Wishing for A Seal’s Surrender

It’s Par-Tay time!!!  I’m so so excited that A SEAL’s Surrender is hitting the shelves.  So in the fine Lair tradition, we’re having a major blowout.

A SEAL's Surrender

  Today’s treats include margaritas (of course) and a cupcake tower.  Cupcakes of every flavor are being passed around by our hunky cabana boys.  Why did we choose cupcakes to celebrate this particular launch, you ask (okay, so maybe you didn’t ask.  But hey, I am happy to fill you in you anyway 😉 ) A SEAL’s Surrender opens with my heroine, Eden, blowing out her birthday candle on a delicious cupcake.  And as we all do when we blow out candles, Eden made a wish.  A very special, very sexy birthday wish.  Or should I say, she wishes for sex. 

Check it out… 

I wish for a guy who worships my body, is great at sex and makes me feel like a well-loved Goddess.  Someone who loves me, for me.  Inside and out.  And is really, really good at it.

Cupcake-Tower  And if he could be six-foot-two, with sandy blond hair and dreamy green eyes, a body that made nymphomaniacs weep and a smile that melted her panties, that’d be nifty, too.

Eyes scrunched tight, Eden Gillespie let that visual play out for just a second.  Then, with a deep breath, she opened them wide and blew.

           The flame went out.  Thankfully.  Because she’d blown so hard, the candle toppled from its perch on the chocolate cupcake.  Good wishes did that, she told herself as she scooped up a fingerful of frosting and grinned at the woman sitting across from her.   

            “So?  What’d you wish for?”  Bev Lang leaned forward, her wild red curls bouncing like springs around her cheerful face. 

            “It’s a secret.  If I tell, it won’t come true,” Eden said primly before bursting into laughter.  Yeah.  Like she was gonna lose out on her body-worshipping lover because she put the word out that she was waiting?  Still, she pulled her cupcake closer and, since it was filled with molten chocolate, used a fork to enjoy the next bite.  And fill her mouth so she didn’t blurt anything out. 

            Because you never knew with wishes.   


           “I can’t believe you won’t tell me.  How long have we been friends?” Bev asked, putting on her best fake-affront look.  It wasn’t very effective since she still looked like she was waiting for a white apron and her boyfriend, Raggedy Andy. 

          “Eleven years?” Eden guessed, counting back to the first day of high school.  That’d been the year her dad had died, leaving her mom too broke to keep paying the exorbitant tuition to the private school Eden had always attended.  Secretly terrified, she’d put on a brave face in hopes that the public school kids would accept her more than the private school snobs had.  Bev had been the new girl in town, unaware that Eden wasn’t acceptable because of her zip code.  By the time she’d learned the ins and outs of Ocean Point social politics, she and Eden had been too good of friends for it to matter. 

            “Then as your best friend since ninth grade, I figure it’s my job to help you with the wish,” Bev decided, leaning back in Eden’s faded and frayed Queen Anne dining chair and digging into her own cupcake.  “I think this should be your year for sex.”

            “An entire year, dedicated to sex?” she asked with a laugh.  She was sure there was nothing more than dust motes and the faint air of neglect floating through the formal dining room.  But, still, it was all she could do not to look over her head to see if the wish was written there in the candle smoke. 

          “You should dedicate this year to the pursuit of sex.”  Bev scrunched her nose and pointed out, “I don’t want to hurt your feelings or anything, but it might take a little effort on your part.”


            When was the last time she’d had sex worth putting in a little effort?  Definitely not with that guy.  Not with any guy, if she were being honest.  Eden swirled her fork in the gooey rich chocolate, using it to make a design on the Meissen plate.  And when better for brutal self-truths that a girl’s twenty-fifth birthday.

     The last guy she’d had sex with had broken his foot trying to play he-man and do it against a tree.  Instead of accepting that he just wasn’t he-man material, he’d blamed her.  

     No wonder her love life sucked.  Look at the kind of guys she had to work with.   

Yep.  I think if I had that kind of luck in my love life, I’d be using my birthday wish on a sexy hunk, too.  Lucky for my husband, I will probably be wishing for something more fun this week when I blow out my own birthday candles.  Shoes, some fabulous book sale numbers, shoes, possibly a massage.  Or, oh, I don’t know.  Maybe shoes. 

