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As a Series Winds Down
Hi everyone and a big thank you to Tina for allowing me to be here today. It’s a big day for me, as today is the release date for my most recent book, Beauty and the Earl. This erotic historical romance set in the Regency period is the third in my Pleasure Wars series.
I have to say I love writing a series. There’s something so fun about following a group of characters through the twists and turns of multiple stories. I love revisiting couples who are already married and happy and letting my readers see where they are beyond their “happily ever after”. Plus, you can carry continuing storylines through multiple books. For example, in The Pleasure Wars, Ava and Christian (from TAKEN BY THE DUKE) launch the series when Christian kidnaps Ava as revenge against her brother, Liam.
In PLEASURING THE LADY (Book 2), Ava’s best friend Portia tries to find Liam as a favor to her friend, but ends up being seduced by her hero, Miles, instead.
And in BEAUTY AND THE EARL, finally all the heartache between Ava, Christian and Liam will be resolved, thanks to a spitfire of a courtesan named Violet. Being able to carry a storyline like that through multiple books is just really fun for me as a writer.
Of course, sometimes the best laid plans of a series go sideways. Beauty and the Earl was meant to be the last book in The Pleasure Wars series, but as I wrote it, I became very interested in the secondary characters of Malcolm and Olivia, the friends of Liam and Violet. By the time I was finished with B&tE, I knew I had to change the plan and write a novella for Mal and Olivia (BEAUTIFUL DISTRACTION, June 24).
I guess you could call it a series hangover… I just wasn’t ready to let go. I hope readers won’t be either and will enjoy both these final books that will mark an end to this series.
So what about you? Do you love series? Do you enjoy the interplay of characters between one book and another? Do you have a favorite series? One commenter will receive an eBook copy of TAKEN BY THE DUKE, the first book in The Pleasure Wars series.
And if you’re interested in Beauty and the Earl, here is a brief excerpt:
Liam sank up to his chin in the steaming waters, letting the supposedly healing waters of Bath seep into his injured shoulder. The warmth of the natural spring helped, but he wasn’t certain he retained any miracle cures beyond the few moments of pleasure in the water.
And yet here he was, thanks in great part to the insistence of his…well, what would he call Malcolm Graham anyway? Assistant, sometime secretary, occasional estate manager…friend. Possibly the only one he had left, and that was likely due in large part to the fact that Mal was on his payroll.
But whatever Mal’s motivation, he had dragged Liam here to “take the waters” and take the waters he would.
He measured his breaths, trying desperately to empty his head of all thoughts. It was a nearly impossible task, it seemed, for his mind was always filled with memories he didn’t want to consider and guilt he refused to acknowledge.
He squeezed his eyes shut, but his thoughts continued to race, bombarding him from all sides.
“Fuck,” he muttered, and then sank beneath the water entirely. Beneath the depths, there was no noise, nothing to see, and his brain began to quiet finally. Cut off from everything, even breath, he could almost pretend that his life above the surface didn’t exist.
Unfortunately, his body required air to live and so he rose reluctantly. He wiped his face off and slicked his now-wet hair back with his good hand. He opened his eyes and froze.
There, standing on the edge of the steps that led down into the large, square pool where he reclined alone, was a woman. Not just any woman, but probably one of the most beautiful women he had ever had the pleasure to look upon in his thirty years.
She was intensely exotic, with a slightly olive-toned skin and thick, sleek black hair that was drawn back loosely, though strands of it continued to bounce around her oval face. Her dark brown eyes, which were currently focused intently on his face, sparkled in the lamplight and held on him with a confidence he normally didn’t see in women. Especially women wearing a white chemise that left no curve of her body to the imagination.
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Duration: Contest begins April 1 and runs through April 25 – Winner announced April 26
Prize: Winner chosen randomly and will receive her choice of one of my following books:
