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Dominant Persuasions: Twelve tales of dominance and submission…where mastery meets passion.
12 Scintillating tales of Dominance and submission as told by your favorite Amazon, NYT, & USA Today Bestselling Authors.
In a world of power plays, and safewords, only the strongest can find pleasure in submission. From strangers passing in the night, to lifetime loves that spark with new life; join us in the intriguing world of BDSM. No is not a safeword, and this deal is only available for a limited time!
Submission Dance by Lori King
Out of Order by Bella Juarez
Surrender Her Inhibitions by Nicole Morgan
Make Believe Submissive by Daisy Philips
Under His Protection by Doris O’Connor
Broken by Julia Sykes
The Sub That Got Away by Amy J. Hawthorn
In His Hands by Raven McAllan
Indulge by Sherri Hayes
Submitting To Temptation by Jan Graham
Fire and Ice (An Excerpt from KNOTTED) by Juliet Braddock
Yes, Justin (Expanded Edition) by Michele Zurlo
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Blurb for Out of Order by Bella Juarez
Journalist Marianna Banta embarks on a search for a faceless drug lord who gunned down her husband and submissive. When Marianna follows the killer’s bloody trail to Tampa, she finds herself face to face with a man who could derail her quest.
Green Beret MSGT Lars Nielson has returned from the battlefields of the Middle East. Memories of violent, missions have taken up residence in his tortured mind, leaving him broken. He comes to Tampa on a secret quest of his own and finds a challenge. When he takes a job as a bartender at a local BDSM club, he becomes fascinated by the fine art of Shibari, and while tying the intricate knots, his troubled mind finds peace.
When Lars and Marianna meet at her family’s BDSM club, there is an instant attraction they can’t deny. Can Lars coax a lifelong Domme into the coils of his Shibari ropes?
Enjoy this excerpt from Out of Order by Bella Juarez
“Shush, just hold me,” she whispered against his lips.
Without another word, Lars seized her in a hungry kiss. Liquid heat coursed through every inch of his being and set every nerve on fire when they connected. He slid his tongue along her upper lip, and she opened to him. He growled in response, sliding his hand up to her nape where he tangled his fingers through a handful of her hair. He kissed her deeper, exploring and savoring the taste of her. He’d hold her; he could spend a lifetime holding her. No other woman had ever had such a sudden impact on him as Marianna. Even though every rational thought told him to run the other direction, he defied it—just like a moth toward the flame that would eventually destroy it. One hand mapped her body while the other held her secure against him. He squeezed tighter, and her low, sensual moan let him know he was doing it right.
Wicked thoughts of fucking her once then leaving crept into his mind. She would be his undoing in so many ways. He broke their kiss. He had to stop before this situation went completely sideways for him. He cupped her face hoping she would be the voice of reason.
“Do you think this a good idea?” he asked.
“No, I get the feeling we’re both pretty fucked up.”
Who the hell was he kidding? He gripped her shoulder in an attempt to push her away. Once would never be enough. He had to muster his control and focus. He still had a job to do. Marianna dug her nails into his back and gently bit his lower lip.
It was as if she’d thrown gasoline on dying fire.
Something small and dangerous ignited the soul he thought he’d lost long ago. The simple act of creating pain and pleasure made him react in a way he never thought possible. Pushing logic away, he gave himself over to greedy lust. Resistance to her erotic call would be an exercise in futility and the slight pain of her nails with the bite whispered temptations he’d fought since seeing her casually sipping a glass of wine. She was the woman of his dreams, resilient and so taboo, a mystery to unravel and peel back layer by sweet layer. She was a woman who embodied sin and delight to a degree he hadn’t allowed himself to imagine was possible.
The call to his dark side was irresistible. He’d disregarded the appeal of what he’d seen at the club because he didn’t want to understand it. The honesty of it painfully pointed out the flaws in his relationships with women. In an instant, Marianna brought it all into crystal clarity. Submission and Domination were a beautiful dance of trust and surrender by both sides. Lars had been courting the wrong sort of woman. He needed a strong, determined woman who could take care of herself not a weak, co-dependent, manipulative bitch who used him to get what she wanted. He’d find a way to make this work and with a capable, intelligent partner he’d finally find the peace and happiness that had eluded him for so long. He’d give his queen the security she needed, and he hoped she’d give him acceptance he’d never had.
