Today we are going to learn more about the lovely authors from Kissed from Beyond, read an excerpt and find out what books you could win!
If you missed yesterday’s post, I had the opportunity to read an review Kissed from Beyond. I often find that when I read an anthology several of the books are pretty good, one is ok and one seems to be a filler. You won’t find this to be true of this anthology! All four stories are great. So much so that I had trouble deciding which excerpt to post! I had to toss a coin! The winner was Keta so lets start with her. Her part in the anthology was called Cradle of Dreams. Here’s the excerpt:
By all that was holy, Roane Bradfield appeared within Kendrick’s line of vision. Her Roane Bradfield. Dear God, it wasn’t possible, couldn’t be him. Her stomach fell, and the room spun. How she had mourned his death, cried a million tears when his name appeared in the Savannah Republican—Roane Bradfield, Killed in Action, Battle of Petersburg. At the time, the words had blurred on the page and waves of grief brought her to her knees.
It had taken her weeks to drag herself from bed every morning, months to come to terms with his death. Had she ever really come to terms with it or had she merely put one foot in front of the other and stumbled through life a phantom specter? She knew only one thing at the time—if she lived to be one hundred she would never again love a man as she had loved Roane Bradfield.
Beside her, Pitt’s back stiffened, and below her trembling hand his arm tensed. So many times, she had imagined Roane Bradfield cutting through the masses toward her, but this was no illusion. Beneath the bright chandelier, his midnight hair glistened, and even from this distance, a palpable hunger burned in his eyes. Something else burned too . . . anger.
The crowd parted and onward he came, all sinewy muscle and dark beauty—broad shoulders, narrow waist and long, muscled legs. And depthless ebony eyes. She should have known someone as vibrant and alive as Roane couldn’t die. Beneath her gown, her legs gave way and every joint in her body went boneless.
“Good, God, look who’s risen from the dead?” her fiancé said.
“Pitt, please, how can you say such a thing?” Kendick’s knees shook and she felt faint. She didn’t have the facts, but truly, Roane had risen from the dead. For a flash of a second, her heart overflowed with joy, and then she saw the look on her former love’s face. Unadulterated vengeance. He came to settle a score.
Roane stood before them, his bronzed hand reaching for hers. “Kendrick, lovely to see you again, darling.”
Sparks flared and a jolt of lightning pedaled through her veins when he brought her fingers to his lips. “Roane . . . we-we heard you were?”
“Yes, so the Dowager informs me. You thought me dead. Well, you can see I’m here in the flesh, and quite alive.”
“See here, Bradfield,” Pitt said, his voice cracking amid the undercurrents. “Kendrick is betrothed to me now. I hardly think you should address her as darling or any other endearment.”
Roane paused, his rakish gaze assessing her head to toe before he turned to Pitt. “Be a good chap, Fleming, and refresh my drink.”
With Roane’s fluted glass touching the fabric of Pitt’s waistband, her betrothed floundered for words. “I don’t believe I should abandon my fiancé in light of the?”
Roane visibly blanched at the word fiancé. “I assure you, Pitt,” he replied, his tone glacial, “Miss Moreland is in no danger while an enormous crowd looks on. In any event, I believe we have something to discuss, do we not, Kendrick?”
Roane knew her better than she knew herself. Her initial joy at seeing the decadent man gave way to rage. Heat traveled the length of her neck and scalded her cheeks. How he enjoyed making her blush . . . and cringe. She had never been able to hide her true feelings from him. By his arrogant smirk, he knew he still held the power to decipher them.
God curse the man. Only Roane Bradfield would dramatize his sudden return to life in front of an assembly of onlookers. The last thing she expected to encounter tonight was Roane in the flesh, and yet elation and an undeniable series of shivers coursed through her.
Dear Lord, help her. The man would make her regret her actions during his absence. Roane would never believe she thought him dead, would never accept her admission she agreed to marry Pitt only when everyone in Savannah, including her, thought him lost forever. The cock-sure man would remain calm and collective while she stumbled with ineffectual explanations. If only he would stop looking at her as if he could see through her gown.
