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$.99 New Release! Featured Rockstar Romance Boxset and Interview: Heavy Influence: The Complete Series by Ann Marie Frohoff @frohoffwrites


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Release Date: 3/27/18

The complete, highly-rated, six book Heavy Influence Series. Where love makes and breaks the music. Heavy Influence takes you on a heart thumping journey through the trials and tribulations of a rising rockstar who reaches unimaginable fame, yet the only thing his heart desires is having the love of his life by his side. From angsty teenagers and forbidden love to lusty twenty-somethings, Jake & Alyssa will endure more than love and loss. Their happily-ever-after will bring more than bargained for.

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Seeing her standing curbside at Heathrow was hard for me to believe. She was bundled up in a snug-fitting black wool coat. Her head was down, and she didn’t notice me pulling up. She looked different, taller and more beautiful than I’d imagined. She wasn’t the tear-streaked girl I left standing in the driveway. Her face had thinned out a bit and her hair was lighter and longer. She’d grown into herself, and the picture and video chatting images only told half the story. She was radiant. I sat there staring at her for several seconds. I had to admit I was nervous. This was her idea. I knew the inevitable was near, and it had me locked in. Knowing nothing could keep us apart had my mind spinning out of control with the possibilities of our future and the little box sitting in my nightstand drawer.

“Hey Alycat.” I got out of the car. She didn’t hear me at first. “Yo, Alycat!” I said louder.

“Oh my God, Jake,” she said, breathless. She beamed and my knees went weak. I was shaking from the excitement.

As if no time had passed, she threw herself onto me, hugging me tight. I took her face into my hands. The sound of her sigh made me want to take her right then and there. We stood, making out, until the airport cop pulled us from our love-drunk haze.

She’d never been to London, and she was wide-eyed with excitement as we made our way through the tight cobble-stoned streets of my temporary neighborhood. She marveled at how small the cars were. –

“They look like oversized roller-skates,” She mused. She would be with me for only a week, and rambled on about how she wanted to squeeze in every possible thing before she left.

I couldn’t take my eyes off of her.


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About the Author:

Ann Marie Frohoff

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Thanks for doing an interview! Could you tell our readers a little bit about your writing journey? As with many, it all started with a dream. I took my kid to a Jonas Brothers concert and it all exploded from there. I began touring with young bands and their families, to really get into the nitty-gritty life of going after “the dream.” One of the bands actually is making it big, Bad Suns. The frontman, Christo Bowman, has become like a son to me. I met him at 14 and now he’s 23. Strange thing is, as I was writing this series, some of the things I wrote about, happened. For instance I named the love interest Aly (short for Alyssa) and Christo ended up falling in love with a girl named Ally – weird. They are still together and making it. My extensive interviews and being a fly on the wall during travel and recording sessions really played into the backdrop of the story. I mean, when you think about the songs/music out there being produced – 90% of them are about love, tragic or finding your forever.

How many books do you currently have published? I’ve published 7, all belonging to my Heavy Influence series about an up and coming rockstar who falls for the girl next door. From teenage forbidden love to lusty twenty-somethings, their love story comes with more than bargained for.

What has been your favorite book to write so far? Why? The entire Heavy Influence series was awesome to write, but if I had to pick one it would be Broken Notes. That book is when it all comes to a real head, the wheels totally fall off with the bandmates and love, and you wonder if any of what’s happening can be mended, healed or put back together. I’m happy to be moving on to other stories now though.

Are you currently working on a book? Will this be your next release? I just finished writing my first book that’s not about a rockstar. hahaha. It’s a YA tale, and a bit of a secret right now as it makes the rounds. I’m hoping to have news about it sooner than later. But a hint is: The one person you can’t stand, ends up being the one who stands by you. Think – Pride and Prejudice meets Confessions of a Shopaholic.

What do you enjoy most about writing? The dreaming – where anything is possible.

Do you ever get writer’s block? If so, how do you deal with it? I actually don’t get writer’s block. It’s finding the time to write. I do like to take breaks and think about where the story is going, but I don’t consider it a block. I have so many stories that are half written, because I get so inspired by so much. I’m surprised I finish any one story at all. haha.

