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Mid-Week Tease – Almost Ready for Submission WIP – Board Discretion – #MWTease

I have had one of those years wherein I have five to six WIPs going and I can’t seem to get a single one to the best part – THE END! Part of the problem was that my thumb drive went ka-put early in the year and it took a few months to recover everything – but everything was recovered thanks to those techy saints! And Thank God. The other issue is that my schedule has become some sort of crazy-person’s schedule and it doesn’t really seem to be letting up. But I can’t give up!

So on I go! After a few months off of the Mid-Week Tease trail, I’m back! And I’m always thrilled to join Sandra Bunino on this adventure.

I’ve been working on this story – Board Discretion – for awhile now and I’m so very close to the end. Since getting the thumb drive back, I’ve tweaked it a bit to improve it and I hope you all will like it. It’s the third and final book in my Taking Advantage series and I finally feel like Mark Olson and Suzie McCormick are getting their proper story. In the scene below, Mark is waiting for Suzie to get home from a club he left her at. He’s been pacing in front of her elevator anxious for her arrival.

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Mark Olson

<> on May 20, 2009 in Sydney, Australia.

Suzie McCormick

“Mark,” Suzie exclaimed. Her back pressed against the rear wall of the elevator, her blue eyes widened in surprise, her blonde tendrils cascading over her shoulder and her mouth was agape. She clutched her phone to her chest. Her friend, Lisa, maintained a similar expression. He couldn’t help but chuckle.

“Are you going to get out of the elevator? Or do I need to come in there and get you?” Though his tone was half-teasing, there was a serious element to his words. He pushed off the wall toward the elevator and placed his hand on the elevator opening to keep the doors from closing.

“I can see why you like him,” Lisa said. She turned her head to Suzie in the back of the elevator and smiled before walking out. “Don’t break her heart,” Lisa whispered as she brushed past him to the door to their condo. “Or I will break your face.” Mark immediately liked Lisa because it was clear she was a good friend to Suzie.

“What are you doing here? How’d you get in the building?” Suzie hadn’t moved from her spot in the rear of the elevator.

“I’m here because I owe you an apology. Because I wanted to see you. We’ll talk about how I got in here and why you need to talk to the association about security later.” Striding into the elevator, he placed a hand next to either side of her head, caging her against the wall. His head lowered and he pressed his lips gently to hers.

“Mark,” she said against his lips. Pulling back from the kiss, he ran his thumb over her bottom lip.

“I’m so sorry I left you there,” he said. His gaze met hers and his heart constricted when he noticed her watery eyes. “It was a selfish and shitty thing to do and I don’t blame you if you hate me or never want to see me again. I’ve been so concerned about what others would think if they saw us together. That being together could ruin my seat on the board. I completely disregarded your feelings. You deserve so much better than me.” Her eyes closed and a lone tear escaped down her cheek. He brushed it away with his thumb and his chest tightened.

“I don’t want anyone else,” she said. Her voice was so soft he almost couldn’t hear her.

“I don’t want you to want anyone else,” he said. His heart beat rapidly. Just the idea of her giving herself to somebody else had his knees weaken. “I’m so so sorry.”

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Does Suzie forgive Mark? What do you think? I hope you enjoyed this little snippet! And there are plenty of other amazing authors teasing with us this week. Don’t miss out! Click below.

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Mid-Week Tease – In Flames – One Year Publishversary #MWTease

As most of you now know, every week the very talented Sandra Bunino hosts the Mid-Week Tease where several amazing authors 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 own work, I get to hop from site to site reading other authors’ works.   It’s a lot of fun and I’m proud to be a part of it when I can.

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As an author, there are times when characters come to you in such a strong manner that you just can’t seem to concentrate on anything besides telling their story. Conversations and scenes play out in your head constantly and if you’re like me, you are scribbling on anything you can get your hands on so you don’t lose the scene or words or emotions. Matt and Gracelyn’s story was one of those times for me.

Don’t get me wrong, I love the billionaire story where the hero falls in love with a damsel and sweeps her off her feet. Or the bad boy that catches the girl’s eye and turns out to have a soft side. But these two wanted something different. These were two individuals plagued by the same tragedy… the loss of the same person. Matt and Gracelyn were in-laws. Gracelyn was married to Matt’s brother, who was killed on the job as a firefighter. Gracelyn and Matt leaned on each other in dealing with his death and a great love developed from there. But loving your brother’s wife, even if he is gone, is not easy.

