An Excerpt From: STONE’S SOUL
Copyright © LEXXIE COUPER, 2008
All Rights Reserved, Ellora’s Cave Publishing, Inc.
Jordynn Harrison looked at the small, dirt-encrusted stone in her hand. Something about it puzzled her. It didn’t look right. About the size of a walnut, its rough surface seemed somehow unnatural. Too concise in formation. She raised it close to her face, rolling it between her thumb and fingers, searching for clues in its texture. Hmmm. Definitely not igneous. Maybe evaporitic, possibly metamorphic…
A soft warmth spread through her fingers. A tingling heat.
Jordynn frowned. She brought the stone closer still, studying it intently. No naturally formed stone she knew of conducted heat without a heat source, and despite the humid mid-summer afternoon, she didn’t think the dormant Hawaiian Mauna Kea volcano constituted as a heat source. Nor, for that matter, did her fingers.
She cocked an eyebrow. “Odd.”
Without warning, a blistering heat singed her fingers, like she’d closed them around the molten tip of a fire poker. With a sharp and totally undignified yelp, Jordynn dropped the stone. “Ow!” She studied her stinging fingers. Long, slightly calloused and ingrained with dirt. Typical geologist’s fingers. Yet, despite the pain radiating from their tips, free of any blisters or reddening burn marks.
Jordynn frowned, turning her inspection to the hastily dropped stone at her feet. Gingerly, she picked it up. Small, dull and cold. Hardly anything to make her cry out like a little girl. She turned it over and over, gnawing on her bottom lip as she did so. Something about it looked…wrong.
She spat on the stone’s grimy surface and smeared away some of its crusted dirt.
A chill rippled up her arm, lifting the fine hairs on her skin and making her nipples pinch into tight peaks. Jordynn blinked, staring at the now dullish-green stone in her hand. What the…?
Another chill shot up her arm, followed by a wave of pulsating heat.
Her pussy clenched in response, as though replying to an unknown question.
Do you want to be filled?
Oh yes, please!
“What the hell?” Her muttered words sounded oddly loud in the silence and she blinked.
Unease crashed over her and she swallowed a sudden lump in her throat. Silence? In the forest? She tore her stare from the strange stone to look out at the lush Hawaiian rainforest.
And saw a man standing on Mauna Kea’s rim.
A naked man, with long, glossy-black hair and deeply bronzed skin stretched over hard, sculpted muscles.
A naked man staring at her through thick, black lashes with piercing eyes the color of wild limes.
Jordynn started, dropping the stone again.
The man disappeared. Just like that. One second there, the next, gone.
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave Publishing
Format: Trade Paperback
Length: 344 pages
Published: March 19, 2013
Boy Toy by Rena Marks
Nina has been taught to lessen emotional attachments. A necessary skill to have when a woman intends to stay single forever, with one goal in life—to train men as Boy Toys.
A century-old curse haunts Tristan. For one month out of every year, his birth month, a woman who wears his birthstone pendant can control him sexually. He’s grown to hate the women who hold the reins over his life. But Tristan falls hard for sexy divorcée Nina and knows she’s the one for him. His only problem is to convince her of this.
Until a new issue arises. His hated pendant falls into the hands of the woman he loves.
Forever in Her Eyes by Calista Fox
Rayne has spent centuries protecting the legendary peridot, “The Emerald of the Evening”. It is a priceless antiquity that possesses the gift of immortality. But following a heartbreaking betrayal centuries ago, Rayne—an immortal since birth—has given up on finding her perfect match. Until she meets sexy, seductive Dyson. Dyson is more than just a broker of unique jewels. Priceless gems are his passion, but he’s looking for something that goes beyond his ideal of “distinctive”. The moment he lays eyes on Rayne, he knows he’s found a rare treasure. But Dyson has no idea how much Rayne is really worth… When an old adversary pursues Rayne, she knows the safety of The Emerald of the Evening is threatened. But Dyson just might be the one man who can keep her safe and inflame her desire. Is he worthy of the precious gift she has to offer?
Ring of Seduction by Cash & Alexi Fleming
Mellika’s lusted after Zeb for some time now, mostly because of his exotic good looks. So when he pauses to admire her peridot ring at an Arabian Nights-themed party, she can’t wait to find out what’s under his genie costume. She’s about to get more than she bargained for, though—Zeb is an actual djinni. As in the magic-making kind.
Luckily for Mellika, her ring isn’t the only thing holding Zeb’s interest. The peridot may give them a special connection, but true passion can’t be conjured by magic. Zeb is about to make all her wishes come true, and then she’ll be a believer for good.
Stone’s Soul by Lexxie Couper
When geologist Jordynn Harrison finds an unusual gem on the rim of Hawaii’s Mauna Kea volcano, she gets more than just a pretty stone to study. Touching the peridot makes her body burn—in more ways than one. The stone conjures her dream man, a Hawaiian warrior who fulfills her lustful fantasies with his hands, his lips, his tongue…
Though Jordynn knows Kale is just a creation of her lonely psyche—how else can he know her every desire?—she lets him take her again and again. But as dreams and reality merge, Jordynn begins to wonder if perhaps her masterful lover is more than just a figment of her overworked imagination.
Whatever Maura Wants by Mardi Ballou
Maura wasn’t expecting anything special for her birthday. So when she spots the enormous peridot lying on her coffee table, she’s quite puzzled. But that stone is nothing compared to the present that shows up at her door. Antonio is a tall, smoldering hunk who seems to know her every wish and need—and how to fulfill them.
Antonio arrives at Maura’s doorstep on a mission—to recover a prized peridot. High-level demon that he is, he can’t afford to piss off his boss. But although Antonio’s the one with magic powers, Maura has him under her spell the second he walks through her door. Sure, he’ll have no problem seducing her, but can he swipe the stone and escape with his heart intact?