Monday, January 11, 2021

Guest Post: Rawhide Ace in the Hole by Desiree Holt

Today's guest is Desiree Holt as she talks about her new release Rawhide Ace in the Hole. 

I've had the pleasure of meeting Desiree several times at conferences. She is a kind and lovely woman. I adore her writing.

At the very exclusive dungeon, where only those with connections gather to indulge their sexual fantasies, a new twist has been added—a deck of cards. For each Master and sub, the choice of cards from their deck determines their play for the night. Who knows what twists a game of chance can bring.

Cut the Cards

Kelly LeBlanc was hot and aroused at being selected to be part of a demonstration for Rawhide’s members and guests. A card game for sex? What fun. But then she met the Dom, Tanner Sloat, and she found all her wildest fantasies about to come true.


He was everything Nia March had ever dreamed about in a Master, and more. And as he took her to levels higher than she’d even been, touching something deep inside her, she wondered if she could protect her heart.

Texas Hold ‘em

Sage Drummond thought she’d never recover from the effects of a relationship filled with cruelty, but she craved the role of sub. When she tentatively dipped her toe in the waters at Rawhide, that last thing she expected to find was a Master who would satisfy her needs as well as heal her heart. Could it last?

Dealer’s Choice

Cade Sullivan was one the most in demand Dom, until a tragedy sent him hiding from the world and out of the D/s life. Working at Rawhide gave Fiona Wilder the urge to try the D/s life. Could she be the key to make Cade forget the past and build a life with a sub that was all his?

Two of a Kind

They each brought their baggage to a night at Rawhide that was supposed to be nothing but fun. A night of intense D/s play. Neither expected the intense connections they made or how it would change their lives.


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If Tanner hadn’t come vetted by Reulas, Kelly might have had second thoughts about this. She was very selective with her Doms, but the club owner wouldn’t put her with a man unless he trusted him. Besides, she couldn’t remember the last time she’d felt such a strong sexual pull, such a desire to do anything and everything with anyone, no restrictions.

She smiled at him and waited for him to precede her, following him with her head down and hands clasped behind her back, already in her submissive role.

The alcove was barely more than a niche in the wall as it curved back toward the hallway. It contained a café table and two chairs and provided a modicum of privacy for two people to conduct their negotiations away from the crowd. Tanner nodded for her to sit, then opened the deck of cards.

“This is a new game to you,” he told her, “so I would like you to make the first choices.”

She took a deep breath, fanned out the cards, and started turning them over.

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Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Guest Post: Mountain Blaze by Debby Grahl

My guest today is Debby Grahl and she is talking about her new release: Mountain Blaze


Tell us a little about yourself:

My husband David and I live on Hilton Head Island, SC. I love the water so we spend time sitting and walking on the beach. I also enjoy horseback riding, traveling, shopping for shoes, going out to lunch with girlfriends, getting together with family and friends, decorating for Christmas, red wine, and chocolate. I like to read old British murder mysteries and romance novels.

What do like the most and the least about writing? 

I love plotting the story, creating my characters, and the incredible feeling I get when a reader tells me how much they enjoyed my book. I don’t like marketing at all! I’m not good at it, and it takes up time when I’d rather be writing. I tell people I’d rather be forced to eat mushrooms than do marketing.

Give us a peek into your latest published work? 

Disillusioned by his wife’s betrayal, rodeo star Dillon McCoy comes home to the mountains of North Carolina to lick his wounds. When he agrees to take over the family ranch, the Lazy M, he’s unaware danger waits.

Diana Thompson is having doubts about her engagement to Trent Sawyer. She agrees to leave Chapel Hill and spend Thanksgiving with her friend Jenn at the Lazy M. When Diana and Dillon meet, neither can deny their attraction, but both must resolve past relationships while fighting their growing desire. 

After Dillon turns down an anonymous offer to purchase the ranch, attempts are made on his life. When a body is found, Dillon sets out to discover who wants the McCoy land enough to commit murder.

