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Samantha Durante Guest Post + Giveaway

October 31, 2012

 

Below is a romantic short story about the first night Alessa and Isaac were reunited.  This would fit right in between Chapters 35 & 36 in the book – hope you enjoy!

 



Reunited: Isaac & Alessa’s First Night

by Samantha Durante, author of Stitch

Alessa numbly fingered the bare shrub at her feet as Isaac folded the letter and put it back in his pocket.  He reached for her hand, squeezing through the thick gloves.

“Less, it’s okay,” he pleaded, willing her to look at him.

Alessa sighed, shifting uncomfortably on the frozen ground.  She couldn’t stand the thought of being separated from her sister again; she’d only just gotten her back.

The rough tips of Isaac’s gloved fingers brushed against her chin and she reluctantly lifted her eyes to his.  In the cold crystal moonlight, he looked every bit the ghost she’d once believed him to be.

“She’s safe.”  As much as she craved a moment to wallow in her shock, Alessa couldn’t resist the entreaty from his shining cobalt eyes.  “Probably safer than she would be here with us,” he added.  Isaac’s whispered breath floated into the periphery of Alessa’s vision – it was quickly getting cold, she realized.

Pushing her anxiety aside, Alessa tried to focus on the present, on Isaac.  She gathered her pack and slipped it over her shoulder.  “You’re right.  We should go.”

Isaac nodded silently and got to his feet, pulling Alessa along with him.  The wind gusted as he brushed off the snow that still clung to the back of his jacket, the thin wool of his pants whipping in the breeze.  Alessa noticed that he was favoring one leg, keeping the pressure off the ankle he’d twisted during their mad dash from the compound.  They wouldn’t make it far tonight.

Alessa strained in the moon’s glow to pick a path through the thick undergrowth of the forest, Isaac following closely behind.  There was sure to be some sort of flashlight in her pack, but she knew it would be suicide to use it – the guards were undoubtedly looking for them, and the last thing they needed now was to draw their attention.  They trudged along, Alessa fretting silently over her sister until she tripped on an exposed root and caught herself against a tree trunk, grumbling about the darkness.

Steadying her, Isaac tugged at Alessa’s elbow to steer her toward a well-illuminated outcropping of rocks to their left, the moon shining clearly on them through a break in the trees.  “It might be easier to scramble up the rocks… Fewer places to trip, right?”  Alessa smiled to herself – no matter what blows life dealt them, she could always count on Isaac’s practical side to shine through.  She realized in that moment how much she’d truly missed him the past several months.  His presence made her feel complete, secure.  She wasn’t on her own anymore.

Sure enough, the boulders proved an easier path and they quickly made progress up the hill.  Reaching the top, Alessa turned to offer her hand to Isaac, wincing as he gingerly pressed off his injured foot with a grimace.

Once Isaac had landed two feet on solid ground, Alessa was overcome by the urge to hold him, to reassure herself that he was real.  She pulled him into a tight embrace, wrapping her arms around his narrow waist and nuzzling her face into his chest.  Panting faintly from the climb, his warm breath pressed through the knit of her cap as he pressed a kiss firmly into the top of her head.  Alessa could hear the smile – and the relief – in his voice as he murmured, “I missed you, too, baby.”

Alessa grinned and squeezed him tighter, unwilling to let go of the moment just yet.  She looked up at Isaac, drinking in the line of his nose, the curve of his jaw, the swell of his lips.  A part of her still didn’t believe that this was happening, that he was actually back in her arms.

There was still so much to talk about, so many months apart to cover, so many decisions to make for tomorrow and the next day and the next.  But she was dead tired, and after what Isaac had been through today, he must be feeling even worse.  So she let the questions linger.  For tonight, Alessa just wanted to revel in the one thing that mattered: they were together again.

“This is far enough, I think,” she said.

Isaac looked for a moment like he might argue, but then he reached down and planted a quick kiss on Alessa’s lips.  “Fine with me,” he smiled.

Dropping his pack, Isaac fished out a couple blankets and set them in a clearing on the ground with a flourish.  “Your pallet, my queen.”

