Friday, April 17, 2015

~Blog Tour & Giveaway~ Full Contact by Sarah Castille

Ray wraps his arms around me and holds me tight as if something terrible has happened and he doesn't want to let me go.

Full Contact. This is how Ray speaks when his emotions overwhelm him. I melt into his stillness. His body is hot and hard, his breath warm on my neck. He smells of leather and sweat, sex and sin. Nothing can tear me away.

When you can't resist the one person who could destroy you...

Sia O'Donnell can't help but push the limits. She secretly attends every underground MMA fight featuring The Predator, the undisputed champion. When he stalks his prey in the ring, Sia is mesmerized. He is dominant and dangerous and every instinct tells her to run.

Every beautiful thing Ray "The Predator" touches he knows he'll eventually destroy. Soft, sweet and innocent, Sia is the light to Ray's darkness-and completely irresistible. From the moment he lays eyes on her, he knows he's going to have to put his dark past behind him to win her body and soul.

 Meet Ray & Sia in Full Contact!

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Sarah Castille worked and travelled abroad before trading her briefcase and stilettos for a handful of magic beans and a home near the Canadian Rockies. She writes contemporary erotic romance and romantic suspense featuring blazingly hot alpha heroes and the women who tame them. Her books include the bestselling “Redemption” fighter romance series, and the dark, gritty Sinner’s Tribe Motorcycle Club romance series.

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 Against the Ropes (Book One)
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His gaze drops to my lips, and I am suddenly and painfully aware of his body pressed tightly against mine, his arms around me, and his heartbeat quickening, as if it’s oblivious to the fact the danger has passed. I’ve never been this close to him, never seen his eyes so dark, never imagined I would feel the power thrumming through his body. Because aren’t predators supposed to kill?
Unspent adrenaline screams through my veins, turning my legs liquid. I ache with a desire I shouldn’t feel. A painful, desperate hunger for a man I should not want—a man whose violent nature both arouses and frightens me.
“Ray...” His name is a whispered plea on my lips.
He threads his hand through my hair, tugging my head back so hard my eyes tear, but I have never felt such pleasure in pain.
“Christ. I’m barely in control as it is.”
A soft moan escapes my lips. I am hot—so hot, I might combust— and before I can stop myself, I rock up, thread my hands through his hair, and touch my lips to his in a gentle kiss.
Ray stiffens and growls, the sound vibrating through my chest. He deepens the kiss, his tongue sliding between my lips to explore every inch of my mouth. My heart speeds to double time, but it is the way he holds me still—one hand tangled in my hair, his other hand firm around my back—that sends a wave of liquid heat through my veins. His lips are firm and demanding, forcing my mouth open as his tongue plunges deeper, stroking me into oblivion. Possessive. Demanding. Unyielding. A Predator’s kiss.
Sliding my hands over his magnificent chest, taut and hard, and then along his broad shoulders, I drink him in with a never-ending thirst. Hot and hungry, my tongue tangles with his, questing, seeking, wanting more as I grind my hips against his thigh in an entirely unchar- acteristic display of need.
My actions inflame him. In one smooth movement, he spins us and backs me into the cold, brick wall. His arm tightens so hard I can barely breathe. And then he ravages my mouth, his tongue questing deep, as if he has lost control and the beast within will settle for nothing less than devouring me.
I have never really, truly been kissed.
Until now.
I feel him with every inch of my skin, every breath I take. My breasts ache for his touch, my clit throbs for his attention, and my heart pounds in warning.
But when I moan into his mouth, he tenses and pulls away. “Condition I’m in’s like after a fight...I got no gentleness in me.”
Bloodlust. The aftereffect of a fight. The edge of control. But I have watched Ray for so long, lusted after him for so many nights, imagined I was the one in the ring pinned to the mat, I do the unthinkable and lean up and nip his lip. Hard.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

~Blog Tour & Dream Cast~ Piercing the Fold Series by Venessa Kimball

Title: Piercing the Fold Series
Author: Venessa Kimball  
Genre: YA/Teen Paranormal/ Science Fiction/ Dystopian/ Fantasy

Piercing the Fold: 
"I'm Jesca. I have intense nightmares nightly and hallucinations of dark auras closing in on me daily. Strangers' faces distort before my eyes and I hear voices in my head. All symptoms of insanity, 'illusions in reality', right? Wrong. This is my reality and it has been set askew." Jesca Gershon Sera discovers that she is part of a legacy and a fellowship of guardians destined to protect the human race from a galactic event that will invade and evolve our world.

