30 Days of Christmas:Day 19

The winner of yesterday’s giveaway – a copy of Fire Season – is… Anne!

Today, another award winning book is coming your way. A Lories Best Published contest finalist and 2011 EPIC Award finalist, Ride the Lightning is probably my most emotional book to date. My editor called it a Joey W. Hill type emotional rollercoaster ride. I thought that was an amazing compliment since I’m a big Joey Hill fan.

I think every author has characters and stories that they feel especially close to. Emily Carrington is one of those characters for me. I felt her heartache very acutely as I wrote her story. Her sense of being alone in the world, rejected, unloved, mistreated and used by the very people who should have loved and cherished her…her pain was especially sharp for me. As I wrote her, I often wished for the finely etched prose of Josh Lanyon who can draw a character with words in such a way that you feel their every wince and flinch as if it were your own.  I think a little of my wishful thinking paid off because fans seem to feel Emily’s pain and eventual joy just as much as I do.

Ride the Lightning – Tales of the Darkworld Book 4

M/F, dragons, BDSM, Erotic Paranormal Romance



Red dragon Emily Carrington found her mate in black dragon Vahid Delrey, but misunderstandings, painful secrets, and distrust keep them apart. Emily thinks Vahid doesn’t want her. Vahid thinks Emily is a stuck up snob who could never truly love him. Both dragons hide crippling secrets from their pasts as their pain at being apart escalates. Emily falls for the strong, sexy black dragon and hides her need of him behind an icy facade. Vahid longs for Emily to need him but can’t bring himself to mate with such a cold woman. When Emily’s secret pain fetish threatens her life, Vahid must decide whether to save her or let her self-destructive ways rid him of the mate he never thought he’d love.

Warning this book contains one asshole hero, one cold as ice heroine, mating in shifted form in a haystack, a suicide attempt, spanking, anal play, BDSM and it’s all needed to create a very happy ending.


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21 Responses to 30 Days of Christmas:Day 19

  1. Ronda Inman says:

    Your wonderful way with words captured me from the start. WONDERFUL!

  2. Debby says:

    Great excerot. This book should be a winner

  3. Yadira A. says:

    I've got this one on my wishlist!!! I love dragons:)


  4. Sheila says:

    Fun excerpt. Might have to get me more dragons.

  5. Susie says:


    Hi. Love this book also. Emily just wrings your heart out.

    Please don't enter me, I have this one, also.

    Good luck everyone!

  6. Lindsey Ekland says:

    Another excellent addition to the series. Love dragons.

  7. Rae says:

    Ooh…I'm a sucker for dragons. I am definitely going to have to push this one to the top of the pile.

    And thanks for the excerpt!

  8. Tracey D says:

    This is a series I will love for sure! Now where is that credit card hiding????

  9. Cathy M says:

    Storyline definitely got my attention, plus I am a huge Joey Hill fan, and would love to read the rest of their story.

  10. Joder says:

    I'm intrigued by dragon stories and love how emotional this sounds. I'd love to get my hands on it.

    joderjo402 AT gmail DOT com

  11. Brandy B says:

    Great exerpt. Lex this party has been a blast!!!


    brandyzbooks(at)yahoo (dot)com

  12. Teresa W. says:

    Sounds like another good one, count me in! tWarner419@aol.com

  13. Pamela – They would take after either one of the parents not a mix. Same with a mixed race pairing (ie dragon and vampire.)

    Carlie – No titles changed so far. The Tales series titles are related some sort of element: Winds, Water, Fire, Lightning, Sun, Air (Breathe Me In), Thunder, Rain…and the last one is Force Majeure which sort of goes with the others but really is just an all encompassing idea of mine for that book. Some titles come as I write,some when I plot, some come first and the story after.

  14. Carlie A. says:

    Lex, wondering how do you come up with your titles? Do you get the title first and it inspires the story or do you name them after you've finished the book?

    Have any of your titles been changed by the publisher?



  15. Karin T says:

    What a great excerpt. It has me wanting to read the book so I can read the journey Emily and Vahid take to get their happy ending.

  16. Pamela Jones says:

    What color would the baby dragon be of a Red and Black dragon? I love Dragon books…:)

  17. Fedora says:

    Ooh, hooray, Anne! And Lex, thanks–this sounds fantastic!

  18. Tamsyn says:

    It is amazing how easy it is to misunderstand one another just because of a lack of communication. Applies very much to the modern world too!

  19. Lin W. says:

    Interesting excerpt, so many time in real life, we show the people the face they want to see. Not who we are.

  20. Lex says:

    Hi Kimmie!

    I sometimes use things that have happened to me or people I know. Bits and pieces of things so nothing is really recognizable. However, something like Emily's really bad experiences are a figment of my imagination.

  21. kimmie lange says:

    Loved the excerpt. YOu make the character sound so real. Do you use real life experiences in your stories?