Friday, March 29, 2013

VBT ~ Sword Call by C.A. Szarek

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For generations, the Ryhans, ruling family of the Province of Greenwald have been keepers of a sword rumored to possess enough magic to defeat kings. Lord Varthan, a former archduke and betrayer of the king, covets the sword and invades Greenwald.

Lady Ceralda Ryhan, daughter of the murdered duke, gains the sword and flees, trusting only her white wolf, Trikser—magically bonded to her. Cera needs nothing more to aid in her fight.

Jorrin Aldern, half elfin and half human, left his home in the mountains of Aramour to find his human father who disappeared twenty turns before, but finds Cera with Varthan and his shades on her tail instead. His dual heritage and empathic magic will tempt Cera in ways she never thought she’d desire. But can he convince her trust and love can pave the path to redemption or will the epic battle end in tragedy and evil conquer them all?

Openingof book
Heart pounding and fists clenched, Cera sat in the Dragon’s Lair’s darkest corner. Bychoice, the candle on the table was unlit. The bowl of stew half eaten, foodthe last thing on her mind.
The door to the tavern swung open. Her white wolf growledlow and deep beside her. Cera glanced up, squinting in the sudden flood ofsunlight. As the door slammed shut and her eyes adjusted to the renewedmurkiness, she took in the newest arrival.
Then she focused on Trikser. She couldn’t have him going foranyone’s throat.
“Shhh, Trik, it’s okay.” She ran a hand through his fur,smoothing his hackles along the length of his spine. The big wolf looked up ather and licked her hand. One corner of her mouth lifted and she bit back asigh.
The only reason the owner of the tavern, Marshek even lethim in was because no one else was allowed to enter the Dragon’s Lair if she was inside without him. No one according toTrikser, that is. He’d almost taken the hand off the last guy who’d tried.
“What’ll ya have?” Marshek barked, revealing his instantdislike of the newcomer.
She fixed her eyes on the bartender. Then she took a closerlook at the man sitting in front of him. His pointed ears betrayed hisheritage, but his height suggested he was not of pure blood.
Marshek was known to be tolerant of elves but he hated whathe called half-breeds. Cera could imagine what the grumpy, middle-aged tavernowner was thinking, and it wasn’t friendly.
She rose, Trikser also immediately rising, awaiting hermove. The white wolf was her bondmate and had been since he was young.
Relax,she thought-sent.
Trik sat, but his body was tight, tense. He didn’t respondto her mental order.
Moving to the bar, her wolf followed, slinking close to thefloor, moving in a slight crawl. His belly probably touched the filthy plankedflooring of the tavern.
Cera made a face but forced a breath. Detached control. Sliding onto the stool next to the half-elfinman, she was just in time to hear his order. His voice was clear and deep.
Marshek filled a mug with ale and started to put the jug inits place on the shelf.
“Wait, Mar,” she said with a wave of her hand, “I’ll havesome of that, too.”
With a curt nod, the older man poured her a mug. She broughtit to her lips, glancing nonchalantly at the stranger. His coal black hairbrushed the collar of his hooded gray cape, giving him a rather unkempt look,but rugged rather than messy.
Cera couldn’t see the hue of his eyes from her seat but hishigh cheekbones made his profile appealing, his sleek tapered ears adding tothe attraction. His powerful jaw line was clean shaven, an oddity in theseparts. She could tell he was aware of her perusal. He was young, not much olderthan her, and had the stunning beauty of the elves.
His chest heaved as if he’d taken a breath, and he finallyglanced at her. Blue. His eyes were adeep, sapphire blue. Her heart skipped a beat but she ignored it. The man saidnothing, not that she’d expected him to.

