Friday, December 28, 2012

New Release: Stand and Deliver (Tales of the Highwaymen, 1)

I am very happy this day has arrived, not only because I love this series but also because my writing partner's excitement has been driving me mad ever since I uttered the fatal sentence, "I think a series about highwaymen would be fun, don't you?"

The idea began several months ago as I was driving to teach my night class. Adam Ant's "Stand and Deliver" popped up as my iPod shuffled through songs during the hour-long drive. (If you remember this song or just want a quick bit of goofiness, you can watch the video here.) I'd been feeling a bit burned out on editing and submissions reading, and none of my WIPs were really holding my attention, so I started plotting something just for the fun of it. It started out as an idea for Evernight's Naughty Fairy Tale line, but I soon realized the original idea was only the beginning of the story. The story of my first couple, Adam and Eloise, was very simple. I didn't want to shove in filler just to hit a certain word length, so I used it as the starting point of the tale of three different couples finding a happily ever after.

We loved watching these characters evolve and thoroughly enjoyed exploring their world. Stand and Deliver is available now (links are below), and the next book will be out January 15.


Eloise thought being whisked to another dimension by a handsome man would be a fantasy come true, but the gorgeous nobleman in question can’t even make her come. As she tries to figure out how to free herself of him, she begins to notice a masked man following her wherever she goes.

In this world of lords and ladies, should she be afraid when this dashing highwayman rides up and demands that she be delivered into his arms? Her brain tells her to be wary, but her body tells her that the ultimate fantasy might be within reach after all…

Teaser Excerpt:

Adam watched Eloise closely. They were in one of the bedrooms of the abandoned Trancy manor, which served as Gerard’s home and headquarters. He had tied her, very loosely, to a chair with silk scarves. She’d made no effort to free herself. The looks she’d given him and the heaving of her breasts told him she was aroused, but he could tell she was embarrassed by it and trying to fight it.
“You aren’t screaming or trying to run away, my lady. I believe you’ve been looking forward to this meeting.”
She searched his eyes. “You’re no ordinary highwayman. I know your voice. You must have been at one of Theodore’s parties.”
Though he was glad she at least knew his voice, it bruised his ego a bit she couldn’t properly place it. “You’re right. I have only been a highwayman for a month. And there is only one treasure I have wanted to steal.”
Her eyes widened. “Really?”
He walked over to her and caressed her cheek, enjoying the feel of her trembling. “Yes.”
“There are easier ways to attract a lady’s attention.”
He went down on one knee and cupped her cheek more fully. “Like this?” He captured her lips, taking advantage of her gasp to fully ravish her mouth. She stiffened, but he held fast, and soon she melted in the embrace. She was breathless when he let her go.
The game he was now playing seemed to arouse her even more. “I believe I have your attention now.” He dipped his head down to kiss her neck. Then lower. He tightened his grip on her shoulder as his lips neared her breasts. Her heart pounded in her chest as his lips caressed the tops of the soft mounds. “Are you frightened, my lady?”
“That is a trick question.”
He looked up at her. “Is it?”
“You’re very good at seduction, but you’re also a kidnapper.” She took a labored breath. “And I’m a goddamned fool for not wanting you to stop.”
He laughed, though he could see in her eyes that she was a little afraid, despite her body’s reaction to him. “Perhaps, Eloise, your heart knows you shouldn’t fear me. Don’t be angry at my little deception.” He untied his mask and let it slip from his face.

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