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Drakkar ~ Beyond the Lie Cover Reveal!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on October 6, 2016 by Romancing the Darkside Reviews and Promotions

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Drakkar ~ Beyond the Lie

Book three

Dark Order of the Dragon Series

Author : Sandra Bischoff

Genre : Paranormal / Fantasy

 

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~ Blurb ~

Drakkar Dragoni, the only son of Princess Absinthe Dragoni, always believed what his mother told him. Humans were nothing more than cattle, raised to nourish their kind and her half brother, Jared Bonatelli, stole from her a kingdom that was rightfully hers. He vowed to right this wrong even if it meant Jared dies by his hand.

But what if none of it was true?
What if it was all…. A LIE?

Who can he turn to?
Who can he trust to help him make things right again?

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~ Excerpt ~

From the edge of the clearing a dark figure lurked among the shadows. Weaving between the trees, the uninvited guest tried to get as close as he could to the soft music and candle lit tent behind the grand blue Victorian mansion. Muffled conversation and laughter drifted in his direction on the crisp February breeze.

Something inside him ached to be a part of it. To slip inside the tent and watch the celebration up close and personal. He’d never known true happiness. Never witnessed the purest form of love these people were now basking in. What he wouldn’t give to feel it for himself, just once.

Yeah, sure, and pigs will one day sprout wings and fly away.

A vibration in his back pocket stopped him in his tracks. Drakkar pulled his cellphone out glancing at the screen. Narrowing his eyes at the caller’s name, he debated about answering it. What was the worst that could happen? With any luck ignoring her would have him thrown out on the street in no time. In fact that was the lesser of two evils.

Swiping his thumb across the screen he closed his eyes readying for the rant that was about to come. All it took was a split second. His mother’s shriek made his ears bleed.

“Drakkar! Where the hell have you been? I’ve been trying to call you for hours.” Absinthe’s voice was hard and cold. It resembled nothing a mother worried about her only son’s whereabouts would sound like.

“I was in class. What do you want?” He snarled back at her. It was all a lie but she had no clue. Absinthe only cared about herself.

“That’s no way to address me, Drakaar. You forget I can have your pathetic existence squashed at any moment.” She threatened.

“So you keep reminding me.” It was getting to the point where he wished she would make good on her threat. At least then he could be free of her. Counting to ten he relaxed slightly. “Was there something you needed?” Mommy Dearest.

“Much better.” She purred making his skin crawl. “I need you to come directly home after school gets out. Something has come up.”

Oh for the love of…

Drakaar strained his neck to see two people sneaking out of the tent. The wolf and his bride made a quick check of their surroundings before disappearing through glass French doors. His sensitive hearing caught the sweet sound of her voice just as she whispered her love to him. With a growl the wolf kicked the door shut. The silhouette of the groom carrying his bride across the room vanished around a corner inside the house. The reflected glow from Drake’s eyes dimmed against the bark of the tree he hid behind.

“Drakaar?” Absinthe’s voice broke his concentration.

Gritting his teeth, he shrugged off the invisible hand he knew she would have placed on his shoulder. “What?”

“I said I need you home. Are you well? You don’t sound like yourself.”

He wasn’t fooled by the concern in her voice. Absinthe could care less if something was bothering him. The only reason she might even give it a second thought was if the issue interfered with her plans. Gods forbid he might be feeling, worrying or even needing something. If it didn’t concern her, his mother didn’t want to be bothered.

Glancing back toward the large white tent, Drakkar noticed people starting to leave. He shrunk back into the brush allowing the branches to swallow him. “Fine. I’ll be there.”

“Excellent. Do try to not be late.” And then the Poison Princess was gone.

“Thanks for small favors.” He whispered.

There was no point in telling her he cut out early to spy on the wedding. It would only piss her off and that was something he could do without. Ever since Bonatelli reared his ugly head, his mother did a complete one eighty on him. He used to actually believe Absinthe loved him. Now, he caught her looking at him with disgust. Even when she spoke to him it was infused with venom half of the time.

