Their world has been overtaken by a disease that killed women and female children and made their island home unlivable, forcing the warriors to look for a new home. Coming to the small Isle of Altair, inhabited mainly by women, that seems untouched by the disease, the warriors take over. They abolish Goddess Law and install Warrior Law, claiming both the isle and the women as theirs. The isle priestess places a curse on the isle that it will be plagued with constant battles from others who seek to take it as well.
Hope comes in the form of the Island Guardians who will possess the powers of earth, fire, water and air and a Mystic who will bring them all together to lift the curse and renew the goddess's protection.
This is the story of Erika, Guardian of Earth, and her warrior mates, Arik and Galen Savari. Join Erika as she learns what it means to be the warriors' mate as well as an Island Guardian.
Reader Advisory Note: Contains references to gang rape.
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November 13, 2009
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Excerpt from Earth Moves by Lacey Thorn
Erika looked now at where Galen and Arik fought among the other warriors. They were both huge men at six feet eight, each with bulging muscles covering their bodies. Galen had long black hair that hung to the middle of his back. Two braids hung beside his face to keep the hair out of his way while he battled. He had fierce blue eyes that had always seemed to freeze her. She had seen him kill before. She had wandered in the forest one day and almost been taken by another group of warriors. It was Galen who had come to her rescue. She had only been ten at the time and Galen, at twenty-four, had already been a warrior. He had killed both of the other warriors and carried her back home to her parents' home. She remembered him shaking her until she felt like her neck was going to snap off. He had yelled at her about how stupid she was and told her in too much detail just how the other warriors would have violated her, forcing their great swords deep inside her. She had been afraid of him ever since. She could feel his eyes on her every time he was near. The thought of belonging to him scared her more than anything else in the world.
His brother Arik was his opposite. He kept his golden brown hair clubbed back and his brown eyes were always laughing. She had always felt safe and comfortable around Arik. He seemed so much younger than his brother although they were twins and thus the same age. She had run to Arik often when she had been a child. He had often bandaged her scraped knees and elbows before sending her back home to her mother. The last time he had come upon her in the forest had been different. She had been seventeen at the time and swimming in the lake. Arik had come upon her and she had thought nothing of leaving the water to embrace her friend. But he had been different that day. He had stared at her body as she left the water. When she had went to hug him he had taken her arms and held her away from him. He had given her a blanket he kept on the back of his shebana, a brawny four-legged creature with long mane and tail that the warriors rode about the island, and wrapped her in it before putting her on his beast and taking her home.
Galen had been there when they arrived. He had taken her from Arik's shebana beast and set her on her feet beside him while he looked at his brother. Her fathers had been there as well. Arik had dismounted and spoke into his brother's ear. Galen's eyes had darkened in anger as she had watched. Before she knew it the blanket was ripped from her and she was left standing in front of them all in her wet veils. All four men had stared at her, her fathers in shock and the Savari brothers with fire in their eyes. Her mother had stepped out then and seeing her had whisked her into the house and away from the men. She had received a lecture then that she would have to curb her wild ways and realize that she was a woman. Her mother had turned her to the polished mirror and shown her how her breasts showed through the wet material clearly and how the wet veils of her skirt revealed the hidden curls of her sex. Her mother had then tried to explain what such a sight could bring about in a young and virile warrior.
Erika had been stunned to see herself that way. She never looked in the mirror. She didn't care for her appearance. She wore what her mother told her to but spent most of her time in the forest. That day she had been shocked to realize just how much her body had truly changed. Her breasts were full and firm with rosy pink nipples. Her hips had spread, giving her a lush full look to match her breasts. Her brown hair, released from its braid, hung to her hips in thick waves as it dried. Her green eyes grew ever bigger as her mother told her that she would need to begin learning things in preparation for her claiming in four years.
That night her fathers had grounded her to the house and grounds around it. She was no longer to be allowed to run in the forest by herself. She heard them talking to her mother later and had been shocked to hear them say that Galen was right. They had let her run too wild for too long and now she had to be disciplined. It was all Galen's fault. Galen was the one trying to keep her away from her beloved trees. She had hated him since that day. In fact she had refused to speak to either him or Arik since then unless she had been forced to by her parents.
Now she was to belong to them. She didn't think so. She would allow just about anyone else to claim her before letting either of them touch her. She had been lucky to sneak away this morning. It had been hard in the last four years but she had managed to sneak away often enough to soothe her soul, with a little help from her mother, of course. She felt completely at peace among the trees. She had a birthmark on her right buttock in the shape of a tree. Besides, she was more than able to take care of herself. Her powers had begun developing when she was thirteen. She could make the earth tremble, make the trees bend and shake. She could move rocks and small boulders with a flick of her hand. She had the power of the earth hidden deep inside her and she could feel it growing stronger every day. She would need no warrior to protect her.