by: Lisa Kessler
Series: The Muse Chronicles
Genre: Urban Fantasy Romance
Release Date: August 1, 2016
Publisher: Lisa’s Lair
The Prophecy - "Every generation the nine daughters of Zeus are reborn, and with their rebirth are also nine Guardians. They will be marked by the gods, and given gifts to protect his treasure. Their abilities will only be unlocked when they find their muse."
Melanie Jacoby teaches English at Crystal City High School. She's also the reborn Muse of Tragic Poetry, but she isn't prepared for the tragedy of finding her roommate dead at the bottom of the stairs.
Nate Malone is the detective assigned to the case, but as the evidence points to an accidental fall, the visions begin. He sees a killer in a gold Kronos mask.
Mel is the next target.
The Order of the Titans are eager to bring about the return of the Golden Age of Man, and they're prepared to kill the Muses to complete their mission. But Nate's desire to protect Mel is almost as strong as his hunger for her.
And tragedy isn't part of his plan.
Nate arrived first and nursed a Coke at the bar. Although his back was to the door, he was aware of her presence the second she opened it. How was that even possible?
She took the stool next to him, resting her hands on the bar. “What’s so important?”
On an impulse, he placed his hand over hers and braced himself. Nothing. Well. Far from nothing. In fact, his entire body sizzled with need. But he had no visions. He hadn’t had any at the hit-and-run earlier, either. Maybe the visions had been a one-time thing. Or a brain tumor.
“Sorry.” He pulled his hand away. Thankfully she didn’t seem offended, but confusion lined her brow. He got up and pointed toward a corner table. “Let’s talk somewhere more private.”
He followed her, grateful she didn’t mention his inappropriate physical contact.
Once she was seated, her gaze locked on his, her full lips struggling to hold back a smile. “I hope I didn’t come down here to hold hands.”
He raked his fingers through his short hair. “Sorry about that.” He leaned in closer. “Solving crimes is like following a spiderweb. Everything is connected in some way, it’s just figuring out where things intersect so I can find the spider in the middle.”
“And did you find it?”
He shrugged. “Is there a reason you didn’t mention the Muses were daughters of Zeus?”
Her smile faded. She rested her forearms on the table, leaning closer to him. “You were asking about Kronos, not Zeus.”
“Your theater is for the nine Muses, Zeus’s daughters. If I were a crackpot on Team Kronos, I’d hit Zeus where it hurts—his beautiful girls.” He moved even closer to her, pulled in by some unseen magnetic force, an unquenchable thirst to be near her parching him.
“You might be on to something, Detective Malone.” Her breath warmed his lips as she spoke.
“Nate,” he whispered. “Call me Nate.”
“Nate…” she whispered as she closed the distance between them. Her lips brushed his.
Fireworks erupted behind his eyelids, landscapes rolling through his consciousness in a constant stream he couldn’t comprehend. Greece, Rome, Paris, Crystal City. He pulled back, struggling to clear his head.
“Did you see that?” he asked.
She frowned. “See what?”
Maybe he needed to get more than his birthmark checked out. He ran a hand down his face. “Sorry. When I’m around you…”
“Please don’t apologize, you’ll hurt my pride.” She almost smiled. “And I kissed you. Just so you know.”
He was usually smooth when it came to women, but Mel wasn’t like anyone he’d ever met. She threw off his equilibrium, and the crazy visions weren’t helping. He shook his head. “I wasn’t apologizing for the kiss.” He chuckled. “In fact, I’d be willing to try that again sometime.”
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Don’t miss Legend of Love, book 2 coming December 5, 2016
Lisa Kessler is an award winning author of dark paranormal fiction. Her debut novel, Night Walker, won a San Diego Book Award for Best Published Fantasy-Sci-fi-Horror as well as the Romance Through the Ages Award for Best Paranormal and Best First Book.
Her short stories have been published in print anthologies and magazines, and her vampire story, Immortal Beloved, was a finalist for a Bram Stoker award.
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