Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Best Seller For A Day: "Soul Search" by Amber Scott + 99¢ eBooks + A CHANCE TO WIN A KINDLE



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Format: Kindle Edition
File Size: 345 KB
Publisher: Tholden Press (September 8, 2011)
Language: English
ASIN: B005M2QPWS

Synopsis from Indie Book Collective:

Three years ago, one horrific night changed his life forever. And now the wolf soul that was invoked to save him is taking over his body, day by day.

Can he master his animal instincts in time to discover who is stealing children's souls before the delicate balance we all depend upon is shattered?

Or will he reject the one woman who can help heal his body and his soul?

You Can Read My Review of Soul Search HERE

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Monday, November 28, 2011

Gratitude Giveaways Blog Hop - Winners!

I selected the winners using Random.org

Without further ado, our winners are:
 
 
AND

 
 Both winners have been emailed and given 24 hours to respond.

Thanks to everyone who participated.  

The book may be purchased here for those that didn't win:

Smashwords:   http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/96455?ref=Sapphyria

Amazon:

Review: Áine P Massie's "Blood's Voice" House Millar Book 1


Format: Kindle Edition
File Size: 508 KB
Print Length: 402 pages
Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1463559275
Publisher: Geas Publishing; 1 edition (June 1, 2011)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services
Language: English
ASIN: B005405MYK
Review Copy Courtesy Of:  Áine Massie (in exchange for an honest review)

Synopsis From Goodreads:

Anya Millar had no memory of her life or an instruction manual on how to navigate the insane world of humans, biting, and reality. Instead, Anya has had to learn to navigate the world of love, life, and sanity while avoiding those that would see her dead or enslaved.

This is the ongoing journey of Anya and Nicholas, human loving vampires and the human they love, Declán. What makes it all more complicated is that they are abominations in their own world and Declán is a natural born vampire hunter called a Guardian.

Anya must come to terms with who she is and her missing past, Nicholas must win back the object of his eternal love while dealing with new cravings in his silent heart, and Declán must learn to destroy the very creatures that he has unequivocally given his heart and blood.

 Saph's Review: 

Blood's Voice is a unique tale of vampires and those they love.  Anya is a vampire that has no memories of anything previous to the start of the book.  She knows she's a vampire and that's about the gist of it.  She remembers nothing of her previous life, which makes knowing how to blend into a society of humans that much harder.  It helps that she is one of very few vampires that refuses to take blood from humans; she is strictly into animals.  Anya decides to enroll in High School to hopefully gain the ability to fit in.  She resides with another immortal, Star, who has been trying to show her the correct path to walk down.  While in school she is drawn to Declan, a fellow student that is in some of her classes.  Anya is then reunited with Nicholas, her vampire boytoy from years ago and feelings for him slowly reemerge.  Then she bonds with Skye, Declan's supposed girlfriend, she discovers that all is not as it seems.  There are a couple themes within the book that many not appeal to those uncomfortable with LGBT or love triangles.

Delcan is also not what he seems.  Yes, he's a human and a human that has wholly and completely embraced the realities of being around, involved with, and in love with vampires.  This sort-of makes his status of a Guardian a bit hard to believe at first.  A Guardian is born unto this world to hunt and destroy all vampires, believing that the entire vampire population is evil.

The concept behind Blood's Voice is great.  I love the story line.  Each character, whether it's a main one or a secondary one, carries their weight throughout the book.  As Anya's memories finally start reemerging and things get pieced together she discovers that she was being used as a weapon.  It is the love and strength of the characters that help her through the "finding out who you really are" stage.

I will admit that I didn't like the 1st person view and formality when most of the characters talked.  The book, language and writing-wise, reminds me too much of the Christopher Pike novels, Thirst 1, 2 & 3.  I've reviewed 1 & 2 on the blog if you want to know how I really feel.

Rating:


Buy Links:

Smashwords:     http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/66345?ref=Sapphyria


Amazon:

Author Bio:

Áine P Massie is originally from Florida, she now lives in Wisconsin where she works on her House Millar series full time while raising four children (the term herding cats comes to mind). Her major in College was Childhood Education (0-5) with a minor study in Deaf Culture/ASL. She is also a Wiccan priestess dedicated to the gods, family, and love.

