Some Nights ~ Blackthorne

And so the last book in the Heart of Fame series is now available. Blackthorne, the end of the “journey” as such. Yes, I did cry when I typed The End on this book. Yes, I did do a crazy (highly embarrassing) dance in the middle of the living room.

I listened to Fun. a lot while writing Blackthorne. A lot a lot. This song particualarly.

 

He drew his head away from hers, seeking out her eyes with his gaze. “Or maybe,” he whispered, his voice a little shaky, “you just wanted me to do that?”

Pressing her palms to his chest, Caitlin pushed him away. Heat filled her cheeks. “Boy, have you got an ego. I didn’t want you to do that.”

Liar.

Josh seemed to agree with the traitorous little whisper inside her head. He let out a low laugh, an entirely devious sound her body reacted to with entirely too much need. “Ego or not, I think you did. And I think you liked it as much as I did.”

The pit of Caitlin’s belly tightened. Her pussy contracted again. Grinding her teeth, she leveled a glare his way. “Even if I did like it, and I’m not saying that’s the case, you can’t just come back here to my office and kiss me like that.”

He smirked. Already she both hated and loved the expression. Hated the way it said he knew how hot he was, loved the way it made his lips curl and his eyes fill with devilish conceit. “Why not?”

BlackthorneHeart of Fame Book Eight is now available from Samhain PublishingAmazonBarnes and NobleKobo and iBooks

Always ~ Love’s Rhythm

Love’s Rythm wasn’t the birth of Nick Blackthorne (that happened in Tropical Sin) but it was the beginning of the Heart of Fame series. Bon Jovi was the main soundtrack of Love’s Rhythm, and Jon Bon Jovi the main inspiration for Nick himself.

Always was included in the Love’s Rhythm playlist ten times. Ten times. Which meant, for the duration of writing Love’s Rhythm, I think I heard Always about a thousand times, maybe even more. I’m not ashamed to say quite often I would stop writing, pick up a pen and start singing into it as loud as my voice would allow.

Suffice to say, when there were people in the house, namely my family, they told me to shut up pretty damn quickly :)

Want a little snippet from Love’s Rhythm?

Without a word, he curled his fingers under the hem of his shirt, pulled it up over his head and stepped into the shower.

She turned to him, instantly and immediately, and slid her hands up his chest, over his hard nipples before twining her arms around his neck and pulling his mouth down to hers.

The kiss was beyond her. She was no more in control of her body than she was her heart. All she knew was at that very moment there was nothing else in the world she wanted more than to feel Nick against her, holding her, inside her. It was foolish and stupid and weak, but too powerful to resist. She wanted him. He was the only one to ever make her feel whole. The only one ever to make her feel cherished. For all the pain he’d brought to her world, he’d also given her more happiness and love than she could remember. Right now, in this shower, he was Nick. Her Nick. Not the world’s Nick. Not the record producers’ Nick. Hers. And she would lose herself in her Nick and deal with the pain of the stolen moment after he’d returned to the world again.

She stroked his tongue with hers, loving the way his arms held her firmly to his body. The water flowed over them both, joining their kiss, slicking their flesh. She pressed herself closer to him, the sensation of her wet breasts sliding against his wet chest too erotic. A moan vibrated low in her throat, or was it in Nick’s? She couldn’t tell. Didn’t care. Rising on to tiptoes, she rolled her hips, an unspoken request for that still trapped in his sodden jeans. Lord, she wanted him inside her. Wanted him filling her, stretching her. Possessing her.

Like a junkie wanted a hit.

BlackthorneHeart of Fame Book Eight releases October 28 (click here)

Getting Played is available now, along with the rest of the Heart of Fame series. (click here)

You Shook Me All Night Long ~ Getting Played

Tuesday this week, Blackthorne, the last book in the Heart of Fame series releases. (Don’t worry too much if you’re a Heart of Fame fan though. There are still many stories from the Heart of Fame world bubbling around in my head).

Because the Heart of Fame series mostly focuses on the wild, decadent life of rock and roll, I thought this week I’d feature the main song from the playlist I wrote to for each book, along with a snippet from the book itself.

Ready to rock on?

