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1st Sneak Peek of The Cardinal Sin, Book 4 of the Cardinal Series by Mia Smantz - Reverse-Harem Book

Updated: Dec 10, 2020

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Hello everyone! I hope you've been safe and made it this far through 2020. It's been a rough year.

Welcome back to the weekly sneak peeks. With the 4th book, The Cardinal Sin, soon to be released at the end of August, I'll be posting some snippets from the story to whet your whistles :)

This release date is very special to me. It will be exactly one year since my first book released at the start of this crazy train, but I also picked it because it was my dad's birthday. I like to think that somewhere out there, he gave me a dose of good luck. That was why releasing the fourth book that day, as a celebration of old memories with new people, was so important to me. At many points, I thought that maybe I wouldn't reach the deadline, but here we are.

So the memories of the people in my life taken away too soon gave me the push to take a chance to live my dream because life always goes faster than we hope. Here's a nod to all the people in our lives, unseen but never far.

Now, if you're here, then you are getting excited for the release of The Cardinal Sin, book 4 of the Cardinal Series! With a late August release, hopefully it'll be the perfect atmosphere to read with busy summer plans winding down.

Also, as a reminder--if you're interested in purchasing a new hardcopy set of the first two books, The Cardinal Bird and Cardinal Caged, you can buy the first volume here. This volume is also available in the Kindle Unlimited store if you want to purchase or add to your ten-book Unlimited list to help free up a slot for another great book. I know I always have a hard time trying to cull my ten-books. Get the Kindle version here. Both versions save you some money by bundling :) Plus, it has an amazing new cover design. Soon, I'll be bundling the second volume of the series to include Cardinal of Hope and The Cardinal Sin. I'll make sure to announce it on social media.

I chose this week's excerpt because some people have stumbled across the fifth book, Cardinal Rose and have been sharing it on social media. I created the pre-order so that I could include the link within the fourth book, but I haven't been promoting it. Yet. So, here is me officially promoting the fifth book of the series, Cardinal Rose. the cover of the book the cover of the book hints at things to come in the fifth book--lots of Easter eggs in there, INCLUDING the color of Callie's hair.

We're two-thirds through the series now. People have asked if I'll be making another series with these characters in it, and my answer for now is undecided. With the finish of each book in my first ever series, the feeling has gone from to relief to bittersweet. I know some of you feel the same way. Which is why I can't completely close the lid on further series with Callie and her boys. I've been laying small Easter eggs that would pave the way for further plot, but not be so pressing as to leave us hanging when we reach the end of book 6.

For now, enjoy it while it lasts :)

The Cardinal Sin, book 4


Jace sat up, watching me drowsily with his dark chocolate eyes—and yes, it was Jace. I wasn’t sure where his twin, CJ, and the other missing person on the Emerson Team, Bryce, were. I tried not to think about Emerson’s absence, but the pang in my chest told me I wasn’t doing a very good job at it.

The office was small and crowded, but it seemed cozy instead of suffocating. I would’ve welcomed the missing people with open arms.

Jace blinked before straightening in the chair. His honey curls fell down his forehead as he did so. In just seconds, he looked more alert. His eyes scanned the room, checking over everyone as I had.

When he finished, he turned back to me and approached. He lifted his hands, giving me a reassuring squeeze before dropping mine. Wanting to remain silent, he signed, “You scared me. I thought I hurt you when I picked you up.”

It took a second to make sure I’d translated what he’d said before shaking my head as adamantly as possible with a bruised jaw and throat. I wanted to reassure him more but didn’t want to dislodge the IV.

He continued signing to let the others in the room sleep. “You were a lot more injured than you let on.

He needed to spell out “injured” since I wasn’t familiar with the word. I shrugged in response.

I bit my split lip before decidin