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Gargoyle’s Embrace by Lisa Carlisle


Hi, I’m Lisa Carlisle and I’m happy to be here at Literary Lagniappe. Ellora’s Cave just released the newest part of my Underground Encounters series, called Gargoyle’s Embrace.

I love gargoyle statues. Many consider them grotesque, but I love the protective role they play. My series takes place in a goth club that has several gargoyle statues perched. They appear to be decorative, but are they?

In my latest story, a bartender feels connected to one of the statues in the club, which she knows sounds crazy. I’ve been dying to write about one of these statues coming to life for awhile now. Now that I’ve started writing about them, I’m hooked. More of these lovable creatures, considered grotesques, to come!

Check out the end of the post where you’ll see links to get started on the series, free for a short time. Plus, one lucky commenter will win a copy of book 2, Fiery Nights. Contest ends 12/8 at 11:59PM EST.

Gargoyle’s Embrace


Fifth in the Underground Encounters series.

Tracy isn’t sure why she’s drawn to a particular gargoyle statue in the Goth club where she works. After the stone takes human form to protect her from her abusive ex, she brings the handsome, naked male to her apartment. It’s impossible to ignore the seductive appeal of a man sculpted like a Viking warrior.

Danton has only hours in human form to spend with the woman he has hungered for. He’s convinced what’s between them is more than hot sex, but he needs to convince Tracy of that before he turns back to stone.

A Romantica® paranormal erotic romance from Ellora’s Cave

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“No, Brian. I’ve given you too many chances and each time it ended worse than the time before.”

“Babe.” He approached her. “I would never hurt you again.”

“Don’t come any closer.” She moved away from the gargoyle to get to her purse behind the bar.

“Trace, you’re soooo dramatic.” He moved behind the bar.

Tracy was distracted by the gargoyle statue behind him. It was changing color, from gray stone to what appeared to be—flesh.

“Come on, we were good together. Don’t you miss the sex?”

The stone wings of the gargoyle statue unfurled into enormous sleek, black, feathered ones. The gargoyle reshaped itself, rising from a crouched position to stand on two legs to a full height well over six feet.

And its head. The horns sank back into the stone while light-blond hair sprouted to take their place, growing past its broad shoulders. Within a few seconds, the grotesque stone creature she found lovable had transformed into a breathtaking male with flawless bronze skin, long blond hair and the magnificent physique of a Viking warrior. Who stood before them stark naked.

“Holy shit!” she exclaimed, eyes widening.

“I know, babe. The sex was awesome.”

She fumbled for her purse, searching for the damn spray. She wasn’t even sure who she was going to direct it at now with two threats facing her.

About Lisa Carlisle

Lisa gravitates toward stories with dark, brooding, isolated characters and tough, independent, caring heroines. She’s wanted to write since the sixth grade and is thrilled to be a multi-published, award-winning author. She spent a short time in the Marine Corps, living in Okinawa, Japan. She then backpacked alone around the US and Europe and lived in Paris, France, before returning to the U.S. to buy a bookstore. Now she lives outside of Boston with her husband and children and draws on settings in her stories.

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Smoldering Nights, the novella that begins the series is free for a few more days.


Nike loves visiting the goth club Vamps—she can exchange her firefighter uniform for a slinky fantasy outfit. There she runs into the man she’d been admiring from afar at a rock climbing gym. Only Michel isn’t an ordinary mortal. And someone from his past is on the hunt for vengeance.

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4 thoughts on “Gargoyle’s Embrace by Lisa Carlisle

  1. I LOVE that excerpt and I totally grabbed my copy of Smoldering Nights! Thanks so much for hanging out with us today, Lisa!

  2. Just got Smoldering Nights!!!! I would love to win the second book 🙂

    josiehink122026 at gmail dot com

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