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Chapter One of Dreamwalker!!

THE COMPLETE FIRST CHAPTER OF DREAMWALKER!!
*4 days and counting*

Chapter One

“You can’t hold me back forever.” The gong had just rung, calling for reinforcements from our small town due to a skirmish.
And we had to sit here and prepare vegetables with the rest of the healers.
How could I be the only one who felt this was wrong?
“We have much to practice and learn.” Mother Ofburg raised a dark eyebrow at me as she worked away, snapping the ends off the peas. “Healing is our contribution to our people.”
It was easy for her to say. She’d been a healer for…. well, a long time. It wasn’t natural for me. “What if I don’t want to be like you?” I pointed at Noble, my best friend and fellow healer. “Or you?”
“One day, you will find peace and realize that you are a healer, not a fighter.” Mother Ofburg poured her plate of beans into a sack we’d be giving to the farmers whose crops had died overnight.
I shut my mouth, knowing nothing I’d said would change her mind. Mother Ofburg was a respected healer and leader in our small town. I was one of three apprentices in her care and quite possibly the worst.
No. I was the worst. I had no idea why she kept trying with me. From my botched spells to the time I burned the outhouse down on a full moon by accident. Magic didn’t flow through my veins. Fighting did.
The pounding of war drums thrilled me. I closed my eyes briefly for a moment, remembering my first time. My one and only fight.
The reason my parents sent me here.
I opened my eyes and glared at Mother Ofburg, a look so familiar to her she ignored it.
Her family had been healers for centuries. Her long grey hair was always pulled up in a bun, her face tanned and wrinkled from being outside. She pronounced every syllable slowly and clearly, so any misfit could understand.
I hated that. It made me feel slow.
Guilt washed over me as I slouched my shoulders in my seat. It was not Mother Ofburg’s fault I’d ended up here.
I averted my gaze toward Noble. He kept his head down and worked around my drama. He was handsome enough but had sworn his life to healing. No women for him, not even the questionable girls in town. But they loved the challenge. He kept the sides of his head shaved, and the top long and pulled back in a ponytail. His bright green eyes could pierce anyone. His dimples were his most adoring feature.
“Are you done pouting?” Mother Ofburg poured the last of her beans into a bag.
I stood, grabbing the bag. “Noble?”
He snubbed me and poured his beans into his sack.
I stood there and studied him. Had he ever thought of me as more than a sister-figure? I was pretty enough. Had my fair share of men and women who’d shown interest in me, but I’d never managed to find the one. I wasn’t thin like most girls. I practiced sword fighting in secret, deep in the woods, and it had kept me in good shape. My long auburn hair was the attribute I loved the most about myself. Though, my violet eyes drew the most attention.
“I’m ready.” Noble headed to the door.
I grabbed my sack and moved to catch up with him. “Noble, wait.” I shut the large wooden door behind us.
There was not a lot of money in healing. That wasn’t the purpose of being a healer, so we lived like most of the townspeople. Our homes built into the hills, covered in moss and grass. Some buildings were made from wood, but they leaked. It was much better to use clay and hay to reinforce the walls. Building into the hills also allowed us to remain hidden to creatures flying above.
Like the ur’gel, demons from the northern deserts.
“We have to meet Skyra,” The tone of his voice was irritable. “She’ll lead us to the farmers that need us most.”
When we’d commenced our apprenticeships, we’d both felt like we’d belonged somewhere else. But then he’d given up. He’d sworn his life to healing. That…. sure felt like giving up to me. I don’t know why I thought he’d understand my need.
“I’m sorry. Okay?” I caught up to him and grabbed his hand. I forced my energy into his palm to prove it. As a healer, he would be able to feel my emotions just from touching the heat that rose from my body. Sharing our energy had bonded us, unlike any relationship before. It was impossible to lie to another healer.
He pushed my hand away and shook his head as he walked on.
“I just wanted—” I tried to get him to understand how frustration sometimes overtook my common sense, but perhaps I had gone too far this time.
His shoulders drooped.
In defeat? Was he angry?
“I understand why you’re mad. I don’t understand why you won’t change the way you think.” He stopped and faced me, his eyes watery.
My stomach dropped. How insensitive could I be? He’d sworn his life to healing when he lost three brothers in battle. His parents had sent him to Mother Ofburg to preserve his line by becoming a healer. He’d been a great warrior in his day, or so the rumors were. I would never ask him, though. Being a healer wasn’t a step down by any means. It took many years of studying at the Healer’s Guild in Abrecem Secer before you could even become an apprentice. Noble could have chosen to heal in the battlefield as a battle walker but chose to work in a village.
I held up my hands in surrender. “No more talk of it.” I smiled and punched his arm, then turned and ran.
Noble paused for a moment and then chased after me.
Like old times.
We ran giggling. He never caught me, although he could have without even breaking a sweat. We ran past the Millers, the Gates, the Burns, until we reached the edge of town. We fell onto the soft grass under a tree to catch our breath as we waited for Skyra.
The beauty of our town in the spring always brought a smile to my face. The snow had melted, and all Rilyo’s bounties were in the process of growing again. The town itself was large and shared with humans and elves. We all tried to get along, but raiding occurred. While I liked the town and its people, I wouldn’t be here forever. The ache in my soul said otherwise.
