Title: 1304 – The Harbinger (The 13th Floor series, #4)
Author: Christine Rains
Genre: paranormal romance
Release date: March 13th, 2013
Meira Harper loves both her jobs: talking about beautiful shoes and fetching souls for Zeus. But the Thunder God threatens the harpy's loyalty to her job when she receives the call to bring the soul of gorgeous Sam Wright. Meira pleads with her boss to let him live. Zeus agrees, but Sam must fight for his life. If Sam can win three challenges, he can keep his soul.
The gods never play fairly, though, so Meira needs to find ways to help Sam with the challenges. She cannot outwardly cross her master, but she refuses to let the man she loves lose his soul. They haven't even had a chance to start a life together.
Sam's soul is on the line. Meira's will be too if she's caught, but that's a risk she's willing to take.
1304 – The Harbinger excerpt
By Christine Rains
It was Sam who wiped the smug smile off Hera's face. “I'm here because I risked my life to save some people. I made the choice, and I would do it again in the same situation. The only role Meira played is in actually transporting me here. I don't blame her for that as she was obviously following orders. Orders, as anyone with eyes can see, she's not happy with.”
A ripple of gasps went through the crowd. No one talked to Hera in that manner. Meira had to bite her bottom lip so she wouldn't laugh out loud.
Power swirled in Hera's hand, and when she raised it, Zeus grabbed her by the wrist. He glared at her and whispered a word. Though Meira couldn't hear what it was, she knew exactly what he said.
Hera yanked her arm free and turned up her nose. With a dramatic swirl of her skirt, she returned to her throne.
“Brave as you are, young hero, it matters nothing whether my servant is happy with her orders or not. But that's not your concern. Meira,” Zeus beckoned to her. “Come sit here at my feet.”
Though the Thunder God's claim on her was already clear, it seemed he was going to make certain that everyone knew her place. Rising, Meira walked forward with her head bowed. Meekness didn't suit her, but making sure Sam stayed safe did.
There were some shouts and laughter from the stands. The gods and their creatures weren't known for their sweet tongues. Being called a dog was the least of the insults.
As she passed Sam, his fingers grazed her wing. “You still look like an angel to me.”
Meira wanted to throw her wings around him and kiss those wonderfully sweet lips. A million insults were nothing compared to what Sam said.
Her heart was still thumping hard when she climbed onto the dais and sat at Zeus' feet. Only then did she raise her head enough to look at Sam. Naked and glorious. She wanted to do a lot more than just kiss him.
“Shall I tell Hebe to get you a bowl of water, dog?” Hera's snark chipped at Meira's temporary elation.
Meira didn't look back. Her gaze stayed fixed on Sam.
“Let's not wait any longer!” Zeus shouted and the cheers burst forth. “First, a test of strength.”
The ground shook as a bump of earth rose at the far end of the stadium. The stands split and separated, opening like arms. The bump grew to become a hill. A very tall and fat hill with a flat top.
With a second lesser tremble, the bottom of the hill spit out a boulder. A rock taller than Sam. It wobbled on its spot and then went still.
“A simple task, hero. Push the boulder to the top of the hill.”
Christine Rains is a writer, blogger, and geek mom. She has four degrees which help nothing with motherhood, but make her a great Jeopardy player. When she's not writing or reading, she having adventures with her son or watching cheesy movies on Syfy Channel. She's a member of Untethered Realms and S.C.I.F.I. The 13th Floor series is her first self-published series. She has five novellas and eighteen short stories published.
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