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Since today’s #MFRWHooks occur on Halloween, I’m featuring a snippet from my steamy paranormal pirate story, Marooned, in which a witch’s curse leads to unintended consequences!

And from now until Nov. 4, Marooned is free at Amazon.com!

Marooned free graphicIn chapter 1, Heather overhears her husband and his mistress plotting to murder her. Her response is to perform a banishing spell in hopes of removing them from her life.


She moved to the bow of the ship, where she could be alone. The wind was strong, blowing the hood of her cape back. The crescent moon shone above, sending a faint illumination on the white caps below her and the sails above. She lifted her head, enjoying the feel of the wind on her face, in her hair. She was never happier than when she was outside, surrounded by the elements. Away from the petty squabbles and schemes of people…

She stood still for several moments, basking in the moonlight, the sound of the waves as they slapped against the hull, and the force of the wind. She was heading home to her beloved Jamaica. This should be a joyous occasion, and would have been had she found the right man. She pushed away her regrets and as she paused, soaking in the loving energy of the goddess, her spirits lifted and hope filled her heart.

What she was about to do was not without its risks. Her mother had cautioned her to be careful what she asked for. A negative spell could go badly awry.

But what did she have to lose except her life? And life was uncertain, at best.

Decision made, Heather pulled the paper with the names of her tormentors from the pocket of her cape as she formed the incantation in her mind. When she was certain, she held up the paper, focused on the evil being planned, and whispered,


“Foul murder intended for me.
Seek the pair who plan this deed.
Banish them first, by magic’s decree!
Send them from me.
So mote it be!”


She repeated the words, her voice growing stronger with each recitation. When the power within her peaked, she tore the paper into shreds and let the wind tear it from her fingers. “Send them from me. So mote it be!”

Drained of all emotion, she clutched the rail and stared out to sea. Her spell had been cast.

(Note: Do not try this at home!)

Marooned coverBlurb:

Heather Parnell is traveling from England to her home in Jamaica with her new husband, Roger, a man she detests. She performs a banishing spell with unintended consequences. When their ship is attacked by pirates, Roger is killed. Heather, disguised as a boy, joins the pirate crew.

Pirate captain Adam Langworth suspects there is something odd about the new lad. When he discovers she is a woman, she begs him to keep her secret, a violation of the ships’ articles. When her identity is discovered, Adam and Heather find themselves marooned on a deserted island with nothing to do for the rest of their lives but make love.

Disclaimer: This is a 12,000 word steamy romantic short story, not a full-length novel. Previously published by Amber Quill Press. Contains a sexy pirate, a naughty witch, cussing and fornicating.
Available at: Amazon US, Amazon AU, Amazon CA, and Amazon UK.

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Kane Reveals His True Self: Tova’s Dragon #MFRWHooks

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Dragons don’t exist, or do they? In this snippet from Tova’s Dragon, Kane reveals his true nature.

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Kane studied the runes. “This tells the story of the Lightning Maid, a daughter of Thor, who inherited his ability to channel lightning. ’Tis said she passed the ability to her descendants, but only to the daughters.”

Tova stiffened. No, impossible. A chill ran through her as she turned to face Kane. “How curious. My father liked that tale. Papa said it was about one of his great- great-grandmothers.” Her words trailed off as she recalled her father, a large, fair-haired man, holding her in his lap, telling her fantastical stories of his homeland. A wave of yearning shook her. Though he was long gone from her life, she missed him yet. “When I was little, I believed his stories. Or rather, I wanted to believe.”

“And now?” Kane’s gaze was keen, as if her answer were important.

She shrugged. “I know they were meant to entertain a small child.” Anything else was unthinkable.

“Perhaps not.”

Another shiver passed over her. “What do you mean?”

He took her hand again. “Over the years, stories become exaggerated. New storytellers add their own twists and details, but sometimes a kernel of truth exists amongst the exaggerations.”

She studied his face. Was he teasing her? “Do you mean there may really have been a lightning maid?”

“I think it possible.”

“Nonsense.” She refused to believe otherwise.

He arched a brow. “Is it? I watched you deflect a lightning bolt earlier today.”

She gasped, pulled her hand away and took a step back. “How did you see that? You were here in the cave.”

“I was outside, watching you.”

She gaped at him. “But how? I never saw you.”

He sighed. “I have much to explain, but time is of the essence.”

“I know,” she said. “We have a hard trip ahead of us tomorrow. Perhaps we should rest now.”

“We have no time to rest. We leave after dark.”

His words puzzled her. “Don’t you mean at first light?”

He crossed his arms over his chest. “No, we’ll be traveling by night. I have excellent night vision.”

She faced him, her hands fisted at her side, alarmed by his words. “But I do not. Surely the mountains are too dangerous at night, even with the full moon.”

“It doesn’t matter, Tova. ’Tis time to fly with the dragon.”

She heaved a sigh and stared at him. Must he always be so enigmatic? “What on earth do you mean? Everyone knows there are no dragons outside of fairy stories.”

“Are there not? Did you not see one earlier today?”

She frowned, thinking back to that afternoon. “I saw a bird, a rather large bird.” She hesitated, picturing the creature in her mind, with its enormous wingspan and barbed tail. She gasped as the truth hit her. “The large, red-gold bird?”

“That was no bird, Tova.”

Suddenly faint, she reached out and steadied herself on the large rune stone. When she spoke, her voice was shaky. “You mean… a… dragon?”

“You saw me.”

Tova's Dragon coverTova’s Dragon
by Lyndi Lamont
Kingdoms & Legends Part 2
(Sequel to Ilona’s Wolf)

Seek help of the Lord of Drakkenberg. Only he can aid you. You must fly with the dragon.

Tova Svensdottir, an earth mage, is on a mission to save her homeland, the Kingdom of Velosia from the evil wizard Bruno of Grimmdorn. Her grandmother tells her to seek help of the Lord of Drakkenberg, but the old lord is dead. In his castle, high on a mountaintop, she instead encounters his son, the Outlaw Kane.

Kane fled Velosia after a futile attempt to rescue his father and his mate from Bruno’s cruel prison, killing the head guard in the process. Now that Bruno has been banished, Kane has returned to clear his name, but his purpose changes when he meets Tova. Tova’s warmth stirs his passions and her courage touches his heart, but he dreads telling her of his true nature, certain she will recoil. But

Tova is made of sterner stuff.

Together, Kane and Tova have the power to save Velosia. If they survive the coming battle. But can an earth mage find happiness with a dragonshifter?

Currently available at Amazon for #99cents or read free with KU:

US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07635W1SR
AU: https://www.amazon.au/dp/B07635W1SR/
CA: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B07635W1SR/
UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07635W1SR/

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