Tuesday, June 4, 2013

SEDUCTIVE SHADOWS by Marni Mann "meet" Lilly Excerpt & $100 Spa Giveaway




Countdown until the release of SEDUCTIVE SHADOWS by Marni Mann with fun excerpts, teasers and giveaways every Tuesday!





Expected Release Date:

July 17, 2013






 “Lilly”


Excerpt



Lilly had always looked like an older version of me, with her long chocolate hair and full lips. But my eyes were green, while hers were caramel. Despite all the liquor she drank, her skin had been creamy, an olive and gold complexion. And whenever someone heard her sing, they would ask why she was unsigned—or at least the drunks at the bar would, when she’d stand up on a speaker and belt out some old school metal jam. She was beautiful and she had the voice, but she would answer, “I can’t raise a kid on the road. Charlie ain’t got no one but me.”
I wasn’t the reason Lilly didn’t have a record deal; it was her fear that had kept it from happening. Boston was where she’d grown up, where she knew enough people to keep her employed and to help raise me, and where she wasn’t judged for being an alcoholic. But claiming to stay for me made her look noble, or at least like a good mom, so she preferred that story over the truth. 
But now her beauty was gone. The wilted flower stared up from her bed with red, watery lids. Her tongue swiped over her lips. She reached underneath the damp washcloth, scratching at the patches of baldness on her head. If I were to paint her, wisps of white would have filled the page. 
“Can you get me some water?” She lit a cigarette and dangled it between her fingers. She coughed as she exhaled, barely having the strength to take a second drag, but she refused to quit.
I handed her the cup from the side table and bent the straw so it would reach her mouth.
“You get the mail?” she asked.
I nodded. Not having enough energy to use her wheelchair, she wasn’t able to make it downstairs to the mailbox. I was thankful for that.
“Anything from the landlord?”
“I should have enough to cover the whole bill, plus what we owe from last month.”
“Can’t you work overtime so this shit won’t happen again?”
“Like I told you this morning, I was only approved for thirty-six hours.”
“I forgot, goddammit!” She pounded her fist on the mattress. “How would you like to be stuck in this bed, at the mercy of your daughter?”
I opened my mouth, but the only thing that came out was a sigh. I searched inside, deep within my body, for the tingles Dallas had left. Seconds passed. The only things I felt were the dull ache between my eyes and an overwhelming urge to shout inappropriate things at her. 
She was dying; I had to remember that.



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Synopsis:



Charlie is a passionate, sensually inspired art student, desperately seeking an escape from an abusive past that haunts her and a tragic accident that emptied her heart. Scarred and unable to love, her yearning for physical pleasure and contact leads her into a tantalizing, dangerous world of power and seduction. The anonymity of the deal offers security, the money provides financial freedom, and the madam’s authority is the mother figure she longs for.


But the thrill of the mansion and its arousing dominance quickly fades when she meets the renowned yet mysterious Cameron Hardy, whose intense, baby blue eyes send a nervous flutter through her core. He’s sexy, and not in a subtle way. Cameron stimulates her art, intellect and desires. Just as he begins to break through her emotional boundaries, Charlie discovers a devastating connection between her past and her scandalous work at the mansion, shattering everything she thought to be true.


Provocative, intoxicating and erotic, Seductive Shadows is the unforgettable tale of a young woman’s discovery as she learns to forgive, to love and be loved, and to find redemption amidst a memorable journey that will captivate your mind and stimulate your soul.


This book is for mature audiences 17+. It contains explicit language and sexual content.





Author Info:


A New Englander at heart, Marni Mann is now a Floridian inspired by the sandy beaches and hot pink sunsets of Sarasota. She taps mainstream appeal and shakes worldwide taboos, taking her readers on a dark and breathtaking journey. When she’s not nose deep in her laptop, she’s scouring for chocolate, traveling, reading, or walking her four-legged children. 


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Twitter: @marnimann