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Fallen Angel: A Mafia Romance Part 5

A Roman Crime Family Novel

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Alisa Anderson & Cameron Skye

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“Fallen Angel is a dark, tasty appetizer with echoes of “The Sopranos.” It’s like picking up a Lindt truffle on your way out of the store. There’s just enough to wake up your taste buds, or in this case, other parts due South.” – Margo’s Red Light District

“Gritty,sexy and with a strong but vulnerable female lead. Fallen Angel is a surprisingly good read.” – Ingrid Hall

“Is Jess going to get sucked into a world with Nick that will destroy her or will she bring Nick to the other side and they find happy ever after? I will be grabbing the next book soon. I need to know more about this story and what the future holds.” – TBird, Crystals Many Reviews

“Fallen Angel is a quick and sexy read. I hope to get the chance to read the next installment. I want to know more about Nick and the dangerous games he’s playing. – Angela, Crystals Many Reviews.”

Some events in this series are based on events from author, Cameron Skye’s life. Where does fiction meet reality? You decide.

Fallen Angel is a mafia romance serial novel released every 4 to 6 weeks, at approximately 8000 to 11000 words each. Due to sexual content, implied and actual scenes of abuse, violence, organized crime, language and frequent illegal drug use, we recommend this to mature audiences, ages 18 and over, who are comfortable with this subject matter.

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Blurb:

Baby girl’s taking a ride

As past, present and future collide

Riding loose, living rough

Wondering when it’s finally enough

Baby boy wants to rescue her from it all

He loves her hard…doesn’t wanna see her fall

He wants to take her away, from all of the pain

From the nightmares begging to leave their stain

But some nightmares…won’t go away

Some find ways…to make you pay

But through darkness and screams you can find the light

It’s just sometimes you do a little dirt…to make it thru the night.

Excerpt from Fallen Angel Book 5:

 

Reaching the top of the stairs, he asked the rest of the girls to leave the room. She was sitting in front of the mirror, putting on blood red lipstick. Catching his reflection in the mirror, her eyes filled. She got up to hug him.

 

“How you been, bambino?”

 

Jess giggled. She always giggled when he called her bambino.

 

“I’ve been perfect.”

 

“Perfect, my ass. Have you eaten anything since we left Miami?”

 

“I’ve eaten.”
“Liar. Jess, you need to stop the coke, this is out of control. You’re getting too fucking thin.”
“Oh, Angel.” She sighed. “One can never be too thin. Model, walking hanger, remember?”
“Fuck being a hanger. I could give a rat’s ass less if you’re a model or not. Come on, you’re going to eat something.”

 

“I’m honestly not hungry. Besides, Nick’s here isn’t he?”

 

“I’m not playing whatever the fuck game is going on between you two. I’m so over the both of you. Come with me now, or I will pick your skinny ass up and carry you directly to him.”
She knew she wasn’t going to win this round, following him to the bar. Going behind, he pulled up a bag. Taking out a bowl of strawberries.

 

“How did you know I love strawberries?”

 

“It’s part of my job to know you, Jess.”

 

“Scary job, huh?” She sighed heavily.

 

“Nah. I’ve grown to love your crazy ass.” He softly touched her cheek, smiling at her with so much care and affection. He truly was her knight in shining armor.

 

She smiled back at him, but her smile was short lived.

 

“Angel?” Nicks voice bellowed from the background.

 

“At the bar. You need to see this.”
“Don’t you fucking dare call him.” She pleaded, almost becoming hysterical.

 

“Not playing the game remember, dearest?”

 

Nick came around the corner. Stopping when he saw her.
She was nothing but skin and bones. You could count her ribs and see her spine running down her back. His throat squeezed shut, not only because of how she looked, but at the fact she was no longer his.

 

He missed her, craved her….loved her.

 

And wanted to beat her ass for how she had let herself get this way.

 

“Jess.”

 

“Nick.”

 

“Look at me.”

 

She refused.

 

“I said look at me.”
She turned, her eyes fixed on his face. Crossing her arms over her chest defensively. She tried to hide them under make-up, but he could see the dark purple circles under her eyes. Her face gaunt from the amount of weight she’d lost.

 

“Jesus, Jess.” Nick’s voice a hoarse whisper. Filled with hurt and concern.

 

Every emotion she tried to kill for the past four weeks, came back in at once. Hitting her so quickly she felt she couldn’t breathe from her lungs seizing up.
Her heart physically hurt, breaking at the sight of him.

 

She started trembling, trying her damndest not to cry.

 

“You aren’t working. Carry her to my office.”

 

“You don’t get to order me around anymore remember?”

 

“How could I forget that fact, Jess. But the fact this is my club and I’m your boss, overrules any boyfriend, girlfriend bullshit. You’ll do as I say, and I said you aren’t working. There’s no debate on the subject. Angel, pick her up.”

Authors Bios:

 

Alisa Anderson

well…alisa did stuff and is still doing stuff. only now she has two boys crazy enuff to want her as their mommy. hey, at least she tried to warn them, so her job is done. she doesn’t like to capitalize, partially because she likes how lower case letters look visually, but mostly out of laziness. please don’t judge. it could be you. and she would say, hey. you’re alright, buddy. you’re ok in my book. now c’mere for a hug. the hug might be pushing it. air kiss? you are strangers, after all, with only a mutual love of poor grammar.

​she lives for a world full of controllable anatomically correct, android men programmed to meet her specific feminine needs (wink, wink, nudge, nudge with a big waggle of the eyebrows). who look like the rock. and ian somerhalder. and idris elba. and that’s it she promises. variety. gotta have variety, right?

​but alas…apparently that exists only in johanna lindsey’s genius mind. so until then, she enjoys her incredibly warped sense of humor. she reads tons of erotica and romantic, drippy goo that makes her heart go pitter patter. then she thought, hey. what, she said to herself. (softly, of course, so no one finds out she is indeed, 2 nuts short of a fruitcake) maybe you should write this stuff too. maybe someone will like it and maybe buy it. so she said, huh, you think? then she said, well…yeah, i wouldn’t have suggested it…(inserts sarcastic tone) and then she was like lose the attitude, ok? then she was all, would you just shut up and write, already? sheesh! and she did. 🙂

Cameron Skye

When Cameron is not in the lab working toward a Ph.D., in Neuropsychopharmacology, which in laymen’s terms is basically finding the effects drugs have on mood and behavior, she is writing stories, crating vivid, intense characters you will never forget.

She believes while life can take you down every path but the right one, eventually everyone will find their happily ever after.

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Thank you so much for reading Fallen Angel and for supporting independent authors, like us. We love getting reader feedback, so please be sure to leave a review at Amazon or Goodreads.

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Book 6 in the series is in editing and will be released very shortly. It’s the last book in the Fallen Angel series but for those that love Nick and Jess, we are in talks of continuing their journey.

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**WELCOME GUEST AUTHOR ANITA KIDESU***

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One woman. Three Men. One deserted island. What’s a woman to do?

Blurb: Sheltered all her life as the daughter of an ambassador, Emma Labonte boards a small plane on a trip from Australia. One hijacking and a plane crash later, she finds herself on a deserted island and stranded with three different yet equally sexy men. With no hope for rescue, the four begin to carve a semblance of a life in their tropical setting. Closeness breeds curiosity, and naive Emma begins to wonder what it would be like to be loved by these three men. The adventurer Jack, Toby the intelligent doctor, and shy English professor Steve–each carve a special place in her heart. When her three men launch seduction in the South Seas, how can she resist?

 

EXCERPT:

 

Steve sat up higher in the water, and to her amazement, he grabbed his large penis in his hand. The tip looked every bit as soft as Jack’s. He pulled his hand up until the skin covered the tip of his cock. Emma licked her lips, wondering what he would like her to suck his cock like Jack said men enjoyed.

She glanced at Toby, who sat closest to her. The veins in his cock seemed to pulse as his hips rose from the water. This was amazing. Maybe she could get all three to take care of themselves at the same time. She stepped from behind the boulder.

