It all began with a minor character in my Aegar sisters books, Dancing with Detective Danger and Always and Forever Love. That minor character turned into a hero in his own book, Secrets, as well as a were-lynx colony leader. Four more books in my Fierce Hearts series followed Secrets, and now Fierce Hearts the Complete Series has released (May 30), essentially ending my regular interaction with the series characters. For me, it’s a time to celebrate the completion of a series, as well as a time to begin a new book.
I’m excited about the new book, my WIP, but I find it hard to let go of the were-lynxes’ stories. The characters were dynamic for me, and full of surprises. I’m going to miss hunky and troubled Casey as well as all the other individuals in the stories. I don’t want to say good-bye.
So I’ve decided not to, for now. I’ve written a short story about another minor character in Cravings. The title of the short is Finding Finn. Finn Monroe is Asher’s brother and has his own set of personality traits, problems, and his own preternatural abilities and love interest, Nissa.
Here’s an excerpt from Finding Finn:
It was her damned fear of “what ifs” that had put Finn in danger, and now the unthinkable had happened. He’d been bitten and was turning into a were-lynx. A specific kind of were-lynx, for that matter. A very volatile and vicious kind.
She’d never met Finn’s family, so the call to Asher sent her nerves firing. With the directions in her head, Nissa kept her hands steady on the steering wheel and her eyes on the road ahead, but with her peripheral vision, she kept track of Finn. Her heart clenched, wanting so very much to take it all back. The morning, the secrets she’d kept from him, and now the gut-wrenching change he was suffering.
A quick look at him sent shudders up and down her spine. She didn’t need to ask if he was all right. Clearly, he was in agony. His teeth clenched as everything in his body grew into its new form. Arbitrarily in different places, his muscles bulged then retreated to their original size. He moaned and doubled over in his seat. It tore at her heart. “I’m sorry, Finn.” She rested a hand on his arm and nearly flinched. His metabolism was shifting into high gear and his body temperature was rising as a result.
He turned glazed eyes on her. Remarkable golden glazed eyes on her. The eyes she’d been captivated by since the first day she’d walked into his research lab. The eyes she’d been trying to ignore ever since. She knew he was a human, so there’d been be no point in developing anything but a coworker and friend relationship.
“You didn’t do anything, Nissa. Those screwballs had no right to strong-arm you.”
He closed his eyes and gritted his teeth. Her mouth went dry and she didn’t attempt a response.
He was right about the bullying were-cats. But he didn’t know the whole truth, and when he did, he’d surely agree with her. She was responsible for his predicament. Predicament? That’s a mild word for the complete transformation he was going through. Her heart thudded heavily. She should have told him all about herself and her colony, despite colony laws that prohibited it. The funny thing was the rules didn’t scare her, the what ifs—what if he reported her to some authority at the university and she lost her grant, what if he was afraid of her? What if he rejected her? Those were the fears that had kept her silent.
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Thanks for stopping by! Let me know if you enjoy reading Finding Finn. If you have enjoyed the Fierce Hearts series and would like to read more short stories, what character would you like to read more about?