Wednesday, March 20, 2013

#RitesofSpring Leila's First Kiss (from #1NS OnceUponASecondChance) + win from @ZeeMonodee's backlist!

Hey beautiful people!

It's been a while since I've done a blog hop, and thus delighted today to get back into the fray with the Rites of Spring blog hop set up by the amazing Jessica E. Subject & Heather Long.

70+ authors have joined hands on this hop to tell you about a 'first' for them or their characters, and each will be giving away a prize.

And not only that, but there's also a Grand Prize to be won!


1st Place: Kindle Fire

2nd Place: $50 Amazon gift certificate

To enter, it's as simple as this! Leave a comment on the post (with your email addy so we can get in touch for the individual prizes) and then sign in with Rafflecopter here (log in with Facebook or email then press the Green button). Easy-peasy!

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I'll be sharing a first kiss from my latest release, the Muslim 1NightStand from Decadent Publishing, Once Upon A Second Chance. Set on my native island, Mauritius, the story takes you into the troubled and tempestuous relationship between an estranged couple, Leila and Khalid. Khalid abandoned Leila the morning after their wedding night. He has his reasons, but now that Leila's gotten hold of him again, she's not about to let him go without an explanation... and one more night together.

Here's Leila for you, peeps!


May peace be upon you...

My name is Leila Hassan Al-Nadir. I was born and raised in England, and when I turned 17, my father sold me off (and my virginity) to a man 3 times my age in the United Arab Emirates.
10 years of daily abuse at his hands did not kill my spirit, nor make me wish for death. I did pray for deliverance... which came in the form of a knight in shining armour. His name was Khalid Al-Nadir.
After my first husband divorced me, Khalid stepped in and married me.

Remember that I was sold off at 17, an Arab-origin girl who cowered around her tyrannical father. I knew next to nothing about life as a normal girl - the dates, boyfriends, harmless flirts, sweet kisses... And I found none of that in my first marriage, either.

But Khalid, he was different. He saw me for who I was; made me exist as a woman in my own right. Want to know how the first time he kissed me felt like? Then read on as to how I remembered that first time, on that fateful night when God, and Madame Eve, worked to bring us together again.


I’m falling into you.
Leila’s heart soared. He was hers for the taking—he had capitulated. And now she would have him. One more time—one last time—she would share her husband’s bed. The man who made her lust boil, who had awakened desire inside her body, made her skin crave a lover’s touch. Before being sold off, she’d barely been kissed and there’d been nothing affectionate in her first husband’s abuse.
With Khalid, she had learned what love and passion could mean. In a way, he’d been her first real kiss, at twenty-seven, that night while she sat at the edge of their marriage bed. He’d settled next to her, touched her chin with startling gentleness, and made her look at him.
Ya gameel,” he’d said.
Hey, beautiful. The teasing note in the words had melted some of her anxiety, and she had risked a shy smile his way. He had returned the smile before he dipped his head and touched his lips to hers.
Like right now. With his hot mouth upon hers, she let go of everything—the past, the future. Nothing existed but this suspended moment of being with him.
He coaxed her lips to part. She needed no further encouragement to answer the plea. She craved a complete merging, and sighed when he teased her tongue with his. His hands snaked into her hair, his fingers tangling in the tresses while he held onto fistfuls of the long locks.
Then he stopped teasing and took control, and she let go of any other sensation that could’ve coursed through her. She plastered herself to his strong, hard body. His arousal pulsed hot and rigid against her belly, and she reveled in the power she possessed to stimulate such a magnificent man in such a blaze of want.
A man who left me.
Shut up! She refused to think of anything but her man and his lovemaking right then. She needed him, full stop. ....'

Yes, he'd abandoned me.... A part of me clung to the belief that he must've had his reasons. I won't berate him for that, because he did save me from that hell I got locked into for a decade.

But for one night - for one last time - I vowed to have my husband again, and make him mine as much as he made me his, in the only way both of us knew how: a blaze of fire and want.

Do you want to know more about our story, and how it all ends? Then head to the following places, where you can grab a copy of Once Upon A Second Chance, the tale of us getting a chance at a new beginning, hopefully.


Thanks everyone for dropping by! It's always a pleasure to meet new people and get together with others who've become friends over time.

Tell me: do you believe in second chances?

Give me your take in the comments, and enter the giveaway to win a copy, your choice, of my first published books: Walking The Edge, Before The Morning, Calling Home (don't forget to leave your email address so I can contact you!)

And don't forget to check the other participants on this hop! You can find them all here.

Big huge thanks & hugs!

From Mauritius with love,



Jessica Subject said...

Thanks for participating, Zee! :)

laurie said...

Thanks for participating, Zee! :) and yes i do beleive in second chances

Jean MP said...

