Cover Reveal ~ Shadows & Dust #UrbanFantasy

Happy Friday, people!

Squeee!!! You guys have no idea! I’ve been eager to show off this cover for weeks now. It’s like taking a breath of fresh air, now that I can reveal it. *grin* I hope you all love it as much as I do.

I now present to you, the new cover for Shadows & Dust, a short story from The Dragon Queen Series. This wicked cover was designed by my favorite CA, Karri Klawiter.

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What lurks in the shadows may claim your life.

 

When darkness falls, Vampire Huntress Joan “Havoc” Dawson and her team gears up and steps out to meet the evil as it threatens to spill onto the streets of mankind.

On the second anniversary of her sister’s death, Havoc finds herself lured into a rundown neighborhood by an unknown entity. She stumbles upon a dark secret, one that’s guaranteed to claim many innocent lives.

But in order to destroy the creature behind the madness, Havoc may have to surrender her soul to the darkness.

Shadows & Dust will be available on Amazon on June 7th!

But before you fall into the darkness with the badass huntress Havoc, sink you fangs into the 1st book of the Dragon Queen Series, SILENT SCREAMS.

Sweet Torture from Silent Screams

Happy Friday, you beautiful people!

SSProofFrontWhat a perfect day to announce that the edgy tale, SILENT SCREAMS is now available in print!

“Torn between the whispering darkness and the divine light, can Rayne save mankind from the rise of evil?”

Purchase Silent Screams in print on CreateSpace

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For your reading pleasure today, here’s a steamy excerpt from Silent Screams. 😉

Sweet Torture

Demetri moved between her legs, forcing her thighs further apart and pulled her up on all fours. He planted soft, wet kisses along the cleft of her backside. He brushed a hand over her crease. Her folds parted, inviting him in. He teased the length of her slick valley and strummed her protruding clit.

She was incredibly wet, ready for the taking.

Unable to resist the craving to feel her from the inside, he rimmed her opening, and then delved two fingers into her snug cavern.

Her heated core clenched onto him possessively. Her breaths came out in quick spurts.

Anxious to heighten her pleasure, he dragged his tongue along her derrière’s cleft and circled her puckered rosette, licking and tasting, while caressing the walls of her pussy with his fingers.

“Ooo, you’re a nasty boy,” she purred, hiking her rear end further in the air. “I like it nasty.”

As he enticed her, endless trickles of unparalleled energy traveled through his arm and cascaded through him, a force stronger than his own. He let go of the chesty moan dangling in the back of his throat. She had no idea what she was doing to him, or what force she possessed.

Power. This woman was raw power from the inside and out.

 “My God, Sharayna!” He had never called out the Almighty’s name in vain, not even when he was human, but now he found the need to do so, for the overwhelming energy that streamed through him defied all logic and reason. At the nape of his neck, the searing mark that now resided there, slithered down his spine like a snake.

In the smoothest movements he could conjure, he penetrated her body, slowly pushing and pulling her to his will. She moaned with each stroke, gratifying him with thrusts of her own. The sound of her sex sucking greedily on his fingers serenaded his senses. He inserted another finger, expanding her fluttering tissues. Her warm liquids coated his hand and dribbled down her slit, making small blotches on the comforter.

With his other hand, he reached around her hip and fingered her slick pearl. He savored her throaty cries as he swept his tongue over and around her luscious anal passage, teasing the glands there, periodically probing her for entry.

“Oh God, yes, like that. Mm, feels so good…” Pressing her face into the bed to muffle her kitten-like moans, she fisted the sheets and cupped his massaging hand.

The more he pleasured her, the closer he came to replacing his fingers with his cock. Oh, sweet torture.

Copyright © Yvonne Nicolas 2013

Download the first 4 chapters of Silent Screams HERE

Don’t forget, starting next week I’ll be giving away 4 autographed copies Silent Screams to 4 lucky readers. Don’t miss out on your chance to win!

I will reiterate the rules to win on Monday’s post, but you can find the rules in this post from earlier this week. I Spy with my Dragon Eye Giveaway Contest

I Spy with my Dragon Eyes…

Happy Monday, folks!

This weekend, I offered a free autographed print copy of my urban fantasy Silent Screams to one lucky reader who commented on a blog that featured my novel. Head on over to Nichelle Gregory’s blogspot if you missed the post. http://simplysexystories.blogspot.com/2013/05/silent-screams-by-yvonne-nicolas.html

I randomly chose a reader from the commenters.