Some of you may know why this song was the main soundtrack to Getting Played, the seventh book in the Heart of Fame series. From the second I started writing Jaxon Campbell, the biggest player in the world–and one of the world’s greatest keyboard players–this song was in my head.

Getting Played

He didn’t respond. Silence stretched between them, long enough for Nat to open her eyes and cast him a cautious look. Jax rarely passed up a chance to shoot off his famous mouth.

“Want to know what I said you were, Nat?” he asked when her gaze found his, not a hint of flippant jest in his voice. Ah, his voice. She could come over and over again just listening to his voice.

She pulled a breath, the knot in her stomach now a full-blown granny knot. “Gullible?”

“Mine,” he answered.

Goddamn it, where did all the air go in the room? Where did all the ants crawling all over her body come from? And more to the point, where the hell did Jaxon Campbell—the guy who stole not only her heart but also her rare, mint-condition, fully-signed AC/DC Back in Black vinyl LP—come off pretending what they’d had was anything more than sex to him? Huh? Huh?

Blackthorne, Heart of Fame Book Eight releases October 28 (click here)

Getting Played is available now, along with the rest of the Heart of Fame series. (click here)

Out with old…

…and in with new. This past week I’ve been sharing the details about some re-releases. Today, I thought I’d look ahead to a new series that’s coming your way.

Meet the Boys of Fall! Coming your way January 5!

Boys-of-Fall-Logo-blackIn Texas, the temperature isn’t all that’s heating up…coming home has never been so hot!

Coach Nicholas Carr was the greatest high school football coach the sleepy little town of Quinn, Texas had ever seen. He led his boys to the state championships year after year. However, only once did the Quinn Titans ever bring home the state title. Quinn locals still insist that high school team was the greatest Texas ever had or ever would see. The exceptional group of athletes went on to do incredible things, bolstered by the qualities their cherished coach had instilled in them.
But when a retired Coach Carr suffers a heart attack and risks losing his beloved family ranch, his boys return home, anxious to give back to the man who’d been like a father to all of them.

Little did they know that returning to Quinn meant they’d fall in love—and into bed with strong, sexy women that are their match in every way. Home is definitely where the heart is, and so is the shower, and the wall, and the kitchen table…

Warning: Keep a glass of cold ice water handy to avoid sudden heatstroke—and a change of panties never hurts either.

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Tucker Riley had only one aspiration in high school. Get the hell out of Quinn the second that diploma was in his hands. Tucker was finished picking his drunk, worthless father off the floor night after night, sick of watching his mother work two jobs to keep food on their table because his dad couldn’t support the family. An average student, Tucker saw only one way out—his talent as quarterback on the gridiron. And his plan worked. Problem was college was still school, so after his sophomore year he turned pro and never looked back, never had any regrets.

Except her. Lela and Tucker were childhood sweethearts. Along with Coach, Lela helped him forget about how bad things were at home. Tucker broke up with Lela right after graduation and hit the road. Once he cleared the outskirts of Quinn, he made a vow never to return. For ten years, he kept that promise, unwilling to face the father he’d cut out of his life and unable to face the girl he never stopped loving.

When Tucker gets a call that Coach Carr has suffered a heart attack and needs help, Tucker is faced with a decision. Does he return with his teammates to help his beloved coach? Does he run the risk of running into the father he’s left in the past? And if he does come home, what does he say to Lela? How can he make up for disappearing from her life so completely?

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Wade Bennett is the younger brother of Colton Bennett, who happens to be the all-around perfect brother. In high school, Colt was a star linebacker while Wade was the punter, an important job without all of the glory. Colt also got all of the girls while Wade focused on school, family and his music. When Charlene Martinez—the only girl he’s ever truly wanted—falls for Colt, Wade decides to take his chances with music and goes on the road. Leaving behind his family, his new best friend, Rafe, and Charlene, who has feelings for Wade she’s never allowed herself to feel.

Years in Nashville have hardened the soft, dreamy guy who just wanted to sing and hang out with his dog, Melody. He’s found success on a small scale and has enough money to make a nice living, even if he knows he’ll never compete with his big brother. After Coach Carr has his heart attack, Wade comes home to help the man who helped him make the decision to go all those years ago.

