Friday, June 26, 2015

New Release: Lesson in Love (Olympians 2)


  Eros hates Valentine’s Day. When his loathing for the lover’s holiday angers Zeus, he goes to his favorite bar to cool down. Instead he ends the night even more confused because the bar’s enchanting and beautiful owner Iris, who turns out to be a goddess herself, berates him over his horrible treatment of women. He doesn’t know his mother Aphrodite and the goddess Hera plan to use Iris to teach him what love is really all about.


Iris left her office and looked at Eros. If he had something to say, she was going to make him say it. She wasn’t sure what his mother had said, but she felt certain it had pushed him in the direction she and Hera wanted him to go.
“Anything else?” She walked over and sat down.
Eros looked up. “Well, I was hoping you would let me prove to you I’m not such a bad guy.”
She didn’t even try to stop herself from laughing at him. “That is the dumbest, most unoriginal way of asking me out.”
“How do you know I’m asking you out?”
“What else could you be doing?”
“I mean I literally just want to prove to you I’m not a bad guy. Spend some time with me. Let me show you what other women see.”
Iris thought quickly. Her problem with him had always been that she didn’t see what other women saw. When she looked at Eros, she saw past the looks and charm. She saw his potential. He was so good at making others happy because he liked doing it. She also saw how lonely he truly was. She knew she wasn’t fooling herself on that point.
She finally asked, “What do you have in mind?”
He paused, and she wondered if he’d expected her to flat out say no.
“Well, maybe a walk on the beach? Nothing formal like dinner. Just spend some time together.”
“All right. When?”
“Okay. Come and get me at midnight.” She got up and walked back to her office. Walk on the beach, huh? And perhaps a bit of frolicking in the waves? He was going to have to do better than this.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

New Release: Submitting to Their Laird (Tales of the Highwaymen 4, MMM)

The Highwaymen are back! The latest in my Tales of the Highwaymen series is here. This story features our heroes from book 3 (All Mine) meeting a handsome laird who is determined to convince them that fate has brought the three of them together. (Some people have all the luck!) If you want to learn more about Melara, the other books, and the characters, see my series page here.

Two handsome masked men have haunted Benjamin’s dreams for months. When he attends the king’s wedding and meets Theodore and Nicholas, he’s sure his dreams are about to come true. Despite their attraction to him, the two highwaymen prove reluctant to upend their lives simply to take a chance on the mysterious dreams Benjamin has been having. But a mission from the king gives Benjamin a chance to convince them, and he’s going to do all in his power to make both these men his.

