Friday, November 07, 2014

GUEST AUTHOR: Victoria Black

Today I'm pleased to host Victoria Black on my blog.

Victoria can you tell the readers a little about yourself and your new book?

I'm from Queensland, Australia and love tropical islands, snorkelling on the Barrier Reef, good wine and hot spicy food. Amazingly, all of these appear in Unexpected Places. Sadly, treasure maps and priceless emeralds have been in short supply in my real life, so I've written a story about them.
You can find out more about me and Unexpected Places on my website, victoriablacksexystories

Thank you so much, Suzy, for letting me post on your blog and tell everyone my exciting news: 
Unexpected Places has escaped!

You can tell I'm excited when I make bad puns.  To explain – my latest book, an action/adventure contemporary romance called Unexpected Places, has been released by Escape Publishing.

This book was so much fun to write. Briefly, here's what it's about:

One treasure map; a pair of priceless emeralds; two very keen hunters — only one can win, but who says that competition can’t be a little fun?

When sweet, pretty Ariana Noonan knocks out treasure hunter Luke Donahue with a champagne bottle and steals his treasure map, he vows to get his map back, find the missing priceless emeralds…and exact a fitting revenge.

When Luke finally discovers Ariana in a dingy hotel on a remote tropical island, she’s in desperate straits and he finally gains the upper hand. Of course he will rescue her. His price? They act on the attraction that’s been simmering between them from the very beginning.

But all is not as it seems, and Luke’s sexy bargain turns up not only an unbelievable secret, but Ariana’s reasons for wanting the emerald. Suddenly, nothing is clear-cut anymore, and map or no map, Luke and Ariana are sailing into uncharted territory.


If you'd like a little teaser, this excerpt comes from early in the first chapter, when Luke is about to meet Ariana.

Excerpt:
Luke watched with interest as she approached him. He'd noticed her earlier, when he'd been chatting with his dad's old secretary. A tiny, pretty little thingthe approaching blonde, not Mrs Abercrombie. She'd been standing all alone, gulping her wine. Then her attention had suddenly fixed on him. She'd started on the long approach, unaware, he was sure, that he knew she was coming.
There'd been the noise at Bob's door last week. Someone had been listening, he was sure of it, and that person knew all about the missing emeralds and the map. He'd been expecting a stranger to approach him at some point, all week. And well, well, here she was. Another girl. Another one of Changpu's little off-siders.
Of course, he could be misjudging her. Maybe she was a pretty girl who wanted sex badly, and had lousy timing. But he didn't think so. There was a steely purpose behind the way she was currently stalking him.
Again, an unfamiliar fury rose within him. For Changpu to follow him into his own company was the final straw. He'd played nice up until now. He'd been a perfect gentleman to Mai Ling. But no more. Neither the old man nor this little employee of his could expect any mercy. Luke traced the still-painful line of his scar beneath his shirt.
His eyes roved leisurely over her sweet curves, enjoying the enticing bounce of her white breasts revealed by her sexy black dress. It hugged her trim little body and came to rest at her knees. Her femininely curved hips swayed with the help of heels that must be adding inches to her height. Pretty green eyes fixed on his face. Her cute half-smile, half pout drew her lovely full lips up at their corners.
Clenching his teeth, Luke felt the muscle tick at his jaw. His stomach tightened for battle. But, to his surprise, his cock rose in enthusiastic greeting. Luke smiled, enjoying the widening wariness of her eyes, enjoying how his fury and desire for revenge had mixed into a heady, potent cocktail of lust. Grabbing a glass of the cheap champagne they were serving tonight, he stepped toward her, crowding her.

He smiled again. Or at least did his best, forcing his lips to curl up into something approximating genuine warmth. "Hi. I'm Luke. Would you care for a glass of champagne?"

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