“Can we just ban talking about fighting?” He leaned back on the grass and stretched.
“This isn’t going to be my life.” I lay next to him on my side. I thought of him as a brother but could appreciate his beauty.
“It’s better than dying.” He shifted his body so he faced me. His large hand reached toward my face to lift away the stray hairs that had fallen into my eyes.
“We can all die at any time.” I was grateful for his touch. Not being with family had left me hungry for hugs and physical comfort.
Noble didn’t respond. Instead, his gaze was distant.
Would he ever talk about them with me?
Probably not. “But today we feed the hungry.” I smiled at him, then flopped back on my back. Skyra wouldn’t be long. I wanted to soak in every second of not having to do anything but wait.
“Skyra is late. For once, I’m happy about that.” He smiled and joined me again, lying on his back.
We lay in silence, enjoying the soft breeze, smelling the blossoming flowers and calm in the woods. It was so peaceful we almost fell asleep.
We sensed Skyra’s energy before we caught sight of her. She was not only a bundle of energy but also the tallest person in town. An awkward combo.
“Wakey, wakey!” Skyra pounced on the ground at our feet.
Skyra worked for the Council Three. They ruled the Low Forest, and we often did work for them. They were investigating the crop failure. She had just won a leadership tournament and was now one of the most popular guides. There was something about her which made you want her on your side. I often confided in her and respected her opinion. She understood me.
“You’re late.” Noble rose to his feet in one leap.
“Come on, slackers. We have adventuring to do.” Skyra headed into the woods, and we followed.
“So, what are we walking into?” We’d only heard the rumors and questioned if it was as bad as it had been made out to be. What could destroy entire crops in one night?
“We’re coming up on the first farm.” Skyra crouched down and extended her arms out to stop us. She brought her finger to her lips, instructing us to remain quiet.
She removed the bow from her hip and notched an arrow.
I tried to see what she did. There was nothing there.
Noble’s eyes fixed on a spot ahead of us.
I leaned over and saw the branches move. What was it? A bandit? An animal?
A deer shot out.
Skyra released her arrow, and the deer fell to the ground. She moved to it and placed her hands on the animal, offering up the hunting prayers and ensuring it wasn’t suffering. Moments later, she swung the deer over her shoulder, and we moved on.
“Beatrice will be thankful. Her crops were hit the worst.” She carried the heavy deer with ease as we came across a clearing.
I stopped in my tracks, the view shocking. The field was filled with black soot. “Did it burn?”
“No. We have no idea what this is, and it just keeps growing.” Skyra headed toward the clay home.
I couldn’t even begin to imagine the devastation. “Beatrice Mulligan. We went to school together. Her father was killed in the war.” Her mother had found comfort elsewhere, but I kept that part to myself.
“She’s married now.” Skyra knocked on the door. “Happily, with child, and they have their own farm elsewhere. It’s safe for now.” After several moments, and no answer, she placed the deer next to the door. “Follow me.”
She walked past the small house to a wooden building.
“Anyone here?” Skyra yelled into the barn.
“Up here,” a man called back as he came down the ladder to greet us.
“Came to look things over.” Skyra stepped inside.
“You got those healers with you?”
Another thing I hated. People never used our names.
“Yup.”
He set his pitchfork on the platform and leaned on it, looking at us. But he talked to Skyra even though we stood right there. “Mother Ofburg sent a boy looking for ‘em. They’re needed back right away.”
“I’ll get them there. You safe here? I brought your family meat.”
“I’ll never turn down meat. These old bones don’t get to hunt very often. Thank you for the offering.”
Skyra turned toward us and motioned with her head to follow her through the woods again.
We were quick on her tail. Worry gnawed at me. Some of our fighters had gone out. She was calling us back in. That meant there must be wounded members.
“I hope she’s ok.”
“The skirmish destroyed people and land,” Skyra shouted over her shoulder. “Multiple dead.”
“Where did it happen?” Noble’s voice was uneasy.
“Choked Valley.”
The muscles in Noble’s neck stiffened.
His hometown.
His pace picked up, and I tried my best to match it.
From my guess, it had been three years since he’d been back, even though it was not far.
“I hear you still want to fight?” Skyra changed the subject
It was not something I wanted the Council Three to know about. But I couldn’t lie to her. “I’m thinking about it.”
She snorted as we reached the edge of the woods outside Choked Valley.
As I looked down the stretch of land, the smoke from the charred trees and the burned houses irritated my nostrils. Few homes still stood, and those that did were badly damaged.
“Stick with your apprenticeship. You don’t want to see what I have to. You’re both on your own now. I’ll take care of the deliveries. Good luck”
We handed off our bags, eager to see the damage and destruction up close. Being a warrior was difficult, fighting every battle no questions asked, wondering who would make it back and who wouldn’t.
Skyra disappeared back into the woods.
Noble and I shared a look, then we both took off running toward the village. This time, he beat me. I was at least ten minutes longer getting back.
As soon as I entered the town square, my eyes were drawn to Noble, who was now on the ground, hugging his mother. Having never seen him cry before, I clutched my stomach with my shaky hands.
My anger stirred inside of me, and I never wanted to fight more. But for now, I had to stay and help heal these people. Right then and there, I vowed to myself I would avenge Noble and his family.

