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Why do romance novels get such a bum rap?

WEB PIX PURPLE BOOK copyA few years back I made a documentary called “Who’s Afraid of Happy Endings?” It was broadcast on BRAVO! Canada as well as other broadcasters around the globe. Because I had always been a reader of romance novels, I had a particular view of the genre. I didn’t see it as worthless or silly drivel. To me, romance novels were, and are, special. Yes. Special. Why? Because what they offer is hope. Hope that two people can find something fulfilling and meaningful in a relationship. Isn’t that what we all strive for in our own relationships?  Of course.

AS GOOD AS IT GETS, Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt, 1997, (c) Sony

AS GOOD AS IT GETS, Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt, 1997, (c) Sony

Romance novels tell us that when two people fall in love it won’t be perfect. Stuff always happens, but in the end, we can get through it because we have each other. Remember that great line in the romantic comedy, As Good As It Gets? Jack Nicholson tells Helen Hunt, “You make me want to be a better man.” That’s what romance novels do. This is why we love romantic movies so much. We get that same feeling from those films that we do when we read a romance novel.

Recently, New Republic Magazine published an article by William Giraldi that was very critical of 50 Shades of Grey, and romance novels in general.  Then Bobbi Dumas of Kirkus Reviews wrote a great rebuttal. It’s so easy to be dismissive of romance writers and readers. And yet, romance books consistently outsell every other genre and have for decades. The romance industry is the most successful publishing entity there is, and yet it gets little to no respect from the media. Women of all ages and all backgrounds read romance. And what draws us to these books is that the heroines have power. They are empowered in these stories. And to millions of women around the world – that is a very positive message.

At the end of the day readers of romance novels and genre fiction in general all have one thing in common: we love a good story. And more importantly we love the heroes and heroines who live those stories in the pages of those books that we love to read.

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100_4277Joanna D’Angelo is Editor in Chief at Lachesis Publishing Inc. She loves Cinnamon Dolce Lattes, a good romance and a happy ending.

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Five Things Every Good Romance Novel Should Have

I’ve been reading romance novels since I was a teenager and now I get to edit them (along with other yummy genres). There are many qualities that make a romance good but here are a five that I think every good romance novel should have.

Image courtesy telegraph.co.uk

Image courtesy BBC

1. A hero we can fall in love with: I don’t mean in real life, but in “book” life. If the hero doesn’t have the goods then the romance won’t be a keeper. So what makes a hero great? We have to get into his head. When authors don’t give us enough time in the hero’s head to poke around and hang out, then that makes for a less satisfying read. As readers we want to know what he thinks about the heroine. What he thinks about her quirks or the shenanigans she gets herself mixed up in. We want to know how he feels when she’s standing close to him and he can smell the sweet fragrance of her hair or notice the flecks of gold in her eyes. We want to know what he thinks when he’s kissing her and holding her in his arms. We want to know how he feels when he finally realizes that he’s in love with her. All that good stuff. But we also want to know about him. What happened on that fateful day twenty years ago when his parents died? How did he feel when his father ran off with the French opera singer? What was his first experience with a woman like? Anything and everything that pertains to the story and to his burgeoning relationship with the heroine – we want to do know about it!

Image: Miramax/Universal

Image: Miramax/Universal

2. A heroine we can adore and root for: I’ve read many romance novels where the hero is awesome and the heroine is either a bee-otch or a complete dish-rag. C’mon! The heroine has to have spirit and guts but she also has to be loving. We don’t want her acting completely out of character. Or react like a she-devil when the hero does something she doesn’t like. Unless there is a good reason. There has to be a damn good reason. Otherwise we’re not going to buy it. The heroine is our stand-in so she better be worthy of that fella. We want to see her grow throughout the book. We want to see her learn and figure things out. We want her to realize she was wrong and make it right. In other words, we want her to be active. Not passive. Things shouldn’t just happen to her. She has to make things happen too. If she starts out as a shy wallflower, we want to know why she’s that way and then by the end of the book we have to know that despite being that shy girl, she has guts and would make a great partner for the hero. If she’s a flighty young miss then we want to see her grow in depth and maturity throughout the book. If she loses a child or goes through a divorce before falling in love again, we want to experience her pain and then her healing with her. In short, we want to know she’s a human being, with richness and potential for growth. We want to embrace her as a dear friend or sister.

Image: Warner Home Video

Image: Warner Home Video

3. Dialogue so good that we love to quote it or go back and read those delicious bits just for the sheer pleasure of it: I’ve read some great books over the years and the books I keep coming back to have wonderfully rich dialogue. Especially between the hero and heroine. Remember those classic Hollywood romantic comedies with Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy? or Katherine Hepburn and Cary Grant? Or Katherine Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart? (Okay, okay, anything with Katherine Hepburn). If your heroine and hero can relate to each other with that much chemistry then we are going to love your book. We like it when they both have a sense of humour. We like it when they both express emotion. We like it when they say complicated things to each other. We like it when they act silly or say outrageous things. We like it when they communicate. Why? Because communication between the hero and the heroine is at the core of a good romance novel. What they say to each other is important. Their dialogue is what breathes fresh air into the story and what brings the story to life. It’s how you, as the author, can really show your own voice. Describing them or giving them thoughts is important, but you have to give the hero and heroine something to say as well.

4. A sturdy plot: Yeah, yeah, we know that romance novels can get away with a “soft plot”. Since the biggest part of a romance novel is the romance itself, that is the main crux of the story. But stuff needs to happen as well. So pay attention to plot and continuity. If the plot is simply that the hero must find a wife or lose his inheritance then make certain that a series of mishaps and misunderstandings get in the way before he and the heroine can be together. If the plot is about the heroine escaping a ex-boyfriend/stalker, then that boyfriend has to show up in the book and threaten her relationship with the hero – not to mention their lives. The plot is the “bones” of the story so make those bones strong and fortified with calcium. :)

Image: Warner Bros.

Image: Warner Bros.

5. A Happy Ending: You’re damn straight we want a happy ending! That’s the point of a romance novel after all. You better make it good. We want declarations of love. We want the hero and heroine to finally admit things they were holding back. We don’t necessarily need a proposal (although it would be nice). But we want to know that these two people, whom we have grown to love, are going to be together. No, they can’t break up. No, he or she cannot die. Yes, they absolutely have to express their love for each other. A romance has to give us a satisfying ending. Otherwise it is not a romance. Period.

