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Playlist for Retribution (Mystic #4) by @BCBurgessBooks

Retribution Playlist

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*Contains book 4 excerpts and major series SPOILERS*

Chapter 1: Magic by Colbie Caillat

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Excerpt:

He gave her earlobe a nibble then moved his mouth to the back of her neck, listening as her sigh whispered across his pillow. He reached up, finding her parted lips with his fingertips. Then he trailed his hand down her torso, emitting soft shocks that twitched her stomach and vibrated her aura. When he got to her thighs, he slipped his hand between them, completely covering the smooth entrance to her body. Then a whoosh of magical warmth flowed from his palm, igniting sensitive nerve endings and jolting her awake.

 

Chapter 2: Soulmates by Silvard

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Excerpt:

When the three golden couples entered the suite to find a fourth, their mouths fell open as the door flew shut behind them. Frozen in place, they didn’t say a word. They just stared, their features strained by disbelief; their complexions blanched by surprise.

 

Chapter 3: Burn by Ellie Goulding

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Excerpt:

“We’re not helpless, Quin. We’re the exact opposite of helpless. You and I can do anything we set our minds on. Surely we stand a good chance against anything they can throw at us.”

 

Chapter 5: Once in a Lifetime by Landon Austin

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Excerpt:

“Every free moment we get, I want you in my arms. I want us to hold and love each other like there’s no tomorrow, and I want to treasure each moment like it’s our last. If we have to die, I want to die knowing I held the most amazing woman in the world the way she deserved to be held, that I showed her how much I love and need her, and that I’m happier than I’ve ever been when I’m with her. I want to spend the rest of our lives, no matter how short they may be, showing you these things while touching your soul and letting you touch mine.” He kissed away more tears then found her eyes again. “Will you please let me do that, Layla? It’s all I want. It’s all I need to make everything worth it. If you’ll give me this, I’ll fight every day for the rest of my life.”

 

Chapter 5: Gorecki by Lamb

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Excerpt:

He gasped, jolting as her magic clutched his insides and pulled. Then he exhaled hugely when the force reached the surface of his skin and collided with hers. The atmosphere flashed, and the air filled with heat, a peaceful cocoon delivering magical morphine straight into her pores. This was exactly what she wanted… what she needed. It felt like every wonderful thing he’d ever said to her and done for her had been woven into a blanket that was now wrapped around her body, delivering much needed love, security and hope. It felt like she was nestled in his soul, right next to his heart, right where she wanted to be.

 

Chapter 12: Moonrise Aka Yiruma Moonlight by Study Music Ensemble

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Excerpt:

Accessible from the downstairs hallway through a door positioned between the guest bathroom and the stairs, the library stretched into the backyard, with a set of double-doors leading onto the deck, and a huge bay window facing the forest. The furniture combined sublime comfort with the simple beauty of earth tones and solid patterns; and the accessories and artistry were custom-made, each piece unique yet complementary. There were enough shelves in the high-ceilinged room to hold all the books in Layla’s high school library, and every ledge boasted magically-carved designs that varied from shelf to shelf but were repeated often throughout the room and its objects.

 

Chapter 14: A Story to Unfold by BrunuhVille

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Excerpt:

She could summon a fireball and toss it any way she wanted, forming it into any shape she desired while changing its color. She could break a massive piece of earth from the mountainside then break it again and again before juggling the debris. And when she was done playing, she could put the jagged rocks back together and fit them into the mountain like a puzzle piece. She could lift the entire lake into the air then turn it into a cyclone or a sphere or a liquid beast. When she held it over everyone’s heads and threatened to let the floating wave go, some of them actually believed her. Replacing the lake, she grabbed a gust of wind and changed its course, slowing it down and speeding it up. Then she tested her precision by sneakily lifting Brietta’s skirt with a gentle breeze. After adjusting the garment three different times, Brietta finally caught on, and Layla laughed while lifting the skirt a little higher.

 

Chapter 15: It Goes Like This by Thomas Rhett

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Excerpt:

She turned her head, finding his cheek with her lips. “You really wrote me a song?”

“Yes.”

“Why haven’t you already shared it with me?”

“I didn’t write it to impress you.”

“Why did you write it?”

“Because I was lying there, watching you experience your parents’ memories while thinking about how I felt about you, and the words came, but I didn’t finish it that night. I knew there was more.”

 

Chapter 20: Elfin Melody by Silvard

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Excerpt:

Layla smiled at Shaylee while motioning for her to come over, and the baby’s aura brightened as she pushed herself to her feet and toddled across the circle. Layla patted the ground in front of her, and Shaylee sat, expectantly looking up with mesmerizing eyes.

Layla leaned close and whispered. “Hi, Shaylee. You have a very pretty name.”