How about you?  Do you blow out candles on your birthday?  And do you make a wish?  Does it come true?  (you can share after the fact, if it does.  The wish fairy can’t come take it back, right?) 

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  • Mary Preston says:

    Blowing out the candles and making a wish is a very important birthday ritual. Whether the wishes come true or not – I’m not telling. I’m not taking any chances on the wish fairy.

  • Helen Sibbritt says:

    I wonder who he is visiting today ?

    Have Fun

  • Helen Sibbritt says:


    Whoo hoo I am so happy this one is out I have already read it and so fell in love with Cade and Eden is the best this one had me laughing and crying so so good.

    As for birthday candle yes I do try to blow them out but with 6 grandchildren it is hard for me to actually do it LOL but I always make a wish and I guess they mostly have come true I am happy and my family are healthy and happy what more could I ask for maybe except Hugh Jackman or winning lotto so I can travel to the places I have read about.

    A margarita please and a cup cake I am off to Brisbane in the morning for ARRC2013 so looking forward to catching up with Anna and Christina but I do hope the weather gets better the storms and rain and wind have been dreadful

    Have Fun

    • Deb says:

      Ooh, Helen, a TimTam cake would be fun. Layers of TimTams and whipped cream, maybe?!

    • Tawny Weber says:

      Awww, I think you just made all of my own wishes for this book come true, Helen!!! To know that it could inspire laughter AND tears is the ultimate compliment 😀 Thank you!!!

      LOL it does get a little more interesting trying to make wishes on candles with those little heads in the way, doesn’t it. My 6 yo niece and I made a deal a couple of years ago – she can help blow out my candles (because Auntie’s are the best cakes… they have SO many candles) on two conditions. She doesn’t horn in on the wishing (don’t want to dilute any of that only-once-a-year wishing power) and she doesn’t spit on the cake *g* So far, we’re doing good.

      I do wish you could get Hugh and the lotto win, though!! Would you travel to California? 🙂 Its pretty here.

      I’m SOOOO excited for you getting to go to ARRC tomorrow – big hugs to you and to Anna and Christina. You’re all going to have a wonderful time, even if the weather is icky.

  • Yay, Tawny’s got a new book out! Love that! It’s like extra Christmas. Tawny, this one sounds great. And wow, you’re getting some great buzz for these books. Good on you!

    • Tawny Weber says:

      Thanks, Fo 😀 I’m so excited about these books and really hope that readers are, too. The buzz has been fun to watch – that part is like my extra Christmas LOL.

  • Woohoo! Tawny’s got another hot book out!
    Look at the bar of covers across the top of the blog. You’re responsible for most of the covers with hot men’s naked chests – and I’ll be forever grateful for that. 🙂

    I think across time, most of my wishes have come true. I’ve been one very fortunate girl. But the only wish I can recall specifically making was back when I first met my husband. I’d traveled 300 miles to visit my college roommate. We went to a bar and met this really cool guy that had no problem keeping me on the dance floor. I remember wishing that he would write to me or call – which was highly unlikedly as we lived 300 miles apart.

    But he did. Thus began a long distance courtship that ended in marriage forty some years ago.

    Love the sound of this one, Tawny. Happy Birthday to you and thanks for giving us all a gift with A Seal’s Surrender.

    • Tawny Weber says:

      LOL – well, I think the real credit goes to the Harlequin art department for those fab covers, but I’m more than willing to revel in all the naked men’s chests with you, Donna (which sounds kinda naughty).

      But… AWWWWWWWW your wish story is so awesome! So so awesome 🙂 What a wonderful wish-come-true. YAY for you.

      And thanks for the birthday wishes 😉 And for putting that so sweetly… giving you all a gift. I’m the one who is over the moon to share this story. I am always just beyond words thrilled to find out that readers actually like them once they are out LOL.

  • Anna Sugden says:

    Wooohooo!! Another great Tawny book to celebrate! My copy arrived yesterday – can’t wait to read it!

    And cupcakes too – awesome!!

    Hope you get some sexy shoes for your birthday! 😉

    I love the ritual of blowing out the candles on a birthday cake. I guess most of my wishes have come through over the years. I know my wish for the past 9 years came through with my book sale – though it took it’s own sweet time LOL

  • kaelee says:

    Happy Birthday Tawny! Thanks for giving us all a party treat with your new book. I’ll have a cupcake to go with my coffee. I need to wake up.

