A silent woman ashamed of her criminal background becomes a Cage warrior to seek redemption. An unrepentant fortune hunter will do anything to escape his mounting debts. Although rivals on the streets of Hong Kong, they find common ground when seeking their clan’s stolen idol, but for vastly different reasons. Neither one suspects that love will begin when he becomes the first man in five years to hear her speak.
The Dragon Kings, Prequel Novella
Publication Date: April 23, 2013
Publisher: Pocket Star
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The Dragon Kings, Book 1
Publication Date: June 25, 2013
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Print ISBN: 978-1451695915
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Ten years ago, Audrey MacLaren chose to marry her human lover, making her an exile from the Dragon Kings, an ancient race of demons once worshiped as earthly gods. Audrey and her husband managed to conceive, and their son is the first natural-born Dragon King in a generation–which makes him irresistible to the sadistic scientist whose mafia-funded technology allows demon procreation. In the year since her husband was murdered, Audrey and her little boy have endured hideous experiments.
Shackled with a collar and bound for life, Leto Garnis is a Cage warrior. Only through combat can Dragon Kings earn the privilege of conceiving children. Leto uses his superhuman speed and reflexes to secure the right for his two sisters to start families. After torture reveals Audrey’s astonishing pyrokenesis, she is sent to fight in the Cages. If she survives a year, she will be reunited with her son. Leto is charged with her training. Initially, he has no sympathy for her plight. But if natural conception is possible, what has he been fighting for? As enemies, sparring partners, lovers, and eventual allies, Leto and Audrey learn that in a violent underground world, love is the only prize worth winning.
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One by one, Leto introduced Nynn to the weapons available to them in the Cages. A machete and a mace. A wicked dagger and a sickle. And one particular weapon that set their kind apart. She eyed it without a hint of recognition.
“It’s a nighnor,” he said. Are you really so ignorant of our ways?”
“I’m sure circumstances have taught us very different things. Can you read?”
“Yes.” His mouth pinched tightly. “My mother taught me.”
“And when was the last time you were aboveground? The last time you saw the sun?”
“How is that important?”
“I’m just curious what you barbarians learn down here, other than ripping out spines. And besides, a nighnor is the ceremonial weapon of the Sath. I don’t know how to use it, but I know what it is.”
He hefted the nighnor. “Go on.”
“Each one is ancient, from the time when the Sath ruled as Pharaohs. They’re said to be the heads of men who denied the superiority of the first Dragon Kings. Coated in iron. Lacquered and polished over the years to add luster. But beneath the metal is bone. Some ancient peasant’s skull.”
Leto shrugged. “So they say.”
“Now forget the mind games, remember? You need me to learn.” Their gazes met. “More than that, I think you want me to.”
“Do not assume anything about me, neophyte.” But he held out the weapon anyway. “Here.”
“You don’t fear my wild reprisal?”
“I would, if I thought you could wield it with one hand.”
Nynn cupped the heavy iron skull. Her shoulders slumped to keep it from dropping to the damp, slippery floor. Training cells were kept damp for just that purpose, to make finding purchase even harder. Once this woman fought on rougher ground, she would be even more sure-footed and skillful.
She would only have what he gave her. Until she won. The thrill of victory combined with basic rewards made reluctant fighters into eager ones.
He had three weeks to transform her.
“Come at me.” His voice echoed off the domed ten-foot ceiling. “This is your chance to let loose the hatred I see.”
He didn’t think she would. Too much sense. Too much pride, when she already knew the futility. Yet the vigor of her sudden attack was impressive. Rather than charge, attempting to strike him, she spun and hurled the weighty weapon. Leto arched backward using the reflexes he’d honed for two decades—no matter his collar. The nighnor hit the wall just over his left shoulder. Shards of raw cave rock splintered out from a crater.
She breathed hard, hands propped on her knees. Without food, pushing that hard would continue to test her endurance. Her eyes shot sparks that were nearly literal. He didn’t like how he was drawn to her blue fire.
He braced his stance. “Learn anything, neophyte?”
“That nighnors are heavy?”
“That I can take you by surprise?”
Hiding his reaction took effort, because she certainly had. As Leto had seen in the Cage, she was a fighter. He would see her blossom into a vicious creature who wouldn’t recognize her own face. That would break her. And that would make her a worthy partner.
“No, you should’ve learned that I do everything with purpose. There are other weapons better suited to your frame.” He knelt to retrieve the dagger. “Take this instead.”
She studied the blade for several moments, as if she could read its purpose. He’d never seen a warrior—let alone an untested woman—assess a weapon with such immediate understanding. And where were the aftereffects of her hazing the day previous? She believed she possessed no gift, but Leto knew otherwise. She was a changed woman.
Now to keep changing her.
Nynn extended her hand and took the dagger. With a slight movement, she twisted the handle until it fit snugly in her palm, the balance just right. Leto felt the rightness like the stir of a distant dream.
