Friday, September 19, 2014

GOING ALL IN - EXCERPT



A good ol’ Georgia boy teaches a Myrtle Beach princess how to get down and dirty…

It’s been two years since Callie Holden helped put her father in prison, and since then, she’s learned a lot about life and herself. To Callie’s surprise, she actually likes working and has learned money is a tool to be used for good… or evil. She also realizes that even though she’s traveled the globe, she’s never truly lived. She longs for adventure and to experience a wildly passionate romance. The last place she expects to discover her dreams is in the arms of the ever-surly man she’s dubbed “The Beast.” But when they’re forced to work together, unexpected chemistry changes everything. In Wade Neumann’s arms, Callie finds the excitement and passion she’s been looking for, as well as a few other surprises.

Wade Neumann has spent the last year burying the pain and humiliation of being left at the altar by a woman who used him as a novelty toy before settling down with someone like herself—someone rich. He’s lost himself in a stream of nameless females, but instead of the trysts helping him heal, he’s only grown colder and more jaded. He hasn’t moved on with his life. He’s merely stuck going through the motions… until he meets Callie Holden, a woman who looks like his ex but is actually the opposite—sweet, compassionate, loyal, and most importantly, not rich. Or so he thinks. Because just as he starts to believe things with Callie are real and true, she gives him thirty million reasons to doubt all over again.


Chapter One

A sudden burst of cold air rushed through Wade Neumann’s construction trailer office, tossing the papers on his desk into the air like confetti on Times Square Rockin’ New Year’s Eve. As they floated to the floor, his boss, Kevin Mazze, stomped his boots on the concrete block steps to knock off the mud, then stepped into the trailer and let the door slam shut behind him. The framed site plans hanging on the walls rattled from the force, as did Wade’s teeth.

“Jesus Christ.” Wade propped his elbows on top of his gray-metal desk and cradled his head in his hands. The viselike grip helped steady the sloshing brain cells and slightly reduced the throb in his temples but did nothing to lessen the rising tide in the pit of his stomach.

“Sorry, the wind caught the door before I could stop it from slamming.”

Kevin Mazze, owner of Mazze Builders, wasn’t just Wade’s boss. He was also a close, personal friend. However, given Wade’s current condition after having spent the past twenty-four hours with friends, he was considering the need for new, less rambunctious… kinder friends. Especially given the extra little twinkle emanating from Kevin’s dark eyes and the shit-eating grin splitting his face. Bastard wasn’t sorry. Hell, he wasn’t even in the same time zone as sorry.

“I can tell. Your face shows how deeply pained and remorseful you truly are.”

Kevin’s booming laughter filled the air, and the chair across from Wade’s desk squeaked with Kevin’s weight as he took a seat.

Wade leaned over to pick up the papers but found keeping his head higher than his thumping heart to lessen the bass in his head was an impossible task. In an effort to minimize the impact as much as possible, he dove to the floor, scooped up the mess, and dumped it all in a pile on his desk. His own chair thwumped from the impact as he dropped back into it, then took a couple of deep breaths to fight off the pain and nausea brought on by the sudden movement.

“You must’ve had one hell of a night.”

Without moving his head, Wade met Kevin’s curious stare but didn’t answer. Not because he didn’t want his boss to know where he’d been or what he’d been doing, but the old heave-ho in his stomach made him fear more than words would fly out if he opened his mouth.

It didn’t matter if he answered or not, though. Kevin was perfectly content to carry on the conversation by himself. “Let me guess”—he dropped his head back and stared at the ceiling—“Bernice the bartender?”

Wade let his heavy eyelids slam shut over his burning eyes, like shutters being drawn over storefront windows. He imagined hanging a CLOSED sign to the front of them with the hopes Mazze would get the subliminal message and go away or, at the very least, shut the hell up. However, in all the years he’d known Mazze, subtlety had never worked, so he didn’t know why he thought it would now.

“Cathy at the Citgo?” After another no-comment from Wade, Mazze continued. “Sandy at the Strip?”

Sandy?

Wade cracked an eye and scrunched up his face. “Who the hell is—”

Kevin threw his head back with laughter. “Gotcha.”

Unwilling to acknowledge Kevin did have two of the names right, or that his life had been reduced to a revolving door of women with names that sounded like they belonged in tongue-twisters, Wade sighed and grabbed his cup of strong-enough-to-double-as-a-heavy-duty-degreaser coffee and took a hefty gulp. Now he needed a plate of greasy eggs, potatoes, and a pound of bacon. All wouldn’t be right with the world, but it’d sure look a hell of a lot better.