A life-long reader, Áine has always had a particular fascination with vampires, mythology, and the unusual. When she can escape from her children and books, she enjoys … oh yes, reading, playing, ritual, a good cappuccino, and working with her healing stones.

Her first published work came in high school where she was part of a writing and drama group. But, she’s been reading the likes of Shakespeare and Poe since late elementary school and enjoys most forms of fiction. Blood’s Voice has been a long time in coming and with its publication (June 2011) Áine embarked on a new chapter in her life.

Áine P Massie is currently working on her third novel, Glamour Blade.

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Sunday, November 27, 2011

Review: Samantha Jillian Bayarr's "Wanted Dead or Alive" A Sheriff's Legacy Book 1

Reading level: Young Adult +
Format: Kindle Edition
File Size:  196 KB   
Publisher: Livingston Hall Publishers (October 20, 2011)
Sold By:  Amazon Digital Services
Language: English
ASIN: B005XRPPCI
Review copy courtesy of: Livingston Hall Publishers

Synopsis from Goodreads:

LOGAN FISHER arrives in Tombstone, Arizona in the spring of 1885, to bury his estranged father after he was gunned down during a robbery of the Wells Fargo stage.
An experienced bounty hunter, Logan is determined to join the posse that will help bring the outlaws responsible to justice.

DAISY MAE PINKERTON is the beautiful school teacher and the preacher's daughter, who turns Logan's head and reminds him of his faith-based upbringing, hoping it will melt the ice that's formed over his heart and convince him to give up his gun-slinging ways. But does she want more from him?

From the best-selling author of Amish Romance series: Little Wild Flower

Saph's Review: 
  
This is a Christian romance novel set in the Wild West in 1885.  Logan hasn't seen his dad in 15 years but is summoned to Tombstone, AZ to tend to him after being gunned down by stagecoach robbers.  While there, Logan comes across a sweet school marm with a very familiar face.   Daisy knows the new cowboy in town but can't quite place from where.  

This is a story of a love that was once lost but found again; not just between a man and a woman but a man and his father.  It is very wholesome and had religious undertones without coming across preachy.  The novel speaks of the time when men and women where prim and proper; no undo touching, kissing, being alone together (unless you were in the brothels, of course--which this story doesn't inappropriately include).  

It's an old-fashioned love story and refreshing to read.  I was captivated from the very beginning.  I love reading stories surrounding the Old West.  The love between Logan and Daisy stems from the pre-teen years and blossoms upon Logan's visit to Tombstone.  The characters in the novel were very strong and believable.  The plot was solid and the basis of the novel was charming and sweet.  I recommend this to lovers of tales from the Wild West and those that are tired of the sex, drugs, language, etc. of some of today's novels and wish to step away from that realm of stories for a minute or two.

Rating:





Saturday, November 26, 2011

Excerpt & Giveaway: Kathleen Grieve's "Dating 911" Dating Series, Book 1



Let's get down to brass tacks!  You all want to know about the giveaways!

Here on my blog you have a chance to win an ecopy of "Dating 911."  Please leave a comment below with your name and email address and you're entered!  I will randomly pick one winner on December 19 and notify the winner shortly thereafter....

The tour host, Coffee Beans and Love Scenes (http://coffeebeanslovescenes.blogspot.com/) , is also having an End Of Tour Launch Party.  Click here to enter the giveaway:  http://coffeebeanslovescenes.blogspot.com/2011/11/vbt-launch-party-end-of-tour-giveaway.html

Author: Kathleen Grieves
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Length: 61,000 Words, eBook Format
Sub-Genre: Contemporary


Blurb:

Emergency room nurse, Roxanne Carter is a loser-magnet wishing she could enjoy her single life. Commiserating with girlfriends over butterscotch martinis creates the idea of The Dating Manifesto--a not so scientific research project which promises to point the way to dating success. While gathering data to find the most suitable single men available, she wades through a series of unsavory, stale dates, which literally places her back at ground zero. Just when she is ready to give up, sin personified in the form of sexy firefighter Jett Avery, arrives tainting all of her previous data.

A traumatic warehouse fire, in which firefighter Jett Avery's closest friend dies, has him suffering from Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. Attempting to stave off the worst of his depression, he decides to use his brand of therapy...Sex. The remedy has lost luster until he encounters ER nurse Roxanne Carter.

