For The Love Of A Queen




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War has destroyed four-fifths of the population. Governments have fallen. A former covert agent wanders the wilderness, lending her skills where she can. She is crowned queen for her efforts and meets the warrior who is her match. He’s handsome, courageous, and good-hearted, but at a young age was recruited by the most evil warlord walking the land.

He’s sent in as a spy to bring back the beautiful queen. Shock is in store for him when he meets her. He doesn’t want to bring her back for execution, but if he doesn’t, her people will be slaughtered. For love, he chooses to save those she cherishes.

He watches while she’s taken captive, not lifting his sword in her defense; watches her suffer punishment and in agony can do nothing about it. This queen and her warrior will battle evil, but will the price be their love or their lives?


PRINT ISBN 1-60154-499-5
(388 pages) Sensual

Excerpt:

Curn's arms crossed over his chest. "It's been awhile. Too long."

Jeff didn't move. Angry skies rumbled in warning.

"Come back with me now."

"I'm staying with my wife," Jeff stated.

"I was going to lie to you a moment ago and say that I'd spare her, but you wouldn't believe me, would you? I can see a change in you, in your face. So come along with me anyway," he said on a sigh.

"I belong with my wife and her people," Jeff answered.

Curn lowered his arms, and fury darkened his features, but he seemed to get a grip on his stormy emotions.

"Why do you defy me? You know what I'll do if you don't follow orders."

Jeff touched the hilt of the sword strapped at his side. The first drops of rain moistened his face and hands.

"Uh, uh, uh!" Curn wagged his finger.

Jeff's hand hovered over his weapon. "Fight me, Curn, no armies involved. There's no need to bring the others into this. Let's do it for real this time and fight to the death. Prove who's the superior fighter once and for all. You know, some spread the rumor that I am. But, if I should lose, leave Nayda and her people alone. The price of their freedom will be my life."

Laughter burst from Curn's gut, harsh and disbelieving. "I don't think so! I've heard you pronounced love for her, and I know you didn't mean it--only said it to reach your goal. You're too much of a ladies' man to fall for one woman. So don't try to fool me!

"But I do believe you're attached to her and quite a proud man having won your trophy. You want to keep your toy, I suppose, but you defied me. I think the challenge is really made so you can try to take my army, you arrogant son-of-a-bitch. I imagine you were going to make it at some point anyway."

Curn stepped close, and Jeff inched his weapon out of its scabbard. Curn dropped his hand on top of Jeff's and squeezed it.

He spoke in a whispered hiss against Jeff's ear. "I have three hundred men circling her village from a distance, unseen. Cooperate with me, or I'll send a man to give the word to kill them all. You and your damn compassion. You won't let them die, will you? I warn you, do not tell your wife when she's captured that you didn't know about this. I want the woman you lust for most to hate you, and she will, I promise you that. You will admit you don't love her. Understand me? Never, never! Defy me again."

Curn moved back, whistled, and several large warriors stepped out of the trees and stood behind him, glaring. Rain pelted down.

"Jeff, I..." Nayda's voice dropped off as she turned the corner around the boulder. She froze on the spot.




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