What’s next on the writing horizon for you? 

I’m working on Island Heat which is next in my Carolina series and is set on Hilton Head Island. The third will take place in Charleston, SC. I have the plot and the characters, but I’m having trouble with the title.

Is there anything you want to tell readers?

 I’d like to tell them how much I appreciate their taking the time to read my books and give me reviews. 


Dillon smiled and Diana thought it the sexiest smile she’d ever seen. There was a slight cleft in his chin, and fine lines formed at the corners of his eyes. Diana inwardly groaned. The butterflies were back.

“I’d hold onto you. I wouldn’t let you fall,” he softly said.

With his slow southern accent, the words sounded like warm honey rolling off his tongue. The depth of his eyes and the sound of his voice mesmerized her.

The horses stood side by side. Her and Dillon’s legs touched. He leaned toward her, and the light aroma of wood smoke, hay, and his spicy cologne filled her nostrils. Diana knew what he was about to do but had no willpower to stop him. He cupped her cheek and their lips met.

Gentle at first, his lips glided over hers. He increased the pressure until she opened her mouth and his tongue slipped in. Diana moaned and wrapped her arms around his neck. His arms around her waist, he deepened the kiss. Before she realized what he was doing, without breaking their kiss Dillon lifted her from Flora and placed her across his lap.

Cradled in his arms, Diana clung to him, delicious sensations filling her. Her body came alive in a way that surprised her. The only thing that mattered was this man and this moment.

Flame moved, bringing her back to reality. Diana’s eyes fluttered open, and she stared into Dillon’s, deep with passion and need.

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Thursday, October 8, 2020

Guest Post: Christmas Rekindled by Sadira Stone

Today's guest is Sadira Stone with her newest release: Christmas Rekindled.

Tell us about what you write:

I write steamy contemporary romance set in the U.S. Pacific Northwest. My Book Nirvana series centers around a quirky bookshop in Eugene, Oregon. Gelato Surprise is a steamy older woman/younger man beach romance novella. The Banger Tavern Romance series is set in a neighborhood tavern in Tacoma, Washington, where I live - the town, not the Tavern! Each story features a holiday celebration in Bangers Tavern: Christmas, St. Patrick's Day, Cinco de Mayo, 4th July, Halloween, etc. During this sad time when so many bars, resturants, and other businesses are shut down. Bangers Tavern gives me a chance to virtually share the fun, camaraderie, and bar food I miss so much. And each volume includes tasty cocktail recipes I've personally tested and tweaked - a tough job, but I do it for my readers (wink).

Under my own name, I write cozy mysteries and creepy short stories - think The Twilight Zone  - but so far only one creepy short story has been published. I'll get to the rest of them eventually, but right now I'm having too much fun writing romance!

When two Scrooges unite to save a bar in trouble, a kiss under the mistletoe sparks the sexiest Christmas miracle ever.

Bartender River Lundqvist has a damn good reason for hating Christmas. Bangers Tavern is the perfect place to lay low over the holidays—until Charlie walks in. His first encounter with the saucy server nine years ago was utter humiliation. Her reappearance stirs up powerful desires and hopes for a new start. But the timing is all wrong.

Back in Tacoma to care for her estranged dad over the holidays, freelance web designer Charlie Khoury braces herself for the suckiest Christmas ever. A temporary job at Bangers Tavern gives her a chance to escape Dad’s criticism and blow off some steam. But why does the hunky bartender seem to hate her?    

A pretend girlfriend is just what River needs to keep his family off his back—until a kiss under the mistletoe flares hot enough to melt the North Pole. When greedy developers threaten Bangers Tavern, River and Charlie must team up to save it. Their sizzling chemistry feels like the real thing—but everyone knows rebound relationships don’t last.

Come to Bangers Tavern for an enemies-to-lovers tale of reconciliation, found family, holiday cocktails, and the sexiest Christmas miracle ever.