    I haven’t made a wish lately. I used to though. I hope you get shoes for your birthday or at least a gift certificate so you can buy your heart’s desire.

    • Tawny Weber says:

      Mmm, cupcake and coffee. I’ll bet that actually goes together better than a cupcake and a margarita LOL.

      Thank you for the lovely hope for my birthday shoe acquisition!! I hope you make some wishes soon, Kaelee 🙂

  • Dianna aka Hrdwrkdmom says:

    I really can’t remember the last time I blew out the candles on a birthday cake or even had a birthday cake for that matter.

    I already have A Seal’s Surrender on pre-order for my Kindle so it will be just a little while longer before I get mine. That wish was guaranteed to come true

    • Tawny Weber says:

      WOOOT!!! Thank you for pre-ordering A SEAL’s Surrender, Dianna 🙂 I really appreciate that!! And for making it a wish *ggg*

      I love birthday cake. I don’t care if its mine, someone in the family’s or just a random stranger sharing cake in the restaurant LOL. There’s always something a little extra yummmy about a cake intended to celebrate a birthday. I’m figuring it’s the wishes waiting inside LOL. I hope you have birthday cake soon!!

  • Cathy P says:

    Hi, Tawny! Happy Birthday, and congrats on A SEAL’S SURRENDER! Can’t wait to read it. I haven’t had a birthday cake with candles on it since 1997 before my mom died. I always made wishes, but not many of them came true.

    • Tawny Weber says:

      Hugs, Cathy. I think some traditions are hard to keep going when we lose someone who made that tradition special.

      Thank you for the birthday wishes and the congrats, though 😀 I really appreciate both!!

  • Caren Crane says:

    Tawny, I have been eager for this release ever since you first gave us a sneak peak at the cover. What a seriously sexy cover that book has!

    In my family, there are ALWAYS candles on the birthday cake, no matter how old the celebrant gets to be. We don’t bother with the actual number of candles past 18 or so, but there are always candles to blow out. Or not, if they happen to be trick candles, which have made more than one appearance at my house. 🙂

    As to whether birthday wishes come true, I tend to be quite a pragmatist, so perhaps my wishes are more grounded in reality than other people’s. The result is that a surprising number of my birthday wishes do, in fact, come true! But you know, I’m not exactly wishing for world peace or millions of dollars. It’s all relative!

    • Tawny Weber says:

      Caren, Really? Oh wow, thank you 🙂 I do love this cover. He’s about the sexiest hero I’ve had, I think. I’ll admit it, there are a few heroes on my covers that I have to sort of squint at, and pretend they look like the guy on the pages and not the guy in the picture *ggg*

      Candles are awesome! I’ve been known to put birthday candles on chocolate chip cookies, on pancakes, on whatever the birthday recipient wants (sometimes people are anti-cake in my family. It’s so weird). I do think you’ve got a good idea with not using the exact number of candles after a certain age 🙂 For one thing, there’s a danger of the cake going up in flames LOL.

      I like pragmatic birthday wishes 🙂 It’s sort of like that last nudge to make something happen that has a real chance. If I were wishing to win the lotto,I figure its a total waste of a wish. Not in the least because I never buy lotto tickets *g*

  • Deb says:

    Blowing out birthday candles is a fun tradition, no matter what age you are each year. Making a wish is fun, too.
    My grandma made all of her granddaughters’ birthday cakes each year and my mom has continured the tradition with her grandchildren. She has made horses, baseball fields, Barbies, flowers, Army camo…all sorts of cakes. I love carrot cake with cream cheese frosting…yep, even more than chocolate cake.

    Congrats on the release of your book, Tawny!

    • Tawny Weber says:

      Deb, what a wonderful tradition!! I hope you have pictures of all of those cakes. They sound so pretty and fun. That has to make the birthday even more special- Grandma made anything is always better 😀

      mmmm. Carrot cake. I love carrot cake. But not as much as chocolate 😀 Thanks for the congrats!!!

  • Happy Birthday, Tawny! Every woman should have a Navy Seal for her birthday!! I picked this one up at Wally-World yesterday and I can’t wait to read it!!

    I have mixed emotions about cupcakes! I have spent so much time making and decorating them at work I don’t enjoy them nearly as much as everyone else does! LOL We made hundreds and hundreds for Valentine’s Day and now we are gearing up to do the same for Easter!!

