Book Excerpt from Shifty Business

22 Jan


We’re hosting an excerpt from Shifty Business, a paranormal romance novel by author Olivia Hardin.

Read the Excerpt

Nicky slapped her hand when she raised it with clawed fingers to scratch the welted skin on her neck, and he smirked at her when she growled in response. Her eyes met his, and he winked as he lifted a calamine coated cotton swab to her skin. She closed her eyes, shaking her head in annoyance while he finished dabbing the stuff all over her face, neck, arms and chest.

“If you hadn’t rushed off in such a hurry to tackle that werewolf, you wouldn’t have ended up rolling into a patch of poison ivy. Too bad you can’t heal yourself. And we won’t catch back up with the team until day after tomorrow and then Langston can help.”

Gerry ignored him, refusing to open her eyes and look at him.

“There. Feel better?” he asked, snapping the top closed on the calamine and tossing it onto the bed.

“Not especially.” She muttered the response under her breath as she approached the mirror and flicked her nose to engage her magic. The pink splotches began to disappear, and her complexion smoothed back to normal.

“Hey, hey, that’s against rules.”

She knew what rules he meant. They had an agreement that she wouldn’t use her magic to alter her looks when they were alone together. It took him a while to beg that promise from her, because she was much more comfortable when she could smooth and cover the blemishes she saw in her appearance.

Gerry flashed her brown eyes at him. “The rules don’t apply in this situation. I’m still me.”

Nicky came up behind her and placed his hands around her waist, his lips close to her ear, “You’re acting like a baby.” He skimmed his fingers along her ribs. She yelped and wriggled to get away from him, but he held her fast. The angry scowl on her face dissolved into a wide smile.

“Stop it!” She laughed, biting his arm and then kissing the spot.

“Reverse the spell. I want to see you. Spotted and all.”

She complied, twitching her nose until the pink dots appeared again all over her exposed skin. “Satisfied?” she queried, leaning her head back for a kiss. He obliged, smacking her lips and then releasing her.

“Yep, satisfied. Now settle down, woman, and I’ll head out to grab us some munchies.”

She watched him from the corner of her eye as he grabbed the keys from the nightstand. As he passed behind her, he smacked her rear-end with a wink and exited the hotel.

About Shifty Business

BookCoverPreviewTitle: Shifty Business (Bend-Bite-Shift #3)

Author: Olivia Hardin

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Gerry Hinton thought she had the perfect career as an operative for the Company. Her next assignment should have been another “mission accomplished”, but hell was delivering hand baskets that day.

When a little girl gives a mysterious silver box to Gerry, her world self-destructs. Suddenly under constant mental attacks, the only person who can save her is her partner, Nicky–but nothing comes without a cost. Secrets buried deep in the past begin to rise, threatening everything she holds dear.

If she can’t out run her past, can she save her future?

Author Bio

azaleapicWhen Olivia Hardin began having strange movie-like dreams in her teens, she had no choice but to begin putting them to paper.  Before long the writing bug had her and she knew she wanted to be a published author.  Several rejections plus a little bit of life later, and she was temporarily “cured” of the urge to write.  That is until she met a group of talented and fabulous writers who gave her the direction and encouragement she needed to get lost in the words again.

Olivia’s attended three different universities over the years.  She toyed with majors in Computer Technology, English, History and Geology until one day she heard the term road scholar and she knew that was what she wanted to be.  Now she “studies” anything and everything just for the joy of learning.   She’s also an insatiable crafter who only completes about 1 out of 5 projects, a jogger who hates to run, and she’s sometimes accused of being artistic.

A native Texas girl, Olivia lives in the beautiful Lone Star state with her husband, Danny and their puppy, Bonnie.






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One Response to “Book Excerpt from Shifty Business”

  1. Olivia Hardin January 23, 2013 at 3:41 pm #

    I really like this excerpt… I wanted readers to know how much Nicky cared for Gerry, that any flaws she saw in her looks were nonexistent to him. He ALWAYS thought she was beautiful. *sighs*

    Happy reading, All!

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