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Monday, February 23, 2015

The Shape of Temptation is here!

It's release day for THE SHAPE OF TEMPTATION!





What's it about?


The Shape of Temptation is an epic-style fantasy romance. It's the second book in the Spellcraft series after Threads of Desire, but both books can be read standalone. They share the same world and magic system, but there aren't any interconnected plots or characters, so you're good to go if you want to read them out of order. 

Here's the blurb:

He once controlled her fate; now she holds his heart—and his body—in her hands…

Living in a humble village at the edge of the Sarian Empire, Kailey is a gifted but untrained mage with an affinity for stone. She believes herself well beyond the reach of the guild that controls all magic within the empire until Benim, an unwilling guild soldier, appears at her door to drag her back to the University for training.

As Kailey struggles to navigate the strange society of the Sarian upper class, she's tasked by a guild master to create a masterpiece for the emperor. And when Benim is commissioned as her model, Kailey comes to crave the hard-bodied soldier she spends her days sculpting inch by intimate inch.

Benim cannot resist the warmth of Kailey's spirit nor the comforts found within her body, though he knows that a poor soldier has no place in a mage's world. But he and Kailey will have to overcome more than just class differences in order to remain together. For someone has made Kailey a pawn in her mentor's ambitious play for power…

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Excerpt:
http://eleristone.com/the-shape-of-temptation-excerpt/


I'm so excited for you to meet Benim and Kailey. I really hope you enjoy their story!




Saturday, February 21, 2015

Weekend Writing Warriors

This snippet is from The Shape of Temptation and occurs just shortly after Kailey and Benim meet for the first time. Benim is a soldier whose job it is to guard the guild master during the yearly gathering--when mages travel through the empire to identify and collect people with magical ability for training back at the capital. Most people come willingly, because mages are at the top of the food chain, but some of the barbarians in the newly conquered territories aren't as eager. Kailey, who's been caring for her ailing grandmother, tries to run. Benim catches her and has just closed a manacle around her wrist so she can't escape in the middle of the night. Benim's point of view:


"Now I don’t have to worry about you running and you don’t have to worry that anyone will try to hurt you.”
“Except for you,” she said testily. 
“I will guard you with my life.” A solemn pledge and the plain truth.
“And who’s going to protect you from me?”
That startled a smile from him. “If you killed me now, my dead body would only anchor you here until morning.”
“I could always cut off your hand.”


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The Shape of Temptation is Book Two in the Spellcraft series, but the books don’t need to be read in order. They share a common world, but there’s not an overarching plot or shared characters.
Born in a humble village at the edge of the Sarian Empire, Kailey is an untrained stone mage who wants nothing to do with the guild that controls all magic within the empire. When a guild master arrives at the gates of her village looking for gifted citizens to claim in service to the empire, Kailey runs. She doesn’t get far before Benim, a guild soldier, chases her down and drags her back to the capital for training.

As Kailey struggles to navigate the strange society of the Sarian upper-class, she learns to use her talent with stone to create magnificent works of art–like the statue she intends to gift to the emperor. When Benim is commissioned as her model, he changes the course of her life for a second time.
Kailey can’t resist the charming, hard-bodied soldier she spends her days sculpting, and Benim can’t resist the little lost barbarian he captured in the wilds. They both know there can be no future between an ambitious mage and a low-born soldier. But when Kailey becomes entangled in a political scheme to force the emperor’s hand, Benim might be the only one who can save her.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Weekend Writing Warriors

In this snippet, Kailey's attending the festival of the dark god. Her people are kind of prudish and she's having a mama-told-me-not-to-come moment. She runs into Benim (the hero) who she hasn't seen in awhile and thinks that he doesn't recognize her because she's wearing a mask.


Instead of unveiling her, he traced the edge of her collar with a fingertip, skimming downward until he reached the bottom of the V formed by the fabric. His calloused skin grazed the side of her breast. “You are very beautiful.”

It took an enormous effort not to lean toward his touch.

“And I am tempted,” he murmured. His gaze angled up to meet hers. “But I cannot. My duty is to guard everyone’s safety even when they’re too drunk and lust-addled to guard their own.”


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The Shape of Temptation Final CoverAvailable February 23, 2015.
This is Book Two in the Spellcraft series, but the books don’t need to be read in order. They share a common world, but there’s not an overarching plot or shared characters.
Born in a humble village at the edge of the Sarian Empire, Kailey is an untrained stone mage who wants nothing to do with the guild that controls all magic within the empire. When a guild master arrives at the gates of her village looking for gifted citizens to claim in service to the empire, Kailey runs. She doesn’t get far before Benim, a guild soldier, chases her down and drags her back to the capital for training.
As Kailey struggles to navigate the strange society of the Sarian upper-class, she learns to use her talent with stone to create magnificent works of art–like the statue she intends to gift to the emperor. But when Benim is commissioned as her model, he changes the course of her life for a second time.
Kailey can’t resist the charming, hard-bodied soldier she spends her days sculpting, and Benim can’t resist the little lost barbarian he captured in the wilds. They both know there can be no future between an ambitious mage and a low-born soldier. But when Kailey becomes entangled in a political scheme to force the emperor’s hand, Benim might be the only one who can save her.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Weekend Writing Warriors

Coming out of my post-holiday hibernation with a snippet from The Shape of Temptation. This comes right from the opening scene:

Kailey ran, her feet barely hitting the packed earth. Twigs whipped at her arms and a broken branch sliced a line across her cheek as she ducked beneath a leaning, half-rotted trunk. On the other side, there was a sharp twenty-foot drop. With any luck, one of the bastards would try to leap over the top and she’d have one less soldier to worry about. Flipping herself onto her stomach, she grabbed for the familiar handhold in the rock and held her breath until her toes found the ledge. Only a handbreadth wide. She had to move slowly, no matter that she could hear them now, crashing through the forest, making a sound as if the trees themselves had uprooted and joined in the hunt.  

If she made it to the caves, they’d never find her. 

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

The Shape of Temptation

Hi all! My new fantasy romance comes out in just a little over a month and is up for pre-order now. The Shape of Temptation is the second book in the Spellcraft series after Threads of Desire. Both books share the same world, but there are no interconnected plots or characters, and the stories stand alone.

Here's all the info...

Available February 23, 2015




Born in a humble village at the edge of the Sarian Empire, Kailey is an untrained stone mage who wants nothing to do with the guild that controls all magic within the empire. When a guild master arrives at the gates of her village looking for gifted citizens to claim in service to the empire, Kailey runs. She doesn’t get far before Benim, a guild soldier, chases her down and drags her back to the capital for training.

As Kailey struggles to navigate the strange society of the Sarian upper-class, she learns to use her talent with stone to create magnificent works of art--like the statue she intends to gift to the emperor. But when Benim is commissioned as her model, he changes the course of her life for a second time.

Kailey can’t resist the charming, hard-bodied soldier she spends her days sculpting, and Benim can’t resist the little lost barbarian he captured in the wilds. They both know there can be no future between an ambitious mage and a low-born soldier. But when Kailey becomes entangled in a political scheme to force the emperor's hand, Benim might be the only one who can save her.

Pre-order links:

Amazon Barnes & Noble Kobo iBooks


If you're a reviewer who's interested in receiving an ARC for review, you can contact me at: eleristone@gmail.com.