***New Release*** Love & Lace InKorporated Fall Edition

Title: Love & Lace InKorporated Fall Edition

Publisher: Dragonfly Ink Publishing

Genre: Romance Magazine

Published Date: September 1, 2018


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Fall Edition coming to Kindle Unlimited Sept 15, 2018!!


Love & Lace InKorporated is a literary magazine designed with the avid romance reader in mind.
Available in a full color print and eBook, Love & Lace gives readers an inside look at their favorite authors and audiobook narrators.
In this quarterly publication, you’ll find in depth author and character interviews, author favorite recipes, book reviews and recommendations, audiobook news, hot new releases, and so much more!
This edition includes:
Beyond the pages with New York Times Bestselling Author, K. Bromberg
Interview with narrator, author, and producer, Tanya Eby
Comedy Cafe with Jess Bryant
Exclusive from 2018 RITA Finalist, Tamara Lush
Beneath the Surface with MADD: Interview with Linny Lawless
Reviews from TDC Book Reviews
Audiobook Corner: What’s New in Audio?
Love Libs featuring an excerpt from Betty Shreffler
Daily Taste: Author Favorite Recipes
Special Guests:
Felicity Brandon, Joz Maxel, Rae B. Lake, Crimson Syn…and many more!
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Dakota Willink is an Amazon International Bestselling Author. She loves writing about damaged heroes who fall in love with sassy and independent females. Her books are character driven, emotional, and sexy, yet written with a flare that keeps them real. With three published titles and a magazine publication under her belt, Dakota’s imagination is constantly spinning new ideas. Her current work in progress is The Dahlia Project, a series of standalone books that will embrace diverse characters and current day world issues.

Dakota often says she survived her first publishing with coffee and wine. She’s an unabashed Star Wars fanatic and still dreams of one day getting her letter from Hogwarts. She enjoys spending time with her super-supportive husband and two witty teenagers, her two Labrador Retrievers, and her spoiled rotten cat. During the summer months, she can often be found soaking up the sun on the Great Lakes with her family.


International Bestselling Contemporary Romance Author


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Cheryl Maddox is a Virtual Assistant (PA) to multiple different authors. She loves books and loves to read. Her love for reading is what brought her to working for authors full time. After a chance message sent to one of her favorite authors, Cheryl and the author began building a relationship. It was just friendly at first, but it eventually evolved into working as the author’s assistant.

As Cheryl’s responsibilities increased, she discovered more and more about the author world. During that time, Cheryl gained connections to many other authors and PA’s. What originated as a hobby started to evolve into something more. She began having other authors contact her about what she could do to help them. It continued to snowball, pushing her to learn more about the amazing world that she had come to love so much.

Eventually, Cheryl realized that she wanted to make her PA work more than a hobby. She had already taken on multiple authors, and felt it was time for her to make her work official. She created a website, and everything continued to move forward. Today, Cheryl absolutely loves working with her many talented authors. The joy she feels when watching an author get excited over a new success is overwhelming. She’s amazingly gratified to know that she helped her authors take that next step!

Helping to publish the Love & Lace Magazine is an honor and a privilege and she can’t wait to see where this new venture takes her.

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***New Release*** Immortal Hearts by Raven Moon

A Wee Bit Wicked by the Light of the Moon

Author Bio

Raven Moon was born in Southern Indiana where she still resides with the Loves of her life.

Raven loves Dragons, old Movies, Bonfires and Star Gazing. Raven’s other Passion is crafting. She offers affordable Author Swag, Personalized Gifts, and natural bath products.

Raven started writing after she lost her father unexpectedly in 2014. She wrote and published her first Novel Destiny of the Witch in 2015. She has overcome many obstacles in her writing career but pushed forward with the love and support of her family and many friends.

Her work history consists of managing a local pet store for five years She studied Animal Science that earned her a degree in Animal Science. Later she furthered her career with a Veterinarian Technician degree and worked for local Veterinarians for over a decade. In her youth, Raven broke and showed Arabian and Quarter Horses. She was in 4-H where she showed Rabbits and did Photography. Her days now are spent playing with her granddaughters, traveling with her mom and plotting her next big story.

Raven never in her wildest dreams thought of becoming an Author, but here she is living a dream from a dream from tragedy. Raven writes Paranormal Suspense Romance with many twists and turns. Destiny of the Witch, Mountains of the Immortals Book One is available in e-book and Print. She is currently writing the second and third Novel in the series.

