Guest Author: Shayla Black featuring Seduce Me in Shadow & Giveaway

Tuesday, September 29

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Today I have a special treat for you all! Shayla Black's hero and heroine from her new paranormal romance novel in the Doomsday Brethren series, Seduce Me in Shadow, are here to help us celebrate the release of this new novel in an interview where they tell us how they met and fell in love.

I've had the pleasure of being introduced to Caden and Sydney by reading the first 3 chapters of Seduce Me in Shadow and it promises to be even better than Tempt Me with Darkness, the first book in this series. But before we get to the interview here's a little background to their story:

When a villainous wizard escapes from exile, the devastatingly sexy Doomsday Brethren must defend all magickind in the spellbinding second book in bestselling author Shayla Black’s seductive new paranormal series.

Ex-Marine Caden MacTavish has shunned his magical heritage all his life, but he will do anything to heal his desperately ill brother, a Doomsday Brethren warrior in mourning for his missing mate. Posing as a photographer, Caden must convince firecracker tabloid reporter Sydney Blair to reveal the source of her recent exposé on a supernatural power clash. Unfortunately, keeping his hands off the sizzling redhead proves as hard as getting them onto the potent and mystical Doomsday Diary he discovers at her bedside. A bloody rebellion led by an evil, power-hungry wizard is imminent. If Sydney divulges the book’s existence, she will jeopardize magickind’s most deeply guarded secrets and become the ruthless wizard’s number one target. Caden has never trusted magic’s cruel and dangerous powers, but he will protect Sydney with his life and magic—even if it means risking his heart.

Read the first chapter, and keep reading for a bonus excerpt later

Welcome to Seductive Musings Sydney and Caden. It is a pleasure to have two people so much in love as our guests. How did you two meet? Tell us your “When Harry Met Sally” story.

Caden: “I went to work at a paranormal tabloid newspaper as a staff photographer—”

Sydney: “Pretended to.”

Caden: Smiles. “Right. Pretended to. I really hired on at Out of This Realm to shut you up. As a human, she knew too much about magickind, and I’d been given an assignment to discover her source of information and put a stop to her revealing articles.”

Sydney: “You were partially successful.”

Caden: “Yes. I discovered your source of information, a bit too late for my needs. As for shutting you up…”

Sydney: “Good luck with that.” Grins.

Caden: “Oh, I’ve given up, love. On the bright side, that big mouth does have some delectable uses…”

You both worked at the same newspaper? I so love an office romance. What were your first impressions of each other? Was it love at first sight, kindred spirits, or opposites attract?

Sydney: “Gorgeous, and totally disinterested in me. He seemed to have a one track mind that revolved around my magical war story and who was feeding me details.”

Caden: “Little did you know how much I was pretending not to want you and how badly I did.” Smiles. “My first impression of Sydney? Besides being beautiful, she had the kind of moxie that makes my heart go boom. She’s total woman and never afraid to be herself. It’s one of the things I love about her.”

What was life like for each of you before you met?

Sydney: “Normal…if dull. Magickind is a whole new place. Scary at times. War is never good. But I learn more each day. It’s really fascinating.”

Caden: “My life was normal, as well. I liked it that way. But it wasn’t meant to be. I have a bigger destiny, and while I loved Texas, my home is England, so here I’ll stay.”

Describe each other with five words, and also tell us what you think is each other’s best attribute.

Caden: “Smart, sexy, stubborn and…slightly insane. My mate’s best attribute—and sometimes her worst—is her gumption. She’s a never-say-die kind of girl.”

Sydney: “Talk about stubborn…” Raises brow. “Caden is also loyal, brave, loving and a surprisingly good listener.”

During my research about the two of you I heard rumors about a magical book that Sydney got for a birthday gift…you know the one that grants sexual fantasies. Where can I buy one *grins* because it obviously worked for you Sydney. Tell us more about it.

Caden: “Oh, no. No more of the Doomsday Diary in human hands. Sydney’s antics were more than enough. The book was originally created by King Arthur’s half-sister, Morganna le Fay, and she used it ruthlessly to punish people who, in her mind, crossed her, like poor Marrok. After Bram’s botch up that allowed Sydney to get her hands on it, we’ve got much better safeguards on it now.”

Sydney: “But between you and me, it was loads of fun.” Winks.

What is the greatest obstacle you’ve had to overcome as a couple, and what do you think was the defining moment in your relationship?

