Friday, November 4, 2016

Flying Through Fire (Dark Desires, #6) by Nina Croft & Deleted Diary Extracts from Temporal Shift, Book 4

For ten thousand years he’s done his duty. Now he wants something for himself... 



Book Information:

Title: Flying Through Fire

Author: Nina Croft

Series Name: Dark Desires, #6

Meta Tags: Fantasy, Romance, Dragons, Shifter, Space Opera, Sci-Fi, Outer Space

Amazon Link:  http://amzn.to/2eTmXkf

About the Book:

Winged monsters have been seen in the skies, and a pestilence follows in their wake, threatening the very survival of mankind. Only the crew of the Blood Hunter knows where they come from, and only one man has the power to send them back—Thorne, a human/dragon hybrid in possession of mental powers beyond comprehension.

Candace Decker doesn’t need anyone to look after her—she’s a badass werewolf more than capable of protecting herself and those she loves. All the same, she’s always been drawn to Thorne’s strength. In an uncertain world, he’s the one man who makes her feel safe. And what Candy wants, she usually gets.

But while Candy is tenacious, Thorne’s willpower has been honed over ten thousand years. He might want her, but the last thing he needs is an infatuation with a young, impetuous werewolf. Candy makes him lose control, and that could have disastrous consequences.

As the threat escalates and they become separated by time and space, Candy must find a way back to him, because while Thorne alone has the power to defeat the dragons, only together can they finally bring peace to the universe.

About the Author:

Growing up in the cold, wet, north of England, Nina Croft spent a lot of time dreaming of faraway sunnier places and ponies. When she discovered both, along with a whole load of other things, could be found between the covers of a book, her life changed forever.

Later, she headed south, picked up the perfect husband along the way, and together they volunteered to work in Africa. There they discovered a love of exotic places and a dislike of 9-5 work. Afterward they spent a number of years travelling (whenever possible) intermingled with working (whenever necessary.) Eventually they stumbled upon a remote area in the mountains of southern Spain and the small almond farm they now call home.

Nina spends her days reading, writing and riding her mare, Gencianna, under the blue Spanish skies—sunshine and ponies. She reckons this is proof that dreams really can come true if you want them enough.

Social Media Links:

Author Website: www.ninacroft.com


- A 10,000-year-old human/dragon hybrid who thinks too much, and a 22-year-old werewolf who doesn’t think at all. What could go wrong?

- Thorne had dragged her back from the brink of death. Told her he’d die without her. How totally unlike Thorne.

- But most of all, she wanted someone to love her, and she knew exactly who that someone was and had always been. There’d never been another choice for her. Everyone needed someone for whom they were the most important being in the whole universe. Someone they would kill for or die for. Without that nothing else mattered.

It all came back to Thorne.

Read an Excerpt:

“You weren’t even going to come and say good-bye?”

Thorne’s gaze flicked to her and then away. “We’ve said good-bye a hundred times. I have to go and prepare my people.”

Her eyes narrowed. “You don’t think it’s going to be that easy, do you?”

Some emotion flashed across his face and was gone. He turned away and headed into the main chamber. This was a big shuttle; big enough to cover the long distance between here and Espera. The room was circular, about nine feet by nine feet, with seating for six plus a separate room with bunk beds attached to the walls. Thorne headed for the main console and started to flick the switches to set the take-off procedure into motion. From beneath her, the vibrations rippled through her body as the engines kicked in.

Candy gritted her teeth. “You promised to tell me how you feel. Did you lie to me?”

He swung around, and his eyes glowed purple. “You know how I feel.”

Did she? Sometimes she felt like she knew absolutely nothing. “You feel responsible for me.”

“Maybe.”

She hated that. No one was responsible for her but herself. She didn’t want to be a fucking responsibility. “I don’t need looking after.”

A small smile tugged at the corners of his mouth. He smiled so rarely, it changed his whole demeanor. He raised an eyebrow.

“Okay,” she grudgingly conceded. “Maybe sometimes I need looking after.” She bit her lip. “I never thanked you for saving my life.”

“So…?”

