Wednesday, July 30, 2014

MFRW Book Hooks: Business Or Pleasure by Ashley Ladd

This is a book hook (just a fancy name for an excerpt) for my just released male-male contemporary romance novel BUSINESS OR PLEASURE.


For now, it’s available only at:


As of August 22, 2014 it will be available at Amazon and ARe as well. J






His dad, Dale, hefted his leg over the wooden bench beside Tommy then plopped down, straddling the seat. His blue jean overalls covered his bulk loosely but were a bright dark blue as if brand new. The glint in his mossy colored eyes wasn’t at all new, however, and didn’t bode well for Tommy. “Son, we need to have a heart-to-heart.”

Wondering which lecture he was about to get, the one about being gay, or the one about working in the family business, Tommy [J1] bit back a sigh and tried to gird himself.

Before his father could open his mouth, his mother plunked a big plate of barbecue and coleslaw in front of him with a fistful of napkins. “I’ll be right back with some fresh-brewed sun tea.”

Tom tossed her a smile he didn’t fully feel. What he really needed was a large beer if he had to sit through another lecture. Peeking at his watch, he decided it was time to return his messages. “I can’t right now. I need to return some calls.”

Dale whipped off his glasses and pinched his nose with his fingers. “You can spare your old man a few moments first. I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again. We didn’t put you through business school to sell houses. We put you through college so that one day you’d run the family business. Well, that day has come.”

Tom’s heart tightened and chills chased down his spine to continue on to his toes. Was something wrong with his parents? They were only in their midfifties and as far as he knew, in good health. They were too young to retire. Maybe too many barbeque sandwiches and French fries had blocked their arteries. But both of them?

“What’s wrong?”

Dale snorted a laugh and slapped his thigh. “Nothing’s wrong except your refusal to support the family. Business is booming, that’s what I’m talking about. So much so, we’re ready to open a new restaurant and we want you to run it.”

Tommy’s forehead creased and he curled his fingers around his mason jar of tea. He used some of the reasoning he’d learned in the precious business school. “What’s wrong with Jolene? She went to university too. She’d be a great general manager. In fact, I bet she’d be madder than a hornet’s nest that you want to give me the business instead of her, seeing she’s your first born.”

Donna joined them and sat across from Tommy. Her expression wavered between giddiness and chagrin. She rubbed Tommy’s shoulder as if to ease his tension. “Your sister’s expecting. She won’t be able to give her complete attention to being a momma and running a new business for quite a while.”

Emotions warred within as a grin split his face. He was going to be an uncle. He’d like kids of his own. However, being gay, he wasn’t sure if it would happen, so being an uncle might be the closest he’d come to being a parent. Alternately, upset that his parents thought his career something to be dropped without a moment’s mourning, he considered getting up and stomping away. But he swallowed his pride, swallowed his grin and stood his ground. “That’s great about Jolene. I’m really happy for her. But what about my career? I work a lot more than forty hours a week. I can’t squeeze in working at the restaurant much less managing a new one.”

Dale pounded his fist on the table, making Tommy’s plate jump and a few pieces of coleslaw plop onto the table. “I’m not talking about squeezing in our business or yours. I’m talking about you giving up your real estate hobby and running the new location fulltime.”


I hope you enjoyed my book hook this week.

Now that you’ve tasted a sample of Business or Pleasure, please visit my fellow MFRW authors to enjoy their book hooks.


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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Blog Tour: Touched by the Sandman by Beverly Ovalle

Please welcome one of my fellow RomVets (RomVet = Veterans who are also romance writers) today. Be sure to read all the tidbits including the This or That questions for more fun.

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Title – Touched by the Sandman Author – Beverly Ovalle Genre – Erotic Paranormal Publication Date – March 20, 2014 Length (Pages/# Words) – 34 Publisher – Boroughs Publishing Group Cover Artist – Boroughs Publishing Group

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~A lonely woman's torrid sexual dreams and fantasy partner await her as a dominant reality in another dimension~

The sandman visits those that need him, assisting them to sleep. Until one night he meets a woman that he cannot help but return to time after time.

She is lonely. He comes to her as she drifts off to sleep, the man of her dreams. Awake or asleep, which is her reality?

He knows she is the one meant for him. He will find a way to make both of their dreams come true.


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The darkness blurred and shimmered, bringing to life a man of moonlight and darkness: Aryne.

