Posted by Anna Sugden Sep 1 2014, 12:05 am in Anna Campbell, Anna Sugden, Annie West, Barbara Lohr, Caren Crane, Caroline Warfield, Christie Kellie, coming attractions, Donna MacMeans, Julie Benson, Nancy Northcott, Pam Mantovani, Patience Griffin, September Coming Attractions, Suzanne Ferrell, Tiara Wars, Trish Milburn
I don’t know about all of you, but I can’t believe it’s September already. Before you know it, shops will be stocking up for Christmas! At least those of you in North America have Halloween and Thanksgiving to keep those retailers occupied. Here in England, we’ve seen tinsel and twinkling lights as early as the beginning of October. *shakes head*
Anyway, the weather may be cooling in the northern hemisphere, as summer fades into fall, but here in the Lair, the fun is heating up – rather like the weather for our friends Down Under! As usual, we have a month packed with great Bandita books and lots of fabulous guests. I can hear my TBR mountain groaning already!
Tawny Weber’s latest Sexy SEAL hits the shelves this month with A SEAL’s Fantasy. The title really says it all.
Also, don’t forget Caren Crane’s Tiara Wars (launch party coming on September 21!) and Anna Campbell’s What a Duke Dares.
We kick off the month in style tomorrow, with the return of a Lair favourite, as the lovely Annie West stops by to talk about her latest book, Damaso Claims his Heir. Damaso garnered a Top Pick from RT Book Reviews and it’s a doozy of a read so check it out.
Donna will be interviewing Caroline Warfield about her debut historical novel, Dangeorous Works, on Sept 4.
On September 5th, debut author Patience Griffin makes her first visit to the Bandit Lair with her book To Scotland With Love, the first in her Quilts & Kilts series.
More fun on Sept 7th, when Nancy and Trish report on this year’s Dragon*Con adventures.
*Launch party alert* On 10th September, the fabulous Anna Campbell is holding one of the lair’s infamous launch parties to send her What a Duke Dares, book 3 in her Sons of Sin series, into the world with a bang. Swing by for a glass of ducal champagne and giveaways!
On Sept 12th, Barbara Lohr joins Donna to talk about her new release, Her Favorite Honeymoon. Barbara will be comparing a warmly familiar setting such as a small town series to a pulse-speeding read in faraway places or times, and asking which you prefer.
A familiar and beloved face returns to the Lair on Sept 16th, as Christie Kelley joins Nancy to talk about her latest releases, Vexing the Viscount.
On Sept 17 Trish hosts Pam Mantovani to discuss The Cowboy on her Doorstep, her debut novel.
More cowboys on September 18th, when Julie Benson returns to chat with Suz about her latest Harlequin American book, A Cowboy In The Making!
Don’t forget to check out this month’s Bandita contests!
Anna Campbell’s RT Book Reviews Top Pick, What a Duke Dares, is out in the UK at the end of October so she’s celebrating this momentous occasion by having a cup of tea and giving two entrants in her current website contest a chance to win a signed print edition of the beautiful Mills and Boon edition of the book. To enter just email her on anna @ annacampbell.info (no spaces) with the names of the other full-length novels in the Sons of Sin series. There are two of them and you might find the answer here. The contest closes 31st October, 2014, and entry is open internationally.
Tawny’s giving away a free digital compilation of Hot Kisses to anyone joining her newsletter this month. To join and get your copy, just click here.
Do you have anything special that you’re looking forward to this September?
By the way, don’t forget you can buy most of these books quickly and easily by clicking on the covers!
Posted by Suzanne Ferrell Aug 30 2014, 11:45 pm in Becke, books, Giveaway, Jo Davis, Lorraine Heath, Maureen, prizes, Sally, Suzanne Ferrell
We’ve got lots of Bandit Booty to give away from the old Lair “Treasure Chest” today!
