Today I am so pleased to welcome Lee Colgin to Joyfully Jay. Lee has come to talk to us about her latest release, Across the Sapphire Sea. She has brought an exclusive excerpt and a great giveaway to share. Please join me in giving Lee a big welcome! 

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“I’d have liked to have been your first,” the stranger whispered. He still held the whip intended for Elias’s back.

The words filtered through Elias’s panicked mind like the scythe had gone through the barley, slicing it clear in two. One half, the sane bit, was horrified at the implication, but the other half? A spark of arousal sent blood rushing to his groin. He shivered. Behind him, the stranger chuckled. His breath ruffled Elias’s hair.


Elias stared at the ground and willed himself under control. Five lashes, then back to the field. The bondslaves would work well into the night to protect the harvest from the threatening frost.

The stranger completed a slow circle, wrapping the leather whip loosely around Elias’s torso as he went. He stood directly in front, toe to toe with Elias, demanding his full attention. Maks spoke in the background, but Elias didn’t catch the words. He could do nothing but stare.

This close Elias could see every dark eyelash, the freckle on his upper lip, the flash of sharp incisors when he opened his mouth. The stranger was taller, even with Elias on his tiptoes, but only by a little. He was broad where Elias was slim. He tugged, and the whip pulled Elias even closer.

“I’ve been watching you.” The voice rumbled from ruby lips like distant thunder, ominous and full of promise.

“I know.” Elias dug deep and found courage. “I’ve seen you, for all the good that’s done me.” His eyes flitted to his bound wrists.

The stranger smirked. “Do you like what you see?”

“A lunatic with a whip?” The question flew out without thought. Elias didn’t know what had gotten into him. He courted the devil with those words.

The stranger’s smirk widened to a smile and a burst of laughter tumbled forth. Elias felt the gust of it on his face.

Maks approached. “Get on with it.”

Annoyance marred the stranger’s sharp features, but his attention never wavered. He ignored Maks and spoke only to Elias. “I can end this. Take you with me.” Subtly, he increased the tension on the whip, forcing Elias forward. “Would you come?”

Elias blinked. “Where?”

“Does the location matter if the alternative is here?” His gaze flicked to Maks then back to Elias. “Under that idiot’s lash?”

“You hold the lash.”

“So I do.” He tugged. Their chests bumped. “Would you come?”

“I’ll come.”

The stranger gave a hum of approval. His tongue wet his bottom lip. “Ask me to kill him.”

Elias nearly lost his balance. He’d have stumbled save for his arms tied overhead, which were beginning to ache from the restraint.

Kill him? Elias hated Maks but didn’t wish him dead…did he? He considered. Would the stranger really kill his master? Surely not.

Tempted, Elias let curiosity overrule fear. He would always have fear but curiosity came in short supply. He wouldn’t waste it.

Elias glared defiantly at the stranger’s glittering brown eyes and deduced the curiosity to be mutual. The stranger’s gaze was pregnant with it. He didn’t know how his prisoner would respond.

Elias whispered, “Do it. Kill him for me. Take me with you.”

A pleased grin curled to reveal a row of white, sparkling teeth, two of which were sharp as razor blades.

Not teeth.

Fangs. A shiver rocked Elias where he hung.Le


across the sapphire sea coverImmortal Jewels Volume II

Love at first… death. “Do it. Kill him for me. Take me with you.”

Elias—plucked from indentured servitude at nineteen and turned into a vampire—is caught in a downward spiraling relationship with his possessive sire.

Valeri—a damaged soul who guards his secrets and his fledgling alike—balances on a razor’s edge of good and evil.

In a race to save one of their own from a deadly sickness, Valeri and Elias lead an unlikely team on a dangerous voyage to pry secrets from an ancient group of vampires. But these vampires are hidden for a reason, and they’ve been known to kill trespassers.

The closer the team comes to discovering the truth, the wider the rift between Elias and Valeri grows—until Elias doubts the relationship can be saved.

Will they find a cure in time? Can Elias and Valeri make it to the other side together, or will ancient secrets shatter their bond forever?


Across the Sapphire Sea is an MM Paranormal romance packed with adventure, a steamy love story, and danger at every turn. This is book two of a series and contains its own story and HEA with no cliffhanger, but author recommends reading Beneath the Opal Arc first for the most enjoyment. Novel contains scenes intended for mature readers, full warnings inside.


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Lee Colgin has loved vampires since she read Dracula on a hot, sunny beach at 13 years old. She lives in North Carolina with lots of dogs and her husband. No, he’s not a vampire, but she loves him anyway. Lee likes to workout so she can eat the maximum amount of cookies with her pizza. Ask her how much she can bench press.

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