To Layla’s surprise, Shaylee responded, her voice small and adorably sweet. “Ankoo.”

 

Chapter 21: If I Didn’t Have You by Thompson Square

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Excerpt:

“You take perfect care of me, Quin.”

“I wish I could do more, Layla. I want you to have everything you deserve in life, but you keep getting things taken away.”

“That’s when I come to you,” she countered. “I can always count on you to fill the void and heal the hurt.”

 

Chapter 24: Butterflies & Rainbows by Larry W. Rice

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Excerpt:

Layla continued her conversation as she gathered every small child in the circle. Then she led them away from it, not stopping until they’d reached a wide open area of lawn. She waved a hand through the air, and eight magical chairs appeared, each of them comprised of rainbows and custom made to match each child’s individual size.

 

Chapter 29: Fotografia by Yiruma

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Excerpt:

The afternoon of introductions was extremely emotional for Layla, but the majority of the emotions were good, and she always found strength in Quin’s arms. She was shocked by how many blood relatives she had, and even after laying eyes on the proof and feeling the tingles run up her arm again and again, she had a hard time believing it. She’d met a few great-grandparents, several aunts and uncles, and many more cousins, most of them bearing a resemblance to either her mom or dad, so she also saw herself in the faces she met. 

 

Chapter 31: Count On Me by Bruno Mars

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Excerpt:

Kegan stepped forward and squared his stance, taking on an air of confidence and looking much like the soldier he aimed to be. “We’re aware of the consequences, Quin, but if we don’t help you when you need it most, we’re not the men we claim to be. Out of all the incredible people I know, none of them devote themselves to others like you do. You have this uncanny ability to read people, to recognize when they need help, and you’re always willing to offer it. I’ve turned to you with problems I didn’t even take to my own family, and you’ve never left me to handle them on my own. Now you need help, and I know that’s probably hard for you to swallow, because you’re the man with the answers not the problems. But you’ve finally gotten yourself into a predicament, and it’s a big one, so I’m going to help you resolve it, just like you’ve helped me over and over again.”

♥♥♥

Banning’s posture sagged at her sad voice, but he quickly corrected it. “Because my life will never be the same if we lose this battle. I’m not saying it would be impossible to move on, I’m saying I don’t want to. This is the life I want, just like it’s the life you want. Isn’t that why you’re taking the risk? You don’t want to live without us, so you’re going to fight to keep us, and I’m going to fight to keep you. The last thing I want to do is sit here and surrender what I love to Agro. And I know you understand how I feel, because you feel the same.”

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Brietta’s smile wavered, and she quickly waved a hand to vanish the moisture escaping her eyes. “I don’t want to spend a long and healthy life looking back on this moment and regretting the way I handled it. I know I’m only one person, and I know my being there probably won’t make a difference. But if I don’t do this and you fail, I’ll always harbor guilt for not helping when I had the chance, and I’ll spend the rest of my life with a huge hole in my heart…” She clutched her chest, her voice cracking as her face flexed. “Because I’d miss all of you so much. It would hurt me every day for the rest of my life if I lost you, so my guilt would have despair and pain as constant companions.” She paused, raising Banning’s hand to her cheek as she took a deep breath. “Like my baby brother, I don’t want to live that way.”

 

Chapter 32: Two Hearts by Todd Wallin

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Excerpt:

He moved his hand to her chest and slid the loose cotton of her dress aside, touching the skin over her heart. After counting the organ’s fitful beats for several seconds, he leaned in and kissed the erratically pulsing flesh, focusing on the reasons her heart usually beat, all the love and kindness it portrayed, and he hoped to draw her attention to them as well, help her rediscover the virtuous beauty beneath the anger. He found it every time he looked at her, even in the most tumultuous situations. And when he touched her, when her heartbeat thumped against his flesh, pulsed within his ears, and throbbed along his core, he gained what was hers. All the internal beauty she possessed momentarily became his, and he was, for a sublime moment in time, the man he always wanted to be, the man she needed him to be.

 

Chapter 33: Memories in My Eyes by Yiruma

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Excerpt:

The rainforest blurred and shifted, swirling into a foggy, unreadable mass. Then it took on the form of Multnomah Falls. Artificial water roared down the fake Mountain, warm mist moistened the magicians’ faces, and real birds emerged from the forest, perching on the edge of the lawn as they sang a sweet tune.

 

Chapter 36: Eyes in the Dark by Nox Arcana

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Excerpt:

She struggled against Quin’s hold, her bloody aura enveloping the accused, and they finally looked up, gasping at her huge power-band, the ominous haze around it, and the black chasms staring them down.

