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One savage night, and the rest of Sabra’s life was spent with vengeance burning in her soul. She knew the killer, but who were the extra players in a growing mystery?
One cold, bloody night, and he’d found her again. Given a second chance, could Cam convince her to exchange vengeance for love?
How could everything have gone so wrong so quickly? How could it have all ended like this so swiftly, so brutally?
It was getting darker. And colder. The snow beneath her was melting, wetness seeping through the thick jacket, icing her body. It was so cold. Blinking, she peered up at the darkening sky. She wanted to cry for her friends, for the futility of it all, but somehow she couldn’t. A strange calmness had fallen over her and she thought how odd it was. Shouldn’t she be frightened or something?
A cold wind traced across her cheek and she wondered if it was Death’s icy touch. She didn’t know how long she lay there, only that early evening was giving way to dusk and the snow was coming down faster, half covering her bleeding body, and it was becoming harder to breathe... All feeling had left her. No one came near her, no voices sounded on the street. It was quiet. Even the noise from the tavern had abated.
She closed her eyes and when she finally opened them again, it was to find a dark shape filling her vision, blocking out the weak light that shone from the broken window of the tavern. Puffs of white came out from the darkness of the hooded head. Death had come to claim her at last and hazily she was aware that Death was big. Huge. He wore a heavy cloak and hood, just the way she always thought he would. Crouched over her like the grim angel of death he was. One big gloved hand reached out for her.
A surge of sudden, desperate strength allowed her to reach up and grasp the thick wrist, feeling the slippery leather of his glove. Holding his hand away from her, she whispered, “You cannot take me now, Death. I have unfinished business.”
~ * ~
Clutching the cloak tighter about himself, Red burrowed into the warmth of the hood and shivered. “Whose bloody bright idea was it to go out in this weather?”
“‘Twas yours.” Simon’s voice was muffled in the folds of his cloak.
“Only a brainless idiot like you would suggest this.” Jase’s teeth chattered.
“Only a brainless idiot would comply,” Red returned. “Only a brainless idiot wouldn’t talk me out of it. Nice bloody friends you lot are!”
Snow melting icily in his beard, Shamon’s footsteps quickened at the sight of the tavern lights ahead. “At last! A hot meal and warm ale!”
Cam hurried forward. “I’ll have my ale cold, thank you.”
“A nice plump wench.” Borga smiled dreamily. “With a warm bosom and soft thighs and--”
“What’s that?” Heddam slowed his pace.
“What?” Cam glanced around them. “Where?”
“A pile of something on the sidewalk, in front of the tavern. And is that window broken?”
The traders slowed their steps, growing more cautious.
“Must have been some fight,” Red remarked as they drew closer.
“I’ll say.” Jase’s face grew grim in the shadows of the hood over his head. “Those are bodies lying out there.”
Drawing closer, they were able to make out the cold, dead features of one of them.
“‘Tis the one called Alen,” Shamon said.
“And Belmos.” Heddam grimaced. “Or what’s left of him.”
The street was deserted. Snow flurried down more urgently, becoming heavier. Cam noticed that the blood beneath the pile of dead bodies on the sidewalk was hardening, aided by the cold conditions.
“‘Tis the bounty hunters,” Simon stated. “I guess we’d better check if any still live.”
“I doubt it.” Red glanced around warily. “Should be safe enough, anyway. Whoever did this seems to have left.”
Approaching the bodies, Cam felt his insides tighten as a sudden thought occurred to him. The lass. The bounty hunter. Would she be among this pile of broken bodies? They were the pack she ran with. It was more than possible unless--he suddenly felt sick. She’d been taken by outlaws for sport. God, he hoped not.
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.
"...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
Heart Of a Traitor “Like a black hole, Angela’s fun-loving sojourns draw you into her ever expanding galaxy, from which there is no return.“ ~ Jemma Hipper, Intrepid Explorer ~
“If you love futuristic romance, you will probably already be familiar with Angela Verdenius’s Heart and Soul books, if you are not, Soul of the Forgotten is a perfect place to start; prepare yourself for a real treat and a new addiction!”, -- Naomi, Fallen Angel Reviews, 5 angels & RR angel
Book Publisher: Wings ePress
No. of Pages: 364
Paper Weight (lb): 15.2
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