“It wasn’t that kind of night.” He took another hefty sip of the coffee and set it back on his desk. Probably best not to overindulge with anything this morning after last night’s binge. “Tyler, Alex, and a few other guys from home are here for vacation. I spent the night at Huntington Beach State Park with them. Tyler brought some of his famous apple pie moonshine—”

The words caused a resurgence of flavor on his tongue and he swallowed deeply, forcing back the gurgle in his gut. After the wave of nausea passed, he said, “I don’t think I’ll ever be able to eat Grandma’s apple pie again.”

Kevin shook his head and chuckled.

If Wade’s mom shook her head like that, he’d assume her thoughts were something like, Where did I go wrong? What makes my reasonably intelligent son do such stupid things? However, he imagined Kevin’s thoughts were more like, Damn, I miss the good old days.

Wade had known Kevin for eight years and had lived with him for the first six months of their friendship. He’d been around long enough, seen enough, and heard enough stories to know Kevin wasn’t a saint, and there wasn’t anything Wade or his friends did that Kevin hadn’t also done. Probably in multiple. But since marrying Sam and settling down, the guy had grown wings and sprouted a freaking halo. Against all odds, Wildman had been tamed.

“Erik and Steve are crazy,” Kevin said, referring to his two best friends, “and we’ve done some ridiculous things over the years. But your boys are balls-to-the-wall crazy.”

Wade shrugged. “That’s mostly Tyler. The rest of us just like having a good time.”

Right, ’cause feeling like he’d been put through a blender the next morning was soooo much fun.

Kevin’s eyes narrowed. “Are you still drunk?”

“I’d give my left nut to still be drunk. Unfortunately, I’m not. I switched to water early”—early being two—“so I could make it to work this morning.”

He might be an idiot, but at least he was responsible.

“I’m more tired than anything.” Well, except for the pounding headache and the possible regurgitation issues. “I poured myself into my sleeping bag around four, but they were still going strong, so I didn’t get much sleep.”

“They didn’t bring a camper this year?”

Wade rubbed the back of his neck and grinned. He knew where this line of questioning would lead, but there wasn’t any stopping it now. “No, and I wasn’t about to spoon with Tyler in his tent, so I slept in my sleeping bag under the stars.”

Mazze cranked his head around and watched the rain blow sideways against the window. “You must’ve been doing more than moonshine to see stars.” This time when he shook his head, Wade figured his thoughts were more closely aligned with disappointed parent than jealous friend. “Not only has it been raining most of the night, but the temperature got down to thirty, and we have gale warnings.” Another shake of the head. “And you say you’re not bat-shit crazy.”

Wade scrubbed a hand over his face. “Okay, I wasn’t under the stars. I was under the tailgate of my truck. And I’m not crazy, just country.”

“Country folks everywhere should be insulted.” Mazze studied him from the corner of his eye. “Seriously, are you okay to drive? Legally?”

“Yeah, I’m fine.”

To prove a point, or maybe just to prove he was an ass, Kevin crossed his foot over his knee and, in the process, kicked the shit out of the front of Wade’s metal desk with his heavy work boot. The sound reverberated off the paneled walls and collided with a resounding clang in the middle of Wade’s head, forcing him to grab his skull and hold on for dear life.

“Shit, what did Sam do to put you in such an evil mood? You’re not normally this big of a dick; it must’ve been extreme.” Kevin didn’t answer the rhetorical question, so with the gong still echoing in his ears, Wade amended his previous answer. “I’m fine to drive. Where do you need me to go?”

Sighing, Kevin watched the rain fill the concrete forms where the circular driveway and sidewalk were supposed to be poured today. As foreman, Wade oversaw the day-to-day operations of specific Mazze Builders’ projects, while Kevin took care of the big-picture items on all Mazze Builders’ jobs. Because of his busy schedule, Kevin didn’t get many opportunities to play in the dirt. He’d been looking forward to helping Wade finish up the last few items on their punch list so they could get The Chesapeake—Mazze Builders’ latest golf course community—open.

Mother Nature, however, had other plans. Regardless of their time crunch and the need to finish the concrete work so Wade could get their Certificate of Occupancy, they weren’t finishing today. The only thing currently on Wade’s agenda was finishing up last week’s paperwork so Marianne, Kevin’s sister and Mazze Builders’ office manager, could do payroll. After that, he was headed home for a much-needed nap.

“Since we’re obviously not moving forward here today, I need you to go over to The Bellamy and help Callie finish the staging in the clubhouse. The open house is next week. At least we can get one property up and running and generating revenue.”

