• Icing on the Cake,  Sunday Snippets

    Sunday Snippet – ICING ON THE CAKE – Pump It

    It’s Sunday snippet time, part of the Weekend Writing Warriors meme.

    This week’s fun follows shortly after last week’s excerpt. (Catch up on all the snippets from ICING ON THE CAKE here.) Curtis is driving Sara’s car, and he has pulled into a gas station because her tank is almost empty.

    “I’ll pump it,” she said, going for the door handle.

    He caught her arm and pulled her toward him. “Save your pumping for later.”

    She rolled her eyes, though clearly for effect. Her smile gave her away, whether she’d intended it to or not. “It’s my car. I can pump my own gas.”

    “Not while I’m around.” He hopped out, grabbed the doorframe and leaned back into the vehicle. “Unless you’re wearing short-shorts, high heels and a bikini top. Then I’m going to insist that you pump the gas. While I supervise, of course.”

    “Oh my god, dude. Cliché much?”

    “There’s a reason clichés exist, babe. They work.”

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    Close to Home series • Book 2

    Nia and Conn’s wedding will be fairytale perfect…if their siblings can get along.

    Free-spirited, anti-establishment Sara has always been on the outside of her family’s fairytale mold. Now she’s being forced smack into the middle of it at her sister Nia’s wedding. Alongside the cocky and annoyingly sexy best man—Conn’s cop brother.

    Curtis doesn’t buy in to organized romance and fairytales. But for his brother, he’ll throw on a tux and fake it for a few hours. His flak vest would have been a better choice around the maid of honor. He should have brought his handcuffs too, because somebody needs to restrain the dark-haired spitfire—and he’s just the man for the job.

    One night to indulge the spark between them, then goodbye—that was the agreement. Curtis isn’t looking for a relationship and he sure doesn’t want a troublemaker for a girlfriend. The last thing Sara needs in her daily life is a cop looking over her shoulder, no matter how hot he is.

    But giving in to their chemistry is much more fun than giving it up…

  • Icing on the Cake,  Sunday Snippets

    Sunday Snippet – ICING ON THE CAKE – Take A Walk

    Welcome to the Sunday Snippet, an eight-sentence excerpt brought to you as part of the Weekend Writing Warriors meme.

    We’re with Curtis & Sara from ICING ON THE CAKE, Book 2 of the Close to Home series. They’re in Sara’s car, after she fled their siblings’ wedding rehearsal party. Catch up with past snippets here.

    Icing on the CakeHe took his eyes off the road to give her the raised-eyebrows look—apparently a Lawler-family trait. “Jealous that your sister beat you to the walk down the aisle?”

    “Hell no. I’d rather do the walk of shame.”

    His deep, husky laugh filled the car and he smiled. A sexy-as-fucking-sin smile that brought her nipples to a full salute. “Sounds like the better walk to me. Maybe you want to take one tomorrow?”

     

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    Nia and Conn’s wedding will be fairytale perfect…if their siblings can get along.

    Free-spirited, anti-establishment Sara has always been on the outside of her family’s fairytale mold. Now she’s being forced smack into the middle of it at her sister Nia’s wedding. Alongside the cocky and annoyingly sexy best man—Conn’s cop brother.

    Curtis doesn’t buy in to organized romance and fairytales. But for his brother, he’ll throw on a tux and fake it for a few hours. His flak vest would have been a better choice around the maid of honor. He should have brought his handcuffs too, because somebody needs to restrain the dark-haired spitfire—and he’s just the man for the job.

    One night to indulge the spark between them, then goodbye—that was the agreement. Curtis isn’t looking for a relationship and he sure doesn’t want a troublemaker for a girlfriend. The last thing Sara needs in her daily life is a cop looking over her shoulder, no matter how hot he is.
    But giving in to their chemistry is much more fun than giving it up…

  • Icing on the Cake,  Sunday Snippets

    Sunday Snippet – ICING ON THE CAKE – Stay On Top

    Welcome back for another Sunday Snippet, part of the Weekend Writing Warriors meme. This week, we’re still with Curtis & Sara from ICING ON THE CAKE. (You can catch up with the story here.) In this bite-sized excerpt, Curtis is with Sara after she fled her sister’s wedding rehearsal party in a mess of heightened emotions.

