Fun Fact: Initially, the working title for my current Work In Progress was LOSTer & BOUNDer, LOL. That’s because it’s a spin-off from Lost & Bound, the second book in the Dream Dominant Collection. Warrior Mine tells the story of Scott Nielsen, Blake’s friend and mentor in the Lifestyle, and Jackie Walker Fox, Blake’s sister.
The Dream Dominant books are all stand-alone contemporary erotic romance novels with a light BDSM theme, and they feature sexy, Dominant Alpha males and the strong red-haired submissives they can’t resist.
Warrior Mine will still be stand-alone, although the story of Scott and Jackie does intersect with that of Jackie’s brother Blake and his baby girl, Shasta. It also breaks rank with a typical Dream Dominant in that Jackie is a sexy brunette.
For this weekend’s excerpt, here’s a little (unedited) teaser from Warrior Mine.
As Scott circled Lake Miranda, he felt an odd sense of the familiar. He’d never been there before, as much as he and Blake had talked about it over the years. But he supposed that one lake was pretty much the same as the others in this part of the country.
This particular lake was uninhabited, save for the lodge he’d spied as he’d flown over. He supposed the cabins Blake had described were hidden beneath the thick forest of trees. One unique feature Lake Miranda had was the small island about a third of the way between the lodge and the western shore.
He made his descent to the surface of the lake, carefully avoiding the island. As he motored toward the lodge, he saw two women walk out onto the dock, watching his approach. One of the women, the brunette, spoke, and two children he hadn’t noticed stood and went into the house.
The other woman had bright red hair. That must be Blake’s Amy, he reasoned. Which would make the brunette Blake’s sister Jackie?
He cut the engine and instantly the world was quiet once more. He hung up his headphones and opened his door, stepping carefully onto the pontoon below. Jackie, hands on her hips, continued to stare in his direction. Scott used a paddle to move the plane closer to the dock.
“No.” Jackie’s voice was adamant. “You can’t be here. Just go on back to wherever you came from, this is a private dock.”
“But,” Scott began.
“Nope, no buts. You’ll have to go now.” Jackie planted her feet shoulder-width apart and crossed her arms.
“I talked to Blake a couple of weeks ago, told him I’d be stopping by.” He tried his most reassuring smile.
“Wait are you Scott?” the redhead asked.
“I’m Scott Nielsen,” he grinned. “I used to work with Blake. You must be Amy?”
Scott watched as Jackie moved in front of Amy. For her part, Amy seemed a bit surprised. “Um, yes,” she frowned. “Blake told you about me?”
Scott laughed. “We’re pretty tight, Blake and I. He’s like the little brother I never knew I wanted.” He laughed again, trying to ease the tension.
“And I guess that makes you Jackie.” Holding the line to the plane, he stepped onto the dock, moved the sunglasses to the top of his head, and offered his hand. “Scott Nielsen. Sorry I just barged in on you like this. I sort of thought Blake would be here.”
Ten minutes later, Scott was seated at the kitchen table. He gratefully accepted the glass of iced tea Jackie offered. “So there was some trouble?” he prompted.
“Oh, that, well…” Jackie cautiously looked to the other woman.
“Someone was here trespassing yesterday,” Amy explained. “Blake had gone to pick up Jackie and the kids at the airport. I was here alone, but I’d taken Bear and gone across the lake.”
Scott knew Blake’s dog from the many photos he’d seen. He frowned slightly. “Did they steal anything, or what?”
Again, Jackie looked to Amy as if posing a silent question. The redhead nodded. Jackie turned to Scott. “We think they were photographers trying to get to Amy.”
Scott assessed Amy thoughtfully. He’d thought she looked familiar. “You’re Shasta Pyke, the actress,” he said softly.
The redhead nodded. “I’m Amy, really. Shasta’s just… Well, it’s just a stage name. Anyway, we think they might have been looking for me. That’s why, when you pulled up, we thought you might be them.”
He turned to Jackie, eyeing her with renewed respect. “You weren’t going to let just anybody roll up in here, were you? You’re a pretty tough lady.”
Jackie colored slightly. “I felt responsible to keep her safe. I guess we’re all a little on edge over the trespassing. It’s never been a problem before.”
Just then, they heard the front door open. “Hello? Amy? Jackie? Where is everybody?” Blake called. A moment later, he strode into the kitchen.
Scott looked up from the kitchen table where he sat between Jackie and Shasta. “What’s up, my brother?” he grinned. “I’ve just been getting acquainted with your lovely sister. And your lovely lady.”
“Holy shit, I couldn’t imagine whose plane that was.” As Blake closed the distance between them, Scott stood, and the two embraced each other. “It’s been too long, man.”
“That it has. That it has.” Scott grinned mischievously. “Wanna see my new ride?”
I’m aiming for a May release for Warrior Mine.
Until then, you can get Lost & Bound at this link: