Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Teaser! - Lydia's Penance

Well I'm more than halfway through Lydia's Penance (whoo-hoo!) and hoping to get it out by the end of this month (definitely the beginning of next month at the latest) so here's a teaser!!!!:

Did debutantes use a collective brain? Isaac wondered.  It didn't seem as though a single one of them could converse about anything interesting or useful.  As if he wanted to know about who Lady March's latest lover was or discuss which color would be the most in-fashion next Season.  Hell, he didn't know which color was in fashion this season.  The milk-and-water misses all blended together in a pastel blur; he truly couldn't even remember which was which after talking to them.  They might have different physical attributes, but their personalities might as well have been copies of each other.  Very bland copies of each other.  Any spark of individuality was quickly smothered by the eagle eye of a debutante's watchful Mama. 
And he was supposed to choose one of these women to be his Duchess?
There might be some intelligence somewhere among them, although he'd be hard pressed to discern which had any.  One of them, a delightful but far-too-young, young lady had told him to seek out her elder sister when he tried to engage her in a more intellectual conversation.  She claimed she'd learned everything she knew from the elder... Feeling almost desperate, Isaac had requested an introduction, but, alas, the paragon was not to be found.  
It was a sad state of affairs when the most interesting conversationalist he could find was just barely out of the schoolroom.  Isaac had found himself wondering if she were even truly old enough to debut.  While her company was certainly the most enjoyable (even Arabella didn't seem to dislike her, despite still doing her best to chase the young miss away, as she had all the others), he couldn't countenance the idea of marrying one so young.  Other men did it, but whenever he looked to his own sister and thought of her marrying a man with such an age difference, he shuddered.
Yet he'd told Benedict that he would make his decision by tomorrow. 
Unable to think too much about the rest of his life, leg-shackled to a chit who only cared for fashion and malicious gossip, Isaac had a drink.  
And then another.
And then another.
"You might want to slow down on those, old chap, or none of these young ladies will want to be your bride," Benedict murmured to him, clapping him on the shoulder.  No longer hiding in the ferns, Isaac was still lurking on the side of the room, practically glaring at everyone who dared approach him.  Only his brother and his sister, accompanied by the irrepressible Countess of Spencer, had dared say a word to him in the past half hour.  As soon as he was drunk enough that the thought of marriage no longer bothered him, he would quit the evening and stumble to his room.
Isaac scowled.  "It might be the only way I could stomach any of them as a bride."
"Well at least you're talking sense now," his sister said, popping up on the other side of him and nearly making him jump in surprise.  When Arabella wanted to, she could be quite nimble and silent.  Too bad she didn't often want to.  "I've been doing my best to meet the offerings, and so far I haven't met one of which I would approve."
Ah, no wonder Arabella was chasing off the debs.  Isaac rolled his eyes.  If his sister seriously thought he was going to allow her to help him choose a bride... he could just imagine what kind of wife she would pick for him.  Either someone completely submissive so that she could run roughshod over the poor woman, or someone just like her.  Impetuous and wild, and willing to join her in her escapades.
Absolutely not.
Although, so far he didn't think any of the women he'd met here would have a chance of keeping Arabella in line, which was one of his goals for marrying.  
"Where's the Countess?" he asked his sister.  The two of them were quite good friends and, as a married woman, the Countess was supposed to be keeping an eye on Arabella.  Arabella's own chaperone, their rather elderly Great-Aunt Ida, was already in bed.  After a debacle in London when Arabella had helped a friend attempt to elope with a fortune-hunter, Isaac had written to Aunt Ida, as their only living, older, female relative, hoping she could recommend someone as a chaperone for Arabella.  To his dismay, she'd come herself.  Although as sharp as ever when she was awake, she was also quite elderly now and became fatigued rather easily.  She insisted that she would soon adjust to the hours they kept and wouldn't allow him to hire a companion (whom he hoped would also serve as a chaperone when Aunt Ida was indisposed), saying she only needed her maid Winnie.  Winnie was a widow in her sixties, and unfortunately her station made her completely unsuited to be a chaperone. 
So he was stuck relying on the help of friends and his brother to control Arabella.  Unfortunately at this house party, the only friend also in residence whom he trusted to keep an eye on Arabella was the Earl of Spencer.  He was quite reliable usually - and as a reformed rake knew all of the tricks - but his wife could be even more of a handful than Arabella, and the two of them together could be more trouble than it was worth.  The Countess wasn't any older than his sister and to say that she had a liberal view of what constituted keeping Arabella out of trouble was overstating the case.
"She wasn't feeling well," Arabella said with particular emphasis, far too cheerfully, her dark eyes sparkling.  "Nearly fainted actually.  Lord Spencer stepped right in and swept her off to bed."  She sighed happily.  "Quite romantic really.  The ton could use more men like him."
Ha.  As if Isaac would have allowed the Earl within ten feet of Arabella before he was married.  Not that he'd had a reputation for seducing innocents, but still, he would not have been acceptable company.  His sister would do better to focus on the young gentlemen that he did allow to approach her, rather than mooning over the rogues and rakes that he and Benedict kept far away.
"Is she ah..."  Benedict stumbled slightly, unable to find a genteel way to ask the question.  
"With child?  No, I don't believe so," Arabella said, giggling a little as she put her hand over her mouth.  "We ah, may have indulged in too much champagne.  And the punch.  The Earl was a bit irate."  
Isaac exchanged a look with his brother as they both realized that Arabella was more than a bit tipsy.  She obviously had a higher tolerance for alcohol than Cynthia did, although that wasn't a surprise.  Both he and Benedict knew that she snuck into the liquor cabinet at home whenever she wanted to.  So far neither of them had actually caught her at it though.  
"Lovely," he said dryly.  Then chuckled a little.  If Arabella thought the Earl's actions were romantic, she might change her tune after talking to Cynthia tomorrow.  Isaac was well aware that quite a few of his married friends spanked their wives, and Wesley, Earl of Spencer, was among the most vocal about it. Even claimed his wife often sought out trouble if he let her go for too long without one.  Isaac wasn't sure he believed that... but he wasn't sure he didn't either.
That brought his thoughts right back around to romance and wives, and his own looming self-imposed deadline, which made his mood darken immediately.  Signaling to one of the footman, he took another glass of whiskey, downing it, before Benedict shoved him back out onto the dance floor with yet another twitted miss. 
He imbibed more than evening than he had in months.  It was the only thing that made the evening bearable.  To call himself well-lubricated... well... truthfully he was sauced.  The last thing he remembered before stumbling up to bed and passing out was a pretty grey-eyed thing offering him one last glass.  Although he'd always been able to hold his liquor quite well, that last shot of whiskey set him spinning almost from the very start.  
He woke up to a pounding headache, a woman's shrill screams, and a soft, warm body tucked in next to him.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Thankful for YOU, dear readers!

