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My Chameleon Mate Author’s Note

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Vera

I accidentally launched an escape pod on my miserable honeymoon—with me on it—and crash-landed in the middle of an alien jungle on a forbidden “emerging civilization” planet, breaking about a hundred Cosmic Syndicate laws.

Oh, and I robbed a hot lizard guy with sexy black eyes, the most colorful scales I’ve ever seen, and a powerful prehensile tail that curls up like a cinnamon roll..

Even though I can’t understand anything he’s saying, my new reptilian friend turns out to be as sweet as honey and spicier than the seasoning he used on the meat I stole from his camp, and after he risks his own life to save mine, he decides he wants to keep me.

I’m perfectly okay with that, but I have a feeling my philandering husband will object.

Author’s Note:

This sweet story takes place in the Iriduan Test Subjects universe, but doesn’t feature any of the characters from that series. It is also a shorter, lighter read than the books in that series. You don’t need to have read that series to follow along with this story.

Content Warning can be found here.

Spoilers Ahead!!!

This blog is the Author’s Note for my book, My Chameleon Mate, book one of my Iriduan Universe Love Stories series. I used to include long author’s notes like this in the backs of my books, but realized that not all readers would want to read them, so I decided to make them available on my blog instead for those who are interested.

Please note that this blog does contain spoilers for My Chameleon’s Mate and is best read after reading the book.

My Chameleon Mate was a very special project for me, because it was a much-needed vacation from the more complex, intense, high-pressure work I’ve been writing lately.

After writing Uriale’s Redemption, which had been a long time in the making, had many expectations behind it, and had a villain I needed to redeem (one who was a truly bad guy at times in previous books), I felt wiped out creatively. I had poured so much of myself into that book (and still believe it’s probably the best one I’ve ever written) that I fell into a bit of an after-WIP slump where I was very bummed out and really struggled for about a week just to find my spark again.

I still have two major projects on my schedule for this year, but both of them will be very mentally and emotionally labor-intensive because they deal with existing series and existing characters with fairly complex backgrounds, so I felt like I couldn’t even begin to tackle either project after finishing my last WIP and being left in such a state.

To refocus my creativity, I began to sketch out ideas for a new alien species, and my mind kept latching onto the chameleon because it was a reptile inspiration I hadn’t really explored to its fullest, though I’d used the scale color shifting for Tak from my Into the Dead Fall series. To further inspire myself, I searched for images of chameleons, and found so many incredible ones, including an absolutely gorgeous color photo of the panther chameleon that I found breathtaking in its colors and patterns.

Licensed from Adobe Stock

And that’s how Khamai (KAH-my) was born. (His name is derived from the Greek root words for Chameleon :))

I expanded on Khamai and the Prdayu (Prah-DAY-ewe) as I further researched chameleons and discovered how fascinating they truly are, although I must note that I took many liberties with the details. My Prdayu are not actually intended to be accurate representations of terrestrial chameleons. I know this should be obvious because they are fictional, sapient, bipedal aliens, but every once in a while, I get a comment that I got some detail of biology wrong on my aliens and I need to “do research.” XD

I had so much fun building out Khamai’s biology, culture, and world, and I even had to add a “slurry” from which “nutrients” (in the form of dendrobs this time) were harvested, which was inspired by Abigail from Kingdom of Thirst and her podcast, especially episode 88 about The Scorpion’s Mate, which I found highly entertaining and definitely recommend. (You’ll know the reference if you listen to the podcast. XD)

Khamai’s character design made me realize that I have a thing for quills on lizardmen XD. The Prdayu is the third species I’ve created with spines or “quills” on their heads. The Akrellians and yan-kanat are the other two, but even Tak, who is Histri’i, has a ridge of spiny points on his head.

This is what an Akrellian looks like–this is Tirel from The Warrior’s Mate, done by Sam Griffin.