Before him Aryne could see her, lying in bed, tears of loneliness staining her pillow. She made his heart ache. He softly stepped to her side. His hand touched her face and gently pushed back her hair. He leaned over and placed a gentle kiss on her forehead, turning her dreams from sadness to joy. Her body arched toward his touch as the skim of his hand, the heat of his skin traced the edges of her curves. He stepped back…and then within the shimmer of dreams disappeared.

Night after night her loneliness cried to him. Unable to resist, he came to her. Subtly he inserted himself into her dreams, into her arms. Aryne knew it was wrong. As a guide, his job was to bring sweet, peaceful dreams. But no one affected him like she had. He was unable to resist comforting her, drawing her into his arms, covering her body with his…but only in her dreams. There Aryne stole the passion from her lips, igniting an ache in his body that would not go away.

Touching her shattered him. He knew instinctively that her touch would be his downfall. Her touch could keep him here in this splinter of his world, isolated as all of the Outcasts were. Generations had gone by; those exiled had died long ago, their children mixing amongst the races of the universe.

He had tried to stay away, fearing this. He was adrift, swept away, drowning in her passion, breaths away from losing himself. Giving in, acknowledging the power she unknowingly had over him would condemn him, keep him here if she was unable to travel to his world. Very few could navigate between worlds. And this world would drain his power rather than enhance it. Even the short time he spent there took its toll on him, the drain only in abeyance when he was in her arms. Try as he might, he could not resist her siren call. Only by controlling her and the passion between them could he make sure that he would not become lost. Lost in her. Trapped forever in her world.

He had done his best, gentling her to his hand, to his control. She knew the unspoken rules, knew the consequences. He played them out in her dreams, a dark symphony of passion and restraint. Perhaps unforgivable for a guide, but he could not resist. And just her body was no longer enough. Eventually he would capture her heart and soul.

A man of shadows, it would be during the midnight hours of her slumber.


Europe or Asia? Europe
Horse or bike? Bike
Rise early or sleep in late? Rise early
Blue jeans or fancy dress? Blue Jeans
Barefoot or slippers? Barefoot!
Roses or daisies? Roses
Surf or turf? Surf
Indoors or outdoors? Outdoors
Jocks or nerds? Both!
Math or English? English


  1. The Day After Tomorrow
  2. The Mummy
  3. Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade
  4. Jurassic Park
  5. Back to the Future
  6. Apocalypse 10.0
  7. Tremors (all 4!)
  8. X-Men (again, I haven’t found a bad one, but Wolverine is in them all!)
  9. Men in Black (I especially like the mail room scene-it explains a lot LOL)
  10. I, Frankenstein (I just watched it so a new fave!)

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Beverly Ovalle lives in Wisconsin with her husband Edmond of 24 years and two Chinese Water Dragons. Having her own Dragons is expected as she is dragon crazy and anyone that walks in her house can tell. Her son Nicholas visits when he is on leave from the Marines. Her daughter Susannah visits from time to time to make sure us ‘old’ folks are alive and kicking.

Beverly has traveled around the world thanks to five years in the US Navy and has worked for the government in one capacity or another for the past 30 years. Beverly and her brothers have travelled most of the continental United States as children due to the station wagon from Hell. Still active with veterans, she is adjutant for her local AMVETS.

Beverly has been reading romances since her Aunt introduced her to the gothic romance in the fourth grade and is still reading every chance she gets.



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Monday, July 28, 2014

Sexy Siesta Series by Talina Perkins

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TITLE – Book #1 – His By Sunrise TITLE – Book #2 – Tequila Sunset SERIES – Sexy Siesta AUTHOR – Talina Perkins GENRE – contemporary erotic romance, military PUBLICATION DATE His by Sunrise, April 2nd, 2014 Tequila Sunset, June 24th, 2014 LENGTH (Pages/# Words) His By Sunrise – 15,000 word count Tequila Sunset – 22,000 word count PUBLISHER – Indie Published COVER ARTIST – Bookin’ It Designs

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His By Sunrise, Book #1:

Forbidden Love Has Never Been So Tempting. . .

Isabella Marie thinks putting Blake in her rearview mirror will save them both from certain heartache. But when the sudden death of Blake’s father brings the Marine home before she can make her escape, Isabella is forced to acknowledge leaving Blake isn’t something she’s ready to do.