You can pick the best summer reads for The Romance Review’s Reader’s Choice Awards for Summer 2016. There are tons of books available for nomination, and I’m pleased to announce that Re/Claimed and Re/Defined are two of them! They need 50 votes in order to be considered for the award. We have a way to go if we’re going to get there. If you’re inclined, I’d appreciate your votes:
I want to formally congratulate Lea Ann Patton for winning the “Name Those Characters” contest. Twin #1 stayed up extra late to draw the names from a square wooden box. Re/Leased* (Doms of the FBI #5) features characters who don’t previously appear as the hero and heroine, and so I didn’t have ready-made names like I have for books 1-4**. Lea joined me for a party on the Exquisite Quills Facebook page August 20, and it was such a pleasure to get to know her! The names she chose are in honor of close family members (I won’t say who because she didn’t give permission), and so they’re very meaningful for her. So here goes (I used actor pictures–young Val Kilmer, current Ellen Page–to approximate what I imagine the characters to look like)–
David Eastridge: Tall, blond, and deadly. This former member of Special Forces can hold a grudge. Estranged from his father for the past decade, David returns home to fulfill a deathbed promise to his mother. He’s going to help his father with a serious problem. Someone has embezzled $3M from his company, and now it’s on the edge of collapse. David had vowed to catch the thief and find the missing money. He’s liaising with the FBI on
this case because white collar crime isn’t his usual thing. This founding member of SAFE Security (first appearance is in book 4) is not someone you want to mess with…unless you’re Autumn Sullivan.
Autumn Sullivan: Her playful attitude and the mischievous flint in her green eyes has David rethinking her as a target of the investigation. How can someone so sassy and passionate have taken the money, and what could she possibly have done with it? As he gets to know her, he finds she’s harboring some odd and shocking secrets–and someone is definitely out to get her.
Okay, I’m not revealing anything more now. It’s still an incomplete draft, so things are subject to change!
Thank you to Lea Ann Patton for naming this pair! You’ll get to meet them summer 2016.
**Re/Defined (Doms of the FBI 4) is expected Jan 2016. It’s Amy and Jordan’s story.
I need names for the hero and heroine of Doms of the FBI 5. I’m giving away the chance for one luck person to name the hero and/or the heroine of Re/Leased (tentative title).
Date: August 20
Time 7-8 PM (though the party is from 1-10 PM and features many different authors)
Yeah, you have to join the group for the party, but you’re welcome to leave it as soon as the party is over.
The Exquisite Quills FB page is having our first ever Author Takeover Extravaganza on August 20 from 1-10 PM! Party with favorite authors and get to know new ones. We’ll have contests, prizes, excerpts, and other fun stuff going on. For my grand prize, I’m giving away the chance to name the hero and/or the heroine of my current WIP tentatively titled Re/Leased (Doms of the FBI #5). That’s right–you have the chance to name those hot honeys!
Here’s the lineup:
E. Ayers 1-2 PM
Reggi Allder 2-3 PM
D’Ann Lindun 3-4 PM
Sarah Grimm 4-5 PM
June Faver 5-6 PM
Missy Martine 6-7 PM
Michele Zurlo 7-8 PM
Rose Anderson 8-9 PM
Kaitlyn Stone 9-10 PM
August 20–Save the Date!
Here’s the link to the EQ group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/527671093985960/
Since I’ve stopped having birthdays, I’m turning 37 again. To celebrate, I’m going to give away three copies of Re/Claimed (Doms of the FBI #3). All you have to do is leave a review for Re/Bound or Re/Paired and paste the link in the form whose address is below. Yes–you may enter once for every review you leave. The contest will run until July 20, and winners will be announced by July 21. Good Luck!
I found this picture that reminds me of a scene between Layla and Dustin. Yes, he plays the piano, and she sings off-key.
What they heck, here’s an excerpt:
She moved on to the piano, a keepsake his grandparents must also have left behind. “Are you going to give me a tour?”
He shook his head. “Kitchen is behind me, bedrooms are upstairs. You can look around in the morning.”
She lowered her eyelashes coyly. “You assume I’m staying the night?”
The steel in his gaze didn’t reveal whether he disliked her demeanor or her question. “Are you wearing underwear?”
“You’ve wanted to ask me that all night, haven’t you?”
He crooked a finger. Part of her thrilled at his alpha move. The rest of her resisted it.
She sat on the piano bench and opened the fallboard. “Do you play?”
If he were her dominant, he wouldn’t have allowed the evasion. As it was, he waged an internal struggle before joining her on the bench. She pretended not to notice. His thigh pressed against hers, and she felt the tension drain from her body. “Of course. Do you?”
She didn’t have a piano in her house, so it was a fair question. “Not really. I had lessons when I was little, but I don’t think I remember too much.”
He kissed her. As before, he brushed his lips across hers, promising more than he delivered. “We’re going to have sex tonight.”
“I know.” She allowed his statement because it was true. “But you’re going to let me get comfortable first.”
“You’re nervous. Why? We’ve done this before.”
“Not at your house. Not vanilla. I haven’t done this in years.”
He chuckled. “I hear it’s like riding a bike.”
She linked her arm through his and rested her cheek against his shoulder. “How about you play something for me?”
He dropped a kiss on the tip of her nose and grabbed a songbook. “Okay, but you have to sing along.”
