Elisabeth Naughton’s UNCHAINED is a Fantasy/Paranormal Romance novella in the bestselling Eternal Guardians Series! You will not want to miss this one! UNCHAINED is a standalone novella, brought to you by the amazing team at 1001 Dark Nights. Be sure you grab your copy of this novella today!
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PROMETHEUS – One of the keenest Titans to ever walk the earth. Until, that is, his weakness for the human race resulted in his imprisonment.
For thousands of years, Prometheus’s only certainty was his daily torture at Zeus’s hand. Now, unchained by the Eternal Guardians, he spends his days in solitude, trying to forget the past. He’s vowed no allegiance in the war between mortal and immortal, but when a beautiful maiden seeks him out and begs for his help, he’s once again powerless to say no. Soon, Prometheus is drawn into the very conflict he swore to avoid, and, to save the maiden’s life, he must choose sides. But she has a secret of her own, and if Prometheus doesn’t discover what she’s hiding in time, the world won’t simply find itself embroiled in a battle between good and evil, it will fall in total domination to Prometheus’s greatest enemy.
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Her eyes were hypnotic, her voice sultry and so damn erotic he could go on listening to her talk about anything. Somehow he pulled his attention away from her perfect breasts and looked deep into her emerald eyes. “What realm? Tell me where you are flesh and blood at all times so I can find you.”
“That would break the rules. And if we are to see each other again, I can’t break them. As for what I want, though…” Her breaths grew shallow as she drew even closer and her gaze dropped to his lips. “I think this want burning inside me is the same one that brought you to this place.”
Her hand landed against the back of the chaise, and she angled her face up toward his. The heat of her body surrounded him, consumed him, infused him with need. He lifted his hand to her neck, felt the soft, silken flesh beneath his fingers, and was powerless to hold back.
His mouth lowered to hers as if they were magnets, drawn together by a force neither could resist. Her supple lips brushed his…warm, sweet, tender yet intoxicating at the same time. He had an overwhelming urge to take her, to claim her, to make her his own, but he didn’t want to do anything to spook her, and he was still so confused about what and who she was. So he kissed her slowly. Slid his fingers into her sleek hair. Held back from the passion he wanted to release.
She sighed against him. Brought one hand up to rest against his chest. Warmth circled the spot, shot sparks of electricity straight into his groin. Sliding his tongue along the seam of her lips, he coaxed her to open, to let him in, to give him a taste of what he’d been dreaming about for far too long.
She drew back quickly, breaking their kiss before he was ready. His hand dropped to her thigh as she looked to her right.
He didn’t care about whatever animal outside the gazebo had distracted her. He only wanted more. He reached for her. “Keia.”
“He’s back.” She pushed to her feet before he could kiss her again. Her gaze stayed locked on something to her right. “What is he doing back so soon?”
“He who?” A little of Prometheus’s lust faded when he saw the worry rushing over her features. He stood and reached for her. “Keia?”
She glanced his way. But this time he didn’t see heat in her gemlike eyes. He saw fear. True fear. “He’s not alone. I have to go.”
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Prometheus is playing with fire — again.
(A little backstory: Prometheus, a Titan, angered the God Zeus by giving the gift of fire to mankind. The infuriated and vengeful Zeus had Prometheus chained to a large boulder, where, for eternity, the Titan’s liver (yes, that’s liver, not lover) was to be eaten daily by an eagle. As an immortal, Prometheus was doomed to regenerate any injury to his body, so by night he would heal, by day he would be devoured anew. Prometheus escaped this damnation when he was rescued by the Argonauts.)
Present day —
Prometheus lives a life of solitude in a castle high on Mt. Parnithia — a castle once belonging to a dark sorcerer. When Prometheus begins to hear a beguiling feminine voice calling out to him, he thinks it to be a hallucination or perhaps the remnants of some dark magic left over from the former tenant.
Unable to resist the call of the female, Prometheus soon comes to realize that the voice is real, and its owner has a power over him that he cannot and does not want to resist. He seeks out the source of that siren’s call and discovers it belongs to a beautiful witch who calls herself Keia. Prometheus is immediately taken with the sorceress and his feelings for her reawaken the life force in him.
Keia is actually Circe, the most powerful witch in the cosmos, and Circe has an agenda. Like Prometheus, Circe has angered Zeus and her punishment is imprisonment in a cave on Mt. Olympus. Zeus, being Zeus, is not a “forgive and forget” type of God — everything has its price. In Circe’s case, Zeus demands that in exchange for her freedom, Circe has to discover the location of the fourth and final element needed to complete the all-powerful Orb of Kronós. With the intact Orb of Kronós, Zeus will reign eternally over all realms and worlds. There exists only one person who knows exactly where that fourth element resides — Prometheus.
Circe sets about casting her spells to seduce the half-mad Prometheus, but soon realizes that Prometheus has cast the spell of love upon her. The attraction between Prometheus and Circe ignites into a consuming flame. Passionate embraces in an enchanted location, a capture, and more grotesque torture finally lead the lovers to a final confrontation on Mt. Olympus with the crazed Zeus. Back out come the chains, but for whom?
Unchained by Elisabeth Naughton is the latest offering in the 1001 Dark Night Series. A stand alone novella in Naughton’s successful Eternal Guardians Series, Unchained is an urgent, sensual love story filled with all the captivating fantasy and magic that could only arise from the ancient mythologies. Author Naughton weaves her story, set in present time, around characters that grab the reader instantly. Prometheus, Circe and Zeus are so well written — a novella doesn’t seem to do them justice. Perhaps Circe will continue her whispering into the author’s ear . . . .
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Elisabeth Naughton is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. From Elisabeth: “I was never one of those people who knew they wanted to be an author at the age of six. I didn’t have imaginary friends. I didn’t write stories in my journal or entertain my relatives by firelight after Thanksgiving dinner. For the most part, I was just a normal, everyday kid. I liked to read, but I wasn’t exceptional at it. And when my teachers complimented me on my writing abilities, I brushed them off. I did, however, always have a penchant for the unique and absurd. And as my mother told me all throughout my childhood, I should have been an actress—I was a drama queen before my time.Visit Elisabeth Naughton’s website.
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