Saturday, April 25, 2015

#MySexySaturday #ShadesofDesire: Featured Excerpt #3

Welcome to My Sexy Saturday, week #89!

Spanish Nights (book #9 in the SHADES OF DESIRE box set)
By Valerie Twombly

Ten silent minutes later, she finally reached her front door. She slipped the key into the lock and turned the handle. The door opened to reveal a darkened room and she could hardly wait to escape back into it. She wondered if the entire trip was a waste. Good manners had her turning around to face the sexy man who'd towered beside her all day.
“Thank you again. It was lovely.”
His hands gripped her upper arms and his body pinned her against the doorjamb. His lips crashed down on hers. Bruising. Demanding. His tongue pushed passed and swept into her mouth. He tasted of danger and sin and she wanted to swallow him whole. Every lean hard muscle of his chest pushed into her breasts causing them to ache. Her nipples pebbled against her bathing suit and begged to have his hot tongue glide across them. His erection, thick and hard, pressed into her belly. She wanted to touch him, but with her arms pinned at her side she could do nothing except remind herself to breathe.
He consumed her.
Armand nipped her bottom lip then pulled away causing her to moan. Even in the dusk of the evening, she could see the desire in his eyes. It burned her soul.
Querida, never trust a strange man again. I will be your one exception,” he whispered. “Do you understand?”
She swallowed. Her throat parched from the inferno brewing inside her like a wicked storm. “Y—Yes.”

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Saturday, April 18, 2015

#MySexySaturday #ShadesofDesire: Featured Excerpt #2

Welcome to My Sexy Saturday, week #88!

Mr. Right Now (book #10 in the SHADES OF DESIRE box set)
By Kristina Knight

      His chest was tanned and strong, giving her the impression that he worked outside, shirtless. A lot. Construction, maybe? God have mercy on the women in his neighborhood. A light layer of hair trailed in a V from his pecs to disappear in a point below the waistband of his jeans. Like a treasure map. She chuckled.
      “I was just thinking how many times a pirate and his lady may have done this on the deck of a ship in the middle of the Caribbean.”
      “You are an odd woman.”
      She watched him from under her lashes for a moment. “And you’re a little bit of a pirate. Kissing me in the elevator. Seducing me away from my room.”
      His stomach muscles bunched as she raked her fingernails over his heated skin.
“Personally, I’ve always thought of myself as a privateer,” he said and easily flipped her onto her back and pressing his thigh between hers. He waggled his eyebrows.
       “Privateer. Pirate. As long as you don’t talk about my booty, we’ll be fine.”

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Ten titillating tales from USA Today, bestselling and award-winning authors. Step into the world of some of the freshest voices in romance. From spicy secrets to sweet second chances. Come find your perfect shade of desire.

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Monday, April 13, 2015

"A Sweet Surrender" Re-release!

My debut historical romance, A Sweet Surrender, has been re-released with a never-before-published prologue! In celebration of the return of the popular AMC show, TURN: Washington Spies, I have decided to release it early.

Originally published in the anthology, FOR LOVE & LIBERTY, my novelette, like the show, is set during the American Revolution in 1777 and features a wounded British grenadier solider and a mixed Native American woman who cares for him during his injury. The research for this story was very intriguing and it's fun to see a lot of what I discovered of the Revolutionary War being represented on the screen.
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As for the show, it premieres tonight at 8pm EST with a 2-hour showing. Can't wait!

Saturday, April 11, 2015

#MySexySaturday #ShadesofDesire: Featured Excerpt #1

Welcome to My Sexy Saturday, week #87!

Earlier this week, I announced the pre-order launch of our sweet and sexy bundle, SHADES OF DESIRE. To keep the excitement going until release week, I will be featuring a sexy excerpt every Saturday of each book from our box set. This Saturday, I kick off my "sexy tour" with my novel, His Bedpost Queen. Enjoy!

