#Review: The Demon Hunter by Lori Brighton

Book 2 in the Hunter Series

Ellie has always been different, from playing with fairies as a child to fighting demons as an adult. She grew up wondering why no one else seemed to notice the oddities of the world that she came into contact with on a daily basis. When she is the only witness of a demon attack and the police suspect her, Ellie skips the country heading to England where she plans to keep a low profile. Everything is going fine, until Devon appears, stumbling around her garden like a drunken fool, and completely naked no less.

Six months ago Devon sacrificed himself to bind the soul of a demon and save the world from certain destruction. Thanks to a spell gone awry, Devon is back. But Devon hasn’t come alone. The very demon he tried to destroy has returned and is wreaking havoc on earth. When Devon meets Ellie, he instantly recognizes another supernatural being. Ellie may just be the only person who is strong enough to destroy the demon, if the demon doesn’t destroy her first.


Devon’s friends Ashley and Cristian (from Book 1 The Ghost Hunter) have performed a spell to release Devon from a Demon. Their intent was to send Devon to Heaven and the Demon to Hell. Unbeknownst to Ashely and Cristian, Devon and the Demon are released on Earth. Devon materializes bare assed naked in his ancestral home, where Ellie is working.

Ellie is a lonely woman, moving often because she has episodes where she is not herself. Ellie does not understand what is happening to her, but her episodes have caused her to be violent, and to be accused of crimes she did not commit. Thus Ellie does not stay in any one place too long. She went to England to escape her situation in the USA. Ellie likes her new job, dressing in Victorian clothes and giving tours. She has even found a friend, Miranda. But Ellie’s boss dislikes her, and Ellie must be cautious around him. So when Devon shows up butt naked, Ellie tries to hide him, as Ellie is afraid her boss will somehow blame Ellie for this latest fiasco. Devon has another agenda though, and drags Ellie with him.

And there the adventure begins. Demons, angels, witches, werewolves, oh my, what trouble Devon gets her into! So why isn’t she trying to get away? Could it be his heavenly ass? His hypnotic eyes? Or maybe something deeper, something she does not want to run away from. But first they have to find his friends Ashley and Cristian to get his God gifted sword back, figure out why Ellie has episodes that make her act like a psycho bitch on steroids, keep from being killed by other paranormal beings, and then kill the demon let loose on the Earth.

Review by:
Rhonda L. Jones
Twitter:  bederlj

Review: A Night of Secrets by Lori Brighton

A Night of Secrets
Historical Paranormal Romance

Grayson Bellamont has spent years on the Continent, fighting a war he cares nothing for. It is only while in the chaos of battle that he can hide what he truly is, a vampire. Returning to England, he finds his sister murdered and his seven-year-old niece missing. All over the country vampires are mysteriously dying. Grayson sets out to uncover the truth and locate his niece before it’s too late. All leads point to Meg James, a vicar’s daughter. Instinct tells him Meg is innocent, but the clues he uncovers warn she’s guilty. One thing is clear, Meg awakens a warmth inside of him he thought long dead and Grayson is torn between a sense of duty and his desires.

Vowing to honor a promise, Meg concocts a lie to keep a stranger’s child safe. She had no idea that protecLinkting the child would mean putting her own life in danger. When Grayson arrives asking questions, Meg’s unease flares. Who is this mysterious man who seems to appear and disappear as quickly as a spirit? A man with strength like no other? As he pushes ever closer, taking over her senses with his touch, his kiss and his unexpected honor, she realizes she has even more to lose. Meg is falling in love with Grayson, but will he believe her when the truth will condemn the one person he trusts the most?

I obtained the above information from Ms. Brighton’s website.

I wont’ say this is a short story… because it comes under 200 pages but for those of you that read fast… I am sure you would consider this short! So, let’s see what the world of Meg and Grayson have to offer us!

I have been offered this book for my honest thoughts… So here goes!

Mr. Lori has done it again with another phenomenal historical paranormal read. Ms. Lori gave me everything I needed for a hot and steamy, mysterious and yet compelling story that took me in from the first page all the way to the last. Never was there a dull moment. This is a very riveting read that kept me engrossed all the way through.

This story has a little of everything. There is deceit, disgrace, manipulation, lies, betrayal, heart-ache and pain but there is also honor, devotion, loyalty, courage, and above all love. Ms. Lori put her talent to the test yet again and pulled every emotion from me that I thought possible. This truly is a great love story.