Layla wasn’t sure what proposal stressed her out more—vanilla sex or singing with Dustin. This was so outside her normal realm of what might happen on a date that her brain short-circuited. He was treating her like a friend, someone he could be goofy and silly with, cut loose and have fun with, not like someone he wanted to sleep with.
She was still trying to make heads or tails of this development when he started tickling the ivories. The song was one of her favorites. Her attention flew to the sheet music for confirmation.
After the intro, he sang. His tenor was pleasant. It reverberated through her body, washing her nerves with its soothing tone. When she didn’t immediately join him, he elbowed her gently in the ribs to remind her of her obligation. Though she didn’t have too high an opinion of her voice, she entered on the next line. “‘It’s the heart, afraid of breaking, that never learns to dance.'”
By the time they finished, the same shivers that ran up her spine when Bette sang were running rampant, and she wondered if he’d chosen it for its message. He sought to encourage her to take an emotional chance with him—just as he was doing with her.
A song like that required a few moments of silence afterward. Layla gave it that because she was still stunned that he’d chosen to play it. “How did you know I like that song?”
A devious smile played around the corners of his mouth. “You were singing it the last time I broke into your house. I stood behind you, listening for almost a full verse, and you never turned around. Though you did throw back your head when you cut loose.”
She didn’t want to ask, but she knew deep down that he’d learned the song because of that night. Emotion welled up, closing her throat. She swiped at moisture that leaked from her eye.
Dustin put his arm around her. “How about something less serious?”
Then he started in on a song she didn’t know, but when he got to the line that went, “You were giving me head on an unmade bed,” she burst out laughing.
He paused and gave her a sideways look. “Pull up your dress and put your leg across mine.”
It was an order. A jolt went through her system, and moisture surged between her legs. She had to put her foot down and draw boundaries before things got out of hand. “You can’t order me around.”
Without missing a beat, he tried again. “Please pull up your dress and put your leg across mine.” His tone had been the same. He probably knew how it affected her. She supposed it would take him some time to get used to not being in charge.
Dragon Kisses 1 got a 5-star review from Laura Seiberling at Romance Novel Giveaways. Read the full review HERE. She said things like, “This was a cool, and yet smoking hot, book!” and “I would absolutely read more books in this series.” Click on the link to enter a contest for a $10 gift card to Amazon or BN, read blurbs for all three books, and an excerpt from DK1.
Find out more about DK1.
Find out more about DK2.
Find out more about DK3.
As more than one reader has said to me, watch out for book 3. It’ll bring you to your knees–expect laughter and tears!
I’m on tour with the Dragon Kisses Trilogy. Over the next few months, I’ll appear on a bunch of different blogs. Some will have reviews, some interviews, and some will feature guests posts written by me. Here’s the link to my first appearance–at Jacey Holbrand’s blog–where I talk about the best and worst parts of being a writer. Click HERE to access the post, and leave a comment for a chance to win a $10 gift card to Amazon or BN.
I am pleased to announce that I’m co-hosting a party on Facebook with MK Schiller, a fellow Michigan author whose new release, Variables of Love, just came out last week. The party, sponsored by Lady Amber Tours, is September 23 from 5-8 pm. We’re giving away awesome prizes. I’m featuring the Kiss Me Series. Join the party HERE.
Meena Kapoor knows what life has in store for her. She’s in her senior year at Stanford where she’ll graduate summa cum laude, and then she’ll begin her interviews…her marriage interviews. Meena is Indian, and she’s never questioned that she’ll have an arranged marriage like all the generations before her. Not until she meets gorgeous math major Ethan Callahan. Ethan’s sense of humor and free spirit stir feelings in Meena she didn’t know were possible outside of Bollywood movies. It doesn’t hurt that he’s charming and has the uncanny ability to make math sound like poetry, but Meena knows their equation makes no sense in the real world.
Ethan finds himself intrigued by the mysterious, beautiful girl, whose big, brown eyes reflect great pain. His goals are small at first—to make her smile and then to laugh. But he soon wants more, and though Meena is adamant they have no future, he convinces her to share the present. Ethan believes every problem has a solution, but with cultural expectations and family duty among the variables, they will struggle to solve the ultimate equation to find happiness.
MK is giving away a Coach purse and a lovely watch. I’ve made some jewelry. My Lost Goddess Publishing cover artist, Anne Kaye, is a jewelry-making teacher. She actually does many media. In this case, she came over with her bag of tools and taught me to make jewelry. I did 3 necklaces and 2 bracelets, and she corrected all my mistakes. We went for a variety of styles to suit many tastes.
I stuck with teal. If you’ve read the acclaimed series, you’ll recognize the reason for the color–it matches Dylan’s eyes. I’ll also be giving away a free ebook from the Kiss Me series, and MK will be offering one lucky reader a copy of Variables of Love.
9/17 Edit to post: Added the cover for Variables of Love and updated the party link.