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Nine steamy tales from nine hot authors, perfect way to heat up your summer reading! Summer of Seduction is out today! Available in print and ebook formats! Grab your copy now, you won't be disappointed!
I am so happy to announce that the super steamy romance anthology that I am lucky enough to be a part of, Summer of Seduction, is now available for preorder for only .99 cents! Order your copy now and get it delivered July 18!
Avoid the burn, but savor the heat of the season! Kick back in the shade with your copy of “A Summer of Seduction”.
Nine Hot Authors - Nine Tales of Summer Sizzle!
Featuring an exotic array of genres to tempt even the pickiest of palates!
Come, join the erotic adventure of “A Summer of Seduction.
I am so excited to be moving full steam ahead with Hot Tree Publishing as we prepare to release my novella, A Whole New Life, next year as part of their Rescue Me collection! Look for it in February 2018!
A handsome deputy who’s not looking to settle down.
A mysterious woman who’s on the run.
When Deputy Henri Gunther realizes there’s so much more to waitress Jenna Trippleton, his simple small-town life explodes right open. With her safety and freedom at stake, Jenna must decide whether she can put her trust in the one man who’s promised to protect her.
I am so happy to be part of an upcoming steamy anthology with eight other talented and hot authors! Summer of Seduction is set to be released July 18th! My contribution is a bit of a sequel to my novella, Not So Silent Night. This tale is of Mikhail, a sexy Russian shifter. Want to hear some one of his darkest secrets?
Mikhail’s Darkest Secret
I am a member of one of the last great werebear clans in Russia, some the toughest and proudest shifter clans in the world. My brother and I are sons of the Alpha, meant to carry on the ways of our people. Instead my brother ran off and married an American witch. Don’t get me wrong, I am happy for him and his new wife. Truly I am. However now that leaves me to be the new Alpha to our clan and I am not sure that I am capable to live up to the expectations being placed on me.
See, there is something that my clan does not know about me. Something that hardly anyone knows about me, not even my family. I am known as the party boy, the son always out sewing his wild oats. Everyone thinks of me as a ladies man, something that is expected of an Alpha before he finds his true mate. This is indeed true, but only half of the story. It’s my love of men as well as women that I am not sure many in my clan would understand.
To my knowledge no Alpha has come out admitting to his liking of men as well as women. We are expected to reproduce and increase our numbers. Dalliances with other females are overlooked. Affairs with men have never been mentioned. Remember we are a product of our country as well and homosexuality and bisexuality are not normally spoken of in Russia and it is no different amongst the shifters in my homeland.
Now I am a man torn between the duty to my people and the need to be myself. On a visit to my brother he discovered my secret and now I know it is a matter of time before others learn of it too. Do I forgo my personal needs and desires for the betterment of my people, or try to forge a new path where I can be and Alpha as well as myself? Time for a decision nears and I am not sure what I will choose.
I am so proud to be part of Electromagnetism, a new technology based horror anthology! My story, Everything Has a Price, deals with the horrors that occur when medicine is controlled by the rich. It is just one of the creepy stories in this collection!
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Today I am happy to host the lovely and talented Jessica Bayliss! She is releasing her short Breathless today! Squee! So excited for her!
A brush with death brings Leah closer to the ghosts she longs to find and throws her into the arms of the troubled scuba instructor who saves her.
Dale, an Operation Enduring Freedom Veteran, is haunted by his own restless spirits. He's on a hunt for forgiveness, and the Caribbean Sea is his hunting ground.
The peace they search for lies in the bond they never suspected they shared.
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I exhale and watch bubbles float off into the churning blue above me. I draw another breath, except this time, there is no air. My lungs, in all their twenty-seven years of finding no resistance to their whims, of drawing in sweet gulps, huffs, and puffs, meet a wall of stainless steel. With the next try, that wall slams into my diaphragm.
My left hand grasps the air pressure gauge as it bobs and snakes down by my hip. The dial’s needle hovers at a thick black line highlighted in red. Zero pounds per square inch.
I’m seventy feet below the Caribbean Sea, and I’m out of air.
Heavy nausea grabs hold of my gut and throat. I almost spit out the regulator mouthpiece, but reason kicks in. I stop myself just in time.
Don’t panic. Stay calm.
But it’s so hard to follow my own instructions. The warm water cradling my body has no mercy for this tiny, helpless human, and it turns to ice around me, needling my skin with cold until I’m numb. I hold my final breath. Everything in me screams out the wrongness of this. The world on the other side of my mask fuzzes out. My mind will soon follow if I don’t do something. Now.
Remember the training. Just find another diver.
