Feb 9 2015 2:00pm

Quiz: Who Are You Wishing For This Valentine’s Day? Plus Exclusive Premiere Excerpt!

Premiere Anthology

From Romance Writers of America® comes a never-before-published collection of tales that showcases the breadth and complexity of the world's most popular genre of fiction!

New York Times bestselling authors Cindy Gerard and Allison Brennan bring the thrills in their tales of romantic suspense.

New York Times bestselling authors Sabrina Jeffries and Courtney Milan take you on a trip back in time with lush stories of historical romance.

New York Times bestselling authors Vicki Lewis Thompson and Joan Johnston show the wonder of contemporary romance, while New York Times bestselling authors Monica Murphy and Laura Kaye's New Adult romances delve into the evolving Millennial perspective.

And editor and #1 New York Times bestselling author Sylvia Day's tale of angels and sizzling desire takes readers to the edge with paranormal romance.

From the first love of Young Adult romance to tales of second chances, LGBT romance to the realms of the supernatural, contemporary to historical, suspense to inspirational, the genre of romance has a story for every reader and this blockbuster inaugural collection from Romance Writers of America showcases it all!

Plus tales from:
Lila Bell
T. L. Costa
Diane Kelly
Amber Lin
Katy Regnery
Erica Ridley
Regina Scott
Harper St. George
Lex Valentine

Get a sneak peek at Sylvia Day's story from Premiere (available February 9, 2015) “Hard to Breathe” with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

While you're reading the excerpt from the anthology, you might be thinking about which hero you'd like to be paired off with on a date! Find out who your ideal Valentine's Day date would be by taking our very special quiz!


And now for an excerpt from “Hard to Breathe”...

“Hard to Breathe” is the classic professor/student forbidden romance… with a twist. Both Annalise and Gareth are angels. Warrior angels. Existing in the world we know but apart from it. Their story lives within the dominion of my Marked and Renegade Angels series, but stands alone.

The captain has an unholy temper, I remind myself as Rebecca frowns.

Her narrowed gray eyes glance up from the transfer request lying on the ruthlessly barren desktop. “I’ll be honest, Annalise. The chances of my approving this are practically nonexistent. You are one of the most naturally gifted aviatrixes I’ve ever seen, which is why I was so pleased that you ended up in Commander Gareth’s squadron.”

I resist the urge to squirm in my chair, holding my wings tightly to my back to avoid betraying my nerves. “I’m grateful for your belief in me, Captain. Really, I am. And being assigned to Commander Gareth is a huge honor, I know—”

“He speaks very highly of you,” Rebecca interjects, her slender fingers drumming silently and impatiently against the dark wood. Behind her and through the window, I see other cadets going through drills, their slender bodies launching from the tarmac in powerful vertical lifts. The afternoon sky is streaked with multihued wings as unique to their owners as human fingerprints. “He says you’re at the top of your class.”

A soft shiver of pleasure ruffles my feathers to hear Gareth’s praise, even secondhand. It is the least of the myriad reactions the warrior angel inspires in me. I would do anything short of grounding myself to feel nothing but respect and admiration for the instructor who is teaching me aerial combat. But Gareth stirs far more dangerous emotions. Longing and desire. Possessiveness and hunger. All of which are strictly forbidden between trainers and their students.

So many squadrons, so many instructors… What were the odds that I would be randomly selected for Gareth’s?

Rubbing my damp palms over my knees, I press on. “It makes me feel proud to hear that, of course. But I’d still like to train under Commander Sarah instead.  I think she’d be a better fit and that I’d excel under her guidance.”

Rebecca heaves out a long-suffering sigh. With an impatient hand, she ruffles her cap of graying curls. “You are not in love with him, Annalise.”

I blink, startled by her piercing insight. “Excuse me, ma’am?”

“And even if you were, it wouldn’t matter. The commander isn’t interested in fledglings.”

“I’m not a fledgling!” I protest. In fact, I’m the oldest recruit in my rotation, having taken far longer than most angels to decide which caste to join. That’s due to Gareth, of course. Watching my brother Samuel blossom under his guidance changed the course of my life.

“To him, you might as well be. His experience is as vast as yours is nonexistent.”

I debate the wisdom of denying the captain’s assessment of the situation, but in the end, I sag in my seat, defeated. “I just want to focus on my training.”

If only that were possible. Instead, I’m too often mesmerized by the way sunlight glints off the inky darkness of Gareth’s hair, reflecting an indigo glimmer that perfectly matches the sapphire filaments in his wickedly cool black wings. His eyes are the same lush blue, framed by thick lashes and boldly slashed brows. He is far too masculine to be beautiful, but he’s gorgeous nonetheless, and so damned accomplished and confident in the sexiest of ways.

I’ve fallen so hard for him. I think about him constantly. Gareth is the inspiration for both daydreams and impossibly carnal fantasies. When he stands in front of the class in his instructor’s sleeveless black tunic and slacks, demonstrating proper form with his muscles flexing beneath golden skin and his wings snapping open with crisp precision, I find it hard to breathe.

I’d wanted him to see me from afar, to watch me blossom under another’s tutelage, to maybe entertain the thought of pursuing me at some point in the future…

Which he can never do as my instructor.  


Copyright © 2015 by Sylvia Day.
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Sylvia Day is the #1 New York Times and #1 international bestselling author of over 20 award-winning novels sold in more than 40 countries. She is a #1 bestselling author in 23 countries, with tens of millions of copies of her books in print. Her Crossfire series has been optioned for television by Lions­gate, and she has been honored with multiple nominations for Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA® Award.

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Jennifer Proffitt
1. JenniferProffitt
I got the Boy Next Door! Maybe we can just have him with a tatoo sleeve so that he's the boy next door with a bit of an edge? Works for me!
Megan Frampton
2. MFrampton
I got the Boy Next Door, too! SO not who I'd expected.
3. willaful
I'm not sure I'm doing these right -- I always pick the questions that remind me of my husband. ;-) (And I got The Sexy Gentleman! )
Jennifer Proffitt
4. JenniferProffitt
@willaful, guess that means you're married to a Sexy Gentleman...not a bad thing!
Lege Artis
5. LegeArtis

My Valentine is a Bad Boy.
A Bad Boy.
That's like universe warning me (while laughing) that my Valentine is probably going to forget about Valentine's day.
:drama queen flail:
7. lauralee1912
I got a Jock, which is pretty funny as I am not all that interested in sports. However, he is all about having fun, in and out of the bedroom…
8. kahintenn
I got the billionaire! Ironic since I don't read those...but I love a good Duke, so maybe that does work out.
Teddy Pierson
9. TeddyP
Boy Next Door for me. Don't forget to share this with your friends!
10. Bianca
How did I end up with a Jock? I said he'd wear a suit! Not a tracksuit!
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