Meg is a daughter, sister, and friend. She is devoted to her family and friends. No matter the cost, she will protect them with her own life if need be. Her loyalty and love for them struck me the most. Meg is the friend you pray you have, the sister you wish was your own. She is an amazing woman. Even in the face of danger, she refuses to cower. Her spirit is another thing I admired as well. She believes in fighting for what she believes is the truth. But what happens when the secrets she keeps cost her her life… Or the life of her family? Does she fight or surrender? What happens when her heart falls for the dangerous man she seeks to run from?

Grayson is a drop dead gorgeous man…. A man with a past and secrets of his own that would scare most, ah hell probably everyone, away. But what helps is that he oozes charm, so that most around him don’t notice the beast that lurk within. Living as long as Grayson has, he has grown cold to the idea of happiness, family and most of all – love. Those things were just not meant for him, just like normal life was not meant for him. Until he met the woman who showed up in his life and took his heart and soul (if he had one) by utter storm. But the key to some of his past lay with the woman he is trying to avoid the most. What happens when the person you need the most is the only person that is not afraid of you? Grayson has to face his own demons… And with Meg’s help…. Well, let’s just say that this is going to be one hell’va ride!

This story is an honor-bound story. Ms. Lori created a world so intriguing that you have to read to see what will happen. Meg and Grayson will capture your heart and not let it go… Their banter, their chemistry, their devotion to preserving what is theirs is just so…. real. The emotions run high for these characters. I can’t say to much more because I want you to read the story for yourself… but you must read it!

Ms. Lori, I tip my hat off to you for another spell bounding story! Keep up the awesome work!

To find out more information on Ms. Lori, please visit her website here!

And remember… Keep it Dirty, Smutty & Hussy!
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Just In From Ms. Lori Brighton…..

I am very happy to announce that

Ms. Lori Brighton
has a new book due to come out…

The first book in the series…

Wild Desire
we met Ella and Leo….
Now it is time to meet Ella’s brother in…..


In what feels like a moment, Beatrice Edmund goes from being a proper lady cooped up in a stuffy Scottish castle to traveling miles from anything she’s ever known, in the midst of the wildest adventure of her life. And at the center of that adventure is the most infuriating, puzzling scoundrel on earth. She cannot take her eyes off him.


Colin Fitch cannot deny he’s drawn to Beatrice—but lust is all he could possibly feel for the sharp-tongued minx. Still, if there’s a chance she can help him stop the madman he pursues, he must withstand her obvious disapproval. Yet withstanding the longing he feels for her is growing more troublesome by the second… And Colin has never been terribly good at staying out of trouble…

Please make sure you visit Ms. Lori’s website –>> here.

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Interview & Giveaway with Lori Brighton

Please raise your glass or bottle for a welcoming toast to a wonderful author…

**Ms. Lori Brighton**

Welcome to the Lair again, Ms. Lori! It is always a pleasure to have you here. You know the drill – make yourself at home! May one of the Tribal Men get you something to drink or snack on?

**Cecile lightly slaps Lori’s hand and snickers**

Now Lori, you know you get Those snacks after the interview silly woman!

Now where were we…. Oh yeah… How have you been?

Great! Excited and a little nervous. I think most authors are a little nervous when they have a book out.

What have you been up to lately?

My favorite things: writing and traveling! We just went on vacation to St. Augustine, Florida, which was amazing. And right now I’m working on two new books, both Contemporary Paranormals. And of course having a child keeps me very busy!

Let’s talk about your new release….. Ghost Hunter…

(**for those of you that did not come yesterday,

please go –>> here to check out my review of Ghost Hunter**)

Okay, now give me your story for GH. Because I will tell you – you had me struggling between two men for a while. **Looks around the Lair** Not that that is a problem mind you, lol…. But man, you literally pulled out all the stops on this one.

I was struggling too! I was leaning toward one man for my heroine Ashley. But honestly there were times when I wasn’t sure who I would pick, or should I say who she would pick. These characters really
do have a mind of their own.

Here’s a blurb!
When Ashley Hunter inherits the Inn where her father mysteriously vanished years ago, she jumps at the chance to finally uncover the truth about his disappearance. But soon after taking ownership of the decrepit building, Ashley realizes she’s in for far more than she bargained. Not only has she inherited answers to many sought-after questions, she’s also inherited spirits, demons and even fallen angels! Then Cristian arrives, a gorgeous man who insists he merely needs a room to rent. She believes him, until one by one her ghosts start disappearing… As a fallen angel destined for a life of servitude, Cristian Lucius is relegated to protecting earth from unwanted spirits. But he can’t accomplish this daunting task alone. He requires assistance from the very woman who frustrates him as much as she intrigues him. Cristian is determined to ignore his intense attraction for Ashley, and focus on his mission. If they don’t work together, they won’t have a chance in hell of defeating the demon threatening their lives. The problem is getting Ashley to trust him. No easy task, considering Cristian is the very man responsible for her father’s disappearance.

