Title: In His Sights – Shifter Clans Book 1
Author: Laura M. Baird
Genre: Romance (Sub-genre – Shifter Romance)
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Intelligence analyst Charity Masters is raising her niece after the death of her brother. If that isn’t enough to up-end her world, she’s pulled into a government project involving shifters, and a handsome distraction in the form of tempting hawk shifter, Mason. Although her strong personality has kept men at a distance, will she allow Mason close enough to appreciate the woman inside?
As clan leader of his Native American tribe, Mason Wegi wants to ensure their relationship with the government remains beneficial but well-contained. While focusing on a project involving human and shifter DNA experimentation, not only will he have to safeguard his people, but that of the alluring and willful beauty, Charity.
Will two people from different worlds come together for their happily-ever-after?
This was the escape Charity sought. Breathing fresh air instead of car exhaust. Hearing the sounds of birds and insects, and even the lazy rush of the river instead of horns and people.
As she cleared the trail, she was pleased with the blade she had switched to instead of her daily prosthetic, thankful it performed nicely on the terrain. Mindful of her time after an hour, she decided to head back. Without warning, a screech sounded from above, jolting her concentration. She stumbled over a rise and ended up in a prone position, her hands braced in the dirt, preventing her from a face plant. An unmistakable clicking noise had her carefully adjusting her sight, realizing she was less than two feet away from a rattlesnake. The reptile was coiled tightly, its head towering above its body, flicking its tongue repeatedly while its tail shook incessantly.
Charity froze, fearful of a strike if she even dared to breathe. With extreme care, she began infinitesimal movements, easing her body back, preparing for a roll. Another screech sounded and Charity sucked in her breath, watching in horror as the snake moved to attack. Before she thought to make her move, a form streaked in front of her, causing her to flinch and drop to the ground, attempting to curl into a ball. When she felt nothing save for the dust filling her nostrils and the scrape of her skin across rocks, she lifted her head to see the snake gone. Rolling to her back, she watched as the hawk she spotted earlier soared away, the snake clutched in its talons. She tried to control her breaths as she stared in disbelief, knowing the bird had just saved her life.
Collapsing against the earth, she closed her eyes and took a moment to allow her heart rate to return to normal. A chuckle escaped her, minutes passed, and before she knew it, she was laughing to the point of crying.
“Are you all right?”
Charity gasped as she reacted on instinct, rolling once again and springing up, preparing for…
Always priding herself for being prepared for the unknown, Charity certainly wasn’t prepared to come face to face with a gorgeous man on a trail in Sierra Vista. As she straightened to her full height of five feet ten inches, the man still towered above her by at least half a foot. With her back to the sun, she could see his features clearly, and what she saw nearly stole her breath.
Raven hair framed his lean face, falling well below his shoulders. Topaz eyes shined brightly as his brow knitted with worry, even while his luscious mouth hinted at a smile causing his tanned skin to crinkle at the corners. Muscled arms relaxed at his sides. A rusty orange t-shirt covered his chest, stretched across clearly defined shoulders and pecs. Gray athletic pants encased his legs and he wore running shoes dusty from the dirt, looking like they got good use.
Wife, mother, former U. S. Army sergeant, and dental hygienist, I can now add published author to the list. I’m slowly transitioning out of hygiene, hoping to make writing a full-time endeavor. After writing for many years, my publishing dreams came true (at the age of 50!) in August of 2017. Since then, I’ve had the fortune to work with four publishers, connect with fantastic people, and am constantly learning on my journey.
A voracious reader myself, I strive to write stories I can be proud of and enjoyed by many; ones that are not only sexy and fun, but thoughtful as well.
A project of which I’m particularly proud and honored to be a part of is the Happy Holidays – anthology of short stories, published in November 2017. Kwarts Publishers out of South Africa put out a call for short, heart-warming, fun stories that readers could enjoy during the stressful time of the holidays. Out of hundreds of submissions, mine was among the fourteen chosen. And all proceeds go to benefit The World Literacy Foundation. This project was put together by Andrew Christie of KP.
When younger, my love of writing started with poetry after encouragement from my 4th grade teacher. I’ve dabbled with it over the years, and more recently have had poetry and prose published online at Spillwords.com
I grew up on the East Coast and now reside on the West Coast, having lived in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Massachusetts, Idaho, and Washington State. Hubby and I hope to fill our passports with stamps from many destinations, Scotland and Fiji being at the top of the list. We’ve raised two sons who make us proud. And when not writing, I’m reading, doing house projects, and simply enjoying time with hubby.
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