Monday, 5 August 2013

Summer Lovin' Blog Hop



Welcome to the Summer Lovin' Blog Hop. 
Over fifty authors and bloggers have joined together to give you the chance to win an awesome bundle of books as well as read some great posts. Be sure to go to each blog  and comment with your email to up your chances of winning. Each comment counts as an entry! Our lovely bloggers are also offering individual prizes so be sure to check them out. I am giving away a copy of Borderland Beauty along with several titles in the main prize bundle.

So we're all blogging about Summer Lovin'. Now this blog is strictly PG so I can't heat you all up too much but I thought I'd share a snippet from one of my first novels, Summer Siege. Appropriate don't you think?

Sleep eluded her as she tossed on the creaking mattress, linen sheets snarling between her legs. A light film of perspiration painted her skin and her chemise clung to her. In a bid to find some relief, she threw off her sheets, giving up on the notion of sleep. Her mind teased as she moved over to the window, words and images besieging her, all comprised of one person and one person alone.
Tristan.
She let out a frustrated cry. A sound from the next room startled her and Madeline clamped a hand over her mouth. Tristan’s room adjoined hers--the top floor of the manor being laid out so that each room opened into the next. Her room was the rearmost so that her father could keep her sequestered away at his will.
Barely daring to breathe, she listened intently. She was sure she heard a thud but all was quiet now. Stepping lightly across the cool floor, she grimaced as rushes rustled beneath her toes. Reaching the door separating them, she placed an ear to the wood.
Naught.
Madeline moved her head back, feeling foolish, but another noise drew her attention. Could she hear him breathing? Surely not. Through the thick stone walls and solid door it was unlikely. Flexing her hand against the rough wood, she laid it flat, as if drawing the spirit of Tristan into it. There it was. It was as if she could feel his presence regardless of what separated them.
The door swung open abruptly and she bit back a squeal as she found herself confronted by the sight of gilded flesh.
“Madeline? I heard a cry…” he trailed off as the air thickened around them, like the sultry heat before a storm.
Madeline openly stared at him, aware her mouth dropped. Stood in naught more than braies, the cold glow of nature’s illumination did little to hide every glorious dip and curve of his muscular frame. His hair was tousled, his eyes hooded from sleep. Each little imperfection served only to enhance his masculine beauty.
Of its own will, her hand reached out hesitantly, shaking as it pressed against the smooth plane of his chest. The blistering heat that leaped through her body shocked her and, as he stiffened under her touch, she heard the sharp intake of his breath and knew he had felt it too.
“Close your eyes,” he murmured.
She did, unquestioningly. Tristan’s hand grazed over the top of hers, holding it to his chest. Stood for what seemed like eternity, and yet, not long enough, he finally spoke. “Do you feel it?”
She felt the heavy thud of his heart, echoing the aching thump that reverberated within hers. Their breath came raggedly now and yet he did naught, simply held her hand in place. His breath whispered over her hair and she trembled at his close proximity.
“Why do you fight this? Why do you fight us?”
Fight? Was she fighting? She felt as weak as a lamb, limbs as liquid as oil. She opened her eyes and met his intense gaze. 
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I hope you enjoyed this little snippet. Be sure to let me know what you think and leave your email address to be in with a chance of winning some amazing books! Now check out the other bloggers taking part to up your chances of winning. Good luck!

47 comments:

  1. I did enjoy that snippet. Goodness, does Madeline stop fighting him? I can see I'll need to read this book to find out. Thanks, Samantha.

    joannewadsworth007@gmail.com

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    1. Thanks so much, Joanne! I think it's safe to say Madeline can't resist him forever ;)

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  2. I'm sure I wouldn't be fighting Tristan!!

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    1. I sure wouldn't either! But Madeline is very stubborn (not at all like me! Though I'm sure hubby would disagree...)

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  3. Love your voice Samantha! xoCd

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  4. Sound good to me. :) :D

    tracy@thanson.orangehome.co.uk (Mad reviewer lol) x

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    1. LOL @ mad reviewer!! Thanks for stopping by, Tracy!

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  5. Loved the excerpt! Thank you! kbinmich@yahoo.com

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  6. Great excerpt! Sounds like a great book for my summer reading.
    Mel
    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

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  7. Yummo! What an delicious excerpt! Thanks for sharing it to help heat up my summer :)

    dbsieders@gmail.com

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  8. Whoa, I wouldn't be fighting Tristan at all! Loved this excerpt! You did such a wonderful job of drawing out the emotions from the intimacy of their touch.

    thumbalina2323(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Thanks so much, Tera. This was my second book and I haven't looked at it in a long time, but I'm glad to see it comes across well.

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  9. So sweet! I love her curiosity and his gentleness and the clear spark between them.

    mqb@mqbarber.com

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, M.Q.! This was one couple whose chemistry I could not control! lol

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  10. I definitely don't think I would fight Tristan , definitely snagging this book up.

    vampiremistress2010(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Thank you! I'm pretty fond of him myself :D

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  11. I loved the snippet! Thank you! kbinmich@yahoo.com

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    1. Thanks Kimberly. Wishing you the best of luck in the giveaway!

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  12. I loved the snippet! Thank you!

    parisfan_ca@yahoo.com

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    1. Glad you enjoy it, Laurie. Thanks for commenting.

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  13. Sounds good. Thanks.
    magic5905 at embarqmail dot com

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  14. I think I need this book. Going on my TBR! Never mind, I just checked google to find it, and it turns out I already got it on Amazon - You purchased this item on June 27, 2013 - going to have to put that on my absolutely must read next next next list. :D THank you! heather1974 at gmail dot com

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    1. LOL Awesome, enjoy Heather! Good luck!

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  15. I loved it!!!! I have to add this to my TBR pile.
    kac_030@yahoo.com

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    1. Thanks, Kimmy. Good luck in the hop!

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  16. Thx for dropping by my blog site....

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  17. Great excerpt, thanks so much!

    dreammie_angel at yahoo dot com

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  18. hopre your summer went by great and tehn best wish for the books to come let them go to the top of amazon

    desi the blonde at msn dot com

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    1. Thank so much, Desiree. Best of luck!

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  19. Thanks for being part of the hop! I am finding so many awesome books!!!

    grapeapril75(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  20. Thanks for the snippet and participating in the hop.

    pjmillion(at)comcast(dot)net

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    1. Thanks for taking the time to comment, Pam

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  21. Thanks for sharing your great excerpt and the giveaway. Sounds like a really good book evamillien at gmail dot com

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  22. Intriguing! I want to know a bit more. :P

    jess820 at gmail dot com

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  23. Waaaaa excerpt can't end there... nooooooo... *nervous brakedown*... On my TBR list ASAP :D The name Tristan is so sexy, I love that name. Thank you for the chance to win!
    martina.zottl(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. LOL Thanks so much! I think the name is ridiculously sexy and I hope I wrote a character to match!

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  24. Nice excerpt; I really need to read the rest of this!
    jmcgaugh (at) semo (dot) edu

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  25. Great snippet! Makes you want to run out and get the book.

    beh2351@frontier.com

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