Sunday, December 29, 2013

2013 in Review

It's that time of year again--time to look back on the past 12 months of my writing career. It was a busy year and I had 7 new ebooks and 4 print books released! I'm hoping 2014 will be just as exciting.

Thank you to all of you who have ever bought and read one of my books. I can't thank you enough. You're allowing me to live my dream of being a full-time writer. You're the best!


--January 1st, Quinn's Quest was released in print!

--Stroke of Sapphire was released by Ellora's Cave on January 9th.

--Night of the Tiger was released by Samhain Publishing on January 15th.

--April 2nd, Finding Chrissten was released in print!

--Mark of the Bear, the second book in the Hades' Carnival series, came out on April 16th!

--Strands of Love, the final Tapestries book, was released on May 10th.

--May 21st, Out of Shadows was released in print!

--Pride of the Lion, book three in the Hades' Carnival series, was released on July 16th.

--Double or Nothing, a hot western ménage a trois, came out on August 7th.

--September 3rd, Damek's Redemption was released in print!

--Howl of the Wolf, book 4 in the Hades' Carnival series, was released on October 8th.


I also wrote a lot in 2013 and have a brand new werewolf series starting in April 2014 with Samhain Publishing. (The first three books in the series have already been written and contracted.) But first, a new Legacy book, Craig's Heart, will be released on January 21st.

With Ellora's Cave, watch for Debt of Honor (a western Quickie) on January 17th. I also have two more books contracted with EC (contemporary) and will hopefully have dates for them soon.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

'Twas the Night Before Christmas...

Happy December 24th!
 
A Visit from St. Nicholas
by Clement Clarke Moore
 
'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;
 
The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads;
And mamma in her 'kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled down for a long winter's nap,

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.
The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below,
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer,
 
With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name;
 
"Now, Dasher! Now, Dancer! Now, Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! On Cupid! On, Donder and Blitzen!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!"
 
As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky,
So up to the house-top the coursers they flew,
With the sleigh full of toys, and St. Nicholas too.
 
And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my hand, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound.
 
He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot;
A bundle of toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler just opening his pack.
 
His eyes -- how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow;
 
The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath;
He had a broad face and a little round belly,
That shook, when he laughed like a bowlful of jelly.
 
He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself;
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread;
 
He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings; then turned with a jerk,
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose;
 
He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight,
"Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night."
 

Monday, December 23, 2013

Thank You!



It's Christmas Eve Eve and many of you will be travelling or very busy over the next few days. I just wanted to take a moment to thank all my amazing readers for making 2013 a wonderful year. I have the best job in the world and it's all because of you! I've never met any of you in person, but you make me smile every day and you've all impacted my life.
 
Happy Holidays to you all! Stay safe, have fun and I hope you have the best Christmas ever.
 
HUGS
NJ

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Happy Winter Solstice

Today is the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year. From here on, the days get longer. Take some time today to stop and simply be. There is so much rushing around during the holiday season that we sometimes don't stop and breathe.




Happy Solstice! Blessed Yule!

Friday, December 20, 2013

Laurie Roma December Symposium: The Best is Yet to Come

For a special December symposium, Laurie Roma asked her friends and fellow authors to give a recap of 2013 and share some of their most memorable moments with all of you! I stopped by and shared some of my best moments. Be sure to check it out.



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Thursday, December 19, 2013

The Smutketeer's 12 Days of X-mas Celebration

Want to join in the fun and have a chance to win some cool prizes? I'm part of the Day 11 fun, and I'm giving away a PDF copy of a book from my backlist...winner's choice. So be sure to stop by and leave a comment. There are tons of prizes to be won, including a Grand Prize of a $300 gift card to Amazon or B&N from the Smutketeers!
 

 
From R.G. The Xmas Elf: Is it that time again already? I gotta be honest, the Elf got a little behind on the big performance this year. The male models were no-shows, the unicorn masks never arrived, and don’t even get me started on the tutu situation. So we may have to make do with stringed popcorn and paper hats, but we made it! Another year! Another 12 days of authors and goodies and X-mas!
 
