Apr 1, 2012

Guest Post + Giveaway with Diane Hartsock author of Nathaniel

Introducing Corin 

Since Nathaniel came out on March 2nd I’ve been talking quite a bit about my gentle magic user and the man who loves him. But what of the other side of the coin? Nathaniel has learned to bridle his desires and use his natural abilities sparingly. But what of Corin,  Nathaneil’s not so kind cousin, a man of extreme passions and power?

What do you do when the spell weaver is beautiful and sensual, and his magic can fulfill all your fantasies?How do you protect yourself from such a man? Would you even want to? Imagine a man who can slip into your mind and probe your dreams. Slide down your nerves. Should I touch you there? Would you like my tongue here? What tickles? Titillates? Arouses?

Taden’s dislike of the man was growing by the instant. Despite his physical beauty, there was a fey look in Corin’s dark eyes that urged caution. Corin’s glittering eyes narrowed, and the crawling sensation resumed along Taden’s scalp. He sucked in a breath, appalled as Corin pushed into his thoughts with a flash of desire that scorched his body and left the heavy weight of an erection behind. He wanted to smash the knowing leer from Corin’s face.

“Try your games on someone else,” he growled through clenched teeth, furious at the man’s easy control of him. Corin bowed, then suddenly moved closer and touched a lock of his hair. “Such a waste. Nathaniel’s a mere child. He lacks the experience to appreciate you the way I could.” He tugged gently on the silky strand, the heat of his body warming Taden’s blood.

“If you change your mind…” Corin left the rest unsaid, though the sensual images that swamped Taden’s mind left him gasping for air. He cursed under his breath, damning his traitorous body that wanted to follow Corin across the meadow and pull him down to the grass.

And what if the power that can bring such pleasures to mind, is used by a cruel man to cause pain?

Corin pushed away from the wall, the glint of anger in his eyes. “Like it or not, lord, Nathaniel is unstable and dangerous.” His voice softened to a caress, “He killed a man. Did he tell you that? In a jealous rage, and fled across the sea from those who would restrain him. But he made the mistake of bringing Miranda with him. And that’s why I’m here.”

“Why, if Miranda prefers your cousin?”

Taden had the bitter satisfaction of seeing pain in Corin’s dark eyes.
“She doesn’t love him. And he needs to answer for his lover’s death.”

Taden studied Corin’s expression. He’d heard a trace of doubt in his arrogant voice. The man was lying. “They weren’t lovers. What are you holding back?”

He flinched in pain at the illusion of sharp needles piercing his skin. The false impression was gone instantly as Corin visible controlled his temper, but Taden knew he’d been near death at that moment.

“He loved you?” he asked carefully.      

Corin is beautiful and subtle, and though you may dislike him, yet there are times, like Taden, that you are drawn to his dark allure.

Corin’s labored breathing fanned his face. Whatever the man had done had taken a toll on him. Taden watched a bead of sweat slip down the dark skin to Corin’s jaw. He wondered what it would taste like on his tongue. Taden started at the man’s amused laughter, and then Corin bent closer and kissed him on the mouth. Taden’s head swam as Corin’s tongue darted between his teeth, tasting him. A groan built in his chest as his tongue was sucked into Corin’s mouth, his body responding to the promise of passion in the exotic flavor of the man.

Taden wrenched his lips from Corin’s and twisted from under the tempting heat of his body. “Get off me.”

So what draws us to these dangerous and sexy-as-hell men? We know they’re cruel beneath that wickedly handsome exterior. What does it matter how they make our bones melt with that ravishing smile? They’re BAD GUYS! Stealing our hearts with an earth shattering kiss. Maybe we can’t help ourselves when we fall for their dark seductions, the heated glance across the room over the head of a current lover. Spellbound, we walk to their side and never think to resist when they pull us into their arms. I guess we can claim that we’d been enchanted and couldn’t help ourselves.

Thanks for having me as your guest today!

Dianne Hartsock

Title:  Nathaniel
Author:  Dianne Hartsock
Publisher:  Etopia Press
Length:  23,000 words
Sub-Genres:  Erotic, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, M/M


From the moment Taden rescues Nathaniel from the Sutherlin soldiers’ torture, he finds himself caught in the gaze of the most beautiful eyes he’s ever seen; amazing eyes that hold him thrilled and confused. The Sutherlins are planning to invade the beautiful Tahon Valley, but as Taden secrets Nathaniel from their reach, he finds himself drawn to the young man. Not only does he feel the urge to protect him, but he feels an ache he hasn’t felt in many long years.

