Welcome to the Lovestruck Giveaway Hop! Thanks to the lovely ladies of Under the Covers Book Blog and Bona Fide Reflections for hosting this hop.
I’ve spent a lot of time recently talking about TEACH ME, my second book. For this hop, though, I thought I’d talk a little bit about my first book, ENSLAVED. I haven’t really talked about it for a time, and I feel it deserves some love and affection.
In ENSLAVED, Lucia spends a lot of time pining away for Marcus, struck by love and unable to act upon it. In fact, in this excerpt, it’s rather obvious exactly what about Marcus has captivated her
Leaning my forearms against the balustrade of the viewing platform, I watched Marcus battle another of my father’s champions, a Greek my father had purchased years ago. Back and forth they sparred, strength and speed behind each move.
The Greek raised his sword, striking fast. Marcus blocked the move and the strength of both gladiators locked the swords together. Face set in concentration, muscles standing in relief, Marcus strained against the force of the Greek. Mouth dry, I ran my gaze over his arms, his shoulders, the play of his back as he pushed against the sword. His loincloth had fallen from his hip, such that he appeared as naked from the side, a thin strip of cloth bisecting his hip the only break in the golden expanse of his flesh.
Raising his shield, Marcus broke the stalemate. The sudden move severed my fascinated gaze, and I swallowed to wet my throat as Marcus battered the Greek about his shoulders and head, the heavy blows sure to fell a smaller opponent. With a grunt, the Greek stumbled. Quick though he recovered, and once more set to spar.
As he blocked the Greek’s advance, Marcus’s gaze sought mine. Leaning further over the balustrade, I offered him a grin and won for myself a fleeting glimpse of his almost-smile. It seemed to me he kept such an expression for me alone, for it was certain I had never seen him gift it to another. It may be I fooled myself to believe such, but what harm was there in a small fiction?
And now, the contest#!
Comment below on your favourite lovestruck moment. It can be a book, or your life, or something completely made up! Let me know the wild and crazy times of the lovestruck. Go nuts, peeps!
One lucky commenter will win an ebook copy of ENSLAVED, as well as a signed TEACH ME postcard and TEACH ME magnet! International entries are welcome – if Australia Post can reach your country, you can enter!
Thanks for hanging with me, peeps. I look foward to reading your comments
# The small print: Comment before midnight on 23/06/2012 (Australian Central Standard Time) to be entered to win one (1) ebook copy of ENSLAVED, one (1) signed TEACH ME postcard and one (1) TEACH ME magnet. Winner will be selected via random.org, with winner’s name posted on this blog by 25/06/2012. Cassandra will also contact the winner by e-mail; the winner will be required to reply with their postal address so Cassandra can send the prize to them. Only one entry per ISP address. International entries are welcome. No purchase necessary to enter. Odds of winning depend on number of entries received. Void where prohibited.