Teaser from Redemption, Book Four of The Dominion Series

To whet your appetite for the release of Redemption, which is tentatively scheduled for June 19, 2014. I will be needing beta readers who are willing to provide honest feedback on the first draft, so if you want to be on the list, please leave a comment below!

 

Redemption

 

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From Chapter One:

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“He’s alive,” I say, my hand on Dylan’s arm.

He turns to me, his face immediately dark, his brow furrowed. “How do you know?”

“He entered my mind when I was trying to go to sleep.” I shiver and pull my sweater around my shoulders more tightly. “He spoke to me using telepathy.”

Dylan shakes his head as if in disbelief. “What did he say?”

“He said I was a very bad girl.”

“That’s it?”

I shrug. “It was enough to let me know he’s alive and remembers what happened, and knows I’m the one responsible.”

Dylan sits for a moment in silence, staring at his hands, which are folded in his lap. I can almost see the wheels turning in his mind as he tries to figure it all out.

“If he’s alive, we really are in the dark about what he is. He should have been killed by the nanobots. He should have.” His hands fist and for a moment, I can see him grind his teeth. Then, he turns to me once more, his warm brown eyes concerned. “You’re in danger, Eve. We have to get you somewhere safe. I’m sure Michel and Julien will agree.”

“I don’t want to leave. I love it here. Beef up my security at the cottage.”

He shakes his head. “No. You’re too vulnerable here. We can’t police the ocean. We can’t protect you from the sky here. You’ll have to go to a safe house somewhere in Boston.”

“I don’t want to go to Boston. It’s so… dismal there.”

I think of what has become of my beloved city due to the plague and general unrest. Buildings destroyed by fires no one can extinguish. Stores looted. Roving bands of thugs looking for food, fuel, and weapons. Women.

Vampires attacking at night – the attacks sporadic for now, but still, a threat.

“This isn’t about what you want, Eve,” Dylan says, his voice low. “It’s about the future of humanity.”

“Don’t put that on me.” I shake my head, my body tensing at the thought. “It’s too much.”

“You know it’s true. You’re key to everything. We have to use you – Michel, Julien and I — or Soren will. Blackstone will.”

I sigh, for I do know what he says is true. “That doesn’t mean I have to like it.”

He smiles ruefully. “I know. Believe me, I wish the two of us could live quiet lives here, but we can’t.”

I wrap my arms around myself, suddenly cold. “Sometimes, I wish I would have died instead of them saving me.”

“Don’t say that,” Dylan says, leaning closer, his expression dark. “You don’t really mean that.”

“Don’t tell me how I feel.” I move away from him, angry that he sees me as just a tool as well. Willing to use me. I know that it’s true – that I am a tool – but I can’t help but wish that at least one of the men in my life would see me first and most as a woman they love and not as a means to an end.

 

Later, both Julien and Michel show up uninvited. Of course they would – finding out that Soren has escaped, that he has survived and recovered from the effects of the virus means we have to plan.

“Eve,” Julien says and comes right over to me, wrapping me in his arms, pulling me close. As usual, he looks devastatingly handsome wearing his leather bomber jacket, white t-shirt underneath, and a deep blue scarf highlighting his blue-blue eyes. His hair is military-short and there is a bit of scruff on his very-square jaw. He has a sword in a scabbard on his hip and a stake hidden somewhere on his body. He’s a warrior once more, killing vampires for the Council — whatever remains of it. Staking them before beheading them with his incredible strength and exceptionally sharp steel blade.

He kisses me, and for a moment, I’m overwhelmed by him, by his strength, by his concern for me. I can tell he misses me and wants me right now by the thrill of desire I feel in him when we kiss and our senses connect. He squashes it down and pulls away, trying to be professional. Realizing that both Michel and Dylan are watching.

I can’t help but steal a glance at Michel, whose face has a haunted expression, his eyes revealing hurt and jealousy. He’s gorgeous as well, dressed in a long black leather cassock coat, black jeans and a black t-shirt. The black highlights his pale skin and piercing blue eyes. He’s not wearing a sword, but I can see the leather strap of a holster crossing his chest. He’s packing a weapon as well, filled with silver bullets. Another vampire hunter. A gold cross dangles around his neck. Dressed all in black like that, he could be a priest.

I go to him, cup his face with my hand.

“Michel,” I say and smile. I run my fingers through his hair, which, as usual, is messy from the wind. He’s so beautiful with his black-lashed blue eyes that it takes my breath away. I lean up and kiss him and for a moment, he resists, still jealous of seeing me with Julien, but then he responds. He kisses me back, his arms wrapped around me, and his passion is strong, overwhelming his resolve to be chaste with me in front of Julien. I see it in his mind as we connect for a brief few seconds.

“Eve, you have to come to Boston,” Julien says from across the room, breaking Michel’s and my kiss, and our connection. I’m sure that was Julien’s intent.

How can I choose between them?

In that moment, I almost believe in a god – a god who is punishing me for being greedy enough to want them both.

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20 thoughts on “Teaser from Redemption, Book Four of The Dominion Series

  1. I”m so excited I cant wait to read it it drives me crazy when I have to wait on a book, and I love reading series just not when there’s to many 4 or 5 is perfect. I really enjoy this series and recommend it to everyone I know.

    • Yay! Glad you enjoyed and sorry about the long wait. Thank you for recommending it to others! Word of mouth sells books more than any advertising can! 🙂

  2. LOVED IT!! I WAS SO INTO IT THAT WHEN IT ENDED TI WAS LIKE I WAS SNAPPED BACK FROM A TRANCE :)PLEASE LET ME BE A BETA READER i LOVE YOUR WORK..YOUR ONE OF MY FAVORITE AUTHOR AND THE DOMINION SERIES IS ONE OF MT FAVORITE STORIES..PLEASE?

    • So happy you love my books! Yes, you are welcome to be a beta reader! I will let you know when the first draft is ready for review. 🙂

  3. I absolutely love the series, so excited to read the teaser. Now that I know the release date is getting closer I’m going to re-read them again! Would we honored to be a beta reader if chosen!

  4. OK, can I just say I am totally intrigued? This is a new series for me that I haven’t ready yet, but now it’s on my “gotta get it, gotta read it” list. You set up a whackload of tension, drama and potential conflict in very few sentences. Amazing job, and I would love to be a part of your beta team!!!

  5. Ooh..now I have to wait. You are an amazing writer. I love all your books. This looks like another home run, anxious for what happens next!

  6. It’s been very hard to wait for this last book.So pleased to see the teaser and a target fo release.This series is wonderful and I’ve told several people not to miss it.That being said- the teaser: Soren is so creepy.I keep having a feeling Michal is more in tune with Sorens plans and don’t find his attentions to Eve as pure as Julian’s.Just a suspicion..anyway..good to read this.So off to Boston for Eve. please -want more .

    • Thank you for telling your friends about my books! I’m glad you enjoy them — it’s been hard to leave the twins behind but I am back now and can’t wait to finish Book Four and get it published!

  7. Hi there! Just by sheer luck, I have been searching whether there have been some news about your dominion series. Today! And tadaaa- new release scheduled for june 🙂
    OMG, I cant even tell you how I love your books. Since I am a fan of erotica as well as fantasy (with a special fetish for hot vampires) your books just do it every time for me 🙂 Love your writing style, I can totally relate to your characters and cant get enough of the scifi plot 😛 And since I always go for bad boys, I would probably choose Soren 😀
    I would be more than pleased to hear from you in the future and I certainly wouldnt mind being your beta reader 😛 Get in touch!!

    Excited Michaela

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