How about a super sneaky peek at February’s GOING UNDER?
“Lauren Dane always delivers a steamy, exciting ride,”* and she does it again in her new novel of two lovers fighting for their lives against a rising threat, and a passion that’s just as dangerous…
In the wake of the Magister’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 federation—and ruthless PR guru Molly Ryan is the witch who can do it. She grew up in the human world but there’s nothing left for her there. She’s lost her PR firm, her friends and she’s decided to put all her fight toward aiding the Others in this dark, new reality. If there’s anything left for her there, she’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, they’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, they’re fighting the good fight. And it’s bringing out a passion in both of them they never expected—one as volatile, intense, and all-consuming as their relentless battle for world unity. A battle that could be their undoing…
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 he’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, he’d gagged on it more than once.
The house burned, casting orangey yellow reflections all across the street. Over the cars parked by people who’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 who’d been working to put the blaze out, but it didn’t hide the resolution that there was nothing else they could do to save the three who’d been caught inside.
“The arsonists had to have used an accelerant of some type.” Lark, who still favored the side where she hadn’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 they’d have to attend yet more funerals.
“They best goddamn back off in my town or there’ll be hell to pay.” Helena wasn’t scrappy and scary like Lark. But she had her own sort of strength, and Gage believed the Hunter in charge of Gennessee’s security would indeed take out the murderous asshole humans who’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 couldn’t escape.
The firefighters had tried. Two had been hurt when part of a landing collapsed as they’d valiantly attempted to get to the second story where the bedrooms were.
Impotent fury tightened Gage’s muscles so hard he had a headache. The stench of these young men’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 she’d been shot just weeks before.
“I don’t know if there’s a peaceful way out of this now.”
Helena’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 sister’s back.
“I’m not sure there ever was.”
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