Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Tell Me About it Tuesday Welcomes Ayla Ruse AND GIVEAWAY!!

REALLY excited to welcome Ayla Ruse, a fellow Totally Bound author on this LOVELY New Years Eve!!!!!




Thanks so much for having me, C.A.! Happy New Year’s Eve. What a great time to brush off the old and get ready for the new. I don’t hit the parties like I used to, but I still love to stay up and cheer in the New Year! 

THANK YOU! And Happy New Year's to you, too! Come back ANY TIME! 



 

****Bonus: A New Year’s Eve Contest****

Everyone who comments on this post, on this day (12/31/13) only, will be entered to win a $14 e-Gift Certificate to their choice of amazon.com or barnesandnoble.com. Why $14? To celebrate the upcoming New Year, of course! Please be sure to leave an email (with spaces) so I can contact you. I will choose the winner the EST afternoon on Jan. 1, by using Random.org, and I’ll make the announcement in the comments on this post.



About Ayla:
 
Before we get to the Q and A, let me tell you a little about myself. I’m a hardworking, stay-at-home mom and teacher to three precocious and wonderful boys. I knew my whole life I wanted to be a published author, but it took me the better part of 40 years to get there. Now that I’m here, I can’t imagine doing anything else. 

I write erotic romance (currently) for two publishers: Totally Bound and Changeling Press. I see my future holding so much more in store for me, which is a boon to my readers as there is still so much more romance to come!


Q. How has your journey in publishing been? Anything you would or wouldn’t do again?

I like your statement that publishing is a journey. I’ve never heard it referred to as such, yet it defines this career most accurately. I’ve been published for nearly three years now, and it’s been a fantastic ride so far. I have two fabulous publishers, I’ve written more than a dozen books, and I don’t look to stop anytime soon. I’m lucky in that I had a great mentor—a best friend who was already e-published, who helped me navigate the waters, so to speak. 

Q. What advice do you have for someone who wants a career in writing?

To write. Start to finish. Then let someone read it over. Let several someone’s read it. Hear their criticisms…both good and bad, and make your work better than it was before. Submit, submit, submit. Rewrite. Edit. Write more. Submit more. In a nutshell, don’t ever give up. Perseverance. If you want it enough, you’ll make the time to make it happen.  

Q. What other interests or hobbies do you have outside of writing?

I home school my three children and take care of my parents, so I’m endlessly busy. When I do have bits of free time for me, I love to read (of course), go for walks, and cook. Nothing too fancy, but home-made dishes that take time and love to make delicious.  

Q. Do you have a favorite story of the ones you’ve written, either published or not? Why?

My favorite story is always the latest one I finish. Deep in my heart, though, I would have to say my ultimate favorite is my first one—The Deciding Factor. I put so much into that tale and speaking of journeys, this story brings back memories of trial and error, nervousness and excitement, and tears of both frustration and joy. 


Okay...enough with the business questions! How about some fun stuff?

Yay! I love fun stuff. Wha’cha got? 


Q. If you won the lottery, what is the FIRST thing you’d do? What would you buy and why?

Oh, this is boring, but I’d pay off the bills. With those stresses off my mind, I’d be able to then have fun with the money left. Things like buying a new car, a new house, a new wardrobe, a grand vacation…for starters. lol

Q. When YOU read, what do you like to pick up?

My go-to favorites are historical romances, then great suspense/adventure stories.

Q. Tell us one thing about you that might surprise us...it can be a secret...we won't tell. :)

Yeah, right. A surprise-secret…ah, okay. I once dated a hacker (and this was before the internet was what we know today), who took and submitted a rather decadent picture of myself to an underground European hackers magazine. Ah, those were the days…



***Insert FAVE part! LOL!***

Tell us about that new book!

Absolutely! My latest release with Totally Bound is Five Courses. Originally published in the anthology, Whip It Up!, it is a decadent tale of two chefs who teach valuable lessons to the one who breaks the rules. Here’s a little more…






 Blurb:


Paying the price for breaking the rules has never been so delicious.
 
Trent and Mike rule their kitchen like they do their subs—with firm command and guiding strokes. Only they haven't enjoyed a sub in months, not since Melissa moved in with them. She's getting over a broken heart and seems so fragile that they don't want to scare her away.
When the men come home from their club early one night, they catch her breaking just about every rule they have in their kitchen. Now the gloves are off.

Melissa, trembling under their gaze, is given ten seconds to decide her fate—she can walk away and lose any hope of growing her relationship with these men, or she can stay and submit to their creative punishment for her misdeeds…

Reader Advisory: This book contains minor food play, spankings, an erotic version of red-light/green-light, and interesting consequences involving cookies.



Excerpt:


Mike sank onto the couch with an audible sigh.

“Nothing catching your eye tonight, either?” Trent asked.

Mike turned his head and studied his best friend and business partner. He didn’t answer. He didn’t have to. They both suffered from the same problem. Wanting a woman they couldn’t have.

The music pumped loud through their favourite club, the lights dim except for the stations. Mike crossed his arms over his chest and watched one sub being spanked, another being flogged and still another kneeling before her Dom.

