Welcome To The Hot Autumn Nights Blog Hop
I’m an October baby, so I love autumn. It’s my favorite time of year. The heat of summer is over, but winter’s bitter cold hasn’t set in yet. My ideal hot autumn night would be lying on a blanket in my backyard, with a bottle of wine, a tray of chocolate strawberries, and a sexy man next to me.
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Now for a hot excerpt of my debut novel, Eternity.
Rocking, no longer the purr of a car, but a steady, slightly nauseating rocking motion woke her. The chug and rumble, and a glimpse of water out of the car window confirmed her location. She was on a boat. A few feet away, Roman stood at the rail.
Stella opened the door and stepped into a fine mist and a slick metal deck. The strong smell of diesel filled the air. She’d traveled on the Staten Island Ferry for a job interview once. Too afraid to go up on the open deck, fear of drowning kept her in the middle of the ferry, seated near the snack bar. This rusted wreck couldn’t compare. No deck chairs, no snack bars, and no lower levels. The water lapping against the boat seemed dangerously close.
She looked around, searching for other travelers. There were none. Roman and she were the only people. She glanced up and spotted a shadow in the weather worn wheelhouse. The captain, hopefully. The boat rode a crest and groaned when it slammed back into the water. Stella clutched the car to steady herself. Level again, she carefully walked around to the front of the car.
“Where are we?” Afraid to cross the distance, Stella perched on the hood. Roman faced her. His shades were gone. In the weak light his eyes were deep, dark drowning pools.
“No one sits on the hood of a Shelby.”
“Why?” was the only thing she could think of to say.
“Because, it’s a Shelby.”
As if that answered the question. Cautiously, she came to the rail and stared out into the dark night for any landmarks. Light twinkled in the distance, but didn’t cast enough illumination to pick out any details. “Where are you taking me?”
“Does that place exist?” Her lips twisted in a wry smile.
“It’s my job to make sure it does, at least for you.”
“Is that the only reason why you’re here, because it’s your job?” She shouldn’t have asked, but the words slipped out without a care for her pride.
“Why else would I be here? I’m a mercenary. I have a job to complete.” Monotone, his voice held no life, no passion.
Something in her heart broke. “Just a job?” Watery, her voice wavered.
“Just a job.” He turned his back on her.
Streaks of sunlight stabbed the sky. If she cared to see, the perfect sunrise greeted the day. She couldn’t enjoy it, not when a continent separated her and the man standing inches away. And rightly so. Too much shit had passed between them for anything meaningful to survive. Its best she let go of what she thought they had. It’s not like she didn’t have other things to worry about.
Like the serial killer chasing them.
“Did you know?” Her heart already knew the answer, but her head needed more confirmation.
“Not a clue?’ she pressed.
His eyes snapped to hers. Pain did laps in their depths. They said what his lips refused to impart.
She touched his stubbled cheek. “I’m sorry, Roman.”
He jerked away. “Don’t pity me.”
She couldn’t deny it. Pity is exactly what she felt seeing his pain.
“Landing in ten.” The captain cupped his mouth and yelled from the wheelhouse.
Roman gave him a single wave.
“Landing where?” she asked.
“A small town upstate.” He walked over and stopped in front of her. “Fifty miles from here is a cabin on a lake. That’s where we’re going.”
“Why there?” She wanted to keep him talking.
“It’s a good place to hold up and rest.”
A simple touch stopped him before he went to the car. “I’m sorry you were betrayed.”
Though he turned away, his shoulders rose as he took a great shuddering breath. This time when she pulled him, he moved into her arms and she couldn’t help burying her face in his neck. She pushed all her questions and valid reasons aside. Q&A would come later. Right now, their joined pain needed easing.
God, his scent shot through her blood stream like nicotine to a three pack-a-day smoker who had quit puffing a week ago.
Roman bent her body to his and molded every inch to his strength. Pressed against the entire length of him, his heart thudded, echoing her loneliness and his anguish. In this moment, they were one.