Are you ready for a ride of your life, I know I am, so let’s do this, TOGETHER!




Raven Moon

Raven’s Personal Quotes

“Don’t start your day with broken pieces of the past,

Cherish every morning you wake and live it like it’s your last.”

Raven Moon © 2015

“Leave the past behind you, enjoy today, live for tomorrow and dream of the future.

Find your Rainbow,

Own it!”

“The past is your lesson,

The present is your gift,

The future is your motivation.”

Life is short, live it.

Love is rare, grab it.

Anger is bad, dump it.

Fear is awful, face it.

Memories are sweet, cherish them.

2015~ 2017© ~Raven Moon

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Immortal Hearts

Fate of the Witch

Book One

Raven Moon

***Release Date – August 24,2018***

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Rainelle Sterling grew up in the Smoky Mountains, so when she returned home, she made plans to visit the place where she spent her childhood.

What was supposed to be a fun relaxing weekend away with her brother, and friends changes as she learns her grandmother’s tales weren’t tales at all, but a warning as she faces a devastating loss, a fight for her life against the unimaginable.

When faced with telling her parents, she learns things that she never knew. Will the broken trust, betrayal and deceit from loved ones break her? Can she remain strong to survive?

If only she knew then, what she knew now, maybe, just maybe, things would be different. But for now, she must fight to stay alive while she plans her revenge against the unthinkable.


Rainelle Sterling grew up in Catlettsburg, Tn. She moved To Nashville, after graduating High school in hopes of getting a singing contract. After five years of heartache, broken trust, and betrayal, she packed what she needed and got the hell out of Nashville and moved back home. Rainelle had missed many milestones with her family and her twin brother, Reed. Once settled at home, she longed to go camping in the Mountains where her grandparents had disappeared some years back. She made plans with old friends, Sage Jackson and Samuel Conner. She planned to celebrate her brother’s achievements and their 25th birthday, but something strange happened. Her parents, especially her mom, begged her not to go. Rainelle didn’t understand the reason her mom was so hellbent on them not going Suddenly, faced with what seemed to be a bad low-cost horror flick, Rainelle met the worst heartache of her life. Rainelle soon finds out her life isn’t anything she believed and her entire life had been a lie. A new form of betrayal, broken trust and heartache arises. Upon accepting the facts, Rainelle vowed to seek revenge and fight to survive a life seen only in movies and books. Her mere survival depends on hard truths and much of the unknown.

***Book Blitz*** Awakening the Bear by Catherine Vale

Title: Awakening the Bear

Author: Catherine Vale

Genre: Paranormal Romance

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When his beast awakens, all hell will break loose.

Homicide Detective, Ben Walker thinks he’s seen it all. That is, until a murder investigation sets him on the wrong side of the Stonewall Gang. Then he finds himself pinned down in an alley, fighting for his life.

When he awakens, he is a very different man. In fact, he’s hardly a man at all. A beast lurks beneath his surface, desperate to come out and play. Before too long, he finds himself drawn into a world where the lines between myth and reality are blurred.

But there’s one thing Ben knows for certain. The mysterious redheaded beauty that shows up at his door isn’t your everyday woman. She’s a rogue were-bear, a wild shifter, and one of the most intriguing creatures he’s ever laid eyes on. There’s just one thing standing in his way. And it smells like murder.

If you love riveting storytelling, sensual alpha shifters, and paranormal romance that never quits, then you’ll love Awakening the Bear.

NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY bestselling author Catherine Vale writes urban fantasy stories of magic and mayhem and paranormal romance.

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***Author Spotlight*** Wendy Lanore

I met Wendy this year at the Lexington Legendary Book Bash. It was a pleasure to meet her and talk about her books. Here’s her answers to my author interview.

1. Where do you get your ideas?

I have a very active imagination. I’m constantly thinking of new ideas.

2. What is your writing process like?

I find that an initial outline helps, but once I start I sometimes lose the focus of my outline.

3. What is your writing Kryptonite?

Time. I never have enough time.

4. How do you deal with writers block?

I usually give myself a few days to unwind and regroup.