This year is all about you. Don’t look over your shoulder, I’m talking to you. The Smutketeers and TONS of our author and blogger friends would like to thank you for another year of being the best readers in the universe, and give you their own special holiday message. Each day will bring another post full of friends and giveaways…and occasionally singing and dirty limericks.
 
***CONTEST***IF you hang with us until the end, comment every day and maybe let your friends know about our party, you have the chance to be one of 12 winners (a winner for each day) and you’ll also be entered to win The Smutketeers grand prize…a $300 gift card to Amazon or B&N!!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

New EC Quickie Coming in January!

I just found out that my Ellora's Cave western Quickie DEBT OF HONOR will be released on January 17th!

Watch for a cover coming soon!


BLURB:

“One night in my bed.”

That’s what Derek Montague wants from Kaitlyn Jacobs in order to pay off the debt her younger brother owes. Now she has a choice to make.

Derek’s wanted the standoffish Kaitlyn for years. Using her brother’s debt as an excuse to get closer to her, he gives her one option if she wants to settle it—spend one night in his bed. He expects her to throw the offer back in his face, but she agrees.

After one long, hot night of loving, Kaitlyn discovers everything is not what it seems. She’s not sure if Derek has made a fool of her or if this debt of honor could be something more.

A Romantica® western erotic romance from Ellora’s Cave

Monday, December 16, 2013

Christmas Quickie only 99 cents!

We're all so busy this time of year. There are halls to be decked, food to be prepared and presents to buy. Then there are all the social obligations, Christmas pageants and the like to schedule in. There's not much time for reading.

But there's always time for a Quickie. No, not that kind of quickie. (Although that's not a bad idea either.) But a quick read. Something you can pick up and read in one sitting while you're relaxing after a hard day of work or shopping.
 
Right now, JESSAMYN'S CHRISTMAS GIFT is only 99 cents at Amazon and Ellora's Cave. Be sure to treat yourself this EC Christmas Quickie.



BLURB:

It's Christmas Eve and Jessamyn Parker waits by the fireside in her boyfriend's house. She expects him home any minute after being away for three months on business. Clad only in a slinky teddy and sprawled beneath the Christmas tree, she plans to surprise him. But instead of her boyfriend, a complete stranger surprises her.

Caleb Morgan is the new sheriff, and unbeknownst to her, he is also the new owner of the house. Jessamyn flees back to her own home, determined to forget not only her boyfriend's betrayal, but also the heated desire that Caleb has sparked within her.While Jessamyn is shocked by his appearance, Caleb is enthralled by her. But Jessamyn has had more than enough of men.

Now, one year later, it's Christmas time again, and Jessamyn is still swearing off men. But Caleb has other ideas. The only thing he wants for Christmas is the same thing he wanted last year and didn't quite get — Jessamyn Parker under his tree.

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Saturday, December 14, 2013

Countdown to Christmas--Favorite Holiday TV Shows and Movies

Throughout the entire month of December, I watch as many of my favorite and classic holiday movies as I can. The movies and TV shows I enjoy tend to be the ones that say something positive about life or humanity. At Christmas time, I just like to feel good.

10. Little Women (The Winona Ryder version.)
"I'm so desolated."

9. Scrooged (Bill Murray)
"It's the one night of the year when we all act a little nicer."

8. A Christmas Carol (Alistair Sim)
"Humbug!"

7. How The Grinch Stole Christmas (The animated version. A mean one, but a great one.)
"You can't stop Christmas from coming!"

6. A Charlie Brown Christmas (I never get tired of watching the dust rise off of Pigpen when he sings or seeing that little, scrawny tree grow into a veritable forest.)
"Can somebody please tell me the true meaning of Christmas?"
"Sure, Charlie Brown."

5. It's A Wonderful Life (This one makes me cry, especially at the end.)
"To my big brother George, the richest man in town!"

4. A Muppet Family Christmas (Swedish Chef meets the Bird of his dreams!)
"Be careful of the icy patch!"

3. A Muppet Christmas Carol (Gonzo the Great plays Mist-uh Dickens himself)
"Darkness was cheap, and Scrooge liked it."

2. National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (Not mean, just nutty.)
"That tree will never go in our yard, Dad."
"It's not going in our yard, Russ. It's going in our living room."

