Monday, 8 April 2013
Sunday, 7 April 2013
Taken on the Wing
Saturday, 9 March 2013
Mark Williams watches the unusual female pull away up the hill. Between gear changes he puts the window up halfway and pushes his hair behind his ears before getting his sunglasses back on. It’s early enough the morning sun shines straight in glaring off the dash and warming his skin.
That she’s interested in him he doesn’t doubt. Her nervousness is obvious and he suspects her age is partly to blame.
Yeah, but you’re still a kid,
he laughs at himself. Not even a hundred.
The fact that she’s on her own could also explain her caution. Females rarely travel alone away from their eyrie and though she returned his advances he suspects she’s in a hurry to catch up to her father or brother; the only males who should be with her.
A nervous glance at the empty sky reassures Mark that a rough encounter with them isn’t in his very near future at least. With his training he’s sure he could beat them both to pieces but honour requires he take his licks if they don’t like him. As he pushes the heavily laden rig through another gear he realizes she’s been away from her eyrie for a while if she’s learned to ride a motorcycle.
It could be she’s a true rogue, abandoning the eyrie for the human world like he had years before. Many find satisfaction in service to the Sire and Dame, the hereditary royalty, but not Mark. As Talon, the gryphon male in his spirit, he’d trained for decades to be ranger. A proud place in the elite royal guard was the only service he felt worthy of him but seeing bigger less talented males be selected time and time again put him off.
Instead he indulged in a female who appreciated him and his fighter spirit. A larger western gryphon herself she was nearly his height but she was flighty and prone to wandering for months at a time with his own sister who preferred the wind under her wings to the stone Jasper cavern they’d all come to call home. Not that he minded. He’d done the same.
Talon had managed to abandon courtship as well, never offering Swift his bite though there seemed no shortage to the tears she would offer, shedding them his way every time things seemed serious. Commitment issues Swift had accused but in his heart he needed someone who saw him as more than an intimidating male to show off to her friends or escort her through some human shopping mall while she picked out something shiny for herself.
But this little female is different. A demanding vulnerability in her scent commands him to win her; a line he’d never even wanted to cross with another. Her size could be driving him to be protective. Gryphons from this side of the continent are decidedly larger than those further east where he was reared but she’s truly tiny, her scent so exotic he can’t begin to guess where she’s from.
He never thought he’d find vulnerability sexy but in his little female it’s searing hot. Maybe he’ll find her motorcycle ahead, her scent and clothing leading him through the forest as he undresses and takes wing, becoming Talon and knowing she’s high above stalking him already. Their magic protecting them from human eyes as he finds a clearing and enough space to spread his wings and take off.
Talon’s strength and size would overpower her and he’d revel in her submission before letting her go anticipating his own terror as her speed and agility let her get her claws to his exposed throat…
He hasn’t hunted like that with a female in years. The chance she’ll show up is slim; that she’ll stay interested in him long enough to hunt are even slimmer. In spite of the weak prospects he’s excited with the possibility.
You’re in way over your head with this one, Talon,
his human voice tries to warn the unfamiliar gryphon need for a mate. One shot. You screw this up you won’t get another chance with her.
As he enters Nanaimo her scent grows strong and he leans toward the window, inhaling deeply. Mark groans with need, sweeter than when they first spoke. Light brown eyes, he recalls, and her long hair tied back. As he remembers the shape of her ass straddling the seat her scent disappears and he casts his eyes wildly about for any hint of her.
“Damn it,” he mutters nearly tearing the wheel free in frustration.
It’s past one-thirty when Mark finally reaches the short strip mall and gas station he’d sent her to. Even though he has half a mind to press on to Victoria to wait for his next load he’s still hopeful she’s waiting for him.
That’s just your arrogant gryphon pride talking, Talon,
he grumbles to himself though his human half hasn’t given up either. If she’s here it’s all about her and how she wants it and you know it.
As he pulls in he catches the smallest hint of her on the air. If she was here she’s probably gone but it gets a little stronger as he reaches the end near the pumps. Just past them he spots the front end of her motorcycle backed in on the other side of an SUV. His pulse shoots up as he looks skyward hoping for a glimpse of her.
Instead she’s curled up on the grass behind her motorcycle. The helmet is perched on the handlebars and her jacket is balled up under her head.
