Excerpt: Touch of a Dragon

Touch of a Dragon

Chapter One

“Do you want to live?”

What the hell…? I focused on the brown hand thrust into my face, held onto it like a lifeline. Everything else around me was a scorched blur. My heart beat hard, and pain rode through my flesh. Did I want to live? Where was I? What had happened? Panic bubbled and words burst out. “What sort of insane question is that?” I choked, and agony shot over my skull.

“Make a choice.”

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New releases: Painted Promise and Touch of a Dragon

Painted Promise

Releases 18 August from Ellora’s Cave

You can read an excerpt here

Thirza Girard is a clone.  Her mirror image founded a thousand year dynasty that spans the quadrant.  The Girard family power is no accident.  The original Thirza did a deal with an alien, a Tashen-Dar, who could manipulate probability.  He changed reality so that Thirza and her descendants are favoured with opportunity, the chance, if they grab it, of achieving great wealth and power. However, it comes at a cost.
Paint – an organic technology – binds the alien, Zaid, in the bowels of the planet. Paint has captured him as an image for a thousand years.  The time of binding is almost at an end and Thirza Girard’s clone must pay the price for the power her family has enjoyed.  She must rebind him, capture him again in paint, or pay another, more carnal price.

Touch of a Dragon

Releases 24 August 2010 from Loose Id

You can read an excerpt here

Half dead under a heap of rubble, Leona Munro isn’t going to turn down that offer.  Yet accepting, spins her life out of control.  She is the Chosen and what that means no one will say
Thrown into the world of the magic she secretly craves, Leona must find the strength to survive.  Too many people want to use what she is to their own advantage in the war between technology and magic.  She can trust no one…least of all the sinfully attractive Samuel Blake.

Cover love: Touch of a Dragon

Touch of a Dragon won Loose Id’s Hot Hooks Competition back in February.  It’s out 24 August 2010 and here’s the unofficial blurb:

Half dead under a heap of rubble, Leona Munro isn’t going to turn down that offer. Yet accepting, spins her life out of control. She is the Chosen and what that means no one will say
Thrown into the world of the magic she secretly craves, Leona must find the strength to survive. Too many people want to use what she is to their own advantage in the war between technology and magic. She can trust no one…least of all the sinfully attractive Samuel Blake.

Great first review for Shapes in the Blood!

Dee Dailey at The Romance Studio gave Shapes in the Blood, my paranormal futuristic fantasy from Loose Id, 5 Hearts!

Aila Parry feels like she should have known Nathan Ahern was too good to be true. Four hours late, he shows up for their date and manages to convince her to go out with him. Things get out of hand when he literally begins to change before her eyes and she has to run for her life. Is Matt Kinnon her rescuer or just another version of Nathan?

Kim Knox keeps us guessing in this fast paced thriller. From great eroticism to edge of our seat suspense, she makes the pages fly by. Nathan is pure nastiness wrapped in a good looking man. Matt isn’t quite as easy to figure out. If he good or just another version of evil? Aila proves to be more than either of them bargained for. The girl’s introspection often brings a smile. One normal human being mixed up with some very unusual men. Or is she? Ms. Knox keeps us glued to the pages as the action unfolds in and out of the bedroom.

New Release: Shapes in the Blood

Aila Parry is a disaster waiting to happen.

Bad luck dogs her, has followed her all her life, ever since her grandmother’s heated warning when she was only three years old. Food spoils, metal stresses and breaks, equipment fails…and people are wary of her, forming strange hatreds, or worse shunning her completely. Men run scared. Which is why her colleague, Nathan Ahern’s, interest stuns—and delights—her. But Nathan is not all that he appears to be. And the only need he has for Aila is the desire to spill her blood. Matt Kinnon, a tempting stranger, a man compelled to guard the human race from creatures like Nathan, offers her protection.

But can she trust a man who is as much a demon as the one who wants her dead?

Buy link here at  Loose Id

Excerpt: Shapes in the Blood

Summer Reading Trail 2010

Shapes in the Blood

Blurb

Aila Parry is a disaster waiting to happen.

Bad luck dogs her, has followed her all her life, ever since her grandmother’s heated warning when she was only three years old.  Food spoils, metal stresses and breaks, equipment fails…and people are wary of her, forming strange hatreds, or worse shunning her completely.  Men run scared.  Which is why her colleague, Nathan Ahern’s, interest stuns—and delights—her.  But Nathan is not all that he appears to be.  And the only need he has for Aila is the desire to spill her blood.  Matt Kinnon, a tempting stranger, a man compelled to guard the human race from creatures like Nathan, offers her protection.

But can she trust a man who is as much a demon as the one who wants her dead?

Excerpt
(c)2010 Kim Knox

“Aila…”

Warm breath brushed against the shell of her ear, teasing a hot flow of need through her flesh. She turned into that touch, the smooth sheets tangling around her bare legs. Her nipples peaked.

“I’m waiting for you.”

“Nathan?” His name broke from her lips in a soft whisper and she almost felt his smile against her skin. She pulled in a sharp breath. Her skin burned, the ache between her thighs growing. The sheets twisted and rubbed against her sex, deepening the throb low in her belly…and it was wrong. Her breath quickened, fear and horror slicking under her skin. She shouldn’t give in to him. Something about that was important, vital…and his breath rasped against her ear, killing her false need. “Waiting, where?”