Honor bound by a promise to keep his hands off his best friend’s sister, Captain Blake Mitchell can look but never touch the only woman that lights his world on fire. Blake’s desires burn hotter than ever, but will he be able to throw away his late best friend’s trust to capture Isabella’s heart? If this mission fails, he’ll be stripped of the only woman he can ever love.

Tequila Sunset, Book #2:

What happens in Cabos stays in Cabos…

Lieutenant Gabriel Daniels is through waiting. Celebrating the wedding of his best friend, he’s determined to win the heart of one stubborn sexy Latina. He’s ready to throw down until she sees things his way. But when danger arises and threatens to take her away from him, he’ll stop at nothing to secure her safety first. Even if it means going toe to toe with a Mexican drug lord to prove the power of his love.

No one understands heartache like Esmeralda Vega. Losing her father to war and her mother to alcoholism, Esmeralda doesn’t believe in opening her heart to love. Left alone to raise her sister and carry on the family business, Esmeralda is faced with losing everything if she doesn’t find an investor, and soon. When opportunity knocks, she answers, unwittingly opening negotiations with a wanted drug lord. A night of drinks and celebrating quickly turns deadly, forcing her to accept more than she bargained for. Can Gabriel rescue Esmeralda from the clutches of evil and convince her a US Marine is just right for her in only one night?


HIS BY SUNRISE: >> Holding Onto Heaven (Nickelback) >> Gotta Get Me Some (Nickelback) >> Drunk On You (Luke Bryan) >> Crash My Party (Luke Bryan) >> Losing My Mind (Daughtry) >> Lovin' You Is Fun (Easton Corbin) >> Complicated (Avril Lavingne) >>Wish You Were Here (Avril Lavingne)

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TEQUILA SUNSET >>Set It On Fire (My Darkest Days) >>Move Your Body (My Darkest Days) >>Moviendo Caderas ( Daddy Yankee) >> El Amante- The Lover (Daddy Yankee ft. J Alvarez ) >>Talk Dirty (Jason Derulo) >> Bailando-Dancing (Enrique Iglesias)

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Strong arms slowly embraced her from behind. She tried to pull away, but if she wanted to be honest with herself—it just felt right. This moment. This man. His light aftershave enveloped her like a balm to her wounds. She leaned back and let out a sigh. Just make the ache go away. “Do you remember what I said to you the day we first met?” His words played in the hair against her neck while he settled his hand on her stomach. Chills tickled down the length of her spine in anticipation of the pleasure his tone promised. She nodded. “That when you close your eyes at night all you’ll see are my emerald eyes looking at you.” Her voice cracked on the last note. He ran his fingers up and down her arms while the one on her stomach pulled her snug against him. His touch was light, but the fire from the simple contact infused her skin and set her libido ablaze. Her heart softened a fraction more for the man and the power his touch held over her. As she spoke, he gently turned her around to face him. “And I meant it, sweetheart. Doesn’t matter if you decide to walk out that door. I’ll never forget the way you look at me. The way you have touched my soul. We might come at this from different angles, but there’s no denying what we feel for each other. Not any longer.” “Seems love should be easier than this, don’t you think? “Nothing is ever easy, love. I let your brother down once. Before tonight, I saw the promise I made as my penance.” He pulled her closer. “All that changed today when I thought I’d lose you forever. This,” he squeezed her just a little harder, “is all about you and me now.” She liked that. She turned. A wicked grin tilted his lips. She loved to see him smile. Especially this night. It had been so long since even the faintest hint of a smile had lit his eyes as it did now. Which brought everything back to center stage. What now? Her head screamed at her to step back across the threshold and run like hell. Her heart pushed her deeper into the warmth his words and arms offered. “Bella, look at me.” The lazy heat in his voice called to her. She licked her parched lips that burned with questions, yet she was so desperate for his lips to caress hers instead. Their gazes connected, and she had all the answers she needed. He lowered his head slowly, but she wanted more. Faster. Harder. Isabella threw her arms around him and leaped into his arms, wrapping her legs around his waist in one smooth motion. His hands landed firmly on her ass, pulling her closer. In a single stride he pinned her flush against the wall. Pictures clattered to the floor with only a small rug to break the fall. She broke their kiss and received a deep growl and a nip to her lip. She slid her tongue along the tender flesh and watched in awe as his gaze followed her every move. Like he couldn’t get enough of her. Her heart beat against her ribcage, threatening to burst with the love that filled her. “Take me, Blake. Not for just a night, but for now, and as long as you’ll love me. I’ll take it.” She felt vulnerable, unsure what to do now that she’d set it all out there. So she let her body react for her. “Baby, this isn’t a one night kinda thing.” His hands worked around her waist as he lowered her feet to the floor. “I am still waiting on an answer.” Solid muscle slid between her legs, opening her up to his touch. Electricity shot through her on contact. Her clit responded first with a pulse of heat that stole her breath away then gave way to delicious shocks that rocked her from head to toe. “Do you want to come for me, Isabella?”

