Book Four – Outlawed Realm Series, Erotic Paranormal
Hidden Worlds... Out-of-This-World Heroes
When I first conceived of my Outlawed Realm series, I had the idea of Earth having more than the dimension we know. In fact, I gave it five dimensions or worlds.
Like this graphic:
These dimensions are layered one on top of the other. E1, Earth as we know it, is closest to the sun, followed by E2, E3, etc. beneath it. Because of time differentials, the inhabitants of each realm don't know the others exist. That is, unless they cross over through the connecting portals.
As the series begins, my hero crosses over and sets into motion a cascade of events that cause inhabitants from one dimension to go into the others. All with exciting and very romantic results.
In Unending Desire, book one of the series, the hero comes from E2, a place where everything is controlled, emotion isn't allowed, all the men look the same. All the women are identical in appearance. He comes to Seattle (E1) to rescue the heroine from certain death. Imagine his shock in seeing our messy, vibrant world after being so restricted in his own. In book two, Illicit Desire, I wrote about E4, a world of twilight and jungles. E2's rulers have built a Shameless Desire, book three, again takes place inpalace there where they enjoy pleasure slaves. These slaves aren't born, they're grown in artificial wombs to begin a lifetime of servitude to their masters.
One of the
shifters from E4's jungle has crossed over. Like the hero in Unending Desire, he needs to warn the heroine of danger.
Stolen Desire, book four, takes place on E5, a dimension of ice and fire. Paige, my heroine, awakes to find herself in a world she can't comprehend, faced with a man she doesn't know but has to trust. Her life and freedom, their future depends upon it.
While I was writing Stolen Desire, I kept think of Avatar, the sense of wonder I had as the story unfolded. That's what I strove for in my tale. To create a world so unique, thrilling, dangerous, and in many ways beautiful, that a reader couldn't help but be enthralled.
There's also a moving love story, and yes—lots of hot sex. J
Here's a blurb and an excerpt from Stolen Desire…
Outlawed Realm, Book 4
Her freedom depends on one man. A criminal to his realm…
One minute, Paige Ross is outside a
Seattle bar, grieving a failed engagement. The
next, she jerks awake in a weird, candlelit room with velvet walls, black silk sheets,
and a man who motions for silence.
Paige has little choice but to trust the powerful stranger who promises a way out of what looks like Satan's brothel. And pray his promise to keep her safe is as real as the heat burning in his eyes.
Banished from E2's ruling elite for supposed crimes against the realm, Zekin risks everything to rescue those brought to E5 for the guards' carnal pleasure. Paige will be leaving this inhospitable realm of fire and ice—if he can somehow forget the way her trembling body melts in his arms.
Safe—temporarily—in an underwater world populated by strange creatures, Paige's sexual awakening explodes into an unquenchable need that consumes them both. But the guards will be looking for her. And Zekin's plan to send her hom
Warning: Scorching-hot sex and loads of aching tenderness between a drool-worthy hunk who's determined to do the right thing and a woman who's not about to give him up.
Paige knew what she saw couldn't be possible. It defied reality and genetic odds. The men who'd just arrived were mirror images of each other and Zekin. Triplets? Or was there another one like them in this place—which would have made them quads—like the guards at the outpost? Multiple, identical births didn't happen that frequently. What were the chances there would be two sets of them in this place, land, country, planet?
She hadn't a clue what to call it.
Squinting to see better, she compared features, height, physiques of Zekin and the other men. They even wore the same camouflage gear. Zekin's clothing had already morphed from the silvery-blue material back to what she'd first seen him in, before they'd braved those frigid outside temps, breathed in water without oxygen tanks and escaped monsters that would have been at home in any horror movie. Trouble was—this was really happening.
Her knees buckled.
Zekin slipped one arm around her waist, the other behind her thighs. Easily, he lifted her, even though she wasn't a small woman. Hadn't Johnny repeatedly kidded about her weight, claiming they'd get married as soon as she lost a few pounds?
"Don't worry," Zekin murmured. "I have you." Firmly, yet with surprising gentleness, he held her against his chest.
Her throat tightened at his concern, him again treating her as though she mattered. All of her life, Paige had longed for even a second like this, and here it was…in this awful place.
