Thursday, October 24, 2013

Masks, Mystery, and my Favorite Time of the Year...

"A man speaking in his own person will give you lies. But give him a mask, and you'll receive the truth."

I officially ask for Julian Assange's forgiveness for paraphrasing his thoughts, but the theme of those words is such a good one. Perhaps that's why so many people (this girl included) wish that Halloween came more than once a year. The ability to get lost, at least for a while, in an identity other than your's sexy, isn't it? Who would you want to be? What would you like to become? The possibilities become endless.

I'm so happy and grateful that in a huge sense, books grant us the wish-come-true of getting Halloween all year 'round. The portal lies in the pages of every book we open. The transportation is our own imagination, be it a Steampunk airship, a Venetian Gondola, a millionaire's limo, a cowboy's horse...the possibilities are limitless, just like the truth behind all of our sparkling masks.

As I prepared this post, it gave me the chance to reflect on a personal fascination with the subject of dual personality that gets granted through the magic of masks. I loved getting to explore it a bit during some key scenes in the first book of my W.I.L.D. Boys of Special Forces series, Saved By His Submissive

 I have to be honest: it was a real kick in the proverbial pants to take my two strapping alpha boy soldiers, Garrett Hawkins and Zeke Hayes, and turn them into a pair of urbane, world-weary billionaires for the sake of rescuing their women. I can't say much more without giving away spoilers, but if you'd like to win a free copy of the book, in electronic or print form, respond to this post. I'll pick the winner on Sunday, October 27th. 

Have a frightfully fun Halloween...exploring whatever sexy truths lie beneath your mask!


Tuesday, October 22, 2013

What happens in Vegas...Becomes the Stuff of Friendships and Blog Posts!

It was a sultry Summer night. I was in Vegas. Yeah, THAT Vegas. And I was dancing at a party, surrounded by gorgeous women in elaborate costumes...and beautiful men in next-to-nothing costumes. Which was EXACTLY how we all wanted it...

I stopped and starting chatting with a stunning woman who was hiding behind an elaborate silver and black mask. because of the covering, I only knew that she had incredible, bright eyes and a smile that could make the Pope blush. We laughed and talked, and ten minutes later, I felt like I'd known her my whole life.

Ten minutes after that, I was screaming in the poor woman's ear.

I finally looked at her name badge, and learned that this gorgeous, vivacious new friend was actually a dear pal I'd known on line for a year...the talented, sexy BIANCA SOMMERLAND. 

Well, two hours after that, as we scarfed on a midnight buffet and still chatted like we'd been friends for ages, I was inwardly still stunned that I'd met one of my hugest idols. And now, I'm thrilled to be welcoming her "back to my table" as she celebrates the release of her newest installment in the Dartmouth Cobras series: DELAYED PENALTY.

In addition to an incredible cover, this book has plenty of what you know and love Bianca for: hot, steamy romance and some of the best storytelling in print!! Check out this excerpt...


Exhaustion had taken Akira the second she’d climbed into bed with Cort, but it was 5:00 a.m. and she was wide awake. She rolled on to her belly, braced her elbows on the bed, and smiled at the big man in the bed beside her. He let out a soft, sleepy groan and dropped an arm over her back.

She giggled as he picked her up by the waist and laid her over him. “I thought you were sleeping!”

“No, I was waiting for you to follow through with your threats.” He placed his hands on her hips, his thumbs lightly stroking the curve of her pelvis, waking her in a different way. All that was between them were his boxers and her panties. The swell of his erection pressing against her had her melting with pure, hot desire. He gave her a knowing grin. “I spent the first hour considering all the things in your room I could use to tie you up if you got out of control.”

“Mmm, I think it’s too late.” She grabbed his wrists and pulled his hands over his head, leaning down to kiss the length of his neck. “You can’t stop me.”

“Not sure I want to.” He easily freed one hand, slipping it around the back of her neck and guiding her up so he could give her a long, slow kiss. The way he ground up against her made her breath catch as heat throbbed down low. Then he slipped his lips along her cheek to whisper in her ear. “The first time would be easiest with you on top. Then I’ll know how much of me you can take.”

“I’d say you’re bragging.” She inhaled his clean, arousing scent, sure she could get drunk and high on him alone. He was rain in the spring mixed with pure, deep notes of musk. Like standing on a mountain during a downpour, the air around her earthy and rich. She lifted her head as his fingers trailed up her spine under her nightshirt. “But I’ve had my mouth on you. I can’t take you all the way in.”

“Such a dilemma.” He made her sit up and pulled her night shirt up over her head. “I guess we’ll have to go very, very slow.”

Her eyes drifted shut as he covered her small breasts with his huge hands. Brought her back down so he could suck a nipple into his mouth. The tug of his lips, the flick of his tongue, had her trying to get a good grip on his hair so he wouldn’t stop. His hot breath moistened her flesh. He slipped one hand between her thighs, rubbing gently at the moist swatch of cloth covering her.