The winners of a signed copy of WHEN THE DUKE WAS WICKED, the first book in Lorraine Heath’s new series, and a surprise book of Lorraine’s choice are: BECKE and SALLY SCHMIDT!! CONGRATULATIONS, ladies!
The winner of a signed print copy of Jo Davis’ new Sugarland Blue series book IN HIS SIGHTS is MAUREEN!! CONGRATULATIONS!!
Please email me your snail mail addresses at suzanne AT suzanneferrell.com and I’ll see both authors get you your prizes ASAP!
Posted by Suzanne Ferrell Aug 28 2014, 12:38 am in archers, bows and arrows, heroes, sexy forearms, Suzanne Ferrell
I love men with bows.
No, not pink bows on their heads or bow ties on their necks, although Ducky from NCIS is rather dapper in his.
What I mean is, men with long bows and arrows. It’s something about the precision of using a bow to hit a target and especially a moving target. Then it’s the forearm strength. Imagine how defined the muscles in those arms are after all that practice. Yummo!
***Psstt*** here’s a secret. I think men’s forearms are very, very sexy.
I think my lover for archers started back with Robin Hood, the one with Errol Flynn. But then I also loved Robin Hood Prince of Theives with Kevin Costner. (I loved it so much I can forgive him for the very bad accent attempt.) Oooo and then there was the one with Russell Crowe. Yeah, loved that one, too!
So what other archers have I fallen in love with? Uhm…Have you seen the show on the CW titled ARROW? That is one sexy dark hero. OMG…and he’s lightening fast with his shots. Oh and they tend to show him shirtless just enough…but yeah, he uses his bow with great skill.
Then there were all the lovely archers in the movie KING ARTHUR. While my favorite hero was Clive Owen in that movie, the archery skills by several of the other characters was enough to make me swoon, well all except Guinevere, although she was pretty badass.
Oh and let’s not forget Hawkeye in THE AVENGERS. My friend Addison Fox hooked me on Jeremy Renner and I have to confess it was fun seeing him in the movie, but then, he’s got a bow and arrows and great forearms… Sigh. I’m hoping to see more of him in the next Avengers movie.
So, let’s talk men and their weapons. If you could right a medieval or super power hero, what weapon would you give him? A sword? A Hammer? Bow and arrows? How would you arm your hero??
Robin Hood Prince of Thieves image courtesy of Warner Bros.; Arrow image courtesy of DC Comics.com; Hawkeye image courtesy of Marvel.com
Posted by Suzanne Ferrell Aug 21 2014, 12:19 am in Goldie Hawn, historical romance, Kurt Russell, Lorraine Heath, Overboard, Suzanne Ferrell, Victorian England
Hello, Banditas and Bandit buddies! It’s so lovely to be visiting with you again. It’s always a treat and I can’t thank Suzanne Ferrell enough for the invitation. Since Suz is busy playing grandma and I’m in the midst of revisions, Grace, the Duchess of Lovingdon (from WHEN THE DUKE WAS WICKED) has consented to interview the characters in my upcoming release, ONCE MORE, MY DARLING ROGUE. So, Grace, take it away…
Thank you ever so much, Lorraine and Suz, for allowing me this opportunity. I am more than qualified to get to the heart of the matter with these characters as Drake Darling, the hero of the tale, was raised within the bosom of my family. And Lady Ophelia is, in today’s terms, my BFF. We’ve known each other forever. Before I place them both on the hot seat, I wish to tell you a little bit about them.
When Drake first came to live with my family, I was not yet born but I have heard his tale. He was an orphan who went by the name of Peter Sykes. My mother had a rather nasty encounter with his parents, but she has always been a generous soul and did not hold the actions of Peter’s parents against him. When his mother was murdered and his father hanged, she took him in. After my mother married the Duke of Greystone, Peter adopted her maiden name of Darling. My father has a fascination with dragons, which he passed on to Peter. When Peter learned of the constellation Draco, a formation of stars that etched a dragon in the night sky, he began calling himself Drake. And so it was that by the time his story was told, he was known as Drake Darling. Although he traveled the world with my family, he never quite forgot his origins. Eventually he was employed at Dodger’s Drawing Room and quickly moved up to become its overseer.
