• Gift Wrapped,  Sunday Snippets

    Sunday Snippet – GIFT WRAPPED – Curvy

    Time for another Sunday snippet from GIFT WRAPPED, my holiday romance, part of the Weekend Writing Warriors meme. This little bite follows immediately after last week’s excerpt. Store manager Brinn has let a handsome shopper into her store after closing on Christmas Eve, to find “one more gift…it’s kind of an emergency”.

    Gift Wrapped book cover“So, give me the specs on this not-a-wife, not-a-girlfriend, who doesn’t wear perfume.”

    His hands disappeared into the front pockets of his jeans, taking her mind along with them. “I’d say Alicia’s about your height and build, but younger, and less…curvy.”

    “And on that note, guess I’ll start my New Year’s diet a week early and pray that Santa brings me some anti-aging cream.” When he dared to chuckle, Brinn pulled a pair of black, size-small pants and a soft, white hoodie from the rack and stabbed them at him. “How about this set—it looks fantastic on trim, younger women.”

    “Do you like it?” he asked, not even bothering to look at the stuff, just keeping his gaze on her.

    “I do—I have the same ones at home…slightly stretched out from my curviness.”


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    Blurb

    After catching her boyfriend cheating two weeks before Christmas, Brinn is seriously lacking in holiday spirit. So when she looks into the eyes of a last-minute shopper after closing on Christmas Eve, she’s sarcastic rather than sympathetic. But Brinn is ever the good girl and her conscience wins out. She offers the handsome stranger ten minutes to select a gift and ends up with a present of her own—a date. On Christmas Eve.

    Davis hates Christmas. Especially this year, since a neighborhood heist liberated him of his hard-earned belongings and the few gifts he’d purchased. But the robbery led him to a cute store manager with a sense of humor, smokin’ body and no plans for the evening. Mistletoe might be in order after all.

    Their Christmas Eve date is like gift-wrapped, sexy satisfaction. But the best gifts keep on giving, and one naughty night may not be enough—for either of them.

    Read Chapter One here

  • Gift Wrapped,  Sunday Snippets

    Sunday Snippet – GIFT WRAPPED – Santa Has All the Luck

    Welcome, Weekend Writing Warriors. Are you ready for some more holiday fun from GIFT WRAPPED? This week’s snippet picks up shortly after last week’s, when retail manager Brinn allowed a customer into her store after closing on Christmas Eve to find “one more gift…it’s kind of an emergency”. Now she’s alone in the store with her handsome last-minute shopper, and sparks are flying…

    Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000035_00018]“Better start shopping, you’re running down the clock.” For show, she tapped her watch. “Santa’s on his way—I need to get home to my bed so he’ll sneak in and fill my stocking.”

    Her private shopper laughed and winked. “Santa has all the luck.”

    Oh dear god, was everything out of her mouth going to sound dirty? And holy, could he get any sexier than right now, smiling at her like a tomcat that’d caught a mouse? She’d have to make a stop at the superstore before it closed and buy a pack of triple-As for her battery-operated boyfriend.


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    Blurb

    After catching her boyfriend cheating the week before Christmas, Brinn is seriously lacking in holiday spirit. So when she looks into the eyes of a last-minute shopper after closing on Christmas Eve, she’s sarcastic rather than sympathetic. But Brinn is ever the good girl and her conscience wins out. She offers the handsome stranger ten minutes to select a gift and ends up with a present of her own—a date. On Christmas Eve.

    Davis hates Christmas. Especially this year, since a neighborhood heist liberated him of his hard-earned belongings and the few gifts he’d purchased. But the robbery led him to a cute store manager with a sense of humor, smokin’ body and no plans for the evening. Mistletoe might be in order after all.

    Their Christmas Eve date is like gift-wrapped, sexy satisfaction. But the best gifts keep on giving, and one naughty night may not be enough—for either of them.

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  • Gift Wrapped,  Sunday Snippets

    Sunday Snippet – Gift Wrapped – The Offer

    Welcome back, Weekend Writing Warriors. 🙂 This week’s eight-sentence snippet is from my shiny new holiday release, GIFT WRAPPED.