Have you ever had one of your characters to take a twist you weren’t expecting and surprise you? YES!!! Omg… totally. I love how my characters end up surprising you like real people.

Which of your characters is your personal favorite? Least favorite? Why? Hmm. Great question. It’s interesting because there is actually a little of me in all of my characters, and since I’m older and more of an extrovert, I’ve lived many lives and have been probably too cavalier in my life haha. I’d have to say my Heavy Influence character – Jake, my hunky rockstar. He’s so unbelievably flawed, but you root for him because he can’t get out of his own way. He’s like so many people I’ve met and love/loved in my life. I can’t say I have a “least favorite” – meaning I don’t like some of the things they’ve done, or do, but they all come around and become better people. However I am writing a thriller right now, and I hate the bad guy, and I can’t wait for my protagonist to torture him – I’m writing “my crazy” right now. hahahaha.

So far, what has been your favorite scene to write? My first stab at Urban Fantasy / Magical Realism that I’m also writing right now – the scenes taking place at Hearst Castle, in California – which is the backdrop of the story. I seriously can’t wait for this one to release someday.

What lessons have you learned since becoming a writer? Do you have any tips for new writers? Hire a great editor. Invest in one. Get recommendations. I had no idea what I was doing in the beginning. I’ll always say – INVEST in an editor. If you’re serious about your writing and want to get better.

If you were to recommend your books to a stranger, which book would you advise them to start with? Why? I’d have to say start with the very first book I published – Heavy Influence: Skid Out – it’s perma-free, so go grab it. There’s nothing like young love, or your first infatuation, or your parents telling you that you can’t have a boyfriend.

Now it’s time to get to know you! What are some of your favorite books to read? I love the Mara Dyer Trilogy by Michelle Hodkin. Harry Potter is a huge. I’m actually reading the screenplay Fantastic Beasts right now (I went to school for screenwriting so…haha). Contemporary, I love anything by Katie McGarry, or Tammara Webber. I have to say my all time faves aren’t YA or NA. There is The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova and just recently, The Nightingale. I’m reading How To Stop Time by Matt Haig and I’m loving it.

What about television shows? Movies? Any 80’s flick – specially the teenage ones by John Hughes – The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles etc. I loved American Horror Story.

Is there a book that you have read that you feel has made a big impact on your life? Why? I would have to say most recently, The Nightingale – WWII France. The writing is beautiful and there is something about “based on true stories”. Also The Outsiders from my teen years. That story never gets old. I can still recite the poem at the end. “Stay gold, Ponyboy.”

Can readers find you at any live events, such as book signings or conventions? I plan on doing a few in 2019. Right now I’m traveling a lot for a couple of book series research. So my money and time is going there. I really can’t write a story without seeing the land and places with my own eyes, and talking to the people. Also, my kid just started playing college sports, and I’m traveling to see her. So YES! 2019!

If you had to sum up your life as a writer in ten words, what would you say? Coffee. Yoga. Write. Wine. Repeat. I love writing stories about real people, real feelings; adventures, and spinning them into something fantastical too. lol. Sorry, that’s more than ten!

Do you have anything else you’d like to share with readers? Happy Reading! xoxo – oh and don’t forget to download my perma-free book: Heavy Influence: Skid Out (avail. on most online retailers) and if you join my Newsletter – I’ll mail you some free swag: http://crea.tf/amfrohoffnewsletter


New Adult Romance Book Spotlight: Every Breath You Take by J.E. Parker @AuthorJEParker


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Romantic Suspense, New Adult Romance


Every Breath You Take Book

Redeeming Love Book 2

Release Date: 2/22/18

Two damaged souls. One last shot at salvation.

Shelby
I’m a single mom with a past as hideous as the scars marring my flesh.
I’ve endured a life of pain, escaped the clutches of a sadistic monster, and survived hell.
Because of my past, the walls surrounding my heart are strong.
Impenetrable.
Yet every time Anthony speaks my name, I feel them begin to crumble.
With just one look, he makes me want things I can’t have.
Things like a father for my son and a husband for myself.
With the monster from my past closing in, I try to push him away.
But my heart and soul cry for me to pull him closer.
Falling for him is probably a big mistake.
Still, I can’t help but think it may be the sweetest mistake I’ll ever make.

