Thursday, May 22, 2014

Throwback Thursday - Heartstone

Thought I'd share an excerpt from Heartstone today. Heartstone was my first paranormal romance written as a challenge from my romance writing friends. Imagine my surprise when it finaled in RWA's  Golden Heart contest! 

Set Up: Keriam Norton has adopted what she thought was a stray dog. She doesn't realize the dog is Eric d'Ebrur in his canid form. He's come to Earth to find the Heartstone, a mystical artifact that Keriam inherited from her mother, in a last ditch bid to save his planet and his galaxy from the Gawan. 


     When the Stonebearer went upstairs to bed, Eric shifted to his true form and, scowling, scratched an insect bite on his naked hip. This primitive world could try the patience of a Starfarer, let alone that of a warrior. The Stonebearer hadn't bothered locking the doors. She'd left windows open. Obviously, the woman lacked an ordinary sense of precaution.
     He made a circuit of the lower floor, securing both doors and windows. When he heard water running upstairs, he took the opportunity to wash his face and hands in the kitchen sink. The long, thin noodles and thick, spicy sauce she had prepared for dinner had tasted remarkable but had been messy.
After he dried his face and hands, he fetched a glass from the cupboard and poured himself a glass of wine. He couldn't explore upstairs until she was safely asleep.
     The Heartstone had to be here, in this house. Somewhere.
     Logic said she would keep it close.
     He sipped the wine, padding into the front room to stare out the wide windows. The inky night glittered with sporadic flickers of light. Some kind of flying insect, he supposed, performing some sort of mating ritual.
"I'll fight the Gawan with sword or blaster, fang or claw," Eric had told his grandfather and Benamont I'sadhe. "But I will not take a wife."
     Eric pursed his lips. Supposedly the woman upstairs was his long lost Gar'Jael, his soul mate. If one believed in that sort of nonsense. Eric didn't. And even if he did, he had no room in his life for a mate of any kind. He intended to destroy the Gawan before they destroyed everything he held dear.
     For that, he needed the Heartstone.
     Not a wife.

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