30 Days of Christmas:Day 22

The Common Ground winner from yesterday was Rae! Woot!

Today’s book is the sixth book of the Tales series, an almost sweet tale of confusion and love.  Sunstroked has been criticized for how quickly Corey and Seth get together once they meet again, but I think those reviewers just aren’t as immersed in the Darkworld and therefore don’t understand how strong the pull is for these immortals to be with their mate.

In Corey’s case, sure he was utterly broken, but the moment Seth apologizes, Corey begins to understand that half the reason he broke were his own unrealistic expectations. As for Seth, he never fully understands why he didn’t realize that Corey was his mate. In all probability its roots are deep in the big closet he lived in for so long and how little he trusted his own instincts. Once they both realize those two things, the pull to mate would be unbearable within them.

If you’d like the opportunity to win a copy of Sunstroked, comment on this post until midnight Eastern/9 pm Pacific time tonight.

Sunstroked – Tales of the Darkworld Book Six

Pink Petal Books

M/M, wildling (fae)/werewolf, erotic paranormal romance

Novella (41K)

Blurb:
When wildling Corey Green discovers his mate is Seth Dylan, a tough as nails, dour werewolf from the McCallan clan, he thinks his life is set. However, Seth’s not out and doesn’t know if he wants to be. A pivotal sexual encounter between the men has Seth running scared and leaves Corey broken hearted. The men meet again nearly two years later and this time Seth’s out but Corey’s dark depression is about to send him behind the Veil of the Jewel Box to the fae world. Seth’s determined to make up for running out on Corey, but the wildling’s sunny disposition has gone so dark it may be too late for them to build a life together. With love on his side, Seth sets out return the sunshine to Corey’s soul.

Warning: Contains two hot gay men who love sunshine, sex that makes the plants and trees grow, and a big bad wolf who will do anything to win the man he loves.

Author’s Note:
The Tales books up to Common Ground (#5) can stand alone, but read together provide the reader with a comprehensive view of the characters and their family dynamics. With this book (#6), the series takes a turn toward each book being less stand alone. You can read Sunstroked without the others but there will be things you may not understand if you’ve not read Common Ground or Hot Water or Fire Season. Common Ground in particular is key to Sunstroked, most especially the epilogue.

Excerpt

Corey Green had to be the most beautiful man Seth had ever seen. And his looks weren’t even half his appeal. If the man hadn’t been so incredibly nice on top of his sexiness, Seth wouldn’t have even considered losing his virginity to the guy. But he knew, just as he knew his own innate sexuality, that being with Corey was right. His sense of destiny galloped headlong toward Corey’s bedroom, carrying Seth toward something he wanted with a fierceness that made every muscle in his body tremble.

He wanted what was to come, needed it. The darkness he’d lived in his entire life had brightened the moment Corey had spoken to him, and Seth didn’t want to go back to the dark. He wanted to walk in the sun for the first time, maybe the only time, in his life. Corey represented happiness and pleasure and freedom, all things that had been in short supply throughout Seth’s life. Tomorrow he’d think about whether he should continue to deny his sexuality. Tomorrow he’d figure out what to do for the rest of his life. Tonight, all he wanted was pleasure. The pleasure he and his lover would give each other…

“You’re thinking too much,” Corey murmured and wrapped one hand around the back of Seth’s head, drawing him closer. “You just need to feel. Feel and enjoy.”

Seth let Corey pull him close. His heart pounded so hard he wondered if Corey could hear it. As the wildling’s mouth came down on his, Seth had the sense that the sun had emerged from behind a cloud. Searing heat flushed his body as if the sun beat down on his skin. With a sigh, Seth surrendered to the teasing lick of Corey’s tongue, opening his mouth to invite his lover inside. Their tongues twined and joy shot through Seth. A simple kiss had never felt so good.

When Corey broke off the kiss, Seth moaned in protest. With a chuckle, Corey threaded his fingers with Seth’s and led the way upstairs. The bedroom stood in shadow, the setting sun slanting only a few faint rays through the open window. Corey flicked on the bedside lamp and the room filled with a golden light.

“Tell me what you want.”

Corey’s voice held a softness and caring that sent a shudder through Seth. So few people in his life had cared about him. For this man whom he’d just met to openly show he cared about Seth’s feelings, wants, and desires, sent a wave of nameless emotion through him. Although they’d not done much yet, Seth already teetered on overload. Yet, he welcomed it. His past would be set aside from this moment onward. He would look to the future and look inside himself for the answers, and not look to his pack or his family to supply the blueprint for his life.

