March 10: My book release

http://www.amazon.com/Crush-Paranormal-Romance-Christina-Strigas-ebook/dp/B00U2XYHRM

To my followers and the amazing people I love to read,

Tomorrow is the day my book comes out. Above is the link to amazon and below is my blurb.

Blurb:

It was love at first sight when Maria met Jack on a beach all those years ago. But when Jack suddenly disappears, Maria is thrust closer to Hunter, their long-time friend, taking them on a journey that changes all three of their lives forever.

Maria is a lonely young woman who finds love and acceptance with Jack, a free spirited musician. In Maria, Jack finally has the girl of his dreams by his side. When Jack introduces Maria to his best friend, Hunter, he feels an instant connection to Maria, but he buries his feelings—along with his secret that he’s a vampire—for the love of his friend.

Set in Saint-Tropez, Crush is a vampire tale with a twist. Spanning decades and delving into the past of each character in this thorny love triangle, it is about a woman who must choose between the man she’s in love with and the man who is her soul mate. Adventure, love, romance, and vampires all collide in this unique novel filled with powerful emotion, heartbreak, and the question of undying love.

I never thought this day would come. I have self-published with a co-author a trilogy, and yes, holding your book in your hand is exciting, but this ebook is my own project and thanks to MuseItUp Publishing I can easily say that my dream of publishing my own book has come true.

Thank you dear readers and writers so much for reading and following. Your support means the world to me.

Christina

Advertisements

Alexios & Elysia #19

“What do you mean, ‘just as you thought?'” I jumped back into my seat from the force of the smash and Tommy’s words.

He completely ignored my question. “Stay here. Lock the door. I’m going outside.” He said in a firm voice, placing his hand inside his jacket pocket to check for something. He closed the door behind him and although I tried to see what was going on, I couldn’t because the windows were foggy. I knew Alexios was out there. It had to be him.

Tommy tricked me. I wouldn’t go to his place so he tried to get Alexios to come to us. He knew Alexios was following us from the ballet.

I heard a banging against the car. They were fighting now. I felt anxious and my mouth became dry. One of them was going to die tonight. My heart beat so fast. I couldn’t breathe in the car.

I didn’t want neither Alexios nor Tommy to die. I unlocked the door.

I was going to stop them.

Alexios & Elysia #18

18.

“He fell for it, alright,” Tommy said grinning like a spoiled brat who always gets what he want. It irked me.

“I guess so,” I muttered.

“Did you make lover-boy upset? Too fuckin’ bad. I don’t even understand how a smart, beautiful girl like you, could fall for a blood-sucker?”

“Listen, Tommy, just fuck off!” I shouted. “Take me home.”

“No, the night is much too young,” he gave me a quick glance, while fumbling for music, “plus, he’s following us.”

“But I made a renez-vous for tomorrow.”

“It doesn’t really matter.” His eyes were on the rear-view mirror, giving up on his music.

“Yes, it does. It does to me.”

“You have to come to my place. That’ll make him angry!” he smirked.

“That wasn’t the plan.” I said pissed off.

“Plans change.” His expression was blank. He was cold as ice, fuming. “I want to kiss him tonight!”

I felt uneasy, uncomfortable in this plan. I didn’t want Alexios dead…my thoughts kept on changing on me.

“I don’t care if you still have feelings for that dead fuck.”

“Stop reading my mind!” I screamed at him.

“Okay, okay, calm down.”

“No, you calm down.” I repeated.

He blasted the music like an angry teenager. It was some stupid dance song on the radio. After a minute, he shut off the music and turned to me.

“Ellie, do you want him to kill more woman?”

“No, of course not.”

“You know killing is what he does best. He is a killer.”

“So are you.” I said.

“I’m a vampire killer. That’s completely different. I don’t kill innocent people, especially women.”

“This is so fucked up.”

He slowed down the car and parked at the side of the road. He shifted his body toward me. The street was vacant, no cars in front or behind. I figured he probably lost Alexios or something.

“Listen, Ellie, I don’t want you to get hurt,” Tommy looked into my eyes and then he rubbed his head s if he had a headache. I studied him closely. His blue eyes flickered on me. “You are so difficult. You are truly stubborn, and I think that is what I like most about you.” He leaned in toward me. I didn’t move, waiting to hear what he was going to say next. “When all this is over, I want to take you on a real date.”

“Are you seriously coming onto me?”

