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The next chapter in the Bewitched and Bewildered series is about to begin.
Meryn and Beth have been summoned by Beth’s uncle and council elder, Magnus Rioux to the vampire’s pillar city of Noctem Falls. Meryn in a city of vampires, what could go wrong? Aiden and Gavriel are about to find out.
Eva Mae Miller has been around for a long time. But never in all of her centuries has she ever had to turn to vampires for sanctuary. But when whole paranormal families begin disappearing in her quiet Texas suburb, Eva knows that it’s time to set her pride aside and join the other refugees heading to Noctem Falls for protection.
Adriel Aristaios doesn’t know what to make of the small human his commander is mated to. Bethy assures him that Meryn is sane, but he’s not so sure. Magnus must be out of his mind bringing a pregnant human and precious Bethy back to the City of the Night, just as things are about to get ugly. To complicate matters he’s pretty sure the sassy, blonde shifter who has just arrived is his mate. How can he possibly do his duty and protect their Prince, when he has not only his commander’s mate and little Bethy to guard, but also the woman who has stolen his heart.
When racial tensions threaten to boil over and sink the city in chaos, Adriel surprisingly finds himself relying on wacky little Meryn and his mate to help keep things from turning violent. But as more information comes to light, it’s clear that someone is out to destroy his city. The question is will they find them in time?
My Guardian’s Playlist
A Thousands Years- Adriel’s Dream
Elegy- Meryn seeing Noctem Falls for the first time
Hall of the Mountain King- Meryn getting into trouble
The Right Kind of Wrong- Meeting Eva
Teaser 1: (unedited, under full copyright by Alanea Alder 2016)
Adriel looked to Meryn. “Do you prefer shifters because you’re mated to one?” he asked curiously.
She shook her head. “I think that shifters are more fun, but I don’t think that’s because I’m mated to Aiden. If anything Colton helped foster that idea. He plays with me in wolf form.”
Declan smiled wide. “Seriously? Like stick fetch?”
Meryn shook her head. “No, we use a ball.”
Declan simply slumped to one side laughing. “I can’t take it anymore, please stop.” He wrapped his arms around his stomach. “It hurts.”
Etain smiled slyly. “Ask him what animal his is Meryn.”
Meryn’s eyes lit up. “What kind?”
Declan sat up grinning. “I’m a lion.”
Meryn’s eyes got huge. “Like Mufasa!”
Etain chuckled regally.
Declan swatted at him. “Not funny.” He turned to Aiden. “You have no idea how good it is to have you here sir.”
“Nants ingonyama bagithi baba!” Meryn sung.
Micah pointed at Declan laughing wordlessly.
Declan shook his head while smiling. “I happened to like that movie.”
Meryn gave him a thumbs up. “It kicked ass.”
Adriel looked around the table shocked. He couldn’t remember the last time his men were so open and jovial. He turned to his prince. Magnus was smiling, Broderick was teasing his daughter about her charge and Caspian watched enraptured.
“She did that back home too. She somehow brings people closer together, and the funny thing is, she doesn’t even try. She does in naturally.” Aiden said quietly.
“What an amazing gift.” Adriel looked at the small human in a new light.
Teaser 2: (unedited, under full copyright by Alanea Alder 2016)
“That remains to be seen.” Ryuu said walking in with a large bowl. He set it in front of Meryn and picked up her wrist with his thumb and forefinger.
“That’s a lot of power.” Neil said shielding his eyes. Nigel had also turned away.
Ryuu looked at the twins and smiled. “Not many witches can perceive this type of magic. While I’m here if you have any questions you can come to me.” He looked down at Meryn’s wrist and a look of surprise appeared. “You’re right denka, the coffee has actually helped your condition. Let’s not overdo it though. Stick to two cups in the morning, if I don’t see any detrimental affects to the baby, we can add another cup in the afternoon.” He shook his head. “Your child would do better when exposed to coffee.”
Meryn patted her belly. “That’s my little Meryn two-point-oh!”
“Ah, sir, what should we call you?” Neil asked.