Surfacing the Rim: Book 2 : 
The impending galactic event that will invade and evolve our world is upon us and our salvation lies in the hands of Jesca and her fellowship of Dobrian guardians. The sadistic Sondian fellowship's inhumane corruption of our world is spreading like wildfire, redrawing lines between allies and enemies. Jesca's fortitude is put to the test when she must make crucial decisions in battle and in love. She must choose between the predestined link that she shares with one man and the unresolved attraction she holds for another. Will Jesca have enough courage to surface the rim of this reality?

Ascending the Veil: Book 3: 
A veil has been parted. A galactic intersection has been spurred by the hands of an enemy, the Sondian Fellowship. Now, a veil, a barrier, meant to divide our universe from all others has been parted. This celestial veil was meant to keep beings of those universes from invading ours; mythical, fantastical, demonic, and angelic beings. Jesca and the rest of the Dobrian fellowship quickly realize that these beings have been the very product of the "illusions in reality" they have been tracking, dodging, and protecting mankind from. One that Jesca must ascend. Ezra Kahn and Nate Sera have sacrificed themselves beyond the veil of our universe in an attempt to protect both Jesca and mankind. Their sacrifice was noble, but not enough to stop the global invasion and apocalyptical evolution in our world. The fate of those Jesca loves and mankind is dismal unless she and the Dobrian guardians can find a way to get Ezra and Nate back and seal the ethereal veil between our universe and those that lie beyond it. Among the illusions a legacy will be unmasked. To her surprise, Jesca's ascension beyond the veil unmasks an ancient legacy that is much older and runs much deeper than the Dobrian fellowship. An empyrean inheritance seeded among mankind long ago that courses through the veins of the Onoch family and Jesca.

Transcending the Legacy: Book 4 (Finale) 
With Jesca’s return from beyond the veil comes the realization that she is part of an ancient and celestial legacy that is much greater than the Sondian and Dobrian rivalry could ever be and the understanding of what has become of our world in the year that she has been gone beyond the veil.
It becomes known that ancient bloodlines and a supernal legacy has linked Jesca, her family, the two men she is torn between, and the team of guardians. With no other guidance but Jesca’s visions of what this legacy holds for them, the guardians are depending on the divining glimpses she is receiving to put them on the path leading to salvation.
As for our world, the population that has survived the galactic intersection, the climatic shift, and the necessary implantations are being invaded, occupied, and destroyed by the very beings Jesca encountered beyond the veil. The beings intent? To possess our world and stop Jesca and the other guardians from fulfilling the legacy that could save the human race and eradicate them.
Once again, Author Venessa Kimball will take you on a spine-tingling and breath-taking roller coaster ride through a reality that has been set askew, a reality that has surfaced the rim of our known existence, a reality that has ascended unworldly obstacles, and now a reality that must be transcended by one for the survival of all. The question is, will the stakes be too high and the loss be too great for Jesca and the guardians?
Get ready for the final book in Jesca’s journey, Transcending the Legacy.

Having always been passionate about the written word, Venessa Kimball embarked on writing what would become her debut novel, Piercing the Fold: Book 1; a young adult paranormal/sci-fi series. July 2, 2012, Venessa Kimball independently published the first book in the Piercing the Fold series. Book 2, Surfacing the Rim, released March 14, 2013. In August of 2013, Venessa joined the publishing house, Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly. The Piercing the Fold series has been re-published with CHBB beginning with Piercing the Fold: Book 1 on September 3, 2013. Surfacing the Rim: Book 2 re-published on September 24, 2013 and Ascending the Veil: Book 3 released November 2013. The fourth book in the series, Transcending the Legacy: Book 4 released May 13, 2014. Kimball's compelling teen contemporary fiction novel, Dismantling Evan, released January 13, 2015. Venessa is currently working on the Evan series, but as for the future, she is filling her Work-In-Progress folder with some world piercing characters and stories. When Venessa is not writing, she is keeping active with her husband and three children; chauffeuring said children to extracurricular activities, catching a movie with her hubby, and staying up way too late reading. 

