Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Magic and Desire: US release


By the time this post goes up the 3 novella collection Magic and Desire will officially be available to buy in the US. Hooray! All three authors – Portia da Costa, Olivia Knight and Janine Ashbless – are longtime contributors to Lust Bites. To celebrate this publication we’ve got little teaser extracts for you from all three stories. Different styles, different settings (one contemporary, one fantasy, one historical), different plays of light and dark … but all three themed around sex and the supernatural.



First, Ill Met By Moonlight by Portia da Costa: a romantic tale of a shape-shifting fairy who longs to participate in human passion. In this extract Lois is musing on the beach after a sticky night of fairy-induced erotic dreams…

Without thinking, she clasped her hand to her crotch, squeezing, trying to ease the ache. Pressing and massaging, she stared up at the strange dark seagull, watching it execute a graceful diving spiral, almost in response to her action. Then she looked down again, observing her own pale hand against the stonewashed cloth of her jeans and wishing it were another hand. One that was bigger and stronger and totally male.

Imagining him behind her, she moaned, longing for it to be his great body on which she leant while she took her pleasure, longing for his arms to enfold her and gentle her through the spasms.

‘Oh! Oh, God!’ Crying out, she came in a sudden rush, out of the blue, dimly hearing the gull shriek too, as if applauding her or even sharing her crisis.

Still clutching herself, she wrapped her other arm around her torso, hugging and rocking.

She didn’t hear the heavy trudging footsteps until it was too late and, when they did penetrate her haze, she looked straight up into the frowning face of her next-door neighbour.

‘Are you all right?’




Now an excerpt from The Dragon Lord by Olivia Knight: a fantasy epic of a princess, a desperate quest and some seriously dangerous dragons. In this extract the imprisoned Princess Nina turns the tables on her two guards…

Her hands were in their hair. Between them her hips rose and fell. Hugo wriggled closer to her, her thighs hot against her cock, her body radiating warmth like the summer sun. Vario groaned and Hugo opened his eyes to see his friend suckling hungrily. Their eyes met.

Whatever tide of desire was carrying them, they were both aware of what they were doing, and knew it. They watched each other’s mouth working softly at her nipples, which glistened and disappeared. Her hands pressed lightly on the backs of their heads and they leant forwards willingly. Their lips, hot from her skin, joined. Their cocks bounded in unison against her as their mouths opened and their kiss deepened. Each slid a thigh between hers, shifting to rub harder against her as their tongues delved. When they pulled back their breath was short, their eyes dark with confusion. Her soft smile said it was all fine and they bent to kissing her again, moving more freely, their hands clasping and unclasping, brushing over each other as they rolled and wound around her.



Lastly an excerpt from The House of Dust by Janine Ashbless: a dark tale of humiliation, vengeance and a descent into the Land of the Dead. In this extract Ishara and Nergal, who hate each other, have to have ritual sex in front of the whole city…

Nergal says nothing. A fire burns in his black eyes and I think that fire would consume me if it could. I reach out and draw the cloak from his shoulders to reveal the body beneath. He is naked of course, and my heart jumps in my breast to see that even so he is unimpeachably regal in form and proportion. His cock, heavy though not yet full erect, jerks a little. Turning, I rub myself against him, my buttocks to his crotch. I find it easier if I don’t have to meet his eyes and there is genuine pleasure in the undulation of my spine and the writhing of my hips. I like it that the people of Uruk can see me like this.

Lazily, Nergal reaches round and cups one breast. My nipple responds to his touch instantly. His pinch would be cruel in other circumstances but right now it only inflames me and I press my rounded rump into him with a cry. With his other hand Nergal pulls off my gown; I hear a sigh go up from the people. His fingers find the cleft between my legs and enter just far enough to sample my wetness. Then suddenly he spins me back round to face him. There’s a half-smile on his lips. Hands on my shoulders, he pushes me to my knees.



And now for the book giveaway! But we’re not offering a copy of Magic and Desire, because we really want you to buy that! So we’re giving away a copy of the paranormal short story anthology Love on the Dark Side, which contains a contribution from each of us (as well as a host of other Lusties past and present): The Black Knight by Olivia, Sun Seeking by Janine, and Watching the Detective by Portia. All you have to do is drop a comment (with identifying name of some sort) on this post and we’ll pick someone at random to win a copy: results in Coming Attractions this Sunday. You don't have to say anything clever -"Gosh, I would like free book" will do!


Buy Magic and Desire at: Amazon US : Amazon UK

18 comments:

Random Thinkables said...

I can't pass up a chance to win a free book.

Madelynne Ellis said...

Lovely, ladies. What a fantastic collection.

Olivia Knight said...

Thanks, Madelynne! Random thinkables, we must be your favourite blog in the world ;-) I can hardly keep up with updating the competition winners post!

If anyone wants a taster of the prize book, Love on the Dark Side, there's an excerpt here on my website.

Olivia Knight said...

P.S. The prologue to my novella, "The Dragon Lord", is also on my website.

Portia Da Costa said...

Seagull shifters... am I the first to do those? LOL

Janine Ashbless said...

Will love you and leave you - I'm off on holday now. To the I Luv Man ahem...

Don't do anything I wouldn't do, guys!

Madeline Moore said...

A hot little selection from your collection, Olivia and Janine and Portia. Thank you!

Deanna said...

This book looks great, ladies. Love all the excerpts.

Eden Hail said...

I can't wait to read the rest of the stories, those excerpts are fantastic!

magdalune said...

I'm really beginning to get interested in Black Lace Books. You have just the subjects I'm interested in all wrapped into a neat package. :)

Madame Butterfly said...

Ok, well, this totally bums me out and kind of pisses me off. I had pre-ordered this book with Amazon and I just checked my account and it says it's not shipping until Oct.20, 2008. WTF? I don't get that. While on Amazon's site it's available.

All I can say is it had better be some kind of screw up because I NEED to read this book. I've been waiting and salivating just thinking about reading it since I heard about it.

Oooh, and nice to know about a prologue from Olivia Knight. Thanks.

Kate Pearce said...

Madame B- Amazon are nuts-just sayin'

I loved all these excerpts and as usual I wish I could win the book-but it will have to go on my 'buy' list which is incredibly long!

Edie Bingham said...

Amazing stuff to flirt with my mind, ladies. :) Edie xx

Louisa said...

Love the excerpts; sounds like an awesome collection. Good luck with the US release!

The paranormal anthology sounds great too; what better way to sample the dark side. :-)

CrystalGB said...

Sounds like a great book. Count me in the drawing please.

Caffey said...

I love these anthologies! And this with paranormal/fantasy sound so good! Can't wait to read it. Thrilled there's a new one out. I'd love to be in the contest! Thanks.

Angell said...

It all sounds so wonderful. I'm especially intrigued by Portia's story. Can't wait to read it.

Kirsten said...

Mmmm.