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Heart Of An Outlaw
Angela Verdenius
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BOOK SYNOPSIS
Wanted dead or alive, the notorious Reeka Warrior Women were hunted almost to extinction. When an act of compassion resulted in a wounded Reeka leader being in his possession, the Daamen trading captain, Darvk, soon came to realize that the blood-drenched legends were questionable.

Plunging into a dangerous vortex of treachery, hate and passion, pursued by soldiers, bounty hunters and space-pirates, they race through the Outlaw and Lawful Sectors in search of answers. Love is born but only when the shocking truth is finally revealed can the heart of an outlaw be truly free to love.

BOOK EXCERPTS
"Who loosened the chains?" The man roared in the distance and waved a fist at the dark tent behind him.

"Slave and criminal traders." With a grunt of distaste, Darvk continued to push his way through the crowded market place.

Maverk grimaced and followed his friend. "This is the only thing that bothers me about trading. Crowds I don’t mind, but smelly ones…"

"You weren’t worried about the smelly crowd in the tavern last night, or that sultry wench who was practically raping you in your chair."

Maverk smiled wistfully, remembering the previous night. "She was a feisty little piece."

About to reply, Darvk’s attention was diverted by sudden yelling and swearing. He groaned as the crowd, smelling the scent of excitement, turned as one and surged between the haphazard stalls, carrying he and Maverk along in their midst.

Realizing there was no choice but to go along with the flow of people, Darvk jostled to the front for a better view of the cause of the commotion.

Glowing coals from an overturned iron bucket were scattered over the raised platform, and a young black-robed boy was gingerly gathering them up with iron tongs.

A masculine cry of pain was followed by more curses.

Curiosity aroused, Darvk gazed at the tent flaps. "Someone in there is giving the slavers trouble."

"Can’t handle your trade goods anymore, Bok?" someone jeered.

The man on the platform whirled around, but upon seeing the crowd gathered attentively below the raised platform, eagerness replaced his snarling expression. "People, I have a treat for you. Come closer and see the outlaw I have for trade!"

"Let’s go." Disgusted, Maverk made to leave.

"She is but sixteen years of age, firm and strong." Bok gestured to the tent. "Beautiful as only her race can be and just as dangerous. Only the brave among you will bid for this young beauty!"

"Not yet," Darvk said.

Surprised, Maverk eyed his friend. "‘Tis not like you to be interested in slaves and outlaws."

"I just want to see her."

Bok’s head disappeared between the tent flaps then drew back to face the crowd. "Bring her out."

The crowd waited in curious silence as the tent flaps parted to reveal a young slave trader with heavily muscled arms. The thick chain in his fist was attached to the neck collar of the shadowed captive standing between the two slave guards.

"Bring her forward," Bok commanded.

The slave guards jerked the chain harshly, forcing the outlaw into the sunshine. The heavy cuffs and chains that bound her wrists and ankles rattled loudly in the expectant silence.

The reaction was everything Bok had hoped for. The watchers gasped in shock when they saw the golden death mask, the features molded into that of a woman, that covered her face. It was secured in place by a gold band that fitted over the top of her head.

"It’s a Reeka outlaw!" a woman shrieked.

"They’re all supposed to be dead!" yelled a short squat man, small eyes darting greedily up and down the tall, straight figure of the outlaw.

Bok smiled triumphantly. "Most have been hunted to extinction. This is possibly the last one alive."

Darvk studied the still lass. He’d heard about the Reeka Warrior Women, a race trained to fight and kill, who had lived on Comll before being outlawed. They were mercenaries hired by warring leaders to seek out and destroy the enemy.

"’Tis said the Reeka wenches murdered the men they bred with as well as the sons born," Maverk murmured.

Aye, Darvk had heard the same. ‘Twas known that the female babes were raised to be warrior women--and ruthless, primitive killers.

The death mask was molded into replicas of the owner’s features and placed on their faces for burial at death. A rather macabre touch.

AUTHOR BIO
Born in Victoria, Australia, my childhood was spent in a variety of places, both in towns and the outback. Now settled in Western Australia, I work as a nurse. A love of animals has me involved in animal welfare, and certainly explains why the cats hog my bed and the hot water bottle!