 

Chapter 39: I Love the Way You Look Tonight by Larry W. Rice

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Excerpt:

He turned his head and kissed her fingertip. Then he lowered her feet to the floor while waving a hand through the air. The golden room filled with the soft tinkle of piano keys, and Layla looked over, marveling at the baby grand that appeared to play a slow and sweet tune.

 

Chapter 39: Heaven is a Place on Earth by Katie Thompson

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Excerpt:

The music rose to a crescendo, and he danced her from one end of the suite to the other, making her feel like a princess floating across a ballroom. She could be any one of the beautiful maidens in the fairy tales she read as a child. But in her own story, a life more enchanting than even the most magical tale, prince charming wasn’t just a pretty face with good timing. Quin was much more – a strong man with an even stronger heart and the body of a god to hold it; a man who’d steal the moon for her if she asked him to. He didn’t just save her, breathing life into her when she had none; he completed her, balanced her, showed her the good when faced with the bad. No one had ever loved another like he loved her.

 

Chapter 40: Haunted Dreams by Nox Arcana

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Excerpt:

She stood on a vast slab of slick ice, a shrouded moon providing murky light to a scene that reeked of scorched flesh and death. And there, among the chaos, lay Quin, wounded and draining of life. His black shorts were singed at the edges, and his biceps were draped with charred remnants of leather bands. His bare chest was pale as it laboriously rose and fell, and the muscles in his limbs bulged and tragically twitched.

 

Chapter 42: Saying Goodbye by Todd Wallin

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Excerpt:

Quin reached out and wiped a tear from Alana’s face. “We’re all sad.”

“I’m sad,” she confirmed, her pout trembling.

Quin’s chest expanded as he brushed his thumb across Alana’s pucker. “I know, angel. This is really hard, isn’t it?”

Alana and Layla nodded at the same time, and Quin swallowed as he glanced between them. “Hey,” he said, “I have an idea. Let’s go for a ride.”

 

Chapter 45: Huron ‘Beltane’ Fire Dance by Loreena McKennitt

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Excerpt:

White fog rolled out from beneath his palm, and a loud thrum pulsed from the clearing below. “I’d say they’re almost ready,” Caitrin noted, smiling up at everyone. “Shall we join them?”

“Hell, yeah,” Weylin agreed, flipping through the smoky opening.

The majority of his family followed him with similar enthusiasm. Then Banning dove in, and Brietta wasn’t far behind as she pulled Kegan along. After glancing in the hole, she turned into his chest. Then she flashed a cheeky smile and fell backward, forcing him to fall with her.

Layla wasn’t sure what all the excitement was about, but it seemed fun.

“Ready?” Quin asked, squeezing her hand.

“I don’t know,” she answered. “But who cares? Let’s go.”

 

Chapter 46: Deep Into The Forest by Michael Nyman

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Excerpt:

It was time to make their way to the battlegrounds.

 

Chapter 49: Arise by Nox Arcana

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Excerpt:

Chunks of ice from the failed artillery attack still smashed to the ground when the individual spells started flying, and complete chaos ensued. Agro’s army divided – some remaining faithful to their boss, willing to protect him at all costs, while others drifted away, more concerned for their own safety than his. To add to the confusion, many of the magicians behind Quin and Layla lost their composure and started firing erratic and unorganized magic from shaky hands.

 

Chapter 49: Girl on Fire by Alicia Keys *I couldn’t resist 😉*

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Excerpt:

glowed red like the sun (fixed)

Layla’s eyes snapped open to a murky moon, and while her body was hers again, under her control, it was different. She was different. No longer pure of heart. She was a force to be reckoned with, and it was time for her enemies to pay. 

 

Chapter 50: The Lightning Strike (What If This Storm Ends) by Snow Patrol

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Excerpt:

In the time it took Serafin to place a magical tourniquet over Quin’s wound, Layla had carved her way through dozens of Unforgivables and was scorching another thirty with her flames. And Quin had been forced to lie still and watch every terrifying and heart-wrenching move.

 

Chapter 50: Aura (Alternative Version) by BrunuhVille

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Excerpt:

Her touch jump-started his heart, and his eyes popped open, filling with moisture as he stared at her. A smile played on his lips, and one of his hands rose to her cheek, his fingers dipping into her curls as his thumb wiped away tears. “Layla Love… You make me feel so good.” He paused, taking in a shaky breath before sighing. “Always.”

 

Chapter 51: Forever Mine (Cinematic Version) by Marie Hines

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Excerpt:

*This song is Layla’s song to Quin when he’s unconscious (and one of my favorites on ALL the playlists). Since you didn’t see that part in the book, here’s an excerpt from Quin and Kemble’s conversation about it.*

“Well,” Kemble sighed, “the first night was really rough on her. All she did was lie there and stare at you while talking to you and herself and that’s it. She wouldn’t talk to anyone else or respond when we spoke to her. It had us pretty worried, and you would have flipped if you’d seen her like that. Serafin kept checking her head to make sure her brain was functioning correctly, but it was her heart that was broken.”

