Could you tell me a little about how you first met Emma?
Well, I first met her when she was created as the vessel, but she was a baby and I didn't know it was her, so I guess that doesn't really count. I was pulled into her dreams for a while before I actually got to meet her face to face, and that was at the Tribal Center. It was the first time we got a chance to actually speak. I'm afraid I wasn't as smooth as I would have hoped and was kind of at a loss for anything to say and kind of stared at her. She takes my breath away.
What did you think of her initially? Love at first sight?
The minute I was pulled into her dreams and stood by watching her interaction with Raven, I knew she had my heart. It was most definitely love at first sight and even today...every time I see her, I fall in love with her again.
If you had to describe Emma in three words?
Well her name means all-containing, I think that is a good word for her and what her purpose is...or was. I would also say compassionate, she cares so much for other people that she often times forgets about her needs. And finally I would say beautiful. Inside and out.
What's the hardest thing you've had to face together?
Well, the entire story of Entrusted is the fight we had to go through to get her away from Raven. That would be the easy answer. But I am going to say, from my point of view, the hardest thing I had to face was trying to convince Emma it I was worth fighting for. That she could love me and except my love in return. She can be stubborn and it took a lot to get her to see she was worthy of my love and of the life we could have together. There was a lot of history she needed to be caught up on. History she is a part of but not aware of. It will take time for her to understand her part in it. But, more importantly, I need to be patient and love her while she questions who she is and what we can be together.
Okay, so your brother, Logan. He's a big part of the story and a friend to Emma. Give us a little dish on him. Will he ever find his heart?
Technically, he would be considered our cousin in your world. We do not share mothers. But we consider him a brother so that is fine to refer to him as that. Remember, in our customs I can't tell too much about another's gifts so I will talk more general about him. Logan is my best friend as well as brother. He has always got me and doesn't put up with my shit, as he says, not my words. Logan is a free spirit. That can be seen by his description. He doesn't follow the traditional ways with his hair or jewelry but that's just him. He embraces the modern world more than the rest of us, which makes it easier for him to work with the youth of the tribes. He says I'm stuffy and scare the kids. I prefer reserved. Ha ha. Logan has a quick wit and loves to laugh, but he had a rough childhood and uses his humor to hide what is really going on underneath. He won't talk about it, but I know. Just like he knows things about me the others don't. We have a weird connection that way. I think Logan is a necessary force to offset Josiah's negative energy. If anyone should find his heart, it should be Logan. He has so much to give and I think if he found someone they might help him heal from his past. And to answer your last part of the question. I think Logan will definitely have his chance to tell his story later.
What's next for you and Emma?
I wish I could say we ride off into the sunset and live happily ever after but that isn't the way life works. We got a reprieve at the end of Entrusted and hopefully we can take some time to get to know each other without worrying about Raven, but he's coming back. We haven't won yet and until he is destroyed he will continue to fight for what he believes is his. But the Great Spirit is giving us a small gift of time before I must leave. Our time here is up and we are going to be moving on. Emma needs to finish her senior year so we will be separated for a short time. I am hoping I can trust the friendships she has formed to help her during our separation. Nick has some history he is unaware of that I believe will come in handy while I am gone. You'll have to wait for him to reveal that, however. Life is never guaranteed, but no matter what happens Emma and I are connected. I have no choice in that matter. She has my heart. I love her. I'll do whatever I need to to make her happy.
Thrust into a world of Native American legends about Skinwalkers and Ancient Ones, Emma Hunter finds herself in the middle of a battle for a heart holding great powers – A heart hidden within her.
Seventeen-year-old Emma wants what every teenage girl wants: a life that revolves around school, her friends, and a boyfriend who only has eyes for her. Little does she know that in order to get one, she must sacrifice the other two. After a series of events put into motion by Luke, the boy she thought loved her, Emma is kicked out of her group home and her school. Her best friend mysteriously vanishes and now she’s forced to move to a secluded coastal town, where she hopes to escape Luke’s obsessive control. Instead, she finds her dreams invaded not only by Luke, but Solomon, a mysterious Native American warrior sent to protect her.
But when Solomon shows up in her reality to explain he’s her protector, she soon learns that he’s so much more. As Emma struggles to understand what’s happening to her, she must also deal with her undeniable attraction to Solomon. Their connection is stronger than anything Emma has ever experienced before and now she must decide: can she trust him with her heart? And just how far will she go to protect it?
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Slowly and deliberately, Solomon began to kiss my shoulders, turning me so he could run his fingers lightly over the bruises on my back. I could feel the warmth of his touch become more intense as he transferred the wounds of my body to his own. His kiss, his touch, sent shivers through me, taking all my worries and fears away. He turned me again and placed his mouth over mine for a long, soul-stirring kiss.
“I think you should watch those healing skills of yours.” I was breathless.
He smiled mischievously. “It’s my touch that heals. I thought I would try something different this time.” He continued to trail kisses across my shoulders.
“Well, I give this technique high marks, but have to wonder how the older men would like it,” I stuttered, trying to keep my thoughts coherent.
I felt him smile against my bare skin. “I’ll reserve it for you.”
“Does it hurt you?”
“Not as much as it does you.” His hands moved softly over my bare arms. I watched the bruises appear on him, and then slowly fade away.
“But I can heal you here.” I ran my fingers over the raw sore on his chest.
“Yes,” the word caught in his throat. “You already have.”
About the Author:
Connie Ann Michael was raised a city girl, but was converted to a country girl after college and now resides in a speck of a town in Central Washington State. She is married to her former boss as she worked at the local Pizza place and has two college age boys that provide endless material for her books. She loves the outdoors and can be found mountain biking, kayaking, or camping with her family. Being a busy family, she can be found working on her newest novel while on long road trips.
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