Archive for 'Romance'
Wednesday, December 26th, 2012
I’d like to welcome Kinley Baker today. Kinley is introducing her new release titled Excuse My Fairy. An intriguing title, no?
Excuse My Fairy
Her magic breaks all the rules. He breaks all of hers.
Draybeth is broken. Her fairy powers don’t work, her magic is completely dysfunctional, and not even her bad attitude and soft heart can win her back into Fairy favor. Exiled from their land, she struggles to make a life for herself in the human world. But when her bar burns to the ground and she meets one of the Impassables–the devastating Lawman Barrett–things become even more of a struggle. An arrest, murder, and abduction challenge everything she’s worked for, and worse, the Impassable Lawman appears to be her destined mate. But darkness stirs deep within Dray’s heart, and she’s not about to drag the gorgeous lawman down with her.
Barrett never expected to find himself mated to a fairy, let alone one with such a wicked temper and a short fuse. Being an Impassable, he should be immune to fairy magic, but Dray’s magic burns through him like lightning, just as everything else about her ignites him, body and soul. The fairy’s power over Impassables threatens everything this new realm was built upon, and as a Lawman, Barrett’s job is to make sure those threats are eliminated. But his feelings for Dray make him question just where his duty lies.
Amazon Barnes and Noble All Romance eBooks
About the Author:
Kinley Baker has a terminally tender heart and an inconvenient sense of humor. She loves puppies and cries at celebrity weddings. Kinley believes that romance novels are the keys to world peace, because if you’re holding a book, you can’t be holding a gun. Kinley supports all supernatural lifestyles and believes "happy ever after" isn’t only for the normal. Her books Ruined, Denied and Freed are available now from Crescent Moon Press. Excuse My Fairy is available now from Etopia Press. Look for more in the Misbehaving Magics series and the final book in the Shadowed Love trilogy in 2013.
Excuse My Fairy Excerpt:
A scream echoed down the hallway and reached Barrett at his desk. He knew they didn’t have a banshee in the vicinity, which always required extra precautions, but his eardrums had never met a sound more sinister than the bellow ringing in his ears.
Captain Syd stormed into the station room, his gaze locked on Barrett.
“Your fairy is driving everyone mad.”
Yep, Barrett had guessed right. His mate was causing a scene. Looked like Barrett would be forced to deal with the consequences.
The rest of the men and women at their desks studied his confrontation with the captain. They weren’t missing any details.
They all knew the fairy was Barrett’s problem, which would reasonably lead anyone to believe the two of them were involved in a relationship. Barrett’s place in the hierarchy among the men just dropped. He was probably going to lose his job.
Barrett pushed back from his desk. “I’ll go talk to her.” Damage control time. Maybe it wasn’t all over.
Captain Syd’s hot breath smacked him in the face. “You better not just talk to her. You better silence her!”
Barrett rarely heard the captain yell. This situation wasn’t going to be easy on anyone. Super.
With a scowl, Barrett headed for Dray. The woman had a sharp hook sunk into his chest. No matter how hard he tried to wiggle free of the catch, the hold buried deeper. She was his problem now. The captain had made the truth public.
Barrett strode toward the prisoner cells. The moment he entered the room, the fairy stopped screaming. He walked right up and glared at her. “What the hell do you think you’re doing?”
“Thank the heavens.” The hag two cells down stopped rubbing her temples.
Barrett chose to ignore the older woman.
Dray blinked at him, as wide-eyed and innocent as a doe. Barrett knew well enough not to be fooled.
“Do you have any idea what you’ve done?” Barrett’s own anger mounted.
“Tell me.” Dray threw the words out as though she didn’t have a care in the world.
“Everyone knows you’re my responsibility now.” His heart thudded at the admission. The statement wouldn’t go over well with his mate.
Dray’s eyes flared. “Embarrassed?”
That wasn’t even close to what Barrett felt. He had no idea how to put the chaos inside his chest into words. “You’re not making it easy to like you.”
“Ha! Feeling’s mutual.”
He should have known she would throw the sentiment back in his face. “I’m not your biggest fan, either, sugar.”
Dray snorted. “You couldn’t possibly dislike me as much as I dislike you.”
Now it was personal. “Listen, Beth—”
Her eyes bugged at the nickname. He’d seen her full name on her record.
