Monday, February 22, 2010

Sneak peek of Desire Me


Here it is, the first official excerpt from Desire Me, in a bookstore near you this June!

Max moved farther into the room. He wasn't even certain what he searched for specifically. But Sabine Tobias must know something about Atlantis. Why else would she be so secretive about her desire for his map?

He knew there were other people, besides himself, who sought the lost land. Some searched for treasure, as it was said that Poseidon had built the entire central palace out of gold. Some searched for ancient texts with secrets to medical cures because Atlanteans were rumored to have advancements in all areas of science. Still others sought the fountain of youth or healing waters that were rumored to be flowing through the canals in Atlantis.

Max, though, wanted it all. He wanted to find the actual city. Just as Pompeii had been lost beneath mounds of ash, so he believed Atlantis survived beneath the waters of the Atlantic Ocean. He was not foolish enough to believe it would have remained unscathed. Water erosion certainly would have altered much of the rumored land. But something existed below the surface, and he intended to find it.

He couldn’t resist pursuing the possibility that there was a new clue. Especially not when it came wrapped in the tantalizing package that was Ms. Tobias.

He crept forward to better examine the items on the shelves. Along with dried herbs and oils, he found lanolin and glycerin and all other manner of ingredients. A basket of ribbons sat next to the empty jars.

What was the crème Cassandra had purchased? Some fashion of smoothing crème. And Sabine wanted his map. She too sought treasure, though of a different sort. She was after the fountain of youth, that had to be why she’d come in search of him.

He continued sifting through the shelves, but there were no secret texts or books or anything that would hint at what Sabine might know of the map.

Thus far his search had been futile. He should probably turn and leave. Chances were if Sabine had something to hide, she kept it upstairs in the living quarters and he couldn’t risk sneaking up there. But he’d never been able to walk away from a worthy puzzle, and it would seem that Sabine Tobias might be the most interesting mystery he’d come across in a long while.

He took steps toward the front of the shop. Perhaps there would be something hiding in those cupboards. The floor creaked beneath his weight. He stilled. There was yet another noise.

The doorknob jiggled from behind him. Someone else was trying to get in. Perhaps Miss Tobias returning home late from another game of chance? Quickly Max moved to the other side of the stairwell and hid in the narrow cubby beneath.

The door jerked open, and two men lumbered in. Max could hear a third voice outside the door. Three men, one outside to keep watch. Sabine Tobias' shop was certainly gaining in popularity. What a pity he hadn’t thought to bring along a couple of thugs himself. Max withdrew further into the shadows.

If he hadn't been certain before that Sabine Tobias was hiding something, now it seemed quite evident. From beneath the stairwell, Max couldn't see much of what the men were doing, but he could make out a few words of their hurried whispers. They didn't sound educated, and they didn't seem to know specifically what they were searching for. They'd obviously been hired to break into the shop. In Max’s experience, “employees” of that nature were highly unreliable. They took no personal interest in their assignments and generally proved to be rather unmotivated. Not to mention a bit dim. No doubt their search would not be thorough.

Max settled his back against the wall, prepared to simply wait them out. However, when the stairs above him shifted slightly, Max moved to the edge of the cubby to get a better glimpse. Delicate, pale ankles attached to feminine bare feet crept down the steps.

Bloody hell! Miss Tobias. Did the woman have no sense at all? What was she doing sneaking down to investigate? Surely she did not intend to fight off would-be thieves in nothing more than her nightrail.

He craned his neck, looking for the thugs in the unlit store room. Thank goodness, they were busy rifling through the cupboards. He positioned himself, and once the lady came within reach, he clamped a hand across her mouth and pulled her into his hiding place. Her muffled protests were punctuated by those delicate feet kicking into his shins. He stifled a groan of his own.

He turned her around to face him, careful not to uncover her mouth. Sabine Tobias stared up at him, her eyes wide and angry. He frowned at her, then leaned close to her ear.

