Galleys for Once Burned arrived on Friday. For those of you who don’t know, galleys are the loose yet formatted pages of a manuscript that are used to create Arcs (Advance reading copies). They are also one of the last chances an author has to make changes, though we’re encouraged (Read: warned) to limit those changes to grammar, spelling, or correction of factual errors. Every time I get to this stage, I feel confident that I won’t need to make many changes because I’ve tried very hard to be thorough in copyedits. And every time, I’m wrong and cringe at all the lingering errors that will appear in the Arcs because my changes won’t be implemented until after Arcs are printed. Early readers and reviewers, you have my apologies. One day I’ll get it right! Also, speaking of Arcs, they’ll be available in a couple months. As usual, once I have them, I’ll hold contests giving them away. Currently I have a contest up on Goodreads that runs through May, so if you’re interested in scoring an early copy of Once Burned, go here for details. This won’t be the only chance to win an Arc, so if you’re not a Goodreads member and/or you live in a country that’s excluded, never fear. I’ll hold a couple more contests that will be open to everyone no matter where in the world you live.
Anyway, back to the reason behind the “apology” in the subject line. On Friday, I promised my Facebook readers that I’d go through galleys this weekend and post some quotes from Once Burned. Due to a nasty two day migraine followed by catching my husband’s cold (Thanks, honey! Grr) that didn’t happen. To make up for this, I’m posting a scene snippet instead of only a couple quotes. Warning: This snippet contains adult content. Use caution if you’re reading at work or if you have kids lurking nearby.
Now, onto the scene. As stated on the back cover description, Leila has unusual abilities like giving off electricity and being able to pull psychic impressions from touch. Most of the time, this “gift” shows her horrible images from the past. Sometimes, though, touching an object – or a person – will give Leila a glimpse of the future whether she’s ready to see it or not ;-).
Vlad stopped when he was only inches away, still nailing me with that hard, copper-colored stare. Then he held out his hand.
I put it in his palm, forgetting to switch it to my left hand before touching him. A current sizzled into him with the contact, which I expected, but I didn’t expect what came next.
The gothic hall vanished, replaced by the hazy cocoon of midnight green drapes encircling the bed I was on. I wound my hand into the thick fabric while a moan left my lips, sharpening into a cry at the incredible pleasure shooting through me. My grip on the drapes tightened as I writhed under the erotic combination of wet, deep strokes and lightly chafing stubble against my most sensitive flesh.
“Please,” I gasped.
Vlad lifted his head, his hair like dark silk against my thighs and his gaze lit up with emerald.
“No,” he said throatily. “More.” And he lowered his mouth again.
Vlad’s face crystallized in front of me, but instead of green drapes all around us, we were back in the hall and he was staring down at me, frowning.
“I know you caught a glimpse of something when you touched me. Your mind went silent. Tell me what it was.”
My cheeks flamed with heat. At the same time, disbelief washed over me.
No. Not me and Vlad like…like that!
His frown cleared, replaced by a brow going up. Damn his mindreading. Think of something else! I mentally screamed, avoiding his stare. ANYthing else!
I no longer looked at Vlad, but I could almost feel his gaze roving over me, noting my newly tight nipples, accelerated heartbeat, and probably picking up on that damned lingering throb between my legs, too.
“Not surprising,” he said at last, his voice thicker with things I didn’t want to name. “I predicted the same thing myself.”
That was a great scene to read while looking at the cover of the book! Cannot wait until it comes out.
Nice! Can’t Wait! I always have liked Vlad!
Natasha McNeely says
Oh, wow. That was a great scene! I’m definitely looking forward to reading Once Burned; it looks like I’ll be entering that giveaway.
Debi Murray says
Oh, oh, OH MY!
Underworld Love Addiction says
Yummy, I can’t wait to read his book 🙂
Alba @BookPics says
OH MY GOD!
~gasping for breath~
THIS IS AMAZING!! CANNOT WAIT FOR THE FINAL THING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
J as always, super awesome. Cannot wait for release day!
Second that. Super awesome! Cannot wait.. (:
Jennifer @ The Book Nympho says
CAN. NOT. WAIT!
Great snippet!! I’m slightly pouty knowing I have to wait until June! I LOVE Vlad!
My oh my! I’m glad there will be more contests for those of us who live in europe.. I will keep checking out the blogs! I can’t wait until this book comes out (sigh).
Kelly Mueller says
*sigh* Can’t wait
It’s getting hot here or what? *fan self*
Seriously, i don’t even know how i will survive these months!!