His Bedpost Queen (book #5 in the SHADES OF DESIRE box set)
By Lena Hart

Her breasts pressed against his hard chest. The sensation had her holding her breath. His warm, smoky scent wrapped around her, and her heart thudded in her ears—from both fear and excitement. Having sex with him hadn’t been part of the plan, but the thought of taking all that power and strength inside her was extremely arousing.
She smiled. “Then what are you waiting for?” she asked softly, gliding her fingers further down to his muscled abdomen. The desire in his eyes blazed through the dimness in the room. 

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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Authors in Bloom Blog Hop!

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Welcome to the 4th annual Authors in Bloom blog hop!
This unique blog hop is where authors share their gardening tips or favorite recipes. To celebrate the launch of my latest project, the SHADES OF DESIRE bundle, (and because I have such a weakness for sweets) I'm featuring 10 great baking tips from professional bakers, food bloggers and recipe developers to help you make very yummy desserts!

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10 Secret Baking Tips
1. “The most important choice a baker can make is to use unsalted butter. Even better, use European-style unsalted butter.”— Christina Tosi, Pastry chef at Momofuku, from Baking Tips From Momofuku Milk Bar’s Christina Tosi

2. “I do not go cheap with ingredients I use for baking. The better the ingredients, the better the end result. It might be more expensive, but the end result is so worth it.”— Andrea Harris Merrigan, baker and blogger, from 10 Basic Baking Tips

3. “If you don’t bake frequently, make sure to throw out old baking powder, yeast and spices. They all lose efficacy over time.”— Agnes Chin, pastry chef at Palena Restaurant, as told to the Washington Post in Baking Tips from D.C. Pastry Chefs

4. “All-purpose flour isn’t really made for every purpose. For the best results when baking a cake, you need to use cake flour. With a lower content of gluten-producing proteins than in all-purpose flour … cake flour yields baked goods with a fine, soft texture.”— Ben Mims, recipe developer and food writer, from 4 Cake Tips

5. “Eggs vary greatly in size and also in proportion of yolk to white. Either use weight or volume especially when a recipe calls for all yolks. A recipe requiring 4 yolks may need as many as 7 if the yolks are very small.”— Rose Levy Beranbaum, author of The Cake Bible, from Rose’s Tips for Cake Baking

6. “I sift the flour and baking powder together two or three times when making a cake (never for pastry or bread making). Though this isn’t essential, it will give your cakes a very light, even texture and stop those pea-sized air pockets forming in the crumb.”— Dan Lepard for Delicious Magazine, from Dan Lepard’s Top Baking Tips

7. “For light and fluffy baked goods, it’s important not to over stir. First, make sure your dry ingredients are completely mixed together before you get them wet. Next, instead of stirring vigorously like a cartoon chef, gently scrape down the sides and bottom of your bowl and mix with a folding motion, constantly incorporating a new section of batter.”— Christine Frazier, food blogger, from Best Baking Tips

8. “Spend time creaming your butter and sugar together... If you cream the butter and sugar correctly (about 10 minutes), you’ll get evenly baked, fluffy cookies.”— Megan Willett, lifestyle reporter, from Best Cookie Baking Tips

9. “Let the batter sit for a few minutes before pouring it into the pan. This allows the flour and other dry ingredients to fully combine with the moist ingredients. It really does make a difference in the way the cake bakes and the texture of the crumb.”— Gina de Palma for O Magazine, from Bake a Perfect Cake: 5 Tips From the Experts

10. “Make sure your oven racks are in the center of the oven. If you are baking more than one sheet of cookies in the oven at once, rotate positions halfway through baking.”— Sommer Collier, recipe developer and food writer, from Cookie Baking Tips

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Cover Reveal: "The Brightest Day" A Historical Romance Anthology

I'm excited to officially announce the upcoming release of our anthology, The Brightest Day: A Juneteenth Historical Romance Anthology with authors Kianna Alexander, Alyssa Cole, and Piper Huguley, and includes a foreword by the pioneer of African American historical romance, Ms. Beverly Jenkins!