Alessa laughed.  “Nothing but the best…”

Isaac crawled in and held the covers open invitingly for Alessa with a mischievous grin.  “Get in here.”  It may have been a meager excuse for a bed, but Alessa had never been so eager to lie anywhere.

Dropping her backpack, she snuggled in next to Isaac, her back pressing against the broad expanse of his chest.  Alessa sighed contentedly as he pushed her hat aside and buried his face in her hair, breathing deeply.  Finding the only exposed inch on her neck, Isaac gently pressed his lips to her skin, sending shivers down her spine.  “There’s nowhere I’d rather be than here,” he purred.

Her eyelids already fluttering closed against her will, Alessa could only squeeze his hand in response.  Submitting to the irresistible pull of sleep, she reminded herself that tonight was only the beginning; she’d have many more nights cocooned in the warmth of Isaac’s limbs.  A lifetime of them, in fact.

And basking in Isaac’s touch, it was easy for Alessa to brush aside the truth – that with the dangerous mission they had before them, she didn’t know how long that lifetime might last.  But with Isaac’s steady breaths on the back of her neck, she was willing to let herself be lulled into a peaceful sleep.  Isaac was here now, and for tonight at least, that was the only thing that mattered.

To end her book tour, Samantha is giving away 5 signed print copies (US only) or e-book copies (international), format of the winner’s choice, open from 10/31 to 11/7.

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Her heart races, her muscles coil, and every impulse in Alessa’s body screams at her to run… but yet she’s powerless to move.

Still struggling to find her footing after the sudden death of her parents, the last thing college freshman Alessa has the strength to deal with is the inexplicable visceral pull drawing her to a handsome ghostly presence. In between grappling with exams and sorority soirees – and disturbing recurring dreams of being captive in a futuristic prison hell – Alessa is determined to unravel the mystery of the apparition who leaves her breathless. But the terrifying secret she uncovers will find her groping desperately through her nightmares for answers.

Because what Alessa hasn’t figured out yet is that she’s not really a student, the object of her obsession is no ghost, and her sneaking suspicions that something sinister is lurking behind the walls of her university’s idyllic campus are only just scratching the surface…

The opening installment in a twist-laden trilogy, Stitch spans the genres of paranormal romance and dystopian sci-fi to explore the challenges of a society in transition, where morality, vision, and pragmatism collide leaving the average citizen to suffer the results.

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authorSamantha Durante lives in New York City with her husband, Sudeep, and her cat, Gio. Formerly an engineer at Microsoft, Samantha left the world of software in 2010 to pursue her entrepreneurial dreams and a lifelong love of writing. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Jerome Fisher Program in Management & Technology, Samantha is currently working full time for her company Medley Media Associates as a freelance business writer and communications consultant. Stitch is her first novel. Learn more about Samantha at www.samanthadurante.com.

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Bookshelfing with Pavarti K. Tyler

October 30, 2012

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 Bookshelfing is a new feature anyone can participate, whether you’re a reader, blogger or author!

How? Show us your bookshelf, let us know a bit about the books you own, your experience with books and of course more about you! So start taking pics of your most precious books and the most important, your bookshelf! Click here to participate!

Our second guest is author Pacarti K. Tyler! Please welcome her to the blog! She has some great pictures to share with you…

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Interview with Character Virginia Templeton!

October 29, 2012

You have everything, Virginia however it seems you’re not happy towards the madisonend of your first book, Every Man Wants Her. What is the one thing you feel is missing in your story?

Not one thing.  I really am not sorry about my decisions and I really wasn’t sorry about the way my first story ended. I certainly don’t lose sleep over anything regardless of what it is.

You are married in Every Man Wants Her, have a few men on the side, money, etc. Why would you want to divorce your husband when it seems he is totally in love with you?

Because it doesn’t matter to me what he wants. He’s a selfish bastard so why would I stop seeing other men.  He works and I screw men, what’s wrong with that.

In Every Man Wants Her you meet Kathryn who is the complete oppiste to you. What do you like about her and what do you dislike?

Really don’t know much about her except she’s probably the only virgin I know. She is definitely not the life of the party.

What do you feel is your best and worst character trait? 

One of the things that does bother me is I’m always late but other than that I don’t think about it.

everymanwantsherWhat do you feel is the most sensual trait a woman needs to have?