Quin swallowed a painful lump, and Kemble’s brow furrowed as he went on. “She’d never seen you sleep, Quinlan. How you’ve managed to spend every night with her without letting her see you sleep, I’ll never understand, but you probably should have given her the opportunity, because it freaked her out seeing you unconscious. She kept talking about how perfect and still you looked, but then she’d start talking about how it wasn’t right, you being so sober, and how you weren’t you unless you were looking at her and smiling at her and holding her.”

“Please stop, dad.”

“She got better.”

Quin hopefully looked up. “She did?”

“Yes. Your color was returning to normal by yesterday morning, and Serafin had your side patched up. That’s when she finally talked to us and asked for gum. We were so relieved, we bought the store’s entire stock, and it’s a good thing we did, because she’s nearly chewed it all. Since then she’s been using her time rather wisely. She practiced a song on the guitar, and she read one of Serafin’s medical textbooks, quizzing herself on the human organ and nervous systems.”

 

Chapter 51: Chasing the Sun by Jackie Scott

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Excerpt:

He smiled and leaned in, giving her a soft kiss that took her breath away, and as her heart stuttered and stopped, his did the same. They both froze, leaving their lips together as they savored the moment. Then her heart and breathing resumed, and so did his.

 

Thanks for listening! ~ B.C. Burgess ♥

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Playlist for Deception (Mystic #3) by @BCBurgessBooks

Deception Playlist

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*Contains Deception excerpts and major series SPOILERS*

Chapter 1: Stars by George Winston

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Excerpt:

A rainbow of shiny mist dazzled Quin’s retinas as he awoke in the middle of the night, his mind oddly alert. His head lay on his left bicep, and his right arm cuddled Layla to his chest, her rhythmic breaths pulsing over his pecs. Her aura flowed peacefully, but Quin’s spine straightened under the sting of agitated nerve endings.

 

Chapter 1: Wicked Heart by Nox Arcana

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Excerpt:

Agro grabbed Caitrin’s collar and yanked him from his mate’s embrace, pulling him toward the house to the east. They were halfway there when two soldiers emerged from the shadows, shoving a witch and wizard in front of them. Each captive hugged a small child to their chest, doing their best to shield innocent eyes and ears.

 

Chapter 3: Cloudburst by George Winston

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Excerpt:

Quin’s vision blurred as his chest filled with fire. He counted the seconds ticking by, and as surely as he watched Layla’s life fade, his own was slipping away. “You can’t do this to me,” he whispered, listening for a breath as he tracked her pulse, its pace dangerously slow. “Come on, baby, just keep breathing.”

 

Chapter 3: Almost Paradise by Benjamin Utecht

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Excerpt:

They were surrounded by a night sky complete with distant planets, a bright cratered moon, and a constellation of her name. She leaned up, sweeping her gaze left to right, and her mouth fell open. Lush, green grass covered the floor, and the furniture and walls had disappeared, replaced by gently rolling hills, dark sky and more bright stars. Layla leaned over and pulled at the comforter, finding the illusion of a grass covered mound where the bed should be.

“Oh my god.” She straightened and found Quin’s eyes. “You have got to be my imagination running away with me. You can’t be real.”

 

Chapter 5: Flight by Silvard

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Excerpt:

He grinned as he pulled her under his arm. “How do you feel?”

“The same way I always feel after playing with fire. It’s like taking a shot of adrenaline mixed with happy gas. Screw energy drinks. We should market post-power euphoria.”

He laughed as he rubbed her vibrating shoulder. “So you’re ready for a race?”

 

Chapter 6: Unity by Todd Wallin

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Excerpt:

Layla loved it, too, and her chest filled with warmth as she cuddled into his bicep and ran her gaze over their family. They were so beautiful and happy, and they were gathered for what could very well be the last time.

Alana’s giggle caught Layla’s attention and she looked over, watching the toddler shoot a tiny puff of fire toward the sky.

 

Chapter 7: Wonder by BrunuhVille

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Excerpt:

Awestruck eyes frozen open, Layla witnessed blue dragons, white unicorns, and singing mermaids. Then her grandparents took turns making her gasp and gawk at the sky like an idiot. Morrigan shot colorful toucans into Caitrin’s burning trees; and Serafin and Daleen created a miniature Niagara Falls. Every second of the event was exciting and extraordinary, and it forever changed Layla’s idea of a magic show. Smoke and mirrors could never compare.

