Friday, July 31, 2015

Through His Heart by Deborah Camp Interview & Giveaway

 BLURB:
“Sending you an SOS.”

When psychic Trudy Tucker hears this plaintive cry in her mind and then connects psychically with a little girl’s kidnapper, she is drawn to a small town in Missouri where everyone is suspect – including herself and her lover, celebrated psychic detective Levi Wolfe. As she and Levi work together to sort through whom and what to trust, an innocent life hangs in the balance.

INTERVIEW:
1) What is your favorite quote and why?
My favorite quote is, “Don’t wait for your ship to come in. Swim for it.”
I love this because I have a tendency to sit back and tell myself, If I’m good enough or what I do is good enough, someone will notice and give me my just desserts.
I have found this not to be true. Any time I sat back and waited for good things to happen to me – nothing happened! I’ve always had to make an effort, beat my own drum, and wave my arms frantically in the air to get someone to notice me! So, I like that saying because I need to swim as fast as I can. Otherwise, the ship will sail right past me or – worse – right over me!

2) Who is your favorite author and why?
My favorite author is Mary Stewart. When I was in eighth grade, I read “The Moonspinners” and I loved it – mainly because a movie was made from it starring Haley Mills and I loved her. However, I read all of Mary Stewart’s books after that. Reading her books made me begin to think that, just maybe, I could be a novelist, too. I began to write my own romantic stories, inspired by her books. I’ll always love her and “The Moonspinners” for pointing me in the direction of being a real writer and not simply a dreamer.

3) What, in your opinion, are the most important elements of good writing?
Showing, not telling is the Golden Rule. A writer should put you in the skin of the main character in each scene and keep you there! You should not know, sense, feel, smell, taste, see, or think anything that the main character can’t. And you should not be “told” things about the character. The writer should show or reveal things about characters through them. I hate it when the author steps into the story and tells you stuff about the characters! I want to yell – “get out of the story—you don’t belong in here!” I also think there should be a sufficient conflict. I get angry when I read books that have conflicts that could be ironed out if the main characters would simply talk to each other – ask questions and get answers. Those “misinterpreted remarks” should only last a chapter or two – not for a whole book! It makes the hero and heroine look stupid.

4) Where did you get the idea for this book?
I’ve had the idea for this series for around a decade, but never could interest any editor or agent in it. After reading “Fifty Shades of Grey,” I was inspired to just write it and put it on Amazon to let readers decide if it was worth reading or not. Personally, I thought the editors and even my agent were being short-sighted. Some of them were put off by the psychic element. Others were worried that it was too graphically sexy for a romantic suspense. It didn’t fit in a “box” or “category” and they just wanted me to stick with what I was already doing – contemporary romances and historical romances set in the American West.
When I read “Fifty Shades of Grey,” I decided to quit worrying about making my story “fit” some pre-conceived category and just write it. Let the readers decide what box they want to put it in!

EXCERPT:
Levi shifted his shoulders as if a weight had settled on them and his black brows knitted. His thick, sooty lashes tapped his cheeks as he squirmed a little. After taking a lung-filling breath, he let it escape in a long hiss. Trudy wondered what he was experiencing, what was going on in that brilliant mind of his. What did he see? Shadows moving in the distance? Souls stepping forward? A young girl emerging and answering his call? From the movement of his eyes behind his closed lids, she knew he was there . . . there among the spirits.

“Gregory,” he whispered.

His spirit guide! She sat forward, watching, waiting. He hadn’t connected with Gregory very much during the past few months. He’d told her that it bothered him, but that Gregory had reminded him that he only appeared when Levi needed guidance or centering. So, why had he appeared now? Was Levi having trouble? Had she been wrong to prod him into looking for Rachel over there?

“What’s going on?” Levi asked, his raspy voice carrying a sliver of doubt. “Who’s that? Is it . . . that’s not . . . no. No!” His eyes opened, wide and wild. He gasped for breath and emitted little grunts of panic with each exhale.

Trudy’s heart and spirits plummeted. “You saw her there? Rachel’s there?” A sob tore at her throat. How could she tell AmyLynn? Did the FBI know already?

“No . . . I . . .” Levi shot to his feet and scrubbed his face with his hands. “Fuck, fuck, fuck!”

“She’s there? Oh, my God, she’s dead. He killed her.” Trudy wrapped her arms around herself as she began to shake with the horrible knowledge. She’d failed. She’d been useless. Ineffective. A bad joke. The little girl . . . gone. Gone!