My dear friend, Lady Ophelia Littleton, had lost both her parents and was living with her brother, the Earl of Somerdale. Her father had established a trust for her that would serve as her dowry. If she had not wed by the time she reached her thirtieth year, the trust and all its funds would be turned over to her. Although she flirted with gentlemen, she had no wish to marry. I did not quite understand that. Nor did I understand why she snubbed Drake at every turn. I suspected it was because she was drawn to him, and the notion that she might want someone who had come from the streets appalled her. As much as I treasured her friendship, I must admit that she was a bit of a … how shall I put this politely? A snob.
I’m not proud of the fact that I found it fascinating to watch the two of them cast sly insults at each other. I always suspected that Drake was holding back. It is not in his nature to be cruel. Ophelia, on the other hand, sometimes seemed to be someone else entirely.
So there you have it. What I know of them. I suspect there is a good bit I do not. Let’s see what they are willing to share.
Grace: Ophelia, with your dowry, you could have any lord in the kingdom. Yet no one seems to have caught your fancy.
Ophelia: I am extremely particular. He must be of noble birth, not in need of my dowry, as handsome as Apollo, as powerful as Zeus, as strong as Hercules. He must be dashing, kind, gentle, above reproach, with no sins to his name.
G: Even my dear husband, the Duke of Lovingdon, would not meet your criteria.
O: I am quite aware that I want what does not exist.
G: Do you not fear loneliness as you advance in years?
O: I fear choosing poorly, as my dear aunt did, so I prefer not to choose at all. What is shown to the world is not always the true heart of a man.
G: I couldn’t agree more. But sometimes what we hide is what makes us vulnerable. You are my dearest friend. I know you are hiding something. Will you not share it?
O: I do not like the one you refer to as your brother.
G: (laughing) That is no secret. What is it specifically that you don’t like about him?
O: He makes me contemplate the pleasure that might be found in the forbidden, makes me wish for things I shouldn’t.
G: You are drawn to him then?
O: Quite the opposite. He repulses me.
G: Has he ever been unkind to you?
O: Of course not. It is part of his façade. The kinder a man is, the deeper his cruelty runs.
G: That is not true of Drake.
O: Trust me when I tell you that he is capable of doing things you would never expect.
I have to admit to being quite troubled by my dear friend’s cynicism and perception of Drake. I could not love him more if we carried the same blood.
Grace: Drake, brother of my heart, you recently purchased a residence. You live there alone, no servants whatsoever. Why the Spartan existence?
Drake: I have recently acquired a servant. I found her drifting in the Thames, and decided to give her a place as long as she earns her keep.
G: I was not aware.
D: I’m keeping her secret for now—until I unravel how she ended up in the Thames. She is part of the aristocracy and yet no one seems to have noticed that she has gone missing.
G: Would I know her?
D: I do not think so. Even I am hard pressed to admit that I have met her before. She is quite different in unfamiliar surroundings. Fetching, interesting, enticing.
G: It sounds as though you are smitten.
D: Absolutely not.
G: Not even a little?
D: Perhaps a little.
G: Can she not tell you how she came to be in the Thames?
D: Her first memory is awakening in my bed. She recalls nothing before that.
G: How unfortunate for her.
D: But very fortunate for me. And I think in the end, extremely fortunate for her.
G: Do tell.
He merely smiles, but with that smile he has spoken volumes. I look quite forward to meeting this woman who I believe has the ability to tame him. Or is it she who will be tamed?
Back to Lorraine.
Thank you, Grace, for giving us a little peek at these characters. As you all may have figured out, this story is OVERBOARD meets Victorian London. OVERBOARD is a go-to for me when I just want to feel good. The chemistry between Kirk Russell and Goldie Hawn is terrific. Of course, I don’t write romantic comedy so my tale is a little darker and edgier but I had a lot of fun writing it. What is your favorite feel good movie or a movie would you like to see transported to Victorian London?
