my belly. Gasping, I leaned over, fumbling for the guard’s laser.
“I wouldn’t do that if I were you.” Kristoffe signaled for his men to stop, but continued walking toward me. He didn’t waver, not even when I grasped the laser in both hands and aimed it at him.
“That’s far enough,” I said.
He kept coming.
“I’ll shoot.” My finger instinctively hugged the trigger. “I mean it.”
Spreading his arms, Kristoffe made a target out of his broad chest. His smile was icy. “Go ahead, then. Shoot.”
Was he bluffing? I couldn’t tell. He might have a defensive shield. On the other hand, he might go down with one shot. There was no way to know. But somehow, he’d survived the tiger. This laser was my only hope.
Do it, the tiger spat.
My pulse spiked. “I will shoot.”
He kept coming.
Shoot him!
“Stop,” I cried, my hands shaking.
But he didn’t stop, and the closer he came, the harder I choked on the tiger’s fury. Her strength was more than I could handle. He was only a few feet away when her hissing cry forced me to pull the trigger. A matching cry left my lips. The laser clicked, shuddered—
—and died.



Author Bio:
C.L. Denault is a speculative fiction writer who loves dreaming up tales of adventure and intrigue. A former systems analyst, she gave up her nerdy code-writing skills to care for her family (including a son with special needs), and currently lives among the vast stretches of cornfields in Illinois.
Writing and working out are her biggest passions, along with drinking coffee and watching sci-fi. When she’s not hanging out with her husband and kids, she can usually be found at a library or tucked away in the shadowy corner of a hip coffeehouse. She’s also been glimpsed sneaking into her garage, late at night, to work on her time machine.
She enjoys connecting with people—especially those from other planets, nearby dimensions, and the future. To find her, just visit her website or social media pages. Or use a Stargate. Whichever is easiest.

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