Monthly Archives: December 2014

Looking Forward to a New Year + Giveaway

It’s already the last day of the year. Where did the last twelve months go? It’s been one non-stop week after another and I’ve barely had the chance to catch my breath as we all prepare to kick off another year. I think it’s safe to say 2014 has been an interesting year, if not challenging in some ways. I’m grateful for all the opportunities that the time has brought me. I’m optimistic at worse and ecstatic at best for what the coming year has in store for me and my family.

As I look back, this year has brought several positive changes in my life. After five years of working up to the TP BNmoment, I hit publish as an indie author in April. Up until that time I never fathomed the amount of work being an indie author would require and I wouldn’t change a thing!

I moved from a five bedroom/five bathroom house, that took over my life with constant cleaning, to a penthouse condo with four bedrooms and two baths that somehow manages to stay clean despite the four kiddos best efforts to prove otherwise. I started taking Tae Bo Billy classes. Lost twenty-five pounds. Bought my first size eight jeans since giving birth to my third kiddo. (I think every salesperson on the floor heard my scream of delight that day) And now as the year comes to a close, I’m preparing my oldest daughter’s birthday cake (homemade chocolate!), wondering how that tiny baby girl I brought home from the hospital fifteen years ago managed to grow so fast and become such a beautiful young lady.

Changes are inevitable and 2015 is shaping up to have many more positive changes in the works both on a personal level and career wise. All I have to say is I’m ready. Bring it 2015!

I wish you all a wonderful New Year full of opportunities, positive changes, and more of what you desire out of 2015. Here’s our chance at a fresh start. Let’s make it count!

Leave a comment sharing one thing you’re looking forward to in the coming year and I’ll pick one commenter to win a Kindle copy of either Tequila Sunset or Sunrise for Three.


Until next time… keep it sexy!

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As I Look Back…

As I look back over this year, I can say it hasn’t been half bad. I was able to publish a couple of books, started taking Karate. Lost over thirty pounds. Bought a house. Made some changes to my lifestyle and career as well as decided to take the plunge and go back to school. I’ve been dumped by a publisher who still has not paid me my final royalties. Got so stressed out about writing that I thought that part of my brain was broken. Started therapy. Stopped therapy. Started therapy again. Took over planning and preparing the community meal on Saturdays and now I’m ready to hand those reins to someone else.

My only regret this year has been not being able to write more. For 2015, I’ve got some projects planned. I just need to figure out how and when to roll them out. If that wasn’t enough there are a few major parties to be planned (youngest son is turning 16 and the middle one is graduating). Thank goodness my sister is a party planner at One Sweet Moment. (Check her out on Facebook)

All right 2015, I’m ready for what you got. Well…maybe.

Until next year, Indulge Your Inner Desires

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Looking Back and Looking Ahead

We’re only days away from saying good-bye to 2014 and welcoming in 2015. I always look back at this time of year and see what I’ve accomplished and look ahead to what I hope to find in a brand new year.

2014 was not as productive for me writing-wise as I would have liked. Still, I released a novel and short story in my Her Royal Romance series, a beach romance novella, and re-released two erotic romances to which I got the rights back, with new covers and in one case, expanded the story to twice its original length. Since this is 69 Shades of Smut after all, I thought I’d recap the two sexy bondage stories for you and let you know what I have planned smut-wise for 2015.

Bound to Submit was originally a Halloween Quickie, but when I got the rights back I took the story past the haunted house and gave this couple more time to find their happy ending.


Mason’s dark good looks and dominating personality stirred up Kelly’s forbidden fantasies, frightening her so much that she broke up with him. When she agrees to help out at the community haunted house, she never expects to be tied to a bed, playing damsel in distress to Mason’s masked, whip-wielding villain.

Mason knows Kelly is fighting her sexual needs and he hopes that a few hours of playing out her fantasies with him will prove it to her. Bound and under his control, she can’t run away from him this time.

Bound to Surrender has always been one of my favorite erotic romances. A sexy illusionist with talented hands and a bit of a mystery, I kept this story as it was originally written.

Love is nothing but an illusion. Heiress Gabriella Winslow learned that lesson years ago when her magician boyfriend abandoned her, sick and alone, hundreds of miles from home. In the years that followed, she’s tried to forget him and the erotic bondage games they used to play. But the life she’s made for herself since then still leaves her restless and yearning for something more.

