First of all, I want to say thank you to the Fresh Fiction crowd for having me
today! I absolutely adore these people and am so thankful that I have them in
my life!!! I love to read and the Fresh Fiction team always has a million
reviews and recommendations on what I should be readingâ€”something I really
appreciate now that my crazy writing schedule doesnâ€™t let me read quite as much
as I used to.
Thatâ€™s one of the reasons Iâ€™m so looking forward to Thanksgiving this year. Iâ€™m
usually a mess when it comes to planning (anyone who knows me can attest to
this), but something about the holidays brings out the compulsive planner in
meâ€”which means that once the turkey is on for Thanksgiving dinner, Iâ€™ve got
everything else done. All I need to do is kick back, watch the Macyâ€™s
Thanksgiving parade with my kids and start on my #bingereading (which, letâ€™s
face it, is one of the best parts of the holiday season).
This year, Iâ€™ve already got three books on my Nook just waiting to be binge
readâ€”Sylvia Dayâ€™s CAPTIVATED BY YOU, Jandy Nelsonâ€™s
I'LL GIVE YOU THE SUN and Patricia Cornwellâ€™s FLESH AND
BLOOD (yes, I have VERY eclectic tastes, lol, and this pretty fairly
represents them). From erotic romance to young adult contemporary to a thriller
by one of my favorite authors ever, it promises to be a fabulous day of binge
readingâ€”and if Iâ€™m lucky, maybe an entire weekend of it!!!!! Then itâ€™s back to
work writing EXPOSED, the third and final book in my Ethan
Frost trilogy, and promoting PLAY ME, my very
sexy serial that comes out on December 2nd. Iâ€™m super excited about
ME, especially, since weâ€™re trying something a little different
with itâ€”weâ€™re releasing all five sections of the serial at once so my readers
can #bingeread it if they want to, instead of having to wait five weeks for the
whole series to come out!!!!
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone, and may you find time to do your own #bingreading
over the holiday! If youâ€™re planning on it, let me know what youâ€™re
going to read and be entered to win a copy of SHREDDED, the first in my
new adult snowboarder series!!!!!
An Exclusive First Look at PLAY ME: WILD
â€śIâ€™m not firing you, Aria. Not for doing what needed to be done. You can take
today off, with pay, but your job will be waiting for you tomorrow if you still
If possible she looks even more astonished, eyes wide and mouth half-open in an
adorable display of shock. â€śAre you serious right now?â€ť she finally demands.
â€śIâ€™m completely serious.â€ť
â€śBut I racked a whale.â€ť
â€śI am aware of that.â€ť
â€śWith my drink tray.â€ť
â€śYes. I saw the footage.â€ť
â€śHard.â€ť She draws the word out, stresses it, just in case I have any doubts
about what I saw on the casino video. â€śI hit him hard.â€ť
â€śAnd Iâ€™m really glad you did. My only regret is that you didnâ€™t hit him
harderâ€”the bastard still managed to get up and hobble away a few minutes later.
Moreâ€™s the pity.â€ť
â€śMoreâ€™s the pity?â€ť
I shrug. â€śHe deserved that and a hell of a lot worse, in my opinion. Men who
treat women like theyâ€™re property deserve what they get when it turns out that
the property bites back.â€ť
She does jump up from the chair then, and this time I donâ€™t stop her because
sheâ€™s not planning on running. Sheâ€™s filled with nervous energy that needs an
outlet. I have more than one suggestion on how she can deal with that energy,
but sexually harassing my employees isnâ€™t something I make a habit of. Ever.
Especially ones who have to deal with it at work every night.
And so I clench my fists to keep from reaching for her and I watch, and wait, as
she paces to the window and back.
â€śI donâ€™t get it,â€ť she says when sheâ€™s once again standing in front of me.
â€śWhatâ€™s the punch line?â€ť
â€śNo punch line. Your job is yours if you want it.â€ť
â€śEven though I assaulted a customer?â€ť
â€śAssault is such an ugly word. Letâ€™s just say you defended a customer and leave
it at that.â€ť
â€śThatâ€™s not actually untrue. But you know, if you keep me here, heâ€™s probably
going to sue you.â€ť
I smile then, a predatory baring of my teeth that has her eyebrows shooting up
and her eyes sharpening with something that looks an awful lot like interest. Or
fear. I canâ€™t really tell at this point.
