The Keeper

With: Rebecca E. Neely

Serving up a little bit of delicious fun today for The Keeper, Book 1 in the Crossing Realms paranormal romance series…

***THE KEEPER Kindle edition is FREE on Amazon from January 25-27, 2019***

Take small bites, savor and enjoy!

TORTURED KEEPER and ANXIOUS HUMAN SURPRISE – serves as many as needed

Recipe created by Rebecca E. Neely


A 6 feet tall-ish, close to human as you can get male Keeper

A smattering of Vitality stone

Jaded attitude

Kick ass leadership skills



A dash of hope

NO SUBSTITUTES: Ice blue eyes, hands roughened from labor, scruff of a beard and torn Levi jeans

Optional: one acoustic guitar


5’8”, stick straight brown hair, no more than 27 years old, female human

Loyal to family

Untapped wells of strength

Keen sense of smell

Timid, but willing to stand up for what she believes in

Carefully combine Keeper and Human with equal parts understanding, tenderness and fierceness. Let simmer for thirteen years. Memories may be impacted or erased. If bitterness and/or explosion occurs, immediately temper with forgiveness and acceptance. Either Keeper or Human may become empowered.

WARNING: indulging could lead to unspeakable passion, falling head over heels in love, and revelation of secrets.

Best served hot and immediately, preferably with chilled bottled water. May substitute day old coffee and Danish, or pancakes, microwaved. Savor, as empowerment and entrancement is likely to occur.



He spoke slowly, deliberately. “I’m a carpenter by trade. And I’m what’s called a Keeper, by birth.” His mouth settled into a hard line. “I’m the leader of our clan. We’re guardians of humans. We have enemies. Betrayers. They prey on human weaknesses. Feed off the energy from our Vitality.”

He touched a finger to the stone around his neck. “Our most precious resource. They might already be after us.”

Carpenter? Keeper? Betrayers? Libby struggled to wrap her mind around what she was hearing. Humans. She opened her mouth, shut it. Tried again. “Are you . . . you’re not human?”

“As close to human as you can get.” One corner of his mouth curved. “I know this sounds crazy. I know it’s a lot for you to process, much less accept. I showed you the memory of your father because I knew it was something you would believe.”

She swatted at sudden tears. “Yes.”

“I need for you to believe this, too.”

“I’m scared,” she gulped.

“I’m sorry for that.” Slowly, he reached for her and rubbed her tears away with his thumb.

Touched by the gesture, Libby could only stare.

His eyes burned into hers, as hot and blue as a flame, almost like he could see into her soul. “As long as you’re with me, I will never let anything happen to you.”

It was more than a promise. It was a vow.

REBECCA E. NEELY, AUTHOR  ~  Romance. Paranormal. Suspense.

Rebecca is a writer, storyteller, author and blogger. A sucker for a happy ending, Rebecca strives to write the kind of stories she loves to read—gritty, suspenseful and featuring authentic, edgy and vulnerable characters, smack dab in the middle of action that explodes from page one.

Careers, past and present, include freelance writing, accounting, mother, problem solver, doer and head bottle washer.

Rebecca is a member of Three Rivers Romance Writers (TRRW), a PAN member of Romance Writers of America (RWA), and is proud to serve as a judge for several writing contests each year.




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