“Not too slow.” She whimpered as he slid a finger under the material and pressed it inside her at a torturously languorous pace. Part of her was a little nervous about taking him into her body, afraid it would hurt. Some women might think bigger was better, but Cort was big enough that he’d have to be careful whenever they were together.

If she didn’t trust him, she wouldn’t even risk it. But she did, and right now his finger just wasn’t enough.

“Hmm, I guess not.” He withdrew his finger, glistening wet, and brought it to his mouth, making a hungry sound as he sucked it. “Fuck, I could just eat you. You taste so good.”

She held her breath, torn between wanting his very talented mouth on her once again, and taking as much of him into her body as she could. Shifting restlessly, all kinds of naughty words on the tip of her tongue, she spoke quietly. “I want this, Cort. I want you.”

He sat up, wrapping his arms around her. “Your last request of the night.” He glanced at the clock and laughed. “Or should I say, morning. But we do this my way.”

“Yes, Sir.” She batted her eyelashes, wiggling her hips a little to tease him. “I am yours to command.”

One brow arched, he set her aside, then stood. He reached down to take his wallet out of his jeans on the floor, pulling out a condom. “Right now, I have only one command, Tiny.”

Her lips held tight between her teeth, she looked up at him expectantly as he placed the condom in her hand.

His fingertip brushed down her cheek. He bent down and grazed her lips with his. “Don’t let me hurt you.”

All choices have consequences, only sometimes they’re . . . delayed.

Cortland Nash fled Dartmouth to avoid being arrested for murder, but his best friend, Ford Delgado, is in danger. Cort returns, prepared to keep his head down, and do whatever it takes to keep Ford breathing, but when he finds a beautiful young woman out in the snow, frozen in fear, his plans change. He needs to make sure she’s safe—even if the greatest danger is him.

Akira Hayashi never thought she’d overcome her fear of men, but the care of an experienced Dom helped her achieve so much more. She’s embraced her submissive side, and found her strength as the captain of the Dartmouth Cobras’ Ice Girls. There’s nothing she can’t do—except function when she’s mugged in a parking lot. The intimidating stranger who rescues her makes her feel things she never thought possible. The only problem is his connection with Ford, a man she’ll hate forever because she refuses to feel anything else.

With the constant threats from the crime lord he once called “Dad,” Ford Delgado has no room in his life for love. Unfortunately, Akira already has his heart—which is split in two when he discovers Cort is dating her. The betrayal has him lashing out, trying to move on, to grow as a Dom, and free himself from Kingsley’s criminal empire. He tries to forget what Akira means to him, but one look into her eyes shows him the last thing she needs is for him to let her go.

This e-book contains material not suitable for readers under 18. There are situations involving sex and violence and extreme emotions as a result. It also contains scenes that some may find objectionable, including BDSM and other rather enjoyable practices. As the characters are prone to exploring their sexuality, it is advised that readers be prepared to see some lines blurred. Or erased….

Author takes no responsibility for nonexistent lines. ;)

Author’s Note: The Cobras series has a continuing arc about the franchise, players, and previous relationships. Some plots continue through the series and may involve more than the main ménage. The series is best read in order.

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Tell you about me? Hmm, well, there’s not much to say. I love hockey and cars and my kids…not in that order of course! Lol! When I’m not writing—which isn’t often—I’m usually watching a game or a car show while networking. Going out with my kids is my only downtime. I get to clear my head and forget everything.
As for when and why I first started writing, I guess I thought I’d get extra cookies if I was quiet for a while—that’s how young I was. I used to bring my grandmother barely legible pages filled with tales of evil unicorns. She told me then that I would be a famous author.
I hope one day to prove her right.

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

I’m visiting Angel’s blog today to talk about my newest series, the BDSM Ballet series, and the power of healing. To me, there’s something so romantic about not just falling for someone, but trying to make them a happier, better person. In the first book, Waking Kiss, Ashleigh is an abuse survivor, and Liam, the hero, has some past issues of his own. In the second book, Fever Dream, Petra has to chase the ghosts of an absent father—and an overbearing stalker—out of her life. In both cases, the couples support and help heal each other. Nurturing is sexy in my opinion!
I hope you’ll check out my series. Waking Kiss is only 99 cents on Amazon through October 31!

BDSM Ballet #2

Book Blurb

Petra Hewitt’s the top ballerina in the world, and The Great Rubio her obvious counterpart, so why does she want to strangle him whenever he’s around? He’s haughty, abrupt, demanding—and alarmingly sexy. Petra knows Rubio is dangerous to her heart, to her peace of mind, and worst of all, to her career, but his rough flirtation compels her. When she gets a chance to play with him at a BDSM party, their professional partnership takes a feverish left turn.
After that, any attempts to keep him at arm’s length falter in the face of his obstinate sexuality. Rubio’s methods are ruthlessly erotic as he introduces her to the pleasures of sadism, bondage, pain, and submission. The more Petra tries to resist him, the more she craves his strength and control.

