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It’s Time For “Waking Up Wolf”

I am highlighting another great author from the Alpha’s Claim Manlove Anthology. Nikka Michaels has been to the Spicy Butterfly Garden before so you all might be familiar with her. Today, she is here giving us a little peek at her story, Walking Up Wolf, from the Evernight Publishing anthology. Enjoy! The excerpt is great! 🙂

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Strength. Power. Domination. 

The shifters in our Alpha’s Claim: Manlove Edition anthology have one thing in common—they won’t take “no” for an answer. Whether they lead packs of their own, or whether they walk a solitary path, these alphas won’t let anyone stop them from claiming their men.

Lose yourself in these ten sinfully delicious love stories. After all, who could deny an Alpha’s claim?

WAKING UP WOLF BLURB:

When a radioactive leak in the local water source turns the inhabitants of Adam Baker’s small town into shape shifting wolves, he manages to hold and survive alone–alone except for the wolves he hears in the distance. When he doesn’t immediately undergo “the change” into a wolf himself, he begins to believe he’s immune. After his dreams begin to include another wolf, he finds himself drawn to the howls outside his window and the pack’s alpha Grady Conway.

EXCERPT:

 Adam watched him carefully. “You don’t even know me. Why would you invite me back with your family, your pack?”

Grady looked down. “What if I told you we needed you? That I needed you?”

Adam stared at him like he’d gone crazy.

“Me? Why would you need me?”

A true alpha needs a mate.” Grady raised his head, meeting Adam’s eyes, and for a moment he couldn’t look away.

“And you think I’m your mate?”

“I don’t think. I know. You’re my mate, always have been.”

Adam backed away, and he felt himself shake and pain shoot through his body as he fell to his knees. Naked and sprawled in the dirt he stared up at Grady, who closed his eyes and shifted, leaving himself bare as well.

Adam swallowed hard as he stared up at Grady in shock. This close he could see every single inch of the tanned and toned body of the man who commanded a pack. Muscled and imposing, he stared down at Adam, his blue eyed gaze heated.

Without another word, Grady took a step closer, sliding his hand over the top of Adam’s head possessively. He slowly wrapped his hand around Adam’s long dark dreads and pulled his head back, exposing his neck. Adam’s eyes slammed shut as he waited for Grady to change and wolf teeth to tear out his throat. Instead, when Grady’s human teeth sank into his shoulder he shuddered and cried out.

Pleasure/pain surged through Adam’s body as he jerked awake, his cock throbbing as he felt hot cum stripe his belly. His legs shook as he panted for breath, his bed sheets and body soaked with sweat.

His dreams had never been that vivid before, and when he shifted his body his muscles screamed in protest and he flopped back with a moan.

When he yanked back the blankets he stared.

His feet were dirty, caked in mud along with his hands. On his neck, he could feel Grady’s teeth marks.

He’d been marked by the alpha.

BUY LINKS:

Evernight Publishing: http://www.evernightpublishing.com/alphas-claim-manlove-edition/

Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/Alphas-Claim-Manlove-Tyler-Robbins-ebook/dp/B00I0HESDA

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Alphas-Claim-Manlove-Tyler-Robbins-ebook/dp/B00I0HESDA/

 All Romance eBooks: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-alpha039sclaimmanloveedition-1404572-166.html

Bookstrand: http://www.bookstrand.com/alphas-claim-manlove-edition-mm

 

About Nikka:

Nikka Michaels lives in the often rainy Pacific Northwest where she spends her time cooking, laughing and crafting romantic tales to satisfy her craving for HEAs with heat. A voracious reader, novice knitter and music lover she’s been known to multitask without breaking a sweat. She loves to read and write M/M romance but believes everyone deserves a love story. She currently has three releases out, Chasing Matt, a M/M novella co-authored with Eileen Griffin, Christmas with Caden, a M/F romance novella from Cobblestone Press, and “Waking up Wolf”, a M/M shifter romance in Evernight Publishing’s Alpha’s Claim: Manlove Edition anthology. Her short erotic M/M BDSM story, Room Service is forthcoming from Cobblestone Press in February 2014. Nikka is currently at work with her co-author on two M/M foodie romance novels, set to be released summer and fall 2014 from Carina Press.

