QSFer Elle E. Ire has a new FF Sci Fi book out:
Kicked out of the Assassins Guild for breach of contract, hunted by its members for killing the Guild Leader, and half-hooked on illegal narcotics, Cor Sandros could use a break. She accepts a freelance job to eliminate Kila T’ral’s brother, Jaren. Kila claims her politically powerful brother has sexually abused her, and Cor has always been a sucker for helping the helpless.
The plan doesn’t include Cor falling in love with Kila, but as the pair struggles to reach Kila’s homeworld, pursued by assassins from the Guild, Cor finds her inexplicable attraction to Kila growing stronger. There’s a job to do, and personal involvement with her employer is an unwelcome distraction. Then again, so is sexual frustration.
Kila might not pose a threat, but she was not what she appeared to be.
She pulled the covers from me and examined the wound on my arm. It showed no signs of infection. She’d done a good job, a better job than a barmaid should have.
My eyelids grew heavier. The room became dim, and I blinked to clear my vision. “You’ve had medical training.”
“You could say that.” She wrapped the blankets around me and tucked them in like a mother for her child. Something about her made me feel warm and safe. I fought to shake it off.
“What else could I say? Who are you?” I demanded.
She smiled cryptically. “I’m the least important member of my family. Not like you.”
I scowled at her. “What the hell is that supposed to mean?” My voice rose and fell in my ears, echoing in a disconcerting manner.
She turned away from me, instead facing my table, the bag, the book. “You are Corianne Sandros, the Core of Sardonnen. And I want to hire you to kill my brother.”
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Elle E. Ire resides in the Disney-created town of Celebration, Florida, with her spouse, twin daughters, and two dogs. A graduate of the University of Miami, she earned her Bachelor’s degree in creative writing but left the MFA program when they refused to allow her to write genre fiction, instead receiving a Master’s in Literature mostly made up of writing courses. Currently, she teaches writing to seventh and eighth graders. She and her spouse run several writing groups, as well as present at many local and statewide conferences.