Today it’s my treat to welcome author Anastasia V. Pergakis to the blog. Anastasia is here to talk about her recent release Cleanse Fire – a fantasy adventure novel. Be sure to read her post and follow the instructions for your chance to win a copy of Cleanse Fire.
Thanks for taking time out of the Black Friday dash to acquire the best deals on Christmas gifts to join us here on the blog. Please tell us a bit about Cleanse Fire.
Anastasia: Cleanse Fire is a fantasy adventure novel filled with action and suspense. But there is romance and sexual tension thrown in too!
Complete the mission, no matter what…
Captain Derac Vidor has served Kinir for nearly twenty years. It’s his life, his blood, his soul. And then his Commander betrays everything Derac holds dear. Now he has to focus on his own life and his team instead of saving the citizens of Kinir.
Treason is only the beginning…
Fueled by rage, the team chases the source to their Commander’s betrayal – a powerful wizard bent on revenge. The wizard seeks to destroy the Kinir Elite, in both mind and body. No place is safe, even among their allies.
The past holds the key…
Derac’s tragic past may be the key to saving the team. But can he face the gruesome nightmare in time?
Kie: Thank you Anastasia. I’m honored you wanted me to write…honestly, I’m not happy about this at all. You know I’m better at discussing weapons or battle strategies than I am something like love. I’m sure Aeli would be more suited for a topic such as this.
Anastasia: You are the one that fell in love, so you have to talk about it.
Kie: *sigh* Fine. I fell in love with my commanding officer. End of story.
Anastasia: Umm, no that is not the end of the story.
Kie: *crosses arms over chest and flops into a chair* Since I’m certain you will not let me be at peace until I do this…
We are told early on in our military careers that courting someone in your unit can be hazardous. After all, seeing the one you love in danger can make you do irrational things, defy orders, and even get yourself killed. To make matters worse, not only is he in my unit, he is my Captain, my leader.
I’m sure you’ve all heard the saying that love shows up when you least expect it to. This is absolutely true. Trust me. *laugh* Even Anastasia over there was shocked to see the romance blossom between Derac and I. It just…happened. I don’t know how else to explain it to you.
I joined the team a year ago and I always saw Derac as nothing more than my Captain. I followed orders, served my country. That was it. *smile* Sure, as an elfa, I can’t deny I found him attractive. The military life does keep an elf in peak physical condition, after all. But there is so much more to him than his looks.
Derac… *gets a far away look in her amber eyes* Derac is filled with loyalty to his family, to his country, and to its citizens. Fierce loyalty unlike anything I’ve ever seen. He has ‘leader’ written all over him, in the way he stands, the way he talks, the way he moves.
He can wield a sword with such grace; beautiful to see him fight. The strength in his arms as he defeats an enemy, the determined focus in his eye….then he can turn around and hold you so gently, you feel as if you’re floating.
*shakes self* Ahem. Apologies. I think I became off topic.
Anastasia: Oh no you didn’t get off topic, Kie. Keep going!
Kie: I lost my train of thought. Excuse me. *clears throat* Derac and I have to be very careful with our new found relationship. While no one will order us not to be together, they will be watching us closely. Derac, more so. His rank, his leadership role, requires him to maintain a certain level of…integrity I suppose. One mistake, one wrong move, could cost us everything we’ve built in our careers.
Dedicated to the uniform as I am, I won’t allow Derac to give me affection in the middle of a mission or in front of others when in uniform. At least, I try the very best I can not to. I know Derac is the same. Yes, it is painful and hard to do. But it is how it must be.
I wish I could tell you that Derac and I will live happily ever after – but I can’t. We dedicated our lives to Kinir; pledged to protect it with our life or death. But, we are enjoying the moments we do have and will do so for as long as we can.
Anastasia: Thank you Kie. Now, for my part, I’ve included a little scene between Derac and Kie. The team is hiding in a brothel in this particular scene, the perfect setting for a little tension!
An Excerpt From Cleanse Fire:
The blonde in blue floated her way to Rakan and sat down in his lap with a giggle. Jardel got a bouncy brunette to land in his lap. Derac was not paying attention and the other blonde in red planted herself on his knees. His head snapped up to look at her.
“Long journey, Warrior?” she purred.
Derac set his face in a grim line. He put his hands on her waist, picked her up and put her on her feet. “I’m not interested, but thank you for the offer.”
She pouted and slowly walked away, swinging her hips. Derac sighed and returned to looking at the ceiling.
“That was not very nice,” Vivian pouted from Tyn’s lap. “You could have at least talked to her.”
Derac growled. “Look, while I’m flattered that she would choose me, I am not in the mood, all right?”
“How can you not be in the mood?” Vivian said. She didn’t hide her offense at his words. “Making love is the best thing in the world.” She leaned her head back and laughed. Tyn planted a kiss on her collar bone. She giggled and looked at Derac daring him to prove her wrong.
Derac leaned his elbows on his knees and put on his best charming smile. “Why would I pay a woman to be with me when I could have a warrior elf with the perfect body?” He turned his head and winked at Kie. She played along and winked back at him.