She didn’t want his arms around her. Naked, that’s what she desire most, to peel his shirt off and touch his perfect body. Briefly, his arms tightened as she pushed away, but he released her and stepped away. She grabbed his belt. His silly expression made her giggle as her nervous fingers fumbled with his buckle, belt, button and zipper. Laughter came to a choked halt when her hands dipped in the waistband of his briefs and she sprang his erection free. Tip glistening, her thumb ran over the wet opening and delighted in the passionate gasp her single finger evoked from him.
She fisted her hand around him and rolled her palm over the sensitive tip. His hips jerked when she gave a gentle squeeze and stroked downward. From the roll of his eyes and rhythmically pulsing of his hips, she commanded his passion.
As he commanded hers. The heat between her legs gathered. She stroked, up, around, down, and watched his face contort into painful pleasure, then pulled her hand away. He nearly snatched her hand back, but Stella met his lust-crazed eyes with her tongue licking her lips.
Slowly, she circled his tense body. The first time or the hundredth, the sight of him made her breathless. She stepped in front of him and unbuttoned her pants.
“We can’t do this.” His hand stopped the descent of her zipper.
Please teetered on the tip of her tongue.
He drew in a harsh breath. “I’m your bodyguard. Nothing more.” Still hard, he stuffed himself back into his pants and walked away.
Did you like it? Want to read more?
Cursed for 2000 years, Roman Nicolis has tracked his lovers’ soul through each reincarnation only to lose her horribly every time. Reclaiming their love is their only salvation. He’s been her friend, her father, her neighbor, but never again her lover … until now.
A late night walk home throws Stella into the path of a killer. The last thing she remembers are the deep blue eyes of the man trying to kill her—and the first things she sees after a seven-day coma are the same blue eyes in the handsome face of the man hired to protect her. Is he truly the owner of a security firm assigned to protect her or the man who wants to finish her off? Is it fear she feels when Roman touches her or the memory of something sweeter? She will have to push past her fears and reclaim a love that has lasted two millennia.
Past secrets haunt them. An angry demon stalks them.
Roman will do anything to recover what they had. Though Stella’s ruined childhood has made her close her heart and body to any man, he must get past the walls around her to gain her love and trust, for it will take their union to defeat an unexpected enemy sent from the Egyptian Gods. A man Romans respects, and Stella trusts.
63 thoughts on “Hot Autumn Nights Blog Hop”
a picnic in the chilly weather as the sun sets, followed by warming up by the fire with hot drinks that lead to some more fun in front of the fire!
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Maybe having dinner made for me. Then going into the jacuzzi to get warm.
Well i like your idea throw in a hot tub and i’m happy thanks for a great givewayx
Sitting and eating what I baked that day while reading. Eternity looks like a good book, I’m adding it to my TBR pile.
mine involves a hot tub and a sexy man ….
Just give me a blanket and book and I am good! 🙂
Snuggling under a blanket with my kindle & a hot cocoa with a splash of peppermint schnapps! Thanks for the chance to win 🙂
raynman1979 at yahoo dot com
I think my perfect night would be just being cozy warm on the couch with special treats and several of my favorite books to read. Oh and NO interuptions!..lolThanks for the chance to win some great prizes.
I love to take walks in the city in the evenings and spend time reading hot books 🙂
I love to take walks in the city in the evenings and spend time reading hot books
I’m with you, spending a hot Autumn night with a hot, sexy man would be ideal.
Curling up in a deck chair under a warm blanket snuggling with a sexy man massaging my shoulders would be my FANTASY, reality is sitting on couch referee the kids arguing and trying to read one page in a really good book.
I love to curl up by the fire with the hubby sipping hot toddies or reading a hot romance book if hubby is working on a cold fall evening. Thanks for being part of the hop and for the chance to win.
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being all curled up with my husband watching twilight <3 firstname.lastname@example.org
My idea of a hot autumn night is to curl up on the couch with my fleece blanket and a good book!
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snuggling up with my honey on the couch or bed watching a good movie.