Links:
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07M8DBLCN/
Nook: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/dreamwalker-ja-culican/1130807791
Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/dreamwalker-24
iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/dreamwalker/id1438454551

**Announcement**

I have another new series launching in 2019!!
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Raise your hand if you’re ready to meet Asael Rel! She is a kick@ss, warrior mermaid… who just so happens to be a princess.
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Get ready for the five book series, Tails of Valor.
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AND get ready to meet my new coauthor Natasha Larry!!

WOW!! Thank you to all my readers!

This week some super amazing things happened….

  1. I signed my 5th foreign rights contract
  2. I broke into the 100’s rank on Amazon with Keeper of Dragons Book 1
  3. I broke into the top 50 authors rank on Amazon

None of this would have happened if it wasn’t for all of you. My readers are amazing and I thank you from the bottom of my heart! And I have some HUGE plans for all of you in 2019!!! Make sure to keep an eye out!

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SWORD OF FIRE  by J.A. Culican

#YA #Fantasy #NewRelease

 

An unforgettable tale brimming with suspense, action and dragons.”– Through the Ashes will thrill fans of The Gender Game, Divergent & The Hunger Games.

   

Defenseless. Alone. Betrayed.

Bells is a poor fae who works on a farm outside the protections of the dragon city. When her family is attacked by trolls, she goes to the one person she knows can help her. But will he?

Peace. Death. Enough.

    

The dragons brought peace to the city and the surrounding area when they rose. Jaekob believes there is no reason for further dragon involvement. They’ve’ lost enough lives to this cause. They’ve done their fair share and owe the world nothing more.


But when the dark elves infect his city with a virus unlike anything he’s ever seen, he knows they need a solution. Now.

The sword of peace. Myth? Reality?

They’re about to find out.

 

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39676978-sword-of-fire

 

https://www.amazon.com/Sword-Fire-Through-Ashes-Book-ebook/dp/B07BQFWWDV/

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

J.A. Culican is a USA Today Bestselling author of the middle grade fantasy series Keeper of Dragons. Her first novel in the fictional series catapulted a trajectory of titles and awards, including top selling author on the USA Today bestsellers list and Amazon, and a rightfully earned spot as an international best seller. Additional accolades include Best Fantasy Book of 2016, Runner-up in Reality Bites Book Awards, and 1st place for Best Coming of Age Book from the Indie book Awards. 