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Benjamin led his horse around to the barn and eyed the house. A light was on upstairs, and he could see another one in the back on the first floor. He hadn’t rushed, assuming Theodore and Nicholas might need some time alone, not only to ease Theodore’s need but also to talk. Four other horses were in the stable, two looking fresher than the others, so he figured they had to both be home. He unbuckled his bags and pulled them off his horse, who looked much relieved. He began to brush her as she nibbled on a bit of hay and then stepped forward for some water. He held her and eased the saddle off before finishing up patting her down.
The idea of talking to Theodore and Nicholas at the same time had him so excited his nerves were absolutely shot. Theodore had been reluctant, yet his kiss had shown promise. Nicholas’s gaze had held something Benjamin couldn’t define, and that gave him even more hope. He didn’t want to be used for their pleasure and then forgotten. He wanted more than the carnal gratification he’d felt in his dreams. He wanted that sense of completion he often felt when he looked into their eyes. Theodore’s eyes were exactly like those of the blond in his dreams. Meeting Nicholas would be the next test. He sighed, not sure what he’d do if he turned out to be wrong.
“You must be Benjamin,” a voice said.
Benjamin turned, and he had to bite his lip to hold in his gasp. Nicholas stood only a few feet away, and even in the torchlight his eyes shone at Benjamin, just as they had in his dreams.
“Yes, and you must be Nicholas.”
Nicholas nodded. “I’m surprised I was able to sneak up on you. I thought men from the lowlands were excellent trackers.” A slight smile curved Nicholas’s lips.
Was the man flirting? Benjamin tried to put on his best smile. “I’m distracted. And you seem like you’d be light on your feet. Graceful. We can put it down to my daydreaming and your skill equally.”
The smile brightened, if only a bit. “I don’t have any skills.”
“You’re a highwayman.”
“And you know just as well as the entire kingdom does that it’s not what it seems.”
“Indeed. It’s something I admire and wish to hear more about. The world needs more good men willing to help others.”
“We’ll have plenty of time to discuss it over the next few weeks.”
“We’ll have time for many things these coming weeks.”
Nicholas stepped forward and ran his hands up Benjamin’s chest. “You kissed my lover, and I’m here to demand satisfaction.”
Benjamin let his breath out shakily, the smaller man’s aggression surprising him deliciously. It made him ache to press the man closer. “Name it. I shall stand.” He grinned. “And deliver.”
Nicholas’s hands moved up and down Benjamin’s chest at a lazy pace, his fingers only occasionally touching skin through the openings at the laces. “I believe magic is mostly a positive force, but I’m wary about following Maeva’s urgings.”
“She cursed you. I’d like to hear more. Seems strange things happen here in this kingdom.”
“Oh yes. Very strange things indeed. Like handsome lairds dreaming of men they’ve never met.”
“I started doing that before I came north.”
“Then make amends and kiss me. You had Theodore so hard I had to fuck him right there in the palace.” One finger worked into the laces and caressed Benjamin’s skin. “I was aching with jealousy even as the vision of you two kissing aroused me.”
“There’ll be no need for jealousy. I’ll give myself to both of you equally.”
Nicholas’s face clouded a moment, his hands lowering.
Benjamin touched his cheek. “You don’t have to do anything you don’t want to. If you prefer, I’ll apologize for trying to seduce your love.”
“That’s not the problem. I’m amazed at how much I want your kiss.”
Benjamin took hold of the back of Nicholas’s head and pulled him into a deep kiss. He pushed his tongue into Nicholas’s mouth right away and explored, pleased to find that he tasted just as sweet as Theodore had. In fact, this kiss was even better. Nicholas was more than willing, pressing close and tangling his hands in Benjamin’s hair. His soft sighs and moans made Benjamin long to take more from him, to possess him completely then and there.

And if you're new to the series, here's a little peek at the first 3 books.


Stand and Deliver
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…


Your Money or Your Life
When Jacob fell moving a portrait in the museum where he worked, he was worried about damaging it. He never imagined he would fall into it and wake up in another dimension. Though his day does start to improve when a sexy masked man rides to his rescue…

Gerard thought his friends Adam and Eloise would be the enchanted portrait’s only victims, but when he finds a gorgeous but bewildered young man wandering in the woods, he realizes how wrong he was. Now he has to enlist the help of a man he can’t stand to put a stop to the magic, even though he’d much rather be spending that time in the arms of the sexy man now sharing his home.


All Mine
Theodore has already been disappointed in love twice, and he isn’t looking for any more heartache. So when the handsome Nicholas, who happens to be suffering under a curse placed by Theodore’s mischievous godmother, informs Theodore that his love is the only cure, Theodore refuses to believe it. But Nicholas knows from their very first kiss that Theodore is the man for him. He isn’t going to give up until he convinces Theodore their love is what they’ve both spent years longing for.

Monday, June 1, 2015

New Release: His Beauty (Scarred Hearts, 1)

His Beauty is a reissue of my short "Bringing Out the Beast", which came out in 2012. The reissue includes two scenes cut from the previous version. I'm also working on a sequel, which I had decided against when the original version came out. One of the deleted scenes makes a huge difference for all of the characters, so now that it has been restored, I'm very excited to finish the story of two very different brothers.