Anthony
One word to describe Shelby? Perfect.
As a homicide detective, I’m constantly surrounded by darkness.
But that all changed when her eyes met mine for the first time.
In less than a second, she became my light.
My hope.
My purpose.
And come hell or high water, I’m determined to keep her and her son close.
Terrified of a looming threat from her past, she tries her best to push me away.
But no matter how hard she pushes, I’m not going anywhere.
I don’t care what she’s running from, far as I’m concerned, her fate is sealed.
Both Shelby and her son are mine.

Every Breath You Take is a standalone, 123k word novel.
Warning: This book contains dark themes that may be disturbing for some readers.

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“From the moment I first saw you, I knew that you were meant to be mine. Call me crazy all you want, but when my eyes met yours for the first time it felt like my chest cracked right open. My heart—the one I thought died the day I buried my parents—suddenly began to beat again.” His lips moved closer to mine. “Something deep inside of me came to life that day, baby, and every moment since then has been the same.” He grabbed one of my hands and placed it over his heart. “My heart beats for you, sunshine.” 

“You’re crazy, Anthony” I whispered, not knowing what else to say.

He nodded. “You keep telling me that, but I’m telling you right now, I am not crazy. I am one hundred percent lucid.” He twirled a lock of my unruly hair around his finger. “And I don’t care how long it takes me to convince you how I feel, I’ll keep trying until the day I die”—his eyes bored into mine—” because you’re the other half to my soul, Shelby Mason.”


Fantasy Romance Book Spotlight: Changeling’s Crown By Juli D. Revezzo @julidrevezzo


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New Adult  – Paranormal Romance – Sweet Romance – Fantasy


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When Ianthe began her career as a faery godmother, she stumbled so badly that Snow White will probably never speak to her again. After a long suspension, she’s finally been given a chance to redeem herself…but everything on this latest assignment is going wrong.

But why?

Worse, she definitely doesn’t need an attractive mortal man distracting her from her duties. Of course, needs and wants are two different things.

Briak has had his eye on Ianthe for a very, very long time, but he’s been waiting for just the right moment to make his move. Despite the fact all hell’s about to break loose on his watch, he can’t resist the opportunity to insert himself into her earthly assignment. Can he convince Ianthe of her true calling and thereby win her heart? Or will his subterfuge ultimately cost him her love?

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Sunlight filtered into the office, tinkling musically as it bounced off a globe standing to the far side of the room. A lone dust mote floated through the air to fall onto the crystalline floorboards and as it hit, Ianthe Hypericum cringed when she heard it clack against the floor, like the tinny clap of an iron breakfast bell. Normally the sound didn’t bother her. Normally she found it lovely.

Not today.

Nervous sweat ran down Ianthe’s back as she awaited her latest assignment. Maybe the Faery Godmother High Council hadn’t changed their decision. Maybe Ms. Siabelle had called her in to revoke her wand for good.

Why wouldn’t she? After all, so many of her recent assignments had ended in disaster. The High Council frowned upon her performance even before Snow White’s daughter had run off with that traveling band of thieves. Ianthe still couldn’t quite figure out how it had happened. She’d spent nearly fourteen hundred years on probation for it. How it hadn’t driven her crazy enough to join those in the dark side of the groves, she had no idea. It’d been a close call.

Some faery godmother she’d turned out to be! She didn’t want to think what might happen if she blew another assignment. They’d turn her out, maybe send her to the shoemaker’s shop as punishment, and she didn’t want that. Everyone knew the shoemaker’s shop was a dungeon compared to the human world.

What a disgrace for her family, if the council banished her there! They were having a hard enough time, socially, dealing with her failure with the Snow White family. Banishment would undo them. She had to succeed at this assignment, she just had to!

The door opened and an older woman, wearing a gray Armani suit, stepped through.

Ianthe stood and curtseyed, her lilac taffeta skirt rustling. “Good morning, Ms. Siabelle.”

The old woman pushed her glasses up her pert nose with a thick finger. “Ah, Ianthe. I see you’re on time, for once.” She scuttled around the huge oak desk like an overweight crab.

Ianthe folded her hands in her lap, twisting her fingers as she waited for her boss to settle down.

“I trust all is well.”

“Yes, ma’am,” she said. “The Smith-Weiss affair’s all cleaned up.”