    This snippet is from the beginning of the story. Brinn is a retail manager who has decided (partly out of guilt, and partly because he’s hot) to let a handsome stranger into her store after closing on Christmas Eve to purchase one last gift…

    Gift Wrapped book cover“C’mon back and I’ll try and help you find something for your wife.”

    “I’m not married.”

    “Okay, for your girlfriend.”

    His jaw ticked and the corners of his mouth lifted in a sexy half grin. “Not shopping for one of those, either.”

    Awareness zinged her, heating her cheeks and making her nipples tingle before settling between her legs. “Sister, aunt, granny, roommate, long-lost childhood friend you recently reconnected with on Facebook…whoever she is, I’m giving you ten minutes to find her a gift from my seriously depleted stock. Take it or leave it.”


    Blurb

    After catching her boyfriend cheating two weeks before Christmas, Brinn is seriously lacking in holiday spirit. So when she looks into the eyes of a last-minute shopper after closing on Christmas Eve, she’s sarcastic rather than sympathetic. But Brinn is ever the good girl and her conscience wins out. She offers the handsome stranger ten minutes to select a gift and ends up with a present of her own—a date. On Christmas Eve.

    Davis hates Christmas. Especially this year, since a neighborhood heist liberated him of his hard-earned belongings and the few gifts he’d purchased. But the robbery led him to a cute store manager with a sense of humor, smokin’ body and no plans for the evening. Mistletoe might be in order after all.

    Their Christmas Eve date is like gift-wrapped, sexy satisfaction. But the best gifts keep on giving, and one naughty night may not be enough—for either of them.

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  • Random

    Guest Post – Cover Reveal – Tina Christopher

    Today I’m helping reveal the pretty new cover for my friend Tina Christopher’s upcoming release, DIRIGIBLES ARE FOREVER. Isn’t it awesome?

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    Dirigibles Are Forever is a super-sexy Christmas novella set in an alternative Victorian London, filled with adventure, secrets and fun. Available December 9th from Loose-Id.

    Blurb

    Working as an Aether Traffic Controller saved Holly Acklin after the death of her husband, but now she wants more—including a night of uninhibited passion with Jack Smith, whose very presence has kept her body tingling for months.

    Special Agent Jack Smith kept his identity a secret when he came to the London Royal Port Authority with one assignment, one he cannot fail. It holds him back from following his attraction to Holly. But on the eve he must complete the mission, Holly asks for one night with no rules or boundaries, and his control snaps.

    When London experiences an unexpectedly white Christmas, all dirigible traffic is grounded, leaving Holly and Jack free to act upon their stormy passions. Holly finds her determination to stay emotion-free crumbling unaware Jack is experiencing the same need. Each lover wishes for more, but fears it can’t be. Instead they focus their desires in mind-blowing passion.

    But when Holly discovers that Jack isn’t who he claimed to be, everything is thrown into turmoil. Can she trust the man she thought she knew?

    Read the first chapter on the Loose-Id website.

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  • Guest Blogs

    Guest Post – Knights of Stone by Lisa Carlisle

    Today I’m happy to share a new release by the lovely Lisa Carlisle. Congratulations, Lisa!

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    Gargoyles, tree witches, and wolf shifters have divided the Isle of Stone after a great battle twenty-five years ago. When Kayla, a tree witch, hears about the unconventional rock concerts in the gargoyle’s territory, she sneaks from her coven and into their territory to see for herself. Night after night, she returns to see one in particular shift into human form and play guitar at these unconventional shows.

    For several nights, Mason has kept watch for the pixie-like female. He plans to seduce her, thinking she’s a visitor from another island. When he discovers she’s one of the tree witches, he retreats, attempting to keep his distance. The temptation is strong, but forbidden.

    Kayla and Mason attempt to meet in secret, but other elements on the isle command their attention. A magical cloak created by the three clans on the island is thinning, leading to repercussions for all the clans. Kayla and Mason are caught in the middle of it, and their actions may change the fate for all.

    This novella was originally released as part of the USA Today bestselling Highland Shifters paranormal romance boxed set.

    Excerpt

    The crowd pushed Kayla closer to the stage as the last trails of fiery sunset faded. They knew what happened once darkness fell. She recovered her footing and focused again on the five life-sized stone gargoyles perched on pedestals on the perimeter of the stage. The space between them was set with instruments—guitars, a drum set, mic stands, and massive amplifiers, while a bonfire in a pit behind them cast the statues in a warm glow.

