Today we have a short hook from my WIP, The Seven Foot Cupid.
Ember Dayle and Tyler Estrella are both sent, from rival settlements, to see if any dangerous predators have snuck into a newly drilled skylight in to an important cave. When they discover a pile of bloody bones in the cave, Tyler realizes he and Ember will have to cooperate, despite their politics. She, however, is less sure about that.
She went so motionless and quiet that he turned his light in her direction. Her face was pale. Staring at the pile of bones, she crossed her arms over her stomach and hugged her elbows.
“If we get the chance,” he said as non-judgmentally as possible, “you’ll have to tell me about the fall that shook you up so badly. Sometimes talking helps.”
“Breathe space atmo, Estrella.”
A chuckle was his only answer. He liked her spirit. Her face, too, though her nose seemed a little off. When she noticed his stare, he forced himself to look away. “There’s one thing I’m sure we can agree on. Our job just got a lot more interesting.”
She hesitated, as though not wanting to agree. Or maybe she still needed time to recover from her fall.
The Seven Foot Cupid
Book One in the Passion Island Trilogy
Ember Dayle prides herself on handling anything her newly colonized planet can throw at her. After an injury, she’s determined to prove herself again. She gets her chance when ordered to explore a mysterious cave on a wilderness mountain. Until that’s done, the last thing she needs is the distraction of a man.
Tyler, an explorer from her town’s fierce rival, is sent to explore the same cave. Like Ember, he’s been in an accident . . . but he was the only survivor. When he meets her, he’s drawn not only to her beauty and toughness, but by her ability to deal openly with her accident.
Booker is a naïve Apprentice Cupid for a secret group that hopes to make the colonists stronger, healthier, and smarter by matching people with compatible genes. His first assignment — Ember and Tyler. His strategy — lock them in an abandoned cabin together.
He doesn’t realize he’s locked them in with the fiercest, most intelligent native beast ever discovered. Can love help them survive?