Every woman must find their own way to please a man. I like sex and I feel sexy but I don’t have one  specific way…it depends on the man.

If a man wanted to catch your eye, what does he need to do?

 Buy me gifts and perform.  Age doesn’t matter because young or old if he’s got a dick…I’m in the game.

Virginia, please share with us something we as readers might not know about you from reading your books.

I have a Master in business and a Law degree…just in case someone tries to screw me they better think twice.

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Madison Montgomery is an author, screenwriter and Blog Talk RadioHost. The first book of the Virginia Templeton series, Every Man Wants Her is out now and her second book, It’s Never Enough released the end of September 2012. In November the third book of the series will be released. You can read more about her tour here!

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Wicked Romances + More Winners!

October 28, 2012


The winner’s choice of a backlist eBook by Bess is … Diane P.

Carrie Ann Ryan Swag Pack winner is… Tracy!

 

sign up wicked romances giveaway hop

  • 2 Signed Hattie Wilkinson Meets Her Match by Michelle Styles: Marina Buff, Adisty Sri.
  • The Hero Sandwich by Karyn Gerrard &  Gayl Taylor + book cover fridge magnets: Susan Shapley
  • 3 Pack: Touched by the Magic 
and Tempted by the Storm  by Maxine Mansfield  + Swag: Teel Kelley, Pernille M, Melissa Kay Cervone.
  • 2 Two Sinful Secrets (The Scandalous St. Claires, #2) by Laurel McKee: Laurie Emerson, Carol L.
  • 2 Too Dangerous to Desire (Lords of Midnight, #3) by Cara Elliott:  Stephanie Larison, Trudy.
  • 2  Ripe for Seduction (The League of Second Sons, #3) by Isobel Carr: Maureen Carol, Cynthia Artemis Netherton.
  • 2 Trouble in Texas (Deep in the Heart of Texas, #4) by Katie Lane: LaTanya Thornhill, Meg.
  • 2 Double Danger (A-Tac, #6) by Dee Davis: Pam Rushen, Booksie ForMe.
  • 2 Rogue Rider (Lords of Deliverance, #4) by Larissa Ione: Julie K. , Sherry Strode.

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A big thank you to everyone who made these giveaways possible! Winners will be contacted by email soon and will have 24 hours to reply in order to claim your prize!

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Review: Poison Princess by Kresley Cole

All Afternoon with a Scandalous Marquess

Poison Princess

(The Arcana Chronicles, #1) 

by Kresley Cole

 

October 2nd 2012 by Simon & Schuster
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  • Sixteen year old Evangeline “Evie” Greene leads a charmed life, until she begins experiencing horrifying hallucinations. When an apocalyptic event decimates her Louisiana hometown, Evie realizes her hallucinations were actually visions of the future—and they’re still happening. Fighting for her life and desperate for answers, she must turn to her wrong-side-of-the-bayou classmate: Jack Deveaux.

But she can’t do either alone.

With his mile-long rap sheet, wicked grin, and bad attitude, Jack is like no boy Evie has ever known. Even though he once scorned her and everything she represented, he agrees to protect Evie on her quest. She knows she can’t totally depend on Jack. If he ever cast that wicked grin her way, could she possibly resist him?

Who can Evie trust?

As Jack and Evie race to find the source of her visions, they meet others who have gotten the same call. An ancient prophesy is being played out, and Evie is not the only one with special powers. A group of twenty-two teens has been chosen to reenact the ultimate battle between good and evil. But it’s not always clear who is on which side….

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→ Opinion | Fascinating!

Probably my favorite book this year! Kresley Cole always does a magnificent job with her books, and with this new series she couldn’t go wrong.

Poison Princess is a Supernatural Romance adventure that grows to show this post apocalyptic world while exploring the tarot cards mythology. The world building was fantastic, and the plot was very impressive as well.

There is an incredible development already in this first book, and loved the funny lines here and there. They made all the difference  since it’s one of the author’s most specific characteristics. The tone was very dark, which fit this story well and make us understand where these characters were coming from, see through their eyes. I can’t wait for the next installment!

I’m already addicted.

This book was bought by me and there was no review agreement with the author or publisher.


 

 

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