Thursday, January 19, 2017

Top Ten Iconic Shark/Ocean Movies with Romance with Roxanne D. Howard





Top Ten Iconic Shark/Ocean Movies with Romance

Hello, Roxanne D. Howard here. I write erotic romance with Loose Id and Boroughs Publishing. Thank you for having me on your blog today! 

So, make no mistake. My new release, Costa Mesa 3: Overboard is hot. As in, open your collar, turn on the fan, and try to hang onto something hot. Piper and Jack light up New Year’s Eve with fireworks of their own. But the story revolves heavily around the ocean and dangerous adventures they encounter with a massive, trapped blue whale they try to rescue. The three-part Costa Mesa holiday series is nautical, as Jack runs his own whale watching company, and marine biology plays a big part in the plotlines. Just for fun, here are my top ten shark/oceanic movies (sadly Sharknado is not on the list, though I always find it entertaining):



1. Jaws: “A whaaa?” This movie is where it all began! You’ve got giant great whites and colorful characters in spades. A really well told story with fantastic actors.



2. The Blue Lagoon and Return to the Blue Lagoon: Okay, slight cousin incest aside in the first one, these movies always struck a romantic chord in me, both for their beautiful cinematography of the crystal blue ocean and the scorching passion.




3. Deep Blue Sea: Alright, this one’s cheating a little since the Mako Sharks are genetically modified and more like Teenage Mutant Ninja Sharks than actual sharks, but hey, it does have Samuel L. Jackson and LL Cool J with a parrot sidekick in it, plus gripping action for days, so how can you not like this movie? I mean, c’mon!




4. Water World: This movie never did as well as it should have, but as a writer I found it incredibly imaginative and really well fleshed out. And Kevin Costner was hot. Need I say more?


5. The Abyss: You’d wonder how you could have a sexual tension-induced, plot-driven alien story that takes place miles beneath the surface, but here it is. A brilliant, amazing film.




6. Moana: I went into this movie a month ago thinking, ‘Oh dear. Here we go. Another Frozen. We’ll be singing these songs for months.’ But it won’t be months. It’ll be years! This movie was everything I wanted Brave to be but wasn’t; a very well done take on ancient South Sea Island culture with everything from Samoan-esque ancestry to the Legend of Maui. Gorgeous music, a brave and perfect heroine, and never-ending sea with attitude. Loved it!




7. The Shallows: My hubbie and I saw this while on a date a few months ago, sans kids. It’s gritty and not for the faint hearted, but the main heroine was awesome, and it’s a perfect surfer-in-peril-vs.-a-great-white story. And the heroine was smart. Very original and intense!




8. Fifty First Dates: I’m a sucker for a good Adam Sandler film, and I loved this one, especially because it put him together with Drew Barrymore again. Add to it the whole marine biology and nautical factor, and it was great.




9. Point Break: This one is cheating a little, but Patrick Swayze, Keanu Reeves, extreme sports, and the ocean? You can’t go wrong. And who can forget The Chip Dance Scene?


10. Titanic: Billy Zane had gorgeous, Lustrous Hair in this movie (RIP Hair), but beyond that it was a great bird’s eye view into a historical tragedy that gripped my heart from the second it started. 

What are your favorite shark/ocean movies with romance?

Overboard
Costa Mesa Series
Book Three
Roxanne D. Howard

Genre: Contemporary erotic romance,
action/adventure, suspense

Publisher: Loose Id, LLC.

Date of Publication:  December 27, 2016

Cover Art by Bianca Duarte
Design by April Martinez

ISBN: 978-1-68252-255-4

Book Description:

At the end of their romantic holiday getaway, Piper is one loved-up woman, and she can’t get enough of the sizzling passion she’s found with Jack after all they’ve been through. The two lovers board Jack’s yacht and leave the idyllic hamlet of Catalina Island, California to head home for New Year’s Eve, and it seems nothing could be more perfect… until the day turns on a dime, and the waters rise. When Jack receives a radio distress call from an old friend out on the open ocean, their initial efforts to free a trapped, massive blue whale soon becomes a dangerous struggle for life or death when Jack risks everything to save it.

