Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Author Guest Post: Em Petrova

The Road to Runes by Em Petrova
When Cathy the Crazy Bookworm emailed me and requested to review my debut release, Runes, I was thrilled. After all, an author is dying for people to read her work, and Cathy’s personal note touched me.
The path to a finished, published book is a long and hard one. When I seriously took up the pen again in 2008, I dreamed that people would want to read my writings. After completing a manuscript, I struggled to even find a family member to read it, let alone give me feedback. Soon I realized I needed help, so I joined writers groups and chapters of the Romance Writers of America. I spent a solid year and a half taking up to six online writing classes a month. I critiqued others’ work, and I wrote. A lot. In the past two years, I have completed nine manuscripts ranging from 96K words to 3K words. Each time I type those two little words “the end,” I still feel the flutter of excitement.
A few white hairs and several rounds of edits later, my first erotic romance, Runes, is ready to be released to the world. Time to let my babies walk. The birds leave the nest. These characters will always hold a special place in my heart, and I hope the heroine, Evangeline, is as good a friend to you as she is to me. And like me, I hope you’ll fall in love with the hero—both of them.
Please leave a comment and your email address for a chance to win a copy of Runes. Drawing will be held October 1. Special thanks to Cathy for having me, and for being such a memorable fan. Read on to sample the opening scene of Runes, and please stop by my website at
Runes by Em Petrova blurb:
When immortals Will and Evangeline are thrown together by a phenomenon known as The Calling, they share their blood and bodies, entwining their minds and souls. But Evangeline has been yanked from the arms of her mortal love, Sean, and the echo of his touch never leaves her. Will and Sean make a pact to share the woman they love and find new desires arising in the arms of each other.
Excerpt rated Adult:
Evangeline rolled to her stomach, pressing her aching bare breasts into the mattress. Maybe her state of undress had spawned the dream, but she didn’t think so. Whatever drug she’d overdosed on had had adverse effects. She’d been hallucinating for a week. Whether sleeping or awake, it didn’t matter. Her sister’s auburn-haired ex-boyfriend had sidled into her brain via psychotropic meds.
She rocked her hips against the bedclothes as the memory of his long, tapered fingers filled her mind. His fingers had circled her waist, spanning it easily, his thumb flicking the thin gold hoop in her navel as his tongue sank between her lips. She could still taste him. Spearmint gum, the faint trace of cigarettes, and the most mind-blowing scent of male. This image, like all the others plaguing her, left her trembling with need of an addict. But she was no longer addicted to drugs, and didn’t need cocaine to escape her problems or her body. The hallucinations of her sister’s ex had driven her to new heights.
Hot and annoyed, she jumped to her feet, and strode across her bedroom to peer into the long mirror. Short, spiky hair, a wave of violet over one eye, a tiny silver stud in her nose, and two other concealed hoops, one in her nipple, the other in her navel.
The tattoo still shocked her. She couldn’t remember getting inked, not surprising since she’d stumbled home from the club, drunk and buzzed, and tossed back a bottle of Xanax in an attempt to stop the gnawing pain in her soul. Swallowing pill after pill with tap water, she’d wanted to stop the pain forever. But it hadn’t worked. She’d awakened hours later with a tattoo winding from her shoulder to her temple.
She touched the stars at the corner of her eye with a fingertip. She had to admit the rune lettering and spattering of stars suited her.
What would her lover Sean make of this? She shivered thinking of him. Too much time had passed since she’d set eyes—or hands—on his sexy, sculpted chest, or felt his searing kiss. They’d been sleeping together for six months, but she’d refused to let him draw her into his life. Staring now at her new clear-eyed reflection, she wondered if it was time to move toward a commitment.
Her fingers longed for the strings of her guitar, but it was deep night. She couldn’t risk waking her sister, Jessa, or worse, her father. So she settled for leaning against the headboard with the instrument, embracing its familiar weight.
The hallucinations did more than excite her libido. They inspired new music in her, and she’d been writing. Between her job at the bookstore, and being bombed out of her mind for days on end, she hadn’t had time to devote to her true passion—songwriting. Perhaps turning over a new leaf could further her goal of achieving her dream of becoming a songwriter.
As a particular bar of music flitted through her mind, a new vision of Will rose inside her. She slung an arm over her eyes and allowed it to consume her. The short, red hairs of his jaw bristled against the sensitive flesh of her stomach, blazing a trail of heat directly to her sex, which moistened and swelled for him. Then surging upward, his big hands cradled her face, caressing the star at the corner of her eye, and sending a shock straight to her core. Her head fell back, her body shuddering as if on the edge of orgasm. Her fingers fluttered over his muscled chest down to the edges of a tattoo that disappeared into the curling dark hairs cushioning his cock. A flood of emotion surged through her fingertips. A marrow-deep jolt hit her, followed by the taste of desire, and inexplicable tenderness.
Evangeline gently laid her guitar on the bed next to her, thrashing herself for entertaining such feelings for a guy she’d seen only once or twice in passing. Her sister’s ex, Will What’s-His-Name.

Fingers shaking, she lit a cigarette, then crossed to the mirror, leaning close again to study her reflection. This clear-eyed Evangeline was new to her, but she could learn to like her. Another flash of auburn hair crossed her vision, and she stared hard into her dark blue eyes. Thoughts of Sean plagued her.

“Oh Will,” she murmured ruefully, “I don’t even know you.”
Em Petrova is the author of Runes, Tattoo Dream, and Deux. Since a young age, Em has been lured by the world of paranormal and romance. She penned her first novel at the age of twelve, and after gaining an arts degree, has returned to her literary roots. She loves to dig deep into the souls of her unique characters and uncover their secret desires when she doesn’t have her nose in a great new read.

I want to give a special thanks Em Petrova for taking the time to do a guest post for the Crazy Bookworm.
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  1. Wow, great excerpt. Thanks for sharing!

  2. I do not normaly read paranormal but this really intrigues me! I am so excited for you Em!


  3. Wow, this book sounds amazing just from that little bit! Thanks for sharing some of it with us today! I will be adding this on my list of books to get for sure!

  4. Congrats Em! Can't wait to read Runes.

  5. Congratulations on your upcoming release! It sounds fascinating.

    (email left off on purpose; no time to read though your excerpt is a big tease and someone will surely enjoy it!)

  6. Intriguing excerpt, Em. Congrats on your release!

  7. Great excerp can't wait to read it!


  8. That is a pretty amazing excerpt. Congrats on the release. Adding it to my list for sure.

    skpetal at hotmail dot com

  9. I love how different Evangaline is. She's not your typical lead female character and I love that. I really would like to get to know her better and the 2 guys seem intriguing as well.

  10. Hi Em!

    Runes sounds like such a terrific read. I'm so glad you decided to share it with the world!

    suzannerock [at] ymail [dot] com

  11. Thank you all for stopping by. If you'd like to be entered for the drawing and you forgot to include your email, please post it. If you're worried about posting it, you can shoot me an email at with a little note saying you'd like to be entered.

    Good luck~

  12. WOW! Great post Em! Runes is an awesome read. I am so glad you got the chance to share it with everyone. Congratulations!

  13. Congrats on your first book and blog post. The post was great and Runes sounds fantastic. I hope to read many more posts from you.

  14. This sounds fabulous! Congratulations!!!

  15. Congrats to Alana Rose, the winner of the free copy of RUNES! I'll email you with your prize!

    Happy Reading,


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