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Bare Back

 by N Kuhn

Genre: Romantic Suspense



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Blurb:

Even after 10 years, Kelli has never recovered from Mitch breaking her heart. She left Mitch and her home behind to live with her father after that devastating night. Her father turned her into a tough as nails bounty hunter. Together they are after a bank robber in the wilds of Garner State Park. When her father is shot, Kelli must learn to work together with Mitch to make it out safe. But will her heart still be safe? 


Author Bio:

N KuhnN Kuhn grew up in a small town in Western New York. Having spent her afternoons outside or with a book, she grew up with a love of reading and writing. Her mother and grandmother fully encouraged this in her. Many years later, after a husband and children, she made a promise to her dying grandmother to fulfill her dream of being an author. Her grandmother lived to see N’s name in print. This was a turning moment for her. Driven by ambition and a promise made, she has since published several titles including the Mohawk Trilogy, Tucked In, Buffalo Rocker and the Tricks series.

N Kuhn has several other books that will be out later this year. When she’s not writing, she is in college for a Business degree, runs her blog, bartends and promotes for other authors. Family and coffee are her two staples in life.

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  Bare Back Excerpt:

“We need to get out of these woods,” she says to me. 

Her breathing is hard, and I’m entranced by the sight of her chest heaving. What I wouldn’t give to run my fingers over her nipples, watching her shudder as she falls apart at my touch.

“Snap out of it Mitch, what are we going to do?” 

I slip the map out of my pocket, trying to gauge where we are. “Okay, it looks like we’re around here. We can follow the creek to here,” I point out. “It’s about a two mile hike, uphill. Then when we reach this rock formation, we can go around it, and start heading north. The park ranger fire tower is only a few miles from there.”

“Let’s go then,” she says.

“You do realize we can’t hike when it’s dark right? It’s going to be dark in about two hours. I say we head out and camp at the rock formation.”

“Are you kidding me?” she says, her voice getting louder. “You know what kind of animals are in here? We don’t even have my tents anymore! They were on my horse, that are now lost somewhere out here.”

“There should be some caves in this formation. People are always coming out here to climb through them. We’ll be fine. I’ll take first watch so you can sleep and then you can take the second. We’ll be fine.” I had grabbed one of the sleeping bags from the camp, just in case we needed it. Now it’s looking like a great idea. We’re definitely going to need it.

 

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#8Sunday #SnippetSunday: Apr 13, 2014

 

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weekend_writing_warriorsveteransbadge_4Each week authors from all over and writing in all genres bring you snippets from their work.  It could be a work in progress or a completed piece.  It could be published or not. But it’s only 8 sentences.

Today, I’ve decided to share a snippet from an anthology that I’m in, which is coming out at the end of this month. Eight authors, eight erotic stories, all based around one very unique circus.

My story, With the Greatest of Ease, is about one of the troupe’s trapeze artists, Lucia Palagrino, and her long ago partner Nicco Sarducci, who left the circus trying to get away from the family business.  But now he’s back.

Lucia is currently hiding in the shadows near her trailing, watching the welcome Nicco is receiving from his brother.

Note: in the interest of keeping to eight sentences, and still set the scene for you, I’ve take liberty with the punctuation and a few words to join a couple of the sentences together.

 

“Well, well, what’s he doing here?”

Lucia glanced up at Andrei Danescu as he pressed his muscled chest tight to her back—he smelled fresh from the shower good. She’d heard him coming up behind her and wished, once again, she could feel the same for him that she suspected he did for her as he snaked his arms around her waist and rested his chin on her shoulder—she angled a look in his direction and smiled, but felt the tightness in her cheeks. “He’s filling in until Franco’s wrist is healed.”

“And how do you feel about that?”

She shrugged. “No big deal.” Liar.

 

You can read all of my past snippets here:  ALL my snippets.

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I’m looking forward to catching up with everybody.  Enjoy the rest of your weekend! 

Anne

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#Reveal for Anonymous by Dani-Lyn Alexander

Anonymous

by Dani-Lyn Alexander

Available April 17, 2014

 

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Blurb:

What happens when an online date is not what it seems?

After Ali’s heart is broken, she decides to try Anonymous, a new dating website where you can retain complete anonymity while you search for your soul mate. When she discovers Joe, she thinks she may have at least found a new friend and decides to put her past behind her and move on.

Several death threats and an attempt on her life force her back into contact with her soon-to-be ex, Mark, who is the lead detective on the case. The tension builds between them while Ali struggles to get over Mark, and Mark races to find the maniac who’s trying to kill her.

