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When I wrote Scandalous Endeavors I had no intention of writing anymore books in Amelia’s world. I even told my family and friends that I was moving on to a new idea. Scandalous Endeavors released on December 12, 2014. Within a week it became clear that people wanted another book. I aim to be a crowd pleaser, so I started working on Scandalous Arrangement almost right away. I plan to have Lady Sarah’s story ready for my publisher this spring. Here is an excerpt from my rough draft.
“I do not believe that you have any honor and am not fool enough to believe this to be an innocent dance. You want something from me.” She peered up at him.
He grinned. “Perhaps I do.”
“You are wasting your time sir.”
“Unless, of course, this is simply a dance.”
“You just stated that you wanted something from me.” Sarah balled her hand in the fabric of her skirt. If she were less of a lady, she would smack him for toying with her.
“No, I said perhaps I wanted something. That means I could very well want nothing.” He arched one dark, brow and a chestnut lock of hair flopped onto his forehead.
Bloody hell the man was attractive. Sarah stared into his shamrock eyes. “Enough with the games. Tell me what you want with me, Lord Luvington.”
“Yes, tonight.” Sarah bit out through clenched teeth.
“Tonight I want to hold you.” He grinned.
Sarah blushed at the implication and turned her head to look out into the crowd. She had enough of talking to him. Clearly he did not plan to tell her anything of importance.
He pulled her closer and leaned in close. “Tomorrow I want to get to know you better.” He whispered.
Her breath caught and she fought the urge to slap him. The waltz ended and he released her. Before she could form a thought, he walked off and left her standing there alone.
I hope you enjoyed reading the excerpt as much as I am enjoying writing Scandalous Arrangement. **GIVEAWAY: Enter for your chance to win an e-copy of Scandalous Endeavors in eBook by leaving a comment below. Contest ends 1/25 at 11:59PM EST.**
Lady Amelia has only known the comfort of life in mid-eighteenth century English aristocracy. But when first her mother and then her father die, she finds herself alone, grief stricken and….. not of age. Her appointed guardian, an American uncle, has ordered her travel to his plantation where she must remain for at least two years when she will come of age.
With the help of Lady Grace and Lady Sarah, Lady Amelia gets her uncle to agree to give her four weeks to settle her affairs and unbeknownst to him…find an English lord to marry so she can remain in her beloved England. Despite her mourning period she endeavors to trap one of London’s eligible bachelors in matrimony.
Lord Goldstone, Lady Grace’s nephew is devilishly handsome, but a Scottish Duke and so entirely unacceptable as a possible husband. After all Scotland is not her beloved London and environs. He also has a nasty habit of showing up at all the wrong moments and thwarting her carefully laid plans to ensnare a suitable husband. Sparks fly as the pair find themselves at odds with each other and drawn to each other at the same time. Can they find a way to stop arguing long enough to explore their growing passion? Is it strong enough to make Lady Amelia give up her English home after all? Or will Lady Amelia find a suitable English lord and avoid social exile in America? Time is running out.
Amanda Marie dreams of days gone by when life moved at a slower pace. She enjoys taking pen to paper and exploring historical time periods through her imagination and the written word. Her hobbies include reading, writing, crocheting, traveling, photography, and spending time with her family.
Amanda Marie lives along the Lake Huron shore line in northern Michigan with her husband and two kids. She holds a Master of Liberal Arts Degree with a concentration in literature and has a long standing love affair with sugary junk food.
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When it was discussed inside the Indie Author Publishing Group that I’m a part of to do a New Year’s Eve anthology, with stranded being a key-point, I was immediately inspired.
In my short story, “Natural Woman”, the weather has been terrible for days, freezing Cora in and making travel impossible for anyone. Mentioned in the story was the major ice storm of 1996 that struck many areas in Canada, and Ontario was especially hit hard. It’s a year I’ll remember well. My daughter was born 6 months prior to the storm. Pipes were freezing for everyone in town, businesses and school were closed down and driving anywhere was a particularly bad idea. When we had a slight break for an afternoon, I hopped in the car and drove for 90 mins (when it should have been a 30 min drive) to my parents place since the area hadn’t yet been hit as bad as where I lived at the time. Needless to say, the next day and many days thereafter, ice froze all of us into our homes. Thankfully my folks had an outdoor stove where the pipes run underground and into the house. And the heat also warmed the water so we didn’t have the massive headache of frozen pipes. My daughter and I stayed with my parents for 2 wks. I never thought the freezing rain and ice would ever go away. But I was very happy to be in a safe place and surrounded by family. And when my brother knew I was coming home, he made sure to hit the grocery for diapers, milk, etc., anything I would need for the baby. I’ve never seen anything like that year since thankfully.
