Echo Of Her Presence by Alaina Stanford


I have one of those brains that won’t turn off
at night. Many nights I would distract my intellect by revamping a movie, book
or TV show in my mind. I would twist and turn the plots and characters to
achieve the ending I preferred. That developed into side stories about my
favorite minor characters. Each night I fell asleep in the middle of a grand
adventure. It wasn’t long before I began to create stories of my own and put
pen to paper.
I love a good adventure. I love a good romance.
As the mother of seven children, I also learned to love to play video games.
One day it occurred to me to write an adventure that flowed like a video game
and I added a touch of romance. Thus, Hypnotic Journey was born. The HJ
characters are like a family to me. They are foolish, daring, resourceful,
passionate and dedicated to their friends.
My love for Science Fiction gave birth to the
Treborel Series. It’s a paranormal Sci-Fi romance featuring a psychotic villain
and a multiple layer
of hero’s fighting to survive the chaos.
I write about how friendship and love can carry
you through situations that you might not otherwise survive. You will find my
stories exciting and steamy, but I am not an erotic writer. My stories fade to
dark when the steam begins to rise, but take it from me, the steam does rise
and emotions do soar.
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Ariel carried the ultimate burden of failure on her shoulders. She’d fallen victim to the oldest trick in the book. Angel’s aren’t supposed to fail, angels aren’t suppose to fall in love. Her failure concerned both. In her moment of weakness she had not only failed mankind, she had failed God. Now her heart was an island of ice encased behind a steel barrier no one could penetrate. Not even her divine partner Met.

Ariel’s heart was locked away forever. Then she gazed into the steely gray eyes of a stubborn Texas rancher.


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“What the hell are you
doing out here?” A deep voice with a Texas twang said from behind her.
Her eyes flashed with
annoyance as she turned to find a man in a cowboy hat with a scruffy beard
sitting on a horse staring down at her with steely gray eyes. “I’m minding my
own business doing nothing that should concern you,” She squinted at him in the
harsh daylight.
“You got a death wish?”
He snapped and glanced around, “Where’s your man? Sleeping one off in his air
conditioned dune buggy while you try to get some warped version of a California
Ariel sighed and glared
at him. He was one of those archaic cowboy types who chewed tobacco and slept
under his horse. “Relax Haas, I’m just doing my job. So why don’t you get on
with yours. I wouldn’t want to keep you from burning the flesh off a cow or
shooting at something.”
He turned back to gaze
at her. His eyes narrowed suspiciously then he chuckled. “You’re a cocky minx,
but those pretty brown eyes aren’t going to stop a wild hog from ripping your
head off. This country is full of them you know.”
“How fascinating,” She
muttered. She turned and began following the dry stream bed hoping he’d ride
“Look lady,” He called
moving his horse toward her, “You don’t seem to understand. We are in the
middle of a drought, you don’t appear to have any water on you and that stream
bed you’re following isn’t going to lead you to any. Now I’m not partial to
riding double, it’s hard on the horse, but I don’t see any option at this
point. So give me your hand and I’ll pull you up.”
She stopped and turned
to stare at him. The fight had gone out of his face, replaced with a sincerity
she couldn’t ignore, but somehow found annoying. “So let me get this straight.
You want to be my knight in shining armor and save me from certain death?”
He smiled. He had a nice
smile full of perfect white teeth. He pulled off his hat and smoothed back his
thick brown hair. Ariel’s attention was drawn to his bicepts. They were the
size of a mountain. “Lady, I don’t know how you got out here or what you think
you’re doing. Frankly, I don’t care. But I’m not leaving any woman, crazy or
not, in the middle of the range with no horse and no water. Now I’d like to get
out of this heat. Contrary to what you may believe Texans are tough, but we are
human. I’ve got some water in my saddle bag which I am happy to share. It’s a
bit of a ride back to the stables. So if you want to climb up on my horse
voluntarily that’s great. I’d prefer it.” His smile vanished, “However, if you
are going to stand there arguing with me like an empty headed princess and I
have to get off of my horse to fetch your skinny ass…”
“Are you threatening
me?” Ariel locked eyes with him. Her hands went to her hips.
He sighed and said
quietly, “Yes, I guess I am. Ma’am, I’m not leaving you behind.” His eyes
softened and their color deepened to warm cobalt blue, “You’ll die.”


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