Tuesday, September 26, 2023

Tuesday Teaser - Edge of Darkness notes



Name: Kit Meadows--Kit is nickname-full name is Kittappa (Kit-tappa)

Gender-fluid; bonded to Hudson and Connie but as of right now has no idea. Kit’s ex-boyfriend was Don; hunter. Tricked Kit which led to the attack on Austin and Kit finding out about the paranormal world. The ex has disappeared now after attack at Kit's bookstore. Kit is currently living at Hudson's compound for safety reasons. He as agreed to a sexual relationship with Connie and Hudson, not knowing just who he is to the two

Age: early 30s

Height/Weight: 5’10 and 170; tone and bendy

Scent: magnolias-floral and lemmony

Eye color: Hazel

Hair color and style: long, wavy light brown hair

Other distinguishing physical traits: none/wears makeup and sometimes has scruff

Clothing style/frequently worn clothes: likes to dress stylishly and edgy. Likes lace.

Physical imperfections: none

Race/Ethnic group: W

Occupation: owner of The Book Spot

Kit's parents: 

Grace (maiden name: Harper) Meadows

Dads: Chris Meadows and Michail Papadopoulos

~history: grew up in the The Ozarks or Ozark Mountains; a highland region that covers almost half of the state of Missouri. You can live off the land and still use various gadgets and appliances in communes. You can even log on to the Internet. Used solar power, farmed, raised animals for food, and so on. 

Kit has two dads and a mom. Very accepting of his Kit’s desire not to conform to accepted ideas of masculinity. Did go to college to get a business degree. As much as he loved his parents and his communal living, he still left home and moved to San DeLain. So, close to his parents. He is an only child.

Monday, September 25, 2023

Welcome to Pucker Up Monday

It’s not what you think, lol. Since Mondays do tend to suck, I thought I’d try to start the week off right for y’all. 

Friday, September 22, 2023

Edge of Darkness is LIVE!!


Sometimes the dragon gods make mistakes.

That’s the best rationale Hudson can come up with. How else can he account for the fact that the one he’s falling in love with is not his fated mate? Getting involved with someone he doesn’t share a soul bond with could be devastating, but Hudson is willing to take the risk. Connie is his and nothing will stand in his way of having him.

Sometimes the dragon gods might be more clever than anyone gives them credit for.

A sassy human stumbles into Hudson and Connie’s life, upsetting their very existence. How can Hudson and Connie have a soul bond to Kit… but not each other? Are the Fates drunk? Or testing them? Dragons are possessive creatures, and that’s before adding in one of them is a thousand-year-old royal in charge of the dragons of San DeLain.

Sometimes it’s better not to question the dragon gods.

But things aren’t always as they appear. Danger stalks the streets of San DeLain in the form of an old enemy once thought dead. What’s real? What isn’t? As Kit struggles with a nightmare from his past, Hudson and Connie try to figure out how to keep their very breakable human in one-piece and happy. Fate is a tricky, tricky thing, and sometimes?
Well, sometimes Hudson has just gotta trust the dragon gods as the darkness edges closer.

This series is the second set of books in the world of San DeLain. There will be three books with the dragons, and this is definitely going to be a slow burn series that stretches out over the three books. Kit, Hudson, and Connie will get their HEA, but I don’t want to rush this relationship.

Since there will be several series based in this world, and each series will build off the last, I highly recommend reading the series in order.