The pursuit of Roxanne by Jett's twin brother, Doctor Cruz Avery, complicates her research and interferes with Jett's therapy. Does Roxanne choose the brother who by analysis is the perfect match? Or the broken, dark and irresistible one?

BLURB:

Emergency room nurse, Roxanne Carter is a loser-magnet wishing she could enjoy her single life. Commiserating with girlfriends over butterscotch martinis creates the idea of The Dating Manifesto--a not so scientific research project which promises to point the way to dating success. While gathering data to find the most suitable single men available, she wades through a series of unsavory, stale dates, which literally places her back at ground zero. Just when she is ready to give up, sin personified in the form of sexy firefighter Jett Avery, arrives tainting all of her previous data.

A traumatic warehouse fire, in which firefighter Jett Avery's closest friend dies, has him suffering from Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. Attempting to stave off the worst of his depression, he decides to use his brand of therapy...Sex. The remedy has lost luster until he encounters ER nurse Roxanne Carter.

The pursuit of Roxanne by Jett's twin brother, Doctor Cruz Avery, complicates her research and interferes with Jett's therapy. Does Roxanne choose the brother who by analysis is the perfect match? Or the broken, dark and irresistible one?

EXCERPT:

She held up her hands, palms facing toward him. “Stop. This is a hospital. Not some stupid television show where the medical staff is always making out in a closet. I work here. Don’t even think about it!”

Jett closed the distance between them until her hands pressed against his chest, searing their imprint through the thin cotton of his T-shirt. He grasped her fingers and lifted them to his mouth, licking the sensitive tips with his tongue one by one. Heat filled her eyes and she trembled.

“You feel the pull, too. Don’t you?” he asked, dropping her hand.

Jett slid his hands to her waist, and molded her against his erection. A perfect fit. Her sharp intake of breath as she shook her head told him all he needed to know. He smiled. Satisfaction filled him.

“Liar. Shake your head in denial all you want, but I can see the reflection mirrored in your eyes, and feel the powerful draw when I touch you,” he said in a husky tone. He rubbed his stiff cock against her stomach. The intensity of his desire eliminated all reason.

Jett buried his face in her neck and breathed in her sweetness. “Hmm. Today you smell like chocolate.” His tongue traced the delicate shell of her ear as his hands stroked her bare arms. “But you taste like honey.”

Her knees bent and he placed his leg between hers to support her. On the brink of total insanity, he continued his light exploration. His hand skimmed her torso, and skirted the side of her breast. With slow, deliberate care, he let his fingertips graze her collarbone on the way to grasp the back of her neck. Another tremor rippled through her.

God, she felt so damn good.

She tilted her chin and her head rested in his open palm. “Jett,” her sultry voice caused his penis to throb. “This is not a good idea. Anyone could come in here and….”

He pushed his thigh against her crotch. She inhaled sharply, desire deepening the blue of her eyes. “You were saying?”

Her brow furrowed. “And…”

“Intoxicating being a little naughty, isn’t it?” he rasped. He gently tugged her face closer to his. “Hmm. I believe you mentioned the other night that your most recent sexual exploits have been lacking. Let’s add something of interest for your science venture.”

BUY LINKS: 

Smashwords:  http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/95871?ref=Sapphyria

Amazon:  

Evernight Publishing - http://www.evernightpublishing.com/dating-911-by-kathleen-grieve/

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

A graduate of University of Nebraska Medical Center, Kathleen Grieve earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Science and Nursing in 1994. She has been a dedicated nurse for the past seventeen years, serving most of those years in intensive care. Always writing, Kathleen chose to pursue yet another career- that of a writer. An avid romance reader of all genres since age 13, she decided to try a hand at writing her own novel in the summer of 2006.

She draws a lot from the real-life medical drama she experiences as a RN for her novels. Writing romance is a creative outlet where she can effectively deal with the daily stress and sorrow, adding levity and humor to situations that provide a happily ever after when there isn't one.