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Piercing the Fold: Book 1
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Jesca Gershon- main character, suffering from unexplainable night terrors, hallucinations, hearing voices,  and, strangely enough, sleep paralysis. She soon discovers all the hallucinations and voices she hears are real and her strange symptoms are abilities that will save her and those around her from a cataclysmic event -  Diana Moldovan

Ezra Kahn- Jesca's professor as well as one who will become her mentor on her journey to becoming a true guardian of our world. -  Hugh Jackman

Roan Sera-  Jesca's adoptive father. - Johnny Depp

Delilah Sera- Jesca's adoptive mother- Wynona Ryder

Anna Gershon-  Jesca's biological mother, a high ranking Dobrian guardian- Alex Kingston

Elisha Montgomery- Jesca's unfiltered and carefree best friend.   - Emma Stone

Nathaniel (Nate) Sera-  fellow Dobrian guardian in training, Jesca's guardianship link,  and budding love interest. -  Dean Geyer

Alexander (Xander) Crest- mysterious man Jesca is magnetically attracted to as she resurfaces into the world after guardianship training. Adoptive son to an equally mysterious and rather seedy character. Unknowingly part of the Sondian fellowship through his father's business dealings.  He could be potential trouble for Jesca.  - Brant Daugherty

Samson (Sam) Crest- Adoptive father to Xander Crest and successful entrepreneur.  Notorious guardian of the Sondian fellowship, which is could (and does) lead to  bad things  for the Dobrian fellowship and our world. - Bradley Cooper

Sebastian Onoch- creator of the Dobrian fellowship and the device (the Copula)  theorized to open wormholes into other galaxies, as well as transport human life to those galaxies. Guess what? The theory works.  --Christoph Waltz

Balthazar Onoch- son of Sebastian Onoch who turns on his father when he refuses to allow him to follow in his footsteps.  Forms the Sondian fellowship and creates a similar, yet corrupt, Copula-like device that will stir the beginnings of  a galactic collision between our galaxy and the Andromeda galaxy.  - Sebastian Alan Rickman

Sebastian originated the Copula. The Copula is the size of a half dollar.  The exterior is made of shatter-proof material.  The interior of the Copula device has a very tediously design. The workings inside resembled that of a clock; a copper disc shaped in a concave nature with a stabilized motor smaller than that of a black bean.  Atop that is a spinning gear axis with two arms or rods with paddle like discs the size of a lentil off shooting the rods.  The motion of the arms of the Copula are propelled by electric current from an external force. Once propulsion begins, the arms form a  figure- eight motion.  This energy synthesizes with the energy within the body due to the copper conductivity between the Copula and that within the body.  The exterior force and interior force synchronize and become one large object of antigravity. The catch; synthesis can only happen with the body when it has an external charge.  It needs a jump start.”   There are 2 Copula generations currently.  This object/ mechanism is portable and is also implanted under the dermis. 

~Book Blitz~ The Hunter Awakens by J.R. Roper

Title: The Hunter Awakens
Author: J.R. Roper  
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy
Hosted by: Lady Amber's Tours

When thirteen-year-old Ethan Morus is forced to stay on his grandparents’ old farm, he expects to find weathered barns, rusty tools, and a creaky house in need of fresh paint. What he doesn’t expect is to hear a legend placing his family at the center of an ancient treasure hunt. Or find burial chambers protected by poltergeists, or a secret lair guarded by an ancient beast. And least of all, Ethan doesn’t suspect that powerful sorcerers are watching his every move.
They've found Ethan and believe he is from a line of treasure hunters who possess a rare instinct to locate powerful artifacts. Whether he has the instinct or not, Ethan is faced with a choice—search the Morus property and find what they want or lose yet another family member.

