Her desire unites them. Her secret could destroy them all.
The sole survivor of the Sunsinger massacre, Lord Degalen Fairren spends his days reading tales of the family he never knew. When a rival house threatens to enslave Cyprena, Galen is forced to pull his nose out of his books and enter into an alliance with House Morningstar, and a dangerous mission to save his world.
Lady Andelynn Harrow isn’t House Morningstar’s eldest or prettiest daughter, but she is the deadliest. After her father’s murder, Andee must defend her new house and mate—the shy, reluctant Galen—but every battle risks revealing her terrible secret.
Malcolm gets his first taste of freedom when the Cy’ren recruit him to locate the cure to a deadly virus—and feels the burn of desire for Galen, the lord he can never have, and for Andee, who awakens memories of a long-lost first love.
The danger they face fuels the heat between them, but with Cyprena’s fate hanging in the balance, the race to find the cure could come with devastating costs.
Warning: Contains a blushing, virgin lord, a sexy geek, and an empathic assassin who always brings lube on a mission.
“Greetings, Lord Degalen. I trust you are calling for instructions on how to return my property.” The vid screen remained dark—apparently Archivist de la Cruz didn’t trust anyone with his image.
“Malcolm is not property. He is a free citizen of Cyprena.”
“According to the latest reports, Cyprena is no longer a free world. Lord Bildanen has returned your planet to the Syndicate, under his rule as High Lord.”
Galen scowled, imagining wringing Bildanen’s traitorous neck. “Lord Bildanen’s rule is not recognized by my house. But I did not contact you to discuss Cy’ren politics.”
Chuckling crackled over the speakers. “No, you called to bargain for keeping Malcolm yourself. I understand that both you and Lady Andelynn are fond of young Malcolm. He is quite…entertaining, but he is not for sale. Malcolm is too valuable for me to part with.”
A growl rumbled from Galen’s chest, but he bit his temper back. Of course Andee was fond of Malcolm. Everyone was fond of him—he was shy but endearing, and tempting in ways that a Cy’ren lord should certainly not think about.
“I require Malcolm’s aid, and he requires access to the Collective in order to provide that aid. What will it take to restore his access?”
“Return him to me, and I will restore his access.”
“Malcolm is my property. That is non-negotiable. I could be persuaded to lease him to you, for, say, six standard months,” the archivist proposed. “That should be long enough for you to conduct your business, but after that I will collect my property.”
Robyn’s Top 3 Writing Tips for New Authors
1. Finish the book.
No, really. This sounds like a no-brainer, but so many new writers will pick at their manuscripts until the pages bleed. Or, they’ll edit the beginning to death while avoiding writing the ending. There’s a bit of fear behind writing “The End”, because once you have a finished manuscript you’re expected to do something with it. It’s okay. Just take a deep breath and finish the book.
And please don’t submit to agents or editors until you’ve finished the book. It bugs them when they ask to see a full and hear “oh, well, I just need to finish the last ten chapters.” Don’t do that.
2. Get help.
You need fresh eyes to beta read your book—eyes that aren’t related to you through blood, marriage, or friendship. Of course your mom loves your book. She’s your mom, it’s her job. A writers’ organization like the Romance Writers of America is a great place to network and find critique partners. RWA is also a great place to find conferences, local chapters, and online workshops to help you improve your craft. My local library offers free online classes, which include courses on fiction writing and self-publishing. Community colleges sometimes offer similar classes for reasonable fees.
3. Start your next book.
When I was promoting my first book I asked another author for tips on marketing, and she gave me one of the most useful pieces of writing advice that I’ve ever received. She said not to stress out about marketing and promotion, because the best thing I could do for this book was to write the next one. A good, solid backlist is the best promotion there is. If readers love this book, they’re going to look up if there are more in the series, or if you’ve written other books. Enthusiastic e-book readers might buy your whole backlist, so make sure you have content for them.
Robyn Bachar enjoys writing stories with soul mates, swords, spaceships, vampires, and gratuitous violence against the kitchen sink. Her paranormal romance Bad Witch series, historical paranormal romance series Bad Witch: The Emily Chronicles, and spicy space opera romance trilogy Cy’ren Rising are available from Samhain Publishing. Her books have finaled in PRISM Contest for Published Authors, the Passionate Plume Contest, and twice in the EPIC eBook Awards.
As a gamer, Robyn has spent many hours rolling dice, playing rock-paper-scissors, and slaying creatures in mmorpgs.
Robyn will be awarding a $25 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour, and a $10 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn host.