In “Natural Woman”, I decided to do a bit of a “replay” (Yay, it’s only fiction!) of that year and it brings two wonderful and lonely people together. It was nice to have the familiarity and comfort of writing an actual incident into a story, and expanding on it a bit. It made the situation very real once again.
After a heartbreaking tragedy years ago, Cora has lived in a self-inflicted solitude, hidden away from the pitying looks of her neighbors.
But when one of the worst storms in years plows through, a stranded traveler requires her help. With New Year’s Eve fast approaching, Nick’s open honesty reassures her how beautiful she is. And his gentle hands teach her that there is more to her than the scars she carries.
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Avid Reader. Romance Author. Redhead…
Canadian-born author Kacey Hammell is definitely a book-a-holic. A romance reader from a young age, she fell in love with happily ever afters. These days, as a multi-published erotic romance author, she enjoys adding a lot of heat, sass, and emotion to the many genres she writes.
A mom of three, Kacey has made certain each of her children know the value of the written word and the adventures they could escape on by becoming book-a-holics in their own right. She lives her own happily ever after with her perfect hero in Ontario, Canada, and is a true romantic at heart.
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Hi there, I’m Juliet Chastain, author of sweetly sexy short romances. I should say, that’s the kind of writer I was because of late I’ve been doing something a little different. I’ve been writing erotica plain and simple—low on plot high on super steamy sex. Perfect for quick bedtime reads.
On the rare occasions that I admit to people that I write erotica, they often look at me funny, obviously imagining me in the throes of passion as I work at my computer. Some come right out and ask me if I enjoy or “get off ” writing the sex scene.
Here are the facts about writing long, hot, sex scenes. Yes, it’s fun to write, but it’s also hard—and, sorry to say, quite anaphrodisiac. You have to keep close track of who and what is where as well as when which bit can do what to whom during every second of an encounter. So by the time you’ve figured out whose right hand is doing what—or wait is it the left hand in that position? And can he—or she—get it out from underneath, or is pretty much trapped there? If someone rolls slightly so another someone can get his or her hand out won’t that disturb what somebody’s lips are busy with? You get the idea. Details, details spoil the writer’s fun.
Writing erotica may not allow for passionate throes on the part of the author while she’s actually writing it, but it certainly does for the characters. And I’ll admit, once I’ve finished, reading it to the man in my life, it can be, er, very rewarding.
My first purely erotic short story, is releasing January 16. It’s called The Intruder. If readers like it, I’ll write a whole lot more. So please let me know what you think (firstname.lastname@example.org) a bunch more or one’s enough? Next month it’s BDSM time with Miss V’s shocking adventures in the Kink Inc. series. In between those releases, toward the end of January, Making Music, a sweet and sexy story will come out.
Here’s a very simple example—when the couple isn’t even tangled up yet. When I first wrote it I imagined her throwing her head back in ecstacy. Then I remembered he’s got her pushed up against the wall—no room for that move.
“You want me, don’t you?” And he presses his body against mine. He smells like leather and spice. “You are my prisoner now. My victim.” His voice is deep, menacing. “No one knows I’m here. There is no one to rescue you. It’s what you wanted, isn’t it?”
“No,” I lie, “please….” I move my head from side to side, trying to avoid his fierce gaze. Heated desire leaps up within me, spreading through my body, my thighs, my pussy, my belly, my breasts.
She knew he watched her though the window, now he’s coming to make her scorching fantasies about him very, very real.
The man from across the way comes calling. She is ready to tantalize and submit. Will he give her everything she craves? Let the night games begin.
***Giveaway: As these are short books, the giveaway includes two. One copy of The Intruder and one of Making Waves. Comment to enter. Contest ends 1/18 at 11:59PM EST.***
As a fashion photographer, Juliet Chastain uses her cameras to make visual narratives using models and clothes. As a writer, she pounds out tales on a keyboard creating books out of characters and ideas that pop into her head.
Juliet writes two kinds of short stories: Sweet and spicy like Making Waves, The Captain and the Courtesan especially for the romantic who likes some serious heat in a sweetly satisfying story; and more recently, erotica like The Intruder for those who prefer to go straight to the call-the-fire-department hot sex.
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