To find out more about Kathleen Grieve and her books, you can stop by her blog, Keeping A Pulse On Life & Romance at: http://kathleengrieve.blogspot.com

Her website: www.kathleengrieve.com

Follow her on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Kathleen-GrieveAuthor/251669291518939

Follow her on Twitter: @KathleenGrieve

Don't forget to check out the next stop on the tour:
11/27: Book Devotee Reviews (Giveaway/Excerpt)

Friday, November 25, 2011

Guest Post: Áine P Massie

Hello followers and those just passing through!!

I have Author Áine P. Massie on the blog today. Welcome Áine! :)

Hello! First I wish to thank Saph for the invitation to do a Guest Post here on Sapphyria's Book Blog. My name is Áine P Massie and I am the author of the House Millar series – Blood’s Voice and Blood Bound.

Characters and how they became who they are –
                                        
I’m sure many of you have heard how Anya came to be . . . that she was originally thought up and fleshed out from an idea for an RPG, but what many don’t know if that thinking her up was only the beginning of a long and arduous process.  Creating and fully developing Nicholas and Declán, the other two main characters in Blood’s Voice was a frustrating and interesting journey.

I wanted two strong but different males to join Anya’s little circle and so the seeds of Nic and then Dec were needed to not just be thought up for so was their history, personality, wants, fears, etc.  I searched within, thought about what would compliment and work with Anya, and even went on-line to research character development and interviews.  There are many wonderful sites out there that have various ways to plan out characters . . . and while that did help, I didn’t want them to end up being rigid ether.

For me this was a huge deal and is a topic I think all writers, aspiring or wizened, should spend time and focus working on.  In the end, I used the wonderful design from Fiction Writers along with Wikipedia to help me. 

Declán was to be a human that was drawn, inexplicitly to Anya, our vampire heroine.  He needed to be sweet, loyal, dedicated, intelligent, and cute.  While he is very powerful and sexy, it’s in a boy-next-door kind of way.  Nic on the other hand had to be demanding, strong, someone to drive Anya to be more than just ‘a girl’ and she would need someone that knew who she was before.

I know authors that detest character interviews but I actually wrote out probably four or five for the three main and one or two for the other featured characters in the stories.  I redo this before working on the next story, each time, to make sure that I have the character outline and focus set before hand.

Here’s the catch though . . . for me – and other authors as well I’ve heard – characters tend to get wilful and decide they know better than the author and go off on tangents, often derailing plans.  When this starts to happen I tend to return to the interviews, often focusing on the issue at hand and writing that.  I have written so much that never makes it into the books I could probably fill at least another one, lol.

Back to the point though – remember I mentioned tangents ;) – sketching out and investigating characters before you try writing about them is invaluable.  At least to me it is.  I hope any aspiring authors out there give the design above a looksee and maybe it will inspire some.  I know it did me!  (It also helps when bloggers as for character interview to really know your character.)

To find out more about the key House Millar members check out their pages HERE.  I’d love to here from you all, just as I’m sure they would.  :)

Saph's Notes:

I will be reviewing Book 1, "Blood's Voice" on Monday, November 28, 2011 ~~ Make sure you come back and see me!!


Author Bio:

Áine P Massie is originally from Florida, she now lives in Wisconsin where she works on her House Millar series full time while raising four children (the term herding cats comes to mind). Her major in College was Childhood Education (0-5) with a minor study in Deaf Culture/ASL. She is also a Wiccan priestess dedicated to the gods, family, and love.

A life-long reader, Áine has always had a particular fascination with vampires, mythology, and the unusual. When she can escape from her children and books, she enjoys … oh yes, reading, playing, ritual, a good cappuccino, and working with her healing stones.

Her first published work came in high school where she was part of a writing and drama group. But, she’s been reading the likes of Shakespeare and Poe since late elementary school and enjoys most forms of fiction. Blood’s Voice has been a long time in coming and with its publication (June 2011) Áine embarked on a new chapter in her life.

Áine P Massie is currently working on her third novel, Glamour Blade.

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Winner Announcement - For Queen And Country

Congratulations to BJ!!

She is the winner of a .pdf copy of "For Queen And Country." 





Review: Pavarti K. Tyler's "Two Moons Of Sera"

Format: Kindle Edition
File Size: 162 KB
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publisher: Fighting Monkey Press; 1 edition (October 11, 2011)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services
Language: English
ASIN: B005U81SCQ
Review Copy Courtesy Of:  The author, Pavarti K. Tyler, in exchange for an honest review

Synopsis:

In a world where water and earth teem with life, Serafay is an anomaly. The result of genetic experiments on her mother's water-borne line Serafay will have to face the very people responsible to discover who she really is. But is she the only one?


