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Friday, May 28, 2010

Intensity by Berengaria Brown



Title: Intensity
Release Date: April 21, 2010
Author: Berengaria Brown   
Publisher: Siren BookStrand
Genre: Contemporary/Erotic/paranormal elements/M/M/F/menage

Blurb:
Amos, Wesley and Keziah have been bed partners for a while. Amos and Wesley want Keziah to move in with them and become a permanent partner but she has refused, wanting to be independent. Then she stands up for her friend and loses her job.
Amos and Wesley convince her to move in with them and plan to fuck her insensible to make her want to stay. To that end they have sex on the kitchen table using food for titillation, in Amos's office, and in the gymnasium hot tub as well as in bed.
But chaos erupts at the company Board meeting as Amos's incompetent father tries to use the ménage as a weapon to take control of the company from Amos, so Keziah decides the only solution is for her to leave.
And the ghost has his own agenda… 

Welcome Berengaria Brown! What is your latest offering?
Hi Everyone. Intensity, a ménage with paranormal elements, has just released from Siren BookStrand.
What is Intensity all about?
Keziah is a very independent person but she stood up for a friend at work and was fired. Amos and Wesley have wanted her to move in with them for a while so use this opportunity to try to make Keziah theirs. The men plan to fuck her brains out. She plans to find a new job. And then there is the ghost. He has plans for all of them too.
That sounds like quite a story. How did you come up with the idea?
Well, I thought I was telling Keziah’s story. Then the ghost appeared and took over! And from there the book just went the way the ghost led!
Tell me about your writing and a little secret about yourself that no one else knows—I promise I won’t tell!
Intensity is my first published book. But I have two more coming in June, Dance for Three from Ellora’s Cave and Huldah’s Two Hikers from Whiskey Creek Torrid. Both are M/M/F ménages like Intensity.
Please don’t tell my boss, but I carry my laptop everywhere so I can write. The boss thinks I’m working on stuff for the company but that is not necessarily quite true…
I promise I won't say a word! lol So you have any new releases on the horizon this year?
As well as Dance for Three and Huldah’s Two Hikers releasing in June, I have a little M/F short coming from Breathless Press on July 7th, called Dinner Delights.
What are you working on right now?
I have just finished an M/M and sent it to one of my editors, so I hope they like it. Next up I want to work on another book in the same world as Intensity. One of the characters has told me he’s actually a vampire and he wants his HEA.
That sounds promising. I really appreciate you joining me, Berengaria. Is there anything else you'd like the readers to know?
On my blog there is a free read for your enjoyment—you need to scroll back a little way. It is a very short ménage. I also have a book trailer up for Intensity there too.

WARNING ADULT EXCERPT: Intensity

“You look very sexy in that outfit,” said Amos, sliding along the bench and sitting on her right.
“But I reckon you’d look even better out of it,” added Wesley, sitting on her left.
“Nice line, guys, but my pudgy body would look better covered completely by clothing, whereas you both look totally delicious with your chests bare. Although, I do think Speedos would look better on you than board shorts,” she added naughtily.
“Yeah, but where would I put the condoms?” asked Amos, pulling a handful out of the pocket of his board shorts.
“Here? You want to fuck here in a public swimming pool?” She gasped.
“It’s not public, it’s private. Besides, the man doing laps has gone, and the two in the weights room are too far away to see or hear anything we do,” added Wesley.
“We’ll buy you a bikini before next time, though,” added Amos.
“Bikini? Me? No way!” protested Keziah, only to have her protests cut short as the men pulled the straps of her swimsuit down, and two heads, one golden, one brown, bent to suck her nipples.
“Oh, that feels so good,” she murmured, holding their heads to her chest.
Before she could relax, and while two tongues still played with her nipples, male hands were pulling the swimsuit right off her and leaving it to sink to the bottom of the hot tub.
“Hey wait—”
“Shh, we’ll get it before we go,” murmured Amos, lifting her legs up onto the bench while Wesley held her shoulders and continued kissing her breasts.
Both men donned condoms. Then Wesley pulled her up with her back against his chest and nestled his cock between her butt cheeks. His hands continued to play with her breasts, and his lips roamed along her neck, her shoulders, and even sucked her ear lobes from time to time. Every now and then, he casually thrust up with his cock into her butt crack.
Meanwhile, Amos sat with her legs on his knee, kissing and sucking her toes, playing with her feet, kissing the tender spot behind her knees and gradually working his way up toward her cunt. A cunt that was already dripping cream and hungering for their cocks.
Keziah tried to hold first Amos, who was out of reach, then Wesley, but Wesley grabbed her wrists and pinned her arms against her sides with his.
She shivered as Amos got closer and closer to her aching core.
“Hungry are we, sweetness?” teased Wesley.
“Yes. No. Yes.”

