August 26th, 2010
Book of the Day: Jeweled, by Anya Bast

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Defined by magic. Ruled by desire.

In the Court of Edaeii, magic-imbued Evangeline is rewarded for her gift in manipulating emotion with a sapphire stone set into the perfect curve of her lower back. Her greatest rival in the royal court is the enigmatic Anatol, instilled with the power of illusion. He may better her in magic, but he is her absolute equal in passion.

They share something else—they’re both targets of low-born revolutionaries bent on overthrowing the palace of the privileged few. Rescued from the mobs by Gregorio, the brilliant revolutionary mastermind, they’re given sanctuary. But in this warm refuge, Evangeline soon finds herself torn between the magic of one man she has always desired, and the excitingly new and radical moves of another. For her, there is only one choice.

Evangeline, Anatol and Gregorio come together as one to explore the possibilities of love beyond reason, and to indulge in pleasure without limits.


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THIS NOVEL HAS A RELEASE DATE OF NOVEMBER 2nd. This contest is for an early copy of the book. Want a shot at winning it? Reply to the following question and don’t forget to check back tomorrow to see if you’ve won.

What books are you looking forward to this winter? Anything in particular?


Excerpt from JEWELED

She stood and he did as well. Smiling a little, she inclined her head. “Good night, Gregorio.” Then she moved toward the door.

“Evangeline?”

She turned back to him.

“Do you like me even a little?”

Her smile faded. The problem was that she liked him a lot. She wasn’t sure, exactly, why that was a problem for her, since Anatol didn’t seem to think it was one. “I do like you, Gregorio.”

“Do you still blame me for the deaths of your friends?”

She studied him for a long moment. “No. You were easy to blame in the beginning, but the matter is far more complicated. I see that now.”

“I’m glad.”

She turned to leave again, but he caught her gently by the arm and turned her toward him again. He had a hard, hungry expression on his face and it made her stomach do a warm flip. She knew that expression.

Reaching out with her magick, she tasted his emotions and found undeniable desire. Her body responded to it like a flame to kindling. “Gregorio?” His name came out almost devoid of breath.

Suddenly she saw where this was going. She wasn’t sure she could stop him from initiating it–she wasn’t sure she wanted to stop him.

He pushed her backward step by step, until he was pressing her up against the wall behind them, the strategia game board long forgotten.

This was not a game.

“Don’t do this,” she whispered.

“Do what? I won’t hurt you, Evangeline. Nothing in the world could ever make me do anything to hurt you.” The firelight lit half his face and left the other half in darkness. His breath was warm and sweet on her face, his callused grip strong.

“I know,” she breathed out in a sigh.

“I’m glad.”

Gregorio’s lips skimmed her cheek and her fingers curled into the fabric of his shirt. Her breathing hitched in her throat and her heart beat faster. Her body reacted, growing warm and wet, her nipples going hard. She had strong feelings for Anatol and she wanted to be able to use them to push Gregorio away. Yet, there was a ragged emotional wound somewhere deep inside her that seemed to need what Gregorio was offering her.

His hands were rougher and stronger than Anatol’s, and his touch made her shudder with desire. He took her hands and pinned them above her head. Her wrists were so thin and his hands were so big, he only needed one to immobilize her.

“Do you want me?” His low voice rumbled through him as he limned her jawline with his mouth. “Tell me to stop, Evangeline. Tell me stop and I will.”

She wished she could, but she yearned for his touch and for his kisses.

And so when he bunched her skirt up and slid his hand beneath the hem, she didn’t stop him. He found the edge of her panties and pushed them to fall at her ankles….

54 comments to “Book of the Day: Jeweled, by Anya Bast”

  1. I’m looking forward to quite a few books, but especially this one. It sounds really interesting and i can’t wait to read it.


  2. oh wow, the book looks gorgeous!!!