All the Fun of YA written for Adults

Two Moons of Sera is a Fantasy/Romance and will be released in a serial format. 
Saph's Review:


This is a very unique novel.  Serafay is half-Sualwet and half-Erlander.  "What are those?" you ask.  I'm not going to tell you.  It is well worth buying the book to find out for yourself.  Anyway, Sera and her mother live in a secluded cove and have for Sera's entire 16 years of existance; shunned by her mother's people, and hidden away from the species to blame for her existence.

There is a war going on between the Sualwet and the Erlander populations and Sera and her mother may be on the verge of being discovered.  Along the way she meets Tor, another person that is apparently living in seclusion not that far from Sera and her mother. 

After living alone with just her mother, Sera is excited, nervous, and a bit scared of the newcomer, Tor, to her secluded beach.  But is his company just what she's been wanting, missing, and needing?  

I really enjoyed this novel.  It's an easy read that is pretty solid in character development and plot.  I can't wait to read the next book in the series to find out more about Sera and Tor as well as the secrets they possess.

Rating:


Buy Links:

Smashwords:  http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/94565?ref=Sapphyria

Amazon: 

Monday, November 21, 2011

Blog Tour Promo and Excerpt: Sheenah Freitas' "The Chosen"


Format: Kindle Edition
File Size: 393 KB
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publisher: Red Willow Publishing (July 25, 2011)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services
Language: English
ASIN: B005EJAS9K
Tour Promoter:
www.bewitchingbooktours.blogspot.com
 
THE CHOSEN: BOOK ONE

Kaia’s entire life has erupted in flames after an assassin appears and burns her village down.

She’s rescued by a god from another planet who requests her help because she’s the descendant of their last savior.

Together with Reeze — the only other survivor from her village and her appointed guardian — they set off on a quest to find the treasures of the gods in hopes of preventing a dire prophesy.

Kaia and Reeze quickly meet the Tueors, a group of people many thought extinct, who are searching specifically for Kaia.

Their intention: to protect the truth. As Kaia discovers more about the truth and her family’s past, she also learns of the Tueors’ bloody secret.

Will Kaia be the savior the gods have been waiting for? Or will she let the

prophesy come true? 

Chapter Four Excerpt:

Their curiosity piqued, the two followed her to the very edge of her village and stopped at a rotting wooden building. Kaia immediately regretted her decision. The building was nearly hidden within the shadows of the surrounding forest and adjacent buildings. The rickety steps sighed and creaked under their weight as they walked up to the door. The steps were in such bad condition that Kaia thought she was going to fall through and instinctively grabbed the back of Catrina's shirt for support. What business might they have at a place like this?

The inside was worse. A large counter filled most of the shop, allowing only enough space for a small number of customers. Behind the counters were some shelves that had obviously been placed in a hurry, hanging crooked, chipped and some even cracked. There were swords that appeared to be kept on the shelves by some sort of tape and wire contraption. Other weapons lined the walls as well: nun chucks, flails, spears. Daggers and small knives were kept within the glass counter along with an assortment of arrows.

No natural light illuminated the windowless room; only a small bulb lit the shop. The wood was dark and stained with something Kaia couldn't exactly identify, but could only suspect what it might be. There was a doorway behind the counter, concealed with a curtain.

The floorboards creaked and Kaia heard ragging breathing. A large man emerged from behind the curtain and loomed before them. Kaia gasped; she had never seen anyone so revolting. This ogre-like being had a few strands of hair emitting from his chin and only a few strands decorated his light green, bald head. His jaw was large, jutting out even when his mouth was closed, showing a mere tooth. One eye was sewn shut; Kaia didn't want to know or even begin to imagine how that had happened.

"Aye, an' what kin I do fer ya?" he asked. His drawled voice was musky and rich with alcohol. Catrina seemed to not be phased. Kaia drew back; her face contorted with disgust once she realized just how many teeth were actually in his mouth.

"I need you to sharpen my daggers. And..." She turned to look at Reeze who was inspecting the weapons with interest. "Get him something useful," Catrina added. Her green eyes flashed toward the large man like a cobra. "The best," she added with a smile. She placed her two daggers on the counter in front of him.

