Sexy Love

Hey, hi there! Thank you for stopping by for a My Sexy Saturday post. This week the post is about My Sexy Love. It’s wonderful to have love in a relationship and to have wonderful sex in a relationship, but when they come together it’s out of this world.

In Dancing with Detective Danger, characters and former lovers Ben Kirby and Sterling Aegar have come back together as a result of their work. Though Sterling has put up walls to love, Ben is still in love with her and is able to breach her walls in this excerpt.

Slamming her hands on her hips, Sterling stared Ben down.  “Your comments keep bringing up old stuff.  Stuff we settled two years ago.”

In one second, he slammed the door shut and strode close to her.  Standing inches from Sterling’s face, Ben peered down at her.  “We never settled anything.  You may have, I don’t know, but we never settled anything.”

Ben’s eyes locked hers and suddenly Sterling felt her walls tumble.  The pain filling his face gripped her heart.  She knew she caused it.  She had never meant to hurt him so terribly. Doing the right thing shouldn’t be so painful.  Caught between the fear of what could happen and the agony of the moment, Sterling closed her eyes and collapsed against his chest.  “I’m so sorry, Ben.”  Ben’s body, rigid and hard, instantly drew up the buried cravings for his touch from deep and low inside her.  As she let her mind relax, she felt a matching response, the taut muscles of his chest molding to her body.

“God, I’ve missed you,” he breathed.  Gently, reverently, he stroked her cheek, sending chills spiraling down her body.

“This can’t be happening,” she murmured, her eyes still closed. The intimate brush of his breath on her face sent reason swirling up in smoke.

“I love you, Sterling.”  His voice sounded raspy in her ear, emotion tumbling out.  “I’ve never stopped.”

With every kiss Ben pressed to her hair, Sterling’s heart rose higher in her throat.  His lips softly, hesitantly touched hers.  They felt warm and so invitingly tender.  Weakly, she pressed her face into the hollow of his neck as he nuzzled her hair.  She breathed in the warm, earthy scent of Ben — the only man who had ever gotten to her like this.

I hope you enjoy the excerpt from Dancing with Detective Danger. Be sure to continue the hop for more Sexy Love.

Visceral, Earthy Beauty of Blooming Love

In my “About Me” page on my website I mention that “In my romances, I focus on vulnerable, embraceable characters who don’t back down.” Doing that effectively is very important to me when I’m writing. I put my heart and soul into characterization that reaches deeply into the human experience. Humans are complex and I feel we only touch a bare edge of the complexity of life. I want my characters to suffer and suffer, until they can stay present in the suffering and from it, expand. This is a beautiful process to me.

I don’t always achieve that goal and that disappointments me, but I keep trying. My intention is not to “teach” readers anything, but I know I’ve learned so many things about myself and been able to expand through characters’ experiences in romance novels. Those kinds of stories are meaningful reads for me. And when I feel I’ve stretched my skills to write characters who struggle with everyday, ordinary things, as we all do, and dress it in a story about were-cats whose lives are complicated but out of the ordinary, I fall in love myself.

I’m in love right now with the stories of the were-cats in the Fierce Hearts series.  In fact, I’m doing a final read-through for the next book due to release in June, Heartfelt, and I’m so happy to be reading about Asia Blue and Conrad Pike. Lifelong friends, they determined early in their relationship to remain friends, not friends with benefits. They’ve vowed not to become lovers, because they cherish their friendship and love and sex could ruin it, they believe.

While I check for typos and misplaced commas I’m right there with them as the colony they belong to faces more danger from The Nexus Group, and watching each step Asia and Conrad take in learning more about love.

I hope readers have been enjoying the evolving story of the were-cat colony in the Fierce Hearts series, even just a little bit as much as I do. 399px-Lynx_lynx_poing

Here’s an excerpt from Heartfelt in which Conrad’s attraction for Asia surprises him.

Out in the gym he promptly spotted Asia across the room, already in a heated round with the punching bag.

The slightest lift of her nose clued him that she knew he had entered the gym, but her focus remained on the bag. In perfect form, she executed a jab, a cross, then drove up a punch, all in a smooth, flowing pattern, repeated over and over.

He stood there, across the room, and noticed things. He knew she stood about five feet, six inches, but had she always been so lithe and lean? He’d known her for so long, but had he ever really seen her? Did he hold an appreciation for her taut abs, highlighted just now by her cropped, racerback sports bra top? Or held in admiration her firm behind beneath her boy-cut shorts, or her shapely legs?

