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Congratulations to Candace Robinson on the release of this beauty! Veiled by Desire is the second installment of the Laith series and was officially available on November 19th. Read on for an exclusive excerpt and a chance to win a $10 Amazon gift card, AND a digital copy of book #1, Clouded by Envy. I’ve also shared my early review of this great read too.
Veiled by Desire: A Laith Novel
Publication Date: November 19, 2019
Publisher: The Parliament House Press
In Laith, when the moons are high, Tavarra is allowed to walk the land as a human for one day, losing her seahorse-like tail. But should she remain out of the water, a curse will overtake her, turning her into a beast with sharp fangs and long claws. A beast that, on some nights, takes the shape of a rampaging, uncontrollable monster.
Rhona, along with her village, are under a sinister leader’s control. Their leader has taken Rhona from the boy she loves, stripped away her abilities and, under the threat of killing everyone she loves, forces her on a dangerous task to retrieve a dark prism that will increase his already massive powers.
When Tavarra and Rhona cross paths, they discover they need each other. Rhona knows how to help the cursed sea creature, while Tavarra knows where to find the dark prism. They embark on a mission that could help them break Tavarra’s spell and save Rhona’s family and village. But with an untamable beast inside Tavarra, nothing is certain…
Clouded by Envy (Laith #1)
Brenik has always been envious of his twin sister, Bray. Growing up as fairy-like creatures, known as bats, everything came easier to Bray. While Brenik spent his time in her shadows, never feeling he was enough. After escaping their world of Laith, and living on Earth for ten years, Brenik attempts to strike a deal with the Stone of Desire to become human. Though true humanity is not an option, he will accept the curse that will alter him to get as close as he can.
Living in a tree trunk for the past year hasn’t been easy for Bray, more so after her brother disappears again. When a human boy and his brother, Wes, find her, a new friendship is struck. Through Wes, Bray learns there can be more to life than waiting within a tree. But worrying over where Brenik has vanished to always remains in the back of her mind.
When Bray reunites with Brenik, she realizes she must help him break the curse after she discovers the need for blood is beginning to overpower him. The curse not only damages those who get close to Brenik, but it could also destroy whatever is blooming between Bray and Wes.
About the Author
Candace Robinson spends her days consumed by words and hoping to one day find her own DeLorean time machine. Her life consists of avoiding migraines, admiring Bonsai trees, watching classic movies, and living with her husband and daughter in Texas—where it can be forty degrees one day and eighty the next.
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Clink, clink, clink. The sound of Rhona’s sword striking Perin’s grew louder as she tried harder to take his ass down. Eight times … eight times he had caught her off guard and she’d fallen at his feet, practically prepared to kiss his boot.
She could beat everyone else, but never Perin. This was the one skill she wanted to best him in. Her mother, Thea, sat on one of the benches, watching, her long blonde hair falling over her shoulder. Noticing her daughter’s concerned gaze, Thea shrugged in a delicate manner—as if to imply Rhona shouldn’t worry if she lost again.
“You can do it, Rhona. But I’m not going to make it easy for you,” Perin said in a serious tone.
“You’re a real bastard sometimes.” Laughing, she lunged at him. He was quick, boots angling to the side as he brought up his sword to block hers.
Belen held up a hand. “Continue. I’ll meet with you two later. I have a meeting with Thea.” Rhona’s gaze drifted to her mother, who set down a cup of tea at her side next to Jasmine. The doe-eyed girl stared lustfully at Perin’s muscles.
Rhona narrowed her eyes at Belen’s back as he walked toward Thea. Perin caught her devilish stare and shook his head for her to stop. She didn’t.
“I’ll see you in a little while,” her mother called before leaving with Belen’s hand loosely holding onto her elbow.
It was now only the two of them left outside—everyone else had gone off to do other things—except for Jasmine who hadn’t taken her eyes off Perin. His sleeves were rolled up, shirt drenched, and his forearms slicked with sweat—the whole scene had Rhona rolling her eyes. She lifted her sword. “Just go with Jasmine at the next fire.”
When the moons were at their fullest, the villagers would celebrate with a bonfire where they would toss something into the flames in hopes of a wish. The wishes weren’t real, but the idea of dreaming about something had its appeal, especially after she lost everything. But for the past two years, Rhona hadn’t gone because there was nothing to wish for. Even though there is, a voice spoke in her head.