I will give a signed copy of WHEN THE DUKE WAS WICKED, the first book in this series, and a surprise book of my choice to 2 lucky posters.
Posted by Suzanne Ferrell Jul 21 2014, 11:39 pm in Brenda, Giveaways, HeatherCM, Helen, Kay Thomas, prizes, Suzanne Ferrell
We have 3…yes that’s THREE lucky winners today of downloads from Kay Thomas’ ELITE OPS SERIES!!
CONGRATULATIONS…HELEN, HEATHERCM and BRENDA RUMSEY!!!
You get your choice of HARD TARGET now or PERSONAL TARGET when it releases on July 29th!!
Please send me your snail mail addy to suzanne AT suzanneferrell DOT com and I’ll see your information gets forwarded to Kay ASAP!
Posted by Suzanne Ferrell Jul 16 2014, 12:35 am in Alpha heroes, Elite Ops, Giveaway, Kay Thomas, Romantic suspense, Suzanne Ferrell
Okay, everyone, pull up a seat and hold on tight. Kay Thomas is back in the Lair, and you know what that means, action, adventure, bullets flying and very sexy heroes! Kay’s here to talk about her second book in her Elite Ops series from Avon Impulse, PERSONAL TARGET, which will be released on the 29th of this month in e-book form. And in honor of Kay’s visit, Sven has Prosecco chilling behind the bar for everyone!
Thanks, Suz. And thank you, Sven. You know how I love bubbles!
So, tell us a little bit about PERSONAL TARGET.
Kay: A former SEAL and Black Ops specialist who left the CIA, Nick Donovan gave up a life on the edge to work in the private sector. But that didn’t stop his enemies from coming after him, or his family. In a case of mistaken identity, a drug cartel kidnaps his sister-in-law’s best friend…a woman from Nick’s past.
One minute Jennifer Grayson is housesitting and the next she is abducted to a foreign brothel. Jennifer is planning her escape when her first “customer” arrives. Nick, the man who broke her heart years ago, has come to her rescue. Now as they race for their lives, passion reignites as old secrets resurface. Can Nick keep the woman he loves safe against an enemy with a personal vendetta?
At its core, the book is about a case of mistaken identity and a very personal vendetta. PERSONAL TARGET takes the reader from Dallas to Mexico, across the African Savanna, to the shores of the Mediterranean in a race against time for Nick to save the woman he loves but lost ten years ago.
Suz: We’ve met the oh, so, sexy hero Nick Donovan in HARD TARGET and he was in a bit of a pickle then, wasn’t he? (Can you tell I like Nick…a lot?)
Kay: I’m pretty partial to Nick myself. As I said, Nick and Jennifer “have a history together,” but their summer affair was over long ago. In this scene—one of my favorites in the book—Jennifer has been kidnapped, and Nick has come to take her away from the people holding her captive.
The woman at the vanity turned, and Nick’s breath caught in his throat. He had known it would be Jenny, and despite what he’d thought about downstairs when he’d seen her on the tablet screen, he hadn’t prepared himself for seeing her like this. Seated at the table with candles all around, she was wearing a sheer robe over a gray thong and a bustier kind of thing, or that’s what he thought the full-length bra was called.
He spotted the small unicorn tat peeping out from the edge of whatever the lingerie piece was and his brain quit processing details as all the blood in his head rushed south. He’d been primed to come in and tell Jenny exactly how they were getting out of the house and away from these people and now . . . this. His mouth went dry at the sight of her. She looked like every fantasy he’d ever had about her rolled into one.
He continued to stare as recognition flared in her eyes.
“Oh my God,” she said. “It’s . . .”
She clapped her mouth closed, and her eyes widened. That struck him as odd. The relief on her face was obvious, but instead of looking at him, she took an audible breath and studied the walls of the room. When she finally did glance at him again, her eyes had changed.
