June 28, 2013

Friday Flames! Heating up the kitchen.


I love sharing the work of others! And as you know, here on 
THE FLAMES, the steamier, the better.

Be sure to share your own HOT scene and include the links to find you.

To ignite the fire, please welcome Christine Warner as she starts us off by heating things up!  

Christine and I have known each other for a few years now. Her career is taking off and  exciting times are rolling in -- I'm so excited for her!

Take it away, Christine!

What should a woman do when sparks fly in the kitchen?  Ignite the fire!  Especially if it's a man as sexy as businessman Chet Castle creating the friction. :)

A bit about Bachelor's Special: 

Jill Adgate wants three things from life: a successful catering business, a family, and the love of an exceptional man. What she has is no job, a mounting pile of bills, and her outspoken best friend—who sets her up on a blind date with the man who inadvertently ruined Jill’s life.

Chet Castle is a businessman who has everything, except the ability to trust. Burned by a money-hungry fiancée, he refuses to get involved in any relationship that has a shelf life longer than a head of lettuce.

Intrigued by her ambition—and determined to get her in bed—Chet offers Jill the chance of a lifetime: work as his live-in chef and he’ll help her get her catering business off the ground. When sparks fly in the kitchen, Jill realizes what’s cooking is a recipe for disaster…

The excerpt I’m sharing has a little taste from both Jill and Chet’s perspective. ENJOY!


Her body hummed as his smile wavered. Although he wore sunglasses, she’d bet her last dollar his gaze swept across her chest, lingering on the betrayal of her pert nipples pushing against the fabric of her suit.

Until this moment, shyness had never been a trait she possessed. Air stalled in her lungs, her palms grew sweaty, and she itched to cover herself with a towel. Even though her replica vintage swimsuit hid more than most sets of women’s underwear, she felt too exposed. She turned to the side slightly and folded her legs up. Not that it helped, but it made her feel a bit less exposed.

Chet slid his feet from his sandals, brushing a hand through his hair. The heat from the sun wasn’t the only thing scorching her skin. She trickled several droplets of water over her arms, but she couldn’t drag her focus from his toned flesh.

Jill soaked in his ripped abs and the obvious package of goodies covered by his brown swimsuit—the same sexy brown as his hair. Damn, did a man have a right to fill out a pair of swimming trunks like that? Flecks of hair, just enough to give him a manly
appeal, covered the etched muscles of his long, tan legs.

She licked her lips, hoping she could still speak. “Do you want some privacy?” Yes, say yes. She needed an excuse to make an escape without coming off like someone desperate to be making an exit.

Hell no, he didn’t want privacy. Through the shield of his sunglasses, he inspected her body from the tips of her pink-painted toenails to the top of her brightly flowered swimming cap. Did people still actually wear those things? “No, you look comfortable. Stay and enjoy the day.”

“Oh…are you sure?”


Amazed at his own ability to talk without his tongue hitting the cement, Chet turned to throw his towel and sunglasses on a nearby lounge chair. Damn.

The red and white polka-dot halter-style suit featured a tight bodice, but her slender hips and shapely thighs hiding beneath a matching skirt grabbed his attention until all oxygen left his blood. Even showing less skin than the average girl on the beach, she far xceeded sexy and alluring.

Get a grip, Castle. She’s off limits, no matter how delectable.

He turned and stepped onto the diving board. He bounced along the surface as he made his way over the water. When he looked at Jill’s bathing cap covering her head, he held back his grin. The neon rubber flowers reminded him of something his grandmother would’ve worn, but there the similarity ended. Everything beneath that cap was far from making him think of Grandma.


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A bit about Christine: 
Christine Warner is living her dream in Michigan along with her husband, three children, one laptop and a much loved assortment of furry friends. 

Besides laughing and a good round of humor, she enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, reading, writing but no arithmitic.  A confessed people watcher, she finds inspiration for her stories in everyday activities.  She loves to read and write about strong heroes and determined, sometimes sassy, heroines.

A girl gone wild, at least where social media is concerned, she enjoys meeting other avid readers and writers on facebook, twitter and her website.

Twitter under @ChristinesWords: https://twitter.com/#!/ChristinesWords

June 23, 2013

Portals of Oz - A Wood Nymph Novella

Brand New! 

A Wood Nymph erotic novella 
of modern mythic  romance. 

Portals of Oz

Come...be swept away from the every day.

Abelia, a Boronda Forest Wood Nymph… 
She came to Willow Bay to satisfy her curiosity of human life, and got more than she bargained for.

Jack, an archeologist bent on discover… 
He can't wait to leave Pennsylvania and return to his explorations in Australia, where life is filled with dingos and roos.

