Series: The Hunted #2.5
A 31,000 word novella set in The Hunted world
She’s about to learn life isn’t like her controlled experiments.
Edie Brown is a lab rat, dedicated to improving the lives of her fellow Gifted. And while she saved countless Gifted soldiers with her research during the war against the Hunters, she’s haunted by the one person she hasn’t saved: her aunt. With a new pair of joint illusionists to help her, Edie’s closer than ever to a breakthrough.
But her well-ordered scientist’s life unravels when her best friend Marcus proposes a different kind of experiment — one that puts her heart at risk — and her aunt collapses, leaving Edie wondering if she’s too late to help. She’s not about to give up yet, though, not when there’s still a chance she can cure her aunt — and find the one thing she didn't even know she needed.
Somehow, publishing a book never gets old. And I’m excited about this one, because it’s my first step into romance.
I’m debuting A Veiled Truth at 99 cents until June 30th, then it goes up to $2.99, so get it before then! Here are some buy links:
It’ll be in print eventually.
Here’s an excerpt:
He cleared his throat. One corner of his mouth hooked up. “You’re avoiding me. There’s a difference.”
Her eyes darted to the door. Marcus was between her and freedom. Trapped. She put a hand over her stomach to settle its churning. He was right. She wanted to rewind to before this happened and continue on as if it hadn’t. If only she’d invented the time machine she’d attempted when she was twelve. A scientist’s regrets.
His gaze calculating, he continued his prowl through the room, invading her space. She escaped backward, held in thrall of the noiseless way he hunted her around the middle table. The counter was hard when she bumped into it. He crowded her, closing the gap until there was a bare inch between them. He was so close she could feel the heat radiating from his body, and her body answered, tilting toward his as if to steal his heat for herself. He raised his hand and twirled a stray piece of her hair around his finger.
“Think of it as an experiment.”
Her breath hitched, and time slowed, the increasing thump of her heart and his fingers in her hair the only two sensations capturing her attention. Her voice came out soft and slightly breathy and far too close to signs of arousal for her comfort. “An experiment.”
How intriguing. It would give them a definitive time limit and parameters. A way out. They could go back to friends when their sexual attraction ran its course — it always did for her. She could gracefully exit before they reached crucial tipping point; relationships ran the risk that one would end up like Judy. Will was already headed down that path with Jane. One of them had to keep their sanity — and their pants zipped.
“We can try it and see what happens.” He dropped her hair and tipped her chin up. “If you want more detail than that, you’ll have to come up with that yourself.”
“I’m not sure,” she said, but inside, her heart was tapping a yes. Yes to the way his fingers trailed desire across her skin.
His thumb brushed her bottom lip; his eyes lowered. “Perhaps a quick test to determine our compatibility?”
Her body thrummed. He knew how to play her, knew her well enough to say the right words. She was riveted by the way his green eyes had darkened and his head began the descent.
He was going to kiss her. Marcus was going to kiss her. And more than that, she wanted it.
You can read the entirety of the first chapter on its page on my author site.
AND! A review opportunity for you. I’m looking for people who have not read the previous books in my series to read A Veiled Truth. I’d like to determine whether it can be read as a standalone and well, I’m a little too close to the book to make that determination. ;)
If you’re interested, send me an email at onabookbender [at] gmail and I’ll hook you up.