“So you’re who they’ve sent me for my first time?” Her voice sounded bored, not the tone he remembered. “What do you want me to do?”
What a question. He raised an eyebrow, but she shook her head. In warning?
Nothing here was as he’d anticipated. He continued staring at her, hoping the lust would quit fogging his brain long enough for him to figure out what was going on.
“I’ve been told to show you a good time.” Her voice was cold, downright chilly. Without another word she stood and crossed the floor, slipping into his arms with her breasts pressing into his chest. “It’s you.” She murmured the words in the barest of whispers.
Nick’s mind froze, but his body didn’t. On autopilot his hands automatically went to her waist as she kissed his neck, working her way up to his ear. This was not at all what he’d planned.
“I can’t believe you’re here.” She breathed the words into his ear.
Me either, he thought, but kept the news to himself as he pulled her closer. His senses flooded with all that smooth skin pressing against him. His body tightened, and his right hand moved to cup her ass. Her cheek’s bare skin was silky soft, like he remembered. God, he’d missed her. She melted into him as his body switched into overdrive.
“What do you want?” She spoke louder. The artic tone was back. He was confused and knew he was just too stupid with wanting her to figure out what the hell was going on. There was no way the woman could mistake the effect she was having.
She moved her lips closer to his ear and nipped his earlobe before she spoke in a hushed tone. “Cameras are everywhere. I’m not sure about microphones.”
And just like that, cold reality slapped him in the face. He should have been expecting it, but he’d been so focused on getting her out and making sure she was all right. She might be glad to see him because he was there to save her, but throwing her body at him was an act.
He had to get them both out of here without tipping his hand to the cameras and those watching what he was doing. He was crazy not to have considered it once he saw those tablets downstairs, but it had never occurred to him that he would have to play this encounter through as if he was really a client.
He slipped her arms from around his neck and moved to the table to pour himself some wine, willing his hands not to shake. “I want you,” he said, clearly and loudly enough for any microphone in the room to pick up.
She smiled, but her expression wasn’t warm. “Do you now?” Her frigid tone was so at odds with the woman he’d known years ago.
He knew what he had to do. Monique and company were expecting them to have wild sex. If they’d been truly alone, it wouldn’t have been a hardship. And regardless of the circumstances, that’s exactly what he was going to have to pretend to do. He had to make love to Jenny knowing others were watching, at least until that distraction of Bryan’s came through.
There wouldn’t be any sneaking out of the room or the house before then. Guards were most likely gathered around security monitors at this very moment, drinking beer and taking bets as to how long Nick would last before he came. They were expecting to see some action.
“What do you think I want?” His voice was pitched low but loud enough for the mics as he took a sip of the wine. “Didn’t they tell you what to expect?”
Copyright © 2014 by Kay Thomas. All rights reserved under International and Pan-American Copyright Conventions.
Suz: I love former lovers reunited stories. Did you find this easier to write or did their past cause you as much problem as it did them?
Kay: That’s a great question. This was the first “lovers reunited” story I’ve ever written, and I had a blast. It was fun creating Nick and Jennifer’s backstory and weaving that into their present day adventure. Because I’m a pantser when I write, I wasn’t really sure what their history would be until I was working my way through the first draft of the book. It made the discovery part of the writing process particularly interesting.
Suz: Most heroes have a core value, the one thing that matters above all to them. What would you say is Nick’s core value?
Kay: Taking care of family (the people he loves) is the most important thing to Nick Donovan. But for years he’s been turning off his feelings, so he can do his job with the CIA. Seeing Jennifer from his past, tears down the wall he’s built around himself and his heart. Jennifer turns everything back on. Those feelings and emotions all reignite with a vengeance. And yes, fireworks ensue.
Suz: As you know, I had a huge emergency last week. I ran out of M&M’s. Writing came to a standstill until I resupplied. What is the one thing you must have to write? Your favorite music to write to? What do you do to take a break and re-energize to write more?
