Friday, February 14, 2014

FIRST KISS: The key will unlock his future, but the sorceress will unlock his heart. Candra's Freedom @AJNuest @KMNbooks

AmyJo Nuest's has chosen a winner thanks to her lovely daughter drawing a name from a hat! The winner of all four books in the The Golden Key Chronicles series is... bn100! Congratulations!!

KAREN: Once Prince Caedmon presses his lips to Rowena, she realizes though she has no memory of him, her body has not forgotten his touch. Enjoy the first kiss in AJ Nuest's tale, The Golden Key Chronicles, Candra's Freedom (Book II).

***Giveaway: AJ Nuest is giving away the entire The Golden Key Chronicles series (four books) in eBook format to one lucky commenter! Read on and find out how you can win this fabulous series!

FIRST KISS from Book II of The Golden Key Chronicles, Candra's Freedom by AJ Nuest

Beautiful though it was, his story did not spark her memories. Contrary to what she had so desperately hoped, she experienced no glimmer of recognition or illuminating epiphany, no sought-after moment when all the events fell perfectly into place.

Sorrow was the only thing that saddled her heart, and the bitter realization everything he told her was the truth. If nothing else, the grating pain in her head confirmed it.

Once he finished, she eased back from where she’d perched with her shoulders high and tight, and released her death grip on the edge of the bench. One detail, however, seemed suspiciously absent from his tale. “How long?”

He stopped pacing and lifted his brows. “My lady?”

“How long did we know each other before I came through the veil? This time of Gleaning you spoke of. How long did it last? Six months? A year?”

His shoulders lowered the slightest degree. “Three days.”

“What?” She sprang to her feet.

The sudden movement, the horrified shock and brutal pounding in her head were too much. Bloated tears swarmed her eyes and a strangled sob escaped her throat. Her balance faltered. In a flash, he was before her, grasping her upper arms, the flickering light along his brow a ghostly apparition.

Three days with him and she’d risked everything? Given up her entire life? No, no, people didn’t experience the kind of love he described after only three days. They couldn’t. Not unless they were completely insane!

She dropped her face into her hands and an anguished moan seeped through her fingers. What the hell kind of spineless, weak-willed twit had she been? Falling in love with him inside the span of three days?

“Take heart, sweet Rowena. Though our time together was short, my love for you cannot be measured in the mere passing of days.”

When had he pulled her into his arms? At what moment did her forehead come to rest on his shoulder? She straightened and seized the open collar of his waistcoat, fisting the edges in her hands. She wanted to shake some sense into him. How could he say such things? Didn’t he see how impossible this all was?

Yet with them standing so close, every feature of his face was finally made clear. Vibrant ardor glistened in his eyes, reflecting the torch glow like two polished bits of topaz, beckoning her near. The anxious crease between his brows begged her to soothe his misery with a kind word. The heady allure of his masculine scent enveloped her in its warm caress, urging her closer to his lips. Her pulse stuttered, then raced. And when he placed his hand on the small of her back and pressed her near, her breasts met the firm wall of his chest, a gentle sigh escaped her lips.

Perhaps her memories waited in his kiss. Just like all those fabled stories Faelynn had told young Vaighn. A magic mirror, a handsome prince…a fated kiss and everything in her world would once again make sense. No more loneliness, no more pain, no more fighting to remember…

She went up on the toes of her silk slippers and tipped her head, tugging his collar until his parted lips hovered a scant moonbeam above hers. A jolt of pain seared her spine, but she clenched her fingers, strengthening her resolve. She would not be denied this chance. “Kiss me,” she whispered.

Desire flickered in his gaze, and caution warred with desperation in her heart. But surely one kiss was worth the risk? A simple touch in exchange for her memories.

His arms tensed at her waist. One heated, taut thigh slipped amid the folds of her skirt, nestling between her legs. “You test the limits of my restraint, madam.” A thrill coursed her skin when his breath skimmed the moisture on her lips. “Be forewarned. What you request, I shall not give lightly.”

“If you love me, Prince Caedmon, then prove it. Now kiss me.”

His mouth descended in a rush. Over and again his velvet lips touched, the tip of his tongue flicking and sweeping her upper lip until she opened herself to him.

With the first stroke of his tongue against hers, a delicious ripple of arousal swirled through her belly. Sweet tears of the nine, the man could kiss. He tasted of fresh air, the first hint of spring…freedom.

She nipped and sucked his lower lip, delving her tongue inside for another heady sip. His low moan set her head spinning. Exhilaration sizzled along her nerve endings. An aching pulse warmed and moistened the inner folds between her thighs.

Yes… Her body knew this man.

Candra's Freedom, Book II
The Golden Key Chronicles

The key would unlock his future, and the safety of his kingdom, but he never imagined the sorceress would unlock his heart...

Lost in a world she doesn't recognize, Rowena struggles to find her place. Yet her abilities with a blade and the loyalty of a fierce falcon don't discourage the heated advances of the handsome Prince Caedmon, and the connection between them seems much deeper than her troubled heart can recall.

If you are still in love with the Disney princes of your youth, and wish one would show up in your bedroom late at night, then you will love this breathtaking fantasy romance series from AJ Nuest!
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The Golden Key Chronicles Release Schedule:
Rowena’s Key:  November 7, 2013
Candra’s Freedom: December 12, 2013
Caedmon’s Curse: January 9, 2014
Braedric’s Bane: February 13, 2014

***Giveaway: AJ Nuest is giving away the entire The Golden Key Chronicles series (four books) in eBook format to one lucky commenter! Answer this question and you'll be entered to win. Do you have a favorite Disney princess... or prince? Share and tell us why he or she is your favorite. 

