Excerpt 2: © Brynna Curry – 2009,2019
Ireland – Present
Arianne felt Devin’s power ripple on the wind, buffeting against hers as he crossed the threshold of the standing stones. He didn’t bother with the ceremony of asking permission to cross the circle. His gaze skimmed over her, heating her skin with just his gaze.
“You came.” Oh, how she wanted to run into his arms and cling to him. Why was he just standing there?
He frowned and crossed his arms over a wide muscled chest hidden in a black shirt.
“I need your help, Ari.” There was a sense of urgency in his step and desperation in his voice when he spoke. He hadn’t come for her.
Nothing he could have said would have surprised her more. “I beg your pardon?”
“I don’t have time for games, Ari. I need your help.”
“The child is ill? Allaina told me.”
“She visits me. I’ve been teaching her about healing herbs.”
“She can come here? I see. That makes sense. Do you know what a phoenix is?”
“I am looking at one. An extraordinarily powerful witch with fire magic who has the ability to control all elements. I may not be as skilled as my sister was, but I know a great many things Brie never took the time to learn about lore and truth in myth.”
“Raine Roarke is a phoenix. She’s three and her powers are emerging early. Allie and I can’t bind them any longer and she’s too young to control them on her own.”
“She said as much.” Her heart jerked hard in her chest. Her niece Sorca had been only half that age when she had last seen her. Regardless of the hate she felt for her sister, she hadn’t been able to scorn the child and loved her dearly. “The fevers have started?”
She saw the grief in his eyes, the ache he felt for the child and her parents. How could she turn him down?
Perhaps the truth would be kinder than a lie. “The child will die, then. What can I do that you cannot?”
“You can drain her excess magic. Link with her as you did to steal Briella’s powers.”
“I had reasons for what I did. And you would be the resident expert on the subject of thievery.” She bristled.
“I’m not trying to judge you. My past isn’t the issue here and neither is yours. Would it work?”
“I suppose, but it would be a temporary solution at best.”
“And more than anyone else can do to help her right now.”
“You are forgetting one vital truth. I cannot leave the circle. My sister’s beloved demon saw to that. I would have to go to the child. And even then, the link might not save her and could kill both of us.”
“Agree to help Raine and I will free you from your prison without requiring you to surrender your powers.”
“And then what? Send me back here after a taste of what I’ve lost?”
“No. That would be beyond cruel. I think you’d find Scotland much more pleasant.”
“Where in Scotland?”
“I want you to stay with me at Glen McLoch, Ari. I want you with me. There is a circle scorched in fire and blood surrounding the castle. As long as you are within that line, you’ll be free to do as you please if your actions don’t harm others.”
“So I’d merely exchange one prison for another, then.”
“Until another way is found.”
“I turned down your offer once.”
“I would give everything I have, do whatever is within my power to save that child, Ari. Understand? Whatever you want, it is yours. Anything.”
“I meant them.”
“The Corrigans fear me because of the legend. They might turn you away if you show up with me on their doorstep.” She turned her back on him, crossed her arms to stave off a shiver. She was afraid. Afraid of how they would treat her. And how would she be able to give him up when it was time for her to return? There would be no happily ever afters for her.
Devin’s hands rested lightly on her bare shoulders. Rough not smooth or pampered. “No one will harm you, Ari. I protect what is mine.”
Turning under his hands, Ari touched his cheek and looked deep into those tawny eyes. Searching them for the answer, she asked, “And am I yours, then?”
He smiled. “You’ve always been mine, since my wretched cousin cast that spell.”
“I agree to do whatever is within my power to help Raine. Now flash us out of this damnable circle.”
for a deadly combination…
grief. Two years later, her killer still roams free. When a chance
meeting with another writer turns into something more, Jack is thrown
back into the case. To save the life of his new love, Liv Corrigan,
he must embrace the life he left behind and find his wife’s
particularly the ability to read the thoughts
of those closest to her. When she Jack Roarke, afraid of another
failed romance, she decides to keep her talents hidden. When a killer
resurfaces and secrets come to light, she is targeted. Injured, Jack
retreats with Liv to his house under armed guard. But with Liv’s
mysteries rapidly coming unraveled, a diamond-thief and killer to
stop and passion in the air, the safe house is anything but safe for
agent escape with their lives and hearts intact?
killer for hire, Ashton Smythe. Having failed in his mission to
avenge his partner, Serena Roarke, Agent Gabriel Spiller returns to
Alabama to search in secret for the missing diamonds needed to reopen
the investigation and to lay low from the death threats he’s
received since Smythe went free.
loss now more than ever. A secret meeting before Serena died left Lea
with an ugly figurine and nothing but questions. And then the hang-up
calls, death threats, and finally coming home to a trashed house
remind her of Serena’s warning.
search of Serena’s ‘angel’, but how long can Gabe keep her
alive? And at what cost?
to reclaim his lost magic and embrace the second chance waiting for him…
suffered the inescapable reality of her own abusive father. At a
young age she gave her heart and innocence to Ryan. For once
happiness seemed within her reach, until in one horror-filled night,
the monster she called ‘Daddy’ changed everything. Years later,
Kate returns home to open her clinic and raise her daughter, Allaina,
closer to Ryan’s family.
choosing to focus on filling his father’s shoes. He found love and
hope for future with Kate. Then that future was stolen away, forcing
Kate and Ryan apart. Although he is glad to be back on Irish soil,
the reason he left still haunts him.
as hard to be forgiven. Can love truly heal even the deepest scars?
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read emotions, he feels the joy, pain and sorrow of others. When his
best friend, Rhiannon, must face the heartache of losing her father
to cancer, Skye steps in to help her run her family’s pub and finds
his match where he least expected…
future with him. Her father’s terminal illness has left her in charge
of the family pub. Skye has always been there for her, but when their
relationship changes, will she find the courage to claim the future?
Or will a thousand-year-old curse keep its grip on two hostage hearts?
the descendants of his clan. Finally free of his cousin’s spell, he
returns to the highlands, only to find ruins of the past. When Raine
Roarke’s powers emerge, the imprisoned Arianne may be the child’s
only hope for survival, but is he willing to risk everything to save
years ago, but now trapped by his cousin’s spell, Devin McLoch has
seen countless battles and death. The erstwhile thief has turned away
from darker pursuits to lead a life of peace, protecting those he
loves and considers part of his clan. However, there is one woman he
can never forget, who must be given a chance to change, to accept her
heart and his.
Imprisoned in an ancient stone dance more than a thousand years ago,
her only chance at freedom from the spell is through love–a love she
denied. When Devin asks for her aid to save another from imminent
death, she realizes there is more at stake than just her freedom or
sanctuary during the hardest times in her life. After living all over
the southern states, she finally landed back in north Alabama where
she met her husband, Jackie. She spent a wonderful twenty-two years
with her hero, raising their three children.
rescued strays. Her furry minions, Jace, Styxx, Beerus, and Asheron,
are always willing to keep her company while she works. She insists
love is the truest magic and with it, every day is an adventure.
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