Yet, as he sat in the weeds watching the way her enemies interacted and spoke to each other, it was evident what he endured was not normal. Bonatelli and his cohorts did not seem to be the monsters Absinthe painted them to be. He actually treated everyone he met with a loving respect, especially his very pregnant wife. There was no mistaking what he saw between Jared and his soon to be Queen, unconditional -I’d die to protect you- love.

When had Absinthe ever treated him that way? The answer -never.

Drakkar slipped his phone in the side pocket of the backpack resting beside him before swinging it over his shoulder. A slight tingle on the back of his neck hinted sunrise was coming soon. If he sat here wishing on fairytales much longer, his mother’s wrath would be the least of his problems.

He was just about to turn and leave when the scent of strawberries hit him. Inhaling deeply, Drakkar looked toward the tent. A couple emerged accompanied by a black haired girl roughly his age. The scent grew stronger when the girl’s toffee colored eyes gazed in his direction. He couldn’t move. Just one look from her and he was paralyzed.

Drake’s gums began to throb painfully. He covered his mouth just as his fangs began to descend in his mouth and ducked deeper into the brush. The way his body reacted to the human confused him. He’d been around his mother’s human servants all of his life and he never had the urge to claim any of them. He did feed from them on occasion but this was different. Something inside him wanted her as his.

 

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~ About the Author ~

 

Sandra Bischoff lives in the historic town of Cornwall, NY with her extremely patient husband and teenage son, she affectionately calls the Demon. She is a Pharmacist by profession but found her true calling in a simple twist of fate. A friend approached her to write in a forum on a popular networking website. Over the next five years her passion had found its niche. She went on to compose a few poems and short stories which she would post on her homepage at the same networking site.

Her debut novel, Beyond the Sun was published April 2013 by Bayou Brew Publishing. She recently was named to Amazon’s best seller list in the Fantasy/Epic category. Sandra’s second book in this series entitled Beyond Time was released earlier this spring in time for the Romantic Times Convention in New Orleans where she was a featured author at the Book Fair.

She has since left Bayou Brew Publishing to embark on the next chapter of her writing career, Independent Publishing. As of this time she has re-released both books in e-book and paperback formats. They can be found on Amazon.com.

 

~ Other books by Sandra Bischoff ~

 

Beyond the Sun   https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00OTRRM2Y

Beyond Time           https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00PKV8P8I

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Book Spotlight : Her Hidden Desire by Angela Fattig

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on July 6, 2014 by Romancing the Darkside Reviews and Promotions

Hidden Desire

Title: Her Hidden Desire (The Incubi Series) Book 2
Genre: Paranormal Romance

Blurb

Their Love Was Forbidden…
Their Desire Was Hot…

Lindsey Kane is a Succubus. She was banished to Earth more than three centuries ago after an Incubus, Nate Sanders, was accused of being the start of the rebellion.
She has hidden a part of herself that is forbidden in her old world, she is in love with a Human.
Banished Incubi are not allowed to live a true life on Earth. The Elders will put the loved one to death if any dare.

Nate has fallen in love and declared that this is the beginning of the rebellion, there will be a war.

Lindsey finally has the courage to go after the one she needs…

Steven Douglas has had it with hiding how he feels for Lindsey. He is in love with her.
Seeing her every day at work is murder. He can see she is troubled and he vows to find out why, even if it kills him.

Steven finally has the courage to go after the one he wants…

He may just get more than he bargained for…

About the Author

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Angela Fattig spent most of her childhood reading any book she could find. That’s when her passion of writing was born. When she was 10, she started writing short stories and poems and kept quite a collection.
In 1998 she met Paul and they have shared a life together for 15 years. In 1999 she introduced the world to her first born, Brandi, and again in 2000, Sarah.
Today, when she is not doing what she loves, writing, she spends time with her beautiful family and the addition of two dogs named Izzy and Herly.
Angela’s inspirations have always been Stephen King, E L James, and Poe.

 

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Book Spotlight : Their Forbidden Desire by Angela Fattig

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on July 5, 2014 by Romancing the Darkside Reviews and Promotions

Forbidden Desire

Title: Their Forbidden Desire (The Incubi Series) Book 1
Genre: Paranormal Romance

Blurb

Their love was forbidden…
Their desire was red hot…
New York, 2020

Reality is a harsh friend, even for an Incubus.
Nate Sanders, a turned Incubus, finds that his life is shit. He was sent to Earth, many centuries ago, to seduce women in the hopes of filling the world with enough half-breeds to take it over.
Nate, after several years, decided enough was enough. Humans, once you got to know them, weren’t that bad.
Life for him has grown cold and lonely.