He smirked. “If you think you can come into my station and run that sassy mouth like the Second Ending is coming and the world will parish without hearing your wisdom, you’re sadly mistaken. I should lock you up for the simple reason that someone thought it was a nice idea to match your surly little temper with those soft and sexy curves.”
Her mouth dropped open.
Using his index finger, he brushed his calloused skin against her soft chin and pushed up so her lips pressed together again. And in that insane moment, he wanted to kiss her.
She smacked his hand. Pain sizzled along his nerves. “If you ever touch me again, I’ll castrate you with my fingernails.”
He looked down at her short, efficient nails, and then back up at her. “You’re welcome to try.”
Her eyes flared, her power shifting behind her gaze. It had been a long time since he’d seen someone this riled. The little firecracker in front of him was set to burst.
“You’re just like every man I’ve ever met.” Dray turned her back on him.
Barrett couldn’t stop the spike of jealousy. How many men had there been? “You’re nothing like every woman I’ve met.” No one else drove him to this level of ball-busted crazy.
Dray’s shoulders hunched, and he couldn’t get a read on her. She refused to continue their conversation, and that was fine with him. He worried about what he might snap at her in his current mood.
His mobile buzzed, a welcomed distraction, and he quickly read the message.
“Jiva’s here to bail you out.” He had no idea how Jiva had known where her friend was. He hadn’t known how to get a hold of the succubus.
Dray continued to stare at the back wall. Barrett couldn’t see any part of her face. A moment of helplessness overwhelmed him. What was he supposed to do with this fairy? He had no idea how to proceed. “Be careful.” He couldn’t prevent himself from warning her. “Don’t go anywhere alone. The soul-sucker is still out there.” He’d never forgive himself if something happened to her, even if his temper peaked at his max.
She didn’t glance back or acknowledge him.
“Please, be careful.” His words scratched from a dry throat.
A long silence stretched. “I don’t need you to protect me.”
Her words struck him in the gut. Air puffed out of him. Rejection raged through him, uncontained. Wasn’t that the point? The little fairy didn’t need him at all. He chose to walk away then. She’d made it clear she wanted nothing to do with him. Maybe he would make it easy on her and just walk away for good.
He turned his back. No matter how much he wanted to give up on their torrid relationship, that wouldn’t be possible. It looked like they would both have to see this through to the end, whether that end included happiness or death.
Monday, December 24th, 2012
Today I’m posting a short excerpt from Lovers at Last, a contemporary story about friends who become lovers. There is adult language used in this excerpt.
“Andrew Dickins is a bastard,” Pearl spat out, shaking her fist in Justin’s face. Something white and thin flashed past his nose, almost hitting him in the eye.
Justin stood, moving out of range. “Wanna beer?”
“Yeah. Thanks.” Pearl dropped onto his battered leather couch, her miniskirt riding up to display a good portion of black stocking. Justin knew she wore stockings because he caught a glimpse of pale, creamy thigh before she tugged her black skirt down. Hot damn. This woman was gonna be the death of him. He wondered why Andrew Dickins was a bastard and decided he didn’t really give a damn. If the man’s behavior meant he could spend time with Pearl, Justin was all for it. His cock stirred again at the thought.
He strode into his kitchen, giving himself a swift lecture about friends only. Didn’t work. Hell, he’d given up trying to listen to commonsense. Let lust rule. The few beers he’d had after work with his mates were enough to blunt his normal restraint when it came to Pearl. Somehow he couldn’t find it in himself to give a fuck about breaking his self-imposed rule. Maybe it was time he made a move on her. There was more in life than work. Yeah. He’d done the work thing and was doing fuckin’ nicely, thank you very much. Time for another challenge. He opened his fridge and grabbed two beers, pausing to collect a glass for Pearl before returning to his den.
When he stalked up to his couch, Pearl was muttering to herself, her hand clenching and relaxing on something white. A string of pearls. His lips pursed in a silent whistle. Big bucks.
One of her lovers had dropped a pile of money on her. Considering the magnificent gift, he wondered what had bent Pearl out of shape. Last time he’d seen her this angry, it was because her lover at the time had refused to take direction. Justin snorted. Any man who couldn’t find a woman’s clit had no business making love to a stunner like Pearl. She should have told him to fuck off without a second chance.