This truly is an awesome story. I mean what you did was kinda like gather all the Disney princesses together, put them in one community and made them co-exist and help each other out. Only you did this with the paranormal world. And what I really love is that they (or some) really didn’t want to help. What did you think of that?

It’s funny you mention Disney because I came up with this idea while on The Haunted Mansion ride at Disney World. But as for the imaginary town where The Ghost Hunter takes place….you’ll find a variety of paranormal beings, but you’re right, they don’t want to be involved. They want to be normal, which is sort of how Ashley (my heroine) has been. Ironically in the end she is the one trying to talk the townspeople into embracing their uniqueness; something she had never done herself. Hopefully it shows the reader how she grows as a person.

In GH, you really did a great job at pulling at the emotions in this one. I mean, normally in paranormal reads we fall in love/lust/hate with our characters, but in this one.. you pull at family, reasons we love them or hate them, wanting to soothe and comfort some, wanting to protect others…. Standing back from the book, how do you feel about that?

Our family has a major impact on how we view the world and ourselves. Especially our parents. They can give us confidence, or, in Ashley’s case, make us feel as if there’s something wrong with us. I do know a few people who are gay and the way Ashley’s mother is trying to make Ashley change, reminds me a lot of how some parents treat their gay children. So definitely things I’m going through or see in the news, has an impact in what I’m writing. Even if it’s not totally obvious to me, sometimes I’ll realize it later on.

Now this is a very important new release because this is your first self publishing book. Tell us what does that means to you as an author and us as the readers?

Hopefully, the only thing it means to the reader is that it’s only available in ebook format. I hope it’s still as well written as my two NY published books! As for me, it’s just another way to get my books to the public. Publishers are very, very limited in what they can print. A lot of good and interesting books get rejected because there isn’t room on the market, or just because of silly things. One editor wouldn’t even look at The Ghost Hunter because she said books with ghosts won’t sell. Imagine working on a book for 6 months and it being rejected! Before, if a book didn’t sell authors would just set it aside. Now, we have the opportunity to publish on our own. But as I mentioned, I am a little nervous about the book. Of course I want it to succeed, but whereas I had a publishing company to help me with my debut, this time the success of my book is totally dependant on me. Scary!

Do you think that this book will turn into a series?

You’re hearing it here first…

Omg… I am sooooo doing the happy dance!!!! **News**Here**First**!!!!!

I have started a second book staring Devon, a secondary character in The Ghost Hunter. Still not quite sure where it’s going, we’ll see. But I’m excited! A lot of people who have read The Ghost Hunter have also mentioned liking Camile; another secondary character. You will see her again in this second book and I have a little surprise in store!

OMG…… Devon gets his own story… Woooohooooo!!!! Okay, I will calm down to ask another question… What you have coming up next? (Pst… if you look on my side bar you will see, hee hee)

Wild Desire will be out in March! It was a really, really fun book to write. Very adventurous. It’s a historical paranormal and the hero is Colin, a secondary character from my first book, Wild Heart. I can’t wait until it comes out. I’m really excited about it.

Omg… I cannot tell you how happy I am that Colin is getting his own story! I am wondering if we get to see any Leo in this one??? Notice who I remember, lmbo!!! He is hot.. still thinking about him… whew! Any last words, comments or questions you would want to ask or be asked??

First of all, I love coming by here! Cecile, I adore you, your smuttiness and your tribal men. I’m so appreciative of everyone who has been so supportive. Really, the people I’ve met since becoming an author is the best thing about being published.

Aww, Ms. Lori, you are to adorable! I love having you over here… But I am sure my men love having you here more! Okay, you know you do not come to the Lair and escape the quickie session – believe me, you made me wait for my hot sexing in GH…. I am going to try to make you squirm just as much…

**evil laughter is starting to fill the room…. wicked glean in Cecile’s eye…. hehehe**

The questions will be mixed due to Halloween this month and my bday!!! Hot, hard Alpha or
Alpha! Although in real life I’d probably want to slap one. I mean really, demanding and brooding, how long would we seriously put up with that? lol

Vampires or Werewolves? Leaning slightly toward Vampires. As I said in another interview, Werewolves would be leaving hair all over and constantly licking themselves.

Demon or Angles? Angels! There’s something very sexy about someone so good!

If you had one power, what would you posses? Hmm, healing others would be great. Actually, I have a healer in my book, Wild Desire. But I’d probably have to pick teleporting as I love to travel. It’d be great to just jump to other countries.

If you had one birthday wish that would truly come true…. what would you wish for? World Peace? Not! A cottage by the beach!

