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I’m excited to announce the re-release of my first novel, WINGS OF DESIRE. You may know me in other circles as Sidney Ayers. I write snarky paranormal romances under that name. Arianna Skye, on the other hand, is my more erotic—yet still snarky—pen name.
WINGS OF DESIRE was originally published in February of 2010. I recently had the rights turned back to me, so I decided to take the plunge into the self-publishing pool. Because self-publishing has a notoriously bad rep, I treaded carefully. I hired a professional cover artist and even hired an editor to help me re-edit and tweak the book. I even hired someone to help format the book. I love technology and am a self-professed computer geek, but more time I spend on the technical aspect of producing a book, it takes away from the time I need to actually WRITE the book. With all the research I've done and steps I've taken, I’m very confident that my book will not fall into that murky part of the pool that people try to avoid.
WINGS OF DESIRE is a fantasy erotic romance with an undertone of Celtic mythology. I’ve always been fascinated by all things Celtic so it was only appropriate that I’d write about the mythology. Oddly enough, I have no Celtic roots that I am aware of. My dad is Dutch, and my mom is German. Maybe in another life?
The eBook version released early. I was planning on waiting until April, but everything moved so smoothly, I made it available in eBook on Valentine’s Day. The print version just showed up on Amazon Saturday (March 3rd). So join me in re-welcoming WINGS OF DESIRE to bookstores.
Here's the Blurb:
Rhiannon Kinsley's life goes from boring to downright crazy when a freak lightning bolt strikes her laptop. To make matters even more bizarre, strange words and symbols flash across the computer screen and she hears a mysterious voice. Time to call the men in white coats! Then Cerne Silverwing, an intriguingly sexy man, appears. He insists she's a faerie princess whose fate will determine his own. What a crock! Now she knows who really needs those white coats.
With the Dark Faerie forces threatening their kingdom, Cerne kidnaps Rhiannon and brings her to Fey, a land where magic knows no bounds. He's performing a duty to save his kingdom and nothing more--a duty that will bring him his wings and the strengthened magic that comes with them. If he doesn't unite with the princess as her consort, those wings will never grow. But this princess grew up in the land of laptops and instant messages, and she's convinced they're both crazy. Despite their differences, the two are thrust together to defeat the whip-wielding Dark Faerie Queen before she takes over their kingdom. Passion and peril aside, will Rhiannon and Cerne discover their true destiny?
Interested in more? Here's the book trailer!
"Okay, where are the hidden cameras? This is getting old really fast.” Rhiannon tapped her foot. "I know you expect me to believe you because you're some super-hot sex-god, but I think you'd better go—before I call the police.” Reaching across the sofa, she grabbed her cell phone.
Cerne caught her hand in his and gave her a heated gaze. "I didn't want to resort to this,” he said, his voice thick and heady. "But I've run out of options.” He pulled her against his hard-muscled body. With his thumb and forefinger, he lifted her chin.
Clenching her fists, she bit her lip. Tingling numbness filled her every pore. She attempted to pull herself from his embrace, but her body wouldn’t cooperate.
"Let me go! You're frightening me."
"It's for your own good and the good of your people, my sweet.” He traced a finger lightly over her lips. "Soon you'll understand.” He lowered his lips to hers and gently nibbled. Coaxing her mouth open, his tongue swirled with hungry strokes along hers.
She moaned softly as her traitorous tongue danced with his. Lessening his grip on her arm, he allowed her to press closer and rub her bikini-clad breasts against the hard ridges of his chest. Her nipp les pebbled against the spandex of her swim top.
She twisted her fingers in his dark mane, pulling him closer. Heedless of what she knew was right, she intensified the kiss. He hoisted her up onto his lap, letting her straddle the rock-hard erection that filled his trousers. Grinding her hips against his, she reached down to unfasten and untie the garment.
He pulled her hands away. "No, leannan. I just want to kiss. The joining must occur at Beltane—in Fey.”
"I'm not going to Fey—”
He reclaimed her lips. Intoxicating warmth spread throughout her body while he licked, sucked and nibbled. She gasped in pleasure and let his tongue probe the cavern of her mouth again. Light as a feather, she sighed in deep contentment. By God, was she floating? Closing her eyes, she allowed him have his way with her.
"I'm sorry,” he breathed against her lips. "It was the only way.”
"What—” Her eyes flickered as spots danced before them—until darkness took over.
As some of you may or may not know, this week is Read an eBook Week. So, to help spread the word about eBooks, I'm actually offering this book for free . Today (March 4th) until Saturday, you can download WINGS OF DESIRE absolutely free at Smashwords. Simply use coupon code RE100 when ordering.
To help spread the fun, I'll give away my own gift--a $10 gift card to Amazon. Just leave a comment along with your email address and I'll pick a random person to win.