Now a successful illusionist, Alexander Black has returned to settle an old score. And to seduce Gabriella. With a blindfold and handcuffs and blood red roses, he entices his former lover and magician’s assistant back to his Las Vegas penthouse. If all goes according to plan, she’ll surrender to him before she discovers everything isn’t as it seems.

Since they are both bondage stories and both reunion stories, I opted to go with similar covers and titles. I have the rights back on two other erotic romances, one a short fantasy and the other a novel-length futuristic (yes, I had fun trying out a few different genres) and hope to re-release them in 2105. Just part of that looking ahead to the coming year. If you’d like to be notified of my new releases and other news.contests/freebies in the coming year, you can sign up for my mailing list too.

Here’s hoping 2015 brings love and joy and more sexy reading for all our 69 Shades readers!


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PRESSURE RISING–Another Rhinestone Cowgirl–is coming in January! Hot excerpt!!!!

After Christmas, when all of the lights come down, all of the bling disappears, I feel a sense of an end. December is a month of non-stop activity. I barely have time to catch my breath before I’m on the go again. Once presents are opened and family members have gone home, we’re left to reflect. The adrenaline starts to lower. Life starts to settle again. But…It’s time to start thinking of the new year–2015. New stories come alive, bouncing around inside of my head. Heroes and heroines whispering sweet nothings in my ear. I’m excited for this upcoming year and the books in store. More cowboys…possibly a few more bad-ass heroes. An accident or two, or three! And of course, saucy heroines to keep the men in line. This is the best gift ever–new beginnings!

What will you set for your goals? Any hopes and dreams? For some it’s a new TBR list.

On January 7th, 2015, Pressure Rising will be available! Pre-order 


He glanced at her, his unsmiling mouth still looked delectable. “So, you want to do this here?” His gaze locked with hers before crawling over her chest, waist, legs. She was stripped of any bit of clothing, as well as the wall of anger she erected years ago. His tongue swept across his bottom lip. Did he imagine he was licking her?

She squeezed her hands together until her knuckles popped. Was he doing this to unsettle her? If so, he was doing a good job.

Her hormones raced through her body, teasing her nerve endings and begging for a touch from one tall, sexy cowboy with twinkling eyes. She hadn’t realized before how much she liked cowboys.

“Is that a yes?” he asked.

She nodded, sending her hair along her cheek and she pushed it back behind her ear. Up until now, she thought she could handle seeing DJ without his jeans, but areas of her body were awakened, sensitive spots quivered. “I’ll turn my head while you pull your pants down.” She twisted on barefoot. Never in a million years did she think those words would come from her—especially toward DJ Walters.

His deep chuckle pierced the air and pricked her nipples. She licked her lips as everything she’d ever held true about herself crumbled into little pieces at her feet. Years without sex hadn’t dampened the desire.

“I’m about as decent as I can get with my jeans pulled down to my knees.” His thick voice lifted the hairs on her neck.

She turned and found him lying face down on the couch. He’d left his blue and black striped boxers pulled up. She was grateful that he couldn’t see her face considering the stinging in her cheeks told her they were as red as a strawberry.

He looked up at her and one corner of his mouth tugged upward. She wondered if he ever fully smiled? Either way, the quirked smile tugged at the strings between her heart and the apex of her thighs. She rejected the need to clamp her knees together.

“What are you waiting for, sweetheart? You wanted to do this, remember?” His words were completely erotic, and she wasn’t immune. Amusement lit his eyes.

She took in a deep breath and willed her body to stop acting like a teenager. She was a grown woman with a job to do. There wasn’t a big deal about changing his bandage. She’d seen a man’s ass before—even his. But somehow not only seeing it, but touching it too made a helluva difference. Her fingers trembled.

Get this over with.

Crossing the room, she took a seat on the cushion next to his hip. She was met with a strong smell of spice soap and it teased her nostrils. Heat shot through her loins and she became lightheaded.

“How about I manage this alone?” He shifted on the cushion.

“I can do this, in my own time. It’s not like you have someplace to be,” she said firmly. Her body shuddered, matching the seesawing of her voice.

He sighed and it vibrated the cushion. Not exactly the best thing for her sensitive core. After gathering the first aid kit, she dug out what she needed with her shaky fingers.  The oxygen seemed depleted as she forced air through her nose. “I’m going to touch your waist and slip down the elastic band of your boxers.”

DJ swung his gaze around again and met hers over his broad shoulder. “Are you seriously going to narrate this?”

She gave her head a shake. “I’m nervous.” She couldn’t hide the obvious.

“Don’t worry. I won’t bite. I might get a little turned on and this position might get uncomfortable, but that’s as far as I’ll let it go.”

