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guest post–author Gabriella Hewitt

This is an old one too:

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Good morning, folks. I have a visitor for you today, author Gabriella Hewitt has written Romantic Suspense for Samhain Publishing, Dark Waters, and now tries her hand at paranormal romance. Out of the Shadows released last week, and involves an ancient Aztec Curse, chubacabpra, shapeshifters, demons, and an exotic locale with some very lovely scenery. Do read on and see what she has to say about what inspired her to write Out of the Shadows.

Cactus Beauty
On the buttercup yellow wall of my aunt’s bathroom hang three pictures. Each 8X10 glossy photo is a close-up of a flower in her garden. The center picture is of a stunning red flower. You can see it below. This is a picture of a picture, so it doesn’t have quite the same effect.

When I think of cactus plants the first image that comes to mind is the spines. They’re sharp and provide a line of defense that makes it difficult to get beyond them. Sounds like some people, doesn’t it? Prickly on the outside; soft on the inside.

Cacti have to survive in a very tough, arid environment. Usually, they stand alone, springing up from the sandy ground, and given the harsh environment, they survive by carefully conserving their resources.

But once a year something special happens to the cactus in my aunt’s garden. The cactus flowers and it does so in such a spectacular way that you cannot help but be touched by th exiquisiteness of the moment. Despite its desolate existence the cactus bursts forth in beauty to remind the world that it’s worth being patient and it’s worth looking past the exterior to what’s deep inside.

Like the cactus, my heroine, Carolina, lives in the desert on the border of Arizona and Mexico. She’s a rancher, trying to survive. She’s independent, feisty and tough—and some would say alone. She isn’t ready for the appearance of a shadow warrior on her ranch, an Aztec warrior who is determined to fight by her side. For a woman who has been hurt in the past, it’s next to impossible to shed those prickly spines and allow the flower deep within to bloom. It will take a special man to get past her defenses to discover the beauty and compassion that lies inside her. Fortunately, Carolina has met her match because this shadow warrior has found the one women destined to save his soul.

In celebration of the 1st book in the SHADOW WARRIOR series, I am holding a contest. Follow me & the tzitzimime (celestial demon and nemesis of Shadow Warriors) on the blog tour and leave a comment to be entered to win a $25 gift certificate from Samhain Publishing. It’s that easy!
All entries must be in by August 24th. The winner will be declared on the blog August 26th. Contest starts June 5th and ends midnight August 24th (EST).One winner will be chosen at random for the prize.

OUT OF THE SHADOWS

When the last shadow warrior falls, so will all humanity.

With each demon he vanquishes in service to the Aztec sun god, Tomás fulfills his duty to defend humankind—and surrenders another piece of his humanity to his wolf spirit. All hope seems lost until a mission leads him to the door of the one thing he thought he’d never find…his spirit mate. The only woman who can save him from oblivion.
When Carolina hears the wolf’s howl, it pierces the very core of her lonely heart. Yet she dare not answer. As the last guardian of her land and the secret it contains, she is haunted by the mistake that cost the lives of her family. Never will she repeat that mistake, especially with a warrior who is more beast than man.
Chasing away the demon is easier than breaching the barriers around the heart of the young woman who possesses a strange power over water—and his very soul. But if they are to survive the night, he must convince her they are destined to stand together.

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A wolf’s howl pierced the desert silence, causing the animals to stir restlessly in their stalls. Wolves had been reintroduced into Arizona, but she had yet to see or hear one so close to her ranch. Was it an omen?

Carolina paused in her chores to stare out the open barn door into the gathering darkness.

For a moment, she let herself get caught up in the long, solitary note. It felt like a kindred spirit. She knew loneliness intimately. Only her loneliness did not come from the vast miles of the sun-parched Sonoran desert that surrounded her, but out of the necessity to protect her goddess, her land’s secret. As one of the few amongst her people to become a guardian, her choices were limited.

The one occasion she’d invested herself in another, he’d betrayed her. She’d foolishly placed her hope and trust in Billy and she’d paid a horrendous price. Her desire to find someone to share the workload, her joy and sadness, and the burden of her secret—just as her parents had done—had blinded her to the trap she’d walked into. By the time she understood what was happening, it was too late. Her parents were dead.

Her heart weighed heavy in her chest as if it had happened recently and not five years ago. The memory of her parents lingered too close to the surface today. This had been their land, their dream, and now it was hers to fight for. She’d vowed never to fail them again. Above her own needs came the higher purpose of protecting her goddess at all costs.

Her mare, Mariposa, snorted and reared up, pulling Carolina from her thoughts. The animals had been growing edgier with each passing minute. They sensed the evil that blew in with the warm desert breeze. She berated herself for not paying more attention to them.

Goose bumps prickled her skin. Her tattoo, a gift from the goddess, began a slow burn on her shoulder, a sure sign that evil was approaching. She felt the heat radiating through the fabric of her denim shirt. The last time she’d experienced the odd sensation, her world had fallen apart.

Cautiously, she turned her head, seeking the source.

Her breath came out in a gasp.

Less than ten feet away sat a magnificent gray wolf, watching her. Waiting.

If you’d like to order a copy of the ebook, please go here: http://store.samhainpublishing.com/out-of-the-shadows-p-6410.html

Sounds awesome, Gabriella! Folks if you’d like to learn more about Gabriella’s interesting tales, and follow her do check out her website at:

Thanks for taking time out to be with us today, Gabriella. We enjoyed having you! We wish you all the best luck with Out Of The Shadows!. 🙂

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