Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Guest Blog & Series Relaunch: Lucani Lovers by Stephanie Julian

          Who wouldn’t want to be a shifter?
          I mean, seriously, the ability to change your body into a completely animal? Coolest ability ever, right?
          Wolves are the most common shifters in paranormal romance and there’s a good reason for that. They’re sleek, stealthy and smart. The perfect predators. And they make the perfect alpha heroes (and heroines).
          In the Lucani Lovers series, my wolves were given the ability to shift centuries ago by the Etruscan Moon Goddess. In ancient Rome, they were the special ops forces of the Roman Legion.
          In today’s world, they’ve adapted. They’ve gotten good at hiding in plain sight.
          But what happens when the outside world begins to encroach and trouble arrives at their door?
          Then these wolves get deadly.
          The Lucani Lovers series is part of my Etruscan Magic world, which also includes the Darkly Enchanted, Magical Seduction and Forgotten Goddesses series. They’re all based on the premise that there’s still magic in our world. Fairies, elves, satyrs, shifters and witches.
          Each of the books have a unique twist on what you think you know about these myths and tales. And all have a steamy romance at their core.
          There are six stories in the Lucani Lovers series: Kiss of Moonlight, Moonlight Ménage, Edge of Moonlight, Moonlight Temptation, Grace in Moonlight and Shades of Moonlight.
          Each has a stand-alone love story with one or two hot heroes.
          These stories were previously released but I’ve re-edited and revised and, in the case of Kiss of Moonlight and Moonlight Ménage, have rewritten the endings and expanded the story.
          I can’t wait for readers to discover (or rediscover) my wolves. I’ve loved revisiting and reacquainting myself with them.
          And I’m anxious to get back to my Etruscan Magic world with new stories. But more on that later…

Kiss of Moonlight, Second Chapter Excerpt

           Even though twilight had fallen, she could still see him plainly in the light of the full moon. Moonlight suited him. It softened his hard edges. She wanted to run her hands along that shadowed jaw and across that broad chest, sink her fingers into his hair.
          Still standing by his chair on the other side of the table, he walked around to her, holding out his hand.
          Without thought, she reached for him, watching his lips curl into a devastating smile as he drew her to her feet. Only inches separated them, inches she wanted to close.
          They stood like that for what had to be a full minute, staring into each other’s eyes like they were starring in a Lifetime TV movie.
          It should’ve embarrassed her. Or at the very least, made her self-conscious. At worst, she should be running in fear in the opposite direction.
          It emboldened her to know she wasn’t scared at all.
          Instead, she leaned a little closer, drawn by the warmth of his eyes, the heat of his body.
          Kiss me, kiss me, kiss me kept chanting through her brain.
          As if he’d heard her thoughts, his smile faded and desire turned to sharp, biting hunger in her gut.
          Then he blinked and began to pull back, shaking his head. “Tam…”
          No, no, no.
          Fevered compulsion made her curve her hand around the back of his neck as she rose on her tiptoes. She shouldn’t have been able to reach his mouth, the top of her head barely reached his shoulder. But he met her halfway, his short groan cut off when their lips met. He pressed hard, his lips firm and hot on hers, his arms wrapping around her back and plastering her to his body.
          She moaned, wanting more, but he immediately eased his hold, ratcheted back some of the passion she sensed in his kiss and let her take the lead. Let her press against him. As if he was afraid of scaring her.
          But that wasn’t what she wanted. She wanted him to kiss her. Really kiss her until she lost herself in him. Buried old, horrible memories under an avalanche of lust.
          So she forced him closer, wrapped her arms around his shoulders and kissed him harder.
          Letting her tongue lick at the seam of his lips, she teased until he opened his mouth. She would’ve thrust inside but he beat her to it, finally starting to loosen his hold on his leashed desire.
His hands flattened on her back, each finger a hot brand through her thin t-shirt. The tips pressed into her back for several seconds before easing up to rest there lightly.
Don’t stop. More.

Stephanie Julian is the New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of sophisticated, sultry romance. She writes many different series, including Salon Games, Indecent and Lucani Lovers. She loves hard rock and Broadway, runs very slowly, married a Springsteen fanatic and is the mother of two hairy beasts she calls sons.

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Book Links

Kiss of Moonlight
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Moonlight Menage
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Edge of Moonlight
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 Moonlight Temptation
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 Grace in Moonlight
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Shades of Moonlight
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