Passing with a keg of beer on a hand dolly, Eddie grunted and pointed up, grinning. Above the bar’s corner hung a clump of mistletoe, tied with a red ribbon.

River dropped his gaze to Charlie. Should he move in for that kiss he’d been fantasizing about since yesterday? Or wait for her to initiate?

She shrugged. “Can’t break tradition.” She took a step toward him. His heart double-timed in his chest. His vision went all soft and blurry. Nearer still…

She pivoted, grabbed Eddie’s jaw with both hands, and planted a loud smooch on his mouth. “Mwah. Merry Christmas, Eddie.”

The barback stumbled and nearly fell on his bony ass.

River didn’t know whether to laugh or cry. Cursing softly under his breath, he trudged toward the bar. I push her father all the way down Sixth Ave, and she kisses Eddie?

A soft hand grasped his bicep. “C’mon, River. Don’t be mad.”

He turned, and she stepped in close. Really close. Her fingertips rested on his chest. Huge dark eyes twinkled with mischief. “I had to pay Eddie back for being a troublemaker.”

He arched an eyebrow. “Kissing me is trouble?”

Her hand slid to his nape. “Probably. But, you know, tradition…”

Her heaven-soft lips brushed his, and the din around them faded away. He wrapped his arms around her waist. Her tongue might be sharp, but every inch of her was warm, soft, luscious. A low, hungry sound deep in her throat called his dick to full attention. She angled her head and kissed him again, long and lingering. But when he touched the corner of her mouth with the tip of his tongue, she sucked in a breath and pulled away. “See, told ya.” She tapped his sternum. “Trouble.”

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Friday, August 28, 2020

Guest Post: D*mn Near Perfect by Nancy Fraser

Today my guest is Nancy Fraser talking about her new book D*mn Near Perfect

Tell us a little about yourself.

Hmm ... how long have we got?

I’ve been writing for over 30 years. My first book was published in 1996. My next, not until 10 years later. Perseverance pays off, I guess. Since then I’ve published over 30 romance novels, novellas, and short stories.

I’m fortunate to have worked with a number of great editors and count many, many authors among by best friends. Being an author is a great life. I look forward to at least another decade of creating.

What do like the most and the least about writing?

If I had to pick a “most”, I’d definitely say the satisfaction of finishing a book and being able to share it out in the world. Also, the kindness of readers who appreciate the hard work that goes into creating a compelling book.

Least? Falling in love with my character and then having to day “goodbye”.


Beth Andrews has given up on ever finding a happily-ever-after. Still smarting from a bitter divorce, she’s decided the only thing she truly needs is sex.

Unfortunately, wanting sex and actually finding it are two very different things.

Jonathan Tucker is perfectly satisfied with his bachelor lifestyle. He has a wonderful career, a kick-ass new condo, and any woman he wants. As often as he wants. At twenty-seven, he’s convinced he’s living life exactly as it should be.

Will the older, albeit sexy, ad executive and the handsome, talented artist both find there’s more to life than what they have now? Or, will they be satisfied with what the both claim to want—d*mn near perfect sex!

What’s next on the writing horizon for you?

D*mn Near Perfect is my first self-published project. I have another book, Return of the Wolfe, coming out in September. I’m truly enjoying the freedom of self-publishing and plan to keep it up for quite some time.

I'll be teaming with 9 other wonderful authors in a box-set of contemporary holiday romances, Christmas Comes to Dickens, which will be up for pre-order on all platforms as of October 1st.

Is there anything you want to tell readers?

If you find an author you truly like, share his/her work with your friends and other romance fans. Word-of-mouth is often how many authors get discovered, and read, by readers who may never have known about their work.

Of course, I’d be remiss without also saying “thank you” for your support. We hard-working authors truly appreciate it.



Beth lit the tapered candles and opened a bottle of expensive red wine so it could breathe. Harry would be there at any minute. Always prompt, the investment banker was finally going to get what he’d been hinting at on their last two dates.