Danger abounds… 
Human hunters stalk the enthralling Abelia, and Jack comes to her rescue. The hunters back off, but she suddenly vanishes, and he's left confused as he returns home to the rugged Outback.

They’ll risk it all… 
When Abelia magically appears in Jack's kitchen, she must divulge who and what she really is and risk the mythic people's secret for his help to return home. Meanwhile he risks his heart in convincing her to stay.

Buy Link: http://www.amazon.com/Portals-Oz~-Wood-Nymphs-ebook/dp/B00DK2U7OY/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1371997129&sr=1-1&keywords=portals+of+oz

June 21, 2013

Friday Flames is going country!

Yee-Haw! The Flames are fanning hotter than a habanero in the deep fryer!

Before you post your smokin' hot excerpt, please enjoy a taste from my guest Nikki Lynn Barrett and her book Baby Stetson.

Baby Stetson
Love and Music in Texas, Book One 

In small Texas towns, strangers come and go...

Left in a Stetson hat, on the steps of the local bed and breakfast, Avery Callimer came into the world on a wing and a prayer. Raised by loving adoptive parents, she's never lacked for love...only the knowledge of her past.

By day she works the Inn, but by night...Avery comes alive as lead singer in a band. Life was good...stable, until new guests blew into town. 

Some strangers come with secrets and lies.

Lucas Bennett is one such stranger. Drifting from one mess to another has left him jaded. Doesn't matter the dramas are never his doing. Giving it one last shot to make a fresh start lands him Harmony's Echo, Texas and smack dab in front of the tantalizing Avery.

Despite his best efforts to ignore the burn Avery's ignited within, he's intent to keep his distance. Secrets have followed him. Secrets he doesn't want Avery to know.

Each time they're near the other things heat up like a brushfire on a dry Texas prairie.

But maybe, after the dust settles and the smoke clears, love can bloom with a fresh start.


“You’re beautiful, Avery Callimer,” Lucas noted softly, tracing the tips of his fingers over her naval, up her stomach to the front of her bra.  Avery shivered at the effect.  “I want you.”  To prove it, Lucas positioned himself closer to her, pushing his erection into her pelvis.  “And this time, if you’ll have me, I’ll do much better and last a lot longer.” 

Avery moaned and undressed faster than she ever had before.  Lucas turned the jets on.  Within seconds the water rolled around, bubbles forming at the edges and in the middle of the tub.  It looked so inviting! 

Sex in a hot tub.  That would be another first for her.  Avery was about to step in the tub with Lucas when she remembered.  “Oh!  My bracelet.  I don’t want to wear it in the water.  I’d be afraid of losing it.”  Lucas unclasped the bracelet and handed it to her.  Avery placed it on the counter and hurried to join him in the tub.  The hot water felt so good!  Avery lowered herself into the tub, her back leaning against one of the jets.  Lucas cupped his hands and tossed a large handful of bubbles in her hair.  Water splashed at her face.  

“Lucas!” she sputtered, splashing back.  He caught her hand mid-splash. 

“I’ve got you now.”  He knelt before her, trailing kisses up her arm, to her neck.  Lucas let go of her hands and instead cupped a breast. 

Yes you do.  In the palm of your amazing hands. 

A cry rippled from Avery’s throat when Lucas dipped his head to suckle her breast.  She arched her back, and  the  pressure  of  the  jet  stream  slammed right in her lower back, only driving her need and desire for him higher.  Lucas lifted his head just for a second and focused his dark eyes on her, filled with the most desire she’d ever seen.  Avery took that moment to strike.  She reached for him, pulling his face to hers for a kiss.  He tasted so divine, and he matched her kisses with the same intent. 

“I never felt so much until you, Avery,” Lucas mumbled between kisses.  “I feel alive, thanks to you.” 

Avery said nothing.  Instead, she cupped Lucas’s face in her hands.  She could only stare at that sexy face for so long until she buried her face in his chest.  “I don’t know what to say to that.” 

“I don’t need you to say anything, I just felt like you should know.”  Lucas cradled her head, his strong arms keeping her secure as he held her tight.  “I’m falling for you, Avery.” 

Had she heard him right?  Did he really say what she thought he did?  Avery lifted her face to meet his gaze.
“I need you, Avery.”  Lucas’s voice cracked, thick with emotion.  His arms tightened around her.  “I want to make love to you so bad.  I want to feel everything with you, Avery.” 

Lucas had so much emotion tonight.  His words, his actions lit a fire within her that could possibly never be put out.  Avery ignored any slight reservations she held about getting this involved with him again and reached for him.  Avery guided Lucas’s cock to the entrance of her vagina.  Slowly, Lucas entered her.  Immediately, Avery cried out with pleasure.  She was about to explode.  The water, the feel of Lucas’s hands running all over her body and the way he moved in and out slowly, he was going to drive her to desperate measures. 

