EXCERPT and GIVEAWAY
(Anathema Book 2)
(Anathema Book 2)
by Lana Grayson
Exiled, the second book in Lana Grayson's Anathema series, has just been released and is ON SALE for $0.99 for a limited time. Also available: Warlord (ON SALE for $0.99).
The only thing more sacred than the Anathema MC [motorcycle club] is the vengeance of a wronged man …
Exiled from the Anathema MC, Brew Darnell escaped the bullet only to face the unforgiving solitude of the road. With no future before him, Brew battles his past and vows to protect the one he loves the only way he can - by hunting the man who destroyed his family, devastated the Anathema MC, and betrayed every promise he ever made.
Trapped in an abusive relationship with a sadistic biker, Martini Wright learned to manipulate, controlling her boyfriend’s temper with a wink and a smile until she’s traded as collateral to a rival MC. Her captor, Brew, has never trafficked a woman before, and Martini intends to exploit his guilty secrets to escape. Caught in the middle of a gang war, Brew and Martini fight a dangerous attraction - a second chance to heal from the mistakes of their past if they can confess the terrible truth.
Brew failed his family before, but Martini can still be saved. With redemption delivered at the edge of a blade, Brew must choose who to rescue - the one he already lost … or the love he never deserved.
I regretted stumbling off the motorcycle. I lost my formidable seat of power, my only defense against the man who protected his bike like it was his only possession.
Noir was a large man. His shadow darkened me in his strength, his brawn learned on the streets, built and strengthened for necessity, not vanity. He dressed in riding leathers. Head to toe. Leather jacket, gloves, belt, pants. Some men wore it to look formidable, a declaration of their toughness and an invitation for trouble. Noir didn’t need to threaten.
His very presence menaced. His eyes burned an intense and furious shadow. He searched the parking lot for threats and looked at me like a problem to be hauled away.
I had no idea what happened to this man to make his eyes so hard, his squared jaw so practiced with grimace, and his body taut with unspoken violence. It might have once enticed me. Now, I wasn’t so sure.
This man was danger - a desperate beast lurking in the shadows of a pride he once ruled. He regretted his every breath and coiled for a battle life hadn’t yet offered. No road was long enough for him to outrun the chasing demons, but his bike delivered him beyond the sins quaking in his wake.
He was the same kind of mistake I made again and again.
Except this time I wasn’t teasing to get on his bike. This time, I had no choice but to greet the monster who’d command my next hundred and fifty miles. He thought he’d be the dangerous one.
He had no idea what he was getting us into.
My stomach clenched as he approached. His expression hardened like steel, and the sparks of his impatience scorched every part of me.
“Get on the bike.”
Praise for the Book
"Wow ... just wow! I read Warlord, the first book in this series and was for the most part pretty impressed with this first time author's work. Now with this follow-up I am just blown away by the sheer poetry of her writing (YES you read that correctly ... poetic writing in a violent book about biker clubs at war) and found myself re-reading passages because there was so much beauty in the words of even the most disgusting, degrading and abusive scenes." ~ Sue B.
"Lana Grayson does it again. Another book with a deep, thoughtful, action packed plot, steamy romance, and heroes to die for. [...] If you want it all, sex, romance, intrigue, and motorcycles, this one is for you." ~ Kaylee
"I really enjoyed this book (obviously flew through it, since I got it late on Tuesday & finished it on Wednesday). I am really happy that the next book in this series is only a month or two away as I'm curious about the path for this next featured character. I have been waiting for Brew's story since Warlord & Lana didn't disappoint with this fast paced story. I would suggest reading Warlord first, as it provides a great base for Exiled (and explains how the characters got to this point)." ~ C Group
"Loved It!! Exiled is the second book in the Anathema series and I suggest that you read the first book Warlord before you start it. [...] This book is filled with excitement, danger and some sexy scenes." ~ michelle Shelly
Guest Post by the Author
Yinz. Pop. Nebby. Buggy. Gum Band. Jagoff. Red up.
So, my hometown of Pittsburgh is a little … special. We’re not big like New York or well-known like LA, but a lot of people recognize us. They can’t help it - our regional dialect is impossible to hide.
Not only do we have our own vocabulary and quirky pronunciations (Go up to Gine Iggle and get some jumbo and chipped chop ham n’at before dat Stiller game dahn-town starts), we actually have our own grammar rules. We speak in ways I didn’t realize were incorrect until I published my first book!
Pittsburghese is so common with my friends, family, and coworkers, I’ve become grammar-blind. I can pick out the “yinzer” words that easily identify us, but there’s one major grammar rule we break all the time and no one from the area one realizes it!
The floor needs scrubbed. The baby likes cuddled. The cat wants fed.
To a Pittsburgher, these sentences are perfectly fine. To the rest of the world - and my very, very patient beta readers - they’re so horribly wrong one they thought I did it on purpose to make my characters seem less intelligent. The Pittsburgh region collectively drops the “to be” from our past participles, and they have absolutely no idea they’re doing it!
So, what do I do to fix it? Well, I scour for those typos, that’s number one. Finding beta readers outside of Western Pennsylvania was a good plan too. But … for authenticity’s sake, I set Exiled in the middle of Pittsburgh and I’m crossing my fingers to hope people think I just researched really, really well!
Still, for a region voted the worst accent in America, Pittsburghers really embrace their language quirks, and, if nothing else, it does lend a bit of flavor to the text.
I’d love to hear from readers on what they think of dialect in books. Anything from Huck Finn to Flannery O’Conner’s shorts to Trainspotting. Do you like seeing the region in books? Is it fun? Distracting? Let me know!
About the Author
Lana Grayson was born to write romance. Her favorite genres range from the dark and twisty to the lighthearted and sentimental - as long as the characters are memorable, the story is fun, and the romance is steamy. Lana lives in Pittsburgh with her husband, and, when she isn’t bundled in her writing chair, she’s most likely cheering on the Steelers or searching for the ‘Burgh’s best Italian restaurants.
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