It’s Nice & Naughty Time

Can you believe it’s almost December?  And now that Black Friday and the U.S. Thanksgiving have passed, it’s officially the holiday season here!  I mean, sure, some stores were rocking the Rudolph decorations back in October, in the aisle next to the trick or treat candy, but for most of us, this is more a ‘holy cow, where’d the year go’ moment, right?  

So you know what this means, right?  The holiday season… Santa’s checking his list.  He’s lining up names into Naughty or Nice.  He’s mulling those hard to place boys and girls, the ones who are basically nice but have a leeeetle naughty streak that sneaks out now and then.  

Since Santa is busy with his list, he won’t be paying a lot of attention to our party here, right?  So if it’s just a leeeetle naughty to have the Cabana Boys dress up in red velvet shorty shorts with white fur trim to serve the hot toddies and spiked cocoa with extra dollops of spiced whipped cream, I’m sure he won’t notice.  And if Sven is using extra butter and rich chocolate in all of the desserts, that’s not really naughty, is it?  If we’re asking everyone to share naughty secrets, it’s not like we’re trying to make our own list of tips and ideas… um, not really.  

It’s just a fun way to celebrate yet another wild Bandita Launch! Nice & Naughty, my latest Blaze, is out now – and it’s hot!  Here’s the blurb…

Christmas scandal is comin’ to town…

He’d better watch out.
Because she’s not at all shy.
She’s looking for a bad boy
And he’s just the guy!

She’s making a list
Because her life needs some spice
And he’s gonna show her
How being naughty is 
nice…

It’s almost Christmas, and fashion-obsessive librarian Jade Carson is stuck. Stuck with her family, stuck in the town of Diablo Glen and stuck in her lousy life. Thensuper hot bad-boy detective Diego Salvador roars into town, looking for a criminal known as “the panty thief.”And Jade decides—right then and there—that the only panties he’ll be touching are hers….

He’s on her list…and she’s checking him out!

And here’s a peek inside…

Jade tilted her head to one side.  The light caught on the row of tiny gold hoops piercing her ear.  “Word on the street is that you’re here because you’ve got a problem with your boss.” 

     God, he hated small towns. 

     “And you shouldn’t give too much weight to rumors,” he added.  “Small towns might thrive on them, but they’re rarely rooted in fact.”

     “So you weren’t sent here as punishment?” she asked, her tone as friendly as her face was curious.  Whether it was a ploy to garner gossip fuel, or whether she was actually interested, Diego couldn’t tell.

     He’d been about to write her off as a sexy nice girl.  Sweet, but not much of a challenge.  Now he wasn’t so sure of anything but the sexy part.  That bothered him.  His gift for reading people was one of the keys behind his success. 

     “I was sent here for two reasons,” he said slowly, measuring just how much to share with the town pipeline.  He might be having trouble getting a gauge on the pixie, but he knew how to finesse information.  “I’m up for a major promotion.  Solving this case is the last step to ensure I get it.”

     Diego had no problem lying to solve a case, but it was always easier to go with the truth if possible. 

     “And the second reason?”

     It only took two steps for Diego to cross the room.  Standing close enough that the scent of her, light and airy, wrapped around him.  For a second he forgot what he was doing.  Forgot why he was there.  Forgot everything except the sudden discovery of just how appealing sweetness could be.   

     Her lashes fluttered, thick and dark, hiding those expressive eyes.  He watched the pulse quiver in her throat, wanting nothing more than to lean closer and press his lips to the soft flesh.  To feel her heart race beneath his tongue. 

     As if reading his mind, she gulped.  Then, like she was trying to make it look casual, she moved over to the armoire, putting breathing distance between then.

 Dammit.

     “You were telling me the second reason you were sent here,” she reminded him breathlessly.

     To find out how many different sounds she could make while he brought her to orgasm?  Diego gave himself a mental head-slap and tried to shake off the sexual fog.

     “The second reason?  Because I’m good,” he promised.  Her eyes widened, fingers clenching the wicker handles of the laundry basket so hard it made a loud snap.  Grinning, Diego nodded.  “I’m damned good.  I close cases, and I put criminals away.  Whoever did this, their ass is mine.”

And there ya go.  Toss in a little intimidation, and he’d be home by the end of the weekend.  Before he did anything stupid, like give in to the need to find out if the pretty little blonde’s naughty side was reserved for her lingerie. 

