The Touch of Snow by international author, Anna Edwards
Selene Harper doesn’t know who she is and for that fact, what she is. If she touches someone, she hears all their intimate thoughts. Not so good when you want to start dating. And definitely not good when you are about to be thrown into the world of shape-shifting bears, wolves and wild cats.
Brayden Dillion is a shape-shifting snow leopard. He is the lead assassin of the Glacial Blood pack but has already been told that when he mates, he will be made Beta. That is the problem though. He cannot find his partner. Well, not until he goes to visit his mother and meets Selene.
The Touch of Snow is the first book in the new Glacial Blood series. A first paranormal book from the author, Anna Edwards. It tells the story of a voyage of discovery for both Selene and Brayden as they try to understand what fate has in store for them. The Glacial Blood world is full of intrigue, suspense and a family of friends. It also features a secret that should remain untold.
Family isn’t always blood; it’s the people in your life that accept you for what you are.
EXCERPT ONE: In all her life, she had never willingly reached out to touch someone, but she found herself doing it before she could think. She took his hand, and hers was enveloped in his grip. No thoughts entered her head. Her hand began to tingle. Both their gazes shifted to where they were joined, skin to skin. Her hand was changing, fingers turning into a paw, nails into claws. Fur sprouted through the skin in white and smoky gray flecks. The hair was spreading, her arm changing into a... a cat's leg. She jumped back, breaking the connection, her arm cradled to her chest. Slowly the effects of the touch reversed until she returned to normal.
"Selene," Brayden spoke but his words were lost.
All she could do was stare at her hand. "Wh... what are you?" she stuttered.
"You need to let me take you back to my mother's apartment now." He stepped forward, but she jumped back again.
"Don't touch me." Selene snapped frantically and shrunk away covering her body. She was terrified.
He held his hands out in front of him so she could see them. "I won't. You have my word. Let's go down to the car. Mom can help me explain."
"She's like you? No, I've touched her. I heard her thoughts. I didn't start changing into...into what was that?"
"Selene, please, the car." He stepped forward again and tried to wrap his arms around her. She was too quick for him though, kicking out before taking off through the desert as fast as she could. She didn't have a clue where she was going. She just knew she needed to get away. The darkness was closing in. The last thing she wanted was to be stranded in the California desert with no water. A noise came from her left and she froze. From the shadows stalked a big cat. It got close enough that she could distinguish it as a snow leopard. Recognition, shook her. It couldn’t be. Her hand, that was what she had been changing into.
"You need to move quicker, Selene."
Quicker? What the hell! She was covered in sweat from moving as fast as she could. She ducked a kick that Emma had aimed at her head. It connected with her arm on the way down, causing golden fur to appear before returning to skin. "I'm mostly human remember, not a fucking cat. I don't have freaky abilities like you do."
“If you're part of the pack, then you'll need to fight like us." Brayden was frowning at her supposedly slow movements. He had his arms folded across his chest studying her every move. She jumped back from a fistful of claws that flashed past her face.
"Maybe I should start roaring and rubbing my backside against trees, as well? Show you just how much of a cat I can be."
Emma caught her in the face with the back of her paw, and she tumbled to the ground. Her eyes sparked into a feline's; her vision changing.
"Shit!" At the last minute, she rolled as a newly shifted Emma leaped for her.
Brayden snickered. She wanted more than anything to forget about the powerful lioness and smack him in the face instead. "When I'm done here you're going to owe me!" she growled.
"How do you figure that?"
"Because I'm going to win."
This time he bellowed out his laughter. "If that happens, then I'll be your slave for a month."
She watched as he stood up and shifted into his natural form. She'd once feared him as a snow leopard, but over the last month, she'd begun to find it the most fascinating thing in the world. She'd find herself spending hours just watching him move around. Brayden's distraction allowed Emma to get the better of her and she was pinned to the floor. She hated these lessons.
"If I could tickle you right now I would." Brayden froze the second the words had left his mouth.
"I wish you could."
Selene had never wanted someone to touch her as much as she wished he could. He lifted his hand to her face and then stopped.
“Touch me.” She pleaded.
She shut her eyes and an image of them writhing naked together flashed into her brain.
"I should go help Emma if we want to eat tonight. I'll send Scott back." When she opened her eyes, Brayden was already on the other side of the fire, his t-shirt over his head. He went for the button on his jeans but stopped and looked back at her. She couldn't take her eyes off him.
"Please." She sounded so tiny when she spoke.
"Selene." Brayden couldn’t take his eyes off her chocolate orbs glistening with unshed tears. Selene’s eyes lowered down his body to his jean clad groin. His breath faltered and his cock hardened. She wanted to see him naked, not for shifting purposes but for the man that he was.
"Please." She was pleading.
He undid the buttons and lowered the jeans down his marble thighs; his magnificent cock sprung hard from his jeans. The tip was glistening in the moonlight with pre-cum. He was hard for her. He wrapped his hand around his length and started to stroke it. She followed unblinkingly. He was getting faster and faster. His breath hitched every time his hand slid over the end. She couldn't take her eyes off him. She bit her lip.
"Stop me." His voice was strained; he was doing the pleading this time.
"No. I want this." she replied honestly.
He threw his head back and let out a long moan as he came. His essence was squirting into his other hand. It was the single most heavenly sight she'd ever seen.
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AUTHOR BIO (WITH LINKS):
Ok, this is the bit where I have to sell myself. Why is it so much easier to write about sexy blokes! Anyway… I am a British author, from the depths of the rural countryside near London. In a previous life, I was an Accountant from the age of twenty-one. I still do that on occasions but most of my life is now spent intermingling writing while looking after my husband, two children and two cats (probably in the inverse order to the one listed!). When I have some spare time, I can also be found writing poetry, baking cakes (and eating them), or behind a camera snapping like a mad paparazzi.
In 2015 I was diagnosed with depression and anxiety. It was also around this time that I became one of the founding members of a dramatic/erotic/dark roleplaying group on Twitter. It was wildly popular with both English and American followers. The writing helped me to overcome my depression by giving me an outlet to channel my thoughts into and not sit around worrying all day about things that would never happen. I took over responsibility for management of the group and responsibility for development of our storylines. As well as playing at least ten different characters in the group ranging from an innocent virgin, blood thirsty assassin and even a male lover. The success of the role-play spurred me on to writing novels.
I have a love of travelling and like to bring this to my stories to give them the air of reality. Death Valley is somewhere I visited in 2008 after a tragic personal event. It was part of a tour of the west coast of America that I loved a great deal. The highlight of the trip was a helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon.
I have always been an avid reader. Mainly murder mystery in the past but with Beautiful Bastard I discovered a whole new set of novels and I haven’t looked back since. I like my hero’s hot and hunky with a dirty mouth. My heroines demur but with spunk. And my books in a kickarse series.
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