Stephanie Julian | Are Two Really Better Than One?

Stephanie JulianAN INDECENT AFFAIR PART IVPeanut butter cups usually come in pairs.

Why? Who knows but when you open that package, you can’t eat just one. You have to finish both. At least I do. That other one would be left lonely, after all.

Does this have anything at all to do with writing the Indecent serials? Maybe not. But let’s think about it for a minute.

In AN INDECENT PROPOSITION, Jules is offered half a million dollars to spend the night with a man she’s never met. Only, that one man becomes two when she realizes there’s someone watching from the shadows. He’s scarred and bitter and completely infatuated with her, though he doesn’t believe she could ever want him because of his appearance. His best friend will do anything to bring him out of seclusion and when they both fall for this one girl, well, she’s one very lucky lady.

In AN INDECENT AFFAIR, Kat was an awkward teen with emotional issues who’s grown into a beautiful woman who doesn’t quite know what to do with her life.

Then best friends Tristan and Adam enter her life at a party and sweep her away from the man her mother wants her to marry. They introduce her to the pleasures of ménage. Two men willing to fulfill her every desire, to put her first and foremost between them and to be there for whatever she needs.
What woman wouldn’t consider this an ultimate fantasy?

Let’s ignore for the moment that with two men comes double the amount of wash, dishes, and cooking.

Let’s simply focus on those two hot men who only want you to be happy.

What a fantasy, right?

Those peanut butter cups have the right idea.

Of course, a Twix has four sticks…


“Did you enjoy being in the army?”

A flicker of surprise crossed Adam’s expression. “Yeah, I did. And I was good at it.”

“Because he’s a sneaky bastard.” Tristan deliberately needled Adam. “And he’s a decent shot.”

Adam’s mouth curved in a grin. “Better shot than you.”

Tristan rolled his eyes. “Now you’re just fooling yourself.”

Kat smiled, watching their banter as if it were a tennis match. Sliding off her shoes, she tucked her legs under her and leaned back in the chair. As she resettled, she noticed both men return their attention to her.

“How did you meet?”

Her curiosity grew, fueled by the interplay between them. They knew each other so well, they’d developed a shorthand. She wanted to learn it, wanted to be on the inside with them.

When Tristan smiled at her, she felt drawn inside that small circle.

“When the newly minted Second Lieutenant got assigned to my platoon.” Adam’s smile widened. “Fresh out of West Point and already a Grade-A prick.”

Tristan didn’t look at all offended by Adam’s dig. “I may have had a somewhat elevated opinion of myself at the time.”

“Lucky for us, you proved yourself in the desert.”

She knew they’d served in the Middle East for several years, but it had been more of an abstract concept than a fact. Now, her stomach clutched at the thought that one or both of them could have been killed. Which was ridiculous because they were here now. Safe and sound.

But would they always be?

“Can I ask about your work?”

She had their complete attention again, their focus a little unnerving. Adam’s so intense, Tristan’s so…inviting.

He nodded. “Of course.”

“We just need you to understand that we have confidentiality issues,” Adam interjected. “Just like you do with clients.”

She nodded. “I understand. So…what exactly do you do?”

“We run a private security firm.” Tristan’s tone implied it was that simple. Which she knew it wasn’t, thanks to the DeMarcos.

“Which means…”

Tristan paused to think about his answer, but Adam leaned forward, tapping his finger on the table to get her attention.

“Maybe you should tell us what you already know. Then we’ll fill in the holes.”

Would they understand that she’d had them investigated only because she was curious about them? And not that she was prying into their business? Was there even a distinction to be made there?

“I know you provide security services, but you also do something called kidnap and recovery.”

Adam’s eyebrows rose but he didn’t look surprised. “That’s not something we put on our website.”

“I didn’t get that from your website.”

“No, you had us investigated.”

Adam didn’t sound angry so she nodded. How would they take that?

A second later, Adam’s lips curled in a tiny grin and Tristan outright laughed.

“Good for you, sweetheart,” Adam murmured. “Another woman would’ve just taken us at our word.”

“I like to know who I’m dealing with.”

“Good policy to have.” Tristan cocked his head to the side then, his gaze narrowing. “And did you get the answers you were looking for?”

“Not really, no.”

Tristan spread his hands and leaned back in his chair. “Then go ahead and ask. Anything you want.”