Well, I could go on forever here – but those are five essential things that I look for in every good romance novel. What do you look for?

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100_4277Joanna D’Angelo is Editor in Chief at Lachesis Publishing Inc. She loves Cinnamon Dolce Lattes, a good romance and a happy ending.

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THE MERRY-GO-ROUND by DONNA FASANO (contemporary romance)

FRIDAY’S REVOLVING BOOK IS the contemporary romance THE MERRY-GO-ROUND by DONNA FASANO.

PUBLISHER: Hard Knocks Books

WHERE TO BUY THE BOOK:
Amazon Kindle: http://tinyurl.com/9yr959t

B&N NookBooks:http://tinyurl.com/8kefftk

All Romance eBooks: http://tinyurl.com/94vx9t7
Smashwords:http://tinyurl.com/8bzhcqt Amazon Paperback: http://tinyurl.com/8pbt4sg SYNOPSIS:

When Lauren divorces her husband, she has one thought on her mind…stepping off the merry-go-round. However, her life quickly turns into a three-ring circus: her hypochondriac father moves in, her ex is using her shower when she’s not home, and her perky assistant is pushing her out into the fearsome dating world. She also has to decide if the dilapidated barn and vintage merry-go-round she was awarded in the divorce settlement is a blessing or a bane. As if Lauren’s personal life isn’t chaotic enough, this slightly jaded attorney is overrun with a cast of quirky characters who can’t stay on the right side of the law. What’s a woman to do? She can allow life to spin her in circles forever. Or she can reach out and grab the brass ring.

AUTHOR BIO:
Donna Fasano is a three time winner of the HOLT Medallion, a CataRomance Reviewers Choice Award winner for Best Single Title, a Desert Rose Golden Quill Award finalist, and a Golden Heart finalist. Her books have sold over 3.6 million copies worldwide and have been published in nearly two dozen languages.

REVIEWS:
What others are saying about Donna’s books:

“…complex, funny, and realistic…” ~Wilmington News Journal

“Excellent!” ~Bookreview.com

“Could not help myself from reading excerpts to my husband and friends. This book is well written, the characters are real, everyday folks. It is very easy to identify with them. Donna Fasano is a talented author.” ~Elizabeth M. Caldwell on Amazon

“…a fast paced riotous look at family life today. Donna Fasano is right on target!” ~Donna Zapf, SingleTitles.com

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Web site: http://www.DonnaFasano.com/

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DREAMWALK by SARAH MACMANUS (paranormal romance/mature YA)

THE REVOLVING BOOK TUESDAY EDITION IS THE PARANORMAL ROMANCE
“DREAMWALK” BY SARAH MACMANUS

POSTED TUESDAY JAN. 10TH, 2012

AUTHOR: SARAH MACMANUS

TITLE: DREAMWALK

GENRE: PARANORMAL ROMANCE (MATURE YA/ADULT)

PUBLISHER: YOUNGREBEL PUBLICATIONS
http://www.youngrebelpublications.com/
http://www.youngrebelpublications.com/Romance/Dreamwalk-p31.html

WHERE YOU CAN BUY THE BOOK:
YOUNGREBEL PUBLICATIONS: http://www.youngrebelpublications.com/Romance/Dreamwalk-p31.html

AMAZON KINDLE US http://www.amazon.com/Dreamwalk-ebook/dp/B004SCS328/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1326151631&sr=8-1

AMAZON KINDLE UK http://www.amazon.co.uk/Dreamwalk-ebook/dp/B004SCS328/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1326152010&sr=8-1

EBOOKSTORE/SONY: http://ebookstore.sony.com/ebook/sarah-macmanus/dreamwalk/_/R-400000000000000459229

BARNES AND NOBLE: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/dreamwalk-sarah-macmanus/1104361679?ean=2940011381218&itm=1&usri=sarah+macmanus+dreamwalk

KOBO: http://www.kobobooks.com/ebook/Dreamwalk/book-kFmCX8PsRkCyvHoHXBeyEg/page1.html

DIESEL EBOOKS:http://www.diesel-ebooks.com/item/SW00000047819/MacManus-Sarah-Dreamwalk/1.html

SYNOPSIS

After the death of her mother, eighteen year old Chloe Hawthorn is haunted by terrifying nighttime hallucinations. Determined to take control of her dream journeys, she uses them to find Shane Anderson, a charming and troubled musician whose online videos have been holding her in thrall. She finds him in the Dreamtime, sweating out heroin detox in a run-down rehab center.

Chloe sets out to find Shane in the waking world and discovers her dreams have been taking her into the past. Horrified, Chloe realizes Shane doesn’t survive his addictions. In order to save him, Chloe must master her Australian mother’s legacy — the secret of walking the Dreaming through time. But what price will Chloe pay for this Dreamwalk and will she save Shane only to lose him forever?

REVIEWS:

“This is one of my favorite books that I have read this year. I found myself so attached to Chloe that I am having a hard time letting go of her still. . . This book kept me up at night and I never wanted to stop reading it as I wanted to know what was going to happen next. The ending blew me away and was unexpected.” Night Owl Reviews Top Pick http://romance.nightowlreviews.com/nor/Reviews/Black-Rose-reviews-Dreamwalk-by-Sarah-Macmanus.aspx

“Hauntingly dark and mysterious, Dreamwalk is a compelling read. Set against the nebulous backdrop of the dream world, author Sarah MacManus’ winding tale is rife with one surprising twist after another… Poetically crafted with a subtle, yet powerful lyrical flair, Dreamwalk is an engrossing read. Recommended for fans of unconventional teen romance tales.” Morgan Drake, Apex Reviews

“I really enjoyed this book. It’s beautiful and meaningful and surreal and different. I loved the use of Austrailian mythology (something you almost never see), and the personal growth the heroine and her love experience. This is YA and young love done right, and I can’t wait to see what Sarah MacManus does next.” You’re Killing Me Reviews http://ykmreviews.blogspot.com/2011/03/033-dreamwalk-by-sarah-macmanus.html

