Love Bytes says hello and welcome to author Katze Snow joining us today to talk about her new release “Within These Depts”, the highly anticipated sequel in her Demons and Wolves series.
Katze brought a wonderful exclusive excerpt to share with you all.
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Title: Within These Depths
Series: Demons and Wolves, Book 2
Tanner is so close to his revenge that he can almost taste it. With an unusual brand of negotiation skills under his belt, he has everything he needs. Now all that stands between him and destroying Elijah Ravenhill is a dangerous mission into the depths of Hell. Accompanied by his guides, he will enter where loyalties and souls are tested, and few ever return.
Newly mated Alex just wants to keep his loved ones safe. In the sprawling grandeur of Wulfric Manor, he finally has his family under one roof, even if it may only be temporary, and his dreams of having something normal seem to be within reach. Yet what’s normal for the wolf is torture for the prey, and chaos descends on Alex with one mysterious phone call.
Can Alex have all he ever dreamed of without sacrificing his life? Will Tanner put an end to Elijah once and for all, or will his revenge go up in smoke within the fires of hell itself?
Warning: Within These Depths is the highly anticipated sequel to Broken in Silence: Demons and Wolves Series, and things are really heating up. This story is NOT a typical romance and it’s not intended for those who seek a HEA. It cannot be read as a standalone. As with book one, hold on to your knickers, because it’s going to be one hell of a ride. Oh, and just because I like to keep my readers on their toes, book 2 ends in a cliffhanger. You’re welcome!
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Tanner’s boots sunk into the earth, the mud and residue clinging to the soles of his shoes and spilling over his laces. He’d stood there not six years ago and promised them a better a life. Now, he’d given them nothing but a bad memory and false pretences. He swallowed, turned on his heel, and saw Saska watching him through narrowed eyes.
After a beat, he asked, “This demon. Godric. Where is he?”
Before Tanner could respond, another voice answered him.
“Don’t you know that demons are always fashionably late?” The sound of Godric’s crimson wings swishing through the air brought their attention to the heavens. A dark figure flew across the sky, and then with a sharp clap of his wings, Godric descended effortlessly beside them. Straightening, he dusted the soil from his cassock and smiled. “At any rate, I can see you dudes are in a hurry. Shall we go?”
“Not before we do something about his face,” Saska said, nodding to Tanner. “It’s unlikely the alpha of the Underground will pass by security without being detected. You have the luck of concealment. You’ll give him a new face.”
“I happen to be fond of my face, Kasyanov.”
“Do you actually want to be slaughtered, wolf?” Saska growled, grimacing at Tanner and then generously sparing Godric a glare. “Hurry with it. The sooner we get away from this place, the better.”
“I’m a little rusty.” Godric shook his hands and a gust of sapphire smoke burst from his fingertips. They interlaced between his fingers and crackled as though it were static electricity. “But I’m sure I can do something.”
Tanner straightened and closed his eyes. Mikus shuffled nervously beside him, growling low in his chest.
“Don’t worry,” Godric snarled at him. “I ain’t gonna make him ugly.” He swept his hand back and forth, gathering momentum, and then touched the side of Tanner’s face. At first, nothing seemed to happen, but then Tanner felt his jaw slowly merge with the muscles contracting around his features. His skin prickled and a heat wave flushed across his face. “My blonde, blue-eyed prince. Doesn’t he look darling?”
“Pity we can’t do anything to shut you up, Godric,” Tanner grumbled.
He braided a hand through his hair, and the locks felt considerably smoother and thinner than normal. Odd. He’d never been concealed before, but physically he felt much the same. Godric stepped back to catch his breath. Meanwhile, Saska patted him on the shoulder, a brief look of approval flitting over his face.
“I knew you could do it. Well done. Now, we must endure one more necessary precaution,” Saska said, unravelling chains from inside his pocket.
Tanner eyed the chains coldly. “By chaining us like us mutts?”
The metal was gold and made of elaborate markings, spirals and symbols that twisted around some kind of ancient language. They could be made up of old magic, and Tanner hadn’t the knowledge or the power to combat whatever spell that could threaten him…
Â “Precisely,” Saska said. “If you’re to look the part, then you must wear the appropriate attire.”
Just like that, the symbols on the chains burst into flames. The realisation that they were merely Firechains put Tanner somewhat at ease.
“It might burn a little,” Saska explained, “but you will heal once we’re Aboveground. I’m sure you are acquainted with such articles, anyway, and yes: Firechains is all that they are. I have no ruse up my sleeve.”
“Indeed I am familiar with them, but that doesn’t make them any more appealing… So be it.” Tanner extended his wrists and allowed Saska to chain him. The fire licked around his skin, but his shifter abilities quickly healed them. Then again. And again. “If needs must.”
He could be walking into a ploy for all he knew, but unless Tanner wanted to infiltrate Belowsurface, he had to figure out the best way to get inside and see what he was up against. Just like he’d done with Halo, and the Syndicate, and even inside the Underground. Even if he had to endure the pretence of being one’s captive, he’d do it, regardless if he felt like a slave thrown to the Blood Auctions.
Once Saska chained Godric, he turned to Mikus, who looked seconds away from tearing out Saska’s throat.
“Do not worry,” Saska said. “You won’t be coming inside. For our plan to work, you’ll stand guard at the entrance, and should we not return in the space of an hour, you sound the alarm. Got it?”
“Like fucking hell I’m taking orders from you,” Mikus spat, but Tanner tilted his jaw to the side and Mikus immediately fell silent.
Saska turned to Tanner. “I’m only getting you in and out. It’s up to you whether or not you blow your cover and get yourself killed.”
The fire around Tanner’s chains licked around his wrists, sinking into his flesh. Though funnily enough, they didn’t burn him too much.
“Show us the way, Godric.”
“Anything for my Scandinavian Adonis,” the demon purred, fluttering his eyelids.
Rolling his own eyes, Tanner slunk into the shadows…
Katze Snow never learned when to shut up. Food and coffee are what encourage Katze to function in a semi-normal, socially acceptable way. Doses of sarcasm and sass are what she lives for, and her wolf, Kiba, who is Katze’s little furbaby. Not to mention her kitty Juno, who rules the roost! She’s been writing since she was a child, but finally published her debut novel, Alpha’s Bane, in Autumn 2016.
While Katze also writes MF, MM is where her heart truly lies. Her writing is dark, gritty, and takes satire to a whole new level. Come and join her! But be warned: Katze likes her men dark, twisted and all kinds of fucked up, and she hopes you do too.