“I didn’t see Rachel.”

AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Author of more than 40 novels, Deborah lives in Oklahoma. She has been a full-time writer since she graduated from the University of Tulsa. She worked for a few years as a reporter for newspapers before becoming a freelance writer. Deborah’s first novel was published in the late 1970s and her books have been published by Jove, New American Library, Harlequin, Silhouette, and Avon. She has been inducted into the Oklahoma Authors Hall of Fame and she is a charter member of the Romance Writers of America. She is widely published in non-fiction and writes and edits for a magazine focused on small businesses. Deborah taught fiction writing for more than 10 years at a community college. She is currently working on a series of novels featuring two psychics who work with police nationwide to identify and track serial murderers.




All of her novels are available on Amazon as ebooks

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Shoshanna's Short Shorts by Shoshanna Evers Excerpt & Giveaway


BLURB:
If you’re in the mood for a quickie (ahem), you’ll love this collection of eleven sexy short stories from New York Times and USA Today bestselling erotic romance author, Shoshanna Evers —“Queen of the erotic novellas.” (Fandom Fanatic). This collection pulls Evers’ published stories together from nine different anthologies into one volume. Includes a never-before-published story, plus the bestselling Overheated!

EXCERPT:
Falling Ashes
Copyright 2015 Shoshanna Evers. All Rights Reserved.

Trent set her down slowly, letting her body slide over the front of his as he released her from his fireman’s carry. Her ass still tingled from the smack he’d given her.

“Do you spank all the women you rescue when you have to throw them over your shoulder?” she asked, feigning jealousy.

“Nope.” He leaned in, his stubble scratching her cheek. “But I always want to.”

Susan giggled and grabbed the suspenders hanging down his hips on either side of his uniform. “You don’t need these to keep your pants on right now, you know that, right?”

Trent grinned and sat down in the grass, looking up into the smoky night sky just as she had done not moments before. “You want me to get buck-naked right here?”

“More than anything.”

Trent pulled off his boots, tossing them to the side. Susie watched with anticipation, running her tongue over her lower lip.

“This ain’t no show,” he teased. “Tit for tat, baby. Take off your shirt for me.”

Susan pulled it up over her head so quickly she heard a seam rip. F*ck it. She couldn’t get out of her clothes and onto her man fast enough, as far as she was concerned. All those hours worrying, wondering… she kicked off her shoes, shimmying out of her jeans.

Trent stared at her as he pulled his pants off too, the reflective stripes gleaming in the dark, and stood up. He looked tall and dark and almost menacing in a sexy-as-hell way, naked and sweaty and streaked with soot, standing in front of her. The look in his eyes made her feel desirable. Needed.

God knows she needed him, too.

“I was so scared, Trent,” she admitted.

“Yeah, me too,” he pulled her into his arms, his sweat-slicked chest rubbing against her breasts, her nipples immediately hardening into tight buds.

“You were scared?” The thought never occurred to her, somehow, that a man as big and strong and courageous as Trent could ever be scared of anything.

“Yeah. Scared I was never going to get the chance to see you again.”

AUTHOR Bio and Links:
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Shoshanna Evers has written dozens of sexy stories, including The Man Who Holds the Whip (part of the NYT bestselling MAKE ME anthology), I Am Not Your Melody (from the NYT bestselling Cowboy 12-Pack), Beauty & the Beast: an erotic reimagining (from the USA Today bestselling Wicked Hot Reads), The Enslaved Trilogy and The Pulse Trilogy from Simon & Schuster Pocket Star, and the national bestseller, The Tycoon’s Convenient Bride...and Baby.

Her work has been featured in Best Bondage Erotica 2012 and Best Bondage Erotica 2013, the Penguin/Berkley Heat anthology Agony/Ecstasy, and numerous erotic BDSM novellas including Chastity Belt and Punishing the Art Thief, originally from Ellora’s Cave Publishing.

The non-fiction anthology Shoshanna Evers edited and contributed to, How To Write Hot Sex, is a #1 Bestseller in the Authorship, Erotica Writing Reference, and Romance Writing categories.

Shoshanna is also the cofounder of SelfPubBookCovers.com, the largest selection of one-of-a-kind, premade book covers in the world.

Shoshanna is a New York native who now lives with her family and three big dogs in Northern Idaho. She welcomes emails from readers and writers, and loves to interact on Twitter and Facebook.