“Here you go, babe.” Justin handed over the dew-frosted can and glass before sinking onto the couch beside her. He tipped back his head, enjoying the crisp taste of hops dancing across his tongue. Beer, woman and rugby. Hot damn. His night was lookin’ up.
“You come to watch the rugby, or do you want to shoot the breeze?” he asked finally, more to stop her fidgeting and muttering than anything else. Knowing Pearl, he was gonna hear about whatever ailed her no matter what he said.
“Andrew gave me these pearls.” Pearl shook them in his face again.
Justin ducked out of range. That was a bad thing? “I thought you liked jewelry.” Although he’d known Pearl since high school, sometimes he couldn’t fathom the way her mind worked. Women. Shit, he’d never understand them, which was probably why he’d stuck to short-term relationships. That and because he lusted after Pearl, couldn’t imagine being with anyone else for the long haul.
“I’ve been with Andrew for a year. He took me to dinner with his partners. When he told me he was giving me something special, I thought it was a diamond engagement ring.” Her breasts rose and fell, attracting his attention again. Damn, she was fine.
“And?” he prompted, suspecting there was more.
Grab a copy of Lovers at Last from Ellora’s Cave, Amazon or All Romance ebooks.
Wednesday, December 19th, 2012
Welcome to author Joan Chandler with The Christmas Dare. Who can resist a Christmas romance?
The Christmas Dare
by Joan Chandler
Self-professed Christmas addict Gia Dixon, and by-the-book Ethan Castle have been best friends all their lives. When tragedy strikes Ethan’s family, Gia’s the rock he depends on to pull him through the darkest days. Then, a shared, long-forgotten memory leads to an unexpected yet tender kiss. Can a simple Christmas dare help them find true love?
She made a face at him as she prepared to get out of the car, and then flipped around to her knees to reach between the seats to gather up her packages. As she pulled everything forward through the gap, she leaned over to kiss his cheek.
He caught her by surprise when he turned to face her, causing their lips to meet. Her eyes widened, while his turned dark.
“Gia,” he said, the name coming out of his mouth in a low rasp.
She closed her eyes but didn’t move. She couldn’t speak. Then she sensed when he was about to kiss her again. She tilted her face up to receive it, her lips parting to let him know she wasn’t opposed.
Ethan put his hands on either side of her head, his long fingers wrapping around to bury themselves in her thick, blonde hair. “Gia,” he whispered again as he closed his mouth over hers and slipped his tongue inside. She twirled hers around it, gently sucking. They were lost in the moment, oblivious to whether anyone else was around or not. They forgot where they were. They even forgot who they were. And in their place, these two sensual, passionate creatures tangled their arms around each other and kissed as if their lives depended on it.
Finally, Ethan sighed and pulled back a little. “Tell me that this is okay with you. Please say that it is.”
Gia had trouble finding her voice, so instead she pulled his mouth to hers again and greedily kissed him. When it ended, she asked breathily, “Does that answer your question?”
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Joan Chandler is a Florida native who has lived in the Deep South all of her life. She is married with two children who are her pride and joy. She lives a double life of sorts, holding down a nine-to-five job during the day, and writing steamy romance at night—often with her black cat curled up in her arms as she types.
When she’s not spending her spare time working on her next novel, she loves to go camping, sharing girls’ night out with her friends, walking her two dogs, and watching football.
Twitter account: @joanchandler1
Find me on facebook: Joan Chandler
Previously published works are Perfectly Imperfect, and No Regrets. Both are available at:
Barnes & Noble:
CONTEST: Joan will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card, winner’s choice, to a randomly drawn commenter during her tour. Leave a comment or a question for Joan and you’re in the draw.
Tuesday, December 18th, 2012
Ellora’s Cave’s new website has gone live. There are lots of new features to help readers find the perfect read. If you’re searching for a particular theme the search feature will send you in the right direction. Go and explore the shiny, new site soon because EC is giving away a Lenovo ThinkPad to one lucky reader. You want to be in to win.
One of the new features I think is really good is being able sign up for notification of your favorite author’s latest release.
And while we’re talking about Ellora’s Cave – Christmas is Coming is on sale from 17 Dec – 24 Dec and will be 25% off the normal price. A bargain!
A quick excerpt to whet your appetite…
When they passed the three-quarter mark of their usual run along the riverbank, Liam Richardson tossed a grin at Fletcher Darcy and subtly eased up on the pace, slowing to a jog. “I wanted to talk.”
