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Blurb: Team Alpha Three’s spaceship is out of power after fighting a wormhole, and parked on the primitive world of Zenevieva. With half the team sick from radiation poisoning, the team commander entrust geologist, Maya Gladstone, to find enough matrix crystals to power up their spacecraft, so they can go home to Earth.
Vach Namaste of the powerful Clan Namaste, a native of the planet, has desired the lovely Maya since she stepped off the spaceship on that astonishing day a year ago. He’s hounded her every step since. As Hymeneal Night approaches, he makes plans to take her as his bride… willing or not.
Excerpt: As promised, Maya bought another cheap tote so she wouldn’t damage her prize. Then she worked her way through the bazaar, buying supplies for the next day’s trip. As she went from tent to tent, hunting down the few veggies, fruit and other types of food that she could digest, she caught glimpses of the Zeeman following her. She tensed. What does he want with me?
She stalked completely round one of the tents to come face to face with him. Now’s my chance. “Why are you following me?”
“What? I don’t know what you mean.” He took a step back.
Maya grabbed a fistful of his dark brown robes. “Yes, you do. You’ve been dogging my steps from the moment I set foot on your planet.” She suddenly noticed that the young man was bigger than she’d thought. His chest was deep and his shoulders broad. His arms were larger than Bobby’s and he worked out. And here I am, holding him by his clothes.
He stared at her hand. “I like you and want to get to know you. If you were one of my people, I would woo you.”
She realized his robe wasn’t made from the rough, homespun fabric used by the common Zeeman. Is he a clan lord? Maya loosened her grip on the silky material. “Who are you?”
He moved back and swept his arm down in an elaborate bow. “My name is Vach Namaste of the Namaste clan. It would please me if you remembered it.”
With a flutter of his robes, he hurried away, weaving through the crowd. It wasn’t until he had disappeared that Maya realized that he’d been speaking to her in English.
Vach finally reached the edge of the bazaar, where he had tied up his steed. He patted its thick neck. “Hey, Brawley.”
His mount woke up with a snort, then lipped at his hand, demanding a treat. It was still standing in the same place that he left it and no one had bothered it. No one would dare touch a sherakey, not even this sleepy fellow. Reaching into a pouch, Vach dug out a sweet lump for his mount. Giving him the treat, Vach turned to see if the human female had followed.
He felt disappointed. But she wasn’t of his race and didn’t understand the proper way to act. If she wanted him to woo her, she should have followed him. If she didn’t, then she should have knocked him on his well-bred butt, just like the human guard had suggested.
Vach had wanted this human female since he saw her step out of the spaceship on that astonishing day a year ago. Her blue eyes drew him closer. Her long, red hair made him want to run his fingers through it. Her curves sent flames of desire flickering through his body. He’d taken to coming into town regularly to stroll by the compound, just to see if she would be there. Today had been one of those rare good days when she was there to follow. He learned a little more about her each time.
Now he knew she wanted to find something. If he knew what it was, maybe he could find it for her.
Climbing up on the saddle, Vach clicked his tongue and his mount started down the dusty road toward the Namaste bachelor compound. He contemplated his plan for Hymeneal Night. Vach already knew from eavesdropping at the map seller’s tent that Maya would be out on the desert, all alone.
And then he’d get his chance to have her.
I also like to present my Christmas story. A two for one.
Matrix Crystal Christmas is made up of two short stories (one erotic and one sweet) for the fans of my novel, Matrix Crystal Hunters
, who told me that they wanted to know what happened next.
In Crystal Flower Christmas:
Vach and Maya are on a mission to undam
the Laonooco River for the drought stricken region. As heartache fractures their marriage, will the gift of a crystal flower mend their relationship or break it beyond repair?
In Crystal Clear Christmas: Plague has struck the village of Zama and the citizens blame the only human left on Zenevieva, Maya. Will Vach make the ultimate sacrifice to save his wife?