Nathaniel claims to be a traveler from a distant continent, saying he comes in peace. True or not, the youth has powers beyond anything Taden has seen—control over men and animals and the very weather. Taden falls hard for the strange traveler, protecting him not only from the Sutherlins but from his own mistrustful people, who don’t understand Nathaniel’s powers and accuse him of being a witch…


Taden’s scalp prickled, a shiver running through him. He twirled, hand on his belt knife, and found Nathaniel standing inches from him. They were almost touching, and Taden watched, fascinated, as Nathaniel’s green eyes darkened under his stare. The heat from Nathaniel’s body wrapped around him, caressing him in that intimate moment.

“Miranda’s finally asleep,” Nathaniel told him shakily.

“That’s good. She appeared exhausted.” Taden didn’t ask who she was. At that moment, he didn’t care. He touched Nathaniel’s gold-flecked curls, as silken as he’d imagined them to be. Enthralled by the dimple at the corner of Nathaniel’s luscious mouth, he impulsively cupped his cheek, stroking the alluring hollow with a gentle finger. His pulses hammered at the contrast of pale skin and his own sun-darkened hand, picturing the exotic tangle of their bodies.

He slid an arm around Nathaniel’s waist as desire seared him. “Come with me,” he said huskily, aching to love Nathaniel as gently and tenderly as he could and drive the anxiety from his lovely eyes. Nathaniel lifted his shoulders but didn’t resist as Taden urged him into the trees.

Nathaniel remained silent as Taden spread the blankets on a fragrant carpet of pine needles. Taden gave him a close look. With a pang he realized that the young man stood passively, waiting for whatever Taden chose to do with him. As much as he hungered for him, Taden didn’t want Nathaniel like that, unresponsive. He reached for Nathaniel’s hand and pulled him down beside him on the blankets.

“I would never hurt you,” he said as he leaned into Nathaniel’s body and slid his tongue over his full lips. He played with the laces of Nathaniel’s tunic, loosening them further. Fire licked through him as Nathaniel’s chest rose on a quick breath. Taden slipped two fingers inside the soft fabric to stroke the lean muscles of Nathaniel’s chest.

He nudged Nathaniel’s lips wider and groaned as the young man’s tongue darted into his own mouth, jolting him with lust. He caught the tongue with his lips, sucking, wanting to swallow Nathaniel whole.

Taden lingered over his kisses, slowly undoing the rest of the ties on Nathaniel’s tunic. He shifted on the blankets and thrilled at Nathaniel’s sigh as he bared his chest. Taden slid his tongue along Nathaniel’s chin with a fond murmur, savoring the saltiness of skin and the prickle of unshaven hair. He kissed the slim column of his throat and paused to suck gently on a vein pulsing in the heated skin.

He glanced lower and suddenly leaned on an elbow, his eyes ravaging the intoxicating sight of small nipples sitting like jewels on white skin. A single mole, innocent, utterly provocative, lay within kissing distance and drew his lips. Taden teased it with his tongue, smiling slyly when Nathaniel made a startled sound and gripped his shoulders.

Taden circled each hardening bud with his tongue, tenderly kissing the fading bruises. He slid a hand across Nathaniel’s abdomen and felt his muscles tighten. He slid a finger along the edge of Nathaniel’s pants, then moved his hand upward to brush his thumb over a sensitive nipple. Heat slammed through him as Nathaniel arched his back with a guttural cry. Unable to resist the temptation, Taden dropped his lips to the free bud, flicking it with his tongue, nibbling and nursing on it until Nathaniel was panting, a pleading note in the sound.
The tone changed suddenly to panic, and Taden jerked his head up in surprise, clashing with eyes wide with fear and arousal. He watched a trickle of sweat follow the curve of Nathaniel’s cheek. Surely the Nathaniel wasn’t afraid of him?

“I won’t hurt you,” Taden assured him again. Unexpectedly, Nathaniel gave him a tentative smile and touched Taden’s hair. The shy, heated glance undid him, and he had to fight the urge to strip Nathaniel then and there and thrust his arousal deep into the enticing body.

Taden dropped his head on Nathaniel’s chest. “Give me a moment,” he whispered hoarsely, concentrating on control. He wanted their joining to be perfect. It was hard when Nathaniel continued to thread his hands through his hair. With a growl, Taden straddled him, pinning the wandering hands over his head. “Careful, or I can’t promise to be gentle.”

Nathaniel’s eyes were hooded, and Taden watched, enchanted, as the tip of his pink tongue slid across pale lips. “Do anything you like,” Nathaniel invited. 

BUY LINKS: Amazon / Barnes and Noble

About Author:

Dianne lives in the beautiful Willamette Valley of Oregon with her incredibly patient husband, who puts up with the endless hours she spends hunched over the keyboard letting her characters play.

