Blurb:Deep within the Yucatan jungle, a demon has awakened...Gretchen Finch’s job would be much easier if she weren’t alone in the jungle with a brilliant recluse whose every glance sets her on fire. But the more she focuses on her work, the closer she gets to unlocking the mysteries of a terrible creature—the Night Demon—that threatens the world as she knows it. Though her scientific mind tells her it’s impossible, she’s beginning to believe the ancient Mayan tales as the sinister jungle comes alive around her.Lukas Smith has spent hundreds of years searching for answers to his immortal Night Walker nature. As a series of ancient glyphs become clear, he’s about to find out more than he’d ever hoped, but the more he learns, the more his fate intertwines with the Night Demon, and the harder it becomes to hide his immortal secret from the beautiful, intelligent Gretchen.Together, they must find a way to stop the inexplicable violence and mass destruction surging across the earth before the Night Demon destroys more than just mankind.
That all important first kiss…
Big thanks to Kristina for a spot on the blog today!
I brought along an excerpt from my new release, Night Demon. The first kiss is one of my favorite scenes to write, but it’s also one of the trickiest. If you give it up too soon, you can lose the power and sexual tension of the moment, but after you’ve built it up, you also have to be sure there are enough sparks so that the kiss isn’t a letdown for the reader.
Scary stuff! LOL
In Night Demon, Gretchen has been working alone with Lukas for months in the
rainforest deciphering Mayan glyphs. She very attracted to him, but she’s been
keeping it professional. They’re both torn about the attraction between them,
Lukas even more so since he hasn’t told her he’s a Night Walker.
When he finally gives in to temptation and kisses Gretchen, he’s instantly remorseful for the momentary slip, but the passion is there and now they’re both aware of it. The scene definitely sets up more sexy moments for the couple later in the book!
Hope you enjoy the sneak peek inside Night Demon!
“Tell me something.” His voice was soft and low, like the tide. “Why haven’t you ever been married?”
“I had bigger plans than a wedding.” Gretchen shrugged, unsure where the conversation was headed but encouraged that Lukas finally asked about something unrelated to work. “I had
a couple boyfriends in college, and I dated one of my professors after my doctorate, but relationships don’t travel well, and I like to travel.” She hesitated for a second, glancing his way. “My mom left us when I was little, and a few years ago I lost my dad suddenly. He used to love to take me places camping…” She let out a small sigh. “I feel closer to him when I’m out exploring, I guess.”
Lukas smiled at her, and her stupid heart fluttered in her chest. “Your father raised an amazing woman.”
The brief moment of light was quickly extinguished, though, and his features smoothed back into the chiseled mask of a tormented man.
“What about you?” Gretchen asked. “You’re a good-looking, intelligent guy. Have you ever been married?”
“No.” He clenched his fists, and his forearm muscles contracted. Gretchen did her best not to think about his strong hands as he went on. “I would never wish my life on anyone I loved.”
“You need to look in a mirror, Lukas. Your life is not so bad.” Gretchen straightened up, her brow furrowed. “Maybe you’d notice that if you didn’t waste all your energy pushing everyone
He shook his head, still staring out at the water. “This isn’t what I want.” He stood up and took her hand, sending a jolt of electricity through her body. His gaze demanded hers, and her breath caught in her throat seeing the hunger in his dark green eyes. “There are sins in my past that can never be forgiven, Gretchen. My only solace is to find answers. Anything beyond that…love, passion…it’s all an illusion for me.”
He leaned toward her, and Gretchen’s chin tilted up instinctively, aching to taste him, to heal his wounded spirit. The moment his cool lips brushed hers, her pulse jumped. His kiss, like rich chocolate, infused her senses, making her hungry for more.
A moan escaped her throat as his tongue swept along the crease of her lips, enticing her to open her mouth and surrender to the passion she’d been trying to bury. His fingers slid into her hair and awareness bloomed through her body, forming a pool of heat in her belly. Gretchen let her
hands explore his chest, living the fantasy she’d harbored for months, when he suddenly took a step back, breaking the contact.
“T’fu! Dammit.” Lukas shook his head, cursing under his breath. A rich undercurrent of a Russian accent flavored his words. It reminded her again that “Smith” was probably not his
real last name.
He released her hand. “Forgive me. I usually have more self control.”
Gretchen wished he had a lot less. Her legs felt rubbery, her senses on overload, and he apologized for it? She thought he’d finally given up keeping a “professional” distance, but no, Lukas was like an onion with never-ending layers. Would he ever let her in?
Thanks for checking out Night Demon! Anyone have some favorite first kisses from books? Or maybe a real life first kiss you’d like to share?
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