Day 16 – 30 Days of Christmas

Well, it’s December 10 and the 16th day of my holiday event and I’m late posting! Ack! I have a busy day ahead because I’m going to breakfast with Z.A. Maxfield but skipping my local RWA meeting. For one, my back is out and walking the length of the community center’s cement walkway while bent over slightly isn’t something I want to do. For another, I have to finish Cupid Christmas today. The cowboys weren’t cooperating. I thought their story should be about 8000 words in length. THEY thought differently. Looks like they will be about 16,000 words. Contrary cowboys. *eyeroll*

Enough about them. You’ll hear all about them on Christmas Eve since they are my Dec. 24 giveaway along with holiday books by Z.A. Maxfield and an arc from our editor Kris Jacen at MLR Press. Today’s giveaway is Insolence, an EPIC award and Passionate Plume finalist. I love this book because it’s told solely from the point of view of the hero. The other books and authors in today’s giveaway include Mary Winter’s Heartbeat and Mardi Ballou’s Sherry Amor. Here’s info on the books and authors.


Cobblestone Press

M/F, BDSM, Erotic Contemporary Romance



Aric Calderwood owns a BDSM club called Insolence. When his childhood best friend offers to be his sub for the weekend, Aric discovers that a decade as a Dom is no match for his long held feelings for the arrogant Ainsley Connor. Once he touches her, Aric’s control is overcome by a flood of memories and emotion, and by then he’s not even sure it’s her submission he wants. A weekend of intimacy with Ainsley shows Aric what he’s been missing in his life and he realizes that regardless of whether she’s submissive or insolent, all he wants is her.

 Warning: This story gets inside the head of a very opinionated Dom who’s spent years wanting a woman he never thought he could have.


Pink Petal Books

M/F erotic contemporary romance



Reba Dailey thought she had everything she wanted…until a heart attack brought her face-to-face with death. Now, no longer able to continue her high-power job as an advertising executive, she’s forced to discover what she truly wants out of life.

Todd Thorpe knows all about the laws of attraction and how to create energy to heal. He owns Healing Hands, a natural healing center, where he helps people make the most of their life. People like Reba Dailey. One heated kiss four years ago told him they’d be explosive together. And he’s hungered for her ever since.

Now she’s returned, and everything is a matter of a heart. With each steamy encounter, she’s discovering the joy of her new life, and with each heartbeat, she’s falling more and more in love.

Mary Winter commutes between her dream home near the Mark Twain national forest in Missouri and her current residence in Iowa. She lives with a menagerie of animals including an opinionated horse and a cat who was a dog in past life. When not writing spicy tales of erotic romance, she enjoys writing science fiction and fantasy, spending time with her horse, and enjoying the outdoors. Lucky for her, her partner (hero) shares these same passions, and usually both of them can be found in their respective dens writing.

And it’s not far from the truth. Mary began writing in high school after she discovered Silhouette Desire romance novels and realized that she wanted to be the one to write stories that carried readers away from their oh-so-boring lives. She has a deep appreciation and love of the natural, the spirtual, and the metaphysical, which has led to her running Jupiter Gardens and writing for new age and pagan magazines. She is attuned to Reiki II and reads tarot cards.

Right now her household includes six cats, ranging in age from less than six months (Tenzin, former feral kitten) to seventeen years (Tigger, diabetic kitty), her horse, two parrots, a finch flight, a geriatric parakeet flight, and her partner, the hero of her own personal romance story.

Her favorite television shows are Torchwood, Bones, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Dr. Who (new), Battlestar Galactica (new), Babylon 5, Farscape, and Sex in the City. Her favorite movies are Spaceballs, The Cutting Edge, Serenity, Robin Hood Prince of Thieves, the LoTR trilogy, and probably a few others she’s forgetting. Her musical tastes range from Enya, Clannad, David Arkenstone, David & Steve Gordon, Scott McDonald, and AfroCelt Sound System to Metallica, Nine Inch Nails, and others. WEBSITE

Sherry Amor

Ellora’s Cave

M/F/M erotic contemporary menage



Francisco Reyes can deal with dying. He can’t deal with leaving Elena Sandoval, his forever love, or ruining their last Christmas together with the truth of his illness. Instead, he hires Rafe McMaster to film a wine commercial for their Sherry Amor and, unbeknownst to either Elena or Rafe, to become her new lover.

To the beat of flamenco music, Elena and Rafe fall into each other’s arms-while Francisco films them. Aghast at what they’ve done, Elena and Rafe can’t believe Francisco not only accepts their lovemaking but also joins them.

Francisco aches seeing his beloved Elena with Rafe, but he believes his plan to provide Elena with a new lover once he is gone is working-until Rafe and Elena take charge and show him neither one is ready to let him go so easily. After all, Christmas is a season of miracles.

By day she’s a mild-mannered language teacher. But after hours, Mardi Ballou’s wild writer persona erupts and entraps her in bondageŠto her computer. Release comes only once she achieves her word count goal, at which point the maniacal chocolate monster will give her one sublime piece. And then she can spend time with her hero husband Lee, who gives great massages at strategic times. So Mardi writes what she knows- romances-hot and mainstream-for Ellora’s Cave, Samhain, NCP, Whiskey Creek, and Changeling. Also women’s fiction. Her most recent releases are, from Ellora’s Cave, Dark Venues, Sherry Amor, Soap Bloke, and Desert Destiny in e-book format and, in print, Long, Slow Ride in the Better with Age anthology and Perfect Pear in the Ripe and Ready anthology. The Fangly, My Dear series-Byte Marks, What’s a Ghoul to Do? and Playing with Matches-is in print from Samhain. Check out all of Mardi’s books, and more, at

And there you have it! Three very hot books for this Saturday, December 10! For a chance to win, comment on this post by midnight Pacific time tonight! Happy holidays!

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13 Responses to Day 16 – 30 Days of Christmas

  1. Lindsey E says:

    Another good day to have an ereader.
    linze_e at

  2. Emily Tardy says:

    These books sound fun! Thank you for the chance to win =D

    p.s. All the books sound great! I REALLY want to read Aric’s story though

  3. Amber Hall says:

    Thanks so much! These all sound great!


  4. Estella says:

    Today’s books sound awesome!

  5. Renee' S. says:

    Hello Lex,
    I hope your back is feeling better & you are able to relax the rest of the evening.
    Oh yes, My eBook List to Santa is going & going & going, 3 more Books that sound like must reads.
    Take Care of Your Back…Oh Better Yet….Get someone to give you a nice relaxing massage 😉 lol
    Renee’ S.

  6. Shelly says:

    Sorry to hear about your back pain. Hope it gets better. Enjoyed reading about today’s books. They sound like good reads. 🙂

  7. Joder says:

    I hope your back is feeling better and that you had a nice time with ZAM. Today’s books look great and Mary and I seem to have identical taste in tv and movies so we won’t be fighting over the remote. Thanks for the giveaway.

    joderjo402 AT gmail DOT com

  8. UteH says:

    Hope your back will be better soon.

  9. elaing8 says:

    My TBR list is getting huge.
    Thanks for the giveaway

  10. Cathy M says:

    Great selection, Lex. Have a great visit with ZA today.

    caity_mack at yahoo dot com

  11. Tracey D says:

    WOW!! The more I read these blurbs, the more I want the books now. LOL. Here is another set of books for my must have list.

  12. Joanne B. says:

    You always pick the best books, Lex. These sound great. Thanks for the giveaway.

  13. Fedora says:

    Ooh, these do sound fabulously hot! Thanks for adding still more to my TBB, Lex!