Aug 26, 2012

Sunday Smooch with Anna Hackett . . . .

Welcome to another LoveCats DownUnder Sunday Smooch!

Today we have a smooch from Time Thief by Anna Hackett, but first ...

the winner of last week's Sunday Smooch Giveaway is Faith McInnes! Congratulations Faith, please contact Emmie at emmie (at) emmiedark (dot) com to claim your prize.

And now for today's Sunday Smooch from Time Thief by Anna Hackett ...

Hunted for her ability to steal time, Bay North lives a life on the run. All she wants is to make the crime lord who slaughtered her family pay. But now he’s set the ultimate hunter on her trail and Bay will need all her skills to carry out her revenge and survive.

Ex-Navy SEAL Sean Archer saw his team killed by a time thief in Afghanistan and came back a broken man. He’s made a dark deal with a criminal to hunt down all time thieves and now Sean’s tracked the wily Bay North to Denver where he plans to rid the world of one more dangerous mutation.
But during a shootout, hunter and hunted find themselves depending on each other for survival. Joining forces to exact payback by stealing a priceless treasure, their reluctant alliance shatters both their defenses. Can Bay find the courage to trust? And can Sean convince a woman honed in revenge that she can have more than vengeance, blood and killing?

[Set-up - Sean and Bay have just survived a shootout and Sean’s learned a dark truth that’s left him reeling.]

Bay could barely breathe. Sean Archer was holding her so tight.

But she let him hold her, his big body shaking. He didn’t make a sound but she felt his pain.

She didn’t say anything. What words would make this better? She brushed a hand over his muscled back. She wasn’t sure how long they knelt there on the cool tile floor. For the first time in her life, time stood still without her having to use her ability.

When he lifted his head, his stubbled cheek brushed against her jaw. She stilled, looking down at his sun-streaked hair. His hands gripped her shirt and she felt the touch through her sweater.

He shifted until they faced each other. Only a whisper of air between them. His eyes churned like storm clouds over an angry sea.

She didn’t know how to comfort another but she recognized the agony in his eyes. She knew the guilt, anger, sorrow—they were old friends to her.

His hands loosened, his fingers grazing over her skin. “Bay.”

Just her name. Said in a way that made her shiver. This was crazy. She didn’t know this man and he’d been trying to kill her.

But she knew how he felt. Lost in a world ripped apart, and God help her, she wanted to feel something more than the urge for revenge.

For a few minutes she wanted to forget reality and be close to someone.

His lips touched her temple.

A small brush. Gentle when she’d expected a hot rush. She’d thought he’d kiss her, that they’d attack each other in a blind rush to forget their shared misery.

A skim of lips across her cheekbone.

Her eyelids fluttered closed. She couldn’t remember anyone being this…tender with her. Then his lips moved over hers.

Now she felt the strength, the urgency.

His tongue pushed into her mouth. She returned the kiss. The taste of him was like a hit of a too-strong martini. Heady, flooding all the right places.

They were chest-to-chest now. Her breasts pressed against his hard muscles, sending shivers of sensation through her.

He groaned, the kiss turning more frantic. Like he couldn’t get enough of her. Or like he was fighting to forget his memories.

He pulled away.

She gasped for air, reeling from what that impromptu kiss had left her feeling.

To be in the draw to win a download of Time Thief, just leave a comment and tell me, if you had the ability to stop time like Bay, what would you do with it?

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Come back next Sunday, when the winner of today's giveaway will be announced -- and a smooch from Wild Encounter by Nikki Logan will be posted!


  1. Anna, what a terrific kiss. Wow! And the premise for the story sounds fantastic. I'm truly intrigued by this.

    Wondering what I'd do if I could play with time? Probably play back now and again to stop myself saying some of those stupid things that slip out from time to time. As for stopping time...think I'll have to pick up some suggestions from the book.

  2. Thanks, Annie! Great to see you last weekend. I had a lot of fun writing this story. It started out with this image of a woman about to rob a stopping time. Knew I had to write it (-:

    Wouldn't it be great if we could rewind and stop ourselves saying stupid things! I guess we wouldn't learn any lessons, though.

  3. Hi Anna - such a fabulous smooch. The story sounds awesome.

    If I could rewind time..... hmmmm, I think I would go back to 1987 and not walk into that hairdresser who gave me the Flock Of Seagulls haircut :)

  4. Oh, Anna, that's a glorious kiss, and Time Thief sounds fabulous!

    Hmm, if I could rewind time? I'd pause it so I could come up with the perfect comeback. No more kicking myself with "If only I'd thought of saying xyz." :-)

  5. Thanks, Helen. Hee, hee, I can just picture the haircut!

  6. Hi Michelle! Pausing time is exactly what Bay can do...having the perfect comeback would be awesome (-:

  7. Anna - what a fabulous premise for a story. And now I'm desperate to find out what news Sean had received just before this kiss. Might have to go buy it! =)

  8. Nice excerpt and cover.


  9. Well, I've already downloaded this and I loved it! Congratulations, Anna, on a great story =))

  10. Hey Anna, Hi LoveCats!

    Anna, you know I love this new book of yours. If peeps thought this smooch was phew-ee, they might like to have a defibrillator handy for later in the book, when Bay and Sean get down and dirrrrty. Love it!

    If I could pause time, I would use it to stop and think before I make impulse purchases of shoes and wine. Actually, perhaps I wouldn't, that sounds like no fun at all. :)

    Congrats on your new release, lovely lady!

    E x

  11. Hi Rachel -- lovely to see you the other weekend! If you want to know the secret, you'll have to buy it (-: Only $1.99....

  12. Hi bn - glad you enjoyed the excerpt and my cover (I do love my cover!)

  13. Thanks, Robyn -- you're fantastic! Glad you loved Time Thief. You made my day (-:

  14. Hi Em -- Time Thief wouldn't exist without your wonderful help! I'm with you...there is something about impulse buys that is such fun. You wouldn't want to stop that.

    If I could stop time, I'd freeze my toddler (only for an hour!)and take a bubble bath. With a good book of course.