Title: The Promise
Author: Kim Carmichael
Publisher: Hot Ink Press
Tour Host: Lady Amber's Tours
Demon Dolan Ciar exists on three simple words: desire, denial, and destruction. Every four years, he is allowed one night of earthly passion to punish a deserving female. By the time he is finished, his victims are left as willing receptacles for demons yet to come.
Since she was four, a demon has been the only constant in Leora Desmond's life. He taught her how to seize control, to never give up, and to take whatever she wanted. At twenty-four, her self-centered existence is focused on one thing. She wants Dolan, and she won't be dissuaded.
A mistake brought Dolan to Leora. A promise bound him to her. Returning once again to ask for his freedom, he is faced with Leora demanding to be his next conquest. The ultimate retribution would be to take from her the ultimate symbol of her selfishness.
Now, Dolan must decide if he can doom her to life in living hell or face his own set of unearthly consequences, while Leora must choose between her pleasure and her heart.
The Promise blurs the line between good and evil, desire and love, and promises and commitment.
He tilted his head. "You look older."
She forced herself to blink and to remember her goal. "Then I assume I am at last old enough to be a fit for a demon." She stepped forward, stopping less than a foot away from him. The back of her throat dried out, and she swallowed.
He put his hand to his chin, his gaze taking her in. "This old song and dance. When will you use the brains you have and leave it alone?"
His words hit her, but rather than retreating, she moved closer. The energy, the tingle, the wafts of spice encompassed her and lured her toward him. "Never."
"You were smart last time. Why don't you release me so I can do what I came here for." He glanced down at her and then shifted his focus beyond her. "I have needs as well."
"Tonight I am the one you came here for." The mention of his last visit stung, but she willed herself to keep going. She ran her fingers up the buttons of his shirt. "You always told me to take control."
He shook his head. "A lesson you learned well."
She reached up and clenched his collar in her fist. "I let you go last time, but tonight I am the one you need."
He grabbed her wrist. "I spared you before. Never forget that."
She stared right into his eyes. No weakness was allowed tonight. "It's me, Dolan. Me, or you can be celibate until the decade I do you the favor of dying. I don't care about your pain." She tensed, preparing herself for his retaliation.
"I thought I taught you better than to make demands of a demon." He pressed his palm to the side of her face.
Heat radiated through her body, sending a warning to every one of her nerve endings. "A demon who comforts a child is a failure of a demon in my book."
His jaw tightened. "That was a mistake. An oversight."
Kim Carmichael began writing eight years ago when her need for graphic sex scenes and love of happy endings inspired her to create her own. She has a weakness for bad boys and techno geeks, and married her own computer whiz after he proved he could keep her all her gadgets running. When not writing, she can usually be found slathered in sunscreen trolling Los Angeles and helping top doctors build their practices.
Restaurants and Inspiration
Every aspect of Los Angeles shows up in my writing, and that is especially true when it comes to our restaurants. It seems as if everyone in LA is either on a diet, going on a diet or finishing a diet. It is an actual art form to pick a restaurant that will fit an entire groups dietary needs. For every vegan, we have someone who is only eating meat, and forget carbs!
Here is a list of my top five Los Angeles Restaurants and their inspiration to me:
5. Boa Steakhouse – There is more than one location, but I have only been to the one on Sunset. Paparazzi literally sits outside the restaurant at night hoping to get a glimpse of the famous and infamous. I actually think they were disappointed when the saw me – I wanted to say "Hey I'm a romance author!" But I don’t' think they would be impressed. While the food is not memorable, the crowd and the atmosphere is one never to be forgotten.
4. Cantor's Deli – One of the most famous delis in Los Angeles. It has been around for over sixty years. It is old, and the waitresses are old. The service is fast, and you leave stuffed. This is where you get a huge sandwich that you don't think you can eat all of it, but somehow it's so good that you do. The matzo ball soup cannot be beat and I crave it when I don't feel well.
3. Villa Blanca – This restaurant has been made famous by the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. It is a block away from Rodeo, all decorated in white, and if you are lucky you can spot the owners (I did!). This reminds me of the perfect restaurant for women who lunch for a living. (Yes this was the inspiration for the restaurant in Closure! Actually it was a hybrid between this restaurant and Boa)
2. Lawry's Prime Rib – If you actually want to eat in the city, this is the place to do it. Known for their traditional prime rib and spinning salad, if you leave hungry there is something wrong. Yum – I am going here this weekend!
1. Spago – Yes that Spago. I love this restaurant. Not only is the food amazing, but it is a show in itself. Last time I was there not only did Wolfgang Puck wish me and my husband a happy anniversary but Sidney Poitier was in the table next to us!
All of these restaurants show up in my stories in one incarnation or another. Yes, I change the names, but the vibes are something unforgettable!