July 30, 2013

Excerpt Day! From 'A Talent For Loving.' A Futuristic Romance by Virginnia De Parte




BLURB FOR ‘A TALENT FOR LOVING’

Talents come in many guises. 

William and Belinda, two genetically altered individuals meet years after leaving the government-rearing nursery for genetically altered infants. Their late development allowed them to escape a life devoted to the government's defence departments. If their skills are now discovered they are in danger of conscription by the government.

William, whose talent is to move through space between locations in the blink of an eye, has devoted his life to protecting other ex-nursery adults. Belinda occasionally uses her talent, lifting objects of great weight with her thoughts. Their meeting leads to love and a raft of problems both struggle to overcome.

Can they trust each other enough to allow love to bloom? Can they risk the renewed attention of the Defence Department?

A Talent for Loving explores an alternate reality and discovers the one talent neither Belinda nor William can control - love. 

Excerpt

There it was again. 

That tickling on the edge of her safety net. She always put her confusion barrier up when in the city.  Anyone wanting to approach her would be stifled at five paces away, their decision to approach would waver and hopefully they would give up their effort.  Any other pedestrian, not concerned or not noticing her would walk right on through it.  It was a handy device that kept her safe and a secret she shared that put her mother’s mind at rest. 

Besides, you never knew when someone from the ‘Nursery’ might be checking up on your life.  Cursed people.  Thank God she’d escaped, been adopted by loving indulgent parents and was managing to live her life to the fullest 

The sensation tickled her back again and she stopped mid-stride, turned and looked down the street.  There he was again, the same young man who’d stared at her in the supermarket the other day while she’d been shopping with her mother. He had to be about her own age - too young to be a government agent. What did he want from her?  Probably some creep who stalked people, unless it was a co-incidence? Could he be g-altered too? 

Did he recognise her from the Nursery?  The children had mixed socially when they were growing up until the magic age of seven. Any friendships formed were then split asunder as some stayed, some were adopted and some seemed to vanish overnight. His face didn’t ring any bells in her memory. Had he been adopted as well? To be out in the world he must have. Those ‘conscripted’ didn’t enjoy the luxury of free will.

She ran her gaze slowly over him, taking in his tall frame, broad shoulders and thick, dark hair.  He met her gaze with equal interest before she turned and walked on. She could feel his indecision prickling again behind her. If he really wanted to talk to her then her confusion barrier would be stopping him.  A smile tugged at the corner of her mouth. She could feel his puzzled thoughts bouncing off her barrier, as other pedestrians streamed past close to her and wove between them. No doubt he couldn’t work out how they could get close to her and he couldn’t. 

She wondered if he’d work out how break through the barrier. No one else had so far. It wasn’t that she was against men or found the opposite sex unattractive. It was simply a matter of safety first. On reaching the corner she took the steps into the train station at a run, glad to be out of the wind and stopped to read the digital notice board’s moving message.  There was a ten minute wait till her next train on Platform three. Should she get a coffee to sip on the train?  She checked her barrier, no tickling, no irritation. He must have given up, or moved away.  Pity, obviously no stickability. He’d looked rather nice too. Ah well, he might try again and she just might let him approach next time.

July 23, 2013

Love's Bright Star by Virginnia De Parte- Her Inspiration for the Series



Inspiration for the story.



Love’s Bright Star started with the idea of a woman with cat genes meeting up with a man who could stop time. My challenge was to create an incident where James needed to stop time, and from there I had to decide how to build his romance with Siobhan from this initial meeting, to a satisfactory conclusion. It is a romance! 


This is my first book in the series about the genetically-altered Corban family. Set in the future I was able to decide how these people came to be genetically altered and their lifestyle as a result of their genes. While writing it other characters poked their heads up over the parapets and became part of the romance. 

Although the first in the series, it is a stand-alone story



Love’s Red Heart is the romance between James’ sister Jill, who has chameleon genes and Dr. Michael Scott, who features in the last chapter of Love’s Bright Star. This time I wanted to have something a little different as a point of dispute between the couple. Being a New Zealander I gave Dr. Scott a dash of Maori genes. I researched the wildlife and trees of the Red Desert of Australia and combined some of the spirits of the Aborigine Dreamtime period to weave into this romance. I have been to Alice Springs and Uluru and fell in love with this spiritual place. I tried to transfer some of my love of the Red Desert into this novella.





A Talent for Loving is the third in the series, again a stand-alone story and is the prequel to the other two. It’s the romance of James’ parents, their childhood background, adoption and eventual meeting. Set in Melbourne, Australia, it follows these two ‘rejects’ from the initial breeding programme, the development of their talents and their struggle to live anonymously within society. Creating this story allowed me to develop the background to the creation of these genetically altered people, and the reason they live “under the radar” in society. 

