Tuesday, November 30, 2010

The Art of Flirting by Inez Kelley

Today Inez Kelley, author of graceful, sweeping fantasy romance and scintillating contemporary romance. is talking with us about flirting and body language and ladies. Read on, and then be sure to click those links at the bottom to learn more about Lipstick on His Collar.
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Birds use widespread feathers and shake their tails.

Bucks lock horns with other bucks to prove their prowess.

Lions run, chasing game, to show endurance.

Bears rise up on hind legs to dominate and intimidate.

Every animal had a mating ritual, some are just showy than others. Humans have it best, I think. They use so many ways to flirt and draw attention: eye contact, touch, talking, etc. They can send a drink to a pretty woman in a bar, tuck a phone number in that cute guy’s pocket, or just look across a crowded dance floor and dance, alone, with his eyes locked with yours. Flirting is an invitation.

Even innocent and sweet Disney has characters flirting. Think about the Little Mermaid. Ursula the Sea Witch tells Ariel to use body language.

Beauty and the Beast dance when nobody is watching.

Even Lady and the Tramp has that famous spaghetti by moonlight scene.

I mention Lady and the Tramp for two reasons. One, in LIPSTICK ON HIS COLLAR, the heroine refuses to tell Bram her name. At first, it is a forbidden thrill, an overt flirt to draw him into her web. He calls her simply LADY.


The second reason is actually kind of the same. Once Bram finds her again, he is still firmly ensnared. But she asks him to leave, to go away. Bram is understandably feeling rejected. If she is LADY, does that make him the Tramp? Well, you remember what happened in the movie, right? They did have a full litter that went on to have a sequel. *snicker* Flirting pays off.

Flirting drew Bram to her but her personality is what made him long to find his Lady again. Once he found her, nothing could keep him away. Not even a vengeful ex waiting in the dark.

LIPSTICK ON HIS COLLAR

He never thought his next wildfire would be wearing a red dress.

“Make me your goddess and I’ll take you to heaven.” This sultry promise sparks a scorching, unforgettable one-night stand. The next morning Bram Winters awakes with a hickey and a head full of wicked memories—alone. His nameless goddess is gone without a trace, along with his shirt. And his heart.

Five months later, he stumbles across his mystery lady in a Laundromat, but she still won’t give up her name. Worse, she begs him to leave, no questions asked. Once he catches the spark of terror in her eyes, though, his firefighter training takes over—and he digs in for the duration.

Lady never wanted Bram to see her life’s ugly underside, but it’s too late—his socks are already in the washer. He was supposed to be her declaration of independence from her unstable ex, a bittersweet memory to carry into her new life.

Except the ex continues to stalks her. And Bram’s reappearance sends her emotions and desires tumbling over the edge. As the minutes wear on, sexual tension rises faster than the steam from a hot water wash.

And Lady’s ex watches from the shadows, growing more furious by the minute…

Product Warnings: Scorching sex, icy scissor play and an anonymous woman taking a wet slide down one hot ex-fireman’s pole. Beware of hot flashes and spontaneous combustion. Correct change not required.

MBam link

Amazon link

Inez Kelley is a multi-published author of various romance genres. You can visit her at her website http://inezkelley.com/ Follow Inez on twitter at @Inez_Kelley or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/inez.kelley

Monday, November 29, 2010

Carolina Pearl by Sela Carsen

I read this book over the weekend and let me tell you, if you want a fun, sexy shifter read, go get Carolina Pearl. You will not regret it! And, it just so happens to be a giveaway today at Bitten by Paranormal Romance. Go enter & good luck!

Carolina PearlCarolina Pearl
A family legend could lead to a treasure more precious than pearls…or get them killed.

Between babysitting her very pregnant sister-in-law and fending off her mother’s nagging about her marital status, Blair Moreau is going insane. Her only hold on sanity is her daily walk for a guilty peek at her crush, the sexy neighbor who’s fixing up the old Cotesworth place.

Conn Lucas, the bastard son of Culford’s leading family, got way out of town a long time ago. When the only relative who didn’t despise him leaves him her 250-year-old house, Conn plans to refurbish it, flip it, and get back to Connecticut as soon as possible. Until a local beauty with a rare talent for DIY gives him a hand with some stubborn siding.