1. Lush Velvet Nights – ebook – Reviewer’s TOP PICK the Pagan & the Pen; 5 ANGELS Fallen Angles Reviews; 5 STARS JERR
GOLDEN NIB AWARD – MIZ LOVE LOVES BOOKS
FINALIST – EPIC 2011 COMPETITION
2. Adored - ebook – 4 stars Romantic Times; Second Place Winner NEC RWA contest!
FINALIST – EPIC 2011 COMPETITION
3. Deep, Dark, Delicious - ebook – 4 stars Romantic Times; nominated for Book of the Week Whipped Cream Reviews; 5 Stars, Reviewer TOP PICK – NOR
FINALIST – EPIC 2011 COMPETITION
AWARD OF MERIT – HOLT MEDALLION 2011 COMPETITION
4. In His Arms - ebook – 6 FIVE STAR REVIEWS – recommended read TwoLips Reviews
FINALIST – DDRWA PICTURE PERFECT CONTEST
4 STARS - ROMANTIC TIMES
5. Sensual Stranger - ebook – Book of the Year 2010 (erotic category) Blue Moon Reviews
Recommended Read TwoLips Reviews – Best Book rating Whipped Cream Reviews – Five Siren Stones Siren Books Reviews – 5 STARS Top Pick Night Owl Reviews
4 STARS – ROMANTIC TIMES
6. The Yearning – ebook – Bestseller
AWARD OF MERIT – HOLT MEDALLION COMPETITION (2012)
Recommended Read Two Lips Reviews; Nominated for Book of the Week Whipped Cream Reviews; 4.5 Stars Sensual Reads
7. Take Me Away – ebook
2nd Place Winner – 2012 NEC RWA CONTEST
Hot Stuff – #1 Pick – Miz Love Loves Books; 5 Stars – Romance Writers Reviews; 4.5 Hearts – The Romance Studio; 4 Stars – JERR; 5 Siren Stones – Siren Book Reviews
8. Unending Desire – ebook
Best Book Rating – LASR (Long & Short Reviews) – Nominated for Book of the Month; 4.5 Stars Sensual Reads; Recommended by ARe (All Romance ebooks); Library Journal reports, ‘…a tale so steamy, it comes with a warning’
9. SiNN – ebook
Magnificent!! – Romancing the Book; 5 Stars – Mary’s Naughty Whispers; 5 Stars – Sensual Reads – Nominated for Book of the Week – Whipped Cream Reviews
10. Sinfully Wicked – ebook
Magnificent!! – Romancing the Book; 4 Stars – The Romance Studio; 4 Stars – LASR (Long and Short Reviews)
11. Claiming Magique – ebook
Top Pick – NOR; 5 Stars – Erotica for All; 4 Stars – United by Books; Recommended by ARe
12. Illicit Desire – ebook
4 Stars, Romantic Times; 4 Stars/5 Flames, The Jeep Diva
13. Come Fill Me – ebook
5 Stars – A True Gem, Guilty Pleasures; 4 Stars/5 Flames, The Jeep Diva
14. Losing Control - ebook
4.5 Stars – Sensual Reads; 4 Stars – The Romance Reviews
15. Shameless Desire - ebook
4.5 Stars – The Jeep Diva; 4 Stars – Sinful Sunday Book Reviews
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I’m a participating author in the Brought to His Knees boxed set – sexy stories about strong men taken down by love.
My post is pinned at the top on the left – leave your choice in the comments section.
EASTER EGGS CONTEST
Drop by Romance Books 4 Us - http://www.romancebooks4us.com/ – for our Easter Eggs Contest. Here are the details:
Our April Easter Eggs contest will have 3 winners with one Grand Prize Winner: $50 gift card for Amazon/B&N. Other prizes will be split randomly among the remaining 2 winners by RB4U (RB4U tote/tee will be given to even prize numbers if needed). Contest runs 1 April and ends midnight ET 21 April. To enter: Find the 20 pages that have the Easter Eggs like the ones you see above (this page doesn’t count). Make a list of the names of those pages (ex: Marianne Stephens, Desiree Holt, etc.) and send your list to: firstname.lastname@example.org NOTE: Snail mail prizes only shipped to US or Canadian addresses.
1. $50 Gift Card to Amazon or Barnes & Noble.
2. $10 Gift Card from Secret Cravings Publishing.
3. Ebook copy of one backlist books by romance author Tina Donahue.
4. Two e-books: one per winner: A Christmas Miracle for Veronica and To Live Again by romance author Vikki Vaught.
5. Pdf copy of my book “An Officer and Two Gentlemen” by romance author Missy Martine.
6. Digital copy of If Love Dares Enough by romance author Anna Markland.
7. Ebook copy of Artist’s Touch by romance authorKerry Adrienne.
8. Ebook copy from Amazon of Through The Storm by romance author Brenda B. Taylor.
9. Ebook of the winner’s choice by romance author JC Szot.
10. Ebook copy of choice of Who’s Your Alpha, or Emerald Key, or Finder’s Keepers by romance authorVicky Burkholder.
11.Ebook copy of Chalkboard Romance by romance author Melissa Keir.
