I’m continuing today with another snippet from my upcoming book (available now for presale!), The Seven-Foot Cupid — book one in the Passion Island trilogy.
Both Ember and Tyler are Encroachment Officers, or encros, though for different settlements on this colony world. They’re the tough people who handle the hard jobs like exploring, dealing with wild animals, and blazing trails through the wilderness.
Today we meet the seven-foot-tall title character.
But just then a man stepped into the doorway, filling it from sill to top rail.
Tyler shot to his feet, ready for battle. There shouldn’t have been a single soul for miles around, yet it was as busy as Earth. He put a protective arm around Ember.
The newcomer’s voice, deep and masculine, did nothing to soothe Tyler’s taut nerves.
“Well, well,” the voice said. “This looks promising. Very promising, indeed!”
Ember jerked toward the voice too quickly, which made her head spin. The impossibility of an intruder revived the terror she’d felt while falling. It filled her chest and made it hard to breathe. She grabbed Tyler’s arm with both hands and hugged it against her body. Surprisingly, it was every bit as reassuring as bracing herself against her dad’s arm while learning to skate. Dad was a strong man, with firm biceps, triceps, and every other arm muscle. This Estrella fellow must be strong, too. She was overly aware of his masculinity, which made her aware she was female. Too aware.
But this was not a good time for that.
Banishing all softness, she let go and faced the newcomer on her own two feet, braced firmly apart. As far as she could see, the man was alone.
She glanced at Tyler. He acknowledged the glance with a tiny shrug.
“Don’t worry,” he whispered for her ears only. “He’s probably a friend, and if he isn’t, I’ll take care of you.”
I’ll be getting book two (starring Ember’s sister Pandora Dayle) ready for presale within the next week or two, because I want to include a buy link at the end of the manuscript.
Book three . . . I don’t know about book three. It’s the problem child of this family. I guess that’s appropriate, seeing that its heroine, Teegan Dayle, is estranged from her sisters.
The Seven Foot Cupid
Book One in the Passion Island Trilogy
Ember Dayle is a tough lady who prides herself on handling anything her newly colonized planet can throw at her, so 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?