5. Do you write under different pen names? And genres?

Currently just Wendy Lanore and PNR (Paranormal Romance)

6. When did you write and publish your first book? What was the name of your book?

I wrote my first book in 2017 and published September of the same year.

7. Who is your favorite author and Why?

Lora Leigh. She is awesome. I’ve never seen anyone with such and active and creative imagination.

8. How many unpublished or half written books do you have?

I have 5-6 books that I’ve started. Currently I’m working on my 3rd book in my published series.

9. What kind of research do you do and how long before writing your book?

Google is my best friend. I will start researching when an idea hits me, no matter when I plan to work on that particular book.

10. What’s the most difficult thing about writing characters from the opposite sex?

Deciding their personalities.

11. How long do you try to write daily?

At least a few hours before bed. I work full-time, so my only opportunity is evenings and weekends.

12. Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with good and bad reviews?

I do read them. It’s always disappoing to read a bad review, but people enjoy different things so I always try to keep that in mind.

13. Do you hide secrets that only a few people will find or easter eggs in your books?


14. What was your hardest scene to write?

My first intimate scene.

15. Do you write with music in the background or does it have to be silent?

Usually I have the T.V. on in the background.

16. Do you have a favorite thing to snack on while you write?


17. How much do your readers’ interests influence your writing?

I value their interests, but I usually write what’s in my heart.

18. If you could tell your younger writing self anything…What would it be?

Never give up. Dreams are possible.

Born and raised in a small town in Kentucky. Daughter to a homemaker and a Coalminer. Wendy started her career a little later in life in order to stay home with her two children. An avid crafter, artist and reader. Wendy spent many hours volunteering in her community for the children in the area.

The Mate’s Ring: Thomas

Thomas is out of time. He is a shifter without a mate and growing weaker every day. He is ready to give up when fate intervenes and he suddenly finds himself mated. Only someone wants her out of the picture.

Christine has been married and isn’t looking for a relationship or love. After her divorce she comes home to be with her grandmother and find herself. She soon finds that the world is not quite what she expected and love can’t be controlled.


The Mate’s Surrender: Connor (The Mate’s Ring, Book 2)

A wolf shifter. A bear shifter. An undeniable love.

Orphaned as a child, Connor hadn’t known of his animal nature until one night changed his life. When his Alpha found him and took him in, he swore he would never let anyone get close again. Until he met Eva. Fighting the pull between them was bearable until he thought she might be lost to him. Now that danger is close, he will prove to her that they are stronger together.

Eva has lost everyone she loves, except her young sister. She’s vowed that no one will distract her from keeping her sister safe, even the wolf shifter she knows is her mate. Finding the pack in the Caulder Territory was a blessing, but can she put their lives in danger too and will they accept her Bear.

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***Author Spotlight*** A Storm on Mars by Troy Scott

I had the pleasure of meeting Troy Scott at this years Lexington Legebdary Book Bash. We did an impromptu paper/Pen interview. Here are my questions and his answers.

1. Where do you get your ideas?

I get ideas from everywhere. I got the original idea for my novel from one scene in a movie that I was watching. It just sparked my imagination. My book was nothing like the movie. The one scene sparked my interest and I started from there. I base characters on people I know. They may look like a person that I know, or they act like a person that I know.

2. What is your writing process like?

I listen to classical music. I usually will return to the place in the manuscript that I stopped the previous day. I will back up two or three paragraphs and read through those. After I do that I just start typing from that point.

3. What is your writing Kryptonite?

Facebook and procrastination in general.

4. How do you deal with writer’s block?

If I have trouble with writer’s block I will read through earlier parts of my manuscript to see what I can add to the plot.

5. Do you write under different pen names and genres?

I am using my full name currently. The trilogy that I am working on is science fiction. I have an action novel that I have started also.

6. When did you write and publish your first book? What was the name of your book?

My first book started as a short story about 15 years ago. The 106,000-word novel was published in January of 2018. The name of my book is A Storm on Mars.

6. Who is your favorite author and Why?

It is hard to pick just one. I love J. R. R. Tolkien. The Hobbit is my favorite book of all time. I also love J. K. Rowling. I read all the Harry Potter books. I just think they are both are excellent world builders.

7. How many unpublished or half written books do you have?

I am working on the second book of my trilogy. I am close to 70,000 words on that one. I also have the action novel that I started. I think I have maybe 20,000 words or so. I will not be working on that until the trilogy is done.