“Now the shield.”
She moved quickly, so that the shield’s leather strap already hugged her left forearm. Ready to defend.
Slowly, Leto knelt to retrieve his shield and weapon of choice—the mace. His pulse was up, surging as it always did when anticipating a fight. Beneath the wan light of the bare lightbulbs, he and Nynn circled one another.
“I will be your first opponent in combat,” he rasped.
As if claiming her. Making her his, even in this violent way.
She grinned. Slinky. Sly. “Give me what you can, sir.”
With that, she attacked.
The Dragon Kings, Book 3
Publication Date: July 30, 2013
Publisher: Pocket Star
Print ISBN: 978-1451695922
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As a young man, sarcastic, violent Tallis Pendray believed the Dragon Kings’ survival depended on a prophecy delivered in dreams by a woman named “the Sun.” His role has been to complete inexplicable, even reprehensible tasks. First, by murdering a priest, he united his fragmented clan in their hatred of him. Dubbed “the Heretic,” Tallis fled his family’s Highland estate. Now disillusioned, he seeks revenge on the woman he holds responsible for two decades of exile.
Telepath Kavya Indranan is a charismatic, seductive cult leader born to a prominent family. However, she grew up terrorized by the ominous threat of her powerful, insane twin brother. On the run and hiding among the poor, she witnessed the destruction wrought by her clan’s centuries-old civil war. Maturity nurtures Kavya’s determination to end the cycle of bloodshed. Those who follow her call for peace have nicknamed her “the Sun.”
Bent on revenge, and without knowledge of Kavya’s noble intentions, Tallis kidnaps her on the eve of her groundbreaking announcement. The two watch in horror as her twin brutally smashes the tentative truce…and hunts the sister whose death would make him invincible.
Kavya is the Sun–revered, untouched, and bound by a lonely destiny that promises a deadly showdown against the last of her family. Tallis is the Heretic–despised and exiled because of actions that seem random, heartless, and contrary to the safety of the clans he protects. She’s not a goddess, and he’s not a natural born killer. A desperate trek from the Himalayan foothills to the Scottish Highlands reveals two secluded souls hidden by bloody reputations. Will their trust be strong enough to avert an all-out war that could destroy them, and their kind, forever?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Lindsey Piper is the alter ego of an award-winning historical and contemporary romance author. Her hotly anticipated DRAGON KINGS series is her first foray into paranormal fiction. She lives and writes in Chicago.
You can find more info on Lindsey's Website, Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads pages.
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the books have got some interesting premises, especially SILENT WARRIOR. I am more than curious now about the reason behind her silence :3ReplyDelete
Me too! I've heard good things about these.Delete
I've been wanting to read these. I love her covers.ReplyDelete
I love them too. I haven't read them yet but you know that it's only a matter of time. I have the first and second books. I am litterally just waiting for a free moment in order to read them. I'll be sure to share my thoughts when that finally happens. :-)Delete
i will be waiting for your opinion then^^Delete
I have the first one too but like you I have a never ending pile. :)Delete
^^ my trouble at the moment is to choose what to pick after i finish a book^^;; i don't know how much time i loose that's frustratingDelete
Haha! I have the same problem. I have soo many that it gets over-whelming sometimes and then I get stuck on what I want to read. I know I should read some of the older ones I have but then I see my new ones and have to read those right now! Its very very frusterating!Delete
^^ i undesrtand too well ( though the new i get are quite rare ^^ i'm so behing ( or those really new i need to get the precedents first^^)Delete
i'm curious about how those who were considered as gods could let scientics get their hands on one of their... do their know about the torture or not? why they don't try to save at least the child arf so many question and my heart that goes for them...ReplyDelete
since it exist in print i do ant it!
lol! They all sound really interesting to me too Miki!Delete
LOL Im glad that you can get them Miki! We can all compare notes then when we finally read them.Delete
yes for once i can add them immediately since it's available on TBD but i will wait your opinio n first i think ( before i can get it yopu will have time to read it i'm sure)Delete
also for brenda it would be a good book for the paranormal challenge and the month when dragon are the topic^^
I love the covers, they really are sexy. I'm very curious about the dragon aspect of the books. It's so different since they aren't dragons just descendants in a way of them.ReplyDelete
That intrigues me too. I love dragons so I find that very cool.Delete
I've been watching some kickboxing tournament movies lately. You know, those B-movies from the 80s and 90s starring real fighters rather than actors. Caged Warrior totally reminds me of them now! ;-)
I thought that too originally! LOLDelete
I've heard a lot about these books and can't wait to read them. They are on my wish list.ReplyDelete
Very interesting series! Will be putting it on my TBR list. Thanks for sharing the excerpt.ReplyDelete
Sounds so good!!ReplyDelete
liked the excerpt and great covers! - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)comReplyDelete