ENTER THE ROMANTIC WORLD OF SHEIKHS THROUGH OLIVIA GATES
TO TOUCH A SHEIKH
Pride of Zohayd #3
The Sheikh's Surrender
No one gets past Prince Amjad Aal Shalaan's defenses. No one. But when Princess Maram shows up at Amjad's gala in her father's place, destroying Amjad's plans to reclaim what was stolen from his family, Amjad sees red… and uses a freak sandstorm to make her his prisoner of passion.
Swept to safety by the man she's always loved from afar, Maram knows she has one chance to make Amjad see her as a woman. His woman. But when the impossible prince and the unstoppable princess take shelter from the storm, neither is prepared for the aftermath of their desire…
THE GATE TO THE STORY
Maram eased her foot off the accelerator, to savor the last moments of approach. The sight warranted the most leisurely of zooms, to lick it clean of every smidge of magnificence.
And no, she didn’t mean the majestic desert. That and the canopy of bleached blue sky painted in wisps of incandescent white were indeed glorious. But it was his sight that spread firecrackers of pleasure through her system, had flutters of anticipation accumulating in her ribcage.
He stood in front of one of the huge tents. Dozens flitted around him. She saw only him. Standing half a foot taller, broad, lean and loaded with inborn grace and inimitable power, uncaring of the mercilessness of the sun beating down on his raven head, indifferent to existence in its whole.
The man was so aptly named ‘most glorious.’
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At her approach, he inclined his head at her, his voice injected with its maximum level of scorn. “Princess Haram.”
Maram blinked. Had he just called her Haram?
The glint of wickedness in those unique eyes said he had!
Sinful. Wicked. Evil. Taboo.
The word encompassed all that. And more.
And he’d made sure everyone had heard it.
So. How did he expect her to react? Get flustered? Defensive? Outraged?
No. The Amjad she knew would expect her to engage him. And boy, would she.
She curtsied, fluttered her lashes. “Prince Abghad!”
Amjad’s eyes snapped wider before danger slithered across his heart-stoppingly gorgeous face, his hand flattening over his heart in mock hurt. “And here I thought you…liked me.”
“I far more than…like you. And you know it.” She grinned up at him. “But a Haram deserves at least an Abghad.”
“Princess Sinful and Prince Hateful,” Amjad said slowly, as if tasting the slurs, his darkest-chocolate voice making them as delicious as the sweetest compliments. “Those do have far better rings than the trite names our pompous parents saddled us with.”
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THE GATE TO A LITTLE ABOUT OLIVIA
USA Today Bestselling author Olivia Gates has published over twenty-five books in contemporary, action/adventure and paranormal romance. She currently writes exotic and passionate modern-day fairy tales for Silhouette Desire and dark and erotic paranormals set in complex new worlds for Harlequin Nocturne.
I first noticed Olivia from afar at RWA National conferences. She is always dressed so beautifully in the dresses from her home country. But the most impressive thing about Olivia is her beauty from within. Truly proud to call her my friend…
THE Q&A GATE
ANGI: How often to you get lost in a story?
OLIVIA: There is a BA and AA answer to that. The Before Author and After Author parts of my life. The BA one, I used to get lost in stories (in the plural) daily. To say I was a voracious reader is an understatement of the century. AA, I'm sorry to say I've slowed down to maybe 4 or 5 stories a month. Not happy about that, but writing takes most of the time I had for reading.
ANGI: What’s the first book you remember reading?
OLIVIA: The first 'book' I 'finished' was a Superman comic book. I was not yet seven. And boy, was that an eye opener. It set me on the way to not only becoming a voracious reader but it helped develop my drawing skills, my imagination, and just opened up whole new worlds to me.
ANGI: What’s your favorite “love” word?
OLIVIA: Eshg. To find out what it means, you have to read my Sheikh books. It's right there in TO TOUCH A SHEIKH. :-)
ANGI: What’s your favorite fairy tale?
OLIVIA: Mulan. Oh, OK, I know it's not exactly a fairy tale,
ANGI: What turns you off like nothing else?
OLIVIA: Bigotry, self-pity, ingratitude...oh, the list in long.
ANGI: What sound or noise do you love?
OLIVIA: Cat's purring, and just about any other sound they make when contented.
ANGI: Fairy Tale or Action Adventure?
OLIVIA: Action Adventure, all the way. :-)
ANGI: Who’s your favorite villain?
OLIVIA: Lex Luthor and Magneto (Yep, I'm a comics nut!)
ANGI: Is writing or story-telling easier for you?
OLIVIA: Writing, no doubt.
ANGI: What’s something you’d like to tell your fans?
OLIVIA: I’m working on an erotic romance novella for the new NOCTURNE CRAVINGS e-line. It is part of my ERADICATORS universe, which I set up with my first paranormal romance novella for Nocturne, MORTAL ENEMY, IMMORTAL LOVER.
Right after that I’m jumping into a new Sheikh trilogy for HARLEQUIN DESIRE (the follow-up to my current Sheikh trilogy PRIDE OF ZOHAYD, starring the Aal Shalaan half-brothers and a life-long nemesis, preliminary trilogy title of DESERT KNIGHTS OF AZMAHAR, or just DESERT KNIGHTS.)
Also the last and most anticipated chapter (and hero-Amjad) of my PRIDE OF ZOHAYD Trilogy is out now! It has already garnered another TOP PICK from RT Bookreviews magazine, making this a perfect score of Top Picks for the whole trilogy. It’s also on NetGalley in case you’re a reviewer or book blogger and you’d like to read it for free. I also just finished a standalone sheikh surgeon book for Harlequin Desire, A SECRET BIRTHRIGHT, and it's coming out in January 2012.
ANGI’S GOTTA ASK: It has been my great privilege to get to know Olivia a bit better at the RWA national conference. We’re dancing buddies! You are such a generous person, Olivia…just wanted everyone to know that! So, my question for you today has to do with your home country…and the heat… IF you could move to any place in the world, where would you choose? And why?
OLIVIA’S GOTTA ANSWER: I would move to somewhere overcast and rainy. I was raised soaked in the sun, and by the sea, and it would be too soon if I don't see either again. I also have severe migraines when exposed to the sun, so anywhere it doesn't shine is fine by me.
DON’T MISS the first two books in the Pride of Zohayd series: To Tempt a Sheikh & To Tame a Sheikh
WILL YOU HAVE A DRAWING FROM THOSE LEAVING COMMENTS?
For sure! I will give away 3 copies of my books (winner's choice)
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GOT A QUESTION YOU’D LIKE TO ASK YOUR FANS?
What do you think of an author having more than one pseudonym? I'm writing contemporary romance (for Harlequin Desire) and paranormal romance (for Harlequin Nocturne) under the same name. I'm also going to write ST paranormal romance and urban fantasy romance under the same name. Does it matter to you if the author changes names per genre? Does it confuse you or does it make it easier for you to find out what kind of book you're getting? I know the cover, blurb, title, and everything else would alert you to the genre of the book, so where does a different name come in for you?
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See you tomorrow! ~ Angi