Blood Sin, Book I of The Kan Ingan Archives
Available, summer, 2009
Deroes kan Ingan, Margrave of Arcanis never intends to fall in love, but when he meets Earthwoman Elizabeth Sheffield...and that is exactly what happens.
Spoiled, beautiful Elizabeth is calculating enough to see the status in marrying the ruler of an entire galaxy. Yet there is an unexpected obstacle to her perfect plan to power—Deroes' nephew, Aric.
Raised as heir to the Arcanian throne but now disinherited, Aric intends to make her life on Arcanis as miserable as possible, only to have events take an unexpected turn when he falls in love with his uncle's wife—and she returns his passion.
As the two young people begin their furtive affair, other forces in the kingdom conspire rebellion and murder in an attempt to rid Arcanis of the Margrave's alien bride and his half-Terran child--and the Margrave turns on the one person he believes behind it all: The not-so-innocent pawn, Aric.
She heard the outer door open, didn't turn around as soft footsteps came onto the balcony.
"What are you thinking?" Deroes' voice whispered in her ear. A bouquet of brilliant flowers appeared before her.
Pulling them from his hand, she turned in his arms, to be kissed enthusiastically. "Deroes, these are beautiful."
"Flowers from the Royal Garden for my Royal lady, picking by her loving husband."
"And you took time out from your meeting to do that?"
"All mine?" She gave him an arch look. "To do with as I please?"
Placing one hand over his heart, he bowed. "Whatever you wish, just command me."
"Very well." She held out the bouquet. "Tell me the names of these flowers."
He looked a little disappointed but took it from her, separating the blossoms, holding up one of each. "This is Love Lasts Forever, it comes from Ghermia, in the mountains...."
She sat there watching his face as he recited something about every one and when he finished, said, "Thank you, my Lord," and gathered the flowers. "Would you excuse me a moment?"
"Elizabeth, what are you--"
"Elizabeth, what is this?"
"Lights, twenty percent!"
The illumination wasn't bright but it was enough to see that she was naked, her only covering the flowers he had given her.