    Icing on the Cake“You going to answer that?” he asked when I Got You Babe, the song she used for her ringtone, started up again, signaling a second incoming call.

    “No.” She ignored the music and the tingling awareness that told her Curtis was staring.

    “It’s probably your family, making sure you’re okay.”

    “Making sure I’m not going to fuck up Nia’s wedding any more than I already have, you mean.”

    “That too.”

    She snorted and turned to face him. “Wasn’t it your job to keep me out of trouble?”

    He didn’t outright smile, but his lips twitched and telltale crinkles formed at the corners of his eyes. “I didn’t realize I’d have to be on top of you every second. But I’m more than willing to assume that position for the remainder of the weekend.”

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    Nia and Conn’s wedding will be fairytale perfect…if their siblings can get along.

    Free-spirited, anti-establishment Sara has always been on the outside of her family’s fairytale mold. Now she’s being forced smack into the middle of it at her sister Nia’s wedding. Alongside the cocky and annoyingly sexy best man—Conn’s cop brother.

    Curtis doesn’t buy in to organized romance and fairytales. But for his brother, he’ll throw on a tux and fake it for a few hours. His flak vest would have been a better choice around the maid of honor. He should have brought his handcuffs too, because somebody needs to restrain the dark-haired spitfire—and he’s just the man for the job.

    One night to indulge the spark between them, then goodbye—that was the agreement. Curtis isn’t looking for a relationship and he sure doesn’t want a troublemaker for a girlfriend. The last thing Sara needs in her daily life is a cop looking over her shoulder, no matter how hot he is.

    But giving in to their chemistry is much more fun than giving it up…

     

  • Icing on the Cake,  Sunday Snippets

    Sunday Snippet – ICING ON THE CAKE – Are You Coming

    Welcome back for another bite from ICING ON THE CAKE. The Sunday snippet comes to you as part of the Weekend Writing Warriors meme.

    Today’s excerpt follows directly after last week’s. Curtis and Sara have arrived at her parents’ place for Conn & Nia’s wedding rehearsal party, and they’re still, um, interacting in the driveway. 😉


    Icing on the CakeTires crunching over gravel and the accompanying toot of a horn interrupted whatever saucy thing would likely have flown from Sara’s lush, red lips. Instead, she pushed past him, brushing her tits against his arm and copping a feel of his groin in the process.

    She paused and looked back when he didn’t trail after her. “Are you coming?”

    Curtis snagged the bottle of Scotch from his trunk, closed it and caught up with her in two strides. One hand positioned on the small of her back, he leaned in close to her ear. “When we’re naked later, babe, you won’t have to ask — you won’t even be able to ask, because you’ll be moaning my name at the time.” He smacked her ass hard enough to make her jump, then abandoned her to join his brother on the Chambers’ deck.


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    Close to Home series • Book 2

    Nia and Conn’s wedding will be fairytale perfect…if their siblings can get along.

    Free-spirited, anti-establishment Sara has always been on the outside of her family’s fairytale mold. Now she’s being forced smack into the middle of it at her sister Nia’s wedding. Alongside the cocky and annoyingly sexy best man—Conn’s cop brother.

    Curtis doesn’t buy in to organized romance and fairytales. But for his brother, he’ll throw on a tux and fake it for a few hours. His flak vest would have been a better choice around the maid of honor. He should have brought his handcuffs too, because somebody needs to restrain the dark-haired spitfire—and he’s just the man for the job.

    One night to indulge the spark between them, then goodbye—that was the agreement. Curtis isn’t looking for a relationship and he sure doesn’t want a troublemaker for a girlfriend. The last thing Sara needs in her daily life is a cop looking over her shoulder, no matter how hot he is.

    But giving in to their chemistry is much more fun than giving it up…

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  • Icing on the Cake,  Sunday Snippets

    Sunday Snippet – ICING ON THE CAKE – Restraint

    Time for another Sunday snippet, brought to you as part of the Weekend Writing Warriors meme.