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Ema eased out of Gabriel’s arms to face him. That same seductive tone she was powerless to resist washed over her like rich, dark chocolate, leaving her heart thundering. Hot liquid pooled in the crotch of her panties. “Like this?” She slid the buttons of her top out of their hold again and slipped the material first off one shoulder then the next before losing the material altogether. She cupped her breasts, letting her nipples slip between her fingers. A groan rattled deep within Gabe’s throat, giving her the courage to continue. “Let me see them.” He moved into her space to peel her hands away. If he kept looking at her with such fervor, she’d be lost. “God, I’ve missed you. I’ve dreamed about having you again. Just like this.” “You’ve dreamed of me, Gabriel?” His gaze simmered with a deeper passion than she’d seen before. From his kneeling position looking up at her, Ema saw the full force of the fire set deep in his eyes. The blaze burned hotter with each encounter, pulling her closer to the warmth he offered. “You know I have, precious. The proof is right here.” He guided her hand to stroke the ridge of his cock through his pants. Impressive in every way. With his forefingers and thumb, Gabe pinched both her nipples, forcing a moan from her. “I’m going to suck those delicate berries into my mouth and make you come for me. First, I want to see the rest of you.” He skimmed his fingers along her sensitive sides then worked his way toward the front clasp of her skirt. Shudders of anticipation raked through her. With the slightest touch, he had her wanting more than she could ever have. A family. A man to love her body and soul. She had to stop, pull back on her runaway emotions constantly edging her closer to him. In a flick, he released the final barrier. “Baby, I need you. We’re both in danger of me combusting right now if I don’t get you wrapped around my length soon.” Dios, he was going to be the death of her. She shouldn’t be here, but he looked at her with such intensity, as if she was his soul reason for breathing, and there was no way she could resist his allure much longer. What they had went much deeper than just lust and want. For both of them. And it scared her to the core.

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Author interview:

1) Why do you write (erotic) romance?
When I started writing I never intended to write the spicier side of romance. That changedI wrote my first love scene. The characters were not the vanilla, door-closed type so I rolled with it and discovered I had a hotter passion for the erotic romance genre than I first suspected.

2) What romance subgenres do you write in? Why?
So happy you asked this question. Beyond contemporary romance, I also write paranormal romance with a first in a new series planned for release mid 2015. It’s going to rock and I can’t wait for readers to discover the new worlds I’ve created. No matter the sub-genre though, every book I write will always have my special brand of spice. ;)

3) Are you aware of any themes that run through your stories? If so, what are they?
At first, I didn’t realize I had worked theme into my writing until my editor pointed it out. After that, I took a closer look and found family and unity strong themes in everything I create. While on different levels and not always evident at first, by the end, these two themes show up in both my contemporary romance and paranormal romance books.

4) What would you like readers to take away from your stories?
When a reader sits down to read one of my books, I want them to be able to step into my stories and feel they’ve taken a trip with my characters. Followed them through finding themselves, finding each other, and ultimately finding happiness which will hopefully allow the readers a great reading experience .

5) What inspires your stories?
A wild imagination and the ever present question, “What if…”. And hunky heroes that waltz across my mental white board at odd hours of the day and night with sexy lines, demanding I tell their story. ;)

6) Will you be attending any book or writing conferences this year? If yes, which

ones? Where and when?
No, no conferences or book signings for me this year, but I have some cool virtual Facebook parties planned for the release of the 3rd Sexy Siesta, Sunrise for Three, coming late summer. There will be many prizes to pass out at that time!