“Dreamwalk is a wonderful novel that will take you on an emotional rollercoaster, each chapter filled with fear, love, temptation, addiction, and peace. Sarah MacManus’ writing is powerful in Dreamwalk, giving me the sense as though I were living through Chloe, feeling all her pain, sorrow, and fears.” Moonlight Gleam Reviews http://www.moonlightgleam.com/2011/08/dreamwalk-by-sarah-macmanus.html

“Dreamwalk is a sensational adult debut by Sarah MacManus. This book had me on tenterhooks all the way through and I absolutely loved it.” http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/159139057

“Your emotions are sent through a whirlwind throughout the novel. I laughed, I cried and I even got scared. It was complex and surreal. It was lovely, yet so bittersweet. Honestly, I can’t sing the praises enough – it was a brilliant read, highly recommended from me.” Missy Reads & Reviews http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/173722988

WATCH THE BOOK TRAILER: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fVLyMpoX1x8

READ AN EXCERPT: http://www.youngrebelpublications.com/Romance/Dreamwalk-p31.html

AUTHOR BIO:
Sarah MacManus makes things up and then writes them down. She lives in the middle of the United States, but feels at home anywhere with a river. In the mundane world, she works as a freelance technical writer.

In SarahSpace, she spends her time rescuing princes from ravening monsters, restoring ancient races to their rightful place and making secret, shameful wishes come true.

Sarah loves the East Village, indie music, Cornish pasties, the smell of rain, Spitalfields, biochemistry and all shades of blue.

Sarah’s work has appeared in the literary journal The Battered Suitcase and she has a poem forthcoming in an anthology from Little Episodes.

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PRIDE AND FIRE by JO MARIE DEGIOIA (Regency Historical Romance)

POSTED TUESDAY NOV. 15, 2011

THE REVOLVING BOOK TUESDAY EDITION IS BY JO MARIE DEGIOIA!

TITLE: PRIDE AND FIRE

GENRE: REGENCY HISTORICAL ROMANCE

RELEASE DATE: CURRENT (JO MARIE’S NEXT BOOKS IN THIS SEXY SERIES WILL BE COMING OUT IN 2012 SO STAY TUNED! I’VE READ THEM AND THEY ARE HOT AND SEXY AS WELL AS EMOTIONALLY SATISFYING READS)

PUBLISHER: LACHESIS PUBLISHING/SINFUL MOMENTS PRESS: http://tinyurl.com/8727tkn

WHERE TO BUY THE BOOK:

LACHESIS PUBLISHING (PRINT) $7.99 http://tinyurl.com/8727tkn

AMAZON KINDLE:(E-BOOK)  $2.99 http://tinyurl.com/d8mv4b7

AMAZON (PRINT) http://tinyurl.com/cbu97tu

SYNOPSIS:

Paul Talbot, Viscount Leed, is set on avoiding the marriage trap.  Though his family has money troubles, he won’t marry an heiress and dance on her leading strings.  He discreetly writes speeches for Parliament, using his words to passionately express others’ opinions.

Lady Michelle Thomas is a spirited heiress, piqued with the rules of Society which dictate that a woman must be seen and not heard.  And if she has opinions on politics or finances?  Well, she had best keep them to herself.  Sparks fly when she meets Paul and she believes she’s found a man interested in more than her face, form and finances.

They wed, but when Paul refuses to take her very generous dowry she’ll do anything to see her money settled on him.  Even if it means going to his rival and putting more than his career in jeopardy.

REVIEWS:

5 stars!!
This is the first I have read from JoMarie DeGioia and won’t be the last. The book grabbed my attention from the first page. I loved how hot Paul and Michelle’s attraction was from the beginning till the end. These two completed each other in every way from their expressions to opinions to their fiery tempers. I loved that every time Paul let his pride get in the way Michelle fought him. Pride and Fire was a great book and a highly recommended favorite from this reader.
–MR Reviewer Aurora, MANIC READERS


“PRIDE AND FIRE is a tender romantic delight!  JoMarie DeGioia has a bright future ahead of her.”
~Teresa Medeiros, New York Times bestselling author of SOME LIKE IT WICKED

“PRIDE AND FIRE is a sexy, engaging story that will touch your heart.  I look forward to more historical romances from the talented JoMarie DeGioia.”
~Catherine Kean, award-winning author of MY LADY’S TREASURE

READ AN EXCERPT:  http://tinyurl.com/cqusjwd

AUTHOR BIO:

Jo Marie DeGioia writes sexy Regency Historicals with a touch of mystery as well as sassy Contemporary Romances with a touch of home.

She is a member of Romance Writers of America, Space Coast Authors of Romance and From the Heart Romance Writers.

Jo Marie has many projects in the works and she’d love to hear from you! If you’d like to receive her newsletters, check out her web site http://jomariedegioia.com

CONNECT WITH JO MARIE ONLINE:

WEB SITE: http://jomariedegioia.com
facebook: http://www.facebook.com/jomarie.degioia
twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/JoMarieDeGioia
blog: http://www.theromancereviews.com/mypageprofile.php?location=Jomarie63

SNEAK PEEK:

Paul slowly turned toward the doorway and froze. He watched as, with a swish of her skirts, Michelle Thomas came into the room.

“Lord Kanewood,” she said, pleasure clear on her lovely face. “Rebecca! How have you been?”

Paul could only stare.  She was more beautiful than he remembered. Her fiery red hair was caught up behind her head, rich curls left loose to frame her face. Here eyes, golden brown and fringed by thick lashes, sparkled. And Lord she smelled of Lavender. His senses were so filled with her he barely heard Becca speak.

“Michelle,” Becca said. “How nice to see you again.” She cleared her throat and went on. “I believe you know Lord Leed.”

Michelle turned to face him. Her gorgeous eyes widened and he felt her regard like a caress. He quickly tamped down his response to her.

“Pleasure to see you again Lady Michelle,” he said coolly, bowing to her.

Michelle visibly stiffened and returned a look nearly as cool. She squared her shoulders and dropped a short curtsy, her full lips pressed together.

Becca smiled, drawing her husband’s attention. He leaned toward her. “Becca?”