That makes me uncomfortableâ€”I want a lot of things from Aria, things that
include sweat-drenched sheets and unlimited access to every inch of her gorgeous
bodyâ€”but I donâ€™t want her fear. Donâ€™t want her to feel, even for a moment, like
she isnâ€™t safe with me.
â€śHe can try to sue,â€ť I tell her. â€śHe wonâ€™t succeed.â€ť
â€śHow do you know?â€ť
â€śIt might be ten years since Iâ€™ve set foot in the Atlantis, Aria, but I grew up
in Vegas. I know how this town works.â€ť
â€śSo do I. And I knew when I hit that bastard I was going to end up paying for it
one way or another. So if Iâ€™m not losing my job, how exactly are you expecting
me to pay?â€ť Sheâ€™s back to pacing toward the window.
Anger sparks inside me at the implication, pricks along the inside of my skin.
At her for thinking all I want from her is a fast blow job or a faster fuck on
my desk as payment for doing the right thing, for taking care of her. And at the
world sheâ€™s living in that has taught her to be so suspicious. That has taught
her all rich men want only one thing from her.
Because it wonâ€™t get me anywhere with her right now, I shove the anger down
deep. Concentrate on being cool and rational, on showing her that Iâ€™m in
control, since instinct tells me thatâ€™s the only way to reassure her at this point.
â€śI expect you to repay me by doing your job. From what I hear, youâ€™re a hell of
a cocktail waitress. Thatâ€™s why David and Todd have you working the high roller
area. I donâ€™t plan on losing you because some asshole doesnâ€™t know how to take
no for an answer.â€ť
I see the moment she picks up on my phrasing, and the double meaning that can be
applied to the concept of me losing her. Still, she doesnâ€™t respond the way I
expect her to. Doesnâ€™t seem relieved by my reassurance. Instead, she narrows her
eyes at me and demands, â€śAre you fucking with me?â€ť
The strength and the heat behind the question get me hot, have my dick growing
harder even as my own temper flares. I push to my feet then, making sure my suit
jacket is buttoned up and hiding my suddenly raging erection. And then I stalk
toward her slowly, making her wait. Making her wonder.
I stop about a foot away from herâ€”too close for regular business standards but
not close enough to send her running for the hills. And then I ask, â€śDoes it
feel like Iâ€™m fucking with you, Aria?â€ť
Those beautiful dark eyes of hers go wide and itâ€™s all I can do not to touch
her. Not to drag her into my arms and show her just how serious I am about
herâ€”about fucking her and about holding her afterward.
â€śI donâ€™t know,â€ť she says after a minute. â€śThatâ€™s the problem. I canâ€™t figure you
â€śThatâ€™s because youâ€™re looking at me all wrong.â€ť I step forward then, run the
back of my hand softly down her cheek. â€śBut I can assure you, love, when Iâ€™m
fucking with you, youâ€™ll know it.â€ť
She jerks her head back from my touch. â€śSo you do want sex.â€ť
I like her bluntness. â€śFrom you? Absolutely.â€ť
â€śI knew it.â€ť She grabs for her purse, which is resting in the curve of the chair
sheâ€™d been sitting in. â€śI donâ€™t want the stupid job. You can keep it.â€ť
25 comments posted.
I would love to read this book...Right now I'm reading Dangerous Passions by Kat Martin. Thanks and Have a great Thanksgiving!!
(Bonnie Capuano 12:15pm November 26, 2014)
Oh I will definitely squeeze in some reading time... I have two books from Sandra Edwards waiting for me, and two from Margaret Watson... plus more!
(Colleen Conklin 12:40pm November 26, 2014)
Reading is one of those things that if you love to do it, there is always time found to do so. I am afraid that I believe that those who say they never find time to do it really don't want to read that much!
(Cathy Burkhead 3:40pm November 26, 2014)
I will definitely be reading this holiday....just like any other day. I just love to read!
(Angel Estep 4:58pm November 26, 2014)
I read every day. I plan to start HARD TO COME BY by Laura Kaye tonight. I love her Hard Ink series.
(Marcy Shuler 9:28pm November 26, 2014)
I think I will pick 3 books from my ever growing TBR and surprise even myself with what I choose to read. Thanks for asking.
(Lisa Kendall 12:26pm November 28, 2014)