Susan Rae, Romantic Suspense Author

Romance and Suspense…The Best of Both Worlds!

The Magic Touch Giveaway Hop–We have a Winner!

And we have a winner: Mary Roya. Congratulations!

This hop was fun.  Thanks to all of you for stopping by my site.  I’m pleased to say that ICE blue is getting some great reviews!  Click HERE to see what critics are saying about my latest sizzling suspense!

Happy Reading!  Susan

This Hop is hosted by author Kallysten and book blog Riverina Romantics. In
addition to individual prizes provided on each blog, we are offering
assorted swag to the first 100 participants who simply tell us they want
some! See all details and sign up here.

Welcome to my website and The Magic Touch Giveaway Hop.  Read on, then leave a comment at the end to be automatically entered in my Giveaway contest for ONE FREE E-BOOK each of my sizzling suspense novels, heartbeats and freefall!  (click HERE for more info on my novels)

The Magic Touch Giveaway Hop is all about the magic in stories.  I personally love to read books filled with wizards and witches.  From the magic in Alice in Wonder Land and the Wizard of OZ,  to the Harry Potter series and The Lord of the Rings, they all send me to another place and time.  Children’s stories are filled with wonderful magic, but so are adult stories like  Shakespeare’s A Mid Summer Night’s Dream,  HG Wells’ The Time Machine, and Yann Martel’s Life of Pi. 


For me, though, as a romance writer, I think the real magic happens when two people touch for that first time and the spark ignites between them.  Following is just such a scene from my new novel–ICE blue. The sparks certainly begin to fly here for Troy and Angela, but the scene is merely a prelude for what is to come.  Read on, and in the end, don’t forget to leave a comment for a chance to win e-copies of heartbeats and freefall!  Then click the button to continue on with the hop.  Enjoy!

EXCERPT:  ICE blue  by Susan Rae

“More wine?”

She’d finished her glass and set it down on the table.

“No, thank you. It’s getting late and I have to be up early. I’m taking on an extra shift tomorrow.” She slid her chair back. He stood and came around the table to help her.

“I’ll drive you home. Then I’ll grab a cab and come back and retrieve my own car.”

“Really, that’s not necessary.”

“But, given the wine we drank…maybe we both should take a cab.”

She tested her bearings as she rose. She knew her limits and she was definitely not drunk. If she was, she wouldn’t think twice about calling a cab. She’d seen far too often the results of drinking and driving.

“Trust me, I’m fine.” She met his gaze straight on.

“All right,” he said, “but I’m taking a rain check.”

Her pulse throbbed in her throat at the look in his eyes. It was a challenge. Where did they go from here?

He retrieved her coat from the back of her chair and she tried to lighten the mood again. “Dinner was delicious. Maybe you should reconsider your line of work.”

“Maybe I should.” Then he was helping her slip into her coat. He turned her toward him, pulled the lapels closed to protect her from the cold. He looked down at her and once again they were face to face. Angela swallowed hard. Her senses filled with the sweet scent of the wine still on his breath. It mingled enticingly with his aftershave.

“By the way, did I forget to tell you what a knockout you are in that dress?”

“Yes, I believe you did.”  Although she’d seen it reflected in his eyes.

He was so close now. His hands moved up to the collar of her coat, nestled it against her cheeks. “Angela DeLuca, you turn my head.”

Angela tried to ignore the sudden dizziness that assailed her. Perhaps she did, indeed, have too much wine. Her eyes closed as his lips came down to claim hers. Gentle and hard. Soft and moist. Needy and demanding.

It had been a while since she’d been kissed like this, and it felt good. But as the sensations continued to wash over her, sending a warmth tingling throughout her body, she realized she’d never really been kissed quite like this before. Troy’s kiss was tender and demanding and delicious all at once. She felt like the ice wine they’d just drunk, her juices warming to full life after being frozen in time. And she wanted more. She reached up, slipped her hands around his neck, and opened her lips to his. As his tongue moved within her, her breath caught in her throat and the sweet sensations magnified tenfold.

He ended the kiss first. Pulling back he held his forehead against hers for a moment and then lifted his head to gaze into her eyes. His eyes burned with smoky intensity and she knew without a doubt that he was as shaken by the kiss as she was. That knowledge sent her heart beating even faster.

