TITLE: Once in a Coyote Moon
GENRE: Historical Romance with Paranormal Elements / Steampunk
New Orleans, 1872
How does he do it? Diah Reynolds asked himself as a sting of envy pierced his chest.
Across the polished cherry table, a woman with skin the rich color of café au lait giggled in Cager’s arms and whispered something in his ear. His reply brought more giggling. Then he began nibbling on the woman’s earlobe.
He couldn’t blame the woman for falling victim to Cager’s charms. His brother was a sweet-talking son of a b****, the kind most women found irresistible. No woman seemed immune to his charm. Unfortunately, Cager knew it. The octoroon he held tonight would be no different from the countless others before her.
“I think I’m going to hit the sack,” Diah said, having had just about enough of this. The overpowering scents of cigar smoke, bourbon, and sex that filled the room turned his stomach. He wondered why he’d even agreed to join him at this so-called Gentleman’s Club.
Cager’s eyes never left the woman in his lap. “It’s too early for sleep. But, if you want to go to bed, I’m sure Sophie has a friend who can keep you warm.” He kissed her hand. “Don’t you, chérie?”
“I’m sure I could find one if you made it worth my time,” she replied in a sultry voice.
He grinned. “This is why I love New Orleans. Everything you desire can be found here.”
“I appreciate the offer, but I think I’ll sleep better without a perfect stranger in my bed.”