Her gasp snapped the air.

“Take it as a compliment, darlin’.”

She couldn’t tell if he was joking because his face was buried in the pillow.

What was wrong with her? Why was she allowing him to mess with her mind?

Lowering his boxers, the backs of her knuckles skimmed his warm, smooth skin still dewy from the bath. The flesh below his underwear was much paler compared to the rest. And the man had a rock hard bum, perfectly shaped. Of course he would, considering he was in the saddle a lot.

Grabbing the end of the bandage she knew this wouldn’t be easy, so she counted to three inside of her head and gave it one fast tug.

“Yeowl!” His butt tightened.

“I did it as quickly as I could.” She stifled a laugh. The wound was red, but it was healing nicely. “Looks good.” Realizing what she’d said, she cleared her throat. “I’m talking about the stiches…the wound is nice…the area around it is nice too…I mean…no sign of infection.”

She’d just slaughtered any chance of handling this like an uninterested, grown woman.

UNDER PRESSURE! Book 1, Rhinestone Cowgirls.


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#HolidayRecipe for  an After the Holidays Quick and Easy Date Night Dinner


Choose your favorite wine. (Opening the bottle is something you can have your lover do.)

Make a quick dip of combining a mashed avocado with your favorite salsa. (Stir together and you are done.)

Open a bag of your favorite corn chips and you are ready to party.

Personally, I like to enjoy my wine and munch on the dip while I’m cooking the fajitas.

Now slice up a

1 medium size onion

1 green pepper

Sauté in non-stick pan with two tablespoons of oil

add 12 medium size shrimp (Shelled and deveined)

Sprinkle with tablespoon of taco season. (Vary this to your taste.)

and cook until shrimp are done.

Add some flour tortillas and dinner is served.


Now for desert – might I suggest you share a hot read, any of mine should put you in the mood.


Also if you are looking for other easy date night recipes – download for free Passionate Cooks

Have a great evening,


Deputy’s Bride by Anita Philmar


Deputy’s Bride is an erotic, historical western that is a stand-alone story with a satisfying HEA. Texas Deputy Bo Kildare is looking for a special kind of lady, one that is willing to meet his special requirements. No sweet little virgin will do, he wants a woman who knows how to please a man, perhaps two.


Recently widowed, Sarah Elizabeth Foster-LaFever has lived in the public eye for the last few years and wants out. Her reputation as Micah LaFever’s wife has left her penniless and without many viable options until Bo comes calling. Now, she believes she found the perfect man until her past rears its ugly head.


Can murder and corrupt dealings keep these two lovers from making it to the alter?


Excerpt: “God, when is he going to get here,” Sarah muttered and strolled to the freestanding, oval mirror in the corner.

Critically, she examined her silk dressing gown’s high collar. Unable to breathe with every button running down the front of garment secured, she’d only connected a few at her waist. The dark red robe highlighted her creamy complexion and light blonde hair.


Through the open at the top, she viewed the curve of her breasts and the tight fit of her corset. The cream color almost matched her skin, creating the illusion that she was nude underneath. Tugging aside her wide skirt, she examined the long line of her legs. She’d opted to omit her bloomers. One, because with the fire raging in the fireplace, she was hot. Two, because she thought Mr. Kildare should get a glimpse of what he’d receive if he decided to make her his wife.


Granted from what Madeline had told Sarah, the man wanted more than a dutiful wife. He sounded as if he were more like her deceased husband. Micah enjoyed playing extreme bedroom games.


She frowned, thinking how much she’d missed sex in the last year. Not because she hadn’t had the chance to indulge. More because she hadn’t wanted to fall victim to the same power hungry crowd that Micah had belonged. She’d done enough for those bastards and she had no intentions of doing…


Knuckles hammered against her door.


Brushing a nervous hand over her hair, she offered up a silent prayer that everything would work out before she rushed back to the doorway. After a quick breathe, she asked, “Who is it?”


“Bo Kildare, I was sent by Madeline Cowden.”


A masculine tone rang from the other side.


His voice alone sent shivers racing over her skin. She flipped back the lock and inched open the door. “Yes, she said you might be stopping by.”


Bio for Anita Philmar

Anita Philmar likes to create stories that push the limit. A writer by day and a dreamer by night she wants her readers to see the world in a new way.

Influenced by sci-fi programs, she likes to develop places where anything can happen and where erotic moments come to life in a great read.

