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Exclusive Excerpt: True Shifter (Totem #9) by Christine Rains

PUBLISHER: Christine Rains

RELEASED: August 29, 2017


LENGTH: 121 pages


Three sisters, seven totems, one chance to save the world. Saskia Dorn can't bear to lose anyone else. But when the only man she's ever loved turns his back on her, she runs off to sacrifice herself to the totem quest. With a disgusting kiss, a dying house spirit grants her the power to shift into any creature. Yet she has neither the time to train nor the imagination to utilize the gift to its fullest. How will she manage to defeat a villain who has mastered the ability and made her the person she is? Saskia only has a few freakin' hours to figure it out. After all, the fate of every shifter in the world depends on her victory.

True Shifter (Totem #9). The final thrilling book in this urban fantasy series!

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“My ax.” Grandfather managed it without a cough this time, though his voice was rough. “Bear gave it to me.”

Saskia nodded, guessing the comment was directed at her. “Yes, he did.”

“Bear is your mate.” He didn’t pose it as a question.

“Yeah,” Saskia replied, uncertain where this was going. “He’s not here right now. Did you want to talk to him?”

“No.” Grandfather’s answer reverberated throughout the room. “Do not bring Bear here, to this realm. The bird will see him die.”

Saskia leaned back with the force of the warning. There was no mystery to it. She didn’t know whether the domovoi could see the future or not, or if he realized Azarius had the advantage on the astral plane, it didn’t matter. She agreed it was best if Sedge didn’t come there. Not that she had any say in it. Her chest constricted. Sedge was likely gone from her life.

“But I will give a gift to him as he gave one to me.” Grandfather crooked a finger at Saskia.

Kinley grasped one of the posts at the end of the bed, eyes wide. Saskia left her side and came around the opposite edge of the kikimora. Whether the spirit was harmless or not, she wasn’t going to take the chance.

“I don’t know if I can carry anything back over. You could hand it to my sister—”

“No. To you, to Bear’s mate. A gift for him through you.” Grandfather coughed as he pushed himself into sitting position. His wife squawked at him and attempted to arrange the pillows to help him, but he swatted weakly at her.

Just like an old married couple. Maybe it was kinda cute.

“Hands.” The domovoi held out his to Saskia, and she placed hers in his cold grasp. “I give you some of my power.”

The kikimora protested with a screech and tried to pull him back to her. Grandfather held his ground as he twisted his head to stare at her. “Stop. My time is near. You need to go find another husband.” She let out a cry, and he made a hushing noise. “Find another mate. Tell him of this house, bring him here. Any of our kind would be proud to have this grand house as their own. Protect Lucky and his family.”

Grandmother’s sobs were dry. She bowed her head against her hands and stayed by his side.

Saskia lifted her chin. Creepy as this was, there was honor in his words. This she could respect. Whatever he asked, she would do.

He turned back to Saskia, his black eyes shimmering. “Now you, Bear’s mate, sister of my Ametta. I give you power. Kiss me.”

Ew, no.

Saskia didn’t even get a chance to protest as she was yanked toward the domovoi. His whiskers tickled her skin before his mouth met hers. It wasn’t a kiss. Nothing like it.

His lips heated and spread, opening her mouth with his. She couldn’t pull away. Massive strength still resided in him.

Then his cheeks puffed, and he blew. Not air. Too hot, charged with electricity. So much, so fast. It filled her. Like a swarm of bees with her as their new hive. They needed a bigger home and pushed outward, forever buzzing.

She couldn’t contain any more, and he didn’t stop.


Christine Rains is a writer, blogger, and geek mom. She's married to her best friend and fellow geek living in south-central Indiana. They have one son who is too smart for his parents' own good and loves to pretend he's Batman. Christine has four degrees which help nothing with motherhood, but make her a great Jeopardy player. When she's not reading or writing, she's going on adventures with her son or watching cheesy movies on Syfy Channel. She's a member of Untethered Realms and S.C.I.F.I. (South Central Indiana Fiction Interface). She has one novel and several novellas and short stories published. In 2017, she published her biggest project to date. The TOTEM series is fast-paced urban fantasy weaving Inuit myths with the modern world, and it's contained in nine books.





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