Nordic Lessons, by Christine Edwards: An Alpha Male Meets His Match

nordic_lessonsThis well-heeled British beauty never thought she’d end up bound to a biker.

Nordic Lessons ($13.95/216 pages/ISBN: 978-1-60381-552-9) is an erotic romance about a Londoner visiting Norway whose world is turned upside down when she falls in love with the head of a motorcycle club. Nordic Lessons is the second book in the Northern Lights series, which began with Naughty in Norway.

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5 Stars: “If you are jonesing for a new motorcycle club to fall in love with, then look no further than author Christine Edwards’ new release, Nordic Lessons …. Mikkel is definitely ‘book-boyfriend’ worthy. He is everything I crave in my erotic romance reads. He’s rough, but gentle. He’s funny, but serious. He is fiercely protective of what he deems as ‘his.’”  Read more ….

–I Love Bookie Nookie Reviews

5 Stars: “With kickass characters, smoking HOT sexy scenes, I highly recommend this book to my friends that love a little of BDSM in their books. Great job Christine Edwards, I definitely have found a new author that I will be keeping an eye on for new books!” Read more ….

—Fire and Ice Book Reviews

5 Stars: “Wow what to say about this one. It took me a bit by surprise and in such a good way. Nordic Lessons is hot, sexy, sultry, and just plain and simply scorching! I wear my kindle was so steamed up I was afraid it was going to die on me. This is one of those books that just gets your attention and doesn’t let it go! I didn’t want it to end at all!!! When it did end I was so close to just starting it back over so that I would get a little bit more.”  Read more ….

—Love’s a Book

5 Stars: “WOW!! Let’s just say this book was not what I was expecting when I started it, but it more than delivered. It blew every expectation I had away and just got better and better. From the very beginning it pulled me in and seized my attention and held me captivated till the end.”  Read more ….

—Intriguing Authors and Their Books Blog

5 Stars: “Nordic Lessons is another erotic powerhouse from Christine Edwards!  She absolutely captivates with her sweet Alpha males and action packed story lines.  But it’s her molten hot love scenes that literally steal your breath away and keep you reading far beyond any sane bedtime – and she just keeps getting better…”  Read more ….

—Agents of Romance

“If you think bikers are hot, wait until you meet Mikkel. Freaking heck, I was in heaven reading this book. There is not a thing about it that I didn’t like. Mikkel alone makes Nordic Lessons a 5-star read for me, but then Ms. Edwards makes the book a complete reading pleasure with every other element. I adore Elora. She is sweet and after getting over her initial shock of encountering a modern-day warrior, she sees past Mikkel’s exterior to the man within. She is as drawn to him as he is to her. They complement one another beautifully and this makes for some seriously hot sex scenes, especially as Mikkel teaches Elora to tap into her submissive nature. Add to the beauty that is Mikkel, Ms. Edwards includes a great cast of characters – including one uncomfortably realistic bad guy.”  Read more ….

—Crystal’s Many Reviewers

“Christine Edwards always gives me what I want. Bossy, Protective, Possessive and Loyal heroes! Heroines that have just the amount of sass and all the passion for these dominant lovers to make perfect matches every time …. I was holding my breath at times and was so sad when [Nordic Lessons] ended. I am so pleased with this sexy story and eagerly await the next passionate couple from Christine. She never lets us down.”  Read more ….

—Nichole’s Sizzling Pages

“Some fantastically hot action from Mikkel & Elora, both in bed & out! The Dom/Sub scenes are sinfully good without being out of control or off the wall. This book is hot enough to melt an iceberg!”  Read more ….

–I am a Book Addict… and Proud of It

“This was one hot lush sexy read and although I’m not a lover of the ‘master’ play I couldn’t help but fall for Mikkel. The romance was a fast build up with both quickly realising this was more than a casual thing. The D/s was immediately established and both finding what they had been yearning for.”  Read more ….

—Foxylutely Blogspot

“Excuse me while I sit in front of a fan for a few minutes because this book is HOT, HOT, HOT! …. For a quick read it was surprisingly character driven instead of a fast paced hardcore sex kind of book, but it wasn’t a bad thing, in fact I kind of liked getting to know the characters past and present instead of just a crazy wild night of wicked fun. However, you do definitely get your wicked fun here.”  Read more ….

—The Book Blog at the End of the Universe

“Scandinavian sex gods! **sigh** Mikkel is the ultimate Alpha Viking. He knows what he wants and doesn’t mince words with telling others what he wants. Elora is just what he’s been waiting for. She’s been yearning for a relationship like this and jumps in, boots and all, in this torrid affair. A well written, fast paced, action packed and sensual story has me certainly looking at this author’s other works. A hot and sexy read.”  Read more ….

—Book Lovin’ Junkie

“My goodness I love this book, hot alpha male who is not only commanding but also a protector/provider. Wait did I also mention he is a hot Norwegian Motorcycle president, a chivalrous one at that. Elora is funny and witty, but also just as strong as Mikkel is. For a romantic erotica, it is the one of the better ones I have had the pleasure of reading.”  Read more ….

—Fab, Fun, and Tantalizing Reads

4.5 stars: “This was my introduction to Author Christine Edwards and I am now kicking myself for not finding her sooner ~ she writes my Alphas just the way I like them; gruff, possessive, badass, a little sweet and a whole lot dirty. And her leading ladies are not mindless doormats with no personality which is a huge turn-on for me.”  Read more ….

—Bookworm Betty

“This isn’t a gritty MC biker story – the story is lighter, with only some drama, the main focus being on Mikkel and Elora’s relationship – which I absolutely loved.”  Read more ….

—Steph’s Sizzling Pages

“I absolutely LOVED this book. I was addicted from the first page, unable to put my Kindle down to eat or even sleep. The writing is great. The intense chemistry between Elora and Mikkel makes you feel like you are living in the story. And wow, this book was HOT, HOT, HOT! And to top it off he is the President of a motorcycle club. This book will definitely make you call your significant other to bed early!!”  Read more ….

–Hines and Bigham’s Literary Tryst

“I don’t know what to say in this review that I haven’t said before about Christine Edwards and her books. They are everything you want in a smart, sexy book. Today’s market is flooded with books. But finding the ones that are well written and well edited are getting to be few and far between. Christine Edwards takes it up a notch and gives you well researched, well developed characters, well planned storylines and well, hot sex.”  Read more ….

–Raw Books online

“I loved this book! It’s the perfect example of a dom/sub relationship!”  Read more ….

–For the Love of Books

“The love scenes between Elora and the elusive Mikkel are hot enough to burn  up the sheets.  I really enjoyed both of these characters and to watch as they got to know each other. Mikkel is awesome.  He is alpha but has a sweet side to him. He is gentle but at the same time dominant. Elora is sassy and spirited.   The chemistry was off the charts.”  Read more ….

—Read That! Blog

Elora is a cultivated Londoner visiting her brother in Oslo, Norway. With her brother away on business, she decides to do without his permission and borrow his classic Jaguar to take in the sights. But when she pulls over to the side of the road to take pictures, the car won’t start up again. In a blind panic, Elora has nowhere to turn, until a warrior of a man stops to help her. A massive, handsome hunk of a man, clad head to toe in black leather.

Elora has never encountered anyone like Mikkel. As much as he frightens her, she realizes she is out of options. Then comes the exhilarating journey home on his custom ride, and Elora falls hard for her knight in leather armor, an alpha male eager to teach her the rules of Dom/sub relationships. Mikkel is head of his motorcycle club, and in the days that follow, Elora becomes increasingly entangled in the culture of bondage, bikes, and club rivalries. But how can Elora fully commit to a man whose world might as well exist on another planet?

Says Christine, “Writing this novel got meet thinking about the appeal of the strong heroine and the alpha male. It all comes down to balance. Many of us are drawn like magnets to deliciously dominant alpha males, yet without a leading lady who can stand up to him, the preliminary vibrating tension between them would never hold up. The hero needs that wild spirit to challenge him, to keep things in check so the scale never tips completely in his favor.”

Christine Edwards grew up in the Deep South on Hilton Head Island, SC. At an early age she developed a passion for the arts that led her to earn a bachelor’s degree in Art History from the College of Charleston in South Carolina. Christine has a special place in her heart for reading and writing erotic tales. Her main focus is on loving, multi-faceted relationships involving intense alpha males and feisty heroines. She adores snow skiing, traveling the world, and spending time with her amazing family. Christine currently resides in the sleepy coastal town of Beaufort, SC. Click here to find Christine online.

