Secrets of the Sapphires
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by T. Sue VerSteeg
Description: Nia Brooks entered the CIA to get to the bottom of her parents' deaths. Joining the Paranormal Division, she learns to fend for herself after dealing with prejudice, not to mention the vampires and shifters. Paired with an egotistical agent, the bloodsuckers and hairy boys don't seem so bad. Garrett Van Deren has his own agenda behind joining the CIA. When his dead partner's body disappears without a trace, Garrett knows the vampire underground is responsible and the Paranormal Division offers him answers. He slams head first into a roadblock when he meets his new partner. A hundred pounds soaking wet, he'll be babysitting instead of tracking down the killer. Tossed back in time by a mysterious white sapphire, two headstrong agents must learn to trust one another while they search for a way back to the Twenty-First Century and the people responsible for the rift in time
eBook Publisher: The Wild Rose Press, Inc./Black Rose, 2012
eBookwise Release Date: June 2012
Available eBook Formats: OEBFF Format (IMP) [335 KB]
Reading time: 212-297 min.
Even though she was gasping for air, Nia found herself in awe of her surroundings. What must have been the dungeon in the castle's first days was now an open, cavernous room. Stone pillars braced the floor in even spaces throughout. A ledge ran along the bottom of the wall across the entire expanse with random holes divoting the floor and wall. The only structures within the depths were a small metal cage standing in front of a makeshift wooden booth.
As Gentry shoved her inside the cage and locked the door, he answered the question rambling around in her muddled mind, "We keep this cage here for our less willing participants."
She tried to stand but slid through cool, thick liquid on the floor and fell against the rough bars. Barbs tearing through her skin, she looked down to tend her arm. The dark red puddle of blood she was standing in caught her attention instead.
She looked up at Gentry through the window of the booth now and screamed, "You bastard! Is he dead?"
"Hmm," his voice rang out over a microphone, "he wasn't when I sent him back in time, but he was bleeding pretty badly...as you see."
A bright light blinded her, distracting her from screaming the obscenities on the tip of her tongue. A sparkle on the front of the cage caught her eye. She made out the form of an emerald-shaped clear stone with floral engraving hanging from the side of the cage as the light source narrowed and honed in.
Reaching toward the glittering gem, she uttered, "Mom's necklace," as the light shifted into a beam through the facets of the jewel and slammed into her chest. The light spread throughout her, ripping her apart. Nia's shrill scream echoed in her own head.