Thursday, February 4, 2016

A Little Look at Gabrielle & Felix

The Bunnies will be available for pre-order on Valentine's Day

After that, I'm going to be focusing on Gabrielle's Discipline, the second book in the Bridal Discipline series.  A lot of people have requested to know more about what happens between Felix and Gabrielle during the timeline of Philip's Rules, so the very first part of the book is going to be a prologue with their interactions. =)  Since it's February, and I haven't written a blog post in a while, I thought I'd share the very beginning of the prologue, which happens on Philip & Cordelia's wedding day.

Enjoy the tease! - 

"I now pronounce you, man and wife."
A sense of utter hopelessness rose in Gabrielle at the words.  Her stepmother was now married to a man that Gabrielle barely knew, but was now responsible for her.  A cold man, who looked at Gabrielle in a distant, almost disdainful manner that reminded her harshly of her own father before he'd passed.  Her fingers clutched the bouquet she was holding tighter as she kept her smile pasted onto her face.  
She hadn't liked the Marquess of Dunbury when she'd met him and, truthfully, she liked him even less now.  Not only did he seem dismissive of Gabrielle, since meeting him, Cordelia had barely had a moment for Gabrielle.  There were times when Gabrielle couldn't stand Cordelia, but she hadn't wanted to give up her stepmother's attention either.  Logically, she knew it hadn't been Cordelia's fault that Gabrielle's father had no love for his daughter.  He hadn't before he'd married Cordelia either.
But Cordelia was young and beautiful, and she'd taken all the Baron's attention once she'd become his wife.  Then he'd died, and Gabrielle had had Cordelia all to herself.  She'd chased off several of Cordelia's suitors, but then Cordelia had gone away to a house party on her own and come back engaged.  The Marquess didn't care for Gabrielle, but that didn't stop him from marrying Cordelia.
It felt like the worst sort of betrayal by her stepmother.  
She told herself she didn't care.  She told herself she hated Cordelia anyway.  And she certainly hated her new guardian.  The only joy she'd had in the past months had been pointing out all the little things that would make Cordelia as miserable as she'd made Gabrielle.  Why should Cordelia get everything?  It wasn't fair.  But then, life as never fair, especially Gabrielle's life.
Following the Marquess and Marchesse down the aisle, Gabrielle didn't even glance at the man escorting her.  She was too busy trying to keep from bursting into tears, wondering what was going to become of her now that Cordelia was married to such a cold man.
Felix was not used to being ignored.  Especially not by a member of the fairer sex.  In fact, he couldn't remember the last time it had happened.  Before the wedding, Philip had asked him to keep an eye on Miss Gabrielle Astley, Philip's bride's stepdaughter.  Apparently she had a shrewish disposition.  Philip had described her as attractive, but he truly hadn't done her justice.
The young woman was resplendent in her cream dress, which matched the lovely's brides.  She had masses of light brown hair piled on top of her head and decorated with pearl combs, setting off her creamy complexion, and thickly-lashed green eyes.  Slim figured, she was still blessed with delightful feminine curves, even if they weren't overly abundant.  There were two high spots of color on her cheeks, and her eyes were shiny and bright, and entirely focused on Cordelia and Philip.
Philip had mentioned that Gabrielle had flirted with him, even after knowing that he was engaged to Cordelia.  Could it be that she truly was attracted to her new stepfather?  But no, that didn't quite fit with the way she was looking at them.  
Before the receiving line, Philip had introduced them so that he could properly carry on a conversation with Miss Astley, but she'd barely given him a second glance.  
Between well wishers, Felix leaned down to whisper in her ear.  "Congratulations on your new family, Miss Astley.  As Philip's best friend, I'm sure we'll be seeing quite a bit of each other."
"How thrilling," Gabrielle said.  Her voice was as lovely as she was, but her tone was utterly flat.  Felix narrowed his eyes at her.  Perhaps Philip had not over exaggerated her shrewishness.
The lack of a true response left him floundering.  He cleared his throat, smiling and greeting another well wisher that Philip passed off to him.  Turning back to Gabrielle, he kept the smile on his face as he studied her closely.  She didn't return his gaze. 
"Your stepmother is a lovely woman, you must feel very blessed to have her."  He paused, waiting for some kind of response, but none was forthcoming.  "The Marquess will take good care of you both."
"I'm sure he'll take very good care of his wife," Gabrielle responded, loudly enough to be heard by the people around him.  "After all, he does need his heir."
Bristling, Felix decided his best course of action was to stop attempting to engage the little viper in conversation.  No matter how beautiful she was.
Being seated next to the most handsome man she'd ever met was doing absolutely nothing for Gabrielle's temperament.  It was like today had been thought up by the Devil as a special kind of hell for her to endure.  Not only was Cordelia being married to her second husband, when Gabrielle had never even had a suitor, but the man dancing attendance on Gabrielle was already quite taken with Cordelia and obviously already disliked Gabrielle.
Probably because every time he said something complimentary about Cordelia, she couldn't help herself from interjecting.
It was bad enough she was here, did she have to listen to the endless list of Cordelia's virtues for the rest of the day?  She'd heard them plenty from her father as he went over all the reasons he'd married Cordelia and how it would benefit his heir - once Cordelia bore him.  But Cordelia had failed, there was no heir... not that it had stopped her father from focusing all his attention on Cordelia in hopes that the happy event might still occur.  Right up until the moment of his death - he'd called Cordelia into the room to ask if she might be with child.  He'd never called for Gabrielle, and he'd passed from the world without seeing her for one last time.
Despite that failure, Cordelia was still having her second, perfect wedding, with her cold, perfectly handsome husband, while the man's perfect best friend, Mr. Felix Hood, was watching over Gabrielle.  And she knew perfectly well that's what he was doing.  Why else would he be dancing attendance on her?  He was incredibly handsome, with thick black hair and black eyes that made him look dangerous and exciting, broad shoulders and a trim waist, and his legs filled out his breeches quite nicely.  More than one lady had come to flirt with him, yet he hadn't left Gabrielle's side and had exchanged more than once glance with the Marquess.
The first time in her life that she had a man dancing attendance on her, and it was all so precious Cordelia wouldn't have to pay any attention to her.
Gabrielle was so bitter, she wished she could spit on the floor to rid her mouth of the taste.
"Dunbury is such a lovely estate," said a lady sitting across from Mr. Hood, smiling encouragingly at Gabrielle.  "Have you been to see it yet?"
"No, I'm sure I'll have plenty of time to admire it when Cordelia is with child," Gabrielle said in a bored tone.  "I'm sure that's where we'll be shuttled off once the Marquess has done his duty."
The woman gasped quietly and several of the other diners looked at Gabrielle askance, but she didn't care anymore.  Why should she?  Cordelia shouldn't expect anything less from her new husband, and Gabrielle wasn't going to pretend.  Nor was she going to hope.
Fingers grasped her arm in a gentle but unyielding grip as Mr. Hood leaned in, his breath hot on her ear.  A strange shimmer of excitement went through her body at his nearness... and then he ruined it.
"Not one more word out of you.  I'm warning you now.  If you can't keep your mouth shut or be polite, you will find yourself over my knee before the sun goes down and we'll see if I can't spank the nastiness out of you.  Philip told me to keep you in line, and I will not fail him in that."
Any retort she might have made choked in her throat, as indignation, fear, and the urge to cry all collided inside her chest.  
The Marquess had told Mr. Hood that he could beat her?  For a few words?  Even Gabrielle's father hadn't tried to completely silence her; she'd always been allowed the verbal outlet to vent her frustrations and unhappiness.  But she didn't want to be beaten either.  The one time her father had slapped her across her face, it had split her lip and made her cheek swell, making it hard for her to eat for days.
Grimly, Gabrielle clenched her hands in her lap as the laughter and merriment picked up around her.  She was more alone and ignored than she'd ever been her life, under threat of violence, and all so Cordelia could be happy.  

