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Perry Conners, Arizona tycoon and soon-to-be politician, can't sleep or make love anymore, and he's losing all sense of reality. Is it the Devil's fault?
Most people walk life's tightrope between pure good and unadulterated evil, never finding their way into either extreme. Perry Conners, a successful businessman being groomed for politics, is one of these "middle-liners" until Evil Personified--in the form of a woman using sex as her tool--methodically steals his every sleeping, and waking, moment, taking him beyond reason, dignity, even self. A fight for his soul is waged and he is literally the battlefield. Which will win this struggle? Good or Evil? It's just a matter of time.
“I am possessed by burning love.... Let him yearn for me, desire me, let his desire burn for me! Let this love come forth from the spirit, and enter him.
Let him desire me as nothing has been desired before!...." -- Atharva Veda, Sanskrit magic text
CONCENTRATION! that was her key element, the ultimate necessity for unqualified success. The original point of evolution for all life. Concentrate. Concentrate....
Red lights. Yellow lights. Pink lights. Green and orange. Tangible fog impossible to muddle through. Interspersed pinpricks of mercury falling upwards, higher and higher and higher, thinner and thinner and thinner, and then dispersing. Shining ... octagon-shaped ... keyholes.
Keyholes through which she peered—she was mesmerized. And listened with brutal intent—she was gaspingly overwhelmed. And became so involved in what she witnessed and heard that she was there ... night after night after incredible fatiguing night.
SUCH SOUNDS. Tumultuous, deeper-than-deep, penetrating, raspy----
His groans were excruciatingly pained but they made her smile, then laugh out loud, her head thrown back and the ends of her hair teasing his hardened, muscular chest all the more. Those guttural utterances came from far down in his throat; they were beautiful and gutsy—so severe, so much all man. Time and again she answered with pained, mirror-like moans of her very own.
SUCH SMELLS. Organic, sweet-sour, brief, enduring....
Barely there, then suddenly suffocating, what she inhaled was a base flesh-within-flesh, the reality of their oneness, every time he push-slid into her, then slid—STOP and SHOVE—slid out again. His nostrils flared and she knew he, too, couldn't get enough.
SUCH FEELING. Feathery, rigid, nowhere, all over....
She could stand it, holding on to her lucidity, but only until it escalated to the farthest rim of sanity where she finally needed to, no had to, scream. It was then that she sobbed and begged and whimpered to be able to tear from within her his physical intrusion, an intrusion which made them a completely separate third entity; yet at the same time she begged just as loudly to hold on for an eternity, and then one, two—oh, please!—three thrusts longer.
At that point and thereafter, she couldn't stop screaming. Over and over and over, it was a primeval wail that attempted to alleviate the so very real friction which was a so very real pain. It was a pain intensifying with excruciating slowness to a point surpassing hurt and becoming a beautiful, glorious world of nothing but mindless, agonizing sensation. His eyes were as glazed as she knew hers were. They both felt it all, she was certain.
Agony or pleasure, or both ... it no longer mattered what it was. Pleasure and pain. Pain and pleasure. They were the same in her mind. Reality was now no more and no less than fantasy. Her fantasy. Hers alone, now a fantastic reality.
Her sensorium began its explosion. There was gradual rushing in her head and then down throughout her entire body—a deafening sound, a potent smell, an opened floodgate of taction. It was the sum of all human passions, she knew it was. Eddying over, around, in and then out of her ... and then in again.
And in again. And again, and in again until she understood nothing but the realm of her physical self. She cared about nothing else.
Her man? By design, he wasn't passive—not at all—yet she was the aggressor, the one in charge, the brook-no-arguments leader who made all the decisions. Always. He was Mt. Everest—offering every harshness, laying bare all the elements a mountain climber could ever expect to experience, and she watched him dare her to overcome. He did what she commanded him to do.
She cackled, making fun of his brave acquiescence, and accepting his challenge, all the while reveling in the process. Soaking herself—and therefore him—in a sweet clinging moisture. Encompassing them both in her strangled gasps and cries and whimpers, making them as much totally his as hers. Clawing her way through the brush-like, wiry thick hair covering the front of his body. With her hungry mouth, making a prolonged exploration down farther and then farther still, towards his masculine reality, until she was siphoning him, leaving him helpless and hopeless and forever at her mercy.
Her blood thickened, his moans and gasps quickened—could-they-actually-be-separate-from-hers?!—and she was certain she'd pass out from such potent intensity, and then....
She finally gave in to a lack of oxygen and the fulfilling cessation reached once the overwhelming peak of need was topped. It was always the same.
Always the same magnificent release....