 

Links:

Blog: http://www.nikkamichaels.com

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/nikkamichaels

Facebook Profile: http://www.facebook.com/Nikka.Michaels

Facebook Author Page: http://www.facebook.com/nikkamichaelsauthor

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7231273.Nikka_Michaels

Evernight Publishing: http://www.evernightpublishing.com/nikka-michaels/

Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/author/nikkamichaels

“The Becoming” by Tyler Robbins

Today I have the honor of hosting Tyler Robbins on the Spicy Butterfly Garden. She is one of ten amazing authors with a story in Evernight Publishing’s latest Manlove Anthology – Alpha’s Claim. Tyler’s story is entitled “The Becoming”… check it out!

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“The Becoming” Blurb:

As the son of an alpha, Josh Spinner has dreaded this day ever since he first realized he was gay, but planned to go through with the becoming, denying his true self forever.

Braden Scott, the only son of an exiled omega wolf, has lived in the shadows of shame since his father’s banishment before he was even born. The becoming was his only shot of ever being accepted into the fold.

Neither man expected their undeniable attraction and neither are prepared for the fallout that follows.

Natural selection separates the men from the boys, but destiny seals their fate.

Excerpt:

Braden followed him for several minutes until the light from the campfires faded into the darkness behind them. Out of breath and feeling like he was about to come out of his own skin, he backed off. “I’m just trying to figure it out, man.”

In an instant, Josh stopped, turned on his heel and charged at Braden, slamming him against a tree.

Braden’s heart jumped, and his cock thumped the second he felt Josh’s erection pressing against his hip.

“Leave me the fuck alone.”

Braden drew in a deep breath to calm himself. “Why?”

Josh’s nostrils flared, and he seemed to search Braden’s eyes. The tight strain on his brow loosened with each passing second, and he slowly released the intimidating hold on Braden. “Because you’re gonna fuck everything up.”

Confused, Braden reached out and gripped Josh’s shoulder. “I didn’t do anything.”

Josh’s gaze drifted down to Braden’s mouth, and he licked his lips. “My future’s been planned. I’m destined to be an alpha.” Pausing, he clenched his jaw and blinked rapidly as though desperate to explain. “But I’ve never—”

“So you do feel it?”

Josh pushed away. “My whole fucking life I’ve waited to feel … that. Whatever it was.”

“I have, too.”

Josh’s chest rose and fell, and his expression twisted. “They won’t allow it.”

“You don’t know that.”

He shook his head. “Yeah, I do.”

“Are there rules?”

“Rules?” Josh stepped back and laughed sarcastically. “Some rules are the same in all societies, shifter and human.”

Braden reached out for him, unable to go another second without touching the other man. “I have to know.”

“Know what?”

“This.” He grabbed Josh by the collar of his shirt and jerked him near. “I gotta know, even if it’s just one time, how it feels to be true to myself.”

Josh closed his eyes. His nostrils flared wide, and his hands trembled as he grasped Braden’s shoulder.

Braden’s shaky exhale echoed between them, and he inched closer until he could literally taste Josh’s breath. “Gotta—”

Josh’s mouth engulfed his, and Braden whimpered from the rush of emotions bombarding his entire body like hot coals from a raging fire zapping out one by one, torpedoing his skin, inch by glorious inch.

Braden wrapped his tongue around Josh’s and sucked it into his mouth, deeper and deeper, as if consuming the other man would satisfy his insatiable appetite for more. He jammed his hardened cock against Josh’s and dry humped him through their jeans. “Feels so right.”

Buy Links:

Evernight Publishing: http://www.evernightpublishing.com/alphas-claim-manlove-edition/

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Alphas-Claim-Manlove-Tyler-Robbins-ebook/dp/B00I0HESDA/ref=pd_rhf_gw_p_d_2

About Tyler: 

Tyler Robbins is the pen name of author Robin Badillo, who lives in a small Texas town and is the mother of four nearly grown kids, two boys and two girls.

Tyler enjoys stepping out of her comfort zone and pushes the envelope on the stories she writes every chance she gets. She hopes her readers are just as thrilled as she is with the chances she’s taking.

Always the optimist, Tyler is a firm believer that gray hair is merely God’s graffiti!!

Blog: Tyler’s Naughty Notions: http://www.tylerrobbins.org

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/robin.badillo

FB Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/author.tyler.robbins

Twitter:https://twitter.com/Robin_Badillo

Mid-Week Tease – “Panther Ridge” – Part of the Alpha’s Claim Anthology – #MWTease

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Ahhh… it’s Mid-Week Tease time! One of my most favorite times of the week because I love Author Sandra Bunino’s feature. Every week I join several other amazing authors as we share a snippet of a new release, a backlisted titled or a WIP. Aside from having the opportunity to share a little part of my work, I get to hop from site to site reading other authors’ works. It’s a lot of fun!

