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And now, to kick back and weekend relax with my new book, Daring Time
Friday, April 17th, 2009

This has really been a whirlwind of fabulous authors. Thanks to all of you–readers and authors–for making this so fun. So, tonight and Saturday are unscheduled days, so that means, a mega-fun Daring Time Feature!! I’m going to tell you a bit about my upcoming erotic romance/time travel release of Daring Time, including a never seen before R-rated excerpt. If you leave a comment or ask a quesiton, I’ll send one commenter a signed copy of Daring Time, a Paradise Rules t-shirt, and various assorted promo items PLUS, your choice of ONE of the these three books brand new books: Wicked Burn (that one would be signed by me:)), Mr. Darcy’s Daughters by Elizabeth Aston, or Riding on Instinct by Jaci Burton.
He sees her, wants her, needs her…

Chicago Detective Ryan Daire has many secrets: a love for Shakespeare, an appreciation for the all the finer things in life, and an absolute lack of restraint in the bedroom. Now he has an even bigger secret. In every shifting shadow of the sprawling mansion he’s recently inherited he can see her—tempting, ethereal, and untouchable. Hope Stillwater inhabited that mansion in 1906. Raw desire has formed a conduit between these two passionate souls who are separated by the barrier of time.

Now he has to have her.

Intoxicated by each other’s presence, Ryan and Hope are closer than ever to crossing that inviting boundary between two worlds. But there is one grave danger: Ryan’s job has put him on the trail of a depraved criminal in an investigation that’s risking Hope’s eternal fate and happiness. Now he must do whatever it takes to change history, protect Hope from harm, and set his own desires free.