Lucas’s lips met hers once again, his teeth nipping at her bottom lip lightly.  She groaned beneath him.  “Are you comfortable?  Is this okay?” 

“It’s perfect, Lucas.  Everything is perfect,” Avery whispered.  And it was.  He was so passionate, catering to her every need, want and desire.  There was no denying the look in his eyes, in his touch.  Lucas had come alive with her.  Away went his reserved attitude, instead replaced by a man who no doubt would give his all to her. 

She wrapped an arm around his neck and drew his face closer.  With her other hand, she ran it through his hair as he thrust faster, deeper into her.  Their bodies molded into one, the water splashing over the edge of the tub. 

“You’re perfect.  How could you get any more perfect?” Lucas muttered, pulling back to stare deeply into her eyes.

Add this book to your goodreads list! 


Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Baby-Stetson-Music-Texas-ebook/dp/B00BWIE1GI/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1363971733&sr=1-1&keywords=Baby+Stetson

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/baby-stetson-nikki-lynn-barrett/1114866006?ean=2940016243566

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Other books by Nikki Lynn Barrett

The Secret Santa Wishing Well 


Nikki Lynn Barrett lives in Arizona with her husband and son. She's an avid reader, a dreamer, and loves everything about books. She runs a book blog, an online used bookstore, and writes various genres of romance. Nikki can also be found outside with her camera when a storm is near, snapping photo after photo. Her dreams of becoming a writer started when she was young, when she started writing books in one subject notebooks by the fifth grade. The Secret Santa Wishing Well is her debut book. You can visit Nikki's site at: www.nikkilynnbarrett.blogspot.com for more information. She is working on her next book. Nikki would love to hear from readers. Email her at nikkilynnbarrett@yahoo.com

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6583655.Nikki_Lynn_Barrett 


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June 20, 2013

Celebrating Authors: Centaurs and trolls....

Find out what I'm attracted to at . . .

Celebrating Authors: "Centaurs and trolls....who'da thunk it?" TROLL-Y ...: An unlikely encounter changes the course of Ella's life.  But is it possible for a troll and centaur to have a future? TROLL-Y YOURS...

June 18, 2013

If you haven't already heard the news, Google Reader is shutting down on July 1st.

If you use Google Reader to follow me, consider switching over to Bloglovin'. I've started using it and personally recommend it!


Sheri Fredricks, Modern Mythic Romance on Bloglovin

June 7, 2013

We love 'em! The Bad Boys of Romance . . .

Oh you know you love them. Those "bad boys" of romance. 
And now we're celebrating them and all their naughty deliciousness.

Every yummy romance has at least one delicious bad boy. Whether he's the villain or untouchable  character, we've got to have him!

What if the bad boy were heartstoppingly handsome? What if his gorgeous smile, sinful ways, and notorious bedroom reputation made him the naughty boy?

Oh yeah...we'd love him even more!

Meet Aleksander. He's a shapeshifting centaur, second only in command to that of the centaur queen. He's handsome beyond belief with an arrogance to match. When he meets a female troll who isn't interested in him, it knocks him for a loop!


“Look, unless you’re here on Her Majesty’s business, I’m busy.” She tilted her head and her little foot tapped the floor.

“You could say I am. What time—?”

“What are you, the Head Palace Guard or something?” Ella rolled her eyes and huffed out a laugh.

“Well, actually—”

“I’m booked for tonight’s sessions. I’ll have another in a few weeks. Do you want to be on the waiting list for that?” Tiny red-gold tendrils escaped the silken mass pulled back from her oval face. Her pen clicked and she poised her hand over a sheet of lined paper. “Name?”

He shrugged to hide his confusion. Why weren’t his charms working? Didn’t his battery recharge this afternoon? “Kempor Aleksander. Head Cen—”

“Aleksander Hedson. Got it. Payment will be due prior to your session. And, Al…?” Her smile lacked warmth. “Please don’t be late.”

Ella’s bluntness and the slaying of his name dropped his jaw.

She turned on her practical, low-heeled shoe and walked briskly to speak with Sasha, who waited in the rear of the café.

No woman in memory had ever tossed him aside like an unwanted toy. Why, he'd been dismissed quicker than a new recruit!

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June 6, 2013

Let's do coffee!

I belong to a special group of writers and we call ourselves the Wicked Women. We all write erotic romance and are in different stages of our careers.

This Friday, June 7th, we’re taking over the Latte Lounge at Coffee Time Romance for an ALL DAY event.