She’s even more exquisite with the gear off.
A small strip of ivory skin fills the gap between the rise of her denim covered hip and the hem of her white tank top. As he pulls in and kills the engine his eyes partially shift, improving his vision and picking out a slim line of blue over her shoulder where the top has slid toward her neck. Then there’s the thick brown hair still wavy from her braid and piled loose behind her.
Mark quickly checks the contents of the grocery bag at his feet. Condoms and jerky; canned fish. The bottled water is already in the small fridge behind the passenger seat.
It’s clear she wants a human encounter and he’s glad he thought to run to the pharmacy for the condoms. He’ll be surprised if she’s not likewise prepared but he’s expected to show courtesy and bring some too.
The conception of a child in human form would be catastrophic for both of them. If by some miracle she survived and carried it to term the child would be human and by tradition abandoned. A devastating loss for her, its dame, though these days it was the human adoption system which took responsibility and not the elements and scavengers waiting as far as the father, its sire, could fly from the eyrie. Not to mention an unbearable task and one Mark hopes he never has to face.
He turns the engine off and pops the door, stepping down the first two steps and jumping the last, his worn cowboy boots striking the pavement at the same time.
, he warns himself. Females are sensitive to moods even in their human form and if he charges in ready for sex she’s sure to change her mind. One step at a time and let her lead was the only advice he’d ever received from older males and he prays it’s worth the dozens of rounds he’d bought to get it.
She sits quickly, a sudden inhalation tells Mark he’s startled her, but she doesn’t turn his way just yet. Come to think of it all those older males were unmated. Damn, it was the only advice he had.
“Hey,” she calls; the tiniest tremor in her voice.
“Hey yourself,” he answers as he steps onto the grass only a half dozen paces away. The young woman reaches down modestly tugging at the bottom of her top before pressing her hands onto the ground so she can turn to face him. Her mouth opens again and gets stuck before she pulls it shut.
“Sorry I’m late,” Mark continues gently trying to take her all in without clawing her up with his eyes. She’s perfectly proportioned, breasts slightly high and arms toned and a face he’d never tire of looking at. In spite of his efforts not to stare he catches her looking him over and tries not to smile as her cheeks turn pink.
Silently he takes a seat behind her hoping to be less intimidating. He knows what he looks like, six foot two and nearly all muscle. There’s grass in her hair and he starts taking the little bits out one at a time. This close her gentle musk is intoxicating as it mingles with the smell of summer from her hair. After a minute Mark trails his fingers down her back and she cautiously reaches behind and slides a hand under his knee. As he leans forward to taste her skin she moves her head to the side, not quite the symbolic submission of exposing her neck he expects but enough to invite him in.
“Shadow?” a man calls from the parking lot in front of them. Mark is too focused on his dark haired beauty and curses himself for not keeping an eye out for competition, gryphon or in this case not. “Damn, Shadow. I thought it was you!”
Shadow looks up, her hand grips Mark’s leg and seems to tug him closer. She’s uncomfortable as hell with the little man and pulls her knees together, arching her back into Mark in the process. He reaches around her, hand over her womb in a display of possession usually reserved for mated pairs but Mark is dead set on making his claim public even though the interloper is human.
“Hi, Nuke,” she says and he waves with two fingertips as he palms his pop. His other hand is jammed down the side of his female companion’s shorts. Mark stifles a snort. Nuke’s woman is six inches taller and a hundred and eighty degrees prettier. Judging by the big diamond on her left hand the reason for her attraction to him is clear. It doesn’t keep Nuke’s eyes from wandering.
“You keeping busy?” Shadow asks.
Nuke shrugs and Shadow pulls her hand off Mark to cross her arms as Nuke’s eyes drop and linger. He appears to hear Mark’s low warning growl and remembers his manners.
“My uncle got me a good logging gig up island,” Nuke says. “This is Bunny. We got ourselves set up with a nice apartment.”
Nuke makes eye contact with Mark expecting an introduction.
“Talon,” Mark says before Shadow is caught not knowing his name. He can’t decide which one of them is the predator. Nuke thinks he is, judging by how he’s looking at Shadow but Bunny with the prey name has her attention on a nearby Lexus that smells of the two of them.
