Inflamed by Love
by Martha Sweeney
(Sleigh Riders, #2)
Publication date: March 7th 2023
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Romance
BESTSELLING author Martha Sweeney presents her first paranormal romance/fantasy series (Sleigh Riders) that features bikers, swearing, elemental magic, innuendos, and so much more.
The bitter fault of one caused the magic from within to wither and die. It lays dormant until it listens to the beat of the soul to determine all that binds.
Remnants of the legendary feud between the Frost clan and Klaus clan still continues despite a union between the main bloodlines. Noelle and Nikolaus embark on a journey westward, leaving their friends, family, and clans behind, though some seek to stop them. Can the Sleighers and Blades learn to work together as some uncover their ancestral gifts or will this new awareness tear their world apart? Will the one who sleeps wipe Frore from existence?
For as long as she remembers, from all of the photos in the Frost home and the Jagged Tavern walls, the Blade’s emblem has been the same. A wolf with a black and white coat, stars and snowflakes lining its forehead, the mountain range and a few trees gathered at its neck, and a dagger in its mouth with symbols of the Great Mother etched on the side of the blade. Other symbols surround it, many of which represent air and water.
Several thoughts flurry into her mind as she realizes many similarities to the Sleigher’s emblem as well. Their design is of an eagle-like bird with a constellation on its forehead as its feathers spread out and curl upward into flames. Under its chin is a similar mountain range with trees and consists of many of the same symbols of the Great Father hidden within the fire.
“Don’t be inconsiderate,” another voice states, coming up behind her.
Noelle glances back. “You started it, Wylan.”
Several more Blades approach, standing behind both men.
“Time to go home,” Kaven instructs.
“I have found my home,” she returns sternly. “And, it is with my mate.” Her hand lifts, revealing the wedding band on her hand.
“He ain’t your home,” Wylan states. “We—”
Noelle’s hands tighten, revealing a blue and silver swirl around them. “Do not pretend you know me.” She stares each of the Blades in the eye. “Leave…go back to Frore. I’ll forget this ever happened.”
“We can’t,” Wylan says.
“I didn’t know your egos were so easily hurt,” she replies with a snicker.
“Don’t be foolish,” Kaven suggests.
“I can take you all out with barely any effort,” she reminds.
Nervousness is found in several of the Blades’ eyes as they recall the incident at the lake.
“You wouldn’t want anything to happen to your mate, would you?” Wylan asks.
Before Noelle gets a chance to reply, three Blades emerge from the nearby alley with Nikolaus in hand. His arms are bound behind him and one of them has a gun pointed at Nikolaus’ side.
“He’ll be released once Theron here is notified that you have returned to Frore,” Wylan informs. “I—”
“Do as they say, Noelle,” Nikolaus says with an expression in his eyes meant only for her. “I will come for you again. And, we will continue on our journey.”
“A foolish journey,” Kaven claims. “Your father is dead.”
“How do you know?” Noelle inquires.
He and Wylan smirk, but do not comment.
“Besides, how do you know I was going to see him?”
“We know more than you realize, child,” Wylan states.
“I am not a child,” she counters.
“No…you are right about that,” he agrees. “You haven’t been for some time, but your place is with your people.”
“I have found my people as did my mother,” she snaps. “My people would not threaten me, hold my mate at gunpoint, and—”
“Stop being melodramatic,” Kaven whines. “It is not how a Blade acts.”
Noelle snickers. “Yet, isn’t that how you are acting?”
None of them dare reply.
Wylan’s jaw sets while his eyes narrow. “If you refuse to return, we will kill him.”
Noelle takes a deliberate, assertive step toward the man. “You kill him….” She looks every single Blade in the eye before returning her attention to him. “I will do the same to each of you.”
Wylan’s body shifts back slightly at the flicker of silver-white light in her eyes.
“I will hunt each of you down,” she continues, “as you did my mother. And, it will be a message to all other Blades that you do not want to get on my bad side.” Noelle takes a step toward him. “If needed, I will bring down all of that is Frore where it will look like it never existed in the first place.”
The ground rumbles below their feet, causing the men to show a sign of concern in their gaze. Noelle doesn’t let on if that tremor is her or her mate since most have yet to see a Sleigher and any of their abilities.
Kaven steps forward, sticking a dagger at her chin. “Stop it, Elle.”
Noelle puckers her lips and blows out. The breath swirls, sparkling in the morning light as it is visible to all. It reaches the knife, freezing it instantly. Her finger lifts and taps the edge, causing it to shatter into tiny pieces. Kaven lets out a yelp and releases the hilt from the coldness. What was the weapon, bounces along the ground like little beads.
“That is just an inkling of what I can do to you and Frore…and to any of you who dare to harm my mate,” she warns. Her gazes falls upon Nikolaus. “I love you.”
His head dips. “I know.”
Martha Sweeney is a BESTSELLING author who writes in a variety of genres: romance (contemporary, romcom, suspense, paranormal and historical), suspense, fantasy, thriller, coloring books, and soon, science fiction. She strives to push herself as a storyteller with each new tale and hopes to push her readers outside of their comfort zone whether it be genre or the stories themselves.
With a B.S. in Psychology, Martha utilizes her knowledge of human and animal behavior successfully in the business world and in her writing to present realistic characters and situations. She’s been creative since she was little, always drawing, coloring or making crafts, so her venture into being an author was a natural transition.
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