    I’m looking forward to Four Play by Shayla Black :smile: and many others – my wishlist is endless *g*


  3. I’m into several series but there are only four books that I’m really looking forward to: Rachel Vincent’s “Alpha”, Nicole Peeler’s “Tempest Legacy” and both of your books. Can’t wait to read “Cruel Enchantment”. Come on September 7th!


  4. The Perfect Play by Jaci Burton
    Forbidden Pleasures by Amanda McIntyre
    Vampire Trinity by Joey W Hill
    Cracklin Rose by Lissa Matthews
    Coming Undone by Lauren Dane!!!
    To just name a few!!!! Woohoo come on months… I want some books!
    Thanks for this chance!
    alliwantandmroebooks@ gmail.com


  5. There are quite a few books I’m looking forward to this fall/winter –

    *Eternal Flame by Cynthia Eden
    *River of Need by Shayla Kersten
    *Explosive by Beth Kery
    *Four Play by Maya Banks/Shayla Black
    *Senseless by Mary Burton


  6. I’m looking forward to No Mercy by Kenyon, Demon from the Dark by Cole, Iron Duke by Brook, and Play of Passion by Singh.


  7. no mercy by sherrilyn kenyon
    coming undone by lauren dane
    the darkest hour by maya banks
    four play by maya banks/shayla black
    jeweled by anya bast


  8. Hmm…besides yours of course! :grin: These are a few of the books that I’m looking forward to.

    -Crave by J.R. Ward
    -Ghost Town by Rachel Caine
    -Bayou Moon by Ilona Andrews
    -Tempest’s Legacy by Nicole Peeler
    -Real Vampires Have More to Love by Gerry Bartlett


  9. I am looking forward to
    Jeweled and Cruel Enchantment
    Bayou Moon by Ilona Andrews
    Masques and Wolfsbane by Patricia Briggs
    Play of Passion by Nalini Singh
    Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead

    and this is just a few.


  10. Great excerpt.Can’t wait to read the rest.

    I’m looking forward to quite a few books coming out. A few are
    Four Play – Maya Banks
    The Perfect Play-Jaci Burton
    Inside Out-Lauren Dane
    Cruel Enchantment and Jeweled
    Last Sacrifice Richelle Mead


  11. This, and Ann Aguirre’s Killbox. Sarah Mayberry has a title or two coming soon, and she’s an autobuy, too!


  12. Hmmm, let me pull out the old spreadsheet and see…if winter includes November(to January) on my wish list:

    Nalini Singh – Play of Passion & Archangel’s Consort
    Marjorie Liu – In Dark of Dreams
    Karen Moning – Shadowfever
    Eileen Wilks – Blood Challenge


  13. Play of Passion by Nalini Singh,
    Haunted by Your Touch by Jeaniene Frost, Shayla Black and Sharie Kohler.
    In Dreams Begin by Skyler White,
    Poison Kissed by Erica Hayes,
    Ecstasy In Darkness by Gena Showalter amongst others as well. It isn’t enough to just admire their shiny looks any more. ;)


  14. In the Flesh by Livia Dare
    Black Destiny by Juliana Stone
    Dark Moon by Lori Handeland
    No Mercy by Sherrilyn Kenyon
    Demon From The Dark by Kresley Cole
    Jeweled by Anya Bast
    and many more! :o)


  15. I have so many authors that I love and am always on the look out for their next book, a couple are:

    Terry Prachett who has one out before Christmas and;

    Meljean Brook the Iron Duke.

    Valerie
    valb0302@yahoo.com
    in Germany


  16. Anything by Christine Feehan but especially Sea Storm.


  17. The one book I cannot wait to get my hands on is Shadowfever by Karen Marie Moning! The last book ended in such a cliff-hanger, it was horrible!


  18. on top of my wishlist is Play of Passion by Nalini Singh and Bond with me by Anne Marsh but it seems Bwm will not be released yet *sigh*


  19. Shadowfever by Karen Moning
    No Mercy by Sherrilyn Kenyon
    Four Play by Maya Banks
    Cruel Enchantment and Jeweled by yours truly :)

    Looks like we’re all wanting some of the same books


  20. What am I looking forward to reading…any and all romance I can get my hands on… love when the authors I enjoy reading have new releases, but I also look to get my hands on new to me to try too! Adding a few to my lovely list from the great choices above!


