Merrick’s Maiden: Cosmos’ Gateway Book 5

Merrick’s Maiden

Cosmos’ Gateway, Book 5

Will Addie hear the love and longing in Merrick’s voice? Can she trust and accept the new life he has to offer? Or, will a ruthless killer silence him before she gets a chance?

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Merrick Ta’Duran is the powerful leader of the Eastern Mountain Clan on the Prime world of Baade. His people, known as the Ghosts of the Forests, live high in the Eastern mountains. Merrick feels the weight of responsibility as the males within his clan become desperate to find mates among the few remaining females. When word comes that a new species has been discovered, he knows he must do what is right for his people – even if it means traveling to a strange, alien realm to do it.

Merrick’s world changes when he is injured and captured by a ruthless group of humans. Drugged and held against his will, he is the subject of experiments and testing as the humans try to discover where he came from and duplicate his strength and ability to heal quickly. After months of captivity, he fears his life will end on the strange world until one chance encounter gives him hope.

Addie Banks’ world has been one of silence since a devastating illness when she was sixteen. Determined to stand on her own two feet, she goes to school during the day and works at night to put herself through college. Her life unexpectedly changes when she stumbles across something she wasn’t supposed to see while at work. Now, she hears a voice in her head – and it is driving her crazy. Her only hope for peace is to help the creature talking to her escape from the men holding him. Merrick knows the female who helps him is his bond mate. She may deny it. She may fight it. She may even try to run from it. It won’t matter. She is his and he will do everything he can to convince her, hold her, even kidnap her if that is what it takes to make her realize that they belong together.

Will Addie hear the love and longing in Merrick’s voice? Can she trust and accept the new life he has to offer? Or, will a ruthless killer silence him before she gets a chance?


Merrick jerked awake and rolled. He barely made it to the toilet before the contents of his stomach emptied. He didn’t know what they had pumped into him this time, but he could feel his body rejecting it. Heaving, he gripped the bars until the nausea passed.

Several minutes later, he slowly straightened. With a softly muttered curse, he released the bars and stepped over to the sink. He twisted the knob for the cold water. Bending, he washed his mouth out before washing his face. It took several minutes before he felt slightly better.

Standing back straight, he rolled his shoulders. The chains around his wrists rattled as he pushed his hair back from his face. The faint memories of hands on his body sent a ripple of distaste and rage through him. His stomach churned again, but this time for a different reason. He turned back to the bed and stripped the thin cover off of the mattress. Tearing a thin strip from it, he dampened it and quickly wiped his body down to get rid of the feel of Dr. Rockman’s hands on it.

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  1. Laura Warren says:

    I noticed that you have a release date for Merrick’s as November 2013 not 2014.

    1. admin says:

      Hi Laura and thanks for the heads up. I think what you are seeing is the date I published the synopsis on which was back in November 2013. The release date is yet to be set. Sorry for the confusion.

  2. Diana L. Woith says:

    have been waiting for Merrick’s story since he first appeared in the Cosmos Gateway books, I will keep checking back for release date. My favorite series are Zion Warriors, Lords of Kassis, Spirit Pass, and Alliance. You can’t write them fast enough and I have reread them many times on my kindle. Thank you so much.

    1. admin says:

      I’m so glad you are enjoying my different series, Diana. I will let you know here and on FB once I have a release date for Merrick.

    2. S.E. Smith says:

      More of your favorite series are coming up this fall. Spirit Warrior will be after Twin Dragons.

  3. jeannie bruce says:

    Can’t wait to read Merrick’s story! Hope to see a release date soon!

  4. Brenda says:

    Can’t wait for any of your books, I enjoy each of your series. Please see about having your stories done audible. I would love to hear your books. Keep writing!

    1. S.E. Smith says:

      Hi Brenda,
      I’m working on audio books for all my series. Thank you for letting me know that you would love to listen to them.

  5. Lina says:

    Pls.pls.make the date for the release of Merricks story.
    I’m so so happy that you write a very interesting and awesome story. I hope you don’t forget the rest of the other series coz all of them I really really like. I pray that you will not suffer from mental or authors block so that you keep on writing stories that will enlighten our hearts and spirits after reading your books. God bless you.

    1. S.E. Smith says:

      Hi Lina,
      Thank you so much for your lovely post. Writer’s Block doesn’t seem to be a problem, thank goodness. The biggest issue is all the characters talking at the same time! Merrick’s Maiden will be out a little later this fall. I plan to finish Touch of Frost, Twin Dragons, Spirit Warrior, then Merrick’s Maiden. Now that I am writing full time, I look forward to discovering even more worlds!

    2. S.E. Smith says:

      Hi Lina,
      No writer’s block in sight! Merrick’s story will be out later this fall.

  6. chris says:

    I did the same thing, have been waiting for twin dragons all day. then I realized that it was a posting date I saw, not a release date:( oh well Im ready read, anytime you have something to publish even the childrens book if its for pre-teen. love to introduce my niece to your writing. chris

    1. admin says:

      Chris, pre-order on Amazon is now available at

    2. S.E. Smith says:

      I wrote one for a friend and he loved it. I am working on Milo and the Wizard’s Ink. I’m excited and think even adults will enjoy it.

  7. Gizzie says:

    Is there a date that Merrick’s Maiden will be released in ebook form either for Kindle or Nook? Thanks

    1. admin says:

      Hi Gizzie, there’s no confirmed date yet but it will be this year.

  8. Jean says:

    Love all your books…can’t wait for them to come out on audible cause I have a severely disabled daughter who would love to listen….they are do much fun and really do tell a story about perseverance

    1. admin says:

      Hi Jean I am just starting to convert my books into audio and I’m thrilled you’ll be able to share them with your daughter.

  9. Donna says:

    Just finished Twin Dragons and the 2nd book of the Alliance series. Then had to reread book 1 of the Alliance, can’t wait for Dagger’s and Saber’s stories.
    Now might just have reread the Zion Warriors 😉

  10. Diana Jamieson says:

    I have read all of your books more than once……I love you stories and all the characters!!…I can’t wait for the new releases of all your series…..just finished Razor’s Traitorous Heart and can’t wait for Daggers Hope!…

    1. S.E. Smith says:

      I’m looking forward to Dagger and Jordan’s story as well. I think the most amazing thing is I ‘discover’ what happens right along with my readers when I am writing!

  11. Ashley says:

    So I have read all these books but I don’t remember Amelia “Runt” and Derik meeting? What book do they interact in? I would like to read it,.

    1. S.E. Smith says:

      Tansy’s Titan. Derik encounters Runt in the back alley behind the warehouse.

  12. Kamia says:

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    I have just finished this series and I was in love with it. I have read/listened to several of your books. But this series was hilarious. I loved Rita and Rita2 and even DAR. In book 4 I actually laughed out loud. Thank you for your awesome writing.

    1. admin says:

      Thank you, Kamia 🙂

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