Now coming home is all he wants…especially since a newly divorced Charlene is single again after leaving Colt. And Wade is no longer a boy unwilling to fight for what—and who—he needs…

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In a town where football is the main religion and the boys on the field each fall are the deities, Jackson Brady had a charmed life. As the star running back on the sure-to-be Championship team, Jackson is living the dream. Until he pushes his luck just a little too far. And gets suspended from the team just before the big game.

All because goody-two-shoes Annabelle Hartington had to stick her nose where it didn’t belong.

Watching his team win the title from the bench was hell and if it wasn’t for Coach Carr’s influence, Jackson would have spiraled completely out of control. Instead, he just spiraled enough to lose his college football scholarship. From there, he took on the bad boy moniker with a passion akin to his passion on the field.

Now, twelve years later, it’s a no-brainer for Jackson when he’s asked to return to Quinn to help his Coach after his heart attack. Jackson’s grown up and gotten over the mistakes of the past. This is his opportunity to make up for everything. But they have to give him a chance.

And when he runs into Annabelle and sees how nicely Dr. AJ Hartington has grown up, he realizes that she is his key to getting back into everyone’s good graces. If the beloved and respected town veterinarian is willing to take a chance on him, then everyone will see that he’s a new man.

All he needs is to give her a win-win situation. And winning is something he takes very seriously.

Going Wild Irish!

I’m pretty sure everyone in the world heard me screaming from the rooftops about a month ago that I got back the rights to a bunch of my older titles. The stories I’m most thrilled to have back are my beloved Wild Irish. Just like a mother shouldn’t play favorites, I’m sure the same holds true for authors. But the fact is…I’ve failed at that. I love this damn family so much. I still think of the characters and the stories often and I find myself missing the Collins clan. For several years of my life, I immersed myself in their stories, so in many ways, they became real to me.

Saturday Night Special-highresThis time around, I was able to create covers that look like my vision of the characters. I suspect I drove poor Valerie Tibbs up the wall as we batted around WAY too many possibles. I am forever in her debt for her patience as I’d say how about this couple, only for her to put them in the cover template and have me say, “oh yeah…no. That’s not it.” The worst one to work on was Saturday Night Special. I lost track of the number of mock-ups Valerie did for that one. I found Riley absolutely IMPOSSIBLE to find. In the end…I just said, “Use this one. The guy is totally Aaron!” lol. I’m absolutely delighted with the end result on all the covers and I couldn’t pick a favorite if you forced me. Maybe Come Monday…or…Ruby Tuesday…or…Wild Irish Christmas. No…Friday I’m in Love. I love that one too. Ugh! It’s impossible!

Wild-Irish-Box-Set-highresAnother perk of having the books back in my clutches is the pricing. I really wanted to do a box set for these stories and now…I have. The first four books (Come Monday, Ruby Tuesday, Waiting for Wednesday, and Sweet Thursday) have been packaged together and are selling four books for the price of two. There’s no time limit on this. The box set is staying up. And…if you don’t like box sets, all of the books are up for sale individually too.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with the series, I’ve shared the new covers, blurbs and buy links below (still waiting on iBooks and half of Google Play–sorry). I hope you’ll check them out.
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Come Monday – FREE READ

Wild Irish, Book One

Monday’s child is fair of face…

After the death of her mother years prior, Keira Collins willingly put aside her dreams to become a surrogate parent to her six younger brothers and sisters. At twenty-seven, she’s finally pursuing a college degree. Between classes, working at the family pub and still tending to siblings, she’s no time for romance. So why is she spending all her rare free time fantasizing about hot Professor Wallace bending her over his desk?

Will Wallace recognizes Keira’s unfulfilled desires, her habit of hiding her beauty, her obsessive need for control in every aspect of her life. But Will has needs of his own—and they run far darker than Keira’s. As he initiates her into his lifestyle, offering sweet punishments and sweeter rewards, Will’s sexual authority slowly strips away some of her precious control. The one thing Keira’s not ready to relinquish…

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Ruby Tuesday

Wild Irish, Book Two

Tuesday’s child is full of grace…

Sky Mitchell is hiding out in Baltimore, seeking peace and solitude while he struggles with a career decision. Lead singer of popular rock group The Universe, he’s thinking of going it alone. Wandering into an Irish pub, he’s ecstatic to discover the breakout single for his solo album—but the songwriter doesn’t want to sell. He challenges the woman to a contest. Not only does he win the song, but also a songwriting partner to complete the rest of the album.

