Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Release Blitz + Giveaway: In Plain Sight by Senayda Pierre

by Senayda Pierre 
Release Date: 8/11/2015

“Hide in plain sight. Grandfather’s mantra is forever ingrained in me.”
Sahalie is the last of her lineage, bearing supernatural abilities gifted by the Spirits. She knows that in order to unlock her full potential she needs to find her mate. Yet in order to protect herself from the demanding Elders that would arrange a marriage and taint her bloodline Sahalie knows she cannot reveal her secret abilities nor share her lineage with anyone but her true mate. She feels an instant and an undeniable connection with Yuma. Her Spirit Animal, a sassy little red fox is also drawn to the man’s Spirit Animal, a powerful tiger.  
The problem? 
Yuma is the son of an Elder. An Elder’s son means Yuma is neck-deep in community politics and drama. And she wants none of that. While Sahalie tries to avoid Yuma, the pull of true mates is evident and soon they find themselves unable to stay apart.
“What is it about you Sahalie?” I voice the question that’s haunted me since I first locked gazes with her. 
Yuma has a very difficult decision to make… Will he follow his heart and Spirit Animal’s wishes and claim Sahalie as his true mate or will he uphold his duty to the communities and follow through with an arranged mating?
Yuma’s life-altering decision will affect everyone… not just him and Sahalie but the future of all their communities.

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Everything hurts. I can’t breathe. I can’t see. I can’t function. Ahanu takes me to his house refusing to leave me alone. Words bounce around in my head but they make no sense. The pain is all encompassing. It drowns me while setting me on fire. I claw at my skin desperate to feel something other than the branding of the permanent separation. The tiger’s soul-wrenching roar echoes in my head; it bounces around my hollow chest. I’m lost without that tether. The pieces of our puzzle obliterated into oblivion.
“I’m here Sahalie” Ahanu whispers over and over. I know he’s with me but I’m not sure if I’m entirely present. Parts of me are missing, broken, permanently gone. I’m no longer the same person who had woken up this morning; the same person who had made love to Yuma the night before. She no longer exists.
“I think you should stay with her tonight” Bena says from very far away. She sounds like she’s talking underwater. A part of me recognizes that she’s probably only a few feet away but everyone feels a million miles away.
“Are you okay with that” Ahanu hesitantly asks. He squeezes me tightly as a whimper escapes my lips. The excruciating pain consumes every part of me.
“I’ll sleep in the baby’s room. I just can’t believe he chose to sever…” Ahanu stops Bena from finishing. My body violently trembles. I don’t want to feel anything anymore.
“Make it stop” I beg. “Please make it stop.” Sobs wrack my body as the memory of Yuma weighs heavily on me. His beautiful eyes haunt me even when I try to see something else.
A pounding at the door makes Ahanu pull away leaving me bereft. His warmth disappears only to be replaced with mind-numbing coldness. The pain manifests from emotional to physical. I just want to curl up and die.
I howl at the loss of contact not wanting to lose someone else I love dearly. It isn’t rational. I know it but my mind and heart aren’t on the same page. Ahanu is mated and has a child but he’s all I have left. I’ve lost Grandfather and now Yuma.
“Go see who’s at the door” Ahanu instructs Bena as he returns to my side. My body trembles uncontrollably. My little fox curls into my chest. She alternates between whimpers and howls. I want to comfort her but I can’t move.
“What if its…” Bena doesn’t need to voice the rest of the question.
“It won’t be him” Ahanu insists, “But if it is he’s not permitted in. Call out if you need me.”
Bena disappears. I shake violently, my teeth chattering as if I’m trapped in a horrific blizzard or suffering from hypothermia. It doesn’t make sense but my body isn’t connected to my brain for the moment. It’s connected to my heart that was separated and lost in a tsunami of emotions.
“Oh Sahalie” Sani creeps onto the bed on the opposite side of Ahanu. I curl into my best friend with the Elder at my back. Their love and warmth aren’t enough to stop the pain or annihilation of my soul.
“I don’t know what to do” Ahanu despairs. If I had the ability to feel anything other than this soul shattering grief my heart would break at the sound of his quivering voice.
“Is she getting worse?” Sani inquires. He tilts my face left to right. I’m a limp ragdoll in their arms. The vise gripping my heart squeezes harder causing me to scream in pain.
“We think so” Bena answers “They’ve only been home an hour but her physical state is deteriorating.”
“I’m so sorry Sahalie” Sani whispers. He places his hand on my forehead. His palm is warm against my ice cold skin but the usual pleasurable tingle from his healing hand is absent. Sani recites an old healing incantation. Ahanu and Bena join in. Their Spirit Animals manifest in the room; a bald eagle rests on the headboard, the elephant stands at the foot of the bed, the peacock rests on one side of the bed and Grandfather’s fox paces on the other.
The room glows with the iridescent healing light. I close my eyes against the overpowering sight. The healing light seeps through me. I fall into unconsciousness but not darkness. Somewhere in the recesses of my mind I recognize that Sani has taken me into the Spirit World hoping to heal me from the inside out.


Senayda Pierre is a native Floridian who’s always had a passion for music, sports, reading and writing. She currently lives in Orlando, Florida with her husband and three beautiful daughters.

Senayda is an identical twin. That’s right, sometimes people give her a second glance wondering if she’s the person they know! She’s never seen snow… Swears she’ll live in Hawaii someday… And she intends to travel the world…

Senayda’s had a long love affair with reading and writing. She loved to write short stories and poetry throughout her childhood. Now Senayda’s moved onto novels.

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