Thanks for having me back, Nikki! You know how much I love hanging out with you and your readers! Today I've brought a special peek between the pages as well as a fun prize package.
I'm thrilled to share more about The Matchmaker's Curse, book two in my lighthearted paranormal romance series. The story stars werewolf Grant Barclay and the Matchmaker's best friend, Maeve King (you might remember them from The Matchmaker's Mark)
One of my favorite discoveries writing this novel was Maeve – both her human and magical side. She's the kind of woman who knows what she's about and strives to maintain order in her life. She chooses her wardrobe and accessories as a way of arming herself for whatever her day holds.
And it works just fine until she realizes she has a magical side.
Researching dryads meant cruising through some fascinating websites and books and eventually led me to spriggands, a creature I'd never heard of before. Maeve is a sun dryad, but since magic went against her need for order, she suppressed the gift.
There were clues for Maeve along the way, from family legends and heirlooms to her fondness for sun-themed jewelry.
The Matchmaker's Curse is book two in the Matchmaker series of lighthearted paranormal romance:
Grant Barclay came to Charleston for a consultation with the Matchmaker, hoping she'd help him identify the magic that will preserve and protect his werewolf pack's territory. What he got was a cursed mark from the Matchmaker and no idea where to find his soulmate.
An English professor, Maeve King believes in the power of fairy tales but prefers a day to day life without the drama. When her best friend becomes a legendary Matchmaker, helping mythical beings find their soulmates, it seems those tales of magic are coming to life all around her... and quite possibly within her.
Here's an exclusive excerpt for CEWTNK: Just to set it up, Maeve and Grant are out on a date, taking a walk through White Point Gardens (the Charleston Battery).
"Kiss me at the gazebo."
"That's not the smartest idea," Grant replied. Her intuition should be warning her away from him. Hell, he might manage to step away if he could silence the voice that clamored for him to take her in his arms and never let go. "It's a public place."
She glanced up at the rising moon. "Will kissing me cause you to change?"
He grinned. She sounded intrigued rather than afraid of the prospect. "Of course not." To those who didn't know, the moon still looked full, but he was all too aware it was waning. "But that doesn't make it any safer."
"Then walk me home."
"That's not safe. The spriggand will likely attack you if you go home."
"Tell me more." She brightened, clearly eager for the challenge. "Help me take her down."
He admired her spunk, but he wasn't about to ruin a perfect date with another nasty encounter. "Not tonight." He guided her across the street to the gazebo, ready to do whatever kept the evening a positive experience for her. Even if it meant risking his sanity with a kiss.
"Tonight is for us." Boosting her onto the upper riser of the steps, he brought her hand to his lips and gently pressed a kiss to her open palm. Her scent was more intoxicating, more magnetic than any pull of the moon. She trembled when he repeated the soft touch. "There. Condition fulfilled."
"Not exactly as I'd pictured it."
He smiled, convinced he'd dodged a bullet, when she reached out and caught his shoulders. It wasn't the strength of her grip but the gentleness in her touch that did him in. Helpless to resist, he let her draw him closer, his gaze locked on her lush mouth.
Her tongue slid across her lip and he tracked the movement with his hunter's instincts, finally giving in to the unquenchable need. His mouth fused with hers, and she opened for him with a soft moan…
Regan Black is the award-winning author of paranormal romance and action-packed urban fantasy novels featuring alpha female heroines. In addition to several short stories (and blogs), she’s also authored the non-fiction Adopt A Greyhound Guide and Goal Setting for Writers, a book based on her popular online workshop. Raised in the Midwest and California, she now lives in the South Carolina Lowcountry where the abundance of history and legend fuels her imagination.
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The Matchmaker's Curse:
Leave a comment and tell me your favorite way to express yourself with accessories (i.e. a tattoo, earrings, or goofy socks) and you'll be entered to win the special prize package which includes ebook editions of The Matchmaker's Mark and The Matchmaker's Curse, some special Charleston swag and a sun pendant necklace like Maeve wore in the story.