Title: Twice Is Forever – Book One of the Mythical Warriors Series
Author: Karen Elaine
Escaped kidnap victim Anna Travis just wants to get back to the life she worked so hard to build for herself. But her new psychic talent and being hunted by her former captors are making that impossible. Anna knows she needs help, but she’s not sure she wants to accept if from the overbearing man who swoops in to rescue her. Sebastian Saint-James feels duty bound to protect the woman who saved his nephew from torture. It is a natural desire given that he is descended from a long line of noble griffins that police and dispense justice to the beasts and animals of the were community. Thwarting an enemy more dangerous than he appears will require them to compromise their controlling natures. But lowering your guard around a werebeast can be dangerous because twice is forever.
Sebastian stalked his quarry through the night forest with deliberate care. He angled his flight to lengthen his glide, careful to keep his prey’s preternatural hearing from alerting them to his closeness with the sound of his beating wings. A clarifying thought enhanced his vision, and he swooped lower over the top of the forest. The red and yellow heat waves of the two werebeasts made them easy to pick out from the cooler colors of the plants and trees the pair thought would camouflage their movements. Their ignorance of the abilities of his kind was a chief advantage for him. Outright fear was another. While the apprehension discouraged most challenges and made his job easier, he didn’t enjoy being made out to be a boogie monster to make youngsters behave. He did, however, derive great satisfaction in being a griffin.
The hunter in him relished the temporary freedom the chase allowed. The heady taste of the pursuit sped his pulse and sent enriched blood coursing through his body to sharpen his senses. He could hear the two heartbeats—clear, distinct, thudding wildly from their flight, their last bid for freedom.
He savored the flavors of the forest’s nighttime scents. Beneath the normal fragrant odors of nature, he detected the stink of their fear, their panic. Made that much sweeter with the knowledge he was so much closer than they knew. Deer, squirrels and other natural animals darted away before the fleeing monsters, raced in terror from the creature that pursued them.
Sebastian pushed aside his satisfaction. They were heading in the only direction he had left open for them. The man in him couldn’t help but feel a twinge of sorrow for what he was about to do. He preferred to deliver judgments with calm, cool detachment. It was important that he not allow any emotion to influence him in these matters lest it interfere with the strict adherence to the laws he was sworn to uphold and enforce. He was not a murderer. He kept himself detached from his assignments—kept the beast within him in check. It was what set him apart from the ones he hunted.
These were all that remained of a savage group he had tracked from one bloodbath to the next for the last year. Their insidious crimes made them dangerous for both of their subspecies, wereanimals and werebeasts alike. Their crimes revolted Sebastian; and in a lifetime spanning more than five hundred years and witnessing most every atrocity, that wasn’t easy to do.
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Karen Elaine is a California native. She is the author of the shape shifting paranormal romance series Mythical Warriors. Paranormal Romance is one of her favorite genres because there is so much room for her imagination to play. She lives in Northern California in a home surrounded by redwoods.
It is her hope that her stories take you on an adventure and help add a bit of magic to the way you view the world. She strives to create worthy heroes and intelligent heroines who are not afraid to follow their hearts.
Her family keeps her well grounded and her two poodles make sure she takes time to explore the possibilities.
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