Saturday, June 20, 2009
Order Drawn to You today from Phaze Books!
Here's an excerpt from the work, hope you enjoy it!
Alan watched silently for a moment before scooting closer to better see her work. Unlike other artists with whom she was acquainted, Shay didn’t mind the occasional over-the-shoulder observation as she sketched out concepts for her strip. That Alan did it now, though, challenged her concentration...and her desires. Surely he had to realize how her body reacted to his closeness? Every warm, friendly hug received, every gentle tap on the arm in passing, caused her insides to quiver.
Nonetheless, a steady hand managed to produce a nice interpretation of a beach chair planted in the sand, with a few clam shells resting nearby for ambiance. For fun, she added a string of pearls protruding from the mouth of one of them.
“Something new?” Alan asked. “The Single Ladies going on vacation?”
“Perhaps,” she replied. “As much as I live vicariously through them, and I need a vacation, they might as well go on it for me.”
He chuckled and patted her free hand. Zing went the electric pulse through her veins, pumping her heart and prickling her nipples underneath her thick, corded sweater. Her drawing hand nudged slightly, nearly turning the pearl necklace into a noose.
“You ought to, you work hard,” he said. “You should be able to get away, even for a weekend. I mean, don’t you draw these far enough in advance to give you some time?”
Shay nodded, keeping her eyes on her work. I won’t look up. I won’t be hypnotized by those beautiful baby blues. “I work on a six-week lead time with the syndicate, which is easy on me since I don’t draw Sunday panels. Still, to maintain that, I have to keep working.”
If only she could. While the hilarious comic exploits of Tasha Trueheart and her sassy girlfriends enjoyed a healthy circulation and lucrative licensing contracts with greeting card companies and the like, Shay knew the score. Once the well ran dry, and the single ladies of Single Ladies could no longer maintain that three-panel, gag-a-day punch, she might find herself on permanent vacation.
She felt close to the end of a good long run, and it bothered Shay. She loved her work and the flexibility of her lifestyle, but how many more jokes about thong bikinis and men leaving up the toilet seat could be told with originality? Even the chicks on Sex and the City had the good sense to walk away from their Flirtinis at the right time, and Shay considered a sabbatical, but the strip was all she had now.
A man? She’d love a man. She’d love to have the man sitting next to her now, out of the chair and in her bed. With crumbling reserve, she panned her gaze over to the strong, white hand still touching her wrist. Alan saw her only as a friend, though. He probably had a slim, blonde trophy waiting at home, stretching under satin sheets and enjoying the fruits of Alan’s success...to say nothing of his sexual prowess. Of course, Shay had never seen the man with the top button of his Polo shirt undone, but damn! Looking at his body, feeling his touch, she knew he had to be skilled.
She closed the pad, pulling gently away to pack her things. “I’ll think about it,” she said. No point in burdening Alan with her work woes—he had Ty and the business to contend with, and she felt certain he could relate, in a way. “I have a meeting in a bit, so I better motor. I’ll just top off in a to-go cup.”
“No, I’ll get you fresh one.” Alan stood and took her half-empty mug. He paused. “I forgot why I wanted to talk to you. I loved the strip that ran today.”
“Oh, thanks!” She searched her memory for the current storyline. Without her calendar in front of her, that proved useless, but Alan produced a rolled-up section of the newspaper from his back pocket and opened it to her strip.
He pointed to Tasha, sitting at a table in a coffee shop. Wired Down read the sign on the wall, and a cute man in an apron served Tasha’s drink. Every feature, from the salt-and-pepper hair to the shirt, buttoned up to the collar, represented a comic strip version of Alan. Only the baby blues couldn’t translate to newsprint.
“That supposed to be anybody I know?” Alan asked with a mischievous smile.
Shay gave the paper a cursory glance, keeping her demeanor nonchalant. “Hugh Jackman.”
“Well, he’s looking pretty damn good these days.” Alan winked.
Not half as good as you, my dear. “Must be the coffee. Good for the metabolism. I’ll see ya.” Shay nodded and ducked away before Alan could touch her again.
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Book One in the Slippery When Wet series is hotter than ever! An ARe, Fictionwise and Phaze bestseller, Wanted Dead or Alive by Jenna Byrnes is available to purchase or read an excerpt here!
