Welcome to the Snippet Sunday on the Weird, the Wild, and the Wicked. Thank you so much for visiting. If you choose to comment today, I really appreciate it. The snippets are from my Cloudburst novella, Cloudburst Ice Magic, a paranormal romance sequel to Christmas I.C.E. Magic in the Happy Holidays from the Crescent Moon Lodge Anthology. Cloudburst Ice Magic is out now. You can catch last week's snippet HERE.
In this snippet, the rescue team came for the hikers and Zach and Lily got them on their way with Lily's SAR partner Randy. Caroline made one more play for Zach and pissed off Lily so much, she accidentally burned her hand on the stove feeding the fire. We're in Lily's POV, but Zach is the first to speak.
“What’s wrong, princess?”
“Everything. Nothing.” She swiped at her eyes with her burned hand and yelped.
“Let me see your hand.” Zach pulled it gently toward him, clucking sympathetically at the reddening burn. “Let’s take care of this first. Then we’ll talk about the everything/nothing problem.”
“Shh, just give me a moment.”
He lifted her hand to his lips and kissed her palm as his body shifted from his human guise to his white Ice Demon form. Talons grew from his fingertips and his hair turned to tinkling crystals. The scents of cardamom and cloves intensified as he blew on her hand, his breath freezing the skin. She loved his white skin wreathed in blue shadows, but he still wore too many clothes to see his snowy physique properly.
Nothing could shake her excitement or curiosity when he shifted. She’d seen him do it hundreds of times, but it still made her heart pound with delight.
Lily might be worried, but she knows what she wants. ;) There are several great authors on the Weekend Writer Warriors list and in the Snippet Sunday Facebook group. A few of my favorites are Charley Descoteaux, SJ Maylee, Gem Sivad, Goran Zidar, Veronica Scott, and Sarah Wesson.
If you're interested in more from Cloudburst Ice Magic, here's the blurb:
Avalanches may bring down more than snow…
Working for the Search and Rescue team at the Cloudburst Resort in Colorado, Lily Sinclair figures she’ll do all the rescuing from now on. When hikers are caught in a spring blizzard, Lily and her partner head into the storm. Cut off from communication and facing deadly conditions, Lily fears she’ll never see her Ice Demon lover before death claims them.
Zach Snow encouraged Lily move to Cloudburst to grow and learn, but missed her every day of their months apart. His plans of moving to Colorado get pushed up when he receives her text explaining her situation, and saying goodbye. He must negotiate with the local Ice Demon clan to work in their territory to rescue Lily and the hikers before the Spring Fling blizzard kills them. But he’s running out of time.
Between the amorous hiker hitting on Zach, Lily’s self-doubts, and an avalanche bearing down on them, Zach and Lily must rediscover the love they first kindled in a Christmas ice cave, and create their own Cloudburst ice magic.
Cloudburst Ice Magic is available at Amazon, All Romance, Barnes&Noble, and Smashwords.