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Apple Cinnamon Buttermilk Cake

Hi everyone,

Here’s a yummy recipe that’s perfect for this time of year… but honestly, it’s delicious at any time!


Original version here.

1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons unsalted butter (1/2 stick), at room temperature
2/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 large egg
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 cup peeled and chopped baking apple (I used granny smith)
heaping tablespoon of raw sugar (demerara, turbinado or Sugar in the Raw)
extra cinnamon for sprinkling

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees, butter and flour an 8-inch round cake pan* (or spray with Baker’s Joy or equivalent).

2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt; set aside.  In a separate bowl, beat butter and sugar with an electric mixer until pale and fluffy, about two minutes.  Add vanilla and egg and beat well.  With the mixer set to low speed, beat in 1/3 of the flour mixture.  Add half the buttermilk and continue beating on low speed until incorporated.  Scraping down sides of bowl as necessary, beat in another 1/3 of flour mixture then remaining buttermilk.  Finally beat in the last 1/3 of the flour mixture until just combined.

3. Scrape batter into the cake pan, smoothing the top with a spatula.  Scatter apple pieces evenly over the top of the cake batter then sprinkle evenly with raw sugar.  Sprinkle lightly with cinnamon.

4. Bake in a preheated 400-degree oven until cake is golden and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 25 to 30 minutes.  Cool in the pan for ten minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool until warm.  Invert onto a plate.  Serve plain, or with whipped cream and salted caramel sauce.

*You may use a 9-inch cake pan, if you don’t have an 8-inch one.  The cake will be a bit thinner than it appears in my photos and will bake slightly faster.


Have a wonderful Christmas!

Lucy x


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Rough Ryder is Coming in January – But Here’s a Hot Excerpt to Warm Up Your Holidays!

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Excerpt from Rough Ryder – Book 3 of the Hot Country Series:

Ryder pulled Brooke down on top of him, her head resting on his chest, his arms wrapped around her, making her feel so safe, so desired.

“Ryder.” She wanted to say more, wanted to pour out the soul-searing joy in her heart, but knowing she’d scare the life out of him. “Thank you.”

Under her ear, a slow chuckle rumbled in his chest. “You’re welcome?” He kissed the top of her head. “My pleasure, Brooke. My pleasure.”

She snuggled in, closing her eyes. A ten minute nap would rejuvenate her. She moved her leg, and bumped into his turgid erection. She couldn’t leave him like that. With a naughty grin, she rubbed her knee up and down his length. “What are we going to do about this?”

He twisted his body and increased the pressure against her knee, rotating his hips to get more friction. With a groan, he slid his hand to her breast and absently plucked at her nipple.

The sensation threw shocks along her belly, down low into her core.

“Are you afraid of heights?” He mumbled the words into her wet hair, smoothing it, finger combing it.

She wasn’t usually, but they’d taken the hotel elevator to a really high floor. “Depends. Will I be suspended over a thirty-story drop?”

He chuckled. “No, not that adventurous, cutie.” He rolled her onto her back and braced himself over her, still playing with her hair. His green eyes took in each feature on her face, and when he looked at her lips, she licked them, slowly.

“Tease.” He nipped at her lips.

“Just a bit. More pleasing than teasing, though.” She could lay here forever, just touching him, exploring him, quietly staring into his eyes.

“You are very accommodating.” His brows wagged, then he reached over her and grabbed a condom packet from the drawer. Jumping out of bed, he held out his hand for her. “C’mon.”

She took his hand and stood, hesitant to venture too crazily into whatever might give her Acrophobia. Tugging her with, he wandered into the living room and to the glass wall overlooking downtown LA.

They stood side-by-side looking out at the city.

“It’s beautiful.” She loved the warmth of his hand on hers.

“It’s…different. My favorite view is from my bedroom at home, across the acres of land that I own.”

Brooke imagined this place in Louisiana, lush green fields, horses, misty mornings and glowing sunsets. “I’ve never lived anywhere but the city.” She didn’t know why she said it. “My DC apartment has a nice view of a big, long, white monument.” She grinned as she looked down at the shaft between Ryder’s legs.

He laughed. “Nothing turns women on like a big white monument.” He jerked his hips, sending his cock bouncing.

“So, what’s your idea, cowboy? Are we going out on the balcony?”

“No. No balconies up here.” He placed a hand on the glass. “But if you don’t mind the cold…” He looked at her, a mysterious smile on his lips.


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Hello hot, kinky romance readers! I’ve had a busy season, just like most of you have. The rat-race of Christmas shopping and going to multiple kids’ concerts leaves me with little down-time.