7) Do you have any book signings or author appearances coming soon? If yes, where and when?
Along with the Facebook release party, I’m also planning a virtual book signing. However, all the juicy details for that event will be announced closer to the release of the continuation of my Sexy Siesta series. ;)

8) What is your writing schedule?
Oh, if I could only stick to a schedule. Right now, I’m basically working around the clock between promoting and writing.
I wake, home school four kiddos, then write my daily ten pages. After that is done, I work through the rest of the day talking with readers, writing blog posts, and the such. There’s no real set schedule except keep butt-in-chair until page count is done.

9) Do you have any other passions besides writing? If yes, what are they? Why?
By day, I write romance and by night, I’m a cover artist. It wasn’t planned. Just kind of happened in a way that turned out to be a cool opportunity to meet others in my line of work and pursue my talent with Photoshop. I also design all my covers and anything that’s needed in the promo area.

10) What is your best memory?
Good question! It was a rainy summer day. Not to hot nor cool. The arena where my mother trained horses was finally empty of other people and I was sitting on the fence daydreaming like any other three year old would about what it would be like to ride one of the magical animals my mother loved so much.
That day my dream came true. With no import to the rain, my mother plucked me off the railing and plopped me straight into the saddle for the first time. Then she proceeded to slip on my first pair of cowgirl boots. I’ll never forget the cream colored flourish against the hard brown leather. I was a real cowgirl with my own set of boots and my own horse nicknamed Rocky Road for the black speckle of spot on the hindquarters of the Appaloosa.
It was the best day. Ever!
11) What is your favorite comfort food?
Chicken ‘N Dumplins. Do my southern roots show?

12) What relaxes you?
Reading. I love to kick back after work and grab the latest release from a favorite author. Normally that would be anything from Lora Leigh, Lori Foster, or Nora Roberts, among so so many others.

13) What is your favorite guilty pleasure?
Rocky road ice cream, hands down. Then if that isn’t available, my back up is homemade peach cobbler made in a crock pot topped with vanilla ice cream. YUM!

14) What decade has been your favorite? Why?
The 90’s! Roller rinks were the in thing and boy, did I know how to work it on a set of skates!

15) What is your favorite way(s) to promote?
Playing hooky on Facebook, talking shop with other authors and shopping for my next read on Amazon. I am a complete sucker for a cool cover and awesome blurb!

16) Where is your favorite place to write? Why?

Sitting directly under the mini-split in my bedroom while typing away on my mini laptop. It’s way too hot anywhere else in this humid beach town!

17) What is your favorite fairy tale? Why?

Alice in Wonderland was a favorite as a child. I even have one of the very first print editions which is over one hundred years old. As a child I felt Alice wasn’t afraid to follow her heart on whatever adventure she fancied and I loved how strong her imagination was. In fact, looking back, this fairy tale is what inspired me to write stories as a child and then later on as an adult.

18) What was your favorite vacation?
Taking a trip to the beach when the family and I need a break from the daily workload. Or even the mountains when we get tired of the sand and surf. Living at the beach kind of makes you want to a different view every once in a while.

19) If you have/had another career, what was it?
I am one of the lucky writers who had a dream and got to pursue it immediately. Although I have a second job as a cover artist/swag designer, I also get numerous hours of writing time each day.

20) If you didn’t write, what would you do instead?
I’d be a full time horse rancher. Though I moved away from the farm as a child, I still have the down home roots strong in my blood. If I ever move back Stateside I just might cut out a piece of land somewhere near Montana for a ranch of my own.

21) If you could have one wish, what would it be?
To have more time to write all the book ideas that I have floating around in my head. As is, I would need two life times to accomplish this! Oh, and meet Nora Roberts. There’s no denying I’m a total fan girl!

22) If you could describe yourself in only one word, what would it be? Why?
Determined. When I set my mind to something, I learn it through and through. If I wasn’t like that I would have never stuck with learning how to write a damn good story.

23) Who was your favorite American Idol contestant this year? Why? (only if you watch the show)

Between all the writing and promo work I don’t get a lot of time to watch TV. When I do, I like to vegge out with Castle and 24.