It’s a New Year’s Eve fraught with harrowing danger, narrow escapes, daring rescue missions, and heart-pounding passion. During their countless obstacles, Piper secretly discovers something shocking slipped into Jack’s coat pocket one time after they make love, and it threatens to change everything and rock the foundation of all they’ve built together. With the weight of the knowledge pressing down upon her, can their love survive? This New Year’s Eve, get ready for some fireworks, because it’s all going Overboard.


Loose ID      Amazon

Excerpt:

Piper released the docking line from its cleat on the back of the cruiser yacht. “Last line’s cast off, Jack,” she called over her shoulder. He hollered back in response, and she took one last look at the pretty shoreline of Catalina Island. In stressful times, there were certain places one could visit in one’s imagination, special memories that brought peace or a wistful smile to one’s face when the sights, smells, and tastes were recalled. Catalina would forever be such a place for her, wherever her road in life with Jack took her.

She turned around and walked through the semishade of the deck lounge to the helm where Jack stood and checked their bearings. A pleasant warmth spread inside her at the sight of his impressive muscular frame beneath the outline of his loose white shirt. She rubbed a little hand sanitizer into her palms as he reversed out of the dock. He glanced at her, and she kissed his cheek. “Greatest holiday ever. Thank you for kidnapping me. Now, back to reality.”

Jack’s thick brown hair lifted with the light breeze as he turned the boat. “Bah. Reality’s overrated. I did a sweep of the entire yacht, every nook and cranny. I’m pleased to report no runaway convicts or stowaways aboard.”

“Thank God. Though I have to admit, Diego did give the trip a lot more excitement than it would have had without him.”

“Oh, come on. Is sex with me really that bad?”

She shook her head and grinned. “Yes. Anyway, we’ll have to send him a cupcake in prison when we get back.”

“As long as it doesn’t have a nail file in it.” He winked. “I love it when you wear your curls loose, by the way. It looks nice.”

She rewarded him with a radiant smile. He’d made it his mission to please her in every possible way since they’d come to Catalina, and it left her feeling pampered and relaxed. “Thank you. I like the open-throated pirate look on you.”

“I wonder why.”

“No idea.” She slid her palm over the warm flesh of his broad chest.

He kept his gaze on the ocean but rubbed the tops of her fingers with his free hand.

“The waves are calm today. I didn’t expect that. Ready for your New Year’s broadcast tonight?”

“As ready as I’ll ever be, I guess. I’ve watched the ball drop on TV, but I’ve never taken part in a countdown before. We’ll broadcast intermittently, but it’s still pretty exciting. You’ll come to the company get-together before my segment, right?”

“Of course. Wouldn’t miss it. You’ll do great, Piper.”

She made a face. “We’ll see. I’ll do better with you there, even if it’s off to the side. After how blissful it’s been the last couple days, I don’t want to separate and go back to the real world just yet.”

He met her eyes. “Who says we have to?”

She kissed him and cupped his jaw with her palm. It was remarkable how a love you didn’t know was absent from your life could enter and take it over so completely and in the best of ways. She drew back. “You gonna let me steer again? I promise not to crash.”

The corner of his mouth tilted up, and he reached over to a peg near the helm and took down his white captain’s hat. He fitted it onto her head and gave her a little salute.

“Ship’s all yours, Cap’n.”

He stepped aside, and she took the wheel.

“Very good, Mr. Spencer. How does the hat look?”

“It looks yare.”

She laughed. “Now there’s a word I haven’t heard in a long time. Isn’t it from that old Katherine Hepburn movie? I didn’t think people still said it.”

His finger stroked down the length of her arm as she steered, and a sweet tingle spread through her body at the featherlight touch.

“My dad was old-school, and he liked to turn a good phrase or two. I’m serious. I like the cap on you. I’d love to see what you look like in it and nothing else.”

