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Chronicles of the Uprising Book Two
Narrowly escaping death at the hands of the Magistrate, Mira travels west, toward the coast. With three weakened human fugitives accompanying her, she searches for the mythical land of Sanctuary.
After encountering a pack of wolf shifters, headed by the charismatic—and brazen—Stryker, Mira learns that Sanctuary is real after all. Caldera Grove: home of the Otherkin. Hidden in the mouth of a dormant volcano, it has protected its residents from humans since the early days following the great cataclysm. For Mira— a vampire— Caldera Grove is a land of peace; an escape from the relentless persecution of the humans who once enslaved her, and an end to the daily struggle and bloodshed of being a gladiator.
For the humans accompanying her, Caldera Grove means death. Humans, greedy and untrustworthy creatures, are destroyed before they can penetrate its borders.
To plead her case for entry into Caldera, Mira must abandon her companions, albeit temporarily, and follow Stryker into the heart of the city. What she finds within Caldera Grove presents her with an unenviable decision between her own desires for freedom and peace, or honor and the human companions who risked it all for her.
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Content/Theme(s): Vampires, Shifters, Dystopian
Release Date: April 14, 2014
Publisher: Rising Sign Books
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“You all go on ahead, and I can catch up.” Mira said. “If the third vehicle comes by, I’ll be more than happy to take care of them.”
Lucian stepped forward, shaking his head. “No. You’re vulnerable during the day, and that’s very likely when they’ll come to attack. I can’t let you stay behind.”
Mira laughed. While thoughtful of Lucian to think of her safety, he was in no position to actually defend her. Human as he was, he was more a liability if that other tank came calling. Still, though, he cared – and that was endearing. “I’m a big girl, Lucian. I know how to take care of myself. Even during the day.”
Stryker stepped forward, inching dangerously close to Lucian. “I will stay with you, Mira. We can send the rest of the pack on ahead with the humans.”
“So chivalrous.” Mira let slip a small hint of a smile. It was not often a man treated her with such respect and care, and now she had two vying to be her protector.
“Don’t be so quick to say that.” His tone was dangerously calm. “I am under orders to make sure you are protected.”
“Oh. Right. Orders.” To say she was disappointed would be an understatement, but Mira wouldn’t let Stryker see that. “Well, of course, you must follow orders.”
Puffing out his chest, Lucian stood tall next to Mira. “Well, she’s my friend. I cannot let her stay here, knowing she’s in harm’s way.”
Stryker stepped up to Lucian, rising to his full height to look down on the human as he spoke. “First of all, Mira is a vampire. She’s infinitely stronger than you. Second, she will be here with me, not alone. Together we are safer and better protected than she would be with a weak human like you.”
Testosterone ran thick in the air and the looks the two men gave each other bordered on murderous. Knowing there was no love lost between humans and shifters, Mira felt obligated to step in.
She used herself as a barrier for the two men’s aggressions. “It’s settled then. We don’t have time to argue. Lucian, you take Sarah and Curtis and go help the pack. They need you more than I do right now. Stryker and I will meet you tomorrow evening.”
Lucian did not respond, but when he turned his mossy green eyes on her, she could see disappointment there.
Mira wasn’t going to let that sway her. They needed to move, and fast. She went to the injured wolves one by one and fed them each a small amount of blood from her wrists. Unlike the humans, the wolves neither flinched nor shied away from her offered help.
Rob and Terrance came to help; they shouldered the injured wolves and headed for the mouth of the cave.
Lucian, still grumbling where he stood, was reluctant to leave Mira in the cave with Stryker. “Are you sure about this?”
“We’ll all be reunited tomorrow night, okay? Just take care of the pack.”
“She’s right, Lucian,” Sara spoke up, her voice weak with fatigue. “We’re in no shape to fight if it comes to it. Let the two supernatural… er… people stay behind and protect our path to safety.”
Curtis put a hand on Lucian’s shoulder. “C’mon, Regent. Help us. These two are more than capable.”
Reluctantly, Lucian grunted and went to help the other injured wolf to stand. “If you’re not back by tomorrow night, I’ll return. I don’t like leaving anyone behind.”
“You’re not leaving us behind,” Mira said. “We’re covering your path. Now go!”
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