“We talk at home,” Fletch said.
“I don’t want to take a chance on Gaby hearing.”
Fletch came to an abrupt halt, wiping the sweat from his forehead and dragging his hand through his damp brown hair. “Am I gonna like this?”
Liam stopped too and turned back to face his best friend. He lifted his thin T-shirt to wipe off his brow. “I wanted to talk about Gaby.”
“Yeah.” Liam dropped onto a fallen log and stretched his legs out in front of him.
Fletch propped one foot on the log and did a hamstring stretch. “So talk.”
Liam hesitated and stared at the river, wondering if this was a good idea. “It’s feelings stuff.”
“No shit, mate. You’d better spit it out or I’m gonna think the worst and you’re in love with me or something.”
Liam snorted, Fletch soothing his inner turmoil as he always did. “I’m going to ask Gaby out.”
“For a date?”
“No to wash the dishes. Of course a bloody date.”
Fletch scowled, emotion flickering too quickly through his brown eyes for Liam to read him. Fletch dropped onto the log beside him. “I was thinking along the same lines.”
Liam dragged a hand through his disheveled hair. “Fuck. I thought you two were just friends.”
“I thought the same about you and Gaby.”
“Fuck,” Liam said again.
“I’ve been waiting for her to sort out her shit with Marc.” Fletch stood and started to pace back and forth in front of the log.
“The friends-with-benefits thing?”
“Yeah.” Fletch stopped pacing and plonked down beside him again. “What are we gonna do? I’m serious about Gaby. I want something permanent.”
“Yep. Me too. Gaby is everything I want in a woman, plus she’s always bringing home stuff from work. I’d like to try out her inventions with her. So what are we gonna do?”
“We can’t exactly toss a coin. You sure about this? You’re really serious about her?”
Liam stared at his friend and slowly nodded. “I’ve been thinking about it for a while.”
“Why didn’t you say something?”
“I’m telling you now.”
Fletch sighed. “One of us will have to back off.”
They both fell silent. Liam stared at the river, watched a stick float past. The last thing he wanted to do was fall out with Fletch. They’d never fought over a woman before and he didn’t want to make Gaby the first. At his side, Fletch closed his eyes. Despite their dilemma, Liam grinned at Fletch’s fierce expression. His buddy always appeared intense when deep in contemplation, his dark hair and olive skin lending him a brooding façade. Gave people entirely the wrong impression of him. Fletch was happy-go-lucky and full of humor. Not much bothered him—he just shrugged it off with his broad grin.
Fletch’s eyes popped open without warning. “We both want Gaby, a serious relationship rather than casual, right?”
“That’s the way I’m heading.”
“We could always share.”
A bark of disbelief escaped Liam. “Gaby isn’t a piece of cake to cut into equal pieces and share around.”
“I never said she was. I’m serious about this, Liam. I want Gaby and you want her too. We’re best friends.”
“Whoa!” Liam sprang to his feet, horror rippling through him. “We’re not that kind of friends.”
Christmas is Coming purchase link
Sunday, December 16th, 2012
Kaikoura in New Zealand is one of the only places in the world where it’s possible to go whale-watching year round. The giant sperm whales spend their time feeding on the large squid that live in the deep waters. Kaikoura is also on the migratory route from Antarctica to the tropics, which means other whale species such as humpback, pilot, southern rights, Hector and Dusky dolphins pass through the area. There are also occasional sightings of Orcas.
Whale watching enthusiasts have the option of going out on a whale watch boat or taking a flight to see the huge creatures from the air.
This photo was taken from a plane as was the photo of the sperm whale above. The views were incredible of both land and sea, and should you ever visit Kaikoura I highly recommend this method of whale watching.
I’ve been lucky enough to go whale watching many times and have seen humpback, orca, sperm and fin whales in various parts of the world. The other day two orca whales were sighted not far from where I live. In fact I ride my bike past the place every day, and I’m so disappointed I didn’t see them. Orcas with their stunning black and white coloring and upright dorsal fins were the inspiration for my book Currents Run Deep.
I’ll leave you with a short excerpt:
Asia smelled the green, fresh scent of outdoors, seconds before the warm muskiness of a male body hit her. Trapped between the heat of the man and the bar, she turned, ready to voice a protest.
