Title: The Guardians’ Trust: Meri
Author: Beth Linton
Genre: Paranormal/Fantasy Romance
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Some women are born identical - one in the human world, one in the jungle of the Other Realm. It is their fate to change places. Book three of The Guardians’ Trust series tells Meri’s story…
IN LUST WITH HER HUSBAND
When Dr Meri Stevens discovers she’s destined to take her medical skills across the gateway to aid the Resistance, her ordered life is thrown into chaos. She trades the hospital for a jungle, a war and a husband she craves. Struggling to cope with the changes in her life, can Meri accept love and fulfil her destiny?
Handsome and good-spirited, Cadell uses humor to conceal his desire for a family. Named for Meri, he throws heart and soul into the match and as the Resistance fight for survival, Cadell fights for his future … and soon two wolves join their war.
Hands behind her head, Meri glared up at her bedroom ceiling as tentative morning light reached in through the windows. After Maddox’s announcement last night, she’d listened with growing unease as he’d spun her the most preposterous story she had ever heard: Doubles, a gateway, and an Other Realm fighting for its life against an evil tyrant. When Maddox had confessed to being six hundred nineteen years old, she’d had serious doubts about his sanity.
She’d taken a long drink of the wine he’d given her and then looked to Marc and Cole for sense. She’d found none. Instead, they’d eyed her worriedly, looked at her as though she might break … and she’d known: they believed this fairy tale Maddox was selling.
Her best friend and the family she had adopted as her own were deluded. They thought—no believed—that she was one of these Doubles, that she needed to make this Exchange in two days’ time and step through some freezing waterfall to live in a war zone and marry a stranger!
The Trust was a cult!
Well, she wasn’t buying into their weird religion.
Last night, the sky had been snow-laden, the carpet of white increasingly thick by the time she’d left the kitchen. Too dark and too dangerous to drive, she’d taken refuge in her room.
Across the dim bedroom, she eyed the chair she’d wedged under her door handle. As soon as it was safe, she’d load up her car and head out.
Cocooned in her bed, she rolled to stare out of the window. She’d left the curtains open, and outside, she could see thickly falling white. It was still snowing. White flakes coming down in windy blusters that rattled the small diamond panes of ancient glass.
What if she couldn’t leave?
The Guardians’ Trust was an expanse of forest and hills. The hall sat at the heart of that land, the forest surrounding it. With weather as bad as it was, they were likely to be snowed in.
Meri watched the snow fall and clung to her anger, but beneath it, there was hurt: hurt at Marc’s betrayal, hurt that the family she loved had been ripped away. She could only assume the rest of the family were as entrenched as Marc and Cole were in Maddox’s madness because surely Pryce would have had him committed long ago if not.
Closing her eyes, she sighed as sadness closed in as the snowstorm roiled outside. Beneath her lids, images of her dream rose to comfort her: a dense jungle, its canopy vibrant with life, the scent of spice and heat wafting on the hot wind. Mountains of yellowed rock and terracotta cliffs curving dramatically. And a man.
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Beth Linton is the author of The Guardians’ Trust series - paranormal fantasy romance novels that feature passion, adventure and shapeshifters.
She wrote her first novel aged eight on her mother’s old typewriter. The (very badly written) novel is now lost in an attic but the dream of being a writer and having a book cover remained. As the years passed, she devoured books hungrily. With the everyday demands of motherhood, work and daily life, she discovered the pleasure a good romance can bring… and, even better, the escape and passion a great paranormal/fantasy romance offers – and so turned her hand to writing them.
Beth Linton lives in North Wales, UK. Beth is often found with her laptop on her lap absorbed with her characters as her son happily plays Lego, her jungle of houseplants grows and wild birds visit her bird feeders as her husband weeds the vegetable patch.
Beth was recently featured in Chester University’s Author’s Corner, 2020.
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To learn more about The Guardians’ Trust series visit: www.bethlinton.co.uk