Until Next Time
Linda Alexander spins a rousing tale of good and evil in the intrigue of politics in the rough. She chose the state of Arizona and Phoenix-Scottsdale simply because they are some of her favorite places. Like the best of Charles Dickens, Alexander brings in a cast of characters, presenting facets of their character a bit at a time to add suspense to the fast moving tale.
But it is a tale that shows how different people view the successful Perry Conners and his successes with his company, Conner's Incorporated. One can imagine him spending his time on his ranch, whose images bring up an
historic 19th century hacienda. Different women, for one reason or another surround Perry. His housekeeper, Mrs. Elliott, a retainer with the Conners family since Perry's childhood, remains a solid but professional supporter, who knows something is wrong.
Gradually we learn that the handsome Perry Conners has problems in intimate
relationships. He is frigid and has trouble sleeping. Slowly but slowly, Alexander provides us glimpses that such problems emerge as well-planned, determined efforts on the part of several women. They include his [soon-to-be] ex-wife, Mollie Conners and "efficient" office manager, Lillia Donovan. We also learn that Lillia endured a sexually abusive father. Judge Annette Black also enters the scene. One way or another these cast of characters are bent on destroying Conners, who galvanizes such actions for wanting to run for a senate seat. His sister, Barbara Satterly, is already a U. S. Senator.
But this stage set for action gets balanced by the entry of Dr. Mickie
Vincente, a native Italian, who was Italy's top psychiatrist. She heroically steels herself to fight such forces of evil. I will not give you the ending as that would be an insult to readers who, like myself, enjoy such books, likes fast moving mysteries. I highly recommend this book for anyone who enjoys an entertaining read, especially those who might be interested in Arizona, Phoenix or Scottsdale politics!
Chuck Hamsa, Reviewers Consortium,
Dupre Library, UL, Lafayette, Louisiana
Until Next Time Keeps You Breathless!
Perry Connors is a successful businessman living in Arizona, who has just opened a new business venture. Perry has what could be equated as ‘the Midas Touch’, but despite his overwhelming success, he’s an unhappy man.
At the root of his discontent are chronic and disturbing dreams, not nightmares per se, but dreams that leave him shaken, exhausted and confused. His ex wife Mollie and a female judge he spurned, Annette Black, are set on destroying him. And his personal assistant, Lillia Donovan, has her own plans in store for Perry, the least of which is seduction and intimate control over his financial empire.
Perry begins seeing a renowned psychiatrist named Mickey Vicente – a beautiful, solid and compassionate woman who is desperate to help him overcome his troubles. But Perry doesn’t make her job any easier with his reluctant gravitation toward Lillia, who continues to eerily draw him toward her despite his personal dislike of her.
What forces are at work on Perry are for him and Mickey to discover – before it’s too late to save Perry from ruination. And before they do, they both must confront a real evil that will test their burgeoning love, their determination and their very souls.
Until Next Time is a well-written romantic mystery that keeps the reader turning the pages to find the truth. Ms. Alexander handles her audience deftly, revealing the truth layer by intricate layer. Her narrative and dialog are well blended to provide a very smooth read, and her characters exceptionally well wrought – this book is a tease – on more ways than one!
Reviewed by Denise M. Clark
Denise’s Pieces Author Site & Book Reviews
http://www.denisemclark.com in conjunction with Midwest Book Review:
Until Next Time is a wicked book!
Until Next Time is a wicked book! I loved it! Linda Alexander bases her story on the age-old battle between good and evil. She interweaves several subplots into the primary plot to keep the reader enmeshed in the story and feeling a tight level of tension throughout the book.
There is an Author’s Acknowledgement at the beginning of the book that states her purpose in writing this book as: to try and make believers of those who just can’t seem to accept the truth of good versus evil. Both are just at the tips of our fingertips. She goes on to present a passage that will stand your hair on end. Before you even begin the actual story, you are already thinking of all the evil things you have ever witnessed or heard about. This is an extremely strong author’s foreword and is highly effective in setting the mood for the book. It demonstrates Alexander’s straight forward, in-your-face style and power in writing.
The main character is Perry Conners, a highly successful businessman with an eye on the Senate seat for the next term. He is forty-five years old, in perfect health, well-built, good looking, down-to-earth, and convinced that he is having a breakdown. He cannot get any rest and he is declining quickly. He has lost all interest in sex and does not understand why. His searches for answers result in medical and psychological testing that only confirms that there is nothing wrong.
Perry’s wife, Mollie, has left, even though she still loves and desires him, and is filing for divorce. She manipulates the legal system to get a female judge, Annette Black, who is bitterly vengeful because Perry turned down her advances. Together they plot to ruin him, with the assistance of Mollie’s father, a well-respected judge that will readily take up for his only child, even though he knows she is wrong.