When Ali meets up with her online flame, she finds he’s anything but the friend she imagined…

 

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Bio:

Dani-Lyn AlexanderDani-Lyn Alexander lives on Long Island with her husband, three kids and three dogs. She loves spending time with her family, at the beach, the playground, or just about anywhere. In her spare time, which is rare, she enjoys reading and shopping—especially in book stores. Some of her favorite things include; Bernese Mountain Dogs, musicals, bubble baths and soft blankets. She’s an incurable insomniac and has an addiction to chocolate.

 

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#Review: Her Wolf Menage by Louisa Bacio

Her Wolf Ménage

By Louisa Bacio

New Orleans at night

 

She seeks adventure 

What’s the use of living in a wolf pack when one isn’t a shifter? Jana strikes out from Louisiana’s national forest to New Orleans to find herself, only to discover more questions. 

They want the same woman 

The moment Jana steps into the French Quarter, Andre pursues the naïve beauty. An artist, he senses the hidden wolf beneath the surface, and her nature calls to him. It’s not until she leaves that long-time friend Dominick realizes what he wants. The two alpha weres must battle it out or learn to share to reach their happy ending.

My Review

 

Her Wolf Ménage is the latest in Ms. Bacio’s The Vampire, the Witch and the Werewolf series.

Jana has been in love with her best friend for years, Dominick—the boy she grew up with—but doesn’t believe he returns her feelings, and understands that he can’t take a non-shifter as a mate. Jana is a werewolf incapable of shifting. She doesn’t really know why, but assumes that if she hasn’t by this point in her life, it will never happen, so she feels her only alternative is to leave a place she’s never really felt welcomed in to begin with – her home.

From almost the minute she steps off the bus in New Orleans, she meets Andre, a bit of a loner from a different pack and the sparks fly between them. While Jana and Andre are getting to know one another in the city, Dominick realizes he loves her and decides he wants her back. Being the Alpha that he is, full of arrogance, Dominick assumes he just has to find her, crook his finger, and she’ll run back home with him. Let’s just say his pride takes a bit of a beating when he discovers she’s not as alone and lost without him as he assumed she’d be. And added to the dueling of these two potential mates, Jana also has to fend off males from the other pack who are simply in need of a female—whether she wants to be needed or not.

I liked how Jana grew throughout the story and became stronger. I loved Andre and would have loved to see the author delve more into his character. He’s a man who finds a mate he wasn’t really looking for. But now that he has her, he doesn’t want to give her up, and he’ll do whatever is necessary to protect her and see a smile on her face. Even share her if he has to. Certainly leave his home for her. Dominick is also willing to share, though he hopes Jana will ultimately chose him and kick Andre to the curb.  Every now and then I pictured a pouting boy who’d lost his favorite toy. Of the two men, I definitely preferred Andre.

This story has a few interesting twists and turns that kept the story moving, though a few times it got a little confusing. There are vampires, witches, werewolves and others. I liked that they were wary of each other, but not necessarily to the point of avoidance for fear of their lives. I do think the fight scene between the packs was over with much too soon. They all gathered for the big rumble and then it was…over and they dispersed, almost as quickly as they arrived. I felt like I missed something. Maybe it was just my thirst for some bloodshed and handsome men fighting over the girl.

I give this a 4 out of 5.

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#8Sunday #SnippetSunday: Apr 06, 2014

 

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weekend_writing_warriorsveteransbadge_4Each week authors from all over and writing in all genres bring you snippets from their work.  It could be a work in progress or a completed piece.  It could be published or not. But it’s only 8 sentences.

Today, we are back with A Legacy of Lies, one of my many works in progress. The one you’re all familiar with.

Jacob (the hero), is trying to find his missing sister Julia, and her best friend Elissa (the heroine), is determined to help him. You can see my last snippet here.

In the previous snippet, they’d found the hotel empty, a clue was left behind, but now Jacob’s friend Tagg has revealed Julia and her kidnapper are heading towards Mexico.   Tagg informed Jacob and Elissa that he’s secured them rooms for the night, but insisted Jacob and Elissa share a room.  Jacob wasn’t necessarily pleased with that suggestion.  We’re in Jacob’s POV.

 “Actually,” Tagg interjected on a serious note, “it’s more about safety. We won’t be in a very nice area, so I don’t think it’s wise that she stay on her own.” Then his lips twitched and his eyes gleamed knowingly. “However, what kind of friend would I be, Jacob, if I didn’t see how much this is a problem for you, and offer to stay with her in your place—in fact, it would be my pleasure.”

“No,” she cried, her eyes round saucers as she stared at Jacob.

“No,” he growled through gritted teeth.

Tagg laughed outright at their combined chorus, and smacked him on the back, pissing Jacob off to point he struggled to keep his claws sheathed.

