Thursday, February 26, 2015

Cold Nights, Hot Reads Blog Hop

Thanks for joining me at the Cold Nights, Hot Reads blog hop. There are two contests to enter - mine and the hop-wide giveaway. Good luck!

Cold enough for you? It is for me, I've had enough of winter. Last week the kidlet missed an entire week of school because of the weather, and our backyard gleamed like a skating rink. We could have skated, too. We had no powder, it was slick all the way.

So, how about some hot reads to keep away the cool? Love is Bliss is on sale for 99 cents (ARe / AMZ / BN) in eBook - two novellas in the Bliss universe. Here's a preview:

SHEER BLISS


Living in Bliss, New Jersey has it perks, unless you're a shifter looking for love or a human looking for peace and quiet. Not only does Calla Savitch, owner of Shear Bliss salon, have to deal with warring panthers and werewolves with overlapping appointments, she's fed up with their constant matchmaking attempts. The last thing she wants especially is a hook-up with the one shifter who broke her heart years ago. Handsome were-panther Caleb Houlihan still nurses the guilt of Calla's heartbreak, but when presented with a second chance to woo her he is reluctant. Calla may forgive his youthful indiscretions, but when she discovers his aunt's true motive for wanting them together, will she send him packing?

PURE BLISS

Betrothed for years to Malcolm Weaver, Trisha Houlihan has grown tired of archaic panther shifters ways and wants to live on her own terms. A chance meeting with a hot stranger serves to spark her rebellion, but backfires when she discovers she's fooling around with her intended. Malcolm isn't keen on old traditions, either, but there's something about Trisha that inspires him to make an exception. Trisha is certainly exceptional, unlike other she-panthers, and he is convinced they were meant to be, regardless of the circumstances that brought them together. Trisha wants to resist, but her growing attraction to Malcolm proves problematic. Can these two find a balance between tradition and passion and create a happily ever after?

On this stretch of the Jersey Shore, it's a different "situation"!

My most recent work is in the Sexy To Go, Volume 2 collection. An Arresting Development is an MM short with a geek hero and a man in uniform:

“I am related to an award-winning actor. I have bungee-jumped off the New River Gorge Bridge. I blew a cop to get out of a speeding ticket.”
On hearing the last one, Wynton Keynes choked on his beer. Droplets of foam sizzled down his lip and rolled over his chin to the general delight of his friends. He reached for a napkin, thinking that everybody else at the party expected Diane’s friend to speak so frankly during this round of “Two Lies and a Truth.”
Mitch Lowry canted his head to one side and grinned at him. “Speaking of white stuff dripping from a man’s chin…is that your final answer?”
Wyn glared at him, but only for a moment as he shifted his concentration. He had on a new Polo shirt and didn’t want it ruined on the first wear.
“Caught you by surprise, guy?” Mitch needled him. “You don’t think I look the part to seduce a cop?”
“My name is Wyn, not Guy. I don’t judge books by covers, either.” Wyn balled the red tissue square in his fist. Mitch’s choice of words bothered him, as though he assumed things merely on sight. Wyn was gay, after all, and on the outset looked like any man. Not to say that gay men looked different. No hip-swaying, finger-snapping caricature here, but he didn’t think less of anybody who acted with flamboyance.
Diane’s friend, by comparison, rocked an athletic frame that drew appreciative glances from every woman at the party. A few men, too, but Wyn suspected some of his straight male friends wanted to look like Mitch in their own pants rather than get into his, and therefore studied him for inspiration.
Such tight jeans, too. One couldn’t see it now, for how Mitch lounged on the carpet with his back against the couch, but Wyn called up the image of Mitch’s firm ass molded in denim. He couldn’t deny wanting to bury his face between two such globes. Memories of his last romp in the hay fuzzed in his head. A former boyfriend he refused to name, even to himself, for fear he’d materialized like Beetlejuice and cause havoc.
The teasing aside, this Mitch seemed nice. Diane had squired the man around the living room and kitchen like a prize pet, though Wyn didn’t mistake how he shied from her touch when she got clingy. The two were neighbors, and that’s all Wyn got from his friend about him. He didn’t press for more information after the ferocity in her gaze stunned him back to the snack table.
“Which is it, then? What’s the truth?” Diane spoke now. Apparently everybody at the party wanted his guess. They stared down Wyn with eager expressions.


Hope you'll pick up both titles today. Good luck with the contests below!

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7 comments:

Susan Clement said...

One clicked that Love is Bliss last Sept. loved it! Thanks!

Laurel Lasky said...

Ain't love awesome? lol

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Rebecca Ray said...

Great excerpt, I have not read these but now I will! Thanks for the great hop and have a great night! Rebeccaray72@windstream.net

Sebella Blue said...

I really want to become acquainted with the Bliss shifters. They sound yummy.

blueshedevil32 (at) gmail (dot) com

Christina said...

Sound like yummy reads! :D

redbootywoman2014 at gmail dot com

Leigh said...

Thanks for commenting, everybody. Elf is the winner and will be contacted. :)

E.L. F. said...

Thanks so much for the prize, I am looking forward to reading one of your delicious titles!