Hi all! Halloween was just the other night…where I live, it was a perfect, spooky, rather warm night to go trick-or-treating. I love the Fall – when the leaves drop, the moon somehow gets closer, and something howls late at night. It’s the perfect time of year to write about vampires and shifters. In my Dark Protector series, the vampires are hot-blooded. Very hot-blooded. The newest book released on November 1st. Provoked features Kane Kayrs, a smart, scientific, logical vampire…and Amber Freebird, a fun, easy-going, pacifist. The two have nothing in common…or do they? Here’s a quick excerpt for you:
Kane peered down at her. “Amber?”
“If you’re going to attack with whatever’s in your right hand, could you hurry it up? We need to get going.”
She started, her gaze slashing up to him. “How did you know?”
He shrugged. “What kind of a knife do you have?”
Her cheeks pinkened, and she drew her hand forward. “I have a pen.”
A blue ballpoint pen. He blinked twice, his gaze on the harmless tool.
Maybe it was the ridiculousness of the pen. Maybe it was the woman’s courage in planning to use it on him. Or maybe it was the sheepish half-smile she gave.
Either way, his heart rolled over.
Warmth flushed through him, so hot, so fast, his ears rang. His mind blanked. For the first time in centuries, his brain shut off. The woman was crazy. Stepping in, he grasped her chin, tilting her head back.
Her eyes widened, and then her gaze lowered to his lips. A soft sound of surprise emerged with her breath.
He dove in, allowing the animal within to awaken. For the first time in three centuries, there was no thought. All instinct ruled as his mouth took hers…no finesse, no calculation, just pure, raw need. He shoved her against the truck, his other hand clutching her hip as he went deeper.
Honeysuckle exploded along his taste buds as his tongue swept inside her mouth. Not gentle, not persuasive, just taking. Claiming.
And it wasn’t enough. Not even close to enough.
Pressing into her, body to body, heat to heat, something clicked. Beyond his brain, beyond his body…somewhere deeper.
Finally, he found home.
I hope you had a wonderful Halloween…and that your Fall season treats you well!