But as they play their sensual games of dominance and submission, career pressures mount, and an overzealous fan brings dangerous tension to their relationship. Soon, the dream gives way to the stark reality of her vulnerability. Maybe, just maybe, some risks are too terrifying to take.

Annabel Joseph is a multi-published BDSM erotic romance author. She writes mainly contemporary romance, although she has been known to dabble in the medieval and Regency eras.  She is recognized for writing emotionally intense BDSM storylines, and strives to create characters that seem real–even flawed–so readers are better able to relate to them.

Annabel publishes with Ellora’s Cave and Loose Id in addition to her own imprint, Scarlet Rose Press.  She also writes non-BDSM erotic romance under the name Molly Joseph.

Some of Annabel’s favorite authors are Laura Kinsale, Judith McNaught, Jo Beverley, Flannery O’Connor, Molly Weatherfield, and Anneke Jacob.

You can email Annabel at She loves to hear from her readers.

She is always working on something new, so stay tuned!

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Sunday, October 13, 2013

Monica Burns Giveaway and Book Sale!!

Stop by Monica Burns's FB Page each day this week for an amazing lineup of events to celebrate "Two Shades of Seduction" being on sale. Starting Monday there will be interviews with Monica, excerpts, and a chance to win one of four prizes each day of the week!! Just check out the daily posts and click on the giveaway tab to enter. 

Two Shades of Seduction is a Box Set of two steamy full-length stories featuring two men skilled in the ways of seduction and two older heroines strong enough to resist them.

Love's RevengeBook 1: Love’s Revenge

All her life, Sophie’s tried to earn her father’s love to no avail. Firmly on the shelf at forty-one. Sophie accepts her fate until she impulsively uses her father’s criminal activities to escape a life of servitude and right a wrong at the same time. But she never expected the Devil of Devlyn to accept her rash proposal, and she certainly hadn’t planned on falling in love with a younger man.
\When Sophie Hamilton, the eldest daughter of his worst enemy shows up on the Earl of Devlyn’s doorstep with an unexpected offer, Devlyn seizes the chance for vengeance. What he doesn’t bargain on is how revenge could cost him the one thing he wants the most. Sophie’s love.

Book 2: Love’s Portrait
Love's Portrait
When Julia Westgard commissions a nude portrait of herself, the painting is much more than a rebellious act. It’s an attempt to regain her self-worth after years of a loveless, repressive marriage to her late husband. But the private portrait puts her directly in thepath of Morgan St. Claire. A man who doesn’t take no for an answer.
From the first moment Morgan sees Julia’s portrait, he’s determined to have her. But the woman he meets is a far cry from the image on canvas. What starts out as a simple exercise in seduction quickly evolves into a quest to reveal the true Julia. With each sensual encounter, he employs every weapon at his disposal in hopes of making Julia see she really is the woman in Love’s Portrait.

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A bestselling author of spicy historical and paranormal romance, Monica Burns penned her first short romance story at the age of nine when she selected the pseudonym she uses today. Her historical book awards include the 2011 RT BookReviews Reviewers Choice Award and the 2012 Gayle Wilson Heart of Excellence Award for Pleasure Me. She is also the recipient of the prestigious paranormal romance award, the 2011 PRISM Best of the Best award for Assassin’s Heart. From the days when she hid her stories from her sisters to her first completed full-length manuscript, she always believed in her dream despite rejections and setbacks. A workaholic wife and mother, Monica believes it’s possible for the good guy to win if they work hard enough.
Monica is a survivor, and it’s a topic she has become well versed in. A survivor of date rape at the age of 19, writing erotic romance has aided her in the life-long process of healing. Her writing has helped her reclaim some of her self-worth, and you can read her story here.

Monica has suffered from bipolar disorder since childhood, but was not diagnosed until much later in life. The condition according to the National Institute of Mental Health affects 5.7 million American adults or about 2.6% of the population (18 years and older).

Her most recent tale of survival is her diagnosis of the genetic disorder Long QT syndrome and subsequent heart defibrillator implant. Her determination to overcome these challenging life experiences is a reflection of her belief that there truly are happily ever afters. Writing romance is a therapeutic process as it allows Monica to explore the themes of hope, trust and love in her work. She believes romance books empower women to believe in themselves and that their only limitations are the ones they set for themselves.

Monica is a two-time RT Reviewers Choice Award nominee, the 2011 PRISM’s Best of the Best winner, two-time EPPIE nominee, a 2009 EPPIE for Best Erotic Historical Romance. She is a 2012 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence finalist as well as a 2005 RWA Golden Heart finalist. She has consistently earned top reviews from RT BOOKreviews and other reviewers.

Monica holds a bachelors of science degree from Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Mass Communications.

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