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This April 25th will be one year that Matt and Gracelyn’s story was published by Evernight Publishing and I pleased to share a snippet of their tale with you today. This is the end of a hot love scene where Gracelyn comes to Matt’s house to yell at him for embarrassing her at the pub in front of her co-workers. You can check out that scene here as it was a Mid-Week Tease back in August 2013. These two have struggled with their feelings with each other and this scene is a breaking point for Matt. Matt takes her against the side of his truck in his garage.

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 “Look at me, Gracelyn. I want to watch you as you come all over my cock.” Her eyes opened at his words. She looked at him through her lashes with a desire that almost made him come apart. Without losing eye contact, he thrust into her hard again and again. “You feel fucking amazing. God! Amazing! Come with me, baby!”

He grasped her hips and thrust into her hard. Her pussy gripped him tight, milking him and she cried out. Her eyes never left his. Another thrust and he glided over that cliff with her. A growl escaped his chest as he emptied himself inside her and his head collapsed on her chest pressing delicate kisses along her skin.

They stood like that for several minutes.  Her legs slipped from around his hips and he eased out of her. He placed her feet to the ground and adjusted his shorts. Her head fell back against the truck as she straightened her dress. Her chest heaved from her breathing.

“I’m not apologizing,” Gracelyn said softly. Matt lifted his head and pressed his forehead to hers. He looked into her blue eyes.

“I’m not looking for an apology,” Matt whispered. He kissed her softly on the lips. “What am I going to do with you, Gracey?” His hand grazed the side of her face. “You’re driving me crazy.”

“And you… me,” she whispered. A slight smile spread across her lips. “I thought if I came over here and fucked you that I could get you out of my system. That I could stop my body from craving you… stop my mind from thinking about you.”

“Did it work?” he asked. His thumb glided over her bottom lip.

“No!” she said with a laugh. He loved the sound of her laugh. “That was so incredible! All it did was make me want you more.” Her tongue flicked out at his thumb. He slid his thumb between her lips and into her mouth. Her lips closed around it and sucked it. He moaned softly.

“Do you want to try again to get me out of your system?” he asked. He pulled his thumb out of her mouth and pressed his lips hard against hers. His tongue pushed through her lips and swept into her mouth. She moaned into him. Her body pressed once again against his. He was already hard. “We can try all night if we have to.” He smiled. He wanted this woman. She turned him inside out. She made him feel things he never felt before. He knew by taking her into his bed that he had made the decision to find a way to make this work no matter what. He could not make love to her again and then walk away. His heart could not take it. He could not take it.

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That is ending to one of my favorite scenes in the story. I hope you enjoyed it! You can find In Flames at the following distribution sites if you’re interested in reading the whole story of Matt and Gracelyn.

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Mid-Week Tease – WIP – Legal Desire – #MWTease

After a few weeks off of writing due to all the technology debacles I discussed last week, I’m definitely back in the saddle. I pounded out about 10k words this weekend, making a short story into novella length and I’m still not done. Life is good when the words are flowing….

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As you know, every week the very talented Sandra Bunino hosts the Mid-Week Tease where several amazing authors 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 own work, I get to hop from site to site reading other authors’ works.   It’s a lot of fun!

Last week, I had the pleasure of introducing you to Derek and Raina. If you missed that post, check it out here. This week I’m going to let you see just how bold and crazy these two are for each other. The below scene takes place in one of the firm conference rooms. Derek has asked Raina for some help on a case and she has been more than happy to oblige… of course. Raina isn’t your damsel in distress! She’s a modern woman that isn’t afraid to ask for what she wants! Enjoy!

“Were you able to get through the whole Jenkins file?” Leaning over her shoulder, he watched her rifle through a few documents in a manila folder. Her vanilla scent wrapped around him and instantly stirred his cock.

              God damn this woman!

