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Emotionally Charged

bannerfans_962234brokenbonds_200X300(1)Warning: spoiler. This is a key scene from Broken Bonds, the one in which Brad, who has never even kissed a woman, realizes he’s fallen for Nidrani, who will make up the fourth in the soon-to-be rolor bond between Brad, Ardaval, Imarin, and Nidrani.

I sent Brad and Nidrani up to the roof while Ardaval and Imarin tried to work out their differences. I wanted the four of them to end up together, and for that to work, the pairing between Brad and Nidrani had to be viable. On a conscious level, I had no idea how this would come about. I sent them up and started writing. Wow. I was at least as shocked as Brad. We were both pretty shaken up by the time I reached the end of the scene.

Looking back at the novel, however, it was clear that Brad was falling for her, and Imarin points out a short while later.

I admit that I also had no idea how I’d get Brad acquitted of treason, another goal of mine in terms of how the novel would come out. That was another where I started writing and discovered the answer.

But that’s an excerpt for another time.

Excerpt:

 

Nervous energy coursed through Brad as he followed Nidrani through the door onto the roof. “Are you sure this will work?”

    “Imarin believes he can convince Ardaval to listen this time.” Nidrani pushed the roof door shut.

    “The last time they made up, it was for one night only.”

    “They didn’t make up, they simply ignored their differences.” Nidrani blew air through her pursed lips.

“I hope this time they settle things between them.” Brad walked to the edge of the roof and gazed over the city. The ever-cool, and always-damp wind blew and clouds drifted over his head. “What are we going to do while we wait?”

    “We’ll watch the sky. Perhaps the sun will appear.” Nidrani held out a hand to him.

    He glanced up at the gray sky. The prospect of sunlight appeared dim. “We can watch clouds gather and light fade.” He gazed at the woman beside him. He’d avoided thinking what swearing rolor would mean with between Nidrani and him. He hadn’t considered his feelings for her at all, the spirits knew why. They went a hell of a lot deeper than friendship. He shook his head, and, giving in to the impulse, drew Nidrani into his arms for a kiss.

She sighed and opened her mouth to him. Her whole body, soft and warm, pulsed, trembled with desire. Her lips tasted of the berries she had eaten a short while ago. He didn’t want to let them go.

    “You’re a handsome man,” Nidrani murmured.

    Brad shook his head, too disturbed by the kiss and his reaction to it to speak.

    “Why is it so difficult to believe I could desire you?”

    He wanted to touch her. As he brushed a hand over her breasts, the nipples came to taut peaks, visible under her tunic. “I realize you do, and yet…”

    “You may have never desired a woman – until now “

    He nodded. Useless to deny it. The truth pulsed against her.

    “Does not mean none have desired you.”

    The hand she’d slipped under his shirt curved over his shoulders and moved down his back. When it reached at the sensitive spot near his right shoulder blade, he shuddered and pulled her closer. His hands shook as he slipped them under Nidrani’s tunic and ran a thumb over her erect nipples. She sighed into his mouth. His hands slipped lower, pushed down Nidrani’s skirt and undergarment, caressed her buttocks, pressed her against his erection.

Her whole body trembled, shook like a leaf blown by a strong wind. She wrapped her arms around him. He trembled also. He’d never reacted like this to a woman before. Perhaps because of the bond with Arda, which he sensed still existed, or perhaps because she was Aleyni and she didn’t map into his mental notion of woman the way a Terran would have.

    “Don’t analyze so much,” Nidrani murmured. “Accept the truth of your body.”

    He could do nothing else. Nidrani pulled off the last of his clothing, drew him with her down to the surface of the roof. He should have brought a cushion. He stared down into Nidrani’s face. Did he dare make love to her?

Nidrani opened her arms.”Yes. Oh, yes.”

He hesitated a moment longer, and Nidrani reached for him, drew him inside her, moaned. He thrust into her as she exploded into climax; her internal muscles tightened around him, and with a final thrust, he shattered into a million pieces, exploded inside her as she tightened again and again around him

    “I feel like I’m a teenager again.” He stared into Nidrani’s face.

    “We’ll take things more slowly next time,” Nidani murmured.

Reluctantly he stood, loathe to have this moment end. He extended a hand to Nidrani, and together they walked down the stairs to join the other two.