Paul saw her give him a quick shake of her head to silence him. What was this?…..

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GASTIEN PART 1: THE COST OF THE DREAM by CADDY ROWLAND (historical/romance)

POSTED FRIDAY Nov. 11, 2011

THE REVOLVING BOOK FRIDAY EDITION IS BY CADDY ROWLAND

(PART 2 WILL BE COMING OUT SOON!)

TITLE:  GASTIEN PART 1: THE COST OF THE DREAM

GENRE: HISTORICAL ROMANCE

PUBLISHER: CREATE SPACE

RELEASED: SEPT. 2011

WHERE YOU CAN BUY THE BOOK:

PAPERBACK/PRINT: CREATE SPACE http://tinyurl.com/3luddg7
AMAZON KINDLE:  http://tinyurl.com/3ecu8ku
BARNES AND NOBLE NOOK: http://tinyurl.com/3ue4a7h

SYNOPSIS:

In this both dark and hopeful first book, young Gastien Beauchamp begins his journey to Paris with two goals in life.  The first is to become an artist with his own studio, following his own rules. That is an almost impossible dream for a peasant.  Gastien has no money, no formal training, and is a naïve eighteen year old fresh off the farm. Paris spits out talented men into the gutters every day. “Good” gets you nowhere. “Great” maybe gets you a bowl of soup.

The second is to become the greatest lover in France. That should be easy. With his stunning looks, and his willingness to learn, the women of Paris are about to be awakened in a way they have only dreamt about in the 19th century!

Gastien swears that he has no interest in love.  Love would only take away his dreams.  But he is innocent and does not realize that sex without love can be quite empty.  Before he can learn that, he must face obstacles and heartaches that will threaten to destroy his very soul.

Insatiable, burning passion. Focus and drive. Raw, natural talent. Armed with those, Gastien is determined to succeed at any cost.  Poor Gastien. If he could only know in advance what struggles lay before him, he might think twice about leaving home. However, he is young and full of hope. The dreams burn relentlessly inside of him, not allowing him a moments rest. And so the journey begins…

REVIEWS:

ON NOOK: http://tinyurl.com/3ue4a7h

“Wonderful, compelling read!  Challenges your own thoughts, dreams and soul!  Cannot wait for Part 2!  Thought I would miss Gastien but cannot seem to get him out of my head.”  -acelles (NOOK link above)
“…emotionally profound…There aren’t too many books that can ring (sic) so many emotions from me but this one did it…if you are a reader willing to push beyond your boundaries I strongly recommend getting this book. ” Beccie Weaver (AMAZON) http://tinyurl.com/3ecu8ku

“…catches your mind and races away with it. Drawing you further and further into Gastiens world and holding you there for hours upon hours.
When you can break away, it stays in your thoughts, until you rush back, and once again you are drawn into the world of Gastien.”
-Dayton F. Larson (AMAZON) http://tinyurl.com/3ecu8ku

” Unfamiliar with this author and not ordinarily a reader of this genre when a friend of mine loaned me this book I admit I had fairly low expectations. So after half expecting to read a bit and then get bored, instead I found myself completely drawn in to the story…The book has a contemporary feel to it in the dialogue and sexuality, but there is enough of 19th century France in there to keep you grounded in place and time. The book has some fairly graphic intense moments but they contribute to the story rather than detract from it. I would recommend this book to anyone wanting to pick up a story to get lost in for a couple of days.” -W. Parker (AMAZON) http://tinyurl.com/3ecu8ku

“What do you do with artistic talent and a heart bursting with the need to express it?…Developing your art and learning the difference between love and sex makes for a powerful story. The sex is graphic, but flows with the story. You’ll be looking for more!!!
-K. Druart (AMAZON) http://tinyurl.com/3ecu8kuS

READ AN EXCERPT: http://tinyurl.com/6467c8s

AUTHOR BIO:  Caddy Rowland grew up in the Midwest with a stack of books that almost reached the ceiling before she was five. Books, along with her vivid imagination, have always been her closest friends.

She lives in Minnesota with her husband, who was her high school sweetheart. They are owned by two parrots. Yes, they can talk, and yes, they can bite! Melanie, the African Grey has such an extensive vocabulary that Caddy sometimes thinks Melly is preparing to become an author.

After over 20 twenty years in advertising sales, Caddy decided to pursue her childhood dream of becoming an author in 2011. There are four books planned for the Gastien series, and many other books in her head. Now, if only she can learn to type 2000 words a minute…

Her goal as an author is to make readers laugh, cry, think, and become intimately connected with her main characters. To her, a good main character stays in the mind long after the story has been read. They should become as real in the mind as the person next door.

CONNECT WITH CADDY ONLINE:

BLOG: http://caddyrowlandblog.blogspot.com (Writer of Fiction, Painter of Life & Energy)

FACEBOOK: Gastien fanpage: http://www.facebook.com/Gastien.Beauchamp

Twitter: @Caddyorpims

SNEAK TEASE:

Bonsoir yourself! You are quite bold sitting down without being invited! How do you know I am not meeting someone? How do you know if you are wanted?” she challenged softly, refusing to be the first to look away.

He smiled lazily and sat back. “Bold? I was bought and paid for last night when you sent me five bottles of champagne. I am definitely wanted. And, oui, you were waiting for someone. That person is now here, non?”

She nodded slightly, dropping her eyes. “Oui. He is here.”

“What is your name then?” he asked.

“Nathalie. Or Nath.”

“Well, Nathalie, I am puzzled. Tell me, do you prefer to play games? I can do that, but I prefer being open about what I am interested in. I thought last night you made your interest clear. Do we have to go through charades now?” The waiter appeared and Gastien ordered a glass of vin.

Nathalie raised her eyebrows as the waiter walked away. “Usually a gentleman buys the lady a drink.”

“You are right. They do on a date. We are not on a date. You are also assuming that I am a gentleman.”

She gave a small laugh. “My mistake.”

“I am just saying, please don’t assume things about me until you know me better. I am always open about things. However, I don’t like it when people assume they know me before they actually do.”

“Fair enough.”

“Also, anyone who can afford five bottles of champagne for a stranger can afford to buy her own drinks.”

“So, you expect me to buy the drinks?”

