Guest Author & Giveaway: Serenity Woods featuring Making Sense

Friday, December 7

Do you believe in psychic abilities?  I pretty much one of those people who has to see it to believe it so I'm a bit of a psychic skeptic  you could say, LOL.  But recently I've begun to wonder a bit about it after watching a few episodes of The Long Island Medium on TLC.  Have you see it?  While I'm still somewhat doubtful I have to admit that she's pretty convincing.

Serenity Wood's, heroes in her Sensual Healing series have psychic talents, though in her newest release, Making Sense the hero's abilities are through the power of touch.  Serenity is my guest today to share a bit about Making Sense and one of her favorite scenes from the book, as well as a great giveaway.  Enjoy!


Thanks for having me on your blog today!

If you like romances filled with both laughter and love, then Making Sense, my new book out from Samhain Publishing, might be a story you’d enjoy. This is the second in my Sensual Healing series featuring heroes with psychic talents. In the first book (An Uncommon Sense) the hero is a medium, and in this one, Nate is a healer. The story is quite dark in places because Nate has a traumatic past that means he is reluctant to use his abilities, and it’s an emotional journey for him to work through his problems. Luckily feisty nurse Freya is there to help him!

But in spite of the fact that the story is sometimes dark, there’s a lot of humor packed into the book. I love romance stories where the hero and heroine have fun rather than argue constantly, and I also love heroes who have a great sense of humor and who are self-deprecating rather than full of themselves. A strong and powerful man who nevertheless doesn’t take himself too seriously is an irresistible combination!

I choose my characters’ names out of a baby naming book (which used to give my husband a heart attack every time I got the book out until I turned forty.) The name Nate seemed to fit my brooding hero just right. Freya is the Norse goddess of love, which I liked because Nate also calls her by the Maori name of Aroha, which also means love, so I liked the double meaning.

One of my favorite scenes is Nate and Freya’s first kiss. Freya has just received a disturbing text message from her mother and she’s feeling down, so Nate takes it upon himself to cheer her up…

     Nate still had a long way to go. But he recognized pain when he saw it, and in spite of everything that had happened to him, relieving others’ pain would always be important to him.

     “Not everything has to be complicated.” He reached out to cup her cheek. His hand immediately grew warm, and he stroked her skin with his thumb.

     She looked up at him, but she was too far gone, and a tear tipped over the edge of her lashes and spilled down her cheek.

     It nearly broke his heart. “Oh, come here.”

     He cupped her face with both hands, moved closer to her and kissed her.

     Cherry, was his first thought as their lips touched and he tasted the lip balm he’d seen her apply earlier. Concentrate, was his second, and for a moment he focused on the heat in his palms, feeling her soak it up like a sponge.

     He’d only meant to make it a quick kiss, a reason for him to touch her, a playful method of cheering her up when she was so obviously down. But she shivered and inhaled, her lips opening slightly beneath his, and all rational thoughts fled his mind as her body relaxed and melted against him, the tension flowing out of her.

     He slid his hands into her hair, and it was as soft as he’d imagined, curling between his fingers like pale silk ribbons. It smelled of orange blossom, sweet and light, making him think of warm spring evenings in the sub-tropical Northland as a child, times when he was happy, before all the problems started.

     Her lips were soft too, unbelievably so, parting automatically to receive his tongue as he brushed it into her mouth, wanting to savor her. She tasted of the sweet wine she’d been drinking, intoxicating and delicious, stirring his blood and making him deepen the kiss, even though a small part of his brain tried to remind him that this was only supposed to be a fleeting attempt at consolation. Shut up, he told himself. This was the best thing that had happened to him in a long time, and he was going to make the most of it while it lasted.

     She stroked his tongue with her own, shy at first, growing bolder. When his teeth grazed her beautiful, plump bottom lip, she gave a little murmur of appreciation, low and sultry, erotic enough to flood him with heat.

     He groaned, and in response she moved the hands she’d placed on his chest around his waist beneath the guitar hanging across his back, pulling him closer. He cupped her head with one hand, his fingers sliding into the cool hair at the nape of her neck, the other hand moving down between her shoulders to the small of her back.

