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Book 2 in an exciting new series, Beacon Bay Magic! Click the button below to learn more...

⚠️Content Alert⚠️

Domestic violence, death, cursing, explicit sex scenes

If steamy shenanigans (ah, yes, explicit sex), some cursing (F-bombs & other shite), magic, the occasional ghost—and falling in love hard and fast—is your jam, then you’ll enjoy this magical paranormal romance featuring a dominant hero who wields his ancient magic to defend from harm an emotionally damaged heroine descended from a Celtic warrior queen. No cliffhangers or cheating, and each book in the series satisfies you—and the characters—with a guaranteed happily ever after.

She runs headlong into danger

Miranda’s insomnia drives her wearily from bed just before dawn, her eyes widening in shock and disbelief to see the ghostly apparition of her friend materialize in front of her.

Becca issues a grave warning of danger and death at the women’s shelter Randa has poured her heart and soul into, sending her racing into the night and headlong into danger without a thought to her own safety.

He’s strength and magic in a muscular package

Vouru-Kasa Khan’s magic—inherited from revered Persian and Gaelic ancestors—compels him to protect his family and close friends, but whom is it driving him toward tonight? Never had his magic been so chaotic, almost out of control. What he feels clear to his soul though—the person once revealed will change his life.

With the clock ticking to find his magical mate or slowly lose his powers, Kasa despairs he will find the one woman who will embrace—and save—his magic. One who will understand his need to protect. His passionate nature. One who will learn to love him.

Will they miss their chance at the magic of love?

When she finally lands in his path, she’s wary and cautious, her heart bruised, her body abused, her trust shattered. Her belief in good men—obliterated long ago. Convincing her to let him guard her body is one thing. Can he also entice her to believe he wants to stand steadfastly by her side? To celebrate her strength, intelligence, courage, and beauty?

 

To ultimately win her love…

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RANDA FLICKED ON the nightstand light and swung her legs over the side of the bed, frozen halfway through her stretch at the sight of her friend in the bathroom doorway. Her dead friend. Her first ghostly sighting—in her bedroom!

“Becca? What the hell? I must be dreaming. I can’t be awake!” She stared at the ethereal image, then shook her head in disbelief and repeated. “I must be dreaming.”

The look of panic on her friend’s sweet face, the urgency in her voice—the sudden chill permeating the room—focused Randa in a way nothing else could, convincing her this was as real as it could get.

“Hurry, he’s broken in! Joy is in danger!”

“What? Who? Joy’s husband? At the shelter?” Randa wasted no time waiting for answers, knowing the only thing that could pull Becca’s spirit back into the physical world was a woman in danger. Even one the her deceased friend had never met.

“Yes! He’s injured both of them, Hayleah and Joy. Hurry Randa!”

Already in a silky camisole and boy-short panties, Randa grabbed the leggings she’d discarded at the foot of her bed the night before and quickly pulled them on, then snatched her cell phone off the nightstand, hitting the speed dial for Leah, the shelter’s other director. Her closest friend.

Leah was currently on-site nights until they replaced the woman who’d recently moved away. Alarm spiked when the phone rang three times before going to voicemail.

She tucked her phone into a legging pocket, pivoting to sprint for the living room. God! She hoped Leah had locked herself behind the steel door in the office. That Jessup hadn’t severely injured her—or worse.

As she scrunched her feet into her running shoes, she grabbed her backpack and keys off the side table and ran out the door, thumbing the fob to unlock her SUV.

Her skin prickled with goosebumps, a shiver wracking her body from fear and the cold fog from the ocean enveloping her. She wrenched open the door, slid inside and pressed the button to start her Outback Wilderness. Tires squealed as she backed out of her driveway, chirping again as she cranked the wheel before shooting down the street, thankful no traffic was about this early in the morning.

Her heart pounded at the thought of Joy’s violent husband Jessup hurting anyone. The shelter was supposed to be a haven for battered women and children. Randa had been so sure no one could find the place or break in, and wondered what had exposed them—or who.

Joy’s husband was the second violent man in six months to discover their shelter’s location. Randa and Leah had actually moved everyone to the current facility after Becca’s murder, not willing to take a chance the woman’s boyfriend had mentioned the location to anyone before, or after, the state incarcerated him. Now a violent spouse had somehow discovered their current location.

