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Eclipse of the Heart is now available on Amazon at: Amazon site for Eclipse of the Heart
This is the continuation of The Eclipse of Power, Book 3. It opens up with B’Lana, Ash, and Lancer still on Sendryl waiting for the trial to conclude. There are still those who want to either kidnap B’Lana or have her for dinner, literally. They know that there are traitors in their government but still don’t know how far up they go.
Before this book is over, we will see at least one traitor in the government as well as the re-introduction of a character from Eclipse of the Warrior, Book 1. The Reverend even reveals more of the prophecy to B’Lana.
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Here is the snippet from Eclipse of the Heart, I hope you like it!
I looked up into Ash’s eyes at that moment and wanted nothing more than to kiss him right there; which of course I couldn’t do. For one, we were in the Reverend’s house and two, Ash didn’t have the same feelings that I did. He was a player and I couldn’t let him hurt me.
Ash looked right back at me and a small smile started on his lips as his head moved closer to mine. His lips grazed the side of my face as he started to whisper, “B, if you don’t stop looking at me like that, I will have to find a quiet place for us to finish what we started the other night in the garden. I don’t think Fillie will appreciate that very much.” Then he kissed my cheek and stepped back from our embrace.
I could feel my cheeks getting hot with embarrassment, or was it desire? I looked down at my feet and said, “Ash, I don’t think we should finish that at all.”
I took a deep breath, and looked up at him with a straight face, “Let’s find out who wants to go shopping and get everyone ready for that. Is there a restaurant we can all go eat at before shopping?”
Ash just gave me his patented lover boy smirk, and said, “Whatever you say B, I know you want me to kiss you again.” Then he walked off to make some phone calls.
“Fillie, are you around here somewhere? I need to talk to you.” I reached out via mind speak since I hadn’t seen her all morning.
“Hey girlie, good morning to you too. I’m not near the house. I’m surprised you can reach me this far out so soon. Did you know I’m over 100 miles away right now? How far could you mind speak with Ash before we met?”
“We only tried it a few miles before we came over here. Do you think it’s because of the bond you and I share now? And good morning to you too.”
“The bond could have intensified this ability between us. The last Fae I was bonded to couldn’t reach me past 50 miles, but he couldn’t mind speak with anyone else either. We will have to see how far this works. Very interesting. How about any more abilities? Have you tried to do anything else besides listen and speak to anyone using your mind?”
“I do have one other ability, but I’m afraid to speak of it. And I haven’t tried anything else yet. What else could there be?”
I went back to my room and sat down on my bed for more privacy, and so that no one would know I was speaking to Fillie. I didn’t want to have to answer any questions at that point, in case anyone knew how far away Fillie was.
“Why are you afraid to speak to me about it? We are bonded. That means that I will do anything to protect you. Even keep secrets, although I keep secrets all the time from just about everyone. So don’t worry about me, my lips are sealed.”
“Do you even have lips?” I chuckled out loud as well as through the mind link.
“Don’t go making fun of me young lady, I may be a little dragonette but I am still your elder! Now tell me why you’re afraid.”
“Ash made it clear to me that I’m too keep my powers secret for as long as I can. There are too many who would try and use me, or destroy me, because of my powers. Even General Avex was compromised and ultimately died because of it.”
“Well, I am sorry to hear the General died, but you need to be honest with me. I can help you. You do realize that I have more powers than just mind speak, right?”
“No, I didn’t know that. I don’t know much about you or about your kind. Maybe you should come back and go sightseeing with me today? We could get to know each other better.” I felt better when Fillie was around, like she was another protector of mine. I realized that I needed her. It was the bond, I was sure of it. With her gone, I felt like something was missing from my soul. I was sad and lonely, even though the compound was full of fae warriors, some of whom I called friend. But without Fillie, I felt lonesome.
“Girlie, I can’t be there for the sightseeing trip, but I will be there this evening. Stay close to that Ash fellow, he will take care of you. But no more kissing! I don’t think he is the one for you. Besides, don’t you have enough to worry about right now?”