When he makes her mad enough to swing a two-by-four at his head, he realizes Blair is better than perfect. Especially when his efforts to keep her from killing him explode into an erotic rush of adrenaline that unleashes desires they’ve both kept hidden.
Breaking through Conn’s tough shell isn’t as difficult Blair’s next hurdle—telling him she’s a werewolf. First, though, they’ve got to deal with meddling ghosts and a bad ol’ boy cousin who isn’t above taking what he wants at nail-gun point…
Product Warnings
This book contains a smokin’ hot werewolf chick with serious DIY know-how and a man who thinks that’s sexy; illegal use of nail guns; things to do in a claw-foot tub; pirate references; piddling Dobermans and meddling ghosts. Which is better than meddling Dobermans and piddling ghosts.


Monday, November 22, 2010

A Silver Bound teaser

Still celebrating the release of Silver Bound!
I've picked a random winner from my announcement list and emailed. (winner's email address starts with a V). I'll also be giving away a copy tomorrow (23rd) on the Carina Press blog, so there's another chance to win. Come visit!
In the meantime, here's a teaser:


Guy has Jewel where he wants her, or rather, he doesn't. It's his worst nightmare, he can touch her, she wants him to, but he can't. He shouldn't. But he really, really wants to.

Here's a small taste of Silver Bound.
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Guy groaned, long and guttural. “Can I kiss you, sweetheart?” he asked in a choked rush. In a swift, graceful move, he sat next to her on the couch.

“Please.” Nowhere inside her did she find any hesitation. He needn’t have bothered to ask.

“I’m stopping with the kiss. You’ve allowed me that privilege before.” A bleakness in his faraway expression, he stopped inches away. “I’m not taking anything from you. I’m just returning it now, like I borrowed it.”

“You noble, noble man,” she whispered and did as she’d longed to do. Pushing her fingers into his thick shiny hair, she shivered with the sensation like heavy silk stroking her palms. “Take what you want from me. I’m yours.”

A pained grunt came from deep within his chest, and strong arms enveloped her, wrapped around her waist and pulled her tight against his solid strength. At last, in his arms, she gripped his head, bringing him to her, never wanting to let go. Soft petals flickered across her lips, brushed back and forth, before making firmer contact. Like home, secure, surrounded in peace and strength. And blazing passion.

He teased her, nipping at her, licking the seam of her mouth and sucking on her bottom lip. She whimpered and fisted her hands in his hair as she struggled to get nearer. She couldn’t get close enough.

Slanting his head to a better angle, he slipped his tongue into her mouth to taste, to linger, to drive her wild with desire. His wet caress deepened, became forceful, hungry. This kiss was new, more urgent, more determined. Just, more.

Jewel hung there, swaying between heaven and desperation.

Then he pulled back.

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Silver Bound

A dangerous journey across the galaxy

Sheriff Guy Trident doesn’t have much to do with off-worlders; he has his hands full keeping his own planet safe. But he’ll do anything, go anywhere to save Jewel Quinn. She broke his heart years ago when she left to marry a Terraloft aristocrat. Now she’s run away from her husband, only to fall into the clutches of slavers.

Posing as a wealthy playboy, Guy arrives at Zuthuru Station to learn he’s too late: Jewel’s memories have been erased. She’s been tipped in silver, a process that leaves nothing behind except her body, sexually bound to pleasuring her master. Unwilling to give up hope, Guy buys her.

Jewel fights to reclaim herself, recalling a different connection to the handsome sheriff, remembering the frightened eyes of a young boy and the events that made her run. Together she and Guy search for her cure, plan her son’s rescue from her ruthless ex, and test if they have any kind of future...before the past catches up to them.

Available from CarinaPress.com

Coming soon to audio from Audible.com

Also available from
Kindle, Nook, Diesel eBook Store,
& BooksOnBoard


EXCERPT from Silver Bound

Text Copyright © 2010 by Ella Drake
Cover Art Copyright © 2010 by Harlequin Enterprises Limited
Permission to reproduce text granted by Harlequin Books S.A. Cover art used by arrangement with Harlequin Enterprises Limited. All rights reserved. ® and ™ are trademarks owned by Harlequin Enterprises Limited or its affiliated companies, used under license.