Everything set, they’d have a quick dinner, a bit of serious foreplay, some hot sex and maybe—just maybe—she’d be asleep before her upstairs neighbor came home.

The security buzzer chimed Harry Patterson’s arrival. The hand-carved clock in the foyer cuckooed seven times. Checking her appearance in the hallway mirror, Beth pressed the release switch on the outside entrance and opened her apartment door in anticipation.

Moments later, the elevator door slid open and Harry, decked out as always in a two-thousand-dollar Armani suit, stepped into the hall. Beth could see another man standing just inside the elevator. The stranger raised his head and their gazes met. He smiled, a teasingly devilish grin, and then he winked at her. His gaze swept over her, leaving a trail of heat in its wake.

Harry, damn him, came forward, his approach blocking her line of vision, stealing from her a last glimpse of one of the most handsome men she’d ever seen, interrupting the wave of warmth flooding her body.

“Beth, darling. How have you been?” Harry asked, his voice filled with arrogant indifference.

Okay, enough small talk. Let’s eat and then hit the sack.

Rather than voice her conscience’s desire for immediate action, she said instead, “I’m fine, Harry. How about you?”

“As good as can be expected, given the state of the market lately. Are those investments I recommended holding up for you?”

“They’re fine, I guess. I really don’t keep track.”

She could see shock and disappointment in the darkening of his gaze.

“Really, Beth, you’ve got to pay more attention. You’re not getting any younger you know. And, given what you lost in the divorce settlement, it’s imperative you start rebuilding your portfolio.”

“It’s only been a year or two. And, I’m not that old.”

He took a step closer and laid his palm against her cheek. His hands were soft, she noticed, probably softer than her own. She tried to imagine how they’d feel caressing her body, yet the image wouldn’t come. She closed her eyes and waited. Instead of conjuring up a picture of the two of them engaged in a steamy clinch, she saw the man in the elevator, his grin taunting her, his gaze assessing her.

Most men, she realized, would take the demure closing of her eyes, the subtle show of submission, as encouragement. Not Harry.

Rather than suggest skipping their meal altogether, he asked, “What’s for dinner?”


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Thursday, August 27, 2020

Guest Post: Amber Eyes by Gabbi Black

 Today my guest is Gabbi Black talking about her new release: Amber Eyes

Tell us a little about yourself.

I wrote my first romance when I was in the eighth grade but took some time off to get a traditional education. By the end of earning my undergraduate degree in theater, the writing bug had bitten me again.  I wrote on and off for years but in 2012 started to take the endeavor seriously.  I have written a whole bunch of books and am finally seeing the fruits of my labors being recognized and my third romance is being published this week.

What do like the most and the least about writing?

What I love the most is the creative process – actually sitting down and pounding out that first draft.  What do I like the least?  It’s a toss-up between editing and marketing, but both are beasts of burden that come with this endeavor.


School principal Gage Clayton is still grieving the death of his wife and submissive, yet he can't ignore his Dominant needs. As he enters Club Kink, he's inexplicably drawn to a newly released sub with an intriguing proposition and the most captivating amber eyes. But she has disturbing baggage and her expectations prove quite a challenge, one that would necessitate a commitment he's not ready for.

Rielle Reid needs a Dom while she waits for her former Master to return. When she invites a handsome stranger to her home dungeon for a night of play, she's surprised at his gentle dominance—and her response to it. But in the light of day, his demand for equal footing confounds her. After living four years as a twenty-four/seven slave, she has no concept of how to be anything other than property.

Gage must find a way to master Rielle to free them both from the shackles of the past.

What’s next on the writing horizon for you?

I am currently editing books 2 and 3 in the series I’ve titled In Their Eyes.  Amber Eyes is the first in the dark erotic BDSM trilogy.   I’ve also written another gay romance (under the pen name Gabbi Grey) and I am editing it as we speak.