Her hand went rigid in his and then she withdrew it. Again, he studied her intently, no doubt heard the wheels of panic and terror grinding in her head. Read this, Roane Bradfield. I long to wipe that ersatz grin from your face; tear your eyes out for putting me through hell.
Silence filled the crowded room; all eyes were upon them. Within five minutes of her arrival, he had cornered her like a hapless hare. Unless she desired a scene, she would have to agree to speak with him. With a thin smile, she turned to her fiancé. “Go ahead, Pitt. Whatever Roane has to say won’t take long.”
Keta Diablo lives in the Midwest part of the country on six acres of woodland. When she isn’t writing or gardening, she loves to commune with nature. Keta is a multi-published author in both erotic romance and gay fiction. Her latest paranormal novel Where The Rain Is Made has been nominated for a Bookie Award by Authors After Dark in the Best e-novel category. In addition, Keta’s books have received numerous Top Pick, Book of the Month, and Recommended Reads awards from the top professional review sites.
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‘Til We Meet Again is written by Stacey Kennedy. Stacey is from my former province so that means that she likely still has snow *grins* Sorry, couldn’t resist!
Stacey Kennedy is an avid lover of the paranormal romance, urban fantasy and erotic romance genres. If she isn’t plugging away at her next novel, tending to her two little ones, she’s got her nose deep in a good book. She lives in Ontario, Canada with her husband. Be sure to drop her a line at her website, she loves to hear from her readers. She can also be found on Twitter, Facebook and Goodreads. Keep in touch to find out what’s next for Stacey.
One More Rub is written by Elise Hepner. Elise Hepner lives in MD with her spastic cat, two bouncy ferrets, and her always- entertaining, programmer husband. She’s been writing erotica for over five years and just recently started her foray into erotic romance. She’s been previously published with Excessica, Cleis Press, and has a new release coming soon from Ellora’s Cave. If you’d like to learn more or explore her backlist please visit her web site. Elise can be found on Her Blog, Twitter, and Facebook.
A Love Soul Deep was written by Amber Scott. In between naptimes and dishes, Amber Scott escapes into her characters’ fates, lusts and transformations. She lives in Arizona with her husband and two children. She often burns dinner, is addicted to chocolate and still believes in happily ever after. Amber can be found on her Blog, Twitter, and Facebook. I’ve actually read several books by Amber and have enjoyed each and every one of them!
Contest Information: Two books will be given away at every blog stop. For more stops in the tour click HERE. In order to be eligible, you must leave a comment below and tell me why you like the paranormal or erotic romance genre. Winners to be selected by the owner of the blog approximately three days after their final day of posting. Listed below are the books offered for the contest. Books will be selected at random and sent to the winners by the authors.
Keta Diablo’s Give-away – Decadent Deceptions, an erotic romance historical. Finalist in the prestigious Molly Contest, erotic romance category. Best-seller on Amazon Kindle. This book contains graphic sex and voyeurism. More about Decadent Deceptions here: Amazon
Elise Hepner’s Give-away – Little Plaid Skirt 1 & 2 Warnings: This title contain m/f/f sex, voyeurism, f/f sex, roleplaying, random sexual partners, female masturbation, road head, and bad parenting Blurb
Stacey Kennedy’s Give-away– Stolen Dreams – The Lingering Spirit Book One. Click Here to read the an excerpt.
Amber Scott’s Give-away– Love Lust, ebook format, a paranormal erotica novella. 5 cups-Coffee Time Romance, “Fiercely addictive.”- Jessica Subject, Mark of the Stars. Click Here for a description.
So…..that’s alot to take in! Just remember to leave me a comment to be entered to win one of the above free books and for heaven’s sake, buy the book and see if you enjoy it as much as I did! It is available at Smashwords and Amazon among other places.