J.R. Roper is a teacher and writer living in Michigan with his lovely wife and kids. He has a passion for middle grade and young adult fantasy and is hard at work on his Morus Chronicles series. Horror is his favorite genre for short fiction and poetry. His abnormally high caffeine levels have been rumored to change vampires back to human form and there is a story floating around about him living in the belly of the dragon.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

~Release Day Blitz~ One Foot Outside the Door by Vina ST. Fran

Title: One Foot Outside the Door
Author: Vina  St. Fran        
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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Good lovin’ is easy...But true happiness is harder to find...

To anyone on the outside looking in through the door of Cyndarella Worthy’s life, it looks like
she’s got it all. At thirty-two, she’s beautiful and successful, with a handsome brother lover, Thad Mitchell. But deep in her heart, she holds a
candle for Bashar Bazzi, the Chaldean immigrant she loved ten years ago. Bashar left for Iraq and she never saw him again, and she assumes he made a marriage within his own community without a backward glance.

Cyn’s girlfriends, Tavie, Denise and Vette, know that their sister still carries the scars of Bashar, but they pray she’ll find love and peace with Thad. Anyway, they’ve got issues too: Tavie’s dating smart school principal, Mack Dooley, but
she can’t escape the rumors that he’s playing around; Denise’s marriage to Sean is under pressure because she hasn’t conceived a second child; Vette’s dating an older guy, Louis
Burns, but wonders if she’ll ever get a ring on her finger.

When Thad proposes to Cyn and she accepts, it looks like this sister’s finally on her way to true happiness. But no sooner are the celebrations done, when there’s trouble—Bashar Bazzi is home, and he’s ready to settle his unfinished business with Cyn...

Vina St. Fran is the author of the Amorous Trilogy series. She writes contemporary romance, and erotica romance for Zam Publishing, LLC. She also is a Political Contributor for The Examiner. A native Michigander, she resides in the Midwest with her family.

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The prequel novel to Betrayal’s Dust
Setting: Michigan; San Diego, CA; Mexico

Cyndarella (Cyn) Worthy, 32, owner of advertising agency, Peachtree Productions and dating auditor, Thad Mitchell, who’s divorced, with one young daughter. Daughter of Willa and Vernon Worthy and brother to Pete Worthy.  Had a relationship with Chaldean immigrant Bashar Bazzi from her teens to her early twenties, but then Bashar went to Iraq and she never heard from him again. As Bashar’s family disliked her for being Black, Cyn assumed Bashar had dumped her and made an arranged marriage within his own community.

Tavie (Octavia) Slade, teacher, single.  Currently dating school principal, Mack (Mackenzie) Dooley. Tavie has had a checkered love-life, including a broken engagement to New Orleans Saints star, Tyrone Sutton, who cheated with a call girl. Mack’s mother, Mrs. Dooley, disapproves of Tavie, as she thinks Tavie is not classy enough for her son and continually tries to set him up with other women.

Denise (Dee) Lincoln, creative director at Peachtree Productions.  Married to Sean, one daughter, Marla (3). Denise isn’t keen to have another child just yet, though Sean wants to.  Anyway, she is having trouble conceiving.

Vette (Corvette) Vern, the only White member of the group, she’s currently single but in a relationship with Louis Burns, who is twelve years her senior and has grown-up kids of his own. She owns a court reporting business. She has a troubled relationship with her mother, Tara, a surgical nurse, and was only reunited recently with her estranged father. Vette is inclined to gossip, which can get her into trouble.

The ladies have been the best of friends since junior high, and meet regularly to share the tears and triumphs, the playfulness and passion, and the ups and downs of their relationships with their men.

