We are so excited to bring you the Review & Excerpt Tour for KISS THE FLAME by Christopher Rice!! KISS THE FLAME is a standalone novella that combines the worlds of THE FLAME and his novel THE SURRENDER GATE, brought to you by 1001 Dark Nights. It is due to be released on November 10, 2015! Grab your copy of this sexy novella today!
About KISS THE FLAME:
In a standalone novella that combines the worlds of THE FLAME and his novel, THE SURRENDER GATE, New York Times bestselling author Christopher Rice returns you to a mysterious candle shop in the New Orleans French Quarter where the scents of passion provide the courage to embrace your heart’s desire.
– SYNOPSIS –
Are some risks worth taking?
Laney Foley is the first woman from her hard working family to attend college. That’s why she can’t act on her powerful attraction to one of the gorgeous teaching assistants in her Introduction to Art History course. Getting involved with a man who has control over her final grade is just too risky. But ever since he first laid eyes on her, Michael Brouchard seems to think about little else but the two of them together. And it’s become harder for Laney to ignore his intelligence and his charm.
During a walk through the French Quarter, an intoxicating scent that reminds Laney of her not-so-secret admirer draws her into an elegant scented candle shop. The shop’s charming and mysterious owner seems to have stepped out of another time, and he offers Laney a gift that could break down the walls of her fear in a way that can only be described as magic. But will she accept it?
Light this flame at the scene of your greatest passion and all your desires will be yours…
Lilliane Williams is a radiant, a supernatural being with the power to make your deepest sexual fantasy take shape around you with just a gentle press of her lips to yours. But her gifts came at a price. Decades ago, she set foot inside what she thought was an ordinary scented candle shop in the French Quarter. When she resisted the magical gift offered to her inside, Lilliane was endowed with eternal youth and startling supernatural powers, but the ability to experience and receive romantic love was removed from her forever. When Lilliane meets a young woman who seems poised to make the same mistake she did years before, she becomes determined to stop her, but that will mean revealing her truth to a stranger. Will Lilliane’s story provide Laney with the courage she needs to open her heart to the kind of true love only magic can reveal?
– EXCERPT –
A candle shop open at this hour, this far from the main drag?
But it’s the source of the smell, Michael’s smell. It has to be. Just to be sure, she pulls a piece of her dress close to her nose. Maybe his cologne rubbed off on her during their embrace and she’s coated with the stuff. But her dress smells more like dinner than the man of her dreams. When she lifts her head again, when she gazes across the street at the quaint little candle shop bathed in a gold light that feels otherworldly, a tide of it hits her again.
With each step she takes toward the shop, she feels as if she’s slipped further out of her own body.
It’s only the second day of class and he’s asked them to meet him at the sculpture garden at the New Orleans Museum of Art in City Park. He’s telling them how art is something that’s present in their everyday lives, not just something you visit in museums or study in books. The bright sculptures shining in the sunlight all around them are
proof of that. And that’s when she realizes he’s not like any other man she’s ever known, as she gazes up at him, sitting cross-legged on the grass with the other students as he speaks. Handsome and brilliant and full of passion for something besides football. That was when she first caught his particular smell and it felt like he had unzipped
her soul without touching her. And the moment had been so intoxicating, so powerful, she’d shoved it down and repressed it, and now it’s coming back to her unfiltered, uncensored, overpowering and raw.
She knocks on the doorway’s frame. There’s no answer.
The shop before her is tiny, but too beautiful and immaculate to have been carelessly abandoned at this late hour. Instead of a register or counter, there’s a small desk tucked in one corner beneath a row of ribbon wheels attached to the wall above. A large black table with a round marble top takes up the center of the tiny space. The table’s curvilinear supports make her think of snakes, if you made snakes rounded and elegant and lined their bodies with tiny flecks of ivory.
The source of the smell is sitting on a metal tray, a few inches from a vase exploding with yellow flowers she doesn’t recognize. It’s a candle just like the ones lining the shelves in the front window, only this one is lit. And the smell coming from it is Michael.
“Good evening,” a male voice says.
– REVIEW –
What happens when you let go of your fears and let your heart take over?
The answer can be found in Christopher Rice’s latest novella, Kiss the Flame.
Part of the 1001 Dark Night Series, Rice’s Kiss the Flame is a gem of a story. Set in magical and mysterious New Orleans, the author weaves a supernatural tale that takes the reader from the aching needs of desire, to the soaring joys of love realized, and back down again into the depths of the despair of an abandoned heart.
Utilizing characters and settings first introduced in Rice’s The Surrender Gate and The Flame, the author seamlessly incorporates the human storyline of undergrad student, Laney Foley, and her college instructor, Michael Brouchard with the fascinating storyline of the immortals, Radiant Lilliane Williams and Ghost Bastian Drake.
Laney lives in fear of failure, whether it be in academia, love or life — it rules her. She is unable to reciprocate the love and desire Michael holds for her until an intercession by an immortal reveals to Laney the irrevocable consequences of attempting to deny that which is destined. Does Laney have the courage to follow her heart, or is magic really the answer?
Kiss the Flame is an absolutely mesmerizing tale, sprinkled with subtle wisdom about some universal truths. The plot is well thought out and its characters are skillfully crafted. Rice delivers the voluptuous union of Laney and Michael with a deft touch — sensual, burning, loving, poetic — perfection. Not one word wasted, no extraneous plot lines, characters or filler, this is a well-written story worthy of your time.
Surrender to the seductive, mysterious forces abiding in Christopher Rice’s realm — give in to Kiss the Flame.
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*
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– ABOUT THE AUTHOR –
After publishing four New York Times bestselling thrillers by the age of 30 and being declared one of People Magazine’s Sexiest Men Alive, award-winning writer Christopher Rice became the first author to make his erotic romance debut part of the 1,001 DARK NIGHTS series. THE FLAME: A Desire Exchange Novella kicked off a steamy new series set in New Orleans, featuring magical candles and a sexy new breed of supernatural beings, The Radiants, who are devoted to helping heroes and heroines realize their heart’s desire. THE FLAME earned accolades from some of the biggest names in erotic romance and was quickly followed up by THE SURRENDER GATE: A Desire Exchange Novel, available from Evil Eye Concepts as a Blue Box Special. Aside from authoring eight works of dark suspense, Christopher is also the co-host and executive producer of a streaming Internet radio show he launched with his best friend, New York Times bestselling author Eric Shaw Quinn. Each Sunday at 8 PM ET/ 5 PM PT, THE DINNER PARTY SHOW WITH CHRISTOPHER RICE & ERIC SHAW QUINN brings you a new episode at TheDinnerPartyShow.com.