Sophia believes her godfather Dominic wants her as much as she wants him but is afraid to express his feelings. Scarred and burned in a car accident, Dominic remains private and reclusive and only lets his guard down with Sophia. She wants him to let it down completely and act on the desire she knows he feels. Sophia plans to tell him exactly how she feels and what she wants, when his twin brother shows up. She didn’t even know he had a twin, and the arrival of the handsome and unscarred man causes Dominic to become hostile and retreat away from her, spoiling her plans of revealing her heart to him.

As the reasons for their animosity unfold, Sophia vows that she will prove to Dominic once and for all that his looks mean nothing because his heart is what she truly desires.


Dominic walked into the library and came up behind Sophia as she slid the book back onto the shelf. “Looking for something?”
She jumped at the sound of his voice, but then she smiled when she turned around. “I was looking through these old travel narratives to get ideas. I’m still not sure where we ought to go.”
He raised his eyebrows. “Most of those are from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. I’m not sure you want to visit many of those places.”
“Just for ideas. I want to go someplace different. This trip is going to be special.” She turned back to the bookshelf and began reading the spines.
“Is it?” he asked in a voice lower than he’d intended.
She turned and met his gaze, and then she nodded slowly. “It is. I promise.”
“Why?” He wanted to hear her repeat how much she wanted him along for the trip, and he even held his breath as she paused.
“We’ve never taken a trip together. The last time we traveled together was when we took a plane to come here ten years ago. I don’t know why I never suggested it before.” She shrugged and moved closer to him. “I guess I was always content to be here with you.”
Did she mean what he hoped she meant? Would she be happy anywhere as long as he was with her? “And you still are?”
“Of course! I love this house. When I was fourteen, it was like being in a castle. I could imagine I was an enchanted princess waiting for something magical to happen. Or a gothic heroine looking for floating candles and hidden doors behind black veils.”
Despite his disappointment that she was rhapsodizing about the house instead of him, he laughed. “Hmmm. Perhaps I shouldn’t have given you that Anne Radcliffe novel when you were thirteen. I’m obviously a bad influence.”
She smiled up at him, but then she rolled her eyes. “Hardly. My parents never bought books. I don’t know where I would have been if not for your gifts.” She turned in a circle and looked at the library, raising her hands to indicate all the books. “When I saw this room, I knew I would love it here. You know, like in the Disney version of Beauty and the Beast.”
His smile faded in an instant, and he lowered his eyes. “I’m glad it brings you so much pleasure.” He lifted his eyes again and tried to recompose his features.
“What?” she asked.
“Nothing. I remembered something I need to do is all. It distracted me.”
Her eyes widened. “Oh holy shit! Dominic, that’s not what I meant and you know it! I was just talking about the library and how perfect it is!”
He feigned ignorance. “Not what you meant? I don’t understand.”
She crossed her arms as she looked at him. “Don’t give me that. Your face fell when I mentioned Beauty and the Beast. Don’t lie to me, Dominic.”
He cleared his throat. “It’s not a bad analogy. You are a beauty, and I did bring you to live here in my labyrinthine mansion.”
“But you aren’t a beast. You’re a wonderful man. I said I enjoyed living here, but I would still love it no matter what our home was like.”
Her use of the words “our home” brought him both pleasure and pain. He wanted to end this conversation before he said something he couldn’t take back. If he revealed his feelings, he wanted the moment to be perfect. “Forget it, Sophia. I know you didn’t mean anything by the comment. I’m oversensitive. You’ve always told me that.”
She moved much closer. Her breasts were only an inch away from his chest, and she had to tilt her head back to look up into his eyes. “Dominic,” she said as she lifted her hand to the scarred side of his face.
He had a choice. He didn’t want to hear any words of pity, not from her. Never from her. He could silence her by pulling her into his arms and kissing her, or he could get away from her as fast as possible. “I do have something I must do. I’ll see you later.” He moved away from her as quickly as he could without bumping into any furniture.