Book Release Schedule

As a way of motivating myself and getting organised (and yes, procrastinating a little bit, too!), here’s a list of my forthcoming releases.

November 18th – Club Alpha Boxed Set

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Featuring Claiming His Tease (formerly Little Tease), which is book 1 in the Club Rack and Ruin series. Also includes twelve other stories set in BDSM clubs by twelve amazing authors!

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November 28th – Complex TriggersClub Rack and Ruin, book 3

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Tamara has a problem she thinks will drive every Dom away from her for good. Evan begs to differ… The book page for this one is here.

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December 15th – These Damn Suspicions – Denial, book 2.5

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A short story about Callum and Kat, set a month or so after the events of Not Your Damn Dom. Callum is acting strangely, and the most recent tabloid scandal that he might be having an affair with his latest co-star doesn’t help Kat’s peace of mind… This will be FREE for mailing list subscribers!

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December 26th – Always the Quiet Ones

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Re-edited re-release of this book.

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February 6th – Dominance and Deception

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Re-edited re-release of this book.

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February 10th – another boxed set

Details to come, but I suspect this one will include Not Your Damn Toy (Denial, book 3)…

HRD 5 – Risk and Reward Update

So I’m sure it’s fairly obvious by the lack of cartwheeling and cheering that I’ve yet to finish Hot, Rich and Dominant’s last instalment. The reason for that is that Nell and Marc… errr… basically, they won’t stop getting it on. 😉

So what that means is that I just need a couple more weeks to deliver a finished, edited and fully sexed-up final book to you, my precious readers. In the meantime, I’ll be working hard to ensure I’ve got the answers you want, the kink you need and the sexytimes you crave!

And in the future, I won’t set concrete release dates for books until I know I can honour them. Promise. And I’m sorry for making you wait again.

Sunday Snog – Switching Off

It’s been a while since I’ve done a Sunday Snog! Here’s an excerpt from Switching Off, featured in Total-E-Bound’s Switch anthology.

switchingoff_800Jon seemed to sense her unease as he stroked his thumb across her cheekbone, affection in his eyes. “I’m the same guy you’ve always known, Nina. I can just see how much you need to let go of everything for a while. If you don’t want to do this, it’s fine. And if you do, I’ll go as slow as you need. Your choice.”

Nina closed her eyes, nuzzling her cheek against his palm. His intensity intoxicated her, and her usual stress-filled, whirling thoughts seemed to subside whenever he got this close. What harm could it do?

“Yes.”

Even with her eyes closed, she could sense him relaxing. He took a deep breath. Then, his voice rougher than usual, he murmured, “Open your eyes.”

With an effort, she did, and looked up into his face. He seemed to be examining each of her features anew, from her forehead to her chin, but lingering on her lips. His were so close, she couldn’t help but tilt her head further up, bringing her face closer to his. Daring him to take the next step.

Meeting her defiant gaze with a slight smile, he slipped his hand to the back of her neck again and squeezed gently. Her knees went weak and, as her eyelids fluttered shut again, he pressed his warm lips to hers.

Oh…fuck…

She swayed forward, her breasts grazing his chest as he wrapped his free arm around her waist, pulling her in close. His kiss was confident, dominant, almost controlling, and as she tried to push her tongue into his mouth he forced it back with his, taking full possession of her. And still he gripped the back of her neck with a solid, unrelenting pressure, making doubly sure she understood who was in charge.

The subtle presence of her lace and cotton thong had gone unnoticed for hours, but now Jon was all but fucking her mouth with his tongue she felt every minute sensation against her sensitive cunt. She shifted in his arms, moving closer, and felt the beginnings of his hard-on press against her lower belly. Moaning into his mouth, she stood on tiptoe to press the hardening ridge in his jeans against her clit, slipping her hands into his back pockets and drawing him even nearer.

Jon broke the kiss with a growled curse, moving his hand up into her hair and tugging her head back by a fistful of her blonde curls. “Oh, you want me to fuck you now?”

Nina began to nod, then winced as the movement made her scalp twinge. “I’ve wanted you to fuck me for years. Are you up to the challenge?”

He gave her a heart-stopping smile and abruptly released her, stepping completely out of reach and leaving her so unsteady she wanted to crumple to the floor. “If you’re up to my challenge, Nina, I’m up to yours. Let me see you kneel for me.”

