It’s definitely spring time and I’m thinking we need to talk a little bit about what goes into an awesome spring read…and maybe toss in a giveaway or two!
For me a spring read needs to make me think of summer. Make the romance hotter than hot, and make it necessary for me to get a fan to cool my skin. I want a hero, or heroes for that matter, that are to die for and want to wait by the pool for. If they are coming out of that water, completely naked, so much the better. But that’s just a mental requirement 😀
I think that’s what I was trying to do when I wrote a really hot scene I was working on in Conquering Theana. I wanted to get that feeling. Feel that burn, and so I made Gregori give it to me. Want a look?
All you had to do was ask 😀
A few stops before the ground floor the elevator stopped, and a man stepped in. And what a man. He probably was taller than she was by a couple of inches. His short, chocolate hair was cut ruthlessly to frame his ears. His lips were full, bitable really. He had a strong jaw, and his face was built on stark lines, almost severe, and yet the twinkle in his dark eyes was inviting. He gave her a lopsided smile, and then his nostrils flared. The movement was one of a shifter, and she went on edge. Human men were easy to deal with, shifters, not so much. She sniffed delicately, and took his scent in. A myriad of emotions assailed her. Pain, happiness, weariness, shock, all filtered through her as she watched the man before her, dumbfounded.
“Delicious,” he grumbled, staring at her now unblinkingly. She froze, her inner wolf watchful and perky. Wait, perky? She asked her wolf what the hell was going on, but she got no response, just the feeling of butterflies in her tummy as her wolf wagged her tail and yipped.
“My name is Gregori, beta of the Ulric clan. And you are?” he asked, extending a long-fingered hand.
“Theana,” she said, not able to stop herself. She normally steered clear of shifters that were as high ranked as this one. Second only to an alpha, betas had enough bite to their bark to stand unchallenged. She was for an alpha, of course, but that didn’t mean that he couldn’t put her on the radar for his alpha. She had never met the alpha of the Ulric clan, known to be the strongest of the wolf packs. That was enough for her to leave him alone. Alphas were all the same: bullheaded, arrogant, and a chip the size of the world on their shoulders.
“Very nice to meet you.”
His voice rolled over her like hot chocolate on a cold winter’s day. There was a growling quality to it, almost a rumble. She felt her knees go weak, her pussy moisten, and her nipples harden. He smelled so good. Like fresh baked bread and the wild. She breathed in, taking his scent deep into her lungs, her eyes sliding closed. Damn. Opening her eyes she looked at him again, seeing his half smile still on his face. This man was dangerous. Looking like that had to be illegal in at least every state in the US of A. Probably in some other countries as well. Her wolf yipped again, rolling inside and exposing her stomach. The action signaled something to Theana, and she froze, everything in her shattering.
Oh hell no! My …mate?
She watched him, saying nothing more. No, it was not nice to meet him. There was no way her wolf was getting all excited about a damn beta. A beta! You don’t want an alpha, remember? A little voice growled to her, and she growled back. She didn’t want a mate period. She was also not made to be a beta’s mate. She knew that, didn’t she? Gregori held onto her hand, his fingers warm, smooth, and strong against her hand. He wouldn’t back down, not without a fight and her wolf howled inside of her. Shut up, she hissed, but her wolf ignored her. As if he heard it, Gregori stepped up to her until his chest was just a breath away from hers. She dared not to breathe. She didn’t want to touch him, no more than she already was. Her body was fighting her, treacherous thing that it was, to get closer to him. His nostrils flared again, and he smiled. A devastating, beautiful smile that was more wolf than man. His teeth were so white they were nearly blinding as his canines extended. He had six, like she did. Three on either side of his front teeth, a mark of a wolf that could be a leader, if he chose. Her wolf whimpered, wanting him to bite her, to mark her.
She lost track of time as she stared at him, his dark eyes going gold. He was reaching out with his wolf, she could feel it. Feel his essence trickle over her skin like a warm breeze until her flesh felt flushed and hot. Her wolf reached out as well, wanting the connection, needing it. Everything in her was shifting, moistening, thickening, until all she could think about was touching this man before her. She was in a haze, unable to fight herself, or what was happening. Gregori took that last step forward, and her body was flush against his, her breasts crushed against his diaphragm. He was so big. She moaned, her eyes sliding closed as his lips slid over the side of her neck. She hadn’t even realized she’d exposed her throat, given him access to her. His breath was scalding as he nipped at the flesh there.
She came up on her toes and wrapped her arms around his neck, pulling him closer. When his arms slid around her, she felt the strength in his body, the ability to hold her if she fought, if she tried to get away. This beta was stronger than she could have imagined. Ulric clan, she thought, and the thought was like a bucket of ice cold water over her. They were the strongest of all packs, ruled the other packs, even with the Council as advisers. This beta was even stronger than her alpha, and, at this moment, that terrified her.
I did mention a giveaway didn’t I???
Here is the breakdown of the grand prize giveaway….
- 1st prize: $25 Amazon GC + Kindle Paperwhite
- 2nd prize: $25 Amazon GC+ 4 ebooks
- 3rd prize: $10 Amazon GC + 4 ebooks
- 4th prize: $10 Amazon GC + 4 ebooks