I’m dangerous, but he is lethal.
I escaped once.
He won’t let me do it twice.
The revenge is his.
The betrayal is mine.
But so are the lies to protect the ones I love.
We’re cut from the same twisted cloth. Both merciless. Both damaged.
In his embrace, I find hell and heaven, his cruelly tender touch destroying and uplifting me at once.
They say a cat has nine lives, but an assassin has just one.
And Yan Ivanov now owns mine.
Anna Zaires is a New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author of sci-fi romance and contemporary dark romance. She fell in love with books at the age of five, when her grandmother taught her to read. Since then, she has always lived partially in a fantasy world where the only limits were those of her imagination. Currently residing in Florida, Anna is happily married to Dima Zales (a science fiction and fantasy author) and closely collaborates with him on all their works.
Charmaine Pauls was born in Bloemfontein, South Africa. She obtained a degree in Communication at the University of Potchestroom, and followed a diverse career path in journalism, public relations, advertising, communications, photography, graphic design, and brand marketing. Her writing has always been an integral part of her professions.
After relocating to Chile with her French husband, she fulfilled her passion to write creatively full-time. Charmaine has published novels as well as short stories and articles since 2011. Two of her short stories were selected for publication in an African anthology from across the continent by the International Society of Literary Fellows in conjunction with the International Research Council on African Literature and Culture.
When she is not writing, she likes to travel, read, and rescue cats. Charmaine currently lives in Montpellier with her husband and children. Their household is a linguistic mélange of Afrikaans, English, French and Spanish.
Je suis un requin de la pègre. Écraser les autres, c’est dans mon sang. La mission Haynes devait être facile. Entrer, appuyer deux fois sur la détente. Une balle pour Charlie, une pour sa sœur. Mais dès que j’ai vu Valentina, je l’ai désirée. Malheureusement, dans notre monde, ceux qui nous doivent de l’argent n’ont jamais droit à une seconde chance. Ma mère n’acceptera jamais de lui laisser la vie sauve. Je dois concevoir un plan pour la garder.
Il est vicieux.
Il est immoral.
Il est ambigu.
Il est parfait.
Tout comme elle.
Einmal hatte ich Träume und eine Zukunft. Jetzt habe ich Ängste, Narben und unersättliche Bedürfnisse. Ich bin irreparabel beschädigt, aber wenn ich den gefährlichsten Mann in Johannesburg überleben will, kann ich nicht zulassen, dass er mich zerbricht, denn kaputtes Spielzeug landet auf der Müllkippe.
Bryce Simpson did the only thing he could. He spurned Marjorie Steel. Even though he’ll be living on her ranch, he is determined to stay away from her. She’s worthy of more than he can even think about giving, especially now that long-buried memories are surfacing and he’s learning that his father’s sins may go even deeper than he imagined.
Bryce’s rejection destroys Marjorie, and she descends to a dark place she thought she’d abandoned forever. She emerges stronger, though, and is determined not to let heartbreak rule her life. Change is the answer, she’s sure, so she makes plans—plans that include a handsome personal trainer she meets at the gym.
When Bryce and Marjorie are thrown together, though, their ravenous hunger for each other takes over, leaving both of them more vulnerable than they realize.
A group of women from various cultural, social and racial backgrounds meet for a monthly book discussion club in South Africa. When the group learns that a bookstore owner has flirted with one of the married women, differing sentiments on relationships, sex and marriage surface.
The catalysts and implications of a seemingly innocent flirt are felt, from betrayals of friendships to the exposure of raw truths.
Charmaine Paul’s debut for Severest Inks, The Exchange, offers an unglossed insight into the fragile dynamics of contemporary relationships from a wholly female perspective.
The Exchange is also available in paperback and digital within The Severest Inks Shorts anthology: http://severestinks.com/ShortsVol1