“Sorry, Scarlet.” Roman’s voice was husky and strummed pleasantly across her nerves. It matched the sexy body perfectly. “I didn’t mean to crowd you. Someone pushed me.” His brown eyes twinkled down at her, a novel experience for Asia since she hit six foot in her bare feet and looked down at most men.
“Not that I’m sorry. You feel as good as you look.”
An uncustomary blush climbed her neck and seeped into her cheeks. Why did the enemy have to look so sexy? So tempting?
“No problem,” she drawled, pausing to take a sip of icy water. The cool liquid soothed her fluster until she glanced at Roman again. Shoot. He wanted her as much as she wanted him. He obviously had no idea who she was. So what did she do now?
Play safe and tell him she wasn’t interested, or take a walk on the wild side?
“My name is Roman Anderson.” He held out his hand to cement the formal introductions.
“Scarlet,” Asia said with a note of caution.
“Pleased to meet you, Scarlet. Could I interest you in a late supper after you’re finished here?” His eyes narrowed as his attention zoomed in on her other hand. He picked it up and caressed the knuckles, his thumb strumming across the ruby and diamond band her grandmother had given her and she always wore on her left hand. The ring helped to scare away non-desirables, and if they were too thick to notice, she pointed it out to them. “Or am I too late and someone has snapped you up already?”
“No, I’m not married.”
“No man in your life?” His alert expression told her he was weighing her reply, judging if she told the truth.
She shook her head, letting open honesty shine through. “I don’t get much time to date.” In this, at least, she could state the facts.
“Do you have time tonight?”
A negative reply formed in her mind. “Yes,” she whispered. Oh boy. Ma would lock her up and throw away the key. Except… Asia thought rapidly and decided one night with Roman Anderson was worth the risk. The family was away and she didn’t expect them back until the following month. And if they did arrive back unexpectedly, they rang first. Nine out of ten times anyway, because they knew she had a hectic schedule. Her mother had muttered something about having a yearning for the fish off the coast of South America. No doubt they’d sample the local delicacy of seal meat while they basked in the foreign waters. One date. Asia glanced at Roman’s dark, handsome face. Hard to believe he was the killer whale monster depicted by her family. Where was the harm in one date? And maybe a little action between the sheets if they were of the same accord?
“Yes,” she repeated in a firm voice.
Grab your copy of Currents Run Deep from Ellora’s Cave, Amazon, or All Romance ebooks today.
Sunday, December 9th, 2012
Lion’s Share is officially out at Ellora’s Cave tomorrow. This print anthology featuring the stories for Lucas Huntingdon (Stray Cat Strut) and his sister Leticia (Leticia’s Lovers) is already shipping from Book Depository, Amazon and Barnes & Noble so grab your copy now. For full details and purchase links check out Stray Cat Strut and Leticia’s Lovers.
Tuesday, December 4th, 2012
Today is National Cookie day—the perfect time to celebrate all things cookie and sprinkle in a little Christmas. Author Jessa Slade has organized a Cookie blog hop, and I’m taking part.
My favorite biscuit (since I’m in New Zealand and that’s what we call them) is shortbread. Christmas just isn’t Christmas without a piece of shortbread, but since I’ve posted a shortbread recipe before I thought I’d try out a new biscuit recipe.
So, without further ado, I give you – Midnight biscuits
125 grams soft butter (4 oz/half cup)
175 grams sugar (6 oz)
1/2 vanilla extract
125 grams flour (4 oz)
35 grams cocoa (1 oz)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1. Beat the butter and sugar until fluffy.
2. Add the egg and vanilla and mix.
3. Sift the flour, cocoa and baking soda and mix into the butter/egg mixture.
4. Roll into teaspoon size balls (mixture will be quite soft. Using damp hands will help)
5. Place balls on baking tray. Don’t crowd.
6. Bake in a pre-heated oven 180C/350F for around 10 – 12 minutes.
7. Cool on tray for five minutes then transfer to a cooling rack.
1. My biscuits took 9 minutes to cook since I used fan-bake.
2. I think I’ll add a few dried cranberries or chocolate chips next time.
3. Great served with a glass of milk since they’re so chocolatety
4. Makes around 20 biscuits
This recipe comes from Baking Makes Things Better
Other biscuit recipes to check out on my blog
Chunky Oat biscuits
Orange and Cranberry Biscuits
And introducing a Christmas read ~ Christmas is Coming
Christmas is coming. Give your lover the gift of pleasure…
Gaby Montgomery works for Fancy Free as a condom designer. Recently she’s been designing sex toys and testing her inventions with fellow designer Marc, but they’ve parted ways. The timing couldn’t be worse because she’s stuck without a willing test subject for her sexy products.
