Friday, August 17, 2012

Steamy Excerpt Take-over by Donna Galanti

I'm so excited to introduce my first Goddess Fish blog tour guest, Donna Galanti!

Donna Galanti is the author of the paranormal suspense novel A HUMAN ELEMENT (Echelon Press). Donna has a B.A. in English and a background in marketing. She is a member of International Thriller Writers, Horror Writers Association, The Greater Lehigh Valley Writers Group, and Pennwriters. She lives with her family in an old farmhouse in PA with lots of nooks, fireplaces, and stinkbugs but sadly, no ghosts.

She's going to talk a bit about her new book, The Human Element, today. And she's brought a sexy, romantic excerpt too!


One by one, Laura Armstrong’s friends and adoptive family members are being murdered, and despite her unique healing powers, she can do nothing to stop it. The savage killer haunts her dreams, tormenting her with the promise that she is next. Determined to find the killer, she follows her visions to the site of a crashed meteorite–her hometown. There, she meets Ben Fieldstone, who seeks answers about his parents’ death the night the meteorite struck. In a race to stop a mad man, they unravel a frightening secret that binds them together. But the killer’s desire to destroy Laura face-to-face leads to a showdown that puts Laura and Ben’s emotional relationship and Laura’s pure spirit to the test. With the killer closing in, Laura discovers her destiny is linked to his and she has two choices–redeem him or kill him.

Reviewers are saying…

“A HUMAN ELEMENT is an elegant and haunting first novel. Unrelenting, devious but full of heart. Highly recommended.” –Jonathan Maberry, New York Times best-selling author of DEAD OF NIGHT

“A thrilling ride full of believable characters, a terrifying villain, an epic battle for survival, and a love worth killing for. A page-turner filled with fascinating twists and turns!” – Marie Lamba, author of WHAT I MEANT

And here's her sweet, sexy excerpt!

They lay in quiet before the fire and Ben got up to get another blanket to throw over them. He spooned behind her and they gazed into the fire, side by side.

"Have you been with lots of women?" Laura broke the silence.

Ben wasn't sure how to answer.

"I'm assuming that means, yes?" Laura prodded him.

"It means, yes, I've had many women but no one ever important in my life."

"Why not?"

Ben breathed in her hair and touched her neck, and Laura pressed her back and buttocks into him. He felt like they were in their own private world. A world with no pain or sorrow or loss. He didn't want to think about it as a fleeting moment. He wanted it to go on, forever.

"Many reasons, I guess. I had a hard childhood and didn't want to get hurt I suppose. I traveled a lot as well, which made it difficult to have a relationship."

"Or maybe you traveled so you couldn't have a relationship."

Ben knew he couldn't hide anything from her. "Maybe." He sighed. Maybe, I'm falling in love with you. The idea hit him like a rock to his head. He had never thought those words, or felt this way. Laura pulled his arm tighter to her, pressing her fingers hard into him.

"Me too."

"What do you mean?"

"I'm falling in love with you too."

"You heard me?" He turned her toward him.

"For the first time, yes."

Ben stared at her trying to figure her out. Why did she have these special abilities?

"I don't know," she answered and he shook his head.

"I'm going to have to watch what I think now, aren't I? You're an amazing girl."

"Woman." She touched his leg and he felt himself rise up again to his full length. "Not girl."

"My woman." Ben kissed her, feeling a deep possession of her take over.

Donna will be awarding a $50 Amazon GC to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour.

Leave a comment with your email address below to enter! Follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning. The tour dates can be found here:


Purchase A HUMAN ELEMENT here:


  1. Thank you for the wonderful excerpt. A HUMAN ELEMENT is already on my reading list. It looks amazing.


    1. Thanks so much Mary Belle! I would love to know your feedback once you've read A Human Element. There are many dark moments, but this is one of the tender ones.

  2. Leia, thanks so much for having me on today! This is one of my favorite love scenes in the book, when Ben and Laura first get together. It only gets hotter from here! :)

  3. My TBR just grew! Thanks Leia for being made of awesome and thanks Donna for being a guest on Leia's blog!

  4. Sounds like a great book. i will check it out.

  5. The book looks like an awesome read. i will have to pick it up

  6. Great excerpt, Donna! Thanks for introducing this new to me author, Leia.


  7. Thanks for stopping by everyone! Hope you enjoy A Human Element. I like to call it murder and mystery with a dash of steam...and sci-fi and horror. Something for everyone! There can be love in the dark....or the light too! :) I'm finishing the sequel and have a series of 3 planned. Good luck with the giveaway!

  8. Loved the excerpt.

  9. AWWWW! So sweet! *sighs* This book sounds wonderful!


  10. I always feel like sci-fi needs a touch of romance...this looks lovely!


  11. This sounds like a very suspense filled story. Yet, it would appear that it also has some tender moments too. I think it sounds like a real winner.

  12. Thanks to all for visiting today! I never thought of this book as sci-fi, but it does have a soft sci-fi element. At the crux of it are the characters and the fears, love, and loss they face. And redemption. Do we all truly have something in us redeemable, no matter how small? Laura thinks so. I hope you do too!

  13. Thanks for coming by today donna! Good luck with the tour and sales!!!

  14. Just popping in to say HI and sorry I missed visiting with you on party day! Hope you all had a good time!

    kareninnc at gmail dot com

  15. Your book sounds amazing!!!! Can't wait to read it. Most Definitely going on my TBR
    <3 Tobi
    tobihelton at gmail dot com

    1. Thanks for the excitement about it Tobi. Drawing a winner soon. Good luck!

  16. Very nice excerpt.