12. Print copy of A Gentleman and a Rogue by romance author Stephanie Burkhart.
13. Ebook copy of A Ranger’s Tale (PDF, ePub, or Kindle) by romance author Mysti Parker.
14.Ebook copy of my contemporary romance MUST LOVE CATS, and a cute cat statue from romance authorElysa Hendricks.
15. Ebook copy of Kicker’s Legacy by romance authorSandy Loyd.
16. Ebook novella, It’s You & Me, Baby, by romance author Rose Gorham.
17.Two Ebook copies, one per winner, of Taking Chances (paranormal erotic romance) by romance author Suzette Rose Cauler.
18.Ebook of winner’s choice from books by romance author Sultry Summers.
It’s a special treat to have Kate here today. She’s talking about her newest release Bride Undone, and she’s offering a contest! Woot!
More on that in a bit – for now, here’s Kate…
Tina, thank you so much for having me as your guest on this exciting day. Yes, it’s finally here! Release day for BRIDE UNDONE and I am delighted to be sharing my brand new release from Ellora’s Cave with you and your readers.
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Then, check out the cover…
I love my cover for Bride Undone. Tina, you and your readers are one the first ones to see it! I’ve been keeping it under wraps until the big day — and now here it is. Truly, hats off to the art department at Ellora’s Cave. This is one hot cover. Smoldering really. And that is perfect as Bride Undone is not your everyday bride gets cold feet story. No, this tale is a little different. Read on and you’ll find out why.
Sometimes the best remedy for cold feet is a red hot Texan.
In one week Chloe will walk down the aisle. Yet she’s a bride who can’t stop spying on the weddings of total strangers. Desperate to catch a glimpse of what true love really looks like, she is having serious second thoughts about tying the knot.
Until she meets Wes — the sexy long lost father of her groom. The hunk from Texas confirms her worst fears. She is marrying the wrong man.
Battling her intense attraction for Wes, the flame between them burns too hot to resist. Chloe and Wes give into their scorching passion and struggle with the consequences of their love.
This bride takes ‘I do’ to a whole new level — just not with the groom.
“Not now, Conner. I told you it’s bad luck to see the dress,” Chloe called out.
“I have your keys, Chloe and I don’t think it’s bad luck for the father of the groom to see the dress.” Wes’s voice carried through the closed door.
Chloe froze. Wes. What was he doing there? The saleswoman smiled and before Chloe could utter a word, the efficient woman was heading the door.
“Uh,” Chloe stammered, not sure what to do or say.
“Can I come in?” Wes repeated just as the door opened and the saleswoman ushered him in.
“Holy mackerel,” Wes said. Chloe thought she saw him stagger back slightly. “Wow.” He stood in the room, staring at her.
“She’s stunning, isn’t she?” the saleswoman asked proudly.
“That she is. Completely stunning.” Wes’s eyes were locked on Chloe perched on the platform, looking at Wes who held her car keys in his hand.
“I’ll just be out front,” the saleswoman said, excusing herself and leaving Chloe and Wes alone in the large change room.
The woman left and Chloe wanted more than anything to run out of the room. Not to be left alone with Wes, it was too humiliating her feelings for him and that kiss in the elevator.
“I brought your keys,” Wes said, moving toward Chloe. “Wasn’t easy, but I got them out of your car. Conner called me to rescue you as he’s with clients. Had a heck of time with that Beemer of yours. German engineering and all.
“I don’t need rescuing, but thank you,” she said curtly, trying to appear in control and unfazed by him standing there, his hunky body tormenting her with embarrassment. “Just put them on the chaise by my purse.” She motioned to the chaise.
“Sure.” He eyed her and then placed the keys where she asked.
“And could you hand me those shoes?” Chloe asked, motioning to the shoe bag next to her purse.
Wes took the wedding shoes out of the protective bag and handed the first shoe to Chloe.
“You didn’t answer my calls.” His eyes locked on hers as she tried to slip on the strappy jeweled sandal.
She really didn’t want to talk about last night—she wanted to put those crazy feelings she had for him as far out of her mind as possible,—but it was going to be hard with him looking at her like that, his sultry chocolate-brown eyes searching her. Like he wanted to sweep her up and carry her far away. Or maybe that’s just what she wanted.