I can't believe that it's been more than three years since I first started writing for Amazon and I now write for three different distributors, have readers entering contests to win a free copy of my book, and am writing under two different pennames because I needed to diversify because I've written so much!

I'm also extremely thankful for having such wonderful readers, who are so enthusiastic about interacting with me, encouraging me, and writing reviews for me!  It was the highlight of my day today when I checked on my newest release, Hebe: Little Amaya and saw that two people had already left reviews, unasked!!!!

In my personal life, this year has been up and down, which has occasionally made for stress when it comes to my writing deadlines, but doing the actual writing and seeing people's responses has been nothing but pure pleasure.  It has definitely made my life this year easier, especially when things are getting me down, to be able to go on facebook, my blog, or anywhere else, say what's going on, and receive such understanding and support from everyone.

Thank you all so much for being such wonderful fans and for keeping me going throughout the year!  I do love writing so much, but having a great audience is like making regular ice cream into a hot fudge sundae =)

I hope everyone in the US has a great holiday weekend and everyone outside of the US has a great weekend!!!!

Friday, November 11, 2016

New Dark Angel Release: Hebe - Little Amaya

I have another new release!

This one is only available on Amazon so that it can be read through Kindle Unlimited and is under my Dark Angel penname =)  It's the second book in the Planets Apart series and my first attempt at age-play!  I had a LOT of fun writing it and I hope you all enjoy reading it.  Let me know what you think!

Amaya has always felt deprived of a real childhood. Her parents were more interested in social status and their business than anything else, and she and her siblings were expected to fall in line. From watching her friends, Amaya knows her childhood wasn't normal and so when she reads about the prison planet Hebe where nonviolent criminals can choose to be sent, she's immediately interested. Hebe sounds like exactly what she wants - she can have a second childhood and still all the fun, sexy parts of being an adult.

Unfortunately for Amaya, she didn't read the fine print, and her new Papa and Nanny are much stricter than she ever imagined they would be. 

This book is approx. 45k words and contains spankings, age-play, lots of sex, paddling, caning, enemas, one stubborn little girl and one hot, alpha man with a soft spot.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Contest Winner & Stuff

Congratulations to Barbara Evans who won the drawing!  I put all the names of everyone who left me a review and sent me a request to be entered into a random picking generator... I think I'm going to start doing this more often, because it's a nice way to be able to give back a little to the people who write me reviews =)  I super appreciate the reviews any time... they really do make a big difference for any author, even if it's just a short line or two.