And guess what, R.L. Kirk is the winner!

Whoohoo, congrats! Her comment to my sexy excerpt is what caught my attention, and made me laugh. *grin*

But you know what? I’m not done yet.

I’m super elated about this release and the response from the fans, so I want to gift more readers with an autographed copy of Silent Screams. I have 4 gorgeous books ready to go and they are anxious to be read by some winners. 😀

So here’s how you enter to win…

1. First, ‘Like’ Yvonne Nicolas Fan Page

2. Next, post this Silent Screams banner on your FB header cover.

(The image can be found on this link: FB Silent Screams banner)

3. And lastly, post the link to your FB page in the comments of the giveaway post.

Afterwards, I’m going to play ‘I spy’. If you keep this banner up throughout the entire week, you could win! I will choose a winner every Sunday until I give away the last book.

Sounds easy, right? That’s because it is!

This giveaway will start next week on Monday, the 27th. For
the first week of the giveaway, I will add a $10 Amazon gift card to the
winnings. 😉 For the second week, the winner will also get a Dragon Queen shirt!

Don’t miss out on your chance to win, win, WIN!

Sweet Torture #Giveaway

Happy Friday, folks!

I hope everyone’s looking forward to an exciting weekend. I know I am. 😉

Aside from spending my Friday dropping steamy tweets on Twitter , I’m hanging out with my friend, the fabulous Nichelle Gregory. Today, she’s featuring a very sexy excerpt from my urban fantasy novel, Silent Screams.

Excerpt: Sweet Torture from Silent Screams

Swing on by and check it out. Oh, and don’t forget to leave a comment over at Nichelle’s BlogSpot after you read it.

Why, you ask?

Because I’ll randomly choose one reader who leaves a comment and send them an autographed print copy of Silent Screams.

Oh yeah, baby, it’s on! 😀

Don’t miss out on your chance to win! 😉

Silent Screams (The Dragon Queen Series)

Happy Friday,  people!!!

Please excuse this big dumb grin on my face. 😀 I’m uber excited today. It’s the launch, or should I say the rerelease of my gritty, edgy novel Silent Screams ~ the first book in the Dragon Queen Series, formally titled, “Black Rayne Silent Screams”.

**Warning: This book is not for the faint of heart, but for the children of the night. 😉

CLICK HERE to read the first four chapters for free!

SilentScreams_ebook_final_smallR&B sensation, Sharayna “Rayne” Piers, lives her life dedicated to her music. On stage and in the studio, she pours her heart and soul into the lyrics of her songs, hoping to deliver a piece of herself to the listeners. But ever since her twentieth birthday, her seemingly normal life has taken a turn to the dark side.

Piercing screams and horrendous acts of murder seizes her mind, haunting her night and day. Women similar to her in age are vanishing all over the world without a trace. It leaves Rayne wondering if the rash of disappearances is connected to her visions.

Soon, she will discover the world she was raised in is just a cover for what really hides in the shadows, and that her life as a human is a deception to mankind, a guise to conceal her true nature. Will she shun the darkness that has befallen her or step up to the throne and become what she was created to be?

Silent Screams Available on Amazon

The dazzling cover art was done by the incredibly talented Karri Klawiter!

Silent Screams Excerpt

Combined with the other scents wafting through the breeze, a familiar aroma crept into her senses. She stopped and drew in the air circulating around her. A throaty moan heaved out of her on exhale. Yeah, it was there―that same sexy scent she picked up on after the concert last night. “Oh, my God, where is that smell coming from?”

“What smell, Sharayna?” Narri rushed out.

Rayne whipped her head back and forth, eyeing every person that passed her by as the scent became stronger. “Ooo ma, I’mma holla at you later. I gotta find out what that is.” Before Narri could get into one of her rant sessions, Rayne disconnected.

The erratic pounding beneath her chest had her pulse racing. Her body felt strange. A static charge started at her head and worked its way down to her toes. In waves, it rolled back up her body and left the center of her back pulsating. “What the hell…?”

Bewildered, Rayne reached back, under her shirt, and brushed her fingers over her dragon tattoo. She vividly remembered when she got it. It was years ago in Hong Kong. On that day, she was a little tipsy, and feeling mighty damn adventurous.

As she stroked her tatted flesh, it thumped against her fingers like a heartbeat. Weird!