Teagan Collins is sure of her talent but she’s never aspired to fame and fortune. She’s content singing folk tunes in her family’s pub. Working on an album with Sky tests her patience…and her libido. The hot rocker plays her body like a fine instrument, their desire deepening with each song they write. But someone doesn’t want Sky to go solo, and will stop at nothing to sabotage the couple’s efforts. Undaunted, Sky wants Teagan to join him onstage at his farewell concert to sing her original, “Maybe Tomorrow”…

If they make it through today.

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Waiting for Wednesday 

Wild Irish, Book Three

Wednesday’s Child is full of woe…

Tristan Collins knows Lane Bryce is strictly hands off. She’s smart, funny, kind…and married. But he still looks forward to her once-a-week visits to the family pub where he tends bar. When she fails to arrive one Wednesday, Tris is concerned. When he learns she’s in the hospital, brutally beaten after attempting to leave her unhappy marriage, he’s enraged. Tris vows to protect her, but he doesn’t get the chance. Lane checks out of the hospital and disappears without a trace.

A year later, newly divorced Lane is back, and enjoying her independence too much to embark on a relationship. Tris intends to prove she can have freedom and love, and he’s not above using seduction to do it. The more she resists, the more he sets her body ablaze with pleasure the likes of which she’s never known.

After a lifetime of disappointment, trust doesn’t come easily for Lane. But when her ex-husband reenters her life, threatening her independence, her happiness, she could discover too late that Tristan is the one man worthy of not only her trust, but also her love.

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Sweet-Thursday-mockup2Sweet Thursday

Wild Irish, Book Four

Thursday’s child has far to go…

In high school, Lily was too shy to do anything about her feelings for her best friends, Justin and Killian. Now she’s ready to put to rest her regrets with a proposal that might shock even her oversexed friends—the three of them, together, one night, multiple positions.

K and J are more than a little surprised to see Lily at their ten-year reunion. The plain Jane they remember is now a stunning woman—who wants to have sex with both of them. Who are they to deny her? Even if Killian suspects they might be treading on dangerous emotional territory. The night stretches into the weekend and, as K suspected, none of them want it to end. But he and Lily know people live in pairs, not trios, and they call a halt now, before it’s too late.

Justin, however, knows a good thing when he sees it. He’s ready to fight for what he wants…what they all need. He just has to convince Lily and Killian that unconventional can also be extraordinary.

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Friday I’m in Love

Wild Irish, Book Five

Friday’s child is loving and giving…

Ewan Collins has had the hots for Natalie for years but she continually rebuffs him, supposedly because of their age difference. When Natalie comes to stay with the Collins family for a week, Ewan decides it’s time to make his move in a serious way.

Natalie’s been in a funk since celebrating another birthday alone. When Ewan proposes to help her “get a life”—seven lessons in seven days—she figures what the hell does she have to lose? Ewan’s plans include tequila shots, fishing, karaoke…and other, more erotic hands-on demonstrations. But loneliness isn’t Ewan’s only obstacle. Tragedy in her past continually takes Natalie to a dark place her mind can’t easily overcome.

With support, tenderness and love, Ewan plans to win over Natalie one lesson at a time. Starting with lessons of the heart.

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Wild Irish, Book Six

Saturday’s child works hard for a living…

What do you get when you cross a gold-digging stripper, a down-on-her-luck hooker, an estranged husband, his knocked-up wife, a Wayne Newton lookalike taxi driver and one beleaguered Baltimore cop? A typical night in the life of Riley Collins—Vegas style. Riley’s always been the wildest of the Collins clan, but even she bites off more than she can chew during an impromptu trip to Sin City.

