Monday, July 19, 2010

Exclusive Peek: Marked for Desire by Jennifer Leeland

Ah Princess Sera Placido.  She was a challenge.  First of all, every time I had to think of her, plot her story, focus on her personality, she insisted on running "A Piece Of Me" by Britney Spears.  Most of the time, my characters like Metallica, Staind, Stream of Passion, Within Temptation and Evanescence.  You know, dark and agsty music.

But Britney?  Really?

But the princess was persistent.  So, with Britney blaring in my head, I tried to write this complicated woman's story.  The first challenge for me was to figure out Sera's motives, the thing that moved her.  And she wasn't being totally honest.

Like many people, Sera has the person she presents to the world and the person she truly is inside.  And she had the added pressure of being a futuristic celebrity.  The universe is fascinated with her.  She's royalty, the last of her line, that has represented a people scattered throughout several systems.  Surrounding her is a mystery-an abandoned planet, magical objects and unexplained power.  The media hounds her, Placidians look to her to save them, and the Blueshift Brotherhood wants to kill her.

It's enough to drive any woman insane.  And though Sera doesn't shave her head, she does have her own brand of crazy.

In the end, Leo Eyler is exactly the man she needs.  He's a dominant with a rough past and absolute conviction about the job that has to be done.  It's his confidence in her that gives Sera the strength to face her deepest fear--that she won't be enough to lead her people.

Because when all is said and done, Sera takes her responsibility very seriously, regardless of the media attention and the danger.

But she drove me crazy.

Seriously?  How much Britney Spears can one author handle?  Quit a bit apparently.  I both loved Sera and wanted to throttle her.  I think Leo feels the same way.  LOL!

Here's a little snippet of Sera being bad.  I hope you fall for her the way I did.

Exclusive Excerpt:

“Princess,” he finally said quietly.

She jumped as if she’d forgotten he was in the room. “Yes? What did you want?” she snapped.

“I want you to let me do my job.”

Her gaze was back on the scene outside the window. “I am.”

He stepped closer. “You’re not. You make appointments without consulting me. You meet with people I haven’t cleared. I can’t do my job when you won’t stop defying me.”

Her gaze met his. “This is my life, Mr. Eyler. I’m not defying you. I’m just not changing what I do to suit you.” She took a deep breath. “I’ve given up my solitary walks, and I don’t go to the clubs without you. What else do you want?”

“I don’t want anyone to have access to you except through me, Princess.” He glared at her and thrust his face closer. “I’m trying to keep you alive, damn it.”

She shook her head. “No. You’re using me as bait. Did you think I didn’t know that?” She raised her eyebrows. “I did some checking. Your mate was murdered by the Brotherhood. Is that the real reason you’re here? Revenge?”

“What is this prophecy that woman was talking about?”

She pursed her lips together and turned her gaze back toward the window. He sighed. “You see? You want answers but give none in return. Who were those people?”

“Friends of my mother’s.” She still wouldn’t look at him.

He hardened his tone. “Tell me.”

She whipped around to face him, her hands clenched, her eyes narrowed. “It’s none of your business. It’s no one’s business but mine.”

For a moment, Leo thought about explaining that she was his business. And he’d show her exactly what “business” he fantasized about. In his mind, he saw her cuffed to her bed, unable to call anyone, unable to do a damn thing without his permission, without his help. The thought made his cock hard and his heartbeat pound. Her defiance, her constant challenge just turned him on more. After all, it satisfied him much more to bring a stubborn submissive to her knees.

He shouldn’t touch her. He shouldn’t stare at her. He did both. His hand curled around her arm, and he jerked her closer. “You shouldn’t challenge me, Princess.”

“Fuck you,” she snapped.

“Is that an offer?” He was playing with fire. Electricity sparked between them, and her breath quickened. His hand tingled where her skin met his, and every muscle strained toward her. The temptation to overwhelm her, take her, almost swamped his better judgment.

Her pupils dilated, and her voice was breathless. “Get your hands off me.”

He tightened his hold. “Get this straight. Either you clear each and every meeting with me, or I’ll tie you to your bed.”