8. What kind of research do you do and how long before writing your book?

I usually research while I am writing. If I have a scene on Mars I will stop where I am writing and go to Google, Wikipedia, etc. I start researching everything about the atmosphere, number of moons, distance from sun, gravity and anything I think will help with the scene. When I feel comfortable I return to writing and add in the details.

9. What is most difficult about writing characters from the opposite sex?

Trying to figure out how women think lol.

10. How long do you write daily?

It depends on my schedule. I usually set word goals weekly and monthly. I might do close to a thousand words on good day. But some days I am lucky to do a couple of hundred words. As long as you consistently write you will get there.

11. Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with good and bad reviews?

My book has only been out a few months. I have five reviews on Amazon and they are all good. That is great, but I am sure someone will not like the book. Everybody likes different things.

12. Do you hide secrets that only a few people will find or Easter eggs in your books?

I did that in the first book and probably will continue to do it. I planted hints to things that will develop in the second and third book.

13. What was your hardest scene to write?

I use a lot of different planets and alien life forms in my story. I had trouble with some scenes trying to create all of this.

14. Do you write with music in the background or does it have to be silent?

I always listen to classical music as I write. My favorite is Moonlight Sonata by Beethoven. It is relaxing and just seems to put me in a writing mood.

15. Do you have a favorite thing to snack on while you write?

I don’t eat while I am writing. I usually have a soft drink. My favorite is Diet Ski.

16. How much do your readers’ interests influence your writing?

I try to write stories that different people will be interested in. My books are in the young adult genre, so I attempt to write for young people. I am young at heart myself.

17. If you could tell your younger self anything….. What would it be?

There are so many things that come to mind. The best advice is if you want to be a writer, write.

Don’t forget to grab Troy’s book!

A Storm on Mars

Phoenix Murphy insisted on living her dreams which began in a small Kentucky town and would take her on a trip to try save the universe, all while she is just trying to get back home.


***Release Promo*** Andrew Outback Love by Susan Hosnell

Andrew Teaser

Dr. Andrew Lowman is an Australian Eye Specialist who has made it his goal in life to restore sight to those who would otherwise endure life with poor eyesight or blindness.

Medical facilities are not easily accessed in the wide-open spaces and isolation of the outback where the air is hot, flies are plenty and life is tough for those on the land.

Thanks to the Royal Flying Doctor Service, Andrew and his team are flown in to a cattle station near Bourke, NSW, where they conduct a regular clinic for the Aboriginals and others on the land in the area. Their time is divided between two stations and the town of Bourke itself. Andrew and his team follow this routine every second week giving the outback a service it wouldn’t otherwise receive.

Meet the team:

Dr. Andrew (Drew) Lowman – Eye Specialist

Dr. Cameron (Cam) O’Brien – Anaesthetist with a reputation for being a playboy.

Dr. of Nursing –  Dr. Ruby Waters – An Aboriginal woman who grew up in Bourke and wants to give back to the people.

Nurse Allison (Ally) Sykes – Works out of Dubbo with the RFDS and is having a difficult pregnancy.

Nurse Linda Freemont – A nurse with the RFDS – first in Broken Hill, then in Dubbo. She replaces Allison when she is forced to resign due to difficulties with her pregnancy.

Dr. James Rigon – A qualified Doctor and Pilot with the RFDS.

Dr. Finn McAllister – Also a qualified Doctor and Pilot with the RFDS.

Drew is smitten with Linda from the time she arrives but could a relationship work?

Join the team as they deal with emergencies, rescue a young boy and celebrate recognition.

Become a part of the outback – the land, they call home.

Follow the lives of the characters as each story unfolds.

ANDREW’S OUTBACK LOVE – Book 1 in the Australian Outback Series.




One Week Earlier

Dubbo – NSW

I hurried across the tarmac to the offices of the Flying Doctor Service and when I pushed the door open and entered the building, a welcome cold gust of air greeted me. I figured it must have been at least a thousand degrees in the shade outside.

Rachel, one of the radio operators, glanced up from her computer and smiled before handing me the bug spray to kill off the zillion flies which had hitched a lift into the building via my back. I sprayed it around liberally, causing a couple of other staff members to let out a curse and start coughing. The looks directed my way were enough to melt icebergs.