·       Go to www.coffeetimeromance.com and be sure to login.
·       Head for the Latte Lounge and look for Wicked Women of Erotic Romance.
·       Join us for some lively discussions and fabulous prizes! 

Here are the names of your hostesses:

Sheri Fredricks
Nikki Prince
Yvonne Nicolas
Tammy Dennings Maggy
Seraphina Donavan
DX Luc
AR Von

Looking forward to our WICKED chat!

June 4, 2013

Herding Cats

I'm herding cats today!
Don't know what that is? Meet me on the link below and find out!

herding cats & burning soup: Guest Post w/ Sheri Fredricks + giveaway!: Morning chickies! We've got Sheri Fredricks joining us today to tell us all about the world she's created with her Centaurs series! ...

June 2, 2013

[Insert Clever Quip Here]: Interview with Sheri Fredricks (+Review & Giveaway...

I hope you'll stop by while I visit with Melissa Limoges. We're giving away a $5 gift card and ebook copy of Remedy Maker, Book 1 of The Centaurs series!

See you there!

[Insert Clever Quip Here]: Interview with Sheri Fredricks (+Review & Giveaway...: Today I'm happy to have one of my author buddies, Sheri Fredricks, on my blog. She's celebrating the new release of her second bo...

June 1, 2013

Ancient Mythology vs Erotic Mythology

Many thanks to Booklovers Hideaway, Buffy’s Ramblings, and Close Encounters With The Night Kind for hosting this super fun giveaway hop today!

And don't forget to visit all the participating blogs.

The Grand Prize Consists of the following:
 $45 Amazon GC or $45 worth of books at TBD.
ebooks from Patricia Bates
a prize from Lisa Beth Darling 
an ecopy of Sunburn by Rosanna Leo
an ecopy of Ain't No Bull by Danica Avet

an ecopy of Remedy Maker by Sheri Fredricks

Greek mythology, both in art and literature, believed mythological beings once inhabited the Earth. God-like creatures, people worshipped them as deities.

With thousands of artifacts pointing to the possibility of their existence, I wonder if mythics did indeed exist at one time. At one time, there were dinosaurs. Chinese history proclaims an emperor long dead had kept dragons.

So why not mythological beings?

In my modern mythic romances, I give Greek history a little twist and go out on a limb. A few of my characters are born as sexy shape-shifting Centaurs, descended from ancient Greece. Like immigrants everywhere, their ancestors left their home country to find a new life elsewhere. They settled in the Boronda Forest.

Before I started writing this series my knowledge of Greek mythology was limited to what I learned in school. To educate myself, I dug into research and crammed my head with countless facts. The intrinsic belief held for these beings fascinated me to no end.

And let’s face it—who wouldn’t want to meet a hot Centaur or sexy Wood Nymph? If you could meet a mythological creature, what (or who) would it be and why?

Leave a comment below with your email address.


Remedy Maker, Book 1 of The Centaurs series

Man by day, Centaur by night, Rhycious is a remedy maker who needs his own healing.

He's the royal physician, famous for his cures. War and posttraumatic stress disorder has broken his spirit, preventing him from finding true happiness. Then a direct order from the queen to investigate an uprising forces him out of his secluded cabin at the edge of the forest.

Patience is an optimistic, good-natured Wood Nymph who works as a mediator to ensure harmony within the Nymph sector.

Environmental pollution in the aquifer stream that feeds the taproot tree of her heart is slowly killing her. Resigned to the fact she will not live long, she sets out to discover the mysterious disappearance of her sister. Experience has taught her to deny herself the love of a male, but the gruff Centaur is different. He doesn't push his expectations on her, only his healing nature.

When Rhycious loses his grip on reality, he believes his inability to control his disorder will drive Patience away. Nevertheless, desire flares, and Patience draws him close. Kidnapping and betrayal turn their mythic joint venture into a deadly bout.

Will their love endure when survival hinges on trusting each other?

Troll-y Yours, Book 2 of The Centaurs series


Determined to forge a better life, Ella launches her new business with high hopes—until a sexy Centaur bumps into her and throws her life off course. Voted “Most Eligible Bachelor in Boronda”, Aleksander shakes up her world and tilts her in more ways than one.


Years of warfare and countless bedroom encounters have stolen Kempor Aleksander’s luster for life. He never expects to rediscover his zeal in the small, redheaded form of Ella the Troll, who fires his blood hotter than the deepest caverns in the forest.


But as trouble lingers in their midst—and edges ever closer—Alek and Ella spiral into troubled terrain. Turning to each other, the pair face down dangers that run impenetrably deep in their mythological world. But will the two lovers discover a passion that runs even deeper?   

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Remedy Maker
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Troll-y Yours
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