“Tell me about it,” Jorrin encouraged.
“I pictured our magic as a rope and wrapped it around us. Istepped into him, making us one. I concentrated and I saw you. But then I sawme, too. My eyes were closed, and I felt like I was sitting beside myself. Itwas…unsettling, at first. But then Trik must have moved his head, because I sawinto the woods…he turned, right?”
He grinned at her. “Yes, he did. You did do it.”
“His eyesight is so sharp. It was a wonder to see.” Their eyes locked and held. Airruffled her hair, causing gooseflesh to rise on her neck as a substantialbreeze kicked up.
Trikser made a noise in his throat but she ignored him.
Jorrin looked so wild and beautiful with the wind in hisdark hair, his high cheekbones flushed with color to the tips of his slendertapered ears. Her heart skipped as his blue eyes darkened and she read intenseheat there.
Last night he’d been in her dreams. Try as she might, Ceracould no longer deny that she was attracted to him. That she’d liked that kisshe stole what seemed ages ago.
Would he kiss her again? Heat crept up her neck and burnedher cheeks.
The way he was looking at her right then made her lose hertrain of thought and her worries.
“Tell Trikser to move.”
“What?” But Cera already sent the mental command. Her bondslipped off her lap with little encouragement. He’d caught sight of a rabbit,and took off after it.
Jorrin grabbed her hand and tugged forward. She fell ontohis lap, moving to him instead of away, ignoring mental cautions that thiswasn’t a good idea, despite her dreams, her admitted attraction.
Their lips met in heated rushed. Cera’s arms shot around hisneck and she pressed closer. His body was hard against hers and a tremor shotdown her spine.
Her breasts pressed into his chest as he pinned her againsthim. Jorrin shoved his tongue into her mouth and groaned. She clung to him,moving her mouth under his
When she touched her tongue to his, he moaned, his handsshooting down to cup her bottom.
Cera wiggled in his arms as an unfamiliar warmth envelopedher like an embrace. Jorrin’s erection pressed into her hip and she clutchedhis tunic with both hands.
When he kissed her harder, her head spun. Feeling hisurgency, confusion rushed her. She moaned, fighting the sensation of hiswarmth, his strength as he squeezed her against him. Her desire for more. Herdesire for him. She couldn’t lose control.
Yanking back, she panted against him.
Jorrin’s chest heaved into her breasts as they bothstruggled for breath. “What’s wrong?” he croaked.

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C.A. is originally from Ohio, but got to Texas as soon as she could. She is married and has a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice.
She works with kids when she’s not writing.

She’s always wanted to be a writer and is overjoyed to share her stories with the world.

What's next for CA Szarek ?

Collision Force (Crossing Forces Book 1)
Bad boy FBI agent and feisty widowed police detective collide pursuing a human trafficker in small town Texas on their way to true love.

Badboy, married to his job FBI agent Cole Lucas always gets his man. So when the unthinkable happens and one gets away, Cole grits his teeth and hunts human trafficker Carlo Maldonado all the way to Antioch, Texas, where he collides with Detective Andi MacLaren.

Cole doesn’t do small towns and doesn’t get involved with women he works with, but Andi tempts him in ways he doesn’t want to acknowledge.

Two murders, her partner shot and leading the investigation on her own, the last thing Andi needs a cocky FBI agent that sees her as no more than a tag-along.

Widow and single mother Andi is used to being on her own. When Cole gets stuck without a place to stay, crashing on her couch puts them in dangerous territory.
Attraction and passion bring Andi to a place she’d left behind when her husband died. Her three-year-old son quickly wiggles his way into Cole’s heart, and he starts contemplating things—family, love—that he’d never planned for himself.

Can being forced to work together make them stronger or will their differences jeopardize their case and their hearts?

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  1. Thanks for the excerpts from Sword's Call - it sounds like a good fantasy book and I'm intrigued by Trikser:) Thanks for the giveaway too!

    junegirl63 at gmail dot com

  2. Congrats to CA On the new release! Thanks for sharing :)


  3. Love the sound of this book; I'm always on the look out for a good fantasy story & am definitely putting this on my wishlist. It's got a wolf too! :p

  4. Congrats to CA On the new release! Thanks for sharing :)


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