His lips brushed her earlobe and Aila fisted the sheets, arching her spine against it. “Outside. Come to me. Leave the rathsa. He could never satisfy you.”

Rathsa. The word made her heart turn over. She knew it from her past, when she was a small child. A forbidden word, never to be spoken. Her pulse spiked. Was he talking about…? “Matt!”

The heavy door to the darkened room slammed back and golden light framed the man standing in the doorway. Aila scrambled back up the bed until her spine hit the headboard. She grabbed the sheets tangled around her legs and pulled them up to her chest. It was no protection, but she had to cling to something. “Matt?” She winced at the tremor in her voice. Damn it, it couldn’t be Nathan. She’d just had a too-sharp dream. “Sorry, nightmare.”

“I shouldn’t be here.”

Matt’s voice eased through her and her knuckles unlocked from the sheets. She stretched her fingers and let out a soft, self-mocking laugh. “Sorry to wake you.”

He strode to the end of her bed, golden light gilding him. He stopped. His sudden silence, the heavy shadow of his face and the way his hands flexed and fisted at his sides raised her pulse again. And something else. A slow, liquid heat slid low into her belly and she shifted against the smooth mattress, wanting to deny her curl of attraction. Matt wasn’t interested —

“I’m curious.” The words were almost said to himself and his head tilted.

In that moment, Aila wanted to see his expression, to see whether a delicious smile lifted his perfect lips. She closed her eyes. Everything was already too strange. She couldn’t start imagining something that really wasn’t there. “It’s late…”
“Would it be better for you to strip…or for me to peel that T-shirt from you?”

Heat flooded her face and her mouth opened, but no words came out. Had he really just asked that question? And was it of her, or of himself? His tone was…off…somehow. She swallowed and denied herself the experience of thinking about Matt yanking the T-shirt over her head and flinging it across the room. She squeezed her thighs together. That only made the growing throb worse. “I think you should go.”

“You want me to do it?” A dark smile lurked in his voice and she somehow knew he wasn’t asking about his leaving. “Strip you and pin you down?”

“Matt…” His name was almost a groan. He couldn’t play with her like this, because he wouldn’t follow though.

Aila squealed. She hadn’t seen him move. One moment he was at the end of the bed, the next her T-shirt flew into a dark corner and Matt straddled her, his fingers linking through hers and pressing her hands into her pillow. His scent taunted her, the sharp hint of eucalyptus and mint and the need she had to taste him, to let his unique flavor simmer on her tongue. She groaned as his jeans rubbed against her thighs, his shirt brushing cool against her bare stomach and his mouth — Aila pulled in a shallow breath — his lips ghosted over hers, threatening to kiss her.
“What now?”

His breath warmed her and the temptation to close the short distance and taste him rioted in her blood. “Now? I kiss you.”
She took his mouth, lifting her head from the pillow, straining to deepen their kiss, but Matt tightened his hands against hers and pulled away. His laughter cut through her and fired her anger. “Is this what I want from you?”

His teeth tugged at her bottom lip and the sudden pleasure-pain shot through her flesh. She arched up to meet him, turning her pelvis, desperate for him to ease the growing ache between her thighs. He kissed her, deep, ruthless, his tongue fucking her mouth. Aila mewled, the wild sensations, the taste of mint spiralling through her blood.

His command, his strength had her head light, her thoughts spinning. She’d thought it impossible to come from a kiss, but already the low throb in her belly increased, tightened and she could almost touch the bright fire of her release. So close. Hell, she wanted more of him and her body twisted, cursing the barrier of his clothes.

Matt swallowed her sudden cry as her pelvis pushed against his hot and very bare flesh. Damn it, he seriously had skills. How was this not magic? His cock teased her, pressing hard against her mons. She ached to spread her legs to let him sink into her and have him mimic his incredible tongue.

He broke the kiss, his breath hot and fast over her lips. “I shouldn’t be doing this.”

Aila glared at him. “You stop now, I kill you. Understood?”

His laughter rolled over her. “Yes, ma’am.”

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Cover Love: Shapes in the Blood

I meant to post this yesterday…anyway, here it is and the unofficial blurb 🙂

Aila Parry is a disaster waiting to happen.

Bad luck dogs her, has followed her all her life, ever since her grandmother’s heated warning when she was only three years old.  Food spoils, metal stresses and breaks, equipment fails…and people are wary of her, forming strange hatreds, or worse shunning her completely.  Men run scared.

Which is why her colleague, Nathan Ahern’s, carnal interest stuns—and delights—her.  But Nathan is not all that he appears to be.  And the only need he has for Aila is the desire to spill her blood.  Matt Kinnon, a tempting stranger, a man compelled to guard the human race from creatures like Nathan, offers her protection.  And more than that.  His dark beauty tugs at her, promising an irresistible — and forbidden — wickedness.

But can she trust herself with a man who is as much a demon as the one who wants her dead?

Out 4 May 2010 from Loose Id.