She took a deep breath. “Thank you. But that doesn’t get you out of your promises. Tell me.”

He leaned back against the console, folded his arms across his chest. But at least he wasn’t throwing her off the ship. “You really want to know?”

She gave an abrupt nod; all she could manage.

“I want you.”

Shock held her still for a moment. She’d never expected him to admit it, though she’d sensed it subconsciously, felt it in his gaze. It was what had driven her on in the face of a hundred rejections.

“For ten thousand years I’ve done what was needed, what I had to do…my duty. Now for the first time in all those years, I want something for myself.”

She licked her dry lips. “Have me then.”

Dark Desires Series Books, in order:

Break Out by Nina Croft
Dark Desires #1



The immortal heart knows no bounds.

About Break Out:

The year is 3048, Earth is no longer habitable, and man has fled to the stars where they’ve discovered the secret of immortality—Meridian. Unfortunately, the radioactive mineral is exorbitantly expensive and only available to a select few. A new class comprised of the super rich and immortal soon evolves. The Collective, as they’re called, rule the universe.

Two-thousand-year-old Ricardo Sanchez, vampire and rogue pilot of the space cruiser, El Cazador, can’t resist two things: gorgeous women and impossible jobs. When beautiful Skylar Rossaria approaches him to break a prisoner out of the Collective’s maximum security prison on Trakis One, Rico jumps at the chance. Being hunted by the Collective has never been so dangerous–or so fun!

Links:

Amazon: http://amzn.to/2eTofMm

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/break-out-nina-croft/1104075463?ean=9781622664443

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/break-out/id764936404

Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/break-out-blood-hunter

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/19286650-break-out


Deadly Pursuit by Nina Croft
Dark Desires #2


Eternal love is the greatest risk of all.

About Deadly Pursuit:

Breaking assassin Jonathon Decker out of a maximum-security prison on Trakis One seemed like a good idea at the time. Now, pursued across space by the two most powerful factions in the universe, the crew of El Cazador are having second thoughts. They’d like to give him back. Unfortunately, that is no longer an option.

Jon is used to working alone. Now, he’s stuck on the space cruiser El Cazador until he can work out just what he’s supposed to know that puts him on everybody’s most-wanted-dead list. He’s not happy that the crew includes a runaway priestess with designs on his virtue—such as it is. Jon likes women, but he gave up the role of protector a long time ago, and Alexia, High Priestess of the Church of Everlasting Life, is an accident waiting to happen.

After twenty-four excruciatingly boring years of doing her duty, Alex is finally having some fun. She never meant to run away—it was a rash impulse—and she means to go back—eventually. But first, she’s going to squeeze enough excitement out of the situation to last her a lifetime. And what could be more exciting than a stunningly gorgeous werewolf?

Meanwhile, the Church are chasing their missing priestess, and the Collective are pursuing their escaped assassin. Being hunted has never been more deadly…or more fun.

Links: http://amzn.to/2eTkdmW

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Deadly-Pursuit-Dark-Desires-Book-ebook/dp/B00BFQ7BJQ

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/deadly-pursuit-nina-croft/1106013905?ean=9781622668915

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/deadly-pursuit/id603611961

Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/deadly-pursuit-entangled-select-otherworld

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/19286529-deadly-pursuit

Death Defying by Nina Croft
Dark Desires #3



Eternal love is the greatest risk of all.

About Death Defying:

Captain Tannis of the starship El Cazador is part snake, part human, and—according to some—all bitch. She is one job away from her lifelong goal—to achieve the immortality she craves. The assignment: protecting the most powerful man in the Universe.

After five hundred years, Callum Meridian, founding member of the Collective, is bored out of his mind. Until he realizes he’s physically changing—into what, he isn’t sure. Callum is determined to discover the truth, but his own people will stop at nothing to prevent it from coming out.

With a coup brewing and the crew of El Cazador close to tossing him off the ship, Callum turns to Tannis. Sparks fly as they work together to make it out alive. But can Callum really trust the one woman hell bent on using him? Defying death has never been more dangerous, more sexy, or more fun.

