Thursday, February 26, 2015

Cold Nights, Hot Reads Blog Hop

Welcome to the Cold Nights, Hot Reads blog hop! Join me and several authors and bloggers as we feature some of our steamy excerpts, offer lot prizes, and bring you some good old-fashioned, sexy fun! Enjoy. ;)

**New Release**
a short erotic romance

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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 await—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 apart.

Afraid to let her phobia 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…
Note: this short story is a continuation of the novel, HIS BEDPOST QUEEN. Both stories, however, can be read as standalones.
(Excerpt is rated R. For readers 18+)
“You know, your eyes turn a light shade of blue when you’re angry. It’s sexy.”

His eyes widened then he shook his head. “Are you trying to change the subject?”

“Nope. Just making an observation.” She took a small step back and peeled off her white top. His gaze remained transfixed on her as she slid down her beige capri pants and stood before him in only her underwear. “If you want, we can keep arguing or…” She reached for his belt and began unbuckling it. “You can take a shower with me.”

He remained still as she pushed the buckle aside and slid down the zipper. Slipping her hand inside his pants, she grabbed his lengthening shaft and began slowly stroking him. Her movements were firm but gentle as she continued to caress him. In little time, he was steel hard against her palm, but still she didn’t stop.

His breathing came out rough as she squeezed and stroked his long length. She kept her gaze trained on his, loving the way his light eyes darkened and his cheeks flushed slightly. They continued to stare at each other, and when she sensed he was close, she leaned up and kissed him. It was a sweet, tender kiss. One meant to express her love.

“God, I need you,” he rasped thickly against her lips.

“I need you too.”

With a harsh groan, he grabbed the edge of her panties and began tugging them down.
To me, "B" is for #bedpost #bedroomgames #balconysex #bringit! What does "B" mean for you? In honor of my latest release, I'm offering an ebook copy of HIS BEDPOST QUEEN to 3 lucky commenters.

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Saturday, February 14, 2015

My Sexy Saturday #79

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Welcome to another Sexy Saturday! Today's Valentine's Day and I couldn't pass up the opportunity to take part. Today I'm featuring my upcoming release, B IS FOR BEDPOST, which will be released next week. It's a short erotic romance featuring my favorite couple, David and Tena, from HIS BEDPOST QUEEN.

This story first started off as a project to be part of an anthology but when that project fell through, I decided to release it on it's own, which made for a nice segue to their full-length sequel coming this fall.

In this short, the story literally starts off where their last story ended and follows them on their vacation far from Las Vegas. If you haven't already read their story in HIS BEDPOST QUEEN—what are you waiting for?!? ;)

In the meantime, enjoy the sneak peek! 
Without warning, Davie grabbed her towel and pulled her over him. She braced herself against his chest, but was in no hurry to rise from his hard frame.

“What are you doing?”

He smiled crookedly. “What does it look like I’m doing?” He wrapped his arms around her. “I’m about to start our own dance party right here on this bed.”

“Hmm…” She closed her eyes briefly, enjoying the pleasure of his warm lips against her neck. “You know dancing with you gets me all wet.”

His arms tightened around her and his eyes turned a stormy gray. “Oh, yeah?”

“Yeah…” she murmured, staring down at his lips, trying to hold back a laugh. “You sweat a lot.”

He burst out laughing then pinched her butt. “Well, I can’t help it,” he said, his bright eyes gleaming mischievously, “when you use all your best moves.”

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…

Coming 2•20•15

Happy (Sexy) Valentine's Day!

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Remembering Black History: The Black West, pt. 1

Last year, I featured some of my favorite poets and poetry in honor of Black History Month. This year, I want to continue that with black men and women of the Old West.

As I prepare to write my historical western romance, I am in awe of the many black men and women who were just influential in the Western Expansion--those who had built a life for themselves out in the west and Midwest, but who are sadly very rarely mentioned in the history books or Hollywood.

So each week this month, in honor of the 1860's set western romance I'm working on (which will be part of a historical romance anthology with authors Alyssa Cole, Piper Hughley, and Kianna Alexander) I will be featuring some of the fascinating stories I've discovered during my research.

This week I want to feature the top 5 "badass" black women of the Old West:

1. Cathay Williams aka "William Cathay" (1842-1892), born to a slave woman in Missouri, served as a Buffalo Solider during the Civil War for 3 years before her identity was discovered and she was discharged from the Army. All I have to say is: WOW. What a badass. She is my hero! =)

2. Mary Fields aka "Stagecoach Mary" (1832-1914) was another badass. This tall, riffle-slinging, cigar-smoking, saloon-patronizing former slave became legendary in Montana and also became the first black woman to work for the United States Postal Service, driving their stagecoach doggedly through the wild terrain to get the mail delivered on time.