Never Before Seen Excerpt of Daring Time

Water streamed off his body when he stood quickly. He lifted one foot to step out, looked up and almost fell out of the deep tub when he lost his balance. His breath burned in his lungs as he stared in open-mouthed disbelief.
He gaped at a very alive-looking, half-naked Hope Stillwater.
Her eyes looked enormous in her delicate face as she peered at him over a damp, creamy shoulder. She stood at the bowl of the sink, masses of curling dark hair pinned up on her head. She held a sponge in her frozen hand. It dripped into the filled basin, the resulting sound perfectly real, soft and somehow soothing to Ryan’s stunned brain.
He had caught her in the private ritual of a sponge bath.
After a moment the weird vibrations of shock resonating through him lessened. He’d been mistaken. His imagination had gotten the best of him. This was a very real woman. She must have been living in the mansion illegally. Perhaps she was the former owner and had never vacated the premises?
Despite his logical thoughts, when he finally spoke what he said was completely irrational.
“Hope?” he asked, his volume level barely above a whisper. It was as if she existed inside a fragile bubble and he was afraid his robust male essence would pop her into oblivion.
The sponge she clutched dropped into the basin of water as though she’d lost muscular control. He watched, mesmerized, as she slowly turned to face him. She met his gaze and nodded her head once.
“Hope Stillwater?” he clarified.
Again she nodded, her huge eyes never leaving his face.
Ryan blinked in amazement. Her beauty was so immense, however, that it drew his attention away even from the fact that he was impossibly standing in a bathroom with a woman who’d lived a century before him.
The light that fell upon her naked shoulders and chest wasn’t the same dim electric fixture that shone in Ryan’s world. Her source of radiance caressed her like a lover, making her flawless, damp skin seem to glow with a dark gold light. He saw her elegant neck convulse as his gaze lowered over her body.
She wore a pair of frilly white pantaloons—at least that’s what Ryan thought they called the woman’s undergarment—but her upper body was bare excerpt for the silver locket. Her arms were beautifully shaped and graceful, her carriage slender and proud. Her breasts were full, but thrust high and firm off the plane of her chest and ribs. His penis tugged in arousal as he stared at the large pink nipples. The fantasy of suckling the tender crests and feeling them tauten under his tongue played across his mind in graphic detail.
Her breathy whisper did the impossible and removed his hot stare from the most beautiful breasts he’d ever seen. Like her, he merely nodded when he met her gaze. She’d temporarily stolen his wits along with his voice. He noticed the silent query in her velvety eyes, the amazement mixing with anxiety shaping her features. He raised his hand in an instinctive quieting gesture.
“Shhh,” he soothed, as though he were afraid her nervousness was like a loud noise—something that would rob him of the exquisite, otherworldly moment. “There’s nothing to be afraid of. I’m just a man who lives in your house. I’m not sure why we’re able to see each other like this.”
Her breasts trembled slightly at his words.
“Why wouldn’t we be able to see each other?” she whispered cautiously. She took a step toward him, her eyes searching his face. “Are you a spirit?”
“Not that I’m aware of. I was about to ask you the same question…even though I don’t believe in ghosts.”
She started slightly, as though she hadn’t expected the amusement in his voice at such a moment.
“I’m just a man, Hope.”
Her eyes lowered down over him.
“I see that,” she murmured, her tone slightly dazed.
Her stare felt like the equivalent of a touch on the prickling skin of his chest and abdomen. When it lowered even further his cock jerked in arousal.
He couldn’t stop himself. He laughed softly when he saw her startled expression of amazement as she stared at his cock with a mixture of twenty percent trepidation and eighty percent fascination. When she realized where she was staring her eyes darted to his face. She blushed.
“I’m sorry,” she murmured, clearly bemused even further by his laughter. “I’ve never seen a man without his clothes on before. You’re the largest man I’ve ever seen.”
“That would go without saying, since as you said, you’ve never seen a man naked before,” Ryan said through a smile.
“I meant your overall size…not…not the size of…” Her voice quavered and trailed off. This time a bloom of color rose all the way from her chest to her cheeks, but that didn’t stop her curious gaze from flickering back to his groin.
“I know what you meant,” Ryan said quietly.
The bizarreness of the situation soaked into his awareness fully for the first time at that moment. She existed but she didn’t exist. The information Gail had given him today proclaimed that without a doubt, Hope Stillwater had been dead for over a century.
And yet she stood before him vibrant with life. What’s more, he was naked and she was nearly so, and they were both obviously highly aware of each other sexually if his lengthening erection and her stiffening nipples were any indication.
Or perhaps she’d just grown chilly, damp as she was?
Her dark eyes lowered over him once again, lingering on his cock, and Ryan knew that her tightening nipples and flushed cheeks weren’t caused by a chill in the air and embarrassment—at least not entirely. With her eyes still fastened on his growing erection, she spoke.
“If…if you are not a spirit, then what are you?”
“A flesh and blood man,” Ryan replied even as said flesh and blood pulsated with a primitive need to mate with the luscious female who stood before him. His muscles clenched when her gaze traveled up his torso, pausing to linger on his chest before she met his stare. He inhaled slowly to stave off a powerful wave of lust.
“Maybe I should get my towel—”
“You’re even more beautiful than the Michelangelo sculptures I saw in Rome and Florence.”
Ryan’s mouth fell open at her spontaneous, sweet words. He’d never experienced such uncontrived honesty. He was accustomed to guarded, defensive women…to people in general playing it cool in order to protect their vulnerable inner selves. To have such a beautiful woman compliment him so openly given the bizarreness—no, the impossibility of the situation—acted as an aphrodisiac just as potent as her naked, flame-gilded flesh.

Early Reviews for Daring Time

An intense and erotic journey though time.
— 5 Angels and a Recommended Read from Fallen Angel Reviews

A smooth blend of fantasy, crime and erotic romance that keeps you on your toes, breathless, with your heart in your mouth; 5 pints of blood, Shannon at Genre Reviews

Beth Kery spins a unique and sensual tale of time- travel and love. Definitely a must-read”“Fresh Fiction Reviews

A hauntingly beautiful and enduring love story.
— 5 Bookmarks from Wild on Books

“Love’s not Time’s fool”, and this exquisite story, while a fantasy, proves that short beautiful line of poetry true; Lea-Closetwriter Blogspot

Daring Time takes readers on an imaginative and scintillating trip back in time. A truly unique and original story.
— 4 Stars from Romantic Times

5 Stars from Harriet Klausner““Daring Time is an invigorating fast-paced romantic time travel/police procedural.

And good news! Daring Time is shipping EARLY from Barnes and Noble–yep, they’re sending it out today! It’s also available for order at Amazon and Borders, and officially releases May 5, 2009.

The winner will be announced early in the afternoon Sunday April 19, at which time, fabulous author Shelli Stevens will be joining us!

