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A Scottish Highlander falls in battle only to awaken beside bronze statues at a present-day museum. Befriended by a beautiful Fae creature and her allies, he must defeat a demon or die.
At an American museum, surrounded by Auguste Rodin’s bronze statues, a Scottish Fae beauty is at a crossroads. Now that Gwendolyn’s friends are engaged, and the demon they fought vanquished, should she return home? After committing a terrible act, she could not explain to her cousin why she had appeared on his doorstep.
Alexander awoke in darkness inside a bronze statue, remembering how the green of Scotland’s Culloden field had turned red with blood that day in 1746. Had he died before awakening nude and sightless in front of strangers in present-day Raleigh, North Carolina? The mystery of how was overshadowed by why. Told that another warrior awoke when a demon threatened to take over the world, had a second demon escaped Hell? When the demon appears and demands Gwen join him, Alex must use all his new skills, weapons, and Heaven-sent powers to keep her and the world safe.
A white horse with dark splotches over its rump raised its head from the next stall while a large brown horse neighed. Gwen ignored them. The sight above her was like a dream. A terrible dream.
Sam, naked to the waist, raised his sword and swung. When it connected with the blade in Alex’s hand, the clang echoed through the barn. Again and again Sam swung his weapon and Alex stopped every slash, as his muscles strained and sweat streaked down his naked chest.
If Alex’s eyesight was as poor as she suspected, he might get hurt, or killed.
Sam hesitated. Had he heard her thoughts? Alex took advantage of the pause in their combat and stepped back along a narrow beam. His head was slightly turned, suggesting his left eye was still too swollen to help him.
“This is ludicrous,” Gwen whispered. “Alex has one eye, and Sam is a learned warrior over two-hundred years old. They are no match. And what if either misses a step? Is our plan to slice the demon in two? There has to be a better way. I felt the demon’s anger. They are wasting time.”
Henrí whispered so as not to upset the warriors high above. “First and foremost, demons want out of Hell. They yearn to roam the earthly plane, where human emotions turn them into ferocious killers.”
“Oui. Desire, anger, and envy are what they feed upon. However, happiness and joy make them ill. Since few methods can kill a demon once freed, the guardians keep the gates under constant surveillance. Alex awoke to fight a demon. Allow him to train.”
“Have faith,” Kenzie whispered. “This training will help him survive.”
Gwen was speechless. She stepped inside a stall belonging to the brown war horse and leaned her hands on the partially-open stall gate. The horse nuzzled her shoulder and she relaxed, then he turned away to munch oats from a hanging bucket.
Sam raised his weapon again. How could Alex see the blade heading toward him? Was there anything more frightening than two warriors trying to kill the other?
Nancy Lee Badger grew up in Huntington on New York’s Long Island, where school field trips to lofty museums were the norm. After attending Plymouth State, in New Hampshire, she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Art Education and met and married her college sweetheart. They raised two handsome sons in Rumney, New Hampshire, where Nancy volunteered as an EMT and firefighter while working full-time. When the children had left the nest, and shoveling show became a chore, she retired from her satisfying job as a 9-1-1 Emergency Medical Dispatcher and moved with her husband to North Carolina, where she writes full-time.
Nancy is a member of Romance Writers of America, Heart of Carolina Romance Writers, Fantasy-Futuristic & Paranormal Romance Writers, and the Triangle Association of Freelancers. She loves to travel and attend Scottish Highland Games and is never far from her laptop. She finds story ideas in the most unusual places.
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