A New Release Celebration!

I have some great news. My long-awaited sequel to “Up on the Housetop” releases next week on August 17th – YAY! To celebrate, I’ll be giving away a copy to one lucky reader. To enter, either leave a comment below or send me an email at suzannerock [at] ymail [dot] com. I’ll pick one lucky winner on my release day on August 17th. Good luck!

Here’s a little preview…

Release Date: August 17, 2010

Blurb:

Gwen’s psychic abilities first make her an outsider among the werewolves. Then they make her a slave. Forced to use her power to help a deranged werewolf seek vengeance, she gives up on her dream of ever being accepted and loved. That is, until Nico and Tony are thrown into her cell. Her attraction to the Kyron Pack brothers is immediate and overwhelming. As she submits to the physical attraction, old wounds heal and her powers strengthen. The brothers think she can save them, but to do so would require more than just physical intimacy, and reveal a secret too dark and horrifying to share.

When Nico and Tony use their lust to help their battered mate, buried memories rise to the surface, and jealousy threatens to destroy the fragile wolf in their care. As each of them bonds to Gwen, they begin to withdraw from each other. Now they must heal their inner scars and forgive the past if they ever hope save Gwen and escape the Boardwalk alive.

Book Trailer:

Excerpt:

Gwen breathed a sigh of relief and leaned her head against his shoulder. She didn’t realize how much she needed to feel his close presence, or hear his voice. For months the only conversation she had was with Amos or Eric, neither of which were ideal. Tony’s words made her feel safe, alive…

Normal.

“Talk to me.” God, she was begging him now. Is this what Eric had reduced her to? It was undignified. Then again, dignity had left the room a long time ago.

He wrapped his arms around her again and held her close. “Talk to you,” he repeated. “What about?”

She shook her head against his chest. “I don’t care. Anything.”

“Like why you are chained up like an animal?” There was no mistaking the undercurrent of anger in his voice.

She blinked back her tears. “Something else.”

“We should really find a way out of here before they get back.”

“Please. Just talk to me for a little while. I get so little conversation down here…”

He hesitated, then pulled her into his lap. “You’re shaking.”

Was she? She hadn’t noticed. “Please,” she whispered.

He pressed her lips against the crown of her head. “Talk to you. Okay.” He rocked her back and forth like a baby as he thought of something to say. She pressed into his chest and listened to his heartbeat. The thump sounded low, steady, and confident. Things she hadn’t felt since…

“I can’t do this.” He grasped her upper arms and pushed her far enough away to look into her eyes.
Gwen held her breath as their gazes locked. He was searching for something, but what? She tried not to move, not to think. Everyone has either used or abandoned me. Don’t be like them, please.

“I can’t think with you so close to me.” He shook his head as his finger traced down the side of her face. “But even going across the room seems too far away.”

“Tony…”

He ran his fingers through her chestnut locks. “I can’t imagine how it must have been for you down here all alone.” He let his hand fall and traced the rips in her shirt. “What did they do to you? It almost looks like they treat you like an animal.”

I am an animal.

He slipped his finger through one of the larger tears and traced the upper swell of her breast. Gwen held her breath as heat trickled over her skin. He shifted his legs, and she felt his hard cock press up against her hip.

“Never had I felt desire so strong. I just want to…” His voice trailed away as he lowered his hand.

“Want to what?”

He dragged his gaze up to meet hers. “I don’t want to scare you. You’re hurt and tired. Why don’t we rest for a while and then we’ll find a way out of here.”

“No.” If he felt even half of her longing, it would be painful for him. Would he let her ease his ache? Or would he want to ease hers? Lust flowed freely through her as she pictured him between her thighs, her body stretching to receive him. Pressure mounted in her lower abdomen and her muscles tightened in response. She inched closer and rested her hand on his thigh. “Tell me, what do you want to do?” Do you want to taste me? Touch me? Or just throw me down and fuck me? She eased her fingers closer to his cock. His muscles tightened, and he leaned back, offering her more room. Excitement tingled over her skin. Gwen slid her hand up and over the bulge in his pants. He hissed out a breath as she curled her fingers and gave a gentle but firm squeeze.

“I’ve never craved anyone so much in my life.” He brushed his thumb over her lips. “If we had met under different circumstances, I probably would have already claimed you for my own.”

“Different circumstances?”

“You’re hurt.”

“I’m lonely.”

“You need rest.”

“I need this.” She squeezed her hand for emphasis. His cock jerked against her palm in response.

Lust flashed over his features, before it was quickly contained. He closed his eyes briefly before speaking. “No, this is the heat talking. You’re my mate and deserve more than this. I refuse to take advantage of your situation. After we get out of here –”

An image of his broken body surfaced in Gwen’s mind. She pushed it back and drew down his zipper. “One thing I have learned while staying here is that the future is uncertain. All we have is here and now.” She slipped her fingers through the hole and ran them over the head of his cock. He felt warm, wet, and inviting. She gathered some moisture on her finger and then drew her hand back. “We need to live in the moment, for tomorrow we may die.”

“We won’t die.”

He seemed so sure of himself. She slid her moistened finger between her lips. He tasted salty and male. She craved more, much more. Heat and need rose through her body, making her mouth dry and her heart thud inside her chest.
Tony curled his thumb around to the side of her face and slid it over her cheek.

He flicked his gaze to her mouth. “I would have stripped you down and savored every inch of your skin.” He framed her face with his hands. “I would have started at your temple.” He brushed his finger along her hairline. “And then worked my way down…” He blazed a trail of fire down to her cheek, her jaw, her neck. Everywhere he touched, her skin burned with longing. She reached up and covered his hands with hers, then closed her eyes. Passion soared through her body as she felt them outline each dip and rise of her shoulders, her chest. Together they inched lower.