“So this is where you guys go at night.” She stepped closer to the pond.

As one, the men jerked in her direction.

“Emma, what the hell?” Jack yelled, sliding down into the water, making sure to hold his cigar in the air.

Steve followed suit until the water reached his neck. Toby dropped his cigar in the sand behind him and cupped his hands over his cock before jerking into the pond.

“What the hell are you doing here?” Jack asked, giving her a glare that should have sent her scurrying back to the plane.

She smiled at the men, ignoring their shocked and dismayed looks. She came closer. If the light was better, she might get a closer glimpse of Toby and Steve’s penises—if Toby wasn’t hiding his beneath his hands.

“I found this place this afternoon and realized this is where you must be sneaking off at night to…” she looked at each man individually, “relieve yourselves.”

Steven groaned and dunked his head under the water. Toby gulped and slid to the bottom of the pool. To her surprise, Jack also slid deeper into the water. She thought that after what happened this morning he wouldn’t be embarrassed.

“Fuck it, Emma,” Jack glared at her. “You were spying on us.”

“Yes.”

“You listened while we talked about you.”

Steve took a gulp of air when he surfaced. Emma thought he looked as if he were going to cry.

“Come on, you guys.” She stepped to the edge of the pool, picked up a can of brandy, and took a small sip. “Obviously you’ve discussed me before this, or you wouldn’t have come up with your plan to have sex with me.” She raised her eyebrows and peered into the water as she walked around the edge.

“Emma, dammit, stop staring,” Jack complained.

“It’s not anything I haven’t seen before, Jack. Remember?”

“How can I forget, but this is different.”

“Why?”

He jammed the cigar into his mouth and clenched his teeth around the end. “Hell, I don’t know, it just is.”

“Well, I’ve seen enough, anyway. And all I can say is…” She turned to leave and then looked over at their expectant faces. “Wow.”

For a few seconds, no one said anything but simply stared at her. Then Steve snorted, and Toby snickered. Jack yanked the cigar from his mouth and roared.

“Well, hell,” Jack said between bouts of laughter.

Emma smiled and headed back to camp, thoughts of what was to come making it difficult to think and walk at the same time.

 

Bio:

Anita has been writing for only a few years, although she’s been an avid reader of romance since her teens. Four years ago she attended a romance convention as a reader. A deeply-planted seed she nurtured to write romance, started to grow. The second and third years, Anita went as an aspiring author. This year she will be going as a published author.

Anita has her Masters’ Degree from a Wisconsin University and works full-time in Southern Wisconsin and squeezes in her writing during breaks and after work. Because of her public job, she chooses to write under a pen name. In her spare time she likes to read, garden, hike, bike, and spend time with her family and friends. She is working on another book for The Wild Rose Press.

 

Social Media Links:

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Buy Links:

The Wild Rose Press: http://www.wildrosepublishing.com/wildcatalog_v151/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=200_156&products_id=1039

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Welcome Guest Author Charisma Knight!

Ensnared (2)

 

Blurb:
 
Naturally feisty Charlie Marine plans for an extended vacation on Mars in spite of all the abductions in her area. When she misses her shuttle, a strange Xuldarian man claiming to be a pilot approaches her. Against her better judgment and eager to start her vacation, she takes him up on his offer and discovers she’s been abducted and to be delivered to a Vaakulsian Commander–Rhyker Aluhira. 

Rhyker knew from the first time he laid eyes on the tall, dark, and beautiful Earth goddess that he was in for the long haul–only, he didn’t know just how much of a fight she’d put up to preserve her identity. Unlike submissive Xuldarian and Vaakulsian women, Charlie is brave and defiant. Rhyker fears her outspoken ways will soon place her in danger. Can Rhyker and Charlie meet each other half way or will they continue to butt heads in a world where women are expected to be subservient?
 
Excerpt:
 
Rhyker’s chest tightened as he carefully walked around the bodies of Vaakulsians littering the streets. Crystalline buildings now lay in shattered ruins and a heavy cloud of smoke lingered in the once-beautiful skies of Vaakulsia. Bombs had been dropped, causing large sinkholes to open in the earth. Soot covered his body from the war Earthlings had initiated when he and his leaders refused to allow them to colonize and mine Vaakulsia’s valuable resources.

Choking back tears threatening to fall, he tightened his mouth and continued his search for his wife and child, despite the skull-splitting pain he’d experienced due to the poisons lingering in the air. Planet Vaakulsia was no more, thanks to the war that had raged for the better half of a year.

When the war erupted six months ago between the Vaakulsians and the Earthlings, Rhyker and his brother Rhogwaar, along with one hundred and fifty of his men, took to the stars. With the assistance of his Xuldarian friend, Jader, they made an effort to fight the invaders from Earth.

They would have won the war if the humans hadn’t taken things a step further. No one knew exactly just how low they would sink to win not just the battles, but the war. The Agency sunk to biological warfare to end it all after successfully managing to shield Earth from any type of invasion.

Only yesterday, the humans decided to bring out their biggest weapon; the virus they created to hopefully infect and rid the great dragons from their coveted home. No one saw it coming, not even his allies, the Xuldarians. His skin still itched from whatever it was they’d dropped on the planet. His eyes watered and his throat burned and he was sure he didn’t have long to live, but he needed closure—needed to find Mira and Kalen.

“Rhyker! Over here!” He heard the strained voice of his brother, Rhogwaar, calling to him from across the hazy neighborhood. Rhyker’s heart dropped to his stomach and on shaky legs, he ran from the outpost to his brother. A sliver of hope ignited within him, but before it began to bloom, the sight he was met with cruelly snatched the fragile emotion from him.

Rhyker gasped and took several steps toward his brother who was kneeling next to his wife, Mira, and their son, Kalen. Her head had been partially shaven and he became enraged when he saw needle marks marring her arms. He dropped to his knees beside his brother and began to shake as he stared at the agonized look on her face. Tears misting his eyes, he wiped a piece of her black, curly hair away from her oval face. Her once smooth, mahogany skin now possessed a sick, dark bluish color to it. He glanced over at Kalen lying next to Mira’s  corpse. Chest tightening, he reached out to smooth the golden-brown curls away from the boy’s light brown face.

“Most of the citizens were tested on while we were gone,” Rhogwaar said breathlessly, struggling to fight back tears. “Every Vaakulsian I’ve encountered dies—from the toxin released in the air—but it doesn’t have any effect on the humans at all.”

“I want them dead,” Rhyker said, no longer in control of himself. “I want the humans responsible for this to die.”

Rhogwaar placed a heavy hand on his brother’s shoulder. “Mira wouldn’t have wanted that, Brother. You must honor her wishes.”

“They’ve always wanted to rest among the stars and we shall grant them that,” Rhyker said as he rose to his feet. “But these humans must pay.”

“Rhyker.”

“It is pointless to argue with me, Rhogwaar.”

“What do we do now?” Rhogwaar asked with a bewildered look crossing his face.

“Our planet is no longer fit for life. We need to take to the stars and destroy it from there after releasing Kalen and Mira.” He exhaled and folded his arms across his chest.

“Destroy Vaakulsia?”

“Our planet is several times smaller than Earth, yet they wanted to take what didn’t belong to them. As you said, the virus doesn’t seem to have an effect on them, so Vaakulsia must be destroyed. I’ll not have them colonize what’s left of our home. I’d rather destroy it myself.”

“Perhaps it will be fit for life years from now,” Rhogwaar suggested.

Rhyker turned to glare at his brother. “It may take thousands of years for Vaakulsia to heal herself…Perhaps then she will be suitable for life.”

“Can we really hope for such, Brother. Perhaps we should just leave it be. You’re not thinking rationally—none of us are.”

Rhyker grit his teeth as Commander Jader strode up to them and placed a strong hand on Rhyker’s shoulder. “Old friend, you fought well. I am sorry for your loss.”