Links:

Amazon: http://amzn.to/2dYDC8r

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/death-defying-nina-croft/1108930421?ean=9781622660506

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/death-defying/id645262832

Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/death-defying-blood-hunter

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/19286614-death-defying

Temporal Shift by Nina Croft 
Dark Desires #4



Caught between destiny and desire…

About Temporal Shift:

After diving into a black hole in search of the source of Meridian, the key to immortality, the crew of the Blood Hunter finds themselves stranded in an alternate universe.

Engineer Devlin Stark doesn’t want immortality. He just wants to live long enough to get his revenge on the man who murdered his brother. Now, he’s trapped in a strange world with a crazy woman who claims he’s fated to be her lover.

Saffira Lourdes has a destiny: to save humanity and lead her exiled people to the Promised Land. Haunted by visions of the past and future, she’s been sustained through the years by a dream lover. Unfortunately, Devlin doesn’t believe in fate. But it’s obvious there’s a connection between them, one that will soon be tested by the limits of time and space. Saffira is about to make the crew of the Blood Hunter an offer they’ll find impossible to refuse.

They’re heading back to Earth, and they’re going back in time…

Links:

Amazon: http://amzn.to/2dKkj4c

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/temporal-shift-nina-croft/1120646800?ean=9781622661206

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/temporal-shift/id934066133

Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/temporal-shift-entangled-select-otherworld

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23454006-temporal-shift

Blood and Metal by Nina Croft
Dark Desires #5


She’s his last chance for redemption…if she doesn’t kill him first.

About Blood and Metal:

Copilot of the Blood Hunter, Daisy is a newly-turned vampire, and she’s hungry. Really hungry and it’s interfering with her plans for revenge. Unfortunately, the only thing that can distract her from said hunger is sex…which is a problem when she can barely refrain from draining any man dry within moments. But old flame Fergal Cain might just be the sexy-assed solution to her problem.

Part human, part cyborg, and with a poison coursing through his system, Fergal’s running out of time to find the scientist who has the cure. Unfortunately for him, the misfit crew of the Blood Hunter put a serious kink in his plans. And if the poison doesn’t kill him, the hot little vamp he can’t resist might do the honors herself…

Links:

Amazon: http://amzn.to/2dMqIaa

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/blood-and-metal-nina-croft/1122451096?ean=9781622661220

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/blood-and-metal/id1025787504

Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/blood-and-metal-entangled-select-otherworld

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26783783-blood-and-metal

Flying Through Fire by Nina Croft
Dark Desires #6


Saving the universe sucks.

About Flying Through Fire:

For ten thousand years he’s done his duty. Now he wants something for himself…

Winged monsters have been seen in the skies, and a pestilence follows in their wake, threatening the very survival of mankind. Only the crew of the Blood Hunter knows where they come from, and only one man has the power to send them back—Thorne, a human/dragon hybrid in possession of mental powers beyond comprehension.

Candace Decker doesn’t need anyone to look after her—she’s a badass werewolf more than capable of protecting herself and those she loves. All the same, she’s always been drawn to Thorne’s strength. In an uncertain world, he’s the one man who makes her feel safe. And what Candy wants, she usually gets.

But while Candy is tenacious, Thorne’s willpower has been honed over ten thousand years. He might want her, but the last thing he needs is an infatuation with a young, impetuous werewolf. Candy makes him lose control, and that could have disastrous consequences.

As the threat escalates and they become separated by time and space, Candy must find a way back to him, because while Thorne alone has the power to defeat the dragons, only together can they finally bring peace to the universe.

Links:

Amazon: http://amzn.to/2eTmXkf

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/flying-through-fire-nina-croft/1124880924?ean=9781633757769

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/flying-through-fire/id1166136132

Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/flying-through-fire

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32610246-flying-through-fire

Deleted Diary Extracts from Temporal Shift:

In the original manuscript of Temporal Shift, book 4 in my Dark Desires series, Saffira, my heroine, is trapped on Earth for 500 years. While these years are not actually written about in the book, I thought it would be nice to give an idea of how they changed Saffira by including an excerpt from her diary at the beginning of each chapter.
My editor didn’t agree and the excerpts were removed at the first edits. Anyway, here they are…