“They’re happy, then?” Ms. Siabelle asked.

Ianthe bit her lip. Hard. No, she wouldn’t say the couple was happy. Not unless the faery godparent council had changed its definition of single parent households. Still, she made her report on her latest assignment. “The couple is—April is…Chuck will be—” She blew out a deep breath. “They’ll get there. Plenty of babies grow up without their fathers. It’s for the best.”

“Is it?”

“April Smith and Charles Weiss weren’t made for each other, no matter how much we wish it.” She frowned at the old faery godmother. “You knew there were problems going into that assignment.”

Ms. Siabelle remained quiet in the face of Ianthe’s accusation. She twitched the platinum chain on her glasses and turned her attention to her computer. “Yes, well, that isn’t the issue today.” Adjusting her glasses to her liking, she turned her head, gaze softening as she peered at Ianthe.

Ianthe could feel a million tiny lightning bolts trying to find their way into her heart. She could barely breathe under the elderly overseer’s gaze and she begged the faery gods to be on her side, just this once.

Ms. Siabelle cleared her throat.

Here it came. Ianthe tried not to cringe.

“The Faery Godparent High Council has decided to give you another chance, child.”

She blinked. “Say that again?” Unbelievable!

“I said we’ve decided in your favor.” Ms. Siabelle turned in her chair, and standing, crossed the room to a tall filing cabinet. Batting away a stray sunbeam, she wrapped old fingers around the silver handle gracing the top drawer, tugged it open, and drew a finger in the air above the files. They flipped by themselves, one after another, as if she pulled them. But she held her finger too high. “If the couple can’t make a go of it even after what you’ve done, it’s not your fault.”

“I did try.”

“I told the council so. Ah, here we are.” She stepped back as one file slid free. It spun in the air before her a moment, then Ms. Siabelle reached out and took hold of the thin folder. Ianthe wrung her hands as Ms. Siabelle sat back down and began to read. “Hmm… It says here that you’re to be assigned to a young man.” Her brow rose. “And his soon-to-be ex-wife.”

Ianthe sat up straighter. A divorce? Oh, no. More battles over the children. She found being saddled with the choice of which parent would be best heartbreaking. “Surely you must be mistaken. Isn’t there some forlorn lover I can look after instead?” This guy was probably as ugly as the frog prince, while the wife, well… she’d met some doozies!

“No, the assignment is quite clear. You’re to assist Randall and Mallory Davies.” Ms. Siabelle shut the gleaming folder and folded her hands atop it. “According to their files, it’s a clear case. Randall’s not sure he wants the divorce and Mallory—well, I don’t see why she couldn’t be persuaded to drop the case. Should be a piece of cake, as they say down there.”

She’d said that about Snow White’s daughter, but Ianthe thought better of reminding her. “I’m not sure.”

“Are you saying you don’t want the assignment, my dear? I thought you hoped for a chance to get your wand and title back.” Her nose twitched. “And everything else that goes with it. Coaches and ball gowns and such.”

All of which had gone out of style with the age of classic faery tales. Right now, Ianthe didn’t feel like contradicting her. “I do, ma’am. It’s just that—”

“Good. I’ll see the paperwork’s sent through; meanwhile—” She wiggled her finger over the file and it rose from the desktop, floating like a bird into Ianthe’s less than eager hands. “Why don’t you get started?” She shook her head sadly. “Seems Randall and Mallory are in dire need of a happy ending, as you’ll see.”

Ian
the sighed. The pages flipped open before her, and she took in the photographs. Randall, his employees. One stood out: a man with a handsome angular face, tousled brown hair, and deep, coffee-colored eyes.

She leaned forward to study the picture, wondering who he was. Too handsome to ignore, she thought. Was he the reason for the couple’s troubles? She could see that being the case.

Maybe this assignment wasn’t going to be so bad, after all.

She shoved the file into her oversized purse and exited the office to take to the hall, a renewed confidence in her gait. She could do this. Surely, she would finally live down that fiasco of an assignment with Snow White’s daughter. Maybe it would even garner her a promotion. Full Godmotherhood!

Dare she dream?


