Primal Mirror

Berkley Books

primal mirror book by nalini singh

July 2024

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Advanced Excerpt #1

Remi launched another attack.

Finn kicked forest floor debris right up into his face before spraying him with a disgusting smelling spray that he’d pulled from his back jeans pocket. Because with Finn, they often trained as if he’d been attacked while at work in the infirmary. Today, that meant jeans and an old blue shirt with the sleeves rolled up.

And the foul spray.

Damn, that was rank.

“What the hell?” Remi choked on the stink, his forearm raised to his face in a vain attempt at blocking it.

Finn backed off, coughing—while somehow grinning at the same time, his leopard a glow in the green of his eyes. “You and Angel both told me to play to my strengths. Lots of toxic stuff to throw and spray in an infirmary. Don’t worry, this one is just stinky.”

Healers. Smart and smartasses with it.

His leopard proud even as it wanted to bring down curses on Finn’s smart head, Remi held up his hands. “I surrender. Let’s get the hell away before that stench sinks into our skin.”

A smug Finn put away his concoction and did a graceful bow. “I accept your defeat.” His face broke out into another huge grin as he rose up from the bow. “I also plan to tell everyone.”

Remi growled without any real threat in it; it was good to see Finn happy.

Copyright © 2024 by Nalini Singh

Advanced Excerpt #2

Auden Scott? Nightmare of a problem that technically had nothing to do with him—and that would gnaw at him every second she was in his vicinity.

So of course he reached their border to discover her holding a deadly little gun all wrong while facing a homemade target—a piece of card stuck to a big stick that she’d poked into the ground. On the card was a wonky hand-drawn bullseye.

Then she shot and it went so wide of the mark that it wasn’t even in the same galaxy.

His leopard hung its head in reflected shame.

Groaning, Remi deliberately made a lot of noise as he walked out, so that she wouldn’t shoot him by accident—though her chances of hitting him were so low as to be miniscule. When she swung around with the gun pointed, he held up his own hands. “I mean, you have a point one percent chance of actually hitting me, but don’t shoot.”

A glare.

Yes, a definite glare, before she smoothed it over with the ice-coated exterior of Silent perfection she’d shown him yesterday. His heart kicked anyway, his leopard on the hunt.

There you are, the cat purred.

“I apologize.” She lowered the weapon and the movement disturbed the air currents, sending more of her luscious scent in his direction. “I didn’t intend to convey aggression . . . but you did sneak up on me.”

His body stirred in a way unexpected, as drawn to this Auden as he had been disturbed by the woman he’d first met. “I made enough noise for a herd of drunk bears.”

This time, she looked like she really wanted to shoot him.

Amused, he nodded at her target before she could give in to her rage. “Let me guess—your first time with a laser weapon?”

A pause and he knew her training was telling her to lie—according to what he’d picked up from hanging out with Arrows, powerful Psy were taught to cover any and all vulnerabilities. Or they had been under Silence. Who knew how long it would take for that to change, or if it ever would. A century of indoctrination wasn’t exactly easy to shrug off.

Auden finally seemed to realize there was no point in lying when he’d witnessed her stumbling attempted shot. “Yes,” she said at last. “It’s probably not safe for you to be close by.” A grudging warning.

His cat, contrary feline that it was, liked her better for being aggravated by his teasing. “I can’t leave you here with that.” He sighed to further nudge up her anger, to better see her. “I’ll lose my mind worrying that you’d lasered off your foot or blasted your cheekbone.”

Her eyes went black.

Remi stayed relaxed, his hands on his hips—he’d seen other Psy eyes do that when in the grip of great power—or great emotion.

Auden Scott was becoming more fascinating with every second that passed.

Copyright © 2024 by Nalini Singh

Coming Soon!

 

For the Complete Chronological Reading Order, click here.

Psy-Changeling Series

1. Slave to Sensation
1.5a “The Cannibal Princess” – free short story
1.5b “The Shower” – deleted scene
2. Visions of Heat
3. Caressed By Ice
3.5 “Miss Leozandra’s” – deleted scene
4. Mine to Possess
4.5 “A Conversation” – free short story
5. Hostage to Pleasure
5.5a “A Gift for Kit” ~ free short story
5.5b “Movie Night” – free short story
6. Branded By Fire
7. Blaze of Memory
7.5. “Christmas in the Kitchen” – free short story
8. Bonds of Justice
9. Play of Passion
9.5a “Wolf School” – deleted scene
9.5b “Clean and Dirty” – free short story
10. Kiss of Snow
10.5 “Stalking Hawke” – free short story
11. Tangle of Need
12. Heart of Obsidian
13. Shield of Winter
14. Shards of Hope
15. Allegiance of Honor
16. The Psy/Changeling Trinity series (2017)

Novellas

1. “Beat of Temptation” in An Enchanted Season
2. “Stroke of Enticement” in The Magical Christmas Cat
3. “Whisper of Sin” in Burning Up
4. Wild Invitation (featuring Beat of Temptation, Stroke of Enticement, Declaration of Courtship, and Texture of Intimacy)
5. “Secrets At Midnight” in Night Shift
6. Wild Embrace

Book 8: the Psy/Changeling Trinity series

New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh takes us into a family dark with shadowy secrets, as the world of the Psy teeters on the edge of a final catastrophic collapse. . . 

Daughter of two ruthless high-Gradient telepaths, Auden Scott is not the child her Psy parents wanted or expected, even before her brain injury. Her thoughts are scattered, her memories fuzzy—or just terrifyingly blank. The only thing she knows for certain is that she must protect her unborn baby . . . a baby she has no recollection of conceiving and who draws an unnerving depth of interest from her dead mother’s closest associates.

Leopard alpha Remi Denier is a man driven by the primal instinct to protect. Protect his pack, protect his allies . . . and protect the mysterious woman who has become a most unlikely neighbor. With eerie eyes that see too much and a scent that alters in ways disturbing and impossible, Auden Scott is the enemy . . . but nothing about this strange Psy is what it seems, and Remi’s feline heart is as fascinated by her as his human half.

Then Auden asks Remi to help her shatter the wall of secrets that is the Scott bloodline. What they unearth will reveal a nightmare beyond imagination. This time, the battle is to the death. . .

The Psy/Changeling series