October 19th, 2010
Book of the Day: Cruel Enchantment


Even the most powerful hands need a delicate touch…

Emmaline Gallagher is a master of wielding personal glamour. As a free fae who lives among humans, she must hide her true self at all times as she works undercover within the powerful Phaendir—for if certain factions within the Phaendir gain control, the fae will be wiped from existence. Now, an object of fae power lies within a locked ancient box. And there is only one fae who can forge the key.

Known as “the Blacksmith” Aeric O’Malley can create or destroy almost anything with his forging skills. Emmaline has come to him in need, but he and Emmaline have a past—and he has spent centuries wanting to take revenge on her for her transgressions. But now that he has her within his grasp, something about her keeps him from exacting his vengeance—or is it merely her glamour blinding him?

Trapped by fate, Emmaline must hope that she can reach Aeric’s furious heart before it’s too late….


He moved closer and her whole body stiffened. “So we’ve established that you killed Aileen and you’re lying about the circumstances to save your pretty ass. We’ve also established that I’m unable to kill you. The only question that remains is how I should make you pay.”

His gaze raked her up and down and his body reacted. His too big clothing hid her curves, but he’d had enough of a tantalizing glimpse of them during her shower to let his imagination run wild.

The very last thing he should be doing right now was remember the way her body looked behind that frosted glass. It was almost worse than having her naked. The image behind the shower door hinted at lush breasts—an overflowing handful—a narrow waist that flared into a generous, curvy bottom, and shapely legs.

He wanted to find out for sure, using his hands and maybe his tongue, too.

He’d brutally suppressed the urge before, tamping down the attraction he felt for her because it wasn’t right. Now, in the violent wake of what Emmaline had told him and his subsequent confusion over whether or not it was true—all that want came rushing back at him. It didn’t matter that it was horribly misplaced.

And damned if he could remember why he shouldn’t give in to it.

* * * * * * * * *
He was looking at her without anger in his eyes for once.

Okay, maybe there was a little anger in his eyes, but she had the feeling that the anger—for whatever mystical and unbelievable reason—wasn’t directed at her, but at himself. And anger wasn’t the only thing in his expression right now; there was hunger, too.
And that was all for her.

Her heart thudded so fast and so hard she thought it might break her ribs. What the hell? His behavior had changed so quickly she practically had whiplash.

“Aeric?” she whispered. She wasn’t even aware his name had slipped past her lips until it was out there. She didn’t know what to do with this sudden turn of events . . . although her body sure seemed to know. Her mind was awhirl with confusion, but the rest of her was quite aware that the man she’d wanted and fantasized about for so long was inches away from her . . . and seemed to actually want her back.

“Fuck,” he growled, bracing his hand on the wall right near her ear and moving closer to her. “This is not a good thing.”

“No.” She licked her lips—a nervous habit she’d had since she was a kid, no matter what guise she used. “This is not a good thing for either of us.”

His mouth almost brushed hers when he spoke. Her body flared to life, singing to almost painful arousal. Her nipples leapt to hard little points and she ached between her thighs. This man seemed to either terrify her, piss her off, or plunge her straight into animalistic heat.

His voice was a low growl, laced with anger. “I should chain you to my bed in charmed iron and take my revenge that way.”

She closed her eyes, her breath shuddering out of her. “I wouldn’t object.”

His eyes narrowed like a hunter’s sighting prey—and, boy, was she ever. Wounded, limping prey at that. She had no chance. “Don’t you have any shame?” he asked in a low, harsh voice.

“Not where you’re concerned. I never have.”

He eased her against him and dropped his mouth to her throat. Goose bumps erupted all over her skin. He nipped her flesh and then licked the small hurt. As though he wanted to punish her, but couldn’t make himself do it…..

Normally I would ask a question and have you answer it, but today I’m just going to ask that you make a comment to enter for a chance to win an autographed copy of this book. You can ask me a question, too, if you have any, and I’ll do my best to answer. Don’t forget to check back tomorrow to see if you’ve won! Good luck!


74 comments to “Book of the Day: Cruel Enchantment”

  1. Thanks for making this open internationally!

  2. I loved Wicked Enchantment!!! Cruel Enchantment is on my wish list but I haven’t had the extra money to buy it yet. :( Hopefully I can win it!!! Thank you so much for a great giveaway and for your lovely writing skills!!!

    Cynthia Garcia

  3. love your books and cant wait to read this one.

  4. Great excerpt! This one is in my TBR pile.

  5. Such a cool contest! Thanks for taking the time. I can’t wait for Dark Enchantment!

    And yes the cover for Jaded is gorgeous!

  6. Love your books. I’m always looking to see when the next book is being released then I camp the internet. Can’t wait for the next installment(s)!

  7. Great excerpt, I always enjoy your books, they keep me hooked from start to finish.

  8. Wow your a busy lady! I can’t wait to read Jeweled, it sounds very yummy :grin: Thanks for doing this book a day, i’ll try to check everyday for more chances.

  9. I love your books. They draw me in from beginning and I can’t stop.

  10. I like the cover. Thanks for the excerpt.

  11. I have read some of your books and love them all. The blurb for this one sounds great too. I have started on this series yet. How many books are you planning for this?

  12. Thanks for running such a great contest.

  13. Is that a crossbow she’s holding?

    Terrific excerpt.

  14. Just a comment please don’t enter me in the contest I have your book already. Love your books and you gave a great excerpt.

  15. I really have to find that BN gift card hiding in my house and buy this book. All the excerpts are so good, yet such teases.

  16. I haven’t read this series yet, but the more I read about it the more I need to start! I loved the Elemental Wiches books, so can’t wait to get started on these!