 “I’ve reviewed the file, Mr. Sage,” she said, tilting her head to the right and exposing the length of her neck to him. She eyed him over her shoulder and her mouth quirked up on one side. His teeth dug into his lower lip to keep from running his tongue along the column of creamy skin. He desperately wanted to taste her there. He extended his exhalation, causing his breath to drift over her skin and she shuddered. Fuck! He needed inside of this woman…soon or he was going to lose his mind.

The firm would not necessarily oppose a relationship among two attorneys despite what had happened between him and Rachel. There had been one or two other couples that had seemed to work it out.

Up until this point, he just preferred keeping his love life, or should he say sex life because love had never entered the equation since Rachel, separate from his legal career. He’d thought it was better that way. Cleaner. He didn’t have a lot of time to devote to a relationship and he wanted to keep his heart in one piece, so he tried to keep his connections casual… and away from the office. He’d done pretty well up until now.

             “I told you yesterday to call me Derek,” he said. The playful look in her eyes told him she was toying with him.

“I apologize.” She lowered her lashes and turned back to the table. His hands clenched into fists to keep from reaching out and touching her. The urge to pull her head back by her long hair and slam his mouth on hers was so strong he almost forgot to breathe.

“Apology accepted,” he said, using her words from the night before. He pulled back from his position over her shoulder and closed the conference room door. He walked around the conference table to sit opposite her. Putting some distance between them was a good idea because he was so close to pulling her from her chair and spreading her across the dark wood conference table. He may still do that anyway. “Your thoughts?”

“My thoughts on the Jenkins file?” She paused and raised her head to look at him with those gorgeous honey colored eyes. “Or this obvious attraction between the two of us?”

A small laugh escaped him. “Bold. And to the point, even at seven-thirty in the morning,” he said. “I like it.” He leaned back in the leather chair and crossed his right foot over his left knee. His hands folded in his lap. “Let’s talk about the more interesting of those two questions first. So, you find me attractive?” It was her turn to laugh.

“Yes. Very much. Don’t all females?” She leaned on her forearm on the table and Derek couldn’t stop his gaze from traveling down to the cleavage so elegantly displayed between the gap of her brown suit jacket. A low growl rumbled through him.

                    “I’m not asking about all females. I’m asking if you do.”

“Yes, I do find you attractive.”

 “And I think I’ve made it too obvious that I’m attracted to you. What do you propose we do about this attraction?” he asked, bringing his gaze back to her eyes. She pulled her bottom lip between her teeth and his resolve just about snapped. He’d fantasized more than once over the last twenty-four hours about doing all sorts of things with her mouth. Watching her gnaw on her plump lower lip had his cock pressing against his slacks.

                   “I’d say we have two options.” Her lips curled up into a grin begging him to ask her about the options. To be honest, he was eager to hear them.

     “I’m listening.”

“I can help you with this case and we can try to pretend it doesn’t exist,” she said, not sounding too convinced that that option was actually doable and quite frankly, neither did he. He could barely think straight this morning and he’d only been in her presence a total of ten minutes yesterday. How could he function for the next several days working with her on this case? “Or we can fuck and get it out of the way, so we can focus on the Jenkins case.”

                  “Come again?” he asked, taken aback by her brashness. He’d admit she caught him off guard, but he liked it. Screw that! He loved it.

“I think you heard me,” she said. A mischievous smile played on her lips. “And I vote for option two.”

“I’m harder than stone right now, Raina, and on the very edge of crossing a line I’ve said I wouldn’t cross,” he growled. His erection strained against his black slacks and he was sure the only acceptable relief would come from being buried inside of her. “I don’t have sex in the office and I don’t fuck co-workers, but you’re making me question both those rules.”

Does Derek break his rules?!?

I hope you enjoyed a little more of Derek and Raina. I’ll admit… this story started out as a little short story that I thought I’d submit to an anthology and has turned into an exciting romance. If you enjoyed this post, please don’t forget to hop to all the other wonderful authors on the link below:

 

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Mid-Week Tease – WIP – “Legal Desire” – #MWTease

Gosh, I feel like it’s been so long! And it actually has! My last Mid-Week Tease was back in early February. Where do all the weeks go? And what the heck have I been doing? My other job has worked me to the bone early in 2014, but things are finally starting to mellow out a bit. I had a computer debacle and a very serious thumb drive debacle that I’m actually still working out… fingers crossed. It’s wreaked havoc on my writing. But I’m back in the game! And I’m glad to be back with a Mid-Week Tease.