Ryuu placed a hand on his chest and bowed. “Forgive my manners, I was preoccupied by my denka’s condition. My name is Ryuu Sei, you can call me Ryuu.”
Nigel smiled shyly. “No one else besides Kendrick could see the magic we could.”
Ryuu’s eyebrows shot up. “You know Kendrick Ashwood?”
“Sort of. We just followed him around a lot when we were living in Storm Keep,” Neil said blushing.
“I’ll speak with him later. I believe he is the best one to recommend learning materials for your type of magic. I’ll arrange an assortment of books to be delivered later.” Ryuu turned to Meryn. “Denka, while you are in your communications hub, I will be with Sebastian learning how to make your magic pudding.”
“You’re the bestest Ryuu!” Meryn threw her arm in the air.
Eva thought the poor twins were going to pass out from shock. Neil was even swaying slightly in his chair.
“Just for us?” Nigel whispered.
“From Kendrick himself,” Neil turned to his twin. “Pinch me, are we dreaming?”
Absently Nigel pinched Neil who squeaked. “Nope, we’re awake.”
“Ryuu, make sure you get everything they need. I am adopting them as my baby Keelans!” Meryn announced.
Ryuu placed a hand over his heart. “As you wish denka.”
Nigel looked around confused. “What does that mean?”
Meryn waved her spoon at him. “It means I’ll help look after you.”
“But we’ve been assigned here, we’re unit warriors.” Neil said.
Meryn shrugged. “That’s cool, Keelan’s a unit warrior too.”
“We tend to get in trouble…” Neil started.
“A lot,” Nigel finished.
Meryn’s answering smile was downright scary. “Then you’re in perfect company.”
Sebastian was still humming happily when he walked back in the room. He set a plate of breakfast in front of her.
Eva eyed the excited twins then Meryn who she could tell was already up to something. She looked up and Ryuu winked at her.
Oh well, life was gettin too borin anyway.
“Sebastian, could I have another cup of coffee, I think I’ll need it.” Eva held up her cup.
Ryuu nodded his approval.
Sebastian poured her second cup. “I love having young ones about.”
Eva grinned. “I guess it’s not too bad.”
(twins inspiration- Hinata from Haikyu!- (twins- http://www.tubechop.com/watch/7845272)
After Aiden wrapped up his speech, there was a smattering of unenthusiastic, polite applause. As predicted, no one overtly opposed the plan, but Adriel was willing to bet that they would somehow find small ways to sabotage their efforts. He watched as Jourdain Régis made his way over to where Bethy stood with her mate.
“Declan,” Adriel hissed.
“On it.” Adriel watched in amusement as the crowd parted for Declan. The shaggy redheaded shifter was one of the largest men in the city. He made even the haughtiest elitist think twice before tangling with him.
Declan grinned evilly as he stepped in front of the odious man. Jourdain Régis had been dogging Bethy’s steps since before she was legal by their standards. Adriel was surprised and a bit disappointed that Magnus had not had him killed before now. Jourdain had made his interest in Bethy known, and he always managed to make her uncomfortable, pushing the limits of polite behavior. Tarak had almost lost it and challenged Jourdain when he found Bethy shaking in a corner in an attempt to steer clear of the Founding Family member. Bethy was only sixteen at the time. Jourdain’s father had to step in, using his rank to keep his son in one piece. He assured Magnus that his son would leave Bethy alone until she was of age.
Now that she was mated, Adriel had hoped the man would give up, but Jourdain was proving him wrong. Declan simply stepped left and right, blocking Jourdain’s path to Bethy. Jourdain’s mouth twisted, and he said something under his breath.
Adriel could not hear what was said but knew it was bad when Declan smiled wide, showing off his perfect pearly whites.
“Etain,” Adriel barked. But the man was already moving. Seconds later, Etain laid a friendly hand on Jourdain’s shoulder, and with a tightened grip, steered the offending vampire away from the angry grizzly-shifter.
“Would you please let one of us kill him?” Grant asked in a congenial manner, as if they were not discussing cold-blooded murder.
“We will have too much on our plate in the next few months, dealing with new people in the city without the headache of facing a tribunal for killing that waste of blood.” Adriel looked at his clipboard.