Monday, October 13, 2014


Title: Storm

Series: Ashes & Embers, #1

Author: Carian Cole

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: September 30, 2014


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The calm before the storm…


I lived in the quiet stillness.    

I felt the wind rustle, warning me, telling me to get out of its path.


But I didn’t.


I never stood a chance.


A series of weather and road mishaps leaves me trapped in the middle of a blizzard with a complete stranger.  In the back of a pickup truck. For forty-eight freakin’ hours.


A stranger with long hair, tattoos, and rippling with muscle.  

A stranger with an insanely sexy voice and a wicked smile that turned my insides to jelly.  

A stranger who held me in his arms, calmed me, and then set a fire in me that I couldn’t put out.


Storm lives up to his name. Beautiful. Dangerously inviting. Tumultuous. Dark. A clash of hot and cold.


He’s used to getting everything he wants.


And now he wants me.


Some people chase storms for the beautiful thrill. What happens when the storm chases you?


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I crawl out of the bed and find my sweatshirt, pulling it over my head. I dont bother putting my pants back on. I quietly tiptoe out into the hallway and down into the living room. Hes just sitting on the couch. His back is to me so he doesnt know Im there. Hes sitting there in total silence, just staring out the windows into the black nothingness of the night. I quietly step closer to him.


His head snaps to look at me. Whats wrong?

Ive lost my voice. Its hiding behind my thoughts and feelings. Thoughts and feelings I can’t even begin to explain or understand right now.

I-I just...” I look down, away from his intense stare. What am I doing? Nothing,” I say softly. Goodnight.

I walk back down the dimly lit hallway and find my way back to the huge bed, snuggling back under the covers. I wonder why hes just sitting there and what hes thinking. Probably plotting my next unwanted orgasm.

I begin to drift off, but I feel a weight on the bed. I open my eyes, and it’s Niko lying at the foot of the bed, curled up against my feet. I smile. Halo sleeps on the bed with me, too.Goodnight, Niko,” I whisper. Thats when I notice Storm in the doorway, leaning against the doorframe. My heart literally stops. The fuck is he doing?

I dont say anything as he slowly walks toward the bed. He stops when he gets right next to the side of the bed where Im lying. He is only inches away, but I can hardly see him in the darkness. I can feel him, though. I can feel the heat radiating off his body. I can hear his steady breathing. I find his hand in the dark and I gently pull him onto the bed. He is massive in the bed next to meall legs, muscle, and hair. Im trembling all over and Im not sure if its from fear or the new unknown excitement that he forces onto my body. He rolls onto his side and pulls me against him, cocooning me against his chest.

I can feel your heart pounding, Evie. His voice is so low I can barely hear him.

I can feel yours, too.

Youre shaking.

I know. Im scared.

You should be.

Everything inside me freezes.

You have no idea who I am. Or what I could do to you. I could do things to you that you can’t even fucking imagine,Evie. He burrows his nose into my hair and takes a deep breath. I want to make you scream.

Fear and sheer desire rip through my body. Those two feelings should never be mixed up and thrown together into the same space. I want to run. I want to hide under the bed. I want him to kiss me. I want to touch every inch of him. Fuck me. I am so messed up.

Relax, little one. Im not going to touch you or hurt you. But I will be the ghost that haunts you.

Shit. Damn. Fuck.

He lets go of me and rolls onto his back, but reaches for my hand and entwines our fingers together. We fall asleep that way, two feet apart, our hands still together.

Author Bio:


I have a passion for the bad boys, those covered in tattoos, sexy smirks, ripped jeans, fast cars, motorcycles and of course, the sweet girls that try to tame them and win their hearts. My debut series, Ashes & Embers, follows the lives of rock band members as they find, and sometimes lose, the loves of their lives.

My first novel in the Ashes & Embers series, Storm, will be available in September of 2014.  

Born and raised a Jersey girl, I now reside in beautiful New Hampshire with my husband and our multitude of furry pets and spend most of my time writing, reading, and vacuuming.


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Carian is offering the following giveaways. They are both open internationally. Giveaway ends Oct 20th at 11:59 PM CST.

(2) $25 gift card for either Amazon or B&N. Winner's choice.
(2) Swag Pack with signed copy of Storm.


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