Definitely believe in second chances. Thanks for being part of this fun blog hop.
skpetal at hotmail dot com

Zee Monodee said...

It's a pleasure, Jessica! :)

Zee Monodee said...

I think we're gonna see many people with hopes of second chances working, Laurie :)

Zee Monodee said...

Aww, you're welcome, Jean! :)

Kaye Manro said...

Love the Second Chance book cover. And the story sounds great. Have a fab hop.

Shelly Hammond said...

I love the book cover. Also, I love the sound of the book. I had to write the name down because I want to make sure it's on my to read list! It sounds great and very unique.
I do belive in second chance, for the most part. There are times I would say a second chance is out of the question because there are certainly things that can be done that second chances are not going to be in the cards, but for the most part I think that second chances are usually a good idea, especially in things like the case here :D
As for the spring thing, my very favorite thing about spring is opening up the windows again. I am starting to miss the fresh air!
Thank you for the chance to enter the giveaway and happy spring everyone!
Shelly H.

Danielle Hoover said...

Depending on the situation, I do believe in second chances! Thanks for the hop!

Siobhan Muir said...

That's a tough question, Zee. I do believe in second chances if I feel like the other person is willing to work toward a stronger relationship. But it's often only one-sided. Have a great hop. :)


Mary Preston said...

It would depend upon why things did not work out the first time.


Nay Nay said...

My favorite thing about spring is the warmer weather and the flowers blooming.
I believe in 2nd chances depending on the circumstances. Not everything can be forgiven easily and starting fresh can be difficult especially if infidelity is the cause in the first place.
Thanks for being part of the hop and for the chance to win. <^_^>
reneebennett35 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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Tammy Dennings Maggy said...

Your excerpt grabbed me right off the bat and now I want to read more! I believe in second chances. I got mine after my divorce when I met my true soul mate and now in just two short months we will be celebrating our first wedding anniversary.


BookLady said...

Yes, I believe in second chances.
Thanks for the giveaway.

magic5905 said...

I love wearing the light colors of spring, there are so many.
magic5905 at embarqmail dot com

Mary Frances Roya said...

Yes, I do believe in second chances. When I first met my husband, he wasn't interested in me. Then flash forward for 12+ years, we meet again. Then in a little over 12 months we marry and have been together for 22 years.

bn100 said...

Depends on the situation


Zee Monodee said...

Thank you, Kaye! :)

Zee Monodee said...

Aww, Shelly, you just brightened my week! I hope you get a chance to check the book out, and maybe let me know what you thought... :)

I agree about some things being a no-no even for second times around, but it depends on circumstances, and the people involved.

Funny ye all are mentioning spring. In the southern hemisphere here, we're bringing out the quilts and jackets as it's getting nippy with Fall coming onto us. :)

Zee Monodee said...

I agree, Danielle! :)

Zee Monodee said...

Siobhan, that's true - the effort has to come from both sides! xoxo :)

Zee Monodee said...

Mary, that's something to definitely keep in mind! :)

Zee Monodee said...

Nay Nay, I love the warmer weather of spring, too. After a winter of rain and cold, nothing beats the sun!
But true what you mention - some things cannot be forgiven or forgotten, so second changes deserve a real long thought.

Zee Monodee said...

Aww, thanks, Tammy! :)

Yours is such a sweet story. I know exactly what you mean. I met my soul mate after a really trying divorce, too. Congrats on the upcoming wedding anniversary! xoxo

Zee Monodee said...

Nay Nay, I forgot to say thanks for that cute bunny! Adorable <3

Zee Monodee said...

You're welcome, BookLady! :)

Zee Monodee said...

magic5905 - ah, the colours of spring! Love them, too! :)

Zee Monodee said...

Mary Frances, that is another delightful real-life story. Who ever said romances happen only in books, eh? :) 22 years? Wow! Congrats!!

Zee Monodee said...

bn100, I agree! :)

celina k said...

I absolutely believe in second chances!

dreammie_angel at yahoo dot com

Catherine Lee said...

I believe in second chances. I also like the 1NS series. Thanks for the excerpt.
catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

Kyla Whitley said...

i've been living with my second chance for over 20 years. thank you for sharing in the hop. :)

jukyjoauka at aol dot com

Zee Monodee said...

Right there with you, celina! :)

Zee Monodee said...

Catherine, the 1NS series is simply amazing. One of the best out there! :)

Zee Monodee said...

Kyla, that is just too sweet! Happy for you :)

Zee Monodee said...

A huge thank you to everyone who came over, and also who took the time to read the post and comment. You guys are the best - absolute perfect sports whom it is a joy to know!

Zee Monodee said...

And my winner is.... Danielle Hoover!

Congrats, Danielle! I'll be in touch shortly to find out which one of my first 3 books you'd want to receive as your gift. :)

Thank you everyone! You rock! XOXO

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