Sunday, March 14, 2010

Delicious Tease Day #29: Erica Ridley

Today, I'm pleased to bring you a brand new author, Erica Ridley. I haven't met Erica yet (something I hope to remedy at RWA nationals this year) but via e-mail she is just delightful! And her book is terrific. Leave a comment for her below and be entered to win a copy ofToo Wicked to Kiss.

HIS TOUCH HOLDS HER CAPTIVE...From the ravens circling its spires to the gargoyles adorning its roof,Blackberry Manor looms ominously over its rambling grounds. And behind itsdoors, amid the flickering shadows and secret passageways, danger lies in wait.
TO HIS EVERY DARK DESIRE...Evangeline Pemberton has been invited to a party at the sprawling estate ofreclusive Gavin Lioncroft, who is rumored to have murdered his parents.Initially, Gavin's towering presence and brusque manner instill fear inEvangeline...until his rakish features and seductive attentions profoundly arouse her. But when a guest is murdered, Evangeline is torn. Could the man to whom she is so powerfully drawn, also be a ruthless killer?
Lost again, my little lamb?” came Mr. Lioncroft’s low, droll voice.
Evangeline shivered. From somewhere in the black, a chair scraped across the floor, followed by slow, relentless footfalls. Evangeline edged backward into the relative comfort of the vacant hallway. He caught her before she had a chance to run. Once again, she was up against a wall, her spine to the wainscoting. This time, however, she was not pinned by the wrists but rather by the heat in his gaze. Glowing and darkening with each flicker of candlelight, his eyes focused on hers, without moving, without blinking.
By the time Evangeline realized Mr. Lioncroft was very, very angry, it was too late. His palms were flattened to the wall above each of her shoulders, his feet planted on either side of hers, trapping her in place.“I didn’t mean to startle you,” she stammered, helplessly staring back at him as she gulped for scraps of air.
He smiled. Darkly. Wolfishly. Alarmingly. But he said nothing.“I—I’ll just head back to my chambers now, then.” She meant the words to be decisive and firm, but they sounded fearful and tentative even to her own ears.
“Will you?” he asked, his face dipping closer to hers, his intent clear.“When the night is just getting interesting?”
Evangeline pressed her lips together and the back of her head against theunyielding wall.“Don’t kiss me in anger,” she whispered.
“In anger?” Mr. Lioncroft repeated softly, lowering his head until hisbreath coasted across her cheek. Her nerves prickled, as if she could feel that moist heat tickling against every inch of her flesh. He smiled again.“But I’m quite pleased by your presence. I’m hoping your kisses will make me forget my anger.”
Evangeline’s mouth gaped. She clapped her jaw closed before he had a chance to sweep his tongue inside her mouth. His smile widened, as if he’d correctly interpreted her action and found it amusing. . . but not the least bit daunting.
Even worse, a restless, burning ache spreading from her belly to her heated limbs made a small part of her wish he would quit teasing and start kissing. As if reading her mind, he leaned even closer, until his hips tilted at hers and the tips of her breasts rubbed against the bleached linen of his shirt.
The borrowed book fell from her fingers to the floor. If Mr. Lioncroft noticed, he gave no sign. Instead, he coasted his open mouth just above her flushed cheek, his breathsteaming against the curve of her cheekbone, the dip below her earlobe, thelength of her exposed neck. Her traitorous body writhed between the hard wall and the even harder man before her.
A sudden urge to force his lips upon her thrummed in her veins, but her dimming sense of self-preservation cautioned her to flee while she was still able.As the warm air from his lips traced the same heated path across the other side of her upturned face, she let out a slow, shuddering breath.
She would not flee. She could not. She wanted his skin touching hers perhaps even more than he did. Finally, his mouth returned to its original position, a mere finger’sbreadth from hers.Evangeline’s lips parted involuntarily, but she kept them parted on purpose.Victory flashed in his eyes. A rakish grin transformed him from darkly mysterious recluse to triumphant seducer.
She blushed at the sudden,frustrated moan she hadn’t meant to make. He had won. He knew he had won. But still he didn’t kiss her. Her pulse pounded in her ears. “Please.”
“Please what?” he asked, his breath spiced with wicked promise. “Please go away?”
“Please kiss me.”
Wow! I love me a hot kissing scene and that one certainly fits the bill ;) So, for today's quesiton of the day, how about-- What's your favorite kissing scene from a movie? One that ramps up the sexual tension so high you're almost sweating? Remember to comment for a chance to win Too Wicked to Kiss.