When the story opens, Cyndarella’s man, Thad, is away on business in Singapore. Cyn hears from Vette that her ex, Bashar Bazzi, is back in town.  In 1991, Bashar went to Baghdad and though they had been living together, Cyn never heard from him again.  She is thrown by this latest news, but when Thad returns from his trip and proposes marriage to her, she accepts.  At their engagement party on St. Valentine’s Day, Thad behaves possessively about Cyn, which sows a small seed of doubt in Cyn’s mind.

Tavie’s relationship with Mack has been going well, she feels.  Though she knows Mack has cheated on her, she’s forgiven him and thinks that they’ve worked through their issues.  Recently, they enjoyed a romantic mini-break in Toronto.  Both were supposed to be attending an education conference, but Tavie is unable to go as she’s still apparently suffering from a stomach ‘flu bug that’s been making the rounds.  Mack goes to the conference on his own, and Tavie makes an appointment with her doctor.  To her amazement, she discovers she’s pregnant; she’s been taking the herb St. John’s Wort for her anxiety and it has canceled out the efficacy of the contraceptive pill.  She decides to travel to the conference to surprise Mack with the news about the baby—but there’s a surprise waiting for her: she sees Mack canoodling with Geneva, a Jamaican fellow teacher, and then they retire to Mack’s room.  Distraught, Tavie has a miscarriage, and holes up at Cyn’s place.

Knowing that if she and Louis ever make a commitment he won’t want a family, Vette makes the decision to be a foster parent and starts the process rolling.  In the meantime, she has discovered through her court work what really happened to Bashar when he went to Iraq and disappeared in 1991.  She has a dossier which she knows she must show Cyn.  But first she has to deal with Denise’s wrath.  Denise is furious with Vette for revealing that Bashar is back, as she is concerned the news might lead Cyn to break off her engagement with Thad.  However, when she hears about the dossier, Denise has to agree that Cyn needs to know the truth.

Vette gives Cyn the dossier, which makes appalling reading.  Cyn discovers that Bashar was imprisoned and tortured for four years by the Iraqis.  Because he was born in Jordan and wasn’t a naturalized American citizen, there was nothing that the US government could do to get him released.  When he did finally leave prison, he spent time in an English psychiatric hospital being treated for post-traumatic stress, depression and anxiety; he still has a therapist on call for when he suffers recurrences.  Sickened, Cyn realizes she must contact Bashar and see him.  She approaches his cousin, Wiyad, who offers to act as go-between and arrange a meeting.

When Cyn and Bashar meet again, it’s clear that the chemistry is still there between them.  Bashar has never known why he was imprisoned. Cyn tells Bashar of the agony she has suffered in the intervening years, and Bashar grasps that his family prevented him from seeing her again when he was released, tricking him into thinking that she no longer cared.  However, Cyn assures him that had she known he was incarcerated, she would have waited for him.  But realizing that Bashar’s family will never accept her, Cyn decides to press on with her wedding to Thad, urged on by her mother.  However, she can’t resist contacting Bashar again once more, and accepts his invitation to have dinner when he’s next in Detroit.  By now, Bashar knows that he wants Cyn back and, without her knowing, visits her parents.  But when she finds this out, Cyn reassures them that her marriage to Thad is still on.

Tavie has told Mack that she knows about Geneva, revealed the loss of her pregnancy and has moved out of their shared home.  She’s also been summoned by Mrs. Dooley to visit her.  Tavie is aghast when Mrs. Dooley says she wants to help Tavie reconcile with her son.  She accuses Tavie of having sat back and been complacent while she was with Mack, which Tavie can’t deny.

Thad breaks it to Cyn that he doesn’t want to have kids straight away after they get married, but wishes to wait a couple of years because he wants Cyn all to himself.  Cyn is devastated as he knows she wants to get pregnant as soon as possible, and she wonders why he has waited until now to tell her the truth.  She goes to have dinner with Bashar.  They talk frankly about what happened, Cyn revealing how hurt she was by his silence and his family’s attitude to her; she came to the conclusion that he’d gone to Baghdad to make an arranged marriage in his own community.  They make love, but afterwards Cyn decides she must go back to Thad as Bashar’s family will never accept her.  Denise persuades her to come clean with Thad about her night of love with Bashar.  A furious argument ensues, and she calls off the wedding, though Thad tries to persuade her not to leave him.