 “Well then, I guess you guys will be roomies for the duration of this little trip.”

 

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I’m looking forward to catching up with everybody.  Enjoy the rest of your weekend! 

Anne

 

 

It’s Me Between Flint and Callm Today. Water Please!

 

Oh, boy, I am so…oh gosh, I just can’t tell you how happy I am to have these to very fine gentlemen here with me today.  I mean, I had to drag them away from their ladies, but …oh yes.  To be nestled in between these two…strong, sexy, viral men.   Excuse me while I take a loooong drink of water, and quench this thirst I seem to have all of a sudden.

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Okay, now, for my readers, I have for you today, my second ménage. My first was a simple story Friends with Benefits that released in January. And I have another short story coming out in a few weeks as part of The Sin Circus Anthology, but THIS…THIS one is for ME.  ME. ME. ME.  :)   I get to be in the middle of these two yummy men.  Yup!

So now, I’ll introduce to you. Oh, wait, do I really want to do that? Damn it. I really, really want to keep them all to myself, but I did promise Shehanne.  Okay, fine, sitting on my right is James Flint Blackmoore from The Unraveling of Lady Fury and on my left is Callm McDunnagh, the Black Wolf of Lochalpin from His Judas Bride.

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so…

I had to swear to your ladies that I would behave, but *winks* they’re not here. And frankly, what they don’t know won’t hurt them.  ;) ;)

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So, I’ll get to the more mundane questions in few minutes, but first, the important matters need to be taken care of first. Flint, tell me, what do you like most in a woman?

(leaning closer ) Hmmmmm.  I’ll give you one guess, sweetheart. See, I ain’t complicated that way. 

Oh, no, sweetie pie, you sure ain’t. (clears throat). And Callm? What about you?  What’s your favorite hot spot?

Me? Well, Shehanne saddled me with ‘’Their soft laughs and lips. Warm skin and shapely bodies. Even the little secrets they sometimes kept.”  But now you’re asking hot spot, Princess, who gives a toss about their secrets, when this here, soft, luscious breast I can just smooth my palm over and this delicate path from there, down over….did you just say one?

Now, Callm, to be polite, I must say…behave yourself (leans in and whispers…but later, babe…) Now, Flint, if you could take your best lady out on a date, where would we, I mean you go?

Anne…just you name the place and hell, let’s just get to it.  (Anne smiles and flutters her eyes) I’m kind of hoping though that what you’ll say is upstairs is good. If you don’t, I sure will. But we can just stay right here and git to it, if that’s what you want.

Oh, Lord, baby…ahem….Callm, how do you like to spend your time at home with your lovely lady?

How do you think and where do you think, Princess? I could answer all the fancy stuff about us sitting before the fire gazing into one another’s eyes,  I am just happy to be with her surrounded by Fallon, Arland and Dug, etc,etc, etc, if that’s what you and your readers want to hear. But I was without a woman for five years  and before that well, five hours was as long as I could do. She knows her place I think…… So, nice candlelight, wine, furry warm bedspread, the firelight gleaming on these soft pretty curves of hers…   These curves that remind me of yours… And I see you’ve already got the candles lit….. as well as lighting mine…

(Anne, in an aside to the readers…notice how I’m not mentioning their intended’s names?  I’m taking notes.)  All of this is good to know, but I guess I really  should keep on track to at least pretend I’m doing an interview just in case you know who comes checking. 

Flint…why don’t you tell us how you really felt that first time you saw Lady Fury after so many years?

Me? You want an answer to that as opposed to just gitting to it? (Anne: Sorry, honey, but I wouldn’t be surprised if you know who is lurking around her somewhere. We have to put on a good show.) Fine. Fine. Well, sweetheart I was stunned. I mean I wasn’t expecting to see her EVER again.  What she was keeping in that box in her cellar at all, either.

 ‘ Course I went nosing. I mean her husband’s dead and she’s interviewing my employer with a view to procuring his services, who wouldn’t go nosing? But then, the worst of it, she wouldn’t go along with my offer when she should have considered herself lucky I made one.

I know how she loves her rules.  If you could make up some new rules for your intended today, what would the top three be?

Anne….what is acceptable to you?  I mean I’m a changed man, I understand it’s not all about what I want.  SO what do you think? Plenty kissing……? Hmmm? Plenty touching……? Especially here…?

Flint!!!

Now, Callm, lets’ switch to you for a few moments.  Ah, just a sec though. I need my water. Okay, why did you let Kara go on for so long believing you were Ewen? The poor woman had no clue and you tortured her.

