Deadly Pursuit and Heroines in Disguise by Nina Croft

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Today I’m welcoming Nina Croft, the author of the fabulous Blood Hunter series. She’s talking about Deadly Pursuit, Book 2 of the series, and giving away an ecopy to one lucky commenter! Just answer her question belowe to be entered! (Winner to be announced on 11/12 as an update to this blog). Without further ado:

Thanks to fellow Entangled Publishing author, Rosalie, for hosting me today. I’m here to talk about my latest release with Entangled, DEADLY PURSUIT.

Deadly Pursuit is book 2 in my Blood Hunter series, a sort of science fiction/paranormal mixture, set in a future where man has fled to the stars and discovered the secret of immortality—Meridian. A new class has evolved—the Collective—super-rich and immortal they rule the universe.

The series is set in the Trakis system, a group of planets where man has found a new home, but most of the action happens on and around the space ship El Cazador de la Sangre (or the Blood Hunter).

Each book in the series is a standalone story following the romance of a member of the crew of El Cazador.  BREAK OUT, book 1, introduces Rico, the owner and pilot of the ship, who also just happens to be a vampire, and Skylar, a mysterious woman who employs the crew to break her brother out of the Collective’s maximum security prison.

The second book, Deadly Pursuit, is the story of Al, the cabin ‘boy’ and Jon the prisoner from Break Out, who also happens to be a werewolf.

When I was a teenager, I was addicted to those big, fat historical romances—or bodice rippers as I think they were called—with their arrogant, alpha heroes, and innocent but feisty heroines. I loved the story lines where the girls ran away (usually to avoid having to marry their fat ugly cousins or from being incarcerated in a nunnery for life or…) and ended up disguising themselves as a boy. And I especially loved the ones where they hid away on a pirate ship. Love and adventure on a ship sailing the high seas—what more can you ask for?

I used these books for inspiration when I was writing Deadly Pursuit. Al, or The Lady Alexia, High Priestess of the Church of Everlasting Life, is one of my favorite heroines. She’s definitely feisty, but has tried all her life to do her duty and be a good priestess. The effort is nearly killing her, because what she really wants to be is bad. Just a little bit bad, for a little while.

With one impulsive action, she finds herself on the infamous pirate ship El Cazador, disguised as Al, the cabin boy. She knows she has to go back to real life one day, but first, she has a rather long list of things she wants to do. All she needs is a little cooperation…

Fiction has changed since my teenage years, but I still remember those books fondly (and still reread a few of them). So what books do you remember from your younger years, and which story lines would you like to see revisited? Let me know for a chance to win an ecopy of Deadly Pursuit.

Blurb:

 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 no longer seems 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.

Excerpt:

 He’d noticed her breasts. Alex was sure of it.

It was such a relief to get rid of the bindings that had been part of her disguise, she hadn’t considered this added advantage.

Tannis had given her some breathing space, but that was all it was. Her time was running out. If Hezrai found her once, he would find her again. The Church was powerful, and she didn’t want anyone to get in trouble because of her. Next time, she would hand herself over.

But there was so much she wanted to experience first. She had a lengthy to-do list she’d been adding to since she came on board. And today she’d added one more thing.

She gave Jon a small sideling glance. His hands were in his pockets, and he was lounging against the wall. He should have appeared relaxed; instead, he radiated barely leashed tension.

“Is there anything else I can do?” she asked, her tongue darting out to moisten her lips.

His eyes narrowed. “You can get the hell out of here, little girl.”

“I’m not a little girl—I’m twenty-four.” Why did she have a feeling she was going to have to repeat those words many times before they would make any impact?

“Yeah, and I’m one hundred and ninety-two.”

“Really?”

“Yeah, really. Look, I know what you think you want. But you’re wrong.”

“What do I want?” Her voice sounded breathless to her own ears.

“You want to get rid of that virginity you find so embarrassing.” He shook his head, pushed himself away from the wall, and strode toward her. Up close, he was huge, towering over her, and she had to force herself to stand her ground. This was no time to turn yellow.

He halted a foot away and stared down at her through half-closed eyes.

“You really want it? You want me to fuck you, little girl?”

No, actually, she wanted him to make sweet, dreamy love to her, but she had an idea he might laugh if she mentioned that, so she’d take the other if it was all that was on offer. Something tightened low down in her belly at his words and heat washed through her. She didn’t think she could get any sound out of her suddenly dry mouth, so she nodded.

His eyes widened as though he hadn’t expected that answer. “Jesus, I don’t believe this. Are you always so reckless?”

She opened her mouth to argue that she wasn’t reckless—this was a well thought-out plan, but he continued before she got the chance.

“Why me?” he asked, running a hand through his hair. He didn’t seem to need an answer, so she kept quiet. “Hell, I bet you can’t even say the word, never mind do it.”

Alex ground her teeth. “I can.”

Jon folded his arms across his chest, a smug, superior expression on his face. “Go on then.”

She swallowed. There was nothing hard about this. It wasn’t even blaspheming, which she’d probably find impossible. Just because she had never said the word in her life, didn’t mean she couldn’t. Her mouth opened, but nothing came out, and she closed it again. She hated being a priestess—she was so repressed.

