Susanne Marie Knight
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AN ALIEN INVASION
A cataclysmic bombardment by meteorites drastically alter Earth's atmosphere... and bring strange alien plants that have a mind of their own. Because of "mutantâ€ powers, only Glyneth recognizes the threat these Venusian flowers pose not just to humans, but to Earth itself.
When she reached for the binding cloth, he held onto her wrist with an unrelenting grip. "No. Stay. I must... thank you.â€ His uniform shirt was tight without the armor, and through the thin material she saw bulging biceps, powerful pectorals, and a host of manly muscles.
Glyneth gulped down hard. She felt so strange around this man. Unfamiliar emotions stabbed at her, causing confusion.
No! This wonâ€™t do. I must control myself. She took a deep breath, then glanced at her hand, neatly imprisoned within his grasp. "Perhaps you can thank me by releasing me?â€
He let her go, but continued to pinion her to the spot with his mesmerizing gaze. "This much I can do. As for allowing you to return to your village, no. That would not be for the best.â€
"It would be best for me.â€ Warily eyeing him, she took a chance on his weakened state and sat a yard away from him.
"No,â€ he repeated as if his word was law. "You will be honored in my province of Columont. Doubly so because you rescued an heir of the ten sons of Canusa.â€
The ten sons? That term echoed a form of government from antiquities past that sheâ€™d read about in ancient, even prehistoric, texts. A mythological place, lost in the mists of time--Atlantis, was said to have been ruled by ten princes and a king. Was this manâ€™s homeland modeled after a doomed civilization?
Canusa, he had said. Somehow, that word sounded familiar. As Glyneth puzzled on this new information, she scratched at the fake scar on her forehead, then released her hair from the restricting ponytail. Not having her head covered in a manâ€™s presence made her feel extremely vulnerable. "Who is Canusa? Does that mean you are a prince?â€
"The original Canusa was the most holy of holies. Out of the ten sons--or the ten ruling families--one is elected to reign as the new Canusa.â€ He shrugged his broad shoulders, then winced with pain, probably because of his upper arm. "It is true, I am nobly born.â€
"Not a true warrior then.â€ She folded her arms across her chest. "I thought so.â€
His eyes narrowed, glittering dangerously. "You wound me again, woman. Make no mistake, you shall not escape me a second time.â€
"Youâ€™re in no condition to threaten me! Sweet Christmas, I saved your life! Allow me to return home and we can call the debt paid.â€ Standing, she pointed her finger at him in an accusing manner. "Believe me, I donâ€™t want your double honor.â€
Before she could blink, he was on his feet, towering over her. With one quick movement, he twisted her arm against her back. "We shall call it paid now. By rights I should kill you for your insults.â€
Oh, how her arm did hurt. But she didnâ€™t want to give him the satisfaction of seeing her flinch. "Kill me because of words?â€ Due to his superior height, she lifted her head up to stare long and hard at his cold, blue eyes. "You come from a savage people.â€
"Savage?â€ he shot back. "That is ironic coming from an uncivilized villager.â€
"Well, if being civilized means going around stealing women, youâ€™re right. Weâ€™re not civilized.â€
The man paused. Raking his gaze over her, he released her arm, then did a quick walkabout where they stood, scanning the rock formations in the dark. "Raiding your village is not something we wish to do but it is necessary for our survival.â€
"And so that makes it acceptable, hmmn?â€ For some perverse reason, she was enjoying herself. Fighting with words was far more exhilarating than thrusting with swords.
He ran his hand over his unbandaged hair and changed the subject. "You look different, woman.â€
If she wasnâ€™t scared before, the peculiar gleam in his eyes scared her now. "Itâ€™s nighttime, in case you havenâ€™t noticed. Everything looks different in the dark. If youâ€™ll excuse me--â€
Award-winning author Susanne Marie Knight specializes in Romance Writing with a Twist! She currently has sold 16 books. In addition to A CONTINENTAL MARRIAGE, she has THE RELUCTANT LANDLORD and ALIEN HEAT (futuristic romance) with Wings ePress Inc. Her other Regencies include 2005 EPPIE finalist THE CONTRARY CONTESSA; 2003 EPPIE finalist THE MAGIC TOKEN; two five-star time-travels Lord Darverâ€™s Match and TIMELESS Deception; and SOJOURN THROUGH TIME. In addition, she is the author of the 2003 EPPIE finalist and award-winning Janus Is A Two-Headed God; 2004 Dream Realm Award Winner THE COMING; 2003 EPPIE finalist LOVE AT THE TOP; Tainted Tea For Two; PAST INDISCRETIONS; COMPETITORS!; and Grave Future.
Susanne lives in the Pacific Northwest, by way of Okinawa, Montana, Alabama, and Florida. Along with her husband, daughter, and feisty Siamese cat, she enjoys the areaâ€™s beautiful ponderosa pine trees and wide, open spaces--a perfect environment for writing. For more information about Susanne, please visit her website at www.susanneknight.com.
Ms. Knight has written yet another enjoyable romp illustrating the development of an unlikely relationship between two opposites. Her quirky sense of humor and endearing characters provide hours of reading pleasure, along with a fast moving plot written smoothly and seemingly without effort. Well-rounded characters, while thoroughly likeable, are not without their faults, which serve to add compelling back-story and character development beneath the talents of Ms. Knight's pen. She has once again delivered with 'The Reluctant Landlord'. -- Denise M. Clark The Road to Romance
The Reluctant Landlord is a fairly short story and is easy to read. There are a lot of obstacles in The Earl and Katrinaâ€™s path before they can find true love. Fortunately, the Earl is a man used to getting his own way and sweeps aside anyone who tries to thwart him. Though he is formidable, he is still rather a likable character. Susanne Marie Knight wrote the characters well and it is evident that they are thoroughly thought out. They interact with each other superbly and this makes them all the more interesting. Reviewed in July 2002 by Mary.
Book Publisher: Wings e Press
No. of Pages: 226
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