Monday, October 15, 2012

Guest Post and Giveaway with Miranda Neville

Eleanor Hardwick and Max Quinton shared one night of incredible passion…that was shattered the next day, when Eleanor learned of a bet placed by Max's friends. Now, five years later, Max still can't get Eleanor out of his head or his heart. He has a single chance to make a second impression—one that will last forever.

I loved writing this reunited lovers tale. Max has a lot of work to do, changing Eleanor’s mind and he sets out with unflagging determination. In this scene he encounters her picking blackberries and offer to help. 

********* EXCERPT ********* 
Eleanor proved an indefatigable forager.
“Is that enough? May we rest from our labors? I see a shady spot under that oak where we can sit and talk of graves and worms and epitaphs.”
She caught his Shakespearean allusion and laughed. “What a charming invitation! Let me just pick that last bunch. I swear they are the best ones I’ve seen.”
“That’s the sixth time you’ve said that. I’ll get them. It’s too far for you to reach.” He spoke too late. She stretched across the breadth of the bramble patch and gave a little cry.
“You’ve hurt yourself!” He pushed back the ruffle that fell from the elbow-length sleeve. Tiny spots of bloods punctuated the white skin of her inner arm. With infinite care he dabbed up the blood with his handkerchief. “Are you in pain?”
“It’s nothing.”
“Here,” he said softly. I’ll kiss it better.”
She tried to pull away but he wouldn’t let her, retaining a gentle but undeniable hold on her elbow and wrist. His lips traced the angry red line of the scratch. He took his time about it, relishing the soft skin impregnated with a subtle floral fragrance. All too soon he reached her wrist, but he had no intention of stopping. He prolonged his pleasure, lingering at the tender joint. She gasped when he let his tongue emerge to enjoy the taste of salt and blackberry, but she didn’t struggle. So he held the hand, liberally stained with purple juice, in both of his, nuzzled the palm and took the tips of her strong slender fingers, one by one, into his mouth.
“Max,” she murmured. Finally she’d used his Christian name. “My hand is dirty.”
“It tastes sweet,” he said, replacing the forefinger with the middle one.
“Here,” she said, sounding a little desperate. With her free hand she grabbed a berry from the basket. “If you must eat.”
He raised his head from her hand but otherwise made no other movement except to part his lips. He held his breath, his heart hammering wildly. The fruit glistened in the sunlight before she inserted it into his waiting mouth. Sweet and tart, just like her. Even more than the fruit he relished the avid look on her face as she watched him swallow.
“Thank you,” he said softly. “Now let me find one of the biggest and ripest for you.”
He’d already spotted his quarry on the bush, out of the corner of his eye. He plucked it carefully and pressed it into her slightly open mouth. She chewed convulsively and a tiny driblet of purple seeped out. Quick as a wink he took the lush lower lip between both his and sucked off the juice. And before he knew it, he was kissing Eleanor again and she was kissing him back.

I must admit I have a fondness for food scenes in romance. They can be so sexy! Do you have a favorite? And what foods to you find particularly sensual?

Miranda Neville grew up in England devouring historical novels and romances. She now lives in Vermont where she is hard at work on her seventh full length novel. The Second Seduction of a Lady is a prequel to THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING WICKED, coming November 27th. She can be found on Facebook and Twitter and on her website. She also blogs regularly at The Ballroom Blog

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Cheryl S. said...

Woo hoo!!! A new author for me :) This book sounds great and I definitely will add to my TBR list. Thank you for the giveaway!

Linda said...

Love this, =) sounds like a great read!
Thanks for the giveaway & Happy Monday!

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Anne Nelson (Angel Anne Reviews) said...

Thx for the great giveaway, it sounds awesome!

Annwitch said...

I think that eating can be such a sensual experience and the excerpt from your new book was no exception. I liked her innocent reaction to his kissing her berry covered hand. Thanks for the chance to win.

sweety said...

I'd really love to get my hands on this book :)

Thanks for the giveaway!!(hope it's international )

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Julie Kornhausl said...

Oh My Goodness!! I would just LOVE to read The Second Seduction of a Lady. The excerpt is GREAT!

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Miranda Neville said...

So great to be here, Lindsay. Thanks for hosting. And thank you all for your comments!

Linda said...

I vaguely recall reading a seduction scene in a book sometime ago involving the hero feeding the heroine (I think it had strawberries or grapes? among other things) Heck if I can remember what book it was now. Peaches seem a favourite too.

June M. said...

I do remember a food scene in one of Hannah Howell's Murray books (HIGHLAND KNIGHT). The scene led to many funny comments of secondary characters too.
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Na said...

I hope Max makes the most of his second chance! I like these kinds of stories :)

Di said...

the preparation of meals can be very sensual, or casual meals like picnics certainly provide intimate moments.
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jmcgaugh said...

Mmmm; great scene! Banana pudding made from scratch is a wonderfully sensual food.

Jeanne M said...

I can truly attest to the truth of food being the way to win a man's heart!

All I can say is that a homemade pot roast with onions and potatoes slowly simmered with just a touch of red wine was all the seduction needed to win my husband!

It's also his favorite anniversary meal! I just always wonder if it's really my wonderful cooking or that extra dash of wine!