This past Friday, my story Panther Ridge was released, along with nine other incredible authors in the Evernight Publishing’s Alpha’s Claim anthology. Below is the blurb for my story, followed by a new “tease.” Enjoy!

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Nathan Thorne is many things. Confident. Proud. Strong. Ruggedly good-looking. And a firefighter. But what really makes him different from most men is that he’s part animal… literally…he shifts into a Florida panther. Nate has spent most of his life a loner, finding satisfaction in random women and roaming his one hundred fifty acres of Florida flatlands in Panther Ridge that his mother left him. He was content. But when Ciara Black enters Nate’s favorite hangout he doesn’t know what hit him. She’s everything he’s ever desired and he knows without a doubt that she’s his mate.

Ciara is on the run trying to escape her father and step-brother’s attempts to steal her Momma’s money. Life is hard and full of disappointments until she meets Nate Thorne. He turns her inside out with just a few words and a smile.

When someone threatens Ciara, Nate can’t do anything but protect what’s his. Can Ciara love him and the animal within?

The Tease:

But Nate was different. He didn’t beat around the bush. Nope! He laid his intentions on the bar top immediately upon her asking. If she were honest, she’d admit that it had been a turn on. No one had ever looked at her with such desire, such … what was that look? Need. Yes, Nate looked at her like he needed her.

All she could imagine as she stood there staring at him was how amazing his full lips would feel moving all over her body. And his hands. Good God. Roughened clearly by his occupation, but oh so strong as he held her wrists. Goose bumps had risen all over her body at the thought of him running those hands against her skin elsewhere.

The Watering Hole started filling up. Five o’clock had come and gone, and it was a typical Friday night. Someone squatted at every bar stool, and the few booths around the edge of the building were packed as well. The Johnson brothers had their usual game of pool going, and most eyes were glued to the large screen television that offered the summer’s pastime of a Tampa Bay Rays game. But Ciara couldn’t get her mind off of Nate Thorne, who sat chatting about the fires with a guy who sat next to him. Even while deep in conversation, his predatory gaze followed her every move as if he were stalking prey and she was his target.

“Hey, sweet cheeks,” Darrin Johnson said, sliding up to the bar next to Nate. Though Ciara had only been in town a couple weeks, the Johnson brothers practically lived at the Watering Hole, and she’d come to know them a bit. Darrin never relented on his flirting, constantly trying to get her to go out with him. But he wasn’t her type.

In fact, she hadn’t really known her type until she met Nate Thorne. Fuck! He is hotter than hell. His tawny hair lay short on his head but long enough to run fingers through and grasp, and his light brown eyes sparkled with gold flecks. And he was a firefighter. Hot damn! His body could easily grace one of those firefighter calendars. Many women would be proud to hang him in their homes.

“You know my name, Darrin,” she  said with a smile. “And it’s not sweet cheeks.”

“But you do have sweet cheeks,” Darrin said in a joking manner. A tiny growl rolled out of Nate as he turned his head  in her direction. Nate’s light brown eyes flashed with annoyance, and his lips pulled back as if he were seconds away from snarling at Darrin.

“Is that the way you talk to a lady, Johnson?” Nate asked, snapping his head in Darrin’s direction.

“Thorne, hey,” Darrin said, patting Nate on the back.  Nate’s muscles tensed at the condescending gesture. His biceps bulged under the tightness of his dark blue t-shirt. His pecs drew the shirt tight across his chest.

Being underneath his hard body would be a fantasy come true for Ciara. At twenty-seven, she was no virgin, but it had been several months since she’d been with a man. Several months. Over the last year, shit with her father made it impossible for her to have a normal life. “See you survived the brush fire unscathed.”

“I wouldn’t say unscathed, but I survived just fine,” Nate said sharply. “Don’t talk to the lady in such a crude way. She has a name.” Ciara bit the inside of her cheek to keep from cracking up. Crude! Ha! Nate has some nerve after what he said to me!