His gaze narrowed down to her face and he found it hard to swallow. Her face was a delicate mixture of high cheekbones, pert nose, and full lips. Her brown eyes sparkled with glints of green.

Thank God she doesn’t read the colony cats’ thoughts.

The moment of ogling Asia was innocent, as well as baffling, but he didn’t want her to know anything about it.

He blinked hard and deliberate three times, then strode across the room to Asia. “It looks like the bag is winning,” he teased her.

Oh, the visceral, earthy beauty of blooming romance. I love it!

My Sexy Saturday Sexy Forever

My Sexy Saturday today highlights Sexy Forever. For my characters in Always and Forever Love, love lasts forever, it just changes form. So when Lacey’s now-deceased husband Nicholas, her always and forever love, shows up as an embodied spirit and stays for several years, Lacey is accepting and grateful. But Nicholas now is asking her to expand and allow new love and a full life to inhabit her days. But Lacey is secure in the status quo and resists when Nicholas suggests Jackson Carter may be a man to consider. Here’s a peak at Lacey and Nicholas having the discussion again.

Brought out of her reflection by the sound of a car horn nearby, Lacey realized Nicholas’s remark was part of a developing pattern he’d been presenting lately, and she wanted to nip it. “Jackson Carter is a snake who comes from a long line of snakes. I want nothing to do with him.” Initially she’d felt self-conscious about talking to Nick in public, but he’d suggested that most people didn’t notice because they were busy with their own thoughts, and she’d found out he was right. She glanced at the passenger side and smiled. “How long have you been watching, Nick, my love?”

“Long enough. I wanted to see Tyler off. But stop changing the subject.” He set his eyes, the color of crystal blue quartz, on Lacey. “Tell me about Jackson.”

Her heart clenched. “I don’t want to talk about him. The only two men in my life are Tyler and you.” She wanted the traffic driving by to distract him but she suspected his attention was elsewhere.

“You forget, I’m dead. I’m just a ghost. I can’t even keep you warm on a cool summer evening.” The wind flowing in through the open window lifted strands of Nick’s ash- blond, wavy hair. His face turned to savor the breeze, and he looked every bit alive enough to Lacey.

“You make me happy. It’s as simple as that.” She reached for Nick’s hand. He took hers in his, brought her fingers to his lips, and brushed them with a kiss. She savored the feel of his lips, never taking his very solid presence for granted

“You deserve more, Lacey. You’re young, you’re alive. I’m not. Not in the same sense you are.”

His pressure on her to consider different options than the perfectly lovely and satisfying one she had with him made her stop breathing. “Stop.” She let out her breath as she turned into the parking garage across the street from the Aegar Investigations office. “You are alive. Just not in a way anyone would get. I do. And I get you. And if that means I get you as a ghost, as you put it, I’m grateful.”

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Where There is One Were-Lynx, there is a Colony

What began with Secrets, a story about were-lynx Casey Mitchell and his love interest Michelle Slade and their struggles against powerful but corrupt businessman William Carter, continues in the Fierce Heart series with stories about the members of Casey’s colony of were-lynxes: Kennedy Mitchell and Asher Monroe in Cravings and Asia Blue and Conrad Pike in June release Heartfelt.

Heartfelt follows the colony’s endeavors to thwart the ambitious but diabolical plans of Carter’s organization, The Nexus Group. In Heartfelt, life-long friends Asia Blue and Conrad Pike discover yet another scheme, the Repowering Project, in which TNG plans to seize control of the country’s resources, finances, and government to change the world to their liking.

Here’s the blurb:

Asia Blue has never encountered an obstacle she couldn’t overcome, a challenge she couldn’t conquer. The daughter of an alcoholic single mother, Asia learned early on that if she was going to eat and avoid child services, she had to take care of things. When punches came along she drew from her hard attitude and kept on going. When in her late teens she discovered she was more than human, she was a were-lynx, she knew she needed to hide until she figured out how to survive in a human world.

That’s when she met Conrad Pike, were-lynx, son of a wealthy family, and volunteer at a soup kitchen. He volunteered only because he was required to perform community service for underage drinking and a false ID. He didn’t care much for humans, and was a serial dater of human women because it took little heart to do so. Each picking up each the other’s scent, warily, they became friends. Relying on their keen senses and special abilities—hers, the ability to communicate telepathically with animals, his, the ability to visualize how to solve problems—to get through college and become successful were-lynx adults. Best friends forever is their motto, no love interest allowed.