“What?” I spun around.

“Ignore them, Andrew, we all know it’s non-allergenic. It doesn’t even have an odour. They do it just to get under your skin. You’ve been coming here long enough to know it.”

“I know, Rachel, but I still hate the thought that one of them might be affected by it even if we aren’t. Team here?”

“In the back enjoying a cold drink.”

“Who’s our pilot?”


I nodded before striding towards the back room which was in fact a kitchen. When I entered I found James Rigon – a fully qualified doctor in emergency medicine, paramedic and pilot with the RFDS. The other occupants were Cameron O’Brien who was a playboy but an extremely talented and serious anaesthetist, and nurse Allison Sykes – who we were to lose in a week’s time due to her advancing pregnancy.

My favorite person on Earth – aboriginal nurse – Ruby Waters would meet us at our first stop. Ruby was as round as she was high with a belly laugh I couldn’t get enough of. She didn’t know her age, it wasn’t important to the people she’d grown up with in a settlement on the outskirts of Bourke. We figured she was probably in her early thirties but it was anyone’s guess. Her chestnut colored skin was flawless, her eyes as bright as the night stars shining in the outback sky. She wasn’t married, and from the way she spoke – had no intentions of ever doing so. All men were wamba (stupid) as far as she was concerned.

Ruby had trained in Sydney to be a Nurse but wasn’t content with just a degree as she put it, she’d gone on to obtain a Doctorate with Honors. When her training was done, she’d turned up at the Flying Doctor offices and demanded a job helping ‘her’ people in the outback. I’d been in the office on that day two years ago and instantly taken her on as one of my team. She’d proven invaluable. While Ruby was one to call things as she saw them, her caring, compassionate nature broke down the barriers when patients from an isolated community came to us for the first time. She was able to reassure the indigenous parents, we were there to help their children, not harm them.

I’d only been doing the work for around six months when I met Ruby and had been struggling to break down the walls of suspicion and distrust we’d encountered in the isolated communities. From the first time Ruby joined us, around ten months ago, everything changed. Parents now walked kilometres with their young ones, who were suffering vision problems, when they heard we would be at a nearby cattle station. We treated babies through to the very old, it didn’t make any difference to me. If they had a vision problem and were living in darkness, my goal was to bring them back into the light.

Together, the four of us had done more eye surgeries and consults than I could count. We’d treated hundreds of eye problems, which if left, would have caused blindness and I felt a deep satisfaction in the work we were doing. It was life changing for the indigenous people and other severely underprivileged children and adults.


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Each book has a strong focus on story line with romantic interest building throughout.

I explore real life issues from kids on the streets to motorcycle war and put my own twist on each one.

I live in sunny Queensland Australia with my husband of 44 years, an elderly Jack Russell Terrier who we refer to as ‘Princess Perfect’ and an opinionated Cockatiel by the name of Rocky who likes to wolf whistle.

We love to travel the country with our caravan and I gather story ideas from places we visit.

We have 2 married sons, 3 granddaughters and 2 grandsons who are the love of our lives.

I hope you take the opportunity to check out my offerings.

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***Release Blitz*** A Vampire’s Thirst Markus

Title: A Vampire’s Thirst Markus

Author: Solease M Barner

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Editor: Tabitha O. Smith

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A Vampire’s Thirst…Dark, Dangerous and Deadly!

Markus Black’s passion has been his work and building his empire…nothing will stand in the way of his goal…until he’s hit by a mysterious Thirst and his life begins to unravel. Then it hits…a tantalizing scent that takes his breath away and has his heart thudding in his chest like a jackhammer.

He craves the owner of this scent like nothing he’s felt before. He must have her. Must find her…and he’ll do whatever it takes to make her his. When he finds out she’s a Witch on the run, Markus realises things are going to be harder than he first thought.

Rachel Jones is fleeing for her life…a Vampire proclaiming his love wasn’t on the agenda, especially when she’s been brought up to despise them. Rachel can’t deny the pull towards him…but will it be the death of both of them?

The hunt is on, the battle fierce…only the strong survive a Vampire’s Thirst.