"Kick me again, love, and I'll let the wastrels get you," he warned in a whisper.

Like what you've read? Well, you're in luck. One lucky reader will win an autographed advanced reading copy of Desire Me. All you have to do is tell me what Seduce Me is nominated for. (hint the answer is somewhere on my website....)

38 comments:

hotcha12 said...

HI ROBYNN, I LOVE THE COVER

Virginia said...

Hi Robyn, great cover sounds like a great read.

Seduce me was the RT Reviewer's Choice Award Nominee for Best Historical Romantic Adventure

lead[at]hotsheet[dot]com

Barbara E. said...

Enjoyed the excerpt of Desire Me.

Seduce Me is the RT Reviewer's Choice Award Nominee for Best Historical Romantic Adventure.

buddyt said...

I enjoyed the excerpt and I will probably enjoy the book as well.

I will have to add it to my wishlist !.

Answer: It is RT Reviewer's Choice Award Nominee for Best Historical Romantic Adventure.

Thanks

Carol

buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

catslady said...

Sounds like a wonderful read!!


It's the RT Reviewer's Choice Award Nominee for Best Historical Romantic Adventure

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elainec said...

"Seduce Me' is RT Reviewer's Choice Award Nominee for Best Historical Romantic Adventure.
That's high praise. I always enjoy your books.
elainec

Aggie said...

Enjoyed the excerpt of Desire Me
It seems to be very romantic, can't wait to read it

Seduce Me is the RT Reviewer's Choice Award Nominee for Best Historical Romantic Adventure

Jane said...

"Seduce Me" is an RT Reviewer's Choice Award Nominee for Best Historical Romantic Adventure. Congrats, Robyn.

Carol L. said...

Seduce Me is an RT Reviewer's Choice Award Nominee for Best Historical Romantic Adventure.
I also loved the excerpt for Desire Me. Thanks for sharing.
Carol L.
Lucky4750@aol.com

Emmanuelle said...

I looooved this excerpt ;-)
And I know I'm repeating muself but this series of yours has some of the best covers I've ever seen !
Seriously, they're just gorgeous *sigh*
Congrats !!

Karen H in NC said...

Great excerpt..can't wait to read more. Love the cover too!

Seduce Me is the RT Reviewer's Choice Award Nominee for Best Historical Romantic Adventure. And a well deserved nomination it is too!

CrystalGB said...

Loved the excerpt. Sounds wonderful. Beautiful cover.
Seduce Me is the RT Reviewer's Choice Award Nominee for Best Historical Romantic Adventure.

Kirsten said...
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Robyn DeHart said...

Glad you're all enjoying the excerpt! And yes, the Legend Hunters covers have just been so gorgeous. Lush and beautiful. Thanks.

Keep the comments coming. I won't pick (randomly selected, of course) a winner until Thursday.

made4books said...
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made4books said...

Well,we have been patiently awaiting and it sounds as delicious as Seduce me!;)..of course Seduce me is a nominee for RT Revieviers Choice,Best Historical Romance Adventure!..and all of us fans in the southeast are crossing our fingers for you!!
Angie made4books@yahoo.com

Riko said...

RT Reviewers Choice Award Nominee, Best Historical Romantic Adventure

Cherry said...

Please count me in!

Answer: Seduce Me is an RT Reviewer's Choice Award Nominee.

Re-posted your contest at: http://contests-freebies.blogspot.com/2010/02/win-desire-me-at-grand-central-cafe.html

Cherry
mischivusfairy-warrior [at] yahoo [dot] com

Amanda said...

Yay! I can't wait!!

Seduce Me is the RT Reviewer's Choice Award Nominee for Best Historical Romantic Adventure.

It also stated that in the last news letter you sent out! :) Congrats!

Anonymous said...

This book sounds so good. It was nominated for RT Reviewer's Choice Award Nominee for Best Historical Romantic Adventure

JWIsley(at)aol(dot)com

chelleyreads said...