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A surprised gush of breath leaves my lungs as his hands grasp each of my bare, chilled thighs to give a possessive squeeze before he dismounts.

“Enjoy the ride?”

I dismount with his assistance, quickly remove the elastic and sift my fingers through my braid, setting my red hair free once again. With my heart still pounding fiercely like a Japanese Taiko drum, I tell him—and I know I’m gushing—“Yes, there’s such a sense of power being on your motorcycle. Although I have to admit, I’m relieved that you’re the one driving. It seems like it would be far too much power for me to handle between my legs.”

Oh no, oh shit!

I watch his expression change the second the unintended double entendre leaves my lips. His eyes are smoldering, his breathing is more rapid. A perfect mask of male lust stares down at me. He’s absolutely stunning. His huge, hot palm reaches forward to glide through my hair, firmly cupping the back of my bare neck. He leans down several inches, closing any distance between us.

In a thick whisper, he says very slowly, “Oh, I have no doubt you can handle all that power perfectly, Elora.”

Muffled, thumping sounds of rock music engulf us as we become lost in each other’s eyes.

The heady moment is broken when he suddenly lets his eyes slide shut, drags in a deep breath, and changes the subject. “You’re proving to be the ultimate distraction, min skjønne. And I’m not easily influenced. We need to move now, we’re already over an hour late.”

Without another word, he grabs hold of my hand and turns to climb the steep flight of wooden steps. I glance out over the parking lot. Not a space to be had. There must be over a hundred people here.

He stops before the solid black door and turns to face me, his warm fingers threading confidently through mine. “I’m tending bar tonight, Elora, but I’m gonna place you right in my line of sight and introduce you to some quality friends. That work for you babe?”

“That’s fine, Mikkel.”

He lowers his body down farther to whisper against my parted lips, “My girl’s so fucking sweet.”

His girl? Yes, I absolutely adore that.

His Girl Friday, by Ellen March: a Shy Girl Holds her Own Against a Ruthless Rake

his_girl_fridaySometimes true love hides in plain sight.

On July 1, 2014, Fanny Press will release His Girl Friday ($13.95, 218 pages, ISBN: 978-1-60381-564-2), an erotic romance by Ellen March about an ugly duckling who turns swan while in the employ of a rich womanizer. In coming months, Fanny Press will be publishing several of Ellen’s erotic romances. Next Up, just in time for Halloween: A Ghost of an Affair.

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5 Stars: “I laughed so hard at the beginning of this book at times it was hard to breathe…. The last few twists I did not see coming at all, and I love that. The end of the book made me very happy for everyone involved. This was such a fun read, and I loved the characters, the supporting characters were just as important as the main ones in this book, in my opinion.” Read more ….

–Eat, Sleep, Read: Ramblings of a Book Lunatic

“His Girl Friday, by Ellen March was a delightful read. I absolutely LOVED Sally and Paul the gardener. They were absolutely hilarious! Every girl needs a gay best friend, and I was enthralled with their relationship and antics! This book was 1/3 romance, 1/3 erotic, and 1/3 comedy!” Read more ….

–A Well-Read Woman

4 Stars: “His Girl Friday is a delightful read. It’s funny, romantic, dramatic and very very enjoyable. Moving at a great pace you will have it finished in no time, and it will leave you with a smile on your face. This book is well written, displays great emotion has good character development and has a line-up of very likeable characters…. The romance side of this book is very sweet and includes some very steamy, tastefully written sex scenes. It also has a very happy ending that is a fitting end to this tale. Overall, a fun read that will leave you with a smile on your face.” Read more ….

–Sharon’s Book Nook

“Anyone looking for a light, funny, sexy read will gobble up His Girl Friday. I really enjoyed it.”  Read more ….

–The Divas of Desire

5 Stars: “I ended up really loving this book. Even Roman turned around for me. I will definitely be reading more by Ellen March in the future.” Read more ….

–Wicked Wolves & Dreaming Dragons

4 Stars: “His Girl Friday has it all—romance, comedy, drama, heart-ache, moral dilemmas—there’s a bit of everything all rolled into one very entertaining package. His Girl Friday is super fun! I LOVE Sally! Sally is the quintessential goofy girl and I LOVE IT when the ‘Ugly-Duckling’ surprises everyone and snags the seemingly unobtainable man of every girl’s dreams! If you are a lover of romantic comedies, His Girl Friday is the perfect choice! I’m already checking out what’s next by author, Ellen March—His Girl Friday has made me a fast-fan of her work!”  Read more ….

—Bookie Nookie Reviews

4.5 Stars: Ellen March played the hot Brit guy card on me and I am goner. Their cat and dog fight was very comical yet made me fall in love with Roman bit by bit until the end. It is also imperative to commend Ellen for creating very interesting and effective secondary characters such as Paul. He is one to adore too! His Girl Friday is recommended to ALL readers. You better get your eyes on this awesome read that will trigger all the tingly feelings in you.”  Read more ….

–I dare you to read blog

“I loved loved loved this one. Sally is such a mess you can’t help but to love her. She is the biggest klutz around and just an all around hot mess…. This story was just so funny it had happy moments, sad moments, and was just an all around good book. You are not going to want to miss this quirky love story.”  Read more ….

–Love’s a Book

“This was a great read, one that I can honestly say was a 4 stars with quirky and funny characters…. Ellen March is one author that I will be on the look out for more books from.” Read more….

–In the Pages of a Good Book

“I thoroughly enjoyed this book. A light summer read whether you’re lying on the beach or hanging on the deck. Just enough hot to lighten up even the cloudiest day! Don’t be shy, it’s not in your face erotic instead a breezy fun romance. The banter between Sally and Roman was comical with some laugh aloud moments…. Romance, humor, and no cliffhanger. A good read!”  Read more ….

–Rusty’s Reading

Although larger-than-life, this story is quite enjoyable.  It’s funny, charming, and sincere.  Sally becomes a bit more layered as you see her progress from her unattractive shell and come into her own.  In the end, it is very much a Cinderella story.”  Read more ….
–Smut and Bonbons

“This novel was easy on the heart, and had me entertained from the start to finish.”  Read more …
–Review of a Book Maniac

“Overall this was a light and fun read and gave the reader a good story of the mild and meek finally changing their luck and getting all the good that they deserve. It was a little of a Cinderella story, with an ‘ugly PA’ sister and a gay god brother! A real love story overcoming adversity. Yes at the last page you are cheering on for Sally finding her true self and her true love.”  Read more ….

–Foxylutely Book Reviews

“Are you looking for a little light summer reading? Then look no further than His Girl Friday by Ellen March.”
—My Secret Bookspot

“Oh my! This story is funny, caring, crazy, dangerous at times, romantic and a true love story …. This is one awesome cluster of emotions of a book and I loved it!”
—Goodreads

“I loved Sally’s quick wit from the start and the fact that she was clumsy and didn’t particularly care what other people thought of her outward appearance .… If you’re looking for an enjoyable and easy read, this is the book for you.”  Read more ….
—Paranormal Romance and Authors that Rock

Sally Friday is a mess. Not only is she tortured by self-doubt, but she is also clumsy and has no fashion sense. However, these qualities are exactly what her boss is counting on when she sends her to spy on reclusive millionaire playboy, Roman Daniels. Sally, normally an office clerk for the gossip magazine, Normandy, interviews for the position as Roman’s new secretary. His jealous PA, Antonia, immediately hires the girl, confident that her disheveled appearance will make her invisible to Roman’s wandering eye. Reliably disaster-prone, Sally makes a memorable first impression, and Roman wonders if he will survive her employment. But there is something about Sally that Roman can’t dismiss. Unlike every other woman, she is unswayed by his masculine good looks, and he keeps catching intriguing glimpses of her feminine potential.

When Sally takes a midnight dip in his pool, Roman makes an eye-popping discovery: Sally is hiding a luscious hour-glass figure beneath those baggy clothes. Her hidden assets as well as her refreshing innocence have Roman hooked. That is, until his growing feelings and fear of commitment get in the way and he decides to back off. With the help of Roman’s best friend Paul, Sally plays to Roman’s jealousy and gives him a taste of his own medicine. But what will Roman do when Sally’s deceit is revealed?

Says Ellen, “I’ve always liked the idea of a heroine with major issues whose sweet personality shines through and wins her the Prince Charming she so richly deserves. In my story, a clumsy inept woman catches the eye of a serious womanizing millionaire who could have anyone. Although she has potential physically, Sally does not win Roman with her looks. It is her sheer magnetism that attracts him—her combination of sweet innocence and uncalculated sex appeal. He doesn’t give in easily, of course. Roman has sworn not to settle down with one woman, ever.”