Once again, it’s Aaron Young to the rescue. No surprise; Aaron’s been watching Riley’s ass forever—and he’s wanted to spank it for even longer. Tracking her down, Aaron finally gets his wish—after he drags a drunken Riley to a chapel and makes it legit, of course. To say she’s shocked is putting it mildly. But Riley warms to Aaron’s seduction quicker than you can say “all-you-can-eat buffet!” Who knew her mild-mannered best friend was so hot in the sack?

Of course, thanks to Riley’s penchant for picking up strays, the newlyweds will have to sneak in some honeymoon boom-boom whenever they can. But they’ll manage…

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Any Given Sunday

Wild Irish, Book Seven

The child who is born on the Sabbath day, is bonny and blithe and good and gay.

Sean Collins is happy working at the family pub and sharing a house with the woman of his dreams. He and Lauren are equals in every way, including in bed, where they burn the sheets. Life is good. Even if he must hide a couple of secrets to keep it that way.

Lauren is madly in love with Sean. They share everything—almost. She can’t deny sensing…something. A certain feeling when she, Sean and their friend Chad are all together. But she doesn’t press. How can she when she’s not being completely forthright herself?

Chad is feeling pretty miserable, and renting a room in Sean and Lauren’s home has only made it worse. In a house filled with secrets, Chad’s are doozies.

When an opportunity arises to explore their deep desires, the trio plunges into a sex-filled, emotionally charged ménage. Long-buried feelings are revealed, changing their lives irrevocably. Whether for better or worse, only Sean, Chad and Lauren can decide.

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Wild-Irish-Christmas-mockup1Wild Irish Christmas

Wild Irish, Book Eight

“To Conall Brannagh.” Ewan took the bottle from his father. “Who?” “Conall Brannagh,” Patrick repeated. “If your mother had chosen him over me, none of us would be here tonight.”

It’s Christmas Eve, and the Collins siblings have given their father a precious gift. All seven have gathered together to spend the night in his apartment above the family pub, the warm, loving home where Patrick and Sunday raised their large brood.

You’ve witnessed each child find their happy-ever-after. Now gather ’round the tree and join the Collins family as they pass a bottle of Jameson, and Patrick shares the story of how he won the heart of Sunday, his true love, his soul mate…and the mother of his seven Wild Irish.

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Wild-Irish-Box-Set-highresWild Irish Boxed Set

The Wild Irish series has made the Collins clan one of the most beloved families in erotic romance. Read the first four books in the series: Come Monday, Ruby Tuesday, Waiting for Wednesday and Sweet Thursday in this special boxed set.

Come Monday

After the death of her mother, Keira Collins became a surrogate parent to her six younger brothers and sisters, her own dreams put on hold. Now, at twenty-seven, she’s finally pursuing a college degree. Between classes, working at the family pub and still tending to siblings, she’s no time for romance. So why is she spending all her rare free time fantasizing about hot Professor Wallace bending her over his desk?

Ruby Tuesday

Teagan Collins has never aspired to fame and fortune. She’s content taking care of family, friends and neighbors, and singing in her family’s pub. Working on an album with Sky tests her patience…and her libido. The hot rocker plays her body like a fine instrument, their desire deepening with each song they write.

Waiting for Wednesday

Tristan Collins knows Lane Bryce is strictly hands-off. She’s smart, funny, kind…and married. But he still looks forward to her once-a-week visits to the family pub where he tends bar. When she fails to arrive one Wednesday, Tris is concerned. When he learns she’s in the hospital, brutally beaten after attempting to leave her unhappy marriage, he’s enraged. Tris vows to protect her, but doesn’t get the chance—Lane checks out of the hospital and disappears without a trace.

A year later, newly divorced Lane is back, and enjoying her independence too much to embark on a relationship. Tris intends to prove she can have freedom and love, and he’s not above using seduction to do it. The more she resists, the more he sets her body ablaze with a pleasure she’s never known.

Sweet Thursday

In high school, Lily was too shy to do anything about her feelings for her best friends, Justin and Killian. Now she’s ready to put to rest her regrets with a proposal that might shock even her oversexed friends—the three of them, together, one night, multiple positions.

K and J are more than a little surprised to see Lily at their ten-year reunion. The plain Jane they remember is now a stunning woman—who wants to have sex with both of them. Who are they to deny her?

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