***Leave a comment about what you like to read for the holidays along with your email addy***
Contest rules: The prize is an Amethyst Crystal necklace or if you live outside of the US a five dollar gift certificate to Amazon. The prize is valued at no more than five $5.00 USA dollars.
Contest starts December 20th and ends December 23, 2013. If no one claims the prize within Forty-eight hours of being notified, then another winner will be selected. No one under the age of eighteen need apply.
***Winners are those who leave the best comment in the comment section and leave an email address***
By entering your email in the comment section you are agreeing to the Official Rules and stating that you are older than eighteen (18).
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I am a total Geek Girl so I love sci-fi and fantasy. However, I’ve never read an erotic sci-fi/fantasy so I will have to add the Matrix Crystal books to my TBR list. Sounds VERY fascinating;)
As for my fave Christmas tradition? I would say that I really enjoy loading up the car with family and driving through the park to see all of the Christmas lights. sipping hot chocolate, listening to Christmas music, spending time with each other–now THAT’S magical:)
cindi @ mommasez…blog
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Thank you. 🙂 I had a lot of fun writing the book. There’s a lot of humor in it too.
That sounds like fun. In the next town over from us they have a street that once a year becomes Christmas tree lane. The decorations and light are lovely.
Thank you for dropping by.
I can’t wait to read it. 🙂
My favorite memories was baking cookies and frosting them with my mom and sisters. We did the holiday cutout sugar cookies and they were amazing. Of course we all were artists those days!
daringzoey at yahoo.com
That’s a lovely Christmas memory. Thank you for sharing it with us.
Of course, all children are artist. The Cookie decorating sounds like a lot of fun. Thank you for sharing your Christmas memory with us.
I love reading paranormal romance. I read contemporary, and YA but my favorite book genre is paranormal romance.
Sorry I forgot my email addy
jmesparza821 at gmail dot com
It’s okay. You’re in the contest. I like paranormal too. 🙂
For holidays, I prefer fun reads with some romance, so It’s chick lit books for me. Thank you for the chance!
spamscape [at] gmail [dot] com
I can see the attraction to some entertaining reads for this time of the year.
Thank you for dropping by.
Love sci-fi, with & without erotic content, year round, but especially at Christmas. Matrix Crystal Hunters sounds like a must read.
drainbamaged.gyzmo at gmail.com
Matrix Crystal Hunters is only slightly erotic. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed reading it.
Great excerpt! Sounds like my kind of books! Thanks for sharing it and the giveaway. Wishing everyone a wonderful and magical holiday season!
I love reading paranormal and futuristic sci fi romance. evamillien at gmail dot com
Thank you and Happy Holidays.
I’m not really a “seasonal” reader, so right now I’m reading some John Sandford (Lucas Davenport series) and Linda Robertson (Persephone Alcmedi series).
Happy Holidays and thanks for the amazing giveaway!
elizabeth @ bookattict . com
Hi Book Attict,
I love a dedicated reader.
Thank you for stopping by.
anything with an HEA
bn100candg at hotmail dot com
Matrix Crystal Hunters has a HEA.
Thank you for stopping by.
I love reading historical romance, classics and contemporary fiction during the holidays. Thanks for the giveaway!
blackcapballistics AT gmail DOT com
Great! Thank you for sharing.
I’m not really a “seasonal” reader. I love reading paranormal, historical, Sci-Fi all those genres.
Thanks for joining in on the hop! What a great giveaway! Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays to all!!
That’s okay. I usually read whatever trips my fancy.
Thank you for dropping by.
I love to read almost everything but I really enjoy reading historical, suspense and paranormal romances. Thanks for the giveaway! Merry Christmas!
I like some of those too. You’re welcome and Merry Christmas.
I like to read holiday reads, of course. But, I don’t always get around to it. I finish whatever else I have started reading first.
bookaholicholly at gmail dot com
I don’t blame you. I do that myself too. 🙂
I read LOTS of non-fiction during the year so during the Christmas break I LOVE to read escapist, fun, sexy romantic fiction. Pure fun!
catherinelee100 at gmail dot com
Oh, those are the best to read. Happy Holidays.