Shadow drops her eyes with what Mark first takes to be submission to the little shit then he scents deep pain her, somehow associated with the man. He must be meant for Shadow if simply being near attunes him to her moods. He was always fucking things up with Swift when he guessed wrong but he’s already clear about Shadow. The old rogues never mentioned that and it explains why they were drinking alone in a Calgary rogue favoured bar. A small layer of golden brown feathers bristles beneath his shirt and he quickly squashes the idea of squashing Nuke, letting them fade. Taking wing with his shirt on is something a child would do.
“Well…ah,” Nuke says with a sideways look at Bunny. She appears bored; rolling her eyes under thick fake lashes and tugs him to leave. “Good to see you doing better-
“Yeah, bye Nuke,” she cuts him off. Mark wonders better than what? She’s far more distraught inside than she lets on and he rubs her shoulder with his free hand to try and calm her down. As Nuke and Bunny walk away Shadow deflates into Mark with relief.
“Hi, Talon,” she says as the mismatched human pair drives off.
“Hello, Shadow,” he answers. He knows her gryphon name: subtle and secretive. Calming. A very appropriate name for this female who appeared out of nowhere and into his life.
His female. Talon is going to make sure of it. No man like Nuke is ever going to upset her again. He’s surprised with himself. He’d always thought taking a mate was about genes and temperament. A male wanted a healthy mate who would be a compassionate and patient dame to his children but right now children are the last thing on his mind.
Compassion for Shadow is all he wants. Not to posses or have an excuse to feel territorial but to be proud that she chose him.
As she straightens up he takes his hand from her stomach.
“There’s no, um, story to Nuke,” Shadow says flatly like she knows the idea of the two of them together made Talon’s skin crawl. “Nothing.”
When she turns to him she tucks her feet in and holds her head high before flashing him a brilliant smile. Damn, she takes his breath away. The top is cut low and the sight of her skin and exposed neck makes him want her even more. Whatever the story with Nuke is, it’s not sexual and she wants him to know it.
Then her hands are on his legs and she’s only a dozen inches away, studying him like he’s a puzzle. Below her furrowed brows her eyes watch as she feels the muscle in his arms. Delicately, persistent, Shadow works her way up over his shoulder.
“You’re big,” she winces. “Sorry, that sounded stupid.”
But he doesn’t let her pull away, firmly taking her wrist and putting her hand right back where it was.
“Where I call home, I’m not considered all that big.”
“I find that hard to believe.”
Talon turns his head to the side softly blocking access to his neck. As bad as he wants her he’s not going there just yet. When he turns she’s even closer and he lets her touch his cheek as her mouth opens. Expecting a kiss, the mere wisp of her lips over his is torment and he tears up a handful of grass she can’t see.
Before he can come up with any plan to figure out how he’s blown it her lips seal over his and he gives in as her fingers slide down over his throat, tracing over his carotid. The vibration of her nails on his half-days stubble rams straight into his groin.
, Talon shamelessly surrenders as her tongue tries his lips and he opens to her, meeting her hot prying challenge with his own.
Shadow gets a knee between his, the other to his side straddling his thigh and he takes her hips in his hands to pull her in but her hand tightens on his throat as she takes control remaining in the dominant position above. Talon stops pulling and instead slips a hand under her snug tank, palm over her flat bare stomach to tell her the distance between them is his choice, not hers.
She seals the kiss around his tongue and yelps at the sound of metal crashing to the pavement behind her. In what seems like an eternity he’s pinned her protectively to the grass already having taken in that it was an aluminum boat falling from the top of a camper and not her sire come to kick his ass.
Arms between them, her hands fist his shirt and she has to be aware of his erection and every other part of his body holding her down. Shadow’s pounding heart and wide eyes say she was completely in to him when the boat fell.
Then she laughs as Talon lets his head fall to hers, close to the warmth of fading fright on her cheeks.
“I planned that,” he jokes. “To get you in my arms.”
“You didn’t have to,” Shadow says.
Wednesday, 27 February 2013
Jenn’s motorcycle jacket is a little loose.
Two years of choking grief will do that to a girl. She’s been sober for a week to make sure it isn’t the booze and pills making her feel so desperately alone.
Nuke came to see her once in the hospital after they repaired her femur with a gross amount of titanium. It had been broken in two places and bent under her in the crash. When he asked if she needed anything she asked for a gun to kill herself.