Ellen March and her husband live on top of a mountain in Wales, which is ideal in the summer but not so much in the winter months or when it rains. She has three grown children, one suicidal cat—it really does have nine lives—and five Alaskan Malamutes. One of her hobbies is showing and working them. Ellen’s first love, however, is reading and writing. Since childhood, she has devoured every romance and fantasy she can get her hands on and enjoys acting out her own fantasies in print. Her body of work includes erotic romance, psychological thrillers and supernatural fantasies. She has published three novels in the Doms of Drakos series—Escorting Sydney, One Night in Heaven, and Shadow Play (Ravenous Romance). You can find Ellen online at ellenmarch.jimdo.com.

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Throwing the sheet to one side, she rose to her feet, naked apart from a splash of glaring red, a minuscule pair of briefs that had seen better days. Crossing in soft steps towards the window, she stared with an intense longing out at the cool night. Her window overlooked the pool, which twinkled and beckoned, calling out to her. A glaze of moonlight caressed the water, and without another thought, she skipped into the bathroom.

Wrapping a large towel around her body, she opened her door slowly. Peeping out, she gazed down the darkened hallway. She could just make out the dulcet sound of Paul snoring. He was in the bedroom next to hers, separated only by the bathroom. She hadn’t heard Roman return and supposed he’d be spending the night away. He probably felt safer, she thought with a snap of irritation.

Running down the darkened stairs, she padded on light feet through the kitchen and pulled the door open. She held her breath and winced at its creaking hinges, hoping no one would hear the noise, before stepping outside and closing the door behind her. The patio stones still felt warm beneath her bare feet.

The two shepherds rose from where they’d been lying near the house and trotted over, curious at this midnight visit. Raising a hand to her lips, she said, “Ssh,” and grinned at their wagging tails. “Now be quiet, and sit there. That’s good, boys.” Sally was pleased at the way they listened to her.

Without wasting any time, she dropped the towel onto the nearby sun lounger, letting her eyes adjust to the dark. Spinning round, she dove into the pool. Her body was as straight as an arrow as she disappeared beneath the water. Coming up the other side of the pool, she relished the coolness washing over her skin. Floating on her back, Sally lazed around the pool, her hands fanning through the water as she drifted with aimless intent. She chuckled at the two dogs sitting poised at the edge of the pool, watching her.

She was so tempted to call them in but knew she couldn’t explain to Roman why his dogs were soaking wet and his pool full of dog hair.

Without warning the outside lights blazed, illuminating the entire area. Sally lay frozen on her back for an instant, bathed in the glare at the centre of the pool. Galvanising herself into action, she flicked over and dove to the bottom. She swam with easy expertise beneath the water, coming up against the darkened edge of the pool.

As she squeezed her eyes shut, she heard Roman’s voice. Shit, shit!

* * *

“What the hell?” He’d barely caught a tantalising glimpse of naked flesh and a flash of red cloth before it all disappeared. He thought he’d imagined it, except that the dogs bounced around the pool barking. Then they stopped and concentrated on the one spot. Where she swam to and disappeared.

“Stay inside, they’re not good with strangers,” he ordered his companion, a tall, red-haired woman. Then he strode to the pool. Staring down into the water, he caught a glimpse of a blonde head.

And then he knew.

“Sally!” he yelled, just before she sank lower into the depths. “Christ!” Roman was convinced she was drowning, and kicked off his shoes before diving in. Reaching out to her, he pulled her struggling body back to the surface.

“What the hell is wrong with you?” At once, he realized she was practically naked. A pair of very ample breasts spilled over his arm as he held her tight in front of him.

Mortified, she struggled to free herself from his vice-like grip. “Nothing, so will you let me go?”

Coming to his senses, he felt his mind reel at the sight of the body she’d hidden beneath baggy, unflattering clothes. He released her. “What the hell were you doing at the bottom of the pool?”

“It’s obvious I was hiding, wasn’t it?” she said, still with her back to him. She treaded the water before swimming to the side. Raising her arms, she laid them on the edge of the pool and clung to the tiles, unaware of the way her breasts pushed out to the side.

Roman swallowed hard and studied her slim back and narrow waist. It was so small he could span it with his hands. His gaze dropped to the small red knickers and shapely ass. Those were some interesting prospects, he thought in surprise.

“Forsaking All Others,” by Galia Ryan: a Woman Turns the Tables on Her Cheating Husband

forsaking“Forsaking all Others,” ($.99, ISBN:) is the second Novella-Length Kindle Single in a new series by Galia Ryan: Stories of Love, Risk, and Fate. The series began with “Perfect Stranger.” Ryan is the author of the Luxuria Trilogy: Choices, Secrets, and Desires. In coming months, Fanny Press will be publishing several of Ryan’s novellas as Kindle Singles. After all the novellas are available separately online, they will also be published in a trade paperback anthology.

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When Jonathon confesses to having an affair, Remy thinks it is the end of her world. But then she decides to fight back. No one is going to take her enviable lifestyle away from her, nor will she let another woman steal her husband. But how can she satisfy Jonathon’s demanding libido without learning to tolerate his indiscretions? Perhaps there is a way, after all, to save her marriage and ensure he never strays again ….

Convent-educated from the age of four, Galia Ryan was brought up not to question. Perhaps because of this, she has always been fascinated by all things esoteric and “outside the square.” Originally from Sussex, England, and now living in New Zealand with her soul-mate husband and grown-up family, Galia tries to find time between her passions for writing and reading and for her other love—travel. There is always a growing list of must-see places. Click here to find Galia online.

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Remy’s call came well after ten p.m. Somehow he’d known who it was, even with the number withheld message on the screen.

“Hi.” He tried to get the balance right. Upbeat. Not blatantly enthusiastic, which he was, but not despondent either.

“Hi.” Her voice was soft and beguiling.

He held his breath, waiting for her next words.

“Where are you?” she wanted to know.

“At my club.”

“What are you doing?”

“Working.” He glanced at the paperwork strewn over the narrow desk and the spreadsheet open on his laptop.

“It’s late.”

“I know.”

“You know what they say about too much work.” There was a hint of teasing in her voice.

“Uh-huh.” He was tired.

“Can you stop for a while? Take a break?”

The idea was too appealing to pass up.

“I shouldn’t, but I will. I’ll probably be more effective in the morning anyway.”

“Good.”

“So, what have you been up to today?” he asked, settling in on the sofa and spreading himself full length. He deserved a little comfort. He’d been working non-stop since breakfast.

“Oh, nothing much. A little shopping.”

“What did you buy?” The question was mundane. They were talking, and that was the point.

There was a soft, throaty laugh. “I treated myself. Some silk, some satin. You know.”

He did. She was referring to the expensive underwear she loved.

“Tell me more.”

“A slip. Not black, or white, but red. As red as rubies. And tight.” There was an electric pause. “I should probably have bought the next size up.”

“Are you …?” He closed his eyes.

“Wearing it?” she finished for him. “Yes.”

He visualised her breasts, sheathed in silky fabric, her nipples hard and protruding, and swallowed.

“What else are you wearing?”

“Stockings.”

“Black?”

“No. Tan. With a seam.”

“And—”

“Heels. So high, I can barely walk.”

“You haven’t mentioned any panties.”

“No, I haven’t, have I?”

He was getting hard.

“So …?” he needed to know.

“No panties.”

“Ahh.”

The image of her smooth and hairless slit was immediate, and he let out a long, slow breath.

The silence was almost tangible. He felt a strong connection; almost as if they were together in the one room.

“Are you in the bedroom?” he asked, wondering if she were there, or perhaps in the sitting room and draped on one of the Italian sofas, her legs open, one raised and bent at the knee, the other lowered to the floor.

“That would be telling.”

So, this wasn’t the call inviting him to come home. Assuring him that she needed him as much as he needed her. An unwelcome thought crossed his mind.

“Are you alone?”

“Again, that would be telling.”

She was taunting him, hinting that she might, just might, be with another man. Under the circumstances he had no idea if it were true. No idea of anything at that moment. But incredibly, the idea of her calling him from a bed other than her own was powerfully erotic.

He listened to the sound of her breathing. Measured, but perhaps a little fast.

“What are you doing?” he asked quietly.

“Right now?”

“Uh-huh, right now.”