The anthology (slated for release June 1st) features four novellas of love, hope, and freedom that span 100 years of American history after the end of slavery:

Amazing Grace, by Lena Hart:
It’s the year 1866—the Civil War is over and slavery has ended. Life for 18-year-old Gracie Shaw takes an unexpected turn when she is “encouraged” to marry a man sight-unseen. Boarded on a train headed West—to lawless territory—she is faced with misfortune at every turn and must accept the help of former Confederate soldier, Logan Finley, while denying herself the one thing she wants most. Him.

Drifting to You, by Kianna Alexander:
During the sultry Carolina summer of 1875, baker Rosaline Rhodes boards a Juneteenth cruise down the Cape Fear River. She's there to serve her famous cinnamon spice cake; shipbuilder Will Pruett is there for pleasure. They've denied their mutual attraction for months, but now the river won't be the only thing ebbing and flowing.

A Sweet Way to Freedom, by Piper Huguley:
In 1910, schoolteacher Missouri Baxter refuses to return home with a big belly and no husband. She’s got nine months to teach juke joint owner Arlo Tucker—a most reluctant student—an important lesson about what marriage means to their people. With God on her side, she'll show him “A Sweet Way to Freedom.”

Let It Shine, by Alyssa Cole:

Sofronia Wallis knows that proper Black women don't court trouble by upending the status quo, and they most certainly don't associate with roughneck Jewish boxers like Ivan Friedman. But it’s 1961 and the Civil Rights movement is in full swing. Change—and love—are coming whether Sofie is ready or not.
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Saturday, March 14, 2015

#MySexySaturday #MSS83

Welcome to another Sexy Saturday!

This weekend, I'm featuring my latest erotic short, B IS FOR BEDPOST, which now has a new--and even sexier--cover. (Check it down below. Isn't he hawt!)

I'm also excited to be featuring another sexy excerpt from the story. It's the scene that leads up right to the #balconysex. I hope you enjoy! 
“Are you sure about this, sweets?”

She rolled her hips back against him in response then pulled open the sash of her robe. The heavy material fell open and the cool night air brushed against her warm skin. In that moment, she was grateful for the cover of night because she wanted to make love to him here. Now.

She turned to face him and found desire etched across his handsome face, along with a tenderness that left her breathless and desperate for his touch. She let her robe fall from her body and, for the second time that night, stood before him gloriously naked. His nostrils flared as his eyes swept down the length of her.

She stepped toward him and pulled off his shirt, never taking her eyes away from his. “I want you to make love to me here, under the moon and stars, with the waves crashing behind us.” She reached for his buckle and yanked at the strap. “I want you to take me anyway you want, how hard you want. I want to feel you come inside me. I want us to make new memories.”

She pulled open his pants and jerked him to her. He fell forward, bracing himself against the rail behind her. She was effectively trapped between him, the banister, and the ocean that yawned in the distance.

“New memories, huh?” His lips curved into a sensual grin as he rubbed his thumb across her hardening nipple then smoothed his hand down the curve of her waist.

Her body clenched with need, and she flattened her palm on his chest, enjoying his hardness and the heat radiating from him. “Yes. Lots of sexy ones.”
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Newly engaged couple Athena Lewis and David Carrone are off to celebrate the best way they know how—in bed someplace far from the glittering lights of Las Vegas. They arrive on a private island where pleasure, fun, and relaxation awaits—or so they believe.

When they are invited to the island’s most exclusive club, they soon discover that the “Mansion” is no ordinary nightclub. Luckily, David and Tena are no ordinary couple. Looking to add more excitement to their relationship, they take the opportunity to explore their secret desires. But a night of passionate exploration brings back painful memories from Tena’s past and pushes them further from each other.

Afraid to let her past sever their special bond, Tena sets out to prove to David just how much she trusts him with her body—even if it means balancing on the edge of danger…

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