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Monday, July 27, 2015

Stolen Moments by Cara Bristol Excerpt & Giveaway

BLURB:
Is it crazy to be jealous of a fictional character?

While Mary Sue is proud of her construction-worker husband Billy's new-found success as an author of spanking novels, she also finds herself resentful of Beverly Golightly, the fictional heroine who gets everything Mary Sue wants: her man's undivided attention, lots of hot loving, and many delicious spankings.

But is Mary Sue's jealousy any crazier than the plan she hatches to recapture her husband's attention?

EXCERPT:
She found him in the bedroom he used as an office, pecking at the keyboard. It was amazing how well that man could type with two fingers, and his furious rate of speed indicated he was “on a roll” as he called it, and wouldn’t appreciate being disturbed.

Except she hadn’t seen him all day. Or last night either. She had no idea what time he’d come to bed. She’d fallen asleep alone while he “did one more thing” at the computer.

“I’m home!” she announced.

“Oh, hi.” Billy didn’t even turn around, but continued to hammer at the blasted machine.

You have the prettiest green eyes. I could look at you all day. He used to tell her that all the time when they dated in high school and after they married. Then he got hurt in the accident. Now he couldn’t spare her a ten-second glance.

 “You’ll never guess what happened.”

Peck. Peck. Peck.

Mary Sue raised her voice. “I said, you’ll never guess what happened.”

“Huh? What?”

“Mr. McDermott came into the diner today,” she spoke to her husband’s back. “His house was broken into yesterday. The burglars got at least $1,000 in change he kept in a big water jug. Mr. McDermott says it must’ve weighed 200 pounds. The burglars would have had to roll it out.”

“That’s nice.”

“I brought home frog entrails and chicken beaks for dinner.”

“That’s good.”

AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Cara Bristol continues to evolve, adding new subgenres of erotic romance to her repertoire. She has written spanking romance, contemporary romance, paranormal, and science fiction romance. No matter what the genre, one thing remains constant: her emphasis on character-driven seriously hot erotic stories with sizzling chemistry between the hero and heroine. Cara has lived many places in the United States, but currently lives in Missouri with her husband. She has two grown stepkids. When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading and traveling.


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GIVEAWAY:
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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Eve's Rescue by Sarah Marsh Excerpt & Giveaway


BLURB:
Evangeline Scott was hoping for a fun night on the town after a hellish day. What she couldn’t have imagined was getting kidnapped by alien slavers and then left to die on an abandoned ship.

Kai Dallen and Roan Quinn were having some bad luck of their own when they found themselves set up by an old adversary and trapped in the vault of a Dhuaation Pharaoh's ship with no way out. When Khaman-Ra makes them an offer they can’t refuse, the two space pirates end up rescuing a ship full of human female cargo. All three males are immediately drawn to one of the beauties and make an agreement to satisfy everyone’s desires. The only problem is, they didn’t think to ask Eve and when she wakes up to find that she’s now married to three aliens she’s mad as hell. By the time all four of them realise their true feelings, will it be too late, as a woman from Roan’s past threatens to ruin it all?

EXCERPT:
“Thanks, Matty, but I think I can figure it out. I appreciate the dress. Is there something else you needed?” she asked trying politely to get him out of her room so she could try to figure out just what the hell she was going to do now that she was stuck on an alien spaceship.

He tensed up and looked confused for a moment, then he must have remembered that she had no idea what she was doing here, because he relaxed and smiled patiently at her again.

“Yes, my lady, your husband and his consorts have assigned me the honor of being your tutor and companion until you have acclimated to your new circumstance,” he answered proudly.

Eve stood unblinking across from him for several moments.

“I’m sorry, I think I just hallucinated. I thought you said husband,” she said with a seriously confused frown.

“You are unwell, my lady? Shall we go to medical? The pharaoh would be quite distressed if we did not address this right away,” he said quickly, taking a step toward her.

“Stop,” she said, her hands coming up. “Did you or did you not just use the word husband in relation to me?”

Once again the poor man gave her the confused tilted puppy dog look, and she started to think perhaps it was just a translation error and that the word meant something else to these aliens. Relief instantly flowed through her. That had to be it. He must mean something completely different, and here she was, typical freaking out Earther newbie, losing her shit over some grammatical error. How embarrassing, well funny, yeah, but embarrassing nonetheless. Once he could see her relaxing he also let out a relieved sigh and smiled.

