Title: Kindling Flames: Flying Sparks
Series: The Ancient Fire Series Book One, Part 2
Author: Julie Wetzel
Published: October 3, 2014
Publisher: Crimson Tree Publishing
Page Count: 260
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Content Warning: Minor Violence
Recommended Age: 13+
Synopsis: When Vicky becomes the target of a serial arsonist plaguing the city, Darien calls on the supernatural community to help. Pulling the creatures of the night together to cooperate on any project is troublesome at the best of times. The fact that the one responsible for the city’s woes is a being of fire and magic leads the reluctant groups to a truce that makes Vicky start to think that her job might be a bit more than one normal human can handle.
Vicky agreed and went to her clothing on the counter. “Um… are you going to leave so I can get dressed?” she asked, looking back at the man watching her.
“No,” Darien said very bluntly as he crossed his arms and leaned against the wall again. “I’m not leaving you alone. You had no problem taking your clothing off in front of me, why should you worry about me watching you put it back on?”
Vicky fidgeted a little before turning her attention back to the counter and her clothing. She looked at the man watching her in the mirror as an evil idea popped into her head. Dropping both towels to the floor, she exposed her skin to the air.
Darien straightened in surprise. He had expected her to be a little more modest like she had been in the past.
Vicky smiled lightly as she picked up the comb and started running it through her hair. She pretended to ignore the way Darien’s eyes narrowed and the set of his jaw as she worked the tangles out. Once done, she slipped into her clothing a little slower then she normally would. Closing her eyes, she pulled her shirt over her head and was surprised to find Darien standing almost against her back when she opened them again.
Dragging her hair from inside her shirt, he dropped it over her shoulder. Vicky let out a squeak as he wrapped her in his arms to pull her against him. Holding her fast, he pressed his cheek against the side of her head, tipping it over slightly. “It’s not nice to tease a vampire,” Darien growled as he dropped his face to the side of her neck.
Vicky gasped as she felt his teeth graze across her skin, gathering it into his mouth. Her heart raced as she waited for the sharp points of his fangs, but they never came as his teeth pressed lightly into her flesh. He released her skin and placed a soft kiss over her pulse before releasing her completely. Vicky’s knees buckled, leaving her sitting on the floor as Darien left.
Zak came wobbling in to the room. He gurgled at Vicky, who was recovering on the floor.
“I’m fine,” she said, covering the side of her neck with her hand.
Zak growled and reached a tentacle up to touch her hand.
“It’s okay,” she reassured the little fay. “He didn’t bite me. I was doing something I shouldn’t have.” Vicky got up from the floor and found the first aid kit so she could wrap some fresh gauze over the burn on her left hand. Making a note not to tease vampires, she looked in the mirror at the row of light red marks on her skin. She thought about the reaction she had when Darien had run his teeth across her skin. Was it fright or excitement?
About the Author:
Originally from Ohio, Julie always dreamed of a job in science. Either shooting for the stars or delving into the mysteries of volcanoes. But, life never leads where you expect. In 2007, she moved to Mississippi to be with her significant other.
Now a mother of a hyperactive red headed boy, what time she’s not chasing down dirty socks and unsticking toys from the ceiling is spent crafting worlds readers can get lost it. Julie is a self-proclaimed bibliophile and lover of big words. She likes hiking, frogs, interesting earrings, and a plethora of other fun things.
Julie Wetzel is the author of Kindling Flames, Book 1 in The Ancient Fire Series. Kindling Flames is scheduled to release through Crimson Tree Publishing in the Fall of 2014.
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