Shades of Surrender Cover Reveal and #Giveaway

Check out the beautiful cover for the boxed set I’m going to be in starting next week! Fifty by Fifty: Shades of Surrender is full of dominant billionaires and the women lucky enough to tangle with them–including several BBWs. Check out an excerpt of my contribution, The Billionaire’s Runaway Curves, below the covers and then make sure to scroll down and enter our giveaway!

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Excerpt from The Billionaire’s Runaway Curves:

At the end of her work day, Ellie left through one of the back doors of the hotel to walk to the nearby day care and pick up Riley before heading home. She hadn’t taken more than a few steps outside when she saw movement out of the corner of her eye and someone cleared their throat.

“Ellie.”

She swung toward the man who had come up beside her—the man who had haunted her fantasies for nearly nine years. A cold ball of lead formed in her stomach and she couldn’t think of anything to say.

He looked as good as ever–tall, dark and expensively handsome. His dark hair was neatly cut, his blue eyes framed by just a couple of new laugh lines. His full lips were pressed hard together.

Theo put his glove-covered hand on her cheek. “God, Ellie, where’ve you been all these years?” Before she could move, he swooped down and pressed his lips against hers.

Desire unfurled inside her. She curled her hands around his strong upper arms. Before she could do something foolish like pull him closer, she pushed him away. “No.”

Theo’s jaw tightened. “I’ve missed you.”

She still didn’t know what to say to him. She started down the path. “I don’t have time to talk.”

As soon as he started following her, she knew she couldn’t go to the day care right now. She had to get rid of him first. So she stopped and let him catch up to her.

“Still running away?” he said. “I saw you in the lobby. What on earth did I ever do to you to make you run from me like that?”

“It isn’t like that.”

“Then what’s it like?” When she didn’t answer right away, he said, “Why’d you leave, Ellie? I thought we had something good and then all of a sudden you’d disappeared. Do you have any idea how long I looked for you?”

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Fifty By Fifty: Fifty Novels by Fifty Bestselling Authors in four big boxed sets – you’ve read the others, now don’t miss the climax!

Dominant and uncompromising, these alpha males expect a lot from their women. Will they get the surrender they’re looking for?

Join us for thirteen smoldering tales of alpha billionaires and the curvaceous, delicious women they love.

The Billionaire’s Student by Savannah Reardon
Katie’s parents die unexpectedly, making her desperate for a way to pay for college. Billionaire Jace Weatherton is the answer, but in return, takes Katie on a wild ride of lust, submission, and love.

The Interview by Abby Weeks
A young secretary at a large financial institutions receives instructions to meet the enigmatic, billionaire CEO in his private office.
She has no idea what to expect.

Playing Games by Liliana Rhodes
Curvy Cassie Monroe moves to Canyon Cove with only one thing in mind–finding a job. But after a close encounter with her sexy billionaire boss, she’s finds more than she bargained for.

Hunting for Curves by Julianne Reyer
A shy curvy girl. A billionaire CEO, plus his longtime male lover. A smoking hot proposition. Will a steamy threesome end in disaster, or can she prove to the two men that one night is never enough?

Safeword: Matte by Candace Belvins
Matte, pronounced mah-tay, is Japanese for stop, and is used in some martial arts to end a fight. Sam enjoys various fighting disciplines and is a sexual submissive. What better safeword than matte?

The Greek Billionaire and I by Marian Tee
Too proud to let Greek billionaire Mykolas know she’s in love with him, schoolteacher Velvet ends up accepting his offer for a marriage of convenience. At least this way, he’d still be hers.

Corrupt Practices by Penelope L’Amoreaux
Mariel’s new political internship is off to a rough start. In over her head and caught in political intrigue, she looks to her boss’s hard discipline for guidance.

The Billionaire’s Runaway Curves by Danielle Duncan
Ellie ran from Theo when she found out she was pregnant with their child. Now he’s found her and that old spark’s stronger than ever. But what will Theo do when he finds out Ellie hid his daughter?

His Weakness by E.K. Sabins
After the death of her parents, Ellie is in need of a husband and thrust into the opulent world of Boston’s elite. Will she find love with a handsome scion, or will she be his weakness?