When I’m not writing smut and running around, I’m a reader at heart. I was a voracious reader from early in life. in grade school I devoured Beverly Cleary and all the Sweet Valley High series.


In junior high my (awesome) grandma got me hooked on Stephen King and I never looked back. From there I read and wrote teen angst horror before slipping into the bodice ripper romances in my early twenties. That truly led to my passion for romance novels. Now I’m giving you a chance at SIX ROMANCES and a KINDLE PAPERWHITE!


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I’d love to hear what books fed your passion for reading. Please share!


Thanks for reading!

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~hardworking heroes–in bed and out~



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REINING MEN coming Dec 30 and COWBOY CRUSHIN’ coming Jan 20

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A Mexican Christmas + Giveaway

Season’s Greetings to everyone! Today is a pretty busy and exciting day. I kicked off my annual Christmas Book Bash on my own personal author blog (tons of giveaways!!), I wrapped up a sexy shifter short story that has a hero I feel absolutely head of heels for and the family is getting ready for our Christmas cookie baking on the weekend.

Lots going on and to keep up with, but that’s what the holidays are about, right? HA I’ll need a vacation after all the merry making! How many are with me?

All the preparations for the holidays had me thinking about the different family traditions around the world. I’ve lived in Mexico for almost twenty years now and I’ve had the privilege to learn about a completely unique way of celebrating Christmas Mexican style.

When we first arrived here I was only fourteen and completely culture shocked for the first year. Christmas was the first holiday we experienced abroad and I had no idea that here in Mexico Christmas actually starts on December 16th and lasts all the way through February 2nd Known as Candelaria or Candle mass day.



To kick off the season there are nine Posadas (which translates to Inn) that children perform to recreate the journey of Joseph and The Virgin Mary looking for shelter. The children will gather in a procession and call on their neighbors, singing a song for each home based on Mary and Joseph’s hardships. It is customary for the children to be turned away with the news of there being no room for them at the Posada they are calling on. Yet they do not turn away and continue singing until they receive the good news that there is room for them. This is performed over the course of eight nights at different homes and ends on Christmas Eve where the nativity scene is recreated with the baby Jesus placed in the manger and at midnight everyone makes their way to Church service where fireworks are kicked off and everyone starts the celebration of Christmas.




On my first Christmas in Mexico I was invited to join in on the Posada processions with others in my community and it was an experience I’ll never forget. We carried candles and I sang in a language I had yet to master. I was off key the whole time and making it all up as I went, but everyone helped me learn as we went.

We also played games and I got my first turn at a Piñata. I learned real fast how to dive and grab my loot before everyone else got it for me. I am sure many of you have had a chance to play this game and if not, it’s a blast! Your little ones would love to take a turn at this game.


Mexican Piñata

Some traditional food served is the Rosca de Reyes, an oval sweetbread, decorated with candied fruit. In a way it reminds me of our fruit cake. This sweet bread is more a tradition for February 2nd, Candelaria or Candle mass day, where family and friends gather and cut the bread where little white dolls representing the baby Jesus are hidden. The person who finds the doll in their piece of Rosca has to invite everyone present to the following year’s gathering and buy a new dress for the baby Jesus used in the Nativity Scene, and bring tamales, another traditional food made of mashed corn wrapped around meat. And delicious served with Pico de Gallo or homemade hot sauce with tomatoes, jalapeños, cilantro and lemon.


rosca de reyes



rosca with baby Jesus



pico de gallo

I also found that Christmas trees are not as popular with the older generations. I think this was the biggest culture shock for me. With all the custom trade off with all the tourists, trees have become more and more popular in the new generations, but when I first arrived here and visited friends, they had nativity scenes surrounded by poinsettia flowers which represent the star over Bethlehem that lead the Three Wise Men to baby Jesus instead of trees.


Poinsettia plants placed throught the city and tons shopping malls, homes, small shops and used in nativity scenes

Though I follow the family traditions my husband and I grew up with, I find the Mexican traditional Christmas a wonderful experience and so steeped with hundreds of years old traditions dating back all the way to the time of the Spaniards.

There is so much more to the culture and the celebrations, but I’d have you hear all day!

How about you? Have you visited another country during the holidays? What did you learn of their traditions? Leave a comment along with your email addy and I’ll pick a winner to receive a Kindle copy of either His by Sunrise or Tequila Sunset, winner’s choice.

