Friday, March 13, 2009

Friday's special is...Touch of the Demon



Touch of the Demon by Christina Phillips

It's Friday the 13th...so the Book Roast is turning off the gas and gathering in darkness to invite you to experience...The Touch of the Demon (insert sinister laugh)...in honor of the date, and the fact that both roaster and roastee are based in Aust
ralia, this is one roast that will continue deep, deep, deep into the night...are you afraid of the dark?...we don't care...if you're over 18 come and join us...if not, come back Monday, sorry...


Dark angel Rafe travels back in time to destroy the woman who is fated to bring untold chaos to the cosmos. Instead, he finds Celeste, a child of the Earth Goddess, who is sworn to protect the one Rafe seeks. He mistakes her for his quarry but an irresistible attraction prevents him from taking her soul. And although Celeste holds the one weapon capable of banishing Rafe from Earth forever, she's unable to deny the overwhelming desire to possess this creature from hell. They come together in a frenzy of passion, each believing they are changing destiny by their actions. But when the Earth Goddess appears they discover her plans are more far reaching than either had imagined.

Excerpt:

“I’ll beg you for nothing.” It was a lie. If Celeste thought begging could get her anywhere, then she would already be on her knees before him. She kept that knowledge locked deep in her heart.

Rafe took a step toward her and her heart hammered in her breast. He was taller than any human she had known over the years. But then, he wasn’t human. Beneath the long leather coat he wore against the night’s chill air, his broad shoulders all but blotted out the rest of the world.

She sucked in a suddenly panicked breath, and his evocative scent of other worldly essences, meshed with hot, heavy male enveloped her. Against every principle she stood for, her nipples strained against the fabric of her bodice, peaking with desire and disgust and pure, animal heat.
A mocking smile twisted his full sensual lips. “I could make you beg, human.” His finger traced the outline of her face and she shuddered, hating the way she reacted and yet unable to help herself. “I might even listen to your pleas.” His smoky whisper shimmered along her senses, searing with words unsaid.

Trailer for Touch of the Demon


More about Christina Phillips

Born in the UK, I met my very own hero when I was just fifteen, was married at twenty and we went on to have three delightful (well they're delightful most of the time...) children. To get me through my driving test after baby #2 was born, I wrote a couple of romances to keep my mind off reversing round corners. It turned out to be a very good diversionary tactic, but unfortunately the writing sucked and all I received in the mail were form rejections from Mills & Boon (I did pass my driving test though, so there was some method in my madness).

I jacked in the writing lark, since with two toddlers and two jobs I was too knackered to think of anything else! But in the back of my mind, the bug stayed. And grew. Like it does.

Fast forward a few years... add another baby... and we emigrated to Australia. Once all the excitement had settled down, the writing bug came back with a vengeance and I decided that this time I'd stick with it.

I'm now writing dark erotic romance for The Scarlet Rose line of The Wild Rose Press, and absolutely love it! My latest release is Touch of the Demon, described by my publishers as a Futuristic/Fantasy, "lush and dark, providing an interesting fantasy for the tumultuous days of earth".

Drop in to visit Christina at her website or her blog

To buy Touch of the Demon from The Wild Rose Press, click Here , or to buy Christina's debut Scarlet Rosette, Foretaste of Forever, from The Wild Rose Press, click Here

To win a free copy of Touch of the Demon, answer the following question:

Falling for a Creature from Hell is never a good idea. Tell us about your worst-ever relationship, with your own private Creature from Hell...

49 comments:

Shona Snowden said...

Good afternoon from Down Under. As you are all getting tucked up in bed, we're just getting started with the best part of our day...

Christina Phillips said...

Hi Shona! Thanks for having me on the Book Roast today! I love Friday 13th - and love this question too. LOL!

Suzanne Brandyn said...

Hi Shona and Christina,

I tried to answer your question, lol.. does it have to be real? lol
Thinking about it I guess so, I'll be back. hehehehehehe

Suz :)

Sara Hantz said...

Hi from sunny New Zealand.... I don't think I've ever had a relationship with a creature from hell.... a few bosses from hell, maybe...

Suzanne Brandyn said...

