…She bit her plump lip and he wanted to do the same.  Dakken was afraid to taste her lips because he was afraid he would lose control and commit an unthinkable act in a fit of blistering passion.  His ache to physically bond with Alysia would no doubt spiral into a need to sample her essence.  It had been many years, nearly a century, since he had tasted human blood, and the rich and illuminating flavor might drive him into a feral lust.  He wouldn’t risk Alysia’s life just to satisfy his thirst.  He would never harm her in that way, not even if it meant he would have to wither away into nothingness.  Even a simple and chaste kiss spelled out too much of a chance.

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Giovanni, My Love by Lenise Lee

A Tale of Romance, Suspense, and a dash of international intrigue…After surviving a terrifying scene in a dark alleyway, Marissa Stiles is soon caught off-guard for a second time. Her heated encounters with an intriguing stranger set the stage for the unsuspecting woman to be lured into a curious game of cat-and-mouse…Marcello Rossi, a gorgeous man with stunning blue eyes and a heart-melting silver tongue, seems determined to charm Marissa into submission, but are his affections sincere or a deadly snare? Wherever Marco goes, a malevolent presence follows, and it has cast its cruel glare on tormenting Marissa…

Agent Marcello (Marco) Rossi has pursued a valuable treasure across international waters. His chase has led him onto a collision course for falling under the spell of a beautiful suspect. After saving Marissa Stiles from the hands of a masked villain, the covert soldier becomes inescapably distracted by a pair of lovely hazel eyes…One thought continually plagues him: Are Marissa’s seductive glances genuine? Or are they only a clever game of misdirection to keep Marcello from capturing his target?

First Sequel to ‘After the Sunset’ and ‘The Christmas Gift’

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I usually don’t add extreme punctuation to my article titles; however, this post is completely different from all the others. It has taken me nearly two years to admit this statement, but I am being absolutely honest when I say no other story written by me has EVER been so loved and loathed all at once.

Pick any category and the readers’ opinions are completely at odds with one another.   Sex – Some said there wasn’t enough, others said there was too much.  Characters – Thoughts about Eric (my leading man) bounced back and forth from him not being realistic enough to him being the ideal guy to fall in love with. Plot – While one person said the purchase was a complete waste of money, another wished the book had been a movie on TV…And the list goes on and on.  

Although some writers might have dismal feelings about such a mixed bag of reactions, I have come to eagerly receive and wholeheartedly embrace all of these extreme reviews as compliments.  The fact that I evoked these deep and heartfelt emotions from a wide audience of readers also means that, for one instance during my writing career, I finally did my job as an author.  After all, this is the exact reason why I put pen to paper or fingers to keys – I want people to feel something when they read my words, not simply move their eyes from one side of the page to the other. Whether joy or tears, aggravation or praise, my purpose is to stir up minds and to open hearts to experience the story alongside my characters and I.

Now, as I sit here preparing for the release of the sequel – but not the one my readers are expecting 😀 – I’m glad I have reached a simple peace with the outcome of my most beloved creation.  Eric was the archetype for the perfect hero I wanted in my life at that point in time and his Nichole was my only female character to echo traces of her creator’s persona.  (If you ever read the first pages of the story, you’ll see what I mean).  Together, they became a feisty yet adorable match…at least, in my own mind, of course, and that’s what truly matters to me..LL♥