This month is an exciting one for Ellora’s Cave authors who are participating in the On the Hunt theme. Our books feature hot bounty hunters. Today I’d like to welcome Cynthia Sax who is sharing an excerpt of Warlord Unarmed with us.
Our Place In Our Families
Murad, the hero of Warlord Unarmed, is one of three rather overachieving brothers. In this scene, he explains to Gale, his curvaceous little bounty hunter, why he is always laughing and cracking jokes.
“You look very tough.” She huddled against him, the body armor forming a frustrating barrier between her curves and his muscle. “Except when you smile.”
“And I smile often.” The escape pod shook violently, the objects around them bumping against Murad. He gritted his teeth and held onto Gale tighter. Will we survive this descent? “Too often according to my brothers. They claim I’m never serious.”
“But that’s an act, isn’t it?” she whispered.
“It started as an act,” Murad confessed, laughter being his way to gain attention in a family dominated by Berke, the leader, and Khan, the warrior. “Now it’s a habit, a way to cope.” With loss, with loneliness, with life.
I understand how Murad feels. I’m one of six kids and we all jostled to claim our roles within the family. I ended up being the leader, making most of the decisions, which sounds like a great role except none of the choices pleased everyone. Someone was always upset with me.
My eldest brother was the creative one. Because this was his role, I felt a bit guilty about writing. I’d write in secret, in my diaries. Eventually I wrote for a newspaper. My brother was offered that opportunity also but he turned it down, stating it wasn’t creative enough for him. It took me years to ‘come out’ to him about my romance writing but when I did, he was completely cool about it and very supportive.
What is your place in your family?
The Official Blurb:
When Murad, a powerful and deadly Warlord, arrives to repair Gale’s beloved ship, she doesn’t like it one bit. She sees the danger lurking behind his wide, sexy smile and the temptation in his coarse touch. He stands too close. He smells too good. He muddles her mind with erotic thoughts no bounty hunter should ever entertain.
Murad is known for being lighthearted…until he meets Gale. He’s deadly serious about seducing his curvaceous bounty hunter. With one blast of her stun gun, she captures his attention, and starts his lust burning. To claim Gale for his mate, Murad will brave his cautious female’s itchy trigger finger, his overbearing older brother and Gale’s sense of duty.