“Fillie, are you jealous? Do you have a crush on Ash? You do know that he is just a player, right? I may be attracted to him, but I don’t think he feels the same for me. He wants me, but I think it is more about conquest than actual feelings for me.” I knew that Ash only wanted what he couldn’t have.
“What are you blind? That boy can’t take his eyes off you whenever you are near him. I have only known you two for a couple of days, but I have followed you since you first arrived. I noticed that he is always touching you or looking at you. That boy has it bad for you! But be careful, I don’t trust him to take care of your heart.”
“Ok, Ok, enough boy talk. Where are you and why can’t you be here today?”
“I’m visiting family, telling them about you and to let them know I won’t be around for a while. Don’t worry, you’ll get sick of me always stopping Ash from touching you or kissing you soon.”
“Alright, I’ll see you tonight Fillie.” I laughed after we said goodbye as I thought back on what Fillie said about Ash caring deeply for me. I just didn’t see it.
After my strange conversation with Fillie I went to find Ash and see what the plans were.
Ash was out in the garden sitting alone on a bench. He had this pensive look on his face, like he was a million miles away. His right hand was touching his lips and his eyes were half way closed.
“Ash, am I disturbing you?” I asked as I walked up to him and touched his shoulder.
He took his hand and put it on my arm and pulled me down next to him on the bench. “No, you’re just the person I was hoping to see. I was able to get ahold of my sister as well as Cash’s sister. Xandrie is going to join us all for shopping and lunch today. I have just the place to go for lunch. Do you like seafood?” Ash was slowly moving his hand up and down my arm while he spoke to me. It felt too good, my arm was very warm and the tingling feeling that started where he touched me started moving towards my heart. I knew I was in trouble, but I couldn’t fight the attraction.
I scooted a bit closer to him on the bench and laid my head on his shoulder. “Yes, I do like seafood actually. Is yours like ours? Or do you guys eat weird creatures from the sea?” I laughed a little bit as I said that last question. I imagined strange flying water creatures that had been caught and were cooked whole before getting on our plates.
“We might have one or two sea creatures that are different, but most are the same. Don’t worry, you won’t have to eat anything you don’t like.” Ash kissed the top of my head after he wrapped his arm around me.
“Thank you for arranging this for me. I know we are taking a chance, but I really want to see your world. I don’t know when I will get another opportunity to see it all.”
“It’s dangerous, but I agree that you should see everything you can. I know I worry about your safety a lot, it’s because I care about you. I trust you to take care of yourself, I do. It’s the rippers I don’t trust. Most seem to want to capture you, but a few want to drink you dry. Both of those scenarios scare me. It would kill me if something happened to you.”
Ash turned towards me and took my face in his hands and looked directly into my eyes and said, “You do know how much I care for you, don’t you? I would do anything to keep you safe.”
“I know that I am your responsibility and that we’re friends, good friends. I would do anything to keep you safe as well Ash. But I need you to stop being so flirty with me, it’s very confusing and distracting.” I tried to pull back from his hands but he moved one hand behind my head and pulled me close to him.
He leaned forward and touched his forehead to mine and almost whispered, “B, I am not being a playboy here, I really do care for you. I know what Lancer said about me. Most of it’s true, I was a playboy and a huge flirt. When we first met, I didn’t have the best intentions. But over these past few months I have grown to care very deeply for you. I would never do anything to hurt you. I hope you understand that.”
“I… I’m not sure I do. I know you care for me, and that we have become very close friends. And I trust you with my life. I’m just not sure I can trust you with my heart.” Ash leaned in closer and barely touched his lips to mine. It was one of the purest, yet most intense kisses I have ever shared with anyone, human or fae. His lips lingered on mine for only a few moments and then he moved to the side of my mouth and started leaving a trail of soft, sweet kisses along my jaw line up to my earlobe. He softly kissed my earlobe and brought it into his teeth and nibbled it. I gasped and grabbed on to his arms with all my might as I closed my eyes and a small moan escaped my lips.
Just then someone walked out into the garden and we both quickly jumped away from each other.