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Thursday, January 6, 2011

The Yearning - My First Paranormal Romance!!!!

I'm so excited - February 1st, my very first paranormal erotic romance will be released from Samhain!

Here's the blurb and an excerpt to give you a taste of the magic to come.  :)


To break this curse, they’ll have to turn the heat up. Way up.


Jasmine Dante prowls Key West’s nightlife, fighting a losing battle against a jealous rival’s curse that forces her to seek carnal pleasure, no matter the danger. Weakened from lack of sleep, driven by insatiable lust, she spots a man who stirs her desperate craving, and begins yet another dance of seduction.

Except the dark stranger who returns her direct stare is no ordinary lover. Inside his powerful body lies a raw sexuality that just might be enough to break her curse. There’s only one way to find out: imprison him in her bed and feed on his passion.

Former U.S. Marshal Mike Stearn is many things, but he’s no woman’s sex slave. The deadly telekinetic power he ruthlessly suppresses comes alive again at Jasmine’s touch. Beneath her bold, potent sensuality he senses vulnerability and desperation. He may be in handcuffs, but she’s the one who’s enslaved.

As Mike resurrects his power to free himself so he can find the curse’s source and defeat it, Jasmine revels in his masterful rule. Her ravenous yearning evolves into rapture as she surrenders to his hunger, her darkest needs—and the emotional connection that lies beyond. Unless the curse takes her life first…

Warning: Tons of steamy sex, smoldering passion and a to-die-for love story with a hot Alpha hero who finds himself imprisoned by one sultry and desperate babe.

Excerpt:

(In this scene, Jasmine has just coaxed Mike to come to her home...the only way she can temporarily slake her passion)

He offered a gentle smile and gathered her into his arms. His embrace nearly defeated Jasmine. New tears threatened. She hated deceiving him but didn’t know what else to do. Without his warmth and touch, she’d go crazy.

He whispered, “You okay?”


She nodded.

He ran his hand up her back. She sagged into him, loving his solid support. “Ready to go inside?”

“Depends.” He kissed the top of her head. “What do you have in mind?”

Jasmine pushed to her toes and suckled his throat while cupping his sac with her free hand, feeling the shape and weight of his balls through the rough denim.

Air hissed through his teeth. “How about we stay here? I’ve always wanted to have sex in a garage. We could even try to do it on my Harley.”

Her grin released several tears. “Inside’s better. Follow me.”

With her fingers laced through his, she led him past the gazebo, a lacy white structure ringed by fat bushes and towering palms. White wicker rockers graced the back porch. Silvery light streamed through the tall kitchen windows, illuminating the snowy cabinets and gleaming hardwood floor. The fragrant cinnamon cake Violet prepared for tonight’s dessert sweetened the space.

Jasmine hung her purse on Lily’s chair at the glass-topped kitchen table. A prearranged signal to let her sisters know she’d chosen a safe man. He wouldn’t harm her.

She eased her hand from his and backed up several steps toward the hall.

He finished looking around the airy room. Shadows and light played across his features, giving him a mysterious, formidable appearance. He moved closer. Her body throbbed, hurting for his.

“I can’t believe you live here alone,” he said.

The back of her neck prickled. She warned herself not to break and blurt the truth. In addition to Violet and Lily, Ben Bishop, their border, rented a room upstairs. Ben waited for her now, determined to protect her if the man she chose became threatening. Heart racing, she offered a promising smile. “Most of the time I like the solitude, though not tonight.” To distract him from the subject, she lifted her hands and unfastened her halter.

Mike followed the ends of the cloth as they slid over her breasts to pool at her waist. Eyes riveted to her partial nudity, he pulled his tee out of his jeans.

“No—don’t.”

His gaze jumped from her tight nipples to her eyes. “Don’t? Why?”


If worry caused Violet and Lily to arrive before she got him out of the kitchen, he’d see them coming up the porch. “I want to undress you. Please.”


He flung out his arms, his resonant voice even huskier. “Have at it.”

Jasmine smiled, liking him so much desire rose swift and pitiless, worse than the times with the other men. The room pressed in and the air became suffocating. Tension magnified every sound: crickets chirped boisterously, something in the wall popped as the house settled. Her heart skipped a beat while she battled for composure. No matter his impatience to sink inside of her, if she allowed him to witness the heartless depth of her passion, she’d spook him and he’d leave.

She’d have no way to satisfy herself through tonight’s grueling hours, not even if she went to Ben. He’d argued for them to become intimate, not understanding the curse. Desiree didn’t want her to crave just any male. That would be too easy. She could hire escorts. The man had to be one she felt in her core with a connection so strong he seemed to be a part of her, whether he was vicious like Travis or as seemingly honorable as Mike. Only then would the sex gratify, though never for long. She’d still want unendingly. Finding her voice, she tried to make it as light and tantalizing as possible. “Not here. Upstairs.”

Mike’s arms fell to his sides. He arched one brow. “What’s upstairs?”