“Yes, my lady, your husband, or would that be husbands by your Earth standards? Dhuaatian mating habits do not normally include anyone other than the primary couple. However, there certainly is no law prohibiting more than two persons from entering into a marriage contract. I have so many questions about your planet. We will learn much from each other over the next while, don’t you think?” he said, rambling on, sounding like an excited child talking about a trip to the zoo.

Eve didn’t really hear much after the word husband came out of his mouth again, oh, except for the word husbands that followed shortly after it. She for damn sure heard that!

“This better be some miscommunication, Matty! Because I’m one hundred percent sure that I don’t remember getting hitched in between getting kidnapped and waking up in here!” she yelled at the old man as his eyes grew wider and wider, realizing his mistake.

“Miss, I am sorry to distress you. There was no other way for the pharaoh to ensure your safety. You had to be mated, or the slavers would just have tried to acquire you once again. This way you have the protection of the Coalition as well as the Dhuaatian people, and no slaver would dare come after you now,” he said, taking her hand, trying to soothe her.

“But you said husbands. Did he marry me off to a harem or something?” she asked. She realized that shooting the messenger wasn’t the fairest of responses, but who the hell marries someone while they are passed out?

“Oh no, my lady, the pharaoh married you himself. As well as the Sirotian security chiefs Lord Kai and Lord Roan. The four of you are now bound,” he answered.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Sarah Marsh was born in British Columbia where she still lives, she has only recently began her writing career finding it the perfect outlet for taking the edge off a nine to five office job. She’s been a science fiction and romance junkie for years and when her imagination started to take the characters she’d read about even further in their adventures she decided to try writing something of her own. Sarah’s also a former pastry chef and spends a lot of time cooking and baking for friends and family as well as painting and knitting. Her biggest weakness is animals of any kind, she loves a happy ending.


GIVEAWAY:
Sarah Marsh will be awarding a $15 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour, and a $15 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn host.
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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Court of the Hawk by Debbie Peterson Excerpt & Giveaway


BLURB:
Epigraphist Dr. Essie DeSpencer travels to an ancient Welsh castle in order to decipher an Ogham inscription discovered by the handsome and enigmatic, Garreth ap Daffyd. But the journey is not what she expects. She doesn’t plan to fall for the Lord of the castle, or to find herself deeply entrenched in legends, myths, and magic. Real legends, and real magic, that have devastating consequences.

Garreth didn’t plan for Essie to stay any longer than it took her to decipher the pictograph. Instead, he finds himself falling in love for the first time in his very long life. Now the Lord of
Llys y Gwalch must find a way to attain the heart of his soul mate and keep her safe from the dangers that threaten them both.



Characters and Writing:
Have you ever met someone you took an instant liking to and had the overwhelming desire to spend time in their company and get to know them? Then, during the course of your friendship, did they take you to unexpected places? Despite how well you thought you knew them, did they ever say and do something you just didn’t expect them to say or do? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you might understand the way every character in every story of mine evolves. No exceptions.
For me--and please note that I’m not speaking for any other author out there--once I have the main idea for my novel, the hero, heroine and supporting cast, make their entrance onto center stage. Without knowing quite how it happens, their physical descriptions are already well-defined. I can see them on that stage just as clearly as I can see anyone else. Height, weight, hair color, eye color, tone of voice—you name it—it’s already there. So are their temperaments, their strengths, and their weaknesses. Back stories are readily available as well. The process is almost like inviting an old friend you hadn’t seen in years into the house for a let’s-catch-up-on-things visit.
And then that’s when things get really interesting. You see somewhere along the way, usually after the first couple of chapters (and sometimes not even that), the characters change the story I had intended to tell. Without any forethought on my part, the dialogue I had intended to write leaks out from my proverbial pen and onto the page quite differently. More often than I can tell you, a character will say or do something that takes the story down a path far different than the one I intended. After seven novels, that one thing remains constant and still has the power to amaze me.
There are those who might say I’m undisciplined—or that I just can’t say no to my assertive, overzealous characters and maybe they’re right. However, I will tell you this: Each story comes out far better than the one I first imagined and I thoroughly enjoy every step of that unexpected journey!

EXCERPT:
“How old are you?” She held her breath and waited. In fact, she waited so long she wondered if he’d answer the question at all.

