Weekend WIP Excerpt–For Sparrow

It feels like it’s been forever since I posted an excerpt!  Today, I’m giving you a sneak peek at FOR SPARROW, my current work in progress, and Book 3 of The Dream Dominant Collection.  Since it’s a Dream Dominant book, you know there are some things you can count on: a stand-alone story featuring a smart redheaded leading lady, a drop dead sexy Dominant man, light BDSM themes, and romance with plenty of heart.

In FOR SPARROW, Jessi Crenshaw, at forty-five, is a shell-shocked young widow.  Although her husband of twenty-five years had survived a health scare in the past, she couldn’t have imagined that he’d be gone so suddenly.  Having lived the last several years as Graham’s submissive, she’s lost not only her husband, partner, lover, and friend, she’s lost her Master.

But it turns out that Graham had had an inkling that his health was in decline, and he made provisions for Jessi, in the form of hunky fire rescue paramedic Judd Farris, whom the older man had mentored in the BDSM lifestyle.  Graham made Judd promise that in the event of his death, Judd would look out for Jessi, at least until she got back on her feet.

Could it be that Graham’s intentions went beyond a temporary solution?

Here’s a brand new excerpt from For Sparrow.

Jessi held herself together while the kids were home.  No sense having them worry about her.  They needed to get back to their lives.  She certainly didn’t want them feeling as though they needed to babysit her.

Adam left for Orlando on Friday morning.  By the time Jessi dropped off Cara at Palm Beach International on Friday afternoon, she was exhausted.  She hadn’t been able to keep food down since she’d gotten the news about Graham.  She also hadn’t been able to sleep.  Now, with the house to herself, she finally let herself fall apart.

In the hamper in the master bath she found an undershirt of Graham’s.  It smelled of his cologne and dirty clothes.  She undressed, shrugged into the ‘wife-beater’ tank top, and crawled into bed.  There, she cried for hours, screamed for a while until her voice was gone, and ranted at the universe for letting her down.  When the tears dried up, she curled into a ball and found herself in a sort of twilight not unlike subspace, but rather than feeling safe she simply felt empty.

Eventually, disoriented and having no idea of the time, Jessi headed downstairs to the kitchen.  The clock on the microwave blinked 2:34.

Must be a.m.  It’s dark outside, she thought vaguely.

Checking the fridge, she saw that it was still half full of casseroles she couldn’t bear to uncover, let alone try to eat, so she closed the door and headed to the liquor cabinet in the dining room, choosing the first bottle her hand touched.  It happened to be a half-empty bottle of Jack Daniels.  Uncapping the whiskey, she took a long pull and coughed as the warm liquid hit her raw throat.

Unable to bear the emptiness of her bedroom, she took the whiskey with her and let herself out the back door, choosing a lounge chair by the pool where she proceeded to drain the rest of bottle before passing out.

Slowly, Jessi became aware of the noise of some sort of lawn equipment.

                Damn neighbors.  She tentatively cracked open one eye and wondered at the gecko staring back at her.

               Holy shit, I slept outside.  She carefully peeled her cheek from the seat cushion and pushed herself to a sitting position on the lounge chair, immediately regretting the sudden movement.

“Oh, my God,” she groaned, reaching to hold her head.  Still, the relentless sound of trimmers echoed in her ears.  From her position at the edge of the pool deck she could see past the end of the house, and to her surprise, a stranger was in her yard.

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Ignoring the pounding in her head, she stood and walked toward the source of the sound.  A tall muscular man with dark brown hair was trimming her hedges.  He was dressed in a white t-shirt, khaki cargo shorts, and worn brown leather work boots.

“Excuse me!” Jessi shouted, the effort sending pain shooting through her head.  The man didn’t respond.

Moving closer she tried again, holding her head with both hands to prevent it from blowing apart.  “I said, excuse me!”

Startled, he jumped and turned off the offending machine, his brown eyes made larger by surprise.  “I’m sorry, did I wake you?” he asked.

“What are you doing here?” Jessi asked.

“I’m trimming these hedges.”

Jessi frowned.  “Yeah, I can see that.  I mean, why are you on my property, trimming my hedges?”

The man frowned as well.  “Um, I mentioned to you that I’d be here today to help out with your lawn.”

“Who are you?  When did we decide that you’d come here to do my hedges?”

He smiled in a friendly way.  “I’m Judd.  Farris.  We spoke at the funeral?  I said that I’d be over today to help out.”

Jessi blinked at him, trying desperately to recall ever having had a conversation with this…Judd person.

“Out by your pool?  I know, there were a lot of people here.  It probably all runs together.”

You have no idea, she thought.  “Oh, you were friends with Graham?”

He grinned broadly.  “Exactly.  Graham and I used to go for coffee every once in a while.”