  17. I have not read your books in book form as they are not the typical type book that I read but since I have rec’d my kindle and stated to read a wide mix of books your books have been calling to me to download – The covers draw me to them time and again and I do not think I can last much longer – I might just have to download one before my trip home from seeing my granddaughter – best of luck on your new book

  18. I am dying to read this book!

  19. Loved the first one in this series. I really need to get this one.

  20. What a great prize! I just registered to attend RT (my first) next year and I hope I see you there!

  21. I’ve been dying to read this. Please enter me!

  22. I love the artwork for this cover. I have tried to dye my hair that color and it just doesn’t stick. Thanks for a chance to win. :)

  23. This book is next on my list to read – can’t wait!!!!!

  24. I would love to have a copy of Cruel Enchantment. Sounds great. :grin:

  25. I love Wicked Enchantment and cannot wait to read this book. I love how she is torn because of her past actions, but there is still a connection between the two that might grow if the truth was allowed to come out. Thanks for the giveaway.

  26. Here’s hoping my library has this book, scratch that, the whole series, because now I really want to read this. I’m a tad bit excitable today ’cause I just got an email from an old friend. Yay!

  27. I love the end of that excerpt. *sigh*

  28. I love your books and I can’t wait to read this one.

  29. Love the excerpt. Great cover too. This one sounds like a excellent book to read. the excerpt just made me want more. :mrgreen: Congrats on the upcoming release

  30. I love your books. I have the 1st one in this series but haven’t picked up this one yet.

    the cover for the next one is really nice.

    Thanks for the great contest you always have.

  31. Thanks for such a nice contest and I am answering your questions for both contests. It amazes me how well an author can set down and write such great stories and never run out of ideas. Do you always have an idea running in your head before one book is done and another one started? It must be like a magnetic force..you go along and bam..there’s an idea for a book. I am sure glad you have this skill..I enjoy what you do with it. ha susan L.

  32. love your books and thanks for the awesome contests ;)

  33. I love your Sweet series. Holy cow, I even have the release dates on my calendar so I can get them on the first day! I would love to try out this series. Of course, I love autographed copies. Thanks for the great contest!

  34. Always such wonderful covers! Thanks for the contest!!! Happy October! :grin:

  35. Another great book. Thanks for the excerpt.
    I have said this often, but I love all of your covers, they are so eye appealing.

    Great contest~~ Thanks.

  36. I have had your books on my wish list for what feels like forever but it seems any time I have the money to get them something else crops up :(.
    I just want to ask who or what inspired you to write?
    And what was your favorite book growing up?

  37. Anya- This is a great way to get ready for the big release day for “Jeweled” (which I love that you used a sapphire for her stone since my birthday stone- September) :wink:

    I do have a question for you though- are any of your books able to be read out of order or even independently since my TBR pile and wish list continue to grow by leaps and bounds everyday I get on the internet!!!

  38. Thank you so much for holding these contests. I think it’s a great way to celebrate your new release. I love the cover of this book, and the excerpt makes me want to read it. If I don’t win today, this one’s going on my to-be-bought list for sure! :)

  39. Thanks for the awesome giveaways on your blog.

  40. Love your books, thanks for the chance to win one.

  41. Hi i love your books. I have to ask what inspires you to write these awesome stories???


  42. I really like the cover for this one (not that there’s anything wrong with the others!)

  43. THis one looks great also!
    Please enter me.

    Susan R

  44. I just read the first of this series – Cruel Enchantment – and really enjoyed it! Would love to win the second one :-)

  45. Nice excerpt; I’m ready for more, please!

  46. I would love to win it!

  47. Interesting excerpt. I really like the name Emmaline. Sounds like a jewel or other ‘pretty’

  48. Thanks for the contest Anya. I really need to finish school so that I can get a job and then buy all the books, including this one, that I’ve been meaning to read.

  49. Ohh! I would love to read this!

  50. I really love this cover!

  51. Thanks for the awesome giveaway celebration and I must say that your books and writing are fantabulous! :)

  52. Would love to read Cruel Enchantment, and congrats on the amazing cover for Jaded.

  53. Loved the excerpt and the new covers look great. Sometmes you can udge a good book by a great cover :grin:

  54. It sounds wonderful – thanks for a great contest.

  55. I really enjoyed the excerpt.

  56. Love a hero with angst – sounds like a great read!

    Is there a genre you haven’t written in that you would like to try?


  57. I love your books. Your writing style is something I enjoy immensely!

  58. I have and love this book Cruel Enchantment. Of course, getting an autographed copy of Cruel Enchantment would be even better.

  59. Awesome! Please enter me. Thanks so much!

  60. Would love to win Cruel Enchantment. Thank you for the contest!

  61. I haven’t read any of your work YET but I can’t wait to check it out. Thanks for having these contests so I can try to win some of your works! :)


  62. Hmm…how many pets do you currently have?

  63. Since reading the blurb for this in your last contest it has been on my mind to pick this book up.

  64. Loved the exerpt. This is definitely on my TBR pile.

  65. read the first book loved it, would love to win this!

  66. Would love to read this. Thanks for the contest.

  67. i want to win this ! please count me in.

  68. Thanks for the contest! Love your books!

  69. Thanks! Great excerpt

  70. wow that sounds interesting, would love to read

  71. My favorite books are series books. I love seeing favorite characters in future stories. Thank you for the contest

  72. Thanks, look forward to reading many more books.

  73. with every book the covers get better andbetter your wokrs amazing in general

  74. Hope I’m not too late, haven’t had a chance to get this one. Thanks for the party, Anya.