Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Shades of Pink Teaser - One More Bloom by Vivien Dean


Every day until the end of September, I will post here the blurb for one of the stories from the Shades of Pink charity anthology, as well as a teaser, and a short bio for the author. The anthology will be available on October 1st, with all proceeds going to breast cancer research but you can donate today and get it 5 days early! I invite you to come back, share the links for these teasers, tell your friends about it... It's all for a good cause! And if you tweet about it, you can use the hashtag #shadesofpink :)

Today, a glimpse from One More Bloom by Vivien Dean

BLURB
Lovers Adam and Rachel have been cursed for over a century, doomed because the world wasn’t ready to see past the colors of their skin. But now, under the canopy of Washington DC’s cherry blossoms, Adam finally has the means to put an end to it, once and for all.

FIRST PAGE
It was a good day to die.

Springtime had come early to Washington, DC, blooming in the colors that always made it Adam Marchand’s favorite season. That bright green only found in newfound blades of grass. Whites and pinks and yellows peppering the flowerbeds like a Seurat masterpiece to create a beauty greater than its blossoms. Blue so clear and deep, he could stare up into it and get lost for the eternity he was condemned.

He wouldn’t change his mind about what was to come, but he did regret he wouldn’t have the opportunity to savor this day the way it was meant to be.

He dressed casually, faded jeans, a plain dark T-shirt, nothing that would catch undue notice. People wouldn’t even look twice at him for the color of his skin, a gift he would never take for granted no matter how many years passed. If he got attention, it came from interested women and the occasional man. The blond valet, for instance, had flirted with him outrageously while they rode up the elevator to his room the night before. He didn’t see Adam’s Creole heritage, just someone he found attractive. Both of them would’ve been hung in Adam’s youth, but now, nobody cared.

If he had only been born in this era...how different his life would’ve been. He could’ve courted Rachel without fear, announced his devotion to her in public, even married her without stripping her away from her family. They could’ve had children by now, beautiful babies with her eyes and his smile, and he could’ve gone to bed with her nestled against him, knowing they would face the morning together.

Instead, Adam got the so-called privilege of losing her over and over again, denying her the life she should have, condemning her with ignorance even in those final moments.

No more.

The ring rested secure atop the dresser in the silk bag he’d stored it in since getting it. Though Berenice had said he could wear it, he’d only put it on once, to make sure it fit before she did her mojo. What if he lost it? Or what if the magic leeched away, rendering it useless when he needed it most? He’d searched for a way to break the curse for too long to risk sabotaging it, either via ignorance or negligence. So the ring remained locked in a strongbox he carried back from Martinique

Until now. The time had come to forget about his anxieties.

As he dumped the bag’s contents onto his palm, the russet silk glided across his skin, tickling with its teasing caress. The band itself was innocuous, thick silver etched with symbols he didn’t recognize, but he trembled as he slid it onto the ring finger of his left hand. Nobody would notice it. It looked like a wedding band. But wearing it like one felt like sacrilege, no matter what Berenice claimed about pathways, and his stomach churned at the prospect of Rachel spying it before he had the chance to touch her.

He squeezed his eyes shut. Forgive me.

Nothing to be done about it now. Scooping up his wallet and jacket, he headed out, ready to take the next step.

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AUTHOR
Three time EPPIE winner, Vivien Dean is a firm believer that love doesn’t care about gender, so her titles include both het and GLBT, erotic and sweet, as well as a wide variety of genres. She currently resides in northern California with her British husband and two children. You can find more information at http://www.viviendean.com/.

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