Reality is even harsher for a Human.
Melody Andrews is a shy and lonely twenty-seven year old. Her family is falling apart, her friends have deserted her, and she is running scared.
She had always dreamed of a life she knew could never be.
She has seen him, the unknown man, many times on the street. She had fantasized about him, craved his touch. She was too damn shy to say anything.
Life for her had grown cold and lonely.

Fate brings Melody and her stranger together, but will the ones who rule the Incubui world tear them apart? Will Nate be in time to save the woman he loves?

Hell on Earth will become a reality.

 

About the Author

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Angela Fattig spent most of her childhood reading any book she could find. That’s when her passion of writing was born. When she was 10, she started writing short stories and poems and kept quite a collection.
In 1998 she met Paul and they have shared a life together for 15 years. In 1999 she introduced the world to her first born, Brandi, and again in 2000, Sarah.
Today, when she is not doing what she loves, writing, she spends time with her beautiful family and the addition of two dogs named Izzy and Herly.
Angela’s inspirations have always been Stephen King, E L James, and Poe.

 

Links

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Book Spotlight : We Are Not Alone by Angela Fattig

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on July 1, 2014 by Romancing the Darkside Reviews and Promotions

We are not alone

Title: Invasion Trilogy We Are Not Alone Book 1

Blurb

‘The world in 2044, filled with hate and corruption, finds that the ‘God’ of the Bible is not what He appears to be or is ‘He’.

Dr. Jay Winder, a man with a secret unknown to even him, alongside Dr. Mandi Stevens must work with a government he disagrees with in order to save the human race from extinction.

Faced with said extinction, he finds love in a burning world filled with rubble, ash, death, and betrayal.

Does he have the strength, and can he find the will to overcome his past and vanquish the enemy in time? Or will he allow his secret and the betrayal to cause their demise?’

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The Invasion is here and it is NOT what you think…

In the pages of the Bible there are stories that no one really talks about…

Those on television only theorize…

What if an Alien Invasion happened?
What if the Invasion didn’t come from outer space?
What if it came from within the Bible?

Would you be ready? Would you know what to do?

About the Author

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Angela Fattig spent most of her childhood reading any book she could find. That’s when her passion of writing was born. When she was 10, she started writing short stories and poems and kept quite a collection.
In 1998 she met Paul and they have shared a life together for 15 years. In 1999 she introduced the world to her first born, Brandi, and again in 2000, Sarah.
Today, when she is not doing what she loves, writing, she spends time with her beautiful family and the addition of two dogs named Izzy and Herly.
Angela’s inspirations have always been Stephen King, E L James, and Poe.

Links

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Surrender ~ The Ferryman & The Flame by Rhiannon Paille

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on June 29, 2014 by Romancing the Darkside Reviews and Promotions

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~Book Info~
Title: Surrender
Series: The Ferryman and The Flame #1
By: Rhiannon Paille

~Blurb~
How far would you go to save everything you ever loved?
Kaliel was warned about her love for the Ferryman. One day he will marry the land and leave Avristar forever. She doesn’t listen, and because of what she is– a Flame– one of nine apocalyptic weapons, she sparks a war. In a desperate attempt to save her home and her love, Kaliel tries to awaken Avred, not knowing she may have to make the ultimate sacrifice

~Our Review~

I will admit, I was drawn in by the cover of this. Paranormal And Fantasy happens to be the genres I both read and write in. So when I saw this book come up for review I thought, “Awesome! This has to be world building at its finest. I can’t wait to dive into this.”

Surrender ~ The Ferryman and The Flame was an intricately woven tale but at the same time it had the ability to confuse the heck out of me.

