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We’ve talked about Love Set in Stone before, so I don’t think I’m letting any major plot points out with this little teaser. And even if you missed the earlier discussions, the title and the cover art certainly give the premise of the book away.

If you still don’t get it, I’ll be blunt.

The hero, Damien, is a gargoyle.

Without further ado, here is a tiny teaser from my upcoming release, Love Set in Stone.

He stood in the shadows of the alley and looked around. Not seeing anyone, he walked over to the dumpster and prepared for the painful transformation out of his human form. He took a deep breath and closed his eyes. Clothing tore away. Skin and bone stretched until ridges popped out on his spinal column. Claws formed on his hands and feet. Horns sprouted, as did a tail.

He shook off the agony, panted while he waited for the lingering aches to dull.

“We have a problem.”

Anael’s voice startled him, and not being stone, this time he did jump.

“Will you stop popping in like that?” His voice carried through the alley. “Give me warning or something.”

“What’s the point? My warning would surprise you as much as me appearing. It’s a waste of time. Just like this conversation.”

Damien closed his eyes and took a deep breath. “What do you want, Anael?”

Hmm? I wonder what Anael wants from Damien this time. That angel sure does seem to ask a lot of him. At least, that’s how Damien sees it. Oh, did you not know that Anael is an angel? I’m not sure if I mentioned it before. I think some of you knew. Well, if you didn’t know before, you know now.

Anael has become one of my favorite characters. I’m pretty sure I’m going to let Love Set in Stone remain a standalone novel rather than develop it into a series, but you’re definitely going to see Anael again. I’m borrowing him and another character that I totally fell in love with. They’re crossing over into another series. But more on that later.

I’m curious about what you think of characters in one world “visiting” other series. Do you like it when authors let their worlds collide like that, or do you prefer series to remain separate from each other? Let’s talk about it. (And if you have any comments regarding the teaser, that’s fine, too.)