by Phoebe Matthews
Claire flees from a Seattle crook to an Otherworld barbarian tyrant. Not a whole lot of improvement there. One threatens with a gun, the other swings a broadsword.
This novel won the EPPIE for Best Fantasy of the Year. Novels by Matthews have been published by Avon, Dark Quest, Dell, Holt, LostLoves, Putnam, Silhouette, Scholastic and others.