In the thick of her confusion, something really freaky happened. Time slowed down. Rayne turned in a circle, watching everything in motion drag to a sluggish pace. After that, everything went mute. She couldn’t hear the sounds of cars driving by, or the chatter of the people walking along the strip, who literally moved in slow motion as they sauntered by.

It was like being caught up in some bizarre dream.

A presence… She felt a presence that made her insides flutter. She’d felt this presence before, in her mind. Could it be him? Demetri? Had he actually found her?

Nervously, she clutched the end of her shirt and scanned the area for just a glimpse of him. No one stood out. No one even looked her way. Was he teasing her, or was her mind truly playing tricks on her? “That’s it, make me even crazier than I already am,” she murmured.

Along the side of the street, a cab pulled up next to her. The driver, a middle aged man with a cropped haircut and a broad smile, stepped out of the car. He hurried around the vehicle to where she stood and opened the back door. Sweeping his hand through the air, he gestured for her to enter.

Without asking any questions, she slid into the cab.

It was a quiet ten minute ride to the beach. Still smiling, the driver helped her out, and then waved for her to follow him.

Her Adidas’ rubber soles dug into the sand as they trudged along the deserted beach.

Off in the horizon, a pale pink tint from the moon radiated over the small waves in the ocean and highlighted the grains of sand. They sparkled under her appraisal like a trillion tiny diamonds in the spotlight.

The driver led her to a small gazebo near the shore. Sheer red curtains covered the openings. Through the transparent fabric, she saw a chaise lounge sitting in the center of the enclosure. On the side, was a tall bucket filled with ice, chilling a large bottle. Probably wine. Long metal torches on either side of the shelter added to the glow already cast from the moon above.

“This is lovely, but why’d you bring me out…?” She turned to find the driver gone. “Ohh-kay, Houdini, where’d ya’ go?”

A gentle breeze blew ripples over the water and pushed the curtains back, as if to welcome her into the cozy enclosure.

Swallowing hard, she moved forward.

A deep croon brushed the side of her neck. “Do you approve?”

Startled, she whirled around and tumbled backwards. The heel of her shoe dipped into a patch of soft sand and she lost her balance.

A pair of hands caught her by the arms. She was jerked upright and drawn against a hard masculine body.

Her breath came out in short spurts as his arms circled her waist. “Oh Gawd,” was all she could whimper.

Deathly afraid to look up into his face, she clutched the lapels of his jacket and squeezed her eyes shut. Panic picked at her nerves. Suddenly, she realized she was holding her breath.

Breathe, Rayne. Breathe.

This was no dream, or vision. This was actually happening. He’s here! He’s really here!

The enticing scent that made her horny as all hell swirled around her in teasing ribbons of ecstasy. She couldn’t help but breathe him in with every inhale.

His long fingers slipped beneath her chin and tilted her face upward. “At your request, I am here.”

She opened her eyes and her next breath got caught in her throat. Whoa!

Jet black, wavy hair draped his broad shoulders, and framed his porcelain face. Mid-high cheekbones and a narrow-bridged nose added to the perfection of his features. Accented by a fan of thick black lashes, bright, exotic eyes that shimmered like the ocean were fixed on her.

Plainly put, this man was crazy hawt, a real stunner. Never in her life had she seen a man, or woman, so incredibly beautiful. He was unreal.

Just looking at him made every muscle in her body tingle, every nerve quiver and her lady needs increase. “Demetri?” she whispered, giving into the shudders darting up and down her spine.

His plush lips curved up into a sexy smirk, enhancing his beauty as he slowly removed her shades. “Hello, Angel.”

Silent Screams will be released in print on May 17th 2013

777 Challenge

Happy Monday, folks!

My girl, Nichelle Gregory tagged me on the 777 challenge, to share 7 lines of my WIP and I’m happy to accept.

I was asked to go to page 7 or 77 of my manuscript and count down 7 lines, then post the next 7. After that, I was asked to name 7 more authors to tease us with their 7!

So here we go ~ 7 lines from my tale Memories of the Sapphire Rose Garden

Herah waited until she couldn’t smell the troll gypsy’s scent in the air anymore before she took off in the direction of the shifters. “Let’s move, girl.”

Hoofs drummed the ground as the wind rushed past her face. The vibrations of the powerful gallop traveled up through her stallion’s armored form and padded saddle to thump against her womanhood. It aroused her sensitive nerves and invigorated her to the core.