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Every week Sandra Bunino hosts the Mid-Week Tease where several amazing authors 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 own work, I get to hop from site to site reading other authors’ works.  Sometimes you find a new author that strikes your fancy. Sometimes you find a new story or genre that spikes your interest. It’s a lot of fun!

This week I’m sampling a WIP currently titled Legal Desire. It started out as a potential submission for the Evernight Publishing executive assistant/office romance anthology, which is right up my alley for writing purposes. The problem is Derek and Raina decided they had more of a story to tell and I couldn’t contain it to 10k words. In fact, I’ve already surpassed 20k and it’s still going…. and the best part is, I like where it’s going.

Legal Desire involves a fast tracked plaintiff’s attorney, Derek Sage, who’s made partner at his firm despite an office romance with a senior attorney that blew up in his face. He’s vowed never to mix business with pleasure again. But we all know what happens when we say the word never.In walks Raina Dillon, a new associate at the firm that worked for a couple years at the public defenders’ office. Derek asks for her help on case involving a client that has a lengthy criminal record, but what he doesn’t expect is for her to help him move on with his romantic life and find love again. There are some road blocks and obstacles along the way and so far it’s been a fun ride.

Here’s Raina’s reaction to Derek when she is first summoned to his office:

He hadn’t even looked up from his computer yet to acknowledge her and she knew his firm website photo did him no justice whatsoever. Dark brown hair sat in ruffled waves on his head. Her fingers twitched at her sides itching to run through the dark tendrils. A chiseled jaw led to angled cheek bones and a strong nose. His light grey button down shirt did nothing to disguise the wall of muscle underneath. This was a man that clearly took care of himself. Even his silver cuff links screamed sexy.

He raised his head and looked in her direction. When his crystal blue eyes made contact with her own eyes, Raina inhaled sharply. His gaze turned from surprise to smoldering in a second and roamed over her head to toe and back again. A trail of heat followed his gaze and spread throughout her whole body. She’d never been so fully undressed by a man’s gaze as she had standing in front of Derek Sage.

He cleared his throat and shook his head gently. “Ms. Dillon?” he asked, tilting his head to the side. His voice was rough.

“Y-yes,” she said, stepping further into his office and approaching his desk. She held out her trembling hand to him. Damn it! Pull yourself together. He’s just a man! A damn good looking man, but just a man! “Raina Dillon. Please call me Raina. It’s a pleasure to meet you.” He stood from behind his desk. His dark grey slacks clung to strong, muscular thighs. Good God! The bottom half of his body appeared as impressive as the top.

He grasped her hand in his firm grip. A warmth shot up her arm and coiled deep in her core. The instant attraction to him had her panties already damp. When was the last time she had been so thoroughly turned on just being in the presence of a man. That’s right! Never!

“Have a seat, Raina,” he said, motioning to a chair directly in front of his desk. She squatted into the brown leather padded chair and crossed one leg over the other. Her legal pad and pen rested on her lap. He audibly exhaled as he sat back down. She didn’t miss his perusal of her bare legs or the satisfied grin on his lips. For several long seconds, they sat in an awkward silence. Finally, he scrubbed a hand over his face and appeared ready for the conversation. “How are you liking the firm?”

“So far, I love it,” she said, shifting in her seat. His gaze rested on her face before it dipped lower momentarily and Raina’s cheeks flushed. Oh God! He’s checking me out! Her heart raced and her blood pumped vigorously through her veins. Was it even possible that he’d be attracted to her? A man like this could have any woman he wanted. In fact, he probably had many.

“Good to hear,” he said. “You’ll love working with Ron. He’s one of the best civil litigators out there. Lots to learn from him.” His voice melted over her like warm, dark chocolate and her mind couldn’t help but imagine that same voice rolling over her with him poised above her. “Raina?”

“Sorry,” she said. Her cheeks flushed and she glanced out his floor-to-ceiling windows to catch her breath. Being in his presence fogged her brain. She was losing her mind around this man. Taking a deep inhale, she calmed her nerves and looked back at him sitting controlled behind his desk.

