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Blog Exclusive: A "Dark Sweet Nothings" Excerpt from EMBRACING MIDNIGHT by Devyn Quinn
Blog readers, you're in for a treat! Here's an exclusive, never-before-seen sneak peek at Embracing Midnight (November 2008) that I cajoled from Devyn. Be forewarned, it's very dark and intense!

"Dark, powerful, and deliciously erotic, Embracing Midnight by Devyn Quinn takes the unbelievable and makes it frighteningly real. A tormented and tortured heroine and a hero who may—or may not—be truly evil, battle an even greater horror. Step out of your comfort zone, embrace the impossible and lose yourself in this richly sensual tale, the ultimate in dark erotic romance." --Kate Douglas, author Wolf Tales

Award-winning author Devyn Quinn tells a tale of dark and dangerous seduction as one woman experiences exquisitely erotic delights…with a very unusual man.

“Nice.” Iollan gave her near naked body a friendly smile, taking in every last inch. If he saw anything he didn't like, he wasn't showing it.

Basking in his appreciation, Callie glanced down. Full breasts and shapely hips flared out from her tiny waist. Her legs were long and lean, her belly flat and solid as a brick. All those extra days working out in the gym had paid off. Her body was in top shape, a necessity of the job she followed with near religious fervor. Roger had reminded her many times during her training--in and out of bed-- that an out of shape agent was a sloppy agent.

“You're perfect in every way.” Pulling her closer, he leaned forward, nibbling the bare skin just below her breasts.

Callie's breath caught. His lips were soft and warm, moist as he licked the sensitive area. The heated sensation of his mouth on her bare abused skin felt wonderful. A lusty moan slipped out.

“You like that?”

“Oh, yes.” She purred in rapture. “More, please, sir.”

He pulled back, taking away the wonderful torture. “Good girl. You catch on fast.” He reached for her left wrist. “But not yet. Still have to finish the unveiling.”

Callie stiffened. Oh, shit. She'd totally forgotten the reason she wore those cuffs in the first place.

Undoing the ties, Iollan peeled away the leather cuff. Pale and white, dozens of white scars were stark against her abused inner wrists. The veins wove pale greenish-blue paths beneath the obvious damage.

His face darkened. She saw him swallow, fighting the urge to question their presence.

She tried to pull her arm away. “Don't.”

He persisted. “I want to see.” He unbound her right wrist, visually probing more scars.

“Seen enough?” Her words were an unpleasant snarl.

He shook his head, tracing one with a single finger. “Tell me why?”

So warm only moments ago, Callie felt ice cold inside as the blood drained from her face. She'd always explained the irregular scars away as a childhood accident.

Trust. Treacherous, but necessary. He had to believe everything about her, down to the last detail. Shifting uneasily, she gave him a level look. In for a penny, in for a pound.

“I'm a cutter.” Her voice quavered, but she quickly gained control. “Or rather, I was. When I was a teenager.”

Warm hands touched her hips, holding her still and steady. Beneath his touch, her skin raised into goose-bumps. “What happened to make you do that?”

Callie shivered. Her stomach felt as if thousands of snakes writhed inside and her palms felt clammy. Her life hadn't been easy or pleasant. What do you do when the state sends you to a foster home, and your foster father finds you more attractive than his wife sleeping down the hall?

You close your eyes and endure.

Racked by insomnia, fearing the man who would come and use her body in ways she didn't then understand, Callie had turned to the only solution she knew to vent her fear and frustration.

“What can I say? I was a fucked up kid.” She struggled to get the words out. Shuffled in through the foster care system since her third birthday, Callie had never known the security of a stable home, much less a family who loved her--or wanted her.

A muscle at the corner of his lower jaw jumped. “I'm sorry.”

“Don't be.” Her hands were shaking cold. The past was the past. Her intensity was out of place, leaving her too exposed. “When I was a teenager, I cut a little, drank a little and fucked a lot. It was a fetish. I'm over it now.”

“Let's see if you are.” He reached for her hand.

Dismayed, Callie resisted. She felt nauseated. “Don't take me there.” Muscles tense, she stood, waiting.

“I know the darkness inside you.” Succeeding in the capture, he raised her inner wrist to his mouth. Moist warmth spread across her chilled skin.

She closed her eyes, heart skipping at the sheer primitive power of his lips on her skin. Her brain was totally paralyzed, trapped by his utterly sensual acceptance.

Another warm slow wet stoke went straight to the center of her pulsing clit. The delicious skim of his tongue was follow by the scrape of his teeth. His move, sexy, amazing, enticing, gripped her fractured senses.

“Harder,” she gasped.

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  • At 12:01 PM, Blogger Cathy said…

    A very powerful excerpt, and what an amazing review by Kate, "Dark, powerful, and deliciously erotic". Definitely all of my favorite things. Thanks so much for sharing it with us.

  • At 12:43 PM, Blogger Judy said…

    A great excerpt!! I can't wait until November. I do not think it will be put on my TBR pile. I will purchase as soon as it comes out and read ahead of the others. The excerpt kept me wanting more. Very Powerful!!

  • At 1:23 PM, Blogger TamiC said…

    MMMM Love the excerpt. Looking forward to November so I can get it.

  • At 1:33 PM, Blogger Devyn Quinn said…

    Thanks, all! Glad you liked it. :)I love this book, and that quote by KD is terrific.

  • At 1:51 PM, Blogger Nancy Bristow said…

    I'm over from RJR. Devyn Quinn is a new-to-me author but Kate Douglas is not and I LUVS her books. Embracing Midnight sounds like my kind of read....Nancy

  • At 3:03 PM, Blogger flchen1 said…

    This was a terrific excerpt--I really enjoy imperfect heroes and heroines!

  • At 4:18 PM, Blogger ddurance said…

    I haven't even heard of this one yet. Yummy! Devyn does it best!


  • At 5:51 PM, Blogger lrwirum said…

    Wow what an excerpt. Draws you in and makes you want more.


  • At 6:20 PM, Blogger Laura K said…

    I love the sound of this book, just in time to enjoy right after Halloween. Wow! You got Ms. Douglas to give you a quote as well.

  • At 7:18 PM, Blogger Sue A. said…

    This one sounds so good. November seems so far away now.

  • At 10:04 PM, Blogger windycindy said…

    Sounds like an exciting book! Please enter my name in your drawing. I appreciate it! Thanks, Cindi

  • At 10:37 PM, Blogger orelukjp0 said…

    I love it. What a subject to write about. I can honestly say I have never read about it in an erotic book before. I will definately be buying this book as soon as it comes out. Kudos to you.

  • At 10:51 PM, Blogger Redz said…

    love the excerpt and the interview!!

  • At 10:04 AM, Blogger jennybrat said…

    Posting this for Arlisa who sent this via my contact form:

    I want to be this girl. I would embrace midnight and this hot guy in the book in every way.

  • At 2:12 PM, Anonymous Judi said…

    This one is definitely on my wishlist! It sounds smokin hot. :)

  • At 9:54 PM, Blogger Ali said…

    Very hot!! Great excerpt, Devyn :)

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