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Over the past few weeks, I’ve been sharing my latest release Shifter Trials. I’m finishing a sexy science fiction romance, tentatively titled Race to Redemption. I thought I’d start sharing that. Here’s one of my favorite scenes, where our hero, Erik, is losing his internal fight to stay away from our heroine Lainie. (See blurb below for hints as to why). I cut some to try and conform to the rules, but couldn’t cut enough. (Shhh! Don’t tell anyone.)
“You confuse me.”
No shit. He confused himself.
One finger under her chin, he lifted her mouth to his and took a long, slow taste. Lainie opened to him, her tongue darted sexy little flicks along his but her arms remained at her sides.
“Even more puzzled over here. I thought I was persona non grata.
“I can’t seem to stay away.”
“But you want to.”
“Yes.” He kissed her hard. “And no.”
Blurb in Progress:
Storm racing. The highest risk sport in the Terran Coalition…and the most lucrative. Elaina Carteret holds the championship title on multiple worlds with all the celebrity, wealth and male attention that comes with it. After a horrific accident, she disappears from the race circuit and resurfaces as Lainie Carter, a medical transport flyer on Ranhar, a non-aligned desert world. Her risk-taking, rule-breaking approach to her job infuriates the med facility’s director, Dr. Erik Johansen, who runs the outpost with an iron hand, a permanent scowl and the tightest bod on the planet.
Unable to forgive himself for a past tragedy, Erik works himself into an early grave. He has no patience for the insubordinate Lainie Carter, who can’t take an order, disrupts routine, and flames his body to ash. She’s not what she seems and he lost his soul to another who lived behind a lie.
When the facility is attacked, they’re thrown together in a race across the desert to prevent the spread of a deadly phage. As a fragile trust blossoms between two damaged hearts, their pasts resurface and threaten not only their souls but millions of lives.
On the night of the full moon, any male shifter can call the Trials to race against Talia Orion, alpha of the united wolf-eagle clans. Clan law requires Talia to marry the winner of the Trials, a grueling twenty-mile marathon through dangerous, rugged terrain. Talia, the product of an unhappy, political alliance masquerading as a marriage, trains obsessively to ensure she avoids her parents’ fate. Her newest vampire trainer, Hayden Mitchell, makes her powerful even as he knocks down her defenses, and finds his way into her heart. Hayden has loved Talia since the first moment he saw her. As the destined ruler of the vampire clan, he has another agenda to politically unite Talia’s clans with his own—what Talia fears most, and will never forgive him for.
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