3. Elizabeth "Bessie" Coleman (1892-1926) was born in Texas then later moved to Chicago, where racial injustices and discrimination followed her. But this determined Midwesterner didn't let the fact that she was black and a woman keep her from seeking out her dream. In 1920, she moved to France to obtain her aviators license and after 7 months came back to the States as the first African American woman pilot. Unfortunately, a tragic plane crash ended her life in 1926 but she will always be remembered as "a full-fledged aviatrix, the first of her race."

4. Lucy Parsons (1853-1943) was a vocal advocate for justice and equality in Texas and then later in Chicago. This former slave was a mix of African, Hispanic, and Native American ancestry and married a white, former Confederate solider but together they went on to become radical writers and speakers against injustices based on race, gender, or class. Goes to show, white or black, love does conquer all.

5. Bridget "Biddy" Mason (1818-1891) was a former slave who sued for her and her family's freedom and won. She moved out west, purchased land in the heart of what is now downtown Los Angeles, and organized the First African Methodist Episcopal (FAME) church in the city. With her wealth, she educated her children and became an influential philanthropist to the community.

I hope you enjoyed learning about my "badass" women of the old west. Next week, I'll feature the black Cowboys and frontiersmen of the Wild West.

Until then, check out more cool info on black women of the west in Black Women of the Old West by William Loren Katz, African American Women of the Old West by Tricia Martineau Wagner, or this very informative website on African American history:

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Author Interview: Alyssa Cole + Giveaway!

Happy Hump Day! I'm excited to welcome friend and fellow author Alyssa Cole on my blog today as she shares with us what the hardest part of being a writer entails, why tears bring her joy, and what thinks of critique groups. She's also offering a cool giveaway to one lucky commenter in celebration of her new release, RADIO SILENCE. Be sure to check it out!

Okay, I've hogged the mic enough... ;)

If you couldn’t be an author, what would your ideal career be?Hm, it can’t involve writing at all?? I’m not sure…a wealthy restaurateur, perhaps, because then I’d get to eat delicious food all the time, in addition to being wealthy.  Or the inventor of strange, but useful enough to be lucrative, inventions that are sold via infomercial. Or a professional Ikea furniture assembly person. I’m pretty good at that.

Which TV show(s) can you absolutely not miss every week?Sleepy Hollow! Even though season 2 is dragging, I still have hope for the show. It has a great diverse cast with amazing chemistry---when the writers give them something to work with. I do a recap every week for Romance at Random, which shows my dedication because this season has had some rough patches.

Besides writing, what other things do you enjoy doing in your spare time?Right now it feels like I don’t have time for much else, but I enjoy watching anime with my husband, perfecting my bread pudding recipe, singing nonsense songs to my dog, and trying to practice the banjo (emphasis on trying).

Are you an early bird or night owl?I’m a night owl who is in a weird transition stage to early bird. That means I set my alarm for very early in the morning with plans to be productive, then I just keep hitting snooze for two hours. Then I’m even more tired than if I had just slept in. I think I might just go back to being a night owl.

What do you think is the hardest thing about being a writer? Finding the time to do it. Unless you’re really rich, it’s really tough fitting in time to write between work, home responsibilities, family life, and seeing your friends. Something’s gotta give, and it’s usually your sanity.

Out of all of the stories you’ve written so far, what would be your favorite and why?There’s a tie between book one (Radio Silence) and book two (Signal Boost) of my Off the Grid series. I love both of the couples and their journeys so much. The tension, the angst, the getting it on. J They’re both special to me in different ways.

What advice would you offer to aspiring writers or writers in general?This is actually harder to answer than I thought. I can say “believe in yourself!” but the inverse of that is “don’t think anyone owes you anything.” I can say “don’t push yourself too hard!” but, again, the inverse of that is “you have to bust your ass if you want to be a writer.” I think the most useful advice I can give is to find yourself a critique group or a critique partner who understands your genre. I add that emphasis because getting feedback from someone who disdains your genre can be very damaging to a new author. But when you find the right people to work with, it’s amazing. They’ll tell you when something is garbage, but they’ll also help you brainstorm a million ways to fix it. When you’re down, they’ll help keep you going. And when you succeed, you’ll have your own personal cheer squad!

What was the nicest comment or most interesting question you’ve received from a reader?
ell, I really enjoy when people tell me that I made them cry because the tears of readers bring me joy. (Kidding…kind  of.) The comment that stands out to me was from an Albanian reader who reached out after reading Eagle’s Heart. She told me that she appreciated the research I’d done and that I’d made the hero Albanian and not just the villain---Albanians are usually the bad guys. That made me really happy because, when you get down to it, I write romance for people who aren’t used to seeing themselves portrayed as attractive, multi-faceted, and worthy of love. If that resonates with a reader, I feel like I’ve accomplished something.

What can readers expect from you next?Right now, I’m finishing up the third book in the Off the Grid series and revising a Civil War espionage romance. This summer, I’ll be releasing a 1960s-set novella in an anthology with you, Piper Hughley, and Kianna Alexander. (A short story featuring the couple can be found on my blog.) After that, I’ll be starting a fun New Adult series. I have a lot of plans for 2015!

