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Sneak Peek 4 of Baptism by Fire, Book 2 of the Stillwind Series by Mia Smantz

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Hello all!

Welcome to the sneak peeks countdown. With the second book of the new series, Baptism by Fire, soon to be released on July 1st, I'll be posting some snippets from the story to whet your whistles :)

This book has been a long time in the making, so if you're still here, thanks for sticking through.

Some notes before we get to the good stuff... my first series, The Cardinal Series is all completed and available on Amazon Kindle Unlimited for free. It's also available for purchase. If you're interested in purchasing a 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-book limit. Get the Kindle version here. 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.

One more thing before the preview, I've got the third book of the series, Backfire, up on Amazon, so preorder your copy today!

Baptism by Fire, Book 2


Eli frowned, especially when I made no move to protest the action. “Sasha, what’s wrong?”

“Fucking Rossi got to her somehow,” Rory informed him.

I hadn’t confirmed his earlier assumption, but the stubborn redhead had apparently made up his mind on the subject.

Rossi had shot himself in the foot tonight by snatching me when people were expecting me. If the cat got out of the bag after the conversation the guys all seemed to be gearing up for, he’d have no one to blame but himself. After torturing me and fogging my brain to the point of being useless in the verbal sparring these four men relished putting me through, Rossi had all but served me up on a silver platter. It’d be pushing it just to endure the stairs before passing out in Flint’s warm, comfy, cozy…

“Sasha,” Brien queried, his voice reaching me from the darkness. I blinked my eyes open, disoriented and shocked since I hadn’t recalled closing them. Nor did I remember arriving upstairs.

“Alright, spill it, Popova. We already know you went missing. Your waiter called Eli, freaking the fuck out when you didn’t text her that you’d gotten home all safe and sound.”

So that was how they’d known I’d been gone.

“You failed to answer your phone for anyone. We even checked your parents’ house when Eli could not get into your apartment,” Flint added, his silver gaze locked on mine as he lowered me to the couch. “After we determined you were not there, we spread the search farther.”

Rory was scouring the place for something, grumbling the entire time. “Where the fuck do you keep the blankets, Popova?”

“I don’t have a lot of extra blankets lying around. Terry claimed the ones I had and dragged them off somewhere.”

“Fucking menace,” he grumbled with a glare at the curious canine that’d followed us back up. Rory stomped off toward the bedrooms.

The record of my inner dialogue scratched. “Wait, you swung by my parents’ house? Please tell me they are not out t