 

Chapter 9: Night (part 1) by George Winston

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Her lungs froze, a scream building in her diaphragm as she stared into Finley’s eyes, their oceanic depths glinting with pride as his lips pressed harder into hers. Her heart slammed against her ribs. Then her lungs burst with a painful shriek as she pushed, scratched and kicked. He rolled off her, and she scrambled out of bed like a guilty mistress busted by a gun-toting wife.

 

Chapter 9: Everytime We Touch (Candlelight Mix) by Cascada

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Excerpt:

Keeping his fingers locked in his lap, he shifted, pulling one leg on the bed so he could face her. “No matter how many lovers are in my past, there’s only one in my future, and I will never betray you by bringing another into the picture. You could walk out on me and never come back, and I’d still devote my life to erasing your fears. If a lifetime is what it takes to earn your trust and prove my commitment to you, that’s what I’ll give.”

She met his shiny stare, her lips trembling as her heart stuttered. “What you’re offering is what I want most, no matter how selfish it feels or how scared I am to take it.”

 

Chapter 10: Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me by She & Him

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Excerpt:

His lips parted hers with a soft kiss, and magical warmth rushed her veins as magical tingles slithered over moist flesh. Her muscles vibrated as her blood pumped faster, and goose bumps stretched from her scalp to her toes.

She swayed as his mouth stilled. Then she opened her eyes and smiled. “Do it again.”

 

Chapter 11: Shivers by Nox Arcana

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Excerpt:

He moved closer, and she fought the urge to back up, trying to appear strong, but she didn’t feel strong. “Leave, Finley. There’s no reason for you to be here.”

 

Chapter 12: Elements (Orchestral Version) by Lindsey Stirling

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Excerpt:

Quin’s devastated roar still pulsed through the lawn when Layla’s grandparents shot from Caitrin’s front porch, closely followed by Brietta.

Morrigan caught Quin’s gaze and faltered, losing height dangerously fast, but Caitrin swooped down and caught her, pulling her to his chest as he continued toward Quin.

“She’s gone,” Quin raged, meeting them halfway. “Finley’s gone.”

 

Chapter 13: My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark by Fall Out Boy

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Excerpt:

“I’m not crazy, Layla. Things are very clear for me. This isn’t insanity. It’s determination and preservation. It isn’t selfishness either. It’s claiming what’s rightfully mine while giving you the same. You and I are much alike, but the difference is – I know our worth and the dangers we face, while you don’t know shit. Not about yourself, the enemy, or the world. You have no idea what you’re up against, and worse than that, you have no idea what kind of life you deserve or how to go about getting it. Well that’s fine, because I’m getting it for both of us.”

 

Chapter 14: Veil of Darkness by Nox Arcana

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Excerpt:

Every time a plant rustled, a leaf crunched or a twig snapped, her heart lurched and her lungs froze. But he hadn’t come for her yet, and the timber had grown thicker, the tree trunks closer together. Confidence building, she grasped low slung branches and shouldered rough bark, using them to push and pull herself along. It worked well, and she began covering more ground in less time.

 

Chapter 14: Luna by BrunuhVille

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She found the purple glow of the moon through a gap in the branches, reverently watching as a cloud drifted aside to reveal a bright portion of the orb’s cratered surface. It was the closest thing to a star up there, and really, it was much more inspiring than tiny flashes of distant, burning rock. And it was much more fitting to look at while thinking about her hero. Quin wasn’t a distant star so easily obscured by dark clouds; he was a constant light, clearly visible through the stormiest nights.

 

Chapter 14: Glowing In The Dark by Cider Sky

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Excerpt:

Her head snapped to the side, but she forced it to snap back, flipping her gaze to the treetops across the clearing. Her heartbeat quickened, shifting from a sporadic thrum to a forceful throb, and she lowered her eyes to Finley. “You shouldn’t have done that,” she whispered.

 

Chapter 18: Gone, Gone, Gone by Phillip Phillips

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Excerpt:

“Never, Layla. I’ll never give up on you. I would have scoured this earth until I found you.”

 

Chapter 19: If I Didnt Have You by Amanda Marshall

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Excerpt:

“It’s weird, because I never needed anyone when I lived on my own, and now, I’ve never needed anyone more. I crave everything about you – your voice, your attention, your touch. My god I crave your touch. I look forward to curling into your chest like I look forward to breathing. You’ve made me needy, Quinlan Farrel Kavanagh. Suddenly I’m in need of nothing except for your presence, yet my need is stronger than ever.” 

 

Chapter 20: At Peace by Silvard

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Excerpt:

He carefully sat beside her and looked down, taking a few seconds to examine her uninjured face – her strong and beautiful features. They called his name and spiked his heart rate, propelling a tingle down his spine as he leaned in. Her sweet scent found his senses as her aura parted around him, and his eager fingertips swept across her healthy cheek, caressing its rosy glow. He’d been waiting for this moment for more than twenty-four heart-wrenching hours, and he couldn’t wait any more.