Also, I really like reptilians. Did I mention that? XD

Of course, Khamai is the first lizard-inspired alien of mine that has two… other assets. 😉 (I had to go back over my reference sketches—oh yes, I have sketches—to double check that, no pun intended) Nahash, my naga hero, is the only other character with that feature. 😀

I know! I’m surprised too! XD

What’s with the fins, you might be wondering? Lemme just say, the SFR genre has been so creative with…ahem, assets, that it’s a real bee-otch to come up with something I don’t think has been done before. My concept sketches get stranger and stranger as I struggle to come up with something new and different. XD So, I added some fins—I’m not gonna get too deep into the inspiration for those (puns! Puns everywhere!!)—and I thought, hey, I haven’t seen this before, let’s do it.

Maybe someday I’ll show that final sketch somewhere. 😀  My newsletter subscribers would be the ones to see it if I did. (I did show it…somewhere. Subscribers to my newsletter can find out where and get a peek.)

And of course, a chameleon-inspired alien species had to have the curly tail. I love the tail. It’s so darned cute!

Khamai’s understanding of his world and his place in it was refreshingly simple, and I loved being inside his head and just enjoying that perspective. To Khamai, magic exists in those things he can’t explain, and because of that, he still can find wonder in what Vera (and those of us who use computers and smartphones every day) finds commonplace and mundane.

Sometimes, I need a reminder that the things I take for granted are truly wondrous.

Vera was a return to writing a younger, less cynical heroine for me, though she’d been no less hurt in her relationships than many of my older characters. I loved her naivety, even as my heart broke for how she was taken advantage of because of it. I also really loved her character arc, and how she grew throughout this story to find confidence in herself. Khamai’s unconditional love and support gave her the right conditions to develop into the self-assured woman she would become by the epilogue.

Vera got herself a haircut. 😀 Art by me.

Again, I needed her uplifting arc, and I felt cheered by her development as I wrote her story. I also needed her little emotional outbursts and all the little flaws and vulnerabilities she displayed. My previous heroine was by no means perfect, but Ellana was much savvier and more competent in survival than Vera is, so I found Vera’s “softness”—I guess would be the most flattering description—to be as refreshing as Khamai’s primitive perspective on life.

I love these two together. They compliment each other, and their love isn’t complicated by any past histories or dark secrets. Their romance was delightful to write, and relaxing, like enjoying a light dessert after a rich, full-course meal.

Cupid was another chance to show emotional development in a species that was intended to be completely emotionless. If you follow me on social media, then you may have learned by now that the grays are my favorite alien “type,” though I love my reptilians too. (It’s a very slim margin between them.)

I love putting the grays into my stories, and I love to explore the idea of them changing over time because of exposure to the many different species they were designed to observe and study, transforming into something their creators never intended. The fact that they are enigmatic is one of the biggest appeals for me, so it’s always intriguing to get inside the head of one of my gray characters.

Cupid and his crew, and his mission to bring Happily-Ever-Afters to humans and extraterrestrials in the Iriduan Universe, will be providing the framework for this series if it continues, allowing me to tell stories that are completely standalone, while still maintaining a strong thread between them.

I have so many ideas for the series, and so many characters I’ve wanted to expand upon that would be a perfect fit for a series like this. I have no idea how this book will be received, and whether there is interest in the series will really be the deciding factor for if I continue to publish it, although I might write stories for it once in a while regardless, just for my own sake, because it did help me sort of “recover” from the more involved storytelling I did in Uriale’s Redemption. I’m sure I’ll be writing more intense projects like that in the future too and will need little breaks.

I’m currently in the process of rereading my Iriduan Test Subjects series to refresh all the details in preparation for The Director’s Mate, which is one of those two projects I mentioned that is still on my schedule for this year. I got especially inspired by Cupid and crew and realized I needed another romance featuring grays in my life. They often play villain or facilitator in Science Fiction Romance, and rarely play hero, so it’s ground that isn’t already well-tread.

I like to wander off the beaten path. 😀

Roz and crew are the perfect group to really explore the worldbuilding I did for the Lusians (think “illusion”, then take off the “I” for pronunciation). Though I touched on the cohorts and how they operate with Gray’s stories (from my Into the Dead Fall series), this will be the first time I’m working with multiple grays in the same cohort, and they are all different, despite being clones. I’m practically rubbing my hands together in anticipation of some interesting reveals with this upcoming book.