    If you’ve been following along, we’re with Curtis & Sara from ICING ON THE CAKE, Book 2 of the Close to Home series. The two met for the first time at their siblings’ wedding rehearsal, and sparks certainly flew between them…the good and bad kinds. It was Sara’s job to lead Curtis to her parents’ house for the rehearsal party, and after somewhat of a back-roads chase, they’ve arrived.


    Icing on the Cake“You kept up,” Sara said as he rounded his car and popped the trunk.

    “You didn’t want to lose me, admit it.”

    She admitted nothing, just stared up at him wearing a defiant, sexy smile. “Exceeding the speed limit, failure to stop, reckless driving. I’m shocked at your blatant disregard for the law…maybe I should make a citizen’s arrest.”

    “Go for it. You’ll have to hold me until an officer arrives—think you could?” He moved closer, still keeping hands off, yet essentially pinning her to the vehicle. “I, for one, would enjoy your attempt to restrain me. Very much.”


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    Nia and Conn’s wedding will be fairytale perfect…if their siblings can get along.

    Free-spirited, anti-establishment Sara has always been on the outside of her family’s fairytale mold. Now she’s being forced smack into the middle of it at her sister Nia’s wedding. Alongside the cocky and annoyingly sexy best man—Conn’s cop brother.

    Curtis doesn’t buy in to organized romance and fairytales. But for his brother, he’ll throw on a tux and fake it for a few hours. His flak vest would have been a better choice around the maid of honor. He should have brought his handcuffs too, because somebody needs to restrain the dark-haired spitfire—and he’s just the man for the job.

    One night to indulge the spark between them, then goodbye—that was the agreement. Curtis isn’t looking for a relationship and he sure doesn’t want a troublemaker for a girlfriend. The last thing Sara needs in her daily life is a cop looking over her shoulder, no matter how hot he is.

    But giving in to their chemistry is much more fun than giving it up…

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  • Icing on the Cake,  Sunday Snippets

    Sunday Snippet – ICING ON THE CAKE – Bad Behavior

    Welcome back for another Sunday snippet, part of the Weekend Writing Warriors meme. This week’s bite-sized excerpt is from ICING ON THE CAKE, Book 2 of the Close to Home series. (Catch up on previous snippets here.)

    Consummate badgirl Sara is the maid of honor at her sister’s impending fairytale wedding. Curtis is the groom-to-be’s tall, dark & tattooed brother, aka the best man, and unfortunately for Sara, he’s also a cop. And we all know cops & badgirls don’t mix…

    Icing on the CakeCurtis caught her arm when she tried to spin away. He met her narrowed gaze with an unwavering stare of his own. “Just making sure everything goes smoothly for my brother. And your sister.”

    She yanked, and his fingers tightened around her wrist. “By handcuffing me to six feet of good behavior?”

    “Six-two. And babe, if and when I put the cuffs on you, you can count on my behavior being very, very bad.”

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    Nia and Conn’s wedding will be fairytale perfect…if their siblings can get along.

    Free-spirited, anti-establishment Sara has always been on the outside of her family’s fairytale mold. Now she’s being forced smack into the middle of it at her sister Nia’s wedding. Alongside the cocky and annoyingly sexy best man—Conn’s cop brother.

    Curtis doesn’t buy in to organized romance and fairytales. But for his brother, he’ll throw on a tux and fake it for a few hours. His flak vest would have been a better choice around the maid of honor. He should have brought his handcuffs too, because somebody needs to restrain the dark-haired spitfire—and he’s just the man for the job.

    One night to indulge the spark between them, then goodbye—that was the agreement. Curtis isn’t looking for a relationship and he sure doesn’t want a troublemaker for a girlfriend. The last thing Sara needs in her daily life is a cop looking over her shoulder, no matter how hot he is.

    But giving in to their chemistry is much more fun than giving it up…

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  • Icing on the Cake,  Sunday Snippets

    Sunday Snippet – ICING ON THE CAKE – When Curtis Met Sara, Part 2

    Welcome back. 🙂 The Sunday snippet is part of the Weekend Writing Warriors meme, so click over there for a list of participants when you’re done here.

