Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Leisha’s father, the king of Tahaerin, bartered away her childhood with his failed invasion of

a neighboring kingdom. She grew up a hostage, a guarantee of the king’s good behavior. At 

sixteen, she returns to a land and a throne she knows almost nothing about.

Her powerful and ruthless uncle plans to force her into a marriage or take her crown by 

violence. The nobles of her kingdom all expect her to fail spectacularly and are eager to fight 

over the scraps. But, Leisha has no intention of going along quietly with any of their plans.

As a boy, Zaraki watched as slavers butchered his family. Orphaned and starving, he was 

taken from the streets, trained to spy and kill. He finds a position with the new queen when he 

is forced to flee the only home he remembers. But the job is far larger than he anticipated and 

Leisha’s life is threatened from all sides.

Leisha will fight to hold her crown and her throne with the help of an unknown and unproven 

spy. Zaraki will try keep her alive and to keep the oaths he took - to be loyal to her, to keep her 

secrets and never, ever fall in love with her.

Aniol did not disappoint. Leisha stiffened as his hand dropped to the knife at his belt. Even

as an unconscious action, it told her all she needed to know. Zaraki was right. Staval had 

a plan for her and this was one of the men charged with seeing it through. With her uncle 

giving orders here, Aniol felt invincible.

Before his hand could stray further, he landed face down on the floor. Zaraki put a knee in 

the man’s back and yanked Aniol’s head to one side. When he pressed a light blade against 

Aniol’s throat, the smaller man stopped struggling and whimpered softly. 

“Her Majesty was very clear, I thought. I hope this is equally as clear,” Zaraki said in a low 

voice, into the other man’s ear.

“He’s planning on going straight to Cyril,” Leisha hissed, seeing the intention flash through 

Aniol’s mind. At the first hint that she was trying to seize control of the castle, Cyril would 

spring the trap and turn the guards against her. She would die and likely, Symon and Zaraki 

along with her. Suddenly, the threat was all too real.

Zaraki made a face, still holding Aniol’s head back. Fool. He could have walked out alive. “If 

you’ll excuse me a moment, Your Highness?” While he did not enjoy killing he would do it. 

However, murdering the man in front of a sixteen year old girl was out of the question.

J. Ellen Ross lives in Texas with her husband and their four rescue dogs. She works in high 

tech, which has nothing to do with fantasy, romance or writing. 

When she’s not busy chasing dogs around or rushing someone to the vet, she loves to read 

and play video games. She has a hobby of having hobbies, so she’s also been known to do 

sculpting, beadwork, and painting.

Website: www.jellenross.com

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by Whitney Martin 3:00 AM 9 comments


  1. Great excerpt. Love the sound of the book.

  2. Thank you so much for hosting! I hope people like getting a peek at my book. :)

  3. Great excerpt, thanks for the giveaway!

  4. I have enjoyed learning about the book. Thanks for sharing it.

  5. Great excerpt. Sounds like a great book.

  6. Interesting excerpt. I enjoyed reading it so much. Thank you for the giveaway.

  7. Thanks, everyone for stopping by! :)


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