Her pussy tightened at the raw need in his gaze, and she grew wet. “Be careful what you wish for, Captain Spencer. You just might get it. Take over the wheel for a second. I need some water. Are you thirsty? Can I get you a glass?”

He took the wheel from her, and his eyes gleamed with lust. “Yeah.”

She skimmed her fingers along his and rounded the corner to the kitchenette area. She poured a glass of water from a gallon container and toyed with a wicked idea. Over the past few days, she’d learned she could be as playful as she wanted with Jack, and he responded precisely how she needed him to. She looked down and tugged at her nipples, the mental image he’d painted just a moment ago fresh in her mind.

She bit her lip and set the water down as her pussy throbbed. She ran her hand between her legs to soothe the ache. She shed her shirt and the rest of her clothes and left them in a pile on the wooden floor. Her body had grown attuned to his, and she needed his touch.

They’d made love once this morning when they awoke, but they were alone out here on the open sea. Her time in Catalina with Jack had taught her that if she asserted herself and showed him what she wanted, he gave it back to her tenfold. And right now, she was ready for it.


She fixed the brim of Jack’s captain’s hat over her brow, picked up the glass of water, and sashayed toward the helm. She cleared her throat. “Would you like your water now?”


About the Author:

Roxanne D. Howard is a romance novelist who resides in the mid-western United States. She is a U.S. Army veteran, and has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and English. She loves to read poetry, classical literature, and Stephen King. She is also an avid Star Wars fan, musical theater nut, and loves everything related to marine biology. She enjoys spending quality time with her husband and children when she’s not writing. Roxanne loves to hear from her readers, and she can be contacted at author@roxannedhoward.com.

To find out more, please visit her website: www.roxannedhoward.com







Wednesday, January 18, 2017

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Ten Reasons Authors Should Go On A Virtual Book Tour By Roxanne Rhoads


Ten Reasons Authors Should Go On A Virtual Book Tour
By Roxanne Rhoads

1. Going on a virtual tour can help you network with bloggers, readers, reviewers, other authors and publishing professionals. You can build a professional network of contacts through a tour.

2. A virtual book tour can help build your author brand and platform.

3. An online tour can vastly expand your online presence and visibility as an author. The more you and your book are mentioned online, the more hits readers will find when they Google you.

4. You can target niche reader markets. Does your book feature food, crafts, or secondary topic that can be built upon for marketing purposes? Make sure that in addition to the normal book blogs and genre blogs that several of your tour stops are on targeted blogs for food, recipes, crafts or a side market that fits your niche. For instance, Juliette Blackwell’s Witchcraft Mysteries could be featured on sites that cater to vintage clothing or San Francisco because both of those feature heavily in her cozy mystery series. Melissa Bourbon’s Dressmaking Mystery Series could be featured on a sewing blog. Find your niche and target it.

5. A tour can build your mailing list and increase your social media following. Include links to your newsletter sign up page and all of your social media profiles so readers can easily follow you.

6. A virtual tour can direct traffic to your website. Make sure your website is up to date and full of content for readers to explore.

7. Expose your book to readers around the world. Many tour companies have book bloggers in numerous countries. Your book can be showcased around the world 24/7.

8. You will have the chance to interact directly with readers via live chats, Facebook events, and comments on blogs and websites.

9. Most blogs archive their content; this means it does not get deleted. Your tour stop will remain online indefinitely for readers to find.

10. A virtual book tour can increase book sales.



Secrets of Successful Virtual Book Tours 
Quick Tips for Authors Guide
Roxanne Rhoads


Are you considering a virtual book tour? 

Not sure where to start or exactly what an online tour will entail?

Roxanne Rhoads, book publicist and owner of Bewitching Book Tours, shares her virtual tour expertise in this Quick Tips for Authors Guide.

Secrets of Successful Virtual Book Tours will guide you in utilizing the best marketing tool available- a virtual book tour, which can create online exposure for your book, jumpstart your book sales, help build your author brand, and expand your network.

