Happy Monday! (Yeah, right!) I’ve not slept well lately and I’m not at all sure how happy I am about that. I am growing exhausted and that’s not a good thing when I need to don the Author Hat and the Promo Ho Corset and Heels!
I am gonna need a lot of coffee over the next few weeks. I’ve been drinking Kona Coffee from Trader Joe’s the last few weeks and damn is it ever good! I am almost out of it, but when I am, I will be buying the new seasonal blend from Caribou Coffee called Lakeshore. I’ll be giving away 1/2 pound bags of coffee over the next few weeks, so, stay tuned! You might win one!
Okay, about today’s blog. I thought I’d give y’all a peek at the blurb for my next Ellora’s Cave Exotika, Carnal Ecstasy due out July 2nd.
If you read Simple Need, at the very beginning there is a bartender. Carnal Ecstasy is his story. It can be read by itself, it is not tightly tied to Simple Need, but, IF for some reason you haven’t read Simple Need, may I ask, why not? Grins…
Here is the blurb for Simple Need just in case there’s someone reading this that hasn’t picked it up yet!
Vinter is not your typical businessman. Tattoos, piercings and not a suit and tie in sight. One-third owner of a bar and a tattoo parlor along with being a bassist in a band, Vinter comes and goes as he pleases. He likes his beer cold, his music hard and his women scorching hot. Until he’s knocked off his game by a suburban doll he can’t stop wanting.
Elise needs a change. In men. The buttoned-up businessmen she’s been dating leave a lot to be desired—in romance, in respect and most definitely in sex. A recent text message from her now ex-lover drives Elise into a popular bar on the outside of town, where she meets one of its owners. He’s just the kind of man she’s never had and definitely the kind she’s always fantasized about. Big, bad and oh so naughty.
Unexpected tenderness. Unimaginable lust. Being dumped has never felt so damn good.
Carnal Ecstasy doesn’t have a cover yet, so, we have to use the coming soon cover from Ellora’s Cave for the time being. As soon as I have a cover, believe you me, it’ll be posted! Here’s the blurb:
When good girls go bad, very, very bad…
The minute Carrie meets tattooed, bad-boy bartender Dallon, her decision is made. He’s the one, her ticket to freedom and a new, independent life. She’s tired of dictates and zero dates and following the path laid out before her by her well-meaning-but-completely-out-of touch-with-her-reality religious parents.
Dallon sees the buttoned-up, full-of-curves woman outside the grocery store and feels the flames of hell licking at his heels. When she asks him for directions to the large, nearby university where she’s starting work, his gut-twisting lust for her doesn’t diminish, but those flames start to singe his tough-as-nails hide.
With the promise he made to himself about not fornicating with anyone associated with the university his father is the dean of about to go up in smoke, Carrie takes the first exit off the Heavenly Highway straight onto Sin Street. She wants Dallon to teach her all the things a good girl should never know and she won’t take Hell no for an answer.
Reader Advisory: What Dallon does with a beer bottle may be illegal in forty-eight out of fifty states…and at least two territories.
So, anyone wanna read it? Hell, with an advisory like that I want to read it and I’m the one that wrote it!
Have a fantastic day and I hope all of you have your credit cards ready for the release of Sweet Caroline tomorrow!
Happy Weekend! How are we all doing?
I, myself, am doing well, and busy. But then, what else is new?
Readers and Friends, we have a lot of work to do in the next month! Between Tuesday, April 27th and Wednesday, June 2nd, I have 4 books coming out! Ack!!!!!!
Tuesday, April 27th, Sweet Caroline from Samhain Publishing
Tuesday, May 11th, Stick Shift from Loose Id
Tuesday, June 1st, The Swing from Ellora’s Cave
Wednesday, July 2nd, Carnal Ecstasy from Ellora’s Cave
That’s a lot of promo, a lot of giveaways, a lot of a lot!
I’ve guest blogged over at Lisa Pietsch’s website about inspirations for my writing. The post is up all weekend, so come by and say hi!
On Tuesday, April 27th I’ll be at All I Want and More with that Smutty Hussy Cecile! She is such a naughty influence on me!
On Wednesday, April 28th Buck from Sweet Caroline will be interviewed by The Black Raven herself over at The Blackraven’s Erotic Cafe.