Hearing Callie’s name caused Wade to stiffen as if he’d been hit by an all-over body cramp. The last thing he wanted to do, today or any other day, was work with the uptight princess again. The first time they worked together, she made it clear he was far beneath her station in life. She successfully managed to make one of the worst periods of Wade’s life—the week following his broken engagement—nearly unbearable.

God, it had been over a year, but he still remembered it like it was yesterday. Salt in open wounds tended to leave a long-lasting impression. They’d been in the final stages of the Vanguard development—Wade’s first job as foreman—and as a favor to a client, Kevin brought Callie in for an interview. She suggested ways to stage the clubhouse and sales office for their grand opening, and, just his shitty luck, Kevin and Marianne loved her ideas.

They hired her on the spot and the next thing he knew, he was working with a clone of his ex. Not only did she physically resemble Miranda, but she had an identical attitude—that of a spoiled-rotten, self-absorbed daddy’s girl. She treated him like a set of hands, arms, and legs that were great for moving furniture, but he had nothing above the neck worth paying attention to. As far as she was concerned, he was the puppet, there to serve her every need, and she was the master. The craziest part was she didn’t even seem to enjoy pulling the damned strings. She was one of the most uptight individuals he’d ever met, and if he never had to work with her again, it would be too soon.

His throat clogged with a million arguments as to why he couldn’t go, but he pressed his lips together and held them in check. His and Kevin’s personal relationship often entailed a lot of joking, much like this morning, and Kevin was the brother he never had. But Kevin was also his boss, and Wade had a ton of respect for the guy. For that reason, he kept his bitter comments locked behind sealed lips.

He considered calling one of his crewmen to go do Callie’s bidding, but they’d all worked a ton of overtime and weekends lately and were enjoying a rare day off. He couldn’t bring himself to shit on their parade, just to save himself a little discomfort. He looked at his watch. Eight thirty. She probably hadn’t even rolled out of her pedestal bed yet, so hopefully he’d have time for another pot of coffee and a greasy meal before dancing with the devil. “What time do I need to be there?”

Kevin grinned and shoved to his feet. “As soon as you can. Callie’s on her way now.”

The coffee—or maybe the dregs of the moonshine—bubbled up. He glanced at the papers on his desk, then curled his lip in what he hoped projected a relaxed smile and positive attitude. “Okay. I’ll get these timecards signed and over to Marianne, then head that way.”

“Good.” Kevin paused with his hand on the door handle and glanced over his shoulder. His normal laidback, happy-go-lucky demeanor melted into an uncharacteristically serious glare. “Be nice to Callie.”

Huh?

Kevin’s tone was flat and sharp as a knife’s edge. “I know she favors her, but she’s not Miranda. She’s actually a sweet girl, and you need to stop being an ass.” As an exclamation point to the directive, he stomped down the steps and let the door slam shut behind him like a warning shot.

Wade wanted to yell out the window that there wasn’t anything sweet about Callie Holden, but rather than act like a toddler trying to get in the last word against a scolding parent, he took off his favorite Georgia Bulldogs cap and ran his free hand over the top of his head.

After their last dance, rather than being a little bitch and running off to tell Kevin Callie should be named Cruella, he kept his head down, did his job, and focused on their mutual goal of getting the property ready to open. And after they finished the project, he made sure he never had to deal with her again.

Until today.

“Fine,” he growled to the empty space around him.

He’d been through worse and survived. At least this time, he wasn’t trying to keep the pieces of his obliterated heart from falling out of his chest while working, so he could go in, get shit done, and get out. He didn’t know how much she’d already finished, but he thought she’d been working there for a couple of days. With any luck, he’d be done by lunch and headed home for his much-needed nap.

GOING ALL IN will be released on 9/30/14, and is available for pre-order on iBooks.

Have a great weekend!!

Peace and love,


Thursday, September 18, 2014

Myrtle Beach!!



I'm not talking about books today, because I just don't have time! :D

I'm hosting my street team in Myrtle Beach this weekend, and right now, I need to head out to the airport for a pick up. Two other ladies just landed in Raleigh, and another "Angel" is picking them up and driving down with them. They should be here in three hours... after their stop at Cracker Barrel. LOL

Another is flying in at 5:25 and two local Angels will be joining us this evening.

I'll be back tomorrow with an excerpt from GOING ALL IN!!!

Good thoughts and prayers for all my Arizona family and friends. I hope the flooding doesn't become as "historic" as they're forecasting it to be!!

Peace and love,

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Mine For Christmas - Juvenile Diabetes Fundraiser!!!



