Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Yearning for a great paranormal romance?

You're in luck!
It’s my honor today to play hostess to my lovely friend Tina Donahue. Tina is one of the hardest working and most gracious romance authors anyone could hope to meet—and her writing is wonderful! Today, Tina is going to be sharing something special, a first peek at her first paranormal novel, and her first offering from Samhain Publishing, “The Yearning”.
From what I’ve read “The Yearning” is absolutely going to be a steamy success but the good news doesn’t end there. This week Samhain has contracted Tina’s second paranormal novel “Unending Desires” so we have more good stuff to look forward to on the near horizon.
Now, I’m going to allow Tina and “The Yearning” to speak for themselves.
(Don’t you love that book cover?)

When an Alpha Hero Meets His Match

In The Yearning, my February 1 release from Samhain Publishing, I wanted to ratchet up the action and suspense between the hero and heroine. Jasmine may be the proverbial damsel in distress, but she’s not taking it lying down. Oh no. From page one, she sees Mike, wanting him to slake her passion. What she doesn’t know is the hidden power he possesses and that he’s not about to be any woman’s sex slave.

The battle between them is sultry, sexy and downright moving.

Here’s the blurb and an excerpt to show you what I mean:


To break this curse, they’ll have to turn the heat up. Way up.

Jasmine Dante prowls Key West’s nightlife, fighting a losing battle against a jealous rival’s curse that forces her to seek carnal pleasure, no matter the danger. Weakened from lack of sleep, driven by insatiable lust, she spots a man who stirs her desperate craving, and begins yet another dance of seduction.

Except the dark stranger who returns her direct stare is no ordinary lover. Inside his powerful body lies a raw sexuality that just might be enough to break her curse. There’s only one way to find out: imprison him in her bed and feed on his passion.

Former U.S. Marshal Mike Stearn is many things, but he’s no woman’s sex slave. The deadly telekinetic power he ruthlessly suppresses comes alive again at Jasmine’s touch. Beneath her bold, potent sensuality he senses vulnerability and desperation. He may be in handcuffs, but she’s the one who’s enslaved.

As Mike resurrects his power to free himself so he can find the curse’s source and defeat it, Jasmine revels in his masterful rule. Her ravenous yearning evolves into rapture as she surrenders to his hunger, her darkest needs—and the emotional connection that lies beyond. Unless the curse takes her life first…

Warning: Tons of steamy sex, smoldering passion and a to-die-for love story with a hot Alpha hero who finds himself imprisoned by one sultry and desperate babe.


(In this scene, Jasmine has Mike’s gun, intending to put the weapon in another room so he won’t have access to it. When he tries to get it, she has other plans…).