On Thursday, April 29th I’ll be hosting an hour at the Samhain Cafe’s Home Alone During RT event! I’ll be there from 6pm-7pm for Coffee and Chat with Lissa.
I’ll be participating in Samhain’s Spring Showers at Coffee Time Romance and will get you some more information soon!
So, there’s a lot going on and there will be some great prizes and giveaways! Now, I guess I need to get back to writing!
Oh and by the way…
He’s so yummy!!!!
Two years after his brother’s death in Afghanistan, Jethro’s handmade porch swing business is doing well, his hip injury has healed and he’s still in love with Caitlyn. He knows he should resist her, but can’t, and pulls her into his darkly sensual world of sex and spankings.
Caitlyn has grieved, created a life for herself and has finally come to terms with her need for Jethro, her dead husband’s brother. With no small measure of hesitation, she takes another fateful step toward him, daring him to turn her and their chance at happiness away.
She got out of the car and walked up the dusty drive to the bottom step of his front porch. He’d known she would come, eventually. She’d taken her own sweet time about it, however, and he couldn’t say he was happy about having been kept waiting. He was tired of living with this need inside when there was an answer, a cure. Albeit a stubborn one.
She had the prettiest, softest voice and she was a better woman than a man like him deserved. Didn’t mean he was willing to give up the chance to have her though. He was country, she was city and he was the last man on earth she should be with. He was her brother-in-law, she was his dead brother’s wife. They couldn’t do this, shouldn’t do this. They couldn’t be, shouldn’t be together and there were a million reasons why, but he’d be damned if he’d turn her away. Neither of them could deny the feelings. Not when his whole family had known for years, not when his brother lay in the dirt in his arms, telling him it was okay that he love her.
He needed more than the absolution of his twin, more than any church could ever give him, but he’d take her, take her body and live with her contempt after.
“You said if I ever came back through this way, I should stop by.”
She must have been visiting his parents or sister. There was no other reason for her to be in this neck of the woods. “Yes, I did.” He’d said it out of courtesy, fully expecting she wouldn’t, always hoping, knowing deep down she would.
She took one step up then another until she was standing just to the side of him, looking down as he swung back and forth slowly in the double porch swing. Her petite, full-figured body was covered in a pretty yellow and white knee-length sundress. Her feet were clad in a pair of yellow strappy sandals and her toes were painted a bright shade of purple.
Jethro liked looking at her. Always had. She had the deepest green eyes he’d ever seen and the truest strawberry blonde hair that hung down her back in one long sheet unless she had it pulled up in a ponytail like she did today. She had an all-knowing look about her, even though she was soft-spoken and hesitant in her approach toward him.
“Did I come at a bad time?”
“Nope.” He raised his gaze to her chest, to the little nipples poking through the thin cotton of her dress. “You wearing a bra under that thing?”
“Sort of. The dress has the wires and cups sewn in because it’s backless.”
She was every fantasy he’d had for the last ten years. “Uh-huh. Panties?”
She blushed so pretty. “Yes.”
“Take ’em off.”
“You heard me. Take ’em off.”
“What are you doing out here, Caitlyn? I told you what would happen if you came back. I told you I’d fuck you and that if you showed up, I would take it to mean that’s what you want too. I told you to come by if you wanted it, otherwise to stay the hell away. You’re here, so take off the panties. I won’t say it again.”
It’s Monday and I could really use some coffee. In the last 9 days, I have had one cup of coffee. It’s time for a whole pot and then some.
Last week was a really rough week. I had a very hard time mentally and emotionally, but I’m hoping this will be a better week. Let me say, if you or anyone you know suffers from depression in any form, please hug them, tell them you love them, let them know you’re there for them. It’s a hard thing to suffer with. In all ways.
Now for the good news, the happy news. My Ellora’s Cave editor sent me two contract offers last night. One for an Ellora’s Cave Quickie titled, The Swing and the second for an Ellora’s Cave Exotika titled, Carnal Ecstasy.
The Swing has nothing to do with any other story, but if you read Simple Need, then you know at the beginning there is a bartender. Carnal Ecstasy is his story. Grins…
I am still waiting to hear from Samhain about my shifter book, Arctic Shift but as soon as I do, I will let all of you know!