Don’t Fall by Candy Quinn
The internship of her dreams leaves Amy’s head spinning, but when her boss takes her out to dinner, and she learns more about his hidden life, she’s drawn into a world she never knew existed.

The Politician and the Girl from the Coffee Shop by Terry Towers
Jessie knows better than to date her customers, but for the charismatic Senator Morrow she’s tempted. Could Washington’s most eligible bachelor be interested in the shy girl from the coffee shop?

Billionaires in Disguise: Rae by Blair Babylon
Rae has three weeks of college freedom before she goes home to her fundamentalist family, so she shoves The Blond Hottie up against a wall in dark bedroom, and all Hell breaks loose.

Anything He Requires by Michelle Fox
Animal trainer Jessica Kingston thinks it’s just another job when wealthy Jacob Daniels hires her to train his willful puppy, but the way he crushes her lips when they kiss says otherwise.

How Do I Love Them? Let Me Count the Book Boyfriends… Romantic Rendevous H0p

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So, apparently I need to pick just one favorite book boyfriend? And I have no idea how to do that. How can I choose when there are so many awesome book-men out there?

So, since I can’t decide, I’ll just tell you about one of the awesome book boyfriends I “dated” recently. 🙂 Zack Todd is Sheriff of the Three Sisters Island (a place I would totally love to live…if it existed, which I don’t think it does) and a sweet, charming, understanding, strong hero type of guy. (Yes, I love him. Who wouldn’t?) His job is fairly slow but when needed to, he can protect his neighbors and save damsels in distress. And you should see what he does in his off hours!

Zack is the hero from Dance Upon the Air by Nora Roberts. 🙂

Which book boyfriends do you love?

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Excerpt from The Billionaire’s Curvy Guide:

He didn’t answer for a long time. When she looked up, she found his gaze trained on her. “The stuff you gave me yesterday said you do guided tours. Personally.”

Damn it. Yes, she had been designated the guided tour girl. She loved the country around here and enjoyed showing it off to guests, no matter the season. Except him. Walking through the forest alone with him seemed like a very bad idea. “It’s a little cold for–”

“The brochure said all four seasons. Talked about how beautiful the mountains could be in the winter. I’m available this afternoon.”

Inwardly, she groaned.

“This is me being persuasive,” he said.

“No, this is you being hard to avoid.”

“Same difference. The more time you spend with me, the harder it will be to resist me. At least that’s my hope.”

His hope? Seeing this first chink in his armor, a little bit of doubt, somehow made him that much more attractive. Damn it.

Zoe pulled her calendar up on her computer. “I could do two to three.”

“I’ll take it. Although that’s a little short. Maybe we can do a second tour tomorrow for two to three hours.”

Heaven help her. “I’m not sure I can manage two whole hours tomorrow.”

“Three. Three hours.” He grabbed the edge of her laptop and pulled it toward him. “Let me take a look at your calendar and I’ll see how to fit it in.”

She yanked her computer toward her. “I can check my own calendar, thanks.”

A smile danced around his lips. “The more you fight this, the more I can see I’m getting under your skin.”

Like a bur. She didn’t say that, though. He was a guest. She had to keep reminding herself that or she’d say something totally out of line and then she’d regret it. “I’m just protective about my laptop. Most people are.”

“Ri-ight.”

He wasn’t going to give up on the tour. She knew it. She looked over her calendar. “The day after tomorrow I could do two hours together at lunchtime. But it’d be pretty hard to hike over lunch…”

“I’ll get them to make us a picnic.”

She’d totally walked into that one. “It’s a little cold for a picnic.”

“Surely you can think of some cabin or shack or something where we can sit down for a few minutes and eat?”

She could, but she didn’t want to. The two of them, alone in an enclosed space? Recipe for disaster. “I’ll think about it.” Yeah, she’d think about how to avoid it at all costs. “Eating while on the move might work better. We’ll get cold quickly if we stop.”

“I imagine we can find ways to keep warm.”

“Mr. Marks!”

“Bastian.”

Damn it. Why couldn’t she keep control of the situation with him?

“Bastian. Say it, Zoe.”

She added the two guided tours to her calendar. “Besides the lift tickets and the tours, was there anything else you needed?”

“Yes.” His voice sounded like a low growl.

She couldn’t help but look up at him and immediately wished she hadn’t. His gaze bored right through her.

“I want you to say my name.”