“I want it all.”

His stark words were met with a glorious smile. The curving of Corey’s generous, sexy lips made Seth’s mouth water.

“Well, of course you do,” Corey said, brushing his fingers through Seth’s unruly hair. “And I’m perfectly willing to be a sexual smorgasbord, but where do you want to start? What do you want to do first?”

Seth reached up and locked his fingers around Corey’s wrist, feeling the thrum of the wildling’s blood beneath his fingertips. “Have you ever had a virgin before?” he asked, his heart suddenly aching to know where he stood with Corey.

Two hands cupped his face for a brief moment, a fleeting caress meant to soothe.

“No, I haven’t. But you’re special. I sensed it immediately,” Corey replied honestly, his steel blue eyes serious. “I want to show you how wonderful this can be. I want to show you what you feel is not wrong. How can pleasure be wrong? It is no one’s place to sit in judgment on another especially with regard to acts of pleasure between two consenting adults. You’re not a freak, Seth. You’re just a man with healthy desires. Other men will want to be with you. I want to be with you. And there is nothing wrong with that. Let me show you how good it can be.”

Seth pondered Corey’s words for a moment, recognizing the truth in them. The darkness within him lightened. He stretched out a hand and laid it on Corey’s hip.

“I want to touch and be touched.”

A sigh escaped the wildling. Something brilliant glittered in his steel colored eyes for a moment, then he blinked them shut. When they opened, raw hunger blazed at Seth from the handsome face of the man who would be his first real lover. Then Corey spread his arms wide. The teasing smile that Seth had instantly been drawn to lit Corey’s face. Bathed in the smile’s radiance, it almost seemed to Seth as if a door had closed on his past, locking the darkness away where it could no longer reach him. His mouth went dry, his heart pounded to an uneven rhythm driven by lust and a plethora of emotions he couldn’t begin to define.

With shaking but determined hands, Seth pushed up Corey’s polo shirt exposing a broad golden-skinned chest. Moments later, the shirt hit the floor, and Seth’s fingertips found the wildling’s nipples. The flat discs puckered beneath his touch, and Corey groaned. Silently, Seth groaned too. The smooth skin beneath his hands didn’t feel anything like a woman’s. His palms skated over the hard contours of Corey’s torso, and he decided the man’s skin felt like rough silk.

I love these two so much! They are not only hot together, but incredibly sweet and fun. Don’t forget to post a comment to be entered in the drawing. Tomorrow, we start on a week of Christmas stories by some of my favorite author pals!

30 Days of Christmas:Day 21

The winner of Selena Illyria’s Tartan Mate is…Cinquetta! Selena will be in touch to award the prize soon.

Today’s book is from the Tales of the Darkworld. For those who know the series and read last year’s Christmas story Holiday Hearts, you know that vampire Marius Granville never expected to have a HEA of his own. Well, he got one in book 5 Common Ground. And it’s a fairly surprising story from a number of angles.

I know readers loved this story not just because Marius learned to loosen up and love but because they got to see just exactly who Weylyn Randall is. Weylyn’s influence over Marius and Sair’s romance is without parallel. And I think we all learn to love Weylyn just a bit more for his sage advice wrapped in humor and mesmerizing sexuality.

As a warning, this book has a chapter long sex scene that includes F/F and M/M action as well as the old tried and true M/F/M action.  But it’s really just Marius and Sair’s love story.

Common Ground – Tales of the Darkworld Book Five

Pink Petal Books

M/F, menage a quatre, vampire/werewolf, erotic paranormal romance

Novel

Blurb:

Werewolf Sair McCallan escapes the confines of her brother’s pack with the help of a mated werewolf couple who believe in open sexuality and relationships. With Weylyn and Keir Randall, Sair experiences freedom in all things for the first time in her life. When she meets her mate, she’s shocked to find he’s a boring, broody vampire. Uptight Marius Granville has his staid and orderly life completely shattered by the arrival of his bloodmate, a beautiful werewolf who steals his heart and expects him to join in her kinky play with the Randalls. Marius is forced out of his hum drum existence and opens himself to new sexual experiences to please Sair. As her new mate strives to give her everything she needs, Sair battles internal demons that threaten their fragile new relationship.

Warning: This book includes sex on a washing machine, a make out session ala From Here to Eternity, sex between best friends (F/F), double penetration of a female (oh, baby!), and the best blowjob in the world (M/M) all within the confines of the hottest ménage a quatre the Darkworld has ever seen.