Desire Me has one (if not the) of the best looking cover I've seen this year! i sounds really good as well. count me in please, i'd love a chance to read it.

answer: Seduce Me was nominated for RT Reviewer's Choice Award Nominee for Best Historical Romantic Adventure.

bookmakeupreview AT gmail DOT com

Jean P said...

Great excerpt and great cover

Seduce me is nominated for RT Reviewer's Choice Award for Best Historical Romantic Adventure

skpetal@hotmail.com

littleminx721 said...

Loved the excerpt!

Seduce me was the RT Reviewer's Choice Award Nominee for Best Historical Romantic Adventure

joannarae_9@msn.com

Solveig said...

Great excerpt Robyn :Ö) Can´t wait to get to know Max better.
The answear is: Seduce Me is nominated for RT Reviewer's Choice Award for Best Historical Romantic Adventure.
Keep it up :Ö)

inthehammockblog said...

Robyn, wow your books have the most fantastic covers!! I just reviewed Seduce Me for my blog last week :) I'd love to enter the contest, thanks so much!!

answer: RT Reviewer's Choice Award Nominee for Best Historical Romantic Adventure

inthehammockblog (at) gmail (dot) com

sarah said...

Seduce me is a the RT Reviewer's Choice Award Nominee for Best Historical Romantic Adventure - and it so deserves it! I read it last week and enjoyed it very much. Can't wait to read Desire Me.

Linda Henderson said...

Well on you website it says Seduce Me is the RT Reviewer's Choice Award Nominee for best Historical Romantic Adventure. I haven't read it yet, but I will definitely be looking it up.

Jackie said...

Enjoyed the excerpt...I'll have to get the book to finish the story. Seduce Me answer -the RT Reviewers Choice Award nominee for Best Historical Romantic Adventure.
JFWisherd(at)aol(dot)com

elaing8 said...

great excerpt.
please count me in for the giveaway

Seduce Me is the RT Reviewer's Choice Award Nominee for Best Historical Romantic Adventure.

elaing8(at)netscape(dot)net

Cecile said...

Seduce Me is the RT Reviewer's Choice Award Nominee for Best Historical Romantic Adventure.

Please enter me! Thank you for having such a great contest!
alliwantandmorebooks@ gmail.com

EVA SB said...

Great excerpt! I can't wait to read the rest.

Seduce Me is an RT Reviewer's Choice Award Nominee for Best Historical Romantic Adventure.

Pam P said...

Thanks for the excerpt, Robyn, love this series premise.

Congrats on the RT Reviewer's Choice Award nomination for Best Historical Romantic Adventure for Seduce Me.

Dena said...

Hi Robyn, Enjoyed the excerpt. Would love to win the ARC. The answer is; Seduce Me is an RT Reviewer's Choice Award Nominee for Best Historical Romantic Adventure. denwal1@aol.com

aromagik said...

Looks like a fantastic book! All your books are great. :) This one is a Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award Nominee for Best Historical Romantic Adventure. Congrats!

~Lindy

Meljprincess said...

"Seduce Me" is an RT Reviewer's Choice Award Nominee for Best Historical Romantic Adventure.

Enjoyed the excerpt. Great cover! Looking forward to reading it, Robyn. Thanks for the invite to the blog.

Mel K.
Meljprincess AT aol DOT com

Robyn DeHart said...

I've drawn my random number and it was 19 (taking out my own posts, of course) and that makes the winner ChelleyReads. Congrats you've won the autographed advanced reading copy of DESIRE ME.

Thanks to all of you who participated. I will have additional ARCs to give away so make sure you follow me on Twitter and fan the Legend Hunters on Facebook to get more opportunities.

And check my website regularly for new excerpts.

chelleyreads said...

WOO-HOO!! Thank you Robyn!! I can't wait to read it :D

um... how do i contact you with my shipping address?

chelleyreads said...

LOL, nevermind i just got your email :)