What is your favorite Halloween Costume (you didn’t have to wear it, lol)? Lol, we had a Halloween party one year. I wore a medieval, velvet dress that was beautiful.

What has been your best birthday present ever? Oh god, at this age I try to forget my birthday! I do have to say though that now that my son is old enough to pick things out for me, I always love to see what he’s bought.

What do you give out for Halloween? Chocolate!

Whip Cream or Chocolate Syrup? Both!

Hard Candy or Soft Candy? LoL, as long as we’re really talking about candy here, soft.

Hot and Wild or Soft and Sweet? Both! No way you can pick just one.

**Okay… Cecile looks around… I’m starting to think that the Tribe has slipped in their own questions in here…..**

Lucien is my all Hot, Hard Alpha!

Okay boys… Ms. Lori is turning bright red… Ms. Lori, I want to thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to come and sit a spell with us…. Cecile turns her head… and sees Lori running off with one of the Tribal Men… They are delicious!

Now for thing you are all waiting for….

The Giveaway!

Ms. Lori is kind enough to give away 2 ~ Yes 2 ~ Ebooks of Ghost Hunter to two lucky peeps!

What do you have to do, you might ask yourself….

Well…. Tell us what you think of the story…

((Now that you read my review and Ms. Lori’s interview))

Please make sure to leave your email address so we can get in touch with you!

Contest Ends October 24th

Winner announced October 26th!

Good luck!

And remember… Keep it Dirty, Smutty & Hussy!

Review Ghost Hunter by Lori Brighton

The Ghost Hunter

Ebook By Lori Brighton

Rating: 1  star1  star1  star1  star0.5 star(4.5)
Published: Sep. 11, 2010
Category: Fiction » Literature » Romance
Words: 107605 (approximate)
Language: English

Ebook Description

Ashley Hunter is intent on uncovering the truth about her father’s disappearance. But Ashley realizes she’s in for more than she bargained. Not only has she inherited a decrepit pub, she’s also inherited ghosts and demons. Then Cristian arrives, a mysterious man who insists he only needs a room to rent. She believes him, until one by one her ghosts start disappearing…

Parental Rating:

This book contains content that may not be suitable for young readers 17 and under.

The above information was obtained from Smashwords.
I was giving this book by the author for an honest review.

Ms. Lori rocked the house with another fan-freaking-tastic paranormal story! She literally kept me on my toes throughout the whole story. Biting my nails, sweat gathering on my forehead, heart racing a mile a minute and those are just a few things my body was doing while I was reading this story. Yeah, it was that good! Ms. Lori added all the right ingredients in Ghost Hunter to make it an awesome story!

Ashley leaves everything behind in the US to Crossroads, England to a home that belongs to her family. And when I say everything – I mean everything – finance, life, home, job – her whole life. Or would you say that she was running away from it all. Haven’t you ever wanted to do that – just drop everything and leave. Especially when it is one of those days, things are going to crap, kids (if you have them) are screaming, spouse (or whatever) is just on your last nerve… leave. Well, that is what Ashley decided to do. She has been called many things in life – she would just add coward to face things head on to the list. Because crazy topped the top of the list.
You see, Ashley has the ability to see and talk to ghosts. Yep, you read right… Ghosts. And thanks to her oh-so great mother, Ashley spent a great deal of her life locked up where there are “real” crazy people. Being locked up just taught her that if you act like you are normal, people will eventually believe you. But how long can a person hide their true self? Or if you hide true self for so long… can you make it all go away…. Hoping to find answers to her past – why does she have the ability, what happened to her father – she headed to England. Do you believe in new starts? What about finding answers to your past… good or bad idea? Well Ashley had this burning desire to know… good or bad.

Cristian… oh Cristian… This man is so sexy. What can I tell you about him… He is a warrior, an angel… He has been given a second chance of some sorts. He is making wrongs into rights for his past life. He is here to “guide” (okay, I am trying to be nice) the ghosts to cross over. Those ghosts that do not want to go… they refuse because once they cross over… they have to atone for their sins they committed while alive and some are just plain scare (yeah, ghost can be scare instead of scary – ha!) of what the outcome of Judgment Day will bring them. So, it is Cristian’s job to “help” them to go where they are supposed to go. Okay okay… he kills them. Although he technically does not kill them because they are already dead… but him and Ashley argue over that little fact a lot, lol! But Cristian is a nice guy, I promise. And it also does not hurt that he is sooo easy on the eyes. Oh man… Very easy on the eyes.
Anyway, he is back in England to finally put to rest one demon that has haunted him all his long, long life. But the man upstairs has a new plan for Cristian – He is instructing Cristian to take a seer. Not just any seer though… nope… His new seer is to be Ashley. A woman who does not want to believe in her own ability much less anything else. A woman who ignites his blood like no woman has ever done. A woman who turns him in and out and leaves him wanting her more when he should not be wanting her at all.