He didn’t come back.
Six months of surgeries and rehab get her back to work. Sleeping pills and alcohol take the memories away, at least for a while.
Insurance paid out Jenn’s Shadow and a nice smelling man Terry knew brought her papers to sign until his apartment is hers. At first she’s surprised her shoot first brother had life insurance but he always shot first when it came to his sister. Dollars don’t make up for being alone. They shared a soul and Terry took it with him.
The used 600cc sport bike Jenn rides is the fastest thing she’s ever taken down the highway. The last owner put a lot of money into it before he knocked up his girlfriend and had to sell. It’s black and orange and covered in flames and sexier than anything Jenn would ever dare show on the outside.
Today it carries her south to a liquor store she frequents; out of town enough that anyone local won’t see her stocking up.
Free from the last knot of cars Jenn finds a lone semi slowing for the lights at Northwest Bay Road south of Parksville. The speed limit drops to sixty as the highway descends in both directions toward the intersection usually filling it up with cars like a giant bowl but today it’s just her and the truck. A gas station covered with a big red roof is on her left but all her attention is on the rig. It gears down noisily on the hill and she has to do the same to avoid nailing it from behind.
The number on the trailer gets Jenn’s attention first, prompting her not to run the light ahead. It has a T and a K. Terry Klein. And an eight and a two, the age they were when he died. Not eighty-two; they were twenty-eight. The trailer itself is dirty. Even its plates attached high above haven’t escaped the brown layer of filth brought up by its wheels.
Jenn glances at the stop line as she pulls up next to the cab, getting the toes of her boots on the pavement. Mirrors say nobody is set to plow into her from behind as lemony diesel exhaust makes her nose wrinkle. Having the highway to herself in the summer smells great. Other vehicles at the red light not so much.
“Nice bike,” comes from up and to the right.
Inside she cringes. Nobody is supposed to talk to her today. It’s her day off and she’d planned a quiet drunk; the only regular companionship she has left outside of work. Interaction on the liquor store trip makes Jenn’s drinking problem more real than she’s prepared for.
The driver should be looking ahead for the green and thinking about where he’s taking the dirty trailer or if he’ll need the restroom in Nanaimo or if he can wait for Duncan. Maybe the air conditioning isn’t working and he misses the wife and kids; bills and the dog.
Once her visor is out of the way she turns, drawing her eyes up the clean black door of the rig and past a pair of painted on gold wings to find a muscular arm bound in a tightly sleeved black t-shirt.
“Nice truck,” Jenn echoes without thinking. It’s one thing to keep her eyes down and her mouth shut out of shyness. It’s quite another to be rude and not answer. She hopes the lame reply is enough to end the conversation and presses her lips together, making her eyes wrinkle and giving the illusion she’s smiling inside her helmet.
His big ringless left hand closes around on the metal bar holding the mirror. Absently he strokes it, first away then toward the body of the truck. Jenn feels her mouth open, tongue just touching the tips of her front teeth and his bicep flexes, pulling his short sleeve tighter. It slides again along the chrome before closing completely and holding fast and her heart seems to stutter as her gaze reaches his smile; warm and genuine even though she can’t see his eyes through his dark lenses.
“Yeah?” he answers leaning a little closer. Curly shoulder length dark hair perfectly frames his jaw and Jenn is aware she’s leaning in response, getting her right foot flat on the ground as the motorcycle tilts between her thighs.
As her pulse gets going again Jenn inhales his male scent making her skin prickle under her heavy leather jacket like sweat breaking out only her skin stays dry. It’s just a little painful and feels so, so good. He smells of straw and sun but underneath there’s something raw and dangerous; a far greater lure than the quick buzz and blackout she still half looks forward to. It’s the scent of rebellion and she sets her jaw against the challenge. More than anything she’s overwhelmed with the urge to crush it.
“Bet it’s nice inside,” she ventures with a quick glance at the traffic lights to try and hide the heat flushing her cheeks. The cars turning left from Northwest Bay Road don’t even have an amber yet.
The trucker looks her over. Not the degrading leer Nuke used to get away with. This guy seems to size her up more as an adversary and less like a piece of meat as he pushes the sunglasses onto his forehead.