J.A. Culican holds a Master’s degree in Special Education from Niagara University, in which she has been teaching special education for over 11 years. She is also the president of the autism awareness non-profit Puzzle Peace United. J.A. Culican resides in Southern New Jersey with her husband and four young children.

Author Links

Website: www.jaculican.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/jaculican

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Twitter: www.twitter.com/jaculican

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Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15287808.J_A_Culican

 

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Through the Ashes-Coming June 2018!!!

Raise your hand if you already miss Cole and Eva?? (my hand just flew up, super fast!) I miss Keeper of Dragons sooo much already….but I have a whole new series coming out this June….which I hope you fall in love with just as much…..introducing….Jaekob and Bells!!!  Jaekob…a dragon shifter….Bells a fae. This world was so much fun to build and I hope you all love my take on this dystopian fantasy!

The YA Summer Scavenger Hunt!

The YA Summer Scavenger Hunt (free books and giveaways!)

In June, the Alliance of Young Adult Authors is sponsoring a massive young adult scavenger hunt. This is a chance to meet some new authors, grab a bunch of free books, and sign up to win a whole bunch of epic prizes!

RULES

Each author will be given a special keyword, which will be bolded and all caps like this: BUTTERFLIES.

All you have to do is visit all the author’s sites in this order, write down the special keywords to discover the short story, then enter the giveaway with the completed secret legend HERE.

There will be one main giveaway for the main prize, but most of the participating authors will also have smaller giveaways for free books, amazon credit and author swag, so make sure you read their post carefully to see what else they’re offering while you’re on their site for the keyword.

THE MAP (participating authors)

  1. Cindy Ray Hale
  2. Katherine Bogle
  3. Melle Amade
  4. David Kudler
  5. A.M. Yates
  6. Alethea Kontis
  7. Stevie Rae Causey
  8. Katlyn Duncan
  9. Debbie Manber Kupfer
  10. Meredith Rose
  11. N.M. Howell
  12. Lara Ann
  13. K.M. Robinson
  14. J.A. Culican
  15. Heather Karn
  16. Rob L. Slater
  17. Dylan Keefer
  18. Sarah K. Wilson
  19. L.J. Higgins
  20. Gina Marie Long
  21. Em Kazmierski
  22. Travis Hall
  23. Heather Young-Nichols
  24. Anna Santos
  25. J.L. Weil
  26. Jo Schneider
  27. Rebecca Fernfield
  28. Kristin D. Van Risseghem
  29. Martine Lewis
  30. Tara Benham
  31. Stacy Claflin
  32. Beth Hammond
  33. Erica Cope
  34. Nicole Zoltack
  35. Char Webster
  36. Sabrina Ramoth
  37. T.J. Muir
  38. Raquel Lyon
  39. Beth Rodgers
  40. S.L. Beaumont
  41. Eva Pohler
  42. Melanie McFarlane
  43. Cheryllynn Dyess
  44. Audrey Rich
  45. Amanda Zieba
  46. Sandie Will
  47. Elle Scott
  48. Angie Grigaliunas
  49. Ashley Maker
  50. Mandy Peterson
  51. Audrey Grey
  52. Elisa Dane
  53. Amy McNulty
  54. Melinda Cordell
  55. Monica Leonelle
  56. Claire Luana
  57. Frost Kay
  58. Preeti C. Sharma
  59. Bentz Deyo
  60. April Wood
  61. Lena Mae Hill
  62. Angel Leya
  63. Wendi Wilson
  64. Wendy Knight
  65. Chogan Swan
  66. Tamara Hart Heiner
  67. Norma Hinkens
  68. Patti Larsen
  69. Megan Crewe
  70. Jamie Thornton
  71. Jessie Renée
  72. T.A. Maclagan
  73. Lydia Sherrer
  74. Phyllis Moore
  75. P.D. Workman
  76. J.A. Armitage
  77. K.N. Lee
  78. Angela Fristoe
  79. Rhonda Sermon
  80. G.K. DeRosa
  81. Erin Richards
  82. Ali Winters
  83. Larissa C. Hardesty
  84. Kristine Tate
  85. Debra Kristi
  86. Bella Rose
  87. Cortney Pearson
  88. Jeff Kohanek
  89. Kristal Shaff
  90. Rachel Morgan
  91. Emma Right
  92. C.L. Cannon
  93. Joanne Macgregor
  94. Lindsey Loucks
  95. Farah Kuck
  96. Erin Hayes
  97. Jesikah Sundin
  98. Dorothy Dreyer
  99. Danielle Annett
  100. C.J. Ethington
  101. L.C. Hibbett
  102. Madeline Dyer
  103. Katie John
  104. Nicole Schubert
  105. Rachel Medhurst
  106. Tee G Ayer
  107. May Freighter
  108. Heather Dyer
  109. Jen Minkman
  110. J.L. Gillham
  111. Karen Tomlinson
  112. Kate Haye
  113. Megan Linski
  114. Martina Billings
  115. Jo Ho
  116. Brian King
  117. Inna Hardison
  118. Rachel Bateman
  119. Sally Henson
  120. J.L. Hendricks
  121. A.L. Knorr
  122. T.M. Franklin
  123. Konstanz Silverbow
  124. felisha Antonette
  125. Jake Devlin
  126. S.F. Benson
  127. Laurie Treacy
  128. Emily Martha Sorensen
  129. Leia Stone
  130. T. Rae Mitchell
  131. J. Keller Ford
  132. Kat Stiles
  133. Jessica Hawke
  134. Elyse Reyes
  135. Sophie Davis
  136. Bianca Scardoni
  137. Jenetta Penner
  138. David R. Bernstein
  139. Olivia Wildenstein
  140. Derek Murphy