     “You promise?” she asked, looking around the mess of her bedroom.  “You’ll find out who did this.  And why?”

     Diego didn’t do promises.  Growing up, he’d had too many broken to ever want to cause someone else that kind of disappointment. 

    He looked around the room.  The deputies who’d been called in on the previous burglaries had dusted for prints and come up bust.  Despite the shift in MO from snatch and run to destruction, there was no reason to think this time’d be any different.  This was either a copycat with grudge against Ms. Carson, a totally unconnected case, or all the other thefts had been smoke.  Which meant the green-eyed pixie was the real target. 

     He’d have to work the case as if all three were fact.  But his gut said it was the latter.  He just had to find enough evidence to pull all the pieces together.  And he would.  Because he that’s what he did. 

But the pretty little blonde was looking at him like he had a superhero cape tucked under his leather bomber jacket.  Diego was a good cop.  A damned good one.  But no one had ever considered him a hero.

     It was weird.  And damned appealing. 

     And probably his downfall, since he couldn’t resist leaning closer and reassuring her. 

 

“Babe, I guarantee it.”  

While Sven passes around the tasty treats and delicious drinks, I have to ask… Will you end up on Santa’s nice list, or his naughty list this year?  Or are you one of those who has enough nice to balance out that naughty, so you’re keeping the jolly big elf confused?  I’ll toss all the responses in a cheery red elf hat and choose three to win a digital download of my novella, Sugar and Spice! 

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50 thoughts on “It’s Nice & Naughty Time

  1. 1
    Helen says:

    Is he stating with me ?
    Have Fun
    Helen

  2. 2
    Helen says:

    That should have bee staying with me LOL I have had a busy day and a launch party is just the thing I need. Whoo Hoo Tawny I have this one downloaded onto the e reader ready to read and am really looking forward to it I so love your stories.

    I will pobably be one of the ones that confuses him a little nice a little bit naughty (you can’t be good all the time) and I do love the outfits The Cabana Boys are wearing it is warm here in Oz already. I did love Sugar and Spice as well

    Congrats Tawny
    Have Fun
    Helen

    • 2.1

      Helen, I love Tawny’s books, too. I have Nice & Naughty but haven’t dived in yet.

    • 2.2
      Tawny Weber says:

      AWwww, thanks, Helen!! You’re so sweet, and the little bits of naughtiness just add to that sweetness :-D Thank you for all of the wonderful support – I can’t tell you what that means to me, and to all of us, to have such amazingly fabulous readers!!

      I think the Cabana Boys are probably very grateful for the warm weather your way. Cuz it’s chilling here, bigtime. But hopefully the bird will be helpful after your hectic day!

  3. 3

    Congratulations on the release Tawny! Send some of that hot cocoa my way as my day includes sitting out in the barely freezing temps today to cheer on Ohio State against Michigan (Go Bucks!).

    As to naughty or nice, only Santa knows. Every coin has heads and tails :-) . Which side takes prominence is a secret between him and me – you know? (hehehe)

    Love holiday themed books! I bet this one will fly off the shelves! Have a great one -

    • 3.1

      Donna, I hope your team wins!

    • 3.2
      Tawny Weber says:

      One thermos of very hot, very chocolaty, very spiked cocoa coming your way, Donna. All set for a bleacher sitting day of cheers. Go Bucks!

      LOL on the coin toss. I like that. I always picture Santa there with an intricate set of scales (kinda like Lady Justice), adding a weight on this side for the nice habits and a weight on that side for the naughty incidences.

      I love holiday themed books, too! They are always so fun. Thanks for the shelf-flying hopes. I’m gonna hope that too *g*

  4. 4
    Kaelee says:

    I bought Nice & Naughty yesterday and
    I’m now reading it. It’s got me hooked and I’m going to be naughty and read it rather than doing some chores. I just love the cover ~ Diego is hot and Jade is spicy. I’d love to have her undies collection. I’m going to enjoy reading about Persephone.

    • 4.1

      Hi, Kaelee–I have Nice and Naughty here to read but haven’t dived in yet. But I’d always rather read than do chores. :-)

    • 4.2
      Tawny Weber says:

      Woohooooo – thank you Kaelee. Let me hunt down a Cabana Boy to offer you a nice, relaxing party massage so you can have a little extra reading fun.

      I have to laugh and agree over Jade’s undie collection. I never thought I’d say I covet another woman’s underwear, but man, researching and finding the right bits of lace and silk for this story was inspiring. Not so much for my wallet, though, so I have to just envy her.

