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Friday, December 5, 2014

Color of Love Blog Hop 2014 - Day 2

Welcome to the Color of Love Blog Hop 2014 - Day 2
I hope you are enjoying the hop so far!

Saltwater Lover was my first M/M and interracial romance. There will always be a soft spot in my heart for this story. Inspired by reading historical accounts of slaves captured in Africa and sold in America I undertook the challenge of turning this tragedy into a romance while keeping it as historically accurate as possible. Challenge indeed! But I didn't back away from the challenge. Kojo, my shaman turned captive, deserved better than a sad fate. He deserved to find his happily ever after.


In 1800, Kojo is a native African with deep connections to the spirits—but those spirits choose not to save him from the slaving ship. He’s captured and taken aboard, where he meets Captain Mather. During the long journey to America, not even the spirits can save him from their growing attraction. Love blooms. A doomed love. For when they land, Kojo’s fate is to be sold.

Captain Mather can’t imagine Kojo being treated as a slave. Desperate to spare him from that life, the captain hides him, taking him to his home. When he’s blackmailed by a mutinous former crewmember, there seems little choice but to sell his ship and pay. Anything to save the man he loves.


When the captain reached him, Kojo’s pulse quickened, jumping several beats. The man’s
green gaze scanned his muscular chest, glistening with sweat from the long walk. He wrapped a hand around Kojo’s chin, drawing his face gently toward him. His touch was not forceful as Kojo had expected, only enough pressure to direct the movement. The captain smelled of tobacco and rum and a spice Kojo couldn’t name. It was a manly, intoxicating scent.
The man’s calloused fingers trailed down Kojo’s neck, lingering for a moment at the base of his throat. Kojo felt the man’s hot breath on his lips, merely inches from his own. His round face and toned arms made it hard for Kojo to guess his age. A few strands of silver were mixed into his beard and at his hairline but were hard to see—perhaps forty?
Unbridled lust gleamed in the captain’s eyes and yet Kojo wasn’t terrified. It made him feel alive, wanted. Under the man’s predatory gaze, Kojo’s cock thickened, straining against the confines of his breechcloth. No man had looked at him or touched him like that before. And he liked it.
The captain smiled, the harshness in his eyes easing by a fraction.
Kojo’s cheeks burned.
One of the catchermen laughed, peering at Kojo’s loins.
The heat in Kojo’s cheeks spread throughout his whole body. He lowered his gaze, staring at his feet.
The captain shouted at the laughing man and he shut up.
The muscular white man guarding him started arguing with the captain. Kojo didn’t know what they were saying, but the man pointed at him. The captain must have told the man to guard another section of slaves, because his guard changed.
Returning his attention to Kojo, he tipped up his chin as if to tell him not to be ashamed. Then he slipped his fingers around the sacred bead hanging on a piece of leather from his neck. Kojo figured the man was going to cut it off with the small knife hanging in a sheath on his belt. But he didn’t.
The captain’s hand barely brushed his chest as he let go of the bead. The contact was so light Kojo wondered if he had imagined it. Gooseflesh rose on his arms. Then he was gone, leaving him alone with his strange, unmet desires.

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Every good hop has prizes!
There are five grand prizes up for grabs in the Color of Love blog hop as well as individual prizes on many of the blogs.  Good luck! BookBox: embed book widget, share book list BookBox: embed book widget, share book list

Grand prizes:
 1st prize $50 Amazon GC + 7 ebooks
 2nd prize $25 Amazon GC + 7 ebooks
 3rd prize $15 Amazon GC + 7 ebooks
 4th prize $10 Amazon GC + 6 ebooks
 5th prize $5 Amazon GC + 6 ebooks

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