Kay: I need a quiet place to write. I can write in a Starbucks in a pinch, but I put headphones on with instrumental music or lyrics in another language besides English. Otherwise, I’ll get caught up in what I’m hearing instead of what I’m writing.
Hanging out with my family re-engerizes me—eating dinner together, watching TV, or just sitting around and talking. This summer my teenage son has been taking a summer school course and in the evenings we’ve been watching “The Walking Dead” together. But only after we eat! We’ve had such fun doing this. My husband likes to watch us (and laugh at us) watching the series. We put on quite the show ourselves with our cringing, gasping, and shouts of “No! I can’t look!” We’ve only got one season left to go till we’re caught up with the current schedule. Any suggestions for what we should watch together next?
Suz: Okay. I cannot get into zombies of any kind. I think it’s a nurse thing with the whole decaying flesh thingy of zombies. (shiver). What’s next in the Elite Ops series? Any other news?
Kay: I’m working on Book 3 and I’m having a great time with it. I don’t have a title yet. It’s Bryan Fisher’s (Hollywood’s) story. I’m just getting started but I’m very excited about how things are shaping up for him. ELITE OPS 3 will be out late next spring.
As to news, I’m headed to San Antonio next week for the RWA National Conference, their big Literacy Signing, and the Greater Detroit RWA Booksellers Best Awards Reception. HARD TARGET: Elite Ops – Book 1 is a nominee for Best Romantic Suspense of 2014. I’m very excited.
If you haven’t started the series, each book stands alone. HARD TARGET is on sale for the next two weeks for $0.99 across all ebook platforms. It’s a great chance to grab it at a red hot price and meet the men of Elite Ops. And please join me on July 29th for an online PERSONAL TARGET Pool Party to celebrate the release of Book 2 in the series. We’ll have lots of prizes and special guests, (including Suz herself!)
Question for the readers:
I find I’m reading more and more on my ereader these days, but sometimes there is nothing like the feel (and smell!) of holding a real book in my hands. When you read a print book, do you break/crack the spine or keep it pristine?
Kay is giving away 3 prizes today:
3 winners….each has choice of either an ecopy of PERSONAL TARGET when it releases on July 29 or an ecopy of HARD TARGET right now.
Check out my Rafflecopter, a Rafflecopter giveaway
too for this awesome Pride and Prejudice Infinity Scarf!
Posted by Suzanne Ferrell Jul 5 2014, 11:19 pm in Addison Fox, contemporary romantic suspense, Di R, Giveaway, Laurie G, Suzanne Ferrell
We have TWO winners today for the Booty from Addison Fox’s post on July 4th.
The winner of a signed copy of THE MANHATTAN ENCOUNTER is … LAURIE G!
The winner of all 4 books in The House of Steel Series is … DI R!
If you’ll send me your contact information to suzanne AT suzanneferrell DOT com I’ll be sure Addison gets those prizes to you ASAP!
Posted by Suzanne Ferrell Jul 4 2014, 12:44 am in Addison Fox, harlequin intrigue, Romantic suspense, Suzanne Ferrell, The House of Steele, The Manhattan Encounter
Welcome to the Lair on this our American birthday. For a wonderful treat I’ve invited my dear friend, contemporary and romantic suspense author, Addison Fox to stop by and tell us all about the fourth book in her House of Steele series: THE MANHATTAN ENCOUNTER. Take it away Addison!
My thanks to Suz and the Romance Bandits for inviting me back to the Lair! And for those of you here in the US, wishing you a very happy Independence Day! (Am I the only one picturing very tight, very cute red, white and blue trunks on the Cabana Boys?!?!?)
For the last year I’ve been hard at work on a fun, sexy romantic suspense quartet for the Harlequin Romantic Suspense line called the House of Steele. And in thinking about today’s blog post I realized the subject of independence was a fortuitous fit as that description matches my hero, Liam Steele, to a “T.”
