Sizzling Summer Night Blog Hop

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When it’s this hot, and let me tell you there’s not a lot of places hotter than the Central Valley of California in August, I like to stay cool by staying inside with a good book. My recent release, Matrix Crystal Hunters, is just such a book to help you take your mind off of the summer heat.

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.

“What’s wrong?”

“There’s a bow in the rock wall.” Vach backed up, causing Maya to withdraw. “I’m bigger than the last time I went through here, but that was several years ago when my cousin, Xeno, brought me.”

He handed her the flashlight.

“Is there another way?” She shone the light around, noting how the crevice narrowed overhead.

“Not that I know of.” He grunted, trying to remove his robe, but there wasn’t much room to maneuver.

“Here, let me help you.” Maya pulled the robe off his shoulder. “Surely the ancients didn’t come through here?” She jerked one sleeve down over his hand and then reached to get the other side too, but found herself wedged between the rock wall and his hard body. Fighting the impulse to feel his muscles, she managed to get his other sleeve down.

“If there’s another entrance, it must have been blocked a long time ago.” He started to pull his tunic off, but struggled, thanks to his big arms and the lack of room. “Can you help me with my shirt?”

As Vach lifted his arms over his head, Maya grabbed a handful of cloth so she could lift the material high over his shoulders. “What are you going to do? Strip down and lube yourself with my cooking oil?”

“No.” He chuckled, his voice muffled by the shirt. “But that’s a good idea.”

With his arms up, Maya got a whiff of his spicy, male scent. It always surprised her that the Zeemen didn’t stink after exertion as humans did. I wouldn’t mind rubbing his body down with oil. Warmth spiraled through her middle. She bit her lip. Keep your mind on business and not on being in a tight spot with a handsome Zeeman.

Vach stuck his clothes in the tote and then sidestepped through the narrow opening. Grunting as he pushed past the bow, he finally got through.

Maya approached the bend and realized it was about breast height on her. No wonder Vach had a problem, with his deep chest and heavily muscled back.

Contemplating the aperture, she stood on tiptoe but couldn’t get high enough. Finally, she squatted down but then found she needed to keep her knees bent out sideways. Oh no, not awkward at all.

She managed a few crab steps before she got stuck. Vach grabbed her arm to pull her the rest of the way through. Her hiking boots slid over the loose gravel, while her thighs took the strain. He helped her to stand, leaving his hands placed on her waist as she leaned against the wall, panting. “I don’t know how we’re going to manage that going back.”

“At least we know it’s there.” His breath puffed against her face. It smelled of mint.

He must have used my toothpaste. “Yeah, I guess you’re right.”

With an electric jolt, Maya realized her shirt had risen up and Vach’s hands were resting on her bare skin. She became hyperaware of his scent, his closeness and the fact that he wore no shirt.

Moving even closer toward her in the confined space, he whispered in her ear. “I like the smell of your hair.”

His hand slid further under her shirt, gliding over her ribs.

Heat went through her as she rested her hand on his shoulder. “It’s my shampoo.”

“It’s nice.”

“You can borrow it sometime.”


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62 comments on “Sizzling Summer Night Blog Hop

  1. I live in southwest Florida which means it is really hot in the summer. To get my exercise, I get up as soon as it’s light to take my walk. When I get back, I’m dripping with sweat. Then it’s hop into a cold shower and sit under a fan for awhile. We stay inside a lot with A/C, fans, cold drinks and lots of good books. Hey. Hot outside or not, that’s the only way to live!
    Connie Fischer


  2. staying cool means hopping in the pool it is only 72 degrees in the water now though. rt1blanchette at


  3. We have had a cool summer but when it’s hot, I love a cool shower and sitting in my bed letting the droplets dry.

    I love this cover!

    daringzoey at


  4. It rarely gets that hot in the UK, but when it does, I close all the blinds, open the windows wide and wear as few clothes as possible while I’m reading!


  5. Air Conditioning! I’m in the SE corner of Virginia. It’s not the heat as much as it is the combination of heat and humidity. I just avoid going outside at all costs! When it’s 104F/ 40C here you don’t want to step outside! Even the dog doesn’t want to go out! That also means it’s almost impossible to keep the house cool enough. Ever notice they call it an air conditioner and not an air cooler? There’s a reason for that! Those are the days I just sit and read. Dinner is light salads or tomato sandwiches.


  6. I stay inside as much as possible and drink a lot of cold water and lemonade.

    jmesparza821 at gmail dot com


  7. I live in Massachusetts & sometime the humidity here is awful, & when it is I relax inside with the AC on lol. If it’s super night, I cool off by having some ice cream & sitting in the shade,… or go swimming. =)

    Thanks for the giveaway! =)

    Take care, & I hope you have a great weekend! =)
    BLeigh1130 at yahoo dot com


  8. I’m in Florida, so could just hang out in the A/c…but I like reading on the beach!
    Thanks for the amazing excerpt & giveaway!
    elizabeth @ bookattict . com


  9. I cool down by drinking lots of ice tea or lemonade and by eating ice cream.


  10. It’s been so hot the last couple of weeks, nothing beats a dip in the pool or staying in the air conditioned comforts of home! Thanks for the chance to win Janice, hope you’re beating the summer heat too! 🙂
    thebigbluewall77 (AT) gmail (DOT) com


  11. I live in the Midwest so it’s super hot in the summer! I can usually be found sipping ice cold lemonade with a fan blowing on me while reading a book in a room with the drapes closed to keep the heat out. Thanks for the excerpt above as I’m a big sci-fi fan and for the great giveaway!

    Jody Faltys
    gogi1_2 AT yahoo DOT com


  12. I live in the Midwest so the summers are scorching. To cool down I can be found sipping ice cold lemonade with a fan blowing on me in a darkened room with drapes drawn to keep out the heat while reading a good book. Thanks for the exciting excerpt above as I’m a big sci-fi fan!

    Jody Faltys
    gogi1_2 AT yahoo DOT com


  13. Stay in the air conditioning with a glass of water or ice tea.
    Thanks for the chance!
    beckerjo at verizon dot net


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