In this guide you’ll learn:
•what you should do before a tour 
•the components of a great author website 
•the best social media outlets for authors to utilize 
•tips for building your author brand
•how to write great guest blogs
•what to expect from an online book tour
•the secrets of successful book tours
•how to schedule your own virtual book tour

And you’ll receive in-depth details about what to do during a virtual book tour to guarantee success.

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As a book blogger, I am often surprised by the number of new authors I meet that do not really promote their books. There are a lot of inexpensive and free ways for them to do so. Roxanne Rhoads does an excellent job of laying these ideas out. The book is well-organized and easy to follow. She points out author mistakes and faux pas. She speaks from her past experiences. I have a background in marketing. Roxanne Rhoads has a strong understanding of marketing and does a great job of explaining her suggestions and ideas. I highly suggest this book to all authors. There are many great ideas in this book that can help brand you as an author as well as get your books noticed. There are so many books out there. It is absolutely necessary for an author to promote themselves.” ~ Diane Lynch, Book Blogger

“Jam-packed with useful tips that had be scrambling for my calendar. And the conciseness is frankly another selling point for a busy authorpreneur. Who has time to wade through a bunch of fluff? Not me. And Roxanne doesn't waste our time with that -- she gets straight to the business of book tours. Want to run your own tour? No problem. The book provides advice on DIY'ers as well. From lists of blog ideas to the legal in's and out's of using images, Secrets of Successful Virtual Book Tours has something for novices and old hands like myself. And I believe her branding advice was spot on.” ~ Kirsten Weiss, Author

“This is a must have for any author planning to do a virtual book tour. Most of us wouldn't even think of half this stuff. Roxanne's advice is golden.” ~ Serena Synn, Author

“This book is packed with information on how to not only promote your book but also promote yourself as an author.” ~ Bonnie Amazon Review


I have been doing blog tours with Roxanne for quite some time now and I can say her organization and skills are without a doubt top notch.  If I ever actually get around to writing my novel I can assure you that I will use this as a guide.   She covers everything from building your brand to what to expect on a blog tour.

Her knowledge is well shared and I think every author that wants to build their brand should read this guy.  Simply put this is a must read for any author that wants to exposure that can come with a blog tour. ~Jen Brooks The Cubicle Escapee


In this era of self-publishing, an author needs to do as much as they can to get themselves noticed. Enter the virtual book tour, a tour of blogs on the Internet - as opposed to visiting book stores - with the aim of increasing an author's online presence and ultimately increasing book sales. Roxanne Rhoads guides you through the dos and don'ts of virtual book tours, with great advice on providing fresh material for each tour stop. She covers both tours run by established tour companies and tours you plan yourself, and she includes a list of sites where you can find book bloggers to contact. She also gives you some great advice about setting up your online and social media presence, as well as social media mistakes to avoid.

Roxanne Rhoads is the guru behind Bewitching Book Tours, the first book tour company I ever signed up with. If you're interested in a well-organized blog tour, be sure to check out Bewitching Book Tours. As Roxanne states, "Publication is only the beginning of the process ... promotion is the road to success."

An excellent quick guide for all authors. ~ Lynda Dickson - Books Direct

Recommended reading for anyone considering a blog tour. There is information here that I didn't know and have never come across before. If you want to do-it-yourself, there is a section to help with that as well. How to write a good guest blog, do's and don'ts, even copyright information. It changed the way I think about blog tours and I will be doing things differently the next time around. ~ kmontemayor Amazon Review


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Secrets of Successful Virtual Book Tours is fantastic compilation of tips, tricks, and learning tools for ensuring your book tour is to your liking.  The guide is filled with do's and don'ts as you navigate your tour whether it's your first or your 10th.  Learn what a book tour is all about, how to market your author brand, write guest posts, and much, much more. Highly recommended for authors and bloggers, alike. ~Amber Marr Saph’s Book Blog

Monday, January 16, 2017

Guest Blog - The Lucy Trilogy by L.M. Pruitt



A Long, Long Memory

I think it’s safe to say that if all the fans of the Winged series were polled, Barry would emerge as a top three favorite. I understand that since he’s a favorite of mine as well. As such, it should come as no surprise that eventually, I had to tell his story—or at least part of it.