“I wanted to talk to you about that. I want to apologize,” he said with a serious look. “If you thought in any way I acted inappropriately, I am sincerely sorry, I didn’t mean at all…” he paused and looked unsure as he clutched her shoe in his hand.
Chloe’s cheeks burned.
“No, I didn’t think that at all. Nothing happened. Okay?”
“Okay. Damn these things are tiny.” He toyed with the delicate sandal before looking up at her. “I just want my son to be happy and you two to be happy together. I don’t want anything to change that.”
“That’s what I want too,” she said with less conviction than she felt.
“Do you?” He handed her the shoe, those brown eyes boring into her, igniting a fire within her that she tried to suppress.
Balancing on the one foot, she bent down and gathered the satin dress in attempt the slip on the other sandal. Struggling to find her foot under the masses of fabric, she stumbled slightly off balance and teetered on the edge of the platform.
Wes reached out and caught her as she tumbled into his arms. He grasped her around her waist, the slippery satin dress sliding through his fingers, his hands ending up holding her right under her breasts. She looked up at him. His muscles flexed, were rock hard under her touch, and she could feel smell his wonderful masculine scent. Damn it, she wanted him.
A Romantica® erotic romance from Ellora’s Cave
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
General Release: April 11, 2014
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What’s Kate up to next?
Kate is busy completing several books for release 2014, each filled with sexy romance, heroines who are no shrinking violets, and heroes who make your heart skip a beat…
Coming soon in 2014:
A Vixen in Venice
Contemporary and Erotic Romance Author
ABOUT KATE: KATE DEVEAUX is a contemporary, erotic romance writer and die-hard romantic. A former wedding planner, Kate has always been “in love” with love! She was inspired to transition from writing racy short stories to full length manuscripts after meeting other authors in the romance world at industry workshops, conferences and events. Now a multi published contemporary romance novelist, Kate is a member of Romance Writers of America (RWA) as well as their erotic romance chapter, Passionate Ink. Born in London, England, Kate has lived in both the U.K. and the U.S and now resides with her husband in Arizona. When she’s not busy writing or reading, Kate can be found on the tennis court—yes, there’s even “love” in that game too!
Author website: http://www.katedeveaux.com
Today, I’m pleased to host Jean Hart Stewart.
As you can tell from the blog’s title, she has an interesting tale to tell, and she’s going to give us a peek into her latest release Fearless Pursuit. Love the guy on the cover!
Please give Jean a warm welcome, and leave a comment to show your love.
All my life I’ve heard of how Lady Godiva rode naked through the streets of Coventry. Supposedly she did so in protest of a new tax her husband, the Earl, had imposed upon the poor people of the town. When she objected to it he said he’d lift the tax the day she rode naked through the town. She did, he did, and in the story it makes her a true heroine. He not only removed the tax she’d objected to, he lifted all the taxes except those on horses.
There was indeed a real Lady Godiva. She was a religious benefactor and wealthy but there is no actual historical reference to this famous ride. The first account of it occurs about 150 years after her death, in a collection of tales by one Roger Wendover, not known for historical accuracy, but for good stories. The long golden hair was added later too. One version has her ordering the townspeople to stay indoors with closed shutters. Everyone obeyed except for a miscreant named Tom who bored a hole in his shutters. And yes, that’s where we get the term Peeping Tom. One version has the gods taking away his eyesight in punishment.
Fun stuff to read, and from a book on bits of misinformation by David Haviland. You’ll doubtless hear other tales from it as I blog during the next year,
My latest book, Fearless Pursuit, is now out. This one had a long journey to publication,, but all hurdles seem to be cleared now for the next in the series about my sexy, pointed eared elves. It’s called Redemptive Pursuit, and takes Jake on a difficult journey he didn’t expect, and will be out soon.
Here’s a short quote from Fearless:
“At this point Vale didn’t care what anyone thought. He took off his shoes and socks, and then his white gown. Down to his shirt and pants, he made quick work of them also. Vicky was not far behind him, but she’d only shed her nurse’s uniform and her shoes and hose when he was on her. His rampant cock was about to burst through his undershorts, and she tried to help by caressing it through the cloth, then putting her eager fingers in the slot.
Vale batted her hands away and stepped out of his shorts, releasing his turgid cock so it pointed directly at her. Grabbing her panties he ripped them down, then pulled her slip over her head. Pausing only a second to admire her exposed body, he lay his head on her stomach.
“Love, you’d harden a dead man. How do you stay so enticing?”
