Snippet Saturday – Author’s Choice

These are my favorite Snippet days. I like when it’s author’s choice. I don’t generally have to think too terribly hard when it’s totally up to me…lol. And since it’s generally early morning or late night when I’m working on this post, the easier the better.

In a few weeks, August 14th to be exact, there will be a release from Cleis Press called Cowboy Lust. It’s a collection of erotic stories from 15 authors, myself included, along with Delilah Devlin, Cat Johnson, Randi Alexander, Cari Quinn, and Charlene Teglia. My snippet today is from my story in that collection called Small Town Famous.

“What’n the hell were you thinkin’, Bethann?”

“I was thinking that little bitch better keep her hands off of my man.”

Tommy sighed and tried so hard not to smile. He needed to be and stay stern with her. “You can’t go ‘round town totin’ your shotgun like that. You shoulda known the sheriff would lock you up.”

“He only caught me ‘cause it was his precious little princess I was aimin’ at. Well that and someone called him. When I find out who, you better believe I’m gonna to tan their hide. ‘ll be lucky if I don’t fill with it buckshot.”

Tommy shook his head at the woman on the other side of the black iron bars. She was sitting on the bench on the far side of the cell with her arms crossed over her chest and her right leg crossed over her left, just a swingin’. She was spittin’ mad.

He’d been in love with her all his life and she with him and never once in all their eighteen years together had she ever acted like this.

He slid his arms through the bars and linked his fingers. “Why are you so jealous all of a sudden?”

“Jealous? You think I’m jealous?” Bethann stood faster than lightning and stomped her way across the concrete floor to stand nose to nose with him. “Jealous ain’t got nothin’ to do with it Tommy Martin.”

“Then what does it have to do with? What has gotten into you?”

She tilted her chin in defiance, but it was just for show. “You like her and I’m tired of her sniffin’ around what ain’t hers. Time for her to go back to wherever she came from.”

If Tommy hadn’t seen it for himself, he would’ve never believed it. Bethann Pritchard was pouting. “I like ever’ body, baby.” That wasn’t going even come close to appeasing her.

“But I see how you look at her.”

Tommy reached up and pushed his cowboy hat back on his head a little. He wanted to make sure he got a real good look at his woman during this conversation. He wanted to also make sure she could look him in the eyes without any hint of shadow or obstruction. “And how do I look at her?”

Bethann dropped her gaze to the floor and dug the toe of her scuffed up boot into a divot in the floor. “Like you want her,” she mumbled.

“Uh huh. Is that all?”

Her head whipped up so fast Tommy nearly had to take a step back. “Is that all? Ain’t that enough?”

“Well, in all honesty here, I was expecting a little more than that. That’s not enough for you to go carryin’ your daddy’s double barrel down Main Street in the middle of the day, scarin’ the nice folks.”

“Every single person in this town knows me and I didn’t scare anyone. Well, except for her. I don’t like the way you look at her ass in those little cut off shorts and those tiny shirts. It’s a wonder she wears anything at all. There’d be more left to the imagination if she were naked.”

“So, is it that you’re jealous because I look at her ass which is kinda hard to miss when she puts it in my face, or is it because you wish you were still that young?” He’d have never said something like that to her if there hadn’t been bars between them.

“You son of a bitch.”

“Your eyes are a bit more green than usual, babydoll.” From the look on his lover’s face, Tommy was pretty damn glad to have the jail cell bars separating them. Where Bethann’s temper was concerned, he knew a blessing when he saw it and her not being able to get a hand on him when he made his confession was a definite one.

Before he opened his mouth again, he made sure to take a few steps away from her grasp. “I called the sheriff.”

“You what?”

He would pay for this when she got out and they got home. The narrowing of her eyes told him that, but he’d already known it the second he placed the call. “I called him and told him he needed to come get you.”

“You had him put me in jail?”

He wouldn’t show fear and he wouldn’t back down. “I did.”

“Why?”

“It’s his daughter you’re jealous of and his daughter you brought the shotgun outta hock for. You’re out of control.”

She sneered. “You don’t know the meanin’ of out of control, but you just wait. When I get outta here, I’m gonna-”

Yeah, he knew, but maybe, just maybe… He shook his head. “No. This will be resolved while you’re in there. I’m done walkin’ on eggshells with you whenever another woman is in the same three feet of space I am. We’re gonna settle this here and now.”

I hope you’ll all give the book a try when it comes out. I know I’m excited… But while you’re waiting for the release, please give the following blogs a read.

Megan Hart:Read in bed!
Leah Braemel
Jody Wallace
Eliza Gayle
Mandy M Roth
Mari Carr
McKenna Jeffries
Myla Jackson
Taige Crenshaw
Shiloh Walker
Delilah Devlin
HelenKay Dimon
Lauren Dane
Shelli Stevens

Have a great weekend. I’m headed out to meet a friend for the day… A writer needs to get out once in a while. LOL

~lissa

Lissa’s Birthday Week Post #1

Wednesday is my actual birthday, but as some of you know, I usually have a month long celebration on my blog here. I didn’t do it this year…obviously, but never fear, I’ll be back to it next year with authors and bloggers telling stories and giving away presents to readers. For now, though, you’ll have to settle for it just being me.

Presents this year will consist of books (including my new release, Forever In Blue Jeans, book 3 in my Blue Jeans and Hard Hats series), gift cards, tote bags, coffee items, cupcake items, and the big one…no, not an ereader, not an iPad, we authors do those all the time, but rather, a Keurig.