Well with some thought I have never had a date with a creature from hell. Am I missing something. lol...

Suz :)

Chris Eldin said...

OOOOO!!!! This timing is uber cool!!!

You Aussies are a clever lot.
;-)

Christina Phillips said...

Hey Suz! I never had a date with a creature from hell, but I did once go out with an octopus. And once was more than enough!!!

Christina Phillips said...

ugh Sara! I've know a few bosses from hell too. Not fun!!

Chris Eldin said...

Worst ever relationship...hmmm... Well, if he looked like that guy on the cover, I'd overlook a thing or two.
;-)

Has to be my television relationship with Barney. I knew it wouldn't last, but couldn't quell the loathing none-the-less.
:-)

Christina Phillips said...

LOL Chris! We are! *grin*

Christina Phillips said...

Chris, I'd overlook several things if he looked like the guy on the cover!

LOL on Barney. I had a soft spot for Kermit the Frog now I think about it!!

Amanda Ashby said...

Hey Christina - waves from NZ. As for creatures from hell, I'm not sure if I've dated any but like Sara said, I've probably had a few bosses that came from the firey region!

Christina Phillips said...

Hey, Amanda *waves*, looks like bosses are getting a good roasting here today!!

Suzanne Brandyn said...

Urgh... that sounds horid, lol... octopus. I just imagined all those arms. Yuck! lol

Christina Phillips said...

Suz, it definitely wasn't one of my best moments!!!

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Shona Snowden said...

Oooh, you got the party started.

Chris, must agree on Barney. That was where my tolerance for children's television ran out. I just would not watch him.

As for my Creature From Hell, that would be the zombie I dated not long after I left uni. I've mentioned him on here before, I think I kid you not. Actual zombie. The dark staring eyes, the looming up from the shadows, the monotonous bass voice, the way the friendliest dogs in the world would attack him... And spookiest of all, he blinded me to all this (of course). I thought he was normal... My friends pointed his weirdness out to me after they had tolerated him for a couple of months. After their interpretation of his behaviour, I could never again look at him without laughing.

Pat Posner said...

Hi, Christina
Good morning from UK on this, your Release Day!

xxPat

Christina Phillips said...

Shona, how funny! Thinking about it, I dated a zombie type when I was 15. He worked nights (so he said) which (so he said) accounted for his red rimmed eyes. Oh wait, maybe he was a closet vampire...!

Christina Phillips said...

Pat! How lovely to see you over here! Thanks so much for your good wishes!!

Shona Snowden said...

Almost bedtime here in Oz. Behave yourselves and I'll come clean up in the morning

Devon Gray said...

The book sounds great! Congratulation on the release...I'm sure it will soar up the bestseller list. My creature from hell date? Well, I dated (very briefly) a Chippendales dancer once. I'll just say his ego was the biggest thing about him and leave it at that. He did think a lot of himself though...

April Vine said...

Hi there.
Well, I never dated a creature from hell.
I kinda missed out on that and went straight for the prince.
Again, congrats on your release, Christina, I can’t wait to get my hands on it.

Christina Phillips said...

Devon! OMG. That's too funny! When I was 13 I had a crush on a 15 year old blue eyed blond who spent more time gazing at his reflection in shop windows than he did at me!

Thanks so much for the congrats and good wishes!!

Kaye Manro said...

Great roast, Christina. I'm either very late or very early, depending on where you are on the planet!

Well, I do have a from hell relationship -- you had to ask -- It was with a rock musician, and believe me when I say it was like being on a roller coaster from hell and back! Enough said.

Good luck yet again. I am reading Touch of the Demon as soon as I can.

Christina Phillips said...

April! I didn't see your post there earlier!! My computer had a scrolly moment!! And good for you going straight for the prince. That's the way to do it!!

Christina Phillips said...

Kaye, a rock musician sounds very glamorous but I can imagine it could be far from the truth. And why do I now have Bat out of Hell running through my brain? LoL I'm obsessed by Meat Loaf, it's tragic!!

Charli said...

Hmm, i've had no dates with any creatures from hell, but agreeing with Sara and Amanda, i could definetly make your toenails curl with stories of a couple of bosses from hell!