That being said, I have no idea when it will be done. It’s important to me to get the details right, so I need to update my series bible and refresh my memory by reading the first eight books before diving in, and my reading speed isn’t what it used to be, especially when I’m also taking notes the whole time.

Kevos’s book from my Children of the Ajda series (which is still only one book, lol) is also up for this year, though I have moved it to after The Director’s Mate. Other projects may slip in between them, or I might write one concurrently, as I have done in the past. It really all just depends on my energy level and motivation. The more excitement my readers and fans have for a series or a book, the more motivation I feel to work on it.

I love to know what my readers want to see next, so tell me in the comments what characters you’d like to see get their own books, because I have ideas for all of them, so knowing which ones fans want helps me to focus my energy. Thank you so much for checking out my author’s note, and (I hope) the book, My Chameleon Mate. As always, I greatly appreciate your encouragement and support!

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The Scorpion’s Mate Giveaway Sweepstakes!

I have two announcements that are time sensitive!

First, the ebook for Lilith’s Fall is currently FREE on Amazon, for a limited time (7/12/2022 – 7/14/2022). If you haven’t had a chance to check out this sensual scifi/fantasy romance series featuring demon and angel-like aliens in a futuristic world clashing with each other and humanity, now is definitely the time to dive into the first book! You can’t beat the price. 😀

The second announcement is that I’m celebrating! The Scorpion’s Mate passed 1,000 reviews and ratings on Amazon while I had my head down working on Uriale’s Redemption! This is so big for me, as seeing that happen has been a dream of mine since I self-published my very first book.

I sincerely thank everyone who has ever left a review or rating for any of my books. It’s making a difference, not only in the visibility of my books, but also in my motivation to work on the sequels. When my fans are excited about a book, I get even more enthusiastic about writing the next one.

Since I can’t thank you all personally, I figured the next best thing was to do a fun giveaway that is Scorpion’s Mate-themed, so I set this one up for all my U.S.-based readers (I really wanted to do International too, but the shipping costs have gone through the roof, making that not an option at the moment, so I’m looking at some other possible giveaways in the future for stickers, bookmarks, and maybe even prints for my international readers, if this one goes smoothly.)

This picture doesn’t do these items justice! I can never get the lighting and angles right, but these are the things in the giveaway.

I put this gift set together in the last few weeks, and it’s been so difficult not to share details until I had it all ready to go. But now, it’s ready! Check out the details below:

Two winners will be selected by random number generator from eligible entries to win 1 signed copy of “The Scorpion’s Mate,” 1 custom cup printed with ‘The Scorpion’s Mate” graphic (the picture doesn’t do it justice), 1 5X7 art print of Thrax by Sammi Griffin, 1 “The Scorpion’s Mate” bookmark, and 3 “The Scorpion’s Mate” die-cut stickers. Eligible entrants must be 18 years or older to enter, and must be U.S. residents (My apologies to my International readers. The shipping costs are insane!)

You can enter this giveaway by providing the requested information in the Google form on my website http://www.susan-trombley.com giveaway page https://susan-trombley.com/the-scorpions-mate-giveaway/. Full official giveaway rules can be found at: https://susan-trombley.com/the-scorpions-mate-giveaway-official-rules/  

Winners will only be contacted via my official email address: susantrombleyauthor@gmail.com, and I will not announce a winner on any site or social media page until those prizes are claimed. No other information will ever be requested by me than what is in the official entry form on my website, and the shipping information I will request via my official email address when I contact the winners.

The giveaway begins on July 12, 2022 at 12PM EST and ends on July 26, 2022 at 12AM EST when the Google form will close to any new entries.

NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE THE CHANCES OF WINNING

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Uriale’s Redemption is LIVE!!!

I’m super excited to announce that Uriale’s Redemption is now available in ebook on Amazon! (Paperback version coming soon)

This book is also enrolled in Kindle Unlimited, so if you have that, you can read it for FREE.

This book has been a long time in the making and I really hope fans of the series love this book as much as I do.

Please note that this story is set in a dark and dangerous world in which all characters are in peril. There are some intense combat scenes that might be disturbing to some readers. It’s an emotional roller coaster of a read and far from light and fluffy, but the tone is in line with that of the rest of the series, and you all know I love Happily Ever Afters! 😀 Just sayin.

