Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Book and Cover Reveal of Affairs of the Dead!

Today, I have my good friend and fantastic writer A.J. Locke hijacking my blog. She's got a really great book out, an Urban Fantasy thriller/kick butt heroine/wooooooo 'it's ghosts'/swoon worthy male lead/OHMYGOSHILOVETHISBOOK.

I've invited her to my blog today to tell all of you wonderful readers about her book, after you read this, go check it out, seriously!

And without further ado... A.J. your turn! :)

Thanks for having me on your blog today, Marie! I’d like to share an excerpt from Affairs of the Dead, so I have for you a kissing scene, we all love those, right? In this scene, Selene is trying to understand the change in her relationship with Micah, which had previously involved him being cold and mean, but slowly changed to reveal his feelings for her. And now they kiss!



“You know, I have to say, this is all a little strange,” I said. It wasn’t possible that the emotion I saw on Micah’s face was for me. “You’re throwing me for a loop, Micah. To go from hostile to caring so quickly…”

“Would you like me to go back to hostile?” he asked, mouth twitching in a smile.

I shook my head. “No, but…you’re confusing me. I don’t know what to make of this.”

His hand around mine was strong, and the strength was very appealing. Where Andrew’s touch carried a crushing strength, Micah’s seemed more like a supporting strength.

“Then I guess I’m not going to help matters by doing this…” Micah moved forward, slipped his hand around my neck, and kissed me.

I was shocked for only a split second before my body rippled in pleasure from the feel of his lips on mine, and I closed my eyes and gave myself over to the kiss. Micah pulled me closer, careful of my injured arm, and deepened the kiss. His tongue whispered across my lips like he was asking rather than demanding, and I found this thrilling.

I opened my mouth, and when our tongues brushed, his hands slid up my back under my shirt. He groaned low in his throat and cupped my face, sliding his fingers through my hair. I arched my head back as he planted whisper-soft kisses down my neck that literally made my toes curl. He moved his mouth back to mine and kissed me slow and deep, as though he was taking his time to explore the contours of my mouth. It was a novelty to me after months of having my mouth roughly savaged by Andrew, along with my body.

I had thought the way things were with Andrew had been the perfect scenario, but now I realized I had just never been kissed like this before—like the person on the other end of the kiss was it in for more than just the pleasure it brought him. There was a strength and intensity in the way Micah held me, possessively, but not like he thought he owned me, more like he was afraid I would slip away from him.

All of these realizations, plus the body-weakening ache that had erupted in me from his touch, overwhelmed me.

Micah was warm, and he smelled delicious. The scent of his skin under his cologne clung to me, and I nuzzled my face to his neck, sliding my fingers through his hair the way he had done to mine. My lips grazing his neck made him moan, and that made me smile. I pulled back a little and looked at him. When he frowned and reached up to brush my cheek, I realized I was crying.

“What’s wrong?” he asked. I shook my head. I couldn’t tell him about my comparisons between him and Andrew, or that I was crying because what Micah was giving me was something I didn’t even know I wanted.

“They’re not bad tears,” I reassured him. “This very moment, they’re not bad tears.”

We smiled at each other, and he kissed me again. I was all too happy to let myself think about nothing but the way Micah smelled, the way he held me, and the way he kissed me with more passion than I had ever felt before. It was a beautiful moment among the chaos that had suddenly descended into my life.


Help ghosts, stop a thief, and try not to die…

Necromancer Selene Vanream helps ghosts settle their affairs so they can move on. But when breaking the rules gets her in trouble, she’s bumped down to tracking ghosts trying to avoid the afterlife. Ghosts like Ethan Lance, who claims he was kicked out of his body when someone else jumped in. Which might be plausible—if such a thing were possible. And if Micah, Selene’s partner, didn’t pull her into an investigation of brutal murders that lead directly back to Ethan.

But when the whole mess puts Selene’s life in danger, she suddenly has very personal reasons to get Ethan’s body back. Between her uncomfortable relationship with Micah, and problems with her boss, Selene learns just how much trouble it can be when you don’t follow the rules…
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