Daemons of San DeLain is first:
Chasing Shadows #1
Shadows Embrace #2
Of Love and Shadows #3

Then the 2nd series is: Dragons of San DeLain
Edge of Darkness #1
Book #2> Coming Soon
Book #3> Coming Soon

Then the 3rd series will be: Gargoyles of San DeLain
Book #1 Anticipated out late 2024
Book #2
Book #3

Buy link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0CFJYD95N

Tuesday, September 19, 2023

Tuesday Teaser - Dragons of San DeLain


Conrad Turner (Connie)


Hair: short golden red-top is longer 

Eyes: brown 

Skin: pale with scruff 

Height: 6’ 

Dragon Age: 600 (so an older young adult dragon) 

Human Age appearance: late 20s/early 30s 

Scent: toasted marshmallows and cinnamon 


*Can partially shift body parts. Like eyes, claws, teeth and so on

Has a 3rd form which is the creepy grayish white form 

~his dragon collects art/gold 

~has his own cabin in the compound/does not live with Hudson right now; has his own vault for his hoard


Dragon Form:

~Fire dragons tend to be very large and fire-breathing 

Body: scaly creatures shaped like a lizard with four rotund, muscled legs sprouting from a stocky body. Long necks with horns. Ridges down back to the tail. Has huge leathery-like wings 

Scales: more of a golden red with golden scales 

Eyes: the iris of his eyes were a golden red sunburst of color with black slitted pupils—like a cat or lizard. 

Height: big as a two-story house

Hybrid Form*:

Hair: rope like 

Eyes: dragon eye color now 

Skin: grayish-white membrane-looking skin that is smooth and feels rubbery, also ropy and muscular 

Horns form in the upper forehead region 

Pointed ears 

No clothes in this form, but genitals are contained 

Height: 7 foot. Taller than human form. 

Language: speaks English, native language, French, German


Monday, September 18, 2023

Welcome to Pucker Up Monday

It’s not what you think, lol. Since Mondays do tend to suck, I thought I’d try to start the week off right for y’all. 

Thursday, September 14, 2023

Thursday Book Recommendation


These are books I’ve read and really enjoyed. Most of what I talk about will probably be paranormal/scifi but not always. Although it’s rare, I do read some contemporary. 

This week is:  The First and Last Adventure of Kit Sawyer by S.E. Harmon


In the archaeology community, Christopher “Kit” Sawyer’s family is a legacy. And while he may be a historian, not a treasure hunter, he thinks he does a pretty good job of living up to the Sawyer name. He's a book-smart research fanatic and does his best work at his tidy desk. No fedora and whip for him, if you please—a nice cup of coffee and a comfy chair will do. But decoding an ancient relic soon gives him more adventure than he bargained for.

Unwittingly, he unleashes a force he doesn't know how to control. And now he has to reunite the relic with a powerful Aztec God. The trouble with that? Kit doesn’t where to find the Tlaloc’s temple. No one does, in fact. Finding it could be a discovery for the ages. It could also lead to his untimely death. So...yay? But it’s not like he has a choice. So off to the Mexican jungle he goes.

At least he isn’t going alone.

Ethan Stone, former stepbrother and overall pain in the rump, horns in on the expedition. An experienced archaeologist, he's only coming along at their grandfather's request—which annoys Kit to no end. But he knows Ethan is just the right person to get them through the jungle safely. It’s just too bad someone is trying to beat them to the temple. And he’s willing to do anything to get there first.

Ethan thinks Kit is in over his head. Kit is secretly afraid he just may be right. In manners of archaeology...and manners of the heart….

Amazon link: https://www.amazon.com/First-Last-Adventure-Kit-Sawyer-ebook/dp/B0CBZS8B5P

Tuesday, September 12, 2023

Fire Court of San DeLain info


Hudson Redmond – dragon; King of the Fire Court of San DeLain; Hudson’s home is called Redmond Compound. Considered an Ancient by other paranormals mainly because of his age (a thousand years old). His court has 40 members.

Hudson owns a helicopter and can fly it. Did in book #1 Daemons of San DeLain; owns a private jet too which Kage and Austin are using to go to Greece right now

Dragons tend to take what they want, including humans. And yet dragons whined about how their chosen mates often fought them in the beginning. 

A dragon can extend a human’s live by giving them their blood like the daemon do. Dragons are born(hatched) not changed, so you can’t turn a human into a dragon. Dragons can only reproduce with another dragon because they lay eggs. In regard to red dragons: History says mates who are not dragon-born can withstand their red dragon fire.

