The moment I crack open a new book, I always rush through the beginning, the budding relationship between the hero and heroine, and anticipate that spontaneous moment when one of them makes their move. The First Kiss. The first turning point in every story.
Every week here on the blog, I’ll be sharing First Kisses from my books and those of other authors.
Enchantress’ Secret by Rain Trueax
“Nick, I…” Before she could say more or even decide what she would say, he rose and came to her, taking her arms in his big hands and lifting her from her rock.
“If you don’t want me to do this, you better say no right now,” he said as he bent, his breath now against her mouth. When she said nothing, felt incapable of stopping him, he pressed his lips against hers and then pushed her lips apart with his tongue, invading her mouth as he put his arms around her, pulling her tightly against him.
Her body came awake as she felt the kiss throughout, warming and causing her to feel sensations she’d never felt. She opened her mouth wider and thrust her tongue into his mouth, teasing alongside his. As his hands dropped to her buttocks and pulled her against his growing hardness, she knew she had to stop him. She didn’t want to.
“Not here,” she said, pulling away.
“Isn’t this what you brought me here for? To ensnare me in your beautiful arms.”
She realized her arms were still around him even as they had both loosened their clasp. She stepped away and tried to catch her breath. “No, I wanted to tell you about this place, about me.”
“All right.” He moved back to the boulder on which he’d sat and lowered himself. “So tell.”
“This place is spiritual… It’s where we do rituals, my family and I. It’s magical.”
“It is beautiful.”
“No,” It’s more. It’s where things happen.” She was stumbling over her words. How could she tell him part of it without telling him all of it? He wasn’t ready to hear all of it or believe it.
Enchantress’ Secret by Rain Trueax
Born a witch, into a family of witches, Elke Hemstreet uses her powers, as well as her deductive reasoning, to solve crimes. Neither might help her enough when she meets and finds herself drawn to the handsome, reclusive painter Nick Beringer. A murder has happened and Nick is the police’s prime suspect. As an ex-SEAL, Nick has some powers of his own. He’ll need them. Someone is setting him up.
The Hemstreet Witches series is set in Arizona as four sisters and their widowed mother put their own lives on the line to keep the street safe from those who would do evil. All contemporary paranormals, Enchantress’s Secret is the first of what will be five– each standing alone, but connected by love and purpose.
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About Rain Trueax
Growing up on a farm at the end of a road, behind us the Cascades and in front the Columbia River Gorge, it is not surprising that nature, animals and strong values have been key elements in my life. They find their way into my books, as I still live a country lifestyle. My husband and I have been married 53 years, with grown children, and four grandchildren (the oldest starts college in September).
For me, writing happens at our small sheep and cattle operation in the Coast Range of Oregon, our Tucson home in the desert Southwest, or from a vacation trailer via satellite link, which can be anywhere in the intermountain west. Living or traveling to the places I set my books helps me feel the energy of the land, always a secondary character in what I write. For my stories, I try to portray the values of self-worth, hard work, nature, and community while interweaving the complexities of romantic relationships, sexuality, and outside challenges, which can be conquered by those who stick to their principles no matter the cost. Most of my books add an element of danger to be what I call Romances with an Edge.