Non. Not mine. I am simply making my intentions clear. I am not interested in courtship, Nathalie. I don’t think you are, either.” She looked surprised. He was not as green as she expected, but every bit as delicious looking as she remembered. Perhaps they would make good bed partners more than one time. He was a challenge.

“So tell me, what are those intentions, and what is your name?” she asked.

“My name is Gastien. My intention is to come home with you so that we can enjoy ourselves in your bed.” He sipped his vin. “That is, after I have a meal. I need to satisfy that hunger first.”

“And if I have decided I am not interested?” she shot back.

“Then I want to say merci for the champagne last night, and I will move on. But, come on, Nath. Are we still playing games?”

She looked into his huge brown eyes. Those eyes were dangerous, there were too many emotions reflected in them. She would have to very careful about not losing her head over this one. But she could be careful, she told herself. She wanted to taste that mouth.  Even more, she wanted to find out what he felt like inside of her.

Gastien smiled, this time sweetly. “You are more than interested. You are already deciding what you want to do with me the first time tonight.”

“The first time? You plan on multiple times tonight?” This man was too full of himself!

Gastien nodded. He looked at her openly. “Oui. I told you I like to be honest. Here is the situation: I have not been with a woman for almost four months. Therefore, it is almost a guarantee that I won’t last long the first time. That is just the way males are. I am sorry. But, if you will let me just make myself happy that first time, I promise to make it up to you. Several times, if you wish.” He opened the menu and started to read it.

She grabbed his menu, pulling it down. “Several times tonight?”

He stared at her unblinking. “Oui. I am eighteen, Nath. I can go all night.”

“Four months without sex? With the appetite you seem to have for it? What, you weren’t in prison or something, were you?”

Gastien threw back his head and laughed. “Non, not in prison. I did nothing illegal. I am an artist, Nath. I was homeless for awhile. No one found me very appealing then.”

She thought that over for a few minutes. This man had lived on the streets during the winter. Somehow he had not only survived, he was sitting in a restaurant, in new clothes, sipping a glass of vin. Obviously, he was not without a quick mind and good instincts to go with those looks. Definitely not a one night fling like she had imagined. This man would be worth establishing a relationship with, one that benefited both of them sexually. This time she smiled even bigger, as she asked, “Several times?”

Gastien sighed. “Oui, Nath. As I said, several times. As many as you can take.”

“And if I am the one to wear you out?” she challenged again.

This time it was Gastien to raise a brow. “Seriously? Is the lady throwing down the gauntlet?”

She smiled. “I think, Gastien, that you and I are going to make each other very happy. Very happy indeed.”

Throughout the night, Gastien was her student. She started with kissing, teaching him that devouring a mouth was good in some cases, but sometimes, you needed to let a kiss start as a whisper and build steam. She taught him that kisses can happen in other places besides a mouth and a conne.

Nath showed him parts of the body that responded to touches and rubs. She taught him how to use his tongue on nipples, on ears, on the back. She taught him how to suck and bite on toes to make a woman crazy, how to run a tongue along an instep, biting the arch.

When he got to the Polidor, about six of the ten men from last night were there. So was she, at her table. The guys called him over to their table. He waved at them, but walked over to the woman’s table. Mon Dieu, she was arresting looking! Whoever wore their hair like that? He liked that she dared to do something with her hair no other woman did. He bet it would soon be in style for the masses. She looked up as he casually sat down at her table across from her. He met her eyes, gave a small indication of a smile and said “Bonsoir.”

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THE HOUR BEFORE DAWN by PATRICIA A. RASEY (paranormal romantic suspense)

THE REVOLVING BOOK

POSTED TUESDAY NOV. 8TH, 2011

OUR REVOLVING BOOK TUESDAY EDITION IS THE PARANORMAL ROMANTIC SUSPENSE “THE HOUR BEFORE DAWN” BY PATRICIA A. RASEY

TITLE THE HOUR BEFORE DAWN

GENRE: PARANORMAL ROMANTIC SUSPENSE

PUBLISHER: KINDLE  http://tinyurl.com/89lkdts

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SYNOPSIS:

Tevan Zaber wants to be a detective. But how far is he willing to go to get there? Thrust into the dark underworld of real vampires, reality begins to blur into the society of role-playing. Can Krystal Braxton, who wrestles with her own demons, save Tevan from becoming one of them? Together they must infiltrate the occult covens to save the city from a blood-thirsty killer resurrected from a year’s old case as they enlist the help of Fairview Park’s lieutenant, Cole Kincaid.

THE HOUR BEFORE DAWN is the thrilling follow-up to DEADLY OBSESSION.

REVIEWS:

If possible, THE HOUR BEFORE DAWN is even better than DEADLY OBSESSION. Patricia Rasey has done a fantastic job in continuing DEADLY OBSESSION in this story. THE HOUR BEFORE DAWN would do well as a stand-alone novel as well. Again, we have a flawed hero, dealing with his failed marriage. Add to this, one really wounded heroine in Krystal, trying to deal with the abuse of her father, and we have one fantastic story, in addition to the solving of the murders and delving into the Vampyre Society of today. If you like romantic suspense, don’t miss this one!

Chere Gruver for Romance Junkies http://www.romancejunkies.com/

4 1/2 Stars! Patricia Rasey takes you on a wild ride through the dark side of life with this intriguing story. Prepare to be blown away by the killer. If you weren’t a fan before, you definitely will be now!

Kathy Boswell for RT Book Reviews http://www.rtbookreviews.com/

Just the creative voyeuristic thrill of briefly living in this world, by way of the path blazed by author Patricia Rasey, is enough to make THE HOUR BEFORE DAWN a must read. Daring and bold, Rasey presents the shadowy world of vampyres with a unique darkness that proves mesmerizing. The style is fiercely unrelenting, marking Rasey indelibly as a harsh truth teller. Although her genre is fiction, her characters are real and frightening, and not even main characters are safe from the evil that haunts Rasey’s work. Further, Rasey’s exploration of self-mutilation is both knowledgeable and tasteful, lending a shocking vulnerability to a striking character. Indeed, THE HOUR BEFORE DAWN is gripping, gritty, and fascinating, coming very highly recommended.