Me? Torture a woman when there’s so much I’d sooner do right here, right now? (Gazes into Anne’s eyes) You want me to answer this sensibly? IS that it? So you’ve something to show for this? Okay….   Hell why not? It was my glen. I didn’t want any McGurkie setting foot in it. I don’t care how pretty they are.  What they’re showing either.  Anyway me and the boys had a wager going. They thought seeing as she was Ewen’s fiancée, I might not torture her.  That was for starters anyway. I wasn’t exactly banking on her answering me back. Then I wasn’t exactly for letting her away with it. So yeah, I guess that got out of control. It was her fault of course. 

Of course.  How did you get the title, the Black Wolf?

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Well…we know about wolves don’t we…how sexy they really are, how interested in sex they are too… Oh Okay….

The day my wife was raped and murdered, well, happens I met the devil that day. He gave me a black wolf pelt in exchange for my soul. As I explained to Kara when she wasn’t for answering my questions later either, it wasn’t just an ordinary pelt.  Do you think I’d sell my soul for an ordinary pelt I could have got myself? It let me take care of any business I needed taking care of. I formed the Brotherhood of Wolves that day too. Some were my bodyguards, some were men who had lost someone and they were as sick of it as I was.  They gave me the title. Now, Princess, does that answer all your questions…..?  Or do you want to ask me some more?

Just a few more.  Tell us about your daughter.  She’s quite proficient with a knife I’m told, and curses?  What’s her favorite word?

fallonYou mean the one beginning with F? The one that’s not for Fallon either?  She’s five and she’s small for that age. You try being left with a three week old baby and none of the right equipment.  DO you have family Anne? I’m sad she never knew her mother.

Yes, I have a family, and it would devastate me if I’d missed out on their lives.  Though, there are days when they become teenagers…well, I’ll let you learn that on your own.

Well, maybe you’ll understand, I want her to be able to take care of herself. That’s why I teach her the useful things, like knife throwing. And cursing even if it drives her aunt Meg crazy.

It must have been difficult raising her on your own.

Me? That’s why I can’t be without a good woman by my side, sweetheart. Okay I could say that’s what sisters are for but I don’t want to get thumped by any.  So seriously, I hereby give full marks and credit to my big sis, Meg , for giving up her all her own plans, everything,  to take care of Fallon, although it’s probably why Fallon curses so much. If I’d brought her up now….  Do you know Kara mistook Meg  as well. Sometimes I wonder about Kara, I really do.

And adding Arland to the family, has Fallon taught him a few tricks?

Oh, she likes him. She’s taught him a few words that weren’t in his vocabulary before. She’s taught him a few moves too.  Knife throwing ones that is. 

Good for her!  A strong woman is a good thing Callm.  And one who wields a knife and can curse like a sailor is a bonus!

Ah, Flint. I have a very special question to ask you. Two, no three actually. What was it like to be there for Fortune’s birth?

Well, it was incredible thinking I’d done that. Oh all right…  Seriously, I did think I was going to lose them both. That’s the truth and that’s why I was glad I had some knowledge. That’s also why I made that vow to let her have everything she wanted. And if that wasn’t me…well.   Anne, there’s you…..

Ssshh, Flint.  She hears everything.  *giggles* Back to serious now.  And, how was your first meeting with Storm?  Did she like her baby sister?

Storm? Now Anne you bringing up all this is just reminding me I’m a family guy now, so maybe we can’t have that date.  

Oh…damn it.  All the good guys….

Meeting Storm was incredible.  I don’t mind confessing seeing as it’s you. (Anne leans over and pats him on the thigh.) “You can confess anything to me, Flint. You know I have your back.”

I was nervous. She has that little bit of attitude–well, she’s Fury’s daughter isn’t she?  You know I think she was astonished she had a father. I mean you’d have thought Fury would have told her all about me.  Anyway, she’ wasn’t too broke up about the fact she’s had to come away with us, even if Fury did have her head stuffed with talk of fancy suitors and that.  As for Fortune and her…well, that’s a far bridge right now, but after trying to drop her over the side once, she is starting to like her.

LOL.  I think she has a bit of her father in her ;) And finally, how has being a father changed you?  I hope not too drastically, because I have to say, I like Flint just as he is.   ;)

Sweetheart, don’t you just  know how to flatter a guy and some. I hope you can tell the woman hasn’t been invented that can change me… That goes for Storm and Fortune.  I’m only different in that I wouldn’t do anything to spoil what I got.

And THAT’s what I love about you Flint!   :)

Callm, how’s Dug? And why would you name your dog Dug?  You know she hung around my and Shehanne’s Christmas event.  Made a bit of a nuisance of herself too.  