But as members of Casey Mitchell’s colony, Asia and Conrad face an entirely different sort problem—The Nexus Group. Twice the colony has interfered with the group’s plants to make themselves leaders of a new world. Now, as an investigative reporter, it will take all of Asia’s skills to learn specifics of the group’s latest plans and put a stop to them before it’s too late. As she reaches out to Conrad to help, he resists. Though he cares deeply for her, he doesn’t see much reason for getting involved with human drama. But when reality proves friendship and love can disappear in a second, they each must decide to take the risk to be real and own up to their mutual attraction, or turn away from what they feel in their hearts.

I can’t wait to share the story of Asia and Conrad in Heartfelt. Here’s a peek at the cover.Heartfelt cover

Sexy Me Twice

Welcome to another edition of My Sexy Saturday. This week’s theme, Sexy Me Twice, is enticing. In Cravings, Asher and Kennedy discover their attraction growing from a delicious simmer to a full blown love. But it takes a steady course.

Kennedy quietly slid open the window, grateful Lara’s apartment was located on the first floor, climbed over, and jumped the short distance to the ground.

Her skin itched, and the longing to shimmer—to change into her lynx form—pushed up her adrenaline several notches. The urgency in her gut sent her racing down the street, past the line of apartments, past the strip mall, until finally she found an alley to disappear into until she’d made the transition. She pulled at her sweatshirt, then stopped. She caught a whiff of another were-cat.

“What are you up to, Kennedy?” It was Asher Monroe, a bobcat who was one of the colony cats and Lara’s brother, standing at the opening of the alley.

She sagged to the ground, clothes still intact. She watched him shuffle toward her and with little effort tamped down the adrenaline surge she’d been running on. She was all about control of her body and its mechanisms and emotions, thanks to her training with her fake parents and her handlers with The Nexus Group.

Asher’s blonde hair caught a glimmer of sunlight and suddenly it was all she could focus on. The mussed up look fit his devil-may-care expression. His broad shoulders and muscled biceps under his jacket spoke volumes about his fit physique. She might be numb inside, but she wasn’t dead, and her rapid heartbeat proved it. “I’m not up to anything, you idiot. I just needed some air.”

He looked down at her, his eyes a startling pale yellow rimmed in brown, and chuckled. “I get that.” He squatted near her, not so close that her invasion alarm went off but not so far that he felt impersonal. “The colony can crawl down your neck without knowing it, but they mean you no harm.”

She sent him a glare. “What are you, the sentinel? Making sure the subject doesn’t escape?” Her remark landed hard, she could see that in his eyes, but she wanted him to know no one was pulling the wool over her eyes. They didn’t trust her any more than she trusted them.

Asher shook his head and pursed his lips. “You’re a tough one, aren’t you,” he stated rather than asked. “It should be obvious to you that these people are only protecting you and exercising caution. It’s prudent to do so. A skilled lynx knows that.”

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Sexy’s Got You, Babe

It’s always fun on My Sexy Saturdays! Today the theme is Sexy’s Got You, Babe. You know those moments, when everything around you just stops and you and your love are immersed in the delight of an intimate moment. Read the seven paragraphs of the in-the-moment embrace of Sexy’s Got You, Babe between characters Asia Blue and Conrad Pike in my upcoming release, Heartfelt.

“Now listen, please. You take your mom and get to the Rover. The others will probably be there waiting. I’m going to draw attention away from you. I’ll join you as soon as I can.”

Asia’s heart jumped into her throat. “What? No. We stick together.” She couldn’t catch her breath. Conrad was going to sacrifice himself for her and her mother? No.

“Separating gives us the best chance we have for helping your mother. If I need help I’ll text you. Now, you need to get going.”

Everything seemed close up in that instant. Life and death, love and friendship. She quickly bent to the ground and laid her mother on a soft patch of grass.

“What are you doing?” Conrad’s face contorted into confusion.

She turned to him and placed her hands on his sweaty, soiled face, holding it cupped in her hands. She stood on her tiptoes and kissed him. Hard, fast, intense emotions filling her. “You come back to me.”

She dropped her arms and turned halfway to her mother. Conrad grabbed her and pulled her close. Their eyes held for a whisper. He pressed a solid, passionate kiss to her lips.

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