Chaos Reigning

CHAOS REIGNING cover. A woman with dark, curly hair, in a long leather coat, facing left and holding a blaster. The background is an alien landscape with a planet and two moons in the sky and everything is shaded green-blue.
Part of the Consortium Rebellion series:

Interplanetary intrigue and romance combine in this electrifying finale to the Consortium Rebellion series.

As the youngest member of her High House, Catarina von Hasenberg is used to being underestimated, but her youth and flighty, bubbly personality mask a clever mind and stubborn determination. Her enemies, blind to her true strength, do not suspect that Cat is a spy—which makes her the perfect candidate to go undercover at a rival House’s summer retreat to gather intelligence on their recent treachery.

Cat’s overprotective older sister reluctantly agrees, but on one condition: Cat cannot go alone. Alexander Sterling, a quiet, gorgeous bodyguard, will accompany her, posing as her lover. After Cat tries, and fails, to ditch Alex, she grudgingly agrees, confident in her ability to manage him. After all, she’s never found a person she can’t manipulate.

But Alex proves more difficult—and more desirable—than Cat anticipated. When she’s attacked and nearly killed, she and Alex are forced to work together to figure out how deep the treason goes. With rumors of widespread assaults on Serenity raging, communications down, and the rest of her family trapped off-planet, Catarina must persuade Alex to return to Earth to expose the truth and finish this deadly battle once and for all.

But Cat can’t explain why she’s the perfect person to infiltrate hostile territory without revealing secrets she’d rather keep buried…

Scheduled for May 2020!
Excerpt:

Warning: rough draft, subject to change, etc, etc. :) And a longer snippet is available on the cover announcement post.


I grimaced. “Most of the people at the party see me as a bubbly socialite, not too bright but always fun. Since I’m bringing someone for the first time, I need to be smitten, and that means flirtatious and affectionate, perhaps a little blind that I’m being manipulated.”

“Can you do that?”

Here it was, my final out. I could say no and Bianca’s interference would cease to plague me. I could do exactly as I’d planned from the beginning, but with Alex and Aoife backing me up in case things got hairy.

The word hovered on the tip of my tongue, but the pleading, worried look that Bianca had worn popped into my head.

Fuck.

“Yes, I can do it,” I said with a sigh. The trick would be remembering that no matter how real it seemed, it was only an act on his part. “Let’s try again.”

Alex nodded and prowled toward me. I gave him a flirtatious smile. “Did you miss me?”

He pulled me into a loose embrace. “Yes,” he murmured with just the right hint of heat and longing. After a beat, his expression turned serious. “If I ever make you uncomfortable, and you don’t feel like you can say anything without breaking cover, you only have to tap me twice and I’ll back off. Try it.”

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I patted him twice on the chest and he slowly drew away with a teasing grin. It looked completely natural. He was once again putting control back into my hands. Quietly. Effortlessly.

Alexander Sterling was far more dangerous than I’d given him credit for.

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