This novel is complete with all kind of side characters that will have you asking yourself – what next, who done what, who didn’t do anything, and who is going to help? You have a couple of witches, a werewolf, a vampire, half fairy/half leprechaun and a whole community of other things… Oh and let’s not forget about the ghosts that live with Ashley. There is a little girl, Maggie who will steal your heart and Devon, a fallen angel that refuses to go to the other side that will keep you guessing what is his part in this story.

I love this story. It was truly an amazing ride. Oh… yeah, I know what you are asking yourself now about my review… where is the smut… Oh Ms. Lori will give you teases that will leave you with a drooling mouth (so makes sure to have a napkin to wipe) and she may even make other things wet… but she delivers the story like a true woman who wants to leave you waiting till the last part…. And when you get… oh man do you get it!! Ms. Lori… what an awesome story!! What a truly awesome story!!!!!

Cuz I could not resist…… Oh man…..
Believe me, you will be back to stare at him while you read!

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A Excerpt of Wild Heart by Lori Brighton


Leo Roberts is next in line for an earldom and the power and fortune that come with it, but he is uncultured, unrefined—and completely untamed…until governess Ella Finch arrives upon the scene. Can so young and inexperienced a woman tutor him in the manners and mores of his class? Leo’s mysterious past has rendered him an outsider, too wild for polite society. But he finds her innocence most intriguing…


What manner of man he may be, Ella does not know. Yet he fascinates her and she must know more. Capturing Leo’s reckless heart is about to free her in ways she never dreamed of…and his sensual touch releases the deepest yearnings of her body and soul …

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Excerpt of Wild Heart

“My grandson is the next in line. I need him to be as well educated as possible when the time comes for him to take his place.”

“Of course,” Ella replied.

But the lanterns on the rock walls cast wavering shadows against the floor, demanding her attention and increasing her anxiety.

“Still, I feel I must warn you. My grandson,” Lord Roberts said, “has had a difficult life. He’s not exactly…normal.”

Ella tore her gaze from the dark hall to focus on Lord Roberts. His face was passive, but his eyes still held a sense of sadness that worried her. Against her will, her heart skipped a beat and she had to force her feet to continue forward, wondering over his ominous words.

“But I promise you, if you persevere, the reward will be well worth the effort.”

She parted her lips to question him further when he stopped outside double wooden doors carved with mystical beasts. Unicorns, dragons, elves all fought for attention like a children’s fairy tale come to life.

“Any family will hire you, Ella, upon learning you worked for me,” Lord Roberts said. “Just think, even royalty.” Before his words of promise could sink in, he reached out and pushed the doors wide.

A rush of apprehension washed over her like a chilly breeze. That feeling she’d had when she first arrived…that same feeling that had seeped in through her bedroom window. Her heart raced but her mind stilled. Her entire body focused on the hum that started vibrating in her core. A beast, a beast in dire need, a beast confused, angry, hurt.

“Do not be afraid, my dear,” Lord Roberts said, slipping her arm through the crook of his elbow and leading her into the room.

Afraid? Afraid! Why should she be afraid?

A crash made her jump. Even Lord Roberts tightened his hold. Blimey, is that where the noise had come from, Lord Roberts’ grandson?

“My lord, I do not have great experience with children.” Her face heated at the lie. “I mean, of boys, in particular.”

“Oh, that won’t matter much, my dear.”

He pulled her further into the gold room, her slippered feet whispering their resistance against the cold, marble floor.

“W—where is he?” Her gaze swept the pastel landscape murals on the walls, up to the ceiling where fat cherubs grinned down at her, demented sprites mocking her plight.

Her mind buzzed as a rush of emotion swept into her, then back out, like waves at sea. She couldn’t seem to catch hold of anything, merely hints of anger, frustration, sorrow and resentment. Another crash resounded from beside her. Ella spun around. An empty easel was propped in the corner of the room, under the glow of wall sconces. Movement near the windows caught her attention.

A man. The man from the garden.

Blond hair glistened in the low candlelight, his broad back to her. Her body froze, her thoughts spinning.

“I thought I’d created him in my mind,” she whispered.

“You’ve met?” Lord Roberts turned to her, confusion in his eyes.

“No, I saw him this evening. He seemed to be…” What was the right word? “Overwrought about something.”

With what could only be called a growl, he tossed a paint-splattered canvas outside.

“Oh my,” she gasped. “He seems rather upset now, too. Who is he?”