Caden: “The greatest obstacle? We had so many… You want a list?”

Sydney: Giggles. “It could be when you realized I had the Doomsday Diary. Because at that point, I had no idea what it was or what it did.”

Caden: “Could be that I was ordered to steal it from you, which proved impossible. Dodgy thing…”

Sydney: “I didn’t enjoy, um…meeting Mathias. That’s one evil git! Then there was your transition.”

Caden: Winces. “From human to wizard, yes. Terrible time.”

Sydney: “The resulting parlor tricks have been…interesting.” Grins.

Caden: “Indeed. But I think our defining moment was when we officially formed our mate bond.”

Sydney: “True. Leave it to you to pick such a romantic location.” Rolls eyes.

Caden: “I know, I know… That didn’t stop you from Binding to me.”

Sydney: “Nothing would have stopped me from Binding to you.” Kisses him softly.

When did you each realize you were in love?

Sydney: “When Caden realized that I was his true love and that being with me would tie us both to magickind, he resisted.”

Caden: “That’s true. Though I was born to magic, it always felt alien to me. Sydney helped me accept who I really am: a red-blooded man and a full-fledged wizard.”

Sydney: “I suspected that I loved him after our first night together. That diary really works!” Winks. “But I knew it for sure once I stepped into magickind. I saw you and us belonging there. Just took you a while…”

Do you have a song…you know one that identifies you as a couple?

Sydney: “The Fray’s You Found Me because we found each other.”

I love that song! Thank you so much Sydney and Caden for telling us a little bit about your story. If your like me your dying to know more about their rocky road to romance and Shayla was kind enough to provide a bonus excerpt, yeah!

Bonus Excerpt:

“Who is it?”

“Caden. Open the door, Sydney. Now.”

His voice quickly washed away her surprise. A bit angry. Insistent. And dripping sex. She shivered.

Her jittery fingers closed around the lock and unlatched it, then fumbled to grab the knob. Before she could turn it, the door flew open.

Caden filled the doorway, breathing hard, his entire body tense. Those blue eyes lit on her mouth like a laser. Hot. Sydney tingled.

Clearing her throat, she struggled to find her voice. “Why—”

He kicked the door closed. The crash boomed in her little foyer, resounding in her ears, echoing her racing heart as he reached behind his head, gathered his baggy white shirt in his fist, and yanked it off. Tossing it to the floor, he stood silently. Watching. Primed. His muscled chest and shoulders rose and fell with each hard breath. His abdomen rippled. Veins and tendons stood out across his forearms and hands.

Her mouth was agape, and she couldn’t stop staring. Oh my Lord, she’d known he was gorgeous, suspected he was well put together. But this male animal was far more than she bargained for. Dangerous. Pushed to the edge.

Sydney swallowed.

“You know why I’ve come.”

If she hadn’t guessed by now, his sexual growl told her everything.

Had he reconsidered her proposition? Or was it even possible the magical book had persuaded him?

“What about a fling being unfair to me because you’re returning to Dallas?”

Those burning eyes of his lit a path of fire from her face to her breasts, then…between her legs. She felt his stare like a physical caress, as if he’d reached out and rubbed his fingers over her flesh. Sydney steadied herself on the table beside her. Her robe, once slung over her arm, floated to the floor.

“I…can’t stay away. God knows I tried. Do you want me?”

She shouldn’t. This was mad. Dangerous. “Yes.”

His gaze skated over her lingerie once more. “Take it off. All of it.”

“Here?” Her voice squeaked, and she cursed herself. She was never meek, never backed down, and rarely showed vulnerability. She also didn’t sleep with men she’d never dated. But Caden… apparently, she had a whole new set of rules for him.

He lifted a brow, stepped closer, and reached for her. Sydney got the distinct impression that if she didn’t get her silky things off fast enough, he’d dispense with them quickly—and without a lot of care, just like the fantasy she’d written in the magical diary. Her womb clenched at the thought.

It took her two tries, but she plucked at the tie between her breasts and loosened the soft corset. Breathing ragged, she shimmied it over her hips, exposing her breasts to the cool night air and his rapt gaze.

He zeroed in on the hard tips. His possessive stare made her ache.

“The rest,” he growled, eyeing the nearly transparent thong with malice.