God, she loved riding this mare.

Check out my FACEBOOK PAGE to see what authors I chose to do the challenge with me.

‘Tis the season for WINNING!

Wow! We’re 5 days in on The 2012 Mistletoe Madness Blog Hop and many people have already entered to win. Don’t miss out on your chance to chance to score 8 amazing reads from 8 wonderful authors.

There’s even a chance to win the grand prize, which is a brand new KINDLE FIRE!

Check out the prizes:

Designing Love (Interracial Erotic Romance) by Yvonne Nicolas (Signed print copy)

DesigningLove_FinalMedWorld renowned architect, Devon Sparks reluctantly accepts the job of designing a house for his former lover, who’d betrayed him with his best friend. Still a little emotionally battered, Devon is content to never love again, until Josephine shows up on his doorstep.

Josephine Burnett, a brilliant interior designer, is thrilled to be working on such a big project with Devon. She relishes the opportunity to showcase her talents, but wonders if accepting the job was a mistake in the face of Devon’s rude behavior. Soon she discovers the man behind the cold, hard exterior is capable of smoldering passion…

A passion she finds hard to deny.

Can they break free from their emotional restraints to experience the sultry heat of their love?

Her Wanted Wolf (Paranormal Romance) by Renee Michaels

Alpha were Drew Lunedare lives by very few rules. Keeping the women in his family Her Wanted Wolfsafe was foremost. The fact his sworn enemies had taken his sister eats at him. This makes him dangerous and his temper unpredictable. On the verge of acquiring a clue to her location, he has it snatched away by a she-wolf who is not in any way intimidated by him. She is everything he does not want, Sabine kindles emotions in him he’s determined to keep buried. But she has a gift which might help get what he believes is his heart’s desire.

Sabine Silverwolf is determined to save her small pack from extinction. If she has to use the menacing were, she will, even if she has to take him as her mate. She needs him, but doesn’t want him. She strikes a bargain that will be mutually beneficial; his protection for her skill at masking scent.

But neither were takes into account that proximity will bring out the primal in them, awakening a need that can’t be denied. Loving is easy; it is the wanting that causes difficulties.

Santa Baby (Holiday Erotic Romance) by Roslyn Hardy Holcomb

Santa BabyHaving been burned by his father’s betrayal, real estate tycoon Trip Wakefield has no interest in love or relationships. Until he meets Arietta, a struggling, sultry, blues singer, in his favorite club. Seduced by the silken velvet of her voice, he pursues her with a single-minded purpose—-Arietta in his bed, at any cost. He offers her a deal; if she will be his mistress she can have anything she desires, except his heart.

A woman who knows her own mind and goes for what she wants, Arietta decides that she wants him and his heart so she takes the ultimate gamble and agrees to become his mistress. But when the stock market crashes Trip loses everything. Knowing that he can’t keep up his end of their bargain he tells Arietta it’s over. Arietta takes another gamble and moves in with him and gives up everything she owns to help him rebuild his wealth. In a gift worthy of the Magi she offers him everything she has: herself.

Destino ~ Battaglia Mafia Series (Interracial Erotic Romance) by Sienna Mynx (Signed print copy)

Mira Ellison is poised to have it all. In 1989, she is the first prominent African American Destinofashion designer redefining change for both beauty and style among the renowned in Italy. That happens until the evening she meets a tall, mysteriously charming Sicilian businessman who orchestrates a friendship that awakens a wicked sexual heat she has long forgotten. Who is he really? What harm could a little fling in one of the most beautiful countries in the world bring?

Plenty.

Don Giovanni Battaglia is a man who knows how to get his way. He lives his life on the razor edge of control as he balances family and his dark legacy. He is the leader of a ruthless crime family, and those who intercept his purpose are swiftly made to pay. Mira’s design house opens in Napoli, and unbeknownst to her, the property she occupies is one for which the Battaglia family has big plans. Giovanni’s designs for her business set them on a collision course of heated passion, spine chilling danger, and an unspeakable act of murder.

Denying Bjorn (Interracial Paranormal Romance) by Charisma Knight

Saving BjornBjorn Jensen has fulfilled his destiny by overseeing the well-being of his Dragon Lord. For centuries, he’s led a lonely existence as a Protector, but now he’s forced to take a long hard look at his life.

