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Sneak Peek 3 of The Red Cardinal, Book 6 of the Cardinal Series by Mia Smantz

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Hello all!

Welcome to the sneak peeks countdown. With the 6th (and last) book, The Red Cardinal, soon to be released near the end of April, I'll be posting some snippets from the story to whet your whistles :)


I'm sure everyone has a lot going on right now with the upcoming holidays, so if you've made it this far, then I thank you for being here and tuning in.


Now, if you're here, then you are getting excited for the release of The Red Cardinal, book 6 of the Cardinal Series!


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 as well as Cardinal Rose and The Red Cardinal. I'll make sure to announce it on social media.


Just some old business to bring up, I created the pre-order for the next book so that I could include the link within the current book, but I haven't been promoting it. But, here it is, the next series:





We're finished with the series--for now. People have asked if I'll be making another series with these characters in it, and my answer is undecided. With the finish of each book in my first ever series, the feeling has gone from 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 at the end of this book.


But for now, be sure to check out the new series, The Fire Series, with a new cast of characters to learn to love or hate--or both!







The Red Cardinal, Book 6


SNEAK PEEK



I had to stop and swallow down the lump that squeezed my throat in a vice before I could continue. “If he pushed the button that ended Karl and Natasia’s lives, I’ll never be able to forgive him. He could tell me that Ivanov himself threatened his grandmother, and I still wouldn’t. That—”


Everything that had been building up crumbled at that point. I broke down into gut-wrenching sobs. It didn’t register when my shaking, trembling form was pulled against a sturdy chest, but my hands wrapped around the person’s neck on their own as I clung on like a life-preserver in the middle of a gale force storm battling an angry ocean.


Anguish, despair, and grief crashed down in tidal waves as I cried and cried and cried.


“They’re dead,” I croaked through my bouts of tears. With the pounding emotions, I barely had time to breathe, so speaking was sketchy at best. I didn’t know if the words had even come out intelligible—or in English, but the person holding me tightened their grip all the same.


I smelled the citrus of Gojo cleaner and hot metal.


“Jace,” I whimpered, scrambling closer as if he could absorb me inside him where I’d feel safe.


“It’s okay. I’ve got you. Let it all out.” He rubbed circles on my back and kept humming soothing words in my ear.


It calmed me enough that I could speak through shaky hiccups and my painfully constricted chest. “I-I d-don’t kn-know if I-I can-n do this.”


“That’s crazy, Callie, and you know it. Of course you can do this.”