About the Author:

Juli D. Revezzo is a Florida girl, with a love of fantasy, science fiction, and Arthurian legend, so much so she gained a B.A. in English and American Literature. She loves writing stories with fantastical elements whether it be a full-on fantasy, or a story set in this world-slightly askew. She has been published in short form in Eternal Haunted Summer, Dark Things II: Cat Crimes (a charity anthology for cat related charities), Luna Station Quarterly, Potnia, By Blood, Bone, and Blade (forthcoming charity anthologies by Biblioteca Alexandrina); Crossing the River, An Anthology in Honor of Sacred Journeys; The Scribing Ibis: An Anthology of Pagan Fiction in Honor of Thoth, and Twisted Dreams Magazine. She’s the author of The Antique Magic series and the Paranormal Romance Harshad Wars series.

She is a member of the Independent Author Network and the Magic Appreciation Tour. Come learn more about her at http://julidrevezzo.com

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Featured Paranormal Romance Book: Beyond the Reach of Judgement by Jo Bissell @JoBissell


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Paranormal Romance/Paranormal Romantic Tragedy/New Adult Paranormal


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“Did we leave any sin out?” she replied with a forced weak laugh.
“No. Between the two of us, I think we have managed to cover them all,” he mumbled as that uncomfortable lump in his gut returned.

Julien Rene Durant was once a good man. Born in France, he took the oath as a Jesuit Priest in the 1600s. He dedicated his life to spreading the Gospel. Now, he is a monster surviving off the blood of others; killing for survival even as he wished for nothing other than for his own extinction. After almost four centuries of guilt and hopelessness, he encounters someone who might just be able to rescue the good man trapped within the monster, but will his judgements deny him a second chance?

Mary Ruth Jacobson-Ryan is nothing special; a small town girl stuck in a rut. Married to the local Iraq and Afghanistan War Veteran and town hero who turned out not to be the perfect guy she fell in love with before the war, she is desperate for a way out. When things turn from bad to worse, she runs with plans to never look back. She quickly finds, however, that her search for a better future may lead her down a path with no future at all.

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Jo Bissell started writing in middle school with fantasy stories inspired by books such as The Hobbit, and in fact once turned in a journal project written entirely in Dwarfish Ruins. Now, after many years of study, she spends most of her time working as a full time physician caring for hospitalized adults. When she is not writing or doctoring, she enjoys reading, movies, traveling, archery, thrift store shopping, and snowboarding. She currently resides in the Iowa City, IA area with her husband and two cats.

Beyond the Reach of Judgement is Jo Bissell’s first original novel which evolved out of a 2012 National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) project. She has previously written works of short fiction, fan-fiction, and poetry. Future planned novels include a sequel to Beyond the Reach of Judgement, other works of urban fantasy and paranormal romances, and a science fiction novel. She continues to participate in NaNoWriMo.

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Mafia Romance Spotlight: Russian Pride by Holly Bargo


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Romance: New Adult, Mafia, and Contemporary


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Russian Love Book 4

Release Date: 9/30/17

Rescued from domestic abuse, Bratva princess Inessa recuperates from the latest beating in the home of Giovanni Maglione, the mafia captain of Cleveland. Learning that her husband double-crossed the Chinese triad, and they want their pound of flesh–and they’re happy to take it out of Inessa–her parents ask Giovanni to marry their newly widowed daughter. The Chinese triad will be looking for a Russian mobster’s wife, not the wife of an Italian mobster. Inessa agrees to this marriage of convenience which, of course, isn’t so convenient. The ruse fails, which forces Giovanni into a violent and bloody mob war, because he protects what’s his… and Inessa is most definitely his.

