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Aztec Gold Paranormal Romance Excerpt

Aztec Gold Paranormal Romance Excerpt

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Published by Caridad Pineiro
Paranormal Romance Novella set deep in a Mexican jungle. Here's a teaser for it:
Six months ago, Cynthia Guerrero’s lover and fellow archaeologist Rafael Santiago trekked into the Mexican jungle in search of one of the fabled Cities of Gold—and never emerged. Guilty over their parting, Cynthia won’t rest until she knows what happened. When the discovery of a conquistador’s journal corroborates Rafe’s intended path, Cynthia is determined to finally leave the safety of the museum to rescue him, despite the conquistador’s dire warnings, and her own traumatic past.

Arriving at a remote village deep in the jungle, Cynthia is both elated and angered to find Rafe alive. But he is far from well, having watched his team be decimated by a bloodthirsty demon-goddess. When Rafe reveals he has been gifted with supernatural powers—powers he plans to use to kill the beast and save his brother, still held captive in the temple—Cynthia must face her own inner demons to fight alongside the man she loves.
Paranormal Romance Novella set deep in a Mexican jungle. Here's a teaser for it:
Six months ago, Cynthia Guerrero’s lover and fellow archaeologist Rafael Santiago trekked into the Mexican jungle in search of one of the fabled Cities of Gold—and never emerged. Guilty over their parting, Cynthia won’t rest until she knows what happened. When the discovery of a conquistador’s journal corroborates Rafe’s intended path, Cynthia is determined to finally leave the safety of the museum to rescue him, despite the conquistador’s dire warnings, and her own traumatic past.

Arriving at a remote village deep in the jungle, Cynthia is both elated and angered to find Rafe alive. But he is far from well, having watched his team be decimated by a bloodthirsty demon-goddess. When Rafe reveals he has been gifted with supernatural powers—powers he plans to use to kill the beast and save his brother, still held captive in the temple—Cynthia must face her own inner demons to fight alongside the man she loves.

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Published by: Caridad Pineiro on Mar 16, 2011
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AZTEC GOLD
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2011 Caridad Pineiro - www.caridad.com
Six months ago, Cynthia Guerrera's lover andfellow archaeologist Rafael Santiago trekked intothe Mexican jungle in search of one of the fabledCities of Goldand never emerged. Guilty over their parting, Cynthia won't rest until she knowswhat happened. When the discovery of a conquistador's journal corroboratesRafe's intended path, Cynthia is determined to finally leave the safety of themuseum to rescue him, despite the conquistador's dire warnings, and her owntraumatic past.Arriving at a remote village deep in the jungle, Cynthia is both elated andangered to find Rafe alive. But he is far from well, having watched his team bedecimated by a bloodthirsty demon-goddess. When Rafe reveals he has beengifted with supernatural powerspowers he plans to use to kill the beast andsave his brother, still held captive in the templeCynthia must face her owninner demons to fight alongside the man she loves.
 
AZTEC GOLD
©
2011 Caridad Pineiro - www.caridad.com
* * Excerpt **
Rafe pointed to the short opening in the middle of the excavated wall.She had to bend to enter, the crude doorway being no more than about four feet highand three feet wide. When she was within, she realized that the structure had oncebeen a steam bath. The vent to allow the smoke to exit at the top of the mound hadbeen cleared of debris and weak afternoon light filtered downward, illuminating the barefurnishings within.Rafe had set up a small cot alongside one wall. A torn but carefully mended sleepingbag rested neatly on the cot. On a stone bench beside the cot, Rafe had placed a rustyoil camping lantern. He walked over and lit it with a lighter that had also been resting onthe bench. The lantern was surprisingly strong, creating a wide circle of light in the areaaround the cot.The light played across the remaining items on the stone bench. A broken radio and cellphone, their pieces carefully placed beside one another as if someone had beendiligently working on repairing them. The map to the temple she had seen so manymonths earlier. And finally, closest to the light and the cot, a picture of her in aprotective leather frame.The presence of the photo gave her hope but still left too many questions to which sheneeded answers."Why, Rafe? Why are you here? Living like this?Hiding?" she said as she faced him completely."You wouldn't understand.""Why don't you at least try to explain?" she challenged.With a long sigh, Rafe stepped closer to the circle of light and grasped the hem of thecoarse colton tunic he wore. His hands shook on the ragged edge of the cloth as hehesitated for just a breath's length, but then he snatched the garment up and over hishead, exposing his upper body.She gasped with shock at the viciousness of the scars marring his once perfectphysique. Deep ridges cut across his ribs on the left side of his body. At his rightshoulder, two thick-scarred irregular circles led to more ridges, shallower this time, butno less painful to behold.No doubt existed in her mind that such wounds might have been fatal. Should havebeen fatal, she realized as she stepped up to him and laid her hand on his side.
 
AZTEC GOLD
©
2011 Caridad Pineiro - www.caridad.com
Experienced the depth of the wounds beneath her fingers before she skimmed her freehand upward to his shoulder.There she traced the edge of the ragged and heavy circular scars with her thumb andhe sucked in a breath at that caress."She did this to you?" She laid her hand flat against the other deep scars at hisshoulder. They were a sickly pink color, too new to have faded to the silver of fullyhealed wounds. Very visible against his skin, which had been tanned to a golden color by the tropical Mexican sun."She was trying to take me away, but I fought hard after she sank her talons in me.Somehow I managed to get her to release me and I hid in the underbrush. Thescreams-""I know. Believe me, I know."He cradled her jaw and stroked his thumb across her cheek. "I could never reallyimagine what it must have been like for you. How you suffered."Her throat tight with emotion, she managed to say, "You survive. You have to ... for them."Rafe nodded and continued, finally understanding."I heard David cry out. I wanted to go help him, but I was too weak. All I could do waslay there, praying for help, but none came.""What about the villagers?"Rafe shook his head. "The villagers have lost too many of their own to the demon. Theyhad to have heard the attack, but wouldn't come out until the morning to see what hadhappened.""But they took you in? Tended to your wounds?"He became stiff as stone beneath the seeking touch of her hands as she kept them onhis flesh, experiencing that odd sense of energy along his skin."I was near death," he confessed and laid a hand over hers at his shoulder, stilling themotion of her hand. "I would have died if the calpulli hadn't gifted me with part of hisspirit.""Gifted you?""He is a nahual," Rafe explained. "A sorcerer? And you believe-"

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