“My bedroom.” She looked at him from beneath her lashes. “You do want to see it, don’t you?”

“Eventually.” His amused smile grew mischievous as he inclined his head. “Right now, though, that table has your name on it. Once you’ve stripped me, I definitely see you bending over it, lifting your ass and spreading your legs.”

Her pussy thumped, indelicate, shameless beats at the picture he’d created, her body displayed for his use, vaginally and anally. She strained for control. “I was saving that for breakfast.” Her voice trembled. She cleared it. “By the way, I’m quite the chef. I cook in the nude.” She unzipped the back of her dress and nudged it past her hips.

Mike watched the flimsy fabric float to her feet. She stepped out of it and slipped off her slides. Excited and embarrassed at being naked, she didn’t move, allowing his scrutiny. Her breasts felt heavy and vulnerable beneath his intense gaze. Chilled air from the cooling system drifted down, glancing against her hard nipples and the building moisture between her legs. With each breath, the belly chain rolled over her stomach. She knew the dangling diamonds shimmered in the ashy light.

Transfixed, his attention roamed from the jewels to her shaved mound, exactly as she wanted. When she brought him through the house, she couldn’t risk him noticing anything other than her. A necessary precaution to keep him from asking too many questions. And, if she couldn’t bring herself to keep him captive, the only way she could allow him to leave in the morning.


Hand outstretched, she coaxed, “Let’s go upstairs.”

Buy link: http://samhainpublishing.com/coming/the-yearning

29 comments:

Amber Skyze said...

Sounds yummy! Congrats on the upcoming release!

Tina Donahue said...

Thanks, Amber - it was a lot of fun to write. :)

Anitra Lynn McLeod said...

Great premise and what a steamy excerpt! Congrats on your first paranormal romance release, and clearly, it won't be your last! :)

Paris said...

Congratulations on your upcoming release! I love paranormal and this sounds absolutely fabulous! Loved the excerpt and can't wait to read it:-)

Tina Donahue said...

Hey, Anitra and Paris - thanks for stopping by!! Glad you liked the excerpt. :)

Rawiya said...

Oh man, good stuff Miss Tina... :D

Renee Vincent said...

Oh my goodness, Tina! This is fabulous news! Love the cover and the fact that you are writing paranormal now! I'm sure it will be a huge seller! All the best to you, dear.

Drea Becraft said...

Can't wait to read this!

~~*Drea*~~

Tina Donahue said...

Rawiya, Renee, Drea - my fav ladies!!! Thanks so much for your kind comments. In writing "The Yearning" I've discovered I really like to write paranormal. :)

Sarah J. McNeal said...

Tina girl, this book looks positively yummy. I love curses and special powers. I wish I had 'em.
Sarah

Katalina Leon said...

Ouch, ouch steam burns on my fingertips! I'm Yearning to read more! lol
XXOO Kat

Cindy Spencer Pape said...

Congrats, Tina! Great excerpt!

Tina Donahue said...

Sarah, Kat, Cindy!! Thanks for commenting. Glad you liked my excerpt. I do so love the cover. :)

Julia Rachel Barrett said...

Pretty amazing, Tina! Good luck with your new genre...how exciting!

Hales said...

Congrats!! I can't wait to get it :)

Tina Donahue said...

Thanks, Julia and Hales - I'm very excited about its release. :)

Author Mary C said...

Scorching hot excerpt! Thanks for sharing with us.

Best of luck with The Yearning, I'm betting people are going to love it.

Mary

Tina Donahue said...

Thanks, Mary - I certainly hope so! :)

desitheblonde said...

the book will go to the top and be
able to be in the awards ty for do them and i in joy reading and following you

Tina Donahue said...

Hey, Desi - thanks for your kind words. I enjoyed writing The Yearning. It was fun and sexy!

Fiona said...

Phew! Suddenly it's gotten very hot in here, and I know the house temp is set at 65! Sheesh! Great excerpt, and sounds like a hot read.

Tina Donahue said...

Fiona, hi!! So you liked the excerpt, huh? Let me tell you - it was a lot of fun writing it. :)

Finn Marlowe said...

Steamy. Whoohoo. Need bigger fan, maybe an electric one. No wait - will go outside in snow!

Liz Velez said...

Tina, I'm loving the sound of this! What's not to love about a sexy man in cuffs, eh? LOL Congrats!

Tina Donahue said...

Finn and Liz, hey! The story gets even steamier after that scene. :)

Di said...

Thumbs up on all three - the cover colors are really different, the blurb seems acuratly descriptive, and the excerpt is hot! Great job!

Carol L. said...

Yummy is right Tina. I can't wait to read The Yearning.
Carol L
Lucky4750@aol.com

Tina Donahue said...

Hi, Di and Carol - when I first saw the cover I squealed like a little girl. So excited. Glad you enjoyed the excerpt. :)

Christine H said...

Hi Tina! I'm usually not into paranormal but this one is different and new and I'd love to read this book!!!! I can't wait to read more!!

Congrats on another terrific release!!!

hugs, Christine

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