Jessi aimed for a kind smile.  “Well, look Judd, I appreciate your thoughtfulness.  But you really don’t need to come over here and trim the hedges.  It’s very nice of you, but I’ll be okay.”

Judd shook his head.  “I promised Graham I’d check in on you, take care of things like this.”

“That’s great of you, but there’s no need.  I release you from your promise,” Jessi said, her patience wearing thin.

“It was a promise I made to Graham.  You have nothing to do with it,” he said reasonably and he prepared to continue with his work.

“I have everything to do with it.  Graham isn’t here.  You’re dealing with me, now.”

Judd let the trimmer hang down at his side and looked at her intently.  “You look like shit, if you don’t mind me saying so.  When is the last time you combed your hair?  You have little leaves in it.”

Jessi’s eyes went wide and she started to reply, but he cut her off.  “You do realize you’re standing in your yard wearing only a stained men’s undershirt, right?  I was trying to ignore it, but damn.  A guy can only keep his eyes averted for so long.”

Jessi glanced down to see Graham’s undershirt, which barely covered her panties and clung to her breasts like Saranwrap in the humidity of the morning.  “Shit!” she swore.

“No worries, Jessi.  I’ll be out of your hair as soon as I’m done with these hedges,” Judd said as he started the trimmers again and returned to his work.

Jessi hurried back to the pool deck and into the house.

I’m still hard at work on FOR SPARROW.  Stay tuned for news on a cover reveal and a release date.  In the meantime, check out the first two Dream Dominant books, LUKE & BELLA and LOST & BOUND.

New YouTube Trailer

Yes, un-techie little ole me, I just created a new trailer for my YouTube channel using the fabulously simple Adobe Spark.  If you haven’t explored that free website yet, give it a whirl.  You can use it to make videos for any purpose, like a slide show of vacation photos.

Anyway, check out my new video and while you’re there, will you please be so kind as to subscribe to my channel?  I’d be ever so grateful!

Watch This Space–Suzie Jay

My Watch This Space series of posts is my version of an Author Spotlight.  Today, I’m so excited to talk about Australian romance author Suzie Jay and her new book, Eve ‘n’ Steven.

I’ve been anxiously awaiting this book ever since I read Book 1 of her All About Eve series, Merry Christmas, Eve.  The wait was well worth it, this is a terrific book!

EVE ‘N’ STEVEN

 By Suzie Jay

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 Can Steven fix Eve’s crumbling house and her broken heart?

 What’s it all about?

Eve Taylor decides it’s time to move on from the past. After all, she has a wonderful boyfriend, who came with two great children. She has a fantastic career, and has achieved all her personal goals and dreams.
To cut all ties to the past, she must return to the small rural town where she grew up, to sell her parents farm – a job she’s been putting off for a long time. She has no desire to go there, not when her boyfriend Grayson is spending time with the world’s most gorgeous movie star.
Then, there’s Steven. Everyone says they were destined to be together, but Eve didn’t love him that way. She’s been avoiding him and his feelings for her for years. But when Grayson unexpectedly dumps her over the phone, Eve reconsiders. Could Steven really be her destiny? Can he fix her parents crumbling farm, and mend Eve’s broken heart too?

I know what you’re thinking.  Where can I get Eve ‘n’ Steven?  Right here.

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Meet Suzie Jay

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Suzie Jay is a mum of 6 who lives in Adelaide, Australia with her husband and children. She has a Diploma in Child Psychology and owned her own baking and cake decorating business. She is also a school teacher, but escaped and now intends on torturing the world by sharing what’s inside her head.

 Contact: suzie jay1

Twitter:   https://twitter.com/zeeyone3

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/suziejayauthor/

Website: http://suziejay.wix.com/author

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Suzie-Jay/e/B00PAUED26

So Scandalous!

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I’m so excited to announce the Scandalous Summer Reads Stuff Your eReader event!

TODAY ONLY, 30 of the hottest romance and erotica authors are teaming together to offer you their ebooks, many for only .99 and others for FREE!

AND, you can enter to WIN a $150 Amazon Gift Card.

How can you get in on all the excitement?  Just click on this link.

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Oh, and by the way, Resisting Redemption, the first book in the Rannigan’s Redemption trilogy, will be available all day for just .99.  You can find it on the Scandalous Summer Reads page.

So come on!  What are you waiting for?

Why Writers Do What They Do

I’m publishing my second book in about six weeks.  Maybe I can begin to consider myself a writer.   Truthfully, I’ve been writing for a long time, been blogging for quite a while, and that’s writing, too, I suppose.

When I first wrote Luke & Bella, I didn’t have any notion of publishing it.  I wrote it and posted it serially, first on Tumblr and then on WordPress.  There were a handful of people who seemed to enjoy reading it and I met a few published authors who made it seem possible for me to stretch out of my comfort zone and enter the world of Indie publishing.  But in all honesty, I wrote that book for me.  I loved the story and I adored the characters.  It was a book I really wanted to read.

