Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Book Hooks: Serpent's Kiss -- #Guatemala #paranormal #MFRWHooks #charity

Serpent's Kiss cover
 
For my Book Hook today, I have another excerpt from Serpent’s Kiss, my paranormal erotic romance set in Guatemala. I’m hoping that I can lure you over to my Charity Sunday post and convince you to leave a comment. For every comment I receive, I’m donating two dollars to relief efforts for victims of the recent volcanic eruption in Guatemala.

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Blurb

Ancient mysteries control a modern woman's destiny.

From the first, Dr. Elena Navarro senses that the wounded man she discovers outside the gates of her rural clinic is not an ordinary mortal. With his chest ripped open, Jorge Pélikal still demonstrates unnatural strength and power.

Elena is irresistibly attracted to Jorge, although he warns her their coupling could open the gates of chaos. She and Jorge fall in love, despite his dire predictions.


Gradually Elena comes to understand that Jorge is a supernatural player in a cosmic drama that will determine the fate of the earth and of mankind - and that even if he triumphs in his apocalyptic struggle with his nemesis, she may lose him forever.

The Hook

Help me…please…”

The moan was barely audible above the chatter of the birds greeting the dusk. Elena paused, key half-turned in the padlock, listening closely.

Por favor…”

This time, she could hear the pain in the man’s voice. The sound came from the mass of tangled vegetation framing the gate of the clinic. She stuck the lock in her jeans pocket and tried to part the curtain of lianas that cloaked the young fir tree. The tough vines resisted, but she finally managed to tear them apart, exposing a clearing created by the tree’s drooping branches.

He lay on his back on the damp ground, gasping for breath. A doctor first, Elena immediately noted the terrible wound that ripped across his chest. The rough trousers that were his only garment were black with blood.

She crawled into the concealed space and knelt beside him, examining the awful gash more closely. The flow had begun to clot, but if she moved him, the bleeding might start again.

Aye…” The man gave an inarticulate groan and struggled weakly to rise.

No! Stay still!” Elena spoke to him in Spanish, hoping he’d understand. “You mustn’t move. You’re seriously hurt. Stay here quietly. I’ll get some of the village men to carry you to the infirmary.”

He grabbed her shirt, holding her back. His strength was surprising. “No, please! Don’t bring anyone. No one must know…”

Then how will we get you inside?”

I–I can walk.”

With your chest torn open like that? And all the blood that you’ve lost?”

I can do it. I am strong, still.”

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You can buy Serpent’s Kiss at Amazon, BN, Totally Bound, and most other online bookstores.

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4 comments:

Kayelle Allen said...

What!? You can't leave us there! Oh wait. Yes you can. This is book HOOKS. Wow. Powerful scene.

Lisabet Sarai said...

Hi, Kayelle! This is actually the very start of the book.

Janet Walters said...

Really tense scene. Nice way to tempt the reader to continue.

Ed Hoornaert said...

I bet she's heard somewhat similar statements from patients who don't understand how badly they're injured. As a 10- or 12-years old, I got hit in the face with baseball bat, opening a gash above my eye. I thought I could easily walk to a safer place. Yeah, right. I ended up face down in the dirt, which of course just made the gash more dangerous. But I was so sure I could do it. I still have the scar.

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