Wednesday, September 1, 2010

SneakPeekWednesday; Carnal Magnetism, Excerpt One

The Cornwall Coven, Book Two; Carnal Magnetism

Kayden McLeod

Publication Date: January 8th 2011

Genre: Erotic Paranormal Romance (Vampires, M/F)

Publisher: Silver Publishing

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Heat-Rating: Five Flames, Explosive

Pre-Release Reader Review:

“Kayden McLeod spins a tale in Carnal Magnetism that sucks you in at the beginning and doesn’t let you go. You won’t be able to put down this entrancing story of a vampire family formed from need, but able to stay together because of love.” –Review by, Stacey Krug


Trust only works when it’s both ways


The RedLine is the perfect haven for a man of Ryder’s extensive desires and tastes. He uses the women of the club, much like they do him, with little care to know anything more than names, sometimes even less than that. His reputation for open-minded, tantalizing sex is renowned, and willing victims for this particular vampire are never at a shortage. At least until Catalym crashes into his life, taking over from the moment they’d met. And it isn’t long before her past life’s tribulations follow her, including a dangerous ex-boyfriend who hides far more than Ryder or his friends ever guess.

Excerpt One (RATED PG):

“My name is Catalym. I assume you’re Ryder?”

She’s lucky I was a vampire. The club’s music would’ve most definitely prevented my hearing her otherwise with that soft voice.

“Beautiful name, that,” I whispered just as gently.

Still she didn’t look up at me.

I couldn’t help but study her. Even amidst the crowd, she was still apart from all of us in an inexplicable way. But she had fire, and was no means feeble by any description of the word. To be near her was to feel supremacy so deep and old, it vibrated through my very being.

This wasn’t normal vampire.

“Thank you,” she replied.

“Well then, let me introduce the people who will annoy you in their own endearing way.”

The joke pulled another smile from her reluctant, cautious face. She finally looked up, not at me though, but at them.

“This is Marcus and Kelly.” I nodded to them, and turned to the others, “Gene and Sara.”

I wondered by her shyness, if Corrine had forced this on her. I certainly hoped not. It wouldn’t make her charge any easier to deal with.

“Catalym, these are truly good people, and they will protect you while you’re here.” Corrine came around the bar to put her arm around her niece’s shoulders protectively.

Reading his mind, I saw that Marcus mechanically digested Corrine’s candid words, and their possible hidden meanings we normally had to decipher with very little help from her.

“So, we’re to protect her then?” Marcus said with quiet anger. We all knew his thoughts were centred on Kelly and Sara before anything else. “From what exactly?”

My lips tugged into a half smile at his tendency to be overprotective of his woman and what made her happy, which was of course Sara. Nothing else mattered to him anymore. They had become his life.

“Her ex-boyfriend, and anyone else who means her harm.”

Marcus thought that over for a moment before responding, “Then we’re at your service.”

He brought Kelly further to the shelter of his arms, gaze darting about like the threat was already here. Marcus thought so much and so hard, he broadcasted openly to Gene and me. It was beginning to give me a headache.

At the mention of the need for protection, Catalym turned ashen until I thought she may faint. Terror clashed in her beautiful eyes, and my stomach wrenched violently at the sight.

I had seen so many traumatized humans in my work for the Council, but not something that went this deep. Just what had happened to this woman? She looked too much like a child who had been beaten down past the point where they were capable of getting back up again, or would even want to.

Hatred for a man who was unknown filled me, and I snapped just a little.

“Corrine, we need to talk. Now, please,” I barked, and then continued in a slightly nicer tone, “Marcus, how ‘bout you guys take our lovely guest to the table. I’ll join you shortly.”

I smiled reassuringly at Catalym, knowing Marcus would do exactly as he was bid to.

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