When I saw the end drawing near, I felt a sense of panic.  I knew I’d miss my characters terribly and I wondered what I’d do with my time.  So while I finished the end of Luke & Bella, I began to work on Rannigan’s Redemption.  Once again, it’s a story I want to read.   A very long story.  It’s going to be three books.  I’ve fallen for new characters and writing the end was very emotional for a number of reasons.

I’m in the editing and revising stages for Part 2 and Part 3 which I plan to release in the winter and the spring.  But I’ve already started on the next project.  Because I need to write the books I want to read.

Rannigan’s Redemption Part 1: Resisting Risk–Cover Reveal

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I am beyond thrilled to present the cover for my new spicy contemporary romance, Rannigan’s Redemption Part 1: Resisting Risk.  It’s the first book of a trilogy about the complicated relationship between Manhattan attorney Michael Rannigan and Maggie Flynn, a young lawyer fresh out of law school.

Most of the action takes place in New York City.  There is crisp dialogue, exciting courtroom drama, and, of course, sexy romance.

I’m hoping that Michael and Maggie become favorite characters you’ll want to return to again and again.  Here’s a sneak peek at the book description.

     Brilliant Manhattan attorney Michael Rannigan has his life arranged exactly the way he likes it. As a founding partner at the law firm of Murphy, Rannigan, & Metheny, he can let his underlings do the legwork on the high profile defense cases his exclusive 50th floor division handles. He prefers to simply breeze in and do what he does best: dazzle juries and charm the press.
His private life is well-ordered, too. Michael doesn’t have the time or the patience for relationships. Instead, he has a contact list of hot blondes who meet his needs at any given moment, whether it’s a date to a gallery opening or awards show. Or he just wants to get laid.
Some people would call him shallow. But they’re just envious.
Maggie Flynn has her life mapped out as well. After she graduates from law school she plans to take a job with the Prosecutor’s Office where she interned. But when she attends a job fair and meets Michael Rannigan, her plans change. She’s studied his cases, even heard him speak once. He’s smart and sexy and she can’t resist interviewing with him.
Michael hires Maggie and has her assigned to his elite 50th floor team. He knows smart when he sees it. He also sees the spark in her eyes. She wants him. And having her nearby strokes his ego. It’s not like anything will come of it, she’s so far from his type. But there’s something unsettling about Mary Margaret Flynn, like she can see through his bullshit in a way no one else ever bothered to do.
Maggie realizes that her crush on Michael is all but hopeless. He’s a self-absorbed womanizer. But beneath that cool exterior, she’s seen the man he can be and she’s sure that love can bring that out. In the meantime, she’s content to work with him.
What would happen if they ever crossed that line?

The release date is December 8, 2015.  Rannigan’s Redemption Part 1: Resisting Risk is now available for pre-order at these fine retailers.

Amazon

iTunes

Barnes&Noble

Kobo

1 More Day…

rannigan bedUntil the October 14 cover reveal cover of Rannigan’s Redemption Part 1: Resisting Risk.  That’s right, it’s my birthday and I’ll reveal if I want to.

You’ll see it right here first, before I put it out other places like Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.  I’ll also tell you the release date and where it’s available for pre-orders.

Michael Rannigan and Maggie Flynn.  They work well together.  They laugh a lot and they have a great deal in common.

She’s always been in love with him.  She’s just contented herself with their relationship the way it is.

She means more to him than he cares to consider.  So far, Michael has managed to resist the risk of falling for Maggie.  It’s a delicate balance.

But if they cross that line, all bets are off.

2 Days…

Until October 14, when I celebrate my birthday with the cover reveal of her new spicy romance Rannigan’s Redemption Part 1: Resisting Risk.  You’ll see it first right here on my author blog, Luke & Bella.

It’s complicated between Michael and Maggie.  Probably more so for her than for him, she realizes.  They’re friends, good friends, that’s undeniable.

But she’s in love with him, has been since they met.  Before that, if she’s honest with herself.  And every once in a while they share a moment.  She’s almost positive he feels it, too.

Obviously she can’t spend her nights pining away for something that will never be.  She dates every now and then.  But when she’s with a man, in her mind it’s always Michael.

3 Days…

loversUntil October 14, when I celebrate my birthday with the cover reveal of her new spicy romance Rannigan’s Redemption Part 1: Resisting Risk.  You’ll see it first right here on my author blog, Luke & Bella.

Michael mentally kicked himself.  What had he been thinking, kissing Maggie like that?

He knew what he’d been thinking.  She was irresistible, really.  To be fair, they’d both had a lot to drink.  But the combination of the desire that sparkled in her bright green eyes, her utterly guileless magnetism, not to mention her cleavage in that dress, had drawn him like a moth to the flame.

Now to deal with the fallout…