55 comments to “And now, to kick back and weekend relax with my new book, Daring Time”

  1. Blanche
      · April 17th, 2009 at 8:53 pm · Link

    Is it May yet? I’m so anxious to get this book Beth, it is going to be fantastic! Loved the excerpt! :mrgreen:

  2. Eimy
      · April 17th, 2009 at 9:20 pm · Link

    Great excerpt! Love the cover.

  3. beth kery
      · April 17th, 2009 at 9:29 pm · Link

    Hey, Blanche–yeah for May! lol. I’m joining you in that cheer. Thanks so much. 🙂

    Eimy–Thanks about the cover! It actually glows close up. It’s sort of luminescent. And a little tidbit, he’s a championship amateur boxer…so you might not notice at first glance, but that’s a sweat shirt that’s opened. I thought that was a sexy tough when I noticed it. 🙂

  4. Sandie
      · April 17th, 2009 at 9:31 pm · Link

    Beth, your ‘Daring Time’ sounds fasinating, but your blurb and excerpt left me with questions.

    How does Ryan’s investigation of a depraved criminal risk Hope’s eternal fate and happiness when she appears to be a ghost?

    And how in the world did Hope know to call him Ryan when this appears to be their first encounter?


  5. Eshani
      · April 17th, 2009 at 9:39 pm · Link

    Thanks for the weekend treat Beth!
    Man, the steam from that excerpt definitely leapt off of the screen..I haven’t read a “time-travel” type romance in such a long time, and I’m so looking forward to this book 🙂

  6. Lyoness2009
      · April 17th, 2009 at 9:45 pm · Link

    Looks fabulous! Can’t wait for this one!! :mrgreen:

  7. Ong
      · April 17th, 2009 at 9:47 pm · Link

    My question is if there were any influences like a favorite ghost love story? 😀

  8. Lea
      · April 17th, 2009 at 9:49 pm · Link

    Awesome excerpt Beth!

    Count me in! A signed copy of Daring Time and Jaci’s book WOW!

    I hope you have a restful weekend.

    Thanks for the wonderful contest!

    Warm Regards
    L 😀

  9. Jeanie
      · April 17th, 2009 at 10:31 pm · Link

    I came over from Castles in the sky flight of fantasy yahoo group and I’m glad I did. I look forward to seeing more.

  10. Becky Ward
      · April 17th, 2009 at 10:44 pm · Link

    Loved the excerpt. I can’t wait for it to come out. I have added this one to my list to get.

  11. sara hurt
      · April 17th, 2009 at 10:57 pm · Link

    Great Excerpt you just keeping teasing and teasing. I want to read this book. Love the cover and cant wait to get my hands on a copy. Thanks for the great times this week

  12. Allison
      · April 17th, 2009 at 11:45 pm · Link

    Beth, that was delicious mind candy! Can’t wait to get my hands on the book. Have a great weekend 🙂

  13. danni
      · April 17th, 2009 at 11:56 pm · Link

    I absolutely love this cover, it’s fabulous. Really enjoyed the excerpt, can’t wait to read the book.

  14. kh
      · April 18th, 2009 at 12:43 am · Link

    very ncie congrats ont eh great reviews count me in
    have a good weekend all

    wtg winners 😀

  15. Katy M.
      · April 18th, 2009 at 1:55 am · Link

    Wow! Hot excerpt!

    I was wondering how a detective could cast aside logic and fall in love with a ghost. However the excerpt showed me that his desire and something unconscience is pulling him toward her dispite what he knows to be true: she’s been dead for a century.

    Now I’m wondering if Hope realizes she is a ghost and has been dead for 100 years…

    I have to read this book and find out!

  16. Eva S
      · April 18th, 2009 at 4:56 am · Link

    Loved the excerpt, I’d like to read more!
    Count me in!

  17. Danielle
      · April 18th, 2009 at 5:10 am · Link

    I would like to know if people recognize you on the street or in resturants yet?

    Congrats on the great reviews.

  18. Roberta Harwell
      · April 18th, 2009 at 6:25 am · Link

    Love the post. Congrats on such great reviews. Hope you have a good weekend.

  19. Beverly G
      · April 18th, 2009 at 6:44 am · Link

    awesome reviews congrats i soo cant wait to get my hands on a copy of this book it sounds awesome very very hot excerps wished ya didnt stop there lol would be an awesome read to share with a book group i could sit here and tell ya how much id like to win but instead i want to sit here and tell you how great it is to have an awesome contest going on where your so giving and willing to share your tallent with everyone and others talents as well so thank you for that

  20. Lisa F.
      · April 18th, 2009 at 7:56 am · Link

    Love the excerpt!! I really can’t wait to read this book.