“Touching. Stroking.”

“Yourself?”

She laughed. Seductive and mocking at the same time.

He realised his role was to question. She would supply the answer. If it suited.

With his free hand he unzipped his trousers. Eased them down to his knees and kicked them off. God, he’d give anything for her to be there right at that moment! His hand slipped under the waistband of his shorts. Touched his hardened cock and eased it upright. He waited, lost in the sound of her breathing, then wrapped his fingers around it and began a series of gentle strokes. Words were unnecessary. They were together, and he had lurid images of her pleasuring herself whilst he did the same.

“Is it good?” he asked, tightening his grip.

“Better than good,” she whispered.

Then he heard it. A male voice. At least he thought that’s what he heard.

 

“Perfect Stranger,” by Galia Ryan: A Female Officer Investigates a “Haunted” House

perfect_stranger“Perfect Stranger,” ($.99, ISBN: 978-1-60381-237-5) is the first Novella-Length Kindle Single in a new series by Galia Ryan: Stories of Love, Risk, and Fate. Ryan is the author of the Luxuria Trilogy: Choices, Secrets, and Desires. Fanny Press will be publishing several of Ryan’s novellas as Kindle Singles. After all the novellas are available separately online, they will also be published in a trade paperback anthology. Coming June 15th: “Forsaking All Others.”

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Cassie Jonsson is the only female law enforcement officer in the sheriff’s department. That means the cases that get dumped on her are the ones no one else wants.  Such as investigating mysterious happenings in a long-abandoned homestead. Believing the intruders to be kids rather than ghosts, Cassie is unprepared for the holdall and sleeping bag hidden in the attic. She is even less prepared for the confrontation with an intriguing stranger. A man with the power to turn her life upside down.

Convent-educated from the age of four, Galia Ryan was brought up not to question. Perhaps because of this, she has always been fascinated by all things esoteric and “outside the square.” Originally from Sussex, England, and now living in New Zealand with her soul-mate husband and grown-up family, Galia tries to find time between her passions for writing and reading and for her other love—travel. There is always a growing list of must-see places. Click here to find Galia online.

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Her head was down, watching where she was putting her feet. She wasn’t concentrating. Suddenly a hand was over her mouth and her windpipe felt like it was being crushed by an iron bar.

She went into autopilot mode, becoming completely limp. The additional weight, her group had been told during self-defence training, would knock an assailant off balance, thus giving the victim time to flee. Unfortunately it didn’t quite work that way in practice, and suspended by the arm of her attacker she felt as if she were being forcibly strangled. She scrambled to find a footing, desperate to relieve the pressure.

“I would advise against that.” The voice was soft against her ear. She remembered more advice. Try to pinpoint anything that will make it easy to recognise her assailant. Even speech patterns.

She clawed at his hand and his arm, trying to free herself.

“I’m choking,” she croaked through his fingers. It wasn’t strictly true. His hold had already eased a little.

“No, you’re not,” he contradicted. “Will you keep still?”

She made an attempt at nodding.

“Okay. Here’s the rule. Don’t move, and that includes no turning around.”

The pressure relaxed further. More to the point, the hand over her mouth was gone, and she filled her lungs gratefully. “Okay, okay.”

“Keep facing front.”

“Who are you?”

“Just someone passing through.”

She was trying to think. To remember what she had to do, both as part of her job, and if things were as bad as they seemed, to stay alive.

“Good guy or bad guy?”

“Depends on whose side you’re on.”

“Military?”

He stiffened imperceptibly, and she tried again.

“Afghanistan?”

“Amongst other places.”

Her throat was a little sore, and she swallowed. “Any chance of a little civilised behaviour here?”

“What do you suggest?”

“That you take away your arm altogether.”

“I’d have to trust you to do that.”

“So trust away.”

He laughed. It was a deep, bass sound, and not unpleasant.

“Here’s the deal,” he suggested. “I’ll remove my arm if you agree to stand perfectly still while we engage in a little conversation.”

“Okay.”

“I’m taking you at your word, the word of a serving police officer.”

“I said okay.” She would have shouted, but that would have hurt even more.

“And like I said, stay facing front.”

“Any more rules?”

“Not that I can think of right now.”

Captured in Croatia, by Christine Edwards: A Spy Caught in the Act Falls for her Captor

captured_croatiaCaught by her quarry’s bodyguard, this sexy spy isn’t talking. Who will win the battle of wills?

Captured in Croatia ($12.95/178 pages/ISBN: 978-1-60381-550-5), by Christine Edwards, is an erotic romance about a corporate spy whose mission goes awry when she is waylaid by her target’s bodyguard.

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5 Stars: “I’m totally a fan of author, Christine Edwards’ work, but Captured In Croatia is by far my favorite of all her books – and I have read them all!  If you are looking for a great read and some smokin’ hot characters, then you have definitely got to check this one out!” Read more ….

—I Love Bookie Nookie Reviews

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“Christine Edwards is my dealer when it comes to getting my fix for Alpha crack with a little dubious consent that leads into a great romance. Her characters are always well rounded and developed. No immature nonsense and over the top drama. I suck down each book with gusto.”

—Mandy, Raw Books

“Loved it, loved it, loved it. This has to be the best in the series so far; it had me hooked from the very first page. Zoran is just the epitome of an alpha male. He’s broody, domineering, absolute sex on legs and perfect for me. Carew is an awesome character. She does not take any crap from Zoran and gives as good as she gets. The heat that sizzles between these two is just immense.”

—Lynz, Raw Books

4.5 Stars: “This was such a fun, adventurous read …. The characters are well written, not perfect, but flawed just enough. Christine knows just how to tell a story so you are involved from the first page to the last, and I love that about her writing. I’ll keep reading her work as long as she writes. It’s always good and never disappoints.” Read more ….

—Eat, Sleep, Read: Ramblings of a Book Lunatic

5 Stars: “O.M.G Holy Smoking Hot…. This book had me sitting on the edge of my bed … wondering what would happen next … car chases, fighting, and a strong, stubborn headed woman, same as the man. I loved every single minute of it.”  Read more ….

—Anny Books

“A highly erotic read and the interaction and romance building between Carew and Zoran is so steamy to read and a delight to see develop. I love that Zoran is so family orientated and his camaraderie and bond with his brother ‘B’ is lovely …. If you have not picked up any of these books, I highly recommend you do. Well with beautiful scene settings, action packed suspense, a gorgeous feisty heroine and a sexy dominant alpha, what is there not to love? Another acclaimed read from Christine Edwards and a fantastic five star rating from me.”  Read more ….

—Foxylutely Book Reviews

“This is the fourth title I’ve read by Christine Edwards and it was definitely my favorite.  She has a penchant for great, grunty alpha males with a soft side and feisty, smart heroines who don’t always like to listen to good advice.  I think with this volume the author has made some subtle changes in the characters’ approach to situations they are thrown in and it made a notable improvement in how I perceived everything as a whole.  It has everything I look for in an erotic romance; great characters, suspense, drama, and hot sex!”  Read more ….

—Smut and Bonbons

5 Stars: “Hot, hot, hot! Dominant male/submissive female isn’t usually my favorite erotica subgenre, but Edwards made me care about both the hero and the heroine, so I liked the story. The love scenes are out-of-this-world, solar-radiation scorching hot.”  Read more ….

—Erin O’Riordan, Pagan Spirits Blog

“The sex scenes are REALLY hot – but what I found most interesting (guess it was just my mood at the time LOL!) was the insight into the country of Croatia.  Christine Edwards describes areas of the country, foods and language — and makes the reader fall in love with the country as they fall into Carew & Tigar’s love story.”  Read more ….

—Snarky Mom Reads

“This story stars the adrenaline pumping on the first page and it doesn’t stop until the last one…. I devoured this book in one sitting, and want the next one ASAP. Captured in Croatia is a total thrill ride with a strong heroine.” Read more ….

–Red Light Fiction District Blogspot

5 Stars: “If you have not read this author before you should. She writes romance, erotic scenes and the best plots like no other! In the same fashion as her other books the scenery is prominent…. [Zoran] is now my hero! I loved this guy and his brother. If you like a little naughty mixed into a great plot then PLEASE grab this series. The others are just as good. It will keep you guessing until the end!”  Read more ….

—Reading Renee

Captured In Croatia has lots of action and adventure along with intrigue, secrets, captives, martial arts, arguments, steamy, sweaty romance from an unlikely source and ultimately love.  The descriptions of the house, the grounds, the park and the nightclub were so vivid I felt I was there.”  Read more ….