Race, meaning skin color in human form, does not matter. It’s all about the hair color with Reds.

Dragons only need round 5 hrs of sleep, although they can sleep longer. They just don’t need it.

A group of dragons are called a court..

Hudson collects gold/gemstones (esp rubies)

Dragons have control over ALL types of fire. Like a fire in a fireplace, a flame from a candle, and so on. 

They can breathe fire in either form (Hudson burned a hunter in Chasing Shadows while in human form)

Dragons are magical creatures, so yes, reds can conjure fire in any form and do magic/spells

All Fire Court has shades of red hair and brown eyes. A trait of red dragons in human form 

They also love to fight and are the most powerful of the dragons.


Hatchling: birth to 99

Youngling: 100-499

Sir/Mistress: 500-699

Lord/Lady: 700 to 999

Grand Lord/Lady: 1000+ who not born king/queen

King/Queen must be born, they are a totally red dragon--sign they are a king or queen


 Hudson’s Human Form:

*Can partially shift body parts. Like eyes, claws, teeth and so on. Has this 3rd form which is the creepy grayish white form* 

Hair: long, deep red (auburn)

Eyes: brown

Skin: pale

Height: about 6’2

Scent: woodsy with an cedar undertone (like a bonfire)

Dragon Age: 1,000 (year 1022- this would be the year 1020 AD, a time during the late Middle Ages and only 46 years from the start of the medieval period with the arrival of William the conquer in 1066. For the average person, life during this time would be very difficult indeed and luck would play a huge part in your ability to survive.) Back then dragons mainly stayed in dragon form and hid from humans 

Human Age appearance: middle 30s 

Language: All dragons 1st language is Draconian; also speaks English, Russian, Korean, French, Spanish, & Italian.

Hybrid Form*:


Hair: rope like

Eyes: dragon eye color now

Skin: grayish-white membrane-looking skin that is smooth and feels rubbery, also ropy and muscular 

Horns form in the upper forehead region

Pointed ears

No clothes in this form, but genitals are contained

Height: 7 foot. Taller than human form.

Dragon Form:

Fire dragons tend to be very large and fire-breathing

 Body: scaly creatures shaped like a lizard with four rotund, muscled legs sprouting from a stocky body. Long necks with horns. Ridges down back to the tail. Has huge leathery-like wings 

Scales: all red but do reflect the sun light so some look reddish gold 

Eyes: the iris of his eyes were a goldish red sunburst of color with black slitted pupils—like a cat or lizard. 

Height: big as a three-story house (he’s the biggest since he’s king) Non-royal dragons are as big as a 2-story house


Monday, September 11, 2023

Welcome to Pucker Up Monday

It’s not what you think, lol. Since Mondays do tend to suck, I thought I’d try to start the week off right for y’all. 

Thursday, September 7, 2023

Thursday Book Recommendation


These are books I’ve read and really enjoyed. Most of what I talk about will probably be paranormal/scifi but not always. Although it’s rare, I do read some contemporary. 

This week is:  Humbled (Trophy Doms Social Club Book 1) Kate Hawthorne




If I were the kind of man who carved actual notches into my bedpost for every new partner who landed between my sheets, I wouldn’t have a bed left to show for it.


I know my way around the bedroom and the playroom, so I should have known that flirting with my older--and dominant--boss was a recipe for disaster. But by the time I realize I'm in over my head with the disgustingly rich and perfectly commanding Robert McAvoy, it's too late to turn back. I want him and I crave the way he makes me feel, even if it's confusing and threatens everything about the life I've built for myself.

 I'm not a submissive. I'm not meek and I'm not mild, but when Rob is around it's easy to see the appeal in all of those things. 

* * * 

Flirting with Grayson was a bad idea from the start, but I've never been the kind of man to shy away from a challenge. 