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They walked in thoughtful silence for a little while longer until Inessa mentioned this issue that had been weighing upon her conscience: “I really am grateful for your letting me impose upon your hospitality for so long, but I really am doing well enough to go back home.”
“You can’t,” Giovanni said, his voice stern and cool.
“What do you mean I can’t?”
“Your husband was involved in things he should not have been,” Giovanni hedged.
“Oh?”
“The Chinese Triad.”
“Oh?”
Giovanni gave her part of the story: “He was not particularly successful in his dealings with them and they seek recompense.”
“What does that have to do with me? I wasn’t involved in his business. Ruslan forbade me anything like that.” Ruslan had forbidden her almost everything.
“The Triad doesn’t care. They see you as collateral.”
“O, Bozhe,” Inessa murmured with renewed horror, which made her babble. “I’ll sell the house, all my jewelry to pay them back. I’ll get a job and send them payments, everything I earn.”
Giovanni took her gloved hand in his and gave it a little squeeze. “It’s about more than money, Inessa. Ruslan double-crossed them and more. They lost face. Now they’re determined to restore their honor and get revenge.”
“They’ve launched a vendetta.”
“Sì, and it will not be complete until they’ve annihilated you, Ruslan’s family, your family, and recovered their funds.”
“And that’s why Mama and Papa won’t discuss my moving back home. They hope the Triad won’t think to look for me here.”
He nodded, though he suspected the Triad would not be so easily fooled. “And that’s why they have also asked me to marry you. The Triad won’t be seeking a Mrs. Maglione.”
Inessa gaped in horrified surprise. “They can’t expect you to do that!”
“Maksim and Olivia do not expect any such thing, but they did ask… and I find I am not entirely averse to the idea.”


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Holly Bargo is a pseudonym, but really did exist as a temperamental appaloosa mare whose memory still elicits smiles and entertaining anecdotes. The author has been writing improbable stories for over 40 years and only recently dove headfirst into publishing. She currently works as a freelance writer and editor, serves as the fantasy editor for Red Sun Magazine, and lives on a hobby farm in southwest Ohio with her husband, two sons, and a menagerie of four-legged critters.

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Paranormal Spotlight: Princesses of the Night by Tich Brewster and Teresa Fuentez @TichBrewster @TeresaFuentez


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New Adult / Fantasy / Paranormal / Magical Realism


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Royal Blood Book 1

Release Date: 9/19/17

Tanya is a hardworking college student but her whole world is turned upside down when she meets a mysterious man on Halloween. All that she thought was fiction is now her reality. A night life filled with fangs and blood—and an evil vampire that wants her dead.

She and her friends are the chosen ones, destined long ago, to save this world from destruction. That’s not easy when your enemy is your sire’s son.

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He chuckled. “You’ve already lost.”

It was so dark, she could barely see. Remembering there was a lamp in the corner with a clap-on, clap-off setting, she clapped her hands. Nothing. Oh, right. No power. Using the flashlight app on her phone, she shined it toward them but it wasn’t enough. He pulled the woman to the other side of the room, into the shadow of a large filling cabinet.

Wrapping a muscular arm around the woman’s waist to hold her in place, he brought the knife he was holding in his other hand to the base of her throat. Dear Lord, what was going on in this store? Who was this man, and who in the world was this poor, defenseless woman?

Needing to know her identity, Tanya took a couple of steps in their direction. The woman’s short, dark-brown curls moved where her captor’s breath was blowing next to her ear. She shined her light at the frightened young woman. Big, bright-blue eyes were staring back at Tanya, pleadingly.

Taking another small step forward, Tanya gasped. “Danny, is that you?” Dannika Wile, Tanya’s cousin and best friend, was the one in danger, and there was no way Tanya could save her from this crazed maniac.

At Tanya’s advance, the intruder pressed the knife into her cousin’s throat a little more, and a droplet of blood formed beneath the blade. As if smelling the tinny odor, he smiled at Tanya in a manner that reminded her of a lunatic.

Tanya was struggling to breathe as she whispered, “Oh jeez, mister.” She wanted to advance and help her cousin, but she knew it would do more damage than good so she stayed put. “Look, just let her go. I’ll give you whatever you want, just let her go.”

The shadows concealed him well enough she couldn’t see his expression, but his laugh said it all. The fear coursing through Tanya’s body amused him.

Surely this was a nightmare and she’d awaken any moment. At a last attempt to save Dannika, she said, “Hey, I have access to the safe. I mean it, whatever you want, it’s yours.”

“You have nothing that interests me, little girl.” In one swift movement, he sliced through Dannika’s neck.

Dannika’s eyes meet Tanya’s briefly, and the terror there was enough to make Tanya scream. A split second later, Dannika’s body fell limp. “No,” Tanya screamed at the man standing before her.

“You’re next,” he growled. Cackling, he brought the knife up to his mouth and licked the blade clean.