If you want to see how I pictured Nate and Ciara or the area of Panther Ridge, check out my Panther Ridge Pinterest board: http://www.pinterest.com/thejessicajayne/panther-ridge/

If you enjoyed this tease and are interested in reading the rest of Panther Ridge and the other anthology stories, you can buy it here:

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Amazon

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Totally Tantalizing Tuesdays – Charlie Hunnam

Oh, it’s Totally Tantalizing Tuesday again and who better to lead that day that Charlie Hunnam. I’m not typically a girl that goes ga-ga over a blond haired guy. I’ve always been more attracted to the darker haired men, but something about Charlie intrigued me from the minute I laid eyes on him.

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Charlie is a British actor, who had his big break in Queer As Folk, but he’s most famous for his current role as Jackson “Jax” Teller on Sons of Anarchy.

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He’s got a ruggedness about him that screams bad boy

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And yet, he’s got this cute, endearing side.

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Clean cut in Pacific Rim

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Tough as nails in Sons of Anarchy

I will admit… I was glad when the Christian Grey role didn’t pan out for him because I feel the movie has the possibility of plummeting the actor’s career. (I’m one of those people that don’t believe Fifty Shade of Grey should be a movie, but will probably go see it for the train wreck I think it will be.) But I will also admit that I was a little sadden to know we wouldn’t get to see Charlie on the big screen with unbuttoned jeans! 😉

If you want to learn more about this incredible man, check out his official fan site: http://charliehunnam.org/

Also, if you missed DC Stone’s Man Candy Monday, you can still check it out here: www.authordcstone.com

It All Happens At Panther Ridge – Evernight Publishing’s Alpha’s Claim Anthology

I remember seeing the Anthology Submission Call on Evernight Publishing’s website for the Alpha’s Claim and thinking “Shifter story, hmmm. Can I do this?” I’ve always been a contemporary erotic romance writer, never really venturing into the unknown like vampires, shifters, etc. But I wanted to give it a try and I had this Florida panther shifter sitting at the front of my brain calling for a story. So, I sat down and started typing and Nathan Thorne came to life! And I love him! I think you will too because his story made it into the Anthology, which is being released today, Friday, January 24, 2014! Yay! I feel honored to be a part of such a great group of authors for this book! All of the stories rock and you will see some of them featured here over the next few weeks, so don’t forget to check back. Here it is… Alpha’s Claim!

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Anthology Blurb:

Strength. Power. Domination. 

The shifters in our Alpha’s Claim anthology have one thing in common – they won’t take “no” for an answer. Whether they lead packs of their own, or whether they walk a solitary path, these alphas won’t let anyone stop them from claiming their women.

Lose yourself in these ten sinfully delicious love stories. After all, who could deny an Alpha’s claim?

Panther Ridge Blurb:

Nathan Thorne is many things. Confident. Proud. Strong. Ruggedly good-looking. And a firefighter. But what really makes him different from most men is that he’s part animal… literally…he shifts into a Florida panther. Nate has spent most of his life a loner, finding satisfaction in random women and roaming his one hundred fifty acres of Florida flatlands in Panther Ridge that his mother left him. He was content. But when Ciara Black enters Nate’s favorite hangout he doesn’t know what hit him. She’s everything he’s ever desired and he knows without a doubt that she’s his mate.

Ciara is on the run trying to escape her father and step-brother’s attempts to steal her Momma’s money. Life is hard and full of disappointments until she meets Nate Thorne. He turns her inside out with just a few words and a smile.

When someone threatens Ciara, Nate can’t do anything but protect what’s his. Can Ciara love him and the animal within?

This is how I pictured Nate and Ciara. I will admit, this picture has a little darker hair than I pictured on Nate, but his face and body is spot-on!

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Excerpt:

“What brought you to town, Ciara?” Nate asked. His gaze wandered over her face. Her nose dipped just slightly giving her a delicate look. Her lips were full and pouty, perfect for wrapping around his cock. Fuck! I need to get my head on straight. It hasn’t been that long since I’ve been laid. But it had been that long since he’d wanted so desperately to be laid by a particular female. In fact, this may have been the only time he could remember feeling only one female could bring him the release he needed, and that female was her. Every ounce of him, body and soul, told him Ciara was his mate.

“A change,” she said, softly, finally looking away from him.

“A change from what?” he pushed.

“A change from my family,” she said, opening the cooler and apparently checking the stock.

“What’s wrong with your family?” Nate asked. “Jack’s a great guy.” Shutting the cooler door, she turned to face him. Placing her hands on the counter, she leaned in closer to him. Her scent enveloped him and he had to bite his lower lip to keep from growling.