Finally, he dropped his gaze and returned a slow nod. He made the gesture more in response to an inner resignation than directing it toward her. “First, if I might ask, what gave rise to your curiosity?”

She combed the windblown hair away from her face and shrugged. “Does it make any difference as to how you’ll respond?”

He considered that for a time before he spoke. “No, I suppose it doesn’t. Still, I’d like to know.”

“All right, I don’t have a problem giving you the answer.” She cleared her throat. “The quake disturbed several portraits hanging along the hallways. I found one of them on the floor after leaving my room. So, I picked the antiquated thing up with every intention of replacing it, but the subject stole my attention. You see, if asked under oath in a court of law, I would swear you posed for the portrait at least two, maybe even three centuries ago.”

“And you didn’t stop to consider whether or not the man in the painting might be a distant ancestor to whom I bear a great resemblance?” he asked.

She extended a finger to his face, gently traced the scar that did naught but enhance his looks, and shook her head. “Not when the artist painted him with this.”

AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Debbie is an author of paranormal and fantasy romance because she has a soft spot for fairy tales, the joy of falling in love, making an impossible love possible, and happily ever after endings. She loves music, art, beautiful sunrises, sunsets, and thunder storms.

When she is not busy conjuring her latest novel, Debbie spends time with the members of her very large family within the lovely, arid deserts of southern Nevada. She also pursues her interests in family history, which she also teaches, mythology, and history.

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GIVEAWAY:
Debbie will be awarding $15 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour, and an ebook copy of Spirit of the Rebellion to a randomly drawn host. 
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Monday, July 20, 2015

Forbidden Things by Nikki McCormack Interview & Giveaway

BLURB:
Ascard power can strengthen, heal and create. It also has great potential to destroy, enough to topple entire governments. Indigo’s country places strict limitations on the use of ascard so she must channel her talents into the healing arts or risk severe punishment. An orphan from a disgraced family, trapped by her father’s treason, Indigo struggles to reclaim her place in a society that has driven her into an abusive engagement.

Then a mysterious stranger from a neighboring country contacts her using ascard. He needs help escaping his prison so he can bring an end to his emperor's oppressive rule or die trying. His unshakable devotion to his cause and the passion hidden behind his cool arrogance move her to help him at the risk of being branded a traitor herself.

When the politics of society bring them together a second time, Indigo decides to use her growing powers to help him fight his war. If only she dared fight for her own future with such passion. Perhaps she can find the courage to do so by helping the man she has fallen for win his revolution. She might have exactly the power he needs to succeed.

INTERVIEW:
What are four things you can’t live without?
Outside of the basic essentials, I could get by with very little, but there are many things I wouldn’t want to have to live without. Since we are talking things and not people or critters, I’d probably say my laptop, my truck, my lip balm, and my phone so I can keep in touch with the important people in my life.

What is your favorite television show?
I still have much love for Firefly, Farscape, and Carnivale, but, as far as newer shows go, I’m most enamored with Penny Dreadful. The story is compelling and the acting is excellent. The sets and costuming are also very well done and there is plenty of eye candy to go around.

If you could be any character, from any literary work, who would you choose to be? Why?
The first person that came to mind was Luna Lovegood from Harry Potter. I’m not sure, if I dug deep, that she would be my first choice, but I always felt like she was one of the more underrated characters in the series. Her whimsical nature always appealed to me and there is clearly a much deeper story behind her that doesn’t get enough book time in my honest opinion. Also, who doesn’t want to go to wizarding school?

What have you got coming soon for us to look out for?
There are two more books in the Forbidden Things series in editing right now with a plan to release both within the next year. I also have the sequel to The Girl and the Clockwork Cat coming out soon I hope, though I don’t have an official release date for it as of yet. Aside from those things, there are several more projects on track for next year, but I won’t go into details until they’re a bit further along.

What books or authors have most influenced your own writing?
I tend to spread my reading across a lot of different authors, mostly in the fantasy, science fiction and horror genres. There are several books and authors that have helped me keep my passion alive and inspired my writing. The list would have to include most anything by C.S. Friedman, The Last Herald Mage trilogy by Mercedes Lackey, The Black Jewels trilogy by Anne Bishop, and one of my early horror favorites, H.P. Lovecraft. There are too many to list them all, but the book that started me down this road, Birth of the Firebringer by Meredith Ann Pierce, requires an honorable mention.

