Happy Backlist Monday, everyone :) This week, I'm giving you a look inside what was the 4th library tale I wrote - which became the first in the Markham Library series: Through the Library Door - a paranormal BDSM erotic romance where the heroine accidentally finds herself within the pages of a book...in a library that comes alive.
This scene is from Nicholas' POV. He's just come home after a tiring ride and expects to find some solace in his country home. Instead, he finds a ne'er-do-well and his cronies attacking a young woman. After commanding them to stop, he has to deal with the little hellion.
Her eyes snapped to him and then around the room. The moment they landed on Josh, she let out a shriek, jumped up and looked as though she was going to throw herself into the fire. He grabbed her and held her fast. “No,” he said firmly. “Calm down, girl. Nobody will harm you now.”
She struggled, kicking him in the shin. Grunting, he grabbed her arms and held them behind her back even as he pushed her onto her knees. “Halt!”
Breathing hard, she stilled, but stared at him in terror. That was an expression he never wanted to see, especially on her lovely face. Kneeling slowly next to her, he gently asked, “What is your name?”
“Josh says you are from Madam Loden’s. Are you?”
She stared at him oddly before turning her head and catching sight of his cousin. The moment she did, her eyes turned dark with anger “He,” she spat, “wouldn’t listen to me! He… they…” her voice rose and she began to emit a shrill sound that made him wince.
“Calm, girl,” he said firmly and she stopped. “Where were you when they found you?”
“Over there,” she said nodding toward the bookshelves.
“And how did you get there?”
She opened her mouth and then slowly closed it. “I don’t know,” she finally whispered.
Josh snorted. “She’s just a whore, Nicholas.”
“I am not!” she snapped, turning to glare at him.
Nicholas, while angry, was rather amused by the little slip of a girl. She definitely had fire within her. “Well, I will have Josh take you back to…”
“No,” she moaned. “No. He’ll just hurt me again.”
Frowning, he turned to his cousin. “What did you do to her?”
“Fondled her a bit. Smacked her with your crop. That’s all. Didn’t have the chance to plug that pussy.”
Infuriated that Josh would use such a vulgar term around the young lady, Nicholas was about to admonish him for it when Landria turned into a wild animal. She ripped her hands out of his grasp and began to claw at anything she could get her hands on, which included his face. “Stop!” he hollered as her fingernails gouged into his cheek. As he tried to grab her arms again, she slipped out of his grasp and leapt to her feet, lunging toward the bookcase.
“Grab her!” Josh hollered, lunging across the room.
Nicholas had two choices. He could take hold of the girl or he could grab his cousin who, if he got his hands on the girl, would not be nice about it; he chose the latter. To anyone who asked, he would never be able to adequately describe what happened next; it was all too strange. One moment he had his hand on Josh’s coat to restrain him, the next Josh had Landria’s legs in his arms and was yanking backward. As he jerked her back forcefully, she grasped for the books on the shelf. “Please!” she cried. “Please, get me out of here! Please, get me back to my aunt and uncle’s house. Please!” Her hands slipped and as she dropped, Nicholas lunged forward to catch her and she grasped his cravat as she fell.
It ripped and just before she hit the floor, she and the silk vanished.
Through the Library Door
Genre: Paranormal Erotic Romance
Series: Markham Library
Romance, magic and spanking... what could be better?
"Deep within the library there are secrets untold, hidden within the pages of the books it protects. Some say it is old magic, some say it is a curse, but they all say that once a generation, the door will open and the one who enters will live out the story in one of its novels."
18 yr old Landria expects to spend a dull summer at her aunt and uncle's house. That is until she stumbles upon a dusty, unused library and finds her way into the pages of an erotic novel. Attacked within moments of entering the story, she is rescued by the hero, Lord Nicholas Waring, who intrigues her more than she wishes. Once she finds herself back home she cannot forget him. When he follows her into her world and they fall in love, will they be forced apart by the words already written or can they rewrite their story?
Through the Library Door is the fourth Library Tale, but it is also the first in The Markham Library series.
The Markham Library series is about a private library belonging to the Markham family. Within this library the heroine or hero of each novella/novel finds her or himself thrust into the storyline of one of the novels it contains. The second in the series, Eclipse of Her Heart, is also available.
Where to buy:
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Paperback (Regular Print)
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Paperback (Large Print)
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Labels: BDSM, library tales, Markham Library, paranormal, romance, Through the LIbrary Door, time travel