When Ash Remains
By Dena Garson
A paranormal, Native
American, historical romance
Release Date: March 2, 2017
Presale: Feb. 12, 2017
About the Book:
A warrior with a
There isn’t a buffalo or deer that Kajika cannot take down.
So when his cousin is slaughtered he relishes the chance to track down the
killer. The trail leads him to a woman with gifts he has trouble believing in. Despite
their differences he cannot fight his instinct to protect her from all threats
– even those he cannot see. That drive even rivals his desire to explore every
inch of her body.
A woman with a destiny
Knowing the spirits will protect her, Ahyoka allows the handsome
warrior to take her to be questioned by his chief about the unexplained deaths
in their village. He may not believe in her abilities but he is one of the few
who doesn’t treat her like something to be feared or shunned. He awakens
feelings that make her yearn for things she thought she’d never have. Her biggest
fear is that once he learns the full extent of her gifts he will reject her
like most of her tribe did.
A killer twisted by hurt
Kajika and Ahyoka must work together to find the one
responsible for the string of deaths in and around their villages. Faith,
trust, and even a little bit of love will be needed to defeat the killer and
right the wrongs committed in the pursuit of power and revenge.
Copyright @DENA GARSON 2017
Ahyoka listened to the sounds of
the spirits around her. Even without their warning, she would have sensed the
presence in the shadows.
She rolled to her side and looked
to where she knew he crouched. The darkness hid his features from her eyes, but
his spirit radiated from the fire that burned within him. Never before had she
met someone with such a potent life force.
Even her brother’s wasn’t as
intense as this man’s, and her family descended from a line of powerful
Did he mean her harm? Or was he
just passing through?
Without taking her eyes off the
place where he hid, she groped behind her for the knife she had been using
before she dozed off. The apples she ate sat heavy in her belly as she
contemplated whether she should run or just face whoever it was.
The crunch of leaves from her left
drew her attention. No sooner had her vision shifted than a blur from the place
the man had hid raced toward her. She rolled as her father had taught her to do
in order to minimize the impact of the assault. At the same time, she pulled
her knife and tried to put it between her and her attacker. The man grabbed her
wrist and pinned it to the ground, rendering her weapon useless.
Her heart pounded in her chest and
a roar sounded in her ears. Who was this man?
She fought to free herself from his
hold but found he outmatched her in size, speed, and strength. In an alarmingly
short span of time, she found herself pinned beneath one of the most handsome
men she had ever seen. She pushed aside her shock and renewed her efforts. “Get
off of me!” Even the attractiveness of his face didn’t deter her from ramming
her head into his nose.
He loosened his grip on her and
covered his face as he mumbled some expletive.
She used this distraction to her
advantage and bucked him to one side so she could wiggle free. Before she could
get to her feet and scamper away, he grabbed her by the ankle.
“Let go!” She kicked at his hand
with her other foot, trying to break his hold.
As she struggled with the warrior,
two more men appeared from out of the surrounding trees. “Do you need help,
Kajika?” the taller of the two men asked. The laughter in his tone suggested
their struggle amused him.
Ahyoka renewed her efforts to break
free of the first man’s grip. “Who are you and what do you want?”
The warrior kept his hold of her
even as he climbed to his feet. “Who are you and what were you doing in our
Ahyoka stopped struggling. “In your
village? What village?”
“Don’t play dumb with me. We
tracked you here.”
“I don’t know what you’re talking
about.” She pointed to the bank just behind them. “I’ve been following the
river all day. I stopped to rest when I realized how far I’d come. Where is
Now that he had released her, she
could see the rest of the man who had interrupted her peace and quiet. Her eyes
traveled up the length of his legs. She skimmed over the short deer skin he
wore about his waist and tried not to speculate about what might be hidden beneath.
His bow hung across his broad chest, making her wonder how he managed to
squeeze into such a narrow span. Every line of his chest and belly could be
seen clearly. If she wanted, she could count each one even from where she sat.
Something stirred within her and
made her heart skip a beat. That same something counteracted her impulse to
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About the Author:
Dena Garson is an award winning author of contemporary,
paranormal, fantasy, and sci-fi romance. She holds a BBA and a MBA in Business
and works in the wacky world of quality and process improvement. Making up her
own reality on paper is what keeps her sane.
She is the mother of two rowdy boys, two rambunctious cats
(AKA the fuzzy jerks), and a loving Labrador. When she isn't writing you can
find her at her at the sewing machine or stringing beads. She is also a devoted
Whovian and Dallas Cowboys fan.
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