A Witch’s Journey – Blurb:
Pepper McKay comes from a long line of powerful witches. Unfortunately, magic brings her nothing but trouble. She learned the love of wildlife rescue and rehab from her Aunt Ashling. After graduating from college, Pepper works for Salem Wildlife Sanctuary and lives from paycheck to paycheck until she inherits the McKay property in Lobster Cove. With the family land and resources, she dares to dream of starting her own wildlife rescue and rehabilitation center.
Lathen Quartz, a former Navy SEAL turned handyman maintains the enchanted McKay property for the McKay estate. But someone is trying to steal the McKay magic. Lathen offers to help Pepper achieve her life-long dream of building a wildlife center. During the long hours spent together on the project, their mutual attraction can’t be denied. But each harbors a deep, dark secret. Will they overcome their demons and give love a chance?
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Leaning over, Lathen’s arms enveloped Pepper calming her angry energy. “You okay?”
She nodded. A faint orange glow emanated from her palms slowly spreading to her fingers. A tiny spark snapped at the tip of her pinky. His large hands eased over hers to stop the progression of sparks. A vibration of feet pounding the ground had them both glancing up as a uniformed police officer sprinted toward them.
Lathen listened while Pepper gave her statement. He added what he saw and they were released. On the drive to the cabin, Pepper rested her head on his shoulder, his arm wrapped around her. Nostrils flared as he inhaled her citrus and wildflower scent mixed with the adrenaline that fueled her flight or fight response, now diminishing as she relaxed against him.
For the first time since that terrible day his SEAL team’s mission had gone horribly wrong, the sensation of phasing had thrummed through his body as he shoved his way through the crowd to get to Pepper. He actually had to restrain the response. Could I have phased? Was the overwhelming desire to protect Pepper so ingrained, his wolf’s physical ability to shift kicked in? He didn’t have the answers tonight, but… Restless in the seat, he flexed his torso and leg muscles. A coiled ready-to-spring sensation felt familiar. A slight smile crossed his lips.
Pepper tilted her head up to peer at him. “Uncomfortable?” She tried to slide over giving him more room, but his arm tightened around her pulling her closer.
“Never felt better in my life,” he said confidently. The predator awareness was back, and he reveled in it.
Her eyebrow arched in question as he felt her eyes linger on him and shot her a quick glance.
“So has trouble always followed you around?” he wanted to know.
“…Nooo, well, not exactly. At least not to this level. You’re aware of the final incident in Salem, but the ten years prior was calm, except for deadbeat boyfriends.”
“Which, I am guessing, is why you learned to defend yourself so well. Magic didn’t do it for you?”
“Magic is hard to use in the presence of mortals. Besides, it’s forbidden. You know that.”
Lathen raised an eyebrow. “Someone forgot to tell Mr. Green or Mr. Bonchard. And what about those flying feathers the night Tom showed up at your place?”
She shook her head. “I still have no idea what happened that night. Must have been the cabin or land, some kind of protection enchantment that triggered it. Glad no one else saw. Need to talk to Ashling. Seemed the feathers took on a life of their own.”
“Oh—Green saw, all right. He was babbling about all kinds of things as they took him away.”
She shrugged. “Strange, if he’s any type of magical creature, he’d know better than to say such things.” Pepper looked up at him, her forehead creased. “Things just don’t add up.”
The truck slowed to a stop in front of the cabin. “We’ll remember this Fourth of July for years to come,” Lathen commented with a frown.
Ten Moments That Changed My Life.
- Losing my job due to downsizing in 2014. I’d written stories most my life, but when this happened after being at the job over 14 years, I decided with my hubby’s support it was time to live out my dream of being a published author. After the initial shock of losing my job, I polished up A Demon’s Witch manuscript. After overcoming my fear of book submission. Yes, people, it’s a real phobia, a close friend and my hubby insisted that I submit a query letter and synopsis.
- Request for a full manuscript and The Wild Rose Press contract that followed. My husband was out of town when the email arrived that TWRP wanted to contract A Demon’s Witch. I was so excited I called and could do nothing but squeal in his ear. Finally, I settled down enough to tell him I hadn’t lost my mind, but A Demon’s Witch had a contract.
- Holding that debut novel in my hand was beyond my wildest dreams. I was a published author, now I wanted more. The rest, as they say, is history.
- Promotion. What a learning curve! For a person who didn’t facebook, thought twitter was for the birds, this was foreign territory. I took a class on building web pages, signed up for Facebook and figured out how to tweet with the help of other authors. I built and maintain my own website at www.tenastetler.com, post three times a week to FB and Tweet daily. What a shock to the system. LOL
- Additional contracts for Charm Me, A Witch’s Journey and my 2016 holiday release, A Witch’s Holiday Wedding made my first year with TWRP fantastic!! I’m working on the second book in the Demon’s Witch series, now.
- The purchase of a fifth wheel trailer and RVing over the country as vacation time allowed. I love to hike, kayak, go whitewater rafting, and bicycling in the state and national parks of our great country. In fact, this past weekend, on a camping trip to Cheyenne Mountain State Park, I finished the first draft of the second book in the Demon’s Witch series. Yippee!
- First real date with a wonderful man who became my husband. We went to see the original Star Wars movie.
- It was a whirlwind courtship, he proposed and we were married four months later.
- The death of my mother changed me in so many ways. I miss her every day. It changed the way I looked at life. Life is short, don’t put off enjoying it, because you’re not guaranteed tomorrow, no matter your age. It changed my tolerance for mean-spirited people. And made me realize the value of kindness and paying it forward.
- It’s not changed my life yet, but I am so enjoying planning our wedding anniversary celebration to Disneyland (Star Wars Adventure) and Universal Studios (Harry Potter’s World). Our long time best friends will be joining us!
Tena Stetler is a paranormal romance and cozy mystery author with an over-active imagination. She wrote her first vampire romance at the age of twelve, to the chagrin of her mother and the delight of her friends. Colorado is home; shared with her husband, a brilliant Chow Chow, a spoiled parrot and a forty-year-old box turtle. Any winter evening, you can find her curled up in front of a crackling fire with a good book, a mug of hot chocolate and a big bowl of popcorn, unless a deadline looms.
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