She fumbled for her phone to call Garran, even though he was an unknown. He’d moved to Beacon Bay to take the top-dog position in their small police department six months ago. She didn’t really know him, so didn’t trust him yet. Becca’s boyfriend had been the former police chief, now thankfully in prison serving a long sentence, along with one of his deputies. Queue Garran’s arrival. Suspicion niggled that they’d not arrested all the dirty cops on the small force when they’d arrested their former chief. Hence her hesitation in calling this in.

Randa didn’t want to take precious time to stop to make a call, though, since every minute it took to get there could be the difference between life and death. Nor was she willing to risk a wreck attempting to use her phone while driving, so she slipped it back in her legging pocket and continued speeding toward the shelter.

White-knuckling the steering wheel, she pressed harder on the gas pedal, causing the sporty Outback to practically leap forward as she hit seventy-five on the frontage road that bypassed downtown, fervently hoping she arrived in time to prevent disaster.

The turnoff to the shelter loomed ahead, and she slowed enough to make a right onto the two-lane road without tipping, then snaked through the trees for an eighth of a mile before a small clearing appeared with what looked to be nothing more than a moderate-sized warehouse at the end.

They’d remodeled the inside to resemble a single-story motel. Had chosen the warehouse because she’d not wanted anyone to realize they housed—were hiding—women and children within the walls.

To hell with stealth. Skidding to a stop at the front door, she hit the panic button on her car to blare the alarm, hoping to distract and derail whatever Jessup was up to.

At the very least, she wanted Leah and Joy to know she’d arrived, ready to kick-ass to protect them—to save them. She hoped to god her Muay Thai training helped her deal with whatever she found inside.

Becca’s ghostly voice whispered in her ear, urging her to hurry as she flung the vehicle’s door open, leapt out and hit the ground at a sprint.

Shouts echoed through the main entryway into the clearing, the door barely hanging by one hinge. Randa dashed through the opening, horrified by the tragic scene before her.

“Where is it, bitch! I know you took it!” Jessup shouted as he straddled his wife on the far floor.

She saw Joy’s daughter Zarin sitting on her diapered butt just a couple yards away from Jessup, rocking and crying, and worry the child would also be injured ramped up Randa’s adrenaline.

Leah caught her attention as she swayed on her feet across the room, relief flashing thorough her dark eyes. One of the baseball bats they kept laying around the room as handy weapons dangled from one of her hands, and blood dripped from a long slice on her other forearm. Worry for her friend, for Joy, for the child, swamped Randa.

“Leah, get in the office and lock the door! Hit the resident’s alarm and call 911!”

Protocol was to get behind that steel-plated office door, call the cops and hunker down if their safety was ever in question. But Leah was just like Randa—a defender of these women and children. No way would she have huddled in safety when Joy and Zarin were in danger, but now that Randa was here, she could get to safety and call for help.

Jessup still straddled Joy, seemingly oblivious to Randa’s arrival, or the threat Leah posed with that bat. The bastard’s meaty hands were wrapped tightly around Joy’s throat, his enraged face beet red as he shouted, “I’ll teach you! Where is it, where is it?”

Thank God the other women and children were staying put behind the steel door separating the main room from the actual housing. The alarm would be an additional warning for them to lock themselves in their rooms to remain safe until Garran could throw this son of a bitch in jail.

With a yell of pure rage, Randa sprinted across the room, dropping to the hardwood floor in a slide on her knees just before reaching the bastard and threw a kidney punch, her full body weight behind it.

Jessup roared when her fist hit flesh, twisting to meet the threat. She jumped to her feet, then dipped in to slap both palms hard against his ears, trepidation filling her when it didn’t seem to injure, to stop him at all. Was he on drugs?

Instead of being incapacitated by the kidney-punch or blow to his ears, the asshole was just pissed at her. That’s it, you bastard. Target me, be mad at me, not Joy.

Damn! He had to be on something to withstand the pain. Any stimulant, along with the liquor she was sure he’d consumed—he reeked of alcohol—could make him impervious to pain. Even more aggressive.

He shot a glare her way, murder in his bloodshot eyes. “Fucking bitch! You’re the one putting wild ideas in her head. Wouldn’t have had to teach her a lesson but for you. When I’m done with Joy, it’ll be your turn to learn your place.”

No way in hell was Randa letting this man hurt Joy any more than he already had. As he turned back to the unconscious woman, his hands again reaching for her neck, Randa jumped to her feet at his side, then executed a switch kick to his temple.