Reading has always been my escape, writing my dream. Horror, myths, legends, fantasy and history – there are no limits to the wonders to be found. And romance? Well, that adds the spice, hope and happiness ever after.

BOOK REVIEWS
Born in Victoria, Australia, my childhood was spent in a variety of places, both in towns and the outback. Now settled in Western Australia, I work as a nurse. A love of animals has me involved in animal welfare, and certainly explains why the cats hog my bed and the hot water bottle!

Reading has always been my escape, writing my dream. Horror, myths, legends, fantasy and history – there are no limits to the wonders to be found. And romance? Well, that adds the spice, hope and happiness ever after.

REVIEWS/QUOTES:

"...a very powerful story, full of action and feelings. You won't want to put this book down until you have finished it." Lydia Funneman, Writers Unlimited reviewer

Heart of an Outlaw is one action packed thrill-ride! New author Angela Verdenius has made quite a debut with her cast of strong characters that will have readers begging for more. If readers are fans of the futuristic genre of romance, then Heart of an Outlaw is not to be missed. The continuous action will keep readers glued to the pages. Rating: 4, Miriam van Veen, Love Romances

There is plenty to like about this book. The characters are adventurous, the world intriguing with plenty of room to expand... making this one adventure story hard to stop reading. , Janet Miller, reviewer , Science Fiction Romance

Love's Sweet Assassin: "...oozes sensuality in this epic tale of seduction and danger." -- Joanna Challis author "The Secret of the Phoenix"

Love's Sweet Assassin: "She takes you inside the heart and mind of her character's." -- Tamia Dawn Osburn author "The Guardian of Paradise

Soul Of A Hunter: “…a beautiful romance packed with adventure and a hero to die for. Simply un-putdownable!”-- Joanna Challis, Silverthorn, The Secret of the Phoenix

Soul Of A Hunter: “Once you enter the soul of the bounty hunter you do not want to leave. From the powerful Daamens to the dark magic of the Overlord, Soul of a Hunter keeps you reading and wanting more.” -- Steve Gambuti, Stone of Cordova

Soul Of A Witch: “…leap into mysticism. Her explanations of the different spiritual planes that are traveled and of the mystical battles that are fought are concise and riveting.” -- Brenda Edde, reviewer, Romance Junkies

Soul Of A Witch: “Ms. Verdenius has a way of making other worlds come alive. Once you start reading you are so into the story that everything about these worlds seems real.” -- Lydia Funneman, reviewer, Writers Unlimited

Soul Of A Witch: “This is an absolute great book to read. I didn’t want it to stop. I loved the way Ms.Verdenius makes the characters believable.” -- Lynne Latimer, author.

“Soul Of A Witch: …makes you believe in the powers of the unseen. You don’t want to miss this struggle between good and evil…” JoEllen Conger, author, Return of The Goddess

“Soul Of A Witch: …loaded with action, suspense and of course romance… combines, science fiction, fantasy and romance with a touch of humor. If I had to rate this story on a scale of one to ten, I would give it an eleven!” -- Steve Gambuti, author, Center Moon: Stone of Cordova

Heart Of a Traitor “…makes your heart pound, the blood race through your veins, and makes you hold your breath…” -- Lydia Funneman, reviewer, Writers Unlimited

Heart Of a Traitor “…an intriguing story where the black and white of right and wrong blur.” -- Brenda Edde, reviewer, Romance Junkies

Heart Of a Traitor “…fast-paced and unpredictable, leading to an exciting melee. Once again, I cannot urge readers strongly enough to read Angela Verdenius’ Heart and Soul series. It is an exciting futuristic world, one that you will want to revisit many times over.” -- Naomi, Fallen Angel Reviews.

“This is without a doubt one of the best futuristic romance series I’ve ever read and HEART OF A TRAITOR proves that Ms. Verdenius is at the top of her game.”-- Susan Biliter, eCataRomance


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MORE BOOK INFO
ISBN: 1590888553
ISBN(13-digit): 9781590888551
Copyright: 2008
Book Publisher: Wings e Press
Binding: Perfect
No. of Pages: 358
Paper Weight (lb): 14.8



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