“Yes,” he whispered and placed his hand in my hair. “Yes, I am. I’ve never met anybody like you.” I felt electricity storm through me. I liked the way his hand was caressing my hair. “You make me so angry one minute and the next minute I want to kiss you. I want to kiss you like you’ve never been kissed before.”

I looked at his lips beckoning me and his voice tingling through my body. I felt the exact same way, but I didn’t want to admit it.

“I want to kiss you right now,” he said and looked at my lips, gently caressing the side of my cheek and slowly moving his fingertips over my mouth. I was melting at his touch, entrapped by his magnetic blue eyes. I didn’t pull back. I waited. He took his other hand and stroked my other cheek, pulling me closer to him. “So can I?” he mumbled.

“Stop talking,” I managed to say and with one slow movement his mouth was on mine and his hands were in my hair, holding my head tightly. I felt the urgency in his kiss and reciprocated my need. He pulled me closer to him, but the gear shift got in the way and I instinctively jumped over it and landed on top of him in the driver’s seat. His hands grabbed my ass and pulled up my dress. I felt my insides exploding and then I heard a crash from the back of the car. I bolted upright. Tommy looked behind me and said, “Alexios is here, just as I thought he would be.”

Alexios & Elysia #17

 

17.

As soon as Tommy and I sat down to watch the ballet, I felt that someone was watching me.

“I think Alexios is here,” I said nervously.

“I know. I already saw him,” Tommy whispered in my ear. “Show time.”

“Where is he?” I asked. Tommy ignored my question and came closer to me and kissed me. I closed my eyes and kissed him back. It was quite a sensual kiss; I felt a tingling all through my body and I definitely wasn’t pretending. He pulled away and placed his hand on my shoulder. His blue eyes warmed to mine. I lost myself for a few seconds.

“I’m sure he’s flipping,” Tommy said, cool as a cucumber.

“Do you…know where he’s sitting?”

“Don’t turn your head when I tell you. To the right, on the balcony, third row, middle section. Don’t look at him.”

“Okay,” I mumbled a little frazzled from the kiss.

“At intermission, you will go to the washroom…I’m sure he’ll be there.” He rubbed my arms up and down. “By the way, Ellie, I love the way you look in a dress.” He locked eyes with mine.

“Thank you.”

“The show will start any second. One more kiss, okay?” he spoke in my ear and his breath so close to my skin made me slightly weak. Luckily, I was sitting. I turned toward him and pulled him close and kissed him first, taking him a bit by surprise. Then I felt it, his tongue, his sweet, delicious tongue met mine. I heard a man next to me clear his throat and I pulled back.

“Sorry,” I said.

“Sorry for what? Don’t be sorry for that!” Tommy gave my neighbor a dirty look and said a little too loudly, “Sour puss.”

The lights went out and I retained a giggle. The lights went out and the music and curtains opened. It was magical. Tommy held my hand and caressed my knuckles in a way that made me lose my concentration.

“How do you like the ballet, Ellie?” he whispered ever so quietly in my ear.

“I like it very much,” I replied. I especially liked his breath on my ear.

Tommy touched the top of my knee, “I knew you would,” and smirked. “I can’t seem to keep my hands off of you…”

I didn’t look at him or reply. I kept my eyes on the stage. By the time I knew it, the lights went on and I quickly stood up.

“I’ll be back, sweetie,” I said acting like a loving girlfriend. He gave me a subtle smile and glanced at my body.

“Okay, sweetie,” he replied smoothly running his hand through his hair.

As soon as I got to the washroom, following the signs and trying hard not to fall in those fuckin’ heels, I saw Alexios. His green eyes penetrated into mine absolute anger. He had his leg up against one wall and waited for me to approach him. I practically fell into him, skipping over my own two feet and stumbling.

“I see, you have a new boyfriend,” Alexios said, holding out his hand to stop me from falling and not budging.

“It’s a date. He’s not my boyfriend.”

“Do you usually make out on your first date?” his eyes darkened ever so slowly and scared me slightly.

“What do you care? You took off and left me to fend for myself with your lies and sad puppy eyes.” Shit, this wasn’t what I was supposed to say and it sounded like a an immature rhyme. “Look, Alexios,” I leaned into him, “I still care for you.” I looked around. “Could you meet me tomorrow night?”

He grabbed both my arms and stood tall in front of me. “Why?”

I looked around nervously, pretending to be worried, “If Tommy sees you, he’ll kill you…” I was losing him. “I love you.” I figured that would get his attention.

