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Friday, May 29, 2015

Author's Taproom Presents: A Sorceress of His Own by Dianne Duvall; #Excerpt & #Giveaway



A SORCERESS OF HIS OWN
The Gifted Ones Book 1
Dianne Duvall
Expected publication: June 2nd 2015 by Dianne Duvall

Synopsis: From the New York Times bestselling author of the acclaimed Immortal Guardians series comes an enchanting new series full of romance, danger, and loyalty: The Gifted Ones

Since the day Lord Dillon earned his spurs, rumors of his savagery on the battlefield have preceded him into every room, stilling tongues and sparking fear. Weary of battle, he wishes only to find a woman he can wed who will approach him not with fear, but with the tenderness that has been absent from his life for so long. Yet only the wisewoman seems invariably at ease in his presence. Perhaps because she garners the same fear in others that he does himself.

For seven years, Alyssa has been by Lord Dillon's side, counseling him from the shadows, 
healing him with her hands, and staving off the worst of his loneliness while his fearsome reputation keeps others at bay. Blessed—or cursed—with gifts that label her a sorceress, she is forced to conceal her youth and the love she harbors for him beneath umbral robes that lead Dillon and his people to believe she is the same aged wisewoman who served his father.

All is revealed, however, and passions flare when an enemy threatens Dillon's life and Alyssa sacrifices everything to save him. When Dillon discovers that the wisewoman is far from elderly, he is instantly entranced. And, as he and Alyssa work together to defeat an enemy bent on destroying them both, Dillon will risk anything—even the wrath of his king—to be with her.

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Excerpt:

“’Tis bewildering.”

His eyebrows rose.  “Is the change in him so difficult to accept?”

She let her gaze rove his muscled body, lounging so casually and comfortably nigh her own.  “’Tis not only the change in Sir Robert that confuses me.”

Dillon’s expression sobered.  His cerulean eyes turned watchful.  “Am I different with you, Alyssa?”

The sound of her name falling so smoothly from his lips after so many years should not inspire this depth of pleasure.  Swallowing nervously, she wished now that she had held her tongue.  “You know that you are.”

“In what way?”  His gaze swept her hidden form.  His voice deepened, turned husky.  “Tell me.”

Alyssa’s heart hammered beneath her breast.  What was he doing to her?  With just a look… such a look… he peeled away her exterior and threatened to expose all of her hidden desires. 

“In this way,” she managed to say, heart pounding.  “The way you look at me.”  As though you are a starving wolfhound and I a choice bit of venison that has fallen at your feet.

“I thought you gray-haired and wrinkled beneath your robes.  Yet, here you are, younger than myself by several summers unless I miss my guess.  To discover such exquisite beauty…  ’Tis not surprising that I look at you differently.”  Still reclining on one elbow, he leaned forward and, with his free hand, brushed his fingers across her forehead, traced the arch of one brow and trailed down her temple to her cheek.

Images stirred in her mind.  Erotic images that stole her breath and began a flash fire in her body. 

Dillon drawing back the blankets, baring her body to his heated gaze. 

Dillon’s hands and mouth touching her in the most shocking places. 

His clothing miraculously vanishing as he lowered his body to hers.

Sucking in a breath, she drew away.

Hurt dimmed the sparkle in his eyes as he dropped his hand.

“That does not explain why you…”  She bit her lip, afraid he would laugh if she finished her thought.  What if it was all her imagination?  Could it not be that the earthy desires that frequently flooded her at his touch were her own, rather than his?

“Continue,” he urged her.

“You do not treat me as formally as you used to.”  She danced around the issue, of course.  Without her robes to hide her expression, she found herself battling a new shyness and uncertainty when nigh him.

Flattening his hand on the bed, he splayed his fingers and frowned down at it.  “You would prefer formality?  Distance?”

She opened her mouth, ready to say aye, that aught would be better than this confusion he inspired. 

Unfortunately, to do so would be to lie outright and—with the exception of neglecting to correct his assumptions regarding her age—she had always dealt honestly with him. 

“Nay,” she admitted softly.

“Then what troubles you about my recent behavior toward you, Alyssa?”

She closed her eyes and repressed a shudder of pleasure.  What troubled her about it?  That she craved more and more and more of it and feared she would soon become a glutton. 

Lifting her lashes, she stared at his bent head.  “I simply do not understand why you are treating me with such… tenderness.”

His eyes rose and captured hers.  “Because you are letting me.”







About the Author:
Dianne Duvall is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of the Immortal Guardians paranormal romance series and The Gifted Ones series. Her books have twice been nominated for the RT Reviewers' Choice Award for Best Vampire Romance and are routinely deemed Top Picks by RT Book Reviews, The Romance Reviews, and/or Night Owl Reviews. Reviewers have called Dianne's books "utterly addictive" (RT Book Reviews), "fast-paced and humorous" (Publishers Weekly), "extraordinary" (Long and Short Reviews), and "wonderfully imaginative" (The Romance Reviews).

Dianne loves all things creative. When she isn't writing, Dianne is active in the independent film industry and has even appeared on-screen, crawling out of a moonlit grave and wielding a machete like some of the vampires she has created in her books.

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