Gaby’s roommates Liam Richardson and Fletch Darcy both want a serious relationship with Gaby, and now that she’s free, it’s time to make a move. But how do they decide which one will date Gaby? Fletch finally suggests they share her. Liam is skeptical but agrees the scheme might work, which allows Fletch to move on to step two of his romance plan. Fletch doesn’t just want Gaby, he wants Liam as well.
The loving is hot, their days full of fun product testing, exquisite pleasure and laughter. Everything is perfect until the outside world intrudes, putting their budding relationship under stress. This time their love and friendship might not stand the pressure.
Publisher’s Note: Want to have more fun with the characters in this book, including finding out more about those spaceship sightings, then pick up Fancy Free along with the books in the Talking Dog series. They’re an out-of-this world experience.
Read an excerpt
Follow the hop to collect new recipes and add books to your holiday to-read list:
Monday, December 3rd, 2012
I’m thrilled to welcome my friend Christina Ashcroft here today to talk about her new release Archangel of Mercy. Check out the cover. Isn’t it gorgeous? Over to Christina.
What was the spark of inspiration behind the book?
The image of a lone Archangel on the edge of the universe first came to me several years ago. But although I knew he was Gabriel, that was virtually all I did know about him. He was very uncooperative and in the end I put his story aside because I just couldn’t get to the heart of him.
A few years later, after encouragement from my editor, I revisited this moody, Alpha Archangel in the hope he’d be more forthcoming with his story. But this time, a couple of other things began to stir into the mix.
I’ve always been fascinated by the myths and legends of a lost continent. What’s not to love about the idea of an ancient civilization that we know next to nothing about?
The Mayan calendar is something else that’s always intrigued me. Was there once a civilization that, through mathematical calculations, could predict worldwide catastrophe?
It was only when I started to uncover the world Gabe had inhabited in his wild, untroubled youth that I began to understand the immortal he was today.
Give us a glimpse into a typical day for Gabriel at the start of the story.
Gabe is an Archangel for hire. If the job sounds dangerous enough, then he’ll take it—for a price. When it comes to women he’s into meaningless one night stands, but there is a very good reason for that. Of course, when he meets Aurora all his previous convictions are kicked to the curb J
Excerpt from Chapter Two
(Gabe has just fallen from the heavens into Aurora’s arms…)
His sexual pull was frightening. Lethal. His past was probably littered with broken hearts and broken promises and if she didn’t get rid of him soon she’d willingly be his next conquest.
She almost had been his next conquest. She couldn’t quite figure out whether she was sorry or relieved she’d pulled back earlier. But no matter how much she still fancied him, the moment for mindless gratification had passed.
So long as she didn’t look back into his eyes.
“I think we should go back to the house.” She kept her gaze on her hands. “Then we can make plans on how you can get home.”
He didn’t reply. Didn’t move. Eventually she couldn’t stand it any longer and risked looking up at him. There was an odd expression on his face, as if he was attempting to process her words and finding it beyond him.
Somehow she couldn’t imagine there was much he found beyond his capabilities.
Still he didn’t respond. The silence stretched between them, taut and strangely brittle, as if the slightest wrong word might shatter the pervading peace.
“Don’t you think so?” She tried to ignore it, but his silence was unnerving.
“I think,” he said, looking at her as if she was a particularly exotic beetle he’d discovered crawling over his foot, “I could do with that whiskey.”
“Right.” Aurora refused to be insulted by the expression on his face. “Good idea.” She could definitely do with a stiff drink or three, that was for sure. She grabbed the framed flower, pushed herself upright and mentally winced when her knees began to shake. She hoped he didn’t notice. “Come on then.”
He shot her a look that suggested he wasn’t used to people telling him what to do. For a moment she thought he wasn’t going to move, but then he expelled a pained breath and stood in a sensuous, graceful movement without needing to brace his weight on his hands at all.
