Weekend Excerpt–CHASING ORDINARY

 

Red-haired sculptor Petey Cavanaugh is in New York to attend the opening of her gallery exhibition.  While in town, she meets Nik, a sexy businessman who happens to be Europe’s most eligible prince.

Not that Petey would know that.  Between helping out on her family’s Montana sheep ranch, and working on her art, she has little time or patience for silly celebrity gossip.

Nik’s not offended in the least.  On the contrary, he’s charmed by the fact that she treats him as a man rather than an institution.  But she’ll find out eventually.

And when she does, she feels betrayed by the man she thought she had feelings for.  Reluctantly, she agrees to meet him at his hotel and give him the chance to explain.

CHASING ORDINARY comes out in February, and the cover reveal will be very soon.  For now, though, here’s a little sample.

Petey wasn’t surprised when the car took them to the hotel’s underground entrance.  She was surprised to see Colin St. John waiting there.  Her stomach knotted.  She’d thought of him as a friend.  But he’d known the truth all along, too, and hadn’t bothered to mention it.

When the car stopped, the woman in the front passenger seat quickly got out and opened her door.  “Ms. Cavanaugh,” she murmured.

Petey glanced at her but said nothing.  Jorgen joined her and they made their way toward the door, where Colin waited.

He smiled her sadly.  “Hi, red.”

Petey bit her lip, willing away the tears that threatened.  Not trusting her voice, she nodded curtly.

“You know I couldn’t say anything.  Your friend and his family have been guests here for years.”

She shrugged, and cleared her throat.  “You didn’t owe me anything.”

“Not true.  I owed you honesty.  And for my part, I apologize.  I meant it when I said that you’re welcome here anytime.  With or without the prince.”  He winked kindly.

She nodded and followed Jorgen into the building.  Wordlessly, they went to a bank of elevators, where he used a key card to enter a car marked ‘Private’ by a small brass sign placed discreetly by its door.

Petey was surprised when they only went up a few floors.  For some reason, she’d pictured a huge suite on the top floor of the hotel.  A pair of security guards greeted them when the doors slid open.  Jorgen nodded to them and they stepped aside, allowing Petey and the secretary to move past them and down the hall.

They stopped in front of a pair of antique white double doors.  Another small brass sign declared that they had arrived at the Royal Plaza Suite.  Jorgen used his key card once again to unlock the door, which he swung open to reveal a small but elegant foyer.  The narrow hall opened onto a much larger circular foyer, anchored in the center by a small round table topped by an extravagant arrangement of white flowers arranged in a silver urn.

Moving past the flowers, Jorgen led her to the left, where the foyer opened onto a luxurious sitting room, that was, at the moment, abuzz with activity.  Petey counted at least seven people, not including herself and Jorgen.  One man was setting up enormous lights on stands, while another appeared to be coordinating three cameras on tripods.   A couple of the people were wearing headphones, and a woman with a clipboard seemed to be directing the action.

“Petey,” called a familiar voice.

She turned to see Nik purposefully striding toward her.  Dressed in a dark grey suit, he had tissues tucked into the collar of his blue dress shirt, and a woman with a makeup brush was hurriedly following him.  He turned to the woman.  “Could you give us a moment, please?”

Nodding politely, she returned in the direction from which they’d come.  When he reached her, he softly repeated her name.  “Petey.”

She crossed her arms in front of her and chewed her lower lip.  “Hi.  I said I’d come.  Now I’m here.”  She glanced around.  “You seem kind of busy, so…”

He rolled his eyes miserably.  “I have to do this interview.  But after that, I’m free.  Will you stay?  Please?”

Her heart hitched at the sadness in his deep blue eyes.  She’d fallen for this man.  There was no sense in denying it to herself.  But she couldn’t stand to be made a fool of.  She swallowed the lump in her throat.  “I’m here, so, I suppose I might as well stay.”

Relief flooded his face.  “Thank you.  I’ll make this as quick as I can, I promise.”  He cupped her elbow and squeezed gently before heading back to the makeup woman.

“Ms. Cavanaugh,” Jorgen said, “you’re welcome to sit here and watch the interview.”  He indicated a sofa upholstered in dark tan brocade.  On shaky legs, she crossed to the sofa and sank onto its soft cushions.

“Would you care for something to drink, Ms. Cavanaugh?” a woman asked, materializing out of nowhere.

Petey looked to Jorgen.

“Perhaps a glass of wine?” he suggested.

She nodded gratefully.  “That would be nice, thank you,” she managed.

From where she sat at the end of the sofa, she noticed a pair of blue upholstered chairs set before a nonworking fireplace, and that area seemed to be the focus of the cameras.  She supposed Nik would sit there with an interviewer.  Unconsciously, she slipped off her shoes and pulled her feet up, sitting cross-legged as far into the corner of the sofa as she could squeeze herself.  When the woman returned with a glass of white wine, Petey softly thanked her.

CHASING ORDINARY comes out February 13, 2018.
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Fun Fact: The Royal Plaza Suite is an actual suite at the Plaza Hotel in Manhattan.  Click the video to take a little tour of Nik’s hotel home.

 

Pucker Up!

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Pucker up, baby, because it’s Kiss a Ginger Day, all day today!