Yes, this one. It brews 3 cup sizes, you can program the time on and time off, even program the water temperature. I adore mine. Y’all know I adore mine.  Unless I’m having iced coffee crack,  I use my Keurig every day. It might be for hot water to make hot chocolate for the family, or to use the already hot water for instant oatmeal, but it gets used every day. You can get tea, coffee, and cocoa in K-cups. I generally prefer the coffee or tea or just hot water. I don’t care for the hot cocoa K-cups, but that’s just me, I know others who love them.

So, that’s the birthday list… Don’t be surprised though, if I change it up a little and add a few other little things here and there.

Today, is a tote bag I found at Barnes and Noble. It’s bright, colorful, and perfect for toting books.

I know many still read print books, but whether you do or not, you can never have too many tote bags (okay, you can because I’ve been told I have too many, but…I don’t listen and neither should you). Along with the tote bag, you will receive 3 books. What 3 books is up to you. Whether digital  or print (up to $15 per book), is up to you.

What do you have to do?

Tell me what 3 books or what series you’ve always wanted to read, but just never have.

Are there classics like Linda Howard, Julie Garwood, Elizabeth Lowell, or Susan Johnson that you’ve never read and wanted to?

What about Nalini Singh, Larissa Ione, or J. R. Ward?

How about Shayla Black or Maya Banks? Delilah Devlin? Lori Foster? Dakota Cassidy?

Mari Carr? Vivian Arend? Cat Johnson? Melissa Schroeder? Samantha Kane? Cherise Sinclair? Moira Rogers? Eliza Gayle?

Tessa Dare? Jess Michaels? Julia Quinn? Lisa Kleypas? Nicole Jordan? Courtney Milan?

There are so many to choose from and those names above don’t even scratch the surface of good books out there. I haven’t read even a fraction of all the books I want to read, of all the books I keep saying I’ll get to just as soon as I can. So, tell me, what do you want to read that you simply haven’t yet?

The winner of the tote bag and books will be chosen Friday by noon and posted Friday afternoon. There will be giveaways all week long here on my blog. There will be one on my Facebook Fan Page as well, along with one during the Author Chat at Righteous Perverts on Wednesday night, February 22nd. So, feel free to come by and ‘Like’ my Fan Page, feel free to drop by the chat Wednesday night and meet some authors and fellow readers. Of course, none of these extras are required, but I did want to give you the options of all presents.

Most questions you’ll have to answer this week are about birthdays, so…be ready to divulge information. 😉

Have a great Monday, y’all… Oh, and don’t forget, you have until 6PM EST today (Monday, February 20th) to enter to win books or M&M’s from my celebratory post after Kyle Busch and the #18 M&M’s Toyota won the Budweiser Shootout in Daytona on Saturday night. Click here to be taken to that post…

~lissa

 

 

 

Cowboy Lust Cover!

Ain’t he yummy? Damn, y’all! For those who don’t know, this is an anthology of cowboy stories for Cleis Press. Cleis has always had some of the best erotica around and I’m thinking this collection of stories is gonna be no different. I’m lucky enough to be included with authors like Delilah Devlin, Cat Johnson, Charlene Teglia, Randi Alexander, and Cari Quinn. The forward of the book is written by none other than Lorelei James, too.

While I’m not new to erotic romance and erotica, I am rather new to the cowboy writing world. I’m learning quickly that I love it and have several cowboy books in the works. When I learned about this anthology, I was tempted to write something for it, but shied away and didn’t until I ran in to Delilah at Authors After Dark last year. More than once she said, write something for it, and so, by the time I got home, I was ready to write something for it.

Tentatively my contribution is titled Small Town Famous, the tagline of which is: Iron bars stand between a girl with a shotgun and the cowboy who made her the talk of the town.

You can pre-order it on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. The release date is August 14th.

~lissa

Cowboys and Books!

A lot of us read contemporary cowboy romance, historical cowboy romance, cowboy erotica, cowboy paranormal, etc… And so what I want to know is…who is your favorite cowboy author and/or what is your favorite cowboy book?

For me… Delilah Devlin writes some pretty hot and very dirty cowboys. There’s also Lorelei James, Sophie Oak, Vivian Arend, and Cat Johnson. Because this is my blog and my post, I don’t have to pick a favorite book! Grins… But YOU, darlin’ reader, do!

Let’s hear it… Oh and, there might be a giveaway in it for someone…

~lissa

Cowboy Lust

A few months ago, author Delilah Devlin put out a call for cowboy stories to include in an anthology from Cleis Press. These were to be short stories and after some thought, I decided to write and submit one. I spent weeks on the 4500 word story. I spent days reading, revising, reading, revising, reading, etc… to get it just right, to get it perfect enough. Delilah writes awesome cowboys. I don’t ever pass up on of her cowboy books. Ever. She’s an amazing author who I admire more than words. I was able to spend some time with her at the Lori Foster con over the summer and I sat enthralled whenever she talked. I learned a lot from her in just a short period, so when she put out this call, I knew I had to try.

It paid off, this taking a chance thing. My story, Small Town Famous, will be included. It’s about a couple, Bethann and Tommy, who have been together since high school, who live in sin, who love each other fiercely, who are rather well known for their public sexual escapades. When a new girl comes to town and dares to lay a hand on Tommy, all hell breaks loose in the form of a shot gun, Bethann behind bars, and Tommy all kinds of turned on. It was a fun little story, inspired by Miranda Lambert’s song, Famous in a Small Town.

The title of the anthology is Cowboy Lust and it will be available come Fall 2012.

Other authors include Cari Quinn, Cat Johnson, Delilah Devlin, Cheyenne Blue, and Charlene Teglia. For a full list of authors and for the full write up of the book’s introduction, click here to be taken to Delilah’s blog.

I am so excited!

Oh, and we have 23 days left before the release of Twisted Up!

Have a great Sunday!

~lissa