The book starts off with the “love at first sight” between Elvin names Kaliel and Krishani. This is forbidden among their kinsfolk because Elvin cannot fall in love. They marry the land. I honestly didn’t understand the whole “They marry the land” deal. If that were explained a little better it might help the reader or in my case the listener to connect with the story better.
As the book progressed you saw both of them head off into different places to train. Train for what exactly? I wasn’t sure but you see them start to grow and flourish as characters on their own. I truly enjoyed watching this. They both evolved into well rounded characters and when faced with their final “tests”, that’s the term I choose to use here because that’s exactly what it seemed they had, they were selfless acts done for the good of all and not themselves.
I won’t give any spoilers here. Just know it ends epically the way a great fantasy read should.
I look forward to reading more from this author. I believe she has the “it” factor and this book is the first stepping stone on a long path of success.

~About the Author~

Rhi Paille

Rhiannon is an up and coming Indie Author that writes Young Adult Fantasy books and some non fiction. She has a PhD in Metaphysical Science and Parapsychology. When she’s not writing books she’s reading minds, singing karaoke, burning dinner and sipping iced cappuccino despite her allergy to coffee. Some day she’d like to own a unicorn—as long as it doesn’t eat her. She’s sold over 25,000 copies of her books worldwide.

~Links~

Amazon Author Pagehttp://www.amazon.com/Rhiannon-Paille/e/B004NPY784
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Spotlight on Part-Time Reaper by Casse NaRome

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on May 3, 2014 by Romancing the Darkside Reviews and Promotions

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Title ~ Part-Time Reaper

Author ~ Casse NaRome

Genre ~ NA Paranormal Romantic Comedy

~ Blurb ~

Shaina has 99 problems and death ain’t one.
Well, actually it is. She is the newest reaper. Shaina’s partner is her ex best friend as well as her former boyfriend who disappeared without a goodbye four years ago. Her current boyfriend isn’t a boy at all but an ancient angel with a defect. He has never heard the voice of God.
Yeshua has a place in her soul and he refuses to let go while Samuel possesses her body and leaves her craving more but who will win Shaina’s heart?

Headaches, heartbreaks and mayhem…Yeah Shaina has 99 problems but Death is the least of them.

Will Shaina be able to heal her shattered heart and save his lost soul?

~ Excerpt ~

Echo sneezed, and I raised a brow. He sneezed again.

“Are you allergic to cuteness?” I popped a hand on my hip, cocking my head in disapproval.
“You are dead, how is that even possible?”

He sighed. “I am not dead, for one. Do you even listen when I speak?”

“What kind of monster are you to be allergic to a kitten? You are supposed to be better post mortem or what are the perks?” The fact that I was appalled was evident in my tone.

I waved off Echo’s annoyed glare as I took Scythe from Echo. “Do you see his tiny face? I’m in love.”

“Shaina put the cat away–”

“Kitten. You can tell ’cause he’s so wittle-bitty!”

“Okay. Put the kitten away, please.”

“Dude, away? He is a living thing. You don’t put them away like a stuffed animal.” I continued to nuzzle Scythe’s kitten face as he squirmed.

“Shaina put the damn animal down!” His lips set in a hard line, the way they always did when he disapproved of my antics.

“Alright! Jeez. Relax. You seriously lack a heart! Are you sure you aren’t dead?” I put the kitten in my oversized beach tote and told him to stay there. We all know cats are known for their perfect listening skills. Luckily, he curled into a ball and snuggled in. Maybe my cat did have mad listening skills. Yay.

 

~ About the Author ~

CNarome

Casse Narome is the alter-ego of a self-proclaimed awesome weirdo who spent her childhood reading and daydreaming. As an adult that is also how she spends her time only now she writes her daydreams down for everyone to read. Casse is never serious, has been accused of wishing her life was a sitcom, laugh track and all, has a bad habit of talking out loud to herself and she is fine with being a little insane. She spends way too much time online, too much money buying books and laughing at her own jokes. You will find her on Twitter being very random and spewing her opinions. When you see her online, tell her to get back to her writing! Or just engage her in a hilarious random conversation.