Love Versus Want

In erotic romance fiction, which statement has the most effect on you? “I love you” or “I want you”?

Personally, in most books I’d have to say “I want you” is more emotion-provoking to read (since declarations of love and want are likely to inspire different emotions in the reader, let’s stick with non-specifics there!). For me, that’s mainly because “I love you” is so overused that unless the situation is very specific, it’s almost clichéd.

That’s not to say love has no place in erotic romance – but you can have romance pre-love, and you can also have characters who clearly love each other but never say it. It’s also commonly used for platonic types of love between family and friends.

“I want you” is a clear statement of raw desire, and it’s very, very direct. If a character tells the object of their affections that they want them, it’s pretty damn clear (in 99% of scenes) what they mean. Having one character admit that to another just gives me tingles. 😉

Here’s a little snippet from Battle of Thrills (where the characters are playing a mental game with each other – ‘Tease, tempt, tremble… but don’t touch’):

She gave a soft sigh in response, a whispered moan, retreating a few inches and giving them both room to breathe. His self-control began to slip at the sound, and he turned back to the window, watching the rain bounce off the pavement outside.

“I want you…” He wasn’t sure how he heard her whisper over the cacophony of the storm, but he did, and his resolve weakened still further at the directness of her phrasing.

Struggling to hold on, he told the window, “Then you know what you have to do.”

“Or what I have to make you do,” she pointed out, her voice sounding closer. She was standing behind him.

“Been trying that for a week.”

“And you think you can hold out a week longer?”

He turned to face her. “Can you?”

She bit her lip, unable to answer. He knew exactly how she felt—every molecule in his body screamed for her to touch him again.

To give himself something to do, he busied himself with her clothes. Her shirt was too fitted for him to strip it from her body without touching her, but her skirt was a simple matter, once he’d located the zip that loosened it enough for gravity to do the rest.

Her thong was black, a sharp contrast to the pale beauty of her skin. He traced the contours of the newly-revealed flesh—curving out from her waist to form her shapely hips, then running down to her upper thighs—with his eyes. And there was the tattoo he’d noticed earlier in the week—a pen and a sword, crossed as if they were locked in combat. Typical Elle.

She fidgeted, seeming all too aware of his hungry gaze, and for a moment he wondered if there was any way to strip off her thong without touching her. Even before he’d finished the thought, he knew he couldn’t, but he was no longer sure if he cared.

He hesitated for one long moment, his obstinacy warring with his need for her.

I want you…

If she hadn’t said it, he might have been able to stay for a while longer, to remain in her presence long enough to make her give in to him. But she had, and the only way to stay in the game was to get out of there, right then.

He picked up his discarded shirt and shrugged it on, giving her one more appreciative look. His eyes lingered for as long as he could stand to look, then he stepped back. “Goodnight, Elle.”

Her face was a mirror of what he felt—a mixture of disappointment at his decision and relief their intriguing battle of wills remained intact. “Night, Jared…”

He scooped up his keys from the table and left before he could change his mind, moving from the warmth and character of her apartment to the cool, impersonal hallway outside. Instead of waiting for the elevator, which would give his resolve too much time to deteriorate, he took the stairs and headed out into the storm, buttoning his shirt on the way.

His cell phone rang the second he unlocked the car, and he stared from the display bearing Elle’s name up to her window. The curtains were drawn, but one of them twitched as he answered the call, and he knew she could see him. “Yeah?”

“You forgot your wallet,” she said, so innocently that he just knew she’d moved it from its resting place by his keys. “Lucky I noticed before you got home, huh?”

Hot, Rich and Dominant 4 – Making a Scene… Out NOW!

HotRichAndDominant4It’s been a loooooong time coming – believe me, I know! But I’m hoping it was worth the wait. Making a Scene is now available on Smashwords and All Romance eBooks in .mobi (for Kindle), .epub (for Nook and most other e-readers) and .pdf (best for online reading). EDIT: It’s now also up on iTunes, Amazon US, Amazon UK, Barnes & Noble and Kobo.

Here’s the blurb to whet your appetite!