She says Oregon’s raindrops are the perfect setting in which to write her tales. There’s something about being cooped up in the house while it pours rain outside and a fire crackles on the hearth inside that kindles her imagination.

Currently, Dianne works as a floral designer in a locally-owned gift shop. Which she says is the perfect job for her. When not writing, she can express herself through the rich colors and textures of flowers and foliage.

Giveaway Details:
  • Open to US/INT residents
  • ONE e-copy of Nathaniel up for grabs
  • MUST leave a thoughtful comment and e-mail address in comments field
  • Giveaway ends April 7th
  • Stop by and visit the other blogs hosting this tour.  Click HERE to see the other stops for more chances to win a copy of Nathaniel and find out more about this author and book!  


Timitra said...

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this post!!! Corin has me intrigued, I definitely want to know more about him!!!


Sophia Rose said...

My goodness! I am impressed with those arguments for succumbing to the dark characters. Thanks for sharing the excerpts. The book sounds fascinating and I would love to win it.


diannehartsock said...

Thanks for stopping by, Timitra! And Sophia, sometimes those dark characters are hard to resist. :)

diannehartsock said...

Thanks for having me as a guest on 'As the Pages Turn'!.

Julianne said...

I agree, that's why we go for the bad boy, because they make us do it. :)
Although I don't think I'd protest too much. I really enjoyed reading your great post. I'd like to know more about Corin.
luvfuzzzeeefaces at yahoo dot com

diannehartsock said...

*waves* So glad you came by, Julianne. Thanks. :)

msmjb65 said...

That excerpt was beautifully written and speaks well of the rest of the book. I could see and feel myself in the setting - even smelling the pine needles. Can't wait to read this book whether I win it or buy it!
msmjb65 AT gmail DOT com

diannehartsock said...

Thanks for that very nice comment, MJB!

PaParanormalFan said...

Hello Dianne & Ing,

Thank you Ing for hosting Dianne Hartsock on your Blog, As the Pages Tun, today as she is on tour with her current M/M Erotic Fantasy Romance release, "Nathaniel". It is always so nice to stop by your Blog, I just Love your Site!! :)

Thank you also Dianne for taking the time out of your busy day to spend with Us in sharing about yourself & your new release, "Nathaniel" from Etopia Press.

You are a new Author to me & I'm glad you stopped by As the Pages Turn on your Book Tour, Ing is so Great & her Blog is Tops!! I really liked your Guest Post, "Introducing Corin ". Corin may be Nathaneil's not so kind cousin, but WoooHooo an Alpha Male with Extreme Passion, Power, can slip into my mind & probe my Dreams, fulfilling all my Fantasies & ROCK MY WORLD!!!!! Ohhhhh Yeaaaa, PROBE AWAY CORIN!! ;) LOL I'm soooo Naughty! ;) But I Love those Panty-Melting Bad Boys!!!

I read your posted Excerpt here on Corin & Nathaniel & I have to say WOW!!! If your Eye-Catching Cover Art didn't already catch me, your excerpts were able to just reach out & grab me with those Very HOT Teasers, I wanted MORE!!! I can't wait to read Taden & Nathaniel's Story....& now I NEED to know MORE about Corin!!!!

I even went to your website so I could get another Taste of "Nathaniel" (Hmmm double meaning???? LOL) & was treated to a GREAT Excerpt of Chapter 1, I HAVE to get this Book!!!

I would very much appreciate if I could be entered into your giveaway for your very generous gift of "Nathaniel".

Take Care Ladies & Have a Great Week,
PaParanormalFan (Renee’ S.)

bn100 said...

I enjoyed the introduction and excerpt. The book sounds very good.


Joanne said...

This book sounds amazing. Can't wait to read it to see what happens between Nathaniel and Taden. Thanks for the excerpt.

Joanne B

Filia Oktarina said...

I want read more!!! I enjoyed read this post and the excerpt was great. I can't wait to read full story and to see what happen between Nathaniel and Tade. Thanks for giveaway!

filiafantasy at gmail dot com

Dawn Miller said...

From reading the excerpt, I know know I have to read this book. I want to know more about Nathaniel. Taden and Conn. Can't wait. Thanks. Dawn_56@yahoo.com

StacieD said...

I think part of the reason we are attracted to the bad boys is because we want to take care of them. We like the danger but we are nurturers too. We want to reform them. Tame them so to speak.

geishasmom73 AT yahoo DOT com

diannehartsock said...

Hugs, Renee S!
Thanks for coming by, bn100!
Joanne, hope you enjoy the story!
So glad you came by Filia!
Thanks for the nice comment, Dawn!
*waves* Nice to see you, StacieD!

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