Anita, thanks for having me on your blog today! I'm thrilled to be here!
FORETASTE OF FOREVER is my debut release from the Scarlet Rose line of The Wild Rose Press. It's a dark erotic romance with paranormal elements about a heroine who is prepared to do anything to be with the man she loves, and an alpha hero who is so blinded by his sense of honor that he can't see his destiny when she is standing right in front of him.
Foretaste of Forever was actually inspired by a vivid dream I had about eight years ago. This dream haunted me for almost four years before it occurred to me to write it down and find out who these characters were. As soon as their story was on the hard drive, I no longer dreamed about them! But it took another few years before I revisited them with an eye to publication.
Blurb: Elyesha, last surviving descendant of a line of powerful witches, finally finds the only man she's ever loved, the man who deserted her countless years before. But Ben is torn between desire and despair when Elyesha, his only love, eventually penetrates his protective retreat. He knows what she wants, but the price of their love is too high. At midnight, on the beach, a battle of wills and erotic seduction ensues as each confronts the other's darkest fears.
CK2S Kwips and Kritiques. The reviewer, Anne, said this in part: Christina Phillips does a magnificent job at creating an eerie, haunting atmosphere. Her use of imagery is nothing short of genius as she paints images that evoke emotions out of the reader. Some of the images are quite erotic in an almost artistic sense. FORETASTE OF FOREVER is a creative and unique little gem that leaves a lasting impression on the reader. Bravo, Christina Phillips! Full review can be found here
Excerpt: Elyesha hooked her ankles around Ben's waist as he strodethrough the castle's crumbling entrance. For a fleeting moment, she wished it had retained its former glory, but her ancestors hadallowed the magnificent stronghold to fall into ruins centuries ago.
Besides, it didn't matter where she had Ben. So long as she hadhim. And soon – she would have him forever.
In the Great Hall, with its soaring arches and remnants ofancient grandeur in the carved four poster bed, he paused and sheslowly slithered from his grasp. "What shall we do now?" she said,tilting her head to one side and allowing her long hair to tumbleprovocatively over her shoulder. She traced one finger over the hardridge of his erection and hid a smile as Ben clenched his jaw.
"No suggestions?" She raised one eyebrow and trailed her fingerover his groin and toward his chest. She didn't know why he foughtagainst her some nights. What did he hope to achieve? Sooner orlater, she'd get her way and then he would see how foolish all hisprotestations had been. "Perhaps I'll strip you naked," shesuggested, loosening the ties on his scarlet linen shirt.
He didn't reply, except to give the merest grunt of a laugh.She tugged his open shirt from his britches and admired hisperfectly sculpted chest, before sliding the shirt over hisshoulders and along his finely muscled arms.
"Enjoying yourself?" There was a rasp to his voice, as if hetried to deny the rising desire between them.
She shot him an exasperated glance. "I intend to enjoy myselffar more before this night's over." She tugged at the fastenings athis crotch, deliberately prolonging the procedure as she massagedhis rigid shaft. Occasionally she found Ben's inhuman self-controlinfuriating, but even that didn't matter. Because, in the end, healways succumbed.
But sometimes, she wished for the early years. Before Ben hadrebelled against their relationship. Before his misguided sense ofhonor had risen its unwelcome head and corroded their perfect world.
Impatiently she thrust the thought aside. She admired hishonor, but had no intention of destroying what they had at its altar.
"So long as you're enjoying yourself." Ben's sardonic commentpenetrated her thoughts, and wet heat flared deep in her pussy atthe look on his face. He was no longer rigid with self-control butlust, and his eyes glowed with rising desire. "I exist for youramusement, Elyesha."
She ripped the last fastening free and dragged his pants downhis muscled legs. "Never forget that." Her voice was uneven, herheart hammering against her breast. How could he do this to her,after so many years? She had only to think of him to want him, hadonly to see him to desire him. And when he teased her, she knew inher heart she would willingly die for him.
If she was only given the chance.
He hauled her to her feet. "And now it's your turn to entertainme." There was no hint of reluctance in his eyes now. Only love. Forher. She wrapped the knowledge around her heart and knew it wouldn'tbe long before Ben made the final commitment to her.