Cuddled up with my husband under a warm blanket watching a good movie.
hot cocoa and a book in bed
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sounds good thanks for the hop
Mmmm my ideal autumn night… Here in west virginia some nights are cool and some nights are warmish. I think a nice walk when it is warmish with my Pack of Dachshund, taking in the crisp autumny scent and then coming home to drink hot chocolate with my sons
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Ideally, spending time with a sexy guy in a cozy, intriguing locale!
A nice walk in the cold and a nice warm evening in bed.
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Curling up with a good book and some hot chocolate. Thanks for the chance to win!
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Love curling up on the couch with my hubby. Great tease on your book. Keep writing so I can keep reading. email@example.com amazon
I like lazing with a new book with cold tea 🙂
Thanks for the tease of the book too. Definitely need to look into it now!
My hubby and I go for a walk every day, in the fall we like seeing the leaves change.DebP
A sexy naughty book, hot cocoa and my snuggie cuddled up on the couch!
where I live we need a cozy fire, a warm blanket a warm drink (maybe some mulled wine) to linger outside in the evening.
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I love to cuddle on the couch with a good book and hot choco 😉
(at night I cuddle in bed with a naughty book with a cold beverage on the nightstand 😉 )
I love Curling up with a great book with a blanket and staying warm!
Thank you for the great giveaway fun blog hop!
I love a great cup of coffee or two….
My perfect night has fresh baked chocolate chip cookies, hot chocolate, a good book, and a warm bath.
I like to have a fire going in the fire place, soft music on, and a great book to read. I am very easy to please.
koonie2888 at yahoo dot com
Wow…your ideal is super hot! I would like a hot bath in candle light or baking and eating chocolate. Having a sexy man there with me is great too~
Hot chocolate and my two kitties is a great night
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Curled up on the couch with a good book ,and a comfy blanket:)
Thanks for the giveaway!
I live in the South so a Hot Autumn Night is the norm, temperature-wise. Nights can be warm in September, October, and sometimes even November. I’d much rather my fireplace, and some wine, contribute to heating up my autumn night.
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An awesome night for me is either sitting by the fire snuggling under a throw and just talking; or snuggling and watching a chick flick, as long as you are with the one you love… ok you manly men…deal with! LOL
Awesome hop! Thanks for the opportunity to meet you again Tmonique
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An awesome night for me is the fire going, a snuggly blanket, a nice cup of tea and a great book. What better way to spend the evening.
Thanks for the great giveaaway.
A great book, chocolate and a blanket. That’s all I need 🙂
Thanks for the giveaway!
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Curling up in a blanket with hot chocolate and a book! Perfect!
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A hot autumn night would be sitting in bed with warm blankets and reading one of my favorite books 🙂
sitting in a hot tub looking out at the mountains with a cowboy
I love to snuggle by the fire!
Thanks for the great excerpt!
On the couch with a blanket, coffee and a good book.
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Snuggling under a blanket and watching a romantic movie
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Curling up with a good (smutty) book. 🙂
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I’d like a cool night in the hot tub under the stars 🙂 katieamanda1(at)yahoo(dot)com
Um…reading stuff like that excerpt (and the rest of the book, I’m sure)!! Definitely! Loved it! Spending the night with my hubby too. 😉
Thank you for the wonderful giveaway!
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Terrific blog. Great hopping with you.
Curling up on the couch with a cozy blanket, hot apple cider and a good book!
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I love sitting by the fire with hot chocolate with lots of whipped cream and an even hotter book!!!
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Sitting in front of the fire drinking some good wine and reading a great book!
hanging out around the campfire telling jokes and snuggling – regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com
having my honey come over, snuggling and talking til we fall asleep
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Cuddling up in a blanket with a cup of herbal tea and a good book
I was on the TRR site earlier completing the Q & As and Eternity was one of the questions. Seems like it’ll be great read 🙂
I love curling up with a cozy blanket, a good book and an exceptional glass of scotch!
Thanks for the amazing giveaway!
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My favorite is snuggling underneath a blanket and reading a good book! Thanks for the awesome hop and giveaway! Best wishes and many blessings to you and yours!
good book and blanket
Thanks for the giveaway.