NOCTE: Steamy Excerpt!!

Hey you guys!  <<—  (Does that remind you of Goonies, lol?)

A week ago, we started running a contest, and one of the prizes was a steamy excerpt of NOCTE if the entries reached 500.  Well, hit and surpassed that milestone, so even though the contest is still technically running until Monday, I want to go ahead and release the excerpt today.

Because you know I’m impetuous. :)

Here you go!


“Please,” I say softly, my breath escaping me. Dare smiles against my lips, knowing the effect on me, knowing and loving it.

He leans forward and rests his forehead against mine, and we’re so very close that I can feel his breath mingling with mine as his hands work absolute magic. Pleasure laps against me, like the water against the shore and I lose all cognizant thought, and instinct takes over.

I tug at his jeans, unbuttoning them and pushing them away, and suddenly, he’s naked and in my hand, long and thick and bare.

I can’t breathe.

I can’t think.

I can only move.

I slide my hand along him, softly, gently, then harder, harder.

He bucks into me, his eyes shuttering closed.

“I’ve waited for this,” he murmurs into my neck, as he wedges his rigidity into my thighs, closer, closer. “For so long.”

“Please,” I say again, my hand cupped around his neck, pulling his mouth to mine, so I can taste him, inhale him. He pulls off my sundress, and stares at me in the sunlight, as the light exposes every plane of my body to his searching eyes.

“You’re beautiful,” he whispers, his eyes glittering in the sun. “You’re so much better than I deserve.”

Wordlessly, he pulls back for a moment, and I protest, but then I hear the crinkle of a wrapper and he’s back, and he’s sliding into me and I can’t think anymore.

Motions become blurs, blurs become colors, and all I can do is feel.

His hands, his mouth, his skin. The way he slides in and out of me, the friction causing me to crest in waves, his fingers bringing me to it faster.

“I…you… God,” I manage to say, because the words I want won’t come.

Dare smiles slightly and slides back into me, moaning my name.

“I want you to know me,” he says, his voice a husky chant. “I want you know me.”

I’m knowing him now like I’ve wanted to for weeks. Intimate and close and I can’t believe this is finally happening, I can’t believe it’s so amazing, I can’t focus, I can’t focus, I can’t focus.

The lights, the sun, the sea, Dare’s scent, his fingers, his hands.

I grip his back, where his words say LIVE FREE and I’ve never felt freer in my entire life.

And then my world explodes in a kaleidoscope of colors and lights.


There you have it!  The steamy excerpt from NOCTE, as promised. :)  The Rafflecopter is still running until Monday, so make sure you enter for the chance to become one of the TWO winners who will receive a signed ARC of NOCTE.

Enter the Rafflecopter HERE.

I hope you’re loving these glimpses of Dare, Calla and the NOCTE world.

On Monday, I’m pleased to announce that we’re unveiling the NOCTE trailer on USA Today’s HEA blog. I’m super excited about that… and I’ll post a link to it on Monday.  Until then, have an awesome weekend!!

Want to see more Nocte??

You guys know how impetuous I am.  I CAN’T WAIT for you to read NOCTE.  And while November 3 is creeping up, it’s not here yet.

SOOOOOO.  I’m going to release more glimpses.

This is what we’re doing.  ENTER THE RAFFLECTOPER HERE.  

  • When the entries reach 500, I’ll release a STEAMY excerpt from NOCTE and give away a signed ARC.
  • When the entries reach 750, one reader will get a fabulous NOCTE swag pack.
  • When the entries reach 1,000, I’ll give away another swag pack AND I’ll release a video of me reading the entire first chapter of NOCTE.

Sound good?  I hope so.  I’m dying to let some more NOCTE out into the world!!

Blurb meme

November 3rd can’t come soon enough for me!  But let’s kill time in a fun way until then!!

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NOCTE is available for Pre-order!!



I am so excited to announce that NOCTE is available for pre-order now!!

There are only a couple of weeks leading up to the November 3rd release, and I have to say, I’m more excited about this release than I’ve been in a loooooong time.

The world of Nocte is so dark, so enigmatic, so filled with secrets and sexiness and romance and dark stuff.  I CANNOT WAIT for you to read it.  I simply can’t wait.  OMG.

Calla is so…. and Dare is so….. and their story is SOOOOOOOOOO.    Calla and Dare and the entire NOCTE world have me so ensnared that I’m finding it hard to think about anything else– other than writing the next book.  I hope you feel the same way after you read it.

I think what I love most about the story is that it contains a million different elements.  It’s not simply about the relationship between Dare and Calla, although that romance element is strong.  As you can see from the story’s blurb, it’s also about Calla’s twin brother Finn.  It’s about secret and mystery and an overall dark element that lingers around you as you read– and you will be constantly trying to put your finger on it, to figure it out.

