The cover — and a publishing date

Coming 08/16 to AmazonI’m happy to reveal the cover of the fourth and final book of “The Power to Please” series, The Submissive’s Last Word. Ta-da! I hope you love it as much as I do. I’m celebrating the reveal by putting The Businessman’s Tie on sale at Amazon for 99 cents all weekend. If you know anyone who hasn’t tried the series, let them know it’s a great time to give it a go.

And I’m even happier to write that I’ve completed the initial draft of The Submissive’s Last Word and it’s now in the editing process. Thanks to that, I’ve finalized the publication date — August 16, 2013, only two weeks from today! I’m excited and can’t wait to get the book out there to all my readers who have waited so patiently for the conclusion of the series.

I’m torn about finishing this last book. While I’m thrilled to have completed the story, I’m now faced with saying goodbye. After living with these characters, particularly Nonnie, for nearly a year, I suspect that I’m going to miss her and the others when the final edit is complete and I shoo them out of my author-nest, this time permanently.

For now, I’m focusing on editing The Submissive’s Last Word into the finest novel it can be. After following such a winding, treacherous path, Nonnie deserves only the best recounting of this, the final leg of her emotional and erotic journey. I’m determined to give it to her. 🙂

Cover reveal this Friday

The blinds are rising — it’s almost time! This Friday, Aug. 2, I’m revealing the cover of The Submissive’s Last Word, the fourth and final book of my “Power to Please” series.

I love the cover and can’t wait to show it off. Even better, the reveal means I’m close to setting a release date for the book itself, (psst — meaning I’m nearly finished with the first draft, yippee)!

I hope you like the cover as much as I do. Check back on Friday to get the full picture. 🙂

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My Sexy Saturday

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I’m doing something new this week. I’m happy to be part of the My Sexy Saturday blog hop. What better way to kick off a weekend than with sexy snippet from lots of authors?

Each author posts a piece from one of their works, either seven words, seven lines, or seven paragraphs. It can be taken from either a published work or a work in progress.

I write erotic romance, so there’s plenty to pick from in my novels. I’ve opted for seven steamy paragraphs from early in the first book of my “Power to Please” series, The Businessman’s Tie.

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From The Businessman’s Tie:

When his fingertips of fire reached the bottom curve of my buttocks, and my breath audibly caught in my throat, he stopped his movements, leaned over so I could see into his dark eyes, and asked, “Are you afraid of me?”

I swallowed the lump his words had raised in my throat, and answered with a weakness I had not expected, “Yes … no.”

He smiled a bit and said, “Good. Do you want me to let you go?”

I shook my head.

“Say the words,” he said.

I knew I would say the words. I knew I would say just about anything he wanted me to say, with his fingers lightly touching the bottom of my ass, right at the edge of my panties and on the verge of heading I hoped I knew where.

I said, “I don’t want you to let me go.”

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Celebrating Hot Summer Romance

From The Playboy’s Proposition:

I wanted to be swept away in a grand and passionate love affair. I wanted it to wrap itself around me and raise me out of the monotony I had made of my life, of myself. I needed that perfect love to vindicate my past.

Hot_summer_romance_giveaway_hop_graphicMy past was an embarrassing cliche. Raised by parents who lost interest in me around the time I began to form my own opinions of the world, I sought reassurance of my worth from others. When I discovered the appeal of my youthful sexuality, I believed men could provide that worth.

It wasn’t long before I discovered how mistaken I was in that belief. By the age of eighteen, I was pregnant. I thought my boyfriend was more than gallant when he proposed marriage, and it made me love him. When I miscarried the baby not long after our wedding, I stayed with my new husband.

Not that I had much choice, really. My parents had kicked me out when they learned I was pregnant, attacking me with accusations and character affronts which assured I wouldn’t speak to them for years. I was on my own. No money, a high school diploma, and a husband who believed he would be a rock star one day.

I learned how to survive, took shitty jobs that barely kept a roof over our heads and food in our mouths. And because I needed to believe that I could have a better future, I took night classes at the local community college.

By the second year of my marriage, I learned why my husband actually married me. It hadn’t been for the sake of our baby, or to provide for us; it had been because he wanted someone to take care of him.

I remember him storming around our one-room apartment, berating me for not making enough money for him and his band to go on the road. It was all my fault, he said. All my fault because I hadn’t listened to him, hadn’t done what needed to be done.

He wanted me to give up night school and become a stripper. Better money, he said. I didn’t need school, he insisted, because he would be a star soon, and you didn’t need a college degree to be the wife of a rich rock star. All I had to do was to sacrifice for him now, and I would be repaid later.

I was actually proud of myself for telling him no, that I wanted to stay in school, that I would stay in school no matter how much he yelled at me. I told him to get a day job to make the money to go on the road. He kicked the furniture and stomped out of the apartment. I didn’t see him for a week.

I find it hard to accept, now, that I was proud of telling him no. I’m disgusted with my past self that I allowed him back into my life, let him stumble back into my bed, drunk and stinking after a week on the streets doing God knew what. I should have thrown his ass out the door.

I could say no to his demand that I become a stripper. I couldn’t say no to the marriage.

So many wasted years, supporting a man I loathed, and who loathed me in return in spite of my efforts to appease him. Not his fault, though. My fault. I knew the truth by year two of my marriage. That it took me eight more years to finally unload him … well, that was on me.