Desire curled deep in her belly. Standing, she could admire his sculpted pecs and taut abdomen to their best advantage. As if fully aware of her furtive scrutiny he stretched, panther-like, biceps flexing as he linked his hands over his head. Dark gold hair dusted his chest, arrowing toward his unzipped jeans, and Aurora swallowed a groan of pure unadulterated lust.
He could probably taste the sexually charged pheromones radiating from her deprived body. But even that mortifying thought wasn’t enough to stop her visual feasting.
The corner of his mouth quirked, as if he was fully aware of her regard, and he rolled his shoulders, muscles bunching and relaxing as if he was deliberately trying to tempt her.
Mindless gratification hovered on her immediate horizon, assuring her the moment could too easily be recaptured, and it was more than tempting. Mesmerized by the allure of his body she watched, helpless to tear her gaze away, as he turned to face the woodland that bordered the property.
Her ravenous gaze licked over his powerful shoulders and froze, unbelieving. Two deep gashes ran from his shoulder blades down the length of his back. Her breath stalled in her throat, unnoticed. Good god, what the hell had happened to him?
Between an angel and a desperate woman comes salvation-
and a raw passion that challenges them at every turn…
When Aurora Robinson attempts to open a rift between dimensions to embrace her true heritage, an arrogant Archangel is the only one who can save her from the jaws of hell. And while she owes Gabriel her life, she’s determined not to fall at his feet-despite the desire she feels whenever they’re together.
After his wings were brutally destroyed millennia ago, Gabriel has no compassion for humans like those who ruined him and betrayed the ones he loved. But when he inexplicably finds himself defying ancient protocols to rescue a woman from a fate worse than death, he is shocked by the searing attraction he feels for a mortal.
As the ancient forces that seek to punish Aurora for her actions close in, Gabriel offers the tempting woman protection at his private sanctuary. But as they both succumb to their desires, they discover an even deeper connection-one that threatens to consume them.
Christina Ashcroft Website
Read Chapter One of Archangel of Mercy
The Book Depository
Barnes & Noble
Christina Ashcroft is an ex-pat Brit who now lives in Western Australia with her husband and three children. She is owned by three cats who graciously allow her the occasional spare moment to write hot paranormal romance for Penguin/Berkley Heat.
Christina also writes hot historical romances as Christina Phillips for Berkley Heat and Ellora’s Cave
You can keep up with what’s happening in her crazy writerly world over on Facebook and Twitter. She loves to chat with readers and would love to see you over there! You can sign up for Christina’s Newsletter. It’s not a chat loop so your inbox won’t be flooded J
And now for the giveaway! I have an e-copy of my erotic paranormal romance, FORETASTE OF FOREVER (w/a Christina Phillips) and some gorgeous Archangel swag to giveaway to one lucky commenter. Just leave a comment or let me know who would you want by your side if the Apocalypse hits?
Tuesday, November 13th, 2012
Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
~ Grab your current read
~ Open to a random page
~ Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
~ BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
~ Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
I had the pleasure of reading Stellarnet Rebel by JL Hilton recently, and I’m currently reading the follow-up story Stellarnet Prince, which came out at Carina Press this week.
Here’s my teaser:
“When Tikat invaded my world, when they took away my family, I swore to the Great Ocean that I would devote my life to the freedom of the people,” said the Glin.
“Then go home!” yelled a colonist who looked like he hadn’t eaten or bathed in a long time. “I’m trying to sleep.”
page 69, Stellarnet Rebel
Welcome to Asteria, a corporate-owned, deep-space colony populated with refugees, criminals and obsessive online gamers. Genny O’Riordan has shifted in from Earth determined to find a story that will break her blog into the Stellarnet Top 100, and even better–expose the degradation of the colony’s denizens.
Duin is an alien–a Glin–a hero of a past revolution against the Glin royal family, yet branded a terrorist. Duin speaks every day in the Asteria market, hoping to spur humans to aid his home world, which has been overtaken by the evil, buglike Tikati.
When Genny and Duin meet, what begins with a blog post becomes a dangerous web of passion and politics as they struggle to survive not only a war but the darker side of humanity…
Purchase Stellarnet Rebel
Blogger, Genny O’Riordan moves to Asteria to join her current boyfriend, to report on life in the colony and to find a story that will propel her blog into the big league. During her tour of the colony, she comes across her first alien—a Glin. She’s fascinated and immediately sees the seeds of a great topic for her blog.