“Uncle Jack’s not the problem. He’s the reason I stayed in Florida. Otherwise, I’d have headed out west to get clear of my money-grubbing father and stepbrother,” she said, looking him straight in the eye. “You’re quite the nibby-nose!”

“Just like to know who’s pouring my beer,” he said with a smirk.

“Are you going to look at me all night like you want to eat me alive?”

Nate’s hands shot out to grasp her wrist in such a quick fashion that Ciara looked stunned. Being a panther shifter made him more agile than most normal men. His quickness had saved his life on more than one occasion, but it also benefitted him in situations like this one where he wanted to make a point and catch someone off guard.  The feel of her skin against his was more than he could take, and the growl that he had been trying to stifle escaped.

“I am going to eat you alive,” he whispered, tightening his grip on her wrists. Her blue eyes widened. Though there was a hint of fear in her eyes, he also saw the desire, and that made him continue. “I’m going to bury my tongue in that sweet little pussy of yours until you come all over my face. I can’t wait to taste you.” She inhaled sharply at his words.

Add it to your Goodreads TBR list here: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20619705-alpha-s-claim-anthology

Buy Links:

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Mid-Week Tease – WIP – “Board Discretion” – #MWTease

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And the Mid-Week Tease is back and better than ever with this new HOT “tease” picture! I love this blog post feature that Author Sandra Bunino hosts and allows me, and others, to participate in every week. We took the month of December off due to the holidays and it seems Sandra is ready to get this feature going again! If you aren’t familiar with the Mid-Week Tease, it allows us authors to share a snippet of a new release, a backlisted title or a WIP. Aside from having the opportunity to share a little part of my work, I also get to read snippets of other authors and get to be introduced to amazing authors and books.

I’m winding down the writing on my final book in the Taking Advantage series – tentatively called Board Discretion. If you’ve read book 1 – Board Stiff and book 2 – Board Approved, you’ve been introduced to both the main characters in book 3 – Mark Olson and Suzie McCormick. Please keep in mind… it is a WIP so it’s unedited at this point… be kind! 😉

Mark is the owner of several car dealerships in the St. Petersburg/Tampa area. He is also a member of the board of directors for Advantage Insurance Company. Mark is forty years and has been painting the town and sowing his wild oats – so to speak – for the last couple years after escaping a fifteen year marriage that lost its love. But all of his friends are settling down and Mark is wondering if maybe a second chance in love is possible.

Suzie is the executive assistant to the CEO at Advantage. She’s in her early thirties and has been burned more than once in love. Though she’s thrown herself at various men in an attempt to find the right one, she’s been very unlucky. But Mark has always paid her attention and she’s more than attracted to him. Will his playboy in a mid-life crisis reputation get in their way?  We’ll see…

He took another sip of his whiskey and sighed. That was, he used to have a new woman every weekend to remedy his cravings. Lately, however, one woman and one woman alone had actually permeated his thoughts and his desires. And it seemed only she could feed his hunger. Suzie McCormick.

Since his divorce, he’d taken the position that remaining single was what he wanted. It made things less complicated for his two pre-teen daughters. Shit! It made things less complicated for himself. But that lifestyle could also be quite lonely.

That’s where Suzie came in and complicated the hell out of his life. She was the executive assistant to the CEO of Advantage Insurance Company and well… Mark was a member of Advantage’s board of directors. He loved his position on the board. Aside from the small amount of prestige it carried, he’d made great friends with the other members. But he also loved his most recent position between Suzie’s legs.

If only our situations were different.

A familiar giggle wafted in from the direction of the dance floor. The delicate sound stirred his cock to life. It stiffened against his black trousers instantly.  After several weeks of clandestine meetings involving dirty talk and hard fucks, he’d know that giggle anywhere.  Turning his head in the direction of the dance floor, anger heated his face and his hands clenched into fists at the sight he witnessed.

Sandwiched between two guys that he’d now refer to as dickheads, danced the woman that wreaked havoc on his single life status.  Her little black dress clung to her trim frame, emphasizing her small, but very perky breasts and showing off her figure that could easily grace the cover of any fashion magazine. Her legs stretched for miles and her creamy white skin contrasted nicely against the jet black of her dress. Flinging her silky blonde hair over her shoulder and down her back, her hips gyrated against her two dance partners. The taller man dancing behind her slipped his hand over her hip and rested it over her low belly as he rubbed what Mark was sure to be a rock hard erection against Suzie’s ass.

