Friday, July 4, 2008

Author Spotlight: Tess MacKall

Today's author in the spotlight is Tess MacKall, and her upcoming release, Gabriel's Gun, Book One in her Gabriel's Ride Series, available July 8, 2008 from Freya's Bower. Read a sizzling excerpt below...


Gabriel’s Ride Series
Book I: Gabriel’s Gun
Including the prequel Gabriel’s Horn

Two strong women struggle for answers in these two unique stories. At their centers is a mysterious stranger who brings change to their lives. Who is he, and who will be the woman to finally bring him to heel? Sex, lies, and big bucks...only Gabriel has the answers.

Gabriel’s Horn (prequel)

They say Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned and Raquel is no exception. Her husband has taken a lover and Raquel plans to get even. But when you play the game of payback, be careful of the man you choose to do it with, especially if that man is Gabriel.

Gabriel’s Gun

Someone has taken a shot at movie idol, Jillian Traynor, and she’s pissed as hell to find herself in hiding before a major premiere. But one look at Gabriel sets her body aflame, and the term bodyguard takes on new meaning.


Raquel let the sable fall from her shoulders and slipped out of her black heels. She opened her clutch and took out what appeared to be a large silver pen, but proved so much more. A camera, easy to conceal, simple to use, and it took great pictures.

She smoothed her hands over her black silk skirt, preparing for what she was about to do. With her senses on overload with fear and doubt, a shiver of excitement rushed through her body. The skin across her breasts constricted and her nipples grew taut. What if he caught her? Money is a powerful motivator and the possibility of losing half a billion dollars could drive a man to do almost anything.

Focused on the end result, Raquel ignored her doubts and pushed the stairwell door open a couple of inches. Cautiously, she surveyed the long corridor. In a few minutes, she’d have everything she needed to set the wheels of justice in motion and free herself. With no one in sight, she stepped out into the hall and eased the door shut.

Raquel flattened her back to the wall and moved with measurable steps. Every inch closer to the penthouse door increased the flow of adrenaline running rampant through her body. Halfway there, she stopped. The beats of her heart escalated, and panic rose up inside her as she struggled to breathe. She clenched her hands into fists, the pointed tips of her nails digging into her palms, and forced herself to drag in air.

Several moments passed before she calmed enough to continue. This time she made it the rest of the way without further panic. She placed her ear to the door and listened. Hearing nothing, she swiped the card key through the security mechanism and observed the blinking red light turn green. She took the card key from the slot, tucked it between her breasts and readied the camera.

The soft click of metal rubbing metal resounded as she turned the gold door knob and pushed the door open just enough to see inside. Convinced Justin and his bitch were in the bedroom fucking, she opened the door wider and tip toed inside.

Fear threaded her veins, and self-doubt crept in. Can I do this? He’d broken his promise to her, took her love—and their future. Righteous anger and determination swelled inside her, replacing the fear and doubt. She intended to see him stripped of everything he held so dear. Money. Power. Position. It all belonged to her and she wanted it back. I’ve played the fool far too long.

Raquel paused in the living room and smiled. The opulent surroundings reminded her of everything he’d lose over one night of lust. She couldn’t wait to see the look on his face.

Laughter interrupted her thoughts. She jerked her head in the direction of the sound. Gripping the camera tightly in her palm, she leveled her eyes on the open doorway. Fueled by anger, determined to come away the winner, she crossed the room.

The laughter metamorphosed into the sounds of sex. Groaning, grunting, moaning—sighs of ecstasy. Raquel paused and squeezed her eyes shut, the fury of a woman scorned replaced by grief. When had their love died?

A cold tremor shook her body. She clenched her jaw tight and rejected the tears she needed to shed. Armed with the icy shield formed around her heart, she leveled her back to the wall, angling her head next to the door and stole a look. Her eyes grew wide, stunned by the scene playing out on the bed.

About Tess...

Single and loving it, Tess is a sassy southern belle who loves to flirt and tease. And it was no big surprise to her friends when she began writing erotic romance. There’s nothing she likes better than weaving a sexy plot that entangles her hero and heroine and forces them to look love square in the eye.

With a background in journalism she began her career with a local newspaper and then moved on to her greatest passion–politics. With a flair for marketing, she worked in various political campaigns across the south and honed her skills as a speech writer. Leaving the political arena, she returned to her beloved hometown in the south to raise her family and to finally live her distant dream of writing romance.

Next on her list of dreams is to start life anew in a small coastal town. She’s hearing the call of the ocean and can imagine sitting on the beach listening to the waves and to all those sexy characters that keep talking in her head.Life is about change and the need to keep it fresh. There is nothing more exciting than a little “reinvention” from time to time~~new locales to explore and to motivate the muse.Her three children have been her greatest joy and when she passes from this life to the next, she wants a diamond created from her ashes for each of them because “love lives on”.

Available July 8, 2008 from Freya’s Bower http://www.freyasbower.com/
The Gabriel’s Ride Series
Gabriel’s Gun including the prequel Gabriel’s Horn

Coming Soon from Whiskey Creek Press Torrid
His Sweet Obsession

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