I hope you enjoyed this snippet from Legal Desire and your introduction to Raina and Derek. I couldn’t believe how they just took over on this story and turned a short anthology story into a longer book! Don’t forget to check out the other fabulous snippets from some amazing authors! Click the link below!

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Mid-Week Tease – WIP – “Love Thy Neighbor” – #MWTease

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This week has been an adventure! We had the stomach bug rip through our house for the first time in two years! Blah! The only upside to that is that I got to spend some down time at home and get some writing done. Yay! I’ve got two WIPs that I’m so eager to finish that it’s killing me. One of which is my contribution to this week’s Mid-Week Tease! Every week I join several other amazing authors in Sandra Bunino’s Mid-Week Tease 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 week I’m sharing a snippet of my WIP, tentatively titled “Love Thy Neighbor.” This story involves a thirty-something divorcee, Stacey, who has trouble saying no to her strong-willed and incredibly sexy younger neighbor, Ren. The scene below is the first scene in Chapter One when Ren sneaks in her back yard to find her sunbathing.

Ren Haynes unlatched the gate to his neighbor’s back yard and snuck through the opening, making sure to close it softly behind him.  An hour ago, Stacey Williams had been watering her plants and landscape in cut-off jean shorts and a red and white striped tank top.  With the strings of her red bikini top escaping from the neck of her shirt, he assumed her plan was to lounge around in her back yard by the pool on this scorching hot Saturday at the end of May and that was fine by him.

He wanted to see her.  Actually, he needed to see her.

Walking quietly around the corner of the back of her house, he stopped in his tracks.  Holy fuck! There she was in all her glory, lying on a chaise lounge a few feet from her in-ground pool, her golden skin and sensuous curves on display.  Her chestnut hair bunched in a knot on the top of her head, exposing the long column of her neck.  Her eyes were closed.  Her chest rose and fell with gentle breaths.  Ren’s breath hitched and his heart accelerated. Adrenaline pumped through him at just the sight of her.

Her breathing made it impossible for him not to stare at her tits.  Her breasts filled the cups of the bikini perfectly… not overflowing and looking sleazy, but rather classy and sexy, leaving a little to the imagination. He’d fantasized many times about molding her tits in his hands and laving her nipples until they hardened into little pebbles.  God, he wanted to touch her.

 Her abdomen and legs curved around toned muscle.  A lot of the girls he met in college were either too skinny because they starved themselves under the belief they were too fat.  Or they were more than curvy, having packed on the freshmen twenty and never able to lose it.  He never understood the constant insecurity in females.  He’d enjoyed all female forms, literally. Stacey seemed to be less concerned with these insecurities and that made her all the more attractive.

She had what he considered a bombshell body, and he’d give anything to explore her with his hands, his tongue, his cock. Thinking of which, his cock twitched in his cargo shorI ts.  God, she was fucking gorgeous!

“Jesus Christ,” she yelped and that brought him out of his lust-filled haze.  Ren shook his head, trying desperately to erase the images that peppered his thoughts.  He feared his expression would give him away, but she was too consumed with grabbing the purple towel draped over the Adirondack chair next to her to recognize the hunger in his eyes.  “You scared the shit out of me, Ren!”

“Sorry, Stacey,” he said, walking over closer to where she lay as he rambled on.  “I didn’t mean to scare you. I got home from Gainesville late last night and I wanted to swing by today and say hello. See how you’re doing.  See if you needed any help with the yard and such this summer.”  He stood at the end of her chaise lounge, his form casting a shadow over her.

Ren’s mother shared that Stacey’s asshole husband, Randy, left her for a younger woman, and their divorce finalized a few weeks ago. He couldn’t help but feel elated at the opportunity that she was now free.

He’d fucked quite a few girls in college this year…well, actually, all four years of college. He’d enjoyed the release, but none of them were anything other than a lay. And none of them made him want to drop to his knees and worship the ground they walked on.  Stacey, on the other
hand, did.  He mustered all his strength to keep from hitting his knees now and expressing all the things he wanted to do to her.

If you want to know how I envision Ren and Stacey, see below:

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I hope you enjoyed the introduction to Stacey and Ren. I’m almost done with their story! If you enjoyed this little snippet, click on the link below to hop to the other talented authors participating in the Tease!