EXCERPT:
Her attention wandered to the fountain sprouting up in the center of a nearby courtyard, simple and elegant like a great stonework lily. A man stood by the fountain, watching water droplets falling with the shimmer of multicolored gems in the bright sunlight. Long silver hair hung to the middle of his back like a frozen waterfall. His smooth pale skin and unusual hair marked him as Lyran, but his regal bearing and rich attire didn’t befit a slave or merchant.

Curious. “Have you seen him before?”

Andrea turned, following her gaze. “Who?”

“The man beside the fountain.”

“There’s no one by the fountain.”

Andrea’s reply tugged at her awareness, but the silver-haired Lyran was turning toward them now. His pale eyes met hers and the air pressed from her lungs as if a corset were being pulled too tight. The buildings lurched and spun in her vision.

“Indigo?”

She sank to her knees. Andrea crouched down with her, her eyes wide and frightened. She held Indigo’s shoulders tight, her lips moving. Indigo heard only the pounding of blood in her ears.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Nikki started writing her first novel at the age of 12 (which is still tucked away in a briefcase in her office). Despite a successful short story publication with Cricket Magazine in 2007, she treated her writing addiction as a hobby until a drop in the economy left her with an abundance of free time to focus on making it her career.

Nikki lives in the magnificent Pacific Northwest tending to her awesome husband, two sweet horses, three manipulative cats, and a crazy dog. She’s a wine and tea fanatic who loves sitting on the ocean in her kayak surrounded by open water or hanging from a rope in a cave, embraced by darkness and the sound of dripping water. She also enjoys horseback riding, archery, PC gaming, dancing, good anime, etc. She studies Japanese and practices Iaido because she believes we should never stop learning.

Twitter handle: @Author_NikkiMc




GIVEAWAY:
The author will award a $50 Amazon/BN GC to one randomly chosen winner via rafflecopter during the tour. 
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Friday, July 17, 2015

The Summer Diary by Elyse Douglas Excerpt & Giveaway


BLURB:
After her best friend and husband are killed in an airplane crash, a young woman finds her best friend’s diary and learns that she was secretly in love with another man, a soldier.  Determined to find the secret lover, Keri sets off on a journey and discovers the key to her destiny.

EXCERPT:
Keri noticed that Sophia’s handwriting was clearer than her usual rushed script, when she often left out commas and didn’t always cross her t’s.  The dots for the i’s were usually far from the intended letter, or left out entirely. 

In the diary, Sophia wrote with care and precision, seemingly enjoying the process of documenting her thoughts and emotions.

I’m going to call this my “Summer Diary,” because when I’m finished filling all these pages, summer will be over, I’ll be married, I’ll fire my shrink and I’ll toss this thing into the fire.  For now, I’m having fun.  I can write any damned thing I want and nobody will ever know it or see it.  I can be crude or selfish, sexy or crazy.  Who cares?  It’s only me talking to me, and when it’s all over—into the fire, baby, and forever forgotten.

My shrink is right, it’s very freeing to write down whatever you feel.  Whatever you think.  It’s like being in a hot air balloon or skydiving or being in bed with a sexy guy who absolutely sends you into spasms of ecstasy. 

Okay, I feel wonderfully wicked.  I went to lunch with the guy—oh what the hell—his name is Ryan.  No last name, though.  We ate hamburgers and drank dark beer at the Main Street CafĂ©.  He’s quiet, doesn’t talk much, but wow, he is the sexiest man I’ve ever met.  He oozes with it, but he seems to keep it inside, which really turns me on.  Never met a guy like him.  He’s like an unopened treasure chest, and girl oh girl, would I like to ride on top of that chest! 

AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Elyse Douglas is the pen name for the married writing team Elyse Parmentier and Douglas Pennington. Elyse grew up near the sea, roaming the beaches, reading and writing stories and poetry, receiving a Degree in English Literature.  She has enjoyed careers as an English teacher, an actress and a speech-language pathologist.  She and her husband, Douglas Pennington, have completed five novels: The Other Side of Summer, Christmas for Juliet, Wanting Rita, Christmas Ever After, The Christmas Town and The Christmas Diary.
Douglas grew up in a family where music and astrology were second and third languages.  He attended the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music and played the piano professionally for many years. His two detective books include Death is Lookin' for ELVIS and Death is a TAPDANCER.  His great, great grandfather lived to be 132 years old, and was the oldest man in the world when he died in 1928.


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