And if I did my job right, and I think I did, you won’t figure it out until it slams into you like a speeding Mack truck.

Gah– hurry up November 3rd!!!!

Until then, you can pre-order NOCTE on AMAZON, KOBO and iTUNES.  



NOCTE Blurb Reveal!


We’ve been closely guarding NOCTE’s secrets for weeks.  And we’re still going to protect them.

But!  There has been one question, over and over, on Facebook, on Twitter, and sent to me via email.  “WHAT IS NOCTE ABOUT??”   Readers are curious. Other authors are curious.

So, we’ve decided to release the book blurb today.  You’ve waited…you’ve been patient.

So here it is.

A glimpse…. a peek.

I’m pulling the curtain back just a tiny bit.

Gather your nerves… because you’ll need them.

The darkness begins here.

The First Publicly Released excerpt of NOCTE!!!

You guys, the readers have spoken!  You shared the Nocte teasers, entered on Rafflectoper, etc, in order to receive an excerpt of NOCTE.

There are also TWO winners of the signed ARCs!  We’ll be drawing them today, and then contacting the winners by email, so watch your mail!

Now… regarding the excerpt.  I struggled with what to share.  NOCTE is a…unique book.  It’s hard to categorize, hard to describe.  Any one scene could easily be taken out of context or misunderstood.  But I guess that’s part of the beauty of it.

Karpov Kindrade, ( an award-winning, bestselling author)  read it and had this to say about it:

“Nocte is mysterious, thought-provoking, spell-binding and romantic. It pulls you in to a narrative that twists and turns in on itself, turning every thought, every memory, every bit of dialogue into a clue to be unraveled. Without a doubt this is one of the best books I’ve ever read, and I encourage anyone who enjoys psychological mysteries and romance to read Nocte. Courtney Cole is a genius, and this book will stay with you long after you turn the last page.”

Whew– that’s high praise!  OMG.   But I think it hints at something that is the essence of NOCTE— it’s mysteries and secrets, romance and emotion.  It has a million facets, and a thousand hidden meanings. What might not make sense in one second, will hit you like a ton of bricks when the context comes into focus.

But anyway.  Without further ado, your excerpt of NOCTE.  You earned it!  Enjoy!



“Did you know that ancient Egyptians shaved off their eyebrows to mourn the death of their cats?”

I change the subject and Calla laughs, shoving her long red hair out of her eyes with slender fingers. It’s our thing, these stupid death facts. It’s my thing, really. I don’t know why. I guess it’s from all the years of living in the stupid funeral home. It’s my way of giving death the finger. Plus, by focusing on death facts and learning Latin and making my stupid mental lists, it gives me something to focus on. Any time I focus hard on something, it staves off the voices.

Trust me, I’ll do anything for that.

“I didn’t. But thank God I know now,” Calla answers. “What would you shave off for me if I died?”

I would plunge to the bottom of the ocean for you. I’d comb it for shells and make you a necklace and then hang myself with it. Because if you aren’t here, I don’t want to be either.

I can’t show her how panicky the mere thought makes me, so I shrug. “Don’t give me the chance.”

She looks horrified, as she realizes what she said, so soon after mom died.

“I didn’t mean to….” She starts to say, then trails off. “I’m sorry. That was stupid.”

Calla and I are twins. Our level of connection can’t be understood by those who don’t have it. I know what she means even when she doesn’t.  Her comment had come out before she remembered mom. It sounds stupid, but sometimes, we can forget our loss for a second. A blissful second.

“Don’t worry about it,” I tell her, as I turn onto the highway.

Fuck her. She has no right.

The voices are loud.

Too loud.

I close my eyes and squeeze them hard, trying not to hear.

But the voices are still there, still persistent.

She doesn’t deserve you. Kill her you fucking pussy kill her now. Push her off the cliffs. Lick her bones. Lick her bones. Lick her bones.

I grip the steering wheel until my knuckles turn white, trying to force the voices away.

Lick her bones, suck her marrow, show her show her show her.

Today, the voices sound real, even though I know they aren’t. They’re not my voice, they’re just masquerades, a scary mask, imposters. They’re not real.

My voice is real.

Those voices are not.

But it’s getting harder and harder to tell them apart.


I hope you’ve enjoyed your first taste of NOCTE!!

Be among the first to unravel the secrets of NOCTE.  NOCTE is now up for pre-order HERE.  

If you want to read more excerpts in the days leading up to release day, you NEED to sign up for the NOCTE LIST.  It’s an exclusive newsletter that will run until the release of NOCTE.  It sends out exclusive clues and excerpts– and in fact, an excerpt is scheduled to go out tomorrow.  SO, if you want to read it, sign up now.  You can do that HERE.  

The November 3 release date is creeping up, and I CAN’T WAIT UNTIL THE WORLD CAN READ IT!

Have a fabulous weekend!!