Heidi Vanlandingham here, wishing everyone a Happy Halloween. I’m excited to share an excerpt from my paranormal romance, IN MAGE WE TRUST. Treat yourself to this book if you enjoy magical adventures with a touch of romance.
A daughter who wants her family back…
Dragged into a magical realm, a sassy college student’s magic surfaces when an emotionally hardened demon gifts her part of his soul to save her life. Johnna longs for her family, but when a rogue mage goes on a killing spree, her internal alarms are buzzing—and not just because of her growing attraction to the demon.
A demon without hope…
When murders plague his realm, the head demon enforcer is ordered to stop them, but Niki can’t concentrate on tracking the rogue mage when the rebellious Johnna wreaks havoc during their hunt. She insists she can help, but it’s all he can do to avert destruction—and not kiss her senseless.
A tangled web of deceit, chaos, and murder…
Together they must learn to trust each other and work together or the realms of Dark World and their true mate bond won’t survive as this magical ‘Alice’ goes up against a demon queen of hearts.
Demon Realm, Dark World
For the hundredth time that morning, I tuned out the argument going on behind me between my boss Lucien, the current demon king, and his mage, Gerard. The two or three times I’d tried to interject a valid point—valid in my opinion, at least—I had been ignored, so I kept my mouth shut. For now.
I stared through the window separating the castle’s conference room and the Well of Souls. The white light on the other side of the window glowed brighter as several coconut-sized orbs floated to a stop. Hovering in the middle of the glass, the two pearlescent souls suddenly turned and floated away. As I watched them disappear into the mass of souls in the background, an idea formed.
“Lucien, Johnna’s my daughter,” Gerard pleaded. “I can’t just sit here and let him kill her.”
The fear and frustration in his voice bored a hole into my thoughts.
Lucien shook his head. “This fight goes beyond just your child, Gerard, but you already know this. Too many demonkind have died already. We need to focus our energy in finding and trapping the dark mage before he kills anyone else—including Johnna.”
I turned to face the two men, my gaze drawn to Lucien’s hard expression. At the appearance of his horns on top of his head, I realized how frustrated he was. Lucien’s horns rarely showed.
“Before you took one step from this room, the mage would know you’re coming after him.” Lucien placed a heavy hand on Gerard’s shoulder, the small garnet ring on his finger blinking as the firelight flickered over the gem’s faceted surface. “I would never let any harm come to those you care about, but the killing must end. I’m telling you this as your king and your best friend.”
“Then let me go get her. I’ll bring her back here where I know she’ll be protected.”
I leaned forward in my chair and placed my elbows on my knees. “I’ll go.”
Both Lucien and Gerard turned to stare.
“If Gerard must remain here, I can go get his daughter,” I added.
“As I told Gerard—” Lucien began.
“Why, Niki? You’re as susceptible as I am,” Gerard interjected, his frustration drowning out Lucien’s objection.
I quirked one brow. “As head enforcer of Dark World, I had hoped centuries of experience would lend credence to my plan. Your faith in me is overwhelming, Gerard.”
Gerard glared, his silence oppressive.
“All realms in this multiverse are in danger, the longer the dark mage is allowed to live.” I quickly ran through the impromptu plan I’d devised and hoped they would think it as sound as I did. “I will go in disguise. And, if you ask me, it’s a perfect one.”
Gerard crossed his arms over his chest and sneered. “Fine, I’ll bite. What is this perfect disguise?”
“A zombie. I will use the zombie spell. It’s the only way we can get to your daughter in time without anyone but the three of us knowing I’ve even left this realm. The dark mage has stayed one step ahead of us because he can track our magic. While under the influence of the spell, my magic will seem as dead as, well . . . a zombie. If he can track me, both your daughter and I will die.”
I held Gerard’s worried gaze. “I will guard Johnna’s life with my own, old friend.”
Gerard’s face flushed and he let out a frustrated growl. “Neither of you understand how bad this is. Johnna doesn’t come into her powers until she’s twenty-five. Do we know for certain he’s acting alone?”
“We’ll figure everything out once we get her safely out of the Mortal Realm,” Lucien said. “You know as well as I, Niki would give his life to keep your daughter safe.” Lucien focused his sharp stare on Gerard. “Don’t lose faith in us now.”
Gerard let out an uneasy breath and nodded quickly. “I know you’ll do whatever it takes to protect Johnna. And you’re not wrong about getting caught. The dark mage will kill you too.”
I gave him a knowing smirk. “I’m not so easy to kill.”
With a stoic expression erasing his worry, Gerard straightened his shoulders. “As soon as you’ve retrieved my daughter from the Mortal Realm, I will join you here so we can retrieve the key and, hopefully, end this ridiculous war. Now go—save my daughter.”
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