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

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In the midst of the craziness of the Evernight Publishing Birthday Bash, I felt as if I needed to share with you one of my current WIPs. As most of you know, I love this blog post feature that Author Sandra Bunino hosts and allows me, and others, to participate in every week. Mid-Week Tease 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.

This week I’ve been putting a lot of effort in 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…

“That’s it, baby. Come apart for me,” he whispered, watching her facial features contort in ecstasy. Slipping a finger to her opening, he hovered over it, teasing her hole with his finger.

“I need you,” she begged, hiking her leg over his hip and giving him better access to her pussy. Her cream leaked on to his fingers and coated his hand, the scent of which wafted to his nostrils and made him eager to taste her.

                “What do you need?” he asked, licking and sucking the long column of her neck.

                “I need you inside me,” she pleaded.

 “Like this?” he asked, slipping his middle finger inside her hot channel. Her pussy clamped down on his finger as it intruded her body. His thumb circled her clit, then pressed on it and her body quivered.

“More,” she solicited. He smiled against her skin as he slipped a second finger inside her. Fuck! She was tight! The thought of filling her tightness with his cock made him unimaginably harder.

“How’s that, baby?” He penetrated her cunt with two fingers, all the while watching her body react to his ministrations. Her head hung back, cascading her straight blonde hair down her back. Her eyelashes caressed her flushed cheeks, her tiny nostrils flared and her lips separated with each stroke of his fingers. Her fingers dug into his biceps, almost to the point of pain, but he didn’t care.

He’d fantasized a number of times over the years of knowing her what it would be like to bring her to the precipice of an orgasm and then fling her over it. Now was his chance! No one had to know about this rendezvous in the dark bathroom of the Beach Club. His seat on the Board of Directors would be safe, but he needed this…needed her.

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

Both Taking Advantage books are 40% off right now at Evernight!

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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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Mid-Week Tease – Board Approved – #MWTease

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As most of you know, I love this blog post feature that Author Sandra Bunino hosts and allows me, and others, to participate in every week. I had to take last week off of participating for personal reasons, but I am back and very glad about that. Mid-Week Tease 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.

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In honor of my book blog tour that is taking place this week, I am providing a short scene in my latest Evernight Publishing release, Board Approved. Greg Snow helped Tessa Mills out of a jam after finding her stranded in the parking lot with a broken down VW Bug. He agreed to take her where she needed to go and this is the conversation that ensued just before he dropped her off. Enjoy!

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“I only have one request,” he said almost in a whisper.  His gaze came back to hers.

“What’s that?”

“Go out with me,” he said.  “Please.”

“Like on a date?” she asked shyly.

“Most definitely,” he said with a small chuckle.  Tessa did everything she could to keep from bursting.  This gorgeous man… this generous man wanted to take her out on a date.  She knew she would be risking her heart by agreeing to this.  How could someone like him really be interested in her?  He was a big-time attorney for a large firm making good money and living on the beach.  He could probably have any woman he wanted.  She was just a young yoga instructor trying to make it on her own.  It had taken her three years to save enough money to move out of her mother’s rundown bungalow.  Her mother would steal money from Tessa for booze and then order Tessa out of the house because she was a bother.  She finally had her first apartment.  And it wasn’t much.  Just a little one-bedroom apartment near Tyrone Square Mall.  She really had little to offer him besides herself.  But he was asking her out. Even if it was ultimately just sexual, she couldn’t find a way to say no to his request.  Nothing in her wanted to say no.  Just from their limited time together, Tessa knew he was going to open her eyes to a whole new world and that excited her. And that made her want to risk it all.

“It doesn’t bother you that I’m twenty-seven?” she asked in all seriousness.

“Does it bother you that I’m forty-two?” he asked.  His face was sincere when he asked the question.  She could tell he was concerned that his age would be an issue for her.

“Forty-two, huh?” she said, making her best effort to keep a serious tone.  “Goodness, you are old!  Will you need a walker for the date?”  His eyes widened a bit at her comment before she broke into laughter and then so did he.

“So, what are you saying?”