Rhyker stared at the cold yellowish-gold eyes of his commander but couldn’t say anything. “They’ve taken everything from us. I want revenge.”

Jader calmly ran a palm over his sleek, short brown hair and sighed. “And what they’ve taken, we can rebuild elsewhere, but revenge, Rhyker? You know Mira would not want that. I have a plan if you’re interested.”

Rhyker narrowed his eyes and crossed his arms across his chest. “If it’s to my liking.”

“Depends on what that plan is, with all due respect, Jader,” Rhogwaar muttered with a fierce look carved on his face.

“I’m traveling to Earth first chance I get,” Rhyker said.

“Brother, listen to yourself. You’re not thinking clearly, that field will destroy you. The Agency has put a lock down on Earth, and no one, alien, human, or otherwise can make it through!”

“I assure you, it’s an offer you can’t refuse,” Jader said with a gentle smile. “You just need time to pull yourself together.”

Before Rhyker could speak, his second and third in command, Megladon and Vyjaak strode up beside them. Vyjaak held up a human head. “For Vaakulsia.” With a grunt, he tossed the bloodied part into a heap along with the rest of the humans they’d slain.

“We have no home, no families…” Megladon spoke gruffly. “We should destroy Earth along with the insects it harbors.”

There are only a small handful of Vaakulsians left,” Rhogwaar told them.

“The survivors we have on the ship are ill and will possibly die. We’ve managed to quarantine them,” Rhyker added.

“They were here when the germ was released.” Vyjaak sadly shook his head. “There’s no one else. The humans wanted to wipe out our race, and with the exception of those survivors, myself, Megladon, Kronen, you, and Rhogwaar, they’ve succeeded.”

“What’s to become of us?” Megladon insisted. “Where do we go from here?”

“We’ll live on our ship,” Rhyker said through clenched teeth.

“That’s no life for a Vaakulsian Dragon Lord,” Megladon insisted. “For centuries, we’ve battled just about every alien race who threatened to take our home—and won! And now, we’re forced to live on a ship! I don’t like it.” Spittle clung to Megladon’s dirty blond beard, and his gray eyes flared a dangerous blue.

Rhyker turned, observing his second in command. “Stand down, Megladon. Now’s not the time to discuss this. We’ll board the ship, and then we’ll discuss where we take up residence.”

Kronen, Rhyker’s first in command walked out of the ashes, his large hand clutching the forearm of a human soldier, the redheaded man was practically being dragged along the ground. When Kronen reached them, he forced the man to the ground, held his arm up as his hand slowly morphed from human to a large claw.

“Take him to the ship,” Rhyker ordered. “I want to probe his mind.” As the eldest of his group of dragons, he possessed the unique ability to merge and read the minds of others.

“I’d rather slit his throat and watch him bleed,” Kronen snarled.

“You may do it after I’ve probed his mind,” Rhyker said and focused on penetrating the shield the weak human tried putting up. He felt the panic slamming into him from the human who now feared for his life and he immediately heard his thoughts.

“Oh, no. No, no, no, no. I never knew they could be this powerful. He didn’t tell me how powerful they were!”

“Who do you speak of?” Rhyker asked mentally.

“I’m so sorry, but they’ll kill me if I tell you.”

“And I’ll kill you if you don’t tell me.” Rhyker pushed. Then he saw something else. “No, wait, what the hell are you doing?”

Before Rhyker could react, the human collapsed. “What the fuck?” he gasped angrily. “I want a name and I want it now,” he roared. “Are there any survivors who’ve minds I can probe?”

“The bloody lot on that pile wouldn’t have known anything,” Rhogwaar stated. “This man was one of their high ranking officers and I’m sure he knew something.”

“Jader, what is the meaning of this? I need to know something and now,” he huffed. “My patience is wearing thin!”

“You fail to remember to whom you are speaking!” Jader said in a gruff voice. “I’ve been by your side for the longest time, Rhyker, and don’t you forget it!”

Rhyker growled and narrowed his eyes, suddenly realizing something was off about Jader. “I was so close, Jader. He knew something.”
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Guest Author – Renee Vincent!

Award-winning and bestselling authors from Turquoise Morning Press share their favorite contemporary romance heroes – all boxed up for you in one sexy and irresistible package!

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From a sexy carpenter to magnetic CEO, a rough-and-ready cowboy to a “homeless man,” a classic car buff, a starving artist, a Latin-style dancer, and an FBI agent – each unique hero has his own story to tell, and a heroine who just can’t forget him. Ever.

 With an introductory promotional price of only 99¢,

how can you resist this unforgettable boxed set, either?

 

 

 

Release date:  January 30, 2014 Publisher: Turquoise Morning Press

ISBN: 978-1-62237-258-4

Format: Ebook only

Available at:  Amazon | B&N | Kobo | All Romance Ebooks | Smashwords | Bookstrand

iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/unforgettable-heroes-boxed/id809132853

Promotional Price: $0.99

Retail Price: $4.99 (April, 2014)

 

UNFORGETTABLE HEROES

Eight Contemporary Romance Novels

 

WILL WORK FOR LOVE by Amie Denman, EPIC Award and Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence finalist. Hurricane Destiny leaves a trail of destruction across the island of St. Thomas, jeopardizing the wedding of Whitney Oliver’s best friend. When Whitney arrives on the island, she finds a disaster only a sexy carpenter like Chris Maxwell can repair. Despite the sizzle between them, Chris has secrets that threaten his construction business and force him to work for Whitney’s love.

 

THIS MAGIC MOMENT by Bobbye Terry, award winning author of contemporary, historical and fantasy romanceZack Graham, CEO of Scrumbles Snack Cakes, is energetic, magnetic and forget it—no women for him, except to relieve an occasional sexual itch. He’s a workaholic who refuses to let a woman make a fool out of him again. But what about Crandall Drake, the CEO of Pretzelicious Pretzels? He tells himself all he wants is sex. His heart tells him it wants more.

 

HER HIRED MAN by Cat Shaffer, Golden Heart finalist and award-winning journalist.

Hot nights, a double sleeping bag and a stranger for a husband…how much can one city girl take? Lillian Osborne needs a husband for a weekend. Wesley Hatfield needs money to customize his beloved classic car before Detroit’s biggest auto show. The perfect agreement turns out to be anything but when their accommodations turn out not to be what Lillian had expected.

 

SINS OF THE FATHER by Janet Eaves, Amazon bestselling author of the Ladies of Legend contemporary romance series. Just like the Princess in the classic tale Sleeping Beauty, Aurora’s life doesn’t really begin until her heart is awakened by a handsome struggling artist. But with her life in danger, Aurora must hide who she really is. Unbeknownst to her, her struggling artist isn’t who he appears to be either…. Friend, lover, or foe?

HOLDING OUT FOR A HERO by Jennifer Johnson who writes comedic romances so entertaining even guys read them. Author of the TMP top-selling Rescuing RileyAbigail Benton is a bum magnet, according to her dad, so when she becomes attracted to Eli, a homeless man at the community center where she works, she wonders if what her dad says is true. But when Eli saves her life, Abigail decides she is going to return the favor and save his life by turning it around. Trouble is, Eli isn’t on board with her plan.

 

RAWHIDE AND ROSES by Maddie James, Amazon bestselling author of contemporary and western romance. She’s roses, he’s rough-and-ready rawhide. Kim Martin is hardly equipped for a Colorado camping trip, especially when her mountain guide is a rough-edged cowboy who is as untamed as the wilderness. Thad Winchester’s patience for city women is wearing as thin as the seat of his jeans. But there is something about Kim that puts his hard-and-fast don’t-touch rule to the test.

LONG DISTANCE LOVE by Margaret Ethridge, contemporary romance fan favorite and TMP top-selling author of Commitment. Sometimes the distance between two hearts can be measured in frequent flier miles. Love may be a many splendored thing, but it’s rarely convenient. Can FBI Agent Jack Rudolph and fiercely independent Ellie Nichols find a way to make a long distance relationship work?