Forsaken and exiled

Abandoned by the Father of Light and hunted by his Flock, Uriale craves vengeance against the Diakonos—humans who once worshipped him as a god, and then betrayed him by stealing his power over light.

The chance for that vengeance stumbles into his talons with former Diakonos, Ellana Reese. Sparing her from death in the unforgiving jungle is no mercy on his part. He plans to torture the location of the other Diakonos out of her, but finds his own protective instinct standing in his way.

To make matters worse, Ellana isn’t just any beautiful and fragile human female. She once captivated him as his devoted servant, her words of praise brightening his moments of darkness. Now that she’s in his grasp, he feels enchanted all over again.

A dangerous secret

Ellana once loved Uriale as her god and also harbored a more forbidden desire for him, until he abandoned those he was meant to protect, destroying her faith in him. Now, she must lure him away from her son—their son—the genetically engineered child the Diakonos created to usurp Uriale’s power to give it to mankind. Ellana knows the fallen prince will kill Micah if he discovers the boy’s location.

But Uriale’s unexpected mercy touches her heart as she realizes that he isn’t a perfect god of a light, but a flawed and scarred mortal of flesh and blood. Her fantasy is finally in her grasp, and his touch heats her blood, but the secret she must keep from him could destroy the love that grows between them.

And the secrets Uriale keeps could destroy their world.

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Friak’s Spark is now LIVE!

My latest ebook is now available exclusively on Amazon!

(Print copies coming soon)

I’m so excited to have the final book in Valerie’s story go live, and I hope you all love it as much as I do. Though Friak’s Spark focuses on Friak and Valerie’s relationship, Alex and Sherak still have important roles in this book, as it is a story of all four of them finally forming a family, though many obstacles stand in the way of their happily ever after.

Also, I’ll be sending out a newsletter announcing this new release, and I included a 1200 word “interview” of Friak by the New Omni Review that didn’t quite go as the interviewer planned. 😀

If you sign up for my newsletter after I send it out, you can still get that newsletter delivered to you as a thank you email in response to your signing up.

I’m going to try to send out one newsletter a month that will contain some bit of exclusive content like this, as well as occasional announcements about new releases, special offers, or any other important announcements or updates, but I won’t be flooding email boxes with spam, which reminds me, if you’re already signed up for my newsletter, but haven’t been getting them, be sure to check your spam folder for emails from Susan Trombley SFR Author!

Now on to the blurby blurb!


Friak

I spent years in a parallel dimension, jumping to serve the whims of a female I’d believed to be my one true mate. Then I learned the truth about her the hard way after failing to complete a mission she’d given me. I discovered that she had only been using me—and turning me into a monster in the process.

After my actions led to my Uncle Gray having to destroy the Nexus dimensional portal, it ended up stranding a human woman named Valerie in our world. When I sought her out to apologize for her circumstances and my unwitting part in them, I was stunned to feel my flame stirring in the ashes left behind by my former spark.

It seemed that I had somehow been given a second chance at love with a new spark. Such a thing was unprecedented for my father’s people, the Histri’i, and could only be a gift of fate. The only problem was that I could not accept that gift. I was unworthy of my new spark after all that I had done for the previous one. Valerie deserved better than me, and the only way I could convince her of that was to make her hate me enough to keep me at a distance.

When fate proved determined and thrust us back together again in a situation we couldn’t escape, I realized that all my efforts to deny my spark were futile. I needed her, more than I needed my next breath, and I couldn’t resist her any longer. I had to claim her as mine—and once I did, I would never let her go.

Even if it meant reconciling with my cousin—who had threatened my life the last time we spoke.

Author’s Note: This book is part of a three-book story with the same heroine. Each book will focus on a different hero who will become one of her mates, while advancing the story and the growth of her “nest.” She will have all three mates by the end of the three books. These books are best read in order, starting with “Sherakeren’s First Date,” then “Alexander’s Nest,” and finally, this book.


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Alexander’s Nest is now LIVE on Amazon!