Starts June 1st!

Just go through the “treasure map” above to find the keywords and reconstruct the secret legend. Once you’ve got it, enter for the grand prize HERE. Don’t forget to keep an eye out for other giveaways or free books as you search for the keywords, most authors will be offering their own prizes as well.

For rules, updates or trouble-shooting, make sure to check out this main post which will stay updated.

TIMELINE

Authors will post the rules and the full list of participating authors sometime in June, and have their post up and visible on their site/blog, with their keyword, by June 1st. Readers just need to go through the list, find the words, and use the story to enter for the grand prize.

 

SLAYER!

Shattered Worlds features Armitage and Culican’s SLAYER!

 

 

SLAYER
Dragon Tamer, Book One
Dragons versus slayers in a war centuries old. Lies and loss. What will happen when the truth is unfolded?

Destined to Slay
 
In the small homestead of Dronias, where monsters terrorize, young Julianna is a dragon killer – or so she’s been trained. Destined to be one of the great slayers like generations before her, Julianna is eager to fulfill her destiny of defending her village.
A Sword Infused with Power
On her eighteenth birthday, she embarks on a journey to kill her first dragon, a right of passage like so many before her. Magic Goblin sword in hand, Julianna tracks down her beastly target but finds herself unable to deliver the final blow.
 
A War Centuries Old
In her moment of weakness, with sword poised, Julianna suddenly finds herself no longer staring down the emerald eyes of a dragon. Instead, a handsome young dragon shifter named Ash is staring up at her with beseeching eyes.
 
Danger and Betrayal
Forced into an unlikely alliance in an attempt to prevent a needless and bloody war between their nations, Julianna and Ash must survive a world where danger lurks around every corner, and where not everyone is hoping for peace.
A young adult sword and sorcery adventure, Slayer is an epic fantasy novel packed with plenty of action, twists, thrills, and magic. The first book in the Dragon Tamer series by USA TODAY bestselling authors Armitage and Culican, Slayer is sure to have readers begging for more.

 

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JA Culican bio:
J.A. Culican is a teacher by day and a writer by night. She lives in New Jersey with her husband of eleven years and their four young children.


           J.A. Culican’s inspiration to start writing came from her children and their love for all things magical. Bedtime stories turned to reality after her oldest daughter begged her for the book from which her stories of dragons came from. In turn, the series The Keeper of Dragons was born.

 
 
​JA Armitage bio:


Born in a small town, J.Armitage longed for adventure and travel.
Age 20 she moved to Dublin, then to San Diego, then Sydney and back to California where she did a brief stint working at Universal Studios being a minder to Sponge Bob.
Once back in Britain she got married, had babies and decided to write about the adventure she was now missing out on. She works full time, is a mum to three kids and has had a surrogate baby.

            She has skydived twice (and survived), climbed Kilimanjaro and hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon. She has also worked as a professional clown and banana picker amongst other jobs. 
           Somehow she finds time to write.


