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#NEBT – “Banished Scoundrel” by Anita Philmar

Publisher: Amazon and Smashwords Publishing
2nd Release Date: February 1st, 2022
Genre: Paranormal—Shape Shifter’s Romantic Suspense
Length: 37,900
Heat Rating: 4 flames


Known scoundrel Jack Avery, “Jacko” must earn the queen’s forgiveness by rescuing her missing daughter from the human world. His sources reveal Princess Noelani is being held by a powerful governor who likes a good game of chance. With twenty borrowed pieces of gold, Jack enters a high-stakes game. Only the lady he encounters is no princess. This pretty Kitty makes him want to hear her purr, but upped the risk of facing certain death for his sins. 

Under a memory spell, Kitty recalls nothing before a tormentor bought her and offered protection from assassins who would kill her for being a shapeshifter. But he enjoys demanding she morph, then refuses to allow her the sexual release she needs after transformation. However, the crafty card player she’s assigned to “entertain” reveals himself as a kindred spirit—a shapeshifter—and unravels the lies she’s forced to endure. 

Together, Jack and Kitty risk it all. The prize is freedom, forgiveness, and love. However, the price of failure… death. 

– Banished Scoundrel is a hot paranormal romantic adventure with a royal shapeshifter family. This longer novella guarantees a HEA with two other stories in the series.

– Second edition. Newly revised and edited.

Tagline—The twist road to redemption can lead to adventure but not without paying a heart wrenching price.

PG Excerpt:

Recalling his role in this game, he nodded, accepting the words at face value. “That’d be a welcome treat after the dusty roads I’ve traveled.” Offering his best smile, he studied the lady’s perfect features. If she was Kesia’s sister, all his troubles would be over. And the next few moments were crucial to gain her trust. According to his informants, if she selected him as her partner for the duration of the party, his plan for their escape would be that much easier.

Smile beaming, the lady stepped closer. The sweet fragrance of honeysuckles filtered through his senses. Did she crush the delicate petals against her skin or sprinkle the pollen in her hair? But the true mystery was, where could she find the flowers at this time of year? Did she use some type of magic?

“Your stipend? Have you dropped it off for tomorrow’s game?” She laid her manicured hand on his arm. The dainty touch sent sparks of awareness through him, and his loins swelled with need. “The governor likes to have all the money in his strongbox for safekeeping before the party gets rowdy with other pursuits.”

Distracted by the infinite possibilities of pleasure, he reined in his more lustful practices and refocused on his primary purpose—to transport the lady back to Ardenia. Still, his host had a clever rule. If a man didn’t contribute the required gold coins to the game, then why waste resources entertaining him? “No, I can’t say that I have. I arrived a few moments ago, so I’m a complete newcomer.”

“Lucky me, let me show you to the study and fetch you a drink.” After gliding a soothing caress over his forearm, she led the way back into the foyer.

Bowing his head a tad, he played the unfamiliar part of a refined gentleman. “And you are?”

With an almost shy flutter of her hand, she brushed a wisp of light brown hair from her brow. “The governor calls me, Kitty. It’d probably be best if you did, too.”

“What an alluring name? It makes me think of a cat with its lips covered by a luscious coat of cream.” Staring at her mouth, his tongue tingled at the idea of tasting her flavorful lust.

A soft giggle escaped before she wove her hand through the crook of his arm, brushing her divine breast against his bicep, gifting him with a bewitching sample of her plush curves. “Oh, but you’re so naughty, but I love the alluring image.”

“Then I hope you’ll let me have a taste later.” Not following his regular habit of crowding a willing woman up against a nearby wall and stealing a kiss, he instead stepped back and enjoyed the enthralling sway of her elegant figure, as she led him across the foyer, thus refusing his natural inclination to take any liberties.

Remember, she’s a princess.

Note from Anita: I am currently rewriting my books and plan to re-release a new book each month for the next few years. Welcome to the journey and I hope you join me for this exciting ride.

About the Author

Anita Philmar likes to create stories that push the limit. A writer by day, and a dreamer by night, she wants her readers to see the world in a new way. With the influence of her children’s sci-fi programs, she likes to play with diverse cultures and places where anything can happen. She enjoys bringing hot romantic moments to life in a variety of genre, such as historical westerns, paranormal suspense, and contemporary murder mysteries.

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