Princess,  I’m a guy and Dug’s a dog. You don’t want me to call her anything do you? That would be   stretching my brain too much. As I said to Kara I could call her bitch but Dug doesn’t take kindly to that.  She doesn’t take kindly to being called boy either as Kara found out.  Maybe she only has three and a half legs but she’s savage.  Hung about your event? You should be glad she never chewed the PC screen. I can only guess someone must have flattered her.  She’s a pushover if you do that.

Must have been Shehanne.   She looks so innocent, doesn’t she?

 

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You are both intelligent, some might say even a little conniving *wink* and definitely passionate. What do you each value most in a person?  And what do you despise the most?

Flint. That’s a hard one Sweetheart.  Don’t you have an easier question there? I mean had you said value in a woman, I could have shown you in a mirror. (water please!!!!)   Seriously I don’t like people who mistreat others.  It may surprise you but  I do like people who are straight about things.

Callm. Likes and loathes? Hmmm… You mean I can’t say what people I don’t like? That’s too bad though I suppose Ewen is behaving these days. I despise people who abuse whatever power they have be that power over hundreds of people, or one.  I value loyalty.   

Both of you are wonderful men and your ladies are extremely fortunate to have you in their lives.  But if they ever screw it up…you know where to find me ;)

And lastly, over your entire lifetime, what event strikes you the turning point in your life? And why?

FlintIt was definitely when I learnt about Storm.  See my momma was never done telling me how she wished she never had me, and I saw firsthand the kind of life she had when my daddy walked out.  But Fury did everything she did to keep Storm, to keep them both. SO I guess if you want to name one event, it was knowing I was  a daddy and knowing what she did. I wanted to put all that right and be a better guy for her.

CallmMy life’s been different. I suppose if you’re looking at turning points, I’ve had two. Obviously I have to say it was the day my wife Morven was murdered. Till then I was the chief’s son set to inherit the glen. But I have to follow that by saying the day I met Kara, because I saw what my life had become and how I wanted it back. 

*sigh*

What’s next for the both of you? Or rather, you and your families now? Other than taking me for dinner maybe.  Just because I’m special :)

Flint. To thank you for asking us here of course. And sure we are taking you to dinner. Candlelit at that. I mean after stealing that boat and helping Fury get rid of Thomas I’m only on the run ain’t I?

Callm.  Kara and I are obviously putting her glen in order and waiting for that new arrival…..sort of hinted at  the end of the book. So I think that dinner would be good…..  After all, we need to thank you.

Thank you, Flint and Callm for spending the time with me today in my own special ménage.  It has been an absolute panty melting experience! Boy it’s hot in here. *fans self*  And you can tell Shehanne, Fury and Kira that I behaved myself…mostly.  I did!  But I’m thinking I need to get them in here for a chat.   Maybe I can get them to share some secrets; you know woman to woman stuff.  LOL.  I do write erotic romance after all, I’ll call it research. :)

 

BIO 

Shehanne_MooreShehanne Moore writes gritty, witty, historical romance, set wherever takes her fancy. What hasn’t she worked at while pursuing her dream of becoming a published author? Shehanne still lives in Scotland, with her husband Mr Shey. She has two daughters. When not writing intriguing historical romance, where goals and desires of sassy, unconventional heroines and ruthless men, mean worlds collide, she plays the odd musical instrument and loves what in any other country, would not be defined, as hill-walking

 

 

Genre Historical Romance

Titles

 The Unraveling of Lady Fury  

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His Judas Bride

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I absolutely love this woman and highly recommend her books.  Check them out.

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Today, I’m Breaking All The Rules

New Release from Cynthia Sax

 

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Blurb:

Nathan Lawford, Blaine Technologies’ chief financial officer, is known as the Iceman. He conducts his personal and business affairs without emotion, never allowing himself to become involved with anyone. When Nate sees something or someone he wants, he negotiates, paying a simple, set monetary price. 

Now he wants Camille, the company’s green-haired intern. 

Camille Joplin Trent never expected to be paid to pleasure the man of her dreams. She can’t quite figure out why this is a bad thing. Nate is intelligent, handsome, sophisticated, everything she’s ever wanted in a lover and never thought she could have. Their contract is for a month, thirty lust-filled days of making every sexual fantasy they’ve ever had come true. At the end of this month, the rules state their relationship will end. 

Of course, Camille has never been good at following rules.

 

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Excerpt: 

This is the morning I break Nathan Lawford, Blaine Technologies’ notoriously uptight chief financial officer, the executive employees call the Iceman.

I hum the words to an extremely vulgar hip-hop song as I stride through the concrete-and-glass lobby, my phone in my right hand and the straps of my backpack slung over my shoulder.