Tell us about something crazy you’ve done.Oh dear. I have lots of crazy stories from my misbegotten youth…my favorite involves a Viennese bordello, but if people want to know about that, they’ll have to ask me in person. ;)
Thanks Alyssa for a fun interview! (We're gonna have to chat about this Viennese bordello...) For more on Alyssa's new release and awesome giveaway, please see below and be sure to leave a comment!  


No one expects the apocalypse.
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Arden Highmore was living your average postgrad life in Rochester, New York, when someone flipped the "off" switch on the world. No cell phones, no power, no running water—and no one knows why. All she and her roommate, John, know for sure is that they have to get out, stat. His family's cabin near the Canadian border seemed like the safest choice.

It turns out isolation doesn't necessarily equal safety.
When scavengers attack, it's John's ridiculously handsome brother, Gabriel, who comes to the rescue. He saves Arden's life, so he can't be all bad…but he's also a controlling jerk who treats her like an idiot. Now their parents are missing and it seems John, Gabriel, their kid sister, Maggie, and Arden are the only people left alive who aren't bloodthirsty maniacs.
No one knows when—or if—the lights will come back on and, in the midst of all that, Arden and Gabriel are finding that there's a fine line indeed between love and hate. How long can they expect to last in this terrifying new world, be it together or apart?

Are you prepared for the apocalypse? If not, don't worry----Alyssa has got you covered. One of you can win this customized survival kit! Once you've used the contents, you can use it to make a postapoclyptic mason jar salad. To enter, leave a comment describing the first thing you'd grab when the apocalypse struck, and why.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

A Month of Love, History, & Happy Dancing

Happy February! I can't believe we have already gone through January and so far we've survived a blizzard and I've gotten news that called for a Happy Dance: Romance Writers of America has accepted our workshop proposal for the RWA15 National conference this July, which I will be hosting with author friends, Alyssa Cole, K.M. Jackson, and Falguni Kothari!

This month, I hope to do some more happy dancing as I continue working on my new and upcoming projects and if all goes according to plan, I should have a special treat out later this month.

In addition, I'll be continuing my weekly segment of "Remembering Black History" in honor of the Secret Project I'm currently working on. (Hint: it involves a train, a black mail order bride, an ex-confederate solider, and the wild west!) But instead of poetry, as I featured last year, I will be posting some fun facts of black frontiersmen and women of the old west--something that has been sadly limited and lacking in the history books and Hollywood.

Lastly, I have my first author interview of 2015 scheduled this Wednesday with my good friend, Alyssa Cole. We're celebrating her new release, RADIO SILENCE, which is now available for pre-order so be sure to grab your copy!

Until next time...

Saturday, January 10, 2015

My Sexy Saturday #74

Here is a brief excerpt of an erotic poem from HIS DIAMOND QUEEN.
Happy Sexy Saturday!

"Come to Me"
Come lie amid the sheets of ecstasy.
I want you to feel me. Fill me.
A tender lick. 
A lasting taste.
I want you to take me. 
Break me...

Read more 
erotic musings here.

Rachelle Silva is used to getting what she wants. As the beloved protected daughter of a ruthless crime boss, she wants for nothing—except freedom from her overprotective father. But when her identity is compromised and her life is threatened, Rachelle is given the one thing she’s always hated most: an escort. 

Former fighter Jay Price stays connected with Vegas’s criminal underbelly, and for the right price he’ll take on any job. But when he’s hired to babysit self-centered “princess,” Rachelle, he finds himself captivated by the beautiful, spoiled socialite—and annoyed by his sudden attraction to her.

Confused by her own attraction to the tattooed “thug,” Rachelle sets out to make Jay as aware of her as she is of him. Unfortunately the threats to her life are all too real, and Jay is forced to bring her into “his world” until the threat is...eliminated. But he has an even bigger fight on his hands—his desire for the one woman he’s forbidden to have. 

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year!

Goodbye 2014 and welcome 2015! I'm super excited for this new year and can't wait to see what it will bring. I'm also happy to announce I completed most of my goals for 2014 and there are just a few I want to concentrate on for 2015.

My top 5 goals for 2014 are:
5. Find balance
4. Build my new SweetHART street team
3. Get and stay organized
2. Develop a healthier lifestyle and move more
1. Continue to improve my craft, build my relationships with readers/fans, and write, write, write!

I have some exciting projects planned for this year, including a new contemporary series (a Blissful Brides series), a sequel for HIS BEDPOST QUEEN, and my second historical novella. More info to come on these so be sure to sign up for my mailing list.

The words I will continue to live and write by in 2015:
“The principle is competing against yourself. It’s about self-improvement, about being better than you were the day before.” –Steve Young.

Hope you enjoy a productive and prosperous 2015. Happy New Year!
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