Thursday, May 20, 2010

The Delaneys and Me by Anne Brooke



Title: The Delaneys and Me
Release Date: April 18, 2010
Author: Anne Brooke
Publisher: Amber Allure Press
Genre: Gay/Erotic/menage/m/m/m

Blurb: When Liam makes a scene in the middle of a restaurant after his boyfriend, Brandon, dumps him, he knows Brandon’s cousins, the Delaney twins, will be after him for retribution. The Delaneys head up the local gangster scene and are not to be messed with. Especially as, in the heat of the moment, Liam threatened to take what he knew (and, really, he doesn’t know much) to the police. It’s a recipe for disaster. But when the Delaneys give Liam a choice between being shot or having sex with both of them, Liam finds that his evening might turn out to be rather more interesting than originally anticipated.

Welcome, Anne! What is your latest offering?
My latest offering is a gay erotic m/m/m story, The Delaneys and Me.
What is The Delaneys and Me all about?
When Liam makes a scene in the middle of a restaurant after his boyfriend, Brandon, dumps him, he knows Brandon’s cousins, the Delaney twins, will be after him for retribution. The Delaneys head up the local gangster scene and are not to be messed with. Especially as, in the heat of the moment, Liam threatened to take what he knew (and, really, he doesn’t know much) to the police. It’s a recipe for disaster. But when the Delaneys give Liam a choice between being shot or having sex with both of them, Liam finds that his evening might turn out to be rather more interesting than originally anticipated.
That sounds, um, well, kinda hot. How did you come up with the idea?
One of my publishers put out a call for m/m/m ménage stories and I wanted to write something comic and erotic, so this story was the result!
Tell me about your past releases and a little secret about yourself that no one else knows—I promise I won’t tell!
I publish gay erotic fiction with Amber Allure Press, which includes A Stranger’s Touch, Give and Take, The Hit List and The Delaneys and Me. With another publisher, Untreed Reads, I have an erotic story, How To Eat Fruit; a ghost story, The Girl in the Painting; a surreal fantasy, The Secret Thoughts of Leaves, and a biblical story, Dancing with Lions.
I also have a series of gay PI novels: Maloney’s Law (PD Publishing), and The Bones of Summer (Dreamspinner Press). Alongside that I have a psychological thriller, Thorn in the Flesh, and a romantic comedy, Pink Champagne and Apple Juice, both published by Bristlecone Pine Press.
And my little secret is that I used to collect coloured paper clips, which just goes to show what a sad life I have! I also have a real and abiding hatred for treasury tags. I’m normal apart from that though – well, almost …
Any new releases on the horizon this year?
Yes, a new edition of my gay psychological thriller, A Dangerous Man will be published by Cheyenne Publishing later this year. And Bluewood Publishing will be bringing out the first of my fantasy trilogy, The Gifting, as well, though dates have yet to be decided. At the same time, my gay erotic stories, Martin and The Wolf, and Tuluscan Six and The Time Circle are due out in June and July respectively from Amber Allure Press. Amber will also publish a straight erotic short story of mine, The Boilerman and The Bride, on 4 July. So I’m keeping busy!
What are you working on right now?
I’m currently writing the last part of my fantasy trilogy, The Executioner’s Cane, and am about one-third through. Wish me luck!
Thank you for joining me, Anne. Is there anything else you'd like the readers to know?
Just to say thank you for reading and thanks for inviting me – it’s much appreciated!
Excerpt:
Our journey progressed in silence for a while. Through the gap in the seats, I could see the gun where it now lay on Mark’s lap. I tried not to look at it, instead staring at anything else I could focus on. The streetlights, other cars, even my own knees.
A cool touch on my cheek almost made me jump. When I glanced to my left, I could see Johnny had eased over the seat so he was right next to me. Somehow, I hadn’t heard him. Now he was stroking my face, his finger moving across my skin. I tried to steady my breathing and, when he touched my mouth, I opened my lips and sucked his finger inside. His breath hitched.
The driver said something I couldn’t hear, and Mark turned in the front seat towards us. I stared at him, all the time sucking Johnny’s finger. Another one joined it, and I sucked on that one, too. Mark’s lips opened slightly. After a few moments, Johnny removed his fingers and began trailing them down my neck, leaving a line of saliva dampening my skin. I stretched my head up to give him easier access. When he came to my top button, he began to undo it.
“Leave him,” Mark said suddenly, his voice rough. “We’ll have time enough later, if we want to.”
At once, Johnny obeyed and shifted back to his seat. I sat there, panting a little.
“Yeah, Mr. Delaney,” I whispered, slow and soft. “You can have anything you want from me for as long as you want it. Do whatever you want to my body. How does that sound?”
In all honesty, I couldn’t believe I’d spoken at all, let alone had the balls to tease them. Hell, at least I still had my balls. This was something to be grateful for.
Johnny made a groaning noise and ran one hand through his hair, but Mark simply stared at me. I might have been wrong about this, but I thought he might not have known quite what to say. So I smiled at him and undid my top button. I did it nice and slow, just how I’d spoken to them. Then another button and another, while he kept on looking. When I reached inside and pinched my left nipple, it was he who gasped. It broke the spell.
“Jesus, Liam, do yourself up, would you?” he said, spinning around until he faced the front again. “We’re nearly at the bloody restaurant. What are you, some kind of man-whore?”
“Maybe, when it comes to you, Mr. Delaney, maybe,” I whispered, but he made no reply. I wasn’t even sure he’d heard.