    Congrats on the great reviews!

  21. RobynL
      · April 18th, 2009 at 8:16 am · Link

    what a tease you are, lol. You left us wanting more, woman!!!! Please give more.
    The cover is yummy.

  22. Paula
      · April 18th, 2009 at 8:58 am · Link

    I didn’t notice the sweat shirt in the small picture but now it’s pretty clear when you pointed it out. lol A nice detail.

  23. Jody F.
      · April 18th, 2009 at 9:07 am · Link

    It seems too cruel to leave us hanging like that! How mean of you not to give us more excerpt! :mrgreen:

  24. Ashley Madden
      · April 18th, 2009 at 9:56 am · Link

    This is a nice giveaway!

  25. blodeuedd
      · April 18th, 2009 at 10:05 am · Link

    Mmm looking good 😀
    I’d sure love to read more

  26. Pam S
      · April 18th, 2009 at 11:28 am · Link

    Oh Beth, this book is just going to be such an awesome read! Time-travel has always appealed to me and I have very few of them so I’d love a chance to win it. If I did win would be a hard choice between the other 3 as I don’t have any of them yet lol.

    i am so exicited for the release of this one and it is on my to get list soon as available if I don’t win.

    I hope you have a great weekend!!

  27. chey
      · April 18th, 2009 at 11:28 am · Link

    Great excerpt! I love time travel stories!

  28. booklover1335
      · April 18th, 2009 at 11:28 am · Link

    Yeah, I’m with some of the other comments. Thanks for leaving us hanging like that…not fair 🙁

    I guess that is why they call some excerpts “teasers”. This one definitely caught my interest, and am anxious to read more!

    Do you know if they will be in the BN stores early, or if it is only shipping early online? I guess this would be a good time to use my BN 10% off coupon.

  29. Tracy
      · April 18th, 2009 at 11:53 am · Link


    Thanks for the extra excerpt. I haven’t read a good time travel romance in a long time, and this one looks to be so romantic. I can’t wait to read it. What a treat!

  30. Jane
      · April 18th, 2009 at 11:57 am · Link

    Thanks for the great excerpt, Beth.

  31. Cathy M
      · April 18th, 2009 at 2:13 pm · Link

    I love erotic romance stories, and you gave us an absolutely fabulous excerpt. Congrats on the great reviews, Beth, I will definitely be ordering this book.

  32. Fedora
      · April 18th, 2009 at 5:02 pm · Link

    Wow, Beth, terrific excerpt! Just to double-check, Daring Time is a stand-alone, right? How fabulous that it’s shipping early! Yippee!

  33. Kammie
      · April 18th, 2009 at 6:22 pm · Link

    “A hauntingly beautiful and enduring love story.” This is such a wonderful review. I’m so anxious to read your story!

  34. Amy S.
      · April 18th, 2009 at 7:09 pm · Link

    Excerpt was great! Sounds very good!

  35. Caffey
      · April 18th, 2009 at 7:12 pm · Link

    Thanks for the extra peek into the book with the new excerpt Beth!!! So excited on this one! I had a wonderful time celebrating here too! Have a great weekend! I found a book I missed reading FLEETBLADE and just put it in my reader!

  36. Sue A.
      · April 18th, 2009 at 8:35 pm · Link

    This looks like another hit! The excerpt was great!

  37. Pam P
      · April 18th, 2009 at 9:03 pm · Link

    Great excerpt, Beth and I love all kinds of time-travels. Have to put this on my wishlist for sure.

  38. Larena Wirum
      · April 18th, 2009 at 10:13 pm · Link

    congrats on the early shipping. this sounds like a great book. loved the excerpt. :mrgreen:

  39. beth kery
      · April 18th, 2009 at 10:22 pm · Link

    Hi Sandie–all good questions. 🙂 Actually Hope ISN’T a ghost. And Ryan’s BELIEF that she’s really alive (to him anyway) is what makes the miracle of time travel possible. And there’s a prior scene which I won’t try to re-write in this little square, which explains why she knows his name. Thanks for stopping by, Sandie!

