Snippet: Lou n Lucky #amwriting #erotic #paranormal #romance

I love world building. It’s one of my favorite things about writing paranormal romance. You can let your mind pull you in all sorts of crazy directions – as long as it works for the story. Creating the world of Natoroi, Lucky’s ancestral home, was like being immersed in the warm waters of unspoiled Mexico. Slightly salty, but oh so lovely for the body and the spirit. Please enjoy this unedited snippet. Lou feels immediately at home on this alien planet. I hope you will too… – SS

HTLAGDThe visitor’s pool was the size of a small lake, and there was a beautiful old wood dock. A stand of small trees acted like a screen, and they were encouraged to go behind it, don the robes hanging there, and make their way into the pool.

Sucire and Sansone set down their spears and unclipped the rather wicked looking stone knives from their belts and dove into the placid brown water as is. Emerging a few breaths later in the middle of the pool, floating on their backs.

After donning the sleeveless, short, pale green robe with its clever twine hooks – Potts’ garment was longer he was glad to see – made of some soft, plant-based material, Lou emerged from behind the screen, and found Lucky waiting, hand outstretched. His beautiful green body now adorned with the same leather like vest and soft shorts his father had worn, sans the tall, protective leather that had covered their feet and calves.

“Ready?”

“Potts?”

He grinned at her. “As I’ll ever be. Lead the way.”

“Join hands,” Lucky instructed. “We approach the waters’ edge together, and we walk in together to symbolize our desire to be one with this environment, to be peaceful and to act in concert with all those with whom we will interact during our stay.”

“Lovely,” Potts breathed.Read More »

Snippet: Lou n Lucky #amwriting #erotic #paranormal #romance

Sigh. It happens to me every time! I get near the end of a book, and the struggle begins. I doubt everything, and I become unreasonably indecisive about which direction the story should take. And you know me – I need action! In this unedited snippet toward the end of the book, Lou’s been kidnapped, and Lucky is hot on her trail…HTLAGD

Lucky and the warriors tracked the enemy scent deep into the forest, past the borders of Natoroi land into an area called the Post. It was located right on the fringes of their planet where dimensional borders blurred, and trade took place.

A port of sorts, the Post was home to a series of rough characters, loners who either had no family or wanted none, mostly mercenary types who cared for nothing but profit, buying and selling. Import export was common, as was prostitution, fighting and any kind of criminal activity that involved pain, burglary or intimidation.

All knew the Natoroi were peace loving demons, but all also knew they were not to be messed with. Tree huggers the warriors might be, but they were strong, resilient, and fierce when threatened.

Now Lucky was beyond threatening. Hate and anger radiated from him like heat, every line of his body bespoke menace. Every demon and non demon they passed took one look and quickly got out of his way. Lucky addressed the one old soul who had the misfortune to have his back to the fierce little entourage.

“Where are the white demons?”Read More »

Snippet: Lou n Lucky #amwriting #erotic #paranormal #romance

City at nightI love the conflict a tough heroine brings to the hero as they get to know one another. It’s as if she’s compelled to test his strength to see if he’s worthy of her, that or scare him away, and the two are likely interconnected. In this unedited snippet toward the beginning of the book, Lou is picking at Lucky. But he acquits himself well. Enjoy – SS

“What’s wrong?”

Lou shrugged.

“You are unsettled.”

Lou said nothing. He was right, but what was there to say? I think I’m going crazy? Would it freak you out if I burst out crying right now, dried up and then started laughing like a loon? She’d done just that this morning. She needed to check her calendar. Her period was probably coming. That was a guaranteed ticket to the crazy farm for at least a week. Comforting in a way. At least then she had a reason for the bedlam that went on above her neck.

He reached out to stroke her back, and surprisingly, she calmed. That damned heat of his. She edged closer, snorting because she knew better and still couldn’t help herself.

“I’m not a restful person.”

“No?”

“No. But strangely around you I feel that way.”

“Is that bad?” He stroked her back again, one long swipe that loosened her spine and sent another rush of heat through her torso and her breasts and belly tingling. How did he do that?Read More »

Snippet: Lou n Lucky #amwriting #erotic #paranormal #romance

In this unedited snippet, Lucky is gearing up to fulfill his prophecy. He has to prepare his tribe to face an as yet unnamed enemy. I hope you like this glimpse into the special skills of some of the most valiant members of the Natoroi tribe, valiant demons who will play a major role in the upcoming conflict. All of that is very serious. But Lou realizes that even an intense sense of pride in her demon isn’t enough to dim her desire for him… Enjoy – SSHTLAGD

He gestured silently for two of his warriors, both females trained by his mother, to move far and wide, left and right. They nodded, instantly leaping onto the thick trunks of nearby trees to make their way to the top of the forest where visibility was best.