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An Indecent Affair

An Indecent Affair Part 1
An Indecent Affair
June 2014

An Indecent Affair Part 2
An Indecent Affair
June 2014

An Indecent Affair Part 3
An Indecent Affair
August 2014

An Indecent Affair Part 4
An Indecent Affair
September 2014

About Stephanie Julian

Stephanie Julian writes sophisticated, sultry romance for adventurous readers.

She is the author of the best-selling Salon Games series. BY PRIVATE INVITATION (Salon Games 1) was an RT Magazine Top Pick. OVER EXPOSED (Salon Games 3) released July 2014. Her serial erotic romance, AN INDECENT PROPOSITION, is a reader favorite.

She also writes several paranormal erotic series, including Forgotten Goddesses, Darkly Enchanted and Lucani Lovers.

Stephanie is happily married to a Springsteen fanatic and the mother of two sons who introduced her to the joys of Slipknot, Warped Tour and never-ending headaches.

Find out why Romantic Times magazine, Simply Romance Reviews, Night Owl Romance and Joyfully Reviewed have called Stephanie’s stories “fascinating,” “truly fantastic,” “intoxicating,” “highly imaginative” and “hot enough to peel paint.”

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Candy’s Inside Books | September = Fall Season Preview and Great Reads

It’s September. I can’t believe we are already into fall. Not only is school starting, it’s also time for the new television season. In October Discovery ID is doing a whole series, Hardcover Mysteries with authors Harlan Coben, Sandra Brown, David Baldacci, Kathy Reichs, Lisa Scottoline, Joseph Wambaugh and Sara Paretsky and others. They’ll be sharing stories about mysteries that have confounded investigators..

The new CW drama Hellcats is based on the book CHEER by Kate Torgovnick, and the show stars Ashley Tisdale and Alyson Michalka. This is one of those series that surprised me by how good it is. The cheer and dance sequences are fun to watch, and there’s a great deal drama and college-aged angst. It’s definitely worth checking out.

Overall, this is a pretty good season. Maybe not as strong as last year, but there is definitely a wide variety of shows from which to choose, and some great ones in the mix.

That’s enough about television. I have a ton of books to tell you about this month, so let’s get to it.

SINS OF SOULI love me some Eve Silver and she doesn’t disappoint with SINS OF THE SOULS, the second book in the Otherkin trilogy. “I loved writing this gritty, dark story because it gave me the opportunity to delve into the mythology of ancient civilizations including Egyptian, Japanese, Norse and Greek. I spent many happy hours at the museum checking out the Egyptian Book of the Dead. Writing this story also gave me the chance to skirt the definitions of good and evil. Alastor Krayl is a soul reaper. Naphre Kurata is an unwilling assassin. It was great fun watching two beings who believe themselves to be purely evil find out that maybe there’s just a little bit of good inside after all.”

IMMORTAL SEA“Did you ever look at your teenager and wonder what the heck happened to your formerly cooperative, loving child?” Asks Virginia Kantra. “Their bodies are changing in ways they don’t understand. Their attitudes are changing in ways we have a tough time accepting. My experience with my own boys was the inspiration for IMMORTAL SEA, where doctor/mom Liz Rodriguez must cope with a teenage son who is coming of age in ways neither of them could imagine.”

Captured by desireKira Morgan’s CAPTURED BY DESIRE is one I can’t wait to check out. “I like romantic challenges,” Morgan says, “and star crossed lovers. What could be more challenging than getting a woman to fall in love with a man who just shot her? In CAPTURED BY DESIRE, when the queen’s jeweler, Florie Gilder, accidentally ends up on the receiving end of huntsman Rane MacAllister’s arrow, it’s an uphill battle for him to earn her trust and for her to win his heart.”

Dedeviled AngelHave you had a chance to check out Annette Blair’s new A Works Like Magick series? BEDEVILED ANGEL is definitely worth a look-see. “I set out to describe Everlasting (my word for heaven) in such a way as to console readers who have lost someone, giving our departed a purpose, and love, even in death,” Blair says. “I also included a cherub nursery for babies who passed and made sure that the rainbow bridge was nearby so our lost pets had plenty of playtime. Also, in BEDEVILED ANGEL, God is a woman.”

Size MattersIf you’re looking for a sexy read check out Stephanie Julian’s novella in SIZE MATTERS. “Remember that tabloid you used to see while waiting in the checkout line at the grocery store with Big Foot Swimming at the Jersey Shore or Dinosaurs Rampaging through Central Park?” asks Julian. “As a journalist, I got the biggest kick out of that so-called newspaper. I knew it was for entertainment purposes only. But someone, somewhere, got to write stories about trolls invading suburban malls and housewives having Elvis to dinner. That’s how my novella was born. Carrie Benton is a writer who thinks she has the best job in the world making up stories about El Chupacabra and Bigfoot. She just never expected them to be real.”