The four Steele siblings run a high-end security firm. The fourth book – THE MANHATTAN ENCOUNTER – features the most illusive Steele sibling, Liam. I had an absolute blast writing this book and I think what I enjoyed most was how the book evolved between what was in my mind and what ended up coming out on the page.
I expected to write a book about a suave, sexy, James Bond-esque character romancing his total opposite: our shy, reserved, scientist heroine, Dr. Isabella Magnini. What ended up coming out instead was a suave, sexy, James Bond-esque character who had to deal with two nosy sisters, a nosy sister-in-law and a woman who was more than his match in every way. THE MANHATTAN ENCOUNTER ended being a family book and it was great fun to see how Liam not only fell in love with Isabella, but how he had to find a way to get closer with his family and re-engage as part of their family unit as well.
I suppose in a lot of ways, that’s life. The things we often expect to happen don’t, but what takes their place is exactly what’s meant to happen. Life has a very funny way of unfolding in its own time and in its own way.
I pulled a quick passage to share…since it’s the 4th of July I thought I’d shoot off a few sparks! <g> As quick set up to this scene, Isabella’s learned some disturbing news about the individuals who are after her and her research (the reason why Liam’s protecting her). She’s done the proverbial “I can take care of myself” dance and he’s forced her to own up to it.
Something dark and raw churned under her fury, erupting from her in a wash of flame.
“You know nothing about my life. About the humiliation of what I’ve lived with. About the betrayal of not one parent, but two.”
She dashed away the hot tears that fell freely down her face, clogging her throat in a tight fist, determined to get out the rest of it. “And you sure as hell don’t know what it’s like to live like a freak. Someone whose intelligence and drive and innate sense of freaking order scares the hell out of everyone around her.”
“Isabella—” he reached out but she flung off his hand, stepping back from the sheer weight of the pain that threatened to drag her to her knees.
“You can’t know what it’s like. You have a family who loves you even though you keep them at arm’s length for some puzzling reason known only to you. You have a reputation that’s sterling. You even have an endless parade of women content to share their time and attention. I have nothing.” He reached for her once more, but she flung him off. “Nothing!”
And then he had his hands on her and he was dragging her close and she was trying to breathe through the tears and the need and the most desperate desire to connect with someone.
No, she amended as his mouth crashed on hers with the force of a hurricane. She had the desperate desire to connect with him.
Hot, wild need sparked under her skin everywhere he touched. His hands were on her shoulders, on her lower back, roaming over her stomach before reaching up to cup her breasts.
She should have been shocked or felt some sort of embarrassment that she’d been wearing the same clothes for nearly twenty-four hours or that her stomach wasn’t flat enough or that her slacks hadn’t been ironed but none of it seemed to matter to the man who had her in his arms and demanded she give him everything she had and then some.
And oh boy, did she own up to the task.
Her hands matched his for fervor, the hard lines of his shoulders a sensuous feast for her fingertips. She explored his body, even as their mouths never broke contact and as he walked her backwards toward the wall. She willingly let him lead, ready to follow him anywhere.
His tongue thrust into her mouth, a carnal feast that mimicked a joining of their bodies and she sucked hard before biting his lip.
Isabella felt his fingers lock with hers and then he had her hands up on either side of her head, holding her steady as he plundered her and still, she gave it all back to him, every move countered with one of her own.
The temptress she never knew lived inside of her skin came to life under his tutelage and, if the low moans echoing from the back of his throat were any indication, was having a grand time teaching Liam Steele a thing or two about desire.
I had so much fun bringing this couple together and I so appreciate you spending some time with me today! And as an extra special treat, two commenters will win today! One will win a copy of THE MANHATTAN ENCOUNTER and one will win all 4 books in the House of Steele quartet – THE PARIS ASSIGNMENT, THE LONDON DECEPTION, THE ROME AFFAIR and THE MANHATTAN ENCOUNTER.
My thanks – as always – to the Banditas for hosting me and for the very warm welcome to the blog!
(Don’t forget, if you want to download the ebook copy of any of these books, click on the picture.)
