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Sunday, 17 June 2012

EMBRACE ME AT DAWN Excerpt by Shayla Black

Author Override is the place where authors take the reins and take you on a journey into their world. Some may allow you into their private writing dens. Others may take you along with them on research trips or interviews. Whatever the case may be, sit back, relax and enjoy the ride because here you’ll get an in-depth look into an author’s musings.


“Lucan?” She pressed a hand to her chest, stunned.
He merely nodded at her. “I see we’ll be starting at square one.”
“What are you talking about? What the devil are you doing?” She frowned. “We’re not starting anything. Where’s Marrok?”
He shrugged, his black T-shirt clinging to his lean frame and broad shoulders, outlining every ripple of his pectorals and abdomen. Her mouth went dry. He’d always looked fit and masculine when they’d been mated. Now he looked so incredibly male. Virile, formidable. Like the warrior he’d become.
“With Caden, presumably whipping Duke’s arse back into shape. A few days away with the humans to try to contain the Morganna situation and…” He shook his head with faint regret. “No one here gets a break for any reason. That should probably be your first lesson.”
She wrapped her arms around herself, thoughts flying. It wasn’t as if she’d asked for a break; she’d begged to be here. But Anka refused to start an argument with Lucan, even if he seemed to want it. “Lesson? I’m waiting for Marrok or Bram, so we can start my training. I certainly wasn’t expecting you to sneak up on me and attack. Don’t do that again!”
A grim smile lifted his mouth—one she’d seen curl up in joy, turn down in sadness, open to her with passion before he took her lips in a tender kiss. This caustic expression was one she’d rarely found him wearing. “You’ll be waiting forever on them. I’m it, love. I’m your trainer. Over the next weeks and months, I’ll come at you at any way I damn well wish to make you learn, and you don’t get to tell me no.” He raised a sharp brow. “Still want to be here?”
Anger pricked her, followed by horror. What the devil was going on? Anka shoved her confusion aside and focused instead on quelling the hurt that Lucan clearly didn’t want to be here with her. “You’re my trainer?”
Lucan simply smiled. The expression wasn’t nice.
The ground fell out beneath her. “But Bram said—”
“What you wanted to hear. I drew the short stick, love. If you’re determined to fight Mathias, I’m the one who’s going to teach you how. Unless you’d like to quit.”
His tone told her that he’d ten times rather she gave up. That’s what the old her would have done, whatever he wanted her to do. Now? She crossed her arms over her chest and glared at him, one brow raised.
“Bram has a sick sense of humor.”
“I won’t argue with that,” Lucan quipped.
“I’m not quitting.”
Impatience crossed his familiar, dear face. Being this close to him filled her with a longing that almost made her knees give way beneath her. Anka drew in a deep breath. This weakness wouldn’t help her fight Mathias. She had to focus.
“Pity, but as you pointed out earlier, it’s your choice. That’s your only choice, though. Everything else is my call. Remember that, love. Do as I say or quit. Are we clear?”
“You’re being a bastard.” And somehow his hard attitude was arousing.
“Is that a yes or a no?”
She gritted her teeth. He’d always had a frustrating stubborn streak. Apparently, it had grown during their parting.
“Yes,” she hissed.
Lucan smiled smugly, and she fought to stifle her anger. He wanted her to get mad, goad her into losing her temper, so he’d have a valid reason to refuse to train her. Figuratively speaking, he’d shoved her to her knees and forced her to heel. It annoyed the piss out of her.
She shifted her weight from one foot to the other, painfully aware of the fact that his attitude also made her wet.
Damn it.

Shayla Black is our Author of the Month, 
and because she is one of the most awesome authors around she will be giving away one book per week to one lucky maiden!
You get to choose from a book from her backlist.

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LoonyAlana said...

Okay... WHY have I not heard of this author before?? Sounds really good! I will be checking out a few of her books!

Lexi said...

Read the excerpt, now I am curious as to who and why she wants to go go after Mathias, why she needs training. And I have to find out the tipping point, when does training become....something more? =)

June M. said...

I really have to get all of Ms. Black's books and read them, they all sound really good!

