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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Excerpt/Giveaway: Illicit Desire by Tina Donahue



Illicit Desire
Outlawed Realm
Tina Donahue

Once a sex slave marked for termination, Lukan was miraculously liberated from E4’s Pleasure Palace, where E2’s fine, upstanding rulers secretly indulge their cravings for every imaginable vice. But freedom is not enough.

He left his heart behind with Arez. Within her fragrant, heated caress, he knew everything denied him. Rapture, contentment, tenderness…and love. Desperate to have her back in his arms, he embarks on a dangerous mission to deliver his untamed temptress from the certain death she does not know awaits her.

Within her velvet cage Arez knew only carnal submission and loneliness—until Lukan. But he has disappeared, and she senses something different in the way the supreme ruler is using her. Then, as if Lukan felt her longing for his strong arms and fevered kisses, he is there to sweep her from this twilight dimension to another.

But true freedom lies just out of his grasp. To reach the last portal—and their destiny—Lukan and Arez must first outwit an army of predators that hunt them. Human, subhuman…and monsters.


It was taking too much time.

Day after day, Lukan came to Regina’s house, expecting Nikoli to give him the finished device, prepared to force him to do so if need be. For two weeks, the man had offered nothing but excuses. Nikoli kept asking Damir and Meelo for more materials, many of which he’d never used before. Endlessly, they discussed what he should do to make the instrument as effective as possible. They insisted it was so Lukan would come to no harm, all while he knew Arez was inching closer to death. Lukan couldn’t stand it any longer. He circled Regina’s dining room table, agitation and worry over Arez’s safety forcing him to pace. Last night, when exhaustion finally allowed him to sleep, he’d dreamt of Arez, shackled and caged as always, naked and surprised at his return.

Her lips parted as he drew closer to her, wanting to touch her again, needing her caress as much as she required his. Lukan’s slumbering mind expected her to ask him a flood of questions, demanding to know where he’d been, why it had taken him so long to return.

Instead, she whispered, “What are you doing here? Who are you?”

His belly twisted. So much time had passed, surely she’d forgotten about him. If not, then she hated him for abandoning her to Vakar. Or she was already dead.

Abruptly, he stopped, his legs going weak, his head swimming.

“Lukan.” Damir pushed out of her chair and went to him.

He swung his hand out, keeping her away. A long time ago, he’d wanted the concern and love she now showed, and received neither. It was too late to return to that earlier time. Only Arez could give him all that he still hungered for.

“Here,” Regina said, hurrying from the kitchen. She took the empty jar of peanut butter from him and delivered a full container, no doubt believing a lack of food had caused his dizziness rather than heartache over Arez. “Eat all you want,” Regina assured. “We have plenty.”

Her kindness tonight was in stark contrast to the first days he’d come here. Then, Lukan had felt Regina staring as he ate hurriedly, grabbing whatever food he could from her table, unable to help himself. Always he feared there wouldn’t be enough, or she’d snatch the meal from him as the guards had done in the Pleasure Palace. And so he’d behaved like a man who’d known nothing but slavery and near starvation, no better than an animal created solely to be used or whipped.

Pride made him want to refuse the jar and turn his back to her. She’d never known a day of hunger. She’d never faced the prospect of someone deciding whether she would live another day or die.

“Go on,” she coaxed more softly than before.

Lukan took the food and backed away quickly, keeping himself from thanking her, refusing to show any weakness or trust. He shouldn’t even be eating. What was wrong with him? How could he feel hunger with Arez in such peril? How could he be so selfish?



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Tina Donahue is an award-winning, bestselling novelist in erotic, paranormal, contemporary and
historical romance for Samhain Publishing, Ellora’s Cave, and Kensington. Booklist, Publisher’s
Weekly, Romantic Times and numerous online sites have praised her work. Three of her erotic
romances (Adored, Lush Velvet Nights, and Deep, Dark, Delicious) were named finalists in the
2011 EPIC competition. The French review site, Blue Moon reviews, chose her erotic romance
Sensual Stranger as their Book of the Year 2010 (erotic category). The Golden Nib Award at
Miz Love Loves Books was created specifically for Lush Velvet Nights, and two of her titles (The
Yearning and Deep, Dark, Delicious) received an Award of Merit in the RWA Holt Medallion competition
(2011 and 2012). Take Me Away and Adored both won second place in the NEC RWA
contest (different years). Tina is featured in the 2012 Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market. She
was the editor of an award–winning Midwestern newspaper and worked in Story Direction for a
Hollywood production company.

