All Stomp and No Romp?
All stomp and no romp makes for a dull boy. And why would you want dull, ladies?
Meet Brandon Clarkson. Brandon isn’t all romp, either – he can stomp with the toughest criminals on earth. He’s the best of both worlds, a man with a rock-hard, tattoo-covered body and soulful, rain-grey eyes. This hot ex-cop excels at his current job, as a Guardian angel who kicks demon ass. Here he is in an excerpt from The Demoness of Waking Dreams hunting down Luciana Rossetti, a deadly Rogue demoness who loves to romp and stomp, too:
The angel tracked her through the maze of streets. Streets so familiar she could have navigated them with her eyes closed, drawn to her destination by the invisible pull of memory. Yet, never had she fled down these streets with such fear in her heart, pounding at every turn. Into the Street of Assassins. Into the one place in Venice where there would be others of her kind. Where she had the greatest chance of finding help.
Behind her, a gale force gathered and drew her backward, like a tornado threatening to uproot a tree. Resisting that force, Luciana reached for the old brass doorknob in front of her. She stretched, her fingertips grazing the cool metal.
Now, pulled by that unseen power, she turned to look back at the angel who had followed her into the heart of demon territory.
Light radiated from his body, illuminating the alleyway. Around him, an aura glowed unlike any she had seen before. She winced in the brightness of it, raising her arm to cover her eyes.
Turning to look back had been a mistake.
A last burst of energy pulsed from him. She felt herself propelled backward toward him.
Relentless. Unstoppable. And about as easy to hide from as a heat-seeking missile.
In an ideal world, though, Brandon would choose peace over conflict, love over war. He’s a fighter by necessity, but a lover by choice. So while he’s not afraid to get his hands dirty stomping out demons, he’d rather romp any day. Here he is, cruising the canals of Venice in a gondola with Luciana:
With her other hand, she pointed, and he shifted his gaze from her face for an instant, looking up at the ornate covered bridge that arched overhead. He turned back to look at her, watched the last play of moonlight on her face turning to shadow as they passed beneath the bridge. Utterly without thinking, he leaned forward and closed the distance between them. With a brush of his fingers on the side of her jawline, turned her face toward him.
You’re on a mission here, said his mind. You must retain all your faculties of reason.
Kiss her, screamed his gut.
So he kissed her.
A mere graze of his lips against hers, a flutter of contact as light as her butterfly touch. But he felt it as a visceral jolt, that intimate connection of skin against moist skin, a shock that resounded in the depths of his being. He felt as though he had shifted into another reality, one that seemed as volatile and ephemeral as a dreamspace.
The Demoness of Waking Dreams releases on August 28, 2012. Come romp – and stomp – with the best of them. Brandon will be waiting for you! ;)
Ex-cop Brandon Clarkson is an angel with an edge. His tough exterior is the perfect camouflage for his job: hunting down the most dangerous criminals on earth. A self-reliant and demanding lone wolf, Brandon is the ideal angel to track and capture demoness Luciana Rossetti.
Beneath the surface of Luciana’s cool, green-eyed beauty lurks the heart of a malevolent killer. In the winding streets of Venice, she lures him into her dark world of pleasure.
They are perfectly matched. Angel and demon. Man and woman. But only one can win the battle of wills, of strength and of desire.
About the author:
Stephanie worked as a lawyer at a top-tier Canadian firm and completed five university degrees before landing her dream job: romance novelist. Her degrees include a J.D. and a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto, and a Master’s in Creative Writing from Oxford University.
When she’s not writing, Stephanie enjoys yoga, traveling and outdoor adventures. She lives in Vancouver with her husband and their pug, Dexter.
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