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Do you want to meet a warrior princess?

After  Sebastian Falls by Celeste Holloway last week, today’s Wednesday feature is another YA Urban Fantasy The Blood She Betrayed by Cheryse Durrant. Here’s the book trailer. Cheryse is a successful author with a three-book contract from Clan Destine Press, Australia.

Elevator pitch:
A warrior princess comes to Earth to find an ancient artefact to
destroy the heart-devouring demons plaguing her lands. When she
teams up with wealthy Max from Brisbane, her quest becomes more
challenging. 
 

Teaser Excerpt
 
Tension
threaded
through her muscles as she shadowed the lean boy-man away
from the mansion, sidestepping a gold-speckled toad in her path.
 `It’s
summer.’ His amber voice soothed her shot nerves. `Cane toads
are all
over the place.’

`Are
they edible?’

`Heck,
no. They’re poisonous.’

`That
is disappointing.’ Hunger gnawed at her insides.

`Do
you like frog’s legs?’

Just
the legs? She was hungry. She would eat the whole thing at the
moment!
`Are
the legs
your specialty?’

`Mine?
I can’t cook to save myself.’

His
distinctive scent, mingled with the tang of unfamiliar plants,
stirred her hunger. It was more than she expected from this
slight
boy-man with unkempt chestnut hair. She bit her lip. He lacked a
warrior’s muscular build or a magician’s runic hand, but the
quality
fabric and cut of his garments implied wealth. If he were the
son of
a nobleman, he could prove useful. If only…

She
faltered as another spasm of hunger hit.

His
heart tempted her with its thick, rich scent and strong,
thudding
beats. Not since Jada had she felt a response so raw and
primeval.
This Earthern was nothing like her betrothed but in a handful of
minutes he had rekindled the darker cravings she had struggled
to
repress.

`Are
you okay? You look ill.’ His warm breath skated across her neck.

Trust
no one. Find the Elnara.
`I
will regain my strength once we have eaten at your abode.’

‘Sure,
it’s this way.’

 

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Damyanti Biswas

Damyanti Biswas is the author of You Beneath Your Skin and numerous short stories that have been published in magazines and anthologies in the US, the UK, and Asia. She has been shortlisted for Best Small Fictions and Bath Novel Awards and is co-editor of the Forge Literary Magazine. Her forthcoming literary crime thriller, The Blue Bar is represented by Lucienne Diver from The Knight Agency, and will be published by Thomas & Mercer on January 1, 2023.

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