Zoe sucked in her breath. Was this some kind of game? Or maybe a test? And how could she back out of this without playing?

She’d just have to ignore him. “Do you expect to ski every day? I can arrange a week-long pass for you.”

“Ignoring me isn’t going to work.”

“It’s working so far,” she said under her breath.

“Think again.”

“Week-long pass–yes? No?”

He waited several long seconds and then said, “Yes.”

“Good.” She typed up the order as quickly as she could. “Anything else?”

“I still need to know your favorite restaurant in town.”

“You never give up.”

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Dangerous Protector by Milly Taiden
A Prowl On The Wild Side by Erika Masten
Bear Biker Love by Harper Ashe
Bear The Heat by Catherine Vale
Heartbitten by Aubrey Rose
Distracting the Billionaire’s Son by Jordan Bell
The Billionaire’s Curvy Guide by Danielle Duncan
Soldier by Liliana Rhodes
Something True by Malia Mallory
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Jade by Olivia Rigal
Kings of Asphalt by Alexx Andria
Operation: Burlesque by Michelle Fox
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Cover Side ViewHot alpha males come in all flavors, from fierce shifters and swaggering rockstars to bad boy bikers and seductive billionaires, men of action and passion. In this collection of standalone BBW romance novels and novellas by the writers of the wildly popular Curvy Girl Romance group, the hunky heroes all have one thing in common: these alphas prefer curves.

Dangerous Protector by Milly Taiden
Cynthia Vega had a good reason to leave James Brock, the only man she loved, after accepting his marriage proposal. Now she’s back. And he’s not willing to ignore their chemistry or the past.

A Prowl On The Wild Side by Erika Masten
Curvy girl Vanessa is haunted by nightmares, dreams of being an animal, and sleepwalks naked. What’s she doing losing her heart to a 6’4” Nordic Adonis with fangs and fur? That’s just crazy.

Bear Biker Love by Harper Ashe
He’s a sexy, leather-wearing Alpha bear who needs to find his mate. She’s a curvy, brunette BBW who believes in fate. Will they take a romantic ride with destiny?

Bear The Heat by Catherine Vale
Rescuing Sonya from a fire is only the beginning. It’s instant chemistry, a passion that burns as bright as the very fires that threaten to consume them.

Heartbitten by Aubrey Rose
When a snarky billionaire vampire meets a curvy grad student, he loses his heart and finds true love.

Distracting the Billionaire’s Son by Jordan Bell
Curvy girl Jessica discovers a distraction in Jonah that could help them both forget the troubles that soon threaten to destroy what fragile pleasure they’ve found in each other.

The Billionaire’s Curvy Guide by Danielle Duncan
When Zoe and Bastian meet, it’s magnetic. But Zoe doesn’t want to risk her job and Bastian won’t back down. Only one of them can win this battle of wills–but what will the loser really lose?

Soldier by Liliana Rhodes
Hitman, killer, Dante Gambino, that’s who I am, but none of it mattered until I met Gia. I will protect her and keep her safe, but doing so will push her away forever. I must kill her brother.

Something True by Malia Mallory
Rocker Liam Smith’s in trouble-again. A charity founded to entertain hospitalized kids seems ideal for his community service, and the director Shelley Taylor is as curvy as his favorite guitar.

CoverHeart Racer by Marian Tee
Greek billionaire biker Leandro Christopoulos wants snarky Roberta as his fake girlfriend, and he’s willing to lie about loving her to make it happen.

Jade by Olivia Rigal
For a young genius like Jade few things are a challenge except maybe a bowl of ice cream or a normal conversation with a guy. Until Oliver shows her curves are meant to be rocked.

Kings of Asphalt by Alexx Andria
Curvy reporter Zoe Delacourte wants MC leaders Jax Traeger and Hunter Ericksen. Some might call them bad men but Zoe doesn’t care! She wants the bad boys in her bed!

Operation: Burlesque by Michelle Fox
When Ruby Palmer signs on to work as a seamstress for the steamy Cirque D’Amour, the spotlight won’t take no for an answer, and neither will the circus’ handsome, enigmatic magician, Blake Cannon.

KANE by Eliza Gayle
Kane Gunn has a kill order to fill and when he catches the curvy woman who’s become his obsession he is consumed by a desire that overwhelms everything, including his quest for justice.