Where is Ella?

Today is release day! (eeeeep!)
I'll be blogging later today about Silver Bound, but thought I'd give an update on my whereabouts.
On the 14th, I was interviewed at The Galaxy Express.
17th, at Leah Braemel's, discussing my tomboyness and Wonder Woman.
18th, at Victoria Janssen's talking about world building a Space Western.
22nd, I'll be back here and giving away a copy of Silver Bound!
23rd, blogging at Carina Press, Rustling up a Space Cowboy
29th, at Inez Kelley's
30th, at Cheeky Reads
and Dec 6th, at Tia Nevitt's.

Hope to see you there!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Jaq's Harp Cover!!


Isn't it delicious?
Tell me, what do you think the story is about, just from the cover?

Thanks to Carina Press and the artistry of Frauke of Croco Designs!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Excerpt from Silver Bound


Once a month, Bria Quinlan and Alexia Reed host a bunch of authors who get together and post excerpts from published books, contracted work or works in progress, and link to each other. You don’t have to be published to participate–just be a writer with an excerpt you’d like to share. For more info on how to participate, head over to the Excerpt Monday site or click on the banner above!
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Silver Bound is a space western, a story about a man who is supposed to uphold the law, a sheriff, who finds himself fighting his own nature and moral standards when forced to do something illegal--purchase a slave. But the slave is no stranger. Jewel is the love of Guy's life. She no longer remembers him, or her ex-husband, and he's doing all he can to keep things right.

This is a scene after he's broken his rule of no intimate contact. He's done so because he wants to ease the punishment her slave collar has given her.

This excerpt highlights the emotions the heroine, Jewel, struggles with. She has no memory, loves the man who bought her, and doesn't want to remember herself. She wants this new life. But, should she want to remember? What has she forgotten?

Excerpt from SILVER BOUND, available from Carina Press, Nov 22nd.
Text Copyright © 2010 by Ella Drake
Cover Art Copyright © 2010 by Harlequin Enterprises Limited
Permission to reproduce text granted by Harlequin Books S.A. Cover art used by arrangement with Harlequin Enterprises Limited. All rights reserved. ® and ™ are trademarks owned by Harlequin Enterprises Limited or its affiliated companies, used under license.
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“Are you all right? The punishment should have backed off. Why are you still in pain?”

“Guy,” [Jewel] breathed in relief.

When her swimming vision cleared, she caught sight of him hovering over the bed, concern tightening his mouth.

“No. It’s not that.” She swallowed the bitterness invading her mouth. “I had a memory. My husband.”

“Ex-husband,” Guy insisted, his face blanking as he backed away. “As soon as we get your memory back, you can get in touch with him. But I’m sorry, sweetheart. I don’t know if it’d be a kindness to even talk to him since his wife is now an ex and is sexually bound to another man.”

Jewel had a strong suspicion her ex-husband had no more than a passing acquaintance with the concept of kindness.

“However you want to handle it, we’ll do it. I can’t really think of a way to let you go back to him, though. But if you want to, I’ll find a way if it kills me.” Guy’s expression remained bland, as if they’d never been intimate.

“No. I want to stay with you.” She didn’t dare move, even to clean away the evidence of what they’d just shared. The way he spoke chilled her.

“You say that now, but what do you think will happen when you get back your memories?”

“Let’s not find out. Take me home,” she pleaded. The word “home” curled around her tongue and softened the panic inside her. She’d been in Guy’s home. She knew that, quite utterly.

“I can’t take you home until you’re whole again.” Guy turned his back to her and strode toward the bathroom where he’d spent an inordinate amount of time the past few days.

She had no response and fought the sting of threatening tears when the door closed. Without him, the man she craved as much as she loved—a love she absolutely knew she’d always felt—she’d never be whole again.

The question was, did she deserve him? The memory that had surfaced, unbidden, had hinted that she’d cheated on her husband. She’d been an adulteress.

She didn’t want to remember herself. Not at all.
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