Lydia has strong feelings for Bjorn, but she’s not ready to trust him with her secret. As their relationship develops, she continues to deny him the truth. Between her meddlesome cousin and a threat from her past, she realizes the odds are against her, and the skeletons in her closet could cost she and Bjorn the happiness they’ve been waiting for all their lives.

Warning: Get cozy and break out the wine. This steamy read contains a svelte Viking-like immortal who knows how to please, protect, and pamper the love of his life, and a strong heroine who eventually realizes the value of trust in a loving relationship.

A Midsummer Tryst ~ Alesi Men(Interracial Erotic Romance) by Serenity King

Italy was a place full of beauty and wonders, however nothing Piero had seen there onA Midsummer Tryst his recent trip could compare to the beauty and wonder Adanna inspired. Fresh from a trip to the Old Country, Piero thought to unwind with family and instead found himself ensnared by the woman who had also caught the attention of his smooth cousin Nicco, who believed he had the upper hand in the quest of Adanna’s heart. After all, she was the best friend of Nicco’s sister. Too bad his cousin had no idea Piero was going to stop at nothing to make the alluring, self-possessed woman his own.

Adanna had no time for the games of too sexy Italian playboys. She had a deadline to meet and no idea how to make the words of her latest romance flow. Who knew all she needed was a little inspiration from a man who certainly knew a thing or two about romance….

Out of the ShadowedLands: Book Three of the Morgan Crowe trilogy (Paranormal Romance) by Maggie Berkley

MorganCroweTrilogyA storm is brewing in the Dark Courts and her name is Death. Tired of broken promises and betrayal, Morgan Crowe takes matters into her own hand and carves a destructive path through the maze of political intrigue the Dark Queen of the Mor’sin’dar had created. After rescuing her friend Vivienne from the dungeons of UnderArch, Morgan returns home to discover her son missing, taken by the man she had once given her heart to. Seeking help to retrieve him she finds those she served unwilling to give assistance and realizes that loyalty is not always a two way street. Tired of being used by those she thought of as allies and hunted by those she knows are enemies, Morgan is determined to end the game she had been unwillingly pulled in to and strikes out in fury at everyone around her. But when her past finally catches up with her and threatens the lives of those she loves, Morgan knows it’s time to take a stand. Charged by her dead King to bring justice to him and the throne and still haunted by the prophecy given to her about the future, she must make a decision that could change the ShadowedLands and those who live within its borders forever. With the help of the mysterious Lord Requiem and the young Werewolf Ty, Morgan steps forward to bring a true King to the Ebon Throne and to remove the threat to her and those she loves. Will she give into her destructive nature or will she finally step into the destiny she was born for?

Thin Ice (Urban Fiction) by KR Bankston

Welcome to the city of Atlanta, home of Hip Hop Moguls JD, Luda, TI, Outkast and ThinIcemore, where Magic has its own city and redemption from sin can be found at any number of Mega Ministries the city heralds. It’s also home to Ian “Ice” Bailey a man as dangerous as he is sexy.

Our story begins on the East side, where we meet Ice and our supporting cast. Kaitlyn “KiKi” Ross and Jaleesa “Tweety” Mitchell; two ladies who can hold their own in the game, making moves and plays as well as any of their male counterparts. Things are fine until Tweety crosses the line, unwittingly dragging KiKi along, and invade Ice’s territory. That’s when everything becomes complicated.

Throw in a romantic triangle or three and the fun really starts. Ice has a thing for KiKi, but she has a thing for Tariq. Tariq Taylor is the short order cook she sells smack to and thinks he’s a junkie. Tariq is into KiKi, but Landon, the guy who works for the arena league that KiKi meets at the club, is determined she’s going to be with him. Confused yet? No? Well there’s Tweety’s man Evan, Landon’s friend, who isn’t what he presents himself to be and who also happens to have hidden lust for KiKi.

Ice is not a man accustomed to hearing no, or being outwitted in his business. His reaction to both is force, sometimes deadly. Begin the ride with us and meet all the players in our serial drama, starting with the beginning, BEWARE: Thin Ice.

Entering is so easy. Just CLICK HERE and follow the simple steps to win!

Good Luck!

The 2012 Mistletoe Madness Blog Hop Giveaway

HolidayGiveaway2012Hello, my lovelies! Guess what? It’s that time of year again ~ time for The Mistletoe Madness Blog Hop Giveaway! Whoohoo!

For those of you who don’t know what a blog hop giveaway is, I’ll break it down for you.

