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Today we’re celebrating release of, The Pirate, the second book in a fast paced action adventure series by E.C. Jarvis
Read on for an excerpt of The Pirate. You can enter the Rafflecopter at the bottom of the post for a chance to win a $10 amazon gift voucher and a signed print copy of The Pirate.
Larissa’s new role as Captain of a pirate airship was never going to be simple. The mess of events that lead to her change of career don’t seem to be abating. Can she convince her crew to stick around through all the unusual and dangerous events? Or will she succumb to the mounting pressure and grief that others impose on her at every turn? The unravelling mysteries from her past mingle perilously with airships, fights, and explosions galore. The Pirate is book 2 of the Blood and Destiny Series, following on directly from the events of The Machine.
Holt froze. Though his eyes needed a moment to adjust to the darkness within, he couldn’t see anyone inside. The corners of the room were empty, as was the chair in which he’d expected Larissa to be sleeping. Another bump sounded ahead, and he realized that whomever was inside was behind the desk on the floor. His teeth ground together in his jaw as his mind filled in the blanks. Perhaps one of the men had Larissa under the desk, pinned down, helpless. He would not be forgiving if that was the case. He headed around the desk, treading lightly to keep the element of surprize, arm raised, the point of his knife pinched between his fingers, ready to be flung at the culprit.
As the dim light from the lantern on the floor behind the desk came into view, illuminating the scene, his scowl turned to a frown. Larissa was alone, backed into the footwell of the desk, curled into a ball, her eyes squeezed shut. Her mouth moved silently, her hands clenched into tight fists, face scrunched up and legs twitching. Holt watched for a moment, motionless, dumbstruck. Part of him almost wished someone was attacking her; he had the perfect solution for that situation. Larissa squealed again and bucked backwards into the desk, knocking it with her head as she repeated the word “no” in varying degrees of desperation.
Holt cleared his throat, unsure what else he could say or do to wake her from the nightmare. She grew still, though her hands were still clenched. Holt cleared his throat a second time, a little louder, and then her eyes snapped open.
Larissa lay there for a long time, staring up at him, saying nothing. After a while, he wondered if she were still asleep, if she’d just entered some form of open-eyed sleep phase.
“Am I looking particularly threatening this morning?” she said, a frown appearing on her forehead.
Holt returned the frown and realized he still stood gripping the knife in his hand, in a ready stance—one she would now recognize. Part of him wanted to praise her for being observant; a far larger part of him wanted to kick himself in the kidney for appearing so threatening to her, especially as she’d just woken from an awful nightmare. He sheathed the knife and crouched down beside her, offering his hand.
“My apologies.” His voice was bland. He’d wanted to sound sincere, and instead it sounded flat and unnatural. He watched as she turned her head, taking in her surroundings with a perplexed look on her face. Larissa sat up and accepted his hand, he pulled her gently from under the desk and as she stood she dropped his hand and turned her face away. The sunrise outside just starting to illuminate the room, he could see the beginnings of a blush touching her cheeks. As he noticed her fingers gripping the edge of the desk, he knew precisely what she was remembering.
“Is it my shift for watching the door or at the wheel?”
Holt blinked at her as she regained her composure. He hadn’t expected her to take any shifts. Indeed, as the Captain, she shouldn’t be sharing the grunt work with her men, but something about the fact that she expected to do so made him admire her.
“No,” he said, opting to keep his admiration private.
“Oh. Then what was it you wanted?”
The blush returned to her cheeks as she pushed away from the desk and reached up to scratch at her neck. He was sure she hadn’t intended the question to be provocative, but intention or not, the memory of her on the desk beneath him flashed through his mind.
“I heard a noise,” he said, giving away nothing in his tone. He turned his back to the desk as she stepped around him, blocking out the memory for both of them.
“In my cabin?” She glanced around nervously. “What kind of noise?”
“It was you.”
“I was making a noise?”
“What kind of noise?”
He paused, unsure how to answer. If he told her the truth, she might feel embarrassed, though he couldn’t think of what other sort of noise she could have made that would have caused him to enter her room uninvited with his knife drawn. “It was a distressed noise.” There, that should suffice.
“Oh. I see. I apologise for…making noise and causing you to… get that out.” She pointed at the sheathed knife at his waist. “Your knife, I mean… Gods.”
He stifled a smirk as she rolled her eyes.
“Well, I guess as it’s morning, it’s time to get to work?” Larissa continued.
“Indeed. Though I have something I wish to discuss with you,” Holt said.
“Oh? Can we do it on deck?”
“I’d rather we did it in private…talk. I’d rather we talked in private.”
Larissa sucked her lower lip into her mouth and appeared to be biting down hard on it, attempting, Holt presumed, to stop herself from laughing at him.
The Pirate is the second book in the Blood and Destiny series. Part one – The Machine is available now at http://www.amazon.com/The-Machine-Blood-Destiny-Book-ebook/dp/B01B43XF08 the ebook is only $0.99 and recommended reading before you sink your teeth into book two. Book three will be released in April/May of 2016 and the fourth and final book will be out before the end of the summer, so you won’t be kept waiting long to have the whole saga to complete!
E.C. Jarvis also has an erotic romance series available. Set in a fantasy world – not too dissimilar to that of a steampunk style. This bold and original series has been getting rave reviews from readers, so if you like your books with a little extra steam, then check them out!