The man looked her over. "Ya always know what ya want, aye, Catrina?"

He breathed heavily before grabbing the daggers and disappearing into the back room. A sudden whir sounded and the distinct sound of metal against metal followed shortly. A terrible odor meandered its way out and began to permeate the room, making Kaia a little dizzy. She walked near a counter and held on, discreetly balancing herself.

The sounds stopped. Floorboards creaked and the large man reentered. He placed the daggers in front of Catrina.

"What did ya 'ave in mind fer 'im?" He glanced over at Reeze.

Catrina studied Reeze for a moment. "Do you have a preference?" she called out to Reeze. Reeze said nothing and continued to study the array of weapons on the walls and encased in the glass.

"He had a sword when I met him," Kaia offered.

"What kind o' sword? Thee claymores? Broadswords? Bastards?" He fixed his gaze on Kaia finally noticing her. He raised the eyebrow of his sewn eye.

Kaia took a step back and bit her lip nervously. What was the difference between a claymore and bastard anyway? A sword was a sword, right? She looked at the ground, hoping it would give her the answer she sought.

The man laughed. "Ya don' know thee difference? I s'pose I won' be gettin' ya anything'."

"Mergal," Catrina said dangerously.

The man stopped laughing and turned toward her. The gleam of laughter was still left in his eye. "But 'tis true, is it not?"

Catrina nodded offhandedly. Her brows came together and then she looked at him, her head tilted to one side. "Do you still have Clance's sword?"

"I'll not be sellin' it." The gleam was gone. Worry crossed his face.

"Mergal, you are going to sell me the sword." She placed her hands on the counter, holding her daggers.

Mergal's eye glanced toward her hands and back at her face. "Catrina, look at 'im! He's jus' a babe!"

Reeze walked up to him. "I'm seventeen. I've killed. If this sword is what she thinks will suit me, then you will sell it," he demanded calmly.

Kaia stepped back, going unnoticed. The tension in the shop was overwhelming.

"You've always boasted about having it. You must have known that this day would come sooner or later. Did you really think I would never come for it? Don't you forget it's me who protects you." Catrina leaned over the counter, boldly nearing his hideous face. "Sell the sword and you won't have to worry whether someone else will come and get it later. I'll be going on a long journey and won't be around to protect you," she added.

Mergal's heavy breathing filled the silence. His eye had widened as far as it would go. With a sigh he scratched his head. Flakes fell on the glass. He never said anything; he turned and went back behind the curtains. They heard large boxes grazing and heaving against one another before the floorbards creaked. Mergal came back and placed something on the counter.

Curious, Kaia inched near the counter once more. Reeze was blocking her view. Standing on her tiptoes, she gently moved Reeze's arm away and peered around him. A hilt lay on the counter. It was black and gold with a fine grip, but if this was a sword, where was the blade?

Catrina grabbed it and began weighing it with her palm. She eyed it exactly where the blade should have been. With swiftness, she swung out, slashing her invisible enemy with her invisible blade.

"How much?"

Reeze went rigid. Kaia stared in confusion. She was willing to pay for a hilt? The two had argued for this?

"Jus' take it," Mergal muttered defeated.

Catrina smiled politely and left. The other two slowly followed. They heard the floorboards creak and Mergal let out an audible sigh.

Before closing the door behind them, Kaia heard Catrina say, "He'll be fine." Kaia glanced at her. There was a definite sadness in her voice; the defiance had already faded away. They began to navigate their way back to her house in silence.

"Are you going to explain to me what that was about?" Reeze questioned coldly. He didn't turn to face her.

Catrina stopped. She stared at the hilt she was still holding. "You needed a weapon."

He spun around and faced her. "You call this a proper weapon?!" He grabbed her wrist and brought the hilt to her eye level.

Kaia made a move to stop the two, but Catrina placed a hand on her shoulder and gave her a smile. She placed the hilt in Reeze's hand, rolled her eyes and resumed walking.

"You know," Catrina began, "you could be a little more grateful. Why must you rip everyone's throat out? Hasn't anyone taught you to say thank you? You're so unsociable!"  

Buy Links:

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Amazon: