I moved back home for a fresh start. Instead, I crash my car, save and alien’s life and then got abducted by more aliens. I’m on a freaking spaceship with these crazy blue aliens and the things they insinuate terrify me. My only hope is my cell mate, also an alien. He looks mostly human, except for his fins and eyes. I don’t have much choice but to trust him. I can’t fly this ship by myself, and we have a common enemy. My gut tells me I can trust Loc. He’s kind, strong, and maybe a little bit sexy. I just hope I’m not making a mistake.
I barely survived the crash landing on a strange planet when the Orion descend on me and the beautiful female who rescues me. Taken prisoner, I have no time to see if my sisters survived the crash. My priority is escape. The feisty human, Max, seems to agree. Together we take over the ship. But can we get back to her home world? I must protect Max from the evils of my galaxy. I’m drawn to her. My world is dangerous, and I make it my mission to get her home. But if we get to Earth, how can we possibly have a future together? Aliens don’t exist in her world.
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Who doesn't love chocolate and peanut butter!
I love to bake almost as much as I love to write. I have a huge sweet tooth and am always on the prowl for new recipes to try. No bake cookies are one of my all time favorites. I try to tell myself they are healthy because they have oatmeal in it. Here is the recipe I use when I make these. I often substitute milk chocolate chips for cocoa powder I tend to use about half a cup instead of a quarter. Let me know if you try this out. I'd love to hear what you think.
Heat enveloped me. I tried to get up but there was something pressed against my side. A moment of panic washed over me until I remembered Gray. His arm was flung loosely over my waist holding me to him while he slept. I sighed contentedly before carefully rolling out from underneath him so as not to disturb him.
Light shone in from a crack in the metal shutters, illuminating the room enough for me to make my way to the lavatory. My eyes drifted to Gray as he grunted and reached out in his sleep. I smiled at the sight already eager to climb back into bed. He really was a sight to look at.
Maybe after the lavatory, we could continue where we left off last night. I took a step and hissed as my foot landed on something hard and poky. I jerked my foot away from it, but the gold glint of a badge caught my eye.
My heart skipped a beat as I stooped down to pick it up. I held it up in the streaks of sunlight filtering in through the drawn curtains. Gray was no freedom fighter. He wasn’t even a bounty hunter. He was something far worse.
He was the royal guard for Prince Kai of the Orion regime. And he knew exactly who I was. I dropped the badge to the floor and stifled a scream. I had to get out of here. I wasn’t going back, I’d die first.
Tears pricked my eyes. A few droplets escaped, cascading down my face until I wiped them away. How could I have been so wrong about him? I thought he was a good man. I thought he was different from everyone else. He was the worst kind of scum alive. He'd used my vulnerability against me. For fucks sake, he was probably planning to turn me in to his prince the moment he arrived. It had all been a ruse to not only get me but the entire crew of the Nightfall. That bastard. I would never make the mistake of trusting him or any man again.
“Aurora?” Gray asked sleepily as he stirred in bed.
I gasped, my heart thundering in my chest I was too late. He was already awake. I grabbed my clothes and started yanking them on.
“What’s wrong?” Gray was out of bed and by my side in an instant. He grasped my forearm lightly. “Aurora?”
My hand whipped upwards connecting with his face before he could stop me. “You’re a member of the royal guard. You lied to me. You used me.” I hated the way my voice trembled with my accusations. Traitorous tears pricked my eyes.
“Aurora, wait.” His other hand reached out to grab my other arm.
I yanked it away and put it on his cheek to cup it. Inhaling I let out a deep breath to center myself. “Let go of my arm.” My pheromones permeated the room as I used my power of compulsion.
Gray’s pupils dilated as he inhaled my scent. His grip loosened and he swallowed. He was fighting me. “Let go.”
He still held my arm. No one had ever resisted me before. How was I not affecting him? “Let go,” I said through clenched teeth.
His fingers trembled before they dropped away from my arm. “I…what are you doing?”
I kept my hand on his cheek and stood on my tip toes to place a chaste kiss to his lips once again pushing my pheromones at him. The moment my lips touched his I felt that spark between us again. I cursed under my breath hating that I still felt something for him when I meant nothing to him. “You used me. Why? Was this all some sort of sick game to you? Were you and Prince Kai going to have a good laugh about my stupidity when he showed up?”
My bottom lip trembled, and tears rolled down my cheeks. I didn’t really want to know the answer to my question. I’d let myself fall for him like an idiot.
“What? No. Aurora.” He went to reach out to me again.
“Don’t move,” I whispered. My emotions must be stopping me from having the effect I wanted. I could control him if I could reign in my own feelings.
“I was going to tell you.”
“Liar,” I hissed through gritted teeth. “You used me.” I grounded myself and pushed another dose of pheromones at him. “Did you know they used to have me use my skills for interrogation too? I’m able to use my pheromones to compel people. I could make you tell me anything. Make you do anything.”
Gray opened his mouth and closed it. His eyes widened slightly.
“Oh, was that not in my file?” I asked darkly as anger surged through me. He’d played me. I opened my mouth to ask him why he’d done it again but couldn’t bring myself to do it. If he said he’d used me for whatever reason it would crush me. How could I have been such a fool?
“Go back to bed, Gray.”
“Aurora,” he said his voice gravely as he tried to fight me.
I gave everything I had into one final push. “Go back to bed.”
He nodded and took a step back. I wasn’t sure how long I would have before my effect wore off. He was unusually strong and good at resisting me.
Dressing quickly, I slipped out of the room and turned on my comm to alert Echo that we needed to leave immediately. I wasn't going to allow my carelessness to get everyone captured and we needed to get out of here before he snapped out of my spell.
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One witch. One very unsuspecting town.
I spent my childhood being bullied by the other children in town. They didn’t like me… they were afraid of me, I was told. Afraid of what? I’d asked but had never gotten an answer.
Then Grandma died and everything around me began to change. The trees withered and an almost deadly accident made me even more of an outcast. It wasn't like an act of nature was my fault…
Babysitting Miranda on her new path isn’t exactly how I want to spend my time. But the council had deemed it necessary. I definitely didn’t expect to find a beautiful, lonely girl living in a house that appeared ready to collapse. This couldn't be right. Reality didn’t mesh with the legend of her grandmother.
Then things became clear. Her grandmother had hidden everything from the powers Miranda possessed to the untold wealth she’d amassed. And now it fell on me to teach Miranda everything.
Vengeance might be too tempting as I try to lead her toward the light. Choices have to be made and time is working against her. Unless she can learn to control that, too.
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