“Where do you want to meet?” he asked coldly eyeing me closely.

“Starbucks. Seven p.m. tomorrow.” Before I could get a reply he was gone.

Fuckin’ vampires and their disappearing act.

Alexios & Elysia # 16

 

16.

“Dima, I need your blue dress,” I said frantically on the phone.

“Okay, but, hold on, do you have a date?”

“Yes.”

“With who? Don’t tell me that gorgeous guy at the bar?”

“Yes, him, but it’s not really a date.” Or was it?

“Sure, it’s not a date. That’s why you want to borrow my dress? When was the last time you wore a fuckin’ dress?”

I couldn’t even remember.

“Who cares? Can you bring it by, or what?”

“What time is your date?”

“Seven p.m.”

“Okay, I’ll be there at five.” Two hours?

“Oh yeah, please bring your curling iron…and Dima…”

“Yes?”

“You’re a life saver!”

“I know!”

As soon as she came over she started with my complete makeover. “Okay, Ellie, let’s get to work!” She was so excited, holding onto the dress and barely through my door. “I also brought my blue pumps,” she added with a wicked smile. “Guaranteed to make his heart stop,” she smiled, “or his willie hard.”

“Willie?” I rolled my eyes, bursting into laughter. I grabbed the shoes out of her hand, “How the hell will I walk in these?”

“Trust me, they are super comfortable. Now get out of your clothes and put on a robe. We are starting with your makeup.” I did as was told and sat down in my bedroom in front of my vanity.

“Okay, now don’t move.” She did her magic, telling me to close my eyes, open my eyes, look up, look down, smile, and pucker up my lips. She curled my hair and sprayed it. “Follow me.” I got up. “Now take off the robe and I’ll dress you gently to not ruin your hair.” I put on the dress and the shoes and then she shoved me in front of the mirror whistling. “All done.”

I couldn’t believe it was me.

“You look hot…he’s gonna freak.” I suddenly felt nervous.

“These shoes are so comfortable,” I said. Dima looked at me exasperated.

“That’s all you have to say?”

“Wow. Thank you, Dima.”

“That’s better.” She patted herself on the shoulder. “I’m outta here, before the bell rings.” She glanced at her watch. “It’s almost seven.”

She grabbed her belongings and hugged me bye. “Have fun!”

I was too nervous to speak. Then the doorbell rang. Shit.

Dima opened the door and with a quick hello and back glance at me, she whisked herself off, but not until I saw her wink at me and open her mouth wide at his appearance. Tommy stood there staring at me. He looked magnificent.

“Hi,” I said.  He looked me up and down and cleared his throat.

“Hi, Ellie. You look stunning.”

“Thank you.” We stepped out of the house and I locked the door. He held out his arm for me and I wrapped my arm through his. He was solid and strong against me and I felt a slight tug in me.

As soon as we sat in the car and he started the engine, the music blared through the speakers and surprised me. He didn’t lower the volume. He continued driving as we listened to this sweet song.

“Who is this?” I asked curiously. “I’ve never heard them before.”

“Alabama Shakes. Do you like it?”

“I love her voice.”

Tommy lowered the volume. “Ellie,” he ran one hand through his hair and the other he held the wheel firmly, “we have to set some ground rules for tonight.”

“Sure.”

“We have to show Alexios that we are into each other, so don’t be surprised or shocked when I kiss you, also, you have to reciprocate.” He gave me a sideways glance that I ignored.

“Fine.” I kept my cool although I was edgy. “I know the drill.”

“When he shows up, I want you to make a rendez-vous with him for another night, and that’s when I’ll kill him. Tell him you still love him and all that other shit he’ll want to hear and make it believable.”

He didn’t give me a chance to speak. He raised the volume again and we listened to the rest of the song. He sounded irritated.

When he parked the car and opened the door for me, he gave me his hand, “By the way, that dress you’re wearing is unforgettable.” I gave him my hand and I stood a few inches in front of him. He slightly touched my hair and I felt flustered. “Just go with it, he could be watching,” he whispered.

I let him touch my hair and I reached up and touched his. He wasn’t expecting that and I felt a slight shock at my touch and then an ease as I pulled it away.

Tommy put his hand in front so I could go ahead first, “After you…” he said in a low husky voice.  “This is going to be an interesting evening.”

Alexios & Elysia #13

13.