One of the problems with writing characters which are, for all intents and purposes, immortal, is they—and you—wind up with a lot of history. When you consider someone such as Barry has been around pretty much since the beginning of mankind, that’s tens of thousands of years. And I think we can all agree Barry isn’t exactly what one would call a solitary creature. Sure, he might not be the most friendly of individuals but you don’t give up a position with the Higher Power if you don’t have at least a passing interest in humanity.

When I decided to tell Barry’s story, I knew there was no way I could tell all of it. If I tried, I’d be writing about just Barry for the rest of my writing career. Now, I know some people wouldn’t be bothered by that but there are a lot of other stories which still need to be told so cue the decision to only tell select parts of Barry’s history.

Deciding which parts to tell… now, that was something of a hardship.

Barry is complicated and yet he isn’t. He craves human contact but he only wants it on his own terms. And he always, always thinks he has a better handle on his heart than he really does. So of course he’ll take in the young girl from an abusive home. Of course he’ll mentor the young man searching for a way to be true to himself and still fulfill his responsibilities. And of course he’ll help a woman make her husband fall in love with her again.

Barry, for all his mysterious ways, is actually quite easy to read—if, of course, you know the right language. I think after having dinner with him and hearing a few of stories, people will be quite fluent in the language of Barry. And, hopefully, their memories will be as long as his.




Burden
Lucy Trilogy Book 1
Winged Series Book 11
L.M. Pruitt

Genre: Urban fantasy/paranormal romance

Publisher: SP Press

Date of Publication: July 26

Word Count: approx. 90K

Cover Artist: Najla Qambler

Book Description:

All my life, I've had plans.


Dying the day before beginning the final year of my surgical residency wasn't one of them.


Finding myself drafted in the eternal war between good and evil wasn't one of them, either.


And dealing with friends, enemies, and lovers I don't remember?


Definitely not in my plans.




Curse
Lucy Trilogy 2
Winged Series Book 12
L.M. Pruitt

Genre: Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance

Publisher: SP Press

Date of Publication: August 27

Word Count: approx. 90K

Cover Artist: Najla Qambler

Book Description:

The problem with plans?

 Even the best ones can go awry. And when they do... all hell breaks loose.

If I've learned only one thing in the last few months, it's the past never dies.

Four plagues down. Six more to come.

We need more than a plan.

We need a miracle.

Redemption
Lucy Trilogy Book 3
Winged Series Book 13 
L.M. Pruitt

Genre: Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance

Publisher: SP Press

Date of Publication: September 29

Word Count: approx. 90K

Formats available: ebook

Cover Artist: Najla Qambler

Book Description:

The problem with miracles?

They require a deity who cares.

And if you don't have one of those... you need a sacrifice.

Or the world ends




About the Author:

L.M. Pruitt has been reading and writing for as long as she can remember. A native of Florida with a love of New Orleans, she has the uncanny ability to find humor in most things and would probably kill a plastic plant. She knows this because she's killed bamboo. Twice.  She is the author of the Winged series, the Plaisir Coupable series, Jude Magdalyn series, the Moon Rising series, and Taken: A Frankie Post Novel.














Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Hunger by Gemma Brocato


Writer’s Corner

Thank you very much for having me over today. I’m delighted to share a little of my writing world with you.  Pull up a comfy chair and relax. Do you take cream or sugar in your coffee?

When I tell someone that I’m a writer, one of the questions I’m asked is what my office looks like, or do I go to a coffee shop to write. Honestly, I’ve tried to write at a coffee shop or library, but find too many distractions claiming my attention. That means I write almost exclusively in my home. I have a lovely office in my home. It has a fireplace, which makes the room cozy and comfortable in the winter. There’s room for my desk, bookshelves and a vintage loveseat that is still comfortable. I do not like clutter, so I keep my desk pretty clear.