She didn’t answer, just reached down for his cock and caressed the pulsing head. Vale was too far gone for much foreplay, but he allowed her to tighten her fingers and run them up and down his erection for several seconds. Then she moaned and that finished him. He plunged his cock into her already wet cunt and rejoiced when she wrapped her arms and legs around him in welcome.
She was wet and aroused and he knew instinctively this was going to be an exceptional joining. Although they’d always more than enjoyed their sexual matings, sometimes one seemed to stand out. This was definitely one of those times.”
You can find me at Ellora’s Cave, Barnes and Noble, Amazon, Facebook, Twitter, and at my website www,jeanhartstewart.com. I’d love to hear from you….
I’m pleased to host Saloni today. She’s offering a sneak peek into her latest book Sword and Shield. And she’s offering a contest!
More on that later. For now, here’s Saloni…
Weapons of Redemption 2: Sword and Shield
by Saloni Quinby
Heat Level: Erotic
Publisher: Changeling Press
Cover art: Bryan Keller
Rule coped with his abduction by the vampire pirate Tarun by cutting off his emotions. After centuries of self-control through punishment, he found a man who finally reached his heart only to break up with him after an afternoon of passion.
A secret organization of obsessed swordsmen engage in duels to the death. When Joel’s brother is murdered and Joel swears to avenge him, it’s up to Rule to save him from a vampire who uses the duels as an easy blood supply, but once he sees Joel again, will Rule be able to resist him?
The following excerpt from SWORD AND SHIELD is for readers 18 and over.
“If he kills you, it will double the reason for me to challenge him,” Joel said passionately.
Rule pressed him to the door again and stared deeply into his eyes. “Then I’d better win.”
Joel opened his mouth to say something, but Rule covered it in a kiss.
Wrapping his arms around Rule’s neck, Joel kissed him back. Hard.
What if Gram killed him tomorrow? Joel didn’t think he could stand losing someone else he loved, especially not Rule. Why did he still feel so much for the man?
Instead of kissing Joel harder, Rule’s lips and tongue moved tenderly against his.
“Let’s go to the bedroom,” Rule whispered against his lips. “If I’m going to fight tomorrow, give me something to remember.”
Joel took his hand and they walked to the bedroom. Standing near the bed, they kissed again. Rule slid Joel’s jacket off his shoulders and it fell to the floor, then he shrugged off his own.
They slowly unbuttoned each other’s shirts while kissing. No one had ever kissed Joel with so much tenderness as he now felt with Rule.
Rule wove his fingers through Joel’s hair and stared into his eyes. Joel sensed he wanted to speak, but he couldn’t seem to find the words.
They removed their shirts and embraced, caressing each other’s shoulders and backs. Rule’s hands slid lower and cupped Joel’s ass. He kneaded it, then he unfastened his belt and unzipped his trousers. He stroked Joel through his silk boxers and Joel moaned, closing his eyes and resting his head against Rule’s shoulder.
“I like being with you, Rule,” Joel breathed. “I’ve missed you.”
“I’ve missed you too.”
This surprised Joel. He hadn’t expected Rule to admit it.
Rule took his face in his hands and kissed him again. When the kiss broke, they finished undressing and tumbled into bed.
Lying on top of the covers, their legs entwined, they kissed and caressed each other.
Gazing into Joel’s eyes, Rule pressed him onto his back and sat between his spread legs.
About Saloni Quinby
The child of a painter and a psychic dreamer, Saloni Quinby feels spirituality and storytelling go hand-in-hand. She loves the scent of gardenia, the sound of wind chimes and the taste of honey. By listening to what isn’t said, she creates works based on unspoken desires. Saloni prefers blurred gender lines and many varieties of romance. In a world where passion must at times be restrained, she believes erotica is a pleasure to be shared. With her stories she would like to make her fantasies yours and hopes you enjoy the ride. She also writes under the name Kate Hill. Please visit her online at http://www.kate-hill.com, http://www.twitter.com/katehillromance and https://www.facebook.com/kate.hill.92505.
*** CONTEST ALERT *** CONTEST ALERT *** CONTEST ALERT ***
To enter the following contest, you must be 18 or over.
To enter for the chance to win a pdf download of a book in the Weapons of Redemption series (winner’s choice of title), please leave a comment. A winner will be drawn three days from the day of this original post. Thank you!
It’s a pleasure to have Nikki here today. The subject matter of her post is important, and the glimpse she gives us into her newest work is exciting.
