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#HeartsUnleashed is only FIVE weeks away! Read a Sneak Peek of Sun-Burnt…

by on September 7, 2021

It’s hard to believe that this project has been in the oven for over a year and it’s almost here! Hearts Unleashed features 20+ amazing stories by authors I personally adore. This paranormal themed project will blow your mind and the 99 cent price tag sure doesn’t hurt! Download a copy here

Take a closer look inside as my story, Sun-Burnt….

“What are you doing?” Paige had just returned to the kitchen when she sensed Sebastian’s presence behind her. “Dinner isn’t over.”

“My host excused himself, I think I’m safe.”

“Arnie won’t be gone long. He just had a pressing business matter to—”

“I don’t want to talk about him.” He paused and glanced around at the bustling kitchen staff. “Can we speak somewhere in private?”

Paige hesitated only for a moment. Despite the danger to her mission, she couldn’t resist the plea in his eyes. As much as she wanted to be stoic, she found herself melting in his presence. “Come on then, but we’ll only have a few minutes.”

He followed her out of the kitchen and down the hallway to the library. Thankfully, they didn’t run into anyone on the way. It would have been hard to explain what they were doing to her boss. Quietly she shut the door behind Sebastian while nerves danced in her belly.

Turning back to face him, she was surprised to find him across the room staring at a painting on the wall.

“What did you want to say?” she asked softly, approaching him from behind.

“This is The Graduate by Ostian.” He said, drawing her gaze to the painting. “I saw this painting in the Los Angeles Museum of Art several years ago.”

“It was in a museum?” she asked, wondering if how she could snag a pic of it to add to her flash drive without Sebastian noticing.

“The original is. This has to be a knock off. There’s no way Arnie could have gotten the museum to sell it to him.” Sebastian stared at the painting, his fingers rising to touch the edge of the frame. “It’s an incredible copy…”

Anxiety rising as time grew short, Paige reached her hand out to his and drew it away. “Please, Arnie would have a fit if he knew we were in here and you weren’t enjoying the guests at the dinner party. What did you want to say?”

Sebastian’s eyes turned her way and his pupils expanded as he drew in a deep breath. “What are you?”

She flushed and dropped her eyes away from him, “I don’t know what you mean.”

“Yes, you do.” When she didn’t respond right away, he continued, “I’m a bear, polar bear.”

Her head shot up and her eyes went wide, “Really? I didn’t know there were polar bears this far south. I’m a bear too, a sun bear.”

Sebastian’s lips parted on a gasp, “I’ve never even heard of a sun bear shifter. Where are you from?”

“Back East, West Virginia area. I came out here for college and fell in love with Colorado, so I stayed. I have only run into a handful of shifters out here and you’re the first one I’ve spoken to about it.”

“You’re my mate.” Sebastian said simply, and Paige’s heart did a leap of joy in her chest.

“I know, or my bear knows.” She agreed. “But that doesn’t change things right now. In a few months we can revisit things, but right now…”

“Right now, what? I’ve spent the last thirty-six years imagining my future mate. It’s like winning the lottery to find each other.” Hurt filled his beautiful green eyes, and she wanted to cry.

“I know, and I’m so sorry. It’s killing me to do this to you.”


“But I’m in the middle of something that’s really complicated, and I can’t risk getting involved with someone right now.” She said firmly, trying to make him understand without truly spilling the beans.

“You can’t risk it? Are you in trouble? In danger?” Instantly, his eyes flashed, and he glanced at the closed door. “I can help you—”

Pressing her palm to his chest to slow his movement toward the door, she shook her head. “It’s not that simple. Look, after tonight things should start to settle for me. I’m just asking for a little bit of time before we get involved.”

“You want me to sit around and wait while you’re with another man until you decide it’s over and you want to be with me?” His hurt and anger bubbled out into a soft growl that did funny things to the bear inside of her.

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  1. Lea Edwards permalink

    Omg. I can’t wait! This sounds like an awesome story, and I know all of them will be!

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