Carefully, she pushed to her feet, inhaling deeply as his fingers trailed from her neck to her breast. “You like?” he asked.
“Oh yeah.”
“There’s more as soon as I put this down.” He reached for his Glock.
Instantly, she stepped back, keeping the weapon from him. “I’ll put it away so we’re both safe.” She left the hall.
Mike stopped himself from calling her back, figuring she wouldn’t return. His weapon scared her, he saw it in her eyes, and she didn’t want it anywhere near them. He, on the other hand, didn’t want her to stick the pistol in an umbrella stand or a closet. It should be at his side. Placing his hand on the wall, he hurriedly toed off his mocs, then stepped out of his briefs and jeans.
Naked, he padded down the hall, halting at the opulent front entry. If he hadn’t known better, he would have thought he’d stepped back in time. A sparkling crystal chandelier hung from the beveled ceiling. Nightlights shaped like candles glowed near muraled walls depicting ocean scenes from long ago, complete with racing sailboats and couples in dated dress. Floral arrangements of pink carnations and white roses, fresh and aromatic, filled clear glass vases on the mahogany accent tables. On either side of the front door were long, narrow windows. Tall ferns stood in front of each, discouraging anyone from looking inside. An antique sofa in blue velvet was to the left, near an opened white door. A wedge of brightness came from within the room and shone on the polished flooring.
Glancing over his shoulder, Mike didn’t see Jasmine on the winding staircase leading upstairs. He went to the opened door and nearly ran into her.
“Oh.” She jumped back, hand to her long neck.
“Sorry. Didn’t mean to frighten you. I wondered where you’d gone.” Inside the room, an office, apparently, he saw a banker’s lamp, its green shade glowing faintly from its small bulb. The light fixture sat at the edge of a large desk, possibly an heirloom given its elaborate gold handles and carvings. Placed squarely in the middle of it, with no chance of falling off, was his gun. He suppressed a smile and looked at the other side of the office, surprised at the racks of bridal gowns adorned with lace, pearls and other finery, each as ethereal as a cloud. Other racks held evening dresses in hues he’d never seen: fluorescent blues, pinkish greens, outrageous reds. “Do you design women’s clothes?”
She didn’t respond.
He turned his head to her.
Something behind him had caught her attention. He glanced around to the foyer. It looked unchanged to him, unless one of the candle nightlights had gone out.
“I inherited the business from my parents,” she finally answered. Her voice sounded anxious. She flicked off the light and started to close the door.
Mike put his arm in the middle of it, stopping her. “Does my gun make you uncomfortable?”
“Not if it’s in there and we’re out here.” With one hand planted on his bare chest, she pushed him back with surprising strength and closed the door. “Now, where were we? Oh, yeah.” She circled him. He turned. Suddenly, she advanced. Not expecting it, he instinctively withdrew a step. His head jerked to the side as his shoulder hit the muraled wall. Sinking to her knees, she embraced his cock in her baby-soft palm, put her other hand on his ass and pressed her face into his groin.
Holy fuck. His hands went to his temples and dug through his hair, his fists yanking it. Unmindful of her deliberate sexual torture, she filled herself with his scent. He growled. She countered by running her tongue down his stiff length, wetting and heating it in a way her pussy never could. With her mouth, she had full control and used it well.

Her lapping strokes on his shaft and suckling kisses on his crown added a level of intensity and intimacy he didn’t think he could endure for long.

“Aw, shit.” His shoulders bunched to his ears at his cock’s ruthless need.
Reaching the most sensitive part of the head, she drew her tongue over the wrinkled skin on the back. The muscles in his chest tensed at the sensations raging through him. Before he could catch his breath she slipped him inside her mouth, taking him so deep the tip of her nose nearly touched his pubic hair. At the intense heat, his knees buckled. He struggled to lock them. They cracked. Unconcerned, she slid him in and out of her mouth, her tongue swirling over his width, while her fingers fooled with his balls.

What happens next? Well, let’s just say his gun is the least of Mike’s worries…at least until Jasmine brings out the handcuffs. J

The Yearning will be available February 1.


To celebrate the upcoming release of The Yearning, I’m offering a contest today. One lucky commenter will have her choice of one of my following books**:

1.    Lush Velvet Nights – ebook
2.    Adored – ebook
3.    Deep, Dark, Delicious – ebook
4.    In His Arms – ebook
5.    Bad Boys with Red Roses – trade paperback
6.    Take My Breath Away – trade paperback

** Winner chosen at random. Winner in continental US has her choice of one of the six. Winner outside continental US has her choice of one of the ebooks


  1. Thank you Tina for visiting today, you're latest book sounds great!
    XXOO Kat

  2. I'm glad you took the plunge into paranormal. Looking forward to reading this! :)

  3. Kat!! Thank YOU for hosting me - wow, what an intro, I'm still blushing (and grinning).

    Amber, hi - I'm glad I took the plunge too. The Yearning was a fun and sexy book to write!

  4. Good Morning Tina and Ladies!

    Tina I am so glad you are pursuing paranormal genre. Wow! This is your first book? The picture is engraved in my head with all the details. I definitely want to be in Jasmine's shoes.

    The sad thing is I have to wait until February 1st before I can find out how Jasmine and Mike "steam up" the pages. I love the fact he is former US Marshall. I love the hero who has government and military training. They have been trained to protect and guard.

    Congratulations Tina!