Cyn goes to an advertising conference in Mexico, using it as a welcome chance to have a break and clear her head.  She weighs up her options and decides that Thad’s too possessive; Bashar is the one she loves.

Bashar has come to the conclusion that he has to reconcile with his family, so he reaches out to his mother.  He lets her know that he loves Cyndarella and is determined to be with her. Mouna carries a guilty secret: she colluded with her husband to have Bashar temporarily held in Iraqi because of family disapproval about his relationship with Cyndarella.  However, Saddam Hussein’s regime intervened and what was intended to be a short, sharp shock became a tragedy.  She does not tell Bashar this, but knows she has to facilitate a reconciliation for Bashar with the rest of the family, and also persuade them to accept Cyndarella.

On her way home from Mexico, Cyn is forced to stop over in San Diego, where Bashar now lives, because of bad weather, and she contacts him.  He comes to the airport and proposes.  He’s already asked her father’s permission.  Overwhelmed and ecstatic, Cyn accepts, and the wedding will go ahead on the Labor Day weekend—when she was meant to be marrying Thad.

Corvette has got the permission she needs to foster, and is takes in two children, Carly, who’s 4, and her brother, Brent, who’s 3.

Denise discovers she has fibroids, which have been preventing her from getting pregnant.  She will get them removed and is told she should be able to get pregnant three months after the procedure is done.

Cyn and Bashar marry quietly in a traditional Catholic service, and then, a week later, renew their vows at Cyn’s church and hold a joyous reception.  Cyn has discovered she’s expecting a baby, and eight months later gives birth to a daughter, Nadia.

Tavie is still being pursued by Mack and ends up sleeping with him.  He confesses he’s finished with Geneva.  But she’s now dating Orville, a Jamaican narcotics agent, and decides to stay with him.  Only she’s in for another shock: she arrives unannounced at Orville’s house and secretly witnesses him watching a sex tape that she and he made with Geneva!  It turns out that Orville and Geneva were married.  Tavie accepts Orville’s explanation, but she vows will have her revenge on Geneva…

~Blog Tour & Giveaway~ A Tangle of Fates by Leslie Ann Moore

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Title: A Tangle of Fates
Series: The Vox Machina Trilogy, Book 1
Author: Leslie Ann Moore
Published: August 11th, 2014
Publisher: Muse Harbor Publishing
Genre: Sci-Fi Fantasy
Recommended Age: 13+


What if Snow White had been a revolutionary… instead of a pawn?

Nuetierra. An alien world where twin moons light the night and massive air-breathing jellyfish float through the violet skies trolling for prey.

Nue Bayona. A gaslit, steam-powered city caught between the iron fist of a despot and the bloody fist of a terrorist…

Four hundred years have passed since a great war toppled the fusion powered civilization created by refugees fleeing a dying planet. Since its fall, Old Earth’s descendants have gradually rebuilt a new society on the bones of the old.

Deanna Hernaan, daughter of Eduard, the former Alcalde of Nue Bayona, spends much of her time caring for her younger sister, Ceilia. Six years ago, her stepmother Lourdessa led a brutal political coup against their father. With the consent of the city’s elite, Lourdessa rules through patronage and oppression while Deanna’s father languishes in prison.

The common citizens chafe beneath Lourdessa’s yoke and yearn for their lost democracy. Many in Nue Bayona support a resistance movement led by the mysterious rebel leader known only as Faustin, despite the fact his violent tactics have left innocent people dead.

Threatened by Deanna’s popularity with the common people, Lourdessa jealously arranges for her assassination. But the attempt fails and Deanna escapes from the city. Cast adrift in a hostile wilderness and near death, she is rescued by a band of diminutive hunters, members of a mysterious race she knows only from history books—the Tiqui.

Recovering in their distant village, Deanna meets a remarkable woman—the Tiqui chieftess Yellow Bird. The chieftess possesses the shamanic gift of foresight. Her visions have revealed that a girl from the race of tall folk would one day come, a girl whose fate is inextricably linked to that of the Tiqui.

