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Imprisoned and forgotten, the Reeka warrior is finally freed into the care of Daamen traders. She needs to learn to live again, and Borga is more than happy to teach her.
But past shadows haunt her…someone wants her dead.
Treachery, murder, and greed…and the key to it all…the Forgotten Warrior.
“What exactly do you remember?” Torkra lifted his head to look at her curiously.
Borga watched her closely, staying silent.
“Uh... we were outlawed.” It was how she’d ended up on the slave block. She swallowed. She remembered that much. “I don’t remember much before that.”
Torkra shook his head. “Crying shame, lass. Never mind, Reya and Tenia and the other warriors will fill you in on happenings.” He turned his attention back to his electronic book.
Liane took a deep breath. Maybe he was right, maybe reading this would make things clearer for her.
Looking up at Borga, she asked, “Will this also tell me why the Daamens claimed the Reekas?”
“Claimed?” His brows rose. “You mean Reya and Tenia?”
“No. All of them.”
“All of them?”
“Outlaws are claimed by anyone who can buy or capture them.” At Borga’s puzzled expression, she added, “The Reekas are outlaws, yet you say the Daamens have wed some of them. It’s... unusual. I thought your race must have claimed them.”
She became aware, then, of the utter silence that had filled the cabin. Looking around, she saw a mixture of expressions on the traders’ faces. Shock. Bewilderment. Horror.
“Oh, shit,” Findel muttered.
“Uh...” Shamon swallowed, then rubbed his beard abstractedly. “Uh...”
“Surely she must know...” Kel looked from Liane to Borga and back again. “Oh, suns.”
Misunderstanding their shock, Liane looked at Borga. Seeing the stunned expression on his face, she asked, “Only a few have survived? I guess that’s to be expected. We’ve been outlawed for so long, it was fortunate that the Daamens even claimed those they did.”
There was something wrong. Torkra was looking at her with a stricken expression. The tension started to build in the cabin, and she stiffened. Slowly she closed the book.
The traders were looking amongst themselves, and Shamon was rubbing his beard worriedly.
“Liane,” Borga began carefully, “Are the Reekas still outlaws?”
After placing the book onto the low table, she slowly rose to her feet and looked down at him. “What game are you playing?”
“No game, lass.” He remained on one knee, looking straight up at her. “I just need you to answer my question.”
“You know we’re outlaws.” She looked around at the traders, bewildered. “What’s wrong?” A sudden thought occurred to her, and a chill shivered down her spine. “Have the laws changed? Am I in danger of being recaptured by slavers until safely on your planet?” She took a step back. “I won’t go back to the prison! I won’t!” Panic started to build inside her. “Borga, no!”
“Easy, lass.” With one powerful surge of his thighs, Borga pushed upright. His tone was soothing. “The laws haven’t changed. Outlaws can still be claimed. You’re in no danger of going back to the prison.”
“Then what’s wrong?” She tried to calm her suddenly hammering heart. “It’s about me being an outlaw, isn’t it? It’s about the Reekas being outlaws! It’s-”
Reaching out, he took her shoulders in a firm but gentle grip. “Liane, I have something to tell you.” He glanced towards the table of watching men, then back at her. “Come with me.”
“Borga, I don’t understand. What--”
“I think this needs some privacy.” His eyes reflected concern. “Please. Come with me to the solitude cabin.”
She didn’t want to go. In the face of every trader, she read sympathy. Something was going to happen up in the solitude cabin. Something was going to be told to her, and it had to be something bad. Something horrible.
“Trust me, Liane,” Borga said. “Have I lied to you?”
“No.” She couldn’t stop the trembling of her hands, so she pressed them flat against her thighs.
“You need to know this. Come with me.”
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: 324
Paper Weight (lb): 13.6
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