 

SILENT PARTNER by Renee Vincent, award winning author of historical and contemporary romance.

Grayson Anders is a talented Latin-style dancer and wealthy co-owner of a happening nightclub. Chloe LaRoche is a talented artist, but failing entrepreneur with her once thriving studio now on the brink of foreclosure. When the two indulge in a passionate, out-of-control, one night stand, they awaken the next morning consumed with inspiration. Grayson finds his perfect dance partner while Chloe finally finds her muse. Will her secret destroy both their dreams?

Author Bio:

I’m an author, a dreamer, a horse owner, and a medieval history buff. I’m a fun-loving, mildly eccentric, free-spirited kind of girl with a passion for books. From an early age, I’ve always had scenes playing out in my head. Whether it was a story with a moral or a tale with a twist, those ideas have never let me sleep until I wrote them out. And considering I have an eclectic ensemble of stories swarming in my brain at any given time, I write under a couple pen names to accommodate the various genre categories.

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Renee Vincent

(Historical & Contemporary Adult Romance)

From the daunting, charismatic Vikings, to the charming, brazen Alpha male heroes of modern day, you’ll be whisked away to a world filled with fast-paced adventure, unforgettable romance, and undying love.

also writing as

Gracie Lee Rose

(Lighthearted, Fancy-free Women’s Fiction/Chick Lit)

For those who love to read fun, wholesome, and endearing romantic stories (with a smidgen of spunk) that your mother, sisters, friends, and daughters can enjoy.

Connect with me at:

http://www.reneevincent.com/

http://www.pasttheprint.blogspot.com

http://www.twitter.com/ReneeVincent

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Guest Author – Afton Locke!

Stripper With Spice

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Thank you for hosting me today. I’m excited to talk about the spice PARSLEY, and my latest release, Stripper With Spice, a contemporary erotic romance.

Passionate Parsley

Remember parsley, the garnish you used to find on every plate when you ate out? Today, garnishes vary from restaurant to restaurant, but when I was a kid, it was a staple. I wasn’t very interested in food those days, so I used to play with the parsley, twirling it in my fingers and pretending it was a tree. I even nibbled on it, intrigued by the strange, bitter taste.

The Romans used to use it in garlands for athletes. Not a bad idea. The vivid green would be a nice visual contrast to the bloody gore of the gladiator arena. Today, I enjoy various forms of exercise and work out regularly each week to try to keep in shape. It’s a nice break from all the computer work I do. In school, however, I hated sports and dreaded gym class: the running, the ridicule at my less-than-stellar abilities, the smell of sweat, and the ugly uniforms. Need I say more? The closest I ever came to dating an athlete was in college where I got together with a former high school football player. One day, he decided I should give up dessert, so he gave me a container of “healthy” muffins. Instead of sugar, they contained various fruity globs that reminded me of a fruitcake gone wrong. Are you kidding me? Give up real dessert and, God forbid, chocolate? No, not for any man.

Now that I’m grown up, I’m much more interested in hard male bodies than parsley. Like my peers, I drool over sexy pictures on Facebook. The bigger the biceps and the deeper the contours of the six-pack abs, the more we squirm in our seats. What we may not realize is how much work and discipline goes into those bodies. Diet is key too. For instance, did you know that eating too much salt can wash out a set of abs faster than a wave over a sand castle?

In my story, Janice gets a close-up glimpse of Carlos’s dedication to being in shape. She even sweats it out with him one night at the gym. Working out isn’t so bad when the reward is a romp in the shower afterward, but sometimes physical attraction isn’t enough. Carlos and Janice have a few things to work out in their minds and hearts first.

 

Stripper With Spice

Publisher:  Ellora’s Cave Publishing
Release Date:  10 January 2014
eBook ISBN #:  978-14199-49050
Buy eBook:  http://www.ellorascave.com/stripper-with-spice.html
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tuned for reviews and more: http://www.aftonlocke.com/spice.html

 

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Blurb

Getting back on her feet after unemployment, Janice treats herself to an erotic-romance convention. After winning a two-hour fantasy date with Carlos Aguilar, a young stripper, she decides to have a one-time fantasy fling.

When Carlos entices her back to the bedroom—and a few public places—for more sizzling sex, he unleashes her passions, including a secret desire to be a chef. Janice learns there’s more to this heartthrob than a hot body, but job security comes first.

To convince her he’s more than a fantasy, Carlos teaches her trust with his body. But when that trust is finally tested to the limit, she’ll be torn between clinging to safety and taking a chance on a whole new life.

Excerpt (explicit)

Stripper With Spice – Copyright © AFTON LOCKE, 2014 – All Rights Reserved, Ellora’s Cave Publishing, Inc.

I chose you.

He looks and sounds so serious and honest, how can I not be completely convinced? His words echo inside my head as he grips both sides of my face and lowers his mouth to mine in slow motion. The thrill bubbles return to my bloodstream as if the elevator cable has just snapped, dropping us to the basement.

Unlike last night’s, this kiss is slow and full of promise. He samples my mouth as if we have all the time in the world. A flash of mint-flavored tongue pierces my soul, tearing a moan from my throat. With one hand still on the button, I raise my other to his shoulder. Feeling the bare, hot skin there fuels my desire, pushing me dangerously close to the edge of self-control.

“Do you want this as much as I do, Janice?”

God, yes. I need more…all of you.

I reply by sliding my hand across the tiger-striped fabric over his back. The warm satin, with muscles moving under it, is just as sexy as bare skin. His hips dance against mine—rubbing, thrusting and teasing. My fingers move to the worn waistband of his jeans at his side, wanting to pull them off. My body throbs, needing him as I’ve never needed anything before.

When he pulls my finger off the close-door button, the door opens to reveal an annoyed looking family of five waiting to get on. The parents, obviously noticing Carlos’ wild vest and our heavy breathing, exchange a disgusted look.

Carlos takes my hand and leads me off the elevator. My heart races as we walk down the corridor. Luckily, the carpet absorbs the trembling in my legs so it doesn’t make a sound.

He stops at one of the doors. I fixate on the way he slides his keycard from his back pocket and inserts it into the door reader. It’s something I’ve done myself a million times without thinking, but this is different. This is foreplay.

The door responds with a little click and a flashing green light. I guess we just got the green light for wild, hot sex. My heart accelerates even more. If it goes any faster, he’ll have to call a paramedic. I can read the headline now.

Boring financial analyst dies from anticipating sex with a hot cover model.

I check my watch. Fifteen minutes have passed.

“We still have plenty of time.” He ushers me inside and closes the door behind me.

The room is completely dark because the drapes are drawn. It’s as if we’ve entered a private cave, hidden from the world. This is it, I think as Carlos flips on a dim lamp. We’re really going to do this. We’re going to have sex.

“Come in and make yourself comfortable,” he says.

I stay where I am but gaze around the room, noticing with approval how neat he is. His clothes hang in the closet and his toiletries are laid out on one corner of the sink. The smoky-brown bottle probably contains the mysterious mesquite scent. I wish he were a slob so I could tell myself it would never work between us.

It doesn’t take long for my attention to stumble across the centerpiece of the room, the large bed. Is it another stage? Is the perfectly pressed red cover the curtain? Unlike the platforms we shared for the photo shoot and lap dance, this one is completely private.

What if he doesn’t like my performance?

 

Coming Soon

Rock My Boat

Workaholic CEO Rhonda Simms embarks on a Caribbean cruise to create an ad campaign for a big maritime freight client. She finds it impossible to concentrate, however, when Simon Mann, a blue marlin shifter, sets his sights on her. From a private, hands-on safety briefing to a wild ride in the ocean, he rocks her ordered world.

Simon drowned years ago in a shipwreck caused by Rhonda’s client, and he’ll do anything to be a normal man again. As his mate, Rhonda is the only person who can help him.