Take it away, Nikki…
I just want to say thank you to Tina for letting me hang out in the blog today! Much appreciated.
Okay, I admit it. I was a little stumped at what to write for this post. Ack! I got caught up in life stuff, trying to balance the limited time I have to write, and working with my five year old on speech and other things, preparing him for kindergarten. So my mind has been scattered.
But I’ve noticed something going on around here that bothers me a lot.
Cyber bullying. Sometimes it’s reviewers bashing a book. Okay first off, I get that authors get bad reviews. I’ve had my fair share. You don’t like a book, fine. It’s not for everyone.
But what is the purpose of completely slamming the book AND the author? Why is that so funny? Why is it so popular? Why are there continuous personal attacks on authors?
Maybe I’m missing a side of the story, I don’t know. But this is becoming frequent, and with as crazy as the world can be, you just never know with people. It’s sad. It’s cruel.
I’ve been on the bullied side most of my life. I’m visually impaired. Kids were hurtful. They called me four eyes. They made fun of my eyes because they don’t always stay straight. I was called a druggie, and so many other words. I hid behind sunglasses as often as I could so no one could tell. I’ve cried my heart out because I didn’t understand why people were hurtful. I’m scared to pieces because my son is speech and developmentally delayed. He’s five. I already see that other kids are afraid of him when we take him to playgrounds. They don’t know what to think of him because he acts a little differently. It breaks me inside. Sometimes, and I’m really bearing myself here, but sometimes I feel like I’m not enough. I don’t know what kind of things he’ll face when he goes to school, as he gets older. It’s hard. Bullying is EVERYWHERE.
Wow, I didn’t expect all this to come out when I started writing this post, but I guess my emotions really had something to give me to talk about.
Somewhere, we have to band together. I know I always try to show my love for other authors. Honestly, in most cases, I promote others much more than I do myself. It’s just…it’s who I am. I want the world to know some great books and authors. I keep my Storm Goddess blog going even with down to me and one other active reviewer right now, because I feel it’s important to help others. Last night, an ARC reviewer of my latest book emailed me the link to her review, and she’d asked me if it was okay, if there was something else she should add to it. I told her it was perfect just the way it was! I guess she’s fairly new to reviewing, and she’s having a hard time with writing them because she worries about saying too much of the story and doesn’t like spoilers. I told her I’ve been reviewing for five years and I felt that way in the beginning, that as time goes on and reviews are written more and more, it gets easier. She said that helped…and I felt good about that. With a few simple and honest words, I helped someone.
I guess I might be getting near rambling stage now, because really, when it comes to bullying and bringing people down, my thoughts are all over the place.
Build up people, don’t bring them down. I don’t like bullying in general, cyber or not.
Coincidentally enough, that ties just a bit in my latest book. My heroine, who endured brain injuries and other physical ones from a plane crash, had to overcome a lot to feel “Normal” Not everyone understood her.
Thank you for reading my words today.
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To Learn about A Masterpiece of our Love, the book I just mentioned, check it out on Goodreads:
Two Lives Torn by tragedy.
Eight-year-old Becca and twelve-year-old Hunter cling to each other and life after surviving a plane crash which stole their families.
Two Souls Seeking Love.
Each year, from the time she was old enough to travel on her own, Becca met up with Hunter on the island that altered their lives forever.
Until he stopped showing.
Her constant. Her link to the past. Gone in the blink of an eye.
Two Lives Bound by Secret.
Suffering more heartbreak, Hunter returns to the one place he’s always sought comfort, the island where he and Becca met. It was the place that stole from him, and in the same instance gave to him. He hasn’t been back or spoken to Becca in four years.
Though he’s sure she must hate him for disappearing, Hunter discovers the girl gone, now a woman in her place. Hunter is determined to prove to Becca he isn’t the same twelve-year-old boy of yesteryear.
But someone isn’t happy about their reunion…
Strange things begin happening. Letters start showing up in their hotel rooms and at home with cryptic messages.
Two Broken Hearts Heal as One.
With the mystery unsolved, Hunter convinces Becca to spend the remainder of the summer back home with him, both for safety and to give them a chance to discover the adults they’ve now become.
Will love get a chance to blossom, or will the past come back and tear the masterpiece of their love apart once and for all?
Print and other ebook venues coming soon.
It’s a treat to have Cynthia here today!