“This sucks,” Trent commented without heat. “I’ve never had it this bad for a woman. I look around and all I see is Melissa.”

Mike nodded his head in agreement. “I don’t know whether to thank you or punch you for talking me into having her rent the middle loft.”

“I didn’t have to talk you into shit, Mike. She had nowhere to go. You would have offered her the loft by the end of that night if I hadn’t mentioned it first.”

Mike grunted at the truth in Trent’s words. That impulsive decision to give temporary aid to a woman in need had led to their four-storey building being infused with the sights, sounds and scents of a woman they couldn’t touch. Amend that—wouldn’t touch. In the months she’d been living with them, she’d shown herself to be trustworthy, fun, spontaneous, dependable and of course, sexy as hell. Even when she raided the industrial-size refrigerator in the middle of the night sporting that ratty-ass robe of hers that covered every inch of skin, all he wanted to do was strip it off and feast on her delectable body.

Mike set his hands on his thighs. He liked control. Savoured it. Commanded it. But the constant thoughts of the woman out of their reach made him antsy, which irritated him to no end.

Trent interrupted Mike’s thoughts. “She seemed happy to see us go tonight. Makes me wonder what she’s up to?”


BUY IT!
ARe 
 


****Bonus: A New Year’s Eve Contest****
Everyone who comments on this post, on this day (12/31/13) only, will be entered to win a $14 e-Gift Certificate to their choice of amazon.com or barnesandnoble.com. Why $14? To celebrate the upcoming New Year, of course! Please be sure to leave an email (with spaces) so I can contact you. I will choose the winner the EST afternoon on Jan. 1, by using Random.org, and I’ll make the announcement in the comments on this post.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Sunday Snog: Chance Collision's First Kiss!

So I don't play this very often, but I totally should! It's a blast!

Chance Collision (Crossing Forces Book Two) will be available for early download in a matter of days!!!!!! January 3!!!!!! So excited! Here's the link!

And be SURE to visit BlissKiss for ALL the HOT Sunday Snogs!!!!!!!

I thought I would share Pete and Nikki's first kiss!

It's pretty hot!
 



Pete’s heart dropped to his stomach and he squatted in front of her, taking both her hands in his just as her first tear coursed down her cheek. “Don’t cry. Nikki, it’ll be all right,” he whispered.



Before he realised what he was doing, Pete straightened, pulling her to her feet and into his arms. Fitting her against him was natural—even if only for comfort.

Nikki wrapped her arms around him without hesitation and buried her face against his neck. She sniffled. Her warm breath tickled the skin above the collar of his button-down and a tremor shot down his spine.

He rubbed her back in large circles. Warning bells went off in his head, but he ignored them, even though he was holding her more like a lover than a witness. Close. Inappropriate.
 
She lifted her head and their gazes locked. 

Pete promptly slipped into her wide brown eyes. Liquid mocha.
She swallowed and he wanted to kiss her throat. 

His eyes slid to her mouth. Plump. Inviting. 

Pete needed to taste her. Right. Now. 

He bent his head down. 

Nikki’s lips parted, that pink tongue making another appearance. But she didn’t pull away. If anything, she tilted her face up.

Moved closer.

Pete’s warning bells blared into full-blown tornado sirens, but when Nikki closed her eyes and brushed her mouth against his, he soundproofed his conscience and took her mouth.

Sweet. Damn, she was sweet. Ripe raspberries or something sugary. More.
 
Deepening the kiss, he pulled her even closer, aware of the tightening in his jeans and how his cock throbbed as her pelvis rubbed his. He rocked on his heels as Nikki wove her arms around his neck and kissed him harder. Their tongues duelled and danced, both of them pushing and pulling, giving and taking control. Sliding his hands down her back, he followed the curve of her shapely firm bottom, squeezing and kneading.

“Pete, we’re pretty much wrapped up. Neil said you can expect his report—” 

Jared’s voice jolted him and Pete tore his mouth off Nikki’s. He met the guy’s dark eyes. The younger detective’s brows were arched as high as they could go. He froze in the doorway, one hand on the frame as if he had to brace himself.

It took all Pete was made of not to shove her away from him. Like they’d been caught doing something wrong.


 



Blurb:


Vowing to protect her had nothing to do with feelings.

Detective Pete Crane catches a new shooting case and considers it business-as-usual. But when the lead witness is the Chief of Police’s fiery assistant, he never anticipated she’d challenge him—personally and professionally. Especially while under his protection.

Little do they know, the shooting she and her grandmother witnessed was anything but random.
Thrown together, their attraction sizzles, even though she’s squarely in the no-fly zone. She makes him break every rule in his little black book.

Nikki Harper has been attracted to Pete since they met two years ago. Witnessing a brutal shooting throws her into a stigma that’s always been her greatest fear—a victim. She has no choice but to accept his protective custody and let him help save her and her beloved grandmother.

Can Pete protect his witness and solve the case, while fighting the intense heat with Nikki?

  





Need to get caught up on Crossing Forces Series books?




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