Author: Katie Hamstead
Publication date: Winter, 2013
Genre: Romance, Suspense
Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing
Terrorists have invaded Sydney, and Allison King barely escapes her brother’s wedding reception alive. She and her siblings flee, but their parents are killed by firing squad.
Now Ali’s on the run and terrified. While searching for other survivors, she is captured by the General who leads the invasion. He’s smitten by Ali, and when she refuses to submit to his whims, he brands her for death. In a wild act of defiance, she snatches the branding rod and sears the mark onto his face. Marking not only him but also sealing her fate. Ali manages to escape and flees into the bush once more where she finds a group in hiding. Even with the scars left by the General, Ali learns to love and falls in love with the young man who found her—Damien Rogers.
But the General is hunting her. When he discovers their location, and finds her with another man—Damien—his wrath is kindled and his obsession is inflamed. Ali must put herself on the line or the General could kill her family, those who help her, and most significantly, the man she loves.
The man ordered the soldiers to wait outside and he shut the door behind us. He stepped up behind me and ran his fingers through my hair. "You smell awful."
He chuckled and ran his hands over my hips. "I think I'll send you to get washed first."
I pulled away in disgust. He snatched my hair and pulled me back against him. His arm wrapped around my waist and he held me tight.
"You should be flattered. I'm the General who led the takeover of the Sydney region. I'm very powerful, and don't usually take an interest in filthy western women." He let go of my hair and wrapped his hand around my throat. "But I like you, you're beautiful."
I struggled to pull free, but his hand tightened around my throat.
"Stop struggling." He whispered. "You can't get out of this. There are soldiers everywhere, so if you somehow manage to break free, you won't get far."
"Don't you dare touch me," I snarled.
He snickered, dropping his hand from my throat to grope my breast. "It will hurt less if you just submit."
The words of woman back in the room echoed in my ears, "The only way out is total submission or in the back of a truck."
Born and raised in Australia, Katie’s early years of day dreaming in the “bush”, and having her father tell her wild bedtime stories, inspired her passion for writing.
After graduating High School, she became a foreign exchange student where she met a young man who several years later she married. Now she lives in Arizona with her husband, daughter and their dog.
She has a diploma in travel and tourism which helps inspire her writing. She is currently at school studying English and Creative Writing.
Katie loves to out sing her friends and family, play sports and be a good wife and mother. She now works as a Clerk with a lien company in Arizona to help support her family and her schooling. She loves to write, and takes the few spare moments in her day to work on her novels.
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