I'm glad everyone seems to be enjoying Bound to the Past!  I had a lot of fun writing it and trying to do something different with the whole "couple with bad breakup in the past get back together" story line.  And trying to do something different with Andrew's man-whoriness.  lol.

Right now I'm on the last chapter of my next Dark Angel book, the second book in the Planets Apart series, and that should be out later this month.  YAY!

Then I'll be diving straight into Lydia's Penance.  I'd really like to finish it and have it out before Christmas, but that might be asking a lot.  If not, it'll be out in January.

I'm still just super behind on everything... *sigh*  Trying hard to catch up though.

I'm working on about three other things behind the scenes too.  UGH.  At some point I'm going to need to slow down... I'm just not sure when.  LOL.  Really, I just need to get some things finished so that I can focus better.  Right now I'm all scattered.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Review Contest!

Thank you everyone who is reading Bound to the Past!  I hope you're enjoying it =)

This book, instead of just encouraging reviews, I'm offering incentive too!

I'm going to do a drawing on November 1 for a free copy of your choice - the next Stronghold book or the next Bridal Discipline book.

If you can't get Bound to the Past yet or aren't sure you'll be able to finish it or review it in time for the contest, you can post a new review for ANY of my books.  However, you are entered twice into the contest if post the review for Bound to the Past =)  No it doesn't have to be a glowing review, critical reviews are also welcome!

Once your review is posted, just email me at or comment on this blog post and let me know what name your review is under and what platform it's on (Smashwords, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads, etc.) - and what book you reviewed - and I'll put your name in the contest!

So you have until November 1 to get your review in and I'll be doing the drawing that evening =)

Good luck and THANK YOU!

Friday, October 14, 2016

New Release - Bound to the Past

That's right!  Bound to the Past is finally released on all platforms!!!

It's going to be $2.99 for this first week since I didn't manage to get it up for pre-order and then the price will jump to $3.99 on October 21 so get it now!

Kate came back into Andrew's life like a blast from the past - a past that he thought he'd gotten over, but the effects of which he'd never quite managed to escape.  They were young, they were in love, and he lost control for one instant, and that instant changed the course of their lives.

Now he wants to make things right and put the past behind him, but in order to do that he needs closure and Kate's the only one who can give it to him.  Of course, once they start spending more time together in the present, it starts to become clear that maybe he's not quite as ready to put their past away entirely.

Ever since her return to Maryland, Kate hasn't been sure how to feel about her ex-boyfriend.  She hated who he became while she was gone, but she can see him starting to change again and she likes the man that he's become over the past few months.  He's different, but the same, and when she agrees to scene with him again, she decides she's not going to close herself off to the possibility of reconciliation.

However, the incident that shattered their past is now threatening their future together, making it harder for them to move forward from where they were.  They have to decide whether or not they're going to try get their happily-ever-after, and if so, they're going to have to do what they didn't do before and fight for each other.

This is part of the Stronghold series and can be read on its own, although is more satisfying when read as part of the series.  The book is approximately 87k words and includes BDSM, whipping, spanking, kinky sex, alpha males, and a guaranteed happily-ever-after.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Bound to the Past Cover Reveal!

So, sadly, RaineyCloud9 is no longer able to do my covers (sending her good thoughts for a speedy recovery and well wishes in life!), but I do have a cover reveal for Bound to the Past!  She did some of the work on it and then it was finished by photoarenaa on

Sooooo good news and bad news.

The bad news:  I'm going out of town next week.  Hubby and I will have been married for 5 years on the 24th and we're going to Vegas and Phoenix!  However, I was really hoping to have Bound finished before we left so that I could let the beta readers have at it, come home, do the editing, and have it out by the 30th.  While my writing pace HAS picked up substantially, I don't think I'm going to be done before we go.  I will be bringing my laptop with me, but I'm not sure how much downtime I"ll have for writing, considering.  I might be finishing up editing, etc. the first week of October rather than the last week of September =/

The good news:  My writing pace has picked up substantially.  I'm just finished another chapter and I'm more than halfway through the book.  I'm also REALLY happy with the story.  I love what's going on with Andrew and Kate and giving them their HEA has been both difficult and incredibly satisfying.  Writing a "break up and get back together years later" story has been challenging, but I'm having so much fun with it.

That's where I'm at right now.  I think therapy is helping a lot.  I'm getting back on track on a lot of things in my life, including writing.  I wish I'd gone back to my therapist earlier, but we can only really go forward from here.  I feel much more myself though and happy to be back, although definitely feeling the deadline pressure!!! Trying to get as much writing done as I can before I leave next Wednesday.  If anyone's flying to Vegas that day, check the laptop of the women around you, maybe you can get a sneak peek of the story as I'm writing it! hahahahahaha