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Selena has an all new release at Changeling Press: Renato’s Dragon, Book 3 in the Vampiropolis Series. Want to know more about it?
What would you do for love?
What would you do if you had to make a choice, your family or the love of your life?
Magda is asked to make that choice. The last of the Komodo dragon shifter, she and her brother are all that is left of their kind. When her brother disappears one night, Magda goes searching for him. She doesn’t count on meeting Renato Sandros or falling love with him.
Despite her happiness, Magda is offered the one thing she has longed for after so many years of searching: information on her lost brother. The price, she has to leave Renato with no explanation. Renato’s has haunted her dreams and reminded her days when she was given love unconditionally no questions about her past, no need to dig up old wounds. Leaving the comfort of Renato’s arms she becomes a hired assassin.
Her employers dangle bits and pieces of her brother’s whereabouts like a carrot. She doesn’t count of them being so cruel as to ask her to kill the love of her life, Renato, but ask or rather, order they do. She has yet again to make that choice, family or Renato. She has a choice to make a not a lot of time to do it. Find out what she decides in Renato’s Dragon, Book 3 in the Vampiropolis Series, Out Now at Changeling Press. Here’s a Sneak Peek:
She left him…
Renato’s world shattered when his fiancée Magda disappeared. He buried himself in family, work and meaningless flings. Nothing filled the void in his life, and he could never forget the only woman he’s ever loved.
Magda was given a choice: her brother or her love. In order to find her lost brother, she had to give up Renato. She made a choice, one she has always regretted. She could never forget the man she left behind.
Now she’s been ordered to kill him. Their lives are about to collide, secrets are about to be exposed, and danger waits in the shadows.
Will they survive when the dust settles?
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“Stay here, I have to get something.”
“Champagne?” Magda asked, grinning. “It is New Year’s after all.”
He padded barefoot to his dropped jacket and found the small velvet box he’d left in his pocket. Box in hand, he crawled onto the bed, grinning.
“That better be something that will make me forget about champagne.”
“It is, trust me.” He handed her the box, which she took hesitantly.
“This isn’t one of your practical jokes, is it?”
He laughed. “No, it’s not. Open it, go on. I promise you, you’ll like it.”
“Renato!” she gasped, her eyes wide. “What…”
Smiling, he took her hands into his, squeezing them gently. “I am asking for your hand in marriage. I want you to be my wife.”
She looked from the ring to him and back. “You want to marry me? Why?”
“Why? Because I love you. I can’t picture my life without you. Did I mention the loving you part?”
She nodded her head, and tendrils of dark brown hair bounced around her face. “Oh my God, you want to marry me? Me?” She stared at the ring.
“Let me put it on you so you can see how it looks.” He took the box and slipped the ring on her finger, admiring the way the gold and the creamy green stone contrasted with her tawny skin. “It was made for you.”
“Do you need to hear the words?”
Renato opened his mouth, wanting to tell her yes, but she cut him off.
“Yes, I want to marry you and be your wife.”
There were no words he could think to say, so Renato did the only thing he could think of. He took her in his arms and just held her.
“Do you want to go back to the party?” Magda asked.
“No. I just want to be here with you.” Leaning back against the pillows, Renato closed his eyes. Magda pulled the covers over them. Renato’s energy was now gone. Breathing slow and deep, he held her as a feeling of contentment took hold of him. Sleep soon followed.
* * *
Magda awoke with a start. Sitting up, she gently pushed away Renato’s arms. Her body stilled as she waited for any sign that Renato had awakened. Relief flooded her when she felt him roll over, inhale deeply and then let out a snore. Shoving the covers away, she crawled down the bed. Not bothering to retrieve her shoes, she padded barefoot over the carpeted floor.
Strains of the party still in full swing could be heard through the floorboards. A glance at a wall clock told her it was four in the morning. There was very little time to waste. Picking up her skirt and what was left of the corset, she glanced back toward the bed, saying a silent good-bye to Renato. Magda wished she could tell him her reasons for leaving him but knew he would just want her to stay. The problem was no one could help her. Not even him.
Her parents were dead. All the family that remained was Paxton, her brother, and he had vanished after their father had died. Renato, despite his family’s connections, didn’t have the ties that the Guild had. They had offered her a once in a lifetime opportunity. In exchange for doing odd jobs for the members of the Guild, they would help her find Paxton. Her thoughts turned to the morning she had woken up to find him and all of his meager possessions gone. Her heart constricted. She had to find him. They were the only two now. The last of the Komodo Dragon shifters.
Magda didn’t want to think of the possibility that she was the last of her kind. To have no one else who would understand what it meant to be a Komodo shifter? To be alone was unthinkable. Taking one more glance at the bed, her shoulders sagged. “Kali, why?” she whispered. “Why do I have to leave him when I just found him?”
Coming Nov 7th to Changeling Press: Renato’s Dragon.
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