Monday, November 19, 2012

VBT: Jane's Gift by Karen Erickson Excerpt + Giveaway

It's always a pleasure to host Karen Erickson on the blog. Her books are sexy, steamy and downright addictive. She has embarked on a tour with some fabulous prizes. Today she is sharing an excerpt from her latest release, JANE'S GIFT.


Meet Karen:
Romance author Karen Erickson writes what she loves to read — sexy contemporary romance and sensual historical romance. Digitally published since 2006, she currently writes for Samhain Publishing, Entangled Publishing’s Bliss Imprint, Avon Impulse and Carina Press. A native Californian, she lives in the foothills below Yosemite with her husband and three children.

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Chris leaned in, his mouth close to her ear yet again, and she swore she felt the brush of his lips against her flesh. “The movie’s terrible, don’t you think?”

Her cheeks warmed at his closeness and she hoped he wouldn’t notice in the dark theater. “It is pretty terrible,” she admitted. He pulled away from her, flashing a quick smile.

That smile sent a zing all the way through her body right down to her toes. Goodness, would she ever get used to seeing him, looking at his gorgeous face?

“A few people have already ditched this movie—not that I can blame them. Should we?”

Jane glanced around the theater, noticed that they were practically the only ones left. “What else would we do? It’s probably too late to see another movie. I need to get back to Mindy’s and pick up the kids.” Disappointment filled her that their date was ending early. She’d hoped for at least a couple of hours with Chris, away from the children.

“We could grab a coffee before I take you home,” Chris suggested, and she wondered if he wasn’t willing to end their time together just yet, either. The attraction between them was undeniable. With the heated glances they exchanged, how she shivered when he touched her, the subtle flirtation…

Their eyes met, locked, and she was held captive, her hand frozen for the briefest second. He grabbed her by the wrist, pulled her hand to his mouth, and pressed a fleeting kiss to her knuckles.

Oh, God. Shock froze her in place and she knew she should pull away, brush it off as nothing. But she couldn’t ignore the heat that coursed through her at the mere touch of his lips, and she swallowed hard, blinked slowly. Anything to try and bring back the normal, everyday emotions she lived with.

But they were gone, wiped clean by the touch of Chris’s fingers, the brush of his mouth.

“Jane.” He whispered her name, his voice achingly gentle, and her lips parted to answer him but nothing came out. The intensity of his gaze, the way he watched her left her paralyzed, speechless. “Don’t be afraid. I won’t hurt you.”

Her eyes went wide as she stared up at him. His face hovered above hers, his hand tightening on her cheek as he drew her closer. Oh, he was going to kiss her, just as she’d imagined only moments before. Panic set in. Her breathing accelerated, her chest heaved with the effort, and she licked her lips in preparation.

Earning a quiet groan from Chris. Feminine power sparked within her. Who knew she had such an effect on him?

“I shouldn’t do this. But…you’re so beautiful.” His words made her heart flutter.

“Chris, I—” she started, but he didn’t let her finish. His head swooped and his mouth captured hers, silencing her, swallowing her words.

She forgot what she wanted to say. Her mind had been wiped clean by the touch of Chris’s mouth upon hers.

And she never wanted this kiss to end.

Excerpt from Jane's Gift ©2012 by Karen Erickson. All rights reserved.

Genre: Contemporary
Length: 150 pages
Publisher: Entangled Publishing-Bliss (October 24, 2012)

A devastating house fire cost Jane Clark nearly everything: her husband, her confidence, and her looks, with the physical scars marbling her body. Now, two years later, she’s living and healing back in her childhood hometown of Lone Pine Lake. The upcoming holidays are the perfect opportunity to bring some Christmas cheer into her young children’s lives, starting with a visit to the firehouse, where her brother’s best friend has offered to help quell their residual fears.

Lone Pine’s resident playboy, fire captain Christian Nelson is happy with his single-guy lifestyle. He’s an everyday local hero, so he’s never wanting for attention around the holidays. But when Jane Clark shows up, Chris is immediately drawn to the beautiful widow—even though kids and commitment have never been his style.

Despite her brother’s warnings about his friend’s playboy status and dangerous occupation, Jane can’t help but fall for the gorgeous fire captain. The holidays are a time of new beginnings, but can two scarred people find the strength to let go of their pasts to live in the present, when a lifetime together might be the sweetest gift of all?
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Follow Karen's tour for other fun prizes:
November 13th – Romance Divas
November 15th – Urban Girl Reader
November 16th – Ex Libris
November 19th – Romancing Rakes for the Love of Romance
November 21st – Book Lovers Inc.
November 24th – Romancing the Genres
November 26th – The Smutty Kitty
November 27th – Novel Reflections
November 28th – Marina Adair’s 12 Days of Christmas
November 29th – Love Books! Book Revews
November 30th – Ramblings From This Chick
December 3rd – My Secret Romance
December 5th – Rhi Reading
December 8th – Fresh Fiction
December 10th – Manga Maniac Cafe
December 12th – Read Your Writes
December 17th – Sarah’s Books & Life
December 18th – Confessions from Romaholics
December 19th – Cocktails and Books
December 21st – Guilty Pleasures Holiday Bash

A huge thanks to Karen for stopping by!
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