24) Are you a cat or dog person? Do you have any pets and if so, please tell us about them.
I’ve always been a dog person. Cats are okay, but not my favorite. Having said that, I actually own only one animal and he’s a cat. Mr. Jingles—originally named Tiffany before the vet corrected us on the gender—arrived on our doorstep as a tiny kitten one night twelve years ago and hasn’t left since. He’s a European alley cat that’s suffers from an identity crisis on a daily bases. He begs for cheese, wags his tail like a dog for chicken bits and purrs like a kitty when he wants his ears scratched. He’s the baby of the family and my girls make it a point to spoil him every chance they get.   

25) What is the one thing you most want to do that you haven’t yet?
Visit Ireland. I want to see as many castles as I could possible fit into one vacation to the Emerald Isle.

26) Please tell us about your most recent release and where we can purchase it.
Tequila Sunset released two weeks ago and it follows to the story of 1st Lieutenant Gabriel Daniels as he pursues his love interest, Esmeralda Vega. Tired of waiting, Gabriel makes his intentions known to Esmeralda, but before anything can happen they’re thrown into danger when a Mexican drug lord sets his sights on the sexy Latina.
Here’s the blurb for Tequila Sunset:

What happens in Cabos stays in Cabos…

1st Lieutenant Gabriel Daniels is through waiting. Celebrating the wedding of his best friend, he’s determined to win the heart of one stubborn sexy Latina. He’s ready to throw down until she sees things his way. But when danger arises and threatens to take her away from him, he’ll stop at nothing to secure her safety first. Even if it means going toe to toe with a Mexican drug lord to prove the power of his love.

No one understands heartache like Esmeralda Vega. Losing her father to war and her mother to alcoholism, Esmeralda doesn’t believe in opening her heart to love. Left alone to raise her sister and carry on the family business, Esmeralda  is faced with losing everything if she doesn’t find an investor, and soon. When opportunity knocks, she answers, unwittingly opening negotiations with a wanted drug lord. A night of drinks and celebrating quickly turns deadly, forcing her to accept more than she bargained for.

Can Gabriel rescue Esmeralda from the clutches of evil and convince her a US Marine is just right for her in only one night?

27) Please give us your urls and your publisher’s url.
I love to connect with readers! You can find me on my website at, on my Facebook page, Google+, and Twitter. You can also subscribe to my newsletter to keep up to date with all my releases and current news. I’m always throwing one giveaway or another, talking about research, or random things of an author’s life, so don’t be shy. Connect!

28) Is there anything else you’d like to share with your readers? Please do so here.
I’m currently working on the third novella in my Sexy Siesta series, Sunrise for Three. You can view the cover and read the blurb on my website.
I have more news to share about the Sexy Siesta series and as soon as I have all the juicy details ready, I'll be sharing the news via my newsletter and blog. Trust me, if you can't get enough of hunky military heroes that work hard and play harder, then you'll love what I have in store for you!

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Talina writes across multiple genres that include erotic romance, spicy military romance, and paranormal romance. Within her worlds you'll find steamy fast paced plots with unique characters filled with passion and grit. From sheriffs to military men to shape shifters and vampires, there is no hot blooded hero she doesn't love to write-and read-about.

Stay connected with Talina on any or all her social sites. She loves to chat with readers so don’t be shy! You can also find her on Bookin' It Reviews or visit her website where you'll find free book themed wallpapers, character info, excerpts and more!






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Sunday, July 27, 2014

A Promise At Dawn by Jane Leopold Quinn



by Jane Leopold Quinn





Their affair was scorchingly sensual


Faye Burke, recently widowed, retreated to the coast of Maine to grieve and reassess her future. Her favorite part of the day is watching the sun rise out of the Atlantic Ocean. It’s also when the man she considers her guilty pleasure runs along the beach.


Gil Farrelly, a successful painter, is trying to get his career back on track after the studio fire that destroyed everything. He starts his creative juices flowing every day by running on the beach. The lovely woman who watches him also gets his juices flowing and he’s determined to reinvent his career by painting her.


Faye’s combination of maturity and sensual vulnerability intrigue Gil and he wants to immortalize her on his canvas. She’s flattered, aroused and ultimately frightened of the emotions he incites. He claims not to care he’s younger by twelve years but she believes sooner or later he’ll come to his senses and seek out women his own age. Can Faye conquer her fears? Can Gil prove to her it’s not age separating them but her fear?





“Was your studio here in this area?”

“Uh huh. Like you, I came up here a couple years ago to find myself. Since the fire, I’ve been doing some landscapes. You’re the first portrait I’ve wanted to do in a long time.”