“There is,” she whispered.
“What is?” Perin arched a brow.
She shook her head. “Nothing, just go.”
“And no, I don’t want to go with Jasmine.” He swung his sword, striking hers and making her hand vibrate. “I’d rather be alone.”
“But you talk to me.”
“That’s because you need me.”
“Nah, I think you need me maybe a little more.” She thrust her sword and tried to kick his feet out from underneath him, but it didn’t work. It was as if he knew every move she’d make before she did it.
Rhona looked over her shoulder to tell Jasmine she needed to try harder with Perin, but the girl had already left. She turned her head back to Perin, who had an apologetic expression on his face as he shot forward. With a stumble, she tripped over her own feet, falling on her ass. “You could have waited.”
“You could have tried to not set me up with Jasmine, too.”
Even though he was now twenty, she’d never seen Perin with a man or a woman. Not that there was anything wrong with that, but something, or someone, needed to take his frown away—the same that was on his face right now.
“You do know I used to have an ability that could dehydrate you, in turn making me win.” One she desperately wanted back.
“Then that would have been cheating, now wouldn’t it?” Perin reached a hand toward her to help her up. Giving him a hard stare, she placed her hand into his. Even after all these years of growing up together, he was still a true friend.
As she brushed the dirt from her pants, Perin glanced over his shoulder. “I need to show you something.”
Rhona peered in the direction of his gaze but didn’t see anything that held her interest. There were only rows of weeping willow trees and the cone-shaped tents. “Does my friend have a dirty little secret he’d like to share?”
“Just come on.” Pivoting on his heels, he waved her forward. “We need to be fast.”
Fast? Rhona’s frown mirrored Perin’s. “All right.” Something seemed different about him, his jaw clenched tighter than usual and his shoulders tense.
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My ReviewVeiled By Desire by Candace Robinson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Veiled By Desire is the 2nd book in the Laith series by Candace Robinson. This book will be published in November 2019 by Parliament Press, but I got my hands on an early copy since I loved the first in the series so much. Jealous? You should be (sorry!) because it’s fantastic and you really don’t want to wait. Don’t worry, I’m sure karma will get me back for those words.
Though connected by a few threads, this is a different story than the last. At first, I was puzzled in a good way. Robinson alternates chapters by telling the tale of two different sets of characters, neither seemingly related to the ones I treasured in Clouded By Envy. As the story unfolds, I found myself guessing who was related to whom between the books, but remember, this is a fantasy novel, so there are other ways of connections being made that won’t be obvious at first… and then, we learn the fate of our beloved bats from yesteryear. The timeline is different, which means we have a different cast, and of course, nature has taken its course. Dynamite!
It’s hard to choose which characters I loved the most in this installment. Tavarra is probably the most memorable and appealing – the mix of beauty and anger is phenomenal. Character creation is probably Robinson’s biggest talent, at least to me. She’s a fantastic writer, and her plots and settings are equally strong; however, I adore the creatures she creates and find myself rooting for them to succeed in meeting their goals. It’s usually someone struggling to find their voice or escape a horror they’re trapped within. While no different this time, there is a whole new level between the parallel stories and eventual collision… one that will grip you tightly and never let you relax.
Robinson crushed me. I must say, I only stopped reading the book to cook dinner and to cease gritting my teeth in frustration (the positive kind). She created such an imaginative and powerful story, my heart raced and my emotions fluttered through the entire mid-section as little secrets and truths kept popping up, and then boom… splat… pow. Think of those cartoon bubbles from our superheroes — only not funny! Hard to take. Made me sad. Essential to the story, but wow… I needed a breather for maybe ten minutes just to catch myself from screaming.
I jumped back in to finish the last 15% and yikes… she clobbered me again! This time, I was slightly prepared but still shocked. Good writers know how to do that to you. I can’t give this anything less than five stars, but trust me, they are five angry, emotional, hopeful, concerned, and powerful stars to match the strength of this story. The climax scenes are outstanding, and at the end, I’m left with so much on my mind… but most of all is how much I really don’t think I can wait until sometime in 2020 for the third release in this series. Please let me have an early holiday present? See… I told you karma would come around to bite me soon.
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