~ Links ~

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Beyond the Sun spotlight and Kindle giveaway!!!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on June 8, 2013 by Romancing the Darkside Reviews and Promotions

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Beyond the Sun

By ~ Sandra Bischoff

Genre ~ Paranormal Romance

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Fifteen years ago, Jared Bonatelli had it all.  The youngest son of one of the founding families in the Conservatorship of The Dark Order he lived a life you only thought existed in novels and nightmares.  He had just graduated from Oxford University and became engaged to his childhood sweetheart when he lost it all in one violent act.  The very next day he found himself shipped off to New Orleans with only the money in his pocket and whatever he could fit in one suitcase.  Since that night, he has suffered reliving his fiancé’s murder repeatedly in his dreams.  It isn’t until he finds himself summoned back to New York for an emergency meeting of the Conservatorship that the comfortable world he lives in begins to crumble around him.

            Alexandra Toscano has been searching for the one assignment that could catapult her journalistic career.  When her editor Gene O’Hanlon drops a manila folder in her lap, Alex is immediately skeptical.   At first glance, the information he hands her seems like a publicity piece that is until she comes across an article he wrote some fifteen years ago about Vampires murdering a young woman in Central Park.  She is ready to laugh it off as a work of fiction until he points out he was an eye witness to the whole thing.  But that wasn’t all.  The girl’s boyfriend was a member of a prominent Italian family who vanished the very next day.

            Now as Alex begins to dig deeper into Jared’s life, she begins to question her own past.  Could the answer she seeks be found in the glowing eyes of the one person she is sworn to expose?  Or will they both find themselves torn apart by a world Beyond the Sun?

Excerpt

“Hell no.” Alex stared at the sheet of paper in her hand. This couldn’t be happening to her, not again. It was the third time in a month her boss, Gene, had pulled this crap on her.

“He can’t be serious.” She scoffed at the absurdity of the new assignment in her hand.

She glared over the wall of her cubicle at the pimple-faced, red-headed mail boy. He gulped and shuffled around a few envelopes, escaping to the next cubicle. It wasn’t the kid’s fault, but he was the messenger and they always got the bad end of the stick throughout history. God, she needed to strangle someone. Alex ran a hand through her hair, pulling the long chestnut mass out of her eyes.

 Alex pushed out her chair and crushed the paper in her hand, intending to throw it in the circular file. She paused and sighed. No, it would be better to give the SOB a piece of her mind for a change. Standing, she stalked to the glass-enclosed office at the end of the hall.

“You have got to be kidding me. You’re not serious about this, are you?” She threw the paper on the desk next to his laptop.

Gene O’Hanlon didn’t lift his attention from the keyboard. “Get the door, would you?” He kept typing. When she didn’t move, he glanced at her over his glasses. “Alex, I’m not going to get into this with an audience. Close the door.”

Alex kicked the door shut. The glass walls vibrated, and a few sheets of paper slipped free from the overstuffed bookshelf behind him. She folded her arms across her chest and glared.

Gene leaned back in his worn black leather office chair. He removed his glasses and placed them on the scuffed oak desktop, rubbing his eyes with his other hand. The man appeared to be tired and completely drained. She felt a twinge of guilt for storming into his office until he leveled those harsh green eyes on her.

“Alex, everyone here has to pay their dues. How would it look if I played favorites with stories, huh?”

“Problem is, Gene, I paid and then some. You know it.”

 “The assignment stays.” He linked his hands behind his head, leaning back in his chair.

The gray hair at his temples stuck out in a way reminiscent of the Nutty Professor. He jerked his chin toward the chairs in front of his desk. Alex gave him one more hostile glare before she complied and sat across from him, crossing her long, slender legs and leaning back.

“This is a puff piece for your gossip column, Gene. You know it, and I know it. Why are you saddling me with this?”

“This is hardly a puff piece, Alex.”

“I don’t do publicity. I do serious investigative reporting. There’s nothing serious about a millionaire hot shot in Orange County. From what I can see, he never worked a hard day in his life. Mommy and Daddy probably left him a real nice trust fund.” Yeah, while I’m forced to scrape nickels together to make a Chelsea rent payment. Gotta love NewYork.

Gene pushed a folder toward her and flipped open the cover. “Like I said, this is not a puff piece, Alex. Look at him. You can’t tell me that you don’t recognize Jared Bonatelli.”

“No, Gene. I’ve never seen him before. Why should I recognize him?” Her gaze roamed over the photo. The way Bonatelli gazed into the camera mesmerized her.