Cindy Penn for Word Weaving

THE HOUR BEFORE DAWN is a thrill-read, intense, fast and unpredictable. The reader will be tempted to “close your eyes and don’t look” but from the first grizzly murder to the last, the reader is glued to the pages waiting breathlessly for the killer to be unmasked and brought down.

For an adrenaline rushing read, I highly recommend THE HOUR BEFORE DAWN.

Terrie Figueroa for Romance Reviews Today http://www.romrevtoday.com

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AUTHOR BIO

Ms. Rasey is a three-time recipient of the Word Weaving Award for Literary Excellence and a three-time winner of the prestigious RIO Award Of Excellence. She is also a three-time EPPIE finalist and was a 2001 nominee for Romantic Times Magazine’s Best Electronic Book. Additionally, Twilight Obsessions and Twilight Visions, two anthologies she was a part of, was nominated for the PEARL, the Paranormal Excellence Award in Romantic Literature, in the Best Anthology category. Her short story, In The Mind of Darkness won the P&E 2002 Horror short story category.

When not behind her computer, you can find Patricia working, reading, watching movies or MMA. She also enjoys spending her free time at the river camping with her husband and two sons. Ms. Rasey is currently a third degree Black Belt in American Freestyle Karate.

Ms. Rasey’s work includes the novels…

-- Deadly Obsession
Kiss of Deceit.
Facade.
The Hour Before Dawn, sequel to the best-selling Deadly Obsession
Eyes Of Betrayal, sequel to the best-selling Kiss Of Deceit.
Love You to Pieces (not yet published).
Lawfully Yours, her first historical romance.
Eternally Yours, sequel to Lawfully yours.
Dark Savior.

As well as the novellas and award winning short story…

Fear the Dark
Sanitarium
In the Mind of Darkness

CONNECT WITH PATRICIA ONLINE

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/PatriciaARasey

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/patriciarasey

Website: http://www.PatriciaRasey.com

Blog: http://patriciarasey.blogspot.com/

SNEAK PEEK:

A knock sounded on his door, startling him. Since moving here, Tev had not had a single visitor. No one besides the department knew where he lived. Fearing something had happened to his family, Tev jumped up from his chair and opened the door. He wasn’t sure what he expected, but certainly not a fang-toothed Raven.

Tev left the door cracked, not inviting the young man in. “How the hell did you find out where I lived? Taken to following me?”

He’d need to be more careful of his whereabouts and surroundings in the future. If his cover were blown, they wouldn’t have a chance in hell of catching the killer.

“You going to invite me in?”

Role-player or real, Tevan wasn’t sure, but either way, Raven would not step across his threshold. The rules stated a vampire must first be invited. “Tell me why I should? You have business here?”

Raven leaned a shoulder against the doorjamb and crossed his arms over his chest. “Just wanting to find out your angle.”

Tev knew Raven sized him up. He wondered if he thought him a threat where Krystal was concerned. Narrowing his gaze, Tev asked again, “How did you find out where I lived?”

“Super-natural powers.”

“I don’t buy that, and I don’t think you do either.”

Raven chuckled. “I followed you home from the club.”

“Why?”

He shrugged. “I was intrigued and a bit skeptical, if you will.”

Tevan knew a big share of male vampyres were gay or bisexual. He hoped Raven’s intrigue didn’t include being interested in Tev sexually. “I’m not into guys.”

“Who says I am?” Raven challenged.

“You followed me home.”

He held his arms out to the side, booted feet crossed, in a Christ-like pose. “I said I was intrigued, not interested. Besides, I knew you weren’t into guys.”

“How’s that?”

“Krystal.”

“What about her?”

“You going to let me in, or do I have to stand out here all day?”

Tev opened the door. “Come in,” he invited, picking up shirts and pants littering the floor and throwing them into a basket in the corner. “Sorry, I didn’t expect company.”

Raven walked slowly around the room, taking in every corner. He picked up objects, glanced carefully at them, before returning them to their spot. Tev felt as if he were being assessed. Every inch of his existence scrutinized by this man.
Stopping in front of the computer, Raven glanced at the screen. “Looks like you need to get out more.”

“That’s the problem…I don’t go out much at all.”

“Any reason?”

Tev took the opening Raven offered. “I don’t identify with many.”

Raven looked up from the screen. “Meaning?”

“I live a life contrary to what people perceive as normal. I walk at night. I hunt.”

Raven appeared to study his face, judging how much of Tev’s self-profession to believe. “And what is it you hunt?”

“Life force. Raw energy.”

“Hunting is a synonym for pursuing, certainly not something that requires the other’s consent. You take without permission?”

“I don’t need approval.”

Raven pursed his lips. “A true hunter. Either you’re of the Blood as you say, or a poser. Which is it?”

“What do you think?”

Raven crossed his arms over his chest again and looked at Tev. “I don’t know what to think. That’s why I’m here.”

“You think you can somehow lay proof to my claim?”

Raven shrugged. “Depends on what you have to prove. Can you smell me?”

“I smell the thick blood running through your veins, if that’s what you mean.”

“Do you desire it?”

Shit.

Raven reached into his leather jacket’s pocket and pulled out a shiny straight razor still in its cardboard sheath. “Prove it.”
If he told Raven “no,” then chances were that he’d never believe Tevan was of the Blood. He certainly couldn’t use disease as an excuse, because most true vampyres didn’t fear death, they embraced it. But getting AIDS scared the hell out of him.

Before Tevan could come up with an excuse about why he could not do what Raven offered, a thin red line ran down the man’s arm. Blood seeped from the cut and dripped to the floor. Raven held out his arm. He raised a brow in challenge. “Hungry?”

Tev swallowed; his stomach quivered in disgust. If he ever got his hands on Whitey’s throat, it wouldn’t be too soon.

Tevan had just backed himself into a corner. And unless he did some fast-talking, he’d be forced to corroborate his affirmations. Drinking blood had not been part of his deal with Whitey. The thought of it sent his stomach rolling….

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THE ENEMY’S SON by KRISTEN BAILEY (suspense/thriller/romance)

THE REVOLVING BOOK

POSTED FRIDAY NOV. 4th,  2011

OUR REVOLVING BOOK FRIDAY  EDITION IS BY KRISTEN BAILEY!