His roar sounded like a lion ready to take off her head, but instead of coming after her or being knocked off Joy as she’d hoped, he reached down—and holy god—grinned evilly before he muttered, “Huh. Bitch is already dead. Guess she done learned her lesson.”

Shocked into stillness, Randa could do nothing but stare at Joy’s beautiful, sightless eyes until Jessup rose, turned and lunged for her.

Randa dodged, turned on one leg and swept a low kick against his shins, pain ricocheting through her leg as he landed on his ass. Her heart skipped a beat when he twisted, reaching for the baby girl.

No fucking way! Randa would not let him lay one sadistic hand on that child. With a feral cry, she jumped on his back, grabbed a handful of greasy, lanky hair with one hand, his jaw with the other and gave a mighty jerk to the side, only to have him retaliate by flipping them over, crushing her under his considerable weight, then straddling her like he had with Joy.

With one huge hand holding both of hers to the floor, he tightened his other hand around her throat. Back spots filled her vision as she fought to stay conscious, knowing if she passed out, she’d be dead. Desperate to get away, she reached down, grabbing a handful of his junk, squeezing and twisting with all her might.

“Fucking bitch!” He jumped back, tumbling off her with a roar, his hand blessedly leaving her tortured throat to clutch at his abused cock. When he rose to a crouch still clutching his crotch, she took advantage of her reprieve, tucking both legs close to her body before kicking out, her sneakers connecting solidly with his chest, knocking him back on his ass.

She flipped over, crab-crawling to the child now wailing like a banshee, then stretched to grab the baseball bat Leah had dropped. When he lunged for her again, she fell to her side, swinging one-handed with all her might, gratified when the bat connected solidly on his jaw with a resounding crack of bone.

“Fuuuuck!”

His roar of pain echoed in the room, but she wasn’t going to wait around to see if he stayed down.

Jumping to her feet with the baby in her arms, Randa pivoted to run for the safety of the office. A cry escaped when his fingers wrapped around her ankle, pitching her forward. How could he still come after me with his injuries?

With a twist in midair to protect the child, she kicked out, her sneaker catching him in the same jaw the bat had bashed. She was saved when his fingers slipped from her ankle and he grunted in pain. That and the extra padding on her ass as she landed and bounced, Zarin still safely clutched to her breast.

She rolled to her side to get up, her head snapping around when an inhuman snarl came from the open door, heralding an enormous, tawny-brown wolf leaping the distance to where the man lay. Her first thought was ‘what the fuck now?’, and then a litany of ‘holy shits’ and ‘oh my gods’ filled her head.

The animal stood at least three feet at the shoulder, with a wide chest and long snout rimmed with razor sharp teeth. She almost cried in relief to realize the animal was protecting her, snarling and snapping at Jessup, growling menacingly in its throat as it started backing toward her.

She gritted her teeth at the pain and dizziness swamping her as she jumped to her feet, wavering when she tried to find her balance. The wolf bumped its hindquarters into her legs as it backed her toward the office and, trusting the animal to keep Jessup at bay, she turned and hustled toward the office door.

Afraid Jessup would somehow get past the wolf, Randa glanced over her shoulder, thankful to see Jessup’s injuries and the snarling mouth full of sharp teeth kept him on his ass as she and the wolf reached the office door. She turned back to the office just as Leah swung the door open, grabbing her biceps to jerk her inside.

Her friend would have slammed the door behind them, but no way would Randa leave her furry protector at the mercy of Jessup or the cops when they showed.

Randa’s hand shot out to hold the door open, handed Zarin off to Leah, and made kissing noises at the wolf. Its head jerked around before it leapt through the door, and she slammed and locked it behind them. When she turned toward her desk, Randa stumbled and would have fallen if the wolf hadn’t pressed against her thigh, tucking its massive head under her hand. Between Leah shoving a chair under her butt and the four-legged bodyguard, she landed hard on the seat instead of the floor, then dropped her head between her legs to keep from passing out.

Guttural cursing and the sound of uneven footsteps coming through the computer speakers had Randa carefully raising her head and rolling to the desk to peer at the security monitor. They watched as Jessup stumbled across the great room, pausing outside the office door.

Although garbled by the injury to his jaw, his words were clear as day. “I’ll get you, you fucking bitch, when no one’s around to save your ass. Don’t think this ends it.”

Randa’s fingers paled as she gripped the arms of the chair, the wolf at her side giving a deep-throated growl. They watched Jessup displayed in a square frame on the monitor as he limped out of the shelter before appearing on a second frame, picked up by the outside camera.

