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Conquering the Sun
Conquering the Sun
Book One in the Daughters of Mother Earth Series
by Dana Littlejohn
Genre: Fantasy Contemporary Romance
Release: November 2, 2012
Editor: Katie Hines
Line Editor: Val Haley
Cover Designer: Delilah K. Stephans
Takasa, goddess of the sun, left her mountain home consumed with bitterness caused by her long endured loneliness. The elders in her tribe fed her a potion to put her to sleep for a thousand years to wait for the one who would be able to save them from her wrath. Will the goddess have met her match at that time, or will the descendant of a neighboring sun god be conquered by her fury as well?
Takasa stared at the intruder sitting on the floor in front of her.
How dare this Solarion presume to know me so well? He claims to be a descendant of the sun god, but he is a mere human!
Solarion pushed himself up and she was taken aback at his nudity. Takasa’s heartbeat sped up as her gaze lingered over his form. She licked her lips and swallowed before she met eyes again.
“I saw no reason to impede your vision of what is yours,” he explained.
He yanked Takasa to her feet, pulling her close to his body. She gasped at the instant contact. Before Takasa could protest, Solarion placed her hands on his chest, and another shocked noise burst from her. She let him guide her hands through the soft hair sprinkled over each pectoral, albeit hesitantly. A low growl escaped him when her fingers pressed into the muscle, and the sound shivered up her spine.
Solarion took her small hands in his strong large ones. Guided by him, her palms rested on Solarion’s cheek. The hairs there were just as supple as the ones on his chest, covering most of his face. Of her own volition she traced the fullness of his sensual lips. Hanging on both sides of his face were long dark braids. Without thinking, Takasa fingered the few that lay on his broad shoulders. Against her better judgment, she looked into his face, meeting the golden brown eyes that smiled at her. The touch of him and the beauty of his gaze seemed to ease her anger.
“All that you see is for you, my goddess. I offer you all I have and am. My mind, my body, and anything else you want or need from me.”
He seemed to be waiting for a reply, but Takasa could give none. She was stunned by his words. Solarion lifted her gown over her head without hesitation. His eyes feasted on her nakedness and he smiled.
“The goddess of the sun is equally beautiful in face and in body,” he stated.
In a slow motion, his hands skimmed over her heating skin. Her shoulders, arms, waist, and belly were left tingling by his tender touch. Takasa closed her eyes to further enjoy the sensations coursing through her body.
“Let me worship this beautiful body of yours so that you can take your rest in my arms. You will rule your people by day, and I will rule you at night, worshipping your body with my own. Each night you will sleep in my arms, exhausted from the love I will show your body.”
Takasa’s eyes popped open. Anger flowed through her like rushing water. Solarion brought his mouth to hers, but she shoved him back with all her might.
“How dare you! What makes you think you can rule over me? I will not allow it,” she screamed. “For such insolence you will be punished.”
Takasa called forth her power, but found she was unable to grow to her monstrous size within the confines of the cave. Breathing hard with her eyes darting around, she thought. With an idea in mind, she shifted her head into that of a lioness, and the soft, dainty hands that had caressed Solarion’s face and chest changed into sharp lion’s claws.
Solarion watched her change, and when she had done so, Takasa stood before Solarion, waiting for fear to appear on his handsome features. He didn’t seem impressed or fearful. He turned his back to her when the transformation was complete. Flabbergasted, she ran around him to face him again.
“You dare turn your back to me?” she growled.
Before he could answer her angry question, she launched herself at him. Anticipating her pounce, Solarion sidestepped out of the way. Takasa landed on her face on the floor before him, yelping in pain. She cradled her arm. Solarion approached to help her, but she snatched her paw out of his reach. Scooting away from him, Takasa crouched low on all fours, preparing another attack. She roared her fury and initiated her strike. Once more Solarion moved out of the line of fire with ease. Before she could get her bearings, she leaped into another unsuccessful attack.
“Takasa, cease your attacks on me. I do not wish to restrain you,” he told her.
“Restrain me?” she shrieked in disbelief.
His calm words infuriated her even more, like fire to her temper’s short fuse. Her ebony eyes narrowed and she lunged forward, only to miss him again. Takasa’s fury was boiled over. Landing face down on the bed, breathing hard, Takasa banged her paws at her sides, screaming her frustration.
Takasa jumped to her feet, readying herself for her next assault on Solarion. Solarion turned and moved toward her. As he did so, his own change began. The braids she had fingered just moments ago had become a full grown mane and his hands, massive lion’s paws. Takasa sat heavily on the bed with a gasp instead of advancing. By the time he stood before her, Solarion had the head of the king of beasts and his golden eyes flashed like bright flames.
Takasa recovery from her surprise was swift and she growled again, but it was drowned out by the roar from the jungle king. Defiant, she stood, thinking to charge him again, but Solarion caught her paws in his and pushed her backward. When she fell onto the coverlets again, he pounced on top of her, holding her in place. Stunned anew with the wind was knocked from her lungs, Takasa choked and gasped for air. She stared into his blazing eyes for a long time. When the quick rise and fall of her chest slowed, her beautiful goddess features returned.
“How...how is this possible?”
About the Author:
Dana Littlejohn was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, but has called Indianapolis, IN her home for over ten years. She works a nine to five at a nearby doctor's office while she pursues her dream of writing. Her writing to-do list grows daily. Stop by Dana's website to see what she's doing next. It's a ride you will not soon forget!
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