Friday, May 7, 2010

A Question Of Trust by Barabara Donlon Bradley


Title: A Question of Trust
Release Date: 4/5/10
Author: Barbara Donlon Bradley
Author Website 
Publisher: Phaze-Exceptional Erotic Fiction
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Genre: SciFi/Futuristic


Blurb: Sana doesn’t want to work with Karni. He is obnoxious and pushy, yet there’s something about him that makes her blood tingle. Karni doesn’t trust Sana, she kept information from them and as second in command of the compound, he found that unforgivable. Now he’s saddled with her because she’s the only one who can detect Marlick, a shapeshifter from Krenon. How was he going to spend long, lonely nights with her and fight the growing attraction blossoming between them?


Welcome Barbara! What is your latest offering? 
It’s my sequel to Star’s Destiny – A Question of Trust.


What is A Question of Trust all about? 
My hero Karni who is head of security and my heroine Sana – she’s the lead doctor - are forced to work together to recapture a shapshifter who has escaped. They have some history from my first novel where Sana kept information about her past a secret and Karni hasn’t trusted her since then. Now they have to rely on each other because he has the tracking ability and she is the only one able to track the shapeshifter. As I wrote Star’s Destiny these two kept trying to take over the story so I had to give them their own book.

That sounds exciting. How did you come up with the idea?
 LOL just a little crazy I guess. Stories bubble in the back of my head and when they’re ready they beat on me to put it on paper.


Tell me about your past releases and a little secret about yourself that no one else knows—I promise I won’t tell! 
Okay, I’m going to answer the easy one first. I write for three houses. 
The first one is Hardshell Word Factory. I have three titles through them: A Portrait in Time--a time travel. Love on the Run, sequel to A Portrait in Time and A Quest for Love, my first scifi/futuristic.
At Midnight Showcase: One single title short story A Wizard for Hire. I’m also in three anthologies with them: Merlicious 3, Jumping the Funny Bones, and Crystal Powers Digest Book 1
And with Phaze: Star’s Destiny, and now A Question of Trust, book two in the Krenon Chronicles.


I really fit the definition of my name. When I was thirteen my parents had one of those encyclopedia sets and the dictionary had names and meanings in the back of it. It said Barbara meant strange, different, unique; and I am. I promise it is a good strange. I march to my own beat and have a great time doing it.


Any new releases on the horizon this year? 
Right now no. I am getting ready to submit book three in this series.


What are you working on right now? 
I’m working on book four.


Thank you for joining me, Barbara. Is there anything else you'd like the readers to know? 
I have fun writing these books and it shows in the words. There is always humor. Can’t help it. I have it in my everyday life and it loves to take over in my writing.


EXCERPT:
Sana stood in front of Tye’s desk, feeling her heart sink in her chest. His request was preposterous.

“No!” Well, that came out a little too forcefully, but Tye needed to know she was serious. There was no way she would do as he asked. Star told her to hold her ground, and that was what she planned on doing.

“Come on, Doctor.” Tye stood behind his sleek metal desk. Resting his palms against the shiny surface, he leaned forward and looked at her. “Marlick escaped months ago, and this is the first lead we’ve had on him. His shape-shifting abilities keep him well hidden. Only you know how to tell my race from everyone else. Only you know what to look for.”