Laughter bubbled in her, followed by an urge to bawl. She fought both, determined not to worry him.
Good Lord, the man knew what a woman liked.
His caress soothed and aroused, reminding Paige of their kiss. Tender, exploring, needed, then out of control, wild and hungry. Her cheeks still stung from the rasp of his stubble. She recalled the taste of his tongue. As fresh as his scent, as though he'd just brushed his teeth, with an indescribable flavor that belonged to him alone.
Unless those other guys tasted the same.
Uh-uh. Not possible. In the deepest part of her…a place Paige had hidden from the world, so she wouldn't be hurt…she knew Zekin wasn't like those other men, no matter their similar features. He'd protected her on the surface, even going so far as to hold her when she'd been about to fall apart. She couldn't think of another man who would have done so, especially if they were little more than strangers. He'd risked his life for her because it was the right thing to do…and maybe because she did matter to him, just a little. Not as a victim, but as a woman.
Paige had never felt more female or self-conscious.
Shyly, she slid her arm across Zekin's shoulders and held tight, hoping he wouldn't mind. He turned his face to her, his expression surprisingly open and accepting. Grateful, she softened against him, noting the specks of gold in his cocoa-colored eyes, his incredibly long lashes and thick, silky brows. He was really something. Masculine. Strong. Handsome as sin. But not perfect. He had a faint scar near his jaw, the skin whitish, the injury that caused it most likely from long ago. Maybe when he was a boisterous little boy or an unruly teen, driving his parents nuts.
Did he look exactly like his dad? Did his scar set Zekin apart from his father and the two men who stood in the doorway? Surely they didn't all have the same flaws.
Paige wanted to check, but the other men strode into the next pod, the area clearly visible from here as the walls were made of glass or plastic.
Next to her and Zekin, there was a tall metal counter, similar to a ticket agent's at an airport, and two simple symbols on the floor indicating the outlines of feet. Again, like a TSA checkpoint where security scanners X-ray travelers. Directly above the outlines, there were large hooks welded to the metal arches that crisscrossed the pod. Whatever had hung from them was gone.
Zekin followed the other men. His boots rang against the glowing metal floor. Paige guessed the volcanic fires provided the illumination that wasn't red or gold. It radiated the same bluish-white light that she'd seen on the surface.
They entered the next pod, and the next and the next. All of them sparsely furnished with one chair, one table, the furniture made of some kind of metal, an ugly and utilitarian contrast to the beauty just outside.
Steam and smoke poured from cracks in the rocks. Spewing lava turned black, then hardened upon contact with the icy water. The light pouring from within here tinted it a deep blue. Coral in varying shades of white, purple, lavender and mauve dotted the landscape. Darting between those skeletal forms were smallish fishlike creatures, the size of trout, the color of freshwater pearls.
The scene was stunning, but surreal.
What were those things? Who'd built this place? What was its purpose?
Paige lifted her chin to get a better view of the next pod, its ceiling at least ten times higher than the others, its width immense, the space dotted with long tables and benches, which made it a dining area. More men who looked like Zekin—and who'd dressed in the same mottled clothing he wore—mingled with females and other males. These men and women all had different features, coloring, builds.
They were also completely nude.
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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
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1. Adored – RWA award-winning; EPIC 2011 Finalist; 4 Stars RT
2. Deep, Dark, Delicious – EPIC 2011 Finalist; Holt Medallion Award of Merit
3. Lush Velvet Nights – EPIC 2011 Finalist; Golden Nib Award
4. In His Arms – SIX 5 Star Reviews; 4 Stars RT
5. Sensual Stranger – 2010 Book of the Year (erotic); 4 Stars RT
6. The Yearning – Top Ten Bestseller
7. Take Me Away – #1 Pick, Miz Love Loves Books
8. Unending Desire – Best Book Rating LASR
9. SiNN – Nominated for Book of the Week LASR
10. Sinfully Wicked – Magnificent – Romancing the Book
11. Claiming Magique – Top Pick – NOR
12. Illicit Desire – Four Stars Romantic Times
13. Come Fill Me – Five Stars – Guilty Pleasures
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