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After a devastating trauma, Zeenie attended a college mixer and experienced powerful Crainesian pheromones between herself and Turk. Unprepared for the life-mate call, she panicked and fled. Turk has waited and yearned for Zeenie for years while staying dialed in to her recovery. Finally, rumor says she’s ready to date again, and he’s determined to make her short list, even if it means resorting to a little trickery.

Zeenie’s plan is to ease back into the world of dating, not dive in heart first. Especially not with the hunk who’s supposedly bedded half the women in Dallas since she rejected him. On a blind date, he surprises her with patience and maturity when she fights against their pheromone bond, then shows tenderness and consideration when phantoms of her past arise.

As she learns more about Turk, Zeenie entertains heated fantasies of what could be and makes tentative forays into his sensual world. But her initial rejection broke with Crainesian custom and continues to cast a dark shadow on their future. Can she embrace her sexuality and summon enough courage to claim her man in true Crainesian style, or will their growing love be tainted forever?

Other Crainesian works are:

INSIGHT, A Crainesian short story


What others are saying about Phantoms & Fantasies:

Phantoms and Fantasies is a touching tale of healing and love mixed with passion. Kudos to Ms. Rayburn for broaching such a sensitive topic and hitting the perfect balance between Sci-fi and Romance. I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a story about survival and love after tragedy. – Shyla, The TBR Pile, 5/5 star review-Highly Recommended

5/5 Angels, Recommended Read: Phantoms and Fantasies is a magical story of love, passion, and healing that will have readers hanging on to every word. This story flows smoothly and contains some red-hot love scenes that are passionate, yet tender. Annie Rayburn defiantly earns a Recommended Read with this fascinating and absorbing story.—Tammy, Fallen Angel Reviews

Phantoms & Fantasies has put Annie Rayburn right at the top of my auto buy list. With her fresh, strong voice, compelling characters and fabulous worldbuilding, I can’t wait to see what she offers readers next. – Passionate Ink Newsletter, Jan. ‘06

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