Friday, January 1, 2016

2016 - New Year & New Goals!

Happy New Year!

I hope everyone had a wonderful New Year's Eve, stayed safe, and isn't too hung over today =)  I'm so excited about 2016, I've got a lot of goals for it!

First of all, my narrator for the Venus Rising Quartet is going to start work on the second book.  Unfortunately she can't start on it till May, but since it's shorter than the first book I'm hoping that it will be out and available by the end of 2016.  I'm also going to start auditioning narrators for a Birching His Bride / Dealing With Discipline duo audio book (since I feel that Birching His Bride is really too short to have people paying the prices Amazon charges for audiobooks.) and get started on audiobooks for that quartet.

I'm also going to be working on getting more of my books out in paperback.  I originally had some help, but I've gotten impatient waiting for Venus Transcendent to be released in paperback so I'm going to be learning how to do it myself!  Once I get that done I'll have some kind of giveaway for a signed quartet =)  Then I'll start work on getting the Domestic Discipline Quartet formatted and released as paperbacks!

My first goal of the year, however, is to get the re-written Marriage Training to the agent who is going to try to get it published through the traditional avenues.  It's SO CLOSE to being done and I'm super excited about it.  A lot has been cut from it, but a lot has been added too.  It's much more a traditional romance now, with more character development and romance development.  Gabriel gets involved in Vivian's life MUCH earlier on than he does in the Lit series =)  So, she's been waiting so very patiently and I'm finally just about ready to give it to her, so gonna finish banging that out and then moving on!

