Sneak Preview! SKYKEEPERS by Jessica Andersen

SKYKEEPERS by Jessica AndersenI have a very special sneak preview you tonight from my friend Jessica Andersen! Her latest release – SKYKEEPERS – is in stores now. Jessica is here to share some info on this amazing novel.

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Ancient prophecy holds that 12/21/2012 will bring a global cataclysm. Mankind’s only hope lies with the Nightkeepers, modern magic-wielding warriors who must find their destined mates and fulfill the legends to defeat the rise of terrible Mayan demons.

In Skykeepers, Michael Stone is a man with a dark secret that has skewed his magical abilities dangerously toward the underworld. Seeking redemption, he sets out on a perilous mission to save the daughter of Ambrose Ledbetter, a renowned Mayanist who died before he could reveal the location of a hidden library. The Nightkeepers must find the library before their enemies gain access to its valuable cache of spells and prophecies.

Sasha Ledbetter grew up hearing heroic tales of an ancient group of powerful magi who were destined to save the world from destruction. She never expected that her bedtime stories would come to life in the form of Nightkeeper Michael Stone, or that she’d hold the key to the warrior’s survival. As Sasha and Michael join forces to prevent the imminent battle, sparks of attraction ignite between them, and they’re forced to confront the unexpected passion that brings them together … and also tears them apart.

**Excerpt**

He’d thought he’d steeled himself for the familiar kick of attraction, the lust that hadn’t faded with their becoming lovers. But need hit him hard the moment he saw her stretched on her tiptoes to return a bowl to a high shelf, her midriff-cropped tee riding up, yoga pants riding down, the two exposing a strip of her taut, strong abdomen, with the soft lines of muscle on either side of her navel, where a trio of freckles drew his eye.

She turned slowly, and when she met his eyes, he saw a reflection of the burning heat that churned in his gut. “Well?” she said softly.

His body moved almost without conscious volition around the pass-through and into the kitchen, where he stopped close enough to catch her light scent over the cooking smells, close enough to distinguish the heat of her body from that of the stove. “What’s cooking?”

She handed over the mug she’d been sipping from. “It’s something I’ve been playing with.”

He knew she had magic in the kitchen, knew she wielded flavors with the deftness of a trained chef and the inspiration of a mage, but still he was unprepared for what hit his taste buds the moment he took a sip. Sensations exploded across his neurons in a blaze of heat, texture, and taste that had him sucking in a breath. There was chocolate, yes, but it was more savory than sweet, taken away from the realm of dessert by a mix of peppers and salt, and things he wouldn’t even begin to match with chocolate, but that somehow matched perfectly. He sucked in a breath. “Holy crap.” Took another sip and rolled it around in his mouth, closing his eyes briefly as the flavors changed subtly, the peppers mellowing to something else. “Nice,” he said, and this time his tone was one of reverence. “Very nice.”

“That,” she said with evident satisfaction, “was exactly what I was going for.”

Eyes still closed, he felt her trying to take the mug back, and tightened his fingers on it. “Leave it,” he said. “I’m at your mercy. Anything you want. Just ask.”

He’d said it partly in play, but also because he remembered what she’d told him back in the beginning, on her first day at Skywatch. I cook when I’m happy or sad, when I’m celebrating with friends or all alone with my thoughts. Which of those things applied now?

He felt the air shift, felt her indrawn breath as his own, but instead of “we need to talk” or any of the female warning signs experience had taught him to expect, she surprised him by leaning in and touching her lips to his.

The kiss was as unexpected as the hint of pepper and spice he tasted amidst the chocolate on her lips, in her mouth. Setting aside his mug, he deepened the kiss, relieved to let it be easy even though a small part of him said it shouldn’t be so easy, that he was skimming the surface of something he needed to be diving into. But then she shifted her hands, sliding them up his chest to link behind his neck and tug him closer, pressing her body to his, and the vibe went true, singing inside his skull with the warm sparkle of red-gold magic.

“Come back to bed,” he said against her mouth. “We’ve got a few more hours to burn.”

**Reviewers are loving SKYKEEPERS:**

“… intricate and compelling … I can hear their voices, feel their thoughts, and yes, music plays. Seriously, there is a soundtrack going on in my mind and I see her world in Technicolor.” Romance Novel TV

“An exciting, romantic and imaginative tale … guaranteed to keep readers entertained
and turning the pages.” Romance Reviews Today

“… a compelling and passionate lovestory.” (4 1/2 stars) Romantic Times Magazine

0 thoughts on “Sneak Preview! SKYKEEPERS by Jessica Andersen”

  1. We don’t have too much longer to wait for SINS of the Flesh. Thank goodness. I haven’t read any of Jessica’s books but will be looking for them. They sound very good. I can only buy a few books each month so hers will be one I get. Thanks for sharing and have a great day. Hugs to all.

  2. Thanks for sharing the excerpt: I was totally hooked w/ Nightkeepers and have been breathlessly awaiting Skykeepers! lol
    I shamelessly finagled my hubby into “stopping by the bookstore” after dinner last weekend, and am nearly done reading my copy (er, really, I just wanted to look for a gift for a friend while we were there…). Skykeepers is a great addition to the series!

  3. I love the sentence about him experiencing what hit his taste buds; wow!!!
    I’ve never heard about the Nightkeepers before and must take it all in.

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  4. It’s funny, because I’ve been hearing so much about these books on a loop I’m on~~and then here you are, lol. I HAVEN’T read them yet, but just finished putting them on my Wish List at amazon before I saw this, lol. I love the story line!! Great excerpt, and I can’t wait to read the Skykeepers series!!

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    I’ve totally been hearing good things about this book and the whole 2012 thing is a big topic right now.

    Deidre

  6. Sounds like a great book. Would love to win A Sins of the Flesh t-shirt and Sins of the Flesh lunch bag. Great prizes.

  7. “She handed over the mug she’d been sipping from.” Hmmm. Imagine that — her drinking from the mug and then him drinking from it. And her own original concoction…. Then I imagine all the sins that will follow. Lots of sins….

    A Sins of the Flesh T-shirt is a lovely giveaway. Thanks so much for offering it!

  8. I loved “Nightkeepers” (the only one I could find at my library) and am hoping to read the other two released.

    Love the excerpt and the cover for “SkyKeepers”.

  9. The first book, ‘Night Keepers” hooked me immediately! And the two that followed. Stayed up way past my bedtime just to “read one more chapter”. The cover art to all the books is amazing. I met Jessica in NJ in 2008 when the first book came out. She was describing the book to someone and I was listening. Knew I had to buy it.

  10. Sky Keepers sounds great and Michael Stone had me putting this book on my to buy list as soon as I read about him. I wouldn’t mind committing a few SINS with him.

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    the book by jessica sounds like a very good read especially about the mayan end of the world calendar stories in the news i have seen national geographic show. I think.
    can’t wait for your new book to come out but 79 more days. but it will be worth it.
    thank you for the many hours of pleasurable reading you’ve given me over the last few years.

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    Seen this book at Borders last Friday / Saturday. The hubs had let me buy “one” book of my choice and I went there specifically for that book when I seen it. I was not even aware of it being released soon. Shows how much I paid attention since I read the first two (and loved it!) Now I gotta sweet talk him into letting me get this one.

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