I’m currently writing the fourth in the series, the romance of Stella Corban. The more I write, the more I discover delightful and interesting characters emerging, demanding to be heard in a story of their own.  I’m not sure where I’ll go after Stella’s romance. I have so many choices.



Here are some quick blurbs about the books!




Love's Bright Star  by Virginnia De Parte

A romance, fraught with heart stopping moments, and time stopping episodes.

Siobhan, a professional photographer with cat genes, is rescued from a night club attack by James, a University Lecturer, who can stop time.

Set in the future these two genetically altered people fall in love. Against James’ wishes Siobhan becomes pregnant.

Their relationship topples and during a scan the baby disappears from the screen, alerting the Defense Department of her possible talent. James and Siobhan, when interviewed, separately convince the Agents their relationship is over, but can Siobhan forgive James his continued absence, broken only when he stops time to talk to her at a city Mall?

Determined to rear her child alone Siobhan and her friend Anna prepare for the birth.

Can James return in time to save the child, Stella, from her own talents, which will put Siobhan and he, and their future together in jeopardy?





And Don't Forget To Pick Up:  

Love's Red Heart

In the near future genetically altered individuals live among the wider population, not always trusted, wanted or even accepted. Jill Corban, a nurse from a  g-altered family is  looking for ways to control her chameleon genes. A vacation in to visit her family teaches her these skills and a meeting with Dr. Michael Scott offers her a chance at the kind of love she’s given up hope of ever finding.
   
Their romance takes a dusty trip through the heartland of Australia, blending tales of the Dream Time with adventure. Is their attraction to each other strong enough to survive the challenges of prejudice, a time stopping rescue, and challenges to Michael’s research programme?

Can their desire survive these events and grow into love?      

Discover the beauty of the Red Desert and how the power of love can change a life, for Love’s Red Heart beats within us all.



And 

A Talent for Loving

Talents come in many guises. 

William and Belinda, two genetically altered individuals meet years after leaving the government-rearing nursery for genetically altered infants. Their late development allowed them to escape a life devoted to the government's defence departments. If their skills are now discovered they are in danger of conscription by the government.

William, whose talent is to move through space between locations in the blink of an eye, has devoted his life to protecting other ex-nursery adults. Belinda occasionally uses her talent, lifting objects of great weight with her thoughts. Their meeting leads to love and a raft of problems both struggle to overcome.

Can they trust each other enough to allow love to bloom? Can they risk the renewed attention of the Defence Department?

A Talent for Loving explores an alternate reality and discovers the one talent neither Belinda nor William can control - love. 



Visit Virginia at her blog:  www.virginniadeparte.blogspot.co.nz/



July 20, 2013

Paranormal Romance for Kindle Weekend!



Are you as in love with your kindle as me?  And now that Nook is going the way of the Dodo bird, it looks like the Big K is all we have.  No matter cause if your Kindle is bursting at the seams, yet you know it's not nearly full enough, me and my friends have some bargain reads for you!  

My sweet dragon and viking filled paranormal romance


is available at the bargain price of .99 cents on Amazon Kindle from July 20 and July July 21.   After which it will revert back to its original price.

Publisher- DCL Publications
Genre- Paranormal Romance
Heat Rating- Sweet

Blurb--

Plagued by a demon his entire life, Marius Zenward will stop at nothing to free himself from this horrible curse. Captivated by his mystery and torn by her desire, Corrigan Heilyn longs to be with him but Marius holds her at bay because of a horrible secret that follows him from town to town.

Will the special magic that only he possesses set them free?


A Sneak Peek:

Corrigan Heilyn's desire for Marius was palpable. Her body cried out for his touch. His strong, heavily muscled arms gently caressed her body and held her close. The gentle musk from his skin tickled her nose as she leaned in close to feel her lips tap against his stubbled chin.

Marius parted his lips allowing his ruby red tongue to peek through. They licked her lips ever so gently before she parted hers, allowing it to slip inside her mouth. His kiss was ever so sweet and gentle. Yet her body was on fire. As he pulled her close, only one thought was in her mind...

I need you.

End Excerpt

Pretty cool!  Okay so you can get your copy at the bargain price here on Amazon at 

http://www.amazon.com/Zenwards-Magic-ebook/dp/B0068M94P6/ref=sr_1_4?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1374256749&sr=1-4

And if you'd like a chance to win a free copy of one of my books, visit my friends here for more paranormal reads!  

http://timflanaganauthor.wordpress.com/promotional-events/paranormal-romance-promo-event/

Happy Reading!

July 11, 2013

Something New



Yeah, he's really hot.  Isn't he?  I've been experimenting with the notion of doing something new. A bit more risque and dangerous.  Don't worry I'll still write my gritty military romance fiction but there are a few characters in my head that are begging to come out and play.  And I think I should let them.  

As for who they are and what they do...  I'll tell you more about them real soon cause I know you'll love them as much as me.  

"Sexy and Intense.  It's Hot Romance With An Edge."
                                                                 -Clare

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