A thrill zipped up her spine…

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Happy Release Day, and a big thanks to Shayla Black for helping me put a special interview together to feature Seduce Me In Shadow for my Seductive Musings readers. Find out more about Shayla Black's titles and upcoming releases on any one of her three websites: Shayla Black, Shelley Bradley, and Doomsday Brethern.

I wanted to do something a little bit different this time since Shayla was here not too long ago during "Submit to Your Desires" week (if you missed it you can find it here), and even though she was short on time she wrote the interview responses especially for us.

Being the generous person that she is, today everyone is a winner! Yep, you read me right. Shayla wrote a Doomsday Brethren novella titled "Fated" to celebrate her upcoming release of Seduce Me in Shadow and you all can download it for FREE! Woo hoo! In addition, one lucky commenter will win Tempt Me With Darkness (Doomsday Brethren book #1) as well as a tote! Woo hoo again! ( I know...enough already with the exclamation points, but I just can't help myself!).

How to enter the Tempt Me With Darkness & tote giveaway:

To enter you must do two things. First leave a meaningful question/comment to Shayla or about Seduce Me in Shadow in your comment, and second you MUST answer one of these four questions in the form embedded in the post below. Please do not include your answers to the question(s) in your comment. The answers to all of the questions can be found in Chapter 1 of Seduce Me in Shadow. Here are the questions:

Rules and disclaimers:
  • This contest is open to US residents only
  • In order to qualify you must leave a meaningful comment, and successfully answer one of the four questions listed above 
  • The contest will end Saturday October 3rd at 11:59 pm EST 
  • Winner will be selected using from all of the eligible entries with a comment and correct answer 
  • The winner will have THREE days from the date their name has been posted as the winner to provide the requested information. If you do not email me within three days a replacement winner will be selected. NO EXCEPTIONS 
  • The book(s) will be mailed directly from the publisher or author and no substitutions are allowed 
  • Seductive Musings is not responsible for prizes that are not honored, distributed in a timely manner, lost, stolen, or damaged during transit 
  • ll giveaways are subject to change/cancellation without prior written notice
Good Luck!!!

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Pamk September 29, 2009 at 11:04 AM  

sounds like a great story. And will be getting Ice and Bram stories.

Bonnie Jean September 29, 2009 at 11:42 AM  

“Caden is also loyal, brave, loving and a surprisingly good listener.”

*sigh* What a guy!! :D And that song is awesome - I love it!
I LOVE these guys and can hardly wait to see more! *snicker*
Thanks for the very cool interview -

RO September 29, 2009 at 1:04 PM  

I like the way this interview is being done. Very clever!


joder September 29, 2009 at 1:30 PM  

Great interview and they're so cute together!

Looking forward to reading this (I'm crossing my fingers and toes right now)!

Kayla September 29, 2009 at 1:50 PM  

I am so excited to get Suduce Me in Shadow! I orignally found Tempt Me with Darkness at a used book store, bought it on a whim, and now I'm in love with Shayla Black's writing and The Doomsday Brethern. The characters are wonderful and well devloped, the plots exciting, the romance enticing, it's a great series! But, I have to say, I'm really looking forward to Ice's book, and I'm really really hoping Shock get's his own book. :)

Ali September 29, 2009 at 3:08 PM  

Congrats on your release, Shelley :)
What a fun character interview, too...

Joy September 29, 2009 at 5:44 PM  

LOL - loved the character interview!

Alexa September 29, 2009 at 7:40 PM  

This book sounds really good. I just read the excerpt and I'm already in love with it.


ddurance September 30, 2009 at 7:44 PM  

Hi Shayla! Is there another genre or topic that you haven't yet written about but would like to? Maybe something outside of your comfort zone?

deidre_durance at hotmail dot com

Anonymous,  October 2, 2009 at 12:46 PM  

Hey, Shayla, I'm curious whether you're planning to include more on the politics of the Council in other books of the series?


Anonymous,  October 2, 2009 at 12:47 PM  

Oops, I didn't leave my email, lol.

live experiment [at] aol [dot] com


I Heart Book Gossip October 2, 2009 at 6:14 PM  

Great Job Shayla! I've been waiting forever for your newest book :)
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Jen October 2, 2009 at 9:17 PM  

Wow! What a great first chapter. I have always loved Shayla's books, so I'm sure this will be a winner as well. I hadn't heard of this new series yet, so thank you for this interview with the characters. I'm sold! I can tell you that!


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