Follow Tina Online....

Email: tina@tinadonahue.com
Website/blog: www.tinadonahue.com
Twitter: http://twitter.com/tinadonahue
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000458023097



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45 comments:

  1. Ooo lala this sounds interesting. Thanks for the excerpt and giveaway.

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  2. Thanks for hosting me, today! :)

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  3. Hey, Christy - thanks so much for dropping by - glad you enjoyed the excerpt! :)

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  4. Congratulations to Tina on the new release - I really like the sound of Illicit Desire!

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  5. This looks like a great series! I will add it to my tbr list. Thanks

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  6. thanks for a great post and congrats on the newest release! This book/series sounds fantastic!

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  7. I love the cover on this
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  8. Liz @ Fictional CandySeptember 27, 2012 at 1:10 PM

    me too! It's hot :) Thanks for coming by!

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  9. Liz @ Fictional CandySeptember 27, 2012 at 1:10 PM

    Thanks for coming by!

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  10. Liz @ Fictional CandySeptember 27, 2012 at 1:10 PM

    Good luck on the giveaway!

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  11. Liz @ Fictional CandySeptember 27, 2012 at 1:10 PM

    Awesome, I hope you get a chance to read it :)

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  12. Liz @ Fictional CandySeptember 27, 2012 at 1:10 PM

    me too :)

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  13. Liz @ Fictional CandySeptember 27, 2012 at 1:11 PM

    Thank you for coming by!

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  14. Liz @ Fictional CandySeptember 27, 2012 at 1:11 PM

    My pleasure :)

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  15. Liz @ Fictional CandySeptember 27, 2012 at 1:11 PM

    Good luck on the giveaway!

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  16. Thanks, Stacy! Appreciate you coming by. :)

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  17. Thanks, Allison!! So glad you enjoyed the excerpt. :)

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  18. Thanks, Erin - so glad you're enjoying the tour! :)

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  19. Thanks, Kaylyn!! I loved writing Illicit Desire. :)

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  20. Thanks, Maria - I appreciate you coming over. :)

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  21. This one sounds great. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  22. Thanks for stopping by, Vanessa!! Good luck in the drawing. :)

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  23. This sounds great!! Id love to read it! Thanks for sharing and for the great giveaway!
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  24. The book sounds good.

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  25. The book sounds good.

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  26. The book sounds good.


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  27. The book sounds good.


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  28. Love this and can´t wait to read for myself, =)
    best wishes & Happy Friday!
    //Linda

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  29. Great excerpt! Can't wait to read the rest!

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  30. Liz @ Fictional CandySeptember 27, 2012 at 11:56 PM

    Isn't it hot?!? :)

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  31. Liz @ Fictional CandySeptember 27, 2012 at 11:56 PM

    I loved it too!

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  32. Liz @ Fictional CandySeptember 27, 2012 at 11:56 PM

    Hi Linda! I hope you get a chance to soon! Thanks for coming by.

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  33. Liz @ Fictional CandySeptember 27, 2012 at 11:57 PM

    I hope you get a chance to read it soon!

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  34. Liz @ Fictional CandySeptember 27, 2012 at 11:57 PM

    Awesome! Thanks for coming by and good luck!

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  35. Liz @ Fictional CandySeptember 27, 2012 at 11:58 PM

    Hey Vanessa! Thanks for coming by! :)

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  36. I know! Don't you just love it? The girl looks like Mila Kunis to me (That 70s Show and The Black Swan). :)

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  37. Thanks, Yadira - I appreciate seeing you here. :)

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  38. Thanks, Linda! I loved writing Illicit Desire. Arez and Lukan's love story is just wonderful. :)

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  39. Hey, bn100 - thanks for your wonderful comment and for dropping by! :)

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  40. Shadow, hi!! So glad you could make it here today. Good luck in the drawing! :)

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  41. I enjoyed the excerpt.

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  42. Thanks, bn100! :)

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