The view out the oversized window is gorgeous with a large Japanese Magnolia tree. It blossoms with lovely large white blooms in spring, then offers shade in the summer and fall. Some days, I can pretend I’m hidden away in a tree house. 

Unfortunately, that room faces the southwest, so I don’t get as much sunshine as I would like in January, February, and March. In those dreary months, I move my operation to my hearth room and kitchen counter. I’ve often compared myself to a sunflower - following the sun around my house. I enjoy the sunlight from the southeastern exposure all day long. This is the also room where I prefer to read.

Oddly enough, this is also the spot I chose to work in as I near the end of a book. For the beginning and middle sections of a manuscript I work exclusively in my upstairs office.  I have yet to actually write The End on a book in my office. A side benefit of this particular quirk is that I do get a little exercise running up and down the stairs to get coffee, or move the laundry around. I’ll take exercise anywhere I can get it.

Where do you prefer to read or write?


Hunger
Goddesses of Delphi
Book 4
Gemma Brocato

Genre: Paranormal/Urban Fantasy Romance

Date of Publication: Jan 10, 2017

Number of pages: Approximately 220
Word Count: 66K

Cover Artist: Fiona Jayde Media

Book Description:

Lia Thanos, Muse of Comedy, has joked her way through hundreds of lifetimes. But the past few months have been no laughing matter. She and her sisters have been locked in a battle to save Olympus from a hostile takeover. Now, the god challenging them has upped his game and personally selected the mortal man destined to help Lia win.

Botanist Ben Jordan has his hands full; running a farmer’s market, helping his hearing-impaired sister, and trying to figure out why crops around the world are failing. If the trend can’t be reversed, humans will starve and chaos will destroy the world. The only good news is the long-time famine he’s faced in his love life came to an end when he met Lia.

Despite the fact that Ben finds it hard to believe immortal gods exist, he accepts the challenge to help Lia, a woman he yearns to spend the rest of his life with. But Pierus and his daughter, Hunger, will stop at nothing to keep the two apart.


Excerpt:

“Will you please tell me what’s going on?” Ben’s earlier calm evaporated as Mnemosyne chanted in a language he didn’t understand.
“I will. I know we only just met, but Pierus has deemed you my partner in this challenge. It’s going to require you to suspend disbelief and trust me.”
“A lady just materialized out of thin air and I haven’t even once considered myself crazy.”
“There is that. Will you come with me?” Lia moved toward a door to the left of the stage.
With one last look at his statue-like friends, Ben followed.
Lia’s hips swung side-to-side as she preceded him down a hallway lit by florescent lights. Even as fucked up as reality seemed at the moment, he still noticed the seductive sway. Barely curbing the urge to increase his speed so he could grab her ass, he shook his head.
Maybe he was certifiable.
She opened a door on the right side of the corridor and slipped inside.
He followed, closed the door, and then leaned against it. “I’m waiting.”
“You already know my name is Thalia. What you don’t know is that I’m immortal. I’m the Muse of Comedy and Agriculture. And mortals—the entire human race—are under siege. You just don’t know it yet.”
“Bullshit!” he scoffed.
“Wish I could say it was. That it’s just a huge prank that is part of the comedy club’s regularly scheduled entertainment.” She took up a position behind her desk, resting her palms on the dark wood. “But this is deadly serious. My sisters are Muses as well and we are in a supernatural fight for the safety of all mortal kind.”
As she sat in the chair behind her, the look on her face was earnest, brows raised, eyes wide. She believed her own psychosis. He searched his memory for anything he might have read about how to deal with delusional behavior. He had nothing other than recollected warnings about not encouraging that kind of behavior, and maintaining a distance in case of possible violent outbursts.
He took a step toward the desk, and then another, shaking his head as he did. This was no way to establish distance between them. He took another step and closed the gap, until the only thing between them was a block of wood. Not a very good barrier, considering the way she’d leaped over the bar when Paul had been going schizoid.
“I suppose next you’ll tell me Zeus is real and is your dad.”
She nodded solemnly. “And Gaia is my mother. Although she isn’t a god. She’s a primordial deity.”
He didn’t bother to restrain his snort. He had to be dreaming.
“I’m happy to pinch you if you think it would help. But I get to pick where I pinch.” Lia dropped her gaze to his ass, then lifted her eyes and offered with a bright smile. She gestured to a straight-backed chair.
Ben sat down hard enough to bite his tongue. Thanks to the pain he experienced, he knew he wasn’t dreaming. “Okay, I’m willing to go on a little faith here. Maybe you should start at the top.”
“In my first or second incarnation, a deity named Pierus challenged Zeus, claiming his nine daughters were superior to the Muses. While my sisters and I inspire the world to good things, Pierus and his offspring represent all the bad juju out in the world. His bitches come with names like Greed, Strife, Doom, Disease…you get the idea. It appears my challenge might be with Hunger.” She stood to pace behind her desk. “Zeus got pissed at Pierus, and transformed his children into magpies for all eternity. But the evil bastard still manages to rise up every thousand years or so to challenge us.”
Thousands of years? “How old are you?”
“Twenty-four.” She moved around the desk and leaned her hip on the edge. “In this lifetime. If you counted up the entire number of years I’ve been alive, my age is closer to six-thousand and twenty-four. No wait. Is it eight-thousand? I’ve sucked at math in every lifetime.”
Okay, that little fact freaked him the fuck out. Unable to deal with it, he filed the detail for exploration later. “Tell me more about this challenge.”
“Okay, but you have to know, until recently, no mortals in this millennia ever knew of our existence. Only three other men even have a clue at this point. You’re kind of a rare breed.”
She propped a hand on her hip, pulling her T-shirt taut over her breasts. Ben dropped his gaze to the luscious display and swallowed hard to move past the need to cup his palms around them.
Lia cleared her throat. “Um, just for now, eyes up. But this attraction you feel might be part of the challenge.”
“Don’t you feel it?”
“The connection? Yeah. When you touched my wrist, I had a premonition that we are meant to be together.”
“You too? I saw us in a darkened room with…I don’t know, maybe crows flying around us.”
She tipped her head to the side and pressed a finger to her lips. “That’s new. I’ve never shared foresight with anyone before. One more nail in your coffin.” She winked at him, followed the motion with a chuckle.
Her quiet laugh swirled through him, twisting like an auger along his body. Everything from his waist down drew tight, went hard. However, his brain heard coffin. “I’m not going to die thanks to this challenge, am I?”
“You won’t. Not if we beat Pierus. Unfortunately, we have to play to win.” Lia hopped up on the desk, swinging her legs. She held up her hand, closed her eyes and lifted her face. Almost like she was speaking to someone in her mind.
Ben studied her casual posture, her easy confidence. For a six-or-eight-thousand and something year-old, she was dead sexy. Oh, Lord. What was he thinking? Or better, which head was he thinking with? Even if his attraction to her was a result of his unknowing involvement in this challenge, he didn’t mind giving in to it.



About the Author:

Gemma's favorite desk accessories for many years were a circular wooden token, better known as a 'round tuit,' and a slip of paper from a fortune cookie proclaiming her a lover of words; some day she'd write a book. All it took was a transfer to the United Kingdom, the lovely English springtime, and a huge dose of homesickness to write her first novel. Once it was completed and sent off with a kiss, even the rejections addressed to 'Dear Author' were gratifying.

After returning to America, she spent a number of years as a copywriter, dedicating her skills to making insurance and the agents who sell them sound sexy.

Eventually, her full-time job as a writer interfered with her desire to be a writer full-time and she left the world of financial products behind to pursue a career as a romance author.








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