1. Scrooge (The Albert Finney version).
"You wish to remain anonymous, sir?"
"I wish to be left alone!"
 
 
A newer favorite is the movie Arthur Christmas. And, of course, I have to watch Frosty the Snowman. What are some of your favorite holiday television shows and movies?

Friday, December 13, 2013

Final Winners in 9th Anniversary Contest

The ninth and final winner in my 9th ANNIVERSARY CONTEST is Joanne Balinski. Congratulations! Joanne has chosen a print copy of Damek's Redemption as her prize.

This contest was open to International Readers, but no International name was chosen during the contest. So...I pulled all the names from people outside the USA and Canada and drew one. The Bonus Winner is Elizabeth Dougan of Scotland. Congratulations! Elizabeth has chosen a print copy of Quinn's Quest as her prize.

Thank you to everyone who entered my 9th Anniversary Contest! Keep watching my website for a new contest coming soon.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Tuesday Teaser: The Gift of Shayla

In keeping with the season, the Tuesday Teaser this week is from my Carina Christmas novella THE GIFT OF SHAYLA. This is a true M/M/F ménage a trois and a story that will touch your heart.

Right now, you can buy it at Amazon for only $1.89!



TEASER:

Fuck, he felt like an idiot for lusting after not only his friend, but also his friend’s wife. Not that he’d ever do anything about his fantasies. Not only no, but hell no. He treated Shayla with the utmost respect and kept his distance. She was Rob’s wife and no way would he ever do anything to hurt Rob.

Yet the feelings still lingered. There was something wrong with him. Had to be. He plowed his fingers through his hair. He was a fucking mess.
“Adam.” There was an edge to Rob’s voice now. Adam knew his friend too well to think he was going to drop whatever was on his mind.

“Where’s Shayla?” He desperately tried to divert the conversation. It was strange he hadn’t seen her. She must be out somewhere, but he couldn’t imagine where she’d be. Not at eight o’clock in the evening on Christmas Eve.

When Rob didn’t answer, Adam finally turned his face toward him. His friend’s expression was more serious than he’d ever seen it. Shit. He picked up his glass and gulped down the rest. A waste of good scotch, for sure, but he needed the hit. Not that one drink would have much affect on him, but it was better than nothing. He needed something to dull the coming pain.

“I’ve seen how you look at me,” Rob began.
Adam closed his eyes and swallowed hard. The liquor he’d just drunk burned in his gut. He could still salvage this. He had to. The alternative didn’t bear considering.

He opened his eyes and chuckled. “Of course I look at you. I see you all the time.” There, that sounded casual enough.

“I’ve also seen how you look at Shayla.”


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Monday, December 09, 2013

Decking the Halls...

Finally put ornaments on the tree yesterday so the halls are decked for the holidays!

 
The stockings are hung. We don't have a chimney so I put them on the wall. :)




The archway between the kitchen and living room.


 

It's a small space, but it's cozy.



The tree!


Sunday, December 08, 2013

Countdown to Christmas--Only 17 days!


I remember when this song and video was released and it's still a favorite of mine.
Do They Know It's Christmas by Band Aid.

Saturday, December 07, 2013

9th Anniversary Contest--Eighth Winner!

The eighth winner in my 9th ANNIVERSARY CONTEST is TinaMarie Rumpel. Congratulations! TinaMarie has chosen a print copy of Legacy Found Quest as her prize.

The next prize will be drawn on December 13th, so if you haven't already entered, you should. There are still 1 more book to be given away.
 
 
CONTEST

It's hard to believe that my first book was published on October 27, 2004. It's crazy how fast the past nine years has gone. To celebrate my 9th anniversary as a published author I'm giving away 9 PRINT BOOKS! 


 
You heard me right. Starting October 18, I'll be giving away a print book every Friday until December 13th! Winners will be able to choose between Legacy Found, Quinn's Quest, Finding Chrissten and Damek's Redemption.