“Rain check,” he said at last, his voice a hoarse whisper.

Despite the alarm bells that rang in her head, Angela nodded.

Without another word, he walked her to the door.

Buy Links:    Musa Publishing   Barnes & Noble Nook


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22 thoughts on “The Magic Touch Giveaway Hop–We have a Winner!

  1. And we have a winner! Mary Roya, you have won a free e-Book of both heartbeats and freefall. Congratulations.

    This hop was fun. Thanks to all of you for stopping by my site. I’m pleased to say that ICE blue is getting some great reviews! Click the reviews tab on the page header to see what critics are saying about my latest sizzling suspense!

    Happy Reading!


  2. I enjoyed the excerpt and look forward to reading the book.
    sstrode at scrtc dot com


  3. Beverly G on said:

    great excerpt ty for the chance


  4. I think a lot of the magic that happens isn’t able to be seen. Reading about it, having the pictures form in your head, not on a screen, I think are more powerful. I love a book that can pull the reader in and make you feel the emotions of the characters to the point that you are crying right along with them, that’s magic at its finest.



  5. Thanks so much for this international giveaway :-).. Suspense is my favorite genre. Hope to win. Am following your blog!.

    Would be great if you could check out my blog too!

    Naznin Azeez


  6. Kristine on said:

    I am looking forward to reading Heartbeats. Great giveaway.


  7. I am love hops; you get to discover tons of new blogs, authors, books and wins lots of great prizes. This is extra awesome with magic & swag.



  8. nicole krutz on said:

    sounds like a great book! thank you for the giveaway! qtksjkmommy at gmail dot com


  9. BookLady on said:

    Ice Blue sounds like a very interesting read! Enjoyed the excerpt. Thanks for sharing and thanks for the great giveaway.


  10. i like the book cover my self and then it would track you to the book thanks a lot

    desithe blonde2msncot vom


  11. KYLA WHITLEY on said:

    looking forward to reading your books. thank you for sharing in the hop. 🙂
    jukyjoauka at aol dot com


  12. Thank you all for your comments and for stopping by. Remember, the hop runs through the 30th. Enjoy!


  13. Meghan Stith on said:

    This is an awesome blog hop! I’m a big fan of supernatural books especially romantic ones. I love magic and I love that you never know what people’s abilities are going to be. It leaves so much more open to guessing because the world that the author builds all of a sudden does NOT follow our world’s rules. I love when people can listen to thoughts or move things with their minds. I also think being able to control other’s emotions would be a handy gift. Probably my favorite books involving people with magic are ‘Beautiful Creatures’ and ‘Poison Study.’ It must be hard to be responsible for such power. I love when Lena from ‘Beautiful Creatures’ is trying to harness all she has. It’s something akin to the awkwardness we all go through in middle school in which we are trying to figure out who we are.
    Thanks for the giveaway and I’m gonna keep on hopping!
    mestith at gmail dot com


  14. Mary Roya on said:

    Love suspense and I love magic. Ice Blue sounds awesome! Thanks for being in the Magical blog hop. Keep writing so I can keep reading. I had wondered the same thing about whether I needed to read one first. Thanks.


  15. Thanks for the giveaway! Hope you have a wonderful day! 🙂


  16. Denise Z on said:

    Yes there is awesome magic in the witches and wizards, but there is also great magic in the gentle touch written in a wonderful book. Thank you for sharing this excerpt with us today and for your generous participation in this awesome hop.
    dz59001 at gmail dot com


  17. Catherine on said:

    I like many of the magical books (and their movies) that you’ve mentioned.
    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com


  18. Thanks for the giveaway! 😀


  19. Your book sounds great, although I am trying to forget about snow and ice. Kind of hard to do when I looked out the window this morning and saw snow on the grass and it’s April 20!
    Seriously, I loved your first book, so I’m sure I’ll like this one.

    Morgan Mandel


    • Thanks, Morgan.

      Yep, the snow this morning was ridiculous! And yes, if you loved heartbeats, you should really like this one. It is the sequel but has even more going on in it than heartbeats did. But even for those who haven’t read heartbeats, they can still enjoy ICE blue because the romance centers around a new hero and heroine and it has it’s own suspense plot which is complete within the novel.


  20. bn100 on said:

    Nice excerpt. Thanks for participating

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com


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