He gestured for four others to spread out in every direction on the ground. In plant speak he told them to scout 50 miles and to leave no leaf unturned.

“You should have sent them farther,” said his mother.

“To make that run and return will take them the rest of the day. They’ll be thirsty, and water is not always fresh outside the village this time of year. It’s molting season. We will be doing this every day until we are certain the threat has passed. 50 miles gives us enough time to marshall an adequate defense. There is no need to discomfit our soldiers.”

She smiled slightly. “You are a good leader.”

He slanted his mother a look, then turned his attention to the rest of his warriors. The three who remained were special.Read More »

Snippet: Lou n Lucky #amwriting #erotic #paranormal #romance

Jungle2One of my favorite things about writing paranormal romance is the world building. Nothing is off limits, as long as it makes sense for the story. In this unedited snippet, please enjoy a glimpse into Natoroi, Lucky’s ancestral home. Lou is a big hit with the locals. 

“My Lou? Where are you?”

“Here!”

“Where?” Lucky laughed.

“Here! Under this pile of alien shorties!”

Several toddlers and small children giggled, rising gently as she shifted underneath them.

Lucky picked up the nearest child and peered down into her happy face. “They love you.”Read More »

Snippet: Lou n Lucky #amwriting #erotic #paranormal #romance

Hey y’all. I’ve been MIA for a few, I’m sorry! I’ve been thinking about you, though, swear to God. Work has been all up in my grill! But I’m getting close to the end of my green demon tale. I just had this boss idea about, well. I’ll let you read it when it comes out :). Meantime, please enjoy this unedited snippet. It’s a flashback to when Lucky was a baby on his home planet. His mama’s having a tough time dealing with his power over the animals, and she decides to go to their temple to pray for guidance. Lemme know what you think! – SSHTLAGD

The journey was easier than Sucire anticipated. The animals walked them nearly the whole way, various ones setting Lucky on their backs and carrying him when Sucire got tired, or when he grew tired of running alongside her on his tiny legs.

The animals brought them water and food and showed them a short cut that shaved nearly a half day from the trip. They moved easily along a path Sucire never would have found on her own, half hidden as it was by leaves and vines. But the forest floor beneath her feet was well worn, so worn she knew the path she trod was older than she was.

“I have been made privy to all manner of wonders because of you, my son,” she told Lucky, who grinned, not knowing quite what she meant, but discerning rightly that it was good.Read More »

Snippet: Lou n Lucky #amwriting #erotic #paranormal #romance

HTLAGDIn this unedited snippet toward the end of the book, Lucky has done his big reveal. Since he’s fine as hell green skin or naa, after some initial WTF-ery Lou was cool with it. Here he’s just informed her that there is one other secret he’s been holding back – sex between them could get a bit intense. You know, because they’re so perfectly suited.

He knows she’s his mate, that their lives and passions are undeniably linked, that they’re everything to each other. Lou, being a stubborn heroine, will take a bit of convincing. But I think we can all place the safe bet on our green demon for the win. Enjoy! – SS

He smiled, a beautiful smile full of happiness and secrets. A smile that said so much more than she’d ever written or thought she could write. That smile was a story. A complicated, rich, layered story full of his feelings, of his love for her, a love he’d never once tried to hide. That smile was like its own little adventure, complete with a happy ending the like of which she’d never seen or hoped for.

She leaned in to kiss him. She couldn’t help herself. He was so beautiful. His spirit so pure. There was no one like him. Not on this planet or any other.

“You are a marvel,” she whispered, staring into his sparkling gold eyes. “You say the way to have this great sex is to look deep into each others eyes. That we’ll make a connection so intense it will ratchet our pleasure up to a level that might be scary it’s so good.”

“Yes, my Lou.”

“Well, I’m game. But I’m telling you now. The pleasure I feel whenever I’m with you, whether we’re fucking or not, is so great, so bloody marvelous, I know for certain. Whatever, I feel during this little experiment of yours, it won’t come close to the love I’ve grown for you.”

“Grown?” He laughed softly. “Like a plant.”

She nodded. “Exactly like a plant. Read More »