Each participating blog hosts a giveaway and then we link up together allowing our followers to hop from one giveaway to the next.

Enter to win over 50 giveaways hosted by our participants!

Alright you anxious readers, allow me to lay out my prizes for the hop.

  • A signed print copy of the redesigned title, Designing Love from Yours Truly. 😉
  • An ebook copy of Her Wanted Wolf by Renee Michaels
  • An ebook copy of Santa Baby by Roslyn Hardy Holcomb
  • A signed print copy of Destino by Sienna Mynx
  • An ebook copy of Denying Bjorn by Charisma Knight
  • An ebook copy of A Midsummer Tryst by Serenity King
  • An ebook copy of Out of the ShadowedLands: Book Three of the Morgan Crowe trilogy by Maggie Berkley
  • And last but not least, an ebook copy of Thin Ice by KR Bankston

DesigningLove_FinalMedHer Wanted WolfSanta BabyDestinoSaving BjornA Midsummer TrystMorganCroweTrilogyThinIce

All you have to do is follow a few simple steps and you can win these awesome prizes. If you enter on the blog hop, there’s a chance to win an even bigger prize!

  • The grande prize for the chosen contestant is a Kindle Fire pre-loaded with novels from our sponsors, which includes ME. 😉

At the end of the blog hop, us sponsors will get together and choose the winner for the grand prize.

(Note: this contest is for US contestants only.) Sorry.

Now onto the steps to win;

1. First, leave a comment answering this question. (Don’t forget to include your name and email addy)

  • What is your fondest holiday memory? And what makes it so special?

2. Next step, click “like” at the bottom of this post. If anything, do it because you want to make me smile. 🙂

3. If you’re on Facebook, “like” my Yvonne Nicolas Fan Page, because I’M AWESOME! 😀 OR if you have a Twitter account, follow me @YvonneNicolas

4. And lastly, follow my blog. 😉

Easy breezy, right? Keep in mind that you have to follow all of these steps in order to win!

At the end of the contest, I’ll randomly choose a winner. Then I’ll announce the winner a day after the contest ends. So make sure you get your answer in and complete the steps before the 22nd of December.

CLICK HERE to view the list of participants and get to their blogs.

Enter to win the big prize by clinking on this link =>> Mistletoe Madness Blog Hop Contest

Good luck!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you all!

The Next Big Thing Blog Hop

Hello, my lovelies!

The talented author Vivi Dumas selected me to participate in the Next Big thing “blog hop”, along with 3 other authors. Because I like her so much, I accepted.

I was given 10 questions to answer about my current WIP.

So here we go!

What is the working title of your book?

Scattered Flames ~ Book 3 of the Dragon Queen series

Where did the idea come from for the book?

I read a lot of stories in urban fantasy and horror, which happens to be my favorite genres. The premise for The Dragon Queen Series came to me while I was listening to the complaints in a readers group. This was when I was a serial reader, before I dived headfirst into a writing career. The complaint from the fellow readers was that they found it difficult to relate to the characters in the popular books we read. My goal was to answer the reader’s call, to make a great story with characters relatable to people from different backgrounds.

What started as a short story blossomed into a series. And in the fantasy world created in my mind, it’s still going.

What genre does your book fall under?

Given the dynamics of the storyline, it falls under different genres. Gothic horror, urban fantasy and interracial paranormal romance.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie?

I love this question, because when I’m creating the characters I imagine a certain actors portraying them on the big screen. For those of you who have read the books in the series so far, if you have better actors or actresses in mind to portray the main characters, I’d love to see who you choose.

Demetri Bithanos, the hero of the series is a debonair beauty and merciless killer. I was bouncing back and forth between Ben Barnes and Jonathan Rhys Meyers, but I think Ben would be a better choice. After seeing him pull off the role as Dorian Grey with such finesse, I was in love. Put some contacts on him and he’s my Demetri.

Sharayna “Rayne” Piers, the heroine of the series is sweet, funny, gorgeous and a little bit hood. An actress who would do her character justice is Keke Palmer. I think she would excel at bringing out the two sides of Rayne. Besides that, she’s a great singer! Rayne’s a songtress as well, so that’s a plus for the role.

Now who would be a great actor to play Demetri’s hot, ill-mannered older brother, Maurisio Bithanos? I’m leaning towards Stephen Amell from the show “Arrow”. Maurisio is rich and a bit cocky, not to mention the alpha wolf of one of the biggest shifter clans in the world. Oh yeah, Stephen can definitely nail that role.