For details on how you can enter for a chance to win, check out the "Contests" page of my WEBSITE.

Friday, December 06, 2013

Countdown to Christmas

The countdown to Christmas is on. Only 19 days until Christmas. If you're looking for suggestions for the booklover in your life, be sure to check out 24 INSANELY CLEVER GIFTS FOR BOOK LOVERS over at Buzz Feeds.

Of course, gift cards for bookstores work good too. :)


 
These teacups are so cute.


 
I would have loved this when I was a kid.

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Tuesday Teaser: Jessamyn's Christmas Gift

The Tuesday Teaser this week comes from my Christmas Quickie  JESSAMYN'S CHRISTMAS GIFT. All Caleb Morgan wants for Christmas this year is Jessamyn Parker.

You can buy it on Amazon right now for only $1.49.



TEASER:

Gathering her courage, Jessamyn cleared her throat. “I’m in here. Come and get your Christmas present.”

The footsteps stopped at the sound of her voice and then she heard them moving closer. Her eyes were glued on the entranceway, which was surrounded by greenery and white twinkling lights. He moved into the light and every cell of her body went on alert.

Her gaze moved slowly upward, over a pair of faded jeans that molded to strong legs. A blue flannel shirt was tucked in, emphasizing a lean waist. His shoulders were wide, straining at the seams of his shirt as he fisted his hands at his waist. Hair the color of mahogany fell carelessly across his forehead. His face wasn’t handsome, so much as strong. His nose was prominent, his lips thin, and his jaw was shadowed with stubble.

But it was his eyes that pinned her to the spot. Amber, they seemed to glow as they watched her. The eyes of a predator. He was a prime male standing in front of her, studying her almost-naked form.

Her nipples tightened, pushing against the thin fabric and Jessamyn knew he could see them in the firelight when his eyes lingered there. She moved her legs restlessly as the ache between her thighs grew. Cream flowed, dampening the thin piece of satin between her legs. Every hair on her body was standing on end as her entire being clamored its need for this man.

There was only one slight problem. He wasn’t Bennett.


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Sunday, December 01, 2013

December Newsletter is now Available!

The December 2013/January 2014 issue of Awakening Desires—the Newsletter of Romance Author N.J. Walters—is now available.

Be sure to check out all the latest news, contests, an excerpt, and this month’s interview with the wonderful Claire Thompson. 
  As always, some lucky newsletter subscriber wins a prize. All you have to do to be eligible to win is go to Awakening Desires Newsletter and join. While you’re there, you can check out back issues of the newsletter.

Friday, November 29, 2013

9th Anniversary Contest--Seventh Winner!

The seventh winner in my 9th ANNIVERSARY CONTEST is Jordan Grubich. Congratulations! Jordan has chosen a print copy of Quinn's Quest as her prize.

The next prize will be drawn on December 6th, so if you haven't already entered, you should. There are still 2 more books to be given away.
 
 
CONTEST

It's hard to believe that my first book was published on October 27, 2004. It's crazy how fast the past nine years has gone. To celebrate my 9th anniversary as a published author I'm giving away 9 PRINT BOOKS! 


 
You heard me right. Starting October 18, I'll be giving away a print book every Friday until December 13th! Winners will be able to choose between Legacy Found, Quinn's Quest, Finding Chrissten and Damek's Redemption.

For details on how you can enter for a chance to win, check out the "Contests" page of my WEBSITE.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving



Happy Thanksgiving Day to all my friends in the USA. I hope you all have a wonderful day filled with family, friends and great food. If you're travelling this holiday weekend, stay safe!


Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Countdown to Christmas: Royal Guardsmen - Snoopy's Christmas

The countdown to Christmas has begun! It's less than a month to the big day. We had this Christmas album when we were kids. I loved listening to it. To me, one of the first signs of the holidays were when we'd put this album on the big stereo in the living room and my sister and I would dance around to the songs.




Here's the original cover of the record album we owned.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Tuesday Teaser: Tempting Tori

This week the Tuesday Teaser comes from my Ellora's Cave Quickie TEMPTING TORI. This is the first book about the Courage brothers of Texas. The other two are Lassoing Lara and Tracking Talia.


