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Warriors from the Raven clan are sent to guard the king's cattle. They are
unprepared for the strange, otherworldly happenings in the new winter grazing
land, including nocturnal visits by a beautiful lass. Only their leader, Taran, can
save them—if he remembers how.

Excerpt from my short story, The Enchanted Meadow

Alina wanted to cry out to him, but her throat would not form any sounds. The
one who had betrayed her and trapped her in this tree had taken away her
speech so she could not ask for help to escape her prison. So many centuries
had turned, each season passing in a blur of muted colors, her hope fading.
Now someone had come, a mortal who could help her, but she needed to
communicate with him in some way. Sighing, she realized she was not even sure
she knew how to break the curse.

He watched her now with curious eyes, unaware that she also watched him.
When she concentrated all of her power, she could imprint an image of her face
on the tree trunk, becoming one with the tree. Only he had seen her face in the
tree bark, so she knew he was more than a simple warrior. He had the mind of a
druid. Only the one who could help her would be able to see into other realms
and pay such close attention to her tree. She sensed the affection in his caress.
Shivers of pleasure shot through her body at his gentle touch, giving her a
sense of hope.

She studied him, admiring the confident way he commanded his men even as he
faced the unknown. He stood regal and powerful, the blue warrior marks he
earned shadowing the austere planes of his handsome face. Long, golden-
copper streaked hair plunged down his back in a wild tangle. She yearned to
run her hands through his thick mane again.

As if reading her thoughts, he glanced back at her tree, his bright blue eyes
darkening to a deeper hue in the shifting light, his face softening from its usual
hardness. When he looked in her direction, he let slip his true feelings he hid
from his warriors. Her heart sang with compassion for him.

She felt herself blush at his penetrating gaze. His eyes awakened that feeling of
familiarity in her again, but she still could not place it. If she escaped her prison,
she could go to him now. Frowning, she thought how she hated the tree that felt
like a tomb. The world beyond the tree taunted her with its bright autumn colors,
a world so full of life and freedom. She could not bear to look upon it any longer.

To help her bide her time, she thought about their coupling. Her body flushed at
the memory. She recalled how wonderful his muscles had felt beneath her touch
and the way he had kissed her, caressing her secret places with his skillful
tongue, making her moan and quake. A twinge of desire flickered inside her at
the thought of having him touch her again tonight.

When they discovered another missing cow, they would have to stay. At least
she hoped so. She continued to hide some of their cattle to keep the warrior
there so eventually he could help her escape.

At first, she only wanted to use him to help her escape, but now her body
trembled with affection for the golden warrior. After he rekindled what had been
dormant for so long inside of her, she began to yearn for him and his tender,
passionate touch. Could she let him go? And if he should eat of the apples….

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Copyright 2007 by Kelley Heckart
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Review for The Enchanted Meadow:
"I enjoyed this story as well. I liked the characters
and the plot was well thought out. It had just the
right amount of myth and magic. Taran and Alina
were one of those couples you cannot help but
hope they are able to be together at the end."
Reviewed by Megan at Bitten By Books
Link to entire review for In the Gloaming at Bitten by Books
Reviews
"Hauntingly beautiful; this enchanting story takes
a bad curse and an evil source watching. These
exceptional characters carry out a plot that
ensnares the reader and keeps you there until
the end."

Reviewed by Wateena
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance
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Link to entire review at Coffee Time Romance
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