Daemon Series, #2
by Mariah Ankenman
Date of Publication: March 3rd 2018
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Cover Artist: Debbie Taylor
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Tagline: Who do you trust when those closest betray you?
As a witch, and one of the smartest scientists around, Celia’s job is to help the Enforcers defeat evil. Her latest task is to decipher the new language of the Kakodaemons. It should be easy, but she finds it nearly impossible with the demanding, frustratingly attractive council head breathing down her neck.
Euadaemon Damien has been called tough, but he’s tasked with protecting the innocent and war is brewing. He recruits Celia Dahl. Though he needs her brain, he finds much more about the sexy woman appealing.
As they work together, they find themselves engaged in more than just a working relationship. But even those closest can hide dark deceptions. Celia and Damien discover sacrifices must be made if there is hope for humanity and love.
“What do you need?” he asked, once he reached her side, bag in hand.
“There’s a vial inside. A potion I made to lessen the effects of the blood curse. I took one before I broke the spell, but I’m not sure it did much good.”
As horrible as her wounds were, he suspected her potion did help. If Racine’s account was accurate, the blood curse could have been a lot worse. “This?” He held up a glass tube with blue liquid inside, so bright it almost glowed in the dark room.
“Yes,” she panted, clearly in pain. “Pour it directly onto my wounds.”
He hesitated. “Will it hurt?”
She managed a small shrug. “It can’t hurt any worse than it does now.”
If he ever discovered the Sorcerer who created this blood curse, he would put him or her in the ground. After he made them bleed, a lot. Removing the stopper, he tipped the vial over her wounds. The blue, shimmering potion dropped into the deep gashes and started to bubble. Celia sucked in a sharp breath.
“Does it hurt?”
She giggled. “No. It tickles.”
Odd, but better than hurting. If he had his way, Celia would never feel any pain again.
He watched in amazement as the potion bubbled and sparked. Before his eyes, her wounds started to shrink. The skin began to knit itself together. In just a few short minutes, those deep, raw cuts reduced to three long, thin scars. The skin remained red and tender, but the wounds had closed.
“Did it work?”
“Baby, you are one amazing Witch.”
A smiled tipped her lips as her cheeks tinged a tempting pink. She rolled to her side, then winced and rolled back.
“Well, it’s better. That’s a start. I guess I’ll have to sleep on my stomach tonight.” She frowned and he found the expression adorable. “I hate sleeping on my stomach. I can never fall asleep that way. It’s so uncomfortable.”
He stood and started to unbutton his shirt.
He didn’t answer, just continued to undress until he was down to his boxers. Then he slipped into bed with her and pulled her onto his chest.
She buried her face in his chest. “Much.”
Careful of her back, he wrapped his arms around her and immediately realized his mistake. Celia was naked. He’d removed her clothes himself, but had been too distracted by her wounds to notice or appreciate her nudity. He noticed it now. Silky, soft flesh pressed against every inch of his body. Her firm breasts smashed against his chest, and he felt her nipples begin to harden. One leg draped across his groin, moving slowly back and forth. Yeah, he noticed all right. If the rising tent in his boxers was any indication, he appreciated it, too.
RWA® Golden Heart® Nominated author Mariah Ankenman lives in the beautiful Rocky Mountains with her two rambunctious daughters and loving husband who provides ample inspiration for her heart-stopping heroes.
Since 2016 Mariah has published seven books and doesn’t plan on stopping any time soon. Whether she’s writing hometown heroes or sexy supernaturals, Mariah loves to lose herself in a world of words. Her favorite thing about writing is when she can make someone’s day a little brighter with one of her books.
The Book Junkie Reads . . . Interview with Mariah Ankenman . . .
How would you describe your style of writing to someone that has never read your work?
My writing style infuses a lot of humor, sizzle, and heart. I have a background in playwriting so my stories are always very character heavy. They might be fighting evil and taking down bad guys, but the heart of the story is always the characters.
Do you feel that writing is an ingrained process or just something that flows naturally for you?
I feel it is a bit of both. I have two kids at home so I have to stick to a pretty strict writing process, but I always allow change to happen if it needs to.
Do you have a character that you have been working on for a long time that still isn't quite ready, but fills you with excitement to work on the story?
If you could spend one-week with 5 fictional character, who would they be?
Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter series,
Brin Ohmsford from the Wishsong of Shannara,
Rachel Morgan from the Hollows series,
Willow Rosenberg from Buffy and
Kenzi Malikov from Lost Girl. So much kickass female power!
Where would you spend one full year, if you could go ANYWhere? What would you do with this time?
I would go to a remote cabin in the woods near a river and just write, write, write.
Can you share you next creative project(s)? If yes, can you give a few details?
Right now I’m finishing up the final edits on Daemon Reckoning the third book in the Daemon series. This book deals with the continued fight against the Kako’s and the High Master. It is Racine and Krista’s story and I had so much fun writing it.