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Weekend Writing Warriors-Danger by Dalliance Snippet 3

Welcome to the Weekend Writing Warriors. Each Sunday we share 8 sentences from a current or finished manuscript. Click here for the rest of the amazing writers participating. better-wewriwa

Today’s snippet is from Danger by Dalliance, a historical erotic menage with steampunk elements. It follows on closely from last week’s. Sarah is now in Archer’s office and sharing the reason for her visit.

“I am here for two reasons,” she lifted the bag onto her lap and opened it. With a hiss the pneumatic shrinking device that matched the bag to whatever needed carrying released, and she removed a square metal box with two colored lights on the top. “This is my father’s latest invention; he calls it the Rigdon’s Banknote Verification Device.” She set it on the desk. “You feed a banknote in here,” she pointed to a slit on the side. “The RBVD will test it; if the note is false, the red light will flash.”

He stilled for a moment, his brow furrowed, before pulling the machine closer. “What made your father go in this direction?”

If you’d like to find out what happens next and don’t want to wait until next week, check out the excerpt here.

My editor loved the revisions of my steampunk Christmas novella, which really brightened my rather crappy week. I may have printed and framed the two emails…no, I didn’t frame them, but I did print them;). My day job has been utterly insane, which means I have made no progress with Tangled Redemption.

Have an amazing week and as always Happy Writing!

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Danger by Dalliance

Sarah Rigdon is desperate. Penniless with taxes due, she can either beg mercy from the ruthless tax collector or turn to the last man she wants to ask for help. Archer Latimer stirs desires no proper lady would ever admit to. Though their meetings always end in quarrels, she can’t deny the heat between them. When he agrees to help, Sarah thinks her luck has turned. But she should have known nothing with Archer is ever easy.

Archer and his lover Warren Dorvee have spent years searching for the right woman to complete their family. Both believe luscious Sarah is the one and now have a chance to pursue her. After all, the price of Archer’s help is for Sarah to pose for Warren’s latest painting. Nude.

But trust has to be earned and a crisis in London threatens their love. The three must navigate through lust, lies and secrets or risk being torn apart forever.

Inside Scoop: Contains m/m, GLBT and ménage.

A Romantica® historical erotic romance from Ellora’s Cave, Amazon and Kobo.

Weekend Writing Warriors-Danger by Dalliance Snippet 2

Welcome to the Weekend Writing Warriors. Each Sunday we share 8 sentences from a current or finished manuscript. Click here for the rest of the amazing writers participating. better-wewriwa

Today’s snippet is from my new release Danger by Dalliance, a historical erotic menage with steampunk elements. It follows on closely from last week’s opening, where Sarah walked away from her best friend.

“Just about forty minutes later, her arm aching from the weight of the bag, she arrived outside his house.

Sarah paused at the bottom of the steps; even a few years ago it would have been unthinkable for a young woman like her to visit a man by herself, but progress had come to the Empire in the form of science and invention, which in course had loosened some restrictions.

Just as long as she didn’t make visiting him a daily occurrence, she would be fine.

She hated that she had to go to him with her metaphorical hat in hand, but her alternatives were unacceptable; she exhaled, walked up the stairs and used the brass knocker in the shape of a dragon-how fitting.

The door opened to the butler, a tall, middle-aged man with the pinched lips and disapproving eyes of his profession: “Good afternoon, how may I help you?”

Sarah stepped inside the large entryway. “I am here to see—”

“Jennings, who is it?” The deep voice made her shiver.

If you’d like to find out why Sarah is at this house and don’t want to wait until next week, check out the excerpt here.

I just hit send on the first round of revisions for my steampunk Christmas novella, which means that now I am second guessing every decision I made. The only way to stop my head from exploding is to quickly get back to Tangled Redemption and have that fill my brain;).

Have an amazing week and as always Happy Writing!

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Danger by Dalliance

Sarah Rigdon is desperate. Penniless with taxes due, she can either beg mercy from the ruthless tax collector or turn to the last man she wants to ask for help. Archer Latimer stirs desires no proper lady would ever admit to. Though their meetings always end in quarrels, she can’t deny the heat between them. When he agrees to help, Sarah thinks her luck has turned. But she should have known nothing with Archer is ever easy.

Archer and his lover Warren Dorvee have spent years searching for the right woman to complete their family. Both believe luscious Sarah is the one and now have a chance to pursue her. After all, the price of Archer’s help is for Sarah to pose for Warren’s latest painting. Nude.