Description taken from Amazon:

***Release Week Only .99 Cents***


100% of the author’s proceeds for the first week’s sales will be donated to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.


Simon and Kara are back!

Kara Hudson has been married to her billionaire husband, Simon, for over two years, and she loves him even more desperately than she did when they first married. Unfortunately, there was a distance growing between the two of them, and the passion between them wasn’t flaring as red-hot as it used to burn. Was it possible that Simon wasn’t as crazy in love with her as he used to be, or did their problems go much deeper than that?

Simon Hudson loves his wife and his infant daughter so much it hurts. And he was getting tired of holding back his emotions from his worn-out, exhausted wife who had seen their baby girl through her first year and a half of life without complaint.

Will their differences and emotional distance tear the two of them apart? Or will a precious gift from Santa help them heal their misunderstandings and have the merriest Christmas they’ve ever had?

Not suitable for children under 18



Wow, isn't this something that every married couple understands?!

Mine For Christmas can be found at the following locations:

iBooks, Amazon, B&N, Google Play


If you've not read the Billionaire's Obsession, where Kara and Simon first meet, you're missing out. I love this couple!! You can get the entire box set for only $.99 at the following retailers:

iBooks, Amazon, B&N, Google Play



Description from Amazon:

*****A NY TIMES AND USA TODAY BESTSELLER****
GENRE: Contemporary Erotic Romance

Once a serial trilogy, The Billionaire's Obsession is now complete with a bonus story in this complete collection about Simon and Kara.

This complete collection of The Billionaire's Obsession includes:
Mine For Tonight
Mine For Now
Mine Forever
Mine Completely

Heart Of The Billionaire ~ Sam and Maddie's story is now available on Amazon.

Down on her luck, nursing student and full-time waitress Kara Foster gets a massive blow to her already desperate financial situation that will surely find her living on the streets. Needing nothing less than a miracle to save her, Kara gets rescue from an unknown, unlikely and overwhelming source. Billionaire Simon Hudson makes her an offer that is impossible to refuse, but terrifying to accept from a man that she's never met. Will the handsome, alpha billionaire really be a solution to her problems, or will he end up being a major complication and a danger to her emotional sanity?

Reclusive billionaire Simon Hudson would rather be behind a computer creating computer games than rubbing elbows with the elite and he knows exactly what he wants...until he meets Kara Foster. Something about Kara touches Simon in ways he's never experienced and definitely doesn't like. For over a year, Simon watches over Kara, but stubbornly refuses to admit his desire to possess her, not even to himself. But when she ends up in a situation that could very well be her destruction, Simon steps up to help her, not realizing that in saving Kara, he might very well be salvaging his own soul.

(This is a erotic romance. It contains graphic language, very steamy love scenes and lots of emotion.)


Have a happy Hump Day!!!

Peace and love,


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Black Knights Inc. Series

Okay, I'm finally going to talk about the new-to-me author that I've fallen in love with. At the RWA Conference (it might've been AAD, but I think it was RWA) I received a copy of Rev It Up - Black Knights Inc #3 by Julie Ann Walker. I'm so glad I did!! It was published in 2012, and since then, there have been 3 more books in the series.



I'm not a reviewer and I really suck at writing a snyopsis (which to me, is kind of what a review is), so I'm just going to say that Jake "The Snake" Sommers, is tough while at the same time being incredibly caring and head-over-heels in love with Michelle Carter (the woman he loved so much he pushed her away four years earlier to protect her from him). I'd give it a medium heat rating... it's sexy but not super-steamy.

Below is the list of books, in order from first to last. I could just list the titles of the books, but where's the fun in that? These covers are hawt, so enjoy the man candy. :D













You can find Julie on her website, or at the following retailers: Amazon, iBooks, B&N, Kobo.

You'll definitely want to check this series out!!


Have a great day!

Peace and love,

Monday, September 15, 2014

Sinfully Sweet is back... limited time only!!




Last year, I was invited to participate in a box set with some of my all-time favorite people in the world of romance! The day Janelle Denison called me to run this idea by me and asked me if I wanted to participate was a dream come true for me. And to make the experience even sweeter, we hit #16 on the New York Times extended list and #52 on the USA Today bestseller list!!

In conjunction with a special promotion iBooks is doing, we've brought it back for a limited time. Now, through October 14th, Sinfully Sweet is available on iBooks for only $.99!!

6 full-length stories for only $.99!! How much sweeter can it get?!



I know I said I was going to talk about the awesome book I'd been reading, but I forgot this box set was making a reappearance today. Tomorrow... pinky swear... tomorrow I'll talk about the AWESOME book I finished over the weekend! ;-)

Have a great Monday!