  40. beth kery
      · April 18th, 2009 at 10:25 pm · Link

    Eshani–I’m glad you liked the excerpt. I had trouble picking it, because it’s a very poignant and ‘real’ scene for me, which actually has some even better parts. I love that scene where he sees her standing at the sink during a sponge bath, though…the intimacy…the hushed quality. I wanted to get that part in. Thanks for being here, Eshani!

    Lyoness–Good to see you, and thanks!
    😀 😀

  41. beth kery
      · April 18th, 2009 at 10:28 pm · Link

    Jeanie, glad you stopped by from Trinity’s place. Very glad to have you any time.

    Hey there, Becky *waving*

    Sara–you’re very welcome. I’m having a blast during this contest myself. 🙂

    Dani and Allison–glad you liked the excerpt. I hand picked it. Like I said above, I adore this scene, but there are so many parts of it I couldn’t get in here.

  42. beth kery
      · April 18th, 2009 at 10:31 pm · Link

    Hi Katy!
    It’s a puzzle piece to get an excerpt like this, huh? Sorry. It really is clear in the reading. Ryan doesn’t believe this amazing woman he’s seeing is a ghost for a second…even if Ramiro does. He SO believes in her…he SO wants and desire her, that his need (and a little magic built into the house) help him to time travel. So…the book really isn’t a ‘ghost story’ in the classic sense…unless that’s what ghosts are? Hmmmm lol

  43. beth kery
      · April 18th, 2009 at 10:36 pm · Link

    Great, Eva, I’ve got you!

    Dani–you are a hoot (or a sweetheart.) Well, my doorman always buzzes me through, so he recognizes me, my husband always knows its me in a restaraunt, and my agent and editors usually return my email (at least after a few days) So…yeah, my recognition rate is very high.
    But you are my new best friend for asking that question, Dani. Hugs. 🙂

  44. beth kery
      · April 18th, 2009 at 10:52 pm · Link

    Beverly–I’m so glad you are enjoying. I wanted the contest to be fun. Nice to hear that you think it is.

    Roberta and Lisa–hey there, ladies! Good to see you and have a nice weekend!

    Paula–I know, the sweatshirt thing is awesome–the boxer touch. I didn’t notice at first either…I thought it was a regular man’s shirt, but then I saw the hood, and thought….perfect!

  45. beth kery
      · April 18th, 2009 at 10:56 pm · Link

    Oh, Jody, I’m not cruel…honest! I wrote a whole book about it. lol. Thanks for stopping by, Jody.

    Hey, Ashley–glad you like the giveaway!

    Pam, hey fellow time-traveler! Do you have any favorites? I actually love Jack Finney. The idea that Ryan can time travel because he absolutely believes–to his very core–that Hope is alive, is not only a romantic notion, but carries strains from Jack Finney as well.

  46. beth kery
      · April 18th, 2009 at 10:59 pm · Link

    OOh, Chey, another time traveler! Glad to have you land here for a moment. 🙂

    Booklover–I don’t know if they will be on display or not. I do know they available now for shipping, but that’s all I know. 🙂

    Hi Fedora–so far Daring Time is a stand alone, but I do have a proposal out for a follow-up series, the next potentially being called Making Time.

  47. beth kery
      · April 18th, 2009 at 11:00 pm · Link

    Hi Larena and Sue! Always nice to see familiar faces around here. Hope you two are having a good weekend. Personally, I’m scattered and trying to get things together for the RT convention next week.

  48. beth kery
      · April 18th, 2009 at 11:03 pm · Link

    Hello! I think Daring Time is incredibly romantic, but that’s just me. I hope you enjoy my version of a time travel. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by.

    Blodeudd–Hey there! Hope you are having a terrific weekend! Let’s see…I think you are sleeping soundly at this point…oh…or getting up?

  49. Beverly G
      · April 18th, 2009 at 11:09 pm · Link

    its so great to see you comment back to us i have a question what is your greatest moment of being an author besides the obvious being published and such

  50. beth kery
      · April 18th, 2009 at 11:17 pm · Link

    Hi, Caffey! I hope you enjoy Fleetblade. I think it’s smoking, and so romantic. I always think of it as Robin Hood meets Scarlet O’Hara. lol. Let me know what you think:)

    Cathy and Kammie-hello, ladies! Hope you are having a great night. 🙂

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