Excerpt:

Sair shoved at him and Marius stumbled back a step. She dropped to the floor and slipped around him, trotting out of the bathroom. He followed her down the stairs and onto the deck at the back of the house. With a graceful leap, she jumped from the deck into the thick grass.

Marius came to an abrupt halt. With the silvery moonlight gilding her skin, naked Sair was a sight to behold. He sucked in a breath, his cock becoming even harder at the erotic tableau of his bloodmate stroking her hands over her moon dappled flesh.

“By the gods, Sair! You’ve no clue what you’re doing to me,” he complained as he stepped down into the grass.

Grinning wickedly, she backed away from him. “Yes, I do.” She laughed softly and darted around a tree as Marius took the shortest path toward her.

“You’re going to make me fuck you out here, aren’t you?”

She laughed again and skipped easily away from him when he tried to catch her arm. “What’s wrong with that? Are you allergic to grass?”

“No.” He stopped in a beam of moonlight, his head turning to watch her cavort naked in the dark, flitting between the trees. “But won’t the moon turn you furry?” he joked. “I don’t think I’d like to find myself coming inside a wolf.”

Momentarily startled, she stopped weaving in and out of the trees and turned to look at him. “You’d best be joking, my biter,” she said sternly. “You don’t see me assumin’ you can turn into a bat or become a pile of ash in the sun. Or, the gods forbid, sparkle.”

Her face scrunched up in an exaggerated grimace and Marius laughed. “I’m teasing about the moon. But you still haven’t shown me your wolf. Does she not wish to meet me?”

The grimace turned to a frown on her beautiful moon gilded features. “Do you ever go to the pet store and play with the puppies?” she asked in a cautious tone.

Shit, Marius thought. I’m caught.

Sair’s brows rose and he knew she’d heard his thoughts. “Yeeeeesss,” he replied, drawing out the single syllable of the word.

“This isn’t the same.”

Her sharply humorous statement hadn’t even faded from his ears before the outlines of her body began to shimmer. Marius had seen dragons shift before, their bodies becoming golden confetti in the air before solidifying. Sair’s shift didn’t take that long. The shimmer of her form took a split second and in the next moment, her human form disappeared, replaced by a grey wolf.

The wolf’s tail wagged and Marius smiled. Sair trotted over and thrust her cold, wet nose into his palm. He stroked her soft head and sank his fingers into her thick coat. Just like her human form, her wolf wasn’t big. Larger than a German Shepherd, but not nearly as large as other wolves he’d seen. She bumped against his legs, pushing him as her tail brushed his ass.

“You are all stuck on my ass tonight, aren’t you?” he teased.

You don’t like me admirin’ that firm masculine flesh?

“I didn’t say that. It’s just that other firm masculine flesh is crying out for attention.” With his free hand he stroked his cock.

You better hope no one sees you like this. Standin’ naked in the moonlight, pettin’ a wolf and strokin’ your dick. You’d get arrested and maybe sent to the psych ward.

Marius laughed and let go of his cock. “You’re right.”

When his fingers loosened on her fur, she dropped down to the ground and rolled to her back, displaying her belly. The fur there was lighter and he knew it would be softer. Kneeling beside her, her rubbed her belly with both hands, knowing that she had put herself in that vulnerable position to show him that she trusted him.

She whined as he stroked her and then shimmered. Instantly, her human form returned and Marius found himself stroking her naked belly, just above her mons. He grinned.

“Now, isn’t this convenient?” he murmured and slipped a hand between her thighs. He found her wet, her delicate folds slippery with arousal. She whimpered as he stroked her lightly.

Fitting his body between her thighs, he rubbed the tip of his erection in her wetness. She moaned, her hips surging toward him. With a hand on her belly, he held her down as she squirmed, trying to take his cock inside her.

“No, I don’t think so, my beautiful wolf.”

She gazed at him wide-eyed and moved urgently beneath his hands. “Yes. I want you. Please, Marius.”

“Oh, you’ll have me, just not like this.”

Deftly, with a swiftness and strength that gave away his preternatural nature, Marius flipped her onto her belly, then pulled her up on her hands and knees. Briefly, his palms caressed her ass cheeks. He pushed them apart and rubbed the head of his cock against the pink pucker of her anus. Her moans grew louder and she thrust her hips backward, silently begging him to take her in the ass.

“Not tonight, little wolf. But soon,” he whispered.

Without another word or thought, Marius thrust his cock deep into her pussy. The wet sheath clung to him, sucking at his flesh, and he gritted his teeth to keep from coming right that second. He pulled nearly out of her, and she growled in protest. Reaching around her body to squeeze the firm globes of her breasts and twist her nipples, he pushed into her again. This time she cried out, the sound filled with pleasure and tension.