Charli

p.s
YAY on the book release
xoxo

Christina Phillips said...

Hey Charli, good to see you! There are a lot of demon bosses out there by the sound of it!!

sex scenes at starbucks said...

Worst relationship ever? Mine is more about the one that never happened. In school I loved this boy called Sean. Sean secretly loved me. We hung out a little bit. but we ran with different crowds, so we never got together. Later, in college, we met at a party and talked and realized we'd had it for each other, bad.

We were both in committed relationships so we didn't do anything about it. Sheesh, that sucked. He was even hotter in college.

Good luck with the book, Christina!

laughingwolf said...

welcome christina... nice tease of an excerpt, shona :O lol

my experience with a creature from hell: supposedly we were building a relationship, had plans for a home and family, had the wedding day finalized... when she decided to bail for a guy with more money

i said: ok, just be sure this is what you want

18 months later, she wanted to get back together again... no deal

Charles Gramlich said...

Whoa, nice excerpt. Is it just me or is it hot in here.

My worst experiences with demons from hell have occurred because they didn't look at all like demons from hell. They looked like the sweetest little angels. Until the change.

Mary Ricksen said...

Wonderful that you went back to writing. It was just the right time for you.
I am havin' a relationship with a creature from hell right now. And I married him. Hs!

Helen Hardt said...

Happy release day, Christina!

I've been happily married for almost 20 years to my wonderful husband, but there were a few creatures from hell in my past, LOL. I'm thinking of the one my first year of college who took me out and explained how sex was a very intimate thing for him, and that he'd be willing to share it with me. Selfless, wasn't he?

No, he didn't get any, LOL.

Helen

Susan Macatee said...

Hi, Christina! Delicious excerpt!!

I guess I'm lucky in that I've never had one of those hellish relationships, so don't have an answer to your question.

Shona Snowden said...

The many guises of the Creatures from Hell! Devious, aren't they?!

So, Christina, how are you celebrating launch day, other than hanging out here with us?

Christina Phillips said...

sex scenes from starbucks - *sigh* unrequieted love! That's a kind of hell, always wondering what might have been!!

Thanks for the good wishes!

Christina Phillips said...

laughingwolf, ouch that's a really bad hellish one, what a nightmare. A bit cheeky wanting to come back after all that!

Christina Phillips said...

Charles, thank you!

I think that's the trouble with demons. They never look bad, they always look hot and gorgeous and completely irrisistible!!

Christina Phillips said...

Thanks, Mary! Yes, I'm glad I went back to writing as well!

You married your own creature from hell? LOL! That's got to be hot!!!

Christina Phillips said...

Helen, I'm still laughing at that truly selfless guy from college! I wonder if that line ever actually worked?!

Christina Phillips said...

Susan, thank you so much! I'm glad you enjoyed the excerpt!!

Christina Phillips said...

Shona, I'm feeling a bit hungover this morning, lol! But I'm having a ball, it's so much fun here!!

Christina Phillips said...

whoops, sorry sex scenes *at* starbucks, not *from* starbucks! My fingers often work independently of my brain!!

Shona Snowden said...

Independent or not, it's time for those fingers to type in the name of the winner of a free copy of Touch of the Demon!

Thank you Christina for the demonic fun.

Roast is now closed... Look out for next week's Pitch Party!

Christina Phillips said...

Thank you Shona for having me at the Book Roast! It's been fun.

The winner of a free copy of Touch of the Demon is Mary Ricksen!

laughingwolf said...

grats mary... and thx christina...

Shona Snowden said...

Thank you Christina, and congratulations Mary. Please contact Christina via her web site or blog to arrange delivery of your prize.

Deiter of Venice, CA said...

I can make no comment on the content of quality of the book as I know nothing about it. I hope it's a good one because the subject matter is a trendy and well-worn one. As a graphics person, and self-described expert on imaging, the cover of this book is horrendous! It has the look of something that was put together by a well intentioned friend with no eye or training but a graphics program and a "flair."

I, for one, would be dubious of any book with a cover like this.

Sorry. It had to be said.