Thank God, one of the instructors is less than ten yards away. My finned feet power me to Dale’s side with five hard kicks. He’s tucking something into a waist bag, and when I thrust my air pressure gauge into his face, at first he jerks away from it. Then his eyes widen as realization hits.
I expect him to immediately reach for his spare regulator, the savior of rubber and metal, my sole hope if I want any fate other than drowning. Instead, he brings his large, strong hands to my face. The honey-gold flecks within his irises glint and flash in what filmy light breaches the yards of water between the surface and my airless lungs. There’s no warmth down here, and I’m out of time.
Dale is my only hope.
I let him capture my face between his palms and hold me with his anchor eyes. My heart beats a fluttery, jerky rhythm, and I count--One. Two-three. Four. Five-six-seven--and wait as though I’m not moments from my death.
As though I have all the time in the world.
But whatever he’s doing, it’s working. I’m calmer. For the first time since I found nothing behind my inhale, my heart beats steady and true. He gives me a firm nod, and I return the gesture.
It’s then, only then, that he unhooks the spare regulator from his dive vest. His other hand comes to the mouthpiece I still clench in my teeth. He brushes his fingers against my lips as he pulls the device free, and I give it up reluctantly even though it’s totally useless. A small, salty flow of water hits my tongue, and I swallow it down—the first of what could turn out to be a whole ocean’s worth if we mess up this maneuver.
They say write what you know, so Jessica Bayliss did. Her story, BREATHLESS, was inspired by her own experience running out of air on a scuba dive—except without all the steamy romance and eerie paranormal happenings. Alas, real life. Obviously, she survived. Her genre-bending fiction holds a little something for everyone. A lover of ghost tales and horror since her days scanning VHS rental shelves—admittedly with eyes half-averted from the gory covers—a touch of the mysterious always finds a home in Jessica’s work. Romance with a dash of supernatural. Horror with a bit of humor. You get the gist. Jessica also writes across age groups and is a firm believer in the motto: there is a new reader born every day, whether young or not-so-young.
Look for her upcoming releases: TEN PAST CLOSING, a YA contemporary thriller (Sky Pony Press, Spring 2018), and BROKEN CHORDS, a YA horror novella (Leap Books, October 2017). You can find her story “Care of the Undead Dog” in ZOMBIE CHUNKS, which came out earlier this year. Read about all of Jessica’s books and stories here.
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It's here!! So happy that today is release day for Earning Forgiveness, Gods Behaving Badly Book 6!! Poseidon is here to tell his love story at last! As the rest of the series, Earning Forgiveness is only .99 cents and free on Kindle Unlimited! Pick up your copy today!
Want a little excerpt from Earning Forgiveness? Here you go!
Suddenly, he felt a burning sensation on the back of his head. Turning, he laid eyes on her at last. As if summoned by his thoughts, there his Amphitrite stood. Her dark hair streamed behind her in the warm see breeze, her gorgeous curves wrapped in traditional and colorful Indian clothes. She was even lovelier than he remembered. However, despite her alluring looks, her dark onyx eyes caught his attention, and the heated glare they were sending his way at the moment. “Poseidon. What are you doing here? How did you find me?”
Walking toward her, the water glistened on his tall and toned body, shaking droplets from his longish hair, emphasizing his more than abundant physical traits for her viewing pleasure. Despite the anger in Amphitrite’s eyes, she looked him up and down, appreciating his body. “Come on, Amphitrite. We haven’t seen each other in over two thousand years. Must you start out so hostile? Aren’t you the least bit happy to see me? At least a little curious?” He stopped in front of her, wanting to reach out and pull her into his arms, but using all the restraint he had in him not to so he didn’t piss her off even more.
“I have not gone by that name for millennia, I am Syra now and barely remember what it was to be Amphitrite. I live a simple and happy life. I do not welcome anything or anyone here to disrupt that. Now, I repeat, what do you want, Poseidon, and how did you find me after all this time?”
Detectives Kelli Storm and Eric Ryder follow the bloody trail of a notorious drug kingpin from the streets of Washington Heights, New York and south to Medellin, Colombia. When the suspect in her partner’s shooting is stabbed while in custody at Rikers, he makes a startling deathbed confession… Miguel Garcia is still alive and out to kill her. With this revelation, Kelli finds herself unwillingly thrown back into the world of the drug cartels.
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Excerpt from Storm Warning (A Kelli Storm Novel 2)
Jesus Reyes looked up from his bed, his eyes thin slits. “I guess I was lucky. Doc says the knife just missed killin’ me. Said an inch more to the left and I’d been dead, coulda’ punctured my kidney or somethin’.”
“I’m sorry, Jesus. I didn’t know the DA’s office would throw you back into general population. Did you get a look at the man that stabbed you?”