“Yes,” she said softly before throwing her arms around his neck.  “I say yes.”  His arm slid around her body and gave her a squeeze.  The feel of his hand on her low back sent a heat coursing through her body.  She wanted to know what it would be like to feel his hands everywhere on her body.  She wanted to throw caution to the wind.

 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

If you are ready to purchase it, you can find it here: Evernight!  It is also at Amazon, ARe and Bookstrand.

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

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Tie Me Up And “Tie Me Free” – Fall Into a Satin Rose Experience – Highly Recommended Series

Today I feel honored.  Why you ask? Because Sandra Bunino is here with me to talk about her fourth book in the Satin Rose Experience, Tie Me Free! If you don’t know Sandra or her books, then you are missing out some great reading and an incredible author and person. I am so excited about this new book as I’m sure you will be too!  Don’t miss it! This series will heat you up and make you burn!
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Thank you for having me on to share Tie Me Free with your readers! Tie Me Free is the fourth book of my Satin Rose Experience series. However, no worries if readers haven’t read the other three books, because as with the other books in the series, it can be enjoyed as a stand alone story. That said, readers of the series will be reunited with old friends! Of course Asher and Mia make an appearance as the heads of SRE, New York’s exclusive BDSM club. Jackson Reid is also back as he demonstrates his knowledge of sensual rope tying.
Tie Me Free was an absolute joy to write because it touches on so many aspects of art. You see, I’m a modern art buff and like my heroine, Kate Angel, I love to get lost in a museum for an afternoon. In Tie Me Free, Kate is introduced to another type of art called Shibari, an ancient Japanese form of rope art. Instead of paint on canvas, beauty is created with rope on skin. Kate harbors body issues. Her insecurities multiply because the person dying to tie her up is a much younger Dom with an oh-so-sexy Irish accent!
Anyway, I better stop here so I don’t give too much away. If you like hot Irish Doms, a little bit o’ kink and a whole lotta sexy, please consider downloading Tie Me Free.
Happy red-hot reading! xoxo
Thanks again,
Sandra
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Tie Me Free (The Satin Rose Experience) by Sandra Bunino

Release date: September 12, 2013

From Evernight Publishing

Blurb:

She’s forty and vanilla…he’s twenty-eight and…not.

Score one for Kate Angel. She’s just signed the hottest erotica author to her start up publishing house, Angel Books, but she needs a crash course in kink to appease her demanding client. Creating a Domsublife.com profile seems like an innocent way to do her homework and satisfy her curiosity.

Mason Myers has lived a lifetime in his twenty-eight years. The product of an Irish orphanage, he grew up fast to overcome his lonely, humble beginnings to become the successful businessman he is today. He’s also an experienced Dom at the Satin Rose Experience, an elite BDSM club in New York City.

A mutual appreciation for modern art establishes their online connection. Mason convinces Kate to meet him at the Guggenheim museum’s erotica exhibit where she reveals her fascination in the art of rope bondage, known as Shibari. Introducing her to the ancient art within the safety of the club, Mason helps Kate surrender her deep-seated hang-ups about her age and body image.

As the physical and emotional ties that bind her into the submissive of his fantasies tighten, can Kate learn to break the emotional tethers ruling her life and embrace the freedoms they bestow?

 Tie Me Free can be found here:

Amazon US / Amazon UK / AllRomance eBooks / BookStrand / Evernight Publishing

Excerpt:

Kate stared at the platform as the click of the door sounded over the mesmerizing music. Looking over her shoulder, she found Mason watching her from his spot next to the door. She turned to the only other piece of furniture, a large armoire with a double door. “May I?” She glanced back to Mason.

He extended his hand toward the cabinet. “Of course. Please.”

Kate’s heels clicked on the wood floor as she approached the cabinet and swung open the door. Assorted colors of rope lengths lined the shelves. Kate fingered the cords and pulled out a loop of red silk rope. “I didn’t realize the ropes were so soft.”

Mason pushed off from the wall and walked to her. “The ropes are an extension of the person performing the tying. An extension of their arms and fingers. They’re meant to caress and comfort. The ropes are symbolic of the connection between the individuals involved in the scene as you saw outside.” Mason stood just a whisper from her face. His thumb brushed her fingers holding the silk cord as their gazes locked. “How about a little roleplay, Kate?”

She cocked her head. “Roleplay?”

