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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Words From The Hero

Last month, when I had my blog tour, I featured some of my favorite hero lines from SILENT PARTNER. And so this month, (since it went over so well) I thought I'd feature some of the same, but from RÆLIKSEN and MAC LIAM (Book 1 & 2 of my Emerald Isle Trilogy).

Right now, both of those books are featured at ARe (All Romance eBooks) with a 40% off sale, and it's only for a limited time. So, if you like what you read here, jet on over and pick up those books at a huge discount.

Happy reading!

Ræliksen
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He reached out, sliding his hand past her neck and into the mass of dark hair that hung above her shoulders, grasping it to bring her closer, his breath upon her lips. “You are correct in saying that desires often come from things we cannot easily gain—mine, being that of your love. By all accounts, I do wish I could steal it. But I am not that sort of man. I will wait. Forever and a day…I will wait.”


Dægan touched his cheek where the sting of her hand still tingled. “Conceivably, that was ill. Forgive me. But I still believe she wanted something more than just a passing moment at the water’s edge. And I know there is a large part of you, no matter how much you deny it, that longs for the same. I saw it in your eyes. And I can give you that. I want to give you that. If you like the river as much as you say you do, then you will love the sea. You will love seeing your homeland from the distant bows of a ship where the meadow’s flowery arms wave in polite parting and the hills stand up to bid you farewell. ‘Tis like nothing you have ever seen. Come with me. Let me take you on the sea and show you what true freedom is.”


This time, he pulled her face toward his, prohibited her from anymore wayward glances. “Look not upon them. Your eyes needn’t see what wickedness I have done.” He drew her closer and cradled her head into his shoulder. “When the rain dies down, I shall remove them from here. Just sleep. I will stay awake and keep watch. By my guess, they will not be back without the help of reinforcements and by that time, we shall be long gone. At first light, rain or shine, we will be gone.”


He took her hand and placed her open palm firmly on his chest, interlacing her fingers with his own. “What I say to you is not easy, for I am a warrior of Thor and a son of Odin. In my youth I gave an oath, an oath that is stronger than a bond between men, and to break it, means I will not have a share in their glory upon my death. But hear me now, Mara. I would rather die in your arms, than die a courageous death for Odin’s approval or for Thor’s immense pride. I want to be as we are now, together in peaceful arms, waiting for the start of each day. I want to wake every morning to the sight of your blessed face, to the feel of your body against mine, and your kiss on my lips. I want to be with you forever…in this life and the next! What glory you give my heart is beyond a war god’s understanding. I need not Odin or Thor anymore. I could die right now—right here—and be a happy man. Marry me and make me a jubilant man!”


Mac Liam
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“I heard you,” Breandán replied, adoring those words. “But ‘tis not something you should say to me. Do you not know how hard I am trying to stand here and look at you, and not greedily take what is rightfully another man’s?”


“Fine. I love her. But what good does it do to proclaim it? My heart’s longing will never be satisfied. At the least you might find consolation in that, Northman. Be that as it may, I will protect her with every beat of my heart and there is naught you can do about it.”



“You have always known where I stood when it came to you,” he said in a low whisper. “Naught has changed in my heart since we last saw each other. And it never will.”


“Because I know ‘twould make you happy. Your happiness is all I have ever cared about.”


Breandán dipped his head lower to meet her eyes. “What I said about Dægan was not a lie. He was a good man and I am honored to have known him. No doubt, we had our differences, but we also shared a common ground—your welfare. Even between the many years that have separated us, I still care for you as much now as I did then. It pains me to know you have been alone all this time. But rest assured,” he proclaimed, lifting her chin with his hand. “You are no longer alone. As a friend, I will be here for you…for as long as you allow me.”


I hope you enjoyed them! And feel free to let me know your thoughts...I always welcome feeback.



15 comments:

Tina Donahue said...

Very nice, Renee - may you have many happy sales. :)

Renee Vincent said...

Thanks Tina! (((hugs)))

Virginia C said...

Sigh...now I'm definitely "holding out for a hero"! Will I ever meet my own Daegan, Breandán, Grayson, or best of all "GB"? A woman can only dream, and keep reading ; )

Love Ya!

Katalina Leon said...

Beautiful words from wonderful men, well done Renee!
XXOO Kat

Suzanne Barrett said...

Just beautiful, Renee. What woman (Reader) wouldn't succumb to these two heroes?

Delaney Diamond said...

Wow! Very nice, Renee. Well-written and simply beautiful. I can feel the yearning.

Renee Vincent said...

Virginia: Oh, darlin....I'm right there with you dreaming of those heroes, especially the main man GB! Thanks for visiting with me sweetie.

Kat, Suzanne, and Delaney: You all have made me a very happy writer today. Your praise is heart warming and I thank you all from the bottom of my heart!

Sarah J. McNeal said...

I love these heroes whoi are bigger than life speaking words of such tenderness. I have a special place in my heart for Mac Liam. He loved her for so long with no hope of ever claiming her as his own. *sigh*
Much success is coming your way--in the words of the Gypsy Fortune teller--c'est moi.

Eliza Knight said...

Great excerpts Renee!!! I love your voice!

Anonymous said...

Love tender words from big, beautiful men. Sigh... Happy sales!

Marie Rose Dufour

Cheryl Pierson said...

OH RENEE!!!

I love these excerpts--just wonderful. What woman wouldn't love to hear these words spoken to her? I know I would! LOL Thanks so much for sharing these with us today!
Hugs,
Cheryl

Renee Vincent said...

Sarah: Much success is coming your way--in the words of the Gypsy Fortune teller--c'est moi. NOW THAT is music to my ears! Can you please make good on that? haha

Eliza: Really? You like my voice? Coming from you that means sooo much! Thank you!

Marie: Well said, darlin! (((hugs))) to you!

Cheryl: My pleasure! Thank you so much for your kind comments about my excerpts. I am so happy you enjoyed them.

Adele Dubois said...

Renee--Loved your excerpts and your heroes! Best of luck with your releases.

~Adele

Michael said...

Lovely stories Renee!

I wish you many sales!

Brenda Hyde said...

I've always loved these covers so much. I love your words too of course:) You have such "bigger than life" heroes in such wonderful settings!