He shook his head. “No, the pendejo stabbed me from behind and then disappeared in the crowd.”
“I’m going to make sure you stay in here until I have enough for a conviction against Diaz.”
“Lady, you’re fuckin’ crazy. You ain’t gonna get nothin’ on Diaz, and even if you do, jeffe is gonna make sure he don’t talk.”
Kelli leaned in close and looked into his eyes. “Jesus, you keep saying jeffe. Who is this jeffe? What’s his name?”
Jesus took a labored breath and looked at her. “I don’t know his name, but he’s supposed to be the head of some drug cartel out of Colombia. All I know is that Diaz and the rest of the Trinitarios kiss his ass, includin’ me.” He closed his eyes and turned his head. “The motherfucker’s gonna make sure I’m dead, too.”
“He’s not going to get to you in here, Jesus.”
“Yeah, maybe, but I gotta leave here sometime. I gotta go back to the street and then the motherfucker is gonna get me. You can’t protect me, ain’t nobody can protect me on the street.” Beads of sweat formed on his forehead.
Kelli put a hand on his arm. “He’s not going to get the chance, Jesus, because I’m going to put the son of a bitch away. And maybe I can talk to someone about getting you into witness protection.”
He cocked his head to one side as he looked up at her. “Huh? How you gonna put someone like that away? You don’t even know this fucker’s name. Shit, I’m fuckin’ dead, lady, and you go messin’ around with people like that, you’ll be dead too. Cop or no cop.”
“Then I guess I’ll have to kill him first.”
My short and steamy f/f romance, Love and Wisdom: Gods Behaving Badly Book 5 is now available for only .99 cents and available on Kindle Unlimited!!
The next morning dawned with Athena feeling apprehensive yet powerful at the same time. She had forgotten how the gods fed each other’s powers. Zeus had done his job well by turning them all against one another before his hostile takeover. They were all weaker now, but she sensed that was slowly diminishing. The gods were becoming powerful once more. The question was why.
She went into the kitchen to find Bruce already there and cooking. “You cook too? My sister certainly lucked out when she found you. If you don’t mind me saying, you are much more intelligent and down to earth than her usual consorts. I like you, which is rare for me to like anyone.” Bruce looked at her cursorily, clearly not sure what to say, so she clarified a bit. “Don’t look so perplexed, Detective. I am just stating the facts, not coming on to you. I play for the other team, as you said last night.”
“Sophia was right. You certainly are blunt, even for a god.” Bruce chuckled and slid a plated omelet her way. “Janine will be here at ten. She took the assignment as a favor for me. Of that, I am certain. We do need to come up with a plausible story of events, so we do not have to try to explain that you and Sophia are ancient gods.”
They ate in companionable silence, Athena assumed both thinking of a cover story. Soon enough, Sophia joined them. Athena marveled at how enjoyable it was to share a meal with others, to work on a plan someone else. She began to realize how lonely she had become having no contact with her family, or anyone for that matter, and found herself envying the closeness between Bruce and Sophia. She had a reputation for being cold and untouchable, but she needed love just like any other being. She just hadn’t experienced it in so long that she’d grown used to the loneliness and to depending solely on herself. Now, though, seeing her sister and her empath together, all of her hidden feelings came bubbling up to the surface, and she ached with the pain she felt.
Luckily, she was saved by the bell from her musings, literally, as her doorbell rang and pulled her from her thoughts. “That must be your detective friend. I’ll let her in.” Glad for the distraction, she hurried to the door.
Athena tried to push her emotions back. She was a creature of facts and wisdom. Emotions made her feel unbalanced and out of control. She did not like to feel out of control, but it seemed the fates were making her feel just that at the moment for she got the shock of her long life when she opened her front door. A breathtaking woman in a suit stood there, looking strong and serious but friendly at the same time. While being quite the dark-haired exotic beauty, that was not what knocked Athena off her guard. Before her stood the second empath she had seen in the past two days after thinking them all extinct for over two thousand years.
It's Valentine's Day and I am celebrating by sharing the love and hosting one of my favorite authors, the lovely and talented Torie James! She has a brand new release out the 16th! Preorder it now so you are one of the first to get it!
The Ghost of Secret's Gate
Genre: Paranormal/Contemporary Romance
Series: Loch Ness Legends #1
He wanted a home...
1861. Estranged from his family for a shocking betrayal, Highlander Lachlan MacQueen is a man who lives by his rules and no other. Reckless and rootless, he roams the border towns between Scotland and England, a mercenary for hire with an unspoken determination to regain all he's lost. By any means necessary.