TITLE: THE ENEMY’S SON

GENRE:  CONTEMPORARY SUSPENSE THRILLER WITH ROMANTIC ELEMENTS

PUBLISHER: LACHESIS PUBLISHING http://www.lachesispublishing.com/proddetail.asp?prod=The_Enemys_Son

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SYNOPSIS:

Cora Evans will do anything to save her father from harm.   Jerry Evans has been accused of embezzling a million dollars from his employer, who plans to hold both Jerry and Cora hostage until the money is returned. Cora’s only hope to save their lives, and find out what really happened to the money, rests in trusting the employer’s son, Nick Halloway.   But, who is Nick really trying to help? Is he just using her emotions against her to help his father? Are all Nick’s efforts to keep her safe just a ploy?   When Cora becomes a suspect in her father’s shooting she is forced to go on the run. It is then she realizes she has no choice but to trust Nick. She’s thrust into a world of criminals and blackmail, with no guarantees that she and her father will walk away innocent.

READ AN EXCERPT: http://tinyurl.com/3gawr8v

AUTHOR BIO:

Kristen James (Bailey) lives on the West Coast, USA, and loves to visit both the mountains and coast with her three young children. She’s written several novels, including a young adult historical titled The River People and two romances, A Cowboy For Christmas and More Than Memories. She stays busy and happy with her children, cycling, writing, and running her publishing company, Bravado Publishing.

CONNECT WITH KRISTEN ONLINE:

WEB SITE: http://www.writerkristenjames.com:

Facebook Author Page http://tinyurl.com/3fkba7t

Twitter: @writerkristenj

UPCOMING CONTEST/GIVEAWAY:

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SNEAK PEEK:

Seeing Alexander that close to Cora made Nick’s skin crawl. He didn’t waste any pleasantries on the man. “Did Jerry find the money so soon?” Alexander snorted. “Hardly.”

“So, what’s the news?”

“He still claims someone else stole it, he’s investigating. My guess is he’ll get himself killed.”

Nick kept a straight face and resisted the urge to punch the cabin wall next to him, when he really wanted to hit Alexander in that straight, pointed nose of his.

“Did I ruin your plans by showing up?” Alexander’s mouth twisted. “Don’t bother pretending you’re not trying to get her in bed.”

Nick’s blood boiled hotter at Alexander’s crude words.

“I’m just doing what my father needs me to.” Nick forced his tensed shoulders to relax and folded his arms across his chest, hoping to avoid further conflict with a less defensive stance. “Keith wants her up here for a while, so this is where we’re staying.”

“I don’t buy it, and I don’t know why Keith does.” Alexander wanted a fight, Nick thought, and a reason to grab Cora and take off with her.
Nick shrugged, deciding it best not to goad Alexander.

“Keith doesn’t need a lawyer around,” Alexander said. “You know that, don’t you? You walked away and you’re not getting back in.”

“Don’t be so sure. Maybe a lawyer in the family could do some good.”

Alexander was so stunned, he took a step backwards. Nick mentally kicked himself for giving Alexander another reason to keep a close watch on them.

“What do you want with her? Why did you really get her involved?” The other man laughed, “You know it was the only way to get Jerry to find the money without going to the police. We can’t let information like this get out to the press.”

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THE BELLE STALKER by MINNETTE MEADOR (suspense/thriller/paranormal)

THE REVOLVING BOOK

POSTED TUESDAY NOV. 1st, 2011

OUR REVOLVING BOOK TUESDAY EDITION IS BY MINNETTE MEADOR!

TITLE: THE BELLE STALKER

GENRE: CONTEMPORARY SUSPENSE THRILLER/ URBAN FANTASY PARANORMAL

PUBLISHER: RESPLENDENCE PUBLISHING http://tinyurl.com/3h8kut4

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SYNOPSIS:

For a year, Belle Stark has struggled to conquer fears that have been plaguing her since a maniac murdered her father and attacked her.  And she nearly succeeds, until she discovers her lover’s murdered and mutilated body spread over her furniture, making Belle a prime suspect. Certain her attacker is to blame, she seeks help from her ex-husband, homicide detective Mike Cranston, the one person she swore she would never let back into her life, or heart. In their hunt for answers, the two uncover more than a lunatic – but a supernatural underworld hidden beneath the tall skyscrapers of the city and a secret that could kill them both. Faced with a terrible choice, Belle surrenders herself to the hands of a monster while Mike desperately tries to solve an ancient mystery before it’s too late to save her—

REVIEWS:

NIGHTOWL ROMANCE – I encourage you to try out Minnette’s work and see how enmeshed you will become in her wonderful settings.

COFFEE TIME ROMANCE – Ms. Meador weaves a beautiful story that I could not get enough of. Her characters are so full of life and were enjoyable to read.

READ AN EXCERPT: http://tinyurl.com/6kzop4u

WATCH THE BOOK TRAILER: http://youtu.be/uLyS4XFM6GA

AUTHOR BIO:
Somewhere between thirty and dust…red hair, blue eyes…six  kids, one slightly used husband, and any number of pets from time to time…  wannabe hippy… wanttheirmoney yuppie…pro musician and actress for 20 years… native Oregonian… lover of music, beauty, and all things green. Willing slave to the venerable muse. Minnette currently resides in Portland, Oregon with her husband, having replaced the children with one dog. The dog, Pierre, pretty much runs the show.

CONNECT WITH MINNETTE ONLINE:

FACEBOOK:  http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=637053209
TWITTER: http://twitter.com/MinnetteMeador

SNEAK PEEK:

Tequelin appeared in a mist, naked, except for delicate wristbands of gold. His hair was loose now, untamed, wild, a glowing snowstorm around that strange haunting face. A light illuminated his eyes, blue diamonds circling black luminous pools. Deeply muscled, strength radiated from every inch of his pale skin.

Cringing on the ground, she tried to crawl away. An arm caught her around the waist, drew her from the floor and hauled her against a massive chest. The beat of his heart vibrated against her shoulder. Long white fingers closed around her throat, almost meeting at the back. He pulled her face back to meet his gaze. Squeezing her eyes shut she struggled, digging her fingernails into the flesh of his forearm. The skin hardened into rock.

