Funny how you can enjoy reading about things youâ€™d never want to experience in real
life. I mean, GONE GIRL, anything by Thomas
Harris, and seventy-five percent of went down in the red room of pain, (okay,
twenty-five percent). Luckily, Iâ€™ve never been married to a sociopath, tasked with
tracking down a serial killer, or entered into a contract to become the sexual
plaything of a hot, kinky billionaire. Um, maybe â€śluckilyâ€ť doesnâ€™t quite fit all the
scenarios, but you get what Iâ€™m saying.
Iâ€™m not throwing stones at other peopleâ€™s houses, here. I write funny, sexy
romances, but there are plenty of situations I engineer between my heroes and
heroines that I wouldnâ€™t ever want to find myself in. In my novel PRIVATE
PRACTICE, my hero shows up on my heroineâ€™s doorstep at 2:00 a.m. with a jealous
drunkâ€™s bullet in his ass. Donâ€™t worry. Itâ€™s a small bullet, and presents no danger
to life or limb. I loved the scene, but obviously, in reality, I donâ€™t want to get
shot. Not even with a small bullet. I also donâ€™t want anyone waking me up at 2:00
a.m. In LOVER
UNDERCOVER, my heroine reluctantly switches places with her identical twin and
ends up performing a lap dance for my heroâ€”an undercover LAPD detective. Fun to
write, but in real life? Hell to the no. I can think of nothing more mortifying...
Oh, wait. Yes I can! In my latest Brazen, COMPROMISING HER POSITION, my heroine shoves the wrong
Santa into a supply closet at the company holiday party and wishes him a Merry
Christmas that is, wellâ€¦#NSFW.
Iâ€™m pleased to report Iâ€™ve never done such a thing, and that little disclaimer in
the front of the book about the story being a work of fiction remains in full force
and effect. Any resemblance to actual people or events is completely coincidental.
Years ago I worked at a software company that must remain nameless. This was back in
the late 1990â€™s when the tech bubble was expanding and everyone toiled endless
hours. I walked into a conference room at, like, 10:00 p.m., thinking I could grab a
nap on the sofa before going back to my desk to spend more quality time with my
computer. I should have knocked before entering. The room wasâ€¦ahemâ€¦occupado, and the
sofa already spoken for. Letâ€™s just say I would not want to nap on itâ€”or sit on itâ€”
ever again. I wish I could tell you I got an eyeful of romance-novel inspiring
office hook-up. Not so much.
Some experiences should remain strictly fictional. For comparison, I offer up this
short tease from COMPROMISING HER POSITIONâ€¦
â€śHurry,â€ť she whispered. â€śThereâ€™s not much time.â€ť
Spurred on by her own warning, she twisted away and bent over the stack of tables to
scramble for the little packet of condoms in her purse. Dammit, she couldnâ€™t reach
it. She leaned over as far as she dared, and stretched. Her fingertips grazed the
bag, andâ€¦ â€śOhmigod!â€ť
Swift fists yanked her skirt up around her waist. Bare hands clamped on her hips,
and a hot mouth trailed over her backside. Her leg muscles dissolved. What was he
doing to her?
Not bestowing gentle little kisses. Uh-uh. Whatever he was up to involved lips,
tongue, andâ€”sweet mercyâ€”teeth. The faux beard tickled her, but she couldnâ€™t blame
her restlessness on the props. He was the one making her squirm. Him.
Happy holidays, and happy reading!
Wine lover, sleep fanatic, and USA Today Bestselling Author of sexy
contemporary romance novels, Samanthe Beck lives in Malibu, California, with
her long-suffering but extremely adorable husband and their turbo-son. Throw in a
furry ninja named Kitty and Bebe the trash talking Chihuahua and you get the whole,
When not dreaming up fun, fan-your-cheeks sexy ways to get her characters to
happily-ever-after, she searches for the perfect cabernet to pair with Ambien.
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He's not who she expected, but he's exactly the man she needsâ€¦
When Chelsea Wayne drags Santa into a supply closet for a little office party
nookie, she assumes the man in the suit is her on-again/off-again coworker
boyfriend. Instead, it's Rafe St. Sebastian, a man known for his hard-driving ways
in business as well as the bedroom--and, kill her now, the brand spanking new owner
of Las Ventanas--who grants her naughtiest Christmas wishes.
So much for her reputation, not to mention her career.
Rafe needs to close three acquisitions to prove to his father he's ready to take the
helm of St. Sebastian Enterprises. A hot interlude in a supply closet after deal
number two seems like the perfect illicit Christmas bonus. Unfortunately, when that
"bonus" becomes the key to the final deal, he finds himself back in bed--so to
speak--with Chelsea, and after their steamy tryst, he's not interested in keeping
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