Lowering his needy lips to hers, he finally let himself drink. “Layla, my love.”

 

Chapter 23: It’s Your Day by Yiruma

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Excerpt:

Layla opened her eyes and gasped, filling her senses with the aroma of sea salt and flowers. They were on a large terrace overlooking the ocean, and not only was the view fantastic, the entire balcony was draped in emerald-green roses. The flowers consumed their romantic perch, twisting around the polished banister and down every rail, and they flowed from above as well, creeping along the windows and wall before spreading out beneath their feet. The floral theme continued to a petal strewn table and chairs, which was set with an array of breakfast options.

 

Chapter 24: Shine by Donavon Frankenreiter

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Excerpt:

A chill swept over her shoulders and down her spine, and goose bumps followed, reminding her of the cold weather. “This dress is inappropriate for the weather. I’m going to get cold.”

“Nuh-uh,” he breathed, spreading magical warmth into her breasts and throughout her tingling limbs. “Not while you’re with me.”

 

Chapter 25: We Are in Love by Cider Sky

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Excerpt:

Everyone on the deck turned toward the stairs, scooting this way and that to get a good look, and Layla fought a blush, thankful for the weight and warmth of Quin’s arm around her shoulders.

The herculean wizard jumped off the table and approached with energetic grace, but while he slapped Quin’s shoulder, he kept his gaze on Layla. “We were just talking about you.”

“I heard,” Quin replied. “Something about my damned work ethic.”

“Well you do work too much. So who’s the angel and where have you been hiding her?”

“This is Layla,” Quin answered, smiling at her, and she actually felt an atmospheric shift as everyone snapped to attention.

A few mumbles floated through the crowd, but Quin ignored them, taking the time to kiss Layla’s head before introducing everyone. 

 

Chapter 27: Make It Rain by Colbie Caillat

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Excerpt:

Layla grinned, unbothered by the gossip session. Only one woman made Quin feel the way he wanted to feel, and he’d finally found her. Apparently he’d done a lot of searching along the way, but Layla knew she was different than the others, and she no longer cared why. As long as she had what it took to hold on to him, it didn’t matter where it came from.

 

Chapter 28: Candle Light Dinner by Larry W. Rice

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Excerpt:

Quin stayed quiet, which spared her the embarrassment of talking with her mouth full, but he kept touching her, which made her forget about food altogether, even if she was in the middle of a bite. Her eyes would close, and only her natural reflexes kept her teeth mechanically moving as she concentrated on his hands… or his lips. Sometimes it was both. 

 

Chapter 28: Alive by Krewella

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Excerpt:

He was bursting with adrenaline, and the magic was blowing his mind. “Yes, Layla Love, that was very good, but I don’t know how much longer I can stand here, so you better give me my finale.”

She grinned and moved behind him, placing both hands against the small of his back. “Hold out both arms,” she instructed, and he quickly obeyed. 

 

Chapter 29: Falling Into You by Celine Dion

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Excerpt:

He sighed and opened his eyes, and she stared into their dark depths, seeing everything she loved in them. She found herself in them, too. Not just her reflection, but her essence. His eyes were always watching her with unfailing tenderness and patience, seeing her in a brighter light, and every time she looked at them, she found more than before.

 

Chapter 29: Because The Night by 10,000 Maniacs

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Excerpt:

Her wide eyes filled with moisture as her lips quivered, but she didn’t respond, and he figured she was too overwhelmed to talk. He slowly leaned forward, watching her glowing face as his lips touched hers, and for several seconds he held them there, breathing the same air as her while burning the moment into his memory. It would be the most magnificent memory his mind would ever hold, this he knew, and to his ultimate elation, there were more precious memories to come.

He parted his lips around her pout, and that was all it took for Layla’s mood to shift from utter peacefulness to intense anticipation.

 

Chapter 30: The Beginning by Silvard

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Excerpt:

A smile played on her lips as she fiddled with his collarbone. “So you anticipated tonight?”

He grinned and shifted her around, cradling her across his lap. “Yes.”

“Since when?”

“I’ve been anticipating this night for a long time, but I think you’re asking when I decided to make it a reality.”

“Yes,” she laughed, “that’s what I’m asking.”

 

Destruction (Mystic #5) Preview by @BCBurgessBooks

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In honor of Retribution reaching 100 reviews on Amazon, it’s time to release a little preview of Destruction (Mystic #5), due to release in 2014. Enjoy!