“See me.” The whispered words spun through the room. Belle had no strength to fight. She opened her eyes.

Tequelin stared down into her soul, his mouth opened softly, bending down to steal a kiss. When his lips touched hers, everything changed.

Passion flamed between her legs, drenching her. It spread through her skin like wild fire. The hard knot shoved into her back made her weak with need. In a glint of revulsion, Belle knew her body would betray her under Tequelin’s touch. She had to stop it. Now. Quickly.

“Still,” he whispered against her lips, and she froze in place, tremulous whimpers vibrating in her chest. The fingers left her throat.


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UNLEASHED by SARA HUMPHREYS (paranormal romance)

THE REVOLVING BOOK.
POSTED TUESDAY OCT. 25TH, 2011

OUR REVOLVING BOOK TUESDAY EDITION IS BY SARA HUMPHREYS

TITLE: UNLEASHED (#1 AMOVEO LEGEND)

GENRE: Paranormal Romance

RELEASE DATE: OCT. 2011

PUBLISHER: SOURCEBOOKS CASABLANCA  http://tinyurl.com/3c3pyzh

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SYNOPSIS:

What if you suddenly discovered your own powers were beyond anything you’d ever imagined…

Samantha Logan’s childhood home had always been a haven, but everything changed while she was away. She has a gorgeous new neighbor, Malcolm, who introduces her to the amazing world of the dream-walking, shapeshifting Amoveo clans…but what leaves her reeling with disbelief is when he tells her she’s one of them…

And shock turns to terror as Samantha falls prey to the deadly enemy determined to destroy the Amoveo, and the only chance she has to come into her true powers is to trust in Malcolm to show her the way…

Get swept away into Sara Humphreys’s glorious world and breathtaking love story…

REVIEWS:

“UNLEASHED is the debut novel for Sara Humphrey’s and the first in the Amoveo Legend and may I say AWESOME!!!! I could not put it down.”
5 Stars–Romfan Reviews

“I loved this book…To the author, all I can say is keep them coming!! This is a paranormal top pick and I’m looking forward to many more in this series.”
5 Stars & Reviewer Top Pick–Night Owl Reviews

“The characters within this story will be running through my mind indefinitely. Unleashed is the type of story you think about months and even years later and decide you must read it again.”
Best Book Rating–Long and Short Reviews

“A stunning new shifter series will thrill paranormal fans who love the genre.”
4 Stars–Bookaholics


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AUTHOR BIO:

What if everything you knew about yourself turned out to be a lie? What if the soulmate you were waiting for came from a completely unexpected world—and was threatened by your own world?

One day several years ago, sitting in the kitchen of her family’s summer home in Westerly, Rhode Island, Sara Humphreys began writing this tale. It was the beginning of the Amoveo Legend.

Since her adolescence, Sara has been drawn to the fantasies of science fiction, paranormal universes and romance (these worlds collided with her crush on Captain Kirk). From that time she has been enthralled with the process of self -discovery—and the possibility of actually finding that one true partner in life.

Sara secured work on such shows as A&E Biography, Guiding Light, Another World, As the World Turns and Rescue Me. She then became a drama teacher at her alma mater, Convent of the Sacred Heart, and quickly launched her own kids’ after-school theatre workshop studio called Ensemble Productions. The first semester drew over 40 students, and by the third there were 130. Her passions were being satisfied in way a she never dreamed, all while pregnant with her second child. However, when her 2-year-old son was diagnosed with diabetes Sara quickly decided to shut down the business and pay full attention to his needs.

Several years later Sara gave birth to twins—the house was full to the brim. In 2001, to support family finances, she found a speaker position with Monster’s Making It Count and used her acting talents to deliver presentations in high schools across the U.S. Recognized for her teaching abilities, she also fulfilled the role as speaker trainer until 2008. Simultaneously, Sara began speaking for The College of Westchester and now serves as Director of High School & Community Relations.

Today, at night, when the kids are asleep and the house lies quiet, Sara does what most moms dream of—she’s “bringing her sexy back” with the Amoveo Legend series. Each book blossoms with the journey of a new coupling, and the characters seem to take control of the story as they weave in and out of society—in a constant state of self-discovery in the search for true love.

Sara lives in New York with her husband of 17 years, their four amazing boys, two dogs, and an extremely loud bird. Life is always busy, but never dull.

CONNECT WITH SARA ONLINE:

http://www.sarahumphreys.com/index.php
http://amoveoromanceseries.blogspot.com/
http://www.facebook.com/Amoveo
http://twitter.com/#!/authorsara

UPCOMING CONTEST INFO:

Check out my blog for the October Blog Tour schedule. There are giveaways at every stop! Hope you’ll stop by my Fall Book Tour schedule too. I may be coming to a city near you!  http://amoveoromanceseries.blogspot.com/

SNEAK PEAK:

“Samantha,” he whispered in his dark silky voice. Sam’s skin tingled deliciously with just one word from him. A smile played at her lips as she waited for him to call her again. Her silent prayer was answered as he murmured her name. “Samantha.” That same delightful rush washed over her like the warm waves that rippled by her feet. She stretched languidly on the sandy beach, and her eyes fluttered open. She was home.

She sat up and glanced at the familiar seashore of her childhood home. Sam knew it was only a dream. It had become a familiar one. The ocean glowed with unnatural shades of blue as if it was lit from beneath. The sky swirled with clouds of lilac and lavender. She stood up and relished the way the soft, pebble-free sand felt on her bare feet. A gentle breeze blew Sam’s golden hair off her naked shoulders, and her long white nightgown fluttered lightly over her legs.

She closed her eyes and breathed in the salty air. He was near. She could feel it. Her blood hummed, and the air around her thickened. She’d come so close to seeing him many times, but she always woke up just before she found him.

Not this time.

This time she would stay on the beach and call him to her. It was her dream after all, and she was getting tired of coming up empty-handed. Eyes closed, she tilted her face to the watercolor sky and waited. Her heartbeat thundered in her ears in perfect time with the pounding waves.

“Samantha,” he whispered into her ear. She stilled, and her mouth went dry. He was standing right behind her. How the hell did he get there?

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