Wednesday, February 27, 2013
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The Beasty Blog Tour: Part 1
A Beast WithinSeries: The Beasty Series
Author: Tyffani Clark Kemp
Genre: Paranormal/Supernatural Romance
Publisher: SideStreet Cookie Publishing LLC
Format: Ebook & Paperback
Length: 311 Pages
Release Date: February 25th, 2013
"I'm a man, Luna. That is my curse. To live alongside humanity…" -Gabriel Slade
Gabriel Slade runs Hollywood with his gorgeous blue eyes and egregious temper. No one knows that underneath it all is a man with a frozen heart, cursed to become a beast at every full moon. For seven days he has no choice but to roam the earth as a vicious animal, until he meets a woman who can change it all.
Luna Grace has a hatred for everything Gabriel Slade stands for, but she doesn't even know what he looks like. When a chance encounter reveals feelings Luna never knew she harboured, it stands to reason that she would run.
Can Luna overcome her hatred and break the curse? Or will Gabriel's temper keep her from realizing her true feelings, dooming him to remain the beast forever?
"This is nice."
"Yes, it is," he agreed and felt a little vain.
She unwound the red scarf from her neck. The gray cardigan almost fell from one shoulder where he saw the red straps of a bra and a camisole. A soft scar marred the perfect skin of her collar bone. Without thinking, he crossed to her and traced the scar with a finger. He looked into her eyes. She'd stopped breathing. Gabe traced his finger down to the top button of her cardigan and fondled it until the button popped free. It was nothing for him to be so brazen, but tonight, with her, something about it felt dirty. But he continued. God in heaven, the camisole underneath was the same bright red. When he looked up again her eyes almost glowed.
"Oh, the scar? Um," she stuttered. He couldn't help but smirk. "My dad…"
His head snapped up, furious. Her father had done this to her?
"No!" she said in a rush. "We were practicing. It was my fault. I wasn't paying attention. I can't remember… I think I was upset about a boy at school or something. I didn't get my sword up in time. It was an accident."
Gabe nodded as he ground his back teeth together. Finally, the last button was free. He pushed the cardigan from her shoulders, brushing her arms with his fingers as he did. Her skin reacted to his touch and she shivered.
"Do you think it would be okay if…" She motioned to the bathroom.
He shrugged when he wanted to laugh. "Why not? It's just a toilet." The red popped against her olive skin and all Gabe wanted to do was see more of her. When was the last time he'd lost control of his lust?
She took her drink with her and closed the door. Finally the moment of truth. Gabe slipped out of his suit jacket and unbuttoned his shirt. He rolled the sleeves up out of comfort and habit and tossed back his drink. The glass he set on the dresser, and walked out onto the balcony for some fresh air, hoping it would calm him down.
Hurry up, little one.
"No, Michael. We've been over this."
"Maybe you can show me how it's done then. You're the all-knowing."
Gabe seethed, though he knew his friend was trying to help him out. "Fine. Luna!"
He turned when she snapped at him. The tension in the room grew again, but this time the stunt people were the ones panicking. How dare she speak to him that way? What made her think she could get away with that? Gabe smiled inwardly. She could get away with anything.
Outwardly, Gabe let his exasperation with her free. "Come demonstrate with me. You know these steps better than I."
She rolled her eyes, those shockingly green eyes, and moved to him around the people that stood on their marks. Luna took the sword handed to her by the woman opposite Michael and glared up at him.
"From the top!" he shouted and waited for the director to call action.
When the call was made, Gabe stepped against Luna, circling her as the others fought around them. The ring of steel called to memory a day long past and he pushed the thought away.
"Words fail where betrayal cuts deep, my love," he uttered the lines that belonged to Michael. "Spurned from one side of the world to the other, my heart bleeds to realize what we had was all a lie."
"Pretty words for a man, don't you think?" Luna surprised him by breathing the words back. There was a force behind them he didn't care for, a spark in her eye that caught flame and burned with some unknown hatred.
"Pretty? Hardly. Rhyme and verse, perhaps. The kind that comes from a broken heart and dashed hopes."
"Your heart lives only for the sea, your hopes only dashed by rough waters."
She struck then, a blow he deflected with his own blade. He caught both wrists in both his hands; she was tiny, so easily broken.
"My heart beats only for you," he breathed. Gabe looked down into her widening eyes as she saw the truth in the words he'd changed to fit his liking.
"You call this a party? I call it debauchery. That girl there," she pointed to a woman in a pink cardigan and neon fuck-me heels, "she's on her fourth man of the night. I'm convinced she's trying to sleep with everyone here."
"Why are you here?" That was the real question, wasn't it? If she hated it so much, why was she really here?
"I came with my roommate who thinks she's going to get lucky - she usually does - and my friend who is off chatting up a girl he won't call because he's in love with someone else."
"And she's not into him. Is that it?" There was something about the way she said that. Her tone held frustration, annoyance.
"That's exactly it. He may get himself into the outer courts though."
Gabe laughed a deep, resonating, gleeful sound. "Outer courts? Is that what they call them?"
"That's what I call them. Beautiful set up though."
He caught himself just before he said thank you. Time to move a bit. He stood, brushed off his trousers, and offered her a hand. "Come," he said. "Let's go into the outer courts." Strange words that hadn't been uttered in so long, they tasted bitter and cold.
Tyffani Clark Kemp
About the Author:
Tyffani Clark Kemp has been writing since she discovered in the sixth grade that it wasn't enough just to read about fantastic places, but she could create her own. She weaves small bits of herself into everything she writes whether it be a science fiction piece about aliens or a dramatic romance fraught with conflict and love. She lives in South Carolina with her family and her fluffy shii tzu-mix dog who things he's a Saint Bernard.
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