Wednesday, July 2, 2008

The Eternal Kiss and a new excerpt









The Hanged Man: The Eternal Kiss * Book one: Shadowed Souls It's been almost a year since my vampire Diego has seen the light of night.... LOL But I'm very happy say that he and his story is out by Tease Publishing as part of the Dark Tarot Imprint!

I'm very happy to see this book be available once more! It is available NOW! Woot!

As part of the imprint series, the covers are representations of a true Tarot deck, and Diego's story is of the Hanged Man. The card reveals sacrifice, selflessness, and solutions to problems that then weren't obvious through his travels. These solutions becomes clear as he acts and reacts to his world. This card lends its meaning to both Diego and Titania.

Welcome to their world.........

Diego Viteri has lived for centuries with only one real goal, to avenge himself against the one who destroyed the man that he was and created the creature he is now. He is suffering a growing loneliness that is becoming impossible to ignore. His only reason for not ending his life is to see that Brakka is served his justice and then, Diego can rest.

The last thing he is expecting is to have an encounter with a human woman who is willing to jump between himself and Brakka during a harsh and bloody battle. Their one meeting changes everything for Diego, bringing to life emotions and wants that he has long believed to be as dead as he is.

As he follows Titania and her band, his needs reshape into something that he can't ignore. Before he knows what he has done, he bonds with her and sets into motion the very thing he swore he would never do to another person. He has shared his curse and in the process may have very well killed her. And there is only one choice to be made to try to save her.




Her hand skimmed over his shoulder to wrap into his hair. She pulled him closer, and he lay down with her, his full length eclipsing her.

He could not help himself. He leaned forward and found the hardened peak of one, sucking gently. She arched and let out a shriek, her arms capturing his head and holding him in her pleasure. Hunger flared, seared him as he caressed and laved at that hard nub.

Kiss me.

He rose instantly to those luscious lips, answering the plea in her voice, in his thoughts. Her desire ignited his to a new level, a hunger for her completion, for her body, searing his brain.

Diego drew her bottom lip into his mouth, swirling his tongue over the sensitive skin inside, and his body clenched at her whimpers. He thrust within, his tongue meeting hers, mating, stroking at the sweet temptation of her mouth.

He found the corner of her lips, caressing it tenderly as he glided along her jaw, her head tipped back to his hungry exploration. His heart thundered as he tasted her, sipped at the delicate texture beneath her ear.

He inhaled her sweet essence, the steady beat of her blood through her body. He snapped his head back sharply, blinking.

“What’s wrong?” Titania asked, staring up at him, frozen, immediately catching his confusion.

“Nothing. I think.” He lowered to her neck, right over his claiming mark, and inhaled. His fangs exploded with a raging hunger, striking him hard and deep. He whipped his head away before she could see the flames in his gaze, the telltale fangs.

Her hand fell to her neck. “Intense,” she said, watching him carefully.

“It will pass.”

“Is it because you need to eat?” she asked. Caution tinged her words.

He almost smiled at her wild thoughts. He remained faced away from her instead. “I am not thinking of snacking, cara.”

“What happened?” She cradled his chin with her fingertips, applying a subtle pressure, turning him.

Dark lashes hid his worst thoughts. “It is stronger, sweeter.” He drew a deep breath and released it slowly. “I can control this.”

“Would it be bad? Because I am now like you?”

“Honestly, I do not know.”

Big, blue eyes shimmered up at him, her mouth growing supple. She tilted her head, exposing her throat. “I trust you.”

He sucked in air, stunned at her gift. “Cara, I do not know if it will harm you.”

She blinked up at him. “Why would you feel so strongly for it then? Has it been like this before?”

He thought back and had to shake his head. “No. Not like this.” Never like this.

Fingers danced across his chin, trailed down his own neck, and muscles clenched from him jaw to his toes. “Diego, I feel it, too. I want to share with you. I want to know how it feels for you. I want to know it is only me you feel this way for.”

He buried his face into her shoulder. “Titania. It is only you. Do you not know that?”

She tilted once more. “Then show me.”

Diego did not know if he should pray or cry in gratitude. Titania was the most unselfish being in his entire world. This was from her, to him. Simply because he wanted it.




For the full first chapter, please visit my site.


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This book is available now in Ebook here!! Want it in print? It will be out in September! Woohooo!


Want a free download? It's really pretty easy.  Go to my site, and tell me the title of one of the free reads I have available. Download it while you're there. They're short and sweet. You can put the answer in comments. Look for the winner tomorrow!


Phoebe Jordan said...

I downloaded both Spencer's Trip and Rainy Days and Cafes. I thought they were both good short free reads.

Grace Tyler said...

This story sounds wonderfully intriguing! Good luck with them.

Grace Tyler said...

"Them"? I mean with sales, them as in all your stories, etc. There should be an edit button in blogger.

Caffey said...

Hi Diana! I have ETERNAL KISS and must read very soon after this excerpt! With there being more books coming in this series (love series!) will Diego and Titania's story continue or will there be more of the paranormal that Diego is (vampire) or will the characters be different ones.

Too can you tell us a few things about your world that makes it unique ?

One more question, LOL, whens the next out in this series? :)

Diana Castilleja said...

LOL Grace. No worries. :) Thanks for stopping by.

Phoebe, you're awesome! :)

Caffey said...

I have this book so wasn't sure if could play for others! Congrats on the print, can't wait!!

Your free reads are RAINY DAYS AND CAFES and SPENCER'S TRIP (downloading them now!)

Diana Castilleja said...

Hi Cathy!

The Shadowed Soul series will have different MC's throughout, but you'll see Diego and Titania regularly in some fashion in most of them. I have plans for these two. LOL I'm not sure how many books there will be but right now, I have one in the works and one in the brainpan to develop, and I doubt it'll stop with those two.

What makes their world unique? Wellll, it's a mix of traditional and otherworld vampire lore. Their vampire ability is dependent on a few factors. One of them is their sense of honor.

Take Diego. He's a warrior, knows life and death and respects those that died by his hand. That helped sculpt his nature to combat against the pull of the "darker" power of the vampire, which leads to utter disdain of life in general. It's a constant battle for most of them. Finding their other half makes their focus shift.

There is a bad villian but he's not alone, so the tempest of the "evil" isn't always visible, and there's a lot of different conflicts to battle.

Joaquin and Lilly is the next in the series and he's in the works. I'm hoping to have him finished in the next few months for an '09 release.

Thanks for coming by!

Rachel D. Thompson said...

I went ahead and downloaded Rainy Days and Cafes.

The Eternal Kiss sounds very good--and I have a weakness for vampires, so I'll have to check this one out, maybe when it comes out in print. That is very exciting news. Good luck with everything!

Diana Castilleja said...

Thank you Rachel for stopping in. I hope you like the short!

Debby said...

Hi Diana, I enjoyed rading the pieces posted. I would love to get the book. I will add it to my list. Best of luck

Caffey said...

First, my apologies for here and there calling you Diane instead of Diana. Its a mistake I make over and over with anyone with either of those names. I wonder if it would be appropriate for me to say 'Di'

I always love series when we can say 'hello' to the characters from the other books, getting a glimpse of them, like in the same room of a party, just holding hands and that gives me so much. Sorry, but these characters become real to me, LOL. I'm so glad there will be more in the series Diana.

Their world sounds exciting. Diego feels like one who had been 'tortured' emotionally and physically as a warrior. And for him to grow through that all with a relationship is going to be so good to read!

Thanks for answering my endless questions. Its appreciated!

Diana Castilleja said...

Meh... No biggie on the name. LOL