With Genny’s help and friendship, the plight of Duin’s race is brought center front, but there are some people who don’t support her cause. Her strength of conviction brings danger and unexpected love.
The thing I liked most about Stellarnet Rebel is the world building. JL Hilton has done a wonderful job of creating the Glin, an alien race who are tribal hunter-gatherers. Like humans they are capable of verbal and written language. They can reason and solve problems. They’re amphibian-like in appearance, have a bald head, no visible ears and large eyes, consisting mainly of iris. Their skin is speckled in shades ranging from taupe to grayish-green. They wear a form-fitting garment that resembles a wetsuit.
Not only do the Glin fit seamlessly into the story, but all the technology and the way the colony functions is blended into the plot without weighing down the reader and making them feel as if they’re reading a science textbook.
I’ll admit that I didn’t warm to Genny straight away. At the start she seems a bit self-absorbed, but I soon lost that impression. Once she meets Duin and starts to help him, I found her more likeable. Duin is determined to free his people and passionate about his cause, despite the backlash and racist remarks from people who don’t understand. He’s a great character.
I enjoyed Stellarnet Rebel very much and raced through the smooth plot in no time. Highly recommended.
This book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
Friday, September 21st, 2012
I’m pleased to welcome back Sky Purington for a spotlight on The Tudor Revival, the third book in her Callum’s Curse series.
The Tudor Revival
Calum’s Curse: Ultima Bellum
By Sky Purington
Genre Paranormal Romance
Number of pages: 228
Word Count 78 K
Amazon Barnes & Noble
Is it true love… or is this dark need part of the Tudor’s Revival?
A man stuck between worlds.
Ghost hunter and dare-devil, Seth, is flung into the afterlife. His one draw to reality? Alana. He died. She lived. But he can’t let go. There is something more than friendship between them and he won’t say goodbye.
A woman drawn to the past.
The last thing Alana expects to encounter when she inherits her grandmom’s Tudor Revival is the spirit of her deceased best friend and crush, Seth. But everything is not what it appears to be. He is determined to live again. When his investigative team, The Worldwide Paranormal Society shows up at her door, Alana soon learns that she’s in for a wild ride.
Calum’s curse visits one more house. Things get hotter and more paranormal than ever before. Love, as always, struggles to overcome the odds. Time is limited though and the creature set to destroy Seth and Alana is the most cunning of all.
Will Alana and Seth face humankind’s worst fear and survive? Find out in The Tudor Revival.
Best-selling author, Sky Purington lives in southern New Hampshire with her son and husband. The written word has been her obsession from the very beginning. Purington writes time-travel paranormal/fantasy romance heavily influenced by history.
From Irish Druids to Scottish Highlanders many of her novels possess strong Celtic elements. More recently, her vampire stories take the reader to medieval England and ancient Italy.
Enjoy strictly paranormal romance? Sky’s latest novels follow three haunted houses in New England and the sexy ghost hunters determined to make sense of them. Make no mistake, in each and every tale told you’ll travel back to another time and revisit the romanticism history holds at its heart.
Sky loves to hear from readers and can be contacted at Sky@SkyPurington.com Interested in keeping up with Sky’s latest news and releases? Visit Sky’s Website, www.skypurington.com to download her FREE App on iTunes and Android.
A Writer’s Mind Blog: www.skypuringtonwrites.blogspot.com
Sky’s Paranormal Blog: http://paranormalromancedeepdarkanddelicious.blogspot.com
This is the third story in Ms. Purington’s Calum’s Curse series and features Sean, the third of Calum’s male descendants. Of all the cousins, Sean is my favorite, and the first page of this book is one of the best starts I’ve ever read. Talk about a hook. I went wow and plunged into the rest of the story wondering what the heck was going to happen next.
Like the first two books in this series, this one features a twisty and complex plot with surprises at the end when the curse is wrapped up. We meet characters from the first two books and Alana, the heroine, who is the perfect match for the intrepid and adventurous Sean. They’re like two halves of a whole and need each other to beat the creature trapped in the Tudor house.
I see from the note at the back of the book that there will be more stories about some of the connected characters, which I’m glad about because Ms. Purington knows how to spin a tale.
The Tudor Revival is an exciting read with layered characters and a plot that takes the reader on a wild ride until they reach the thrilling conclusion. I recommend this series to anyone who enjoys a paranormal story with a time-travel element.