Have a great Monday!
Will they? Won’t they? Everything hangs in the balance and all appears lost and hopeless. What will happen to our happy ending?
Black moments. Most books live and die by them. There has to be that conflict. We have to know our hero and heroine want one another, love one another enough to make the hard choices. Sometimes, the hardest choice is to forgive.
Angel is trying her best to forget the human, Delan. She’s out to destroy something, out to protect herself. She thinks to lose herself in anonymous men in a bar on the outskirts of town. When she’s confronted by her brother Riko, holding Delan captive, intent on killing him, what will Angel do?
Angel watched in amusement as the man backed away, fairly tripping over his own two feet in his haste. She picked up her glass and swirled the liquid around with her finger. “What do you want, Riko? I’m just out trying to have a little fun.”
“I need you to come outside, little sister.”
“No. I’m not done with my evening yet.”
“And you may return once we speak. Outside.”
“It’s too chilly outside. I would rather stay right here. Why not pull up a stool and have a drink with me? Oh wait, there are no vacant stools. I guess you’ll have to leave.”
The booming laughter of her brother echoed off the walls. He wasn’t going to leave without her and she doubted he was going to let her return to the disaster that was her night.
She downed the alcohol and after a few seconds, slid off the stool. Riko threw a few bills on the bar, more than enough to cover her drink, and motioned for her to precede him out the doors.
“What is so important, Riko? I haven’t done anything. Not really. Not yet.”
“No, Angel, you haven’t. I have.”
“I sent the human to you, and I see now that I was mistaken to do so. You do not wish to see our kind survive.”
Guilt trip. Great. “What are you talking about? And it’s not ‘our’ kind, Riko. It’s your kind. I am only half demon.”
“I am still your blood.”
“I’m not out to destroy you and your fellow demons. I just do not want to fall prey to weakness as my mother did. Things are going along fine. So a few demons die once in a while, it’s not like there aren’t more to take their place. What does this have to do with Delan?”
“I realized that you care more about fighting who you are than you do in the purpose of who you are.”
Angel laughed. “There is no purpose, Riko. And all I care about is protecting me, you’re right about that.”
She whirled at the voice. Delan stood, or rather was being held up between two of Riko’s demons. “What’s going on?” She looked back at her brother. “Riko?”
“He cannot reach you. You will not let him. I told him if he failed, that he would die.”
“You can’t do that. I’ve known him like what? One day? A few hours? You consider that failure? And you’re going to kill him? Human time and demon time is different. To him, it’s only been a day. You can’t expect him to have achieved what you want in so short a time.”
“You have shown no interest in trying, no care for how your actions affect others, so I do not see why we should all waste what’s left of our precious time anymore. He is not immortal, you are right. He can only use what time I have given him. To you and to me, it is more than just hours. It is more than night and day. It is as though a lifetime has gone by. We are not like the humans. We know when we have met our destiny.”
You can’t let them kill him.
Angel looked from Riko to Delan. Were they in on this together? The uncertainty, the fear, the…regret in Delan’s eyes spoke to the fact that they likely weren’t, but… “Come on, Riko. You aren’t really going to kill him. You don’t ever kill anyone.”
“I don’t have to. There are enough who would be glad to see the human dead. You are coveted, little sister, especially since I forbid any of the demons to pursue you. They want you now more than ever.”
Was he serious? She looked over at Delan again. Blood trickled from the corner of his mouth and one eye was puffier than the other. He didn’t look near as good right then as he had just a bit ago inside the bar. He was still damn close to irresistible, though.
You have to let me out. You have to trust me that we won’t get hurt.
“What was that?”
Angel looked at the ground, digging the toe of her boot into the gravel of the parking lot. “It’s nothing.”
“Is the angel talking?”
“No. I’m going back inside. There’s nothing for me to do out here.”
“No, Riko. I told you earlier that I wanted him gone.” She turned and walked away, not looking back, and she was almost to the door, almost safely behind the walls of the bar when Delan spoke.
Her voice was barely a whisper and she hoped that it didn’t carry across to him. “Yes.”
“Angel, please. Turn and talk to me, face me.”
“No, I can’t.”
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