    A stagehand with tartan draped over one shoulder climbed onto the stage and walked to the closest statue. He fastened the kilt over its shoulder and around its waist with a thick belt, covering the statue’s massive thighs. Kayla flushed, picturing why the coverings were necessary once the transformation began. The kilt had become a key detail in her fantasies about the guitarist, since it was the only clothing he wore. The stagehand continued dressing each statue with the same brilliant blue tartan worn by the gargoyle clan.

    The last vestige of sunlight disappeared from the sky, and night draped the stage like a closing curtain. The statues loomed, dark silhouettes barely discernible by the crescent moon with the backdrop of the craggy cliffs and the rugged peaks of waves in the Atlantic Ocean behind them. The murmur of voices was replaced by silence. Waiting…

    Five torches blazed on the stage all at once, lit by an unseen force. The audience erupted in cheers as the dancing lights from the flickering fire basked the statues. The flames lowered, casting the gargoyles in an eerie, almost reverent glow.

    Movement. So slight, Kayla wondered if it was simply a play of light and shadows in her anticipation for the change. She fixed her gaze on the statue in front of her, the one she’d gravitated to each time she’d had sneaked out to see the show. Its massive gray form stood straight on two legs built for sturdiness. Its chest jutted out proudly. Gray wings with detailed feathers etched in the stone arched from a point below its shoulder blades. Eyes cast straight ahead on a face that appeared to be a mixture of canine and lion. Its right hand twitched, so slightly she would have missed it if she hadn’t stared so intently. Then a clawed foot inched forward.

    Murmurs of astonishment burst from the crowd as the transformation began. Their cries of fervor grew louder as the monstrous statues transformed into taller, slimmer figures with the bronzed skin of warriors who battled under the midday sun. The tartan fabric fell over their thighs as they stood erect, covering their nudity.

    Kayla barely blinked, mesmerized as always, as the statue before her stood to full height, taking on the form of a human male, but with beautiful raven wings. Hair just as black snaked rebelliously past his chin. The stony eyes flickered with animation, turning to a mossy green. His deep gaze seared the audience, seeming to burn anything in the path. When he found Kayla, he stopped. His expression was unreadable, but the intensity in his unblinking eyes made her swallow. She froze under the scrutiny as if hypnotized, unable to break eye contact. Her stomach lurched, heart pounded, and every muscle in her body tightened, fueled with blood now scorching through her veins. His penetrating appraisal affected her so. When his eyes took on a smoldering glint, her skin tingled and a red-hot awareness grew between her thighs.

    He broke the stare and continued to assess the audience. She gasped, not realizing she had been holding her breath, and panted while she tried to breathe at a normal rate.

    He turned on robust legs and strode to a guitar stand. She tore her eyes from him to note the other gargoyles. They, too, had shifted into the form of striking males. One had black hair draped further down his back, one had long blond hair, and two had reddish-brown hair—one wavy and shaggy, the other straight. They took their place at other instruments. She sought the guitarist again and caught the first sound of the pick striking the strings. On hearing the guitar projected through the amp, the crowd roared again, pressing Kayla forward.

    The freak show was about to begin.

    Spotlights flooded the musicians, powered by solar panels near a massive amplifier. The guitarist continued playing and the others joined in, playing a raucous crossover between hard rock and heavy metal. The one with long blond hair grabbed hold of the microphone and belted out a shattering cry that sounded like a call to battle. The crowd went pin drop silent to listen and then cheered in unison as the band played on. The front man sang piercing growls and low croons about the Knights in Stone, the protectors of the ancient forests, battling against the evil tree witches.

    Kayla’s coven.

    KNIGHTS OF STONE is available now. Pick up your copy here:

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  • Gift Wrapped,  Promo & PR

    Cover Reveal – GIFT WRAPPED

    It’s time! I love cover reveals, they’re so fun & exciting. Especially when they’re mine. 😉

    So, here it is… the cover for my upcoming holiday release, GIFT WRAPPED, coming this November to steam up your e-reader!

