He didn’t go any further than the hungry possession of her mouth or the desperate, crushing embrace. Nessa sensed he needed this night to be different. His body tensed beneath her touch, he restrained his caress as if he wanted her to reason rather than just shatter into mindless bliss.
He raised his head and gazed into her eyes. Nessa flinched at the depths of pain and frustration etched in his face. He struggled, trying to communicate, to connect with her deepest emotions without the use of words. He took his palm, flattened it against his heart then placed it upon her chest. His brows drawn together in a questioning frown, he tilted his head and waited for a sign that she understood.
Her lower lip quivered at the very obvious gesture. Nessa whispered and covered his hand with hers. “Are you telling me you love me?” Her whisper caught in her throat.
One corner of his mouth pulled up into a relieved smile as Latharn nodded and brushed his lips across hers. He took a deep breath as though steeling himself against his own deepest fears. He took her hand and repeated the heart touching gesture from her chest to his. Then he raised a brow and awaited her answer, anxiety filling his eyes.
A lone tear escaped down her cheek as Nessa stared at her hand splayed upon his broad chest. “You know I love you,” she murmured with a moan. “I just wish that you were real.”
He squeezed his eyes shut, pulling her into his arms to cradle her against his chest. Holding her close, he stroked her hair as she gave way to tears.
His arms tightened around her and he gently swayed as she softly wept in his arms.
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BEYOND A HIGHLAND WHISPER
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Today, we’re here with published author, Maeve Greyson.
Maeve Greyson: Would you believe this question always stumps me? Why? I guess because in this little world between my ears, I just think of myself as plain old Maeve – the dreamer. *grin* A little about me –hmm... I still work the day job I’ve had for the past twenty-three years. I’ve been there so long I’ve pretty much become a permanent fixture, but I LONG for the day I can retire and become a full time writer. But I’m not complaining. I’m thankful that I have this job that’s helped to put two kids through college and chipped in on the bills. My cozy home is buried in the woods of western Kentucky where my husband of over thirty-one years caters to my whims and Jasper, my writing partner dog critiques all my words. You’ll find my stories are magical tales of paranormal romances with a dash of Celtic myth and legend added for a bit of spice. I don’t have any other pen names. I have enough trouble keeping up with this personality. *wink*
Kage: What happened to the first book you ever wrote?
Maeve Greyson: My first book is lost to another lifetime. We try not to talk about it. *sigh*
Kage:What’s your backlist and coming soon bookshelf look like?
Maeve Greyson: BEYOND A HIGHLAND WHISPER releases from The Wild Rose Press in February. Eeek! I know that’s just around the corner, isn’t it? I don’t have a backlist just yet, but I’ve got loads of “irons in the fire”. I’ll explain more about that in just a bit.
Kage: So,let's talk about BEYOND A HIGHLAND WHISPER. Please tell us all the good stuf.
Maeve Greyson:BEYOND A HIGHLAND WHISPER comes out in February with a tentative release date of the 18th. It’s already on the “Coming Soon” page of The Wild Rose Press. My little heart did a somersault the first time I saw it there. Latharn MacKay is a beguiling Scot from the 1400’s, cursed into a crystal orb when a seductive witch rages against his withheld love. But there’s hope. The woman destined for him can break the curse by whispering her love aloud. There’s just a few minor problems to overcome. Nessa is six hundred years in the future and Latharn can only visit her dreams with a silent presence. If he speaks, the curse will shatter his soul into bits. And then there’s still the matter of the sorceress. You know an enraged woman is going to have the final say…unless love proves more powerful.
BEYOND A HIGHLAND WHISPER
The last time Latharn MacKay walked among his kinsman was in Scotland of 1410. Sensuous and charismatic, all the women wanted him, but none could capture his heart. Latharn's charm became his curse when a dark sorceress didn’t take rejection well. She snared his soul into a crystal globe until the one woman destined to be his love whispered his release. Now all Latharn has to do is find her and guide her to him without speaking a word.
One of the youngest archeologists in St. Louis of 2010, Nessa credits one thing for this achievement: the recurring dream of a heart-stopping Highlander since the summer she turned eighteen years old. Little does she know, he's not some fantasy cooked up by her subconscious. He’s a trapped soul determined for Nessa to end his six centuries in hell. Can love prevail over the dark magic of a woman scorned?
Kage: What would the story be rated if it were a movie?
Maeve Greyson: Somewhere in the gray area between PG-13 and R. It’s not erotica but there are definitely some scenes with sizzle..
Kage: If you HAD to fit this story into a cliché, which one would it be?
Maeve Greyson:Love conquers all?
Kage:Okay, now that we have a general idea which class to fit BEYOND A HIGHLAND WHISPER under, what makes this book so unique from every other book out there?
Maeve Greyson: BEYOND A HIGHLAND WHISPER is a mix of paranormal, time travel, and a bit of historical all rolled into a delightful tale. Some of the places in the story actually exist...and some don’t. I leave it to the readers to figure out which is which.
Kage:What was the easiest part to write?
Maeve Greyson: I think the easiest part to write was the evil sorceress and her dialogue. It’s kind of relaxing to come home after a long day and unleash all your frustrations into the form of an evil character.
Kage:What do you like most about the main character(s) and what do you like least? Did you learn anything from them?
Maeve Greyson: Latharn is a sexy, protective alpha male. Loved that – even though he’s still a bit backward when it comes to women and their “place”. But he’s a Scot from the 1400’s so, I try to give the guy a break.
Nessa pulls at my heartstrings because she suffered an unhappy childhood with emotionally abusive parents. But she needs to realize it’s time to put the past where it belongs and just keep moving forward.
My friends in BEYOND A HIGHLAND WHISPER taught me never to give up hope.
Kage:Maeve, Thank you so much for stopping by today and gracing us with your presence. Before we go, is there anything else you’d like to say to wrap things up?
Maeve Greyson: Since you asked, I really need your help. I have another paranormal romance, ETERNITY’S MARK that’s been battling it out in Kensington Brava / RT Book Review’s Writing With the Stars contest. Guess what? I survived Round Three and I’m one of the four finalists moving on to Round Four. WHOO HOO!!! Anyway, I’d so appreciate your vote for my secondary character, William. If you follow this link, you can meet my lovely little Draecna and cast your vote to help us out:
Thank you so very much for your support. William and I BOTH appreciate it!
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Publisher’s Author Page: The Wild Rose Press