 

 

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Rebecca Rode 
Kristy Tate 
A.G. Henley 
USA Today bestselling author Jane Redd 
Miranda Hardy and Jay Noel 
Ali Winters 
Audrey Grey 
Elana Johnson 
Megan Linski 
Elizabetta Holcomb 
Cindy M. Hogan 
Liz Long 
Julie Hall 
Cameo Renae 
Jen Minkman 
Cortney Pearson 
Ainsley Shay 
Katy Haye
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Rebecca Hamilton, 
T.F. Walsh, Monica Corwin, J.L. Weil,
Laxmi Hariharan, JA Culican, Muffy Wilson, 

GK DeRosa,
Marilyn Peake, Kevin McLaughlin, Carissa Ann Lynch, 

Vivienne Savage, Anna Hub,
HJLawson, Emma Nichols,Shelley Munro, J.A.Armitage, Leilani Love, 

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Carlton, Xyla Turner

 
 
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Rebecca Hamilton 
T.F. Walsh with Demon’s Mark
Monica Corwin with Soulless
J.L. Weil with White Raven
Laxmi Hariharan with Redemption
JA Culican with The Keeper of Dragons, The Prince
Returns
Muffy Wilson and The Para-Portage of Emily
GK DeRosa with Wilder: The Guardian Series
Marilyn Peake with Shade
Kevin McLaughlin with By Darkness Revealed
Carissa Ann Lynch with Midnight Moss
Vivienne Savage with Making Waves
Anna Hub with Beyond the Shadows
HJ Lawson with New Order

Emma Nichols with Blood Moon
Shelley Munro with Claimed & Seduced
J.A.Armitage with Two of Clubs
Leilani Love with Violca’s Dragon
Demelza Carlton with Ocean’s Gift
Xyla Turner with Broken Treaty


 
 
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Broken Treaty
by
Xyla Turner 
@xylaturner
Award-Winning
and
Int’l Bestselling Author 
 
Jessica Cayman is an ambitious Account Executive for
Delancey, Inc. She stays in her lane, works hard and has her eyes set on
becoming a partner within the next year. The plan is easy until Sage Wesley,
III from The Company refuses to work with her.
His aversion to Jessica turns into a kiss that literally
has both of them off their feet. Floating in midair? Then a bite on her neck?

 

There are too many secrets and Jessica soon finds herself
in the middle of an old war between vampires and hunters all because of broken
treaties.
 

(Sage’s internal strength is wearing thin as he tries to
stay away from Jessica. However, he finds himself at her office and all bets
are off)

I slammed the door, stood there in front and took off my
gloves. If I had to have a lasting impression on my hands and body, it would be
hers.
 
“What are you doing here?” She turned at the slamming of the
door, then stood up.
 
“I had to see you.” I ground my teeth as I held back with a
serious amount of restraint.
 
“Are you alright?” She asked.
 
“No,” I growled. “I’m not alright.”
 
She rounded the desk and started walking towards me.
 
“Oh my God, what’s wrong?”
 
“Stop,” I snapped and held up my hand.
 
I was hanging on by a fucking thread. It felt like I had
been in the sun for hours and was about to combust. What was happening to me?
 
“What have you done?” I growled at her. “Ever since you came
around, I’ve been fucked up. Your scent…”
 
I stopped myself because she would think I was bat-shit
crazy. Well, I felt like I was going to be.
 
“What? Scent? Do you need me to call an ambulance?” She was
becoming frantic.
 
Her heart rate increased, and her brows came together in
confusion.
 
I took a deep breath in an attempt to gain my composure.
“No, I’m fine.”
 
She inched towards me again with one hand out.
 
“Sage, can I take a look at you? You don’t look good.”
 
She was so close her scent stung my nostrils, and if I had
tear ducts, they would have leaked. Her hand touched my face, and I knew that
presence would stay there for days. 
Lifting my chin, I looked at her through
hooded eyes.
 
I could not help it. Shit, I did not want to help any of it.
Jessica was who I wanted, and that was that.
 
I grabbed her wrist and jerked her towards me. My lips
crashed down on hers and for a brief moment, she submitted to me and let me
take my fill of her. Her lips were soft, pliable and open for me. My hands
began to roam her body and landed on her ass so that I could feel that for
days. Her hands gripped both of my arms right before she abruptly pulled back.
 