As Tommy pulled the chair out for me, his strong arms slightly touched my arms and I quickly pulled away.

He looked at me, “I don’t have a disease, you know,” and he laughed with a sparkle of something funny in his eyes.

“I know,” I said, but did I really? He could have a sexually transmitted disease for all I knew. I like the feeling of his skin on mine, fuck. This place was seriously tiny. I looked around and counted six other people here.

He was staring at me and then I remembered to stop thinking. “How did you find this place? You haven’t been in Montreal that long.”

“Actually…” he looked around the restaurant, “I was here before Alexios came,” he confessed looking at me intently.

“What?”

“Look, Ellie, I track vampires. That’s what I’m good at. Don’t look at me so shocked.” Tommy grabbed the menu and looked down reading it as if he had to concentrate…like what could this whole in the wall actually offer? Cheeseburger specialties?

“No, they have a real good menu,” he said not looking up. Shit! He read my mind again.

“Would you stop that?”

His head popped up and his eyes darkened.  “I really haven’t done it that often. You don’t know anything and that prick of an ass lover of yours is not revealing much. He likes to leave you hanging, doesn’t he?” He nodded to the waitress to come over. I couldn’t believe how he said such offensive comments and then continued on in the conversation like nothing was wrong.

“I’m sorry for being a bastard, I can’t control it,” he winked at me.

“You better stop reading my mind or I’m leaving.” I got up and then he stood up. “The only way I’ll sit is if you promise me to not do that again. It’s creeping me out.”

“Okay, I promise,” he said.

The waitress looked from me to Tommy confused. “Are you leaving?” she asked in French; her short black skirt revealed long legs and spiked heels. Her tight black t-shirt left nothing to the imagination.

We both sat down and Tommy replied, “No,” his eyes never leaving mine.

“Can I order for you?” he asked me. I nodded my head yes.

“Deux filet de sole avec du riz et deux verres du vin blanc.”

“Oui, merci.”

“Hold on, you speak French?”

“Yes, I speak French, I speak many languages of love,” he said as his bright blue eyes stared right into mine. He made me squirm. I quickly turned around and blocked my thoughts (just in case).

“So, tell me, what is the real story with Alexios?” I had to know everything.

“I’ll tell you what I know, but Ellie, before I start can I ask you a personal question?”

“Sure,” I said hesitatingly.

“Why do you think you were attracted to a vampire?”

I shrug my shoulders, “He treated me like a lady,” I said casually, brushing the hair off my face.

The waitress arrived with our wine and we remained quiet until she poured it. “By the time I found out the truth…I had fallen badly for Alexios.” The waitress looked at me and then at Tommy. I guess she realized we weren’t together. Suddenly, her whole composure changed.

“Would you like anything else?” she looked directly at Tommy. He completely ignored her or pretended to at least. I twirled with my hair…wow, some women can be so obvious.

“No, thank you,” he gave her a quick smile that clearly indicated he was getting annoyed.

As soon as she was out of earshot, he blurted, “So you fell for a fuckin’ blood sucker?”

“I guess so.”

“You’re cute when you play with your hair.”

“Don’t.” I put my hand on the stem of the wine glass.

“Don’t what?”

“Don’t compliment me.”

“You don’t like compliments?” He picked up his wine glass. “Cheers…here’s to no compliments.”

“Alexios?” I said, ignoring his remarks and clinking wine glasses with him.

“Well, Alexios is one of those vampires on my hot list because he has murdered many women, and not just any woman, the ones with certain powers. He lures them in with his looks, in my opinion, though, he is butt ugly. When I look at him, I see all his ugliness.” He took a sip of his wine.

“Go on…” I urged him. I needed to hear it all.

“The woman just before you, seven years ago, was a Polish medium. She knew what he was, but she fell for him anyway. He sucked all her powers dry and left her for dead,” he glanced away, “I was too late and I vowed to myself it wouldn’t happen again.” He looked so angry and hurt. “I don’t know what lies he told you…of how much he loves you and blah blah bullshit…but I saw him. I fuckin’ saw him do it.”

“You did?” I felt sick.

“I almost had him, too, but his friend Freddy, who is also on my list…trapped me.” He waited for a reaction from me.

“How did he trap you?”

“In a fuckin’ net. I couldn’t escape.” He took a swig of his wine and finished his drink. His eyes were burning with rage now. “Is that enough for you?” I knew there was more.

“What else, Tommy?”

“He made me watch.”