—Jo, Romance Junkies

“Action, Adventure,a hot alpha man, and a smart sexy woman! What more can you ask for? How about lots of rolling in the sheets, and on the floor, and in the shower….you get the idea. I have enjoyed every single one of Christine’s books but, Captured in Croatia was the best so far…. This is her hottest book yet, and I can’t wait to see what Christine has in store for her readers next!”  Read more ….

—Kerry Pacious, Romance in the Highlands Blog

10 Stars and 10 Hearts: “Christine did it again, wait no she freaking knocked it out of the park. I am so over the moon over this book. How she can write a story that is on the edge of so many wicked things but turn it into a blazing beautiful romance is just a mystery to me. One moment I’m terrified and my heart is racing. The next my blood is pumping for a whole different reason.”  Read more ….

—Nichole’s Sizzling Pages

5 Stars: “I totally fell in love with Zoran. Even with all his dominating ways. He continually showed how much he truly cared for Carew. The best part is always when a kick-ass, strong-willed heroine like Carew finally submits to a Dom like Zoran, who will treasure what she is giving to them by submitting. I absolutely loved the romantic suspense storyline of this book, and as always I’ll be anticipating the next book from Christine Edwards!”  Read more ….

—Steph’s Sizzling Pages Reviews

5 Stars: “This book has everything – action, intrigue, searing passion and a fabulous HEA! Now I have to read the whole series.”

—Agents of Romance

“Christine is one of my new must-buy authors…. The chemistry between Zoran and Carew is HOT! I was loving every minute of it. But this is not just an erotic story about a man and woman. There’s some danger, intrigue and suspense.”  Read more ….

—My Secret Romance Book Reviews

“The author did a great job blending the romance and intrigue aspects of the story.  The character development and the surrounding story lines made the story that much more enjoyable.  I can’t wait to read the rest of Christine’s books.”  Read more ….

—Carmie, Forever Me Romance

Corporate spy Carew Sloan is sent to Zagreb, Croatia, to retrieve information for a private intelligence agency. Carew’s beauty and talent for computer decryption make her the natural choice for this sensitive mission. After charming her mark, Vasilije Juric, in one of Zagreb’s swanky dance clubs, Carew finds herself in Juric’s bedroom. It will take only a moment to gather the information she was sent for and make her escape. Or so she thinks.

Unfortunately for Carew, Juric has a keen-eyed bodyguard, Zoran, who pegged her instantly as trouble. After a high speed chase, he retrieves Carew from her wrecked car. Rather than turn the stunning spy over to his merciless boss, Zoran takes matters into his own hands and keeps the girl … as his captive. Zoran’s keen intelligence, striking features, and powerful physique prove hard to resist, and soon their mutual hostility takes a backseat to the torrent of lust neither can deny.

Will Carew follow her heart, even it means losing her livelihood? What other dangers await them both beyond Zoran’s lair?

Says Christine, “The Plitvice National Park, in the south of Croatia, hosts sixteen turquoise-colored lakes, all connected by stunning waterfalls. The park is truly an awe-inspiring place in both tranquility as well as scenic beauty. What better location for the majority of my novel to takes place?”

Christine Edwards grew up in the Deep South on Hilton Head Island, SC. At an early age she developed a passion for the arts that led her to earn a bachelor’s degree in Art History from the College of Charleston in South Carolina. Christine has a special place in her heart for reading and writing erotic tales. Captured in Croatia is her third novel. Her main focus is on loving, multi-faceted relationships involving intense alpha males and feisty heroines. She adores snow skiing, traveling the world, and spending time with her amazing family. Christine currently resides in the sleepy coastal town of Beaufort, SC. You can find Christine online at christineedwardsauthor.com.

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I can’t help but take two steps away from him. In the daylight he is a giant of a man. His tailored suit is merely a polite disguise to help him blend into society. He’s clearly living in the wrong time period, I think, because anyone can see that he is a fierce warrior sprung to life in the twenty-first century.

His chiseled jaw lifts ever so slightly. “Up the stairs.”

Will I ever grow accustomed to his husky, growling voice? In a daze, I turn and climb the wide flight of stairs. My small feet pad silently as I make my ascent to God-knows-where. The wood on the floors is ancient and weathered but immaculately clean and quite pretty. How old is this place?

I come to a dead stop at the top of the staircase and stare in awe. Unless it was built with this sprawling, open design in mind, it seems as if all the interior walls on the second floor were demolished to create one vast space. It’s the size of at least four large bedrooms rolled into one. Two sets of enormous windows allow for sunlight to spill in, blanketing the distressed wood floors. There’s a large boxy structure built in the center of the space. Through the glass, I can see that it’s a freestanding, oversized shower; the frosted glass wall behind it must hide the rest of the bathroom.

In the right corner of the room rests a massive king-sized bed set in a beautifully carved, dark walnut four-post frame. Stark white sheets and a matching comforter neatly cover the high mattress. Behind the bed, the interior stone wall is at least fifteen feet in height. Stunning. Wood rafters painted a light gray crisscross the ceiling. They give the room a clean, loft-like feel.

This space must be close to fifteen-hundred square feet. As I look around, I note that aside from the bed and the wood floor, just about everything is either white, gray, or glass. Even the wide fireplace mantle is a pale hue, maybe a birch or pine. Cut logs rest neatly in a brown leather sling on the striated marble hearth.

“Follow me.”

He steps around me and strides toward the far side of the vast room. We round the corner to the modern shower that features a foot-wide rainforest showerhead and two limestone benches. Smooth pebbles in shades of soft cream and tan make up the floor of the cavernous space. There is no door, just a six inch tiled step.

As I’m taking everything in, he addresses me in his commanding voice. “Take everything off and shower. You need to clean those cuts. You have exactly five minutes.”

Desires, by Galia Ryan: Book 3 of the Luxuria Trilogy

desires Desires ($12.95, 202 pages, ISBN: 978-1-60381-445-4), is the third book in Galia Ryan’s erotic Luxuria Trilogy, which includes Choices and Secrets. Fans of the series should be pleased to know that this is not the last they will hear of Anna and Stephanie. Galia is currently working on a series of short stories to be published as eBook singles, and at least two of these will feature Stephanie and Anna. All six will eventually be published in one volume.

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Desires by Galia Ryan is a combination of Secret Diary of a Call Girl and Sex and the City…. It’s sexy and paints a fascinating portrait of the life led by high end escorts. This riveting tale tore me in two as I applauded Anna for being a modern, independent women making pro-active choices, but then cheered when she fell prey to Adam as well. It’s a modern dichotomy to which many women can relate …. You will desperately want this luxurious, fictional universe to be real. The high living lifestyle will sweep you away in a wave of champagne. The action is hot as the main storyline is interspersed with the details of Anna’s ‘dates.’ ”  Read more….

—Margo, Dames Unrestrained Blogspot

“I loved this series revolving around two strong leading females. You will definitely want to read the first two books prior for back history. Once again, this one is full of emotional turmoil between right and wrong, need and desire. If you are looking for something different and a little off the beaten path, I would recommend this series. Overall I give it 4 Stars!”  Read more ….

—My e-Literate Obsession

“I give this book 5 fangs. Step inside the world of high paid escorts. This book tells the tale of one escort and why her clients seek her out. Anna has clients who want her for all sorts of reasons and the author tells you enough about her regulars to give you their reasons. You also get to see how Anna sees these men. One man stands out for Anna though. Adam makes her see herself differently and Anna’s not sure she likes the Anna that Adam brings out.” Read more ….

—Paranormal Romance Authors that Rock

Desires is Book 3 in the Luxuria Trilogy and it doesn’t lose the momentum that Choices (Book 1) and Secrets (Book 2) set! I was so lucky to have all 3 books at my disposal; otherwise it would’ve been driving me crazy with anticipation as to what would happen next!!…. This is a trilogy that will keep you reading from start to finish. I couldn’t put the books down until I found out what I needed to know …. I give the Luxuria Trilogy as a whole…5 Stars!”  Read more ….

—Robin Malone, Book Reads and Reviews

“I definitely would recommend reading this erotic and enticing series. Desires is a great conclusion to the series. Four stars for me.”  Read more ….

—Foxylutely Book Reviews

Anna is one of Elite Escort Agency’s most popular call girls. She is quite comfortable living in the lap of luxury and pleasing a variety of wealthy men on her own terms; however, she longs to return to respectability. Only now she is accustomed to the best of everything. So Anna embarks on a quest to discover what else she is good for, other than dazzling every man who crosses her path.