Her fingers immediately went to touch her lips as those wide
dark eyes stared at me with shock, horror and surprise.
 
“What the hell is wrong with you?” She gasped.
 
Then without any warning at all, she smacked me right across
the face.
 

 

“I can’t believe you.” She looked at her hand, almost
surprised that she used it. “Oh my God.”
 
 
Xyla Turner

 

Featured
Book: 
Broken Treaty
Hey Everybody, my name is Xyla Turner and I’m a new romance
author who has decided to spread her wings in the many different genres that
I’ve grown to love. I’m so excited that you’ve taken the time to tune in about my
story that is included in the Dark Legends, this awesome, box set.
 
Hello, Xyla! You had me at mid-air sex scene! But, let’s get started. How long have you been a writer and how did you come to
writing?
            I’ve been
writing since I was a teenager but I finally published an inspirational and
children’s book in 2012. My first romance novel, The Chase, was published in
2015 and it was inspired through a bit of internal unrest. I was at a
crossroads in my life and didn’t know what to do. So, I decided to either write
about what I wanted for my life or sit and cry about it all. Thankfully, I
decided to write and four days later, fifty-five thousand words were written
and I haven’t stopped writing since.
 
How did you come up with this storyline?     
            This
storyline was in connection with a collaboration with two awesome authors, Olivia
Gaines and Tiana Laveen. We had central connecting characters who were at the
same company but they were very strange and supernatural. My book, Broken
Treaty, features Sage, a one-hundred and thirty-year old vampire who meets a
woman, that is not from his tribe and she has him breaking all the rules. I
love when strong men are broken by the natural wiles of their true mate.
 
What are the best and the worst aspects of writing?
The best aspects of writing include creating a new world
that you enter in and can build from scratch with your own ideas. The funny
part about that, is the characters have a mind of their own, so I guess it’s
not entirely your world. The worst aspects of writing for me is the aftermath.
After, I type “The End,” the hard work starts. Edits, edits and more edits.
Reading, reading and more reading, more edits, more drafts and the cycle seems
to never end. This work, for me, is tedious.
 
What inspires you to write?
Life! I need nothing but to walk down my street to think of
a story. My inspiration to write is really to get the stories and characters
out of my head. Tell their story, so that in some small way, so many of our own
stories are told. It’s something to read about a character that is ‘you’. I
love when readers can connect but I love when they say, ‘that is me.’ It
reminds us we’re not alone in the world.  
 
How did you conduct your research for Broken Treaty?
This was my first paranormal romance, so I did a variety of
research including online searches, re-watching a few of my favorite vampire
movies again, checked out some paranormal books and asking readers their
thoughts about major changes to vampire’s stories. It was interesting that
readers were not open for alterations of the traditional vampire.
Name a Favorite from Broken Treaty:
Mid-air sex scene. Enough said. 🙂
What would your friends say is your best quality?
My friends think I have an active imagination, I’m a problem
solver and I have great ideas.
Are reader reviews important to you?
Oddly enough, reader’s reviews are important to me. As I
said before, I’m a fairly new author, so the more constructive feedback, the
better.
 
What do you do when you don’t write?
Usually, I hang out with my family, my nieces and nephews,
catch up on my television shows or do some sort of extreme sport.
 
Tell us about your other books?
Most of my other books are about alpha men and the sassy
women who tame them. They are diverse, sexy and for grown people. I’m starting
another series in another genre, New Adult, that will feature the collegiate
atmosphere but also incorporate sexy characters and the growing pains of
adulthood.
 
If you could share one thing about yourself that you would
like readers to know what would it be?
My motto is Switch the Style Up and this is something that
I’ve done as an author because I don’t like to be boxed into one category. So,
I encourage readers to do the same. Switch It Up.
Thanks for having me and I look forward to hearing from you
all about the stories in this set. I would encourage you to check out Broken
Treaty, so you can meet Sage & Jessica! 🙂
  
 

Xyla Turner was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. As a
teenager, Xyla wrote short stories and essays that have won numerous awards in
local to nationwide competitions. She is an avid reader, but a sucker for
romance. Specifically, sassy females and dominant males. Xyla is a dedicated
educator and a life coach. Outside of reading, Xyla likes to spend time with
her family and travel. She writes different genres, but her favorite is
romance.