    This week’s offering follows directly after last week’s bite-sized excerpt from ICING ON THE CAKE. If you missed it, take a quick peek to catch up. 😉


    Icing on the CakeHis eyes twinkled and the corner of his mouth twitched. “Curtis Lawler, Conn’s older brother.” He didn’t offer a hand to shake—just stepped closer, completely invading her personal space. “And you’re Sara.”

    “Figured that out on your own, detective, or did they show you my mug shot in advance to make things easier?”

    “It’s Constable first class, but that’s a mouthful, even for one that works as well as yours. Probably easiest if you call me sir.”

    “Never going to happen, lawman.”

    “Never’s a long time,” Curtis’ gaze locked with hers and a wicked smile curved his sensual lips, “and for the record, I’m not a patient man.”


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    Nia and Conn’s wedding will be fairytale perfect…if their siblings can get along.

    Free-spirited, anti-establishment Sara has always been on the outside of her family’s fairytale mold. Now she’s being forced smack into the middle of it at her sister Nia’s wedding. Alongside the cocky and annoyingly sexy best man—Conn’s cop brother.

    Curtis doesn’t buy in to organized romance and fairytales. But for his brother, he’ll throw on a tux and fake it for a few hours. His flak vest would have been a better choice around the maid of honor. He should have brought his handcuffs too, because somebody needs to restrain the dark-haired spitfire—and he’s just the man for the job.

    One night to indulge the spark between them, then goodbye—that was the agreement. Curtis isn’t looking for a relationship and he sure doesn’t want a troublemaker for a girlfriend. The last thing Sara needs in her daily life is a cop looking over her shoulder, no matter how hot he is.
    But giving in to their chemistry is much more fun than giving it up…

  • Icing on the Cake,  Sunday Snippets

    Sunday Snippet – ICING ON THE CAKE – When Curtis Met Sara, Part 1

    Sunday snippet time, part of the Weekend Writing Warriors meme.

    Ready for another eight-sentence excerpt from ICING ON THE CAKE? This is one of my favorite parts of the book—where Sara and Curtis meet for the first time.
    We’re with Sara as she tries to slip out of the church after her sister’s wedding rehearsal. Curtis is the best man, and since he’s been charged with keeping an eye of the trouble-making maid of honor, he’s about to intervene.


    Icing on the Cake“Last one to show up, now the first one to leave.” Conn’s brother took a few more steps, positioning himself between Sara and the outer door. He tucked his hands into the front pockets of some fine-fitting jeans. “You’re not trying to skip out on the rehearsal party, are you?” His stance and tone were casual. His pointed remarks, not so much.

    “Aww, isn’t this sweet? We haven’t even been formally introduced and already you’re devastated at the thought of an evening without me.”

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    Check back next Sunday to read Curtis’ response. Or better yet, buy the book and read the whole snarktastic, sexy thing right now. 😉

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    Nia and Conn’s wedding will be fairytale perfect…if their siblings can get along.

    Free-spirited, anti-establishment Sara has always been on the outside of her family’s fairytale mold. Now she’s being forced smack into the middle of it at her sister Nia’s wedding. Alongside the cocky and annoyingly sexy best man—Conn’s cop brother.

    Curtis doesn’t buy in to organized romance and fairytales. But for his brother, he’ll throw on a tux and fake it for a few hours. His flak vest would have been a better choice around the maid of honor. He should have brought his handcuffs too, because somebody needs to restrain the dark-haired spitfire—and he’s just the man for the job.

    One night to indulge the spark between them, then goodbye—that was the agreement. Curtis isn’t looking for a relationship and he sure doesn’t want a troublemaker for a girlfriend. The last thing Sara needs in her daily life is a cop looking over her shoulder, no matter how hot he is.
    But giving in to their chemistry is much more fun than giving it up…

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  • Icing on the Cake,  Sunday Snippets

    Sunday Snippet – ICING ON THE CAKE – The Favor

    It’s July and ICING ON THE CAKE has released! Woohoo! We’ll be spending time with Curtis & Sara for the next couple months for the Sunday Snippet, part of the Weekend Writing Warriors meme. I hope you enjoy their fireworks!

