Thursday, January 28, 2010

Best of Torrid Teasers Vol. 2 - Cheri Valmont's Excerpt #4

Cheri Valmont is in the Best of Torrid Teasers Vol. 2 with me and Susan M Sailors and below is an excerpt for her fourth and final Torrid Teasers!

ALIA’S DEBT (Science Fiction - #4 in Kazphyrian series)

When Princess Alia Faddei is bought from slavers as a ‘gift’ for GarinRig Ossur, she is determined to serve the debt of honor due for her rescue. From the moment Alia encounters Garin, she wants him. Alia’s fulfillment of her debt could mean her death. Can Garin and Alia be together without forsaking their honor or their lives?


As soon as Garin opened his chamber door and began disrobing the last of his uniform, his eyes were drawn directly to the steam rising from the bath. Something was wrong. Even as the thought struck him and he stood completely naked, a head popped up from his bath.

Jardem hell!

Dark flame-colored hair covered the face of his intruder. Obviously, she didn’t know she had company yet, because she took her time to push the unruly mass out of her face. When she did realize, her eyes widened then narrowed, but if he thought to hear her scream or cry out, he would have been wrong.

It seemed she’d been struck speechless.

His father had not been lying when he’d boasted of her beauty, either. Her skin color was darker than what normally accompanied someone with her color hair. Her features were suited more to someone of noble birth, rather than a simple servant. He noted no obvious bruises, so the harsh punishment his father intimated may have been psychological or emotional in nature. Garin doubted her captors would have wanted to mar their prize, decreasing her value on the slave market. And those eyes, dark green and shimmering like jewels with the light of intelligence. The length of her hair covered most of her naked body, giving only brief glimpses of satiny skin as she moved.

Warily, she eyed his naked body as she moved back to the farthest end of his inset bathing pool.

“Greetings, female,” Garin said as he moved closer to his pool. “I see there is no need for me to invite you to join me at my bath.”

Now available from Whiskey Creek Press Torrid

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