  5. Hey, Lisa - thanks for stopping by! Yep, The Yearning is my first erotic paranormal. I've pubbed romantic comedy, romantic suspense, erotic, historical with a number of publishers, but until now, no paranormal. I like the genre, and am looking forward to my next Samhain paranormal "Unending Desire" :)

  6. Thanks for starting my day off with a bang!! Congrats on the upcoming release, Tina!

  7. Hi, Tessie - thanks for your wonderful comments! :)

  8. Nothing like a curse to get things rolling. I know The Yearning is going to be an excellent read. I had to drop in and say howdy, Tina. I'm following you around like a stalker. I know The Yearning is going to be a huge success.

  9. LOL - hiya, hiya, Sarah!! This curse is definitely yummy. :)

  10. A deserving intro, Tina! I wish you the best of success with THE YEARNING. (Love the title!)


  11. Wow Congratulations on your first erotic paranormal romance book. From reading the excerpt, I can tell it's going to be a good one. I'm already looking forward to your second erotic paranormal romance book. February 1st can't get here fast enough. :-)

  12. Wow! Look at all the lovely friends Tina brings to 7SS! I'm feeling an "Unending Desire" to invite her back real soon, so we can hear more about "The Yearning" and "Unending Desires"!
    XXOO Kat

  13. Adele, Zuradia - hi!! Thanks for coming by and your support.

    Kat - you are toooooo much. I love your play on words. ;)

  14. That's some excerpt Tina and congrats on the upcoming release of your first Paranormal.
    I can't wait to read this. Wishing you many sales Tina.
    Carol L

  15. Hey, Carol - thanks so much, sweetie!! I loved writing this book. :)

  16. The book sounds great Tina. Definitely a hot excerpt. I want to know more. Guess I'll have to wait until the first.

  17. Congratulations Tina!

    I loved the exerpt of The Yearning. Mike & Jasmine sound like there in for the time of there lives. I'm so hoping I win. I still want your book In His Arms.

    You remember we talked about this. Best to you and much success Tina.

  18. Hey, Willa and Teresa - thanks so much for dropping by and for your wonderful comments!

    Teresa - I definitely recall. You're entered in the contest, hon (you too, Willa). :)

  19. I love paranormal romances and need to add more to my reading list. With this excerpt, you already know I'm adding this one.

  20. Oh really? Warning??? Tons of steamy sex? Oh my! Congrats, Tina.

  21. Leni, Julia - thanks for stopping by!! Glad you liked the excerpt. This was one fun/hot book to write. :)

  22. I love to read (and write) about strong women who are in charge of their own sexuality. This one looks to be right up my alley. Thanks for steaming up my glasses!

  23. Hey, Fiona - you're welcome - steamed up my glasses too while I was writing it! :D

  24. Congrats on your upcoming release; it sounds wonderful. If add this book to my must have list!

    Tracey D

  25. Wow, that was a tease! I can't wait for February 1st! I love paranormal romances. They are one of my favorites! I'm definitely going to have to buy The Yearning now!!!!

  26. Tracey, Emma - hi - thanks for coming out and supporting me. The Yearning is super hot and Mike is just yummy. :)



  29. Steamy is right! And what about those handcuffs? You left us drooling and wondering!

  30. Look at the "Yearning" Tina has whipped up! You just know this book is going to be a crowd pleaser.
    XXOO Kat

  31. Wow Looks like a Hot!Hot!Hot! Book can't wait to read it.Love the Cover.

  32. That was a great excerpt, hot and leaving me wanting for more! Thanks for sharing.

  33. Hey, hotcha12, Marianne, Kat, Stacey and Tamsyn - you guys are great!! Thanks so much for your positive responses!

  34. I've just chosen the winner (at random from this site and mine) and she is (drum roll please)

    EMMA!!! Yay, Emma!!

    I'll be contacting you shortly for your prize.

  35. Emma Russell you're the lucky winner of today's contest!!!
    Please contact Tina to receive your prize:
    Congratulations Emma!
    XXOO Kat


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