Gliterary Girl Book Tours presents the blog tour for the release of PROTECTIVE INSTINCT, Book #4 in the Time After Time Saga, by Authors Lynette Endicott and Tami Dee.
Sabrina Bridges clings to her birthright as a Heartmark woman, convinced she will overcome the time-traveling enemy that plagues the women of her family. She is certain she will obtain true love with the man she gives her heart to. But how will her trusting heart survive when she learns that very man has deceived her since the moment they met?
Nicolas Mitchell's loyalty to family and country are tested by the woman who may lead him to one who threatens all he holds dear. Nick must steel his heart against her, and deny his protective instinct for the woman who speaks of an ancient family legend and her belief that together he and she will forge a love that will last forever. Will Nick be able to complete his last mission as a spy for the Crown or will he betray his country for the sake of love?
Excerpt for PROTECTIVE INSTINCT
Nick shook his head and patted the horse’s neck. “This is Mr. Simmons.”
Sabrina beamed that smile at him, a ray of sunshine not dimmed by the battled condition of her face. She took a step away from the horse, tilting her head from side to side as she looked over his companion.
Nick studied her, looking past the scrapes and bruises he could see, and those he couldn't. He knew that there were many more of the like hidden beneath her torn clothing and a surge of rage at the men who’d harmed her momentarily turned his vision red. His cloak sat half on, half off her slim shoulders, the brooch pressing into the delicate line of her neck.
Her hair hung in a copper rope down her back, its silken strands askew with small leaves still captured within them.
He narrowed his eyes, trying to get a better look at the small mark just beneath the outer side of her right eye.
A freckle? Mole? Birthmark?
She brushed a strand of loose hair behind her ear, giving him an unobstructed view, and he was surprised to see that the tiny mark was in the shape of a heart. Flush with her smooth skin, it could not be a mole, so a freckle then, or birthmark.
He fisted his hands at his sides, the desire to touch the mark almost too strong to ignore.
Something bumped his feet.
Nick looked down as the little calico cat that had been with Sabrina in the shed twisted its lithe body between his legs. The cat looked up at Nick with eyes that seemed to see way too much. Nick gritted his teeth. He already had a horse that seemed to see right into his soul. He surely did not need a cat doing the same thing.
Nick raked a hand through his hair. Horses and cats looking into his soul? Maybe it was not the girl that was daft, but him!
“Look,” he said with a bit more abruptness than he’d intended, “it’s likely to start snowing again at any time. We need to find shelter.”
Her hand stilled on Mr. Simmons’s nose and those wide, thick lashed eyes met his. “You’ll accept the dagger?”
He looked at the dagger in his hand. He’d forgotten he even held it, and let out a resigned sigh. “Aye, I’ll accept your gift,” he conceded, “but I’ll also show you how to use it, should the need arise again.”
Which it surely would, when he set out to slay her.
Nick puffed his cheeks and blew out a breath. What a bloody mess.
She smiled so wide, the cut on her lip began to bleed, a crimson trickle against snow white skin. Nick took his handkerchief from his inner pocket and dabbed at the wound.
Her breath hitched and the pupils of her eyes widened. Emotion he refused to acknowledge darkened the blue of her eyes.
If the ache in his heart and the tremor of his hand were any indication, he was in trouble.
A lot of trouble.
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ABOUT Lynette Endicott
Lynette Endicott grew up in Illinois, met her husband in Western Nebraska, lived 25 years in Kansas where their daughter was born, and has been in Fresno, California since 2000. She has a son-in-law (who lives with her daughter nearby), and has rescued a dog, a bird and three cats. She and Ollie, her terrier mix, volunteer as a team at the local library, where children read to the dog.
At a youth camp when she was 14 the editor and teacher of a writing class challenged her to submit something to his youth magazine. She did and it was the first of 10 articles and stories accepted by the publication over the next few years.
Nothing like front end success to keep her writing! Lynette enjoys reading contemporary romance and speculative fiction and writes both. Her debut book, Starting Over Book One: More Than A Job, and two more books in that series, The Return of Joy and Finding Her Voice are available now. The first three of the Time After Time Saga with Tami Dee are available now, including Animal Instinct, Survival Instinct and Pioneer Instinct. The fourth in the series of six, Protective Instinct, will release in August 2014.
Because she didn't have pets until after her 50th birthday the animals she enjoys find their way into all her books. Usually you will also find a character with a disability as part of the day-to-day fabric of the story. In More Than A Job, Paige works in services to people with disabilities until she loses her job and starts over. In The Return of Joy, Atlas, the yellow lab, becomes a Therapy Dog. In the Time After Time series animal helpers assist the hero and heroine in all six of the books in the series.
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ABOUT Tami Dee
Becoming an author was a dream I never really thought would come true for me. I have dyslexia, yet, despite the struggle, I adore weaving stories for others to enjoy.
I am a member of Romance Writers of America, Desert Breeze connections, RWA San Francisco Area Romance Writers, RWA Scriptscence, and RWA Celtic Hearts Romance Writers.
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To celebrate the release of PROTECTIVE INSTINCT, Lynette and Tami will be giving away a $20.00 Amazon Gift Card to one grand prize winner, a $10.00 Gift Card to either Starbucks or Teavana to the second runner up and an ecopy of PROTECTIVE INSTINCT to the third runner up. Enter the giveaway every day for more chances to win. All entries must be received by August 18th before midnight.a Rafflecopter giveaway