Please all welcome Lena Hart to the blog! She’s here to promote her latest release, Queen of His Heart!
Today’s my birthday! =) And since I’m a big believer of giving while receiving, I wanted to offer a few giveaways this month to celebrate this day. For RNIC members, I’m offering an exclusive excerpt and a copy of any one of my backlist titles. Readers’ choice of print (US only) or e-book. Also, on Goodreads, I’ll be offering several autograph print copies of my Queen Quartette series (see links below). As a bonus, each book in the series will be on sale for a special discounted price this weekend only so if you haven’t already, grab your copy today!
All my best,
Judith Bell is comfortable with her quiet, predictable life. After a failed relationship left her emotionally—and physically—scarred, she tries her hardest to ignore Carlos Moreno’s advances. But the sexy, dark-eyed security chief is proving very hard to overlook. When fear and blackmail drive her to compromise her new position at Royal Courts, Judith’s serene life is once again disrupted.
Carlos is captivated by his boss’ assistant. Beyond her beauty is a sweet, gentle woman needing desperately to be loved. But when an internal investigation points to her, he realizes Judith may not be as innocent as she appears. Left wondering if he’s been duped by a pretty face and a bewitching smile, Carlos finds himself torn between his obligations to Royal Courts or protecting the woman who’s already stolen his heart.
On the run from her past and forced in to hiding, Judith is faced with two choices either let fear define her future or allow love to heal her wounded heart.
“What are you doing?” Judith asked fiercely, keeping her voice low.
His hands were on either side of her, keeping her trapped between him and the cool door behind her. He was close, heat radiated from him, but they were barely touching. Though, the way he looked down at her was like its own sensual caress.
“We shouldn’t be in here. Someone could come in and see us.”
His dark brows furrowed slightly. “I’m getting tired of people butting in between us.”
She tilted her head to the side, confused. Carlos shook his head, outlining the edge of her jaw with the pads of his thumb.
“It’s nothing,” he said. “I just hate the thought of someone coming between us, messing this up for us, when things are still so new.”
She took a deep breath, his words secretly filling her with a heady pleasure and anticipation for something more. Her gaze travelled to his lips and she couldn’t look away. He caught the telltale action and smiled.
“Did you miss me, muñeca?”
She had. Very much. But he would probably just gloat over it so there was no need for her to inflate his ego.
“I know you missed me,” he continued when she remained quiet. “Don’t pretend that you didn’t.”
“I’ve been busy,” she retorted.
His gaze was penetrating, intense. She had to look away.
“I’ve been busy too, but I still missed you.”
Her eyes swung back up to his, and she swallowed hard. His words were like a warm, soothing balm over her rigid body. He was always so confident and open with his feelings. For a moment, she envied him for that, wondering what would it be like to share her feelings freely, to let herself be vulnerable again.
His gaze drifted down to her lips and he shifted closer to her. She placed her hand hesitantly on his abdomen to stop his advancement. It was hard to the touch and flexed under her fingers.
“Would you please stop looking at me like that?”
He grabbed her hand and drew it away from his midsection. When she tried to tug free, he held it firmly in his. “Like what?” he asked, his tone low and deep.
Like you want to eat me.She glanced down at his chest, her face heating up at the thought. She didn’t dare say that.
“Seriously, Mr. Moreno, we—”
He groaned. “Don’t start with that, muñeca. You don’t have to be formal with me. It’s just us in here.” His eyes gleamed devilishly. “And I like how you say my name. Especially when you’re hot for me.”
She wouldn’t have been surprised if her face had turned crimson through her brown skin in that moment. The memories that his words evoked were not something she wanted to have right now under the harsh fluorescent lighting of the small conference room. She would reserve them for when she was in the privacy of her bed and she could let the memory roam free.
Carlos released her hand then reached out and brushed her hair back. She sucked in a sharp breath when his knuckles lightly grazed the skin that was exposed from her dark, high collared blouse.
He tugged down the collar and frowned slightly, his gazed trained on her neck.
The make-up must have worn off.
“Did I do that?” he asked quietly. “Does it hurt?”
She stiffly shook her head, her gaze never leaving his face.
He dropped his hand. “I’ll be more careful next time.”
She shook her head again. “What happened last night was not…professional,” she began. “It should have never happened.”
“You’re right,” he said with a heavy sigh. “But can you blame me? You’re beautiful and sexy and I wanted you.”
Her stomach fluttered at his words. He took her hand again and brought it up to his lips. He kissed her palm and her hand tingled from the warm touch.
His dark eyes took on a glint and he gave her a crooked grin. “You know, if you were print on a page, I’d call you fine print.”
Her eyes widened in surprise by the sudden change in topic. A small smile tugged at her lips and she shook her head in exasperation. “You’re so corny.”
His eyes flashed brilliantly. “I’m corny for you, baby.” ♥
Here’s the info on the giveaway:
Prize: Reader’s choice of author’s backlist (Print for US winners only) or e-book.
Eligibility: You must be a subscriber to the RNIC newsletter.
How to enter: Answer this question in the comments below: How did you spend your last birthday?
Deadline: Sunday, November 16, 2014, 11:59pm EST
Note: By participating in this contest, the winner has given permission to RNIC to share his/her name and email address with the person conducting the contest so they can forward the prize(s). Prize open to U.S. and international entrants.
About the Author
Lena Hart writes sensual interracial romances with a flare of suspense and mystery. When she is not busy writing, she’s reading, researching, or conferring with her muse. To learn more about Lena and her work, visit www.LenaHartSite.com or visit her blog at http://scatblogging.blogspot.com.
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