Many apologies for missing last week. I was a bit tied up. [Shameless Self-Promotion: My contemporary romantic suspense, More than Strangers, came out on July 22. See that cover art on the top right hand corner?] This snippet is from Warlock's Pawn and continues from the last one (click on the SFFSat tag at the bottom of the post to read past snippets). Warlock's Pawn is a fantasy romance inspired by The Arabian Nights. It is available on LSBooks, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, ARe, Kobo, and a few other places.
In the previous post, Alia and Duncan discuss the rules of the Temple, which safeguards the line of succession.
"I am a disciple just like any other. Aside from the man whose cruelty resulted in my conception, none of those who share my blood know I exist. It is my belief even [my father] has forgotten leaving me at the temple’s gates.”
Gripping her chin with his thumb and forefinger, Duncan tilted her delicate face up for better scrutiny. “Those fey eyes do not lie. Even with your face covered, you are as much a symbol of Dionian power as Anora. Those in the city may not bow at your feet for fear of retribution, but they know you are their princess all the same.”
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