Anna’s calm is shattered when a former client resurfaces. A few years earlier Adam introduced Anna to bondage and submission. But although he held her in his thrall, Adam overestimated his power. When he demanded total surrender, she cut herself off from him forever. Now Adam is asking to see her again. Initially she refuses, but what can she do? She can’t stop thinking about him.

The owner of Elite, Stephanie, is also haunted by memories of a former lover—Giancarlo, now married and dedicated to charitable work. When, after ten years, they come together once more, neither can resist the pull of their unresolved past, despite the possible consequences to Giancarlo’s career.

Says Ryan, “Anna has made her decision, and this book follows her journey, and to some extent that of Stephanie. Of course, life is never predicable, and just when both women think things are running reasonably smoothly, up pops the unexpected! One of the most enjoyable aspects to this series was to allow a voice to some of the men who shared Anna’s stage by paying for her services as an escort.”

Convent educated from the age of four, Galia Ryan was brought up not to question. Perhaps because of this, she has always been fascinated by all things esoteric and ‘outside the square.’ Originally from Sussex, England and now living in New Zealand with her soul-mate husband and grown-up family, Galia tries to find time between her passions for writing and reading for her other love—travel. There is always a growing list of must-see places. You can find Galia on the Web at galiaryan.fannypress.com.

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The club was full of fetish glam. The music was loud, and the red, blue, and green spotlights cleverly angled. Punks and Goths mingled with leather-clad Masters and mistresses. Slaves were being walked around on leashes. Naked breasts were on display everywhere. The crowd was as flamboyant as it was eclectic.

Adam took Anna’s hand, as if sensing her need for reassurance, and led her beneath a stone arch supported by Romanesque columns into a dimly lit room. Splayed across a pummel horse, a woman was moaning her gratitude as a leather strap came down on the quivering flesh of her backside. After watching closely for a moment, he untwined his fingers and settled his hand on her rubber-covered arse instead. It was a proprietary gesture, and the significance was not lost on her.

He leaned closer. “Do you wish you were her?”he wanted to know.

“No.”

“Lift your dress. I want to feel you.”

The tight rubber had moulded to her body to form a second skin. Before she could do as he’d asked she had to peel it away. It wasn’t easy. The rubber was good quality and difficult to stretch. After a lot of surreptitious pulling and tugging, the dress was high enough to please.

“Much better,” he whispered in her ear.

She felt the warmth of his palm as he stroked and caressed the rounded flesh of her arse, but it was nothing like the heat that had risen into her face. Others would be watching, noting what Adam was doing to her and rating her compliance. She turned slightly to confirm her suspicion and saw a Mistress tug on her slave’s collar and slap his face. She wondered what he might have done to incur such wrath. Stolen a forbidden look at another woman, perhaps?

Adam’s hand wandered farther, finding its way down between her cheeks. Wanting to please, she moved a little and parted her legs to give him better access.

“It turns you on.” His lips formed the words against her neck.

Knowing he was referring to the scene being enacted on the pummel horse, she shook her head.

“No,” she said quietly.

“Perhaps not the thought of pain, but watching has made you wet.”

She was silent.

“Perhaps we should visit the dungeon.”

The Shameful Desires Trilogy Comes to a Close with Shameful Desires 3: Unbound

unboundThe riveting saga of the volatile relationship between Jeremy and Andre comes to a supremely satisfying close with the gay BDSM erotic romance, Shameful Desires 3: Unbound (274 pages, $14.95, ISBN: 978-1-60381-518-5), by P.J. Proud.

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5 Stars: “I found this book well written. The characters were not just engaging and interesting but realistic. I read this book in one sitting. This author has a knack for drawing the reader into the story. I had a very hard time putting this book down. Overall, this was a wonderful book.”  Read more ….

–Cocktails and Books

Jeremy Piper’s life has come full circle, and he’s happier than he’s ever been. He’s living with his Master, actor Andre Jackson, embracing his submissive nature, and planning for their wedding. His newest novel is being made into a movie, with Andre as the star. Although Andre can’t reveal that he is gay and involved with Jeremy without risking his career, they are thrilled to be working together.

Until the handsome young actor co-starring with Andre sets his sights on Jeremy. Unlike Andre, David is totally out and proud, and he’s still getting romantic leads. One misunderstanding leads to another, and Jeremy is forced to take desperate measures to make things right with his Master.

Will Andre and Jeremy ever learn to trust each other and what they have together? Will they ever be able to live without hiding, without fear that others will discover their shameful desires?

Shameful Desires 3: Unbound is the final episode of the Shameful Desires trilogy. You won’t want to miss Shameful Desires 1: Enslaved or Shameful Desires 2: Mastered.

Always hungry for ways to create more sparks in life, P.J. PROUD enjoys drawing and painting in addition to writing, music, exercise (a fanatic!), skiing, getting lost in the woods (thanks to being directionally impaired), helping people, and spending as much time with family as possible. P.J. has been writing gay-themed short stories, novellas, fan fiction and poetry for over four years. Shameful Desires 3: Unbound is the author’s third novel, following Shameful Desires 2: Mastered and completing the trilogy. Shameful Desires 1: Enslaved was the first, a coming-out story of sorts, penned from a dream and a haunting lyric, “I drew a new face and I laughed,” from a Jason Mraz song called “I’m Yours,” which urged the author to take a chance and change the stars.

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 The front door swings open and Jeremy’s yanked away from the counter where he’s making dinner, spun around in a circle.

“Andre, what the hell?” He’s laughing, protesting, but enjoying his Master’s strength, his solid muscle that lifts him so easily.

“They found your Dominic, Jeremy.” Andre’s mouth finds his in a quick kiss. “It’s finally starting to come together.”

Dominic is the other romantic lead in Jeremy’s movie, the one who doesn’t get the girl, and Andre’s been reading with other actors for almost three weeks now. He runs to get his computer, Andre pulling him onto his lap, kissing his bare shoulder as they search the Internet for one David Bryant, reading his bio excitedly and then falling silent, unable to look at each other.

Because David is gorgeous, deep blue eyes and a shock of black hair—tall, with muscles on muscles and his lips are almost as pretty as Andre’s but that’s not the problem, not at all ….

Seems David is gay, totally out and proud, and he’s still getting work as an actor.

Jeremy clears his throat, Andre’s silence becoming too much for him and scoffs, “He probably doesn’t get all that many roles.”

But he does. They read about all his credits, many attained since his coming out, and he’s working plenty, mostly as leading men in romantic comedies, carving a niche for himself. Andre, looking crestfallen, clicks on the mouse and shuts down the computer. They both stare at their images reflected in the screen.

Jeremy turns, slides his arms around his Master and kisses him gently. “He’s just different from you, Andre. It doesn’t mean anything for us, we’re … we’re okay like we are.”

Andre shakes his head, keeps his eyes down and nods, shrugs, “Yeah, yeah, I know.”

Andre picks at his dinner in silence, lost in thought as Jeremy stares worriedly across the table at him.

He doesn’t understand. If that man can make it in show business and be openly gay and still get roles, then why the hell can’t Andre? He doesn’t dare bring it up because he knows Andre’s mulling over the same thing in his head, beating himself up over it.

PROMISES, an Erotic Romance by New Fanny Press Author Ellen March

promisesWhen the ultimate cad falls in love, who’s going to believe it? Certainly not the one he loves ….

Promises ($13.95, 230 pages, ISBN: 978-1-60381-548-2) is an erotic romance by Welsh author Ellen March. A shy woman falls hard for the boy next door, a jaded multimillionaire in disguise who is only interested in getting his fill of her before moving on.

In coming months, Fanny Press will be publishing several of Ellen’s erotic romances. Next up is His Girl Friday.

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“I really enjoyed PROMISES, by Ellen March. Although both main characters had explosive personalities, and got angry quickly, they were also funny and well written into the story line. Ellen March is a new author for me. I really enjoyed her writing style and the quirkiness of her characters. Ellen March is certainly an author whom I will be checking out other titles from.”  Read more ….

–Sherri M., Fresh Fiction

5 Stars: “Some of the hottest sex scenes I have ever read in a book. I mean really, they are out of this world! There is never a dull moment between Alex and Solomon. Either they are screwing each other senseless, or close to throttling each other out of anger. The passion is all consuming, making this book a page turner! This book will not disappoint fans of erotic romance!”  Read more ….

