How about a super sneaky peek at February’s GOING UNDER?
â€śLauren Dane always delivers a steamy, exciting ride,â€ť* and she does it again in her new novel of two lovers fighting for their lives against a rising threat, and a passion thatâ€™s just as dangerousâ€¦
In the wake of the Magisterâ€™s rampage, chaos rules. Left reeling, the Others and the humans scramble to create a some sort of unity in the face of growing unrest and violence from anti-Other hate groups federationâ€”and ruthless PR guru Molly Ryan is the witch who can do it. She grew up in the human world but thereâ€™s nothing left for her there. Sheâ€™s lost her PR firm, her friends and sheâ€™s decided to put all her fight toward aiding the Others in this dark, new reality. If thereâ€™s anything left for her there, sheâ€™s going to fight for it. But Gage Garrity, one of the few Others who survived the massacre, fears that the crusade will expose Molly to greater dangers than ever before.
Now, together, with magick on their side, theyâ€™re on the road in a desperate struggle to unite a torn world. From state houses to television news to legislative conference rooms across the country, theyâ€™re fighting the good fight. And itâ€™s bringing out a passion in both of them they never expectedâ€”one as volatile, intense, and all-consuming as their relentless battle for world unity. A battle that could be their undoingâ€¦
Bound By Magick: GOING UNDER by LAUREN DANE
Copyright 2013, Lauren Dane
All Rights Reserved, The Berkley Publishing Group
Releasing in mass market paper and digital formats February 5, 2013
BURNING flesh created a smell unlike any heâ€™d ever experienced. Sickeningly sweet, while at the same time sticky with death and pain. It was a stench Gage had hoped to never come across and yet, over the last months, heâ€™d gagged on it more than once.
The house burned, casting orangey yellow reflections all across the street. Over the cars parked by people whoâ€™d simply wanted to slump inside their homes and relax until they had to return to work the following day.
The red of the fire truck would delight children at any other time. But the flames made that shiny, cheery red into something more sinister. Grime coated the faces of the firefighters whoâ€™d been working to put the blaze out, but it didnâ€™t hide the resolution that there was nothing else they could do to save the three whoâ€™d been caught inside.
â€śThe arsonists had to have used an accelerant of some type.â€ť Lark, who still favored the side where she hadnâ€™t been shot, looked on, standing next to Gage. Her sister, Helena, also watched.
This was supposed to be a visit to share information and new spells. And now theyâ€™d have to attend yet more funerals.
â€śThey best goddamn back off in my town or thereâ€™ll be hell to pay.â€ť Helena wasnâ€™t scrappy and scary like Lark. But she had her own sort of strength, and Gage believed the Hunter in charge of Gennesseeâ€™s security would indeed take out the murderous asshole humans whoâ€™d set a house on fire while the people living there had been locked inside.
People. Others. Witches, to be exact. Five of them who shared the house and attended nearby UCLA. Three of whom had been home in bed when the place had been set on fire. Strategically. At the exits, so the witches inside couldnâ€™t escape.
The firefighters had tried. Two had been hurt when part of a landing collapsed as theyâ€™d valiantly attempted to get to the second story where the bedrooms were.
Impotent fury tightened Gageâ€™s muscles so hard he had a headache. The stench of these young menâ€™s death would live in his system for days, though he believed the memory of it would live far longer. Right next to the memory of how Edwina Owen, his former boss, had looked after sheâ€™d been shot just weeks before.
â€śI donâ€™t know if thereâ€™s a peaceful way out of this now.â€ť
Helenaâ€™s hands, fisted, hung at her sides. Rage pulsed from her, wave after wave. Her magick sparked from her body, even as Lark ran a hand up and down her sisterâ€™s back.
â€śIâ€™m not sure there ever was.â€ť
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