Joanne said...

Great excerpt. This book sounds fantastic. Can't wait to read it.

erin said...

Thanks for the excerpt! I'm slowly but surely getting Ms. Black's books and I can't wait to start reading :)

Unknown said...

The book sounds just yummy. I love alpha males. I haven't heard of this author before but the book sounds awesome!! You girls are rockin out another great author!!

SdyLion said...

I think Shayla is an incredible author and I have always wanted to explore her books. sdylion(at)gmail(dot)com

Jeremy said...

What a great excerpt! I'm definitely interested in seeing how the rest of this book goes.

Barbara said...

ANOTHER great excerpt...thx for the giveaway op! :)

Ezinwanyi said...

She always has book covers that peak my interest. Very sensual and sexy covers. I hope I win

Lisa Richards/alterlisa said...

Awesome excerpt! Can't wait to read her newest

Mina said...

I am dying to put my hand on SB's new titles!!! And her backlist...it's Erotica Wonderland!

Laurie said...

What a tease, I want to read more and see what happens!

Artemis said...

I have been waiting to see how their story shakes out for so long now. Can't wait to read this one.

Maria D. said...

Great excerpt! The more I read about this book and the more excerpts I read, the more I want to read this series.

andieleah said...

So wanna start this series!!! I own all the books except Tempt Me With Darkness but can't seem to find it anywhere!!! Or Embrace me At Dawn either! I'm getting frustrated here! Lol.


ParanormalRomanceFan said...

I just LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Shayla Black a.k.a. Shelley Bradley & have read mostly all of her Books & they were ALL Fantastic!!!!!
The only 2 I have not read yet are:
“Mine To Hold”, Wicked Lovers, Book 6
“Arresting Desire” in the Hot in Handcuffs Anthology Sexy Capers, Book 3...& this one ins't released yet.

I've read her Wicked Lovers Series,
Doomsday Brethren Series, Sexy Capers Series...& also “Their Virgin Captive”, Masters of Ménage Book 1, “Her Fantasy Men” in the Four Play Anthology, “Dangerous Boys and Their Toy”, Shelley Bradley’s “Naughty Little Secret”.

You can't go wrof with picking one of her Books up, you don't know what your missing.

Take Care & Stay Naughty,
PaParanormalFan Renee
paranormalromancefan at yahoo dot com

Susan W. said...

I have a couple of her books in my to read group on my Kindle. I need to get busy!

Mary Preston said...

I loved the excerpt. I'm excited about this.

Miss Vain's Paranormal Fantasy said...

Thank you for the giveaway! I hope I win.;)

lavendersbluegreen said...

Great giveaway, thanks ladies!

JessS said...

Very awesome excerpt!! So far their relationship looks so exciting!

Kanya said...

I can't wait to put my hands on Tempt Me with Darkness! Thanks for the chance to win!
Kanya ;)

Unknown said...

I have just started the Doomsday brother series. I so need book #2!

Timitra said...

Love the excerpt!

Unknown said...

thanks for the excerpt..

wish i could win this ^^
thanks for the chance


Vanessa N. said...

Great excerpt. Love the cover.


JoAnna said...

I absolutely loved Embrace me at Dawn. At one point in the book I couldn't stop so I opened it on my phone and was reading it while I was in line waiting for a book signing at RAGT. And it almost had me in tears.
Can't wait to read Shayla's other series!

ELF said...

Looking forward to reading this one!

Landry Breaux said...

I haven't read any books by this author yet but they look good. Especially love that some take place in Lafayette LA, the area where I grew up. That alone makes me what to read more. The sex, intrigue, well, icing on the cake. YUM!!

Lauren B said...

I absolutely love the Doomsday Brethren series.
Thanks so much for the generous giveaway.

Texas Book Lover said...

Shayla is one of my favorite authors! Thanks so much for the contest!

Ren said...

Shayla Black is one of my favorite authors. And I love her Doomsday Brethren. Thanks for the excerpt!

Fedora said...

Mmm... Shayla can always be counted on for a great, hot read! And she's got a huge generous streak. Thanks for the intro to this latest!