      I do hope you enjoy Persephone’s hijinks. She really is based on my own cat, Persephone, who is a total holiday brat who loves to live under the Christmas tree. I have one photo of her up on my website right now, but will have to put more photos up this week of her and the tree :-)

  5. 5
    Dianna aka Hrdwrkdmom says:

    I am probably one of the group that keeps ole Santa confused. It really depends on what day it is as to whether I am naughty or nice. I tend to be nice through the week then get all naughty on the weekends.
    My son doesn’t think it is nice at all when I make him clean his room Saturday morning and run him up and down stairs as I try to get the laundry done. Hunting season is also upon us so I don’t see much of the BF so that is my time to get into the stuff I leave all year, cleaning the closet, donating clothes etc so I keep my young man busy. Nope, mom is not nice on weekends.
    Can’t wait to read Nice & Naughty

    • 5.1

      Dianna, you sound very busy. I hope you get those closets cleaned out in time to relax during the holidays.

    • 5.2
      Tawny Weber says:

      I think us naughty nicers keep Ole St. Nick on his toes. I love that you have your naughty and nice so neatly arranged :-D and LOL on the naughtiness of making the poor kid clean his room. I have a daughter who’d agree with him, although I’m pretty sure she thinks I’m more like a Grinch than anything else when she has to clean. Your weekends sound so busy, though! Methinks you need to take a little time to relax with a good book :-D Your son will thank you *ggg*

  6. 6
    Susan Sey says:

    Good morning, Tawny–
    Naughty and Nice sounds awesome! Can’t wait to give it a read. Maybe if I’m a good girl, Santa will put it in my stocking….

    As for naughty vs. nice, I’m so absolutely utterly boring. All my naughty bits are worked out in fiction–I have no stomach for adventures in real life. In fact, when people who know me read my books they’re often shocked at the language my characters use & the naughtiness they get up to. Like they can’t believe that’s all in my head. But it is. And if that’s what Santa’s going on, I”m not sure what’s going to be in my stocking.

    • 6.1
      Tawny Weber says:

      You are so NOT boring, Susan LOL. Anything but. Although it is fun to read all your naughty bits!! But now you have me wondering – nobody is ever shocked that I wrote what they read in my books… hmmm.

      Santa will have to bring you something very fun and clever for your stocking :-) I think Nice & Naughty qualifies. Well, it’s fun, at least *g*

  7. 7

    Tawny, I’m mostly nice with some naughty thrown in. At the moment, the dog would put me on the naughty list because she’s sitting here staring at me, trying to will me into the kitchen, where her treats are, and I’m resisting.

    • 7.1
      Tawny Weber says:

      Awwww, poor dog :-D I don’t blame her. I want treats, too!!! You do know that resistance is futile, right?

      Mostly nice with a hint of naughty is so fun -and I’ll bet that keeps you on Santa’s nice pressie list.

  8. 8

    Okay, it’s not Nice & Naughty I have here to read. It’s Sugar and Spice. I’m confused, and I’m apparently trying to share that confusion with y’all. Sorry!

  9. 9
    Connie Fischer says:

    Oh my! A panty thief! Now that is deliciously naughty! Looking forward to reading that. By the way, glad to hear there is someone else who’s a bit on the naughty side. I am and proud of it. ;-)

    • 9.1
      Tawny Weber says:

      Wooot!!! Let the Naughty Unite. United Naughtiness… now there’s a slogan :-D

      I hope you do enjoy Nice & Naughty, Connie :-D I had so much fun writing the story -the concept of the panty thief really entertained me, and weaving in the naughty cat was especially fun.

  10. 10
    catslady says:

    Love the title and enjoyed the excerpt. I don’t like extremes of any kind so I would say keep them confused and be some of each lol.

    • 10.1
      Tawny Weber says:

      Oooh, confusion!! That’s good :-) It makes Santa work harder to figure it all out LOL. I’m with you on extremes, for sure. I might lean harder one way or the other, but I never make it all the way to the naughty side. Or, much to my mother’s despair, all the way to the nice side.