TEASER:

“I thought you liked it here.”

She could hear the anger in his voice, but more than that, she could hear the underlying hurt. Tori felt as if a knife was twisting in her heart. “I do like it here.” That was an understatement. She loved it here.

“Then you’ll stay.” It wasn’t a question, but a statement. She felt her lips turn up in a genuine smile. That was just like J. T. to figure everything was settled because he said it was so. He was stubborn and mule-headed at times, but she loved him in spite of it, or maybe even because of it. It was his stubbornness that had enabled him to take the successful ranch his parents had left him and his brothers and make it even more profitable.

“No.” She rubbed her hands up and down her arms, suddenly chilled in spite of the heat. “I can’t stay.”

J. T. strode toward her, not stopping until the toes of his boots touched the tops of her sneakers. He was a good six inches taller than her, but was so much broader that he made her feel small. Her stomach fluttered, but it wasn’t with fear.


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Saturday, November 23, 2013

9th Annivesary Contest--Sixth Winner

The sixth winner in my 9th ANNIVERSARY CONTEST is Anna Lisa McKenrick. Congratulations! Anna Lisa has chosen a print copy of Finding Chrissten as her prize.

The next prize will be drawn on November 29th, so if you haven't already entered, you should. There are still 3 more books to be given away.
 
 
CONTEST

It's hard to believe that my first book was published on October 27, 2004. It's crazy how fast the past nine years has gone. To celebrate my 9th anniversary as a published author I'm giving away 9 PRINT BOOKS! 


 
You heard me right. Starting October 18, I'll be giving away a print book every Friday until December 13th! Winners will be able to choose between Legacy Found, Quinn's Quest, Finding Chrissten and Damek's Redemption.

For details on how you can enter for a chance to win, check out the "Contests" page of my WEBSITE.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Laurie Roma November Symposium: Someone Like You!

In honor of Thanksgiving Laurie Roma asked her friends and fellow authors if they had to choose, which hero from one of their books would they be most grateful to have in their lives and why.

Find out who I chose and why at LAURIE ROMA'S NOVEMBER SYMPOSIUM: SOMEONE LIKE YOU!

Happy Birthday to Me!


Today is my birthday so I'm off celebrating and eating cake. :)
 
It's amazing how quickly the years fly by the older I get. When I was younger, each year seemed to last forever. Now it feels as though I've blinked and a decade has passed. I think I'll take some time today and think about any changes I'd like to make in my life. It's a good day to stop and reflect.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Tuesday Teaser: Katie's Art of Seduction

This week the Tuesday Teaser comes from KATIE'S ART OF SEDUCTION. This erotic/contemporary novel is a beauty and the beast story, and the beast won't be easily tamed. I love the new cover for this book!




TEASER:

The world no longer existed. Sheltered in the dark of the trees, away from the footpaths and the lights, the night was a secluded and seductive haven. Vague sounds of traffic and the barking of a dog were nothing but dim background noise, drowned out by the pounding of her heart. For Katie, there was only Cain.

Her feet left the ground as Cain lifted her easily and moved them both deeper into the surrounding trees. Startled, Katie opened her eyes as her feet touched the ground again. Cain turned her body so that her back was against a tree, and he stood in front of her. The two of them were completely isolated from the rest of the world, as the only sounds were their breathing and the wind whistling through the tree branches.

“Trust me,” came his sorcerer’s voice from the darkness.


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Saturday, November 16, 2013

Anniversary Contest--Fifth Winner

The fifth winner in my 9th ANNIVERSARY CONTEST is Sasha Ryave. Congratulations! Sasha has chosen a print copy of Quinn's Quest as her prize.

The next prize will be drawn on November 22nd, so if you haven't already entered, you should.
 
 
CONTEST

It's hard to believe that my first book was published on October 27, 2004. It's crazy how fast the past nine years has gone. To celebrate my 9th anniversary as a published author I'm giving away 9 PRINT BOOKS! 


 
You heard me right. Starting October 18, I'll be giving away a print book every Friday until December 13th! Winners will be able to choose between Legacy Found, Quinn's Quest, Finding Chrissten and Damek's Redemption.

