Please help me welcome debut author Gina Danna. Gina released her first book, Her Eternal Rogue, not long ago and is giving away a copy to one lucky commenter. All you have to do is say you want the book in your comment.
Ella: Tell us a little about yourself, Gina.
Gina: I have my degrees in History and teach US History at the community college here in St. Louis. I’ve always been attracted to the past – love going to historic sites, worked in history museums and am a Civil War reenactor. I’m also a mother & owner of a large menagerie of dogs, cats and my horse.
Ella: How long have you been writing, and what made you want to start?
Gina: I’ve written forever – research papers for my degrees and research for museum exhibits and programs. About 3 years ago, I finally sat down and started writing my first romance novel – I mean I read a ton of them for years and always had these voices inside saying “do it, do it, write!” so I gave in.
Ella: What genre’s do you write in?
Gina: Historical. Time period is somewhat open – Ancient Rome, Regency, Victorian to name a few. Her Eternal Rogue has a twist – vampires – historically correct vampires.
Ella: What drew you to historicals?
Gina: Everything! Love history!!
Ella: I have to tell you, I sent this book to my niece and she loved it. Is Her Eternal Rogue part of a series or a stand alone?
Gina: Well, originally it was just a stand alone but I’ve had critique partners who want a sequel, and I’ve heard some rumbling, voices trying to be heard. <shaking head>
Ella: What’s next?
Gina: Ah, finish Rome! Then we will see… J
Without further to do I give you the blurb and an excerpt of Her Eternal Rogue.
Alexander froze in the doorframe. The scene he’d walked in on practically knocked him off his feet. The two of them were sprawled on the floor between the bed and table, laughing and entirely unaware that the pirate captain stood before them, rage building and hands clenched at his sides. This wasn’t what he’d expected. They were half undressed, and looked like they were having a grand time in a room reeking of rum.
Jason, his boatswain, the man he counted on the most for their missions and command of his ship, had taken leave of what few senses he had if he thought he could tumble with the captain’s woman, and in his quarters! But there it was. The evidence could not be denied. The rum bottle and tumblers sat on the table. Lavinia lolled on the ground in that dress that allowed any man easy access to her breasts and legs. Jason lay atop her, his shirt undone.
They stopped laughing at the sound of the door hitting the wall. Lavinia looked at him and lost control again, laughter spilling out of her mouth.
God, she’s beautiful! Her smile lights up her face.
Jason just looked at his commander and tried to stand.
“Yessur!” the young man piped.
As the pirate flew out of the cabin as Alexander grabbed Lavinia’s arm and yanked her off the floorboards.
“Ouch.” She winced.
He stood there, a towering inferno, wanting to kill her and ravish her all at the same time. He smelled the rum on her breath and snarled. Walsingham went too far supplying her with rum. Why wasn’t what he wanted to know, because with her beauty, it wasn’t hard to guess.
“Let go of me!”
“So, ye’re waitin’ fer yer husband? I was willin’ t’ keep yer virtue safe, but no, ye go aft me men?” he roared.
Lavinia looked at him, confusion plain on her face. She shook her head until his accusation registered.
“How dare you? You act as if I’m a, a whore!” She pulled one arm free and swung at his face.
The slap of her palm against his cheek sounded loud, but he barely felt its sting. Anger made her look so alive. The distraught woman he’d seen on deck this afternoon was gone. Her eyes sparkled with fury, and she breathed heavily, making the swell of her breasts rise enticingly, almost freeing them from the material.
Alexander struggled to keep his desire at bay. She was so close, so full of life and so beautiful.