Tired of being so responsible, Rhonda is ready to let loose with a shipboard fling. Mating with Simon could cost a lot more than her virginity, however. Will she stick to her present course or will she let this sexy alpha rock her boat?

This story will be part of the Tall, Dark & Alpha boxed set, which will release 10 March 2014.
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Where readers can find me

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Contest

 

This post is part of the Stripper With Spice Blog Tour.

The grand prize for the tour is the winner’s choice of a wall-mountable black scroll spice rack or The Spice Lover’s Guide to Herbs and Spices book (U.S. shipping address only).

To be eligible, COMMENT on this post. The comment MUST relate to the spice I’m posting about in at least ONE of these ways:

1) How you cook with it or use it in food OR

2) How you use it as a natural remedy OR

3) How it reminds you of a particular man or intimate encounter

 

The tour winner will be announced at http://www.aftonlocke.com/SpiceTour.html on January 18th.

 

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Guest Author – Afton Locke!

Under Holly’s Stockings

 

 

Thank you for hosting me today. I’m excited to talk about the sexiest holiday gift I ever received, and my latest release, Under Holly’s Stockings, a holiday erotic romance.

 

The Sexiest Gift

The sexiest Christmas gift I ever received was lingerie from Victoria Secret. I’ve received lingerie from men on various occasions. Often, we go to the store together so I can help pick it out. Imagine my surprise, when a man I’d being going out with for a few months gave me an entire box of lingerie that all fit perfectly!

In keeping with the holiday theme, it was red and white. White stockings, red garters and bra. You get the picture. I loved the stuff so much I became a Victoria Secret customer. Unfortunately, the lingerie outlasted the relationship, but I couldn’t look at it without remembering the person who gave it to me. Something we buy ourselves is just an inanimate object, but a gift is so much more.

Holly has her own pair of stockings in my story. They symbolize sexiness, of course, but like my gift they mean a lot more than sex. A stocking is a covering and a layer. To get to the true woman, it must eventually be peeled away. As the old saying goes, getting there is half the fun. What was your sexiest gift?

 

Under Holly’s Stockings

Publisher:  Ellora’s Cave Publishing

Release Date:  11 December 2013

eBook ISBN #:  978-14199-49340

Buy eBook:  http://www.ellorascave.com/under-holly-s-stockings.html

Stay tuned for reviews and more: http://www.aftonlocke.com/holly.html

 

Blurb

After being stood up at the altar last Christmas, Michael dreads the holiday. When a woman wearing sexy red stockings on the subway propositions him with a day of sex, seems there’s no time like the present to get back into the spirit of the season!

 

Having just lost her mother, Holly will do anything to avoid being alone on Christmas. But when Michael arrives, nothing goes as planned. Despite the joy of exploring each other’s bodies with all the holiday trimmings, her emotions get in the way.

 

When Michael realizes the way to get under Holly’s stockings is through her heart, he’ll have to put the ghosts of his Christmas past to rest.

 

Excerpt (explicit)

Rose, Exposed – Copyright © AFTON LOCKE, 2013 – All Rights Reserved, Ellora’s Cave Publishing, Inc.

When a westbound metro train on the orange line came to a screeching stop in Rosslyn, Virginia, Michael Tyler hurried inside and grabbed a seat near the window. Thank God there’s no music in here, he thought as he placed his briefcase by his feet on the orange carpet. If he heard one more tired Christmas song, he swore he’d be ill.

Everywhere around him people rattled shopping bags. Women chattered about the gifts they’d bought for their kids, or what they planned to cook for Christmas dinner. Year after year, it was the same old thing. Wasn’t anyone else tired of it by now?

Michael loosened his tie with relief when the doors closed and the train glided into motion. The sooner he got home, the sooner he could get this rotten holiday over with.

At the next stop, he blinked with surprise when a tall girl fell into the seat next to him. It was a miracle she didn’t drop all of her bags in the process. Who in their right mind did all their shopping on Christmas Eve? If he had decided to celebrate this holiday, he would have shopped online at least a month early.

“Hi! Merry Christmas!” she announced with sickening cheer.

Disgust rolled through his stomach. Why hadn’t he put his briefcase on the seat? Without looking at her, he returned the greeting in a tone of voice that warned her to mind her own business.

He noticed she had long, black hair and kissable lips coated with shiny, red lipstick. Her short, wool coat fit snugly, hinting at high, perky breasts.

Look away, damn it! But no, he had to torture himself with the reminder he hadn’t been with a woman in over a year. Her plaid skirt was so short he could hardly see it. What he did see were a pair of long, shapely legs encased in bright-red stockings. Lust, long dormant, kindled to life in his groin.

Maybe this was his Christmas gift. He could jack off in his condo tonight while he fantasized about those legs. After all, she was a complete stranger and looked nothing like Marcie…

He stared out the window, counting the lights passing by in the dark tunnel as the train pulled into the next stop, revealing an arched, honeycomb ceiling. The woman fussed with her bags, rattling them until Michael thought his head would explode.

A small, glittery Christmas ball rolled out of one of her bags, making a soft thunking sound on the carpeted floor.

“Whoops!”

The innocence of her voice aroused him more than a hand on his cock. He reminded himself she probably had a husband and five kids waiting at home. Doing his gentlemanly duty, he bent to pick up the ball for her.

At the moment, the train lurched into motion, causing him to fall across those warm, scarlet legs.

His nose filled with subtle feminine musk. Was it the soap she might have rubbed on her long legs this morning while she shaved them? Or was it the sweet aroma of her cunt, tucked inside that short skirt—a gift for him to open?

Hard and throbbing, his cock surged inside his trousers while he scrambled off her. He longed to spread those long legs and unroll the red stockings, inch by inch, down her legs. Instead, he allowed his palm to brush the back of one shapely calf.

With sweat coating his brow, he slumped against his seat. He definitely needed to jack off tonight. Repeatedly.

“Sorry,” he muttered. “Uh, did you manage to grab the ball?”

Her brown eyes glinted with mischief at his words and then saddened. “It rolled away.”

Her face, on the verge of crumpling, reminded him of a child who had just learned there was no Santa. Probably the same way his face had looked last year during the worst Christmas ever.

As if the lust weren’t enough to deal with, his chest swelled with something else. Protectiveness. For some reason, he experienced the sudden urge to turn the train car upside down to find her Christmas ball.

His stop wasn’t far away. He’d never see her again. Instead of the relief he expected, he felt regret.

“Looks like you have big holiday plans,” he found himself saying.

A brave smile battled with the sadness on her face as she nodded. “I’m going all out this year. It’s probably silly because I’ll be alone.”

He blinked with surprise. “You? Alone? I mean, that’s not so bad. I’ll be alone too…working.”

It was a half truth. He didn’t have to work tomorrow, but he’d brought home plenty of paperwork to get him through the day.

She glanced out the window as the train stopped again. “Oh! My stop is next. I have a proposition for you.”

Great. She must be a call girl. He might be horny right now but he wasn’t that horny.

With a trembling hand, she brushed back a long, silky lock of hair. “I don’t want to spend Christmas alone. Will you come to my apartment and celebrate the day with me?”

Indecision seized Michael’s throat. “I-I don’t even know you.”

She clasped his forearm. “I’ll make it worth your while.”

 

Coming Soon

 

Entrance to Ecstasy, my paranormal print anthology, will release from Ellora’s Cave on 24 December 2013.

http://www.ellorascave.com/entrance-to-ecstasy.html

 

 

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Stripper With Spice is coming soon from Ellora’s Cave.

http://www.aftonlocke.com/Spice.html

 

Getting back on her feet after unemployment, Janice Sullivan, a financial analyst, treats herself to an erotic romance convention. Winning a two-hour fantasy date with Carlos Aguilar, a young Mexican-American stripper, she decides to have a one-time fantasy fling.