He's frustrating, but he's brilliant. He's defensive and dominant, but he's desperate to be taken care of. He's perfect for me, and it doesn't matter how long I have to wait for him to see it because he's worth all of my time and more. A back and forth game leads to something far more real than either of us bargained for, and before long Grayson is in my bed and my heart. 

I want Grayson on his knees for me, and I'm willing to do whatever it takes to get him there, even if that means I have to humble myself before the man who’s too scared to trust me with his heart. 

Whatever it takes. 


Amazon link: https://www.amazon.com/Humbled-Trophy-Doms-Social-Club-ebook/dp/B0CC75GQ39

Tuesday, September 5, 2023

Tuesday Teaser

~Okay,  ya'll, this is the last teaser from Hudson's book. Release date is Sept 22. (Click on the link to preorder)



One second Hudson was sound asleep, and the next, he was wide-awake and on the verge of transforming into his true form. He wrestled the urge back, but it was a near thing.

By the dragon gods, he was even panting. It had been hundreds of years since he’d come close to losing control. What the hell? But something had nearly caused that loss of control and fear in his chest.

Yes, fear. Along with sadness.

Shoving his sweaty hair back, he glanced at the clock and grimaced. Five fucking o’clock in the morning? The fuck? A memory flirted on the edge of his consciousness, just out of reach and fading quickly.

Hudson desperately tried to grab ahold of it. But like fairy dust, it slipped away no matter how hard he tried to hold on to it. There had been someone standing in the moon’s light, but for some reason, Hudson hadn’t been able to clearly see him.

But the one thing he did know was that it was a man, and he had long, light-brown hair. Dragons of the Fire Court had red hair. Every. Last. One. Of. Them. Whoever he’d been dreaming about, it had not been Connie or any other dragon in his court.

And he’d been circling above the man in his dragon form.

“Fuck!” Connie clutched Hudson’s arm, his claws sinking into flesh. “I think I’m going to—”

Hudson quickly glanced at Connie, who was sitting in bed next to him. His eyes were those of his dragon, his claws were out, and his horns were extending from his forehead. His skin was quickly fading to that sickly gray color that signified a partial shift.

Hudson grabbed Connie’s chin and stared into his eyes. “No.” The powerful voice of his dragon demanded attention. “You will not change.”

Connie sucked in a breath. “Yes… yes, my king. Dragon gods above, I will not lose control!”

As Hudson watched, Connie fought for control. Breath shuddering, he gave himself over to Hudson’s demand. Eventually Connie’s eyes returned to their lovely shade of brown, his horns receded, and his claws disappeared.

“What the fuck was that?” Connie choked out, still shaking. “I was dreaming about, about, something, and now I can’t really remember, but I kept hearing the word ‘choose’ and then suddenly I was really upset, and I just, I just….”

“Easy, sweetheart.” Hudson wrapped Connie up in his arms.

“I almost lost control. I can’t believe I almost lost control. I could’ve easily destroyed this section of your house if I had changed into my dragon.”

“But you didn’t.” But it’d been close. “You got the urge under control. Do you remember what you were dreaming?”

“Good thing I was in bed with you because I don’t think I would have otherwise. And no, I don’t really remember. It’s like it’s there, right on the edge of my brain, but I can’t remember for some reason.”

“Okay.” Hudson hugged Connie again. “But you remember the word ‘choose’, right?”

“Yes. It’s like the word was shouting inside of my head. But I don’t think it was aimed at me. And I was afraid. And upset. Sad. Oh, wait. I do remember something.”


“I was circling above a person in dragon form, but he had long, light-brown hair. He wasn’t one of us with that hair color.”

Goose bumps crawled up Hudson’s back. There was no way, absolutely no way, they could’ve both had the same dream. Could they? It certainly sounded like they had. “Connie?”


“It was a man? You’re sure?”

“I am, but I don’t know why I’m sure.”

Hudson took a deep breath before replying. “I think I had the same dream.”

