A big thank you to the ladies here on Literary Lagniappe. I’m thrilled to be here to tell you about my newest release, Mystic’s Touch.
Mystic’s Touch is a sensual fantasy romance that brings together Ceros, the Prince of Licosia, with a healer, Danet, who has a big secret. Danet’s secret may be able to save the Prince’s life. But it may also get her banished from the kingdom. With help from Ceros’ friends, they have to find out who wants Ceros dead before another attempt is made on his life.
Once Ceros and Danet find their happily ever after, what happens next? Here’s a sneak peek into the book I’m currently working on – a follow up to Mystic’s Touch – that features several of the same characters.
Ceros sat at what had become his work table reading the day’s letters. The one in his hand had just been delivered by a messenger.
“Well what do you know,” Ceros muttered. He looked across the table to where his closest friend and second in command, Gehiji, was reviewing ledgers. “It appears Kneph will be inheriting a kingdom after all.”
Gehiji was frowning when he looked up. “I thought he was the third son in line to the throne.”
“What happened to his older brothers?”
“See for yourself.” Ceros dropped the parchment on the table between them.
The doors swung open, admitting Danet, who immediately went to Ceros.
He smiled and slipped his arms around her waist.
“What’s happened? I couldn’t sort through your jumbled thoughts,” she asked.
“We’ve a letter from Mdjai.” He pointed to Gehiji.
“They arrived safely in Avalante then?” she asked as Ceros guided her to a chair.
“Yes,” Ceros answered.
“Sounds like we’re missing a grand adventure,” Gehiji commented.
Ceros grinned. “Sounds like it.”
“What’s happened?” Danet asked.
“According to Mdjai,” Ceros begin. “Kneph was kidnapped then rescued by a Princess. But now the Princess’ kingdom is waging war on Kneph and Avalante.”
“Oh my.” Danet’s eyes widened with alarm.
“Apparently Kneph’s princess has special gifts too,” Gehiji said. “Mdjai said she is some kind of guardian.”
Danet sucked in a breath.
Ceros reached for Danet’s hand. “You’ve heard of them?”
“Guardians predate Mystics,” Danet told them. “They were chosen to serve and protect the Goddess herself. Very powerful.”
“I’ve never heard of them,” Gehiji said.
“Guardians vanished long ago. My ancestors believed Mystics were Guardians who left their homeland and went into hiding.”
“So you could be long lost cousins?” Ceros asked.
Danet smiled. “Maybe.” She squeezed his hand. “Do we need to help them?”
Gehiji answered. “Perhaps. Mdjai says Tulane’s army is marching toward Avalante. They believe Tulane’s allies are heading in the same direction.” He looked at Ceros. “If we left immediately we could make difference.”
“Are our men ready?” Ceros asked Gehiji.
“They’ve come a long way. The changes in the ranks have helped. You have stronger leaders in place and the young ones are fresh and eager.” Gehiji shrugged. “This could be an excellent training opportunity with little risk to Licosia.”
Ceros nodded once. “That is what I was thinking.”
“So when are we leaving?” Danet asked.
Ceros and Gehiji exchanged glances.
“We?” Ceros asked.
“Yes, we.” Danet looked at Gehiji then back to Ceros. “Unless one of you plan to stay here?”
Ceros frowned. “Of course not. I’m surprised you want to go.”
“Of course I want to go.” She lifted her chin. “Not only will it be our first diplomatic mission but there may be a Guardian there. I must meet her. Imagine what I could learn.”
“I am,” Ceros mumbled not nearly as excited by the possibilities as Danet seemed. “It would be two days of fast travel. Do you think you should in your condition? Besides, we may be driving into a battle. I don’t want you in harm’s way.”
She waved his concern away. “I feel fine. The baby will be fine. I can travel in the supply wagon.” Her eyes sparkled. “Ptah can drive. You know he will look out for me.” She touched his cheek. “I know you worry for our safety. But how much safer could we be than with you?”
Ceros shoulders slumped in defeat.
“Ready the men,” Ceros said to Gehiji. “We’ll leave before dusk. We’ll travel the desert by night and have the dawn to guide us in the unfamiliar Avalante lands.”
Gehiji came to his feet. “I’ll see to it.” He stopped before he reached the door and turned to ask, “Shall I have Nuri meet us at the border?”
Ceros nodded. “Excellent notion.”
Gehiji closed the door leaving Ceros and Danet alone.
With a sigh, Ceros told her, “Pack our things.”
She grinned and kissed him again. “I’ll be good. I promise.”
He pulled her from her seat and onto his lap so he could wrap his arms around her. “You had better be safe. I couldn’t live with myself if something happened to you.” I love you too much, he added through their connection.
And I love you. All will be well. You’ll see.
After one more lingering kiss, she stood. “I’ll see to our personal things.” Before reaching the door she added, “I’ve read that Avalante is known for their mineral springs and underground caverns. Do you think we’d have time to take a private swim after the battle is won?”
She winked then left Ceros with a head full of decadent images of the two of them naked and alone in a crystal filled cavern.
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