Alexander finally learns what it means to be part of a nest…

I’m very excited and anxious about my latest release, Alexander’s Nest, which is book 3 in my “Children of the Dead Fall” series. I’m having a lot of fun with this series, and I hope you are too! There is one more book to go for our intrepid heroine Valerie after this one, and that book, “Friak’s Spark” will be released on April 11, 2022. You can preorder it now!

It is always a pleasure for me to return to the world of the Dead Fall and all the quirky characters who live there, and I know many of my wonderful fans feel the same. I hope you love the new series and want to see more from it!

I do have several other books currently in the works, and they are at various stages right now, so I couldn’t give any approximate release dates yet, though I would love to. I can say that I am still working on some of my other series this year and I’m very excited about the upcoming books!

Until then, read on below for the description of Alexander’s Nest!

Alexander

I left New Omni and struck out into the Dead Fall in search of a place where I could feel content, hoping the growing restlessness driving me would finally come to an end once I found my “nest.” I felt so certain that my destiny lay somewhere out in the ruins, now that the path to my father’s homeworld was gone. I was so sure I would find a nest that I could feed and protect as a proper Fayi male should.

But the new nest I found didn’t bring me fulfillment, nor peace. I realized too late that I had already found my home—in the arms of my best friend Valerie, the human woman I had abducted from her own dimension after mistaking her for my brother’s mate.

Only, Valerie had grown tired of my philandering ways and would not risk her heart on a male who couldn’t settle down and commit only to her. She’d put an end to our “friendship with benefits” relationship—and broke my heart in the process.
It was my fault she’d rejected me, because I had not offered what she needed most. When I returned to New Omni after realizing that what I needed most was her, I discovered that she had already chosen a mate—my own brother, Sherakeren.

Was it too late to convince her that she was the only woman for me? Even if I could, would my big bro accept me into their nest?

Author’s Note: This book is part of a three-book story with the same heroine. Each book will focus on a different hero who will become one of her mates, while advancing the story and the growth of her “nest.” She will have all three mates by the end of the three books. These books are best read in order, starting with “Sherakeren’s First Date.” This book is the follow up, with “Friak’s Spark” as the third.


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Heading Back to the Dead Fall!

It’s here! Vincent’s Resolution is now LIVE on Amazon!

Ready for a blind date with an alien and a return to the Dead Fall with a brand new spin-off series of my “Into the Dead Fall” series, following the next generation of Dead Fall citizens?

This time around, the story takes place in a new series spin-off called Children of the Dead Fall, and book 1 features Vincent, one of Evie’s lovable grub worm squirmies, all grown up and sexy as sin. With a six pack of belly claws and a thirst for blood, he’s setting out to find his forever mate, and a paranormal critter-loving human named Gabby seems like just the kind of woman who will appreciate Vincent’s “special” attributes.


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Gabby

My bestie, Valerie, offered to hook me up with a quirky oddball of a man she met at the gas station where she works. She insisted that he would be perfect for me, because he’s into the paranormal so much that he has modified his appearance to look like a vampire, complete with fangs, pointed ears, and inhuman eyes. She knows I love anything paranormal or supernatural—or just plain weird—and honestly, her description of Vincent certainly had me intrigued.

Though she managed to talk me into taking Vincent to her New Year’s Eve bash as my blind date, I had my reservations, but one of my New Year’s resolutions was to take risks and try new things in an effort to live my life to its fullest, instead of just existing. Starting that resolution early seemed to pay off when I met my date. Vincent turned out to be as gorgeous as she’d described, and his body modifications were certainly as unusual as she’d promised.

Then he took me back to his place, and I discovered that his body wasn’t modified at all. He’s not pretending to be a vampire.

He is one—and an alien one at that!

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Vincent

When it came time to seek my mate, I knew I would end up traveling to another dimension through the Nexus to find her. Wanting the kind of forever-love that my parents enjoyed, I focused on my half-human side and decided to search for a human mate on a world much like the one my own mother, Evie, was abducted from so many years ago.