Monday, September 4, 2023

Welcome to Pucker Up Monday

It’s not what you think, lol. Since Mondays do tend to suck, I thought I’d try to start the week off right for y’all. 

Monday, August 28, 2023

Welcome to Pucker Up Monday

It’s not what you think, lol. Since Mondays do tend to suck, I thought I’d try to start the week off right for y’all. 

Tuesday, August 8, 2023

Tuesday Teaser

Chapter Six – Kit

THE NEXT few days were a whirlwind of activity , and the weekend had finally arrived. It’d been a good week. He and Beckett worked well together and even had exchanged phone numbers. He thought they were becoming friends. 

He’d also been told that someone would be tailing him after he left work too. Hudson had once again sent a picture of the dragon who’d be following him around after work. 

This time, though, his babysitter would just be keeping an eye on him. In other words, he wouldn’t be working with them like he did with Beckett.

Kit hadn’t been entirely sure how he felt about that, but it made sense. There wasn’t any point in only keep an eye on him during the day. That left all night for bad things to happen. At least Kit had been told. He was already paranoid enough without adding in someone following him that he didn’t know about.

Standing in the doorway of his office, Kit looked the space over with a critical eye. He’d finished painting the space and now had it furnished. He really liked the colors, and it gave the smaller room a bright, airy feeling.

He was rather happy with the outcome.

And speaking of happy outcomes, Beckett had been a godsend. Or maybe he should say a dragonsend. Was there such a word? If not, there definitely should be. 

Beckett hadn’t been joking when he said he was a book lover. He could talk about any author Kit brought up. They’d had long discussions over the classics—including funny little stories about a certain English playwright, poet, and actor from long ago that Beckett had met.

Shakespeare. Beckett had freaking met William Shakespeare.

It boggled Kit’s mind just how long Beckett had obviously been alive. In fact, he wasn’t entirely sure how old Beckett was. Was it polite to ask? Yeah, probably not.


But after spending several days in Beckett’s company, it was fairly obvious the man was much older than he looked—and he looked to be in his early thirties at the very least.

And had Kit mentioned Beckett was drop-dead gorgeous? Kind too. He was always willing to lend a hand, whether it was something Kit or one of his employees needed. He treated everyone in the store with the utmost respect also.

Beckett was perfect in every way—and he did absolutely nothing for Kit’s libido. Not even a spark. Just nothing. Kit really needed to have a serious conversation with his libido. 

Maybe he could trade it in for a new one, because obviously there was something wrong with his. It made him want to beat his head against the nearest wall.

He’s only been half kidding about being terminally single, but it appeared his body took his comment as the gospel.

Fuck his life. 

“Hey. Ready to call it a day?” Beckett asked, coming to a stop next to Kit.

“Yup.” Kit followed Beckett to the front of the store, set the alarm, and locked the door. Beckett had made it a point to always walk Kit out to his car, which Kit appreciated.

Kit unlocked his car door and opened it. “Thanks. Have a good weekend. I’ll see you Monday.”

Beckett rested his hand on Kit’s car door. “Hey, listen, do you have plans this weekend?”

Oh no. Kit sincerely hoped Beckett wasn’t about to ask him out. The only feelings he had toward Beckett were those of friendship. “Not really. Why?”

“You know you have somebody trailing you, but if you do decide to go out, make sure you always stay with crowds. Just to be safe,” Beckett said. “I mean, in this day and age, that goes without saying anyway, you know?”

“Believe me, I know.” Kit wanted to hug Beckett. He really was the nicest person ever. “But no, more than likely I’ll stay home. I’m not really in the mood to party.”

“I’m sorry to hear that, but I do understand. Okay, I’ll see you Monday.” Beckett pushed Kit’s car door closed, waved, then walked over to his truck. 

Kit  started his car and pulled out of the parking lot, Beckett right behind him. He’d follow Kit all the way to his apartment complex before breaking off and heading home. Wherever home was for Beckett. 