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Excerpt from The Billionaire’s Curvy Guide:

He didn’t answer for a long time. When she looked up, she found his gaze trained on her. “The stuff you gave me yesterday said you do guided tours. Personally.”

Damn it. Yes, she had been designated the guided tour girl. She loved the country around here and enjoyed showing it off to guests, no matter the season. Except him. Walking through the forest alone with him seemed like a very bad idea. “It’s a little cold for–”

“The brochure said all four seasons. Talked about how beautiful the mountains could be in the winter. I’m available this afternoon.”

Inwardly, she groaned.

“This is me being persuasive,” he said.

“No, this is you being hard to avoid.”

“Same difference. The more time you spend with me, the harder it will be to resist me. At least that’s my hope.”

His hope? Seeing this first chink in his armor, a little bit of doubt, somehow made him that much more attractive. Damn it.

Zoe pulled her calendar up on her computer. “I could do two to three.”

“I’ll take it. Although that’s a little short. Maybe we can do a second tour tomorrow for two to three hours.”

Heaven help her. “I’m not sure I can manage two whole hours tomorrow.”

“Three. Three hours.” He grabbed the edge of her laptop and pulled it toward him. “Let me take a look at your calendar and I’ll see how to fit it in.”

She yanked her computer toward her. “I can check my own calendar, thanks.”

A smile danced around his lips. “The more you fight this, the more I can see I’m getting under your skin.”

Like a bur. She didn’t say that, though. He was a guest. She had to keep reminding herself that or she’d say something totally out of line and then she’d regret it. “I’m just protective about my laptop. Most people are.”

“Ri-ight.”

He wasn’t going to give up on the tour. She knew it. She looked over her calendar. “The day after tomorrow I could do two hours together at lunchtime. But it’d be pretty hard to hike over lunch…”

“I’ll get them to make us a picnic.”

She’d totally walked into that one. “It’s a little cold for a picnic.”

“Surely you can think of some cabin or shack or something where we can sit down for a few minutes and eat?”

She could, but she didn’t want to. The two of them, alone in an enclosed space? Recipe for disaster. “I’ll think about it.” Yeah, she’d think about how to avoid it at all costs. “Eating while on the move might work better. We’ll get cold quickly if we stop.”

“I imagine we can find ways to keep warm.”

“Mr. Marks!”

“Bastian.”

Damn it. Why couldn’t she keep control of the situation with him?

“Bastian. Say it, Zoe.”

She added the two guided tours to her calendar. “Besides the lift tickets and the tours, was there anything else you needed?”

“Yes.” His voice sounded like a low growl.

She couldn’t help but look up at him and immediately wished she hadn’t. His gaze bored right through her.

“I want you to say my name.”

Zoe sucked in her breath. Was this some kind of game? Or maybe a test? And how could she back out of this without playing?

She’d just have to ignore him. “Do you expect to ski every day? I can arrange a week-long pass for you.”

“Ignoring me isn’t going to work.”

“It’s working so far,” she said under her breath.

“Think again.”

“Week-long pass–yes? No?”

He waited several long seconds and then said, “Yes.”

“Good.” She typed up the order as quickly as she could. “Anything else?”

“I still need to know your favorite restaurant in town.”

“You never give up.”

Fun Books and #Giveaway – Fright Night Blog H0p

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As October arrived this year, I actually had a little more time than usual (that *never* happens) so I decided to spend it doing one of the things I love most–reading. I also happen to love doing reading challenges, like the ones on GoodReads. If you’re not sure what I’m talking about, you can check out the ones I’m currently doing (hopefully you can see these threads without being members of the groups, if you’re not):

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This explanation is a long way to get to saying that I’m reading some Halloween (and related) themed books right now (for the challenges).

First, I read Halloween Heat VI, an anthology which includes Mina Carter. I’ve read and enjoyed several of her books and the story she had in this anthology was equally good. I also enjoyed the other stories and found some new writers to check out.

Second, I’m currently reading Wickedest Witch by Eve Langlais, a fun romp about a cranky, curvy witch and a werewolf who totally adores her (and won’t take any of her guff). Excellent book. (Although as I was writing this, I realized the book doesn’t take place at Halloween so it’s not Halloween themed, even if the cover does kind of look like it.)