When Carlos entices her back to the bedroom—and a few public places—for more sizzling sex, he unleashes her passions, including a secret desire to be a chef. Janice learns there’s more to this heartthrob than a hot body, but job security comes first.

To convince her he’s more than a fantasy, he teaches her trust with his body. But when that trust is finally tested to the limit, will she cling to safety or take a chance on a whole new life?

 

~~~

 

I’m excited to be part of the Tall, Dark & Alpha boxed set that will release in March 2014.

He makes your heart pound and melts your resistance away. He promises you a world of passion and you find it impossible to resist his dark charm. When he catches your eye across the room, you know he means business. He could be an executive, cop, shape shifter, or a bad boy looking for a little fun. Once he has you in his sights, you can’t get away—and after one sizzling night in his arms, you won’t want to. He’s Tall, Dark & Alpha. The alpha male is the ultimate indulgence…the richest dark chocolate…and we’re offering him to you in abundance.

Delve into the sensual worlds of award-winning authors: Randi Alexander, Koko Brown, Sam Cheever, Delaney Diamond, Eve Langlais, Afton Locke, Dawn Montgomery, Farrah Rochon, Paige Tyler, and Eve Vaughn. Immerse yourself in the alpha male experience.

 

Where readers can find me

Web site: http://www.aftonlocke.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/afton.locke

Twitter: http://twitter.com/aftonlocke

Newsletter – The Love Chronicle: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/thelovechronicle/

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/Afton_Locke

 

Contest

This post is part of the Under Holly’s Stockings Blog Tour.

The grand prize for the tour is a surprise pack of holiday stocking stuffers (U.S. shipping address only).

To be eligible, COMMENT on this post. The comment should include a memory about a holiday gift you gave or received — preferably related to the gift described in this post.

The tour winner will be announced at http://www.aftonlocke.com/HollyTour.html on December 16th.

What’s in YOUR stocking?

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Eat Pie

Rabbits! I remember to say that every now and then. You know, for good luck. At least that’s what my mom told me.

Do I have a surprise for you today. Not only do you get me 😀  but you’re also getting Lissa Matthews! I’ll let you visit with her first.  We were chatting about pies, cooking and food on FB the other day and she was on a baking frenzy. We exchanged recipes and I though hey! Come visit 69SOS with me. So here she is sharing her pie recipe with us…and I think I’ll have to make this for Meat Man since he’s such a PB lover.

Take it away Lissa.

Every year there are a couple of pies that are necessary. Yes. I said necessary. My husband’s favorite, Pecan Pie. And my favorite, Peanut Butter Pie. I’ve been making both for more than 20 years and it’s only at the holidays that I make them, so they don’t get old. But then, does having pie ever really get old?

My peanut butter pie is very easy to make, creamy, and you can make it as sinless as you want…

Recipe:

Peanut Butter Pie

1 refrigerated pie shell
¾ cup powdered sugar
½ cup creamy peanut butter
1 small box vanilla or French vanilla pudding/pie filling (I use instant, no cook, sometimes I even use the fat free sugar free)
8 oz. tub Cool Whip (any variety except flavored)
Bake the pie shell according to package directions for pudding/pie filling for 10 minutes. Cool.
Mix powdered sugar and peanut butter until crumbly. Put ¾ of the mixture on the bottom of cooled pie shell. Prepare pudding according to package directions for pie filling. Add to pie shell. Chill for one hour.

Top with Cool Whip and sprinkle with remaining powdered sugar/peanut butter mixture. Serve immediately or chill.
I appreciate Cristal for inviting me to tag along on her post about pie… Of course, I think instead of a refrigerated shell with this recipe, you should use Cristal’s homemade one.
~lissa
Now, for a little shameless promo:
CupcakeCowboy200x300Jackson Dawson had known only one way of life: ranching. That is, until he went to college in the city. There, he was introduced to a whole new world of people, food, and way of life. He never dared to imagine that he could do or be anything other than a rancher’s son, but with his mother’s words ringing in his ears and his sister’s encouragement, he took a chance. And in the process, found himself and met the woman of his dreams.

Pastry Chef Cass Jamieson’s only desire had been to own a bakery. After a stint in pastry school, she quickly learned that trying to make your dreams come true wasn’t easy. She was dejected when her bakery closed and soon returned to the classroom as a teacher to eager young bakers with the same stars in their eyes that had once been in hers.

So, when the stubborn, determined, and hot as summer in Texas cowboy walked into Cass’s pastry kitchen, it turned her life and libido upside down. When he seeks her out for heated kisses and her thoughts on his cake bakery idea, she gives in to the lust, but gives cautious business advice born of experience, only Jackson didn’t see it that way.

Who will bend first in this battle of wills involving sugar and spice and everything naughty and nice?

Warning: Uses of frosting that frosting was never intended for. A dirt road showdown. A lesson in milking cows. A whole truck full of mouthwatering cupcakes (some that’ll even make ya tipsy). A little family drama. And dreams on their way to coming true…

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Hey there! Thanks for sticking around to see what I was offering up. And since we’re kinda talking cowboys, Elemental Heat is my hot cowboy tale set in the Colorado Rockies in winter.

Jenna takes a big risk and decides to live in the moment. After months of communication by social media, she accepts an invitation to Colorado where she finally meets her cowboy. Burned by past romances, Jenna is determined to move on and goes with one goal in mind—a booty call with a tall, dark, sexy cowboy.Chet is a romantic at heart and when Jenna arrives, he knows there’s more to her than a pretty face and a hot body. A casual fling won’t do. He’s smitten and decides to woo her the old-fashioned way with time and patience. And of course, hot sex.Their chemistry is elemental and they come together with heat that sears the snowy peaks. When Mother Nature steps in, Jenna is forced to face the feelings she’s tried so hard to keep buried and Chet has to draw on his mountain skills to save the woman he has come to love

Now, how about something hot and savoury for dinner? It might be a little scary for you but it’s really not all that bad. Just take a deep breath and dive in.
Easy Beef Wellington

It really is easy and don’t let it intimidate you. Have everything ready beforehand and read the instructions first so you know what you’re supposed to do when. The puff pastry is probably the trickiest part, but don’t sweat it. Make sure surface is floured just enough to keep it from sticking and the pastry will get sticky if it gets warm, so you do have to move quickly with it.

2 tsp canola oil
2 lb centre cut beef tenderloin, trimmed and string removed
½ tsp each salt and pepper
1 pk whole bella mushrooms, or portabella finely chopped (the finer the better) in processor or with knife
1 tsp unsalted butter
1 shallot, finely chopped
1 tsp fresh thyme leaves chopped – hold one end of the stem and run your nails down the stem gently pull against the leaf so they come off in your fingers – easy way to get them off
3-4 slices prosciutto
1-2 tbsp flour
1/g package puff pastry, thaw according to pkg directions
1 egg for egg wash
1 tbs water
½ tsp kosher or coarse salt

Take a deep breath and have a glass of wine handy
• Heat 1 tsp oil skillet over med-high heat.
• Season beef with half S&P on all sides and sear in skillet, cooking 2 minutes on each side until brown. Set aside on a towel lined plate and refrigerate to cool
While beef cools
• Add 1 tsp oil and butter to used skillet – cook shallots til soft and fragrant but not browned
• Then add mushrooms, rest of S&P and sauté stirring constantly until mushroom give up their liquid and brown slightly
• Stir in thyme and put in small bowl, cool completely – put in frig if you have to and stir it around to cool
Once everything is cool…probably about half hour to 45 minutes – so have a sip of wine!
• Lay out a larger piece of plastic wrap and lay prosciutto evenly
• Spread mushroom mixture – proper term for this is duxelles (pronounced dook-SEHL )
• Dry bottom of meat with paper towel and place in centre
• Pick up one edge of plastic wrap and roll it around the meat to make a cylinder, twist ends and refrigerate
Now the tricky part: puff pastry – which really isn’t so tricky if you RELAX
• Beat egg and water together to use as a glue for the pasty ends and for a wash and set aside
• Dust work surface with flour and roll pastry into a rectangle as best you can about 1/8 inch thick
• NOTE- it has to be big enough to cover the meat completely and extra inch or two around
• Place meat in centre of pastry
• Paint ends with the egg wash and wrap around the beef, if it’s too big, trim off but make sure there is a slight overlap
• Tuck ends in
• Place seam side down on parchment paper lined baking tray.
