Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Teasing on Tuesday

When Tiernan meets Brennan again, from ATLANTIS REDEEMED:

The fog coalesced into a sparkling, shimmering shape—a large and broad shape—the shape of a man. The golden light from the lamps reflected off of tiny particles in the water, projecting a cascade of mini-rainbows across every flat surface in a brilliant light show. Then the cloud of mist exploded outward as if triumphantly hailing the man who stepped from it.

The man. The man who, mere seconds before, had been nothing but a cloud. A fog.

The man who now stood in the center of her hotel room, breathing hard, staring at her with his ice-green eyes.

Except they weren’t as icy as she remembered. No, this man’s eyes were pure green fire, and every inch of her skin burned as the heat of his gaze swept her from head to toe and then back, lingering on her neck.

“Brennan?” His name came out in a whisper, but he snapped his head up and stared straight into her eyes when she spoke. A brief whisper of danger sent a chill down her spine, and her senses translated the deadly stillness in his pose as that of a feral animal crouching to leap.

Feral and primitive. Wild and beautiful. His silky black hair fell in waves around a face that would cause the highest paid male model to weep with jealousy. Pure masculine beauty, with dark brows over those amazing green eyes. The cheekbones and bone structure all the Atlanteans she’d met had shared, as if they alone had posed for the most sublime of the ancient Greek statues. And his mouth . . . oh, his mouth. How could a simple combination of lips and teeth make her wonder what it would be like to taste him?

As reality crumpled around her, some vestige of control snapped into place and Tiernan managed to force words from her suddenly dust-dry throat. “I’m guessing I missed a pretty spectacular entrance back in Boston when I was hiding behind that couch? I had wondered how you guys busted through that window so high off the ground, but I was more thinking ropes coming down from the roof.”

He took a single step toward her, then another, his large, muscled body leaning forward as if he were stalking her. “He dared to touch you,” he growled, the words nearly unintelligible. “He put his mouth on you. I will kill him.”

She backed away but the motion seemed to infuriate him even further, because he dove across the several feet separating them as if he really were that wild animal leaping for its prey.

“Brennan, stop! I don’t know what this is about, but you need to calm down so we can--" Memories of his crazed wildness the first time he’d seen her flashed into her mind, shutting down her powers of speech as he took the final step and slammed his hands flat against the wall on either side of her head, caging her against his body.

He wasn’t going to listen to her. She was in danger. Rick had been right, she should have listened, but no, she had to be tough and now for the second time in an hour she was facing a predator.

“I’ll be damned if I’m going to be prey for a vampire or anybody else,” she shouted, shoving at his chest as he leaned further toward her. It was like shoving a brick wall. A hot, hard, brick wall, that smelled like salt and sea and man.

He froze in place, then tilted his head to one side, pinning her with a long, considering stare. “Not his prey,” he finally said, his deep voice sizzling across her nerve endings.

She caught her breath, but before she could speak he lifted one hand from the wall to touch the side of her face.

“Not his prey,” he repeated, bending his face down to hers. “Mine.”

from ATLANTIS REDEEMED, coming February, 2010

12 comments:

Stephanie*magic* said...

WOOHOO!!!
That was hot!!!!
I want more, lol!!!
So, so cant wait Alyssa!

Jill said...

maplestI have officially achieved puddle status.

Anonymous said...

waiting until February 2010 is going to be so hard to bear it... :)

Eden Glenn said...

OMG,You shouldn't be allowed to tease like that! I'll go stick my head in the fridge now!

Can't wait to see his emotions break loose from the curse!

sylviacosta said...

Now that was just HOT! Feb 2010??? It's like hundreds of years from now!!!!!
Boy it's gonna be a long time to wait for Brennan's story...OMG!
Please show a little bit more!!!

Tinuke said...

Alyssa thanks for the excerpt I just feel each story is getting better and better, major congrats on Atlantis Unmasked by the way and I am wishing February to get here as fast as possible for Brennan's story.

Anonymous said...

wow. i am soo ready for this book. i can't wait. i was curious about Brennan from the beginning. now im soo excited that his story is finally coming to the light.!!!!

Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness...that'll leave anyone speechless! Somehow I have a feelin that Im going to read this book faster than the other ones. So I'll probably finish it in about half a day!!!
DONT STOP WRITTING THESE BOOKS! Please, I dont want this series to end!!

kim from bim said...

Really liked the excerpt i was very intrigued by Brennan and Alaric from the moment i started reading the series i'm part of a book club and after reading the first book i've been sending out "must have the next" emails 2010 is close and yet soooo far but good things come to those who wait that's the only thing keeping me patient where alaric is concerned lol thanks for the series i'm enjoying reading.

Mary said...

Wait. Wait. What? 2010? I have to wait until 2010 to read the rest. Oh that's just not fair...lol

avalonhighgirl said...

is this going to a weekly thing please say yes?!! I love you for writing this series. At last Atlantis!!! I can't wait for Feb. 2010

Anonymous said...

Please make it available on the Kindle!!! I can't wait! ! !