Why can’t he be imperfect?
Or less gorgeous? And what in hell are you doing flirting at a red light? You’re a bank teller, idiot. Nice bank tellers don’t flirt!
Eyes so brown she can’t make out the pupils bore into hers and she stands a little taller, straightening her motorcycle upright and holding her head high, doing her best to look confident and tough. For a brief second his expression is a mix of power and fear, mirroring the adrenaline and shaky nerves dueling inside Jenn then the warm smile returns.
“You want to see,” he states and calls out a couple of street names north of Duncan.
A horn honks behind, startling Jenn as she feels her motorcycle roll backwards. Quickly crushing the handbrake with her right she continues to roll as his rich laughter fills her ears. It’s the illusion of reverse caused by his truck pulling ahead for the green. The horn blares again as the motorcycle stalls and Jenn gets her trembling thumb on the starter. If he hadn’t stopped her heart already she’s sure the horn would have.
Jenn gets her motorcycle going, revving the motor too high as she mistimes the clutch and throttle for the shift to second. She’s going well over a hundred long before she’s out of the sixty kilometer an hour zone, focusing only on getting some distance between herself and whatever the hell she’s set up with the handsome stranger.
The next few kilometers are a blur and she pulls into a Nanaimo mall, stationing herself at the far side of the parking lot. The kickstand is barely down when she drops onto the grass beside her stall and rips her helmet off venting the laughter that’s turned her knees to rubber.
Two years ago Terry would have pulled up between her and the truck and given the guy a ‘hey buddy.’ The only men he approved of came figuratively pre-neutered or he offered to do it for them. It made dating hard but he’d headed off a lot of trouble. In spite of the predictably nice men who passed his inspection the one relationship which lasted more than a couple of months failed miserably.
Jenn watches the highway until the black truck with the dirty white trailer passes by continuing south then looks at the nearby coffee shop. She and Terry used to sit at one of the tables out front for hours at a time. Stuffing her helmet over one of the mirrors, she lets herself in and buys a coffee before taking a seat at their table. Terry’s seat is empty so she closes her eyes and imagines him there.
Instead of the expected protective brother vibe she can almost feel his hand on her back, nudging her forward.
The coffee smells good so she wraps her hands around the paper cup and blows softly on the surface.
“I don’t know,” she whispers to him as she puts the cup down. “He’s not like anyone you’ve ever wanted around me.”
The breeze cools her skin and she realizes she’s crying. Maybe it’s simply the movement of tears running down past her cheeks but she imagines her brother’s fingers under her chin.
Hold your head high.
Sunday, 17 February 2013
…kings of the land and the sky we are; proud gryphons.”
Stalker stands, the epitome of pride. Naked and muscular, his wings widen and his feet dig in as if he alone holds down the earth and supports the heavens, keeping the two ever separate.
“But you aren’t yet a master of the sky. Your body is still that of a human as is Feather’s. You will get on your hands and knees and ask the earth to shape her ruby.
“Only when the stone has been reshaped may you return home. When Feather forgives your theft she will accept it and in that moment you will both have the stamina to fly true distances and I will be proud to call you
Talon remains on the riverbed as Stalker turns and within a few strides is airborne; great wings take him away from his son. As Talon gets to his feet he suppresses the urge to call out in spite of his terror which is worse than his sudden loneliness. He’s beyond lost in the wilderness the humans call Ontario.
Jenn’s motorcycle jacket is a little tight. As the zipper comes down she can breathe again setting off a round of laughter from Terry.
“Easy on the zipper, Sis.”
She scowls and swings her boot nearly as hard as she can, catching Terry’s ankle. His boots are sturdy and no harm’s done but the message is clear. Comments on her weight are off limits even from her twin brother.
The wind catches his unruly blonde hair, a complete contrast to his sister’s tame brown braid. The usual joke that whoever mom was must have had herself a busy night because they can only have different fathers is understood. He’s big and loud where she’s petite and excruciatingly shy. Jenn has picked him up in the morning from the police station more times than she can count and he drops her off at her steady job as a bank teller before sleeping it off at her Parksville apartment or his. Terry is her best friend, father figure, confidant and conscience all rolled into one.
He’s also her only living family.
“Maybe I shoulda bought you a man’s jacket?”
