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THROUGH THE VEIL
My paranormal dystopian romantic suspense novel.
This book starts an 8-book series in this all new world made up of two societies...the ES, where government and technology rules; and the WS, where society is based upon a respect for the Earth.
The world has changed in the last 18 years and this first novel delves into the changes to both the land and humanity in what used to be the US, before it was split in half by a mysterious Veil
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58 years ago a gorge opened up from Mobile, AL to Quebec City, Canada to split the United States into the Western States (WS) and the Eastern States (ES).
40 years later, a fog rolled in on the WS that they called the Veil. Within twelve hours it formed an impenetrable wall between the two sides.
It’s been 18 years since anyone has known what’s happening on the other side of the Veil.
Now, Lori, an Other, in a desperate attempt at escape from the ES’s torture and experimentation, has crossed the Veil and found a world beyond belief.
Marcus is a Warrior, but when Lori collapses at his feet wounded and exhausted, he knows he has to protect her. But seeing that she’s the first person he’s seen in 18 years without wings, he’s worried about what her appearance means for his people and the world they’ve created since the Veil fell.
Two new societies: one built on a respect for the natural order of nature and the world, the other built on mistrust and corruption. Can they learn to co-exist once again?
As an avid reader her entire life, Christi Snow always dreamed of writing books that brought to others the kind of joy she felt when she read. But...she never did anything about it besides jot down a few ideas and sparse scenes.
When she turned 41, she decided it was time to go after her dream and started writing. Within four months, she'd written over 150,000 words and hasn't stopped since.
She's found her calling by writing about sexy, alpha heroes and smart, tough heroines falling in love and finding their passion. An author of nine novels, she's truly living the dream and loving every minute of it. Her days in her West Texas home are spent reading, writing, and taking care of her husband, two kids, and two cats.
Her tagline is... Passion and adventure on the road to Happily Ever After. She's loving this adventure!
Author's note: While there are serious undertones to the story and plot line in the book, there are also moments of fun that I like to include in all my books. This scene below is one of my absolute favorites from the story. I hope you enjoy it too.
He hated the way medicine made him feel a disconnect between his head and body, but what Malcolm said made sense so he relented. “Okay, but no one in this room is allowed to hold anything I say against me.”
Brooklyn gave a gleeful look to Lori which sent a chill down his spine before she said, “Ooh, I like the sound of this. This could be fun.”
“Try to keep them from taking advantage of me,” he told Malcolm. He’d tried to reinforce the walls again, but it didn’t help.
“Most men would be begging for two women to take advantage of them.”
He just smiled at Lori. He’d never be able to have another secret again. “Sweetheart, if it was just you, I’d be all for it. It’s Brooklyn I don’t trust.”
“I’ll protect you.”
He groaned as he told Malcolm, “Let’s just get this over with.”
Malcolm nodded and injected the medicine into the vein in his arm. An hour later, Marcus didn’t know which way was up. He knew Malcolm said he’d added 127 stitches into his back and Lori held the place as the most beautiful woman he’d ever laid eyes on.
As Malcolm pulled him into a sitting position, he felt the need to wax poetic once again about her eyes. “Man, have you seen her eyes? They’re so fucking beautiful, like the petals of a lilac bush in the spring. And when she uses her power, they flash with brilliant color like bursts of purple grapes.” He brushed across her cheek, not even wondering about the laughter spilling forth out of those same eyes right now.
She turned to the others. “I see why he didn’t want any drugs now.”
Malcolm shook his head. “Yeah, the big guy has no tolerance whatsoever. Hopefully, tomorrow he won’t remember what a schmuck he was today. Poor guy is whipped.”
“I think it’s kind of sweet…you know, in a slightly pathetic kind of way,” Brooklyn said. Marcus watched as Brooklyn defended him and he nodded with what she said while he petted Lori’s soft hair. It truly felt like gossamer wings.
It took him a moment to realize Brooklyn had just called him pathetic. “Hey!”
Lori reached up and kissed his cheek to distract him. “Don’t worry about it. You’re really very sweet in a totally manly kind of way.”
He smiled at her. “And that’s why I like you best.” He started to scowl at the other two laughing at his expense, but he got distracted by the fact that Lori still wore her swimsuit wrap top. He started to reach up to hold her breasts as he said, “Well it’s that and your breasts are the perfect size. Your nipples are the perfect pink…”
She jerked back out of his hold while yelling at him in an outraged voice, “Marcus!”
“What? You liked me touching them just fine at the waterfall.” He looked at her beautiful face and couldn’t figure out why she suddenly looked so flushed and angry.
Brooklyn mumbled to Malcolm, “Damn, I wish I had some way to record this for the other guys to hear.”
Malcolm laughed and Lori looked even more mortified than before.
He didn’t understand what bothered her. “Baby…”
“Don’t you ‘Baby’ me.” She scowled at him again.
She really was beautiful even with that frown on her face. Maybe he needed to cheer her up by finishing what they’d started at the waterfall. But, whoa, wait just a minute. He frowned down at the front of his shorts where there was a definite lack of interest going on. What the hell? He’d been half-hard ever since Lori fell into his arms at the bridge.
His mortified gaze met Malcolm’s.
“What’s wrong?” Malcolm asked.
He waved Malcolm over to him and then turned them away from the girls for a guy pow-wow. “Mal, I don’t have an erection,” he whispered urgently, but it must not have been quiet enough because he heard Brooklyn snicker.
Malcolm frowned at him confused. “Um, okay? I wouldn’t really expect you to have one right now.”
He didn’t understand. This was serious. “No, I always have one when Lori is around.”
This time Brooklyn didn’t even try to quiet her loud laugh. “It is so unfair that this falls under patient confidentiality.”
He turned to glare at her, but became distracted by Lori’s sweet indulgent smile. She was so beautiful. He looked down. Again…nothing. He turned a desperate look to Malcolm to find him grinning like he found this funny. That shit was not acceptable. “You think this is funny?” he asked incredulously.
“Well, maybe a little, but Marcus, you’re fine. It’s just the medicine. It’s deadened your nerves. All of them. Don’t worry. It will be back.”
He turned back to Lori and gave her thumbs up. “Did you hear that, Baby? I’ll be fine.”
He could see the corners of her mouth quirking up like she fought a smile. “I never had any doubt.”
He turned back to Malcolm and grinned. “I impressed her with my big sword.”
Malcolm groaned and tugged Marcus over to Lori. “Let’s get you home big guy, before this gets any more embarrassing for all of us. The rest of us don’t have the luxury of drugs to wipe our memories of this encounter.”
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