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To finish off, we’re sharing one final excerpt, chosen especially by the author.
In this scene, Abbie, who had stumbled upon the cabin of three gorgeous and mysterious women when she woke up lost in the Mt. Hood National Forest, has been invited to stay awhile and play a game of poker.
The scene begins in Abbie’s point of view:
She regarded her potential card rivals with surreptitious glances, glad for the opportunity to scope out her playing partners beforehand. Orla seemed kind of the clown. Never underestimate the clown. Guin was the quiet one. Beware the quiet, crafty one, sneaking in the back door. And then there was Fianna. God. That woman—so hot.
Fianna’s beautiful lips tilted as if she knew a secret, and her unusual emerald green eyes glinted. She could win with smoking, sensual power alone. Abbie couldn’t shake the feeling that a shit-ton more was going on than anyone admitted. The promise of help didn’t drown out her persistent, unexplainable paranoia. The way they snuck looks at each other and then back at her pumped her anxiety. She wasn’t that relaxed, and her worry rose. One hour, tops, then out the door, she told herself.
“Let’s play!” Orla called out. She had cleared a space near the sofa and added a card table along with four folding chairs.
“Who wants to be the dealer?” Orla slapped a red box of playing cards on the table. “And what’s the game?”
“Let’s do simple,” Guin said, and took the seat across from Orla. “Five card draw.”
“Fine,” Fianna said.
Abbie joined the table. “Anyone have a jar of pennies, ha ha?”
“Oh, no pennies. Something much better.” Fianna carried over an enamel tray and sat it down with care. “We like to play with these little beauties.”
Abbie choked. The red, enameled tray shone with a mind-boggling collection of small, loose jewels and crystals. Amethysts, diamonds, rose quartz, and tiger’s eye.
“We all put in,” Guin said. “We keep track of who owns what, but like to pretend-play with our favorite pieces.”
They carried on with a detailed explanation of the value of each piece. Abbie nodded. Were they kidding? Was this a big joke? A treasure trove of gems, out here in the middle of nowhere, being used as poker chips?
“Want to touch them, Abbie?” Fianna asked in a soft, sexy voice. “Go ahead. They feel so good.” She placed her hand right on top of the gems, the hand with the intriguing ring Abbie lusted after. Fianna continued her distractingly sensuous narrative. “The treasures are cool and warm both—as if they are alive.”
Diamonds. To play freaking poker with. Yes, she wanted to touch them. Eager to respond to Fianna’s irresistible invitation, Abbie laid her palm over the gems and closed her eyes. Tiny pulses thumped on her skin, whispering, “Take me. No take me. No take me. No take—”
“You like them?” Orla asked slyly.
“Yeah,” Abbie snatched back her hand. “Very cool.” She cleared her throat. “Gorgeous. I can’t believe this is what you use for money.” She’d never told anyone that gems always seemed to speak to her, pretty much her whole life. Yet, if anyone would understand, these women might. What a crew. Pretend-playing with thousands of dollars of loose jewels.
“Want, want, want,” the voice in Abbie’s head whispered. Longing tightened her throat as they divided the tray contents among the four of them with speedy calculation. She ended up with a generous collection, divided up by value. It made her light-headed just gazing at everything.
Guin dealt the first hand. Everyone anted up with a white quartz crystal. Abbie bet on a pair of Jacks but lost to Fianna’s full house. She winced when Fianna swept the quartz crystals into her pile. They played a few, low stakes rounds, so Abbie could get a feel for their rules and the unnerving use of gems.
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Abbie is a compulsive jewel thief whose life hasn’t been making much sense. On a solo camping trip in the forests of western Oregon, she’s attacked by mysterious men and the event triggers a shift within her that she doesn’t understand and refuses to believe.
Fianna, Orla, and Guin are dragon shape-shifters living in secret in a magically hidden cabin in the mountains of Oregon. Fianna’s on a redemption quest to locate the rare human-dragon hybrid whose Draca DNA has been triggered and deliver the fledgling to the dragon community. Abbie is that magical being. With her two sisters’ help, Fianna must protect Abbie from nefarious forces that seek to exploit her, as well as from humans, who must remain oblivious to the existence of shape-shifters.
But Abbie’s a handful, as Fianna soon learns. Wrangling a strong-headed mischievous hybrid who has no idea of her own powers proves to be a frustrating mission. They have to move fast, before it’s too late and their secret existence, both on earth and in an alternate reality, is revealed by an unwitting baby dragon.
Abbie is hunted by a human who knows her secret, and something else that Abbie doesn’t even know about herself. Abbie has to come to terms with who and what she is, but who can she trust? When she encounters the three dragons, the events that follow rock the dragon world and threatens the safety of its inhabitants. The circumstances bring Abbie and Fianna into sizzling contact, and they both end up with more than they expected that day.
Throw in a conniving, thousand-year-old dragon with dementia determined to capture Abbie in Portland for his own purposes, and you’ve got…delicious, magical, dragonly fun. Everyone wants Abbie, especially Fianna, and it’s a race to see who gets to her first.
Louisa Kelley is the author of a series of well-regarded erotic paranormal books and urban fantasy stories, including the trilogy, Daughters of Draca. Her writing features fantastical stories of sensual romance, intrigue and magic, often with modern day characters based in Portland. ‘Fianna The Gold,’ book one in her newest fantasy series, has just been released by Dirt Road Books.
She resides in Portland, Oregon where, in a strangely perfect combination of rainy winters and urban skyline, her writing inspiration abounds. She’s also slightly obsessed with dragons.
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