Have you read any Halloween themed books this year or in the past? Any of them you’d like to recommend?
 
 
In December, I’ll have an all-new BBW billionaire romantic suspense novella in an anthology of BBW romances put together by the Curvy Girls Romance Facebook group. If you’d like to find out the details when the anthology is closer to release, just sign up for my newsletter. As a bonus, signing up will also qualify you for five entries into my hop giveaway! (Just make sure to check that spot in the rafflecopter.)
 
 
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ExciteSteam Back to #Romance #99cent Sale & #Giveaway

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It’s back to school, so why not also make it ‘back to romance?’ As the days get shorter and the weather turns cold, snuggle up with some hot tea and read a good book. And to help you out, I’ve joined up with the authors below for a special 99 cent sale! Even better, we’ve got a giveaway going too (at the bottom of this post).

Please check the prices before you click “buy” as prices can change without notice.

Enjoy!

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Fall Fest–Download Lots of #Books and Enter #Giveaway

In the Fall Freebie Fest, you can get thirteen different books FREE! See below for the books and the links to the stores where they’re available. Plus, we’re giving away great prizes in our Fall Fest giveaway. Enter here: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/e05c901529/

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The Reluctant Billionaire

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From USA Today Bestselling Author Danielle Duncan…

When BBW Sophie begins her new job as chef in William Blackwell’s mansion, she wants a new start. Her last job led to a romance with her billionaire boss which ended in heartbreak. This time, she swears she’ll stay away from workplace romance…a vow that’s put to the test when she meets the enigmatic Rhys, one of the mansion’s gardeners.

William “Rhys” Blackwell might be a billionaire, but he still loves digging in his gardens. When he meets Sophie he feels instantly attracted to her. But Sophie says she doesn’t want to date anyone from the mansion, and Rhys knows that goes double for him, so he keeps his identity quiet. Maybe if she gets to know him first, she’ll change her mind.

In the midst of the growing attraction between Sophie and Rhys, they have other problems to deal with, too…a lawsuit, a billionaire ex-lover and more. In the end, there’s just one question: what are they willing to risk for a chance at love?

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The Reluctant Billionaire Excerpt

“What did he do to you to make it too painful to see him?” Rhys said.

Her eyes filled with tears. “I don’t want to talk about it.”

She’d made it to the opening in the treehouse floor when Rhys grabbed her arm.

“Tell me. Please. Because right now I’m imagining awful things.”

The truth was pretty bad, although who knew what he was thinking. She didn’t want to talk about it though.

“Please,” Rhys said.

Sophie gazed at the tree, trying to forget that Rhys was behind her. “He told me he loved me, and that we’d get married. I was a fool, and I believed him, so when we slept together I didn’t always make him use protection.” Make that never. She’d never insisted. She’d been stupid blind with love for him. “When I got pregnant, he gave me a stack of bills so I could get an abortion.”

She paused. “I told him I didn’t want an abortion and that I didn’t see the point, since we were going to get married. That’s when he laughed at me and told me it had all been a lie to get me into bed.” She’d been so gullible. What had made her think a rich, good-looking man would marry a round-in-the-middle cook?

Rhys squeezed her arm, just a little. “And the baby?”

“Miscarriage.” She spat the word out, trying not to think about what it meant. “I’m sure he was happy. Took me a while to get myself together again. Then I found this job, and here I am.”

Rhys put his arms around her from behind and hugged her. “That’s terrible.”

She put her hand on one of the arms around her. She’d gotten plenty of hugs from her family when she’d lost the baby. Somehow, this felt different. Maybe because Stanford hadn’t once consoled her. And now this man who hadn’t even known her then was giving her what she’d needed all along.

Sophie leaned her head back and rested it against his chest. “It’s over. But sometimes I still think about my little baby. I wonder if it would’ve been a boy or a girl, and what it might have grown up to do. And I wonder if I would have lost it if he’d kept his promises.” She’d never know. But she’d always wondered if the stress of losing him had somehow hurt the baby.

Rhys squeezed her tighter. They sat like that for a while. Then he loosened his arms and said, “Let’s get back.” He helped her find the wooden slats so she didn’t fall climbing out of the tree house. When they’d both reached the ground, he put his hand on her back and steered her down the path.

“Isn’t this away from the house?”

