That’s the theme of my post for this Friday’s Free-for-All.
In my latest erotic paranormal Illicit Desire (available September 25 from Samhain Publishing), I’ve written the ultimate Alpha hero. A man who risks his freedom, future and life for the woman he adores.
Wow. Wish I had him.
Here’s a brief excerpt to give you a taste of the story…
“There are places where people go about as they please,” he told her another time. “Not only the rulers, but everyone. They eat as much as they want, whenever they’re hungry. They don’t have to ask permission.”
“That can’t be,” she blurted, unable to conceive of having food so readily available. “How is such a thing possible?”
“I don’t understand.”
“I know, Arez.” He grazed her cheek with his knuckles.
It took all of her will not to turn her face into his hand to kiss his palm. The guards would surely notice and might punish him for her lack of restraint. “Arez?” She’d never heard the word before.
“It means freedom. To do as you please, go wherever you want, eat your fill. It’s from our language, the one used on E2 where Meelo and Damir created us. It’s the name you deserve. One I’m giving you.”
He prized her so much he’d offered her a name? An honor only the rulers had a right to? What was he thinking? “Don’t say such things,” she whispered. “It’s too dangerous for you to even consider it.”
“No one but you and I will know. Are you afraid, Arez?”
Not for herself. For him. The guards could whip her until she bled; the rulers could deny her food. None of it would hurt as much as having them harm Lukan.
A name she’d given him that day. Arez had no idea what it meant. She’d heard it as a little girl, her caretakers saying it belonged to their race’s first ruler. A man who deserved respect and deference to his every command.
Arez denied Lukan nothing, not out of obedience but affection, what he called love. She allowed him to do as he willed…as she desired…in the bathing place and when the rulers chose him to mount her while they watched, gauging both of their performances. The quality of her moans, the thickness and rigidity of his cock, how long he could withstand the intensifying friction between their bodies and his need for release.
Even with his shaft between her lips and her tongue stroking the silky head, he held off just as their rulers commanded. Sweat trickled down his torso, his toes splayed, his chest pumped with his tattered breaths, but he hadn’t given in to immediate pleasure. Although hours passed as they engaged in every carnal act imaginable, Lukan fought fatigue.
Arez knew how he suffered. She sensed it in his trembling muscles and increasingly sluggish moves. A dangerous combination in any slave that he needed to hide at all cost.
Where is he?
She snuck a peek around the room, so vast it dwarfed the occupants. Scores of naked males sported erections as required by the regulations. Their continuous arousal proved they could still perform on command and endure whatever the rulers demanded of them. Some wore expressions bordering on frustration, which they tried to hide. All tended to the females, who stood thigh-deep in the water, submitting to their baths.
Arez sucked her bottom lip. She continued to search for but didn’t see Lukan. So much time had passed since he’d last been with her, giving her hope, promising in whispers that he’d never leave her. He’d see to her safety. He’d gain their freedom somehow.
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Adored – RWA award-winning; EPIC 2011 Finalist; 4 Stars RT
Deep, Dark, Delicious – EPIC 2011 Finalist; Holt Medallion Award of Merit
Lush Velvet Nights – EPIC 2011 Finalist; Golden Nib Award
In His Arms – SIX 5 Star Reviews; 4 Stars RT
Sensual Stranger – 2010 Book of the Year (erotic); 4 Stars RT
The Yearning – Top Ten Bestseller
Take Me Away – #1 Pick, Miz Love Loves Books
Unending Desire – Best Book Rating LASR
SiNN – Nominated for Book of the Week LASR
Tina Donahue is an award-winning, bestselling novelist in erotic, paranormal, contemporary and historical romance for Samhain Publishing, Ellora’s Cave, and Kensington. Booklist, Publisher’s Weekly, Romantic Times and numerous online sites have praised her work. Three of her erotic romances (Adored, Lush Velvet Nights, and Deep, Dark, Delicious) were named finalists in the 2011 EPIC competition. The French review site, Blue Moon reviews, chose her erotic romance Sensual Stranger as their Book of the Year 2010 (erotic category). The Golden Nib Award at Miz Love Loves Books was created specifically for Lush Velvet Nights, and two of her titles (The Yearning and Deep, Dark, Delicious) received an Award of Merit in the RWA Holt Medallion competition (2011 and 2012). Take Me Away and Adored both won second place in the NEC RWA contest (different years). Tina is featured in the 2012 Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market. She was the editor of an award–winning Midwestern newspaper and worked in Story Direction for a Hollywood production company.