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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Giveaway & Guest Post of Love's Captive (Volarn #1) by Myra Nour!



I do not know about you guy's but this does sound like a great read to me--I am going to have to get a copy ASAP, but you can enter below for a chance to win a eBook copy!


Tell us a little about how you created Love's Captive and more about the story?

I had a very vivid dream way back in 1977. I woke up, wrote down everything and later made a synopsis plus started writing the book. Those notes got stuck in a drawer and collected dust while my career path took off. It was 1996 before I finally decided to write this story that had been so detailed that I saw much of Volarn, met some of the characters, and even "overhead" conversations. It was as if a movie played through my head all night.

I was glad I'd created a synopsis. Memory can be faulty even with such strong images. I nearly gagged when I read the partially written material though. Ugh! I had graduated college, and written quite a few short stories (most published) since that long ago night in 1977. Thankfully my skill at telling a tale had improved vastly. I kept what I'd written to see where I was going with my thoughts, but didn't use any of it.:)

What were the influences in creating Volarn? Star Wars came out in 1977. That had to be the major influence. Far off planets and laser swords. Warriors in Volarn use swords, and if they tire, they can tap into the crystal on their armband to strengthen their arms. I'm not sure where Serena came from, she is not like Princess Leia. This was way before Xena warrior woman. And lady wrestlers were looked down on back then, and were not the pretty muscled types you often see today. But I knew I wanted her to be strong and capable of taking care of herself. She had to win the hearts of the Volarian people who admire warriors, and win the respect of Princess Kasha.

First, there were s/f elements - a far off planet, alien merchants, and a proud warrior people. But then fantasy elements began to be interwoven into the fabric of the story. Sorcerers can tap into the crystal's power to heal. Legendary dragons once flew the purple skies. The haunted wastelands hold sad, horrifying secrets that won't be revealed until the 2nd book. The yasmir are lovely creatures that look like the mytical unicorn. Warriors use them as mounts, and they have to bond in the beginning in order for the yasmir to allow the warrior to ride them. The konkol is a sweet, sapient animal that looks like a spider. It also sings beautifully, like an bird of unknown origins.

This is an epic story, full of romance, adventure, beautiful, strange creatures, and a strong warrior people determined to live. Serena moves through the story, falling in love with the people of Volarn and then her husband, King Rhamus. She endures a terrible experience at the hands of the enemy King. There are misunderstandings and troubled hearts. And toward the end, Serena and Rhamus embark on a quest to seek help from the 3 most powerful Vassi (sorcerers) on Volarn. As with all my stories, there is a happy ending.

But, let me say that if my family had not kept encouraging me to write the story I dreamed so long ago, l never would have. They loved the story and had faith that I could write it.

Love's Captive was first published in 2001 by New Concepts Publishing. It was a bestseller and fan favorite. In 2005 NCP asked me to turn the story into an erotic novel. Now, in 2012 it has been reissued with a new gorgeous cover. I have received many letters from fans telling me how much they love this story. The book has received many 5 star reviews. Best of all, Love's Captive has continued to sell after 11 years!



Scene: King Rhamus uses the Tarthra to find his soulmate

Her stomach fluttered when the King slowly looked her up and down. This time
she could tell he liked what he saw by the heat in his eyes. And when his hand came up to
rest lightly on her right cheek, she was overcome with a sudden urge to touch him.

Unconsciously, she turned her face into his palm and rubbed against it ever so slightly.
The King gently turned her face back toward him and stared deeply into her eyes. Serena
saw that he was as stunned as she was by her reaction to him.

Finally, she was close enough to inspect those wondrous Volarnian eyes. She
discovered that the King's were somewhat different from the other natives she'd met so
far. Most had ranged from pale lavender to a deeper violet. His were darker, almost a
purplish-blue, and there was a distinctive dark blue ring outlining the iris of his eyes.

An intense heat seemed to radiate from the King's hand and eyes. Serena felt as if
he were drawing her closer to him by a magnetic force. At first she struggled and her
mind reacted with fear but, as if sensing her fear, the King forced her to look deeper into
his eyes. Somehow Serena knew that he would not hurt her. She felt herself opening up,
becoming pliant to his will.