He glanced around furtively, then stopped at the hood of her SUV. Her hand shaking, Randa grabbed the fob from her yoga pant pocket and hit the button to blare the alarm again, taking great pleasure when Jessup jumped a foot before pounding his fist on the hood.

They could hear the wail of distant sirens through the outside webcam as they watched Jessup jog toward the treeline, one hand clutching his jaw. She hoped she’d broken the fucker’s face. Randa felt torn between wanting the bastard gone from the shelter, and wishing him still here when the cops arrived.

Leah turned toward Randa, patting Zarin’s back as the child continued to shudder and sniffle, the blood-soaked scarf wrapped and tied off around Leah’s forearm a stark reminder she’d suffered an injury too.

“Bet Garran is on the way and Jessup heard the sirens,” Leah said in a shaky voice. “I called 911 and Frieda at dispatch said they’d send everyone they could. Honey, your poor throat. Can you swallow okay?”

Randa touched her the front of her neck and swallowed painfully, looking her friend up and down. “It hurts, but I’m okay, Leah. Having your arm cleaned and stitched is more important. Are you hurt anywhere else? Pull a chair over here and sit with me. And you’ll never believe me when I tell you how I knew you needed help. I hardly believe it myself. Becca warned me.”

“What? But Becca’s dead!” Hayleah gasped. “You mean… her ghost? I know Beacon Bay has a reputation for hauntings, but… Becca came to you?”

Randa nodded, tears filling her eyes. “Yes,” she whispered. “I’ve never been visited by a ghost, but you’ve lived here long enough to have heard the stories. She appeared in my bedroom right when I woke. Said Joy’s ex had hurt you and Joy.”

"Holy shit, honey!” Leah exclaimed, then continued in a wistful voice. “I wish she’d visit me so I could tell her goodbye.”

“I know, Leah. I miss her too. You didn’t say, are you injured anywhere else? How bad is that cut on your arm?”

“Don’t you worry, Randa. Just my arm is hurt. The cut isn’t that deep. Bastard had a small switchblade.”

Randa took Leah’s hand and they both held on tight. “I’m so sorry you were cut, but glad you weren’t hurt worse.”

Turning back to the monitor, Randa stared at Joy’s lifeless body, slowly shaking her head in disbelief.

“How on earth did he find us?” Randa asked. “Someone had to have fed him information. I can see how Becca’s ex got to her at the other shelter. As the former police chief, he would have access to records most people wouldn’t. But I don’t get how Jessup even knew about this shelter after we moved here. Or how he got inside. It’s Beacon Bay’s best kept secret!”

Leah squeezed Randa’s hand. “I don’t know, honey. And I know that neither of us fully trust Garran yet, but maybe we need to remember he’s new here. Wasn’t part of the corruption. Besides, your brother said he knows and respects him. Just because Garran’s a cop doesn’t mean he’s crooked like Becca’s ex or the deputy. We had no choice but to call the police.”

Randa knew she was unfairly judging the new police chief, thinking him evil like the murderous former chief of police and his deputy. And the man she’d dated in college who’d betrayed her, hurt her, sent her running back home.

It was hard as hell to trust after all that had happened, past and present, not to mention the very reason they set up this shelter. Abused women and children escaping impossible situations. When you grouped everything together, it seemed to show most men were not to be trusted. She knew in her mind that wasn’t true, that there were women abusers too, but her heart sure hadn’t gotten the memo yet.

Hopefully, Jessup would still be in the area when the police arrived, and they’d toss his ass in jail. Regardless, they’d have to move all the residents to their other—only and last—location.

She rarely regretted her fairly solitary existence, with Leah her only close girlfriend, her brother with his daughter and wonderful new wife her only family, but right about now she wished for four other big men as BFFs with the same deadly skills as her once-Marine Raider, SPECOPs brother.

One more glance at the monitor left her shocked and saddened to see the lifeless eyes of the woman who had trusted Randa to keep her and her child safe.

As her gaze drifted to other parts of the main room visible on the monitor, Randa’s eyes were drawn to the huge tapestry hung in the middle of the far wall, the colorful thread woven into an uncanny likeness of herself, a huge tawny-brown wolf standing sentry next to her. The very image of the flesh and blood animal by her side.

Prophecy at play? The magic of Beacon Bay making itself known to her? What was next?

 
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