• Cover and chill minimum 20 minutes or up to two hours – this helps to stop the pastry from getting soggy during cooking – note mine still did a bit and I think next time I would put it on a broiler type pan with holes still using the parchment paper and poke holes in the paper so the juices drip through to the catch pan
Time to cook!
• Preheat oven to 425°
• Paint chilled pasty with remaining egg wash
• Cut 3 diagonal slits across the top with a sharp knife and sprinkle with coarse salt
• Roast on 2nd rack from bottom
• 45 minutes for medium or until thermometer reads 160°
• Let meat rest for at least 10 minutes and if possible not in its juices because that means a ‘soggy bottom’
• Cut into 1 inch slices using a serrated knife. Don’t push down the pastry. Put your forefinger and middle finger on one side of pastry and thumb the other lightly and the knife between your forefingers…saw gently until cut through.
• Plate it
• Ta da!

I’ll have some exciting news for my January 1, 2014 blog. Don’t forget to come back and get the scoop.

Merry Christmas and have a safe and Happy New Year!

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Welcome Guest Blogger Isobelle Cate

Sex and Music

When I write, I need to have music, especially when writing Sex Scenes.

What is it about music that makes sex so sexy? Is it the thump of the base or the drums that makes the every thrust more erotic? More heightened? More orgasmic? What about the saxophone? Now that’s one sexy instrument that makes having sex so…..hhmmmm……yummily incredible….

Sex and rock and roll often go together, but so does sex and jazz – fusion like Soul Ballet or Four Play. It’s the languid notes that feels like silk upon skin, that raises the blood and heats it.

That makes you want to raise your hips to your lover’s every thrust.

What about you, what kind of music or instrument or both gets you in the mood? And I’m not talking about the rabbit.

I have three books out now for your reading pleasure. Love in Her Dreams, a contemporary romance set in Edinburgh; and, the two books of my paranormal romance, The Cynn Cruor Bloodline. Rapture at Midnight and Forever at Midnight. Here is an excerpt from Forever at Midnight. I hope you enjoy it.

Excerpt:

Soon, Roarke ended the kiss. Deanna gloried at the pleasure she felt when gold flecks materialized against his pupils. She touched the sides of his eyes.

“I missed seeing those,” she whispered before cupping his face. He turned to kiss her palm. She sighed. “If only for tonight, make love to me again, Roarke. Make love to me so I can forget.”

She saw emotion flit through his eyes before it was gone. Her heart was in her throat, afraid he would refuse. Then his head bent down.

He kissed her again, but this time it was soft and tender, even while his hand was wreaking havoc with her body. Her clit throbbed when he rolled her hardened nipples with his thumb and forefinger before palming her globes lovingly. She closed her eyes, giving in to the moment, her breath coming out in moans and gasps. Then her mouth opened in a silent cry, feeling his tongue flick and suck on her breasts again. She lost all coherent thought, holding on to his shoulders. Lust thundered through her, lighting her up like a fireball.

Roarke scooped her up and walked through the French doors and into the warmth of the loft. With her face against his neck, she inhaled deeply before flicking her tongue and sucking on the pulse at the base of his throat.

“Where?” he growled, his desire unsuppressed.

Mutely, Deanna pointed to the stairs which led to her bedroom. Instead of using the stairs, Roarke catapulted them to the open room’s landing with one jump.

There wouldn’t be any recriminations tonight. This moment would be for knowing each other’s bodies again. To make up for all the lost time.

About Isobelle:

Isobelle Cate is a woman who wears different masks. Mother-writer, wife-professional, scholar-novelist. Currently living in Manchester, she has been drawn to the little known, the secret stories, about the people and the nations:  the English, the Irish, the Scots, the Welsh, and those who are now part of these nations whatever their origins. Her vision and passion are fuelled by her interest and background in history and paradoxically, shaped by growing up in a clan steeped in lore, loyalty, and legend.

Isobelle is intrigued by forces that simmer beneath the surface of these cultures, the hidden passions, unsaid desires, and yearnings unfulfilled.

Books:

Forever at Midnight –The Cynn Cruor Bloodline, Book 2

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Roarke catches a glimpse of Deanna in Dac Valerian’s club. He is unable to believe that Deanna is alive when he buried her himself nearly five hundred years before. He searches for her in the streets of Manchester just to prove that he hasn’t lost his mind.  But when Deanna turns up on the street facing the Cynn Cruor’s headquarters, Roarke needs to know why she hid herself from him.

Knowing that her secret can only destroy whatever feelings Roarke has left for her, Deanna remains silent until circumstances force her to reveal everything.

Hearts are broken on both sides but Roarke and Deanna have to work together if they are to find a way of ending Dac and the Scatha Cruor’s power once and for all. Desire rises and passions are rekindled.

Will their pursuit of Dac lead to another chance at happiness?

Or will it forever tear them apart?

Links:

Amazon US http://amzn.to/18Y4QPi

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Rapture at Midnight – The Cynn Cruor Bloodline, Book 1

 
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There is an on-going war between two breeds of immortal warriors who carry human, vampire, and werewolf blood, the Cynn Cruor and the Scatha Cruor. The Cynn Cruor want to live in harmony with human race. The Scatha Cruor want to enslave them.

Finn Qualtrough, a Cynn Cruor warrior is on a mission to find Dac Valerian, the leader of the Scatha Cruor responsible for the deaths of many including that of his parents. When he pursues three Scatha Cruor warriors who can lead him to Dac, he happens upon a woman who awakens a desire to claim her as his own.

She is the very essence of his immortal life.

Eirene Spence is an insomniac and a computer genius who loves walking in the park at midnight. She stumbles upon the Scatha Cruor and is almost killed until a handsome stranger rescues her.  His touch ignites a hunger inside her that only he can satisfy.

He is her soul.

By some twist of fate, one of Eirene’s clients is Dac Valerian. She is able to tell Finn and the rest of the Cynn Cruor where Dac is hiding. Now Dac wants her dead.

Will Finn be able to keep Eirene alive and at the same time fulfill his mission? Will Eirene’s wish to be part of Finn’s life come true knowing that he is destined for someone else?

Links:

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Love in Her Dreams – Contemporary Romance

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Alec and Tamsyn know they are meant to be together though they have never met. And yet their passion for each other consumes them when they dream.

Alec knows that Tamsyn is the woman for him, but finding her at the moment is an impossibility. Or is it?

After resigning from her job, Tamsyn takes a break in Scotland when she feels the presence of the man who haunts her dreams. He is tangibly near and in Edinburgh. The sex they have in her sleeping moments becomes more real. But how can she find him in the streets of Edinburgh when the only thing she remembers is his touch, his scent, his passion?

Links:

Secret Cravings Publishing:  http://bit.ly/15zacRg

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Find Love in Sanctuary, Montana…

Find a little love in Sanctuary, Montana…

Sanctuary in Submission – Lara Valentine

Finding Sanctuary – Alicia White

Pleasure in Sanctuary – Melody Snow Monroe

Trust in Sanctuary – Corinne Davies

Splendor in Sanctuary – Jane Jamison

Secrets in Sanctuary – Zara Chase

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The Sanctuary, Montana series is six books written by six different authors, but all six are part of one cohesive series. Similar to the Spirit, Colorado, and Sunset Point series both released by Siren Publishing, Sanctuary follows various characters of the town as they find themselves in ménage relationships. I asked the ladies of Sanctuary, how they felt about writing a group series and Melody was kind enough to share this insight…

After having had a wonderful experience working with such talented authors for our Spirit, Colorado series last year, we decided to do another collection—only this time, we wanted to have a more cohesive plot and added in a bit of more conflict. We chose to have two ranch families who’ve been at odds since the Civil War. It was great fun coordinating across all of the books.

Alicia White told it well, when she said, “Writing is generally considered solitary. Having the opportunity to write with other ménage authors has been incredible. I felt even more inspired when writing as a team.”

I speak for the rest of the team when I say it was a privilege to work with these ladies again. We added the talented Jane Jamison, and when one member had to step down, the wonderful Corinne Davies came to our rescue.

