Tuesday, April 14, 2009

As a relatively new author I feel pretty lucky. My first book, Mistletoe Studs was published on Dec 26, 2008 and in 2009 I will see three more books published. Not bad for someone who just started submitting a year ago. Yes, I’ve written for years. Everything from poetry, short stories and articles. I never feared submitting to magazines or Chicken Soup for the Soul series, but my erotic stories. Oh, I cringed with fear when I thought about sending out my books to an editor. Fear I’d be laughed right out the door. That little voice inside my head kept saying ‘who do you think you are trying to write erotic romance?’
One day I hushed that voice and submitted three manuscripts to Ellora’s Cave for the Birthstone theme series. I figured, if I’m going to submit, I’m going to go straight to the top dog! After a six month waiting period two were rejected. One of them was Mistletoe Studs. The other has seen been contracted with my other publisher Aspen Mountain Press along with the sequel to Mistletoe Studs – One Tasty Night.
But that one…that one special story that didn’t get rejected is being released from Ellora’s Cave tomorrow. Yes, Splashing Good Time will be available tomorrow and I couldn’t be more thrilled. I just love Nathan Donovan. He’s sexy, smart and isn’t afraid to fight for what he wants – Reese Collins, an older woman. And ladies he knows how to please his woman!
So my advice to anyone starting out – submit your work. You can’t get rejected if you don’t send your story out, but you can’t get accepted either!
I’ll leave you with a taste of what you can have tomorrow!

Reece Collins is growing tired of her Wednesday ritual of masturbating to the sight of the so-called “pool boy” and her battery-operated friend is leaving her unsatisfied. She craves a no-strings-attached torrid sexual encounter. Problem? The only one offering is ten years her junior.

Nathan Donovan has lusted over his client forever. When he happens upon her in a very compromising position, his desires swell as he plunges headfirst into the deep end to save her. One brief encounter leaves him yearning for more, but when she splashes cold water on his plans, he has to choose between walking away or spanking some sense into her.
“You look hot!” she told her reflection. “Irresistible hot?” Only time would tell. Strolling over to the window she dared a peak outside. He wasn’t here yet. Would he come? Certainly Steve sounded convincing enough. The fifty dollar bill she planted in his palm was enough encouragement to make an actor out of him. She stood by his side while he made the call. If she hadn’t known better, she would have believed him. She sent him on his way after the call. No need for him to stick around for the fireworks—hopefully of a sexual nature.
The undeniable sound of tires crunching on gravel, alerted her Nathan was here. And from the hurried sound of the truck coming to a stop, he wasn’t pleased. Silently she prayed her idea wouldn’t backfire. Hurrying from the room she descended the stairs, hoping to greet him at the pool.
“What the…” she heard him scream.
Too late. She wasn’t quick enough. Nathan knew and he wasn’t happy. Reese slowly opened the door and walked casually over to the pool where Nathan stood looking at the water, obviously trying to figure out where the emergency was.Whipping around he demanded. “What’s going on here?”
Lost for words Reese stood frozen in her spot. She hadn’t expected such anger. Yes, she tricked him into coming over. Maybe having Steve tell him the pool had turned an ugly color green that he couldn’t get rid of was a bad idea but she believed he’d be happy to see her. Boy was she mistaken.
“I-I-I put Steve up to it,” she confessed. “I didn’t think you would see me any other way.”
“Maybe if you picked up the phone you would have found out.” The disgust in his voice evident.He was pissed at her. Her plan was slowly crumbling before her eyes. She couldn’t risk losing him a second time. He couldn’t walk away out of her life. She loved him. God help her she loved him more than any man she’d ever loved in her life.
“Would you have come if I had?” she challenged.
Looking away he shrugged.
“Then I was right to do what I did. I needed to see you, Nathan. You’ve been avoiding me. I’ve missed you.”
She watched him looking at the water. Was he searching for answers? Maybe there was hope for them after all.
Closing the gap between them, she touched his hand. “Please Nathan, look at me.”
He did as she asked and immediately her heart sank. Pain, deep pain, filled his eyes. Gone was the sparkle she loved so much, replaced with pain that cut to the core. Pain caused by her foolishness.
Touching his face she whispered. “I’m sorry.”
“What’s done is done.” He tried pulling free but she refused to let him walk away.
“I never meant to hurt you.”
“I’m fine.”
“I wasn’t trying to compare you to Vince. It may have sounded that way at the time and I’m sorry. I love you for who you are, not because you’ve proven him wrong. It doesn’t matter to me what Vince thinks, or anyone else for that matter. The only thing that matters is what’s in here,” she said pointing to her heart. “And here.” She placed her hand over his heart.She felt his heart beating rapidly through his tight black t-shirt.
He covered her hand with his.“Do you honestly believe you’ll be okay with what others think about us? Because as you’ve pointed out before I’m much younger than you.”


Marianne Stephens said...

Congrats on the release! Yes...older woman, younger man. I get so tired of TV shows/movies showing older men with "bombshell" young things! Great excerpt and blog!

Amber Skyze said...

Thanks Marianne!

Fran Lee's Romance Blog said...

Got the book...it's moving its way quickly up my TBR stack...can't wait!