    Chapter One of ICING ON THE CAKE opens the day before Conn & Nia’s (from CUP OF SUGAR) wedding in Nia’s tiny hometown, six hours north of the city where the characters currently reside. And since Sara, the maid of honor, is conspicuously absent from the impending wedding rehearsal, Conn recruits help from his brother, the best man…

    Icing on the Cake“Since you’re flying solo this weekend, I need a favor.” Conn’s smile thinned. “Keep an eye on Sara, make sure she doesn’t cause any trouble.”

    “Babysitting detail.”

    “Yeah.”

    “Is she that bad?”

    “I hope not,” Conn said as the church’s front door slammed and all heads turned toward the entryway from the vestibule.

    Call him fucked-up, but one look at the dark-haired beauty who’d just strutted into the building, and Curtis kinda hoped Sara lived up to her troublemaker reputation.

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    Nia and Conn’s wedding will be fairytale perfect…if their siblings can get along.

    Free-spirited, anti-establishment Sara has always been on the outside of her family’s fairytale mold. Now she’s being forced smack into the middle of it at her sister Nia’s wedding. Alongside the cocky and annoyingly sexy best man—Conn’s cop brother.

    Curtis doesn’t buy in to organized romance and fairytales. But for his brother, he’ll throw on a tux and fake it for a few hours. His flak vest would have been a better choice around the maid of honor. He should have brought his handcuffs too, because somebody needs to restrain the dark-haired spitfire—and he’s just the man for the job.

    One night to indulge the spark between them, then goodbye—that was the agreement. Curtis isn’t looking for a relationship and he sure doesn’t want a troublemaker for a girlfriend. The last thing Sara needs in her daily life is a cop looking over her shoulder, no matter how hot he is.

    But giving in to their chemistry is much more fun than giving it up…

    Read Chapter One here!

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  • Icing on the Cake,  Sunday Snippets

    Sunday Snippet – ICING ON THE CAKE – Prologue

    Sunday snippet time, part of the Weekend Writing Warriors meme.

    Starting today, I’ll be posting from my July 1st release, ICING ON THE CAKE, Book 2 of the Close to Home series. This book can be read as a standalone, but I still think it’s better if you read CUP OF SUGAR first. (PS: CUP OF SUGAR is on sale for 99¢)

    ICING-on-the-CAKE-finalfinalEI’ve never included a prologue in a book before, but there’s one in ICING ON THE CAKE, a short scene that revisits Conn & Nia before the new leads’ story starts. So here’s a little sample from that…

    “They’ll be here soon. I checked the highway report a few minutes ago, everything’s clear and accident-free,” Conn said while wrapping his arms around her.

    “For now. Look at it out there…it just keeps coming.”

    He slid his hand lower, inside the front of her jeans. “Kind of reminds me of you.”

    Nia’s breath hitched as her body responded to his touch. “This isn’t a good time.”

    “I disagree, sweetheart—you coming for me is always a good time.”

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    Nia and Conn’s wedding will be fairytale perfect…if their siblings can get along.

    Free-spirited, anti-establishment Sara has always been on the outside of her family’s fairytale mold. Now she’s being forced smack into the middle of it at her sister Nia’s wedding. Alongside the cocky and annoyingly sexy best man—Conn’s cop brother.

    Curtis doesn’t buy in to organized romance and fairytales. But for his brother, he’ll throw on a tux and fake it for a few hours. His flak vest would have been a better choice around the maid of honor. He should have brought his handcuffs too, because somebody needs to restrain the dark-haired spitfire—and he’s just the man for the job.

    One night to indulge the spark between them, then goodbye—that was the agreement. Curtis isn’t looking for a relationship and he sure doesn’t want a troublemaker for a girlfriend. The last thing Sara needs in her daily life is a cop looking over her shoulder, no matter how hot he is.

    But giving in to their chemistry is much more fun than giving it up…

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