  21. Actually this one is on my list already :D

    As are:
    Seduce Me in Shadows by Shayla Black
    No Mercy by Sherrilyn Kenyon
    Sin Undone by Larissa Ione
    Play of Passion by nalini Singh
    Cryoburn by Lois Bujold McMasters
    Bitten in two by Jennifer Rardin
    Heaven’s Spite by Lilith Saintcrow
    Intrigues by Mercedes Lackey

    Mmmm looks like I need to win the lotto :D


  22. Killbox – Ann Aguirre
    The Iron Palace – Morgan Howell
    Blood Challenge – Eileen Wilks


  23. I’m looking forward to Pride and Pleasure by Sylvia Day. Now that sounds like a fun P & P remake!


  24. Hmmm… There are sooo many good ones that I can’t really decide on just one!!!

    -Brandy
    brandyzbooks@yahoo.com


  25. great question… like all book lovers the moment I leave the book store, bag in hand, I think to myself That I just Can’t wait till the next book on my list releases… but the big ones this winter for me are,
    ShadowFever-Karen Marie Moning
    Jeweled-Anya Bast
    Devil at Midnight-Emma Holly
    Embrace me at Dawn-Shayla Black
    Immortal Champion-Lisa Hendrix
    Vampires not Invited-Cheyenne McCray


  26. No Mercy-Sherrilyn Kenyon
    Archangel’s Consort-Nalini Singh
    Alpha-Rachel Vincent


  27. I’m always looking forward to a way too large number of books. I’ll cut it down to my have to haves for November/December/January:

    Firewalker by Allyson James
    Afterlight by Elle Jasper
    In Dreams Begin by Skyler White
    Bone Gods by Caitlin Kittredge
    Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead
    Tempestuous by Leslie Livingston
    The Lost Saint by Bree Despain
    Hellforged by Nancy Holzner
    Killing Rocks by D.D. Barant
    My Soul to Steal by Rachel Vincent
    Razorland by Ann Aguirre


  28. My wishlist is quite long, but here are a few:
    River Marked – Patricia Briggs
    Nalini Singh – Archangel’s Consort
    Inside Out – Lauren Dane
    Sin Undone – Larissa Ione
    Mona Lisa Eclipsing – Sunny
    Crave – J.R. Ward
    Dark Viking – Sandra Hill
    Cruel Enchantment and Jeweled – of course
    :mrgreen:


  29. I am looking forward to a lot of books this coming winter. I am really looking forward to Crave by JR Ward and No Mercy by Sherrilyn Kenyon.


  30. Definitely I’m looking forward to Jeweled! Also on my list is Four Play and No Place to Run by Maya Banks, Renegade and Styx’s Storm by Lora Leigh, and several Christmas anthologies that I can’t remember the titles to. One has JIll Shalvis in it.


  31. I guess it’s not surprising that so many of us all read and enjoy the same authors.

    To add to the already amazing list:

    Styx’s Storm by Lora Leigh
    Blood Trinity by Sherrilyn Kenyon and Dianne Love
    Tucker’s Claim by Sarah McCarty


  32. I read the excerpt of Jeweled in the newsletter and am really looking forward to it. Mostly though I don’t pay attention to when they come out because I tend to forget about them until I see them for sale.


  33. I’m looking forward to the new House of Night, and the new Mortal Instruments books. It seems that they just don’t come out quick enough!