    My crew, however, always sees to it that I have a special cupcake for my birthday and I always blow out the candle and make a wish. I’ll bet most of the Banditas know what that wish is, but lets just keep it between us. SHHHHH!

    • Tawny Weber says:

      Thank you, Louisa 😀

      You bought a Navy SEAL at Walmart? Was he discounted? *ggg* I hope you enjoy him lots and lots!!! I know I did 😉

      Oh man, I can totally understand your lack of cupcake adoration. When something special becomes your job- even if it’s a great job and the something special is cute and delicious- it definitely loses its glow. I’m so glad that you have an awesome crew that makes sure you get something awesome to wish on. And yes, I’ll keep your wish secret 🙂 But I’ll happily send a little birthday glitter your way hoping it comes true!!

  • catslady says:

    Happy early Birthday wishes. I definitely still make a wish when blowing out my candles but I’m not sure why because it never comes true lol. And I can’t tell and never do lol. Great excerpt!

    • Tawny Weber says:

      LOL Maybe all your wishing energy is saving up for one specific, awesome big wish. At least, thats what I always tell myself when a wish doesn’t come true 😀

      Thanks so much for the happy birthday, and for the excerpt woots *g*

  • Annie West says:

    Tawny, I love the sound of this one. Hooked with the wish, I have to say, and then by the warm friendship you’ve shown so well. I want to read this one NOW!

    Funnily enough we’ve just had a cupcake feast at our house. We had a big ‘high tea followed by cocktails’ party at our house. Of course that involved cupcakes and there are a few left over, looking far too delicious. There goes the waistline…

    • Tawny Weber says:

      Annie, thank you so much 🙂 I”m super excited to hear you liked it that much.

      How fun that you just had a cupcake feast. What a wonderful party that sounds like – So fun, and delicious, too. And to follow cupcakes with cocktails is just about perfect 😀

      Some things, usually chocolate things, are worth the challenge to the waistline, don’t you think.

  • Jane says:

    I do blow out the candles and make a wish. Ooh, shoes, but I’m more of a purse girl.

  • pjpuppymom says:

    Congrats on the new book, Tawny and Happy Birthday (a little early)! I loved A SEAL’s Seduction and will be downloading A SEAL’s Surrender just as soon as it’s available.

    The last birthday cake I had was in 2011. It was one of those zero birthdays and out of state family came to help me celebrate, complete with cake and candles. Maybe I’ll splurge this year and buy a decadent cupcake. We have a new cupcake shop in town that I haven’t visited yet. 😉

    • Tawny Weber says:

      PJ, I think you should get yourself a wonderful, deliciously decadent cupcake for your birthday!!!! Definitely -and we’ll all sing Happy Birthday to you while you blow out the candle.

      And thank you so much for loving A SEAL’s Seduction –and for downloading (soon *g*) A SEAL’s Seduction. I’m glad you liked the first story so much and can’t wait to hear what you think about the second one 🙂

  • Carol Cork says:

    Happy Birthday, Tawny and congratulations on your new book. I don’t read much Contemporary Romance ( I’m a Historical romance addict) but A SEAL’S SEDUCTION sounds very tempting! I love the cover… **drools**

    Unfortunately, if I blew out all the candles on my next birthday cake, I would need an oxygen mask afterwards!!

    • Tawny Weber says:

      Thanks, Carol 😀

      I hope A SEAL’s Surrender tempts you enough that you cross over and try a contemp 😀 That is a yummy cover, isn’t it 😀

      LOL on the oxygen requirement for candles. This is why after a certain point, I really believe one very lovely candle works just fine.

  • Beth Andrews says:

    Yay! Congrats on A SEAL’s Surrender’s release! Love this book *g*

    We don’t usually have candles (I’m not very organized) so there have been times when I didn’t get to blow them out, but I always make sure we have them for the kids’ birthdays 🙂

    Now I’m hungry for a cupcake! But I’ll have to settle for an oatmeal raisin/cranberry cookie *g*

    • Tawny Weber says:

      Thanks, Beth 🙂

      LOL on the lack of candles sometimes. I’ve actually used tapers before when we didn’t have birthday candles. I just told the kids it was an extra special wishing candle. The were okay with the bigger wish, but not so much with the hole in their cake.