I LOVE Vlad so so much!
This book is going to be great! I can’t wait!
Rebecca Poole says
Vlad is my favorite character…I can’t wait for this to come out. 🙂 Wonderful snippet.
OH MY!! Gosh I look forward to all your books!! I cant wait!
Cannot wait! Thanks for the snippet!!! I might be team Vlad soon 😉
Jeaniene! You are such a tease! LOL
Squeeee! Can’t wait.
June can not come soon enough…..damn Vlad.
Debbie Bussie says
Oh my! That was awesome. I canNot wait for this book!
Alison B says
YUMMY!!! Can’t wait to read the book. I <3 Vlad!!!
Minnie Medina says
Do I get to touch him too? 😉
Oh, J, how exciting to read a Vlad nookie scene!! LOL! Can’t wait for more!!
Whoa… so glad I waited until after work to read that. I can’t wait. Time needs to move faster!
When will it be available? I hate waiting!!!
Oh my!! I want to read MORE!!! Can’t wait
DeAnna (@SacredmOOn1) says
*sighs dreamily* I want more!
Damn, this book is going to be AMAZING!
Lizz D. says
I cannot WAIT for this book to come out!!!
Pre-ordered! Salivating for new deleted scenes from TSOTG!! And HOPING for a preview of book 7(name???) with Once Burned!!!
Thank you Jeaniene, I so look forward to this book! Get better soon!
I have one thing to day about that “More I need more” Great
Wow, what a snippet!!
Thanks so much for this teaser!!
Jeaniene: I believe this comfirms your earlier prediction of changes from the chorus: “Bones, who?”
OMG! The wait is going to kill me. I seems like it has been years since we have had a new book. I know it has only been 6 months. But this wait it too long. Once Burned can’t get here soon enough.
Diane Traynor says
Bloody hell Mrs – can’t wait for the rest of it !!!!
And this is how you kill me before June 26th…
BLOODY HELL, COME HERE VLAD.
OMG! It’s just wonderful, amazing, awesome, brilliant, and just to die for *sighs*. Big thanks for it!
But I think Vlad and I do have something in common: We both like the word
So give us MORE, please!
AAAHHH!!!! Oh I cannot WAIT for this book!!! It’s going to be amazing!! You are so great with these deliciously awkward scenes!! I love it! and I love Vlad too!! This is gonna be awesome! June 26th can’t come fast enough!!!!! XD
Goddamnit, why do you not include Ireland in these ARC giveaways?! We’re one of very few largely English-speaking countries and I’m pretty sure our laws don’t explicitly ban this kind of thing!!
P.S.: Please make the contrast better on these comment boxes. It’s hard to see what I’m writing.
I ignored the warning and read while at work. And now I’m having to suppress girlish giggles of excitement. Just… DAMN VLAD. As if I wasn’t excited enough for his book BEFORE! ;D
Woo Hoo…can’t flippin wait!!!
Jeaniene – WOW……….this is going to drive me crazy – I am on edge, literally and figuratively 🙂
Whew! Buckets of Ice will be needed to cool down from the hotness that is Vlad !
Whew… can Vlad get any hotter?! I swear I’m swooning, since I’ve always loved him more than Bones! 😉 June 26 can’t come fast enough!
^.^ Well, you certainly picked a hot scene. I can’t wait for the book. I have to admit Mencheres is still my personal favorite character. There hasn’t been a major character of yours that I really didn’t find enthralling though.
Ohhhhhh I just want to eat him…. love Vlad so much, can’t wait to finally have him for a whole book!!! Need to get me an ARC ;p
OMG!!! Now that was almost mean!! What am I supposed to do until the book comes out!! I <3 Vlad!!
I am so confused I thought she could only see things from the past…
Woooa mal vejo a hora do lançamento chegar…..eu ADORO o Vlad
Lege Artis says
Oh, my… Can’t wait! I’m so happy that there will be contest for fans from countries that are excluded…
More! 🙂 Damn, can’t wait <3
I really, really enjoy your books. I love Vlad and have looked forward for this book in ages (or so it feels 😉 ). I hope the contest for the Arcs are available in other countries than the ones from the GoodRead GiveAway.
Greetings from a big fan in Denmark, Europe
Whoo! Can’t wait for this book once it comes out in June.
I am eager to read the rest. I cant barely wait for it. I love all the Night Huntress books.
I csnt wait,gets better and better with every line!