—April Wood, A Well Read Woman Blog

Shy and self-doubting, Alexandra doesn’t ask much of life. She exists quietly in a small seaside village in Wales, working in the local library and keeping company solely with ‘Roger,’ her vibrator. When Roger breaks down, she must go to the city to seek out his replacement.

Alex’s visit goes spectacularly awry when she stumbles into the wrong hotel room, where she enjoys a blissful interlude with the room’s rightful occupant, Solomon, who she initially mistakes for a vivid dream. Sol’s skills quickly render Roger obsolete, but Alex isn’t about to let a man—not even one as gorgeous as Sol—get under her skin. Relationships are not for the likes of her.

Sol, a notorious playboy and multimillionaire hotelier, isn’t about to let her go so easily—not until he’s had his fill of her. Posing as a simple carpenter, he rents the house next to Alex in Brindley Bay. His plan is to conquer her quickly and return to his real life in a week or so. But Alex is nothing like his other women. For a start, she’s not interested in money. More than that, serious money makes her extremely uncomfortable. And she values honesty above all else. Before he knows it, Sol has promised to love her forever—a promise he fully intends to keep.

But what will Alex do when she inevitably uncovers the elaborate skein of lies he has spun, simply to bed her?

Says Ellen, “I actually love writing about women with problems, whether it’s looks, weight or other issues. I like to fetch realism into romance, in that not all guys fall for the drop dead gorgeous female. Personality is what it’s all about, along with the obvious connection—the sexual link. Instead of looks, I like to focus on the flaws we all which that we can all connect to. That we can fix, mend and move on. And Promises delivers all of this and more. At least I like to think so.”

Ellen March and her husband live on top of a mountain in Wales, which is ideal in the summer but not so much in the winter months or when it rains. She has three grown children, one suicidal cat—it really does have nine lives—and five Alaskan Malamutes. One of her hobbies is showing and working them. Ellen’s first love, however, is reading and writing. Since childhood, she has devoured every romance and fantasy she can get her hands on and enjoys acting out her own fantasies in print. Her body of work includes erotic romance, psychological thrillers and supernatural fantasies. She has published three novels in the Doms of Drakos series—Escorting Sydney, One Night in Heaven, and Shadow Play (Ravenous Romance). Click here to find Ellen online.

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It was late when Solomon met up with Callum. This time they sat in a calm pub. No banging of heavy music, no gyrating bodies, just a quiet pint and a chat. He needed to talk to someone, to try and assimilate his feelings and motives, because so far he’d had no success on his own. He’d never hungered after a woman in his entire life. Yet now he was so desperate for her he’d take whatever she offered.

“So, mate, what’s up? This looks like a serious bonding type of talk.” Callum took a sip from his pint and shot Solomon a grin. “Please, Sol, don’t tell me you’re a closet gay and about to come onto me.”

Solomon leaned back in his seat, crossed his muscled thighs and laughed. A deep, gutsy baritone burst from his large chest. “Trust me, if I decided to bat for the other side, I’d be a damn sight more selective.”

“What, you saying I’m not good looking enough?” Callum brushed his hands through a mop of muddy blond hair. He flicked his head back in a dramatic gesture.

“Get used to it, bitch!” Solomon grinned and toasted him, holding his pint up before taking another sip.

“So, come on then. What’s this pep talk about?” Callum pressed.

Solomon leaned back in his chair, studying his friend. “Remember that night when I found a strange woman in my bed?” He mentioned it with a casual ease as if it were an everyday occurrence. Callum knew it damn well wasn’t, and until he met her again Solomon couldn’t explain why he had gone through with it. To himself or anyone else. He didn’t make a habit of sleeping with random females he discovered beneath his duvet. Usually he would have at least turfed them out. Yet there was something strangely compelling about this one, from the moment he’d first touched her.

“Mmm, best jump you’d ever had, according to you.” Callum nodded, looking at him questioningly. “So, come on, spit it out.”

“Well, I can’t get her out of my head.” He took another sip of his pint and considered his friend before laying it all out. “So, I’ve bought the house next door to her.”

“You’ve done what?” About to take a drink, Callum dropped his pint back down on the table with a bang. “Have you lost your mind?”

“Think I might have,” he admitted with a shrug of his massive shoulders, ignoring the admiring glance from a tall blonde who sauntered past.

“You’re actually going to be moving?” Unable to believe what he was hearing, Callum sat bolt upright. “What’s so special about this woman?”

“I’m taking a few weeks off work,” Solomon replied. “About a month should do it, I reckon, maybe less.” Solomon was convinced that once he’d been with her again, the itch he felt would disappear and leave him whole. He stared deep into his pint, a crease marring his forehead. He shook his head. “What’s so special? I don’t know, and that’s the problem.”

Nabbed in New Zealand, by Christine Edwards: A Contest of Wills on a Snowy Mountaintop

nabbed_nzHe can only hold her against her will if he can win her heart.

Nabbed in New Zealand ($12.95/168 pages/978-1-60381-538-3), the third erotic romance by author Christine Edwards, features an American tourist whose torrid first encounter with a Kiwi leads to her captivity in his mountain retreat. Christine Edwards’ first two erotic romances were Claimed in Canada and Naughty in Norway. Next up: Nordic Lessons.

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Nabbed in New Zealand is a seductive and sexy new erotic romance that kicks up the heat a few notches in comparison to author Christine Edwards’ first 2 books. Laced with mild BDSM elements such as spanking, anal play and light D/s, Nabbed in New Zealand is great book to add to your library if you are interested in venturing into the BDSM scene for the first time, but it’s not just for newbies! It’s a must read if you dig erotic romance and enjoy a little kink in your love story.”

—Cherra Wammock, Bookie Nookie Reviews

“I loved the ‘oops, you mean you didn’t want me to kidnap this hot chick for you?’ storyline. This could have gone cheesy and over the top comical, but Christine Edwards did a great job turning it into the steamy fantasy we all secretly dream about. (Don’t lie, you know you do). Valla and Judge are smokin’ hot together too. It’s the kind of D/s relationship I’d love to have. The balance they achieve together was enviable. Many BDSM themed books, I’m often left wondering how the sub doesn’t feel like they’ve lost themselves. Definitely not the case here. Judge did not stifle the vivacious woman that Valla’s character was. This was a kick ass read.”  Read more ….

—Lorraine, Raw Books Online

“… The sex is unbelievably hot. The scenes are written with so much detail I feel like I’m in the room with Valla and Judge. I can feel the passion between the two.”

—Robin, Sizzling Hot Books

“This is one lustful read and I need to be on a plane to New Zealand, now! This is my first read of a Christine Edwards book and as soon as I finished I was on the hunt for more! She certainly knows how to write a smoking hot alpha.”  Read more ….

—Foxylutely Book Reviews

Nabbed in New Zealand by Christine Edwards is the exotic vacation you’ve always wanted to take. It’s full of beautiful locations, amazing scenery, and hot men.”

—Dames Unrestrained

“From the beaches to the snowcapped treacherous mountains the setting is a great backdrop to this, sit on the edge of your seat, romance. The interactions (and by interactions I mean smex) between Valla and Judge  are steamy and you can certainly feel the sexual tension jump off the page.”

—Beth, So Many Reads … So Little Time

“[Christine Edwards] knows how to do fast-paced erotic kidnapping stories and even better, she sets them in places I’ve never visited.  It is clear that she takes the extra time to research her story locations so that the reader really feels they are there.”  Read more ….

—Musings of Mistress of the Dark Path

Taking a break from her job at an art gallery in Charleston, South Carolina, Valla Denier escapes on a week-long camping tour of New Zealand with a small group of companions and two skilled guides. Valla is enchanted by the wild beauty of the South Island and Kaikoura Beach, as well as the local men. After catching the eye of a rugged, drop-dead-gorgeous man in a café, she is shocked to run into him later that evening at a karaoke bar. Setting her shyness aside, she serenades the stranger with a seductive tune. She never imagines the lyrics would be taken literally.

Later that evening, Valla is taken from her campsite and wakes up in a strange room. Her captor is the man from the bar, Brocan Judge, a six foot five wall of muscle with piercing, cobalt blue eyes. He is not responsible for her abduction; his friend has delivered Valla as a gift, and repairing the situation is not as simple as it sounds.

Valla soon learns that Judge is a Dom, intent on punishing her for her willful ways. Even more surprising is Valla’s reaction to him. When he offers her the choice to stay or leave, she must decide how far down the submissive path she is willing to travel. But trust has never been Valla’s strong suit. Will she be able to set aside her inhibitions and give in to the strong hand she has secretly craved, or will doubt trump her growing desire?