She’s talking about her latest romance Breaking All the Rules. Looks like a hot one!
Please welcome Cynthia and leave a comment to show your love.
Paying For Sex
Being paid for sex is a common fantasy. A rich man (or men in the case of Tina’s wonderful Appointment With Pleasure series) buys a woman (or man) for the night. He wants her so much, he’s willing to pay for her time. He’s usually dominant, wishing to be in control of the encounter. Both of them are determined not to care, determined to keep the arrangement businesslike, but every erotic romance reader knows this cold approach won’t last.
In Breaking All The Rules, my latest release from Avon Impulse, Nate, the hero, ALWAYS pays for sex. He won’t have a relationship with a woman unless she charges him for her time.
As he tells Camille, the heroine
“Everyone pays for sex in one way or another.” Nate visually tracks my movements as I shrug out of the garment, removing one more barrier between us. “Some muddle the price with talk of love and feelings. I prefer straightforward, honest negotiations.”
Camille, the green haired office rebel, finds this very sexy. She wants Nate with all of the passion in her freaky soul. However, she’s a hacker, NOT a hooker. Knowing his ‘rules’, she realizes that pretending to be a hooker is the only way she’ll ever have him.
So she pretends to be a hooker. The problem is she has no idea how a hooker acts, what a hooker charges, or what the true relationship is between a hooker and her client. She makes things up as she goes along and then has to fabricate more stories to cover her mistakes.
Here is one scene from their first encounter
Nate catches my wrists, drawing my hands away from his groin. “I pay for sex.” His fingertips press into my skin, his palms surprisingly rough. “I have to.”
He has to. I tilt my head back and read the determination on his face. This isn’t negotiable for Nate. If I want to touch the man of my dreams, I have to be paid for it.
I can’t figure out why this is a bad thing.
“First clarification: I’m giving you a hand job. We’re not having full-blown sex.” I twist my arms, easily breaking his hold on my wrists. “Second clarification: of course you’re paying for this.” I roll my eyes. “You didn’t think you were getting a freebie, did you?”
“You don’t need money.” Nate steps backward.
I follow him, not allowing his retreat. “I don’t pay my landlord in peace signs and rainbows, sweetheart.” I plunge my hand into the pocket of his pants. My fingertips touch soft cotton and my heart skips a beat.
My fastidiously neat man hasn’t discarded the handkerchief I used this morning. He has kept the soiled fabric, carrying it around with him as he moves from meeting to meeting.
My chest warms. Nate cares for me. I’m not just any woman for him. This encounter is more than a businesslike exchange of money for sex.
I remove his wallet, giving no indication I’ve discovered his secret, and fan through the contents, acting cool and detached, professional.
“Dollar bills; how quaint,” I quip, selecting a single twenty-dollar bill, thinking this should be payment enough. The hookers on TV charge by the hour and Nate won’t last long, his body already primed for my touch.
Why do you like reading about call girl heroines?
Breaking All The Rules
Nathan Lawford, Blaine Technologies’ chief financial officer, is known as the Iceman. He conducts his personal and business affairs without emotion, never allowing himself to become involved with anyone. When Nate sees something or someone he wants, he negotiates, paying a simple, set monetary price.
Now he wants Camille, the company’s green-haired intern.
Camille Joplin Trent never expected to be paid to pleasure the man of her dreams. She can’t quite figure out why this is a bad thing. Nate is intelligent, handsome, sophisticated, everything she’s ever wanted in a lover and never thought she could have. Their contract is for a month, thirty lust-filled days of making every sexual fantasy they’ve ever had come true. At the end of this month, the rules state their relationship will end.
Of course, Camille has never been good at following rules.
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Please welcome Elaine. She’s giving us a sneak peek into her Blush romance A Kiss of Promise.
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A Kiss of Promise is a Blush Historical Romance published by Ellora’s Cave on April 3rd, 2014 as an ebook. Though it can stand on its own, it continues the story of the Blackstone brothers introduced in my debut regency, Regal Reward. Fans of Regal Reward urged me to write a sequel and it’s finally available!
I admit my desire was to finish a manuscript I had already begun–A Convenient Pretense, published in 2013–before I completed the Blackstone sequel. While Regal Reward tells of York Blackstone’s struggle to regain the title lost to him when his father is falsely accused of treason , A Kiss of Promise tells of Martin Blackstone’s desire to free himself from his family scandal and seek adventure in America. He leaves the beautiful and desirous Alaina Craymore broken hearted in order to realize his dream. It’s only when he discovers that she is in danger that he is forced to face what he is truly running from.