Don't have a favorite, just leave a comment or ask a question and you're entered to win the series, too. 


I am a multi-published, award-winning author who lives in the middle of a cornfield in NW Indiana. My loving husband, two beautiful children and a bevy of spoiled pets have agreed to stay and, in exchange for three rations per day and laundry service, tolerate my lunacy. While I spend most days happily ensconced in crafting romance across a multitude of genres, an underground coup has been percolating. The dogs just informed me the cat is secretly vying for dictatorship.

Twitter:  @AJNuest


Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips


So glad you could be a part of the First Kiss event! I loved the first book of the series and have the 2nd book on my Kindle. I hope to dive right into reading it soon! Can't wait to read the other stories as well!!

So tell us: What's next?

AJ Nuest said... Best Blogger Tips

@Karen Michelle Nutt
Thank you, Karen! And thank you so much for hosting me today! I'm thrilled to be a part of your awesome events once again! Whoot!

Next? Oh boy. Well, I just got the good word yesterday...two days ago?...that Harper contracted a three book fantasy series I pitched called Branches of the Willow Tree. Whoot! Very excited to get started on that project. And then... After getting such an awesome response from The Golden Key Chronicles, I've decided to write a spin-off. It'll be another four book cliff hanger novella series. I'm getting ready to pitch that now and, based on my editor's response to the idea, I may be writing that first. LOL

Katrina Gillian said... Best Blogger Tips


Your books sound really good.

I'm interested!

katrinagillian at gmail dot com

Katrina Gillian said... Best Blogger Tips

oops-- My favorite princess is Belle from Beauty and the Beast. Maybe because I love to read. Loved the library in the Beast's house. lol

Cathy said... Best Blogger Tips

Hmm... favorite princess has to be Cinderella.

Your series sounds good.

cnickol at verizon dot net

Margaret Mosier said... Best Blogger Tips

My favorite princess is Ariel because she like new adventure s its always fun to have new experiences your books sounds very interesting

AJ Nuest said... Best Blogger Tips

I have to agree with all of you!!! LOL I love Belle for her books, Cinderella for her heart and Arial for that song she sings that makes me cry every darn time I hear it -- Part of Your World?? Always makes me cry. However, my most favorite (right now, today) has to Rapunzel from Tangled. I love that movie!!! I'll sit all by myself and watch it...and I cry every time! Every, single time! LOL Thanks for commenting everyone! I can't wait to gift one of you my series! Whoo Hoo!

Sarah J. McNeal said... Best Blogger Tips

My favorite is The Light Princess who couldn't cry and was unconfirmed by gravity. She also could not love. A prince feel in love with her and risked his life to save her. It's never been made into a movie that I know of.
I enjoyed reading your blog. Your series sounds wonderful like a magical quest and love...perfect for Valentine's Day.
All the best to your corner of the universe.

bn100 said... Best Blogger Tips

Cinderella because she can sing

bn100candg at hotmail dot com

AJ Nuest said... Best Blogger Tips

Sarah, if you see this message, please do let me know where I can get my hands on that story! It sounds amazing! I love that! Thank you so much for stopping by! x

AJ Nuest said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi bn100! Thank you so much for stopping by to read my blog! Happy Valentine's! x

Sarah J. McNeal said... Best Blogger Tips

The Light Princess was included in a set of 10 books for children by Collier' s encyclopedia from the 1940s.I wish I could remember who wrote it. I still have them, but they're on a top shelf I can't reach.
I hope you can Google it. I think you will truly enjoy reading it. It's deep and rich with detail much like Hans Christian Anderson's tales.

Diane D White said... Best Blogger Tips

Lovely prose! So very intense. Well done!

Nikki Caravella said... Best Blogger Tips

Looking forward to reading the whole series! Good luck with your work!

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips


Don't forget to add Amy Dixon and James Alt to your hat win you do your drawing.

Their comments are on Facebook since Blogger wasn't cooperating. :) If anyone else is having difficulties, please comment on the First Kiss Event Page :)

Mackenzie Crowne said... Best Blogger Tips

I have to go with Rapunzel from Tangled. That girl is murder with a frying pan. :-) LOL

LOVED this series, AJ. So glad to hear you've contracted 4 more! Yay me.

I've got them all so don't include me in the drawing.

AJ Nuest said... Best Blogger Tips

@Sarah J. McNeal
Gosh, Sarah, I will totally keep an eye out for that story! Maybe a little research is at hand... *wink*

AJ Nuest said... Best Blogger Tips

@Diane D White
Thank you so much, Diane! And thank you for commenting. The drawing is almost here! :-)

AJ Nuest said... Best Blogger Tips

@Nikki Caravella
Thank you so much, Nikki! I'll make sure to include you in the draw and maybe you can WIN the series! Whoo Hoo!

AJ Nuest said... Best Blogger Tips

Will do, Karen! I'll pull the winner first thing tomorrow morning -- I'll probably have my daughter do it because she loves that. LOL

Thank you Mac! Love ya, hon! x

AJ Nuest said... Best Blogger Tips

My daughter just helped me with the drawing and the winner of the entire Golden Key Chronicles is...BN100! Whoo Hoo! I'll be in touch soon! Thank you to everyone who commented. And a huge thanks to Karen for allowing me to participate in this fun event!