When Deanna’s safe haven is destroyed in a night of horrific violence, she must make a choice: leave the Tiqui for a life of exile, or dare to embrace her destiny by embarking on the road to revolution. Dangerous and uncertain, disaster or salvation waits at its end—for both Tiqui and tall folk alike.

Excerpt from A Tangle of Fates by Leslie Ann Moore:

Darkness. The feeling that large shapes hem her in on all sides is overwhelming. She tries to move, but her body is held fast by unseen hands gripping her arms and shoulders. 
Yellow Bird! she cries. Help me! 
Easy. I am here. Remember, none of this is real. Step out of your dream-self and become the watcher.
Deanna struggles to break free, but the grip of the hands grow stronger. I don’t know how! 
Yes, you do. Let go of your fear! Concentrate!
Deanna relaxes, and the panic threatening to overthrow her sanity flows through her like water through a sieve, leaving calm in its wake. Her unseen bonds loosen. She steps away…
...and sees herself, standing before her stepmother in Lourdessa’s mayoral office, flanked by two huge shadows that ripple in the half-light, as if made of black water. They hold her arms pinned at her sides. Lourdessa sits at her desk, tapping nails like crimson daggers on the shiny wood. She regards her stepdaughter with a hatred so profound, Deanna wonders how it could exist whole within one person. 
What did I ever do to you? Deanna asks.
You made me feel naked. Lourdessa flicks her hand. Sparks shoot from her fingertips and drift around the room like electric snowflakes. Take her away.
Deanna watches the shadow-Specials drag her dream-self, unprotesting, from the room. She turns and sees...Ceilia, crouching in the corner, a strange half-smile on her lips. Something in her eyes isn’t right.
The scene dissolves like smoke on a stiff breeze, to reveal a dim, trash-strewn alley. Deanna senses Yellow Bird’s steady presence, anchoring her to the unseen reality beyond this realm of drug-induced visions. She draws strength from it, and waits. 
Soon, she hears rapid footsteps. Two figures plunge into the alley at a dead run. They hurtle toward Deanna, then skid to a stop several paces from where she stands. She cannot see them yet in the shadow. Their breaths rattle and wheeze in their throats. She hears stark fear when one of them catches enough breath to speak.
They’re right behind us, Zander! 
Horrified, Deanna realizes that, somehow, Zander has been caught up in this deadly scene.
Mierda! This alley’s a dead end! he cries.
A black cloud congeals at the alley’s entrance. In eerie silence, it floats toward the shivering fugitives. 
Deanna can only watch, helpless to intervene. I wanted to see this, she reminds herself.
Zander takes Deanna’s dream-self into his arms and kisses her with the passion of a man savoring the last beautiful thing he will feel before death.
The cloud becomes a pack of Specials. They halt and raise their ee-pistols. The barrels crackle with blue static. 
Zander pushes dream-Deanna behind him, offering his body as a shield, paltry though it be, in a vain attempt to save her life. 
This is your last chance to come with us, Deanna, one of the Specials shouts.
No, she whispers, then lays her head on Zander’s shoulders and closes her eyes.

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About the Author:

Leslie Ann Moore is an award-winning science fiction/fantasy author who serves as Vice President of the Greater Los Angeles Writers Society, the largest writers’ group in Southern California. In 2008, her debut fantasy novel Griffin’s Daughter won the prestigious IBPA Ben Franklin Award for Best First Fiction. Her short stories have appeared in Literary Landscapes, the official magazine of G.L.A.W.S, and have been produced on the ClonePod sci-fi/fantasy podcast. In 2011, her short story Invisible won Honorary Mention in the Writers of the Future contest. She made her first international appearance as a panelist at the 72nd Annual World Science Fiction Convention–home to the celebrated Hugo Awards– in London, U.K. in August 2014. A practicing veterinarian since 1988, in her spare time, she studies the ancient and beautiful art of belly dance.

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