And what better way to spend the day than with one of my sassy red-haired leading ladies?  That right.  Supporting my belief that there should be more gingers in erotica, all of my heroines are strong, smart, sexy redheads.

Let me introduce you to them.

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Bella Grant, of LUKE & BELLA, is a strong-willed ginger.  She’s also a take-charge professional journalist with an appetite for excitement.

Tasked with creating a new brand of television travel show, she’s jetting off to exotic destinations, staying in romantic hotels, and experiencing new sights and cultures.  It’s no wonder she falls for her dreamy partner on this adventure, sexy photographer Luke McGillicutty.

But Bella gets more than she bargained for when she discovers that Luke is Dominant.

Will she agree to explore her submissive side?

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After spoiled Hollywood starlet, red-haired Shasta Pyke of LOST & BOUND, finds herself in trouble with the law, she’s exiled to the wilderness of northern Ontario until the dust settles and public attention moves on the the next big train wreck.

It’s there that she meets rugged mountain man Blake Walker, a Daddy Dominant who sees in Shasta the baby girl he’s been searching for.

But will this bratty ginger ever willingly give him her submission?

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Maggie Flynn, the leading lady in the RANNIGAN’S REDEMPTION trilogy (RESISTING RISK, RUNNING ROGUE, and RANSOMING REDEMPTION) is a smart, capable, and determined new lawyer.  She’s also hopelessly in love with sexy rake Michael Rannigan, the high-powered Manhattan attorney who hired her straight out of law school.

But down-to-earth, red-haired Maggie is so far from Michael’s usual type, the surgically-enhanced, bottle-blonde babes he keeps on his contact list.  So why can’t Michael get Maggie off his mind?

Fair warning:  This epic 5-STAR story does NOT go where you think it’s going to go, but it’s page-turning, character-driven erotic romance you’ll love to read again and again.  (P.S. RESISTING RISK is only .99–Not much of a risk there.)

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I almost forgot about spunky ginger Katie Parker from my naughty little novella, JUST ONE NIGHT.  On a cruise with her best girlfriends from high school, Katie is determined to forget about the man who did her wrong.  She’s looking for a great-looking guy for a night of red-hot anonymous passion.

On board the ship, she finds hunky Mac Coleman, who’s more than willing to go along with her plan.  The only problem is, can he convince her that what they’ve found together is worth more than just one night?

Priced at only .99, JUST ONE NIGHT is available exclusively on Amazon, and it’s FREE with Kindle Unlimited.

So how are you celebrating Kiss a Ginger Day?

Luke & Bella Anniversary Event

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My first erotic romance novel, Luke & Bella: Two Streets Over, was published a year ago on June 7, 2015.  Funny story, that–I didn’t actually intend to publish it at the time.  I thought I was merely uploading the draft and I’d have the opportunity to tweak with the formatting and make one last proof-reading run-through.  Instead, boom, I had a book that was live on Amazon.  One of the many lessons I’ve learned along the way.

On Tuesday, June 7, I’m hosting a First Anniversary Celebration on Facebook and you’re invited.  The event runs from 8:00 am-8:00 pm, EDT.  What can you expect?  There will be excerpts from Luke & Bella, reviews, fun facts, and maybe a couple of surprises.  Plus, I’ll be taking questions all day.

And, if you’re not following me already, I’d love for you to ‘Like’ my author page on Facebook.

Just to get you in the mood, here’s the blurb for Luke & Bella: Two Streets Over.

Strong-willed ginger Bella Grant is a take-charge television journalist with an appetite for adventure. Handsome and sexy Luke McGillicutty is a world-weary photographer coaxed out of premature retirement with the promise of traveling the world with a smart, spunky redhead. They’ve been paired up to create a new brand of television travel program.

Traveling to romantic destinations, staying in first-class hotels, finding adventure at every turn, it’s not surprising that the two fall in love. Luke is stunned to realize that Bella is the woman he’s looked for his whole life. She’s beautiful, smart, funny, and courageous.

The only thing is, Luke hasn’t been completely up front with her. He hasn’t told her that he’s into BDSM. He could play it safe, keep the relationship going exactly the way it is. But Luke wants more. As a Dominant, he craves the intimacy that a Dom/sub relationship provides. And he knows without a doubt that Bella is the perfect submissive. How will she react if he approaches her about submitting to him as a Dominant? Maybe she’d be intrigued by the idea. On the other hand, he could lose her forever.

Life on the road working with Bella is great. Nights spent in Bella’s arms are amazing. Should Luke just be satisfied with the way things are? Or should he risk everything on the chance that they could have it all?

Want to get ahead of the game?  As an Anniversary Special, Luke & Bella: Two Streets Over is available on Smashwords for only .99 for a limited time.

See you Tuesday!

Celebrate Kiss a Ginger Day!

January 12 is Kiss a Ginger Day!  Being a ginger myself, I’m quite the fan of this day.  That’s also probably why all the heroines I write are redheads. That’s right!  Bella Grant from Luke & Bella: Two Streets Over and Maggie Flynn from Rannigan’s Redemption are both feisty, headstrong gingers.  I’m starting a movement called #MoreGingersInErotica.  You’re with me, right?

So to celebrate Kiss a Ginger Day, why not pick up a smart, sexy romance featuring a gorgeous redhead?  They’re all available at the usual outlets.

Amazon, iTunes, B&N, Kobo, & Smashwords