     Desire flowed through him, making him grow hard where he pressed himself against the flat of her stomach, and he wondered if she’d pull away, shocked. Instead, however, she reached up on tiptoe, molding herself to him, making him sigh. She was soft against him, from her breasts pushing against his muscled chest to her butt yielding beneath the pressure of his fingertips as he slid his hand lower to hold it. She moved her hips slightly, rubbing against his erection, and an image jumped into his head of stripping off the thin cotton cut-offs, spreading her legs and sliding into her wet, swollen center.

     A white-hot heat kindled between them, perhaps born out of the sultry weather that made their skin damp with perspiration and the smell of roses rise from her to ensnare his senses. It made her rake her nails lightly down his back, and in response he plunged his tongue into her mouth, tightened his grip on her ass, and pushed her back against the wall. She met it with a bump sharp enough to make her gasp, jolting him to his senses.

     He lifted his head, blinking. “Shit.” He took a step backward, running a hand through his hair. “I don’t know what made me do that. Sorry.”

     Her pupils were so dilated her eyes looked an eclipsed sun, the unmatched irises showing as slender, shining coronas around the black centers. She pressed her lips together, tucking her hands underneath her butt against the wall. Looking up at him, her chest heaving, her lips curved. “Don’t apologize. Jeez. That’s the best kiss I’ve had in, like, ever.”

One night can loosen the grip of the past. Only love can break it completely.

Sensual Healing, Book 2

Freya Fletcher longs to travel and use her nursing skills abroad. But while her father keeps gambling away her meager savings, she’s anchored to her hospital job and family responsibilities.

When friends ask her to a bar one evening to support a local band, Freya goes along reluctantly. But she’s glad she took the night off when gorgeous Nate Taylor turns out to be the lead guitarist and singer. Too bad there’s no room in her complicated life for anything resembling love.

Following a car accident at age fourteen, Nate awoke with an ability to heal. Now, hounded by the family that used him, haunted by the memory of a boy he couldn’t save, he is a man on the run. Although the promise of peace glows brightly in Freya’s beautiful eyes, his past, weighing heavily on his soul, won’t let him reach for it.

Luckily, the delectable Freya doesn’t want a relationship either. They come together for one night, just casual, no strings. But one night quickly turns into several. Before long they’ve fallen in love, but until they can find a way to break free of their pasts, a happy future will remain only a distant dream.

Product Warnings:
An unashamedly romantic and sexy story guaranteed to make you laugh and cry. Please do not read unless you like brooding heroes, fun and feisty heroines, and a touch of the Twilight Zone.

Congrats Serenity on the release of Making Sense and thanks for being my guest today!  And I completely agree a strong and powerful man that has a great sense of humor is an irresistible combination!  Not to mention that hot kiss he gave Freya ;)

If you'd like to learn more about author Serenity Woods, who also writes as Faye Robertson, you can find her at her website, on her blog, at Facebook and on Twitter.

To celebrate the release of Making Sense, the second book in her Sensual Healing series, Serenity would like to giveaway a digital copy of a book from her back list to one lucky Seductive Musings commenter AND she is also giving away a Grand Prize of either a $20 Amazon or B&N gift card to a commenter at the end of the tour.  Enter to win using the Rafflecopter form below & following the directions.

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Kathryn Merkel December 7, 2012 at 1:17 AM  

Fanning self, that was one hot kiss.

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JenM December 7, 2012 at 6:12 AM  

I hadn't heard of this author before but I will definitely be checking this series out, the premise sounds great. I love stories about people with healing powers.

erin December 7, 2012 at 10:20 AM  

Congrats to Serenity on the new release! It sounds fantastic! Thanks so much for sharing :)

misshalim December 7, 2012 at 12:04 PM  

This is definitely going up my TBR list! Thanks for the giveaway and congrats to Serenity on the release! :)


Serenity December 7, 2012 at 6:53 PM  

Thank you for hosting me on my blog tour! And thanks for the lovely comments :-)

Serenity x

magic5905 December 10, 2012 at 11:30 AM  

Book sounds good. Thanks.
magic5905 at embarqmail dot com

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