by Miriam Newman
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Given to a famous old warlord to seal a treaty between two tribes, Ganina is a young girl with love to give. But Atulfa is old enough to be her grandfather. Then Atulfa and his oldest son die under mysterious circumstances and it is rumored that a younger son, Senec, has arranged their deaths.
Left without the old man’s protection, Ganina is fodder for the vicious torment of his other wives. She has no choice but to cast her lot with Senec.
Whatever he is, he is the new warlord and she is now at his mercy.
Directly in front of her, the man into whose mercy she might be given sat astride his horse like something carved of stone. Despite the heat, Ganina shivered. Most Covetian men eschewed facial hair, but Senec sported a short brown beard and mustache that helped to conceal his youth. With his hair tied back in the knot of mourning, his hazel eyes seemed more prominent and what Ganina had seen there did not reassure her. He had the look of a killer: cold, pitiless, without remorse. People said his wives had put scorpion juice on the razors of his father and half-brother when Senec’s payment to the camp’s witches did not bring about their demise. She believed it. Even at rest, his fingers curled around the shaft of a spear attached to his stirrup-holder. Every member of the camp knew they were bound to the authority that spear represented. The time of Atulfa was over.
About Miriam Newman
Fantasy poetry driven by myths and legends has been my passion for as long as I can remember. I was published in poetry before catching the romance writing bug. I bring that background to my writing along with a lifelong addiction to horses, an 18 year career in various areas of psychiatric social services and many trips to Ireland, where I nurture my muse. My published works range from contemporary fantasy romance to fantasy historical, futuristic, science fiction and historical romance. Currently I live in rural Pennsylvania with a “motley crew” of rescue animals. You can see my books at miriamnewman.com.
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