The only three persons Perry can turn to are a new acquaintance, Michaele Vincente, a psychiatrist; his sister, Senator Barbara Satterly; and his personal assistant, Lillia. Unfortunately, Lillia has her own agenda for revenge, acquisition of Perry’s fortune, and the disposal of Perry once her plan is completed. She will utilize any weapon and go to any length to see her scheme through. She is evil personified.
Perry’s trust for this woman combines with his distraction by the other elements in his life to leave him wide open and vulnerable to this evil woman. Will she achieve her goals? Will he learn the truth before it is too late?
Linda Alexander has skillfully created a superb story that captivates the reader’s attention and takes them on a trip through the mind of the most evil creature on this planet. She feeds you just enough information to keep you turning pages to learn more. The ending provides a satisfactory closure, while leaving an opportunity for a sequel, which I do hope to see. This is one story that is simply too marvelous to end here! Get a copy and dive into the horrors of evil today. You will never look at your neighbor the same way again!
Linda Alexander is the author of two nonfiction books, The Unpromised Land and Dorothy From Kansas Meets the Wizard X. She has written for several magazines and has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show and The Sally Jesse Raphael Show.
Alicia Karen Elkins, GWN Reviewer [GottaWriteNetwork]
13 February 2003
Reviews for "Until Next Time"
|Reviewed by Thomas Walsh (Reader)
|Reviewed by Joyce Scarbrough
|Until Next Time begins by thrusting the reader into the tortured ecstasy Perry Connors endures every night and yet has no memory of the next day. All he knows is that his body and mind are being overpowered by some force that is too strong to be resisted, and his health is failing as a result of the constant abuse. In his search for help, he meets Dr. Michaele Vincente--Mickey to her friends--and finds an experienced psychiatrist who is not only his best chance for uncovering his problem, but also a beautiful woman who is his best chance for finding real love.
Perry and Mickey struggle to expose the evil that is trying to destroy him: Lillia Donovan--an ambitious, calculating woman determined to possess Perry's fortune, business, and his body. Lillia learned about evil firsthand in her past and uses her hatred of men to show Perry and anyone who dares to help him not a shred of mercy.
Until Next Time invokes such a wide array of emotions with the intensely sexual images of Lillia's power over Perry, the deep feelings between Perry and Mickey from their first encounter, and the loving relationships between Perry and his closest friends and family members. These are all people about whom the reader cares and empathizes--even Lillia with her history of abuse that drove her to become the monster she is.
My eyes couldn't move fast enough to suit me as I read the final pages to see who would triumph in this unforgettable battle for one man's soul. Ms. Alexander spins an enthralling tale that delivers on every level. Bravo!
|Reviewed by Doug Boren
|Incredibly sensual… brutally sexual. The suspense builds on the firm foundation of a tightly woven plot, with readily identifiable characters. It is the story of good vs. evil; of sanity vs. madness. One doesn’t just read this story, one becomes involved in it, whether we want to or not. The sensuous horror is matched only by the intricate suspense, with an ending that sucks your breath away. This is a first class work from an extremely talented and engaging author. We should all look forward to her next works.|
|Reviewed by Dinah Roseberry
|Such an impact of good against evil that rocks a man – or a woman -- to the intimate core! This story will first take your breath; then once you get it back, it will knock it out of you! A well-written suspense that will have you wondering about your own sleep patterns . . .|
|Reviewed by Sherry Gibson
|Explicit in details and yet written with such grace and style! Excellent.|
|Reviewed by M. Toone (Reader)
|WHEW! I kept having to look over my shoulder to make sure no one was watching. I feel guilty of voyeurism. Looking in through the keyhole. The scene played out before me and I couldn't look away! Superb expression of the most intimate.|
|Reviewed by Lisa Young (Reader)
|I read this with my mouth hanging open, hunched over my desk. Very vivid and crisp. I'm hooked, both because I don't know what's going on and because of the purity of the writing. Nice job.
|Reviewed by Teresa Harrison
|This is so powerful, vivid. The description is faultless, and this reader wants more. I am looking forward to it.|
|Reviewed by J. Torgerson
|Crisp writing, superb!|
|Reviewed by Kevin Yarbrough
|Awsome writing, extremly descriptive. Sounded great.|
|Reviewed by Susan Weekley
|If the struggle between good and evil is as mesmerizing as the love scenes this should be a very interesting book. I'll definitely watch for this one in the bookstore!|
|Reviewed by Lynn Barry
|OH MY GOD....WOW! What an excerpt...what a book! What a talented author...can't wait to read this one.|
|Reviewed by Deborah Turner
|Wow! Fabulous. Vivid. You have a great talent.
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