“My grandson, Leo.”

Ella’s stomach sank. “I see. And your other grandson, the one I will be teaching, is he here?” She pulled away and studied the room. It was empty.

The old man’s face flushed a telling shade of red. “Ah, yes. Well, you see-”

“My lord,” a servant whispered from the hall. He darted a glance at Lord Roberts’ grandson and scampered back, cowering behind the doors.

“Yes? What is it?” Lord Roberts strolled toward the hall. Ella resisted the urge to cling to the man, to beg him not to leave her alone, to beg him to send a rider for Lady Buckley.
As if sensing her vulnerability, Leo spun away from the window and faced her. Ella’s heart jumped into her throat. The set of his square jaw made him appear fierce, yet she could not ignore the handsome features that pulled together in a face that would inspire Michelangelo. His attention swept over her form, leaving behind a trail of heat that pulsed unwanted through her body.

Dear lord, he wore only trousers and a white shirt spattered in paint and completely unbuttoned. She couldn’t stop her gaze from traveling the trail of golden hair that swept down his muscled chest. Her body tingled and her gaze jumped back to his face. His wavy locks hung wildly about his shoulders. His body was tight, tense; a beast prepared for an attack. Surely he wouldn’t harm her.

With long, purposeful strides, he shortened the distance between them. And she couldn’t move, couldn’t move a bloody step, fear and something else holding her captive. Nearer…nearer. Would he stop or knock her over?

Then their gazes met and any thought of escape fled. Suddenly nothing existed. Ella fell into a warm pool of gold. An eerie gold that glowed from his eyes, pulling her under, drowning in emotion and leaving her gasping for breath. It was coming from him…the emotion…the need…the pain.

Birds, rabbits, even a fox, but never had she been able to read a person’s emotions. Mesmerized, she didn’t move a muscle when he stopped only a foot away, looming over her like some archangel come to take her soul. Was the floor still beneath her feet or was she falling? The room seemed to spin as his scent swirled around her; sea salt, pine and male; him.

“It is nice to meet you,” she somehow managed to get past her lips.

His eyes narrowed into slits and his nostrils flared, his breath a soft whisper as he inhaled deeply. Slowly, he moved around her as if she were prey and he the hunter. He stepped close, too close. With his chest hot to her back, his essence seeped into her skin. His fingers brushed her nape, wrapped around a loose lock and the fine hairs on her neck stood on end. She heard the distinct intake of breath, as if he smelled the strands. Paralyzed from fright and from another foreign emotion, Ella couldn’t move. Her heart hammered in her ears, drowning out every sound but her own harsh breathing.

He leaned forward, and the side of his face, rough with a day’s growth of whiskers, brushed against the sensitive skin of her neck. She closed her eyes, feeling every muscled contour of his body, every heated limb, every soft breath he took. Strange physical sensations pulsed through her veins, a deep aching need for only God knew what. Want, desire, anger so intense, her knees quivered and she feared she would sink to the ground in a dead faint.

“Leo,” Lord Roberts called out. The tap of the old man’s cane sounded muddled through the fog of her exotic reality. Part of her was weak with relief when Lord Roberts appeared, yet a small part, deep down inside, was strangely eager to see what this Leo would do next.

“I see you have met your new governess,” Lord Roberts said.

Governess? As if Leo were a boy when in fact he was a man, a very grown man.

His hold on her hair tightened and she resisted the urge to squeak.

The old man’s eyes flickered uneasily from her face to his grandson. “I believe Miss Finch would like to rest.”

Out of the corner of her eye, Ella studied her ward. His jaw clenched but he released his hold on her hair. With a curl of his lips and a stiff jerk of his arm, he pointed toward the hall.

“Right, of course, you would like some time alone. Well then, shall we?” Lord Roberts tugged her toward the open doors.

Her shoulder brushed against Leo’s hard chest and shivers raced all the way to her toes. Confused by her strange reaction, she stole a glance back as Lord Roberts led her from the room. Leo stood there, his hands on his slim hips as if sizing her up for the kill. As Lady Buckley had promised, she was indeed being punished by God.

Lord Roberts closed the doors and shut the man from view. The surge of emotion and heat receded, leaving her trembling and cold.

I want to thank Ms. Lori for coming hang out at the Lair for the past few days!!! Thank you.
Please visit Ms. Lori’s website —>>> here.

Stay tune… there is more partying to be done!!!!

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***UPDATE*** A Day & A Giveawy with Ms. Lori Brighton

Today ladies, I would like you give a warm welcome to a wonderful lady!
Please welcome Ms. Lori Brighton to
the Hussy Lair!!!

