Cold Nights, Hot Reads…An excerpt from The Goddess’s Curse

feb-hop-white-letteringWelcome to Cold Nights, Hot Reads, a sexy little blog hop with some fabulous prizes:

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  • 3rd Prize:  $35 Paypal Cash or Gift Card
  • 4th Prize   $20 Gift Certificate for Phaze Books.

To enter for those prizes, use the Rafflecopter link below. But wait, there’s more! On this blog, you could win a $10 Amazon gift card.  All you have to do is comment on the excerpt from The Goddess’s Curse (Heartmates book 1) and you’ll be entered!

The Goddess’s Curse is a fantasy/sci-fi romance inspired by the mythological Amazon women warriors. In this scene, Princess Reena, the heroine, who had never seen a man before, was abducted by one.

An excerpt from The Goddess’s Curse – coming March 15, 2015

Reena sighed and snuggled in her bed. As her illness had progressed, a persistent chill had pervaded her bones. The heaviest robe, the thickest blanket could not banish it. But this morning? So comfortable and cozy. Her blanket, though unusually heavy, was oh so warm, and so was the pillow beneath her head. But hard. What kind of feathers could make a pillow so firm, yet still tickle her nose? She rubbed her cheek against it, absorbing the unusual, but pleasant scent. Musky, but earthy. Like wood smoke or fresh evergreen. Or a combination of both.

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000040_00014]If only every morning could be like this. She hugged her pillow. Soon an attendant would arrive to rouse her for breakfast, but maybe she’d feign sleep. Naughty. She smiled.

Then sobered. Yes, she’d been naughty. She had displeased her cousin by refusing further treatment. But what had occurred after that? She crinkled her forehead, trying to remember. She’d poured out the tincture, and then…then…

A Lahon had burst from the foliage.

Then muscle cramps and searing pain. Paralysis.

Her eyes flew open. Roughhewn walls, large rustic furniture filled her field of vision. Gone were familiar accoutrements and luxuries. No finely woven fabric covered her, but a furry animal hide, and supporting her head was hard flesh covered by a thick mat of…of, hair. A man’s chest.

She bolted upright with a shriek.

The Lahon also sprang up, but without a sound.

“Help!” She tried to scramble from the bed, but he hooked an arm around her waist. “Let me go! Help!”

She slapped at his shoulders, his chest, his face. Neither blows nor screaming fazed him a bit, and she found herself flat on her back, her cries silenced by his callused hand, her arms restrained, her lower body pinned by his heavy muscular thigh, and something sizable and rigid poking her leg.

She stared into dark eyes. Be careful what you wish for—you may get it. She’d longed to see a Lahon up close and personal. It couldn’t get any closer than this. She could detect the pores on his face, discern that his “green” eyes were composed flecks of fern, moss, and teal, and that a muscle twitched in his square jaw. Long, unbound dark hair fell against broad shoulders.

Her heart fluttered like the wings of a frantic bird. What had happened? How had she gotten here? Where was Honna? And…and her robe? Oh Goddess. He was naked too. That, that, thing digging into her leg was his…his manroot.

The Goddess’s Curse Blurb

Sharona women and barbarian Lahon men maintain separate lives until libidinal fever strikes, and the Sharona are forced to mate.

Stricken by a mysterious terminal illness, Reena, the Sharona queen’s daughter, jumps at the chance to accompany a cousin on her mating journey so she can at least see a Lahon before she dies.

Garat, leader of the Lahon, has only hatred for the Sharona because of the woman who birthed and killed his son years ago. Now that a massive earthquake has left his people with precious little water, he has the perfect excuse to avenge his son’s death by driving the Sharona from their homeland to take what the Lahon need.

When he encounters Reena on the mating journey he takes her hostage to force the Sharona to capitulate to his demands, but finds himself drawn to her instead. As his desire rises, lust for revenge wanes.

But after what he’s done, can he convince her of the evil that lies in the palace in time to save her life?

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42 Responses to Cold Nights, Hot Reads…An excerpt from The Goddess’s Curse

  1. Roz Harrison says:

    This sounds so intriguing Cara. Loved the excerpt. “Manroot” … loved that!


  2. Every time I read an excerpt of this, I am sucked in instantly – then I come to the end and remember I’m reading an excerpt… March 15th is marked on my agenda.

  3. yum! I can’t wait to read this when it comes out!
    Thanks, Cara 🙂

  4. Livia Grant says:

    I love it! That thing digging into her is his manroot! Priceless. Looking forward to this one.

  5. Laura says:

    This sounds exciting and heart pounding.

    Right now my favorite HOT reads for cold nights is Dori Lavelle’s To Live Again series

  6. Kathy Heare Watts says:

    Great excerpt and it does suck you in and makes you want to read more.

  7. JeanMP says:

    Really enjoyed the excerpt, will be looking for this book when it comes out, can’t wait to read more.
    skpetal at hotmail dot com

  8. Shirley Ann Speakman says:

    I enjoyed reading the excerpt and the blurb the book sounds really good I have a soft spot for Sci Fi books.


  9. Laurel Lasky says:

    I love, love, love it and can’t wait to read it. It sounds delightful.

  10. Laurel Lasky says:

    I love, love love it and can’t wait to read it. It sounds delightful.

  11. Susan Clement says:

    Love this excerpt! Cannot wait to read The Goddess’s Curse! The Lahon, The Sharona–his manroot! Love it!

  12. Manroot! You must get a prize for using that word.

    • Cara Bristol says:

      This is probably the only book in which I get to use that word. Manroot is not in Nice Words for Naughty Writers, either!

  13. Alyssa says:

    Sounds like another winner from your arsenal. Can’t wait to buy it
    Amhart602 at gmail dot com

  14. Leigh Smith says:

    Sounds like another winner Cara

  15. Tina s. says:

    Omg, this is gonna be a great read! Can’t wait!

  16. Rebecca Ray says:

    Great excerpt! Now I’m dying to know what her terminal illness is, can she be cured and just what is the size of this manroot poking her side!??! Thank you so much for the great hop!

  17. Juana Esparza says:

    I loved the excerpt. I can’t wait to read this story.

    jmesparza821 at gmail dot com

  18. laurie g says:

    the book looks really good. i will have to add it to my TBR list

  19. Vanessa N. says:

    Garet sounds hot. I can’t wait to read what happens next.

  20. bn100 says:

    nice excerpt

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  21. elaing8 says:

    Thanks fr sharing the excerpt. SOunds like a great book. Adding it to the TBR list.

  22. Wendy Mitchell says:

    Sounds like a wonderfully steamy respite from the bitter winter temperatures, much needed and welcome.

    blueshedevil32 (at) gmail (dot) com

  23. Christina says:

    Me thinks that these two have a very interesting future together! 😀

    redbootywoman2014 at gmail dot com

  24. Susan Smith says:

    I loved the excerpt. I can’t wait to read this book.

  25. Marissa says:

    Very interesting!! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  26. shadowluvs2read says:

    Awesome excerpt! Im intrigued! It makes me giggle when she uses manroot. Hehe I cant wait to check this out! Thank you!

  27. Look forward to reading this one, too. Cara. I especially like the way her senses slowly awaken as she does.

  28. Cara Bristol says:

    Thanks, everybody for visiting and commenting. By random drawing, Shadowluvs2read won the $10 Amazon gift card.

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