“More! Gods, just give me more, Marius!”

He set up a rhythm of short, powerful strokes that rocked her petite frame. The tensile strength he’d sensed within her from the moment they met kept her on her knees and pushing back into his every thrust. He loved how she matched him stroke for stroke. Sweat sheened their bodies as pleasure ripped through them. Marius moved his hand from her nipples and rubbed a fingertip over her clit. A muffled scream escaped her and she began to shake.

“So close, so close,” she chanted mindlessly.

He circled the swollen nub as he pounded into her, his orgasm imminent. Her pussy clutched him and wet, suction sounds filled his ears, coupled with her cries. They moved together in perfect synchronicity, their bodies attuned in a primal symphony of lust with a single goal…the ultimate pleasure.

Sair’s trembling increased and Marius sensed that she teetered on the edge. He licked the side of her throat and pinched her clit. With a scream, she tumbled over into orgasm, her cunt milking his cock with strong spasms. Unable to hold back in the face of her pleasure, Marius felt his balls tighten. With an uncontrollable jerk that shook his whole body, his cock began to erupt, pouring his hot cum into the tight channel that held him with a silken grip.

For long moments, they were suspended in the culmination of their lust, but finally they collapsed on the grass, the cool night air drying their sweat. Sair snuggled close to his side, practically on his chest.  He held her close, content to listen to the slowing beat of her heart as his own body calmed.

“I never knew I could come so hard,” she said softly.

“Me either,” he agreed.

She rubbed a hand over his chest. “You know, now that you’ve seen my wolf, I think it’s time you met the people who brought me here.”

Curiosity assailed him instantly. She’d mentioned the mated wolves a few times and he’d waited for her to be more forthcoming about them, but it hadn’t happened until now.

“You want me to meet the Randalls?”

“Yes.”

The single word had a firmness to it that bordered on defiance, but Marius didn’t understand why she’d use such a tone. It made no sense to him. It wasn’t like he’d refuse to meet them.

“Okay, sure. We’ll head over there tomorrow. You need to pick up your things anyway, don’t you?” Unease gripped him momentarily. “You are coming back here, aren’t you? I know we haven’t talked about the future or anything, but you are my bloodmate.”

Sair sighed and pressed a kiss to his chest. “I am. And I plan on coming back here to stay with you. But would you mind terribly if I invited my friends to come too? I know the short term lease they have is up tomorrow.”

His curiosity deepened, but he couldn’t deny her anything she asked for. “Not at all. This house is quite large. They are more than welcome to stay here,” he told her.

She let out a long breath, as if she’d been holding it. “Thank you. I want you to get to know them like I do,” she said. “They are important to me.”

Marius chuckled. “You don’t need to sell me on the idea, baby. You pretty much have me by the balls with a glance from those beautiful dark eyes of yours. And as soon as I scent your arousal, I’m a goner. I’d do anything for you.”

She wriggled her way onto his body, bringing her face close to his. “Anything?”

He didn’t even think to hesitate. “Yes, anything.”

She kissed him, a hard passionate kiss filled with erotic promise. When she pulled her mouth from his, they were both breathing hard and Marius’s cock had begun to stir.

“I’m gonna be holdin’ you to that promise, my biter, so don’t forget you said it.”

Marius briefly wondered what she had in store for him, but then she kissed him again and all rational thought fled his brain.

For a chance to win Common Ground comment on this post by midnight Eastern/9 pm Pacific time tonight.

Good luck!

30 Days of Christmas:Day 19

The winner of yesterday’s giveaway – a copy of Fire Season – is… Anne!

Today, another award winning book is coming your way. A Lories Best Published contest finalist and 2011 EPIC Award finalist, Ride the Lightning is probably my most emotional book to date. My editor called it a Joey W. Hill type emotional rollercoaster ride. I thought that was an amazing compliment since I’m a big Joey Hill fan.

I think every author has characters and stories that they feel especially close to. Emily Carrington is one of those characters for me. I felt her heartache very acutely as I wrote her story. Her sense of being alone in the world, rejected, unloved, mistreated and used by the very people who should have loved and cherished her…her pain was especially sharp for me. As I wrote her, I often wished for the finely etched prose of Josh Lanyon who can draw a character with words in such a way that you feel their every wince and flinch as if it were your own.  I think a little of my wishful thinking paid off because fans seem to feel Emily’s pain and eventual joy just as much as I do.