For details on how you can enter for a chance to win, check out the "Contests" page of my WEBSITE.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Guest Author: Kathy Kulig

I'd like to welcome author Kathy Kulig to my blog today. Kathy is here to tell us about Summer Sins, her latest book from Ellora's Cave. Welcome, Kathy!

SUMMER SINS by Kathy Kulig

Release day: November 15

Ellora’s Cave

BDSM Erotica, Taboo Line



Thanks so much for having me as a guest, NJ. SUMMER SINS is part of the TropiX series. All books are completely separate stand-alone books and can be read in any order. SPRING BREAK is a ménage erotic romance.

I have a number of awesome prizes in my Release CONTEST. $25 Gift Card to an ebook store of the winner’s choice, Free Ebooks, and, to a US resident—a 2014 Ellora’s Cave Cavemen Calendar. Sign up through the Rafflecopter at any blog tour stop. Contest runs from November 15- December 14.
 


 
Blurb: Summer Sins
 
Master Adrian Cayne knows how to bring exquisite pain or pleasure to a woman’s body. Before he’ll take on an inexperienced submissive, he expects her to pass a series of seductive tests of increasing intensity to see if she’s receptive to his unique and dark skills. Under his command and relentless determination, she’ll relinquish control to him.

 
Emma is known to thoroughly research her articles for the tabloid magazine Scandal. Her latest assignment to write about Dark Odyssey, a new BDSM club, is her chance to indulge in her taboo desires for the sex she craves as a submissive. With her job and future career on the line, she has to write a lurid, gossipy story. But her heart isn’t in it because she falling for Adrian.

 
Raw and hot passion draws them past guarded limits, but when secrets are revealed, trust will be the final test for true love.

 

Excerpt Summer Sins:

When Adrian walked into the foyer he spotted Cynthia and the redhead standing next to her. His body immediately responded with a tug in the gut and a tightening in his groin. She was a tad shorter than Cynthia, which would put her at about five-seven. The green dress molded to her curvy body, athletic but not skinny. Fair skin gleamed with a natural glow. He lived in Florida but he was as pale as some of the snowbirds. Carter was right, he worked too damn much.


As if she sensed his perusal, she looked his way and made eye contact. Confident, intelligent eyes, but slightly vulnerable. As a sub, she’d be perfect if that was her inclination. He didn’t like subs who had no mind of their own. They were overly dependent, needy. Too bad she had no experience.


     “Hey, Emma.” Carter walked over and gave her a kiss on the cheek. “Meet our friend, Adrian Cayne.”


     They shook hands and exchanged greetings. For a newbie she didn’t seem that nervous or managed to cover it up well.


     “Emma is a caretaker at an animal shelter,” Carter said. “And Adrian’s a doctor.”


     “What specialty?” Emma asked.


     “Neurosurgery,” Adrian said. “What kinds of animals have you cared for?”


     “Mostly dogs and cats. When I worked at Animal Kingdom, I had a chance to work with all types.”


     “What brought you down here?” Adrian asked.


     “It was… A number of things brought about the relocation.” She didn’t explain.


Maybe she moved with a boyfriend and it didn’t work out. He wasn’t going to press.


     “I just love this room,” Cynthia said, changing the subject as she gazed out toward the ocean. “It’s still quiet, but on busy nights, this room is full of guests. You usually won’t see couples or groups having sex out here, just touching, sometimes getting naked. Hard core stuff goes on in the rooms.”


     “Has anyone explained the rules yet?” Carter asked Emma.


     “Not completely.”


     “An open door is an invitation to watch,” Adrian offered. “Those playing inside a room must invite you in. Guests can’t just waltz in during a group scene. It’s rather rude and you’ll probably get thrown out. If there are enough complaints, a guest can be asked to leave the club.” He watched her expression. A Dom could pick up the smallest telltales. He focused his attention on her soft, hazel eyes. She was looking at him and around the room, alert, taking in every detail. The muscles in her jaw and long neck were relaxed but she gripped the strap of her purse with a tight fist.