This time it’s an elbow to the ribs. He’s only wearing a t-shirt and grunts from more than just his sister’s displeasure. It’s only a few hours since he went to bed after a late one with the guys.
“If a man’s jacket is too good for you then it’s too good for me, Terry.”
“Touché,” he laughs but keeps his arm down in case she decides to strike again. The jacket is the last birthday present he’ll ever give her and his suggestion she get one for a man earned him the finger at the motorcycle shop. Heavy as Jenn is she’ll be damned if she’ll ever dress like a man just to get a jacket done up. The sleeves would be too long anyway since the five foot mark on the bank door is at eye level. She’s never been flashy so it’s plain and black but it’s also clear she’s got all the curves a woman should have.
Jenn puts her hands on her hips and purses her lips daring him to speak.
“You’re pretty, Shadow,” Nuke interrupts, his eyes raking down her body. The compliment is only tame because her brother is listening. Terry’s forbidden him to speak her name so he calls Jenn after her ride, a 750. The handle stuck so long ago that at least half of today’s group doesn’t know her real name. Everyone calls him Nuke because there’s a good chance his engine will do just that before the dozen riders get halfway to Tofino.
Terry punches Nuke’s body armoured shoulder harder than necessary knocking him off the cement barrier he sits on. Nuke’s a big mouth on a small body and he doesn’t land too hard.
“Fuck you,” Nuke spits.
“You’re still not my type,” Terry says and lights a cigarette. “But keep asking. You got nothin’ to lose.”
Jenn shrivels at Nuke’s attention, leaning behind her brother and tugging her jacket closed. Nuke thinks it’s a game, hitting on her to make her ‘pretend’ she’s not interested but she just feels dirty. Whether she ignores him or not it only escalates when her brother isn’t there to shut him down. When she looks up Terry’s fingers are under her chin and he pulls it toward the sun.
Hold your head high
, his big eyes smile.
Nuke walks away kicking dirt and holding his tongue. He knows when his bike dies he’ll be riding Jenn’s Shadow since none of the guys will give him a double and Jenn will spend the rest of the trip hugging Terry from behind. There’s a crunch as Terry’s boot scrapes his smoke into the gravel and he takes Jenn’s hand tugging her to their rides and signaling to the rest that it’s time to go.
“So where’s mine,” he whispers as she gets her helmet on, then he reaches to get a hand in her saddle bag. Terry had been bidding on a baseball a week earlier and he’s still steamed about losing in the final minutes to someone else. He doesn’t know he’d lost to his own sister who’d spent her vacation savings to get it for his birthday.
“You’ll get it later!” Jenn pushes his hand away so he gives her a quick hug like that’s what he’d meant to do all along.
is nice but it’s thirty-five Celsius and she’s already sweaty in her jacket. A swim in the ocean after stripping down to the one-piece suit under her motorcycle gear is about the only incentive to get back on the hot highway. Unlike her reckless t-shirt and shorts wearing brother Jenn prefers to keep her skin on if she takes a spill.
Terry pulls out first, Jenn close behind taking some satisfaction in cutting off Nuke. The roar of engines behind them is nearly deafening as they stick together best they can through the traffic and lights and make their way out of the city.
Everything is drier this side of Vancouver Island. The cool rainforest they passed through before Port Alberni is gone and the road gets twisty. Terry pushes the group faster, speeding up and leaning over as far as they dare in the turns. Another group of riders comes the other way and he gets a hand out to wave then turns to Jenn, grinning from under his beanie. He loves this: speed, heat. Showing off. It’s a good day. There’s a place by the river they’ll go when they get back to Parksville: drinking, camping, and the sounds of sex from the other tents.
Jenn winces at a small explosion and checks her mirrors. Nuke isn’t losing any speed but there’s a vicious dark grey cloud for the riders behind. Someone’s bitch seat girl mouths him off, her voice lost in the wind.
Looking forward again Jenn sets up for the next turn, moving to the center of the lane so she’s clear of anyone coming wide the other way and gravel near the shoulder but there’s a pickup skidding out of control into their lane.
Terry doesn’t stand a chance.