Destruction

By:

B. C. Burgess

 (Copyright 2013 – B. C. Burgess)

Prologue

April – Ireland

The morning sun’s rays tickled the tips of the thriving terrain as Foster descended into the heart of the Derryveagh Mountains, alighting amidst Ireland’s Glenveagh National Park. He flew alongside a swift flowing stream then squeezed through a looming line of oak and hazel trees, emerging near the gate of a castle wall. The estate boasted four turrets and two towers – every inch of stone crawling with robust, vivid green vines – and the lush grounds held a loch, a garden maze, and a sacrificial altar shaded by an ancient yew tree.

Foster nodded to the guards, bypassed the scattered crowds in the courtyard then entered the keep. After traversing five stone staircases and seven wide corridors, he reached his superior’s office and knocked on the door, receiving immediate clearance to enter.

Foster stepped inside and closed the door behind him. Then he jerked to a halt, averting his gaze from his boss’ exposed member and the witch eagerly sucking it. “I can come back,” he offered, staring at a cluttered bookshelf.

“Nonsense,” Albion insisted. “Liz doesn’t mind. Do you?”

Liz murmured an answered with her mouth full, and Albion gruffly spoke as he motioned to an empty divan. “Have a seat.”

Foster headed for the sofa, keeping his eyes on the Great Dane sprawled next to it. “I bring important news from a meeting with one of Alistair Murdoch’s men.”

Albion straightened in his chair and raised a curious eyebrow. “Our American liaison?”

Foster gave a nod, and Albion looked at his lap. “Leave us, Liz.”

She lifted her head and pouted. “But I just got here.”

Albion smiled as he pulled her from her knees and brought her in for a kiss. “You can come back later, cookie. We’ll make a night of it.” With a pat on the ass, he sent her away, but as she crossed the threshold, he called her name.

“Liz.”

“Yes?”

“Bring Alicia with you when you return.”

Liz’s smile fell as her aura and nostrils flared. “Sir,” she agreed. Then she left the stately office and pulled the door shut behind her.

Albion chuckled as he pulled up his pants. Then he grinned at Foster while summoning a pipe and a pouch of herb. “She didn’t like that.”

Foster relaxed and shook his head. “You have a jealous witch on your hands. That’s a dangerous game you’re playing.”

“She’ll get over it.” Albion lit the herb, took a healthy hit then floated the pipe to Foster. “What did Murdoch’s man have to say?”

Foster blew a plume of smoke into the Great Dane’s eager face before returning the pipe to Albion. “There’s been a breakthrough. Alistair recently sent thirty-five mercenaries on an obscure hunt and they never returned.”

“So? That means nothing.”

“At first sight maybe, but there’s more. Agro has fallen.”

Albion’s eyes widened as his ears perked up. “Is that right?”

“Yes. He’s dead and the Dark Elite has disbanded.”

“Who took care of the snake?”

“A witch. A young and very powerful witch.”

“You don’t say,” Albion murmured, running a hand through his auburn hair. “What does this have to do with Murdoch’s men?”

“They disappeared while observing the stand against Agro. Instead of getting his mercenaries back, Alistair received rumors of a powerful witch. Supposedly she took out Agro and over seventy of his men single-handedly.”

Albion laughed. “An inflated tale, I’m sure.”

“Logic would agree, but the rumors pertaining to the witch and her victory are remarkably similar. They say she glows like the sun and burns just as hot. She was special enough to pull Agro out of the shadows. He was a fool, but he knew how to keep his skin intact.”

“Aye,” Albion agreed. “Do we know where this witch is?”

“Her army gathered in the state of Oregon, but the battle took place in Washington. No one knows the witch’s current location or status. She hasn’t been seen since leaving the battlefield in the grasp of mutinous Dark Elite soldiers – around thirty of them according to hearsay. But her companions – three bonded couples and her bonded mate…”

Albion raised his eyebrows, and Foster nodded his confirmation. “Yes, I said her bonded mate. He and six others gave chase, and rumors claim the witch lives, but there’s no proof to back it up.”

“The Crusaders will be all over this.”

“Yes, and they’re probably ahead of us. They usually have a unit tailing Alistair’s mercenaries.”

Albion sucked on his pipe as he contemplated the situation. Then he rose and summoned his cloak. Slipping his arms into dark-purple velvet, he threw Foster a glance. “We need to act quickly. If this is indeed the witch from the prophesies, we need to find her before the Crusaders gain her favor. Contact our troops in Australia and Africa and send them to the U.S., to the Pacific Northwest. And give Murdoch a call. Tell him to put all his resources to work on locating the witch. I want her found by the time our men arrive.” Albion clicked his tongue, and his dog joined him at the door. “I need to meet with the elders, but I want you back here in two hours to hammer out the details.”

“Yes, sir,” Foster agreed. “Shall I alert our witch hunter in the states?”

Albion grimaced. “That guy has no respect for our kind.”

“True,” Foster conceded, “but he has an impressive success rate and can track what we can’t. It would be wise to put him on retainer.”