     Adrian had numerous encounters in here over the years. Eager subs anxiously anticipating a scene. Could she be his next eager sub? Or was she a newbie who thought she might like bondage only to freak out the moment she had to give up a little control. That was the disadvantage of taking on a new submissive.


     “Dark Odyssey was overdue,” Carter explained to Emma. “The one semi-bondage room with restraint table and swing was very popular. Patrons kept requesting more rooms with better bondage equipment.” He pointed the way toward a long hallway where the old playrooms were. He described the rules—how no, meant no. If any guest approached her and she told him no and was still pressured, then tell one of the guys in the black TropiX T-shirts.


     Adrian stood beside her. “You’re not saying much?”


     She jumped and looked up at him. “I’m taking it all in. This is new for me.”


     “Adrian!” A woman called from across the room. It took him a moment but he recognized the voice. Every muscle in his body tensed. If he had known she would be here, he wouldn’t have come.


     Jill strutted across the room in killer platform heels and a slinky silvery-white dress that was practically see-through. Her brown hair was longer since he’d seen her last, pulled back from her shoulders. More of her breasts hung out of the dress than were contained. Her rosy areolas showed through the flimsy material. Sliding between Adrian and Emma, her back rudely facing Emma, she put her arms around him and kissed him. “I’ve missed you, Master. So glad to see you’re back. Will you take me to Dark Odyssey this evening?” She lowered her head and slid her hands down his chest.


     Grasping her hands, Adrian gently pulled them away. “Good to see you, Jill. I’m with friends this evening.” He stepped back to introduce Emma, Cynthia and Carter.


     Jill gave Emma a quick up-and-down glance and apparently decided she wasn’t competition. “Would you like me to give you all a tour of Dark Odyssey?” She hooked arms with Adrian.


     “Thanks, Jill, but Cynthia and Carter will be giving us a tour.” He knew how possessive and needy she could be and he didn’t want to get into that now.


     Jill’s expression hardened with a forced smile. “Enjoy the tour. I’ll talk to you later, Adrian. I’ll be down here for a while unless I meet someone.”


     “Have a good evening,” he said. The others, including Emma said goodbye.


     “I didn’t know she was going to be here,” Cynthia said, obviously concerned.


     Across the room, two men and a woman on one of the sofas fondled one another.     The men groped her breasts and between her legs. A second later, her blouse was off and one man sucked her nipples. The woman had her hand down one guy’s pants while kissing the other man. Adrian noticed Emma watched them with parted lips.


“Anything appeal to you? Or offend?” Adrian asked.


     “I like the openness and sensual atmosphere,” she said. “I feel safe. I’m not sure if I’d get into the group thing. Although, I can’t say I wouldn’t try it. But what always interested me was bondage. I don’t claim to understand it, but I’m intrigued by it.” She took in a deep breath and let it out slowly. Her hands were grasped tightly together.


     Adrian noticed everything. A twitch of a muscle was a clue when he was pushing his partner toward her limit. Emma had the most expressive eyes, sensual and innocent, but defiant too.


     His groin tightened again and he clenched his teeth. It had been too long since he fucked a sweet sub, drew every ounce of pleasure from her until she moaned in ecstasy. To have a sub willing to surrender, willing to allow him to push her beyond her limits was what he needed badly. Could he have a woman in a vanilla-only relationship? “You have a question? You look confused. Have you not seen a ménage before?”


     “I’ve not watched one before. I was wondering if a Dom has more than one submissive?”


     He smiled. “Depends whether he wants to be exclusive or not.”

     “We’ll show you Dark Odyssey before it gets crowded,” Cynthia said.

 



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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Welcome Author Alicia Sparks

Author Alicia Sparks is here today to tell us about Primitive Fix, the first book in her Primitive series. Welcome Alicia!



Blurb: Book 1 in the Primitive Series
 
PRIMITIVE FIX – Meet two brothers, tiger shifters, and the women who bring out the beast in them.

