Fiction Fest: Free sample of Heather Frost’s ‘Guardians’

Guardians_2x3“Guardians” is the third and final installment in the “Seers” trilogy and brings Kate’s tale to a startling and exciting conclusion, is filled with love and heartache, danger and triumph, and loss and redemption.

“A good story never really ends, as long as people keep reading it,” said Frost. “I’ll never be able to forget the time I’ve spent with these characters, creating this world and sharing it with so many amazing fans. Even though Kate’s story is over, I hope that readers will always remember something that the story gave to them—be that a friend, an emotion, or a memory that anything is possible.”

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EXCERPT:

Patrick is taking Kate out on a date. It’s an attempt for both of them to be normal, despite the tense situation they’re in. For weeks the Demon Lord has been silent, and the strain they’ve both been under, just waiting for the calm to break, has prompted this spontaneous evening out.

Once we were alone on the porch Patrick placed his hands on either side of my face and pulled me gently forward. I kissed him deeply, my own fingers brushing over his chest, then sinking to curve around his waist.

When I eventually pulled my mouth back, his eyes were closed and his smooth face was almost vacant. His lips pressed together, and his eyes cracked open to regard me. “Wow, Kate,” he breathed.

I blushed a little. “I’m excited for tonight.”

“I can tell.” He chuckled. “You’ve been holding out on me, all this time.”

“We haven’t had an evening alone together since—”

“Since you kidnapped me, I think.”

“It’s been a while,” I admitted.

His lips twitched into a half smile, and his eyes shined brightly. “I should get you excited about things more often.”

I think we would have kissed again if I hadn’t noticed Toni’s face in the living room window, watching us. I tugged on Patrick’s wrist, and after he stuck his tongue out at his partner he followed me to his car, which was waiting at the curb. He opened the passenger door for me, and I slipped into

the midnight blue Altima. It was the most expensive thing my Guardians owned, hands down. They wouldn’t even have this nice of a ride, if Terence didn’t have connections in the car world.

I set my purse on the floor by my feet while Patrick walked around the car. I was just pulling my seat belt on when he opened his door and settled behind the wheel. He shot me a smile that needed no interpretation, then he started the car and we pulled away from my house.

“So,” I said, reaching out to turn down the radio, “what’s on the agenda for tonight?”

He was focused on the road, but he took a second to glance at me. “Well, I thought we’d start this very normal date off by going out to eat. You still like pizza?”

I nodded approvingly. “A very normal choice.”

“I can be incredibly normal,” he assured me, a small grin dominating his otherwise smooth face.

My heart started to pound. “I’m not so sure about that,” I said, faking an ease I didn’t really feel.

His eyes shined toward mine, his tone lightly teasing. “You think me abnormal?”

“Just incredible, actually.”

His eyes rolled. “At least I’ve got you fooled.”

“You’re doing an excellent job,” I agreed with a smile.

He might have blushed, just a little. “All right, so for this perfectly normal evening we’re about to have, are there any subjects to be avoided? Toni, for instance?”

I shrugged. “Honestly, I don’t care—I just wanted to be alone with you.”

“And here I am, completely alone and in your power.” He braked at a stop sign, and I reached for his hand, which he’d dropped to the armrest. Our palms pressed tightly together,

and he gave me a fast look before starting forward again. “You really are in a good mood, aren’t you?”

I squeezed his fingers. “So far so good.”

He seemed pleased, and I knew I’d made the right choice to keep my visit to Clyde a secret. Patrick needed tonight just as badly as I did.