Is there anything you want to tell readers?

If not for the encouragement of readers, I wouldn’t be here.  I love hearing back from readers who’ve read my book and getting the feedback.  I also want to slip in that I have some experience in the realm of BDSM so there might be some first-hand knowledge in the book.  Names have been changed, of course.

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“I want you to tell me what you want, Rielle.”

Relief flooded her face in an unguarded moment. “I want you.”

This time he understood. “Where?”

She pointed in the direction opposite from the dungeon, to a door he hadn’t noticed before. They moved toward it, and when he grasped the handle, she placed a hand on his, stilling his motion.

He met her gaze and held it. “Trust me.” He mentally willed her to have the courage, knowing what a leap this was for her.

Her wide eyes shone, and her lower lip quivered.

He longed to bite and then soothe it, and perhaps her fears, but this wasn’t the right moment. A solemnity and an earnestness he’d not felt from her before enveloped, and he wasn’t going to do anything to break the mood.

Eventually, she removed her hand.

He twisted the handle, and in the pitch-black room, ran his hand against the wall for the light switch, flipping it on. Together, they stepped into the room that was pure white and therefore pure light. One wall was lined with shelves crammed with books. Another wall’s shelves were full of movies and music. An antique lamp adorned a desk with a laptop. The space was the antithesis of the dungeon.

In more ways than one.

Instead of a California king bed, a narrow single bed was pressed into the corner, so small it might’ve belonged to a child. White throw pillows and a coverlet provided contrast to the solitary color in the room—a brown worn-out teddy bear propped amongst the pillows.

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Friday, July 24, 2020

Guest Post: Trust Me by Nancy Fraser

Please welcome Nancy Fraser to my blog to day to talk about her new release: Trust Me

Tell us a little about yourself.

Well, let’s see ... 

I’ve been writing since the early 1990s and published my first book in 1996. Since then I’ve published over 30 romance novels, novellas, and short stories.

In my “real” life, I’m a lucky grandmother to five witty and talented grandchildren. I live on the east coast of Canada and—isolation aside—I love to travel (preferably to Las Vegas).

What do like the most and the least about writing?

Most? The idea of creating something new and unique and then being able to share it with readers who appreciate the hard work that goes into creating a compelling book.

Least? Editing when it’s too late in the day to drink coffee. Thank goodness for Baileys!

Give us a peek into your latest published work?

Tax consultant Katherine Weller isn't ready for a relationship after a divorce that left her empty. But when her best friend suggests she set up a sex-only date through Lusty Liaisons, a unique and exclusive dating service, she's uncertain but intrigued.

Maybe a hot romp with a sexy, younger man is exactly what she needs to take that confident first step into her new life as a single woman.

What’s next on the writing horizon for you?

Trust Me is the second short story in a planned five-story set, so at the moment I’m waiting on edits for #3 – Teach Me and writing #4 – Thrill Me in the meantime.
I’m also venturing into my first crack at self-publishing. My ultra-spicy novella, D*mn Near Perfect will be out at the end of August.

Is there anything you want to tell readers?

Yes, of course. I’m a grandma and full of great advice and suggestions! First off, I want to tell the readers exactly how much we appreciate them. If we didn’t, we wouldn’t keep writing. I also want to impress on them that one of the most important things they can do, as readers, is to share their love of a good book in the form of a review. Also...don’t be afraid to try new authors and new romance genres. There are so many good books out there at the moment. You wouldn’t want to miss a thing.


Monday came and went. Tuesday...nothing. By Wednesday, Katherine wanted nothing more than to bury herself beneath a mound of blankets and stay there until her death. Or her eightieth birthday, whichever came first. By then, she’d be over the embarrassment of not being chosen for a night of uncomplicated, albeit hot, sex.

Lillie’s daily request for a progress report wasn’t helping matters.

Katherine’s cell dinged—a sure sign Lillie was sending her another message of encouragement. After pouring herself a second glass of Cakebread Chardonnay, Katherine picked up her phone, ran her fingertips across the lock screen, and stabbed the blinking icon.

