I’d like to welcome back, friend and author, Junying Kirk, who recently launched Land of Hope, the final book in her trilogy and the the long-awaited follow-up to The Same Moon and Trials of Life.
I’m her second last stop on a month-long tour which wraps up tomorrow.
Junying has offered a very sexy excerpt for my readers, so please have a read and pick up her books. She’s an excellent writer, and I know you’ll love her style.
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Land of Hope ~ Book blurb
Every year, millions of illegal immigrants cross borders in search of wealth, happiness and a life of ease in the Land of Hope. Some succeed. Others suffer unimaginable hardships.
When Jack Gordon, Inspector in the SCS (Serious Crime Squad) hires Pearl Zhang, a professional Chinese interpreter, they join forces to fight injustice in the corrupt underworld of international crime, human trafficking and sexual exploitation.
Pearl is the voice of broken dreams, translating raw, deranged, and colorful tales of those who cannot speak for themselves. As Pearl gets more and more tangled in the lives of strangers, Jack becomes a welcome diversion, complicated by the fact that both are married. Their trans-continental roller-coaster ride derails when Pearl tumbles into the sinister world of her clients, a world full of secrets, lies, and unspeakable violence – only this time, it’s directed at her.
Can she depend on Jack? Find out in this third and final book of Junying Kirk’s “Journey to the West” trilogy.
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Read an excerpt ~ Passion in a Pub
Naked and satisfied, Pearl had one of Jack’s tattooed arms draped around her neck, which showed off his muscular torso and biceps. It felt so good having her soft curves nestled against his taut muscles, exuding strength and unmistakable maleness. He smelt damn good too.
She traced the shape of the Scottish flag on one of his arms, and dragons on the other. She let out a soft giggle. “What a funny name for a pub! What were they thinking when they came up with names like that?”
“They probably predicted that someone like me, with a fighting cock, would come here and spend a sticky afternoon with his lovely hot lass?” He also chuckled at his own joke.
Laughing, she leaned over and her pouting lips brushed against his nose, a feather-like kiss, just to tantalise him.
“Seriously, how did you know that they had rooms upstairs and we could, you know…?” She paused, still embarrassed that she had driven 80 miles at his beck and call, so she could get much-needed attention to her body and soul, from this man she had only met over a month ago.
“Have you brought other women here?” She did not meet his eyes, turning her head away, aware that she sounded like a jealous wife. The urge to probe simply emerged and burst out. She knew she had no claim on him, nor him on her. Still, a question hovered in her head and she was not the type to torture herself with questions she had no answers for, so better out with it.
“Oh no.” He raised his hands and turned her face towards him, looking her straight in her eyes, deep, dark-brown pools, drawing him in. “What do you take me for? I have been to this place before when I was still a sergeant, and investigated an arson here a couple of years ago. I was a bit surprised that this pub had a B&B upstairs, but no, I’ve never stayed here: until today, that is. Besides, I just invited you for a late lunch here, and it was you…”
Before he could continue, their mouths had found each other and their limbs were reaching for the other’s sensitive parts, probing and claiming. Their bodies became blissfully entwined, giving and receiving. Time was precious and it was silly to waste it on unnecessary chitchat.
She wanted him, badly, and he matched her in her every move, satisfying her every whim.
An hour or so later, when she had consumed his yang and he had greedily taken her yin for the second time that afternoon, Jack reluctantly disentangled himself. He went to the bathroom to remove his condom, and his sweat. Instead of feeling spent, he was energised.
“Sorry, Pearl, but I’ve got to go. I can only manage a few hours today. Double duty day.”
“Of course.” She nodded, a little disappointment in her eyes.
He returned to her side of the bed and knelt down, as if about to propose.
“I promise to make time next time. The past few weeks have been just crazy. We are really short staffed, not to mention further cuts on the way…”
She put her fingers on his mouth and stopped him from further explanation.
“I understand, Jack. I really do. I know you want to see me, and I love seeing you, but time is against us, and you’ve got work to do.”
In her moments of sanity, she was still incredulous that she had acquired a Sean Connery look-alike who wanted her and filled her with unbridled passion. In her wildest dreams, she had never expected to be conducting an extramarital affair with a police officer.
It was obvious that Jack had become besotted with her, or with her body at least, which was in wonderful shape for her age. For him, I am exotic and from a different world, hence more alluring, adding spice to his usual, bland English diet. Pearl smiled: food for thought.
For her, Jack filled a hole in her life, left empty by her husband.
But Andrew. Oh Andrew, how would he react if he finds out that I have a new man in my life? Or has he also found someone?
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Thanks so much Junying for sharing with my readers. An excellent excerpt! You are such a diverse writer.
Readers, please follow Junying tomorrow on her final stop at SS Book Fanatics.
She promises to have another great excerpt, a review, and fantastic prizes to win.
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Junying Kirk grew up in the turbulent times of the Cultural Revolution. A British Council scholarship led her to study English Language Teaching at Warwick University in 1988, followed by further postgraduate degrees at Glasgow and Leeds. She has worked as an academic, administrator, researcher, teacher and cultural consultant. When she is not traveling to Courts & Police stations as a professional interpreter, she loves spending her time reading & writing books, and traveling the world.
She lives in Birmingham, UK with her English husband.