Dan Radisson has been released from Corcoran State Prison and never intends to go back. He's working his twelve steps, minding his own business, and trying to resume some degree of normalcy living in the home of his sister and her family.
Trey Wallace knows what he likes and isn't afraid to go after it. When he meets Dan at an AA meeting he sees exactly what he wants, but questions whether the newly freed man is ready to dive into the type of sexual relationship Trey has in mind.
Dan's ready for the sex, but not so sure about life on the outside. When he stumbles upon a homicide and runs from the scene in the same way he did in the past, suddenly he's a wanted man. Dan must either solve the crime or risk returning to the place he dreads the most--the prison that changed his life.
Erotic Horizon reviews says: "There’s a level of humanity to this book that is indescribable, forgiveness, humbleness and even the fact that pushing you does not mean pushing you away is wonderful to see.
I also like the fact that all the lose ends were tied up, you weren’t left wondering what happened to or if that happened, all the important areas were addressed. "
Sunday, June 07, 2009
The third title in the Phaze Rocks: Slippery When Wet series, created by Jude Mason and myself, is now available in ebook! While these titles do stand alone, they have a fun tie-in which we hope will make you want to read all four!
Never Say Goodbye
Damien Hall has never done an honest day's work in his life. On his own from a young age, his street wiles got him by until he ended up in Corcoran State Prison for theft. Five years later, he's moved in with a man who only wants him for one thing, nightly hot sex. But he's off the streets, and Damien thinks the trade-off is worth it.
Travis Slater wrangles horses for a living, and wants to wrangle Damien in his off hours. He sees potential in the man who suffers from extremely low self esteem, and quickly falls in love with him. He hopes to take Damien and leave, knowing they can make their own way in the world.
Damien isn't so sure, and is terrified at the thought of being homeless again. When his employer admits the real reason Damien was hired, it's decision time. Do what's easy or do what's right? Only Damien can decide.Length: Photon (17K words)
Read an excerpt or purchase this title here!
Monday, June 01, 2009
My Latest novel, Kissed by a Rose, has hit the virtual bookshelves, priced at $6. At ninety-thousand words long, it’s my longest to date and, if I do say so myself, my best. (Well, I would say that, wouldn’t I?)
Kissed by a Rose is the story of an ordinary student, Adam Smith, living an ordinary university life in Westmouth, a small town on the South Coast of England, until he stumbles across the girl of his dreams. Quite literally in this case as the girl he stumbles upon is teen-idol movie star, Chloe Goodman.
Chloe is the very definition of a young English Rose – Beautiful. Charming. Intelligent. And folks in Hollywood are tipping her as the ‘next big thing’. But Chloe’s life on campus isn’t all wine and song, as Adam discovers when he finds her alone in the library, crying her eyes out.
Is Adam just what the young starlet needs? Is Chloe the best thing to ever happen to the young undergraduate? Or will one of them get hurt? Or will they both?
The only way to find out is to read the book. You can get it (and my other books) direct from the Phaze website -
If you’re looking for a romance novel that is a little bit different, Kissed by a Rose is for you. It’s told entirely from the hero’s point of view. It’s through Adam’s eyes that we see events unfold. It’s Adam’s thoughts, feelings and fears that we experience. And you’ll soon discover that Adam isn’t a stereotypical romantic hero. He doesn’t have a perfect body. He doesn’t always make the right choice or do the right thing. But he’s a real man, with real feelings – and he can get hurt. But he’s no wimp. When Chloe needs him – he stands up for the woman he loves. Just like a real man should.
People who’ve already read Kissed by a Rose are showering it with praise.
Lourenza Adlem said…
I want to congratulate you on a wonderful love story. Every single one of your characters had the ring of truth. You make it all seem so effortless. A very smooth reading experience.
Barbara Elsborg said...
It’s a tightly written novel which explores the pressures of stardom and celebrity and keeps the reader guessing until the very end. The sex was steamy and got hotter and hotter.
And Cassie Exline said
Kissed by a Rose is a must read for the summer. Sizzling sex blends with tender moments. With his deftness for detail, he has a way of making characters come to life and leap off the page. Just when you think you know what's going to happen next—you're wrong.
And after you read Kissed by a Rose why not tell the whole world what you thought of it via Twitter? Just sum up your thoughts in 130 characters and append them with the hashtag #KbaR.
Kissed by a Rose – His Power. His Pleasure. His Pain.