“Oh! How sinfully nice!” Vivian laughed.
Aeli looked at Kie in shock. Derac put his hands behind his head and reclined in the chair again, a smug look on his face. Tyn laughed with Vivian but Jardel and Rakan were too distracted by the girls in their laps to pay attention.
“Well, let me show you to your rooms then,” Vivian said with a giggle.
She stood and took Tyn’s hand and led him through the silk curtains hanging across the doorway. The group picked up their packs and followed them down the hall lined with doors covered in silk to give the appearance of having no doors at all.
Vivian opened the door to one room and Jardel and his girl fell into it with a laugh. Derac growled under his breath. The room across the hall became occupied by Rakan and his blonde.
At the next door, Vivian turned to Aeli. “I can get a man for you if you like,” she smiled.
Aeli smiled. “No thanks. I’m much too tired, and I fear he would be disappointed.”
As she closed the door to her room, Derac caught her rolling her eyes. He held back a smirk as they continued down the hall. She opened another door and waved her hand dramatically to both Kie and Derac.
Kie opened her mouth to protest but Derac shoved her into the room. He flashed a grin to Vivian and Tyn and kicked the door shut.
“What are you doing?” Kie whispered in a harsh tone.
He held up his hands to stop her. “I just wanted to get away from that Vivian woman. If you had protested, it would have taken longer that I would have had to deal with her.”
Kie crossed her arms over her chest. “That’s not the point! The whole team will know we are in the same room – in a brothel!”
“What is the problem with that? We’ve shared rooms before.” He grinned wickedly. “We’ve even snuggled on the floor of a cave remember?”
Kie huffed and flopped down in the velvet covered chair in the corner. Derac cast his gaze around the room and curled his nose. Silk sheets on the four post bed. Silk on the wall. Shag red carpet and velvet seat cushions.
A knock sounded and Derac swung the door open in a wild fashion.
Tyn’s eyes winkled at the corners with his large grin. “I told Vivian you two would need extra blankets. So you can make an extra bed. There are gowns in the wardrobe if you want.”
“Thank you,” Derac took them and shut the door again.
“At least Tyn is thinking rationally,” Kie muttered. She went over to the wardrobe and swung open the doors. “Gowns? Is he serious?” She pulled out a paper thin cotton shift with no sleeves. The low cut collar and see through material made Kie gasp in shock.
Derac smirked. “I bet it’s comfortable.”
Kie rolled her eyes and put it back into the wardrobe. She dug around and found a cotton gown not quite so transparent.
“I guess this will have to do. I am sick of sleeping in my uniform.”
“Me too but I doubt there are sleeping clothes in there for me.”
“Then wear nothing. Maybe then that blonde could have an easier time of getting you in the mood.” She titled her head back, the maniacal laugh bubbling from her throat.
“I told you, why pay a woman to be with me when I can have an elf with the perfect body?”
“Oh? You think I’d just bend to your advances, hmm?”
He smirked. “I know you would.”
Three long strides carried him across the room. He wrapped his arms around her waist and pulled her against him.
“I’ve proved my point. Look at how your breath hitches and your heart beats faster.”
“Th…that’s because you startled me.”
He chuckled deep in his chest.
“Let’s talk about you then,” she said. “How your grip tightens on my waist when I try to pull away and your own heart is thundering in your chest. Or how you can’t stop looking into my eyes whenever we gaze at each other. Or how badly you want to kiss me right now.”
“Do you want me to kiss you?” he said, his voice husky and deep.
She swallowed hard. “Yes,” she whispered.
Derac didn’t hesitate and captured her lips with his. The voice in his head telling him he shouldn’t kiss her was silent. The softness of her mouth drowned out all other thoughts in his head.
Her lips parted in invitation. His tongue traced the lines of her lips before plunging into her mouth. Her vanilla scent filled his nose, and he inhaled it deeply. She rose up on her toes, her body pressing closer to his. His arms tightened around her. Derac’s hand roamed up her back and then gripped the back of her neck.
His mind cleared, the only thoughts were how she molded perfectly to him and the feel of her soft mouth.
Derac nipped at her bottom lip. “See? You can’t resist me,” he murmured.
“Hmm, more like you can’t resist me. I’m the elf with the perfect body, remember?”
“Honestly, I really can’t tell with your uniform on.”
“Is that an order to remove my clothes, Centurio?” she whispered.
A growl rumbled deep in his throat. “Would you defy the order?”
She smiled. “I might.”
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Thank you Laurie, for having me here today. I really appreciate the visit to your blog.
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Anastasia knew she always wanted to write. She began at a young age, writing those little stories about the apple tree in the yard. Though her love of stories stayed with her through her poetry stage in high school, she didn’t begin writing novels until she was almost an adult. That’s where she found her true passion.
Her characters visit her dreams – and sometimes during the day – to share their stories with her. Anastasia is merely the writer, but the characters are really the storytellers.
Anastasia lives in Columbus, Georgia with her husband and son. A stay at home Mom, she loves spending time with her son during the day, then writing furiously at night.
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