 

Check what the others chose:
Heidi M. http://heidiwriter.wordpress.com
Beverley Bateman at http://beverleybateman.blogspot.ca/
Kay Sisk  http://kaysisk.blogspot.com
Anne Stenhouse at http://annestenhousenovelist.wordpress.com
Connie Vines at http://connievines.blogspot.com/
Ginger Simpson at http://mizging.blogspot.com
Geeta Kakade at http://geetakakade.blogspot.com/
Fiona McGier at http://www.fionamcgier.com
Lynn Crain at http://lynncrain.blogspot.co.at/
Rhobin Courtright at http://rhobinleecourtright.com

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Meet Heather Greenis, author of the Natasha Saga

Thanks so much for hosting me.  Heather

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 The fourth book in the Natasha Saga has just come out. Can you tell us a little about this saga?

The saga begins with a young woman from upper class. Her life changes once she volunteers at an orphanage. Unfortunately, there are consequences when she rebels.

 

What started you writing these books?

I had a dream and it stuck in my brain. I couldn’t get the characters out of my mind. I told my husband about the dream and he suggested I write about it. Allow my imagination to go for it and develop it. A four book saga later…

 

Of the four Natasha books, which is your favorite and why?

Oh, tough one. The Saga is actually one big book that is broken into four sections. That’s like asking someone which part of a book is their favourite, The beginning, the middle or the conclusion. The first book is an emotional read, the second you get deeper insight into characters. The third offers further development. Each book is a generation. The fourth ties it all together, answering questions, concluding it. People reading the story love the way I tied it together.

 

Are you planning any more books in this saga?

Nope. Not in the plans. Never say never, but at this point, I don’t see a need. My editors loved the way I ended it. So do a few people that have contacted me. I’m happy with it.

 

Do readers have to have read the three previous books to enjoy this one?

Each books starts with a small recap, but to understand the plot, the characters, and the moral, it’s advisable.

 

What do you hope readers will take away from this book?

I simply hope they stop and think. Question the purpose of life. We’re given a short time on this planet, what do you want to be remembered for? The answer to that is personal and changes for everyone. I’d like to think I’ve accomplished something meaningful when I die. That I have made the world a slightly better place. I’ve left a small footprint.

 

What are your strengths as a writer?

Ask me again in a few years! I’ve learned so much in the past two years thanks to my editors Nancy Bell, Teale Dallas, Sharon Pickrel and Greta Gunselman. I’ve grown and matured as an author. Hopefully, my growth will continue.

What is the best piece of writing advice you ever got? The worst?

‘Make sure the end product is something you’re happy with.’

‘Don’t give up your day job. Not right away’

Completely agree with these.

Worst – give yourself a schedule and abide by it.

Disagree – Writing isn’t a 9 – 5 job. Don’t tell me to write if I’m not in the mood. There are 7 days in a week and a 24 hour clock. I write when I’m inspired.

 

Do you belong to any critique groups?

No.  My husband is an avid reader of almost any genre.  He is the first to read my  manuscripts and the poor guy ends up reading them multiple times before I submit. He corrects small errors, points out major errors and makes suggestions. He was afraid to be critical at the beginning, but now he’s tough which is great. I’m fortunate.

My niece is also an avid reader. She read the saga years ago and critiqued it. I looked at her notes and rewrote, making major changes. She is the reason my story got published.

 

Are you a plotter or a pantser?

I begin plotting but am willing to change anything and everything.

I’ll write a scene, give it some thought and rewrite it, more then once. The plot went through some major changes.

 

What are you working on now?

I have a few stories in my brain.  One is well underway but going through hubby edits. The second is well underway, but hasn’t been seen my any other eyes yet. Who knows how it will end up. The remainder are still bullet points. I’m not rushing any of them. When I have an idea, I open the file and jot some ideas down.

 

Any last words?

Once again, thanks so much for hosting me. I’m honoured to be on your blog.

I began this process, submitting to publishers in March 2012. June 2014 the last of the saga has launched. Woohoo!

For blurbs, please see my page on my publishers site and click ‘read more’ http://museituppublishing.com/bookstore/index.php
links to purchase can be found on my website

http://heathergreenis.weebly.com

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