#Excerpt: Violet Midnight

Violet Midnight officially released today! Super excited! Here’s a little excerpt for ya…be sure to read to the end for details on how to get an autographed Violet Midnight postcard!

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“What am I? You mean what sorority am I? Or—”

“No.” Jake crept forward until only three feet separated them. “I mean, what are you? Those three men…whatever they were—”

Emma let out the loudest, hopefully believable, fake laugh she could muster considering the circumstances. He’d seen everything.

Mind-wipe time.

“They were just drunk dudes, knocked me in—”

“No they weren’t. Look. It’s okay. I—things—I understand different.” Jake eyed the partially closed door across the room. “You can trust me.”

Emma huffed. Trust. Yeah, right. Two years ago, almost to the day, her life went bonkers. Strange things happened to her after the crash that killed her parents. She trusted no one, let alone a total and complete stranger.

No matter how drawn to him she felt.

He seized her wrist before she’d even registered he’d moved. Too distracted by his dominating presence in the small room.

She tugged at his grip, but he held fast.

Wait—was that warmth? He cuffed her wrist with his strong, able fingers. The same fingers that had caressed her spine so gently as she coughed half the pool from her lungs.

Damn water.

She hadn’t noticed any heat then, or when he had held her neck, maybe because of wet clothes and hair. But now, there was no clothing, no water to obstruct the direct skin-to-skin contact. It sent a dizzying heat up her forearm, over her shoulder and straight to her chest.

She’d not felt warmth—any fluctuation in temperature—in two years. Her lungs tightened, forcing her to take small gasps for air. God she missed heat. She missed cuddling. Missed human touch.

And he wasn’t even asking about her cold skin.

Probably assumed it was from the water. Didn’t matter. She let the tension roll out into his grip and absorbed the sensual feelings penetrating her barriers. Just for a minute.

“Interesting tattoo.” He turned her hand, exposing her wrist.

Damn, she’d lost her watch in the water!

He stood so close his breath whispered against her cheek. How could she smell a heady, earthy scent emanating from him through the chlorine saturating his clothing and hair?

“Does it mean something?” he asked.

Emma shook her head, too lost in his touch heating her blood to verbalize a response. Not that she’d tell him it identified her as a Hunter, a protector with kick-ass powers. Or that it appeared on her skin overnight, while she lay in a hospital bed after the crash two years ago.

With his free hand, he traced the arrow, and Emma’s legs morphed into wet noodles. She leaned against the desk, not having realized she’d backed up so far. Thankfully she had, because it kept her vertical.

What was happening to her?

His finger followed the pulsing blue vein to the crook of her elbow, up her arm until his hand cupped her shoulder, all the while, he held her wrist tight with his other hand. His already nearly black eyes darkened as the pupils ate up the dark irises. His gaze shifted, and his tongue moistened his plump, completely lickable bottom lip.

The heat that’d ignited in her heart suddenly pooled in her belly—very low in her belly.

He leaned forward, mouth only inches from hers. Even his breath on her lips was warm. Amazing. How could she feel warmth with his touch when she couldn’t with any other person?

Need more.

“I saw how strong you were. How you fought them off.” He stepped into her. “And this tattoo. I’ve seen it before.”

Oh, God.

“It’s a symbol of power. Apollo and Artemis.” His voice went husky.

“How do you know that?”

“I know a lot, Emma.” His hand followed the curve of her shoulder until he caressed the nape of her neck. “Why’d you pick this mark to put on your skin?”

A wave of heat stormed through her. “I didn’t choose it.” Emma licked her lips in anticipation. “Woke up with it two years ago.”

She stretched toward him, and the softest, warmest lips met hers. He tensed, probably at the cool temperature of her skin, but she didn’t care. She only craved his warmth. His touch.

So long she’d been without.