You Can Learn More about Deadly Pursuit at Entangled Publishing.

About the Author: 

Nina Croft grew up in the north of England. After training as an accountant, she spent four years working as a volunteer in Zambia which left her with a love of the sun and a dislike of 9-5 work. She then spent a number of years mixing travel (whenever possible) with work (whenever necessary) but has now settled down to a life of writing and picking almonds on a remote farm in the mountains of southern Spain.

Nina’s writing mixes romance with elements of the paranormal and science fiction.

http://www.ninacroft.com

 

 

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23 thoughts on “Deadly Pursuit and Heroines in Disguise by Nina Croft

    Rosalie Lario responded:
    November 9, 2011 at 7:41 am

    Thanks so much for stopping by, Nina. Man, I’m totally loving this excerpt!

      Nina Croft said:
      November 9, 2011 at 11:30 am

      Thanks for having me, Rosalie!

    Aubrie said:
    November 9, 2011 at 9:25 am

    Oh boy! A werewolf this time!

      Nina Croft said:
      November 9, 2011 at 11:31 am

      Yes, Aubrie – and werewolves and vampires really don’t get on – there’s going to be a few clashes!

    Jany said:
    November 9, 2011 at 10:56 am

    I love your heroes, Nina. They don`t make them like that anymore.
    I used to be enthralled by storylines where the heroine started out as a maid/kitchen maid or whatever and ended up marrying the young Squire and becoming the beautiful, loved-by-all-who-knew-her Lady So-and-So. Victoria Holt mixed with Georgette Heyer. I supose the Squire could turn out to be a werewolf, or they had little werewolves…I`ll leave that to you!

      Nina Croft said:
      November 9, 2011 at 11:33 am

      Lol – Jany, I don’t think they ever made them like that! Aw and little werewolf puppies – how sweet! I loved Victoria Holt (and Jean Plaidy – were they the same people?) and Georgette Hayer.

        Jany said:
        November 9, 2011 at 11:40 am

        Yes, they were one and the same. Do werewolves have puppies? You`re the expert…

    Katalina Leon said:
    November 9, 2011 at 11:55 am

    Nina, its difficult to say which sounds more exciting, your books or your life! Deadly Pursuit does sounds wonderful, I love those spicy space rogues…
    XXOO Kat

      Nina Croft said:
      November 9, 2011 at 1:34 pm

      Hi Katalina, – no, my books are definitely more exciting than my life – there’s not a lot happens on my mountain!

    Jany said:
    November 9, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    “Spicy space rogues” – sounds good!

      Nina Croft said:
      November 9, 2011 at 1:34 pm

      I quite like the sound of it as well, Jany!

    Katalina Leon said:
    November 9, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    Nina I think you’re brilliant to adopt everything that was so thrilling about good old bodice-rippers but leave the coy silly stuff behind.
    Ladies, this is what evolution looks like! lol
    XXOO Kat

      Nina Croft said:
      November 9, 2011 at 2:10 pm

      You know – I did love them – but sometimes I read them again and…well there was a lot of silliness in there!

    Vanessa N. said:
    November 9, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    I also liked the stories when the girls were disguised as boys. It always led to funny situations. From the blurb, I can’t wait to find out what happens next. Thanks for the chance.

    mythic021@gmail.com

      Nina Croft said:
      November 9, 2011 at 2:13 pm

      Hi Vanessa – yes, they were great weren’t they – I think I enjoyed them so much because I was a bit of a tomboy – real escapism for me!

    Yadira A. said:
    November 9, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    Sounds to me like this will be a great story! I’m sure Alex can say the word:)

    I’m not sure that there are any storylines that I can remember from my younger years that strike me as needing to be revisited. I’ll have to think on that a bit longer because I really didn’t read that much (other than what was required for school) when I was younger.

    yadkny@hotmail.com

      Nina Croft said:
      November 10, 2011 at 4:05 am

      Hi Yadira – yes – Alex can say the words by the end of the book – but then she gets a lot of incentive!

    DANIELA said:
    November 10, 2011 at 2:34 am

    Hi Nina
    I can’t think of something from my ypunger years that I’d like to read again. I’ve found so many great authors like Rosalie and you that I like the new stories better.
    I’ve said it before and I’d say it again, I can’t wait to read book two. Loved the first one and I know the second would be as great.
    Thanks for the giveaway.

    Daniela.
    dany7578 at hotmail dot com

      Nina Croft said:
      November 10, 2011 at 4:06 am

      Aw thanks, Daniela – I do hope you enjoy Deadly Pursuit!

    latishajean said:
    November 10, 2011 at 11:47 am

    This sounds like a great book love what I read would love to read more!
    Thank you for sharing! I will have to add Deadly Pursuit to my reading pile!
    Latisha D
    tishajean@ charter.net

    joellewalker said:
    November 10, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    Nina, dear Nina…
    Some things change, fortunately, some things never do. Your unique voice rings as loud and clear as the first time I had the opportunity to read it. Weres and vamps together…I’ll just let you guess what that makes me want to pull up and reread. =) Great excerpt!

    Joelle

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