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Soul of a Mercenary
Angela Verdenius
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Warrior, mercenary – danger and death follow her, but insanity is Reya’s most threatening companion, for a dark secret consumes her soul.

Love will make the Daamen trader, Maverk, follow her to the Outlaw Sector and into the growing nightmare reaching out for her from the blood-drenched past.

"Gut instinct. You won’t be able to see the control panels well enough through a black eye."

"Touchy! Right, oh fiery one, where do we head?"


He glanced at her quizzically. "Exactly where on Urion?"

"Ten miles north of Zartep."

"Ah, the forest where you and your sister warriors lived during the last of the outlaw years."

"Are we going to leave or not?"

He turned back to the control panel. "We’re going, lass, never fear."

The craft rose from the ground shakily, steadied and within seconds was heading out into space. Maverk set the coordinates, put the craft on autopilot and swiveled the chair around to face Reya.

She gazed coldly at him as he leaned back, linking his hands behind his head and crossing one ankle over the opposite knee with an air of ease. "What’s your problem, pretty boy?"

"I don’t have one, but you do."

"Do I?" What was he up to now?

"You fear being alone with me and I have the proof."

"And what is that?"

"Your performance over sharing the sleeping cabin."

"Because you irritate me, pretty boy, nothing more."

"How could I possibly do that? I’ll be asleep."

"Very easily. You’re doing it now."

"Mayhaps you’re worried that you won’t be able to keep your hands off me, but I don’t mind in the least."

"Don’t flatter yourself. That’s the least of my concerns, Maverk. I have more important things on my mind than your body."

"So my body is on your mind--even just a little bit?"

Standing up, Reya snapped, "Let’s get one thing perfectly clear. What happened at the tavern won’t be repeated, ever. There is nothing between us, understand?"

Unfazed, he cocked one eyebrow at her.

"Your company is forced upon me due to my cousin’s stubbornness and, for her sake only, I suffer you. Thanks to your idiotic, noble ideas, I am trying to find a child in whom I have no interest, one who is stupid enough to wander in the dark when she knows it is dangerous."

"Mara wants to be like you," he pointed out to her.

"Well, now she has the opportunity to know what it feels like to be amongst the enemy. I’m sure she’s having a wonderful time."

All teasing fled. "That’s a terrible thing to say."

"Get used to it. While in my company, you’ll hear a lot of terrible things. If you don’t like it, leave."

Maverk unfolded his great length to stand over the tall warrior. "You’d like for me to leave, wouldn’t you?"

"The sooner the better."

"You’re stuck with me, Reya, like it or not, and while I am with you, you’ll learn a lot about me, too."

"That just thrills me to my bones."

"I’m glad to hear it." He smiled wolfishly, "Because I’m going to enjoy teaching you."

A prickle went down her spine and she had to steel herself against backing away. "Not interested."

"A second ago you were thrilled."

"Get used to sarcasm, pretty boy."

He was starting to unnerve her. Those damnable brown eyes seemed to peer into her very soul, searching and probing for what she really felt and thought. He was too stubborn, too persistent, too confident and too handsome.

Handsome? Where the hell had that come from?

Startled and angered by the unexpected thought, Reya abruptly shoved past him, only to be brought up short by a large hand on her upper arm.

"Release me."

"Running already?"

"Don’t push it."

"Or what?" He stepped directly in front of her. "You’ll kill me? We’ve been over this before, Reya. You won’t do it."

"I can slice you up a little. I’ve done that before."

"To a friend?"

"You’re not a friend."

"So what am I? Your enemy?"

"An annoyance."

"So, not an enemy." His gaze bored into hers. "Not a friend. But not just an acquaintance, either, for we have a past history that takes us beyond that."

Her cheeks pinked. "That night in the tavern..."

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

Fiction Books :: Romance Books :: Paranormal Books

ISBN: 1590888133
ISBN(13-digit): 9781590888130
Copyright: 2008
Book Publisher: Wings ePress
Binding: Perfect
No. of Pages: 462
Paper Weight (lb): 19.2

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