To my surprise, I was able to hide in plain sight amongst the humans, who believed my Fayi features were a result of artificial body alterations. As long as they never saw me with my shirt off, they wouldn’t guess that I had six deadly, venomous claws the Fayi call “claudas” that extended from my chitinous spine. Unfortunately, being unable to take my shirt off until I knew I could trust a woman not to freak out when she saw my claudas made dating more complicated.

Then the manager of the gas station where I stopped in every day to satisfy my sweet tooth told me all about her best friend—a woman named Gabby who loved the unusual and paranormal. Gabby sounded exactly like the kind of woman who would embrace my inhuman nature—and allow me to embrace her with my claudas. I just hoped she would be prepared to leave her world behind forever and return with me to the Dead Fall to become the most important part of mine.


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Executioner’s Grace is Now LIVE!

It’s finally here! Executioner’s Grace, book 4 of my Shadows in Sanctuary series is finally LIVE on Amazon! I’m so excited (and nervous!) about this release!

It was a long time in coming, I know. Years in fact! I loved how this book turned out. I love Hannah and Carnifex and their journey to their HEA. I hope you do too! I also hope you’d like to see more from the series, because I do have a very firm plan for book 5 (Uriale’s Redemption)! And many ideas for future books in the series if my readers want more!

https://books2read.com/excecutioners-grace

Before I give you the blurb, I want to give a HUGE special thanks to everyone who contacted me asking for this next installment in this series! It was all the support and love this series got from my fans that encouraged me to pull the series out of retirement and add the next two books. That made me VERY happy, because this series has always held a special place in my heart! It really does make a difference to hear from my fans. You all inspire me, and I can’t thank you enough!


Blurb:

Genetic engineer Dr. Hannah Chrysander is no longer considered a prisoner of the umbrose, but her upgraded status requires cooperation on her part. Assisting the human-umbrose couples in creating hybrid offspring leaves her deeply conflicted, not to mention burdened with fear that something will go wrong, and that her head will be the next one on the chopping block.

Finding herself on the wrong end of Carnifex’s axe isn’t even her greatest fear.

As the voice of a ghost haunts her when she’s alone in her lab, she’s worried she might be losing her mind from all the stress. Outside her lab, she feels eyes watching her from the dark shadows of Sanctuary and knows that not all the umbrose are happy about her work.

Surrounded by threats in the city of her former enemies, Hannah has no idea where to turn for help.

Then the watcher in the shadows reveals himself, and she discovers that she’s in the sights of the most enigmatic umbrose of all—the executioner himself.

Carnifex feels drawn to the human female who appears to be working miracles by creating impossible offspring. Though ugly whispers about Hannah’s work emanate from some corners of Sanctuary, Carnifex believes she is doing the will of the Mother of Shadows and finds her ability to create life fascinating.

His primal simply believes that Hannah belongs to him, and he is determined to claim her, even if Prince Balfor himself tries to stand in the way.


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My New Alien Romance Now Live on Amazon!!

It’s live! The ebook version of my latest book, Guardian of the Dark Paths, is now live on Amazon. If you have KU, you can read it for free. If not, it’s only $3.99!

Here’s the blurb for Guardian of the Dark Paths :


Sarah had many doubts about entering an abandoned mine to help her best friend capture video footage to share on her social media. Convinced to do it anyway, her worst fears are realized when the exploration quickly goes awry, plunging Sarah into grave danger. Separated from the group and isolated in the depths of a long-forgotten mine, she must hold onto her wits and her sanity to survive, because something nightmarish hunts her through the darkness. Her only option is to travel deeper to escape it.

Jotaha serves as the Guardian of the Dark Paths, patrolling deep underground in a maze of tunnels and caves that protect his people from human invaders. His duty is to kill any human who crosses the boundary into yan-kanat territory, and he performs that duty admirably.

Until he meets the one human who is destined to be his mate.

They are from two different worlds that have clashed violently in the past. Humans view reptilians as monsters straight out of myth and urban legend, and Jotaha’s people view humans as their mortal enemies. Will the decree of a fertility goddess be enough to convince the yan-kanat that Sarah belongs with their guardian? Or will the enmity that exists between their people end up destroying the growing love between Sarah and her reptilian mate?


This is a full-length novel filled with action and adventure, and of course, plenty of romance set in a whole new world!


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