His brakes don’t light up though his bike wobbles as some part of him starts to react. Jenn has a little more time and manages to lose some speed, her heart sticking in her throat as her brother makes a Terry sized dent in the truck’s front fender. Spinning like crazy, his arms and legs beat the roof and Jenn catches the rear of his bike. He’s already out of reach when she tries to grab him and as she tumbles he lands behind the truck.
It stops half in the ditch.
There’s no pain so Jenn thinks she’s unhurt and when she looks for Terry she sees Nuke. He doesn’t even look at her brother and instead comes to her.
“Jenn, Jenn,” he cries. “Shit, Jenn.”
“Terry,” Jenn moans.
Why don’t you help my brother, asshole?
Nobody is helping Terry. There’s a lump under her shoulder so she reaches to pull it free but it’s a boot and it won’t move. Nuke takes her hand and holds it still as he looks back at the wreck.
The driver gets out, unhurt. His passenger won’t stop screaming.
“Don’t look, Jenn,” Nuke says but Jenn has to. Through the deeply scarred visor she sees the big logo on the back of Terry’s shirt. The small one in front is out of sight. He faces her, his jaw slack and eyes half open. It doesn’t make sense that he could have put it on backwards without her noticing.
The air ripples above him, taking shape. Half again taller than a man and gracefully tapered at the top. The mirage folds in the middle before straightening again and collapsing.
“Thank you,” Jenn sighs to the shirtless man approaching her brother. The hot breeze moves his long black hair as he touches Terry’s shoulder but only for a moment before he stands. The air at his sides changes, warping the trees behind a mirage, spreading out like wings slowly folding and unfolding. The angel’s wings darken and cast a heavy shadow over Jenn’s brother then they disappear and the man walks away.
The police arrive before the ambulance and Nuke leaves Jenn’s side only long enough to throw up beside the truck. The beautiful angel is gone. Knowing he came for Terry is small comfort as she watches the police cover her brother with a yellow sheet and weigh it down with parts from his bike.
...I'm featuring several chapters from Wingspan, Taken on the Wing #1 over the next few weeks as I lead up to it's release this spring!
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Sunday, 10 February 2013
Deadly Expectations has a new cover and a new blurb!
As a teen Anna Creed discovers she can time travel; a trick she uses to ‘jump’ from one place to another with no apparent passage of time. All she needs are two wheels, speed and nerves of steel. Now eight years later she’s alone and pregnant when her secret power takes control to save her life. Injured and confused Anna finds herself in the arms of Paul Richards, her summer lover and the father of her child.
But Paul has secrets of his own. He’s the head of an old conflict weary family and has been Anna’s past life lover time and time again, something only he remembers.
Things come apart for Anna when she starts ‘jumping’ in her sleep. Both Anna and her sister are in mortal danger from Paul’s uncle Damian and a ghost from her past life is driving her to murder. As Anna and Paul’s fledgling relationship unravels she takes the final and unforgivable step of attacking him and leaving him behind.
From Northern California to the rainforests of British Columbia Anna gets closer to the truth about Paul’s family and the realization that saving Paul and her unborn child may ultimately cost her life.
I've always wanted to include a motorcycle on the cover since it's a big part of the way Anna gets around!
Wingspan, Taken on the Wing #1
With Wingspan's release this spring I will be blogging the first few sample chapters.
** contains a French-Canadian cabbie, vicious flying battles high above the Rocky Mountains, conspicuous wearing of gold, biting and a long tail.
Jenn Klein was raised in the human world unaware of her gryphon heritage or the legacy before her. Devastated by the death of her twin brother, she makes the uncharacteristic decision to find emotional connection with a stranger, a man she knows only as Talon in the cave-like sleeper cab of his rig. But no sooner is she introduced to the gryphon world they’re meant to share than she’s violently taken and forced to fight, delicately balancing the human world she knows with the world of the gryphons.
Born and reared a proud warrior, Talon’s life takes the turn of most male gryphons; that of a rogue, existing in both the human world and on the fringes of his adopted Rocky Mountain eyrie. After proving himself to the beautiful but emotionally damaged rogue female in his truck they part ways. He’s haunted by her presence in his heart until they’re reunited in his eyrie. When she’s torn from his arms he’ll stop at nothing to have the woman he now calls Shadow returned to his side.
Wingspan is a shifter fantasy-romance featuring gryphons.
Tuesday, 15 January 2013
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