Her nostrils flared, and he wondered if she’d continue to fight him. Then she relaxed, her blue eyes dull and lifeless. “Fine. Now, get out.”

“Princess—” Disappointment churned his stomach. Was he some kind of sick bastard that wanted her to defy him? Answer? Yes. He wanted to win, but to win, he wanted a battle.

She turned her back to him. “Get the personal meeting schedule from Riordan,” she said.

He stared at her still form. This was the side the rest of the world didn’t see and he often did. Her quiet misery, the trapped expression on her face, the vulnerability that made Leo want to keep her locked up and away from anything that might harm her. It wasn’t a pleasant sensation, and the feeling was a far cry from the need to clash with her.

A shake of his head brought him out of his reverie. She was the Princess Sera Ellysa Placido. She didn’t need his pity.

Did she?

He sought words to comfort her, to chase the shadows away from her face. But there were none he could say. The only thing left to do was his damn job.

Summary from Publisher's Website:

If Leo Eyler had any other way to find his enemy, he would use it. A stubborn princess doesn't suit his plans. Unfortunately, Princess Sera Placido is his only clue. The last thing she wants to do is cooperate with a Nyral Dominant who can’t keep his hands off her.

When Leo insists on running her security against the deadly Brotherhood, Sera realizes that assassins and a life-sucking planet may not be the most dangerous thing she has to deal with. Her growing passion for Leo is. For although they clash, he intends to win both her body and her heart, and she's having a hard time resisting.

If they're going to survive, Sera has to learn to submit. Leo teaches her that she's marked for desire.

Publisher's Note: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable: Anal play/intercourse, BDSM theme and elements, female/female interaction, moresome (m/f/f/m with homoerotic interaction), voyeurism.

Available now from Loose Id (ebook).

Note: This title is included in the list of giveaways for the ongoing contest.


Erotic Horizon said...

Hi hon..

I just jumped onto the Loose ID site - should I read Marked for Pleasure first..

Let me know if the books are tied in or can be read as stand alone... I love this excerpt...


dor said...

Yes, I loved it too. Very red hot. You have me retrieved. Thanks for the write up.

dorcontest at gmail dot com

MJ said...

Wow what a great excerpt. I really want to read this book now. Thanks for sharing-I'm a new blog follower!

jeanette8042 said...

Loved the excerpt and this definitely sounds like a fabulous read!

Jennifer Leeland said...

Thanks everyone! Sorry it took me so long to get on here.
First of all, I don't think you HAVE to read "Marked For Pleasure" first, though there are references (and characters) from MFP in this one.
I really love this story and I hope everyone else does too.
Thank you to Carol who really went above and beyond to help me get this up.

Carole said...

@Jennifer Thanks for dropping by and clearing things up.

@E.H> I know...The itch is back...I may need to dip into the wallet soon to relieve it...and to think, I just spent a bundle over the weekend. August, I think. I hope I can hold out that long. (I'll have a new book budget by then. LOL) Would love to hear your thoughts about the book.

@dor @MJ @jeanette Yeah, I love the excerpt too! And it's bad when I love excerpts, because it makes me want to go and buy...

Lindsey said...

Love the excerpt! Also, if I were the author, I think I would have been ridiculously glad to finish the book, if only to get the Britney out of my head. xD

Jennifer Leeland said...

You said it, Lindsey.
But then, the next character in my head gave me a Keisha earworm.....*shudders*.
My characters like to torture me. LOL!

Erotic Horizon said...

Hey Jennifer and Carole.

Thank you for the info on the order of the books..

I picked up the first book last night and will get to it this evening..

I am anal about reading books in sequence...

@Carole - have you read the first book, the blurd sounds so yummmy...


Carole said...

@E.H> Unfortunately I haven't. :( I was caught by the blurb of Marked for Desire, which was why it made it into the list. But ya know, I'm really seriously thinking about buying both...would love to hear your thoughts on the first book :)

Silver @ TRR said...

@Carole Buy it and I'll read it if you don't have the time. *wink*

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