Excerpt: The Tragedy of Knowledge by Rachael Wade

Today is a special day. Not only do we have the wonderful Rachael Wade joining us today to share an excerpt from the final installment of the Resistance Trilogy, The Tragedy of Knowledge, but it’s also the release day of TOK! In celebration of the new release, Rachael is also offering one lucky reader the chance to win all three books in the Resistance Trilogy!

The Tragedy of Knowledge
(Resistance Trilogy, #3)
By: Rachael Wade
Publisher: Rabbit Hole Press
Published: Oct. 25, 2012
Genre: Paranormal Romance

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The Battle Comes Home.

After arranging a hopeful but risky alliance during their visit to the Amaranthian realm, Camille, Gavin, and the resistance don’t have much time to recover from their failed mission. Forced to create a new strategy to achieve their goal, they embark on a different mission—one that possibly holds the missing key to their quest for victory, and their deadliest one yet.

As they attempt round two to restore peace and freedom for their kind, they must rely on help from the living, the bayous, and beyond to decipher allies from enemies, good magic from bad, and whether the source claiming to lead the way to their destiny can be trusted. Racing against the clock to solve the mystery of their fate, they find the battle has come right to their doorstep, and this time, everyone must pay a price.

 
Excerpt

***SPOILER ALERT: This excerpt includes spoilers from The Gates, book 2 of the series. If you haven’t read book 2 yet, you can pick it up here.*** 

“All right. Look,” he said. “I’m going to come at you again from the same angle—when you’re not expecting it—and I want you to deflect my strike this time. All it takes is one stab of this silver, and you’re instantly slowed down, do you understand? It can mean the difference between living and dying. One strike will make it easier for your attacker to land another strike, and then another. Each one making you weaker. Which means seconds until you’re completely incapacitated. Then they can do whatever the hell they want to you. Think of it as paralyzing venom.”

“Gavin. I got it. We’ve been over this.” I pulled my hair tighter in the ponytail and wrapped it with an elastic tie, positioning myself in front of him again, knees bent, arms up, stance ready.
“Then get it together. I need you focused.”
“Did I mention I really don’t like your bossy side?”
“Did I mention I really hate that you don’t do as you’re told?”
He met my stance with an amused grin, rubbing his hands over his shoulders to push up his sleeves. My gaze caught the movement, zoning in on his defined arms. I swallowed, and managed, “Do as I’m told?”
“Uh huh.” He shuffled closer with slow, easy steps. “Out here, I’m not your husband. I’m not your lover. I’m your trainer. It’s my responsibility to show you how to defend yourself. And it’s your job to listen.”
“I am listening. You just make it difficult … to stay focused.”
“Oh, yeah?” He reached out and brushed a strand of hair from my forehead, letting his fingers trail slowly over my skin while he peered down at me, licking his lips. “Why do I make it difficult for you to stay focused, love? Are you having a hard time keeping up?” Pushing the hair back behind my ear, he leaned in farther, grazing his nose against my cheek, smirking when he heard me exhale a low, shaky breath.
Damn him. “You know why.”
“Do I?” His grin widened.
“You do. And I won’t give you the satisfaction of hearing it come out of my mouth.”
“Cam,” he dragged his lips across my cheekbone to the base of my ear, “I can feel it, too. You don’t have to say it, because I’m in tune with your body like never before. We’re on the same level now. All that pent-up energy, trying to claw its way out of you …” Nipping my earlobe, he let out a low chuckle and skimmed his hand underneath the hem of my shirt, tracing the waistband of my jeans with rough, teasing fingers. My entire body came alive at his touch, blood singing, knees quaking, mouth watering. His scent was divine and his lips called to me like some wicked, elemental magic.
He knew exactly what he was doing. The bastard.
More than willing to play along, I inhaled a sharp breath and reciprocated, dragging my fingers down his torso, then back up, stopping just above his navel. His mouth still near the base of my ear, his breath hitched against my skin at the contact. Encouraged, I headed south again, rubbing and teasing, feeling him grow beneath my fingers, tilting my head to the side to expose my neck. He moaned and grazed his teeth over my shoulder and down to my collarbone, dropping his blade to the ground with a loud thud.
“You make me crazy. Do you know that?” He gripped my hips and pressed me against him. “Do you feel what you do to me?”
“It’s too intense,” I whispered, my voice breathy. I was already panting when he moved to the other side of my neck, nudging my head to tilt it in the opposite direction.
“I warned you. You had a taste back in Amaranth, right after you changed.” He started on the buttons of my shirt.
“But the pull is even harder to fight now. When you touch me … I have no self-restraint. Sometimes I feel like … like I can’t handle all the extra energy. Like I’ll detonate if I don’t act.”
“That’s part of the fun.”
“Gav … we’re in an open field.”
“Hasn’t stopped you yet.” He popped two more buttons. “I know you want me. Just relax and let me make you feel good, baby. That panic lessens when you give it an outlet.”
Shutting my eyes tight, I leaned up on tiptoe and wrapped my arms around his neck to kiss him hard, then released him and slowly sashayed in the other direction, challenging him from underneath coy lashes, the need to run singing in my veins. “Fine. And I know you want me, but you’ll have to catch me first.”
His mouth fell open and his brows raised, a surprised smile pulling at the corner of his lips; he was ready to take the bait. I surged forward into a turbo-charged sprint, clear across the field toward the woods ahead, feeling him feet behind me, fast on my trail. I blew through the edge of the brush and into the thick marsh, lifting off my feet into flight, deeper and deeper into the bayou.

 

 

Rachael Wade is the Amazon #1 bestselling author of the paranormal romance series, The Resistance Trilogy, and the contemporary romance, Preservation. When she’s not writing, she’s busy learning French, watching too many movies, and learning how to protect wildlife and stop animal cruelty.

For more information on Rachael, check out her website.

You can also find her on Twitter, Facebook and Goodreads.

10 Thoughts on “Excerpt: The Tragedy of Knowledge by Rachael Wade

  1. I have The Gates. Now I hope to win this so I can read your whole trilogy!
    Thanks for the wonderful giveaway:) They are a great way to discover new authors and to start a new series.

    Happy Halloween

  2. Thanks for stopping by to enter, Laura! So glad you’re enjoying the series. Happy Halloween to you, too. 🙂

    And thanks, Kristin, for hosting me today!

    Much love,
    Rachael
    xo

  3. Jackie Paulson ‏@successwithLOA
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    I want to win love to read, thanks for blessing us.

  4. I would like to thank you so much for this amazing giveaway, that i would love to have the oportunity of reading. Rachael’s books captured my attention and imagination a while ago with their beautiful covers and interesting storylines, henc why i added them to my to-read list in a hurry. Secondly i am also a huge fan of paranormal romance and would love to read more in this genre.
    Thank you so much once again. x

    Email: lfountain1(at)hotmail(dot)co(dot)uk

  5. This series sounds really interesting ill definitely be checking it out!

  6. This is not one of my usual genres (suspense / murder mystery, hockey, or marine biology), but Booksniffers always seems to offer good selections in their giveaways, and I for one am willing to trust their judgement that I’ll enjoy what they recommend!

  7. I loved Amaranth and am really looking forward to The Tragedy of Knowledge.

  8. Thanks for the amazing giveaway. i resently discovered this blog and I love it.

  9. Congratulations on writing this trilogy! It seems very interesting and I can’t wait to pick it up.

  10. I got the first one. I hope to win the 2 nd & 3rd one to read them back to back. Love the covers.

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