What the fuck was she doing? First, she never came to the Beach Club. Never. In all his regular visits to this club over the last couple of years, he had yet to see her in her once.  Second, she was practically dry-humping two guys in the middle of the dance floor. That wasn’t her typical style.

Throwing back the last remnants of his whiskey, he stood from his bar stool, tossed some cash on the bar and turned toward the dance floor. He wrestled with what his next move should be. He wouldn’t let her talk about a relationship with him because of their situation, but watching her dancing with those two assholes pissed him off. Fuck if I’m going to let some other guy touch her. His long stride made short distance of the space where he stood and she danced. Her head rolled back and to the side, her blue eyes stopping when she noticed he stood only inches from her writhing body.

“Mark!” she said. Her body went completely still despite the fact the two guys continued to undulate against her.

“Excuse me, fellas,” Mark said, grabbing her by the wrist. “I’m cutting in.” He pulled her free from the two men, who protested over the loud music of the cover band.

“Dude, get your own girl,” the shorter guy said, clearly inebriated. His taller buddy wrapped an arm around his friend and dragged him off toward the bar.

“Fuck off,” Mark said before they got too far. The short guy turned around and flipped him the middle finger, but his friend seemed to maintain control, so Mark let it go. His hands gripped Suzie’s hips harshly, his fingers digging into her flesh. His eyes met hers, issuing her a warning that his temper was flared.

If you haven’t read the first two books in the Taking Advantage series, below is information on how to find them!

If you want to add Board Stiff to your TBR list, you can find it here on Goodreads:  http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17969401-board-stiff

If you want to add Board Approved to your TBR list, you can find it here on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18214843-board-approved

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If you are ready to purchase Board Stiff, you can find it here: Evernight!

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If you are ready to purchase Board Approved, you can find it here: Evernight!

They are also at Amazon, ARe, B&N and Bookstrand.

Click on the link below to find the amazing authors that are participating with me in this week’s Mid-Week Tease! Enjoy!

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Totally Tantalizing Tuesday – Daniel Conn

This week I’m coming into Totally Tantalizing Tuesday with a BOOM! And I can say that because I have some pretty incredible pictures of a pretty incredible man. If you don’t know Daniel Conn, you’ve been missing out! As a sports fanatic, I’ve come across him once or twice and became hooked. He’s an Australian rugby player and one fine specimen of male perfection.

51S92Vi0fTL._SS500_I know what you’re thinking… I thought the same thing! DAMN!

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To get tackled by him would be a dream come true!

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No one loves a bad boy more than me!

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Sexy and ready for the beach

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Rugby… yep, I’m a fan!

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Good God!

You can find more pictures and information about Daniel on his Facebook page. Check him out! It’s worth the time!

 (PS – I don’t claim any ownership to these photos. They were readily available on Google. Enjoy!)

“A Love Unfinished”

Bethany-Kris is visiting the Spicy Butterfly Garden today with her newest Evernight Publishing release, A Love Unfinished, Book 1 of the Clans of Fire. A Love Unfinished looks amazing and check out the incredible cover. Join me in welcoming Bethany-Kris and her new dragon series.

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Blurb:

Over two decades ago, an attack on The Clan of Cobalt left families of dragons in ruins; now, with the clans able to start rebuilding their lives, history is beginning to rewrite, one dragon and one mate at a time…

Dani Heartview spent a year running from the past she can’t forget and it’s about to catch up in the form of Holden Levy. When he suddenly disappeared, she was devastated, but now he’s back. Even if she can’t deny their connection, the man who returned is vastly different from the one who left.

With Holden’s secrets uncovered, the Alpha dragon inside the man is demanding for its mate to be claimed, but there’s danger lurking close by. Still, his abandonment is a monster she can’t shake. Can she forgive to restart their life, and if she does, can Dani handle exactly what it means to be a dragon’s mate?

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Excerpt:

“Get away from me,” I hissed. “You have no right to be here.”

Emotion broke through on his handsome features, marring it with sadness as my eyes blurred with unshed tears. “Please, Dani…”

“Stop saying my name.” My voice was rising to an unhealthy octave. My heart was pounding at a too fast pace. Why would he be here? He had to have known I wouldn’t want him here. “Stop sharing my fucking air. For God sakes, get out of my space, Holden.”

