Romancing the Hop Aug.31-Sept.3 ~There are few things more romantic than a first kiss…

There are few things more romantic than a first kiss…

Hi, everyone, welcome to Romancing the Hop. At this stop, I’m giving away a $25 Amazon gift card. The winner will be announced Sept. 4th. Enter to win by reading this romantic excerpt from my paranormal romance, Until Darkness Comes, and following the steps below.

A guardian angel… A forbidden love… Eternal consequences…

Olivia Norton was born with a gift—a gift heaven has sworn to protect, and hell is bound to destroy. Her perfect world is turned upside-down when two handsome strangers, Max and Liam, step into her life. Olivia soon discovers that her ‘Mr. Perfect’ is actually a perfect nightmare.

The rules of engagement have changed and Liam, Olivia’s guardian angel, is forced to cross dimensional borders or risk losing the woman he’s sworn to protect. Suddenly, thrust into a world unlike anything he’s ever known, Liam isn’t prepared to come face to face with the young woman whose life he holds in his hands.

But nothing is as it seems, and secrets abound that will ultimately force him to choose between two impossibilities. Max will stop at nothing to finish what he’s started, and Olivia is soon plunged into a battle between good and evil. Her very life hangs in the balance as two forces fight to win her heart.

Until Darkness Comes Excerpt ~ First kiss…

Olivia took a brave step closer to Liam and cupped the side of his cheek, forcing him to look at her. “Then who are you? Surely you can tell me that. And don’t you dare lie to me, because I know you’re not normal. I’ve never met anyone like you before. Normal guys don’t act like you. Normal guys don’t look like you, and if they do, they’re usually more like…”

“More like what?” His eyebrow arched curiously.

“More like Max, I guess.”

“Well, I can promise you that I am nothing like Max. More like the exact opposite, to tell you the truth.”

“Why do you hate him so much? At first, I thought it was because he was my boyfriend, and that you were just jealous or something. But it’s more than that, isn’t it?”

“There’s a darkness in him, Olivia. Can’t you feel it?”

“I’m not sure how I feel when I’m with Max anymore. I used to feel…carefree—wild and reckless, you know? But lately, I’m starting to just feel…afraid. Like I’m walking on a tightrope and I’m about ready to fall.”

“I’ll catch you,” he whispered, slowly trailing his fingers down the side of her neck.

Her pulse beat erratically beneath his touch; she opened her mouth to say something, but stopped. Instead, she moistened her bottom lip with the tip of her tongue. His heated gaze fell to her lips and she felt Liam’s resolve snap. A wave of desire blasted into her and a soft groan of defeat rumbled in his chest as he lowered his head, capturing her lips in a tender embrace. His kiss tore through her like fire. What started out as tentative and sweet, quickly escalated to urgent and demanding as a rush of adrenaline flooded her veins. She melted into his arms, her lips fitting perfectly against his, like she was made just for him.

He tasted exactly like he smelled—faintly of cloves, delicious. She parted her lips, aching for more and instinctively he responded to her request as if she’d spoken it. Drawing the kiss deeper, his tongue brushed against hers. The more he kissed her, the hungrier she became, fueling an insatiable fire deep in her core.

Olivia wound her arms around his neck and pulled him closer. She’d never felt more starved and yet completely satisfied as she did at that very moment. He tightened his arms around her waist and pulled her against him, as if he couldn’t get close enough. Her feet left the ground as he molded her to his lean, powerful body.

Time momentarily ceased. She had no idea how long they stood there in each other’s arms as the floor of the boat rocked beneath his feet. The captain’s voice crackled over the speaker, announcing the end of their tour. A reluctant groan escaped Liam’s lips as he broke their kiss and  slowly released her. Olivia stumbled when her feet touched ground and his hand shot out to steady her…


Until Darkness Comes is available in paperback or eBook at AmazonBarnes and Noble, or All Romance.

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47 responses

  1. Kassandra

    FB=Kassandra Appel
    Blog email =

    Thank you so much for the chance!!


    August 31, 2012 at 6:41 am

  2. laurie g

    FB–laure goudge

    blog email–

    August 31, 2012 at 6:44 am

  3. myreadingobsession

    Melynda, I am your friend on FB Carin Walker
    follow on twitter @MAWmum
    Follow your blog by email mawmom at gmail dot com
    and am your friend on Goodreads. Carin
    thanks myreadingobsession at hotmail dot com

    August 31, 2012 at 10:42 am

  4. Kelsey S.

    Until Darkness Comes looks great. I will definitely be reading it. I follow you via:

    FB: Kelsey Summer
    Goodreads: Kelsey Summmer
    Twitter: @kelsey_Summer
    email: kesummer69 at gmail dot com

    August 31, 2012 at 12:25 pm

  5. follow the blog through my wordpress – … have you on goodreads ..I am gaele there

    thank you for participating

    August 31, 2012 at 1:54 pm

  6. Shannon

    Following you on twitter, following via email and I friended you on Goodreads

    fencingromein at hotmail dot com

    August 31, 2012 at 2:31 pm

  7. great excerpts.