She lay on her back, tilting her face to the sun, savoring the warmth. She’d popped a slice of apple in her mouth, and he watched her chew and swallow it. “Faye,” he began, shifting his body over hers.

She sighed and opened her eyes.

He didn’t waste any time. Through eyes barely open, he watched her lashes close, watched her lips part. He kissed her softly. With light touches and delicate sips, he tasted the sweet stickiness of the apple on her lips.

She didn’t respond. It wasn’t a rejection. It just wasn’t a response.

He braced his hands on either side of her shoulders, holding himself off her breasts so the only place their bodies met was their lips. It took all his control to go slowly.

At first she didn’t touch him. Then at the same time she began to kiss him back, she placed her palms on his chest, their warmth and pressure highly arousing. She slid her arms around him and slowly pulled him down on top of her.


He took that for permission and rolled to his back, taking her, draping her over his body. He wrapped his arms around her, one hand cupping her head lightly, giving her the opportunity to break away if she didn’t like it. She stayed, and he deepened his kiss. His tongue explored her mouth, claiming her, delving into her welcoming and passionate response.

Her moans rose sweetly from her throat, then became deep growling noises. Her hands cupped his face, held him. She massaged his tongue with hers. His cock surged in response.

He rolled again putting her beneath him and slid his thigh between hers.

Her body quivered, her hips undulated, pressing upward against his.

He moved his fingers to the buttons of her sweater and flicked them open one by one, spreading the sides to reveal a pretty white lacy bra with, thank the good Lord, a front clasp. Her eyes opened, met his with an erotic, pleading gaze. The clasp easily opened, and her full, pale breasts spilled free.

“Gil,” she gasped his name. There was no question in it, just pure desire.

Slipping his hands under her shoulders, he pulled her up, brought his mouth down, and latched onto a beautiful strawberry shaded nipple as erect and hard as a little clit.

He uttered a soft grunt at her sharp cry, drawing on her, loving the taste and feel of the tightly furled bud.

She clawed at his shoulders, writhing under him. “Yes, yes, God, yes.”

He delicately clamped her nipple between his teeth.

“Yes. Harder.”

He rocked the tip and lashed it with his tongue.

“Oh. The other one,” she begged with a breaking sob. She fisted her fingers in his T-shirt, yanking, tugging at it.

He released her nipple and pushed himself up.

“No,” she cried.

He gripped the back of his T-shirt and pulled it off over his head, tossing it aside. “I want to feel your skin on mine,” he murmured, and teased her other nipple.

She gave herself so completely over to the torment of his mouth. He could feel her fingernails on his shoulders. The harder she scored, the deeper he drew on her nipple. They fed off each other, off the ecstatic storm of their emotions. She cried his name, rolled her head back and forth on the blanket, stiffened, and covered her mouth with the back of her hand. He felt her orgasm in the vibration of the guttural groan from deep in her belly.

His heart soared, his lips tipped in an elated smile. Just giving her this pleasure satisfied him more than he thought possible. She was an amazing combination of reluctance and responsiveness. She thought her age might make her less attractive? Ha!


A Promise at Dawn is available at Amazon

Amazon Reviews


"Good short story! Faye and Gil have very hot chemistry, and their story is heartwarming. I was surprised at the character development in such a short offering. Faye had suffered such a huge loss, and we were drawn in along on her new path in life."


"Ms Quinn paints a detailed portrait of a woman re-awakening after the loss of her husband. Her emotional state is handled quite deftly. This story has pathos, passion and humor woven together. Gil and Faye's story unfolds quickly and it's a scorcher."


Author Bio

Sensual fantasies were locked in my mind for years until a friend said, "Why don't you write them down?" Why not, indeed? One spiral notebook, a pen and the unleashing of my imagination later, and here I am with more than a dozen books published. The craft of writing erotic romance has become my passion and my niche in life. I love every part of the creative process — developing characters, designing the plot, even drawing the layout of physical spaces from my stories. My careers have been varied — third grade school teacher, bookkeeper, secretary — none of which gave me a bit of inspiration. But now I'm lucky enough to write romance full time — the best job in the universe!


Labels/Tags:  artist, contemporary, erotic romance, older woman/younger man, young widow


Jane Leopold Quinn

My Romance:  Love With a Scorching Sensuality


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