Thursday, October 9, 2008

Excerpt: Eternal Kiss by Diana Castilleja

How about if I give you a bit about my print release? This story is my NaNo from 2005. Poor guy. He’s been around the block a bit. But that’s okay. You know it happens. A book meets a publisher and it’s a good publisher, but it just doesn’t “work out”. The “It’s not you, it’s me” line. God, how often have we heard that? So with sad farewells, we must move on.

And move on we did. The Eternal Kiss was contracted to Tease Publishing and has seen his day! Or would that be night? He is a vampire, y’know… Hmm. Something to think about I guess. Anyway, with a new home, new duds (That’s Texan for coverart) and some fine encouragement, he’s getting where he was meant to go.

And I’m really pleased to have the chance to show him off here at the TMD.

The Eternal Kiss:

Diego Viteri has lived for centuries with only one real goal, to avenge himself against the one who destroyed the man that he was and created the creature he is now. He is suffering a growing loneliness that is becoming impossible to ignore. His only reason for not ending his life is to see that Brakka is served his justice and then, Diego can rest.

The last thing he is expecting is to have an encounter with a human woman who is willing to jump between himself and Brakka during a harsh and bloody battle. Their one meeting changes everything for Diego, bringing to life emotions and wants that he has long believed to be as dead as he is.

As he follows Titania and her band, his needs reshape into something that he can't ignore. Before he knows what he has done, he bonds with her and sets into motion the very thing he swore he would never do to another person. He has shared his curse and in the process may have very well killed her. And there is only one choice to be made to try to save her.

Her hand skimmed over his shoulder to wrap into his hair. She pulled him closer, and he lay down with her, his full length eclipsing her.

He could not help himself. He leaned forward and found the hardened peak of one, sucking gently. She arched and let out a shriek, her arms capturing his head and holding him in her pleasure. Hunger flared, seared him as he caressed and laved at that hard nub.

Kiss me.

He rose instantly to those luscious lips, answering the plea in her voice, in his thoughts. Her desire ignited his to a new level, a hunger for her completion, for her body, searing his brain.

Diego drew her bottom lip into his mouth, swirling his tongue over the sensitive skin inside, and his body clenched at her whimpers. He thrust within, his tongue meeting hers, mating, stroking at the sweet temptation of her mouth.

He found the corner of her lips, caressing it tenderly as he glided along her jaw, her head tipped back to his hungry exploration. His heart thundered as he tasted her, sipped at the delicate texture beneath her ear.

He inhaled her sweet essence, the steady beat of her blood through her body. He snapped his head back sharply, blinking.

"What's wrong?" Titania asked, staring up at him, frozen, immediately catching his confusion.

"Nothing. I think." He lowered to her neck, right over his claiming mark, and inhaled. His fangs exploded with a raging hunger, striking him hard and deep. He whipped his head away before she could see the flames in his gaze, the telltale fangs.

Her hand fell to her neck. "Intense," she said, watching him carefully.

"It will pass."

"Is it because you need to eat?" she asked. Caution tinged her words.He almost smiled at her wild thoughts. He remained faced away from her instead. "I am not thinking of snacking, cara."

"What happened?" She cradled his chin with her fingertips, applying a subtle pressure, turning him.

Dark lashes hid his worst thoughts. "It is stronger, sweeter." He drew a deep breath and released it slowly. "I can control this."

"Would it be bad? Because I am now like you?"

"Honestly, I do not know."

Big, blue eyes shimmered up at him, her mouth growing supple. She tilted her head, exposing her throat. "I trust you."

He sucked in air, stunned at her gift. "Cara, I do not know if it will harm you."

She blinked up at him. "Why would you feel so strongly for it then? Has it been like this before?"

He thought back and had to shake his head. "No. Not like this." Never like this.

Fingers danced across his chin, trailed down his own neck, and muscles clenched from his jaw to his toes. "Diego, I feel it, too. I want to share with you. I want to know how it feels for you. I want to know it is only me you feel this way for."

He buried his face into her shoulder. "Titania. It is only you. Do you not know that?"

She tilted once more. "Then show me."

Diego did not know if he should pray or cry in gratitude. Titania was the most unselfish being in his entire world. This was from her, to him. Simply because he wanted it.

1 comment:

jj Keller said...

Wow! I can't wait to read this book, Diana. Fabulous excerpt!

jj Keller