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Heart of a Smuggler
Angela Verdenius
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Take one smart-mouthed smuggler and her crew, stick her in the path of one Daamen trader, add a ruthless slave lord, a group of determined Intergalactic Peace Ship security officers, and watch Hell fly.

It’s going to take everything in Shamon’s power to keep the heart of his smuggler safe. No one said it was going to be easy.

Coming down the ramp, Gabie caught the sound of laughter coming from the Daamen’s trading spaceship, and she glanced curiously across to see Mikal, Heddam, Torkra and Simon looking at something in Torkra’s hands.

They saw her and laughed harder.

Men and their small minds. Gabie shrugged and strode through the docking bay to the settlement beyond.

Paz walked beside her, his steps big and ungainly. Olin meandered not far behind. Misha she’d left behind to guard Emet.

She had a couple of last cargo loads to pick up and then it was time to leave for the next destination, which just happened to be near the Outlaw Sector. She had merchants waiting, merchants who weren’t too fussy from where their goods came.

Entering the settlement, she elbowed her way through the throng of people that were already crowding the streets. Paz used his own sharp elbows to the accompaniment of curses from the unfortunate recipients. Olin ambled along behind, yawning.

Coming to a stop at one of the warehouses, Gabie looked up at the number. It was the right place. These merchants were solely into honest trade. Nothing like a challenge.



“How about you go and order some fresh stores for the Larceny. Paz, you might as well go and organize the fuel tankers and fresh water. If my deals go well this day, we may be able to head out the day after tomorrow. We need to get our orders in soon or we could leave it too late.”

“No worries.” They both left and went their separate ways.

Going inside, the glare of the sun was replaced by the cool shadows of the building. Two men waited to see her. Otherwise the warehouse was empty.

“Gabie.” A lean man with a moustache nodded at her.


“Yes.” He nodded to someone behind her and the door clicked shut.

Surprised, Gabie glanced around. Two men stood in front of the closed door, watching her closely.

“We wanted a little bit of privacy,” Tason said easily. “To discuss business.”

“Oh?” Cripes, this doesn’t sound good.

Tason crossed over to her, the other man following and stopping to the side but still just behind him.

Oh shit, this doesn’t look good at all.

“I’m told that Link has approached you to carry cargo for him.”

“Yeah.” She eyed him closely, shifting her stance a little so that her fingers brushed the laser holstered at her thigh. “I told him no.”

“That’s what I was told, too.” Tason looked at the floor for several seconds then angled his head and looked up at her, a disconcerting look. “Now I’m here to tell you that Link works for us.”


“Raznin and me.”

Uh-oh. She knew of Raznin, and he was bad news. He was also high up on the smugglers’ food chain, and if what she suddenly feared was true, he was about to snack on Gabie and her crew.

She kept her expression blank. “I see.”

“You refuse Link, you refuse Raznin. Now see, Raznin would like to talk to you himself.”

“Oh really?” With a sinking heart Gabie knew she had to make a stand of some kind. If she let the big sharks snack on her now, they’d never let her go. And why the hell pick on her now? She was small fry.

“So, if you’ll kindly accompany us...” He gestured to the loading door at the back of the warehouse.

Oh yeah, that would be asking to be fried up and served with garnish. Not happening.

“I’d really like to,” Gabie said. “But I have people waiting—”

“This isn’t really just an invitation you can refuse.” Tason smiled, but there was no humour in his cold eyes. “If you know what I mean.”

“I think I do.” Oh crap

“So step right this way.”

“Now really isn’t a good time—” She reached for the laser.

Two big hands clamped onto her arms, one each side, and she was shoved forward.

“No need to be hasty!” Heart thumping, she started to struggle. “I just want to organize another time!”

No one was listening. The cargo loading doors loomed closer, and as one of the men slid it open she sucked in a deep breath. A hand clamped over her mout

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

Soul of the Forgotten: “…your heart will feel battered as you ride the emotional roller coaster with Liane as she fights to come back into the worl

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ISBN: 1597056677
ISBN(13-digit): 9781597056670
Copyright: 2009
Book Publisher: Wings ePress
Binding: Perfect
No. of Pages: 454
Paper Weight (lb): 18.8

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