This week I have lots of very talented authors on my blog sharing excerpts from their fantastic books. Plus Monday to Friday this week you will have the chance to win one of five gift cards for the retailer of your choice (Amazon.co.uk/Amazon.com or Barnes & Noble). There are four daily $5 gift cards (or Sterling equivalent) up for grabs, and the grand prize winner will not only win a $25 (or Sterling equivalent) gift card, but a bundle of ebooks and paperbacks as well.
More details on how to enter below, but for now here’s some tantalizing excerpts from five fabulous books.
The Playboy’s Baby, by J M Stewart
She stood frozen, her heart pounding in her throat. Dillon’s surprise suddenly took on a whole new level. “Why would you buy this house?”
“Because it’s yours. You love this house.”
Had she heard him correctly? Not daring to believe her ears, she turned to face him, stared at him and shook her head. “I’m afraid I’m not following you.”
Those dark eyes burned into hers. “I didn’t buy this house for me.”
When his meaning sank in, a shocked sort of numbness stole over her, and she turned a slow circle, taking in the space around her. “You bought this house.”
The tenderness in his voice got to her. Tears sprang, unbidden, to her eyes. She faced him again and searched his gaze, her voice wobbling when she spoke. “Why would you do that?”
He touched her chin, his fingers stroking her skin. “Because it’s been in your family for three generations. It shouldn’t belong to anyone else.”
Blood Shadows, by Lindsay J Pryor
For vengeance - would you trust a vampire?
For justice - could you betray your family?
For love - are you ready to question everything you believe in?
Gifted with the ability to read the shadows of ‘third species’ beings, Caitlin Parish is the Vampire Control Unit’s most powerful agent. Despite that, her mission to hunt down Kane Malloy – a master vampire – comes with a death wish. Many have tried, but few have survived.
For Caitlin, tracking Kane is about more than just professional reputation. With her parents both mysteriously killed 7 years apart to the day, Caitlin knows that without Kane’s help she is next.
She has four days to make a deal with the wicked, the irresistible, the treacherous Kane Malloy. The vampire who despises everything she stands for.
Blaze, an anthology by The Minxes of Romance
Tara Pammi, Worth the Risk
The strength of how much he wanted to be here with Annie, how much he wanted to continue, didn’t bother Marcus at all.
“If you touch me, I can’t stop, Annie. It’s been six months and you taste like heaven and if you touch me…I swear Annie, I won’t be able to stop until I’m inside you.”
He pressed a fierce kiss again before she could even reply. Just in case she said no, in case this never happened again, and he needed to remember how erotic she tasted.
Catherine Coles, Locked Into Love
Cassie swayed her hips in time to the music, watching the tell-tale muscle in his jaw jump as he tried to keep himself under control.
“Something wrong?” she asked, blinking innocently.
“What the hell are you doing?” he responded through gritted teeth.
“Am not,” Cassie grinned up at him, moving her hips in a circle against his erection. “That’s gyrating.”
Lorraine Wilson, A Kindling Romance
“Promise me something Drew.”
“Promise you're not filming me on your mobile and this is going to be all over YouTube in the morning?” Polly was dimly aware her question was insulting. This guy was a professional and rules were rules, even out here in the sticks.
“Trust me,” the calm, deep voice replied.
Something in the warm tone and the firm grip on her legs made her want to do exactly that. She felt she might do anything he asked.
Anything at all.
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Her New Worst Enemy, by Christy McKellan
Gideon marched around to the other side of the table and grasped her hand, moving away quickly and pulling her with him. He practically dragged her out of the kitchen into the hallway and led her up the stairs.
“Where are we going?” Ellie managed to gasp as she hurried to keep up with him. His words had caused a chain-reaction through her system that sent her blood pounding through every artery and vein at double its normal speed. She felt alive with promise and unutterable excitement.
What was he going to do to her?
The mere question thrilled her.
At the top of the stairs he turned towards the dressing room and pulled her in with him, slamming the door closed behind them.
They stood there, staring at each other, their breathing quick and light.
“Come here,” Gideon said, and she responded, not allowing herself to think or wonder or even care what might happen next. It was as if she’d managed to turn off her nervousness and was acting purely on instinct.
It was so freeing.
The determined touch of his hands on her shoulders made her shiver in anticipation and she let out a small gasp as he pushed her around to face the long, free-standing mirror, stepping behind her so she could see the whole of herself reflected in the glass.
“Put your arms in the air,” he said into her ear, his mouth so close she could feel the soft exhalation of breath against her skin.
She did as she was told, raising her arms above her head and waiting, her body quivering with expectation.
Tempted by Trouble, by Michelle Smart
He had to hand it to her—years of practice had made her incredibly good at keeping a straight face. As a liar, there was no one better. “I suppose it was friends who tipped the press off about all your other behavior?”
“None of it came from me.”
“Pippa, you have always been an attention seeker. Why don’t you just admit you love the limelight?”
“I was an attention seeker, yes—was being the operative word—but I never wanted the press limelight.”
“You courted it,” he pointed out, containing his anger by the skin of his teeth.
Her lips thinned, pulling back so tightly they whitened. “They courted me. Yes, I made mistakes, but unlike other teenagers, a quirk of fate meant I was born into so-called noble stock. My mistakes were deemed newsworthy and it doesn’t matter how hard I try to move on, I am never allowed to forget it. The press is always there, waiting for me to slip up.”
“And I suppose it’s the press’s fault you were charged with assault? Nothing to do with your own actions?”
She visibly sagged, her shoulders dropping at the speed of a bursting bubble.
“It wasn’t assault. It was self-defense,” she stated, not blinking, not breaking eye contact. “I’m innocent.”
“Of course you are. That’s why you’re out on bail while your boss languishes in a hospital with a fractured skull.”
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I’m sure these sneak peaks have made your TBR pile that little bit bigger, I know mine is growing!
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