You have a request.

Katherine double checked the sender’s name. Lusty Liaisons.

Damn! Hands shaking, she opened the email.

You’ve made a sexy match!

A request for contact was received from Aaron Blake. Mr. Blake is offering a fun-filled night at the Hudson Inn, Somerville, for this coming Saturday beginning at eight in the evening. If you decide to accept, please respond to this email. We will make the arrangements and confirm within twenty-four hours.

Click the link below to read Aaron’s profile.

She re-read the email twice before finally clicking on the profile link.

Aaron Blake, age thirty-two. Six-foot-two, two-hundred ten pounds. Occupation: government contractor. Sexual preferences: almost anything goes, although not into bondage.

Her gaze shot back to the top of the profile as it had at least a dozen times. Aaron Blake’s  photo stared back at her. His crooked smile taunted her, as if daring her to ignore him. A thin scar ran from the corner of his right eye and down the side of his face, yet it wasn’t disfiguring in the least. If anything, it drew her attention to his deep-set, brown eyes and long lashes. His dark hair was peppered with a touch of gray. A hint of stubble shadowed his square jaw.

All-in-all, he was gorgeous. And no doubt able to get any woman he wanted. What could he possibly want with a woman ten years his senior?

Before she could lose her nerve, she pressed the reply key, checked the box that said “accept,” and hit the send button.

Monday, June 22, 2020

New Release: Risky Proposal by Marie Tuhart

I'm so thrilled today to have a new release available.

Risky Proposal was a call from The Wild Rose Press based on a small town in Vermont and the Deerbourne Inn.  You don't have to read the other books in the series, but I encourage you to. This is a standalone book and I had a lot of fun writing the book. Plus if you read Red Club Temptation Jessie and Caleb make an appearance.


IT specialist Claire Holmes begins her stay at Deerbourne Inn to rejuvenate after her sister's tragic death. In a week, she'll start her dream job and embark on a whole new journey. But a leaky pipe leads to an unexpected reunion with the sexy plumber she had a blind date with a year ago. His dominant air calls to her slumbering submissive side. Vowing to be bold, she invites him to hopes of maybe a little more.

Dominant Josh Hawkins has it all—a successful hardware store and the beginnings of a new BDSM club. He doesn't realize he's missing someone to share it with until Claire bursts into his world and shows him that her submissive tendencies are just what he needs in his life, even if for only a week. His risky proposal to explore the spark between them could ignite an inferno that neither can quench…


The door opened, and Josh almost took a step back. He blinked. The woman standing there made his libido stand up and take notice. Her brown hair spread over her shoulders, and her blue eyes were slumberous, her T-shirt rumpled.

“Hi.” She blinked a couple of times.

“This is Josh; he’s going to take a look at the sink,” Liz said.

“Oh good.” She stared at him. “I know you from somewhere.” Her voice was husky. She had the look of a woman who’d been woken up. There was something familiar about her as well.

“If you’ll excuse me, I have to go check on my kids,” Liz said. “Josh, you okay?”

“Yep, got it. Go take care of your rug rats. I know where the shut-off valve is.” Josh stepped into the bathroom. He fiddled with the faucet, then stepped out.

Ms. I-know-you-from-somewhere stood by the dresser. Damn, she was a fine woman. Those jeans molded to her hips, and her T-shirt cupped her breasts. A woman who had meat on her body. His hands itched to touch her. Hold it, buddy. You’re here to work.

He cleared his throat. “I need to run and get supplies to fix it. It will take me about twenty

“Okay. I’m not going anywhere.” She grinned at him, her blue eyes sparkling.

His dick swelled, taking him by surprise. He couldn’t recall a time when a single glance from a sexy woman had sent hot flares of lust straight to his pants. She claimed he looked familiar, maybe after he fixed the sink, he’d check her out.

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