      Thanks for the title love and for reading the excerpt. I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

  11. 11

    Wow, Tawny, can’t wait to read this! Sounds like a great read – but then all your books are. I’m all nice – and if you believe that, I’ve got a bridge to sell you! Congratulations on the release of NICE AND NAUGHTY! May you sell a million!!! x

  12. 12
    Minna says:

    I guess I keep the Santa confused, although I don’t think cursing a blue streak is very nice. But then again, the news I’ve been recently reading about the way things seem to be going in my chosen profession (though I don’t work on tv specifically), I think Santa would understand. Where’s Robin Hood when you need him? (Just google translators+exodus+mtv3 and you’ll know what I’m talking about and why I’m mad).

    • 12.1
      Tawny Weber says:

      A confused Santa means we’re having a fun time, right?! Sorry about your recent news, though. I hope all ends well.

      • 12.1.1
        Minna says:

        At the moment it doesn’t seem that way, but at least I intend to complain about every bad translation I see and remind them that if you pay with peanuts you get monkeys. I’ve heard that also BBC (and I thought they were synonymous with quality) and Netflix are using this sweat shop.

  13. 13
    Elvina Hanson says:

    Well, I’d have to say that most people who “think” they know me would say I’m 100% nice…but…in reality I’m a “bad” girl. LOL. I have most people fooled but don’t think I can fool Santa. Just hope there is enough nice in me to get a few goodies this year. ;)

    • 13.1
      Tawny Weber says:

      See, I think it takes a special kind of naughty to fool people into thinking you’re nice :-D Way to go! I’ll bet Santa factors in everyone seeing you as nice when he makes his goodie list – I hope he brings you something fun ;-)

  14. 14
    Donna A says:

    My life is so boring I have to be on the nice list. Not enough chances to be naughty.

    • 14.1
      Tawny Weber says:

      Awwww, I’m going to wish you many naughty opportunities for the new year, Donna :-D

      But the nice list means you’re on tap for all those nice pressies, right?! So that sort of makes up for the lack of readily available naughtiness.

  15. 15
    Pam says:

    I think he’ll find me on his nice list.

  16. 16
    Lori Howe says:

    I seem to be one that people will look at me when I say something a bit risque and say ‘I can’t believe that came out of Your mouth!’ So I can definitely say I have the naughty/nice handled … maybe Santa will stay awhile. I’m looking forward to getting lost in another one of your fun reads. And thanks for your posts on Facebook!

    • 16.1
      Tawny Weber says:

      Lori, thanks so much for coming to visit the Lair!! And for hanging with me on Facebook and reading my books. I really appreciate it :-)

      LOL on the looks on people’s faces. I think it’s even more fun to hear those naughty things from someone who looks so sweet. That’s something that always entertains me with my fab CP, Beth Andrews. She looks adorable and sweet, but pops off with the best snark and naughty comments. I like to think Santa is well entertained by the naughty and nice combo gals!!!

  17. 17
    Fedora says:

    Hi, Tawny! I think it’d be a mix this year–a little bit naughty, a little bit nice ;) Hope you’re having a warm and cheery weekend!

    • 17.1
      Tawny Weber says:

      A little bit of all the good stuff is always a good thing, Fedora :-D I’m so glad you had a good, mixed up year *ggg*.

      I am warm and cheery, mostly because I have my extra thick blanket over my lap and my fuzzy socks on LOL. Otherwise I’d be shivering. Whassup with the cold weather here in N. Cal already???

  18. 18
    Linda says:

    I´m such a nice person, i´m sure i´m on the Nice list. I´d probably have more fun on the Naughty list, but what to do? =)
    Love the blurb and excerpt, Thanks for the giveaway & Happy Sunday!
    //Linda

    • 18.1
      Tawny Weber says:

      :-D I’ll bet you have a guaranteed spot on that nice list, Linda!! And a well deserved one. And hey, even if you don’t hang out on the naughty side, it’s fun to read about, right? I’m so glad you enjoyed the excerpt -and Happy Sunday to you, too!

  19. 19
    Mozette says:

    Welllll… you guys caught me out! I’m nice enough to everyone around me with a little bit of naughty thrown in for good measure. ;)

    Usually, I gotta be in a good flirty mood to let my naughty side out – and sometimes, my naughty side would make poor Santa Claus blush just a little – but I know how to have fun; if that’s what you mean. :P

    • 19.1
      Tawny Weber says:

      Oooh, the flirty naughtiness is the most fun :-D I’m giggling over the idea of making Santa blush – now that would be really naughty fun!!! That general nice with judicious sprinklings of naughty makes life that much more interesting, right?!