As Serena accepted the strange wash of feelings that passed over her, she noticed
a reflection of the same in the King's expression. He appeared surprised. An acceptance
came over his handsome features as he drew Serena further away from herself and into
his power.

The attraction Serena felt earlier seemed mild now compared to that which he
stirred this time. There was an electrical feeling to the charged atmosphere surrounding
them. Her lower lips were swollen and her sensitive clit hidden between them throbbed.
She suddenly wanted his hand there, his fingers sliding between her moist flesh. She
moaned softly as her nipples pebbled painfully. Her whole body screamed “take me”.

Inhaling a deep breath, she sought to control the desire galloping through her
nerves. Staring at Rhamus’ handsomely expressive face helped her connect with him
emotionally and push her passion back slightly.

Somehow, it seemed as though she knew the King better than anyone else in the
room, but could put no words to describe it. She only knew that she liked what she "read"
about the King from their personal contact.

As the magnetic force that flooded her body earlier suddenly became stronger, it
was if she was invisibly pulled toward him, and then they were only a hand span from
each other. She knew instinctively that he wanted to kiss her, but waited for her to make
the first move, and when Serena moved within a breath away from his lips, the King
moved into her space and their lips met. Wet, warmth, and an aching need filled her
mind.

She’d been kissed by other men before, but never had she been in the hands of
such an expert. Heat curled in her belly and seemed determined to move lower as their
kiss continued.

The lust that had sprung to life but seconds ago ravaged her body once again.
Pushing her breasts against him, she groaned into his mouth when her aching nipples met
the muscular barrier of his chest. She clutched at his biceps to keep from grabbing his
hands and shoving them between her thighs. There was a madness in her blood--one that
disregarded the many eyes upon them. If he had ravaged her at that moment, on the cold
floor, she would have been ecstatic.

Trying mightily to ignore her demanding body, she concentrated on their kiss.
Rhamus' lips were soft, firm, demanding. A thrumming sensation shot between her and
the King. Out of the corner of her partially closed eyes, a soft bluish light materialized. It
surrounded them like a cloud and appeared to be the source of the thrumming sensation.

The King seemed to sense her distraction and pulled back just a short space, again
giving her a searching look. He concentrated on her face as if memorizing its details. A
shout went up from the crowd and he turned to nod and smile at them.




"When Serena awakes, after a close and unpleasant encounter with some sort of stun gun, she learns that resistance is futile and escape only a yearned for dream. She comes to find that she and the other Earth women have been captured by the Moyds.....interstellar merchants, and their mission is to procure fertile wives for the men of Volarn because their own race has been endangered due to the wide-spread sterility of their own women. Serena is disgusted to realize that they are nothing in the men’s eyes but baby makers, but she’s aware that she has no other choice than to face the fate that awaits her with as much dignity as she can.

After arriving on Volarn, Serena finds that her assessment had not been entirely accurate. The Volarn men used their power crystals in the Tarthra Ritual to approach the women to find the mate most suited to them, a women to love and who can love them and Serena has been chosen to become King Rhamus’ Queen but, just as she feels herself weakening to him and his romantic, passionate nature, Rhamus’ enemy Xarath abducts her......"


Purchase at: New Concepts Publishing





Myra Nour grew up reading s/f, fantasy, and romance, so she was really thrilled when these elements were combined in Futuristic Romances. She enjoys writing within all these elements, whether the hero is a handsome man from another planet, or a tiny fairy from another dimension.
Myra’s background is in counseling, and she likes using her knowledge to create believable characters. She also enjoys lively dialogue and, of course, using her imagination to create other worlds with lots of action/adventure, as well as romance. She uses her handsome husband as inspiration for her heroes – he is a body builder, a soldier, and has a black belt in Tae Kwon Do.

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3 comments:

  1. It's wonderful that after your writing career took off, you were able to write the book you had dreamed. Congrats on your story that continues to sell.
    luvfuzzzeeefaces at yahoo dot com

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  2. It must be a wonderful feeling to know that your book has been popular enough to keep selling for eleven years. Sounds like a really interesting book. Thanks for the giveaway.

    Jess
    strive4bst at yahoo dot com

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  3. Nice post and excerpt. The book sounds good.

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