Kit also knew what the dragon who was watching him drove. He thought his name was Leo. Maybe it was Leon. No, no, it was Leo. Like the Zodiac sign. Except he was a dragon, not a lion. 

But didn’t the sign have something to do with fire? Maybe? Which made sense, considering that Leo was a red dragon who breathed fire and… and good grief, can you say squirrel brain? 

Anyway, Beckett had introduced him to Kit. How Leo managed to sit there all night without drawing any attention was beyond Kit. But then again, Kit had no idea just how influential Hudson was. 

Oh, he’d definitely googled Hudson, and he knew the man was insanely rich, just like his good buddy Kage. No doubt about it, money talked. Must be nice.

Kit parked in the underground parking reserved for his apartment building. He lived on the tenth floor and had a fairly decent view, thank goodness. 

The layout of his apartment was one where you entered through the kitchen. The reason for that were the floor-to-ceiling windows at the other end. His apartment had lots of natural light, even if it was small. 

He hung his keys up next to the front door, then locked it. The kitchen was open concept to the living area with a small island between the two. The flooring was some sort of fake light gray hardwood and the walls were white. 

Even the cabinets in the kitchen were light gray. The countertops were gray marble. There was a whole lot of damn gray, so of course Kit combated it with pops of color everywhere. 

The living area only had enough room for a couch, a small chair, and the TV. The bedroom and bathroom pretty much followed the same theme: gray flooring and white walls. 

It wasn’t a bad apartment, it was just… an apartment. He’d grown up surrounded by nature with lots and lots of room to roam. Sometimes it was hard to breathe in this little boxy thing.

He’d kill to have a garden again.

Kit changed into pink yoga pants and an oversized T-shirt that looked as if it had been splattered with pink and orange paint. Tying one part of it into a knot on his hip, he padded out of his bedroom. Flipping his hair over his shoulder, he made a beeline for the kitchen.

Time for wine.

Curling up on the couch with his drink, he turned on the TV. It was a little early to think about dinner, so he decided he’d pick up where he’d left off rewatching Game of Thrones. Hello badass dragons! Then maybe he’d have dinner delivered from his favorite Italian restaurant down the street. 

Honestly, what could be better than that? Maybe if he said it a few more million times, he’d believe it.

Monday, August 7, 2023

Welcome to Pucker Up Monday

 It’s not what you think, lol. Since Mondays do tend to suck, I thought I’d try to start the week off right for y’all. 

Tuesday, August 1, 2023

Tuesday Teaser


Of course, Kit hadn’t explained to his employees why his ex-boyfriend was now an ex. All he’d said was that Don had done something horrible, and Kit had dumped him.

Which, basically, was true. Thanks to that, Kit had decided he was going to be terminally single.

“Right. But are they’re going to believe I suddenly hired a new employee with no warning, either?” Kit rubbed his forehead as he stared into space.

Finding out about paranormals was a huge pain in his ass. How did people deal with this stuff? Just lie all the time? He was a horrible liar. Just ask anyone who knew him.

“There’s no way around it, I’m going to have to act like he’s an employee. That’s the only thing that would make sense.” Kit sincerely hoped Beckett was willing to play along. 

While Kit waited on his food, he tried to get as much painted as he could. A picture of Beckett also came in. No doubt about it, the guy was good-looking, and in the picture at least, he looked friendly. Shrugging, Kit slid his phone back into his pocket. Frankly, after the disastrous ending of his last relationship, he was kind of off men at the moment.

About twenty minutes later, he scrubbing the paint off his hands so he could eat. Sitting at his desk, he dug in. He inhaled his sandwich he was so hungry. He’d really worked up an appetite paining, which was nice since that too had been off lately.

Kit had just eaten the last chip when another one of his employees popped her head into his office to tell him he had a visitor. Figuring it was Beckett, he cleaned up the remains of his lunch, tossed his trash, and made a quick trip to the employees’ bathroom to wash his hands.

