From the time we announced the final Red Rock ebook in 2009, people have been asking us when we'd go back to the Sanctuary world and write more about werewolves and their witch rivals. In the beginning we didn't want to return--we had our four books and our two prequel novellas, and those were the stories we had to tell. But people kept asking, and we kept saying, "Well, what if...okay, no, but maybe if..."
A watched pot never boils, and I'm starting to think a watched plot is the same way. The harder we tried to force ourselves to come up with the right story, the more they slipped away. Finally we set the idea aside for a while, reluctantly admitting that maybe it had been too long in any case. We'd missed our window. It was time to work on other--
BOOM! That was our idea, knocking us head over heels. It hit us so hard we sat down and wrote Haunted Sanctuary instead of the book we were supposed to be writing. It wasn't the story we'd originally imagined. It takes place in a new town, with a new cast of characters, and is set several years after the end of Red Rock Pass. You don't have to be familiar with any of the previous books to pick up Haunted Sanctuary...
...but hey. Any excuse to give away books is good for us!
Thanks to the generosity of Samhain Publishing--and with the assistance of many awesome bloggers--we get to spend the next twenty days giving away 80 ebooks! Those of you who haven't read the Red Rock Pass books will have twenty different chances to win the entire set in the ebook format of your choice (contest details are below).
In honor of that, we're going to be revisiting some of our favorite scenes from each of the four books...and maybe showing a few sneaky peeks at the next chapter in the Sanctuary Universe!
Some couples are slow starters. Some burn up from the second you put them in the same county. Keith and Abby were pretty combustible. As a writer, you want your characters to have chemistry…but too much and it becomes a struggle to keep them off each other.
Which results in tongue-tangling kisses in Chapter Two.
Unfortunately for them (if fortunately for everyone else) they had a few bumps along the way from their first kiss to their happy ending. But boy. They sure got off to an excitable start.
Keith closed his eyes, and in the next second, warmth surrounded her. Power built slowly in the room, an odd energy that tickled her skin and raised goose bumps on her arms. Something inside her reacted to it at once, and she leaned closer to him.
The energy wrapped around her, calming the tension in her belly. A small noise escaped her as she nestled her face in his neck and inhaled his scent, so different from her own and yet the same.
A soft tug of his hands brought her off the bed and into his lap. He slipped his fingers into her hair and held her face to his neck. “That’s right,” he whispered. “That’s right, Abigail. You can feel it, can’t you?”
She could feel him, and that was all that mattered. Abby arched against Keith and clutched his shirt, moaning her loss when he stopped murmuring in her ear. He was powerful, strong. She growled lightly and lifted her face to bite his jaw. I need you.
He stiffened, but didn’t pull away. He smoothed his hand over her hair and down her back. “You’re okay. You’re okay, Abigail.”
She panted against his skin for a moment, then froze. “Oh God.” What the hell am I doing? “God, I’m sorry.” She pushed away from his chest, her cheeks burning. “I’m sorry.”
Keith tugged her back. “Don’t undo everything I just did,” he ordered softly. “Relax. You need to relax.”
Even now, mortified by her own behavior, she wanted to sink her teeth into his skin again. She wanted to feel him inside her. “I need to get up, Keith. Really. I want—” She groaned and rested her forehead against his shoulder. “I need to get up.”
His breath feathered against her ear. “Don’t fight it, and it won’t overwhelm you. I can keep you safe.”
She didn’t doubt that. But if she gave in to the need tearing at her, she didn’t know what would happen. How far things would go.
She knew. Even as her hands slid up his shoulders and into his hair, she knew. Her tongue snuck out to taste the hollow of his neck, and she moaned again and wiggled closer. “Yes,” she answered, though he hadn’t asked anything.
She kissed him.
At first he didn’t react. His hands stayed on her back, only tightening a little when her lips parted. She licked his bottom lip and went rigid when he stayed perfectly still. You’re an idiot, Abby. He obviously didn’t want to encourage her, and she’d both bitten and licked him in the space of a few minutes. She closed her eyes and sighed. “I didn’t mean—”
“Don’t.” It sounded hoarse, more growl than speech. His fingers skated up her back and plunged into her hair, and he tilted her head back. “Christ… Christ—”
Then he kissed her.
There was nothing hesitant or discouraging about the way he urged her mouth open and thrust his tongue inside to slide over hers. She shuddered and whimpered at the flood of sensation his touch unleashed. Under the civilized, acceptable veneer of passion, something in her thrilled at his loss of control.
He kissed her long enough to make her head spin and tore his mouth away with a low noise. He panted against her neck, his fingers still tangled in her hair, and she felt the power surrounding them. It felt right to be like this, straddling his legs with his hard cock grinding against her. To have his mouth on her neck, hovering over the vulnerable spot where her pulse beat erratically under her skin—
Keith pulled back, his expression pained. “You need to talk to Samantha.” He gripped her hips and lifted her as if she weighed nothing, depositing her back on the bed. “This—it can mean things you don’t understand. You need to talk to her first.”
Leave a comment if you'd like to be entered to win a set of the Red Rock Pass ebooks! And keep an eye open for the new book, Haunted Sanctuary, on sale January 22nd from Samhain Publishing and available to pre-order at Samhain, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Amazon UK, Amazon DE, iTunes & Books on Board!
Many thanks to Moira Rogers for bringing a snippet and giving away so many books! You got the contest details above, just leave a comment (w/ your email address) to be entered. The contest will run through 1/13/13 - Good Luck!