Says Christine, “When it came time for me to choose an exotic locale for my next romance novel I did not have to look far before deciding on the glorious island chain of New Zealand. The landscape is in itself heavenly, offering both snow-capped mountain ranges and breathtaking beaches. I was excited to learn that the less populated South Island has many remote areas with thrilling and mysterious sights for my hero and heroine to explore together. And then there’s the undeniably sexy Kiwi accent. My eyes nearly slide closed in appreciation whenever I hear that sensual lilt coming from a native New Zealander’s lips. This sealed the deal for me as the perfect romantic setting for my Valentine’s Day release, Nabbed in New Zealand.”

Christine Edwards grew up in the Deep South on Hilton Head Island, SC. At an early age she developed a passion for the arts that led her to earn a bachelor’s degree in Art History from the College of Charleston in South Carolina. Christine has a special place in her heart for reading and writing erotic tales.Naughty in Norway is Christine’s second novel, with several more to be release next year. Her main focus is on loving, multi-faceted relationships involving intense alpha males and feisty heroines. She adores snow skiing, traveling the world, and spending time with her amazing family. Christine currently resides in the sleepy coastal town of Beaufort, SC. Click here to find Christine online.

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“And now, ladies and gents, hot on her awesome friend’s heels, we have another lovely American named Valla who has come to sing for us all the way from a state called South Carolina. Let’s have a big Kiwi welcome for Valla!”

Oh. My. God.Fuuuuccccck ….

At this moment in time, Mick’s alcohol-related prediction has come true. Thank goodness for the invention of strong beer. Here goes nothing ….

“Step on up, little lady. Good God, do you all agree that these Americans here tonight all look like they stepped right off the pages of Maxim, boys? Wow! Here’s the mic, little Valla, and I’m excited because I haven’t played this terrific song for anyone in quite a while. Now I have to ask, is there any lucky bloke in particular you would like to dedicate this to tonight? If not, I’m sure there will be plenty of them waiting for you when you finish.”

I dip my head and say into the mic, “Let’s just say that he knows exactly who he is … and the feeling is mutual.”

“Woooooh!” the dj and drunken crowd call out. “I suppose we have a little game of clue going on with this song then! Have at it, little gal.”

Fiona Apple’s “Criminal” fills the room. I know the song by heart and the suggestive, coy lyrics seem perfectly fitting for the lust that is mounting in me for this complete stranger. Just as the first sensual words fall from my lips, I land him with a ‘give it to me now, bad boy’ heated stare. He about drops his beer as every muscle in his body goes as tense as a two-by-four.

I let the opening line flow from my lips, letting him know what a bad girl I’ve been, as I watch him innocently through my long lashes. I thought that I would have trouble getting through it but the way he’s watching me, nearly transfixed, makes me feel as if we are the only two people left on the planet. Two people who want each other with a tangible passion.

My confidence is building as I continue on, swinging my hips to and fro. My long hair swishes across my lower back as I croon on about needing to be taught a lesson by a man like him. The submissive suggestion is sinfully blatant.

Even at this distance I can make out the thick ridge of his impressive cock straining against the front of his jeans. Or maybe my imagination is in overdrive …. My heart rate thunders as Fiona’s luscious lyrics pour out of my mouth, sung only for him, my sexy New Zealand mystery man.

Pink Lips and Other Stories for Girls Only: Hot Idylls for Cold Winter Days

pink_lipsIn the short story collection Pink Lips and Other Stories for Girls Only ($12.95, 198 pages, ISBN: 978-1-60381-546-8), new author Elisabeth Anne Ryder brings to life a series of erotic interludes that should get your heart racing no matter what your sexual preference.

The girls in Pink Lips don’t always know what they want, but they know how to get it, and in the most unexpected and unusual places. A campsite, a strip club, the back seat of a limo, a hospital, a restroom stall, a dungeon. With a witch, identical twins, a sexy neighbor, strippers, a nurse, a co-worker, a Dominatrix …. Wherever these girls go—whether on a sultry Florida evening or a dry afternoon in Arizona—adventure finds them. And they love every minute of it.

Love, lust, excitement, and passion. No rules, no guilt, no consequences, no holds barred. Nothing but unadulterated adult pleasure. For girls only.

“This is the perfect erotica book for Lesbians, and for any bi-curious female out there who’s always wanted to try it. Read this book first. If you are, you will know it.”  Read more ….

—Cynthia Rodriguez, Lesbiatopia

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Says Ryder, “In these stories, I mixed fantasy with some of the wild experiences I’ve both lived and been told about during my very enjoyable life. I didn’t want them to be about guilt and pain; there is already too much of that out there. I wanted to show that any kind of relationship–be it one night stand, short-term or long-term–can work, leaving pleasant memories and no regrets, if you have the right attitude and enter it in the spirit of adventure. Not to mention that I believe fiction should provide escape, not be a source of nightmares.”

Elisabeth Anne Ryder was raised on the Gulf Coast of Florida in the Tampa bay area. After working in the adult industry for twenty-plus years as an exotic dancer, she ran a Fantasy adult writing business. She is a licensed hypnotherapist and ran a successful hypnosis clinic for five years and continued the business online for another five years after that. Three years ago, Elizabeth relocated to the Dallas, Texas to be near her family. Since then she has been able to get back to one of her favorite passions, writing. Click here to find Elisabeth online.

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Al looked around, opened a drawer beneath the register, and pulled out a small, red card. On one side, glossy, black letters proclaimed “Mistress Scarlett.” Under the name was a phone number. I turned the card over and looked at the other side. There was a picture, but I could not make it out at first in the dark store.

I looked closer and realized that it was an actual photograph of a woman on her back. She had to be a slave. Her hands were tied together over her head by a leather strap that fastened to the ceiling. Her legs were spread wide apart. Leather straps enclosed her ankles, which were also tied to the ceiling. I suddenly realized she hung suspended completely off the ground. Her mouth contained a red leather ball gag, which had two strings hanging from it. The strings connected to small, metal clamps that attached to her nipples. I was amazed. I had finally found the real deal.

“Mistress Scarlett has had many things made especially for her,” said Al, leaning over the counter and staring straight into my eyes, “Gadgets, cages, leather clothing. She’s well-known in the area and highly respected.”

I reflected. Was I really up to meeting a serious dominatrix? This was one of those situations that separated the women from the girls. Time to walk the walk. “Do … uh … do you think she’ll see me?” I stammered.

Al looked me up and down, scoped out my leather jacket and matching pants, pointedly eyed my breasts pushing up and out of a burgundy V-neck, even leaned over and checked out my curvy hips. I did not mind. There was nothing new for me—either with women or men. Besides, he was my conduit to “Her” and if I had to pass a test with him, that was fine with me. Finally, he straightened up and leaned back on the counter, chewing speculatively on a toothpick.

“Mistress Scarlett has been known to take some interest in blondes with big tits … no offense,” he finally admitted.

“None taken, I replied, looking him straight in the eye. I did not care what he said about my body—he wasn’t getting any. But the appraisal was flattering.

“But there’s no guarantee that she’ll see you. She’s quite picky, and I’ve heard that most people can’t endure the trial you must go through to become one of her slaves.”

Unsure of what to say, I put the card in my purse, thanked Al, and left the store.

For the next couple of months, I kept the card but did nothing. I fantasized over and over about what our first encounter would be like. I was scared to call, but very intrigued. Was she more verbal or physical? What would she look like? I knew that whatever she looked like, if she was for real, I would love her. I would be totally devoted. She would never need nor want for another slave.

Late one night, as I lay in bed watching S&M videos, I finally got up the courage to call. She answered on the fourth ring.

“This is Scarlett,” I heard a beautiful voice say. I instantly felt a bond—an unmistakable connection.

“Hi, my name is Stephanie, but my friends call me Stevie,” I said. “I got your card from Al. I’ve been searching long and hard for you. I want you to know that I’m willing to be molded into the perfect slave. If you’ll just give me the chance, I won’t fail you, Mistress.”

Kindly, yet firmly, she said, “I’ll be the judge of that. However, I’d like to meet you. You will wait for three weeks and then come to the following address: 105-D Cadence Avenue.” She paused for a moment and then asked, “Do you know what part of town that’s in?”

“Um … yes … I’m pretty sure—”

“Good, then be here at 1:00 p.m. sharp!” she snapped, hanging up the phone before I could reply.