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Thanks for reading. And remember, if you forward your purchase confirmation to Publicist (at) lynnrush (dot) com, we’ll send you an autographed postcard of the book cover! Order now from AmazonBarnes & Noble and  All Romance E-books

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Join us tomorrow (10/16/12) for an online launch party at my Facebook Page. $300 in prizes. Multiple authors participating. Entries toward a KINDLE FIRE!

#CoverReveal: Violet Midnight

Violet Midnight (Violet Night, #1), by Lynn Rush

Release Date: October 15th

Genre: New Adult Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Crescent Moon Press

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Let the Hunt begin…

Blending in with her college co-eds proves difficult for vampire Hunter, Emma Martin, considering the mystical tattoo on her wrist glows whenever Vamps are near. And after three months of silence, the glow is back with a vengeance.

Jake Cunningham witnesses Emma, a violet-eyed beauty, using unimaginable powers to fight off a fanged creature. Finally, after two years of searching, he may have found out what he’s become—a Hunter, like Emma.

Thankful for an ally in the fight against the Vamps, Emma finds hope and comfort in Jake’s arms. As she learns more about her new love’s family and its dark heritage, she may be forced not only to hunt them but to sacrifice her life to save Jake’s soul.

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    **AND** 

 Book Trailer by the amazing Rachel Firasek: 

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“Buffy had better watch out…Emma Martin is one hunter to watch!” –Cynthia Eden, National Best-selling Author

“Lynn Rush does it again!” –Lynda Hilburn, author of Kismet Knight, Vampire Psychologist series

Violet Midnight had me at the start and wanting more in the end. Love, danger and excitement plus so much more we love in a paranormal read! I loved it and it’s a for sure read of 2012!” –Paranormal Book Club 

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I can’t believe it…

September is already here? That just doesn’t seem possible the summer is already over. Kids are back in school. Colleges are into their first semesters.

Though, I am excited for one reason…it’s that much closer to Violet Midnight’s Cover Reveal. September 4th is the big day.

I’m super excited because I just love this cover. It’s quite different than the Wasteland and Awaited covers–which is good, because this series is WAY different.

The ARCs are out to readers & reviewers so I’m biting my nails a bit to see what people think…especially those who only know me for the Wasteland Trilogy.

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So, tell me, what was one highlight of your summer? Whether it’s a vacation,  awesome movie you saw, or whatever? Do tell…..

For me…a big highlight was RAGBRAI!! We biked across Iowa! 407 miles in 5 days. AND we raised over $3,000 for cancer. WOOT!! 

Volunteers and Mountains

For those of you who don’t know, I work full time in a bookstore at my church.

Yep. Our church has about 19,000 members, so, the bookstore is very busy. I love it. It’s just the perfect place for me to work even though I don’t write Christian Fiction.

This past weekend, we had a HUGE book sale going on for THE STORY. It’s a version of the Bible we’re going to go through as a church.

So, that meant over 100 volunteers to help out at the sale locations. It was quite an endeavor that had many hands involved to pull it off.

We had SOOOO much fun, despite the 115 degree weather. Here’s me with a volunteer:

Yep. That’s me in the hat! My sweet hubby convinced me to wear that cowboy had so I’d be easily identified as the “leader” of a certain section.

It sure panned out. It was fun to dig that thing out. Not to mention saved me from the blazing sun.

I’m looking forward to another weekend of craziness. But hey, that’s the world I live in, so I’m comfy.

In other news:

My stepmom (I call her Mum) is starting her fourth cycle of treatment this week. That means FIVE days in a hospital bed hooked up to chemo drugs. BUT, there’s good news.

The PET scan from yesterday shows the chemo is working its magic on that tumor in her spine. AND….she’s even getting some good mobility back in her legs. So much that she’s shed the wheelchair, walker AND arm crutches.

She’s using her hiking poles to steady herself.

That’s a mountain climber for you. She’ll be back climbing those fourteeners sooner than we all think. She’s so strong. Her attitude is so amazing it’s just inspiring.

So, thanks to all who’ve been thinking and praying for her.

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What’s new in your world? Do tell.