“We’re taking another route. There’s something I want to show you.”

They wound through the wooded area and emerged into the sun. More gardens and wild patches ranged for as far as she could see. “This is all Mr. Blackwell’s?”

“It is.”

“He must love the outdoors.”

Rhys didn’t say anything, just guided her down another path through shrubs and flower beds bursting with reds and pinks and purples. They seemed to be edging back toward the house, though she couldn’t see it through the trees.

“Here we are,” Rhys said.

They stepped into a small clearing still wild with clover and pretty little wild flowers scattered through the grass. As they stepped closer, she could see the ring of stones and the unhurried flight of ten…no, twenty, maybe even thirty…different butterflies.

“It’s beautiful,” she said.

“I built it thinking someday my kids could come here and play. These flowers are designed to attract butterflies, and we’ve done other things as well to make this a sort of butterfly refuge.”

She took a few steps closer. Butterflies flew all around her.

“I would think, wherever your little baby went, it might be something like this.”

Sophie blinked back tears. She’d often wondered about where her child had gone. “Thank you.”

Rhys put his arms around her again and kissed the top of her head. They stood like that for a while and eventually, a butterfly landed on one of Rhys’ arms. It flapped its wings lazily not far from Sophie’s face.

She’d never been anyplace that felt so peaceful. This is exactly where she’d have wanted her child to have gone.

Sophie rubbed her cheek against Rhys’ arm. “Thank you,” she said again.

Quietly, without talking about it, they disentangled themselves and left the butterflies. Rhys took her down a different path that led back into the forest.

“You can go there anytime,” he said at length.

“I think I will.”

He walked her all the way to the kitchen door before wandering back into the garden. She still thought she needed to avoid a relationship with him. But was she making a big mistake in pushing him away?

Amazing Covers – Covergasm Blog H0p!

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Yep. This one is ALL about the covers. The ones that just make you gasp and go..oh my, I NEED this book. Now! Those that are truly…covergasm-worthy. Stop by each blog to check out their favorites! There will be a giveaway at each stop plus a grand prize giveaway of an Amazon Gift Card! Happy Hopping!

Do you have a favorite cover? Or maybe you like one of the ones I posted? Let us know in the comments!

 

At the Mercy of the QueenBy adding a comment, you can not only enter the grand prize drawing, but also enter my giveaway below for a chance to win one of two $5 gift cards to your choice of Amazon or Barnes & Noble. Just login to the rafflecopter app after making your comment and check that off. Then take a look at the other options for additional entries into the giveaway. And good luck!

 

 

DreamspellWhen it comes to art–including covers–I’m drawn to things that are pretty, beautiful, haunting. It’s about the colors, about the gorgeous dresses, about the sweeping vistas in the background. When it comes to the art in my home, I love just about anything with water in it–lighthouses, sailboats, lakes, oceans–and you can see some of that in some of these covers, too.

 

 

Forsaken DreamsBut I think in the end what really gets me is the emotional feel of the cover, and I love the dreamy, yesteryear feel of the covers I’ve got here. I hope you’re enjoying them too! 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Daughter of Siena

My book The Reluctant Billionaire is currently part of a boxed set of BBW romances called Crazy About Curves. I hope you enjoy this quick excerpt.

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Once Rhys’ entree left the kitchen, Sophie raced to get things cleaned up. She wanted to get out of there before Rhys could find her. She figured she had at least twenty minutes while he ate his dinner and then all bets were off.

His visit that morning had knocked her off-kilter and the feeling had lasted the entire day. She needed to get some time to herself to think about what he’d said and what she wanted and what she needed. She couldn’t do that with him around.

But before she could leave, she had to finish cleaning up after the staff, who’d eaten earlier. And she had to put out cookies for Rhys’ dessert. And make sure everything was ready for the next morning’s breakfast.

The clock ticked down. When she passed the twenty minute mark, she moved even faster. Then she passed the thirty minute mark and she still wasn’t finished. There was so much to do! At thirty-five minutes, she swiped the dishrag across the counter one last time and tossed it in the laundry.

Done.

She headed for the stairway that led to the servant’s quarters but before she could get there, the door from the house opened and Rhys walked through.

His eyebrows rose. “Cookies?”