“Do you want to know how it feels to be dominated? To be tied?”

Kate held her breath and her heartbeat hammered in her chest.

“Kneel on the platform and put your hands behind your back.”

“What?”

“Your safe word is moon. Use it now or anytime during the session.”

“Session? We never talked about a session tonight.” Kate pulled her hand away but Mason held it firm in his grasp. “I’m not playing games with you, Mason.” She wriggled her wrist free and walked toward the painting.

Soft footfalls approached and his breath tickled at the back of her head. “You’re looking for something more in your life, Kate. It’s why you took on Blaze as a client, it’s why you joined Domsublife, it’s why you met me at the Guggenheim and it’s why you’re here in this suite. I’d kept tabs on your reaction and body cues as you watched the demonstration. You’re craving to be bound, I can taste it. And I assure you, this is no game. If you don’t like it or it makes you feel uncomfortable to the point you want to stop, say the safe word and I’ll stop and untie you. No questions asked.”

He was right. Somehow he’d always been right on the mark when it came to her and what she was feeling. The music ceased for a moment between songs. Kate spun around to meet his stare, heartbeat pounding in her chest as her breathing became shallow but she refused to break their stare.

Kate considered his words and studied his face. “Are the cameras on? Are they watching?”

Mason nodded. “Yes. Surveillance is on. I gave Mia and Asher the heads up that you might want to experiment. They have your safe word.”

Kate turned back to face the painting and leaned into his chest. “You scare me,” she whispered.

His fingertips trailed a path up and down her arms. “Why?”

“Because you seem to know what I’m thinking before I do.” Because you’re so right for me but so wrong. Because you’re like a gooey, delicious ice cream sundae I’ll never allow myself to taste.

             Mason chuckled. “Is that a bad thing?” His voice poured through her body. Closing her eyes, she pulled away from him. Her glance moved from the door to the platform. She’d never have another chance like this to experience it. Kate squared her shoulders. “Okay. But I’m not getting naked,” she said, holding an index finger up. She moved to the platform and kneeled. Even though the surface was hard, a calmness came over her as she moved to the middle of the table and gazed over the painting in front of her.

“I’m fine with that limit, for now, except for your feet.” Mason slipped off her shoes and rubbed tight circles his thumbs into the arch of her foot.

Kate let out a throaty moan. “How do you know how to do that?”

“Reflexology. It’s part of the study of shibari. I also learned where the body’s pressure points are.” His thumbs traveled to the balls of her feet and let up on the pressure. “How’s that feel?”

Kate groaned. “Heavenly.” Her muscles loosened instantly.

“Good. Now just relax, spread your knees apart and sit on your heels. This will be the most comfortable position for you as we do this.”

Kate complied as his fingers traveled up her back to her shoulders. “You have knots in your shoulders. Under stress?”

“That’s an understatement,” she snorted.

“Close your eyes and get lost in the music. Don’t think of anything outside of this room. It’s just you and me.”

Kate smiled. “There is no you and me, Mason.”

Mason shushed her and applied pressure to the knot in her shoulder, making her wince. “That hurt like a bitch and felt amazing at the same time. How the hell do you do that?”

“Shh. Don’t make me gag you, Angel.”

The words rolled off his tongue as Kate’s mind flashed to the model in the first picture they’d seen at the bondage exhibit. Warmth spread through her body at the thought. Her breath hitched as she imagined the assortment of gags and blindfolds in the drawers of the cabinet. The warmth of Mason’s body radiated through her shirt, his face against the back of her head. “The thought of being gagged turns you on, doesn’t it?”

“Shit,” she whispered. Did it turn her on? What. The. Hell?

 About Sandra:

Sandra Bunino is a numbers crunching business professional by day who stays up past her bedtime thanks to her oh-so-sexy imagination. Who needs sleep, anyway? Sandra is constantly searching for different ways to achieve a heart-pumping, stomach-flipping, breath-catching reaction from her readers.

These days, Sandra lives on a wooded mountaintop not far from New York City with her family. She always looks forward to hearing from her readers and she may be contacted at sbunino@gmail.com. As a social media junkie in need of a ten-step program, you can also follow her on Facebook and Twitter (@sandrabunino).

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