“Maybe, but the elders will want this witch alive, so let’s give it some time before resorting to… What does he call himself again? The Ocelot?”

“Yeah,” Foster smirked.

Albion rolled his eyes. “I’ll confer with the elders, but for now, assume we’re going to give it a while before calling on the Ocelot’s questionable techniques.”

“Yes, sir,” Foster agreed. Then both men and the dog hurried from the room.

 

To Be Continued…

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Release of Retribution (Mystic #4) by @BCBurgessBooks

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Retribution

Layla
Enduring brutal attacks and heartbreak, Layla Callaway’s life would be unbearable if she didn’t have a hero willing to fly to the ends of the earth to protect her. Their bond is stronger than ever, but so is the danger she faces.

Quin
Quin Kavanagh’s purpose has never been clearer. He lives to protect Layla and hold a piece of her extraordinary heart, but he’s about to face the fight of his life, and this battle may mark the end of it.

The Enemy
Agro’s hunt started twenty-two years ago – a journey of death, destruction and obsession. Now the prey is within his sights, and he’ll burn the whole world down to catch her.

Stretching from coast to coast and teeming with loathed villains and beloved heroes, The Mystic Series is rich with emotion, magic and intrigue. Whether the reader is laughing, crying or falling in love, they’ll find themselves invested in Layla’s fate through the rich dialogue and emotionally driven characters that weave the web of this fiery tale.

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Enid’s Reads – The Last Hour by Charles Sheehan-Miles

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Beth’s Review – 5 Hearts:

Charles is an amazing writer.  He brought me in and made me part of the Thompson family.  This book shows us the love between Carrie and Ray. It is romantic, dramatic, heart warming and heart breaking.  It is love.  What the two characters go through is unbelievable and through it all they fight for love.

I have never experienced what they have to go through. Charles opened my eyes to a new world and it was touching and heart breaking.  It made me appreciate the life I have and understand that you never know what other people you encounter carry on their shoulders.

This is a MUST READ with a box of tissues. 

Click HERE to purchase The Last Hour on Amazon

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Descension – Epic Paranormal Romance by @BCBurgessBooks

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Enid’s Reads – A Song for Julia by Charles Sheehan-Miles

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Beth’s Review – 5 HEARTS:

I once again am honored to be writing a review for Charles Sheehan-Miles.  He is a wonderful writer and I enjoy every minute I’m reading one of his romance books.  His characters are well developed and the way he folds and blends the past and present together is stunning. 

In A Song for Julia we get to hear the story of Julia and Crank (yes that is his real name).  We catch a glimpse of them in Just Remember to Breathe but now we know the whole story.  Now we know the hardship Julia faced being the oldest Thompson daughter.  We see how people can come from two different walks of life and each carry heavy baggage from their younger days.  The love story that unfolds as the past mixes and messes with the present happiness is beautiful and touching. 

The best part is finding out the true meaning of home.  Home is where the people you love are.  We get to see what home means to Julia and Crank and the healing that is needed between them and their families for them to find that home.

The story is heart-wrenching and heart-warming as it unfolds but the true love that comes at the end finishes off the story like a nice glass of wine at the end of a long day.  I look forward to reading more by Mr. Sheehan-Miles.

Click HERE to purchase A Song for Julia on Amazon!

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Enid’s Reads – Just Remember to Breathe by Charles Sheehan-Miles

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Beth’s Review – 5 HEARTS:

Just Remember to Breathe is a roller coaster love story as you follow two teenagers who grow apart, grow up and find out what they really want in life.  It all starts on a student trip to Israel where Dylan and Alex fall in love, but will it be enough to cover the distance between them.   After high school Alex goes to Columbia and Dylan joins the Army.  When Dylan is shipped off to Afghanistan the distance is even greater.   Alex isn’t sure she can be there for him anymore and Dylan can’t handle it.  He comes back from Afghanistan with a broken heart and a broken body. 

When Dylan is offered a scholarship to Columbia he wonders if he will see Alex again and he’s not sure if that is something he wants.  Not only does he run into her, they end up working together.  Alex is surprised to see the man he has become and Dylan is afraid to let her get too close. 

Most of the time men feel they have to be the strong ones but what happens when they can’t be?  Sometimes it’s hard to ask for help.  Sometimes it’s hard to ask for forgiveness. But when Dylan realizes he has to do just that to grow up and finally find happiness, it’s hard for him to accept.  Alex, being a fantastically strong character, is up for the challenge.  Now, Dylan just needs to let her in.

From the highs of falling in love to the lows of war and heartbreak and then back up to the highs of redemption, Charles Sheehan-Miles takes you on a ride you don’t want to get off until the very end.

Click HERE to purchase Just Remember to Breathe on Amazon!

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