“Yes.” The word was barely a whisper from her lips, but it had the desired effect. His amber eyes darkened as he inched his finger through a tear in her shirt. With skin finally touching skin, he traced the swell of her breast. “I would linger here.”

She opened her eyes. “Would you?”

He tore his gaze away from her hands and met her eyes. “Do you want me to?”

“Yes.”

“Good.” Tony slipped his fingers from her shirt and continued down the length of her breast. “And here.” He circled her nipple, teasing it into a sharp peak through her shirt.

“Anywhere else?”

“Maybe.”

“Show me.” Please. As much as Gwen wanted to touch him, to move, she didn’t dare. Movement would break the beautiful spell he wove around them, and she wasn’t quite ready to do that.

“And here.” He moved over to the other nipple, his intense gaze following his movements. Gwen held still as desire crashed through her body. He was going much too slow. At this rate she’d self-combust before he got his cock out of his pants. She arched her back, pressing her breast into his waiting palm. He focused on his hands as he cupped her, then rubbed his palm over her tip.

“And then I would kiss you here.” He pressed his fingers underneath her breast. “And here.” He slid his hand down to the center of her abdomen, just above her belly button.

He raised his head, and she saw her own passion mirrored in his eyes. Urgency tightened her muscles. She wanted him inside her. Now.

“Do it.”

He ignored her command. “And then here.” He slid his fingers lower, slipping between her thighs.

Her womb clenched and tried to pull his fingers through the thin fabric separating them. This man was infuriating. She should just push him to the ground and take what she wanted, yet she couldn’t. His gaze held her captive. He watched her every movement, saw every emotion that slipped across her features. She felt like he was a scientist and she was an interesting specimen. Did she give him the result he had hoped for?

“Yes.” His expression softened. “I would definitely kiss you here.”

Gwen closed her eyes. Those words… There was such need, such longing in them. Images flashed through her mind of him between her legs, brushing his tongue over her opening, flicking it over her clit. No one had ever talked to her like this before. His voice was laced with desire, of course, but there was something more. There was reservation. Despite the deep craving burning through both of them, Tony was holding back. For her.

The thought of him reigning in his libido because he didn’t want to take advantage of the situation brought tears to her eyes. He barely knew her, yet he was showing her more care and consideration than anyone else ever had during her cursed existence. It was so sweet, so thoughtful.

So unnecessary.

He pressed his fingers against her slit, pushing her clothing over her damp skin. Passion climbed, the vines dividing, spreading, and curling up through her body. She opened her thighs to give him better access. A growl of hunger vibrated in the back of his throat as he ran his finger over her pants, tracing the outer rim of her opening. Clothes, too many clothes…

She leaned toward him like a flower eager for sunlight. Her vision had clearly showed how their connection would lead to his death — but the future could change, right? For now, she would take what he offered: warmth, excitement, and a chance to belong to someone, to be with someone. She’d worry about the consequences
tomorrow.

“I can smell your desire, Gwen.” He leaned closer. “All I can think about is tearing off these clothes and driving myself deep inside you.”

Finally.

Gwen’s whole body shook, and her pussy clenched with need. She slid her arms around his neck and leaned her forehead against his. “What’s stopping you then?”

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Comments
15 Responses to “A New Release Celebration!”
  1. Wonderful! Congratulations on your release:)

  2. Teresa W. says:

    I want to read more, sounds good! tWarner419@aol.com

  3. elaing8 says:

    Great excerpt. I agree with Teresa I want more 🙂

  4. Nicole says:

    Oh yes, definitely want to read more after that excerpt. Congrats on the upcoming release!!

  5. Cathy M says:

    That’s wonderful news, Suzanne. Up On The Housetop was one of my favorite reads last year, and I can’t wait to read Gwen’s story.

  6. chandraryan says:

    I’m so happy release day is coming up. I’ve been waiting for this one 🙂

  7. Suzanne Rock says:

    Thanks, Barbara, congrats on your new release, too. 😉

  8. Suzanne Rock says:

    Thanks so much for your kind words, Teresa, elang8 and Nicole! It’s always wonderful to hear from readers. If you want to read the first book, Up on the Housetop, I’m running a contest over on Fierce Romance. Here’s the link: http://fierceromance.blogspot.com/2010/08/guest-suzanne-rock-what-kind-of-covers.html

    Leave a comment by Aug 17th for a chance to win “Up on the Housetop!”

  9. Suzanne Rock says:

    Hi Cathy! I am so glad you enjoyed Up on the Housetop! I loved writing it. I think you’re going to like this one, too. The story is longer, and the characters have much more difficulties to overcome. I totally fell in love with the Tony and Nico. They have such big hearts — and they are really tortured in this story. 🙂 I’m working on the final installment now. It will be Josh and Lydia’s story. 🙂

  10. Suzanne Rock says:

    Hi Chandra! Thanks for stopping by. I’m so glad you liked the story. I really liked “Ink in the Blood.” It was a great read! 🙂

  11. sue brandes says:

    Loved the excerpt and the book trailer. Congrats on your new release.

  12. Suzanne Rock says:

    Hi Sue – great to see you here. Thanks for stopping by!

  13. Suzanne Rock says:

    It’s release day, and you know what that means…time to pick a winner! Let’s see… I’ll put all of the names into a hat….

    Congratulations Nicole (August 10, 11:31pm) – you’re our winner!

    Email me at suzannerock @ ymail.com with the words “EtS winner” in the subject. Tell me what format you want to claim your prize.

    thanks so much everyone for stopping by!

  14. sue brandes says:

    Congrats to Nicole. Happy release day Suzanne. Hope you have many sales.

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