You know the drill, grab your favorite cup of whatever, get a comfy chair and settle in for some one on one time with Ms. Lori!!!

Ms. Lori, I want to thank you for coming over to my place today! It is delightful to have you here!!
Please make yourself at home.

I got this from Ms. Lori’s website. This is couple of things about her:

As a child, thoughts of far-off places and adventure consistently kept Lori up late at night when she should have been fast asleep. After graduating high school, she came to the conclusion that there was no better way to seek adventure and nourish her love of history than to become an archaeologist. She went on to receive a degree in anthropology, but digging in the dirt during humid Midwestern summers wasn’t exactly as fun as she thought it would be. Instead, she went to work in an air conditioned museum where she spent her days surrounded by creepy Victorian animal mounts. Still, she wasn’t satisfied.

Deciding the people in her imagination were slightly more exciting than the dead things in a museum basement, she set out to write her first romance novel. Shockingly enough, the book finaled in a few contests, lending to the crazy assumption that she would quickly be published and live happily ever after. That book was soundly rejected. As was the next. Years went by and she began to wonder if she’d ever see her dream fulfilled. Until one day she came up with an idea for a book that brought together her love of history and adventure: a book now titled Wild Heart.

But that book, too, was rejected. And rejected again. And again. Just when she’d given up hope of ever being published, Wild Heart came in first place in the Golden Acorn contest. The final round judge from Kensington Publishing requested the manuscript, and she was finally offered that elusive contract.

Lori currently resides in the Midwest, where she juggles her time between a husband, a son, a golden retriever, a cat, two goldfish and the many, many people in her imagination.

Ms. Lori, if you will… please tell us a little something about yourself? Something that we can not easily find out.

Hmmm…some deep, dark secret? Sadly I don’t think I have any! I’ll pretty much tell anyone whatever they want to know. But something less exciting… I love the beach, hiking and nature. I have little collections of shells, fossils and minerals that I pick up when hiking; it’s like finding treasure! I know, sounds pretty lame. I even had three articles published in WildBird Magazine a few years back. Comes from my natural science background. But I’m also rather artistic. In high school, art (painting, drawing and pottery) was pretty much my favorite subject. But I haven’t drawn/painted in years! I would love to start again.
Inquiring minds would like to know what is the story about you going from museum curator to writer?
Well, I was a natural science curator, which meant sitting in a basement with nothing but dead animal mounts and rocks to keep me company. When you’re sitting in silence, alone, you can come up with a lot of story ideas! I’d always loved romance novels and when I knew I would be moving and quitting my job, I decided to try and write one.

For those who are new to the lair, Wild Hearts is Ms. Lori’s first novel (yayayay)!
If you could please describe your heroine/hero to us; help us fall in love with them?
Ella, my heroine, is super sweet. So far, I haven’t heard of any readers hating her. Although watch, I’ll get a review the moment this is posted and the person will hate dear Ella. lol. She’s had a lonely, tough life. She has the special ability to sense and, at times, control animals. Because of this, she’s been made to feel guilty, as if her ability is evil. When Leo shows up, although many find him rude and abrasive, she can read his emotions and knows the real man. Leo, my hero, is a total alpha male. People tend to either love him or hate him. He witnessed his parent’s murder when he was a child and was forced to survive alone in a foreign country. Obviously he’s not going to be sweet and passive; it wouldn’t be true to character. He’s a survivalist and he’s intent on getting revenge. When he meets Ella, she makes him feel something other than revenge for the first time in years.

Why did you choose to pair paranormal with historical?

In the beginning I wasn’t intending to add the paranormal. But it just sort of flowed into the story. Since Leo is rather animalistic in his alpha male way, I figured having a heroine who could sense animals would connect them on a deeper level. Plus, I think the search for the treasure and the paranormal aspect reminds me of an Indiana Jones movie. Loved those movies when I was young!

How difficult was that to merge the two together?

Not difficult. It felt natural to me. But I did have some critique partners that didn’t care for it and thought I should dump that aspect. But I thought it gave the book a unique spin. Since the book has been released I’ve had mixed reactions. Some people love it, some don’t. The paranormal aspect comes into play much more in the second book.

How much research did you have to do; was the research difficult due to the paranormal/hist. aspect?

Not so much the historical, as I knew a bit about the Victorian era to begin with. And not at all with the paranormal. But researching Indian culture was very difficult. I found little on the web and in books. The problem with our written history is that they often ignored the everyday life. That everyday life is most important when you’re writing historical fiction.

For the second book, which takes place in India, it was even harder! I actually found a few journals and diaries online written by Europeans who were staying in India during the 1800s. These journals helped a lot.

