Title: Cupid's Arrow
Release Date: Feb. 14, 2010
Authors: Angela Nichelle
Publisher: Noble Romance Publishing
Blurb: Safina Ralph is single on Valentine's Day. She's determined to have a good time in L.A. away from her home in Chicago with her friend, Lynn. The two of them have exclusive passes to Red, the hottest nightclub on Venice Beach. Just as the festive atmosphere begins to coax Safina into the party mood, she notices someone, or something in the rafters, shooting arrows into the crowd of unsuspecting partygoers below!
Chaos erupts as Safina races to stop the attack. When she confronts Kal, one of the club's sexy owners, Safina's sure he's the attacker despite his warm reassurances and her body's hot response to his touch. Consumed with overwhelming feelings of déjà vu and desire, Safina is relieved to get back home but she can't shake unsettling questions and Kal's handsome face from her mind.
After their encounter at Red, Kal tracks Safina down in Chicago with questions of his own. And the answers for them both could be the key to everything they've wished for, but will Safina accept the truth and can Kal trust his heart?
Welcome Angela Nichelle, it’s nice to have you here. What is your latest Author Offering?
What is Cupid's Arrow all about?
This suspense-filled romance is about two lovers finding their way back to each other. My heroine has been hoping to find 'the one' but neither expected to find the other in the midst of such unusual circumstances.
What was your inspiration?
Greek mythology! I've always been fascinated with those stories. I've read all them over and over and what better inspiration for Valentine's Day than Eros a.k.a Cupid himself!
Why paranormal? What’s the draw?
I love being able to stretch the boundaries of my imagination and adding the unexpected element to my stories.
Tell me, what was your reaction when you received your very first contract to be published?
Honestly, stunned disbelief and then I got up and danced around quietly as my husband put the kids to bed.
How did you celebrate?
We celebrated together later with my favorite chocolate martini.
Now for some fun stuff. Since your book is a Valentine's story, tell us what you and your husband did for Valentine’s Day.
I wasn't feeling well on V-Day, so we stayed in and ordered Thai.
Sorry you were ill, but ordering in can be romantic too. Tell me, do you think chocolates and flowers are the way to a woman’s heart?
I think it's a good start.
What would be your ultimate Valentine’s Day?
*sigh* No kids, warm sunshine on the beachfront, chilled wine, soft music and 5 star chef preparing delicious foods and decadent desserts!
Milk chocolate or dark?
Hmmm....Dark, no milk chocolate...they're really great together, you know?
Thank you so much for joining me! Any last moment comments you’d like to add?
Thanks for having me, Rie!
Safina splashed cold water on her face several times before meeting her reflection in the decorative oval mirror hanging over the modern basin. Some curls had escaped from her fancy up-do, but that was the only sign to indicate she had experienced something out of the ordinary. Pulling a paper napkin off the marble counter, she patted the moisture from her face.
There was something about . . . she didn't even know his name. Safina shivered, remembering the awareness she’d experienced when his hard body had pressed so close to her own. Even in her dazed state, the scent of his cologne and the feel of his arms wrapped under her thighs had sent her heart racing.
Maybe Lynn was right; time to go back to the hotel. Taking a deep breath, she shut off the bathroom light and opened the door, instantly aware her friend was gone. "Where did Lynn go?"
Kallias downed the contents of his glass. "I told her I'd bring you back out after you had a few more moments to regroup. I'm Kal, by the way."
Safina looked around the beautifully decorated room. There were large mirrors on all the walls and an interesting collection of art pieces adorning the wooden shelves facing the desk Kal now rested against. Red was obviously doing very well.
"How do you feel now?"
Tearing her gaze off the exquisite ivory sculpture of a man and woman intertwined in an intimate embrace, Safina met Kal's dark brown eyes. "Better." Except for the fact she was now experiencing a serious case of déjà vu on top of everything else.
"Beautiful, isn't?" Kallias asked, coming to stand by her and the suggestive artwork.
Safina nodded, afraid to speak. Just his presence evoked a response from her body she didn't understand. Goosebumps prickled along her skin as she sucked in a deep breath. Unconsciously, she took a step away from Kallias, who turned from the statue to study her.
Those lips, those dark eyes, his voice was so familiar. She couldn't breathe. She wanted to escape whatever was happening to her. She needed to escape before she rushed into his arms. "I-I'm gonna go. Thanks, Kal."
Safina turned and rushed for the door, letting out a yelp when Kallias stopped her with a sharp tug on her arm.
Kallias moved close, bringing his face a centimeter, maybe two, from hers. "Do I know you?"
His hand on her skin was more than she could bear. Pleasurable tingles raced from his warm touch up and down her bare arm. With wide eyes, Safina tried to yank free but he held fast. "Please—"
Kallias cut her off with a kiss. His lips melded with hers and Safina forgot about struggling and moaned, going limp in his arms. She kissed him back, enjoying the heat and passion she could taste as he stroked her tongue, remembering . . . remembering something. Finding a bit of strength, Safina wrenched away, breathing hard.
Kallias licked his bottom lip and appeared to be just as bemused as she was. Safina used his momentary confusion to break free of his grasp. Pivoting on the balls of her high-heeled shoes, she bolted for the door.