Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Delicious Tease Contest Day #38: Shayla Black

I’m working this week on the revisions for my next Doomsday Brethren paranormal romance, so this book is very much on my mind. I can’t wait to share it with everyone. I think it’s my favorite story in the series so far. Take a peek!

ENTICE ME AT TWILIGHT, Doomsday Brethren 4Pocket Books
Release date: October 26, 2010
ISBN: 978-1439166772
Pre-order: Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/Entice-Me-Twilight-Shayla-Black/dp/1439166773/ref=sr_1_12?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1268330071&sr=1-12)
In national bestselling author Shayla Black’s electrifying new novel, the Doomsday Brethren fight their mortal enemy for the newest weapon in a bloody magical war: the one woman a warrior shouldn’t claim . . . yet can’t resist.

Dangerously handsome Simon Northam, Duke of Hurstgrove, and his uptight brother Mason are hardly close, but crashing his wedding and stealing his fiancée further aggravate their sibling rivalry. Duke’s family has no notion he’s a wizard, so how can he explain that magickind’s fate lies with the beautiful, tenacious bride he longs to seduce for his own?

Felicia is an Untouchable, a rare human whose presence disables magic—even the impenetrable forces surrounding Morganna le Fay’s tomb. The evil witch’s malicious powers could propel nefarious wizard Mathias to ultimate world domination . . . if he can resurrect her. To conceal herself, Felicia must succumb to her smoldering desires to mate with Duke, but he risks binding his life—and sanity—to a lover whose loyalties are forever torn. He faces a choice: betray his brother for ultimate survival . . . or lose the woman who tempts him beyond control.
Very first excerpt released!Felicia opened the bathroom door and peeked out, her face hesitant. “Can you help me? I hate to ask…”
“Anything,” he vowed, crossing the room to her.
She bit her lip. “My dress…”
Then turned her back to him. A row of small row of satin buttons secured the lace gown from her neck to her waist—twenty of them at least. And she wanted him to unfasten them? Unwrap her like a package?
A fresh wave of desire swamped him, nearly overwhelming. Dear God, how could he touch those buttons—her skin—and not take more?
Felicia cast a nervous glance over her shoulder again, moving the thick tumble of golden curls that had fallen from her twist out of his way.
Duke did his best to school his face and soothe her as he closed the distance between them . His heart revved, his palms turned damp. He wanted her so badly, he nearly couldn’t walk right.
She’s not yours.
With shaking hands, he reached for the first button at the creamy flesh of her nape, just above wispy curls rioting near her hairline. Another button, then a second, a third…revealing the line of her spine and the softest skin. With each button, Duke exposed more and more of her, and his greedy gaze ate up every inch. The dress fell away, baring the delicate slopes of her shoulders, her upper back, the hint of her small waist.
His breathing turned ragged. As close as he was, Felicia couldn’t possibly fail to notice.
Two buttons left. He reached for the first, and couldn’t resist caressing one fingertip down her spine. She shuddered and looked back, wide-eyed, pupils dilated. She bit her plump bottom lip between her teeth, her breathing harsh. Red colored her cheeks.
Dear God, she was aroused.
Grabbing the last button, he twisted it, sliding it free of its mooring. He had to get away from her before he did something they’d both regret.
The dress sagged forward, and she caught it—but not until it fell from her bare shoulders and slid toward her hips, revealing white lacy knickers he yearned to rip from her body.
“Thank you,” she breathed.
“You're welcome.” His voice sounded rusty, as if he hadn’t used it in years.
Walk away!
But he stood, rooted. Staring.
Felicia retreated—until her back hit the portal. With one hand, she grabbed the edge of the door. To steady herself? To shut it? With the other, she clutched her dress to her breasts. Duke still saw the shadow between them. Pale, plump, tempting…
His gaze bounced up to her face. She stared back.
The lust thickening his blood nearly knocked him over, and Duke gripped the door jamb above her head for support. In forty-three years, he’d never felt anything like this. Not during his privileged adolescence, where the right glance and a bit of title-dropping got him any girl he wished. Not during his tumultuous transition from man to wizard. Certainly not recently, when sex had become mechanical, a mere way to power up for the next battle against Mathias.
This…was totally unfamiliar and beyond his control.
Duke shuffled closer. Her body heat grabbed him across the mere ribbon of space between them. He leaned in, tilted his head, his gaze zeroed in on her lips, thoughts of tasting her storming through his head.
He knew he was about to make the biggest mistake of his life.
“Stop me,” he murmured.
Felicia stared, breathless, silent.
Heart revving, Duke inched closer, enough to see the little line bisecting that lush lower lip and smell the peppermint of the holiday candy he’d given her in the car. “Felicia, stop me.”
But she swayed closer, her eyes fluttering shut. Her hand left the door and latched onto his bare shoulder. Her touch jolted his system, a lightning rod charging through him. Thought stopped, desire flared.
Yes, he was going to hell, but he’d go with her sweet taste on his tongue.
If you haven’t been reading the Doomsday Brethren, you have time to catch up before ENTICE ME AT TWILIGHT releases!




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  1. I so hope Duke chooses well and that Fleicia surrenders all, no woman it "Untouchable" forever when the "Magic" is the perfect man for her!
    October is a long time from now, sigh!!!! :0

    jackie b central texas

  2. All I can do is chuckle at that excerpt. Love it!

  3. This is a fantastic series and I can't wait for Entice Me At Twilight!!! :)

  4. ohhhhhhhh please drop my name in the hat!!!!!
    what a great series!!!

  5. Ummm wowza...whew...that was a yummy excerpt! I can't wait to read it...I've been trying to collect the Doomsday Brethren stories so that I can read them back to back.

    Happy Reading

  6. Wow. The book sounds great. ^^


  7. Wow, hot excerpt! I can't wait for it to be out!

  8. Pick me, pick me PLEASE!!!! Would love to win a copy!

  9. What a great way to begin my day. A little sugar & spice.

  10. Please count me in. I would loooove to get my hands on a copy :)

    cindyc725 at gmail dot com

  11. Great excerpt that has me wanting to read the stories even more than I already did. So please count me in for this.

  12. Pick ME ! pick ME !
    I've been wanting this book for quite some time !

    uniquas at ymail dot com

  13. great excerpt! i've been seeing the doomsday brethren books all over the blogosphere and they have been on my wish list for a while. i'd love to win the first book. please count me in!

  14. Loved the excerpt and I have heard wonderful things about this series.

  15. Good things come to those who wait!

  16. This sounds like a great read! Good thing I have time to catch up with the Doomsday Brethren series!

  17. Thank you for the great excerpt.

  18. I have not read any of this series yet, I would love to read this one. Thanks for the excerpt.

  19. You r so funny! Love the excerpt! I WANT THE BOOK, HAND IT OVER!!

  20. I love The Brethren. Book 4 will be fantastic. Been waiting to read the Duke's story.
    Carol L.

  21. I've been drooling over those books for a while!

    mdwartistry at yahoo dot com

  22. The excerpt was great and those covers make me drool.

    Tracey D