Monday, 28 October 2013

Guest post by Sydney Somers + Giveaway

To start the week with some good news (aren't we always in great need of those on Monday mornings?): I would like to draw your attention to a brand new release: Primal Temptation by Sydney Somers. If you know the Pendragon Gargoyle series I'm sure you were counting down the days, but in case you are new to the series read a little teaser (both trivia and exclusive excerpt) to whet your appetite. So please give a warm welcome to Sydney Somers and enter the giveaway at the end to win a copy of any book from Sydney's backlist! :-)

Thanks so much having me Stella!

My latest book, Primal Temptation, released last week and aside from just sharing an exclusive excerpt I thought I’d let readers in on a few things. :-)

10 Things Readers Should Know About Primal Temptation:

1. It’s the 4th book in my Pendragon Gargoyle series and can be read as a standalone, but probably best enjoyed as part of the series.
2. The hero, Lucan, is a lethal assassin with a thirst for blood.
3. The heroine, Briana Callaghan, may be good with computers, but could use a crash course on how to handle a knight-turned mercenary, who just happens to be her mate.
4. No one can be trusted.
5. Lucan’s dark half is a wee bit obsessed with Briana.
6. Briana will do anything to be free of her mate bond, including denying an attraction over a thousand years in the making.
7. Winning over Briana’s overprotective brothers may be Lucan’s biggest obstacle of all.
8. Even the god themselves have a stake in the outcome of the games Lucan and Briana are forced to play.
9. Trusting her instincts just might be Briana’s downfall.
10. No slinkies were damaged in the writing of this book.

A born and raised Maritimer, Sydney Somers fell in love with writing when she finished her first story, Jenny and the Glowing Green Mittens. After attempting her first book in high school, she set writing aside to focus on school. While getting her degrees in psychology and education, Sydney tried her hand at journalism between part time jobs before finally returning to her love of writing.

Twenty-five novels and novellas later, Sydney is thrilled to spend her days slaying demons, running with shape-shifter packs and making the people in her head fall wildly in love. When she’s not writing or curled up with a good book, Sydney can be found chasing after her herd of kids, talking her way into a gourmet meal, exterminating rogue dust bunnies or joking about the pending zombie apocalypse. She loves hearing from readers and invites them to contact her anytime at:

Primal Temptation by Sydney Somers

Condemned to darkness…tempted by passion.

Pendragon Gargoyles, Book #4

Enslaved by a vengeful goddess, forced to live on blood, Lucan can barely remember life as a knight of the Round Table. Yet when one woman’s touch awakens millennium-old feelings that tame the savage darkness within him, he has no choice but to deny their all-consuming passion—for her own protection.

Cat shifter Briana Callaghan has watched all three of her brothers find their mates, but love isn’t in her future. Especially when her mate turns out to be a lethal mercenary…and the only man ever to break her heart.

When she’s chosen to compete in the Gauntlet, an immortal death match, Briana realizes the prize—the sword Excalibur—is her only hope of severing the fierce bond that has the power to destroy her.

Stunned to find themselves pitted against each other, Briana and Lucan quickly find that the only thing they’re fighting harder than their enemies is their sizzling, heartbreaking chemistry. But even if they survive the Gauntlet, claiming the woman he loves will be as impossible as letting her go.

Product Warnings: Contains adult language, skin-tingling sexual tension over a thousand years in the making, and a brutal warrior unable to resist the only woman to appeal to both the man and the monster within.

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“Every skilled predator knows you should at least show some teeth when you’re trying to scare someone.”

The feral slash of fangs he offered didn’t frighten her. Neither did the way he stared at her throat as if he could bite it clean through. Not even the cat, who’d snarled at the wraith glamour in the penthouse, seemed concerned by the predator she faced now.

Because both woman and cat were convinced he wasn’t a threat.

“You can’t scare me.”

The last word was snatched away as he spun her around, pressing up against her back and pinning her arms above her head. Limiting her range of motion might have annoyed the cat if not for the heat of his body holding her in place.

He let go of her wrists to close his hand around her throat, but didn’t squeeze.

Determined, she craned her neck to look at him over her shoulder. “Plan on using your sword next?” Maybe she was naïve not to fear the wraith, but she hadn’t been lying when she told Lucan that she trusted him.

All of him—for better or worse.

A cold smile curved his lips, his dark gaze trained on her mouth. Head cocked, he drew his thumb across her cheek and then her bottom lip, as she had done.

“Do it,” she murmured, not entirely sure what she was asking. A million butterflies back-flipped in her stomach and she was sure her heart skidded to a stop when his brows crashed together.

She tipped her head, exposing her neck. Both the man and the wraith needed to know she didn’t submit as a sign of weakness, but one of trust.

Slow and possessive, his fingers trailed the path between her shoulder and her jaw. He leaned closer, his mouth hovering just below her ear, and she bit her lip, trapping her whimper inside. She refused to let a single sound shatter the moment.

Drugged by the seductive stroke of his fingers, she let her eyes close. He drew a circle around and around the thumping pulse-point below her jaw. Anticipation curled through her in silken waves, surprising her.

She’d never thought of him biting her, barely let herself think about kissing him. And now her whole body teetered on the edge of a desire so foreign and overwhelming she could barely stand still.

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Sydney has generously offered an ebook (winner's choice from her backlist titles) to a lucky commenter!

To be entered just tell us: what is your stand on gargoyles? Any favourite/most hated gargoyle character ever?

Giveaway is open worldwide and ends on 8 November 2013!

Good luck!

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