When he inadvertently saves the life of Queen Victoria, she rewards him with a royal boon, the deed to a small manse nestled along the shores of Loch Ness called Secret's Gate and a stipend to ensure his outlaw days are over. But past sins demand payment and when the price becomes too high, Lachlan's untimely death becomes another skeletal ghost in an unopened closet.
She wanted to heal...
2017. Verity Harper's memories of Secret's Gate are hazy at best. Two months spent in Scotland 25 years ago echo with remnants of a mysterious, hasty departure home to America and fresh beginnings with her mother, Pamela and new stepfather, Archibald MacQueen.
Now, she returns to claim the legacy left to her by Archie; the very manor of her erstwhile childhood summer. But the free spirited, fun loving child that roamed the grounds with innocent glee has been replaced by a heartbroken woman full of remorse and shattered by regret.
And now, she's beginning to question her sanity when an alluringly familiar voice in her head opens the floodgates to a piece of her past long forgotten.
Can a lie that destroyed one life give another the truth it needs to be whole?
One of my all-time favorite movies is The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, starring Gene Tierney and Rex Harrison. Once a year, my mother and I watch it together, it's our "thing".
I've always wanted to write my own ghostly love story but they can be tricky in various ways. I finally bit the bullet though and began work on "The Ghost of Secret's Gate". It ended up turning into a much larger story than originally intended but I am so happy with the end result!
It's got a few of my favorite things: Scotland, Hot Ghost Dude and did I mention Scotland?
So, meet my new friend Verity, a woman tottering on the brink of defeat....
Ah, she couldn't get enough of Clare's raspberry cranachan trifle. Clearly by the feel of her skirt's tightening waistline.
Voices, however, she'd had enough of and reached for one of the six pill bottles on the nightstand, deftly plucking one from the rest. Her auditory hallucinations weren't a result of a psychosis, so there was no actual medicine to treat her. She refused to take anti-psychotics, scared it would do irreparable damage to her already battered brain. She noticed it only flared when she grew irritated or anxious, thus she had grudgingly accepted the doctor's recommendation of Halcion, in its lowest doseage. Sedating her brain activity afforded pockets of relief from hearing things. Thinking things.
What's happened to you, sweetheart?
Uncapping the bottle, she shook out a pill, popped it into her mouth and took a swig from the glass of water Clare had brought her earlier. Well, thank you for asking, Voice in My Head. Let's see. Life. Life happened. I grew up, got a job, made a career, married, divorced. Nearly got crushed by a train while working on location. Spent a lot of time in physical therapy for my back while alternately falling in love with painkillers. Lost my mind and my job after that. Lot of fuzzy time in between in which I did some pretty shameless things to keep my fix going. Woke up one day, decided this was my story and since I was holding the pen, it was time for a rewrite. Got clean, got a new job and got engaged. But instead of planning a wedding, I ended up missing a funeral after I killed my parents. That about sums it up. Oh, and my fiancé dumped me because my face is no longer pleasing to the eye. Anything I left out can be found in the brochure. Grab one on your way out. I'm here all week, try the veal!
Release Date: 2/16/2017
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Born on the planet Gallifrey in the constellation of Kasterborous,Torie is the illegitimate love child of Han Solo and Daenerys Targaryen. Rescued by Gandalf shortly before her home planet was destroyed in the last days of the Clone Wars, she was raised in relative obscurity by her foster parents, Severus Snape and Pippi Longstocking. At the tender age of 113, she inherited the best little whorehouse in Texas and is rumored to be bringing Sexy Back. A self confessed chocoholic, she’s been engaged to Willy Wonka despite gossip surrounding a lifelong affair with Bruce Wayne.
And clearly, she practices delusion on a daily basis.
The truth is, I’m just an overgrown kid with a vivid imagination who loves to write and share my crazy with the world. My future plans include, hopefully, buying a lovely Scottish castle and convincing Queen Elizabeth I that I’d make a fab addition to the Royal Family.
Four years ago, I finally got my ‘brave’ on and submitted a wee story about true love, honor, friendship and the magic within us all. That story was Timeless Night, the first book in a five book series I’ve named New Camelot. Since then, I’ve been lucky enough to have published Timeless Desire (Book 2 of New Camelot), Beauty and The Feast (A New Camelot Thanksgiving Novella) Ties That Bind (The Cloie Chronicles I), Fractured Fantasies (Valentine’s Venom), Fractured Fantasies (Volume 1-6) and slew of short stories.
I live in Southern California, a stone’s throw from Disneyland, with my family and the most ridiculously spoiled pets anyone could imagine. I wake everyday with the determination to make this life as random, quirky and beautiful as it can be.
If I haven't scared you off yet, feel free to track me down at any of the following!
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Author, artist, jewelry maker and all around creative person. I write in many genres and have a lot of fun doing so. Please take a look around and enjoy!