The Hearne Family Saga
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Bookkus Publishing
Date of Publication: February 14, 2015
Page Count Print – 264
Page Count Electronic – 268
Word Count: 92,691
Cover Artist: Bookkus Publishing
When Merik Hearne finally lays claim to the woman that betrayed him, she inspires much more than his need for revenge—but is her love worth dying for again?
Condemned to play host to a demon, the scarred Romani leader has amassed a fortune with only one goal in mind—to possess Hannah Worthington, the traitorous beauty that has eluded him for over a decade. With an exchange of coin, everything he has been striving for is within reach but nothing is as he imagined. The tender, sharp-tongued woman he encounters tests the bounds of his convictions and he is torn between the promise of reckoning and longing for a love that once destroyed him.
Exchanged for a purse of gold and informed she is to be a slave, Hannah vows she has not survived a lifetime of loss only to wither under the likes of Merik Hearne. And she will do everything she can to make sure he knows it. Despite his overbearing manner, his fierce scars, and her own determination to escape him, she begins to see that something beautiful might lie beneath…something that belongs only to her. She must discover the angle from which the great lord plays before his dark desires consume them both.
As they struggle to find truth amid pasts marred by sorrow and secrecy, they are unaware that a vengeful apostle orchestrates the rise of a forgotten god—and the end of their chance at a life together.
As Merik looked about the darkness of his cell with new eyes, he saw Hannah standing in the corner. He knew she was not truly there, but the voice of the other ensured he did not look away as it whispered in his ear. He saw her many times, always a mirage, always torturous. Unsure if his rage outweighed his disappointment at her absence, he listened.
She mocks you, young one. She told those men where to find you. She told them lies about you. They could know nothing without her betrayal. You will find her. Make her bleed. You will find her and make her pay for each transgression. Sink your teeth deep within her and watch the blood flow over the ground. Drink her dry until her offences are but a memory. It will ease the agony, as nothing else will.
Merik saw her a thousand times during his short stay in the cellar. The pain sliced through him, and it would not ease no matter how much his father fed him. Nothing helped to suffuse the suffering until he began seeing Hannah in the confines of the cell.
He saw her exactly as she looked that night at the clearing. In spite of himself, he found himself reaching for her hand, and did so each time she appeared to him. Desire bubbled to the surface and he despised it, closing his eyes against the sight of her. The image played over and over in his mind, running like a crooked wheel. He saw the woman who destroyed him, the woman who destroyed his brothers, and he could think only of making her suffer—until he thought of touching her again.
The bottle shattered in his hand from the force of his grasp, and he looked down to see shards of glass embedded within the flesh of his palm. When he looked up, Hannah was gone.
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Hannah Marie Worthington
Living under her abusive father’s hand has not crushed Hannah’s spirit, or her determination to protect her younger sister, Kat. Stronger for Kat then for herself, and later sold by her father as if a man should have such a right, she struggles with her new place working at Rosehearne Manor alongside Merik Hearne. Believing in kindness and honesty has brought her little more than trouble, especially when accompanied by her poorly filtered mouth. She can’t stay still for too long, can’t bear to watch her world stagnate, which may be the root of her impulsive nature. It drives to flee Rosehearne and leave her feelings for Merik behind.
Describe yourself what is your worst and best quality?
Worst: I have a tendency to put up with too much for too long…although I’ve learned a lesson or two in the last while.
Best: I protect those I love and I never let them go.
What is your biggest secret something no one knows about?
Ask Merik. I gave him my blood but he failed to tell me he would get much more than that. Not that he was in any state to explain really, but still. Very rude.
What are you most afraid of?
Losing the people I love. It’s a bit of a going concern, my family hasn’t been blessed with longevity.
What do you want more than anything?
Peace. Within and without, for myself and anyone who seeks it.
What is your relationship status?
As much as a pain in my backside Merik may be, I would have to say I’m committed.
How would you describe your sense of fashion?
I…would not. Growing up poor did not encourage fashionable considerations. I just wanted to be warm in the winter. Merik, on the other hand, has exquisite taste in clothing. Particularly what he brings home for me.
How much of a rebel are you?
Hmm…talking about it makes it seem like I’m no rebel at all, doesn’t it? I would say my fighting spirit has been dampened, but it always returns.
What do you consider to be your greatest achievement?
I falter, take missteps, but I don’t quit. It brought my sister and I through many lean years.
What is your idea of happiness?
Being with my family in a place I belong. I don’t care if I have a grand house, just the necessities and each other.
What is your current state of mind?
Calm. I was nervous about the interview, but the more I talk the easier it gets.
What is your most treasured possession?
My mother’s journal. There is a lifetime of stories in there and some of them are mine.
What is your most marked characteristic?
Determination. I’m not a wallflower even if I might wilt once in a while.
What is it that you most dislike?
Lying. I don’t do it.
Which living person do you most despise?
A Vetala by the name of Podosius, minion to hell or some such thing. A vile and disturbing individual.
What is your greatest regret?
That I left my sister with my father, even if she was in her teens. I should have found a way to take her with me.
What is the quality you most like in a man?
Faithfulness. Maybe it’s more of a necessity than a like.
What is the quality you most like in a woman?
Who is your favorite hero in fiction?
Perhaps not a hero, but I’m partial to Frankenstein. A poor, misunderstood creature in need of love.
Which living person do you most admire?
Susan B. Anthony. She started collecting anti-slavery petitions when she was seventeen years old and since then has not stopped fighting injustice. When I was seventeen, I was mooning over a handsome Romani boy.
If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?
I, oh…if I’m being completely honest I’d probably soften my sharp tongue. My temper’s too quick, but fortunately it’s short lived.
What is your motto?
Don’t give up. Ever.
Michelle Hiscox is a Paranormal Romance fan and author who hails from Drumheller, Alberta. The dinosaur bones buried in the hills of her hometown inspired the first stories she ever wrote, and she feels blessed to walk those same hills with her daughter today. Crocus flowers and dust bowls full of cactus never fail to inspire.
While her little girl and husband provides many welcome distractions to writing, it's something she always finds her way back to. Michelle is the proud, and slightly crazy, owner of two dogs and three cats, all animals she loves more than she reasonably should. She's been reading voraciously since she was a child and, one night, pulled her nose from a book to start writing her own.
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