I truly enjoyed writing the sequel, especially since Martin and Alaina’s romantic journey takes place both in England and America. As in Regal Reward, readers will be, I hope, captivated by criminal intrigue, a touch of blackmail and, of course, a sweet and sensual romance.
Adventurer Martin Blackstone escapes the stuffy rituals of England to seek his destiny in America. He leaves Alaina Craymore behind, believing she is better off without him. Suffering under the scandalous circumstances surrounding her father’s death, only Alaina’s love for Martin and the memory of their one stolen kiss have kept Alaina steady. But she hasn’t heard from Martin in far too long and cannot wait forever in the hopes that he will return from America. Just as Alaina begins to recover, one of her father’s associates emerges from the shadows with a choice—she must pose as his fiancée in America or he’ll send her brother to prison on charges of forgery. Willing to endure ruin and an uncertain future, Alaina agrees—she can do no less for the brother who’s spent his entire life protecting her. Only the man who spurned her can save her from the black mailing scoundrel and a ruined reputation.
Martin hasn’t forgotten Alaina or the kiss they shared. When word of her sacrifice reaches him, he’ll move heaven and earth to find her and make her his, no matter the cost.
Will the strong-minded, independent Alaina chose ruin over the fear that a marriage proposal has been offered out of duty rather than love?
A Blush® historical romance from Ellora’s Cave
Martin. He was there in the crowd, standing taller than those about him. Her eyes grew wide as she watched him saunter casually toward where she stood. He hadn’t seen her. She watched his agile gait, his expression, one of expectation, even determination as he strode closer to the auction gate. She opened her mouth but clamped it shut again. She clenched her fingers into the folds of her skirt—she didn’t know what to do. Should she run to him, plead for his help, or hide? Instead, she stood paralyzed. He drew closer and his eyes darted in her direction. He stopped abruptly when he saw her, nearly causing a man behind him to stumble back into the crowd.
She saw the disbelief in his features as he pushed his way through the throng, his eyes never leaving hers. Every ounce of her being wanted to run to him, while a warning within her kept urging her to flee.
“Alaina? By God, it’s really you.” He rushed to her side, breathless, grasping her upper arms. “What are you doing here?”
She stared up at him, the sensation of his strong hands on her arms, rapturous. She didn’t want the warmth that encompassed her to end. She dared to lift her fingers and grasp his forearms, feeling the heat of his body beneath his shirt sleeves. Her lips trembled. She had to get hold of herself, say something.
“Martin,” she finally breathed. “I-I, I never expected to see you. Richard…” she swallowed as the story she must tell him, formed in her mind. “I have come with my brother. He is here to handle some business affairs. He is in there.” She pointed past the gates, in the direction where Philip had disappeared. “He wanted to look at the items at auction. He preferred I wait here.” She was amazed that she could utter even a sound or put a sentence together. She’d believed she could fall no further, yet she’d become worse than disgraced, she’d become a shameful liar. Would he believe her? She continued, the words invented as she uttered them. “My maid is over there, on the bench.” She waved a hand, thankful the bench was now fully hidden by the crowd moving forward.
“I have thought of you often. And to see you here, I’m speechless. Are you…how was your voyage? How long have you been in Boston?”
She realized that he was as tongue-tied as she and just as shocked at their meeting. Somehow, she needed for him to leave her. Her prayer had been answered only for her to realize how futile it was. As soon as she’d spoken her brother’s name, only seconds before, she had regained her senses and her purpose. She could not involve Martin, not now. Phillip would return at any minute. She feared his reaction if she saw them talking. She had to complete her mission alone and deny her dreams.
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Elaine’s other books mentioned above:
Regal Reward (print and ebook)
A Convenient Pretense (ebook)
Elaine holds a BS in English Education from the University of CT and an MS in Educational Leadership from Central CT State University. When she’s not writing, she teaches public speaking part time at a local community college. She enjoys drawing, kayaking, traveling, and most of all, being with her husband Drew, her children and grandchildren. While her newest release, A Kiss of Promise, leads her characters from England to American shores, her present work, still in the manuscript stage, takes place in New England and deals with prejudice and its power over love. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, CT Romance Writers (CTRWA) and Charter Oak Romance writers (CORW). Elaine is available as a speech coach and presenter to help authors hone their public speaking skills.