Summer Sizzles with Ink in the Blood

Today I’m giving away a .pdf copy of my first quick read, Ink in the Blood.   All you have to do to enter to win is either comment here with your e-mail address or e-mail me

In their world ink is thicker than blood.

Isabella Rathe’s past of excess and indulgence is the least of her problems. Although clean for seven years, she fights a constant battle with her asura nature. But that battle pales in comparison to the complications of keeping a human alive in her world of magic, mythology and drugs.

When the D.E.A. offered Isabella the chance at justice, she’d jumped at it. Evening the score with her half-brother was too great a temptation to resist. But what she hadn’t counted on was falling for the agent assigned to her case.

Can an asura, keep a human alive and continue down the road of sobriety?


His warmth chased away the emptiness, made her forget what he was, what she was, for a moment. “Was there something else, Agent?” She draped her arms across his shoulders as she asked the question, pulling his body to hers tightly.

Staring into his eyes, she saw the raw need housed there, but it was tempered with control.


The muscles in his jaw clenched as he looked over her shoulder into the dark night. After a moment, his eyes found hers again, but something in his gaze had changed, the flecks of silver among the gray had cooled, turned steely.

“It’s been a pleasure working with you.” His arms loosened their hold on her waist as if he was preparing to walk away.

But she didn’t move. The thought of leaving his warmth was unbearable. Her fingers played with the short hairs at the nape of his neck as she breathed in his spicy scent. “Jacob?”


She knew she shouldn’t say the words, but she couldn’t resist. “Kiss me.”

He smiled softly before complying. The kiss started out gentle, but months of frustration brought about by teasing innuendo and proximity proved too much for their patience. Resting against the cold metal of the car, she ran her fingers through his hair as he deepened the kiss.

She felt one hand slide under her skirt and up her thigh as the other held her tightly against him. Lost in the feeling of his body on hers, she forgot everything else. Until, suddenly, he pulled away from her, making her acutely aware of her wobbly knees and erratic breathing.

“Would you like to come up?” Her voice was slightly husky.

“I’d love to.” He ran his fingers through his hair, visibly trying to regain his control. “Oh, you have no idea how much. But I’ve got to check in on another case before I call it a day.”

“I see.” It was physically painful to move away from him.


“I understand, Jacob. Really, I do.”

“Can I see you again?” The question was soft, sounding almost vulnerable.

“You’ve got my number.” With that, she turned away from him and began walking to her apartment. Every inch of her wanted to turn and watch him leave, but she refused to give in to the temptation. She’d been left enough times to know what it looked like; she didn’t need to see it one more time.

10 Responses to “Summer Sizzles with Ink in the Blood”
  1. i would like to read one. please consider me. i would be a good boy. i promise.

  2. Judy Cox says:

    Thanks for the great excerpt!! This looks like a real good read!! I also love your cover!!

  3. Leslie Jane Fahrney says:

    Looks like a great read. Would love to find out more of her past, like what an asura is, and will she keep the detective alive. Need more books to feed my reading addiction. (At least that addiction is probably healthier than Isabella’s!)

    Leslie Jane

  4. I ❤ your voice so much, Chandra. Thanks for sharing this excerpt with us!

  5. lorettaC says:

    Good luck with your book. I like the excerpt and would like to win a copy.


  6. Suzanne Rock says:

    Love this excerpt, Chandra – it’s fantastic. Thanks so much for sharing!!

  7. sue brandes says:

    This book sounds really good. Wonderful excerpt.

  8. Lindsey Ekland says:

    This does sound intriguing and I want to know more about asura.

    linze_e at

  9. chandraryan says:

    Thank you everyone for coming by and for all the kind words about Ink 🙂 I ran the numbers through and the winning number was 2 so congratulations Judy! I’ll e-mail off the file as soon as I post this. Hope you all have a fantastic weekend.

  10. Judy Cox says:

    Thanks so much!!


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