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May 10 2017 12:00pm

Nalini Singh Excerpt: Silver Silence

Nalini Singh

Silver Silence by Nalini Singh

Control. Precision. Family. These are the principles that drive Silver Mercant. At a time when the fledgling Trinity Accord seeks to unite a divided world, with Silver playing a crucial role as director of a worldwide emergency response network, wildness and chaos are the last things she needs in her life. But that’s exactly what Valentin Nikolaev, alpha of the StoneWater bears, brings with him.

Valentin has never met a more fascinating woman. Though Silver is ruled by Silence—her mind clear of all emotion—Valentin senses a whisper of fire around her. That’s what keeps him climbing apartment buildings to be near her. But when a shadow assassin almost succeeds in poisoning Silver, the stakes become deadly serious…and Silver finds herself in the heart of a powerful bear clan.

Her would-be assassin has no idea what their poison has unleashed...

Get a sneak peek at Nalini Singh's Silver Silence (available June 13, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

“What are you doing?”

“Fixing your busted deadbolt.”

Silver found herself staring at the wall of Valentin’s back as he began to remove the broken lock from the door, his physicality an intrinsic force. “Do you have replacements just lying around?”

A grin shot over his shoulder before he returned to his work. “It is a bear pack.”

Her eyes lingered on the shift of heavy muscle and tendon in his back and arms under the dark blue of his T-shirt, his words triggering a question she’d been meaning to ask. “Do bears metabolize alcohol faster or better than other changeling groups?”

Valentin’s shoulders shook as his laughter filled the air. “Yes. It pisses off the wolves.”

That explained the bear liking for alcohol a little more—it wasn’t simply the drinking they enjoyed, but the fact they could take it better than the other predators in the area. It put paid to her belief that bears were unsubtle. Bears, it appeared, could be subtle. They were just very, very clever about it, hiding the subtle under the blunt edge of an axe.

And Valentin was their alpha.

She stared at the button-collar microphone and paired receiver, the paper-thin organizer, the satellite phone, and the slimline computer that had been in the padded carrying case he’d handed her. Each of the latter three items was of the exact make and model that she preferred. “You’ve spied on me.”

Having removed the broken lock, Valentin put it down beside his toolbox. “I notice everything about you, Starlight.” The holes in his jeans exposed part of his lower thigh as he shifted to drill in a piece of the new lock. “If, hypothetically speaking, we did do any spying, it’d be only fair.” A very bearish smile. “Can’t have you be the only one snooping around.”

Silver couldn’t refute the latter. She had spied on StoneWater. She’d even done a little industrial espionage when her family and the clan had been up for the same contract. StoneWater’s espionage had been better; it had taken her three months to work out how they’d done it—by buying a young employee of the company a beer or seven and getting the inside data on the deal.

Bears.

“Did you discover anything interesting during your hypothetical spying?” she said as she began the process of connecting the devices to the Mercant satellite.

“You have a lot of gray suits.” Valentin got up, began to fit in the second part of the new lock. “Light gray, dark gray, blackish gray, gray-gray, gray with fine pinstripes, gray so pale it’s nearly white . . .” A shake of his head, his hair all tumbled black strands. “I never knew there were so many types of gray before you.” 

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New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh is passionate about writing. Though she’s traveled as far afield as the deserts of China, the Highlands of Scotland, and the frozen landscapes of Antarctica, it is the journey of the imagination that fascinates her most. She’s beyond delighted to be able to follow her dream as a writer.

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Kat Smith
2. Kat Smith
I can't wait for Silvers story. Thanks for the excerpt.... it's confirmed it's going to be awesome
Kat Smith
3. LadyDragus
oh i can't wait.. this looks to be another great story and book.. Can't wait to see how much this shakes up little Silver..
Adaiah La Vonda
4. Adaiah
I love, love, love the Psy-Changling series. Now we finally get to meet thedelicious Russians StoneWater bears! My hardcover copy of Silver's Silence is preordered!
Kat Smith
6. BecW
June is too far away to wait for Silver Silence!
Kat Smith
7. Radhika
Types of gray! I luv it!
Kat Smith
8. Vicky Dabbs Cooper
Oh wow! This is going to be good! Can't wait to see more between these 2 strong characters are going to give us a wonderful story!
kducks36
9. kducks36
The 13th can't get here fast enough! I adore Nalini Singh's writing! She draws you completely into her worlds! I wouldn't mind a Bear, Wolf, or Jaguar of my own.
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