The Gifted, Book 1
Genre: Paranormal Romance/Suspense
Number of pages: 241 (epub)
Word Count: 87,000
Cover Artist: Kimberly Killion
(Hot Damn Designs)
Deceit and desire, and a treasure beyond price...
When struggling Scottish writer Nell Black accepts a one-off job with the police, translating for an arson suspect from the isolated ex-Soviet
, she stumbles into a terrifying world of organized crime and paranormal abilities that turns her whole belief system upside down. Faced with an incomparable thief, hit men who spontaneously combust, gangsters, drug dealers, British Intelligence and a fiery goddess, Nell no longer knows who to trust. The man who saves her life is a criminal to whom deceit is second nature. He has more smoke screens and more plans in motion than anyone else can keep track of. He is, moreover, probably insane. Even his fellow gangsters are afraid of him. So why is he the one man Nell wants to touch her? republic of Zavrekestan
Rodion Kosar is in trouble. His convoluted plans all lead to one goal - the retrieval of his treasure - and to achieve that, he needs Nell to believe he isn't the bad guy. He has many reasons beyond his own desires to make love to her. Especially when a plan goes wrong and he has to play dead before someone really kills him - either the police, the menacing Russian crime lord known as the Bear, or the powerful Guardian of the Gifted whom he's defied once too often. Nell's burgeoning gift of second sight could be his best route to the treasure, and yet keeping her with him spells danger. For Nell has her own agenda, her own mission, and she could just as easily cause his final downfall.
10 OF MY LEAST FAVORITE FOODS
Hi Laurie and Laurie’s readers! Thanks so much for this opportunity to vent about my unreasonable food prejudices. I actually love eating and spend a lot of time thinking about what I’d like to eat next. So this was an unusual kind of fun - coming up with a few things I really don’t want to eat. Ever.
1. Seafood. Especially clams. My husband ate a bad clam once in Portugal and I have never seen anyone so sick in my life. Even for the delicious sauce, I just can’t see how clams are worth that risk! But then, I regard most seafood in the same way. I find prawns icky, and as for oysters – yuch, it’s like eating snot.
2. Caviar. I know it’s amazingly expensive and sought after, and other people do seem to like it, but to me it’s like eating salty, fish-flavoured grit.
3. Lobster. You may be sensing a theme here! But my dislike of lobsters stems chiefly from the cruel method of cooking the poor creature. I couldn’t do it and I certainly don’t want anyone else doing it for me!
4. Mushrooms. Nasty, slimy things!
5. Rice pudding. A huge disappointment to a pudding lover…
6. Semolina. The caviar of the pudding world, although to be fair, my prejudice is based on primary school dinners J. I have a long memory and I bear grudges.
7. Liver. Yes, I know it’s good for you, but to me, this is a truly gag-worthy meat. I can’t even bring myself to touch it. If my husband ever wants it, he has to cook it himself. With the windows open.
8. Tofu. Maybe I’ve just been unlucky, but I’ve never eaten any that tasted of anything!
9. Massively hot/spicy foods like vindaloo, giga-hot chilli etc. I like a little spice, lively little curries etc, but too much and all I can feel is pain. Besides, it’s just not good table manners to cry and wipe your nose all through a meal…
10. Food that reminds you it was once alive, like whole fish with glaring, accusing eyes, or whole little birds… What can I say –hypocritical or not, it makes me feel too guilty to eat it!
Marie Treanor lives in
with her eccentric husband and three much-too-smart children. Having grown bored with city life, she resides these days in a picturesque village by the sea where she is lucky enough to enjoy herself avoiding housework and writing sensual stories of paranormal romance and fantasy. Scotland
Marie Treanor has published more than twenty ebooks with small presses, (Samhain Publishing, Ellora’s Cave, Changeling Press and The Wild Rose Press), including a former Kindle bestseller, Killing Joe. Blood on Silk: an Awakened by Blood novel, was her
debut with NAL. New York
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