It's In The Blood POD Print

By Juanita Aydlette

Never stare at a shirtless hunk with green eyes. Gabrielle Madsen is drawn in by such a pair of eyes that capture her soul and leave her a prisoner of an addictive kind of love--not that she's complaining. But her educational trip turns out to be more than just a fun-filled summer escapade.

She's faced with a life-changing decision that could affect the whole world around her. Her discovery of this ancient, legend-comes-to-life proves to be deadly, but her swooning heart can't break away. She and Josh Van Ness fall in love and must battle all of the forces that want to keep them apart.

Genre: Fantasy/Suspense

Sensuality rating: 1

Cover Art by Fiona Jayde

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Chapter 1

Culture Shock


Normally, I would have jumped at the chance to spend my summer vacation away from the watchful eyes of my parents, but that particular summer I craved their presence. I’d attended the community college in my hometown in Louisiana for the last two years and was ready to stretch my wings. The fresh air of independence invaded my nostrils as I planned my move to the University of Portland in Oregon next semester. My junior year was approaching and I was a botany major with a minor in zoology. My mom and I were going to do some serious bonding before I went off on my own. Shopping would kick-start that process. My Aunt Katie lived in Portland so my parents were at ease with my relocating.

Plans for the summer included hanging out with my three best friends. Those plans were completely crushed when my parents insisted that I accompany them to Nairobi, Kenya. My father, Roger Madsen, a Structural Engineer, landed a three-month contract to help oversee the final phase of a bridge being built over the Ewaso River. My mother took a leave of absence to volunteer her services as a nurse in one of the village hospitals outside of the city. They hoped their hard work would make a big impact on the health and lives of the people.

I couldn’t crush their excitement by telling them I’d rather stay behind with Aunt Kate to learn my way around Portland before classes started. Instead, I pretended to be as thrilled as they were. Deep inside, however, I knew this was an opportunity so many people only ever dreamed of, to travel abroad, and of all places: Africa. Maybe I would discover a new plant species, or maybe an animal that can only be seen under a microscope.

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From the moment I stepped off the plane, a new sense of freedom took over me. Though I was a stranger in a new country with different languages, my sudden urge to discover overshadowed all other emotions. The airport was located in a rural area away from the city. Closing my eyes, I inhaled the stagnant air. The heat slammed into me as we stepped outside and waited for a taxi, and a tingling in my spine made me fear I was being watched. The crowds moved quickly, like colonies of ants scattered about, all focused on a certain destination. The vibrant hues of their attire instantly attacked my retinas. Everyone surrounding me was swathed in colors that soothe the soul, but I couldn’t find where the uneasy feeling was coming from.


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