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I’ve completed my part of the work on another two of the books coming out this year, and it’s a great feeling. For your enjoyment, I’ll give you a taste of one today, and another on Thursday.

Today, from Stormchild, coming May 4 from Samhain.

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These elements have no desire to be tamed…

Pacific Passion, Book 1

As the new traveling doctor for the Pacific Inside Passage settlements, Matthew Jentry balances dual roles for his water-shifter people—caring for their health as a human-trained physician, and for their spiritual needs as a shaman.

Distractions of the female kind are not on his agenda, but his magical bloodline makes him a target for every marriage-minded woman within range. There’s something about the mysterious Laurin Marshall, though, that he finds far too enticing. It’s just as well that it’s time for him to move on.

Laurin thought she had perfected her guise as a mild-mannered teacher, but the sexual fireworks she and Matt touch off are threatening to blow her cover out of the water. Luckily it’s time for her to catch the boat to her next assignment.

When she discovers she’ll be sailing with Matt, she realizes there’s only one thing more dangerous than their unforgettable one-night stand—being trapped with him on a boat that gives “riding out the storm” a whole new meaning…

Warning: Contains strong sexual currents and powerful waves of desire that break down inhibitions. Recommended only for those able to navigate through extremely steamy situations, on land and at sea.

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Chapter One

His lack of arousal would have been embarrassing if it wasn’t so damn amusing.

The gold-tinged light of sunset cast shadowy fingers over the half-naked bodies dancing around the fire pit. Hips twisted and torsos shimmied. Reflected firelight flickered off warm skin and firm muscles and something ached deep in his soul. Matthew Jentry reclined on one elbow in the sand and accepted the honor of his people’s traditional tribal farewell.

Two weeks at this settlement had provided plenty of opportunities to witness the innate sensuality of the People of the Sea. His first concern had been medical checkups for a tribe who lived far from the easy access to care in Vancouver or Victoria.

The matriarch had other goals.

He spotted her across the fire ring, staring with a hint of amusement in her smile. As another of the lithe young women danced nearer, leaning to display her ample assets to their best advantage, Matthew laughed inside.

Yes, he knew it was traditional for travelers to share pleasure with the locals. He knew it was considered an honor to provide such a service, especially to one like himself who was both a magical and modern healer.

But he wanted more. No matter how tempting the offers before him, he had started this position the way he meant to continue. Alone. Until he found the one to complement him and make his true mission a reality, he had no intention of hopping into bed with anyone. After a dry spell of six months, his urge for sex still lay dormant.

The dance concluded and he applauded along with the elders around him, accepting pats on the back from the men as they shuffled off to enjoy the barbeque pit and containers of sweet cider cooling in buckets by the surf. Mama Tanis cornered him before he vanished to safety with the old men.

For a large woman she moved with amazing speed.

“You enjoyed the dance?” She stared at him, eyes filled with wisdom. She was old—far older than the medical records in the town office showed.

“I did. Thank you for honoring me before I head to the next village. I cherish the time I have had with you.” He bowed low in respect.

She shook a finger in his face. “You say that, but I think you’re following your own way, not Mama T’s. Why do I see you with the old men who have no juice left in their veins? I can entertain them with stories. You should be on the beach with the young people, living and laughing and loving.”

“Mama T—”

“Oh no, you avoided all our entertainments the whole time you stayed with us. You worked from sunrise to dark, and even now when you’re leaving, you think of ways to avoid play.”

He lifted a brow. “Perhaps I am too old and juiceless myself to want to inflict my company on the young people.”

The woman shook with her laughter. “Too juiceless? The only thing you are guilty of is being too cautious, my friend. I will stop taunting you. This night is for you, enjoy it as you wish.” She leaned forward and her dark eyes bore into him. “But I will tell you this. Sometimes what you seek is closer than you imagine, and found only when you stop looking.”

A shiver raced over his skin as she spoke. A prophecy? An omen? There was no way of knowing. The People of the Sea were rich in power in many ways. He bowed again, grasping her hand and kissing her knuckles. His actions drew a chuckle from her lips.

“You’re a bad boy to tease Mama T.”

He winked at her, and she shook her head and smiled.

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