  1. Morning Erica & Tracy.

    Congrats Erica on your new book. I do like the excerpt. My favorite Kissing scene is from the movie Armageddon, between Ben affleck and Liv Tyler. Before they go to space when they ar ehaving their little picnic. Very nice, I love that movie period. LOL Hope I win.

  2. Hi there :D
    *makingnotes* thanks for the excerpt!
    my favorite kissing scene is from Ghost witch Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore - it's the last kiss in the movie before he went into the light *sigh*
    greetings, Ina

  3. Love the excerpt! Very steamy!

    The kissing scene that comes to mind right now is in French Kiss between Meg Ryan and Kevin Kline. She's sleeping and he's trying to get to her bag. She leans over and kisses him and he's visibly shaken afterwards. Gotta love a kiss that takes a man's breath away.

  4. My favorite is Noah and Ally on the dock in the rain from The Notebook!

  5. I like the scenes where "friends" are put in a spot where they have to kiss and then realize they like kissing, the last one I saw was on Leap Year, when they are at the kitchen table with all the other couples and they have to kiss because they told everyone they were married. I like the unexpected ones.


  6. Congrats on the release of your book Erica ^^

    Being the Star Wars fan that i am my favorite kissing scene is the one between Leia and Han before they get interrupted in Empire Strikes Back. Course we get the classical line "I Love You. I know" not soon after. ^^ I also have to admit the kiss between Anakin and Padme before they enter the Geonosis battle ring still gives me shivers.


  7. This book looks great.
    How about Titantic?

  8. My favorite movie kiss is at the railroad station in the BBC drama North and South. Richard Armitage is so sweet and sexy in that scene.

  9. Congrats Erica on your book!
    How abut Kate & Leopold or City of Angles both have Meg Ryan in them, hmh.. and I can't decide who is the hotter Hugh or Nicholas ;)

  10. Loved the excerpt and congrats on your release! I loved the kiss scene in Titanic!

  11. I really liked the kiss between Elizabeth & Mr. Darcy in the BBC version of P&P.

    Congrats, Erica!

  12. Congrats on your book Erica! I think I have to go with Ally and Noah on the dock in The Notebook. That at least is what came to mind first today.

  13. I can't pick just one! If you're like me and you need some help check this out.

    Movie Kisses - Crash Into Me

  14. Great excerpt Erica, I love a good gothic romance ;-)
    Hmm, as for sexy movie kisses, I'll go with the upside down in the rain kiss from Spiderman...that was hot!

  15. Nice excerpt Miss Erica, man favorite movie kiss that's a tough one. Um how about the one in Van Hellsing, they kissed close to the end of the movie. It was sort of a sweet goodbye or see you soon kiss but it was still passionate, I liked that one!

    Congrats on the new book Miss Ridley!

  16. Congrats on your book Erica....great excerpt!

    My favorite kissing scene........tough but I'm going with Maureen O'Hara and John Wayne in The Quiet Man....the movie is way before my time but I love it! The scene where they are on their chaperoned date and they run off in the rain and then they finally kiss..oh my! :)

  17. I love the kissing scene of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt in Mr & Mrs Smith..HOT !! :)

  18. Well, I really don't watch a lot of movies!! Too busy reading, so I don't have one.. The book looks really good. I'd love to win and read it..

  19. Congrats on your new release! My favorite movie kiss would have to be from Rhett and Scarlett from Gone With The Wind.

  20. i'll go with pride and prejudice (the keira knightley version) because i waited for that kiss in the end throughout the movie :)

  21. I think Rhett Butler and Scarlet O'Hara in Gone With the Wind and also Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall in To Have and Have Not.

  22. OMG, orelukjp0, the Bogie and Bacall kiss is one of my favorites, too!

    Tracey D

  23. My favorite is already mentioned but it's the one between Ally & Noah from The Notebook. In the rain after the "boat trip".

    I also love the one in Spiderman, where he's hanging upside down and she pulls his mask off a little to reveal his lips. The rain is coming down in enormous amounts, running up his nose & they kiss.

    I guess I have a thing for kissing in the rain :)