Not even Jerome, the company’s powerful high-security guard, could dampen my enthusiasm today. He searched my black canvas bag for a record twelve minutes, wrinkling important papers and poking his clumsy fingers into delicate electronics. He leered and sneered at me, and I said nothing, tolerating the harassment.

Because today Nate will touch me.

I’ve spent months defrosting the Iceman, following rules I’ve crafted, rules he isn’t aware of. I can’t touch him unless he touches me. I can’t see him outside of our morning elevator rides unless he approaches me. I can e-mail him but not call him, check his agenda but not change it.

Even with these self-imposed restrictions, I’ll win, my victory growing more certain as our daily skirmishes escalate in intensity.

Every morning Nate takes the same elevator at the same time, his schedule as rigid and unbending as he is. Every morning I share the same elevator car. He looks at me. I look at him. We exchange a couple of verbal barbs, some increasingly steamy sexual innuendos, and then we part ways, going to our different floors, our different worlds.

I’m the green-haired rebel intern. Nate is an unemotional rule setter, a huge immovable wall I can’t stop pushing against, a challenge I can’t back away from. He drives me absolutely wild and I will have him. On my terms.

I glance at my phone’s screen. Sh** on a stick. I have three minutes to trek to the elevators. Clipping my phone to my skirt’s frayed waistband, I march faster, the heels of my shoes ringing against the gleaming white marble tile. Video screens hang from the walls, displaying happy images of the conforming masses. Dark-suited corporate clones linger around the paid-to-be-perky receptionist.

Loitering isn’t an option, as there’s no flexibility in the Iceman’s timetable. I turn the corner and my heels squeak on the floor. No one is waiting for the elevators, the area empty. I press the up button three times in rapid succession, pleased that I’ll have Nate’s complete attention during our five-minute elevator ride.

Privacy is essential for my plan to work, as I’m not the type of woman any career-minded executive would choose to acknowledge publicly. I glance at my reflection in the elevator’s shiny metallic doors and wince. Although I no longer wear my temporary tattoos or visible body jewelry, the green hair and the holes in my ears, nose, and bottom lip remain, declaring my rebel status to the world.

This is who I am, who I’ve always been. I break rules. I push people. I don’t fit in anywhere. I tell myself I’m okay with this. In my heart I know I’m not. But I can’t change, not even for the Iceman.

The bell rings, the doors to elevator number four open, and my heart pounds. Nate stands in the back right corner, staring down at his phone, appearing as unapproachably handsome as usual, his blond hair short and neat, his broad shoulders clad in a form-fitting black suit, his crisp white shirt accentuating his golden tan. His tie is always black, always plain.

He wears the same clothing combination every day, and I want to peel the monochromatic fabric away from his kicking hot physique and lick him from his head to his toes. This impulsive act, while certain to be sexually satisfying, violates the rules of my game. He must touch me first. I keep my hands to myself and stride into the elevator, my hips swaying and my head held defiantly high.

Nate glances upward, our gazes lock and hold, and I forget to breathe, to think, to move. His eyes are the palest, coldest gray, a frigid blast of icy wind on a hot Californian day, and I want him as I’ve never wanted anyone else, my need for him carnal and raw.

He slides his phone into his jacket pocket and the silver Rolex on his wrist gleams. This symbol of wealth and the establishment, a physical reminder of who Nate is, doesn’t squelch my lust. It perversely feeds my fantasies.

In my overactive imagination Nate doesn’t stay in his corner. He stalks toward me, hooks one of his arms around my waist, pulls my curves into his muscle, and—

“Miss Trent.” His crisp businesslike tone returns me to reality.

“Nate.” I mimic his curtness, breaking an unspoken company rule by addressing a top executive by his first name. I tap the button for the legal floor. This is the law-enforcing, super-quiet department I’ve been sentenced to. I don’t fit in there, but then, I’ve never fit in anywhere.

Except here. I belong in this elevator car. I belong with Nate. I claim the corner across from him and openly study the object of my obsession. “You spent another weekend alone, I see.” The lines around his mouth and eyes are deeply etched, attesting to his many months of celibacy. This pleases me. I don’t want Nate to touch any other woman. He’s my iceberg to melt.

He raises one of his eyebrows. “Have you added stalking to your long list of crimes?”

I roll my eyes. I was found guilty of three minor misdemeanors while I was a careless teenager and now I’ve been labeled a criminal for life. “Don’t flatter yourself. A blind woman can tell you’re not getting any.” I stretch the truth. His expression is as cold and as emotionless as it normally is.

Nate frowns, glances at his reflection in the mirrored walls, sweeps one of his hands over his perfect hair.