“On the counter,” she said, backing toward the stairs. “Shouldn’t Raymond be getting those for you?”

He didn’t move. “Thought I’d come get them myself. Going somewhere?”

“Just…” She motioned toward the upper floors. “I’m finished for the night.”

Rhys sauntered toward her. “Good! Then you’re free to go on a walk.”

No, no, no. Her palms suddenly felt damp. This wasn’t the plan. “I have stuff to do.” Washing her hair, rearranging her sock drawer.

“Just a little walk. And we can eat cookies along the way. I’m sure there are plenty. I remember you saying you were making a double batch today.” Rhys grabbed her arm and led her toward the counter and the plate of cookies. “Come on, you’ll like it.” Leaning close, he whispered, “I promise not to bite.”

Why did that send a shiver through her? This was such a bad idea. Yet she let him walk her through the kitchen and out to the garden, with only a short pause while he scooped up the cookies from the plate.

He handed her one. “These are really good. You should try one.” Then he popped one into his mouth whole. Hand free, he placed his palm on the small of her back.

Sophie tried to slow them down. They stood in the open area in the back of the house where less than a week earlier a dance floor had been laid out and three hundred teenagers celebrated Rhys’ niece’s sixteenth birthday. “I really have a lot of things to do this evening. Maybe we could just talk here for a few minutes and then call it a night.”

He finished chewing. “Are you kidding? The garden’s beautiful at night. Plus, over in that corner we have a night garden. I want to show you.”

It wasn’t full dark yet, but it was getting there. With Autumn in full swing, the days would get shorter and shorter until the sun rose and set while she was still working. Tonight, the sun set in a blaze of pinks and purples that hung over the garden, nearly brushing the trees.

His thumb moved against her back. “Come on. You’ll like it. Did you know there are plants that only bloom at night? Amazing.” With a slight pressure, he pushed her into motion. They strolled to the right, away from the copse of trees where his childhood tree house stood, and in the opposite direction from the butterfly garden he’d shown her on their last walk.

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It seemed his love of gardening was real, even if he wasn’t the gardener he’d let her believe. “You work in the garden. Did you plan all this?”

“Every inch. With the help of my gardener, of course. He loves that I give him so much money for the grounds, but I think he hates it that I want to be so hands-on.”

The fading light muted all the colors. While not quite gray on gray, the flowers were nevertheless losing their vibrancy. “I can see his point,” she said. “If you were trying to tell me what to cook all the time, I’d have a fit.”

His hand slid from her back to her waist, pulling her closer. “I’d like to see that.”

“See…?”

“See you pitch a fit. I’ll bet it would be really hot.”

Men. Who understood them? “Sorry to disappoint you, but I’m going to pass on the hissy fit.”

He squeezed her hip. “Too bad.”

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A Summer for love blog hopI don’t know about you, but where I live we had a very long, very cold, very hard winter. So maybe more than ever before, I’m very happy to see spring blooming all around me. I hope we have a long, not-too-hot (in other words, perfect) summer ahead of us!

To me, summer is about only have to wear one layer of clothes, about smelling food grilling when I get home from work, about vacations and mosquitos and ice cream and eating outdoors and green, green everywhere. I’m not much of a gardener (unlike my character Rhys!) but I do love seeing all the colorful flowers and the grass that emerges from underneath the snow and the trees that explode in various shades of green.

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They walked down a path lined with bushes and flowerbeds–petunias and roses and gardenias of all different colors. The path led to a little bridge over a pond, then into a sleepy area with big trees and benches. A fire pit sat in the middle, though no fire was lit tonight.

“Here we are. It’s a great place for night time parties, which is why the fire pit’s here.” He steered her toward one of the benches. “Let’s sit. The flowers won’t bloom quite yet.”

Oh, no. He wanted them to wait here while the flowers bloomed? That could take a long time, couldn’t it? “I really need to get back.”

He pulled her down onto the bench. “Oh, come on. This’ll be worth it.” He slung an arm around the back of the seat so it brushed her shoulders. His thigh lay against hers and his fingers stroked her arm.

Her stomach fluttered. Torture. That’s what this was. She’d wanted some distance so she could figure out what she wanted, and she’d gotten the opposite. No distance; instead, she felt like she was drowning in him. “How’s work?” she stammered.