“I understand that, Tye, but not with Karni.” She had already gone on one trip with the man and it still amazed her they made it back alive. They came very close to killing each other.

“Why not?” He crossed his arms over his chest and gave her a lopsided smile.

“Because he’s stubborn and rude,” Sana blurted out the words. Not what she wanted to say, but Tye didn’t need to think Karni could get under her skin. She didn’t want to think about how her heart raced just being near Karni. She wasn’t sure if it was fear, and she refused to take the chance it could be anything else. “Send me with anyone else.”

Tye shook his head. He stepped around his desk and leaned his hip against it. “He’s my second and the best man for the job. Sorry, Doctor. I need both of you to make this trip.”

“So you’re going to make me go, even though I don’t want to?” She thought about stomping her feet but thought better of it. Temper tantrums wouldn’t help her cause.

“Yes. I’ll make it an order if I have to.”

She nodded once, turned on her heel, and practically dashed out the door. This mission was not what she wanted. She knew she could fight it, but Tye was their leader and no matter what she did, somehow she’d be talked into it anyway.

The corridor had a few people in it, but she didn’t pay any attention as she moved quickly down the hall. Her mind whirled over what spending time with Karni could do to her.

“You don’t look very happy.”

Sana felt her heart skip a beat. She never did like people sneaking up on her. She centered herself before she stopped and turned toward the voice.

“Star.” She gave her a bright smile. “I’m fine.”

“Uh-huh.” Star stared into her eyes for a moment. “You get that look every time Karni walks into the room. Tye has asked you to travel with him again, hasn’t he?”

“You know me too well.” Her shoulders slumped. “He wants me to travel with him to see if we can find Marlick.”

“His escape has bothered Tye,” Star stated. “He felt he should have expected Marlick to shift and when he turned himself into a small bug and escaped. That upset Tye. He’s obsessed. That’s why he needs you to go.”

“I know. But, to have to travel with Karni?” She shivered. “The last mission was enough.”

“So what will you do?” Star never said much, but she always made Sana think.

“As he asks.” Sana dipped her head at the silence. “He is our commander. I will do what he needs me to do.”

“That doesn’t sound like you, unless of course you want to spend time with Karni.” Star started to walk away, leaving Sana standing and staring at her back.

“Of course not,” she said a little too forcefully before she ran a few steps to catch up with Star. “He’s pushy and nosy. He makes me shiver.”

“I know. It’s wondering why he makes you shiver that has me thinking.” Star rested her hand on Sana’s arm. “And I don’t think it’s because of his obnoxious personality. He does something to you, doesn’t he?”

“Of course not.” She walked faster, leaving Star behind. Her mind reeled. No. Star’s comment was way off base. Her feelings for Karni were nothing more than loathing and she refused to see it any other way.
* * * *
Star sat at her desk in the biolab, wondering if she should speak to Tye about the doctor’s dislike of Karni. He didn’t always take people’s feelings into consideration when he wanted something. It wasn’t her place to interfere with Tye’s command, but Sana was her closest friend and Tye would know she’d have her friend’s best interest in her mind.

Her com beeped. Hitting the button on her desk, she saw the face of her true heart.

“You called?”

“No,” she smiled. “But I was just thinking about you.”

“I like it when you think of me so strongly I can feel it.” He gave her a sultry smile. “Did you want something special? I can disappear for a while.”

“You do set the rules,” she laughed. He had only one thing in mind when he saw her, and it gave her such a thrill. “But I wanted to ask you about the doctor. You sure she’s the right choice?”

“I see you spoke to her.” His eyes sparkled as he spoke.

“You laughing at me?” She loved to hear his voice.

“Of course not, but I do know you.” He winked at her. “Very well.”

There went that one track mind again. “She questions the reason why you need her. I thought I’d check to be sure.”

“My heart, it is imperative she goes.” She could hear the confidence in his voice. “Karni is a good man, but he’d go plowing in without asking questions. Sana will stop him and make him think before he acts. I know they argue, but she’s good for him.”

“Are you matchmaking?” She wouldn’t be surprised if he said yes. He had mellowed since they had been together.

“That’s your job.” His honeyed voice filtered through the room. “I’m thinking as a commander.”

She arched a brow but kept quiet. Teasing him didn’t do any good. He’d only tease back. “So, when do they leave?”