But trust has to be earned and a crisis in London threatens their love. The three must navigate through lust, lies and secrets or risk being torn apart forever.

Inside Scoop: Contains m/m, GLBT and ménage.

A Romantica® historical erotic romance from Ellora’s Cave, Amazon and Kobo.

Weekend Writing Warriors-Danger by Dalliance Snippet 1

Welcome to the Weekend Writing Warriors. Each Sunday we share 8 sentences from a current or finished manuscript. Click here for the rest of the amazing writers participating. better-wewriwa

Today’s snippet is from my brand new release Danger by Dalliance, a historical erotic menage with steampunk elements. Danger by Dalliance is a sequel to Rescue by Ruin, but either book can be read independently. Comment here for a chance to win a copy of Danger by Dalliance or a steampunk necklace and earrings.

Here is the opening to Danger by Dalliance.

“Miss Sarah Emma Rigdon wrinkled her nose and turned her back on her best friend since childhood. A gasp went through the crowd of people surrounding them. She wanted to turn back, show her support, be there for Beatrice. But she couldn’t afford to draw the attention of gossipmongers.

She continued on with measured steps, ignoring the whispers and stares around her. Her grip tightened on the handle of the bag she carried. Her purse over her other wrist, she walked along the path. Only a few more steps, you’re nearly there; Sarah kept her face expressionless, pretending not to see or hear anything.”

If you have read Rescue by Ruin you may remember this scene from a different point of view;).

I am hard at work at revising the Christmas novella I’ve sold to Loose Id and adding words to Tangled Redemption. I am back to needing more hours in the day and a full-time job that doesn’t require most of my brain function. Oh, and I desperately need to find a solution to my procrastination;).

Happy Sunday, Happy Easter to those who celebrate and Happy Writing!

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Danger by Dalliance

Sarah Rigdon is desperate. Penniless with taxes due, she can either beg mercy from the ruthless tax collector or turn to the last man she wants to ask for help. Archer Latimer stirs desires no proper lady would ever admit to. Though their meetings always end in quarrels, she can’t deny the heat between them. When he agrees to help, Sarah thinks her luck has turned. But she should have known nothing with Archer is ever easy.

Archer and his lover Warren Dorvee have spent years searching for the right woman to complete their family. Both believe luscious Sarah is the one and now have a chance to pursue her. After all, the price of Archer’s help is for Sarah to pose for Warren’s latest painting. Nude.

But trust has to be earned and a crisis in London threatens their love. The three must navigate through lust, lies and secrets or risk being torn apart forever.

Inside Scoop: Contains m/m, GLBT and ménage.

A Romantica® historical erotic romance from Ellora’s Cave, Amazon and Kobo.

Danger by Dalliance Book Release and Give-Away!

Today Danger by Dalliance comes out today!!!! *Squees and dances with excitement*

I am super-happy to share this book with you. Warren and Archer were a lot of fun to meet and Sarah is definitely giving them a run for their money;).

To celebrate the release I am giving away a steampunk necklace and a pair of earrings (one set as one prize), both created by the talented Matt Bowness from Overman. I am also giving away an ecopy of Danger by Dalliance.

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The contest will run from Wednesday April 16th to Friday 25th April. The contest is open to everyone as I will ship to anywhere in the world that has postal service. Here is how you can win and each of these is one entry, so the more you do, the more entries you collect;).

1) Share the contest on Twitter and tag me @TinaChristopher. You can do this daily and each tweet will count as an entry. Please don’t forget to tag me otherwise I won’t know about the tweet.

2) Follow me on Twitter.

3) Like me on Facebook.

4) Comment here on the blog and tell me what upcoming book releases you are excited about. I cannot wait for A Shiver of Light by Laurell K. Hamilton;).

Happy Wednesday!

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Sequel to Rescue by Ruin.

Sarah Rigdon is desperate. Penniless with taxes due, she can either beg mercy from the ruthless tax collector or turn to the last man she wants to ask for help. Archer Latimer stirs desires no proper lady would ever admit to. Though their meetings always end in quarrels, she can’t deny the heat between them. When he agrees to help, Sarah thinks her luck has turned. But she should have known nothing with Archer is ever easy.

Archer and his lover Warren Dorvee have spent years searching for the right woman to complete their family. Both believe luscious Sarah is the one and now have a chance to pursue her. After all, the price of Archer’s help is for Sarah to pose for Warren’s latest painting. Nude.

