Tianna Xander & Bonnie Rose Leigh
copyright 2007, Cobblestone Press
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The summer heat on Naria used to be a welcome time–a time of
fertility and bounty. A time where the Narians celebrated life and
everyday worries could be easily tossed aside for momentary pleasure.
After three millennia of cultural and scientific stagnation coupled with
a blatant disregard for their home planet, the summer heat is now
As Naria's citizens prepare to leave their world in search of a new
home, three Vampyre find that love can happen in only one day's
time. Lania Cadmus meets her mates, Nicolaos Konstantinos and Herodes
Kreios, aboard their ship, The Poseidon, and quickly realizes they are
determined to make her their mate.
With only one day to get to know each other before the fleet departs,
the men must not only get past Lania's fear of intimacy, but prove
to her that love is all they'll need to take with them on their
journey to a new world.
"The summer heat is going to get worse, Rod."
Herodes Kreios closed his eyes and nodded, his face turned up toward
their dying twin suns. He could feel the scorching heat against his
cheeks, and his heart went out to those who would not survive the coming
years. "I know, Nico. All of Naria will suffer greatly if the
Council of Elders does not approve Domanus Carrain's plan."
"If the council doesn't approve the high chancellor's plan,
I fear we will do more than suffer. We'll perish."
Rod looked away from the source of their troubles and faced Nicolaos
Konstantinos, his triad mate and closest friend. He felt Nico's
tremendous sadness through their bond. Standing silent for a moment, he
listened to the ever-strengthening waves of the Limni Krysstallos,
otherwise known as the Great Crystal Lake, dancing upon the shore. The
once delicate aroma of the no longer soothing waters assaulted his
nostrils, and he grimaced. How he hated the thought of leaving this
place, his home, even though the ecosystem on his world had grown
stagnant and was slowly dying. He sighed. "You're right.
However, I fear the elders will not believe the evidence our
planet's best scientists have gathered. They will insist that our
gods will not allow our demise."
"As high chancellor, it is Carrain's job to convince them of the
wisdom of his plan," Nico said with a grin as he looked out over the
churning, brackish waters.
He snorted. "That's not asking much of him now, is it?" His
own gaze roamed over the foaming surface of the turbulent waves. "He
just needs to convince the most stubborn and unbending of our people to
give up their cushy life here and set out in search of an unknown
world—a new home—somewhere in the cold blackness of space. Sure,
that's no problem at all."
Nico grabbed his arm as he turned to walk away. "Rod, I have faith
in him. By the gods, we all have faith in him. Perhaps, it's time
you have more faith in your high chancellor, too."
"The one thing I have faith in is the belief that our gods will do
nothing to save us. For thousands of years we have lived isolated. Our
culture has spiraled into a sharp decline while our world's
scientists and citizens grew fat and lazy. And now we will pay for that
idleness with the loss of not only our lives but our planet."
He looked over the murky waters of the lake. Every year the once blue
waters grew darker, less transparent. Every year more creatures became
extinct and made the ever-lengthening list he kept hidden in his office.
Soon there would be no more aquatic life. After that, it would just be a
matter of time before all life on this world died. The thick rainforests
were almost gone. The unrelenting heat of the suns had already reduced
all but the largest to wilted tinder waiting to be touched by the
slightest flame to create disaster. They must do something.
"Have faith, Rod. If we don't believe and support the high
chancellor, how can we expect the elders to support him?"
How indeed? Rod ran his fingers through his windblown hair and
swallowed, his throat tight. "What would I do without you, my
"You'll never have to know," Nico said, wrapping his arm
around him. "One day we will find a new home, a better one, and the
gods willing, the time will be right for us to claim our mate to
"That couldn't come soon enough for me."
"Once the high chancellor convinces the council that any life away
from Naria is better than no life at all...when a future together with
our mate is possible, then the time will be right to take her as our
own. Until then, we stick together, as it has been since we were but
Rod straightened his spine, forcing his fears away. He glanced over at
Nico and slapped his back in camaraderie. "Well, then. Let us hope
the high chancellor succeeds soon."
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~Bonnie Rose Leigh
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