“What’s the matter?” I grin at him as I set my backpack on the floor by my feet. “Are all of the hookers in LA on strike?”

He returns his gaze to me and narrows his eyes. “You’re well informed.” Ice drips from his words, his coolness indicating I’ve scored a direct hit. Many people subjected to Nate’s subzero demeanor assume he’s a frigid, unfeeling bastard. I recognize it for what it is—a shield, as effective as my sarcasm and green hair.

“You bet I’m well informed.” It didn’t take me long to discover that every well-dressed, insanely beautiful woman appearing beside Nate in the newspaper’s society pages was a high-end escort. His hooker fetish doesn’t bother me. Nate is a faithful, serial-monogamous John, taking a long time to choose the right escort and then paying for her exclusive attentions.

“You’re not hideous.” I unbutton my formerly black blazer, the sole suit I own faded from having been hand washed every night. “Why do you pay for sex?”

“Everyone pays for sex in one way or another.” Nate visually tracks my movements as I shrug out of the garment, removing one more barrier between us. “Some muddle the price with talk of love and feelings. I prefer straightforward, honest negotiations.”

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Author Bio:

Cynthia Sax lives in a world where demons aren’t all bad, angels aren’t all good, and magic happens every single day. Although her heroes may not always say, “I love you”, they will do anything for the women they love. They live passionately. They fight fiercely. They love the same women forever.

Cynthia has loved the same wonderful man forever. Her supportive hubby offers himself up to the joys and pains of research, while they travel the world together, meeting fascinating people and finding inspiration in exotic places such as Istanbul, Bali, and Chicago.

 

Connect with Cynthia Sax 

Author Website | Blog | Facebook | Twitter : @CynthiaSax

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#8Sunday #SnippetSunday: Mar 30, 2014

 

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weekend_writing_warriorsveteransbadge_4Each week authors from all over and writing in all genres bring you snippets from their work.  It could be a work in progress or a completed piece.  It could be published or not. But it’s only 8 sentences.

Today, we are back with A Legacy of Lies, one of my many works in progress. The one you’re all familiar with.

Jacob (the hero), is trying to find his missing sister Julia, and her best friend Elissa (the heroine), is determined to help him.  Only, Jacob has the hots for Elissa and he’s trying, very desperately, not to. I missed last week!  Totally forgot until it was too late :(  You can see my last snippet here.

In the previous snippet, they’d found the hotel empty, a clue was left behind, but now Jacob’s friend Tagg has revealed his Julia and her kidnapper are heading towards Mexico.  That can’t be good.  In the following snippet, Tagg has just informed Jacob and Elissa that he’s secured them rooms for the night, but he insists Jacob and Elissa share a room, for safety’s sake, since they are in an unknown and somewhat questionable area.  We’re in Jacob’s POV.

He smothered a chuckle at Elissa’s face, which registered first shock, and then definite interest at his friend’s suggestion–for which he’d kill the smart ass later.

“No.” Jacob’s one word came out with much more vehemence than he’d intended.

“What? Scared I’m going to attack you in your sleep?” The bite-sized imp glared at him, but couldn’t hide the tiny bit of hurt from reaching her eyes.

Unfortunately, that was a definite possibility. She just didn’t realize it—yet.

 

You can read all of my past snippets here:  ALL my snippets.

Please jump back to the main site for  Weekend Writing Warriors and visit  Snippet Sunday on Facebook to see the many other authors bringing you a glance into their worlds for this week.

I’m looking forward to catching up with everybody.  Enjoy the rest of your weekend! 

Anne

 

 

It’s a Friday Teaser!

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YES!!!! It’s FRIDAY!!!

 

So, it’s FINALLY the end of the week.  Just cause it is, I’m sharing another  Michael Stokes’ photo with you.

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Hmmmmmm….

 

I also promised another teaser from With the Greatest of Ease.

Did you see Monday’s?  or Wednesday’s?

The Sin Circus, where eight authors have created eight hot, erotic stories for your reading pleasure.

And I do mean pleasure. ;)

The Sin Circus is set to hit your home town on April 29th!

Available April 29, 2014

Available April 29, 2014

 

My story is called With the Greatest of Ease.

Here’s this final teaser for this week.

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 Have a great weekend!

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It’s Another Sinful Sin Circus Teaser!

Happy Hump Day!

 

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So, it’s Wednesday, and in honor of Wednesday, I thought I’d share one of Michael Stokes’ photographs with you. This was actually the first photo I’d seen, and I fell in love with his work.

You can see why ;)

So, with his permission, I’ll share one today, and on other days when I’m feeling like I need a bit of a lift.  Thank you, Michael, for allowing me the  privilege of sharing the occasional photograph on my site.