This year I'm aiming to release Gabrielle's Discipline, Bound to the Past, and Arabella's Taming, in that order.  If I'm really lucky, I'll also be able to get out Stripping the Sub before 2017.  We'll see!  I was originally thinking I'd do another Stronghold novella, but I think I'd rather just jump right into Bound.  I need to stop doing novellas and focus on the main series =D  Andrew and Kate are ready.  Although, of course, Felix and Gabrielle come first.  I'm also going to be releasing another Dark Angel title this year, the second book in the Planets Apart series, which will focus on age-play.

But, I won't lie, I'm even more excited about what's happening on April 1, 2016:

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Holiday Sales & Freebies!

Yay holidays!  I love holidays.

Soooo, for my books enrolled in Kindle Select, I can do sales and freebie promotions and that's what I'm doing for all the books that are so enrolled.  These are the books that are ONLY available on Amazon (because that's what's required for a book to be part of Kindle Select).  If you haven't picked them up in the past, you can now own any of the $0.99 - $1.99 for free and the $2.99 for only $0.99 starting TODAY!.

What's available?

Golden Angel titles (all for free!):
Wanna Bet
Office Play
Forced Bet (Poker Loser Trilogy Book 1)
Back in the Game (Poker Loser Trilogy Book 2)
Winning Hand (Poker Loser Trilogy Book 3)
Sara's Private Dick (Did an oopsie on this one - it will be free Dec 25-29)
A Compilation of Erotic Short Stories
Lady Peasant 

Dark Angel titles (for free!):
Consequences Part I
Consequences Part II
Spanking Karla
Demon Duo

Dark Angel titles on sale for $0.99 (till New Years Eve!):
Exclusively Anal
Hathor: Milking Meggie

So those are all the end of year specials.  I'm doing this in part because starting in 2016, I'm also going to need to raise the prices on my books.  This past year I've started investing more money into my writing (with things like the website) and so this year my books are going to start being $3.99 regular prices.  However, for the first week following each book's release, they will be the usual $2.99 so that loyal fans who keep up with my Facebook, blog, Twitter and newsletter will have a chance to get it at the usual price you've been paying.  So if you're reading this, that means that the price increase should hopefully not effect you!  (Part of the perks of being a loyal fan).

Announcements about 2016 will be coming in my next blog, but in the meantime, enjoy the sale!  Thank you SO MUCH all you loyal readers who purchased them when they first became available... it kind of stinks that first buyers don't get the sale price, but I don't really know how to fix that... well, other than with what I'm doing from this point forward, which is making the sale price for the initial week and then keeping the new price afterward.  Anyway.

I hope everyone has a happy holiday!  Check in next week to find out what's coming up in 2016!

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Breaking the Chain - Now Available on Nook too!

Nook has FINALLY gotten its act together and now Breaking the Chain is available on all the places!

Barnes & Noble

So far everyone seems to be enjoying it!  Thank you so much those of you who have left reviews or sent me feedback =)  The best Christmas present you can leave me is definitely a review!  Although the Stronghold series is dear to my heart, it doesn't seem to be quite as popular as some of my other series, so extra reviews always help ;)  Thank you so much everyone!

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

New Release - Breaking the Chain

Sorry guys - Breaking the Chain actually came out yesterday on Amazon and Smashwords but it STILL isn't out for the Nook.  I have no idea why Barnes & Noble is taking so long, but I decided I'm not waiting for them any longer, I'm gonna go ahead and post!  And I'll just update this entry when they finally catch up (hopefully tomorrow?)

Jared and Leigh both know what it's like to be trapped in a seven year relationship where they give more than they get, the question is whether or not they can move on from them.

Two steps forward, one step back. That's how Jared's life feels when it comes to his ex Marissa. Every time he thinks he's escaped the vortex of her emotional demands, she ends up sucking him right back in; but for the first time, he thinks he might have the strength to pull free entirely. At least he hopes so. Right now it just seems like he's hurting everyone around him and he doesn't know how to make it right.

Leigh Douglas spent seven years with the man she thought she would one day marry, but she's now realized that she needs him to fight just as hard for her as she always fought for him. Since he won't, she's working on getting over him and finding someone who won't take her for granted. On the other side of the equation, she's definitely falling for Jared, but he's still entangled with his ex. No one can understand the hooks that Marissa has in him like Leigh can, but that doesn't mean that she's willing to take the back-seat again in another relationship.

As Jared tries to side-step his ex and Leigh takes her first steps into the domination and submission-filled world of the Stronghold club, their friends hold a collective breath as everyone wonders whose heart will be broken in the end.


Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

One of my favorite holidays =)  I love having a whole day acknowledging the things in life we have to be grateful for, because often so much of our lives are taken for granted.  The less one has, the more grateful they tend to be for what they do have, so I try to keep that in mind throughout the year and be grateful for all the wonderful things that I do have!

At the top of my life of the things I'm grateful for is YOU!  All my readers, but especially those of you who read my blog or follow my Facebook / Twitter or receive my newsletters and give me encouragement throughout the year.  While I would probably write anyway, even if no one was reading while I'm writing, knowing that people actually enjoy what I'm putting out is one of the biggest warm fuzzies in my life.  There's a feeling of accomplishment that comes with that, and being able to do something that I love and am successful at it is just incredible.  Having people who like my writing enough to follow me on social media is what keeps me motivated to write as much as I do =)

I'm so grateful for every review, every comment, every 'like', every re-tweet, every email... just all of it.

I can't wait for next month and to share the next Stronghold book with you all.  For the holiday, here's another little tease!

Ah, fuck it. 
There were so many reasons this could be a bad idea, but Leigh didn't care right now.  Spending time with Jared made her happy.  Being in his arms made her happy.  And she'd had very little true happiness in so long that she just decided to clutch it with both hands and deal with the aftermath later.  That was future Leigh's problem, if it even turned out to be a problem.  Tomorrow, if he woke up and realized he'd made a mistake and that he wanted to get back together with Marissa, because she was finally willing to fight for him, Leigh would be fine.  A little sad, maybe a little hurt, and definitely a little jealous, but overall fine.  
There had been very few times in Leigh's life that she'd thrown all caution to the wind and decided fuck the consequences... even now, she was sure that no matter what happened between her and Jared eventually, they would be adult about it.  There would be no recriminations or drama because of this, because they just weren't those kind of people.
So fuck it.  She was going for what she wanted in the moment, living in the present, and god it felt so good.
The heady rush of pleasure that washed over her was nothing compared to the tsunami of sensation that followed as Jared's reaction vaulted from shock to aroused acceptance.  She might have started the kiss, but he took control of it almost immediately, his arms tightening around her as he twisted, bearing her down to the bed.  It wasn't a throwdown... but close enough to make Leigh's pussy clench with eagerness.  
She hadn't had sex in so long either... and Leigh liked sex.  Loved sex.  Wanted sex with Jared.  In fact, right now would be totally okay, before he changed his mind.  While part of her knew that she was throwing sanity to the wind in favor of her libido, the other parts of her didn't care.  Specifically her naughty parts.
One hand clutched at his shoulder as the other tried to slide between their bodies... yeah, she was going straight for the cock.  What could she say?  It had been way too long since she'd touched one.  Having him hold her, having him explain his feelings to her while he did so, and realizing that his actions earlier were a misguided attempt to protect her, was way better than any physical foreplay.

At least she thought so until his hands grabbed her wrists, yanking them above her head so that she was pinned down underneath him on the bed, her legs hanging off the edge.  Leigh had always been drawn to take charge men anyway, but being manhandled like this?  Being held down while he kissed her so deeply and desperately, while she writhed underneath him and felt his cock pressing up against her pussy through their clothes?  This was what she fantasized about when she masturbated.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Mid-Month Check In

I can't believe it's already the middle of November.

I also can't believe I really thought I'd have Breaking the Chain done in time for a November 15th release.  *sigh*  Yeah, that was some serious wishful thinking.

It's going to be released on December 15th instead.  I've got about 4-5 chapters left to write, then I'm going out of town right after Thanksgiving and then I'll be editing my butt off =)  It's possible that this book may go up early for pre-order just because of the chain of events... it depends on whether or not I manage to finish it before leaving for vacation.  I think I can get it done in time, but I'm not sure.  Either way, December 15th will be the official release date.

I'm pretty stoked abut it.  I'm always excited at the end of the book because that's when things start getting really climactic =)  Especially this book!  Drama drama drama.  SO much fun.

I'm really looking forward to my vacation though; I need to get away for a bit and recoup!  This is going to be an actual vacation too.  No day trips pre-planned, no events that I have to go to, nothing that I have to dress up for... as much as I love all of those things, I'm seriously just looking forward to hot weather, beach days, and spending some time with my family and hubby.  Serious relaxation ahead!  I desperately need it.

So what's meaner... ending this super short blog update with no tease?  Or ending it with a tiny tease that gives away no real information?

Oh heck, let's just go with the latter ;)

Sharon's dark eyes were sparkling with mischief.  It was obvious she was brimming with a secret that she was dying to share.  "Aren't you wondering why Andrew's not behind the bar?  And where Kate is?"