The Protectors Anthology
The Blood Bar Chronicles Book 2
Protecting His Own
by Xandra James
Genre: Paranormal romance
Publisher: Breathless Press
Number of pages: 152
Word Count: 47999
Cover Artist: Victoria Miller
When the Wicked Ladies of Fiction meet up in a Scottish bar they don’t expect a night filled with danger, lust and hot supernatural men…
This was a bad idea. It was time for her to go. Call it woman's intuition or that the creepy club had bad juju, something weird was happening, and tonight was definitely the wrong time for her to be feeling lonely. Nina stood up, about to make her excuses to the girls, hoping they'd be as supportive as they always had been, when something came over her.
Nina felt strange down to her toes.
It was like she was drunk, loved up, and floating—all at once. She stumbled and grabbed the back of her chair to steady her jelly-like legs. Everyone around her seemed to be moving in slow motion. Nina looked around at the room, surveying her friends first. They looked the same as her. She reached out her hand to Tara but missed her shoulder. The sparkly teeth guy she saw earlier headed toward them and grabbed one of her friends. She tried to speak but couldn't form the words before they were gone again.
People were dispersing from the room quickly, and Nina knew there was something wrong with this place. She should have known it with a name like the Blood Bar. Legs that were barely keeping her upright began to fail, and she slumped to the floor. What the hell was happening to her? Was she drugged? Nina let her eyes close. Surely if she just slept a little, this would all be over with soon, but her body was screaming at her. Hot lust coursed through her veins, and she shuddered.
"I've got you." A deep voice tugged at her, and she reluctantly opened her eyes to gaze at a strong chest.
"Who…hell…you?" Nina frowned, realizing her words weren't quite coming out as planned. Her eyes slowly travelled up a strong, stubbly jaw, over full, smiling lips, and finally landing on beautiful gray eyes. She gasped, finding it difficult to breathe. Her every fantasy she'd had in recent months filled her mind, and lust cascaded through her body until she felt so out of control in his arms, she thought she might melt.
Nina lifted her hand to his face and traced his jaw, his smile becoming more of a grimace.
"Take me to bed." Her fingers covered her mouth, and Mr. Gray Eyes smiled once more.
Thanks so much for having me today on your blog! I'm going to talk a little bit about inspiring the muse, if that's okay? ;D
My muse is an awkward gal. A little like me, she tends to think she only needs to work when the stars line-up, the wind blows in the same direction as the night she was born and there's enough tequila consumed to make you forget your name for at least a week.
It isn't unfortunately the way it works. I should know since I'd been waiting for inspiration to strike for too many years to mention, sitting back and waiting for the perfect story or the perfect opportunity or the perfect ___ (fill in the blank) to happen. Yeah, that doesn't work.
But it wasn't until I heard a quote - or read it somewhere on the internet when I was supposed to be writing my first story, that I knew that's what I'd been doing. I can't remember the exact wording but I'll always remember the sentiment. Inspiration will never come and find you if you're not working towards finding it.
Hearing that, I finally realised that I should be writing constantly, reading all the time and keeping my mind open to everything. Not just writing when my beautiful muse decided to get out of bed and crack open the nectar (i.e. coffee).
After copious rejections, I knew I had to take this piece of advice to heart.
I cracked the whip, made my muse a strong coffee and wrote that story, working out the kinks that had held me up previously as I went along. And what do ya know? Inspiration came and tapped me on the shoulder and made the story even stronger, the characters even meatier and the hero even more hot ;) My muse hadn't let me down and inspiration had come calling when I'd at last gone looking for it.
What's the moral of this story, you ask? Well, I'll tell you. Don't give up. That muse of yours is lazy (okay, maybe that's just mine). Give her a chance and you'll be in Mexico, watching the cabana boys rub sun tan lotion on themselves. As nice as that sounds (I say, looking up cabana boys on google. It's research *cough*), it's even better to be called a published author. Go out, read something, write something and people watch but make notes. Be inspired wherever you are and keep those creative juices flowing.
And last but not least? Don't wait for inspiration (or opportunity) to come and slam you in the face. It won't happen and you'll just be another writer in the world that didn't write that bestselling story.
And that's almost as sad as me looking for flight prices to Mexico…
About the Author:
Multi-published author, Xandra James, has always wanted to write romance books. Even when she was sneaking peaks at the hot bits, too young to fully appreciate them, she dreamt of writing her own.
Now, older and wiser, she's got the opportunity to project her slightly dark and wacky, British sense of humour onto others, whilst still writing the hot bits - bonus!
When not writing, Xandra is thinking of excuses as to why she shouldn't be doing the housework, looking after a husband and cats that refuse to pick up after themselves and climbing the mountain in her house that's affectionately called her tbr pile.
She currently holds the crown for Queen Procrastinator – something she's very proud of – so you can usually find her online, somewhere, when she really should be writing.
The Blood Bar Chronicles
Chellie Edwards. Raven McAllen. Sandra James. Sasha May
Contemporary. Paranormal. Sus/Myst. Act/Adv
M/F. M/F/M. F/M/M. M/M. Ménage Anal play. Voyeurism
Breaking the Surface. Chellie Edwards
Arielle and her writing group decide to meet in a bar that is humored to attract the paranormal. They experience more than they bargained for and to be sure their lives will be forever changed.
Arielle meets someone and she decides to live on the wild side and go with her feelings and experience life and oh boy does she have an experience that not only rocks her world but changes her life. She never in her wildest dreams thought sex could be so good.
To Stop A War. Raven McAllen
Two guys rekindle a long past friendship and are getting totally into each other when Tavvy accidentally crosses their path and gets more than an eye full. They challenge her to join the party and leave her writing buddies at the table. Oh yea, she is game and they proceed to climb the stairs to somewhere more private. She leaves her friends in the bar totally unaware that things have gotten strange. Hot heavy sex is exploding all around.
Protecting His Own. Xandra James
Nina enters the bar and looks for her writing buddies but senses more is going on than just meeting with the girls for a drink and chit chat. She is overcome with an intense desire to have sex NOW and things get strange all around and her friends disappear. They were there and now they are nowhere to be seen. Sam takes Nina under his protective care and things get hot and heavy very quickly. They experience the best sex either of them has ever experienced and how and why are only a few of the questions being asked. So much is a mystery to Nina and Sam has secrets that he needs to share.
Desperate Desires. Sasha May
Morgan has been searching for that special something to make him feel whole and when he sees Amilian enter the bar to join her writing friends he knows that his search is over. Things unfold and Dev peaks his interest too. He takes an immediate liking to him but his feelings for Amilian spike when he senses her getting flustered and confuses like all of her friends and horny to the max. Dev and Morgan step in and help. Oh yea things get hot and hotter as the three explore these new feelings to the fullest. Things are finally settling down for all and the underlying threat that has ever been present is taken care of.
Many lives have changed this one night and bliss has been discovered for so many and will continue for many many years. It has been a great night all in all.
The authors did a fantastic job of keeping the story line going and the suspense in tact. Everyone had earth shattering sex and lives are forever richer for having gone to The Blood Bar.
I am so glad that the hint of mystery in the beginning and dropped afterwards came back to be basically be explained at the end. Now hopefully everyone will live happily ever after.a Rafflecopter giveaway
Tourwide giveaway: Two copies of the book.
Tourwide giveaway: Two copies of the book.