But trust has to be earned and a crisis in London threatens their love. The three must navigate through lust, lies and secrets or risk being torn apart forever.

Inside Scoop: Contains m/m, GLBT and ménage.

A Romantica® historical erotic romance from Ellora’s Cave

 

Weekend Writing Warriors-Rescue by Ruin Snippet 9

Welcome to the Weekend Writing Warriors. Each Sunday we share 8 sentences from a current or finished manuscript. Click here for the rest of the amazing writers participating.

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Today I have the final snippet from Rescue by Ruin, a Victorian steampunk story. Bea and Vaughn escaped the AirPirates and Lord Waldon and withdrew to Vaughn’s house where they shared some alone time. They were just getting to the juicy bits when they are interrupted by Gerrard, the butler.

“Sir, it appears that your expectations were indeed correct. Lord Waldon decided to visit, but due to the late hour he chose to come through the back door and be accompanied by four automatons; rather large automatons.”

Vaughn came to attention. “Are you and the rest of the staff all right?” Bea came to stand beside him; he held the receiver so she could hear what Gerrard had to say.

“Certainly, sir, the rest of the staff has left and your AetherBomb worked just as you planned. No machinery works inside the radius. It is as if an invisible shield surrounds me; two of his Lordship’s automatons attempted to come through, but just froze and then deactivated.” 

Happy Sunday and Happy Writing.

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Forced to marry a violent man, Beatrice knows only one way out—ruin her reputation. She climbs aboard the Venia, a dirigible of ill repute, for a masquerade. Bea does not expect to run into Vaughn Kemple, the third Duke of Missenden, who eight months ago left her without an explanation. Feeling secure behind her mask, she decides Vaughn will be the one to ruin her. She may not get to spend forever with this man she still loves, but at least she can have one night of pleasure.

But a mask is not enough to hide her identity. Vaughn recognizes Bea, shocked to find her aboard an airship where sexual freedom isn’t just a thought, it’s celebrated. But her actions are far from innocent. Captivated, he’s determined to make her his.

The heat between them flares, but Vaughn is torn between desire and honor. Bea is afraid to risk her heart on a man she can’t trust. And when her future husband arrives on the scene, it’s more than their hearts in danger.

Buy it from Ellora’s Cave, Amazon or Kobo.

If you would like to win a copy of Rescue by Ruin come to HappilyEverAfterThoughts and comment. Contest runs until Tuesday 18th.

Weekend Writing Warriors-Rescue by Ruin Part 7

Welcome to the Weekend Writing Warriors. Click here for the rest of the amazing writers participating.

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Today I have another snippet from Rescue by Ruin, a Victorian steampunk story. Bea and Vaughn are under attack from AirPirates and the man Bea is desperately trying to get away from. They’d slid into a secret compartment in the wall and are now trying to sneak away without being found. As always, please excuse my use of semicolons;).

“Vaughn gently nudged against her heels with the tip of his shoe; she narrowed her gaze at him; he stood on tiptoes; she nodded and did the same.

Slowly, with great care, Vaughn began to move backward, Bea tucked against his chest; she followed his every move, cautious not to drop her heels onto the wooden floor.

“Did you idiots let her slip through your fingers? Did the little bitch sneak past you?” The sound of flesh hitting flesh echoed through the narrow passageway.

Bea grabbed his shirt and paused for a moment; he nuzzled her cheek and her sensitive earlobe. “He won’t get you, I promise.” His breath teased a few strands of her hair curling around her ear; the tension did not leave her completely, but she nodded and loosened her grip.”

Sexy Steampunk 2 is done and with my editior. Now I am working through the outline of Sexy Steampunk 3, but the heroine is giving me trouble. Why has she done what she has done? Why would she risk everything the way she is doing? Let’s just say at the moment she is intriguing and mysterious;).

Happy Sunday and Happy Writing.

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Forced to marry a violent man, Beatrice knows only one way out—ruin her reputation. She climbs aboard the Venia, a dirigible of ill repute, for a masquerade. Bea does not expect to run into Vaughn Kemple, the third Duke of Missenden, who eight months ago left her without an explanation. Feeling secure behind her mask, she decides Vaughn will be the one to ruin her. She may not get to spend forever with this man she still loves, but at least she can have one night of pleasure.

