Today is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent in the Catholic faith and the first of two egg-cerpt exchange posts with Tina Gayle. She'll post excerpts of two of my novels on her blog - one on the 19th of Feb, the other March 10th.
Growing up, I didn't know what I wanted to be. Once when someone asked me about my dream job, I said I wanted to be a pretender. That's why writing is the perfect job for me, because it allows me the flexablity to become a new person in every book.When not writing, I enjoy spending time with my family and traveling around the country. I haven't hit every state yet, but hoping to some day.
Find out more about Tina and her books by visiting her website!
Genres: Fantasy Romance
Book Length: Novel
Heat Level: Spicy
Blurb: With rock-hard fortitude, Marohka Taunton battles to maintain her position as top mineralogist and refuses to see why she should marry even if the law requires she take a mate. Fighting her attraction for Stihl Fermesium, she struggles to save her father’s company.
Stihl, determined to win her as his mate, is faced with the commission deal of a lifetime and needs the money to save his family land. He wrestles with her emotional resistance and discovers someone other than Marohka is unhappy about their union. In fact, they want to separate them in the most basic of ways, death.
Excerpt: Staring straight ahead, Marohka Taunton avoided eye contact with every man she passed. Moving along the edge of the dance floor, she wove her way back and forth across the assigned path. Her steps, jerky and clumsy, she hid her natural smooth gait. No man, in his right mind, craved an ungraceful wife. At least, she hoped not.
With the stairs a few steps ahead, she tasted victory and allowed herself a sigh of relief. "Thank goodness."
A masculine voice in front of her chuckled. "It’s not over yet, princess."
Marohka paused to inspect the stranger. The laughter reflected in his warm brown eyes—surprised, the intelligent focus—intrigued, and the dark spark of interest—captivated.
A foreign response slithered through her chest. Butterflies fluttered in her stomach. Her heartbeat rang in her ears. Her hands turned clammy. Awareness of the man claimed her senses.
His face, framed by dark brown hair, showed rough lines of strength and fortitude. A crooked nose, a square jaw, and a chiseled chin marked his unique personality. Added together, the sum indicated the man rarely backed down from a fight. He’d stand up for his beliefs and defeat his opponents. His lopsided grin with a dimple at the corner of his mouth teased her.
A silly feature on such a stern face. The little mark claimed her heart and spoke of a rare sense of humor, a trait absent in most men.
A tingle ran down her spine. Her toes curled. Either as an appealing partner or a worthy adversary, the man presented a dangerous combination. Right then, without question, Marohka decided never to cross paths with him again.
"It is for me," she responded to his comment. She lifted her chin a little higher and repaired the chip in her armor with a sassy comeback. "But you’re welcome to any of the girls behind me. I’m sure they’ll enjoy your charm."
Marohka lifted her skirt and swept up the stairs. The sound of his laughter spoiled her intended snub.
Mating Rituals is available now @ Amira Press!
Wow, sounds very intriguing. Hope to see you Saturday when we Spotlight Kim Watters with her new book!
Until later....take care, Be Blessed! and remember.....Lent is a time of fasting, prayer and almsgiving - however we should do this more than 40 days out of the year!