A friend of mine has always wanted to know if authors already have the ending before they start writing their novels or if it just comes to them as they write. What happens for you?

I’ve never thought about it! But I’d have to say, yes, usually I have a general idea of how it will end. I think most authors do. Although I do know some authors who have written books with love triangles and weren’t sure until the end who the heroine would end up with. Some authors plan out their books in detail. Others play it by ear. I will usually do a very rough outline.

How did your celebrate after Wild Heart was completed and sold?
It sold quite awhile after it was completed, so I had moved onto a new book. When I got the call, I did go to dinner with my family. But to be honest, I was so shocked and so nervous it’s all sort of a blur.

Can you tell us what we can expect to come from you in the future?
My second Kensington book will be out March 2011. I’m really excited to see what people think. As I mentioned, it has more paranormal and it’s very action-packed. The hero is Colin, a secondary character in Wild Heart. He’s very charming, different from brooding Leo. I’m also currently working on a new series, historical (no paranormal), and hoping to sell that soon. Keep your fingers crossed for me!

Have you have any fangirl moments with authors that you admire? If so, care to share??
I decided to start interviewing other authors on my blog while waiting for Wild Heart to be released. Some authors said no, some yes. But when I wrote to Amanda Quick and Julie Garwood, I never ever expected them to agree. So imagine my shock when they did! They actually took time out of their very busy schedules to interview on my little blog. It was very exciting for me and they were just as lovely as I was hoping.

Okay… Random time….

If you could travel through time,what time period would you like to live in and why?
The Medieval time period is so romantic…in theory. I do love the Regency time period and the clothing because it was rather comfortable. So maybe that time period? Definitely the Victorian era since it’s the time period I write in and it was also really a time period of major growth. There was a huge interest in nature and antiquities, two things I love. Science and health were getting better and in a way, women had more freedom than they had before. Only negative, although the clothing was gorgeous, it wasn’t very comfortable and women went to ridiculous extremes to fit the pretty mold. Of course, we still do!

Describe to us a quiet night at the Brighton household.
Writing! That’s mostly what I do. I always have my computer on. I also love my evening TV shows. I’m watching Mercy right now and will switch over to Modern Family, Cougar Town and Ugly Betty soon. I’m also recording America’s Next Top Model. lol. As I said, I love my TV shows! We have a certain night that is game night, which usually involves my 5 year old throwing a fit when he doesn’t win.

What is your ideal date?

Hiking and a good dinner would be nice. I’d love an extremely surprising date too, like someone whisking me off to France for the weekend. But I suppose that only happens in romance novels. 😉

Do you secretly rock out to tunes in your car while driving?

Sure, although to be honest I have no problem driving in complete silence either. I have the stories in my head to keep me company. lol. I like all kinds of music, but mostly I’ve been listening to folk/pop/alternative, or Lesbian music as my gay cousin calls it. And positive, fun music! I’m sick of depressing songs/movies. Life is hard enough as it is. If I read a book, watch a movie, listen to a song, when it ends I want to still be in a good mood!

Coffee or Tea: Neither. I can drink both with lots of milk and sugar, but rarely do. I love soda (or pop as we call it in the North, and apparently in some parts of England, which I learned from an English guy working at Disney’s Epcot). But I’m trying not to drink it. So mostly water. Yuck!

Milk or Dark Chocolate: Definitely Milk Chocolate and way too much of it!

Dessert or Main Meal: Can I pick both? I love food! Especially when I don’t have to cook it. I’m addicted to Crème Brulee right now.

Theme Park or Jazz Club: Theme Park. I love Disney World! Especially now that I have a child.

Email or Text: Email. Yes, I will admit that I’ve never text’d in my life! How pathetic am I?

Sunrise or Sunset: Both! I love both, especially on the beach! But I’m usually a night owl.

High Heels or Flats: Flats at home, Heels only when I go to conferences or somewhere special.

Lip stick or Lip gloss: Usually Lip Stick. If I take the time to put on makeup, I want it to stay!

Comfy clothes or Knock Out Dress: At home, which is where I am most of the time, Comfy Clothes. When I go out somewhere special…Knock Out Dress.

I want to thank you again Ms. Lori for coming over to my place to hang out!
You are welcome here any time you want! =)

Ms. Lori just emailed to let me know that she has TWO copies to giveaway to two lucky people!!!!!!!!
How cool is that!!!

Ms Lori has graciously agreed to give away one of her books to a lucky commenter. What’s the catch….
Tell us the name of the hero from her free short story???????

Please leave your email address, so we can get in touch with you!
Thank you all for sharing your day with Ms. Lori and I!!!

There is also a free short story on her site, please go —>> here to check that out!

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