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Just Released: From Beyond the Curtain
Book Two of my Seren’s Story series that began in Wales
during the Roman Occupation of Britain.
Title: From Beyond the Curtain
Series: Seren’s Story, Book Two
Publisher: Extasy Books
Release Date: July 14, 2023
Length: 22,500 words
Set-Up: Here’s a peek at the hero – hard at work on his rehab after his initial appointments with Gwen:
“Damn.” Dante groaned, pulling the stiff green band across his chest to the right. His therapist had said this would help heal his rotator cuff injuries. What had she called the exercise? Horizontal abduction, if he remembered right. He didn’t really care what it was called. He could tell it helped. Already his shoulder was a little less painful—unless he skipped a day. That was motivation enough to keep going.
Still, after three weeks of rehab, he’d expected to be further along toward a full recovery. His therapist claimed he was making very good progress, given the extent of the initial injury. He grimaced as he repeated the exercise with the band. He might be patient as he prepared legal cases, as he coached kids on the ball diamond, or as he made love to a woman he desired, but he’d never been very patient with himself. He wasn’t used to functioning at less than full throttle.
He shook his head and continued the drill. Gwen McFarland was proving to be a tenacious coach. She never let up. Even when they took a break for him to relax a muscle, she would demonstrate yet more exercises. And her voice stayed with him even now. Stretch, relax, stretch.
Dante dropped the band and reached for the bottle of water he’d left on his den desk. Fortunately, her sense of humor encouraged him to go beyond what he thought were his limits. He also couldn’t shake the eerie feeling that he’d met her in some other place. But he couldn’t recall ever doing so. Certainly he’d remember the tall, dark-haired woman with copper-tan skin. He thought of her as his personal drill sergeant.
He swallowed more water, knowing he’d sweated out more than he was taking in. He smiled. She wasn’t all drill sergeant.
If you’d like a taste of steam from this story, check out yesterday’s Steam Hop post, which takes place much later in the book than today’s excerpt… https://wp.me/p9O7pv-3oG
Seren has bided her time for centuries, waiting for the moment when two of her descendants fall in love and release her, finally, from the place between worlds. The many gifts Seren has inherited from her ancestors—time travel, entering dreams, telepathic communication—have been unsuccessful thus far. Will Gwen and Dante be the ones?
Gwen McFarland has always been in touch with her Celtic roots. When Seren—who looks to Gwen like a Celtic goddess—materializes and invites her to a love tryst in another time and place, she does not hesitate. That Seren sometimes brings along another woman is simply an added benefit.
Fast paced trial lawyer Dante Emmanuel has no time for sentimentality or relationships. A string of satisfying sexual encounters suits him just fine. He’s mystified when a recurring figure enters his dream life, but he won’t turn down Seren’s exotic sexual talents or the dreams that now seem more real than ever.
Who will make the first move in this three-part game of chess? Timing is everything.
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