Take a moment to look at each of the six Sanctuary, Montana books and their authors. There is an enormous wealth of talent here and I for one can’t wait to read the series beginning to end!

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Sanctuary - Lara ValentineSanctuary in Submission

Lara Valentine

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Six  lucky women will find out that when men fight hard, they love even harder.
Aubrey Maxwell has had it with her men, Noah and Riley McLean. They’ve made promise after promise and broken every one.  She has no choice but to lay down the law and hope they toe the line.
Noah and Riley know they’ve screwed up, but they love Aubrey with all their hearts. It’s time to cowboy up and act like men. Old habits die hard, however, and soon they’re back in the dog house begging for forgiveness.
When Aubrey’s threatened by an admirer, keeping her safe becomes paramount. She’s not thrilled they’ve swept in and taken over her life, but they’re not taking no for an answer. Aubrey wants to believe her men will be there when she needs them, but she’s been burned so many times. It’s going to take a miracle to get her to trust them again.

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Finding SanctuarySanctuary - Alicia White

Alicia White

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Sophie Miller has lost hope.

She’s on the run from her violent ex-husband with her twelve year old daughter, Alice.  They end up heading to Sanctuary, Montana hoping that her ex won’t be able to find them. With money tight and feeling uncertain about the future, Sophie turns to the only person in town she knows and trusts… her cousin.

Mason and Alex McLean come from a wealthy family.

When Mason spots Sophie and Alice at the grocery store in town his protective instincts surface. There is just something about the sad woman that calls to him. Becoming her hero is easy, Mason does everything is his power to turn her frown into a smile, even offering her a job at his ranch.

Will Sophie be able to let go of the pain from her past? Will she ever be able to trust and love again or will her ex-husband run her out of another town.

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Pleasure in SanctuarySanctuary - Melody Snow Monroe

Melody Snow Monroe

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www.melodymonroe.com

Six lucky women find out that when men fight hard, they love even harder.

When veterinarian, Dr. Hailey Hunter, takes a two-week stint in Sanctuary, Montana, she never expects to meet the men of her dreams. Ranch owner, Jackson Baldwin, not only is to die for sexy, he’s a man in control—that is until he finds out his father has cancer and his roommate, Tanner Crenshaw, has a thirteen-year-old son he just learned about.

Tanner is shocked to learn he has a son, but he’s determined to raise him and love him. Because the boy’s mother just died, the eleven-year-old attaches himself to Hailey. While she adores the boy, when her stint is up, she must find a full-time job as she has college loans to pay off. When she’s offered a job in another state, all hell breaks loose in Sanctuary, and she’s torn between earning money and being with the men she loves.

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Trust in SanctuarySanctuary - Corinne Davies

Corinne Davies

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As a forensic genealogist, Jocelyn Richards spends all her time delving into other family’s histories as a way to avoid dealing with her own. She’s quietly hired to find the information needed to put an end to a centuries old feud between the Baldwins and McLeans but never expected to find her future while investigating the past.

Eric and Matt Baldwin are cousins, who have grown up like brothers. Life in the fire department hasn’t been risk free. After an accident that almost claimed Eric’s life, they both moved back to their home town to build a future and train a new generation of firefighters.

Matt grew up with the firm belief in love at first sight. When they meet a woman in town to do research on a book, Eric is tempted to believe it too. But, there are more secrets to Jocelyn Richards then he first believes and when the feud flares to life again she is caught in the middle.  Will the history behind a centuries old feud drive them apart before they can create a future?

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Splendor in SanctuarySanctuary - Jane Jamison

Jane Jamison

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Six lucky women find out that when men fight hard, they love even harder.

Tatum Baldwin has loved Josh and Will McLean since high school. But the feud between the Baldwins and the McLeans means they’re off limits. When the McLean men come back into town, Tatum’s ready to make the move and claim them as her own. But what if her family finds out?

Will and Josh McLean are tired of sneaking around to be with Tatum. Yet family and the feud make it hard to go public. Just as they’ve finally convinced Tatum to take the risk, an unexpected discovery throws their world and their families into turmoil.

Will they keep their secret? But secrets have a way of coming out, especially when they’re buried in treasure.

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Secrets in SanctuarySanctuary - Zara Chase

Zara Chase

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Farah McLean is driven from Sanctuary, Montana, by the dispute that has raged for years between her family and the Baldwins, keeping her from the love of her life, Drew Baldwin.

A detective in nearby Billings, she returns home, having been shot in the line of duty, to find Drew is also back in Sanctuary, along with his buddy Isaac Kincaid. When she discovers that Drew left Sanctuary because of his feelings for her, their love for one another can no longer be suppressed.

Drew and Isaac share everything—including Farah—but their relationship can’t go anywhere without destroying their families, unless…with time and determination on her side, Farah uses her detection skills to delve into the origins of the dispute.

Will she be successful, and will the stubborn patriarchs of the two clans accept her findings, even if she is…

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For a limited time, the whole series is being offered at Siren for a discount!

Purchase all six books here: http://www.bookstrand.com/sanctuary_promo

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Guest Author – Kirsten Blacketer

Please welcome guest author Kirsten Blacketer!

 

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FIGHTING DIRTY

Lady Evelyn Montgomery, only daughter of the Baron of Rayne, detests the thought of marriage. She will never allow a man to control her.  Crushed by the constraints of propriety, she steals away from the safety of the keep and stumbles onto a plot designed to stir up trouble between England and Scotland. When a mysterious hooded man saves her, she fights her attraction to him as they join forces to hunt down a traitor and save her father. But can she save her heart?

Gabriel is a Shadow Guardian. Hiding beneath his black cowl and blending into the night, he is sworn to protect the Baron’s daughter. The spirited Lady Evelyn is far from the delicate flower he anticipated. She makes herself crystal clear, no man will possess her. Can he prove to her that love can be more than just possession? Or will the traitor they seek tear them apart forever?

The forest thinned into small, flat clearing. Gabriel dismounted and drew his sword, motioning for her to join him. Evelyn slipped from her saddle and unsheathed her own. Facing him on the field, she nodded.

Gabriel attacked, bringing his blade across to hit her left shoulder. She parried to the left to block him. He switched sides and swiped down toward her right shoulder. Evelyn countered with a parry to the right.

“Is this going to be challenging at some point?” Evelyn smirked.

Gabriel brought his blade across aiming for her left leg, which she blocked, then down to her right. She blocked again.

“Truly? You think me simple?” she asked.

He hesitated, then lunged. When she tilted her sword to parry to the right, he retracted, spinning around her to tap her bottom with the blunt of his blade. She shifted her heated gaze to him. His face was still darkened by the deep hood, but she could sense his amusement.

“That is trickery, a dirty move,” she exclaimed, tracking his movements.

“There is no such thing as a fair fight, so fight dirty,” he said. “Do you concede?”

“Nay.” Evelyn lifted her blade and charged him. He blocked her thrust, parrying to the right, pushing the momentum of the blade around to wrench it from her grasp. Throwing her weight into it, she stomped down on his foot with her heel and twisted it with all her strength.

He dropped back, slipping from her grasp and shaking his foot.

“You learn quickly, Princess.”

 

LINKS

Buy Link:

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Amazon:

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Blogs:

http://thesarcasticmuse.wordpress.com/

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Facebook:

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Twitter:

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Goodreads:

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