The annual NJRW “Put Your Heart in a Book” Conference is less than a month away! To help share our excitement, we’ll shine the spotlight on one of our Golden Leaf finalists each day until the conference.
The Golden Leaf is awarded annually for excellence in romance fiction by authors who are NJRW members or in Romance Writers of America (RWA) Region One. Winners will be announced during the NJRW Put Your Heart in a Book Conference held October 18-19, 2013.
Spotlight on Paranormal: “Scent of Magic,” by Maria V. Snyder (Harlequin MIRA)
“Kerrick, come on out and join the reunion,” Tohon called.
Ah. He thought Kerrick hid in the forest. I said, “Kerrick never returned from the north. He died fighting the tribal warriors.”
“Then you’re in for a shock, my dear.”
What game was Tohon playing now. Everyone stared to the northwest. Guess my would be rescuer just got caught. I followed their gazes and gasped.
The world around me faded. It blurred into blotches of colors—greens, grays, browns. Kerrick stood in the center of the big blur, clear and sharp. His gaze met mine and the hard shell that had formed around my heart crumbled. Emotions I thought had died, sprang to life, flowing through me until I was dizzy and sick.
Unlike Kerrick. His face showed no emotion. He held a strange curved blade in one hand and a sword in his other. The rain had plastered his hair to his head and soaked through his tunic. Dark circles marked his eyes. He’d lost weight.
When he released me from his intense gaze, only Tohon’s tight grip kept me on my feet. I’d accepted my fate, but Kerrick’s impossible arrival had changed the game in one instant.
Tohon’s evil smile meant he’d figured it out as well. “Such passionate emotions, my dear.”
“She’s not yours,” Kerrick said, striding forward.
Good luck to Maria and all our Golden Leaf finalists!
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