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    Blurb

    After catching her boyfriend cheating the week before Christmas, Brinn is seriously lacking in holiday spirit. So when she looks into the eyes of a last-minute shopper after closing on Christmas Eve, she’s sarcastic rather than sympathetic. But Brinn is ever the good girl and her conscience wins out. She offers the handsome stranger ten minutes to select a gift and ends up with a present of her own—a date. On Christmas Eve.

    Davis hates Christmas. Especially this year, since a neighborhood heist liberated him of his hard-earned belongings and the few gifts he’d purchased. But the robbery led him to a cute store manager with a sense of humor, smokin’ body and no plans for the evening. Mistletoe might be in order after all.

    Their Christmas Eve date is like gift-wrapped, sexy satisfaction. But the best gifts keep on giving, and one naughty night may not be enough—for either of them.

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    Read an excerpt here

    I’d love to hear what you think of the cover, the blurb, the excerpt… I hope you’re as excited about Davis & Brinn’s fun holiday romance as I am! 🙂

  • Crossing the Line,  Sunday Snippets

    Sunday Snippet – CROSSING THE LINE – Credit or Debit

    Thanks for stopping by to read the Sunday snippet. 🙂 This week’s offering follows hot on the heels of last week’s excerpt, where Derrick asked his lifelong best friend, Jeremy, to join in for a threesome, as a birthday present for his wife. Quite the question. Quite the present!

    Here’s what Jeremy had to say…

    “Say you do this threesome thing. You really think that when the moment comes, pardon the pun, you’ll be okay letting somebody else touch Hanna? Watching your wife get wild with another guy? Because once it’s done, it’s done, no going back. It could fuck up your relationship permanently.”

    “It won’t. Not if you’re the third.”

    “I’m not sure if that’s a credit to my loyalty or an insult to my masculinity.”

    I love this story and these damaged characters, and I hope you will too. CROSSING THE LINE is on sale for 99¢ until October 15th, so grab a copy asap!

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    Blurb

    Lifelong best friends Derrick and Jeremy met Hanna at a bar ten years ago. Both wanted her—one married her. Now the other man has been invited to join in for one hot weekend.

    Everything would’ve been fine if they’d had their fun that weekend, then gone back to normal. But they didn’t. And when past demons resurface, things will never be the same—for any of them.

    Read Chapter One

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    Thanks for stopping by! Check in on Wednesday to see the cover reveal for my upcoming holiday release, GIFT WRAPPED!

     

  • Crossing the Line,  Sunday Snippets

    Sunday Snippet – CROSSING THE LINE – Derrick Pops A Question

    Thanks for stopping by the read my Sunday Snippet, part of the Weekend Writing Warriors meme.

    Today’s excerpt is from CROSSING THE LINE, now on sale for a limited time for 99 cents. If sexy, edgy, emotional romance (and some hot menage action) sounds good to you, I think this one’s up your alley!

    A little background info & setup: Derrick and Hanna have been married eight years, and Jeremy is Derrick’s lifelong best friend. Derrick has asked Jeremy to meet him for a drink after work…

    “I want to give Hanna something. Something I know she’s wanted for a long time.”

    Jeremy settled against the patio chair, using its hard plastic ribs to scratch a spot in the middle of his back. “So what’s the thing—diamonds, a trip to Europe, a puppy?”

    “A threesome.”

    If he’d had anything in his mouth, it’d be two tables over now. “Fuck off, seriously?”

    “Seriously.” Derrick’s index finger tapped the back of his phone where it rested on the table. Tap, tap, tap. Tap, tap, tap.

    The pictures Derrick had shown him. Wanting to talk to him about something. No fucking way. “Holy shit. You’re asking me, aren’t you?”

    Blurb

    Lifelong best friends Derrick and Jeremy met Hanna at a bar ten years ago. Both wanted her—one married her. Now the other man has been invited to join in for one hot weekend.

    Everything would’ve been fine if they’d had their fun that weekend, then gone back to normal. But they didn’t. And when past demons resurface, things will never be the same—for any of them.

    Get it for 99 cents now, from:

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    PS: I will continue posting short excerpts for my Sunday snippet, as I have done every week for several years, but this is my last week linking to an organized meme. I hope you’ll keep checking back to read my little offerings. Thanks to everybody who has stopped by!

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