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I also promised some teasers this week from With the Greatest of Ease.  Did you see Monday’sThe Sin Circus, where eight authors have created eight hot, erotic stories for your reading pleasure.

And I do mean pleasure. ;)

The Sin Circus is set to hit your home town on April 29th!

Available April 29, 2014

Available April 29, 2014

 

My story is called With the Greatest of Ease.

Here’s this week’s second teaser.

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 Come back on again on Friday, and I’ll have another teaser for you.

Happy Hump Day!

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Spring is a Tease! So I’ll share a Sin Circus Teaser!

Spring is in the air!  Or is it?

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Not in my town.  We certainly can’t do this…

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We had more snow delivered to us yesterday. So, it looks more like this…

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 I’m so sick of winter at this point.  I find it hard to believe we’re already almost one quarter of the way through the year.  Which means the kids only have three months left of school. Or, three weeks if they’re in University.

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Where does the time go?  I realized today I forgot to participate in Weekend Writing Warriors, or WeWriWa as we affectionately refer to it.  So I missed sharing my weekly Snippet.  I’m so sorry!  I’ve also been missing my ROW80 updates.  That’s me being lazy because my actual new word count has been low.  This month alone I’ve had something going on every single weekend. Not that I’m complaining. Okay, I am. But it’s been family stuff, work stuff, writing stuff.  It’s all stuff I love, but it doesn’t really allow me  time to get other things done either.  Like sleep, eat, clean the house. Not that I’d actually clean. But you get my point.

And it’s not yet over.

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But, since this is a quiet week, at least on my blog, I thought I’d share a few teasers from my soon to be released story that’s coming to you in The Sin Circus . I’m so excited to be a part of this anthology. Eight authors have created eight hot, sexy, stories for your reading pleasure.

And I do mean pleasure. ;)

The Sin Circus is set to hit your home town on April 29th!

Available April 29, 2014

Available April 29, 2014

 

My story is called With the Greatest of Ease.

Here’s this week’s first teaser.

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 Come back on Wednesday, and again on Friday, and I’ll have others for you.

Have a great week!

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The Circus is Coming to Town, and this one is Sinfully Good

 

Eight authors. Eight hot, sexy stories. 

All taking place under the big top.

 

We are so excited about this anthology and can’t wait to release this special book on April 29, 2014!

Here’s a glimpse at our cover and our stories.

Everyone remembers their first trip to the circus–the home of fantasy and dreams. Where the  idea that anything is possible meets a creative reality of alluring  tricks and amazing acts of defiance. The big top is known for inspiring  lust, awe, and happy memories, and now you’ll see it like never before.

Some of today’s hottest romance authors combine the decadent memories of the center ring with all the flavors in erotic fiction in The Sin Circus.  Whether it’s with a dominating Ringmaster, a lion tamer’s bratty  kittens, or a dark Harlequin King, this show is sure to shock the  audience with its dazzling dares and tantalizing tales.

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AVAILABLE APRIL 29, 2014!

 

Dark Surrender by Rachel Firasek

 He stole her control, but she hasn’t completely surrendered her heart…yet.
http://www.rachelfirasek.com

Claimed by the Blade by Mina Carter

 He’s waited years to claim her. Tonight, she’s all out of excuses…
http://mina-carter.com

Ring of Fire by Lacey Wolfe

 The Ringmaster must figure out his feelings before his ballerina goes up in flames…
http://www.laceywolfe.com

Unmasking Her Dom by Jennifer James

 Tormented by touch, the King of the Harlequin resolves to release his bratty sub  before she strips away the last barriers between them, and discovers his secret shame.
http://www.authorjenniferjames.com

The Bratty Lioness Tamer by April Angel

 Two sexy female lovers. A new master ready to tame them. And the performance they’ll never forget.
http://millytaiden.com/

Sweet & Sticky by Sabrina Garie

 Recipe for forever: Mix a flailing writer with a down-on-his-luck agent, toss  in a pound of cotton candy and an empty bleacher. Let simmer.
http://sabrinagarie.com/

Twice the Pleasure by Georgina DeBurca

 As the bindings unravel, two brothers race to save the woman who has captured their hearts.
https://www.facebook.com/author.deburca

With the Greatest of Ease by Anne Lange

 He traded a trapeze and the catch of a lifetime for a life in a courtroom. Now he’ll share her, to catch her, one last time.
http://authorannelange.com/

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In honor of a release we are all very excited about, we are sponsoring a $25.oo Amazon GC to one lucky winner through a rafflecopter giveaway!

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Are you a blogger?  Would you like to host us on release day? Maybe do a review?  If you do, sign up here through the link below.  There will be giveaways!

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