Oh, don’t forget to sign up to my newsletter if you haven’t already! It goes out today at 6 p.m. CST with my monthly Gift Card winner AND this edition has a DOUBLE cover reveal. Remember the shifter romance I mentioned above? Be one of the first to see the cover and release date.

I’m also pretty chatty on Facebook and Twitter and please feel free to visit my home on the web. And if you love keeping up releases, flash giveaways, and a whole bunch of other book goodies, grab my FREE App here!


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And one final thing, I’d love for you to swing by my author blog and join in my annual Christmas Book Bash giveaway with eleven other romance authors. See you there!

Until next time, have a wonderful and safe holiday. I wish you all a warm and festive Merry Christmas from my heart to yours!

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Finding the sexy in Santa…

So, as I was thinking about what I wanted to post for my 69 Shades fun this month, my thoughts obviously turned toward holiday-style cheer. Though I am going to openly admit that Halloween is my favorite holiday, I can get down and jive with Yuletide cheer as much as anyone. I’ve been collecting ornaments for my tree since I was 17. (Just so you know, that’s a long damn time.) I am adamant that the outside lights look kick-ass. And some of the best memories of my life, period, are those of baking holiday cookies and treats with my little one, who rocks the center of my existence.

santatacky2But…sexy? I’m sorry, to be quite honest, Christmas has always been a lot of things to me…just not sexy. Homey? Sure. Cozy? Thumbs up. But I just couldn’t get the gumption up to figure out the sexy part. Two words, okay? Tacky sweaters. I really never even got the allure of mistletoe. Every time I got caught under it with a guy in high school, I wasn’t satisfied with the stupid little pecks on the cheeks. I wanted more, dammit…mooorrre!

I was forced out of my comfort zone by landing a book contract with Loose-Id Publications in the Summer of 2012. They issued a challenge to their writers to write a book that included two holidays occurring between October and February. BOTH holidays had to be in the book. I was so intrigued by this idea that I knew I had to give it a try–and I also knew I wanted the first holiday in the book to be Veterans Day, in November. My editor suggested making it a holiday book. *GULP*. That gave me just 6 weeks to heat things up FAST between my hero, billionaire Dante Tieri, and his feisty JAG officer, Celina Kouris.

Needless to say, I had to start changing my mind fast about the sexy quotient of Christmas. Lo and behold, that book, STAR OF WONDER, was one of my favorite writing experiences to date.

danteandcelinaweddingHere’s a little taste of the yum factor between dark, swarthy, gorgeous Dante and his sexy, sassy Celina. Hope you enjoy and will give STAR OF WONDER a try, if you’re in the mood for some fun holiday sexiness!

“I take it you still want to stay, stellina?” He grazed her neck with his teeth, then laved the abrasion with his tongue. Her fervent nod clutched at his chest and filled his soul. It was more than enough for now. Forcing her to form words wasn’t the goal this moment. Forcing her to see a new side of herself, a terrifying discovery in herself—that was the plan and the much harder mission. Merda, he’d spearheaded multimillion-dollar mergers with more confidence than his next step.

Luckily, Mark had walked him through a few key points. His friend’s words resonated in his mind. Listen to what her body tells you. Follow that with what your gut says.

The trouble was, his gut didn’t do the talking right now. The last time he’d endured a more painful erection, he’d been fifteen. Celina’s urgent little hip rolls helped as much as tinfoil in a lightning storm. He clenched his jaw and reset his legs, setting them just inside hers. He put them there to support hers…or at least that was the bullshit he was going with the moment.

Go with his gut. Right, his gut. It was around here somewhere. He hoped.

“What else do you want?” The words felt good. And they did generate from his gut, though this part of his instinct wasn’t so familiar to him. It had only been awakened in full force on Friday, then taken out to examine in curious little chunks throughout the week. Mark had given him a name for it. His hidden Dom. He’d winced when his friend first slapped the term on him, but he now realized the label was fucking perfect. He liked this part of him. And he loved what it did to the woman in his arms.AP_StarOfWonder_coverlg (2)

“What else do you want, cara?” He ground even more command into the repetition, reveling in her deep shiver of reaction. “Do you want more of this?” He gripped her breasts fully, twisting the luscious skin, making her cry out. The sound ripped through him with primal force. “Do you like what the pain does to you?” He bit into her earlobe. “Do you like where it sends your mind, your body?”

She let out a louder shriek as he gave her mounds a pair of light swats. When he thumbed her nipples again, they were hot and pulsing.

“Yes,” he whispered. “You do want it, don’t you?”

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