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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

EXCERPT And GIVEAWAY: Vision of Darkness by Tonya Burrows

Welcome to my stop on Tonya's blog tour for her newest book, "Vision of Darkness". It came out at the beginning of the month and is the first in a great new paranormal romantic suspense series. That hits all my likes so I knew I had to be part of the tour. I also have the book in my TBR pile and hope to have the review up next month. Fans of Christine Feehan's Ghost Walker series, or Rebecca Zanetti's FORGOTTEN SINS, will love this new series from Tonya! Today, I have an excerpt for you and at the end is a giveaway. So fix yourself a drink, push the cats out of your way, and sit back and enjoy!

Tonya Burrows wrote her first romance in 8th grade and hasn't put down her pen since. Originally from a small town in Western New York, she’s currently soaking up the sun as a Florida girl. She suffers from a bad case of wanderlust and usually ends up moving someplace new every few years. Luckily, her two dogs and ginormous cat are excellent travel buddies.
When she's not writing about hunky military heroes, Tonya can be found at a bookstore or the dog park. She also enjoys painting, watching movies, and her daily barre workouts. A geek at heart, she pledges her TV fandom to Supernatural and Dr. Who.
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He hesitated in the doorway. “Do you want me to leave?”

“No!” Lurching across the bed, she caught his wrist. “I need you to stay, Alex. I need you to make this all go away!”

As her voice cracked, his heart broke right along with it. “I can’t, baby.”

“Yes, you can.” She wiped at her eyes with the backs of her hands. “If you hold me, I won’t fall apart. I need you to love me.”

I do, he thought, though he knew that was not what she was asking of him. Slowly, he crossed the room. He knelt so that his lips were millimeters from hers and rubbed his palms up her thighs. “I will do or be whatever you need. Always.”

She lifted shaking hands to his cheeks and leaned forward until their lips touched in the briefest of kisses. “Then be my lover. Hold me and make me forget. Just for a while.”

They undressed each other one article of clothing at a time, Alex savoring every ounce of ivory flesh he uncovered with his hands and lips as the buttons of her blouse came undone. He’d make her forget, make them both forget. She opened like a flower to the springtime sun, and he pleasured her with his mouth until she went lax with sleepy satisfaction. He prowled up her body, kissing his way back to her mouth as her thighs opened to cradle his hips. In one smooth move, her pelvis lifted to meet his and he sank into her plush heat.

Pru sighed like a woman fulfilled, running her hands over his head, down his shoulders and back. “I love you, Alex.”

Hot moisture pricked his eyes and he buried his face in the curve of her neck. He wanted to say it back, but those three simple words got stuck somewhere between his brain and his tongue. He wanted to cry, to curl into her embrace and bawl his eyes out—but God, how embarrassing would that be? Not acceptable.

So he channeled every drop of emotion he felt into making love to her. Propping his weight on his forearms, tangling his hands in her hair, he sipped her mouth and moved in long, slow lunges.    

Across the room, the dresser shook. Pictures swung and dropped off the wall. The new window he’d installed last night while she worked in the kitchen rattled as if the day was blustery rather than calm. The already damaged full-length mirror in the corner, reflecting shards of their lovemaking, cracked down the middle.

Alex paid no attention to any of it, too entranced by the woman underneath him and the leisurely, sexy glide of their bodies joining. It felt incredible. He never wanted it to end, but when her climax turned her body into a silken vice, he couldn’t stop the inevitable.

Pru slept for hours afterward, until the light blue sky of morning faded to a cloudy afternoon and the shadows of the room deepened. Her head rested on Alex’s shoulder, her smooth bare legs tangled around his under the cover. One of her hands splayed over his heart as if she wanted to make sure it was still beating and the other curled around the back of his neck, fingers deep in his hair. With her twined around him like a vine, he should have strangled on the intimacy of it. Any other woman, he would have extracted himself and bolted for the nearest exit. Instead, for the first time in his life, he felt cherished and possessed and—surprise!—he liked it. A lot.   

Pru twitched and whimpered in her sleep, and he dropped a kiss to her forehead to remind her he was still there. If he could, he’d crawl inside her mind and fend off all the bad dreams with his bare hands. Of all people, he knew just how bad bad dreams could be. 


A beacon of light...
Undercover DEA agent Alex Brennan doesn’t believe in the paranormal, despite the exhausting nightmares that reveal things he shouldn’t know. When sleep deprivation causes him to make a horrible mistake on the job, he is driven to find answers. Dreams guide him to a lighthouse in Three Churches, Maine, where he finds an inexplicable and comforting familiarity in the arms of the lighthouse’s beautiful keeper, Pru Maddox.

A whisper of memory…
Deadly misfortune has long plagued Pru’s family, the result of a curse “The Green Lady” placed on the lighthouse. Skeptical, Alex searches for less ghostly explanations, though he can’t deny that the town has had more than its fair share of disappearances, suicides, and accidents. As their passion simmers, Alex digs deeper, and his dreams turn violent, frightening, and very real.

A vision of darkness...
To keep Pru safe, Alex must embrace his abilities and unravel the lighthouse’s mystery. Except someone—or something—wants the past to stay buried...and will do anything to keep it that way.

Publisher: Tonya Burrows
Series: D.I.E. Squadron #1
Release Date: December 1, 2014
Buying Links:  Amazon* | Book Depository* | Barnes & Noble |
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  1. This sounds fabulous Bea and I agree this has elements that I love too. Thanks,for sharing the excerpt

    1. My pleasure! I'm hoping to read it over my Christmas break.

  2. This sounds like a book I'd enjoy. Thanks for getting it on my radar! *looks around then whispers* I probably shouldn't confess that at first glance, I thought...*looks around again and lowers voice even more* I thought that was a cock on that locket. *fans self*

    1. ROTFLMAO There is a striking resemblance. :D

  3. Aw Tonya is a fab one. I've got this on my tablet waiting for me :D


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