Figuring him out…

Returning to work after her erotic fairytale weekend of opulence and submission seems frustratingly mundane to Nell West, but she’s hopeful about her newfound submissive relationship with the CEO’s gorgeous son, Marc Cassidy. It seems that Marc can’t get enough of her, either, but after a private moment in his office is interrupted by his hot-tempered father, she hardly sees him for a week. When he discusses his father with her, Marc—usually so Dominant—almost seems afraid. What’s going on behind the scenes in the Cassidy family?

Pushing her boundaries…

After their long week of separation, Marc tells Nell that he wants to try a more intense scene with her. Despite her insecurities about the mysterious blonde woman who keeps showing up around him, Nell agrees to the strict guidelines her Dom sets for the evening. But can she endure all he’s asking of her, physically and mentally, when she has so many unanswered questions?

Release Date Set: Hot, Rich and Dominant 4

I can now confidently say that I’ll be releasing Hot, Rich and Dominant 4: Making a Scene at the end of this month – that is to say, by 30th June 2013 at the very latest.

It will now be the fourth book of five (Marc’s mysterious issues became unexpectedly darker than expected in this instalment!) but I’m now determined to continue writing in order to get the fifth and final part out by the end of July, a month after the June release date for part four. Since I now have far more time to devote to writing, due to changes in my working life, I’m absolutely certain I can pull this off.

Thank you for your continued nudges and enthusiasm – without them, I wouldn’t have gotten this far. 🙂

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An Apologetic Update – Hot, Rich and Dominant 4

HotRichAndDominant4Hi everyone,

I was hoping to have gotten Hot, Rich and Dominant 4 out to you by now, but unfortunately a combination of ill health, my day job and a persistently noisy neighbour have kept me from getting much writing done. After several nudges by different people (and thank you, ALL of you – I feel treasured!) I thought I should make an official post explaining the delay.

At the moment, Nell is mid-funishment (fun punishment, of course) in Marc’s office, waiting impatiently for an orgasm. I know exactly what’s going to happen next, and for the entire rest of the book, and next week I’m going to be writing every day, because I will have cleared this project I’m working on.

The cover is made, the editing doesn’t take long, and it only takes an hour or so to make sure everything’s put together and uploaded. As soon as I have it done, you’ll know.

I really appreciate your patience, especially after the horrible delay between parts two and three. I promise it will NOT be anywhere near that long – no more than two weeks. In the meantime, feel free to let me know what you liked and didn’t like about the first three books – it really helps with a) my motivation and b) improving my work!

Hot, Rich and Dominant 3 – Collars and Dollars… Out Now!

It’s finally here! I’m so excited… and exhausted. 😀 You can grab Hot, Rich and Dominant 3 – Collars and Dollars at Kobo, Amazon US, Amazon UK, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords and All Romance eBooks now. Links to Barnes & Noble and iTunes will be here soon, I hope! Check the product page for the latest.

Hot, Rich and Dominant 3 CollarsThe morning after…

Nell has spent a decadent night in Marc Cassidy’s private dungeon, and waking up with him is just as provocatively sensual. As she adjusts to the idea of being submissive during scenes and herself with him the rest of the time, she meets the other occupants of his mansion and enjoys the relaxed atmosphere around her.

Undercurrents of tension…

When the morning’s domesticity is interrupted by a phone call from Marc’s father, their plans for the evening are changed. Nell will accompany Marc to a movie awards ceremony, and she’ll need to dress the part in as much expensive finery as she wants. Nell might be getting used to the power dynamics of the D/s lifestyle, but she finds herself wondering if being showered with exquisite dresses and jewellery is more than she can handle, especially since there seem to be facets of Marc’s mood she can’t figure out. Is she expecting too much emotional commitment, too fast, or is her handsome Dom hiding something?

Cover Squee – Hot, Rich and Dominant 3 & 4

Not one, but TWO covers today! 😀

As posted before, the fourth book will become ‘Making a Scene’, which means the title of the third book is now ‘Collars and Dollars’ – it took me ages to come up with, but I couldn’t resist the rhyme. *grin* Check out the pretties below! (And yes, I’ve got a limited number of pics with these lovely models, so unfortunately some of the cover images are going to come up more than once… but cropped differently each time, at least. 😉 It could be worse!)

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The release date for the third book, I’ve decided, will be 26th January. Watch this space!