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40891783-markus

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International & Amazon Best Selling Author Solease Barner lives in a quiet area, which she adores. She loves to spend time with her family especially her husband and daughter. She’s been called the social butterfly by many friends. She’s a huge movie buff, and loves to read books. She writes poetry as a way to release stress. She also believes reading a book on the beach is a slice of heaven! Solease is the author of “Secrets of the Ghosts – The Sleeper”, “Secrets of the Ghosts – AWAKENS”, and “The Draglen Brothers Series – DRAKEN” , Showken BK2 The Draglen Brothers Series, Layern BK3-The Draglen Brothers Series, GEMI BK4-The Draglen Brothers Series , Domlen’s Way BK4.5 -The Draglen Brothers Series, Warton BK5 – The Draglen Brothers Series and A Draglen’s Wedding BK5.5- The Draglen Brothers Series. Domlen BK6- The Draglen Brothers Series. Passionate Roar- A Zodiac Shifter Romance, Passionate Yearning – A Zodiac Shifter Romance, Devious BK1, Revenge BK2, Desired Revenge- The Reigning Sisters and A Vampire’s Thirst: Markus She also will be releasing a new series with wolf-shifters coming soon!

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Quickly he jumped down from the roof and sped to her. She was standing on the porch, her hand on her hip, and she had a bag!

“The spell I used is not going to work forever, so we need to get going. If this is a trick, I’ll kill you.” There was no smile, but he didn’t smell any fear, either.

“I promise you, the only thing I want to do is protect you.” In his mind, he wished he could say, “Tasting, sucking and feeding from you is what I desire the most.”

Without waiting for her to change her mind, he scooped her into his arms, grabbed the bag and ran, faster than he had ever moved before. He knew Floyd would be at the agreed rendezvous. When he looked down, her eyes were tightly closed. He could see her mouth moving, but no sound was coming out.

He felt nothing but pride. Even though he didn’t want to admit to, or discuss anything about, a blood-mate, secretly it made his chest swell with pride. Once they arrived, he set her down at the door.

“You can go on through; you’ll be safe here,” he told her as he leaned down closer to smell her. He was aware that this would look weird, but he couldn’t help that; his body was so drawn to her that he craved her scent.

“Where are we?” she asked, looking around. He watched her closely, not wanting to alarm her with his intensity.

“It’s safe, and I left a trail for your aunts. Please go inside, it’s for you, baby.” The ‘baby’ part was out of his mouth before he stopped to think. He usually never said sweet things to a woman, but a romantic side was surfacing when he was around Rachel.

Her eyes widened, and then she relaxed. She looked down, and reached out to touch the ring he wore on his left hand. As he watched her gazing at it, he wondered what she was thinking.

“That’s a unique ring,” she said. “I’ve never seen anything like it.”

He never talked about his father’s ring. It was heavy silver, carved with ancient designs, set with a black onyx stone. Back when he had first become a vampire, and Ida Grace was teaching him about his new life, the first thing she had said was that he must let go of all reminders of his human life before his change. Her explanation had been valid, but he hadn’t cared, so he told her it was a ring he had found on the street. He had never spoken of it again, but now Rachel was admiring the ring.

She turned, opened the door and walked in, and he watched her closely, wanting her to be pleased with the accommodations he had arranged for her. Slowly she walked further in, still not speaking.

“The fridge is stocked with everything; this house is bigger than you would think, with all the bells and whistles.” He stayed close to her, inhaling her intoxicating scent.

“So, no one is going to find me here? Please explain how” When she faced him, it was almost enough to knock him off his feet. His thirst came upon him as never before, and he felt his fangs emerging. He walked to the bar and poured himself a drink.

After downing three full glasses of whiskey, he was able to speak. “This place used to be my home, but just so you can ease your mind, it’s been spelled to be invisible to anyone whose name is not on the list.” He pointed to a list of names on the wall next to the door.

“So you placed my name on the list?”

“Yes, and I’ll add your aunts, but you still haven’t said anything about the place. Do you need anything?”

She finally set her bag on the floor and walked to the bar, pouring herself a stiff shot of tequila. He could tell she was worried. He wanted her to feel safe.

“Are you leaving?” she asked, without meeting his eyes.

“No, I want to stay with you. Unless you want me to leave.”

“No, stay with me. I don’t like being alone.”

She walked over to the sofa and took a seat, and he followed her. He sat as close as possible to her, almost touching.

Ida Grace walked in, smiling.

“Floyd said you found your blood-mate, but I didn’t believe him until now.”