Peace and love,

Friday, September 12, 2014

GOING ALL IN!!

Yesterday, I said I was going to talk about a new-to-me author and her amazing book that I'm having a hard time putting down. But I forgot today was Friday (I was a day behind), and on Friday's, I'm going to be selfish and talk about my books.

The 4th book in the Heat Wave series, GOING ALL IN, will be out on 9/30/14. It's available for pre-order now at iBooks!!

My birthday was the end of August, and I did a fun little cover reveal to celebrate both my birthday and having a new cover. In case you missed it on Facebook, this is the series of photos I used for the reveal.



Here's the blurb:

A good ‘ol Georgia boy teaches a Myrtle Beach princess how to get down and dirty…

It’s been two years since Callie Holden helped put her father in prison, and since then, she’s learned a lot about life and herself. To Callie’s surprise, she actually likes working and has learned money is a tool to be used for good… or evil. She also realizes that even though she’s traveled the globe, she’s never truly lived. She longs for adventure and to experience a wildly passionate romance. The last place she expects to discover her dreams is in the arms of the ever-surly man she’s dubbed “The Beast.” But when they’re forced to work together, unexpected chemistry changes everything. In Wade Neumann’s arms, Callie finds the excitement and passion she’s been looking for, as well as a few other surprises.


Wade Neumann has spent the last year burying the pain and humiliation of being left at the altar by a woman who used him as a novelty toy before settling down with someone like herself—someone rich. He’s lost himself in a stream of nameless females, but instead of the trysts helping him heal, he’s only grown colder and more jaded. He hasn’t moved on with his life. He’s merely stuck going through the motions… until he meets Callie Holden, a woman who looks like his ex but is actually the opposite—sweet, compassionate, loyal, and most importantly, not rich. Or so he thinks. Because just as he starts to believe things with Callie are real and true, she gives him thirty million reasons to doubt all over again.


It's been fun revisiting Callie and Wade, and especially fantastic to see Callie's growth since she first appeared in LAST CALL (Heat Wave Novel #2). I should have a sample up on iBooks sometime next week, and then it'll be on sale at all locations on September 30th.

Be sure and check back next Friday (if not every day next week) for an excerpt of GOING ALL IN!!


Have a fantastic weekend!!

Peace and love,

Thursday, September 11, 2014

UNCIVILIZED by Sawyer Bennett



I was lucky enough to read an ARC of UNCIVILIZED by Sawyer Bennett, and I absolutely fell in love with Zach!! I love my alphas, and Zach was an alpha for sure, but he was also vulnerable and uncertain in the new world, and when he felt most threatened, he gained control the only way he knew how... by dominating Moira in the bedroom. This book was uber-sexy and smokin' hot and... well... as you can probably tell, I loved it!! :-D


**Warning: This book is an erotic romance and is only suitable for ages 18+**

I fuck with dominant force, absolute control and complete submission from my conquests. Putting a woman on bended knee before me is what really makes my cock hard.

This is the only way I know how to exist. It’s how I was raised after my missionary parents died, abandoning me to the Caraica tribe of the Amazon.

Sad little boy lost to the jungle so many years ago. Savage man, loner, warrior… I am dangerous at my core. I have lived amidst the untamed wild of the rainforest, in a society that reveres me and where every woman falls before me in subjugation. I love my existence because it is all I really know. It is more than I could ever want.

But unfortunately, I have been discovered. Now I am being forced to return to a world that I have forgotten about and to a culture that is only vaguely familiar to my senses.

Dr. Moira Reed is an anthropologist who has been hired to help me transition back into a modern society. It’s her job to smooth away my rough edges… to teach me how to navigate properly through this new life of mine. She’s wants to tame me.

And I hate her for it.

Because I am wild, free and raw, and the only thing I want from the beautiful Moira Reed is to have her bend over before me so I can fuck her into submission.

She wants it, I am certain.
I will give it to her soon.

Yes, very soon, I will become the teacher and she will become my student. And when I am finished with her, there is only one thing that she will remember about me.

That sweet admission will fall beautifully from her lips when she finally says, “You, Zacharias Moore, are an uncivilized man, and that is what I love most about you.”



If you'd like to see the trailer for UNCIVILIZED, you can find it on Rock Stars of Romance!


UNCIVILIZED is available NOW!!


iBooks, Amazon, Google Play, Barnes & Noble

Tomorrow, I'll be talking about a new-to-me author and the book I'm currently reading... and loving!!

Peace and love,