“Ouch, man.”

Holden didn’t even glance back at his friend. “Shut up, Duran.” There was a timber in his tone, something else I didn’t recognize from the man standing before me. I felt wetness drip down my cheeks. “Oh, Dani, please don’t cry…I didn’t come here to make you cry, baby.”

Baby? “Who in the hel—”

“Dani!” Jade was out of the kitchen and rushing over to my side. She barely noted the men or my heartbroken expression. That, or she mistook it for the pain of the coffee spill. “Did you get burned?”

“I’m fine.” Those words were the biggest lie I’d ever spoken.

“She’s not,” Holden replied quietly. “Could you get a cool cloth and the first aid kit, if you have one?”

“I’m fine,” I repeated. “Jade, could you handle these guys, please?”

“Dani, wait.”

“Holden, I swear to God if you don’t walk out of this place right now and never look back, I will…” I couldn’t finish my sentence because there wasn’t anything I didn’t already feel for him. Hate. Love. Desire. Disgust. I felt all of that. With him being so close, it only served to make me more confused. Defeated, air rushed from my lungs, in a harsh exhale. “Leave, right now.”

Jade appeared lost. “Um…okay, I’m going to grab the first aid. You’re going to stay here and sit down.”

Duran smiled at Jade when no one responded. “Thanks, sweetheart.”

Holden hadn’t taken his eyes off me. When he moved forward, I backed up. “Don’t come any closer. I don’t want you near me.”

Agony pulled Holden’s full lips into a frown. “Let me explain.”

“I told you this wouldn’t be the best place to approach her,” Duran said. “We should have waited.”

“We don’t have that kind of time.”

“Why haven’t you left?” I asked, feeling a seething rage beginning to take over my initial shock and pain. “Have I not made it clear enough yet that you’re not welcomed?”

“You made it clear.” Holden’s gaze flickered up to the ceiling, a tick showing in his strong jaw. “But it’s not that simple. One minute, Dani. That’s all I’m asking for. After all we were, don’t you owe me that?”

“Owe you?” My hands trembled. The sudden burst of fury and courage that swept over me was all consuming. I stepped up to him and slammed my fist into his chest. Holden barely flinched and the action hurt me a great deal more than it must have him, but emotional pain registered in his eyes. “I owe you. Are you fucking insane? You left me, Holden. Left me in Tennessee with nothing. Not a goddamned explanation, not a goodbye…nothing!”

I hit him in the chest again, disbelief coursing through me. “How could you ever say that I owe you after everything you did to me? I waited for months. I called your phone every day. I texted, emailed, and left messages until your inbox was full. You could have been dead if not for that stupid note. I defended you when it was clear you didn’t want me anymore … Once, Holden. All you had to do was answer me back just once! You up and walked away from me, from our home, and our life without a single care in the world. And you have the audacity to say that I owe you anything?”

“Do not…” he growled, face suddenly mere inches from mine, “…say that I just walked away from you, Dani. I never would have walked away from you like that had I been given the choice. Ever.”

His response only served to fuel my rage. “Well, excuse me for living. What would you call me waking up to an empty house, with a note on the counter, and no you to be seen again, exactly?”

Anger clouded his face. “What did that note say, Dani?”

“Holden, calm down.” Duran was up off the bench, a hand on his friend’s shuddering arm. Rippling tension flowed between the men, but my former lover and fiancé didn’t register the one person attempting to help the situation. No, his focus was solely on me. “Come on, we’ll do this another time.”

“You won’t do it ever again,” I spat hatefully.

“Yes, I will. I have to. I can’t be me without you.” That confession struck me like a knife in the chest, the blade twisting painfully. Holden breathed deeply, the fight suddenly gone from his body as quickly as it came. “I will always come back for you. I lo—”

“No, you don’t. You never did. If you had, this…” I said with a wave at us, “…wouldn’t have happened.”

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Bethany-Kris is a Canadian author, lover of much, and mother to two young sons, two cats, and two dogs. With her children under her feet, animals at her side, and spouse calling over his shoulder, she is nearly always writing something…when she can find the time.

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What Makes Your Toes Curl? Winter Wonder Man Blog Hop

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We all have our fantasies with our fantasy man! Yes! All of us! And there’s nothing wrong with that. I’m married, but I’m not dead… as I like to say! So, when I’m watching a movie or a television show or reading a good book, what about the lead male drives me crazy to the point of wishing I was the leading lady?

