The Elemental Collective: Volume One: An Elemental Paladins Spin-off Series
Fun.Fantasy. Lust. Love.
Your favourite characters from the Elemental Paladins series return in The Elemental Collective: Volume One. This collection is filled with novellas and short stories featuring some of the characters you’ve been dying to hear more about – as well as your old favourites, including Mordecai and Dana, Knox and Dawn, and Max, Ryker, and their newest addition.
Mordecai has felt eyes watching him for years – and at the most inappropriate times! When he learns Dana – the Great Mother – has been lurking around, he realises it is the goddess spying on him. But he can’t seem to figure out why. He thinks it has to do with their daughter, Max, but is that the whole truth? And what’s more, does he want it to be?
Dana is sick of being the good little goddess who sits and watches her creations flounder from afar. But she is bound by rules not of her making. She already broke them once when she slept with the death warden and created the miracle that is their daughter. What is she willing to sacrifice to make her dreams come true this time?
Knox has been blessed with a second chance at life. Once an air warden, he became a chade after succumbing to the dark voices in his head. Now reunited with his triplet sons, he has a new lease on life. And when he is tasked to work closely with Dawn, he realises he may also have a new lease on love.
As one of the only female life wardens in the world, Dawn feels the heavy weight of responsibility with every breath. She has only ever wanted to be seen for the woman she is – not the role she must play. As she settles into her new job on the International Domain Council, she begins to think her luck might just be changing.
Max is happy and more than a little relieved to see her society making strides after the corruption, prejudice, infections and battles that afflicted it for years. She has been blessed with a wonderful family – and more importantly – her man and the precious new life she carries. When Ryker surprises her with a holiday, she is thrilled to have some alone time with her baby-daddy. But will their unborn daughter derail their romantic plans?
Ryker is a paladin, born to protect and serve. Sure, he’s mellowed ever since he fell in love with Max, but he’s still a surly, overprotective warrior. What does he know about delivering a baby – his baby?! Well, it looks like he’s about to find out when his daughter decides to make her unscheduled arrival in the world.
Here’s a little taste..
“I see I’ve chased your father off again,” Dana said tiredly to Max.
Max huffed, “If I didn’t know any better, I’d say you two actually enjoyed annoying each other.”
“Lucky you know better,” Dana answered lightly.
“That’s just it – I do know better. You’re both miserable,” Max stated, before reaching for Dana and offering another hug.
Dana hugged Max back as hard as she dared considering the bump getting in the way. Smiling, Dana pulled back and patted said bump. “Hello, sweet baby.” Her granddaughter gave the faintest of kicks to her flattened palm, but Dana felt the hidden strength nonetheless. Her unborn granddaughter’s path was becoming clearer, and Dana was becoming increasingly nervous. Not about what fate had in store for her – but about what her parents would think about it. Looking up, she saw Ryker’s dark gaze lovingly latched onto Max’s profile before it rested on Max’s protruding stomach. That was when the love morphed into a combination of pride and an almost violent protectiveness. Dana knew it was Ryker whom she was going to have to battle when the truth came out. Setting aside the worrying thoughts for the moment, Dana gave Max a final pat before kissing Ryker on the cheek.
“Hi, uh, Dana,” Ryker said, looking flushed.
Dana laughed lightly. “You did it – you called me by my name. And the world didn’t end.” She teased because it had taken weeks and weeks of her asking him – and the rest of the household – to call her Dana and not some form of the Great Mother. She understood their reticence. It was not every day one came face to face with a God or Goddess. But she desperately wanted to be viewed as a member of the family instead of a deity.
“Ha, yeah,” Ryker agreed before his eyes pinned her. “It’s not going to end, is it?”
Max rolled her eyes and moved over to the large dining table, sitting down and gathering food onto her plate. “Of course, it’s not. I – will you let me do that?” she grumped in exasperation as Darius took her plate and filled it up for her just as Lark passed her a glass of orange juice.
Darius pinned Max with his hazel eyes, stating, “Liege. Pregnant liege.”