Ride the Lightning – Tales of the Darkworld Book 4

M/F, dragons, BDSM, Erotic Paranormal Romance

Novel

Blurb:

Red dragon Emily Carrington found her mate in black dragon Vahid Delrey, but misunderstandings, painful secrets, and distrust keep them apart. Emily thinks Vahid doesn’t want her. Vahid thinks Emily is a stuck up snob who could never truly love him. Both dragons hide crippling secrets from their pasts as their pain at being apart escalates. Emily falls for the strong, sexy black dragon and hides her need of him behind an icy facade. Vahid longs for Emily to need him but can’t bring himself to mate with such a cold woman. When Emily’s secret pain fetish threatens her life, Vahid must decide whether to save her or let her self-destructive ways rid him of the mate he never thought he’d love.

Warning this book contains one asshole hero, one cold as ice heroine, mating in shifted form in a haystack, a suicide attempt, spanking, anal play, BDSM and it’s all needed to create a very happy ending.

EXCERPT: CHAPTER ONE

For a chance to win a copy of Ride the Lightning, comment on this post by midnight Eastern/9 pm Pacific time. Good luck!

30 Days of Christmas:Day 12

Lisa N. won a copy of Insolence in yesterday’s drawing! Yay! Today, I’m giving away a matched set. Two short stories. Two covers by M.E. Ellis. Twin werewolf brothers. Two distinctive heroines. Alpha meets Alpha. Beta meets Beta. Two erotic tales of love and lust.

Mating has been a very popular short story for me. It won a cover contest and got a contract.  Then the publisher contracted the companion tale Runaways. Not sure why it’s not as popular but there ya go. No accounting for the vagaries of the buying public.

To enter the drawing for a chance to win these two short stories all you have to do is comment on this post by midnight Eastern/9 pm Pacific time. Good luck!

Mating

Freya’s Bower

M/F, werewolves, erotic paranormal romance

Short Story

Blurb:
As the pack Alpha, Roul Verlaine always looked out for his twin brother Ranulf. Now, Ran’s mated and run off to New York City. Deciding to check up on his twin, Roul hires the Watcher Agency to follow Ran and his new mate. But when Roul arrives at Watcher, the owner is not what he expected.
Morgan Kale is a rare white werewolf, a lone wolf. She’s not looking for a mate so when Roul walks into her office and her senses start pinging, she’s not exactly happy about it. With Roul only in New York for three days, Morgan has to decide whether to tell him they are mates… or let him walk out of her life forever.

READ AN EXCERPT OF MATING

Runaways

Freya’s Bower

M/F, werewolves/vampires, erotic paranormal romance

Short Story

Blurb:

When werewolf Ranulf Verlaine meets vampire Dante Allerton on a train bound for Paris, they are overwhelmed by desire. The couple let their senses take over, and, before the train ride is through, they’ve become mates. But Ranulf must break free of the pack that his twin brother rules and Dante must cut the controlling ties of her two older brothers if they are to have a future. Can they overcome the burdens of their pasts and find true love?

READ AN EXCERPT OF RUNAWAYS

Don’t forget to keep coming back throughout the month of December, right up to Christmas. I have a lot more books to give away including hot stuff from some of your favorite authors!

Happy Tuesday!

30 Days of Christmas:Day 11

Christiane is the winner of Polar Heat, yesterday’s book! Mary Winter will be contacting her to arrange for her to receive a copy of the hot polar bear shifter story!

Today’s book in the 30 Days of Christmas giveaway is my 2011 EPIC Award Finalist Insolence. This book is written entirely from the hero’s POV (but not in first person.) The reason I did that is because the book is not about BDSM, although Aric is a Dom who owns a BDSM club called Insolence. The book is really about Aric coming to terms with his emotions and his feelings for a woman he’s been best friends with since they were small children.  He discovers things about himself he hadn’t known or wanted to acknowledge.

So if you’re looking for a great BDSM story, you should go read Cherise Sinclair. This book only lightly touches on the lifestyle because it’s more about Aric’s emotions and his relationship with Ainsley.

If you want a chance to win a copy of Insolence, post a comment on this thread by midnight Eastern/9 pm Pacific time today. Nikki will draw a winner when the time is up and we’ll announce it tomorrow!

Insolence

Cobblestone Press

M/F, BDSM, Erotic Contemporary Romance

Novella

Blurb:

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.

READ AN EXCERPT

Don’t forget, there are more great books coming in the days ahead! Keep on coming back for a chance to win!

Have a great Monday!