When I created Priestess Katsumi, the soul of Demetri’s katana, I had only one actress in mind. Michelle Yeoh! The character Katsumi is a symbol of power and elegance. In my opinion, Michelle is the embodiment of that. She is so refined and beautiful―a perfect candidate for the role of Katsumi.

I would list the rest of the characters and the actors/actresses who would be a great fit, but being that the Dragon Queen Series has a large cast, that would make this post very long. 🙂 I will, however, post a blog dedicated to the characters at the beginning of the year.

What is a one sentence synopsis of your book?

Live in the shadow of darkness or die within the flames of Heaven.

Will your book be self published or represented by an agency/publisher?

I’ll let you know next year. 😉

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

A few months. It would’ve been less but I’m easily distracted. LOL!

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

Some of the readers compare it to the Vampire Huntress Legend by the dearly missed L.A. Banks, which is a huge honor. I didn’t believe them until I started reading her books. Wow, that is a kickass series! I can only hope to be as good as Mrs. Banks one day.

Who or What inspired you to write this book?

I think I answered that on the second question. One of my long drawn out answers. *grin*

What else about your book might interest the reader?

There’s plenty of sex, death, violence and romance. Such a twisted combination, but a great read all the same. ^_^

Here are the four lovely ladies I invited to next week’s installment of the Next Big Thing blog hop. They will post their questions and answers on the 12th of December. Be sure to visit their blog spots!

KR Bankston

Roslyn Hardy Holcomb ~ The One Who Writes

Serenity King

Sienna Mynx ~ The Diva’s Pen

Gift of Persuasion

Gift of Persuasion

Sheila smiled as soon as they walked into the building. “A male gay club? Really, Trevor? Why’d you bring me here?”

She looked over at her maker. His fangs descended as his devilish green eyes glazed over in feverish lust. The wave of his open desire whipped through her like raging storm. Her own sharp incisors crept from beneath her gums.

Sidling closer to him, she slid her hand into his. “See something you like?”

“I want you to sense it…” He dropped that heart-stopping gaze on her. “The rapid pulses, the thick blood pumping through veins, the aura of raw sex in the air… Breathe it in. Then target your victim. Don’t bother reading their minds. Just choose one that appeals to you.”

Shaking her head, she giggled. “You mean to truly test my will. I think I’d have more success in a straight club, don’t you think?”

“My darling, you fail to realize the power you hold. Your elegant umber tone and bountiful curves…” His fingertips danced over her naked shoulder and along the length of her neck. A shudder darted down her spine. “There’s not a man alive who is able to resist your beauty.” His haunting whisper wafted over the thumping music. “Use the gift I’ve given you, the gift of persuasion.”

She scanned the crowd. A man near the bar caught her attention. Nursing a glass of scotch, he eyed her over his shoulder, or rather eyed her maker. He was beautiful, toned. What she liked most about him was that his blood was running hotter than all the men in the club.

He was perfect.

“Come to me,” she commanded in mental message.

Without a moment’s hesitation, he slid off the barstool and ambled toward them, winding his hips to the beat of the music.

“Nice choice. He seems anxious to be your blood whore.”

She grinned up at Trevor as he watched the man’s seductive approach in eager anticipation.

“I have a hot fantasy sailing along my mind,” she whispered. “Can you see it?”

Dancefloor loversHe chuckled. “You wicked little minx. I see you have no problem with abusing your gift.” He reached over his head and yanked his shirt off. “That aside, your desires are also mine and I do enjoy satisfying them.”

Trevor grazed his fingertips over the guy’s erect nipples as he slinked behind him. Moaning, the man helplessly melted into his embrace.

Eyes focused on her, Trevor smiled and tugged on the guy’s shirt, baring his delicious torso. He was teasing her.

Sheila found herself trembling and breathing heavily.

Mouth hovering over his jugular, Trevor winked and crooned, “For you, sweetheart.” Then he lost his fangs in his victim’s flesh.

Copyright © Yvonne Nicolas 2012

I hope you enjoyed this flash tale. I scored this image from a fellow Tumblr blogger, and as you can see it inspired a story.

Thanks to the fans’ requests, there’s a new genre I enjoy writing―M/M/F. I also enjoy M/M, but I think it makes the read a little spicier when a woman is added to the mix.

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