“The next rise.”

Star nodded. She didn’t have a lot of time to convince the doctor to go along peacefully. Sana might have said she’d do her duty, but she’d fight every inch of the way. She’d make the mission miserable for her and Karni if she did that. Karni might kill her if she pushed too much.

It didn’t matter. Sana would go along even if she had to sit on her to get her to see it would be better. “Then I’m sure you have plans you need to explain to Karni before they leave.”

“I still have time for you.”

“I know you do.” She hesitated for a moment. No. She needed to talk to Sana. “Maybe later?”

He sighed. “Okay, but you do owe me.”

“I promise to repay my dept to you the next time I see you.”

He arched his brow. “Really? I can’t wait.”

She hoped he wouldn’t come chasing after her. She had a job to do and when he got something in his head, he didn’t care what her plans might be. He also wouldn’t understand why she had to convince Sana to do her job. He always believed everyone should do their duty no matter what.

“You going to talk to the doctor?” He knew her too well.

“If that’s okay with you.” She gave him her best smile.

“Of course.” He smiled back. “I might expect perfection from everyone, but I’m not stupid. Go work your magic. I need them to work together.”

That was why she loved him so much. She gave him another bright smile.

“Yes, sir.” After disconnecting with him, she stood and headed to the medlab.

Sana had her head bent over a microscope, jotting down notes. Not wanting to frighten her, Star cleared her throat.

“Star?” Sana didn’t seem to be surprised. She didn’t even look up from her work. “What brings you here? Did the commander ask you to talk me into going along peacefully?”

Star laughed. “Can you blame him? The thought of you going while burning with hatred for Karni sends chills down my back. You wield it far too well. All we can imagine is him dying from the daggers you’d throw at him from your eyes.”

The doctor chuckled. “I’m not that bad.”

“Yes, you are.” Star rested a hip against a desk. A habit she picked up from her mate. “Tye wants you to go because he knows you’ll have the level head and keep Karni in check. You can’t repeat this, but I thought you should know how important you are to the mission.”

“He told me. I don’t buy it.” She moved from the microscope to her computer.

“Then I’m going to beg you as a friend.”

“Why?” She looked at Star.

“Because Marlick is my brother, and I’m afraid Karni would kill him before he brought him back.”
* * * *
Karni stood in front of Tye’s desk, wishing he would stop talking. He spouted on about how important this mission was and what he wanted him to do. Yet he wanted that woman to travel with him. Somehow he had to convince Tye that she’d be a hindrance, if he would ever shut up.

Tye leaned back in his chair and steepled his fingers. “You have that look on your face.”

“What look?” Damn, he wasn’t masking his expressions.

“The one that says ‘please shut up so I can convince you you’re wrong.’” Tye stood. “The doctor is going with you and if you can’t work with her, I’ll send someone else with her.”

“She’s more important than me?” Karni fought to keep his arms at his side. He wanted to jam his hands on his hips.

“She knows how to look for my people, how to find the DNA.” He walked over to the large window in his office and stared out. “Sana also proved her worth when she traveled with you to the palace to get information from Star’s parents.”

“That woman also kept information from us. We didn’t know she had been one of the palace slaves. I don’t trust her.”

“Doesn’t matter. She’s going with you.” He turned back to look at Karni. “Unless you wish to stay behind.”

“No, sir.” Karni gave the appropriate bow, turned on his heel, and headed out. He fumed. This wasn’t right.

His office doors closed behind him, sealing the rest of the complex out. With a quick jab, he smashed his hand against the wall. It felt good, good enough to do it over and over, bloodying his knuckles.
* * * *
The next rise Karni watched as the doctor, Star, and Tye walked toward him. He wasn’t looking forward to this mission but he could control the doctor, make her see his way, one way or another.

Her face looked a little paler than normal. Good. She wasn’t looking forward to this, either.

“You have everything together?” Tye asked.

“Yes.” His voice was curt.

“Good.” Tye turned to the doctor. “Remember what Star told you.”

Star turned to look at him. Her features showed trepidation. Karni wondered what Star said that caused that look.

Tye winked. “Being the commander has its good points.”

Star hugged the doctor. “I’m going to miss you. Be safe.”

The doctor hugged her back. “I will.”

Karni sighed. Sappy goodbyes worked on his nerves. “Can we go?”

“What? No kiss?” Star gave him a serious look.

Was she kidding? Tye would have his hide if he even thought about it. Instead of responding, he ducked his head.