I desperately needed to shake the blame for those ten years of bad decisions and lost chances. I longed to banish the taint of my failed marriage, of failed dreams.

I was now twenty-nine years old. I had a college degree, a decent job, a place of my own, and a sense of urgency to claim a different destiny. Divorcing my husband was only the first step. I needed something more than a job and an apartment. I needed what I had never had.

A great love, a great passion. That was what I wanted. To float away in undeniable desire. Love could do that for me. And if not love, then passion alone could surely do, for now.

Two men offered me passion, Michael Weston and Gibson Reeves. Michael, tall and lean with the charm of a continental playboy. Gibson, who I still thought of as The Businessman, tall and muscular, with a handsome but inscrutable face.

Both of them, dominant males who saw something in me I hadn’t known was there. A sexual submissive, driven to be taken by their power. Me, into BDSM. Were they right about me? I didn’t know, for certain, but I wanted them to help me find out, was more than excited by the prospect of their special assistance.

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First love doesn’t always turn out to be the best love. I think Nonnie, the protagonist of my The Power to Please series, longs for what many women want: a second chance at love and passion.

The Hot Summer Romance Hop is celebrating romance in all it’s different forms. So whether you’ve already found that perfect passion or if it’s still right around the corner, this is the place to celebrate all the possibilities of love.

I’m celebrating by giving away a $10 Amazon gift card to be chosen at random. So drop by Amazon and pick up a copy of The Businessman’s Tie to start the first step of Nonnie’s journey. Enter the Rafflecopter below to win a $10 Amazon gift card. Then check out the other blogs in The Hop for more fun giveaways celebrating steamy romance.

The Insatiable Reads Book Tour is giving away a couple of smashing grand prizes: #1 is a Kindle Fire. #2 is a $50 Amazon.com gift certificate. You definitely want to stop by a lot of blogs and enter for your chance to win. The Grand Prizes will be chosen at random from all the comments on all the participating blogs so give everyone a little comment love.

 

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It’s a hop… a blog hop

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I’m doing a blog hop! It’s my first so I’m not sure exactly what I’m doing. I do know there are a number of great authors on this list so if you’re looking for new reading material you should be set.

Obviously you should pick up a copy of The Businessman’s Tie over at Amazon and start with Nonnie’s journey. It sounds crazy … but if you can stand to wait a few days to see what Nonnie’s up to, enter below to win a free copy of the e-book instead.

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And the title is …

I’ve been hard at work on the final book of the Power to Please series, and I’m happy to report I’m a little over halfway finished. I was kicking around several possible titles and have at last settled on the one that fits best.

The title of book four is “The Submissive’s Last Word.”

Now it will be possible to finalize the cover and I hope to have it up here in a week or two.

I don’t know when I might finish “The Submissive’s Last Word” and be ready to publish. It’s going well so far, although I can’t begin to consider a publication date before the rough draft is completed. I’ve got my fingers crossed to have it available before the end of summer.

It seems like the process is taking forever this time. I have to remind myself that I was well into the rough draft of the third book before I published the first one, “The Businessman’s Tie,” back in February. I actually began writing these books in the fall of 2012.

Thank you for your patience and for being part of Nonnie’s story. She has a lot of work to do before her journey concludes and her tale is told. I’d best quit blogging and get back to it! 🙂

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Speaking of the power to please

I’ll tell you what pleases me — the success of last weekend’s promotional giveaway at Amazon and a five-star review at Manic Readers.

“The Businessman’s Tie” had a spectacular ride on the Amazon bestselling lists in the USA, UK and Germany. Sunday afternoon, it hit its apex at #6 on Amazon.com’s free erotica list and floated between #6 and #8 for the remainder of the day. At Amazon.co.de, it reached #11 for English language free erotica.

Most exciting of all was that “Biz” rose as high as #2 on the UK free erotica bestseller list! Truly, a wonderful weekend.

In other happy news, I discovered today that Manic Readers released their review of “Biz.” Alberta gave it five out of five stars and said some very kind things about the book. Am I pleased? You betcha!

Suddenly, I got this image of the guys in that insurance advertisement, the one with the banjos. I see the man asking me, “How pleased are you?” My response, “As pleased as Ron Hoyte loosed at a Topless Breast Convention.” Cue banjo playing.

Okay, wait … hold the banjos. I may have exaggerated. It would be impossible to match Ron’s level of delight in that particular situation. He is, after all, the connoisseur of boobage. Don’t know what I was thinking.

Uh-oh. Breaking news. Resume the banjos. Seriously.

I was getting ready to go post this when a friend called and told me to check the top 100 paid Erotica Bestseller list at Amazon UK. There, at #78 and #79, are “The Playboy’s Proposition” and “His Name Is Sir,” respectively, side by side.

There is no way Ron Hoyte could be happier than I am right now. This is the first time I’ve charted on a paid list. Hurrah! Took a quick screen shot since they will likely fall again before morning. 🙂

Happy music play on.

P.S. — Indeed, it didn’t last. Twenty minutes later, they dropped to #93 and #95. LOL. Fun while it lasted, all the same.

Freebie weekend!

This Saturday and Sunday only, May 11 and 12, I’m offering “The Businessman’s Tie” for free at the Amazon Kindle Store.

If you know anyone who you think might enjoy the series, now would be a great time for them give it a try.

And to all you moms out there — have a happy Mother’s Day!