Random excerpts from the diary of Saffira Lourdes…
June 1537
I had sex, today. I won’t call it making love—I’ll not make love with anyone but Devlin. But it occurred to me that maybe I should get a little practice. And I felt guilty the whole time. Unfaithful to a man who won’t even be born for another fifteen hundred years. And who didn’t even have the decency to fall in love with me when he had the chance.
Bastard.
I wanted a shower afterward and I’m going to have to wait a long time—like a few hundred years. Perhaps I could invent the shower… Indoor plumbing is one of the things I mess the most…how pathetic is that?
***
August 15th 1678
We limped into Boston harbor. Between the scurvy and the pirates, we’re down to about half of us that set sail. But—hurray—I’m in the new world. One step closer to my goal. Though I have to say the new world doesn’t look much better than the old one and the stench drifting off from the land...Ugh! All the same, I can’t wait to get off this ship, onto dry land, and away from all these people. I’ve discovered that I’m not really a people person. I think I prefer rats. But being on a ship again brings back memories of another ship, The Blood Hunter…and ice cream.
And Devlin.
***
June 10th 1692
I have just watched a woman hanged as a witch and the “good” people of Salem enjoying the spectacle. Her name was Bridget Bishop. It took me back to that first night and the woman they burned. Her screams still haunt me. Two hundred years and it seems they have learned nothing.
Today, I bit my tongue—Thorne would be proud of me—to stop myself from screaming at them that they were stupid ignorant peasants. Because then, I would no doubt be next on the gallows, and I can’t risk that because I have a high and lofty destiny. To save mankind.
Hah, perhaps not so lofty after all. The conviction is creeping up on me that perhaps mankind doesn’t deserve to be saved.
***
Dec 17 1903
Many times, I have despaired of human nature but today I rejoiced. It renewed my faith a little—though not enough to turn me from my course. I traveled to the Kill Devil Hills and watched from a distance as men flew for the first time. Not for long and not very high, but it’s a start. This is the day that really sets humanity on a course for the stars.
***
6th August 1945
Sometimes I hate the human race. If I could fly away today and forget them all I would. Unfortunately, I can think of no way and so must stick with my plan.
***
April 12th 2009
I wish Doctor Who was real.
I would so get in his Tardis and ask him to fly away with me… anywhere, anytime…
***
22 April 2021
It’s my birthday!
I’ve had so many lives, moving on before it became obvious that I wasn’t quite…normal. I’ve been Sally, Saffron, Sarah…
But this is my last life, and with a little luck (and a hell of a lot of hard work) it will be a long one. So once again, for the first time in more than five hundred years, I will be Saffira Lourdes. Of course, my birth isn’t quite typical as I’m coming into this world at the age of eighteen (well according to the paperwork) and today I enter the seminary. I’ve considered the various options and this seems my best chance of success And I wasn’t even vaguely swayed by imagining Devlin’s reaction to my up and coming ordainment…honest!
***
1 May 2030
Today, they started building the Trakis One. It’s really happening. I went along with President Asshole (if I survive the next few years in his company, I will deserve a sainthood) to witness the first day of work, and even his presence couldn’t dampen my excitement. My ticket out of here.
To think how many nights I spent staring up into space at the Trakis One. Wondering where she came from, who had flown in her. If all goes well, that will be me. But it seems inconceivable that I was up there all that time. Floating above my younger self. Dreaming.
Maybe I wasn’t. There is still so much that could go wrong.
But anyway…it’s begun.
***
December 15th 2050
Today we leave Earth and last night I dreamed of Devlin. I haven’t thought about him in so long (a little white lie, but honestly hardly ever and mostly I think things like—what a bastard!)
In my dream, I watch him sleeping. He’s so beautiful it actually hurts to breathe. I never saw him sleeping. Then he opened his eyes and I got the shock of my long life—almost woke me up because they were the deep inhuman violet of the others. I tried to remember if they had ever been that way before—I think I would have noticed.
But after all, it was no vision of the future. Only a dream. And everyone knows dreams don’t come true.
I wonder, will I dream of him again in the long sleep to come.

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