Tye laughed. “You have my permission to say goodbye to my mate, Karni.”

This was not the same man. Star had changed him in so many ways. He never laughed before Star. He was angrier, more focused on revenge. Now he didn’t seem to care, but Karni knew that wasn’t true. They wouldn’t be going after Marlick. “Yes, sir.”

Star shook her head. “Protect her, Karni. Bring her home safe. No crazy stunts. Just find out where my brother went and come back.”

“I still can’t believe how he escaped,” commented Sana.

“She knows this, too?” Karni felt anger flood his senses. He was responsible for everyone’s safety yet was kept out of the loop too much.

“How can she not?” asked Tye. “If she didn’t know how he shapeshifted, how would she know how to look for him?”

“I don’t understand.”

“Karni. The man turned into a small bug and flew out. He could be anything. You think you could find him without knowing how to look for a shapeshifter?”

“No, sir.” He shouldered his pack. “Time to go.”

“One more thing. As you are traveling, you’re going to need a cover.” He handed Sana some small machines. “This should help.”
* * * *
Sana gave Star one more hug before grabbing her pack and following Karni. His sparkling personality was going to be the death of her. “You going to slow down any?”

“If you can’t keep up, you could go back.”

“You are far too nice.” She ran a few meters so she could walk at his side. “Being a prodar works for you, doesn’t it?”

He spun on her. “I know you don’t want to be here anymore than I want you here. You can save the cute chatter and just get the job done.” He then set a brisk pace for her to keep.

Oh yeah, she loved the way he talked to her all the time. Like she was some sort of raseri. Not very flattering. It didn’t matter to her anyway. Instead of racing to keep up, she followed at a walk she could tolerate. Make him slow down.

She could see him glance back at her from time to time. Anger and something else etched on his face. What was he thinking?

As they continued, she found herself watching him walk. His strong legs pumped as he pushed himself. She liked the way he moved. Strong, confident. Like a man who knew what he wanted and went after it.

A slight breeze brushed her body, causing her hair to flow across her face. The slight caress sent her mind in the wrong direction. Instead of having the brutish man stomping ahead of her, she saw a man who found her fascinating. The angry glances he kept throwing her changed to sultry ones. The rising rays reflected in his golden hair. A color she hadn’t noticed in the artificial illumination of the compound. His hair always had a darker tone inside, but now it had beautiful highlights glistening in the brightening light. It flowed around his head as he moved. So soft looking. She wanted to run her fingers through it to see just how soft it was.

Sana stopped dead in her tracks. This man was mean to her. He didn’t trust her. How could she even think of him as a possible mate?

“Mate? I am crazier than a juntoc.” She started to walk again, not worrying about catching up. “He’s not for me.”

“Who’s not for you?” his deep voice reverberated through her.

She jumped a foot or two. When did he stop? How much had he heard? Great Monala, this couldn’t be good. “Nothing.”

“Fine.” He started walking again. “You need to keep up. I’m not waiting all day for you to make it to our destination.”

“We have a destination?” She followed him.

“His last known location?” He sounded frustrated with her.

“Which no one has told me.” Her thoughts of him as some sort of lover faded fast. It was replaced with irritation.

“You didn’t need to know.”

“And if we got separated?” She grabbed his arm.

“Then you would head back to the compound.” He shrugged her hand off his arm.

“Where I belong,” Sana added. If only he knew how fast he’d be called back to the compound. “How would you find him without me? Do you know how to read any of my equipment?”

He stopped and glared at her.

“Thought not. That’s why you ended up backtracking here. You can’t complete this mission without me.”

“Doctor, I don’t need you, just your ability. You’re only here because Tye requested it.” He started to walk again. “Just stay out of my way and do your job.”

She stared at his retreating back, thinking of ways to kill him. A quick death would be too good. It had to be slow, painful and humiliating. Following him, she came up with ways to do it. If they were back at the compound, she could give him something in his food or drink to kill him slowly while turning his skin purple. He hated purple. Refused to wear any color close to it.

He turned to study her face. “What are you grinning at?”

“Nothing.” She gave him a brighter smile. Maybe she’d put him in a purple gown once he was too weak to fight and parade him up and down the corridors.

“You’re plotting something.”

She wanted to laugh. She knew he had no special abilities but he sure was a good judge of character. Should she tell him the truth? “Why? You feeling a little guilty?”

“Of course not.” He straightened his spin and marched away.

Sana must have hit a soft spot. She shouldered her pack again as she continued behind him. What a prodar.