Thursday, May 26, 2011



With a new HOT release STEEL EMBRACE coming out from Carnal Passions (a companion house to Champagne Books) this coming August, we'd like to take a look back at our literary journey over the next couple of weeks with this publisher, last week we took a glimpse at SANAKE DANCE. This week it's CHASING YESTERDAY.



In the mist, haze, and shadows of the seashore, Elizabeth seeks out the man who has haunted her dreams forever. Around her love vibrates within others, couples from the youngest to the oldest, each providing a nugget of love’s truth that aids her in her chase of Nathan Sterling.

Yet, each time she catches Nathan, he seems to slip away, making her wonder if her timing is off, if she was perhaps rushing what destiny had promised. What she doesn’t realize is that her pursuit threatens to reveal a dire truth… one that will change her forever after


Now and then a wave caught up to her feet, swirling over it then retreating. The day
had a gray cast to it, fog seeping over the jetties, as vendors set up, a ritual performed with tenacious repetitiveness for decades. The air was filled with the snap and flap of the cloth of many flags being placed outside of now opening businesses. A thud
sounded nearby. Her body swiveled toward the sound, and discovered a vendor planting a beach umbrella in the sand, an advertisement for his chairs, rafts and colorful umbrellas. Running behind him, she saw a familiar crop of thick, slightly wavy hair, a profile that created spasms of delight as well as a shiver that contradicted the heat rising up from the sand.

It was him!

Was it?

It was!

She knew the cut of him, the width of shoulders, narrowness of his hips, the sculpture physique and the perfection of his profile. For a moment, she just stood there, blinked, a surge of disbelief, for in all her certainty somehow she didn’t expect this sudden sighting. She had waited for so long, and now… now… he was there.

Wasn’t he?

Could it be true?

Was she mistaken?


Strolling on the sidewalk, away from the beach, moving through summer people-clusters, Elizabeth nibbled on salt water taffy. She had watched them making it through a window and she couldn’t resist. Just as she swallowed the last bite, a form caught her attention. A small gasp, a quick soft smile, a look that linked the distance spanning them occurred as Elizabeth whispered, “It’s him.”

As if he heard her words, his expression spoke of someone searching, seeking, sliding over this one woman and that one, he was looking. For her, she fancied. And then they made eye contact, the connection radiated an understanding that he wanted
to meet her. She could see it in him, felt it flow over that distance of several feet that seemed like only inches. He actually made the gesture, took a step toward her. The flutter of nerves flitted across every extremity with most of the anxiousness residing in
her belly. Another step toward her.



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Angelica Hart and Zi

STEEL EMBRACE by Vixen Bright and Zachary Zane
August 2011


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