Monday, March 26, 2012

Guest Blog Post: Revisiting old Characters by Doris O'Connor

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One of the things I really like about a series is the revisiting of familiar characters. In Lure Of Forever you will find a lot of characters from Lure Of The Blood. It was fun seeing how Ion and Marnie related to each other a couple of years on. 

You don't have to read Lure Of The Blood to understand Lure Of Forever. Each story stands on its own, but if you have read Ion's and Marnie's story, then I think you too will have a little chuckle at this scene. Well, hopefully you'll chuckle even if you haven't read it.

"Here, sit down, before you fall down, and I’ll make you some breakfast. Knowing Lucas you'll need the sustenance this morning."
Heat rose in Coralie's cheeks at the implied suggestion and Ion laughed.
"Do as you're told. When she gets like that it's not worth arguing. She barged in here about an hour ago, insisting on cooking breakfast to keep your strength up." He leaned forward and flicked Coralie's hair off her neck with a low whistle. "And looking at those, she was right, as usual."
Coralie pulled her hair back over the tiny wounds and then thought better of it. She wasn't ashamed of Lucas's marks on her body and she twisted her hair up with the hair band on her wrist.  Ion's smile deepened at her actions, his eyes once again resting on her neck and she stared him down. What was his problem?
She jumped when a huge plate, filled to the brim with eggs, bacon, sausages and toast appeared in front of her. Marnie's warm hand caressed her shoulder as she urged Coralie to eat.
"Go on. I want to see all of that gone and I'm not leaving until you've eaten it all. You may want to stock up on iron, too. It'll take you less time to recover that way."
"What?" Coralie squeaked her response and her hand went to her neck involuntarily. "I'm fine, really. He didn't do anything I didn't want him to."
Ion's smirk in response to her protests earned him a slap upside the head from Marnie. His wolf growled in response, but he smiled at his wife and envy poked Coralie with a red-hot stab out of nowhere. The look of love the couple exchanged—she wanted that so badly her insides twisted in on themselves. She raised her coffee cup to her lips with unsteady hands and glanced towards the door leading to the cellar. The sunlight streaming into her kitchen just confirmed the futility of her thoughts. He was a vampire, an ancient one at that. He would soon grow bored and move on, and even if he didn't—he didn't age—she would. Every day she grew older and one day he would wake up to an old woman and then…
She screwed her eyes shut, disgusted with herself and her rambling thoughts. It wasn't as though he'd declared his everlasting love to her. Circumstances had thrown them together and he felt honor-bound to protect her. And he was a man— of course he'd take the sex on offer. It was her own stupid mistake that she'd fallen in love with him. He'd never made any false promises to her. She swiped away the tear running down her cheek with an impatient wave of her hand and opened her eyes to find Marnie and Ion both watching her.
"Really, I'm okay. He didn't hurt me."
Ion simply raised an eyebrow at her. Marnie's eyes darted to Coralie's neck and she smiled, before she looked away, seemingly lost in thought. Ion took her hand and murmured something that Coralie couldn't quite catch and Marnie cupped Ion's cheek tenderly, before addressing Coralie with a smile.
"Of course he didn't. Lucas is in love with you, any fool can see that."
Ion choked on the swig of coffee he'd just taken and Coralie wasn't at all sure she wasn't staring openmouthed at Marnie. She couldn't be serious.
"Forgive Marnie. She sees romance in the air everywhere." Ion's amused tones filled the kitchen, but his wife simply pulled a face at him.
"Don't listen to him. He's a typical male—can't see anything unless you hit him over the head with it." She dismissed Ion's warning growl with a wave of her hand and leaned forward to emphasize her point. "Is the great Lucas not slumming it right now in your basement?" She clapped her hand at Coralie's reluctant nod. "Well, then. Don't you think he could have stayed in any number of places, should he have wished it? Why do you think he's so insistent to stay close to you? The pack could handle your protection detail just fine." Marnie flicked a strand of her hair off her face with an impatient shake of her head and fixed her chocolate eyes firmly on Coralie. "No, this is personal and I couldn't be more delighted. It's about time he settled down."
"Settled down?" Coralie didn't seem able to project her voice with any conviction over the blood rushing in her ears. Marnie had to be imagining things. "He doesn't seem the settling down type."
"Of course he is. Just takes the right woman to make these stubborn males see sense."
"Watch who you're calling stubborn, little one," Ion interrupted his wife and Coralie mumbled her excuses, whilst Ion kissed his wife senseless. She couldn't stay and witness this anymore. It was too painful.

Okay maybe chuckle and feel for Coralie. Things are about to go from bad to worse for my poor heroine…

Book Blurb:
You'd think a three thousand year old vampire would believe in forever. Not Lucas. He has an escaped demon to hunt and no time for the follies of humankind. When strip-o-gram Coralie arrives on his boat, she awakens human instincts long buried, and protecting her becomes of paramount importance.

Coralie, standing in for a friend, is mortally embarrassed at having stumbled onto the wrong boat. The vampire wannabe she encounters makes her body sing in ways she never thought possible. Finding out that he is indeed the real thing throws everything she ever believed in into doubt.

With the demon closing in and the future of humanity in peril will they manage to find their forever?

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Author bio
Glutton for punishment would be a good description for Doris... at least that's what she hears on an almost daily basis when people find out that she has a brood of nine children, ranging from adult to baby and lives happily in a far too small house, cluttered with children, pets, dust bunnies and one very understanding and supportive husband.  Domestic goddess she is not.

There is always something better to do after all, like working on the latest manuscript and trying not to scare the locals even more than usual by talking out loud to the voices in her head. Her sexy Alpha heroes and sassy heroines tend to be pretty insistent to get their stories told, and you will find Doris burning the midnight oil on a regular basis. Only time to get any peace and quiet and besides, sleep is for wimps. She writes contemporary, erotic and paranormal romance.

German born, Doris now resides in the middle of a busy town in Bedfordshire/England and dreams of a nice big house by the sea, with plenty of space to run kids and dogs and let her imagination soar.

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If you'd like to be in with a chance to win a copy of Lure Of Forever, just leave a comment. I will be picking three winners at the end of my blog tour.  Every time you comment on one of my stops, you will get another entry into the draw J


Raven McAllan said...

This book is beautiful. And from someone who is not into vampires, blood or anything remotely out of the box... well I read it in one sitting, and read it again.

Cherie Nicholls said...

Loving that book but you know me do love a wolf....ahhhh Ion how I miss the!

Kiru Taye said...

It's good to read about Ion and Marnie again. She is still the mother hen (or whatever the name of a female alpha wolf) isn't she? :)

Poor Coralie. I feel for her. But as they say, no pain no gain. lol

Doris O'connor said...

Thanks for hosting me :-)

*waves to Cherie and Raven and blows them a kiss*

Doris O'connor said...

Thank you everyone who commented. I will be announcing winners on my blog on Saturday :-)