  34. I’m looking forward to Play of Passion by Nalini Singh and Styx’s Storm by Lora Leigh.


  35. honestly i dont know what one sim waiting for have a long list of books in my to be read pilebut

    i cant wait for

    Sin undone

    My Soul to Steal
    but honestly i love books so if i see a new one or read a blurb of a new one it gets added to my wishlist


  36. Crave by J.R. Ward


  37. I literally have boxes of books I still have yet to read–enough to last me a couple of years, at least, probably. But that doesn’t keep me from wanting all the good ones that continue to keep coming out! I’ve stopped keeping a close eye on what’s coming out to try and curb my buying a little bit, but one thing that new comic book (graphic novel) by Diana Gabaldon coming soon sure sounds good!


  38. You asked for this:
    JD Robb’s Indulgence in Death
    Jayne Ann Krentz’s In too Deep
    Cynthia Eden’s Eternal Flame
    Terry Spear’s Wolf Fever
    Nalini Singh’s Play of Passion
    Sarah Mccarty’s Reaper’s Justice
    And that’s just a few.


  39. Havent really looked, due to studying for my masters


  40. David Balducci has a new book coming out this winter and I’m looking forwardto it.
    Thanks for the giveaway!


  41. There are so many books coming out this fall that I’ve hardly started thinking of the ones I want this winter. Besides now adding Jewel to my list..

    Christine Warren’s Prince Charming Doesn’t Live Here.
    Jackelyn Frank’s Drink of Me.

    And also Karen Marie Moning, Patricia Briggs, Jaci Burton and a few the others listed in all these posts. Need to take a months holiday at Christmas just to read them all.


  42. I’m excited about so many, i think i would be on here forever typing them all up :) hehe


  43. The number one book I am looking forward to this winter is Nalini Singh’s Play of Passion – the 9th book in her psy/changling series.


  44. I love these posts with all the comments. It is the best place to find new authors I have not tried. I really enjoy short stories so I guess I would have to say Four Play. Plus all the rest listed above.


  45. I really need to win the lottery. (is it bad I think in terms of all the books I can buy instead of things like food, clothing when dreaming of the lottery? )
    Overall, the one I am most looking forward to is I Shall Wear Midnight by Terry Pratchett (young adult discworld series that I adore featuring the young witch Tiffany Aching)
    Others on the list are:
    Bayou Moon by Ilona Andrews (loved the first book)
    Ghost Town by Rachel Caine
    In Dreams Begin by Skyler White,
    Razorland by Ann Aguirre
    Styx’s Storm by Lora Leigh
    Nalini Singh’s Play of Passion (psy/Changeling series which rocks)
    And last, but not least: Cruel Enchantment by Anya Bast and Jeweled by Anya Bast.
    (the last two should be a given since I am stalking the website/blog according to The Husband..sigh).


  46. These are a few of the books I am waiting for this winter:

    Love Me to Death: The Seven Deadly Sins
    Allison Brennan (Who wouldn’t read about the Seven Deadly Sins?)

    Blood Spells: A Novel of the Nightkeepers
    Jessica Andersen (This series is in real time to Aztec Calender ending on December 21, 2012. It would be ironic if the world does encounter the “end of the world” situation on that day.)

    The book I was really looking for to is Mercy Burns by Keri Arthur. I found out the book won’t be released for this December. It will be released in September 2011. BUMMMER!!! What can I say. I’m very partial to dragons.


  47. I love that cover!! The few books I am really looking forward to are:
    Bayou Moon by Ilona Andrews
    The Iron Duke by Meljean Brook
    Play for Passion by Nalini Singh
    Alien Tango by Gini Koch


  48. I am looking forward to a holiday anthology that has Cynthia Eden in it. And there are a great many others – holiday themed and not holiday themed. :mrgreen:


  49. Shadowfever Karen Marie Moning
    Crave JR Ward,
    No Mercy Sherrilyn Kenyon.
    My list is endless but those are what came to mind right away…..
    have a good one.
    alba47@gmail.com


  50. Anything by JR Ward!


  51. There are too many to name but one I’m really waiting for is Shadowfever by Karen Marie Moning. Cliffhangers just drive me insane.


  52. I am waiting for new stories from Vivian Arend, Nalini Singh, and Jory Strong.


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