Assassin's heart“I have a love of ancient eras, particularly Egypt and Rome,” says author Monica Burns. “When my agent suggested I write a paranormal I had no idea of what to write. So I decided to just sit down and write. I came up with five pages of an erotic scene between an ancient Roman general and his wife. Talk about a head banging moment. I was supposed to write a paranormal not an ancient historical. I put those five pages aside until I began writing ASSASSIN’S HEART. I really wanted to write the back-story of how my Sicari assassins had evolved over the centuries, but wasn’t sure how. I’d already written about ten chapters of the book, which my wonderful beta reader sent back and said, love you, but the book sucks. I adore her! Suddenly, I remembered my ancient Roman couple, and how I could have my cake and eat it too. With those five pages I’d been clinging to since 2005, I was able to “fix” the book AND show the origins of the Sicari all in one fell swoop. To meld a small piece of writing one loves into a book as an integral piece of the story doesn’t happen often, but when it does, it’s truly a satisfying experience. In fact, it’s one of the reasons I’m a writer. It makes me happy.”

You should also check out books by Melanie Dickerson (THE HEALER’S APPRENTICE), Sandrine O’Shea (THE COURTESAN’S BED), J. L. Wilson (LIVING PROOF) and Marie-Nicole Ryan (LOVE ME IF YOU CAN)

So, try these and I’ll be back with more in October…Candy

Candace Havens is a columnist for FYI Television, an online news and media service, where she writes five weekly columns for an overall audience of 44 million readers. She is also an entertainment reporter for 96.3 KSCS in Fort Worth. She lives in Fort Worth, Texas. She is the author of the Charmed & Dangerous series including CHARMED & READY, CHARMED & DANGEROUS, CHARMED & DEADLY, and LIKE A CHARM as well as the Caruthers sisters: DRAGONS PREFER BLONDES and THE DEMON KING AND I. Her latest book, TAKE ME IF YOU DARE is in stores in February 2010.


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Stephanie Julian | A Writer’s List of Thanks

Since November is the month when we give thanks for being lucky enough to live in our great country—and since I figure I’ve given enough tax dollars to the government to say thanks for the next fifty years—I thought I’d list all those things that we, as writers, should be thankful for every day.

Ergonomic chairs. Pretty self-explanatory.

Agents. The first line of defense in any writer’s arsenal against rejection. It’s not that you don’t get rejections, it’s just that she gets them first. Yes, they still sting but having someone who believes in you makes it all a little better.

Writing buddies. Knowing I can call them, day or night and bitch about my uncooperative muse makes me breathe easier.

Call waiting. Don’t recognize the number? Ignore. Recognize the number as your mother-in-law’s? See response to first question.

Cattle prods. For those days when the kids demand to know why they don’t have any clean underwear and what exactly you did all day if you didn’t do wash.

Tazers. For the husband on vacation (or retirement) who walks into your office as you’re furiously typing away, leans on the door and says, “So, what are you doing?”

And the thing I’m most grateful for as a writer? Junior Mints. Decadent little discs of dark chocolate and mint. Nectar of the Gods.

I went through several (okay, more like too many) boxes as I wrote the fourth installment of my Magical Seduction series from Ellora’s Cave. SEDUCED AND ENCHANTED is my own take on the Sleeping Beauty story, set in the contemporary world where the descendents of the magical Etruscan race are alive and well and living among us.

Linchetto Rio de Feo has just met the woman of his dreams. Rosie Bianchi is smart, sexy, sweet…and cursed. She’s got an evil dead witch on her tail and a secret even she doesn’t know anything about.

Rosie can’t believe her good luck. The gorgeous guy she just met is Prince Charming material. But after one night of hot sex, Rosie wakes up with magical powers and is thrust into a battle for her life.

Love will need a little help and a little luck, but where there’s an enchanted rose hedge and three godmothers, there’s magic.

Want to read an excerpt? Check out my website at You’ll also find excerpts from the other three books in the series and a whole world of Etruscan magic that you never knew existed.

I love writing about magic in our everyday world and I’m thankful that others are enjoying my series as well.

What are you thankful for?

Stephanie Julian