    August 31, 2012 at 5:39 pm

  8. Delphina

    Don’t judge a book by their cover, my foot. That cover is gorgeous!!! I friended you on FB What a fun hop! delphinareadstoomuch at yahoo

    August 31, 2012 at 6:18 pm

  9. JeanMP

    Great excerpt,
    Friended you on FB Jean Patton
    signed up to follow your blog via wordpress
    skpetal at hotmail dot com

    August 31, 2012 at 6:27 pm

  10. Sounds fantastic!

    Facebook & Goodreads (Diana Leigh)
    Twitter (@bookofsecrets)


    September 1, 2012 at 8:10 am

  11. Dovile

    I added you to my friends on GoodReads. My GR name – Dovile (dova113).

    spamscape [at] gmail [dot] com

    September 1, 2012 at 11:51 am

  12. JanD

    Nice excerpt.
    Following blog by email

    bituin76 AT hotmail DOT com

    September 1, 2012 at 11:56 am

  13. Follow FB & Goodreads-Michelle Bledsoe
    Thanks so much for the contest. To me Romance books are the only books worth reading…LOL
    koonie2888 at yahoo dot com

    September 1, 2012 at 12:30 pm

  14. Lisa Walker

    I added you as a friend on FB as Lisa Fisher Walker and I added you as a friend on GoodReads.

    September 1, 2012 at 1:21 pm

  15. Did Facebook, Goodreads, subscribed by email. Sorry, don’t Tweet.
    mcv111 at hotmail dot com
    Monica Vargo

    September 1, 2012 at 2:38 pm

  16. Sounds like a great story. Followed on Twitter and Facebook, but I don’t do Goodreads.
    For me, romance is all about the trust and respect built between the characters. Since I write BDSM, these elements are very important.
    Thank you for participating in the blog hop!

    September 1, 2012 at 3:18 pm

  17. Friend and follow. Just so you know, your linky html is broken ooooorrr you didn’t put it in an html thingy. :0) Just thought you should know.


    September 1, 2012 at 6:29 pm

  18. Lona Stringer

    Untill Darkness Comes sounds great, I love the cover.

    I follow on FB & Goodreads Lona Stringer
    email blinkysthebest at aol dot com
    twitter @LonaStringer

    September 1, 2012 at 8:23 pm

  19. Followed on FB and Good reads…
    Follow on twitter/ ronnkelly03

    September 1, 2012 at 8:24 pm

  20. Joy F

    I follow you on twitter, harvester5905

    September 1, 2012 at 8:35 pm

  21. Crystal Craig

    Those books look really interesting and like the kind of books that I’d really like to read! 🙂 Thank you for the giveaway!

    I did all of the things!
    Facebook: Crystal Dawn Craig
    Twitter: @Cryscringle
    Follow the blog 🙂


    September 1, 2012 at 8:52 pm

  22. Romance is about building relationships 🙂 Fun hop! Love the blog!

    I think I followed all your links, FB, Twitter, GoodReads
    Look for Krystal Shannan


    September 1, 2012 at 9:21 pm

  23. I did all 4. Fb & goodreads as Kaylyn Davis. Twitter as @kaylyn_davis and follow via wordpress. I love romance because the little things matter the most. I’m not a red roses & diamond girl, I prefer my romance a little more personal. I find it very romantic when my hubby brings me an iced coffee when I don’t ask. Thank you for the giveaway.

    September 1, 2012 at 10:14 pm

  24. Foretta

    Great post!!! I love romance books but they must have HEA’s! My favorite are series because I love seeing the characters again in other books!!

    thanks for the contest!!

    September 1, 2012 at 10:26 pm

  25. donnas1

    Thanks for being part of the hop

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

    September 2, 2012 at 3:57 am

  26. I added you as a friend on Facebook and Goodreads, and followed your blog. Can’t wait to add your book to my TBR!


    September 2, 2012 at 10:29 am

  27. Veronika

    There is nothing more romantic than the first kiss =) Thank you for the excerpt!
    +following on twitter (twveronika)

    verusbognar (at) gmail (dot) com

    September 2, 2012 at 11:40 am

  28. Vanessa N.

    Wow! Great excerpt. Can’t wait to read this one. I follow the blog, twitter, and facebook.

