Welcome to the Tasty Summer Reads Blog Hop. We've gotten together to introduce readers to great new summer reads! Each of us has invited five authors to answer questions and talk about their current summer release or work-in-progress. The bonus- we've each included a tasty recipe.
My offering is an excerpt from my new release, The Guardian's Witch. It takes place on the English-Scottish border in 1290. In order to save the man she loves from being executed for treason and prevent being married off to another, Lady Lisbeth Reynolds, must make a crucial decision. Dare she rely on her knight, Lord Alex Stelton, to find a way to save them both or does she trust her magic and risk exposure as a witch?
Her breathing became shallow and her heart raced as if she had run across the meadow. Her eyelids slid closed and her body thrummed with anticipation. Her vision took a sudden turn. Fear was replaced with safety. Need was replaced with passion.
She felt the warmth of his lips on hers and brought her trembling hand to her mouth, but his lips weren’t there. She fell back onto her bed. She had to fight this overwhelming desire for him. The thought of him sent her to places she could only find in her dream. Mine. She heard his clear and emphatic voice in her head. The mist swelled along the floor. She felt his arms around her. The mist crept up the bed and cradled her. She waited with eager anticipation.
Her eyes fluttered open. She stood at the lodge door. He emerged out of the low heavy mist and stepped toward her. His stride was sure and strong. His gray eyes sparkled like lightning. He drew closer, never taking his eyes from hers. Closer. She could see his strong soft lips. Closer. She reached out—needing to touch him.
- When writing are you a snacker? If so, sweet or salty?
Chocolate! That says it all.
- Are you an outliner or someone who flies by the seat of their pants? Are they real pants of jammies?
I'm a combination outliner-panster and prefer jammies!
- When cooking or baking, do you follow the recipe exactly or wing it?
I follow the recipe the first time but make it my own the next.
- What is next for you after this book?
I have a Christmas short story I'm indie-pubbing in an anthology with my critique partners and I'm drafting my next book, a follow up to Knight of Runes.
- On a level of one being slightly naughty to ten being whoo whoo steamy, where does your book land?
My books would be a warm five.
Wheww ... I think I need a tall cool lemonade after that excerpt. Something with a little kick and really simple.
1 25 oz bottle of gin or vodka (lemon vodka would be great)
5 cups of lemonade
2 cups cranberry juice
3 cups ginger ale
Thin lemon slices
Stir it all together and serve with thin lemon slices as a garnish.