Butterflies took flight in his stomach as he made his way up front. He was about to meet a real live dragon. That was excitingly terrifying. 

He spotted Beckett almost immediately, and he had to say, the picture really didn’t do the guy justice. He was simply gorgeous. As luck would have it, he was standing in a beam of sunlight that made his reddish gold hair blaze. 

“Hey!” Kit came to a stop in front of Beckett and held out his hand. “I’m Kit Meadows.”

Beckett shook Kit’s hand. “Nice to meet you, Kit. I’m Beckett Newhouse. I believe you’re expecting me?”

“Yes.” Kit took note of the red hair and brown eyes. “Why don’t we go back to my office?”

“Sounds good.”

As Kit led back Beckett back, the previous mentioned butterflies were now doing cartwheels in his stomach. And get this. Now that he knew paranormals existed, he was uncomfortable having one at his back. Which was silly, really. He had firsthand knowledge how useless he was at defending himself against one, so why worry about it, right?

Yeah, no. He was not gonna relive that again. Nope.

“Come on in. I’m in the process of moving my office, so things are a mess right now. Sorry about that. Damn.” Well, he was certainly an idiot. “There’s nowhere for you to sit. Just a second, let me go grab a chair from our breakroom. Sorry.”

“Hey, it’s not a problem. I completely understand.”

“Be right back.” Kit hurried down the hall, grabbed the chair, and rushed back to his office. Seriously, where was his brain lately? He said it down in front of his desk.

“Thank you,” Beckett said taking a seat.

Kit collapsed into his desk chair and blew a stray stand of hair out of his face. “Really, I’m usually much more organized than this.”

“Kit, it’s okay. Hudson explained everything. Of course you’re rattled after what you went through.”

Kit leaned his head back and stared up at ceiling. “It’s been an adjustment, that’s for sure.” Kit straightened up in his chair and then made eye contact with Beckett. “Anyway, sorry you got stuck with babysitting duty, but I really do appreciate you being here.”

“Don’t look at it as babysitting duty, and I’m thrilled to be here. Hudson did tell you I love books, right?”

“Yes, he did.”

“And he did tell you that I am more than willing to help out around here, right?”

“He did. I don’t want you to feel obligated, though. I don’t know if you have another job or whatever, but—”

“It’s fine, I promise.”

“Okay. Okay. Sorry.” Lord, he had already apologized twice so far. He needed to stop that. Gah, what an impression he must be making. “I guess I’m still somewhat overwhelmed.”

“Again, that’s not surprising, all things considered. It’s going to be okay, Kit. I’m pleased to be here and more than willing to help out. And also? Just so we’re clear? You’re not a burden, just in case that thought may be lurking around in your head.”

“I mean… yeah. It is. And I am. I’m just sorry Hudson got stuck with… me.” Oh look, third time apologizing.

“My king was asked by his dear friend to watch over you. In other words, Kage honored Hudson by entrusting your care to Hudson. I’m honored my king gave that duty to me.”

“Wow, that’s…. Yeah.” What a beautiful thing to say. “Thank you. That helps.”

“I’m glad, because I meant it. Now, I see you’ve started painting. Would you like to have a helping hand?”

“Seriously?” Because really, who willingly offered to help paint? Who did stuff like that?

“Seriously. Between the two of us, I believe we can get this done in a matter of hours. I like the color, by the way.”

Apparently, dragons did stuff like that. More than happy to have help, Kit stood. “That would be awesome and thank you.”

 “I never would’ve thought of combining those two colors, but they definitely work together. You have a good eye.”

“I know, right, and thanks! Oh hey, by the way, I’m going to tell everybody here you’re a new hire,” Kit said. “For a bookstore, we’re pretty busy, and several of the ladies here have been on me to hire somebody to help me out. So I’m going to say you’re my new assistant.”

“Excellent idea. In that case, let me assist you in painting this room.” Grinning, Beckett stood too.

Laughing, Kit led Beckett over to the cans of paint.