I tend to fall for the dark hair and light eyes kind of guy. The eyes can be blue or green or even a shade of hazel. Something about that combination gets me every time. I’m not particularly attracted to those guys that are overly bulky with muscle, but I love a guy with definition… a guy that takes care of his body and makes you want to trace his abs with your tongue! (oops… did I write that?!) He’s got to have a tough exterior. In my younger years, I enjoyed my share of bad boys. I admit… I like the bad boy look. But underneath all those tattoos and muscles, nothing melts me like butter like a bad boy with a soft spot for his girl.

He wants to protect her… at all costs. He’s not afraid or embarrassed to ask her for what he wants. (Nothing turns me on more than dirty talk… seriously!) He knows what she likes… what she wants. And most importantly, he knows how to give her what she needs. If it’s a smack on the behind or a caress on her low back or a passionate kiss, he knows how to take care of his girl.

If you’re new to my blog, check out my Totally Tantalizing Tuesday posts. You can find some of my most favorite fantasies there!

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One of my most favorite heroes is Matt Riley from my book, In Flames. He’s a sexy firefighter that will melt your heart and curl your toes. Don’t hesitate to check him out!

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Gracelyn Riley married a firefighter and she knew that came with some risks.  But she never imagined herself widowed in her early thirties with two children to care for on her own.  Even though she had asked her husband, Chad, for a trial separation the week before his death because she found out about an affair he was having, dealing with the last year without him has not been easy.  Her brother-in-law, Matt, has been the rock that has kept her from collapsing.

As a fireman, Matt Riley had been at the scene when his brother was killed.  Several other firefighters had to hold him back to keep him from going after his brother in the collapsing building.  The last year has been difficult for Matt.  He suffered greatly from survivor’s guilt and drank himself into oblivion on several occasions.  His one saving grace has come in the form of his sister-in-law, Gracelyn.  Her friendship has pulled him through time and time again.

With the year anniversary of Chad’s death upon them, Gracelyn and Matt turn to each for support and comfort.  What they didn’t expect was to realize that their feelings for each other went well beyond what they imagined.  Can they overcome the guilt and the scrutiny of their family and friends to find love again… together?

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Totally Tantalizing Tuesday – Jason Momoa

Okay, so for the last few years I have apparently been living under a rock or in a closet or on another planet. Seriously!  My husband and I decided to start the Game of Thrones series from HBO. So, we watched the first two episodes of Season 1 and quite honestly, the only thing I saw was this:

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His character’s name in Game of Thrones is Khal Drogo. Sexy, isn’t it? Even as a savage, the minute my heart started racing, I knew I found my new fantasy. After I wiped the drool from my chin and collected my jaw from the floor, I had to find out who this beautiful, rugged, savage creature was because I fell head over heels in love with him. Now I know!

JASON MOMOA!

And my life is better for knowing… 🙂 How on earth did I go around for years not knowing Jason Momoa???? Honestly! How he has not been voted sexiest man on the planet? When I say I fell for this guy, I mean hook, line and sinker.

If you aren’t familiar with my new infatuation, let me share a few tidbits about him. He was born on August 1, 1979 in Honolulu, Hawaii. He’s married to Lisa Bonet (lucky, lucky lady) and they have two children together, who I have no doubt are gorgeous. He played Conan in the newest version of Conan the Barbarian. Guess what’s been recently added to my movies-to-see list?! 😉 He also has a show, The Red Road, coming out on the Sundance Channel that has received rave reviews. Won’t be missing it… trust me!

Here are a few pictures of him out of his Game of Thrones’ character! He’s fan-flipping-tastic! I can’t believe I’ve been missing out all these years! No more! This girl is a Jason Momoa addict!

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He started out on Baywatch back in the day! (I know… where the hell have I been????)

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Looks good in dreds!

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His body is out of this world! I mean… look at him carry that paddle board! YUM!

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And this may be my favorite… he wears happy beautifully! This picture just makes me smile!

As any infatuated person does nowadays, I googled the heck out of him until I could find every picture and fact I could about this man. His website is currently under construction, but I definitely recommend that you keep it on your list of favorites. www.jasonmomoa.com

Don’t forget to check out my best girl, DC Stone’s Man Candy Monday post at www.authordcstone.com !!!

 (PS – I don’t claim any ownership to these photos. They were readily available on Google. Enjoy!)