Part 1 - Kenyon

Sage Villalobos has been destined to marry Kenyon Maddux since the day she was born. As the second-born in her wolf clan, she came into this world owing a debt to the family of shape-shifting tigers who rule the Louisiana swamps in the Atchafalaya Basin. Kenyon is the only man she’s ever wanted, the man who sets her blood on fire, but she’s tired of being indebted to his family for something she didn’t do. She wants him to choose her because he loves her, not because he owns her. When Kenyon’s brother, Nik, is taken prisoner, Kenyon turns to Sage for help. Using her unique skills, she knows she can help him free his brother, but there will be a price. If she agrees to do this, she wants Kenyon to release her from her debt. However, the only thing Kenyon wants to do is hold on to her and never let her go.



Part 2 - Nik

After months of captivity as part of a roadside attraction, Nik Maddux is finally able to escape. Injured and at death’s door, he makes his way through the swamp only to collapse near Juliette’s home. Juliette pulls the naked man into her cabin and begins nursing him back to health, marveling at the black stripes which cover his body and the feline features of his face. She knows he’s not quite human and realizes she may have found a kindred spirit, someone whose secrets are as deadly as her own. When Nik awakes, his attraction to Juliette is instant. While she heals his body, he wants to heal her soul. But danger is lurking in the swamp, and the longer they stay together, the more likely they are to lose everything.




Excerpt from Primitive by Alicia Sparks. Coming Soon from Beau Coup Publishing

She looked up at him as soon as he stepped into the room, and his heart stopped. Faded blue jeans replaced her business skirt and a white tank top took the place of her button up shirt. She was sitting with her feet dangling off his bed, her lips parted, her chest rising and falling. Her hand immediately went to her throat and he could smell her arousal, could sense it from across the room. Whatever she thought about him, at this moment, she wanted him, and there was no way she could deny it.

Wordlessly, he stalked over to her, aware of the way his cock hardened beneath the towel, pretty sure she could see the evidence of what she was doing to him. When he stood over her, his legs spread, arms across his chest, she looked up at him, and he knew he could take her here and now. Could, but wouldn’t. Not yet. Not until he had driven her beyond crazy with longing for him, not until she had felt a portion of what he had felt all those years she had been gone.

“Feel better?” When the words came out, he didn’t miss the raspy tone of her voice, the way it was thick and needy, filled with the same kind of longing coursing through him.

“No. Just clean.” It only took one more step and he was standing between her legs, pushing her thighs apart to make room for his body.

“Kenyon…”

“Shh. No words. I just want you to feel.”

She sucked in her breath when he reached out and pulled her flush against him, her core connecting with the towel, connecting with what was under the towel, sending a growl through his body that ended up vibrating from his lips. His hands still on her hips, he leaned forward and pressed his forehead to hers, his eyes holding her the entire way. Her tongue darted out across her bottom lip, and it took every bit of strength he had not to nip it with his teeth, show her the alpha beast he had living inside him. But he didn’t. Instead, he let the rumbling in his throat do the talking for him, the purring sound filling the room, surrounding them both.

When he felt her shiver beneath him, he knew he had her, knew she was his. She could talk about freedom and family tradition and wanting to let go all she wanted, but he knew she was his and she would never be able to walk away from what they had.

“Get off me.” Her hands were on his chest, pushing against him, but the movement wasn’t very spirited. She couldn’t have swatted a fly away with that gentle touch, but it was enough to cause his cock to jerk in reaction.

“Not until you admit that you’ve missed me.” He nuzzled against her ear with his lips, resisting the urge to take the lobe between his teeth and bite her, demand her submission. It was part of their mating ritual, of what they had always done, of how they had always been. She remembered. The way her body was calling out to him, her scent permeating his brain, he knew she remembered and wanted him as badly as he wanted her.

“If I admit it, will you go away?” Her nails grazed against his shoulder, her actions in opposition to everything she was saying. A low moan escaped her throat, followed by a gasp, as if she had stopped herself—or tried to stop herself—from reacting to him.

“You’ll never get rid of me. Even if you live to be a hundred and you disappear into the Colorado wilderness, I will always be part of you.” He nipped her ear this time and was rewarded with another gasp, another moan. “You want me, Sage. You haven’t seen me for three years and your body needs me like it needs to breathe.”

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