Gene continued. “It’s been a while, years in fact, since he was major news. But this kid,” He tapped his eraser on the photo. “This millionaire is hardly a spoiled brat. He’s been through, shall we say, the supernatural ranks.”

Alex frowned, eyeing Gene. “Supernatural?” She laughed. “What the hell do you mean? Is he a Warlock? Does he go ghost hunting? Or better yet, is he one of those people who claim they were abducted by aliens? Come on, it reeks of publicity stunt.”

Picking up the file, Alex flipped through the pages. Bonatelli’s life seemed pretty straight forward: a little rich boy who grew up in a prominent Italian family and attended college abroad with straight A’s, likely bought for the right price.

She came to the last page in the file. It was an old article from a small New Jersey newspaper. Time had yellowed the paper, but the print quality wasn’t what drew her in.

“Are you serious? Vampires? The reporter actually claims vampires killed Bonatelli’s fiancé.”

She was ready to toss the folder back on the desk when she read the byline. Alex stared at the paper, shocked. The man in front of her raised a brow in silence.

“You? You reported this? How? What? I don’t get it.”

“Apparently.”

Gene stood and walked over to the windows of his office overlooking Central Park. He folded his arms across his chest and stared at the barren treetops. “I’d just landed a job in a small town paper reporting on the daily trash. Who was I to expect a job at Newsday or the Wall Street Journal fresh out of college? You have to work your way up to the big leagues.”

He pointed at the park. “It all happened right down there. I saw it all. They had no idea I was there, but I was. The girl’s life was sucked out of her. I saw the kid try to save her. He wasn’t surprised when they appeared, not like I was. He fought them off like a pro; he’d definitely done it before. When it appeared they were going to kill him, another one appeared out of nowhere. Poof.” Gene swung back toward her. “I never saw the new guy touch them. They all just vanished in a big flash of light the moment he spotted them. It wasn’t enough to save the girl, though. After the attack, Bonatelli vanished off the face of the earth. I’m telling you, Alex. Everything in the article is real. I saw it. I lived it.”

Alex stared at him in silence. The whole thing was unbelievable. What Gene told her was a plot for a novel or insane tabloid articles, not something a respectable news source reported.

She tapped a fingernail on the manila folder in her lap, trying to find the right way to tell him the story was insane. Unfortunately, he seemed to believe everything he said.

 “Gene, are you sure you saw it happen? I mean, it could be you saw an everyday mugging gone bad? You obviously weren’t close enough to see them clearly; they would have known you were there. And if it happened, why in the world are you assigning me a dead story?”

He walked over and sat on the edge of his desk in front of her. Gene lifted the folder from her lap and flipped it open to the picture. He removed the photo, holding it up for her to see. “Because, Alex, he’s back. Returned from God knows where. I want you to find out why they brought him here.”

Gene handed her back the folder. “Bonatelli is supposed to attend a fundraiser hosted by an old and powerful family. They are royalty in their country. Your invitation and their background info are in the yellow envelope. Any credentials you may need to get in are there, as well.”

“Yeah right,” she laughed. “Me hanging out with royalty, you’ve gone off the deep end.”

He raised his hand to silence her. “Also, a dress has been ordered for you and will be delivered to your cubicle by the end of the day.”

Alex blinked. She couldn’t even begin to think of how to react to everything he’d laid out in front of her. When she regained her composure, Alex took a deep breath and let out an undignified snort. “They,” she paused. “I think you need to lay off the liquid lunches, Gene. Ok boss man, I’ll bite. Who in the world are ‘they’?”

Gene’s face held no trace of humor whatsoever. “They, my dear, happen to be the things nightmares are made of.”

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Sandra Bischoff lives in the historic town of Cornwall, NY with her extremely patient husband and teenage son, she affectionately calls the Demon.  She is a Pharmacist by profession but found her true calling in a simple twist of fate.   A friend approached her to write in a forum on a popular networking website. Over the next five years her passion had found its niche.  She went on to compose a few poems and short stories which she would post on her homepage at the same networking site.  From one of those short stories, her novel Beyond the Sun was born. She is currently working on her next novel and is very excited to share it with her readers.

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