Van Locken’s Witch
by Debbie Peterson
Kapitein Rand Van Locken has no idea what awaits him as he boards the Spanish galleon on behalf of the Dutch West India Company, or that the beautiful woman imprisoned within will change his life in ways he never imagined or even desired. Until now...
Lissa Capoen, didn't plan for the Spaniards to capture her while attempting to rescue her sister. She didn't foresee the handsome sea captain coming swiftly to her aid and offering his assistance. Nor did she expect him to steal her heart and claim it as his own.
Yet, as destiny brings them ever closer together, Armando Manera is determined to recapture the witch and present her to the Spanish King. No matter what it takes...
Read an excerpt:
She put her hands to her face, lowered her head, and released a sigh. “Oh, Rand, don’t ask me to do this. I can’t let you go in there without me, not when—”
“Shh, it’s going to be all right, Lissa. I promise you we’ll get inside that building, retrieve your sister, and leave the place without undue hardship or mishap.” At once he drew her rigid body into his arms and in an effort to soothe, cuddled her close to his heart.
“What if you’re wrong? What if something terrible happens to you or a member of your crew, and I could have prevented it? I can’t live with that. I can’t,” she whispered.
“Nor could I live with the memory, if something dreadful should befall you. Don’t you see? If I allow you to go inside the fortress with me, all my concentration and efforts from that point forward will be on keeping you safe and protected."
"You don't have to worry about me. I can take care of myself—"
"No, despite all of your abilities, I would still worry over the unexpected. This will divide my attention and make the rescue of your sister far more dangerous than it needs to be—for me, my crew, and your sister. Please, don’t argue with me. We have a great deal of experience, and we know what we’re doing. I need you to have a little bit of faith in me. I need that more than anything else right now. Please. I am begging you. Trust me and do as I say.”
The tension that had filled her body slowly ebbed as Lissa considered his arguments and request. She stepped away from his embrace and locked her gaze to his. Her eyes blazed with acquiescent indignation, and a touch of resentment stained her cheeks. She didn’t like it, but she would do as he asked.
“My trust you already have, Kapitein Rand Van Locken,” she hissed. “But just so you know? There will come a reckoning more terrible than what you could possibly imagine, should you break it.” The bewitching fire in her eyes anchored her fate. He couldn't stop it. Not any longer.
Debbie has always had a soft spot for fairy tales, the joy of falling in love, and happily ever after endings. Stories of love and make believe filled her head for as long as she can remember. However, it was her beloved husband who encouraged, cajoled and inspired her to take up a pen and write some of them down. Her journey to published author could fill quite a few pages. However, in June of 2010, she submitted her debut novel “Spirit of the Rebellion” to her wonderful, patient, editor at The Wild Rose Press and the rest is history. She now has four published novels to her credit, with a fifth due out in 2014.
When she is not busy conjuring her latest novel, Debbie spends time with the members of her very large family, within the lovely, arid deserts of southern Nevada. She also pursues her interests in family history, mythology, and all things ancient and historic.
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