    September 2, 2012 at 11:53 am

  29. Great excerpt. I have added this to my wish list.

    I am a follower.
    Friend on FB
    Friend on GR
    Follow on Twitter- bl0226

    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

    September 2, 2012 at 12:06 pm

  30. All done. 🙂
    For me the most important aspect of romance is the growing intimacy and chemistry {non sexual} between people.
    Thanks for participating in the hop and giving us all a chance to win.

    September 2, 2012 at 1:16 pm

  31. Patti C

    Thanks for participating! Really like the hop so far!! I love reading, especially romance. I love reading contemporary, historical and erotic romance. I love the happy ending that is garenteed at the end. My favorite book is Lover Mine by JR Ward! I love John Matthew and Xhex. My favorite romantic moment was when my fiancé asked me to marry him! We meant two years ago right around when summer was ending when my friend and I went out for our last big night out before classes started again. I think it is romantic when he brings me flowers because no one else has ever done it! Thanks so much! Hope everyone else is having a great long weekend!!

    September 2, 2012 at 2:09 pm

  32. What a great hop! Grand prizes, old friends to visit and new ones to meet… and chances to win at each stop too. I’m in Blog heaven! :-}

    Thanks for being part of the hop and for the chance to win.


    September 2, 2012 at 3:10 pm

  33. Shadow

    Thanks for the awesome hop and giveaways! This is so much fun! Thank you! My favorite thing about romance is the romance. lol I love the characters, the plots, the HEA’s, the love. I love it all!

    September 2, 2012 at 5:09 pm

  34. Elizabeth H.

    Love to read romance books because I like to know that at least someone is getting an HEA, even if the characters are only fiction! Thanks for joining the hop and the awesome giveaway!
    ehaney578 at aol dot com

    September 2, 2012 at 5:28 pm

  35. Kim D

    Thanks tons for the hop! I only read romance. My fav is Lora Leigh! Going to parade Monday with brothers and sisters! Should be FUN!

    September 2, 2012 at 8:59 pm

  36. First of all from that excerpt alone this book has been added to my amazon wishlist. That is how a first kiss should be. Secondly I have followed you all four ways.
    Twitter: shanmck1
    FB: Shan McKinney
    Goodreads: Shan McKinney

    September 2, 2012 at 9:10 pm

  37. bn100

    Thanks for participating.


    September 3, 2012 at 12:25 am

  38. Nice excerpt! Love the scene.

    Long time follower:
    FB: Mel Bourn
    Twitter: @MelCamino5
    Goodreads: Mel Bourn
    email: bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

    September 3, 2012 at 5:43 am

  39. Yazmin Rangel

    Thank you for being part of the blog hop. 🙂


    September 3, 2012 at 1:30 pm

  40. Thanks for the great giveaway!
    facebook: Sarah Kalaitzidis
    Twitter: red_tigergirl2
    Goodreads: Sarah Kalaitzidis
    Followed with email

    email: red_tigergirl2(at)hotmail(dot)com

    September 3, 2012 at 6:20 pm

  41. Stephanie

    Thanks for the great giveaway!
    I follow your blog by email = snhoveln(at)gmail(dot)com

    September 3, 2012 at 6:52 pm

  42. Sherry S.

    Thanks for the giveaway.
    Goodreads – Sherry Strode
    Facebook – Sherry Strode
    email subscriber
    sstrode at scrtc dot com

    September 3, 2012 at 7:56 pm

  43. Tammy Turner

    Why I like Romance Novels….The reason I like Romance Novels so much is because it is one place where I can be anywhere like England, Scotland, Rome, Ireland, or anywhere in the US. I can also be in any time like 1200’s Scotland, 1500’s England, 1900’s Chicago. I can be anyone like a princess, a servant, a werewolf, a duchess, a vampire, or a lost soul. But no matter what I get the privilege and the experience to overcome many different obstacles and find love. I am a mother of three teenagers as well and there are many days when I need an escape and my heart needs a rest from the trials of being a parent and trying to do what is best for everyone but yourself. I have overcome cancer, loss, and financial problems and Romance Books let my heart soar and feel free. Let me tell you in this world, and during this time where life can have so many struggles it is great that you can be, have, and do so many things to find love and romance and still be yourself!

    September 3, 2012 at 8:06 pm

  44. Beckey

    FB Friended ya
    Goodreads Friended ya
    Both the same Beckey White


    September 3, 2012 at 8:06 pm

  45. Jessica B

    awesome excerpt. I’m a twitter follower. Thanks for being a part of the hop. I hope that you had a great labor day weekend!
    jessangil at gmail dot com

    September 3, 2012 at 9:33 pm

  46. Jordan Erika Smith

    I did all four. It was a great book. I can’t wait for the second one. 🙂

    Jordan Erika Smith, jordan.erika.smith(at), (at)jes5890

    September 4, 2012 at 3:09 pm

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