Posted by Suzanne Ferrell Jun 30 2014, 11:40 pm in Alyn, prizes, Sandy Blair, Suzanne Ferrell, The Thief
WE HAVE A WINNER!!
The winner of the autographed copy of THE THIEF by Sandy Blair is…………..
Please contact me at suzanne AT suzanneferrell DOT com and I’ll see Sandy get you your prize ASAP!
Posted by Suzanne Ferrell Jun 28 2014, 12:01 am in book hangovers, night shift, night shift work, sleep disorders, Suzanne Ferrell
Who’s stayed up late at night reading a book?
Come on, raise your hands. You know as avid readers we’ve all done it. Some of us on a more regular basis than others, I bet! So, now you’ve been up most, if not all night. You’re exhausted. You’ve got what we call “book hangover”.
Now, imagine doing this 3-4 times in a week. Often in a row. Feel tired?
Now, imagine doing this 3-4 times a week, 50 out of 52 weeks in a year. Exhuasted?
Now, imagine doing this 3-4 times a week, 50 weeks a year for 25 years. Welcome to the world of a night shift nurse!
Now imagine all that and being expected to function on a high level of expertise with people’s lives and futures in your hands. A little daunting, huh?
Did you know that, according to WebMD.com, “In the U.S., about 8.6 million people perform shift work, whether they have a night job or rotate shifts during the week.” The article also goes on to say, “Experts say that shift work could have a serious impact on our health in at least two ways. Some of it may have to do with the lifestyle that shift work encourages. The rest has to do with our biology.”
This causes sleep disorders and actual increase in disease risks for things like stroke, heart attack and diabetes.
So, for both mental health and physical reasons, I made the decision to come off nights.
Now, this left me with two options. Go to working day shift at the hospital. Which as you know from the Bandit Newsletter this month, I AM NOT A MORNING PERSON. Nope. Not going to happen. No amount of caffeine would ever make it work for me. Co-workers and doctors would find themselves in jeopardy if I had to be awake and functioning by 0530 every day. Shoot me now!
Luckily for me, (and numerous peppy morning people), my writing career had taken off enough that I could finally afford to take time away from nursing completely to focus on writing. (Yea!!)
Now that I’m home every night, sleeping at night on a regular basis would be heavenly, right?
Well, not exactly. See, I knew that I’d trained myself to sleep 5-7 hours every day after I worked a shift. A nap on every day off helped me keep what I called “a modified night shift” schedule at home. According to medical research, that was actually better for night shift workers than trying to switch back and forth. Apparently, I figured this out organically before anyone even started studying the cause and affects of shift work on workers.
So, I told Jazzman…”I’m going to work my way to going to be between 10 pm and midnight every night.” This was to help get my hormones and biorhythms back in sinc.
How’s it working?
Wellllllllllll, most nights it’s between 11 pm and 1 am. Not too bad. I discovered that if I go to bed before 10:30, my brain fires on at 4 am in complete “GO!” mode, but fizzles out by 9 am and then screws up my whole day/night cycle for the next day. (Remember that trained to sleep 6 hours thingy above!) And if I get to watching a movie or started on a good book…then I’m up all night, and again blow the whole day/night cycle again.
So here are my rules for getting to bed:
1. No new books started after 9 pm.
2. No starting movies after 11 pm.
3. Afternoon naps may only be 90 minutes long. (Long nap…up later.)
4. Nothing sweet after 10 pm, including fruit
5. Exercise in some form 3-4 times a week, (walking, swimming, aerobics)
I also take my vitamin and magnesium pills at bedtime. Vitamins because I’m old and need them. Magnesium to help prevent leg cramps, indigestion and they make me sleepy.
Added benefit to all this? I seem to be getting more writing done during daylight hours!! YEA!!
So, how about you? Any tricks for getting to sleep at a descent hour? Tricks to staying asleep? Do you limit your reading so you don’t get book hangovers often? What do you to get over a late night book binge?