      Mmmmm, oatmeal raisin/cranberry cookies. That does sound delicious. I think I still want a cupcake, though 😀

  • Pamela says:

    Tawny, congratulations on the release. Dang, now I want a chocolate cupcake something awful.

    • Tawny Weber says:

      Hey Pam 😀 HI!!!!

      Thanks for the congrats. And yeah… I’m in serious cupcake cravings at the moment. I just can’t decide if I crave them enough to go make a couple dozen, or if I’m worried enough about eating a couple dozen that I’d drive down to the cupcake shop and get one LOL.

  • Tawny, congratulations on your new release!!! I can’t wait to read it. And I always have candles on my birthday cake and make a wish. Not sure any have come true but I tend to forget the wishes so who knows!

    • Tawny Weber says:

      Thanks, Christie 😀 I’m super excited about this book! And YAY that you’re a dedicated candle wisher *ggg* I sometimes think the wishing is half the fun, even if we can’t always remember what it is we wished for.

  • Woot! Congratulations, Tawny! I loved A Seal’s Seduction and can’t wait to read its companion.

    Yes, I do blow out candles and make a wish. But I don’t tell what I wished for. Why take chances?

    • Tawny Weber says:

      Good point, Nancy. Why take those chances, especially when it’s a really good wish *g*

      And thanks for the woots and congrats 😀 I appreciate it, and can’t wait to hear what you think about A SEAL’s Surrender 🙂

  • Lori Howe says:

    We already know this is an eventful week for you, here’s hoping it will be a Fabulous Week for both the book’s release AND your birthday!

  • Congratulations on another successful launch and very sexy book, Tawny! Can’t wait to read my copy!!

    I usually don’t blow out a candle or even have birthday cake on my birthdays. These days I buy a slice of Dulce deLeche cheesecake and eat a little bit every day for a week. It’s how I treat myself!

    • Tawny Weber says:

      Ahhh, Suz… you are one smart lady!!! I love how you take your birthday indulgence and spread it over the whole week. That is both smart, and decadently awesome 😀

      Thanks for the congrats 🙂

  • Pat Cochran says:

    Congratulations and Best Wishes on the
    release of A Seal’s Seduction, Tawny!!

    We’ve had to back off on the candles
    on the birthday cake for me. Over 7
    decades of candles could cause some
    serious problems. Like setting off all of
    the smoke alarms in the house!!

    Ohmygosh! I do love me some Seals!
    Where are the cabana boys with the
    cold drinks? Not to drink, to pour over
    my head to cool me down! LOL !!

    • Tawny Weber says:

      Thanks Pat 🙂

      Hey, you know you could still have candles!! Have each candle represent a decade *g* That’s where I’m going with mine in the next few years, in a desperate attempt to not cover the cake with melted wax.

      and in lieu of ice water over the head (because, brrrr), how about a nice, cool chaise with cabana boys fanning you while your read? We can provide plenty of that 😀

  • Marcy Shuler says:

    Happy Birthday and Book Release, Tawny! I hope you get what you want on your special day.

    I do blow out the candles on my cake after being serenaded by my hubby and 2 teen boys. LOL I don’t really make a wish for anything special. I’m just tickled they took the trouble to make me a cake, frost it and sing to me. 🙂

    • Tawny Weber says:

      Awww, Marcy, if my guy made me a cake, I’d be tickled too. Scared to eat it, but tickled all the same LOL. He’s awesome at going to the bakery, though. Or at passing on the task to our daughter, who rocks the desserts. That is so sweet that your hubby and boys would do that for you!! What sweeties.

      And thank you SO much for the congrats 😀 I appreciate it.

  • Diane Sallans says:

    If there are candles, you have to blow them out and make that wish – so far, the really important wishes for family health are doing well.

  • Fedora says:

    A VERY happy birthday to you, Tawny, and a mega happy belated release day! I don’t often blow out candles any more, but it’s fun to still wish occasionally 🙂 Many times it’s for more books, because what could be happier? 😉 Looking forward to reading your SEAL!

  • Kelli Jo Calvert says:

    If I actually have a cake with candles, I sure enough make a wish and blow them out! But I couldn’t tell you the last time I got to do that so I couldn’t tell you if I wanted to what the wish was for! 😉