Rose is the black sheep of her affluent family. She’s a powerful mage, but instead of living a life of service in a pampered cloister, she escapes to try to make her own way in the world. However, on her own, she finds out very quickly that mages who live outside of the confines of the coven are hated and feared. They are hunted and in some cases executed without a trial.
Bret is a mage hunter who has vowed to keep the peace between the mages and the non-magical population because he has seen the damage an out-of-control mage can do. When he’s hired by Rose’s family to get her back, he’s not expecting to admire the cigar smoking hellion. After he deposits her back to her family after a night of mutual passion, he doesn’t expect the feelings she evoked of protectiveness and duty. He negotiates with her family that should she ever escape again, to give him the contract on retrieving her first.
Rose is resentful of being kept in a gilded cage and becomes an outlaw to save rogue mages who are being executed. As the masked Seeker, she can protect her identity and fight for the rights of less fortunate mages. However when Bret is hired to take down The Seeker, her double life takes a deadly turn as she's forced to square off against her lover, the one man who has managed to touch her heart.
After the meteor destroyed all the technology and most of the people, it took thirty years to scrabble together rudiments of civilization again. Sex is the main currency, for those without any other skills. When the Pacific Ocean is rumored to be spitting up parts of California, the looting is good – if you can stay alive long enough to get there. Lewis and Clark Expeditions will hire you on, but there are job expectations that some might find a perk, others a chore and still others a raging need.
As a Tech, Bethany doesn’t need to sell herself to get to California. In fact, she can make a nice living anywhere. She’s a conduit for pulling power and raw electricity out of the post-meteor air and using that energy to power lights, heaters, batteries, even DVD players. But her brother is out there somewhere, trying to escape his death sentence that his tribe has levied on him for ravaging a caravan and eating people while in his bear form. He’s innocent, but because he’s a Shifter no one except Bethany believes him. She thinks he’s heading for California.
When she rescues a female Shifter from degradation, Bethany doesn't expect anything in return, not even a thank you. But it turns out the Shifter had a brother and sexy Lucas Kincaide vows to repay his sister’s debt to Bethany, with the only thing he has to trade – his body. Bethany craves to belong to someone who cares for her and not for the technology she can provide. When she begins to believe Lucas is that one, he tells her he needs her help as a Tech on Lewis and Clark’s Expedition, leaving her to wonder if he was playing her all along. The heat level is high with M/F, F/F, M/M and Ménage coupling as the Lewis and Clark Expeditions make their way across country.
This book was formerly published with Loose Id. It has been significantly edited and updated.