“It’s fine.” He paused. A long pause. Nearly long enough for her to want to fill the silence. “I’m going to have to go to New York for a while on business.” His fingers continued to rub her arm. “I’d like to call you while I’m gone, if I could.”

She shifted to face him, dislodging his hand. “Rhys. We’re not dating. We can’t. You know that.”

“What I know is that you’re not even giving us a chance. What’s the worst that could happen? The very, very worst?”

She took a breath but didn’t answer.

“I’m serious. Tell me what the worst that could happen is. I’ll go first. We could fall in love and then something horrible could happen and we could be torn apart, never to be together again, and I could be so distraught that I commit hara-kiri. And with my death, my company will fail and all the people who work for me will lose their jobs and one of them will be so upset he’ll invent a death ray that blows up the earth and everyone will die. Well, except for me, because I’ll already be dead.”

She tried to swallow her laughter. “That’s ridiculous.”

“So’s this idea that we can’t date. So go ahead. Your turn.”

She couldn’t do this. “What–you want me to make something up where everyone dies at the end?”

“Or whatever your version of ‘worst thing ever’ is. And then when you see how ridiculous it is, you’ll be able to see this whole thing in perspective.” His arm dropped down the back of the seat to rest around her hips, its warmth surrounding her and causing a riot of excited tingles all through her.

She’d had enough. “Do you always have to do that? Touch me? Don’t you know how hard this is?”

He leaned into her so fast she didn’t even see him move, cupping her face, their foreheads just an inch or two away from each other. “I know exactly how hard this is. Do you? Do you know how bad I want you? Want to touch you, kiss you–hell, just want to be around you?”

She didn’t know what to say. In the second that she hesitated, he leaned forward and pressed his lips against hers. When he pulled back, he didn’t go far. “Just give us a chance, Soph.” Then he kissed her again, softer this time. Their lips parted and his tongue slipped into her mouth, tangling with hers.

She couldn’t force herself to pull away. She should; she knew she should. But it felt so good to be held in his arms, so right, and she wanted to stay there forever and forget the rest of the world existed.

Rhys’ arm tightened around her back, pulling her closer. Twining her arms around his neck, she let him draw her in. With a groan, he dragged her onto his lap, ending with one arm around her waist and the other hand threaded through her hair to hold her in place as their kiss deepened even further.

She forgot…everything. She forgot her reasons for needing to stay away from him. She forgot that she shouldn’t be doing this. She forgot her name. Instead, she pulled him closer and opened to him, ready to give him the world if he’d just keep kissing her like that.

Rhys broke the kiss, pulling back by a hair. When he spoke, his lips were still so close they brushed against hers with every word. “Let’s go back to the house. To my room.” His eyes, so close to hers, were dilated with desire, his breathing ragged.

She could only imagine what he saw when he looked at her. She still couldn’t think straight, but she knew this was her only chance to stop this. But why did she want to? She couldn’t remember.

Rhys’ hand cupped her cheek again. With a groan, he pulled her back into a kiss. She gripped his shoulders to hold on as he plundered her mouth.

But as she held him, she remembered. The last time she’d felt like this, she’d thought it would last forever. And then she’d lost everything, bit by bit…her pride, her job, her child. A thread of fear wormed its way through her gut. What if this was the same? Rhys may not intentionally hurt her, but he lived in a different world. He couldn’t possibly mean this to last forever. So she’d get hurt. Again.

Pushing him away hurt too, but she did it. “We shouldn’t.”

 

 

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Rock your inner big girl!

What do rock stars, a movie star, several billionaires, some alpha wolves, a mercenary and a couple of guys next door have in common? They’re all Crazy about Curves and they are all part of this collection of ten romances, from sweet to scorching, featuring plus-size heroines and the men who crave their lush, curvy bodies. Brought to you by today’s hottest New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Authors and romance’s future stars!

Captive Heart – Adriana Hunter
Alpha Marked #1: Scarlet – Celia Kyle
Curvy, Crazy, and Confused – Ava Catori
The Reluctant Billionaire – Danielle Duncan
Bought by the Billionaire Brothers – Alexx Andria
Bikini Curves – Charlotte Summers
Ripped – Olivia Rigal
Curve Contract – Christa Wick
Something True – Malia Mallory
Laid Bear: The Kodiak Clan – Marina Maddix

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