MAGIC THURSDAY: a different kind of romance
By Maree Anderson
I’m very excited to have a new book to share with y’all. It's called LIGHTNING RIDER, and it's a bit of a different romance in that it features two heroines and two heroes — and no, it’s not a menage-a-quatre. *g* It’s a contemporary paranormal romance with a sci-fi twist.
The story revolves around Andie, the heroine, who has a Lightning Rider Elemental named Karylon trapped inside her. It's kinda like having your own personal cheerleader egging you on from the sidelines... if your own personal cheerleader could shunt aside your consciousness and take over your body when she thinks you need an extra hand, that is. And the two heroes of the piece are Jake, who’ll do anything to protect Andie from her manipulative ex, and Novik, a Lightning Rider who’ll do anything to help Karylon break free from Andie so she can be reconstituted back to the Elemental plane.
There's also an omnipotent being called The Keeper of Portents, who can change into any other being at will, and has a penchant for appearing as Marilyn Monroe.... or scaring the particles right out of Novik by morphing into an Apokryphon demon who feeds on Lightning Riders.
See? Not exactly a normal romance.
Here's the blurb for LIGHTNING RIDER:
Andie Brennan dies in a lightning strike and is miraculously healed and brought back to life. But now she’s sharing her body with an alien—the same alien who rode the lightning bolt that killed her.***When Andie Brennan signs up for a Slickrock Bike Trail tour in an attempt to rekindle her love of the outdoors she meets Jake Knight. Jake’s generous, down-to-earth, and gorgeous to boot. He could just be her soul mate… except she’s already got a boyfriend, and Andie doesn’t do cheating. But before she can fully explore why the sound of Jake’s voice and his crooked smile make her feel happier than she’s been in years, death strikes in a searing instant, sizzling a few million neurons and arresting her heart.Andie wakes up in hospital. Her injuries are completely healed and her recovery is being touted as a miracle. Only trouble is she can’t remember a damn thing about her past — not even her name. Nor is she exactly whooping with joy at her second chance at life because there’s a voice inside her head claiming to be a Lightning Rider Elemental named Karylon. And boy, does it take one heckuva lot of fast talking for Karylon to convince Andie that she’s real — that Andie is not insane, and she really is hosting an alien.Can a damaged young woman find the courage to escape her manipulative boyfriend and grasp the happiness she deserves? With the help of Jake, and the alien Lightning Rider trapped inside her, you betcha! But the omniscient Keeper of Portents has the future of the Lightning Rider Elemental race in its sights. The Keeper has already used Karylon to further its grand design and it has no qualms about using Karylon’s Lightning Rider lover, Novik, too.How much is Novik prepared to risk to be with Karylon again? And more importantly for Andie and Jake, who is The Keeper prepared to sacrifice?
LIGHTNING RIDER is available now at:
Note: I've enrolled Lightning Rider and another of my books, The Crystal Warrior, in Smashwords Read an eBook Week Promotion, so until midnight Pacific Time on 10th March, both books are 75% off (i.e. discounted to US$1.00). Just use coupon code REW75 at checkout.
BTW, it might interest to you know that my DH and I have collaborated on the covers of my last four releases. So if you'd like a peek behind the scenes of how that works without divorce being on the cards ;-) please feel free to check out this link to the post Lightning Rider--a cover story, on my blog.
And if you'd like to read a couple of excerpts from Lightning Rider:
- you can view & download an excerpt on Smashwords,
- you can read the first few chapters via the Look Inside feature on Amazon, or
- click here to read one of my favorite excerpts featuring Novik & the Keeper.
To celebrate the release of LIGHTNING RIDER, I'd like to give away an electronic copy to one Dark Side DownUnder commenter. Please indicate your preference for PDF, ePub or mobi in your comment.