But a mask is not enough to hide her identity. Vaughn recognizes Bea, shocked to find her aboard an airship where sexual freedom isn’t just a thought, it’s celebrated. But her actions are far from innocent. Captivated, he’s determined to make her his.

The heat between them flares, but Vaughn is torn between desire and honor. Bea is afraid to risk her heart on a man she can’t trust. And when her future husband arrives on the scene, it’s more than their hearts in danger.

Buy it from Ellora’s Cave, Amazon or Kobo.

Weekend Writing Warriors-Rescue by Ruin Part 6

Welcome to the Weekend Writing Warriors. Click here for the rest of the amazing writers participating.

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Today I have another snippet from Rescue by Ruin, a Victorian steampunk story. After all the smexy stuff we’ve had over the last few weeks here is a bit of action. Bea and Vaughn were just about to get up, close and personal in one of the cabins, when they are rather rudely interrupted by AirPirates. But these are no average pirates.

“At each cabin, the pirates dragged its female occupant before the man in black; each time he shook his head. The pirates pushed the women and some of the men who’d attempted protection back into their cabins.

“For God’s sake, how fucking difficult can it be to find one lousy female dressed in red with a ruby face mask?” roared the man.

Vaughn recognized him and refused to call the bastard a gentleman.

Anger and disgust curled in his stomach. He hated the other man and wanted nothing more than to storm out there and beat him to a pulp.

But that wouldn’t do. Not now.

He gently closed the door and turned to Bea: “Can you think of a reason why Lord Waldon is ravaging the Venia in an attempt to find you?””

I am so close to finishing the edits on Sexy Steampunk 2 I can nearly touch it. Of course that means I have to write the synopsis, but for once I don’t mind because it means I am DONE! Happy Sunday and Happy Writing.

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Forced to marry a violent man, Beatrice knows only one way out—ruin her reputation. She climbs aboard the Venia, a dirigible of ill repute, for a masquerade. Bea does not expect to run into Vaughn Kemple, the third Duke of Missenden, who eight months ago left her without an explanation. Feeling secure behind her mask, she decides Vaughn will be the one to ruin her. She may not get to spend forever with this man she still loves, but at least she can have one night of pleasure.

But a mask is not enough to hide her identity. Vaughn recognizes Bea, shocked to find her aboard an airship where sexual freedom isn’t just a thought, it’s celebrated. But her actions are far from innocent. Captivated, he’s determined to make her his.

The heat between them flares, but Vaughn is torn between desire and honor. Bea is afraid to risk her heart on a man she can’t trust. And when her future husband arrives on the scene, it’s more than their hearts in danger.

Buy it from Ellora’s Cave, Amazon or Kobo.

Weekend Writing Warriors-Rescue by Ruin Part 5

Welcome to the Weekend Writing Warriors. Click here for the rest of the amazing writers participating.

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Today I have another snippet from Rescue by Ruin, a Victorian steampunk story. It continues on directly from where last week’s snippet ended. While indulging their mutual attraction Beatrice realised that watching the other couples, and one of the triads in particular, heightened her senses. Now it is up to Vaughn to discover if it was only the shock of a new experience or if she is indeed a voyeur. I apologise for my creative punctuation;).

“Bea looked back at the trio, “But I’ve never see the like before, so I cannot really judge.”

The soldier still steadied the woman, but his hands were now below her skirts. She could judge his actions only by the milkmaid’s response; it was eager and demanding enough to make Bea believe he did what the woman wanted.

Vaughn slowly lowered Bea’s legs until she slid down his body; he kept his arm around her waist and turned her, pressing her back to his front. It was as if she stood before a bonfire-his heat enveloped her and the brand of his erection against her derriere stoked the flames inside her.

He nestled his cheek against hers and stroked his free hand down her corset and hips; and up again; and down again. On his third pass he stopped to cuddle her breast and tease her nipple; Bea bowed her back and pushed her breast more firmly into his hand. “I wouldn’t want you to leave until you can make an unbiased judgment; we will watch until you are certain.”

Happy Sunday! And to anyone out there who, like me, is waging war in the editing cave “Good Luck!”.

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Forced to marry a violent man, Beatrice knows only one way out—ruin her reputation. She climbs aboard the Venia, a dirigible of ill repute, for a masquerade. Bea does not expect to run into Vaughn Kemple, the third Duke of Missenden, who eight months ago left her without an explanation. Feeling secure behind her mask, she decides Vaughn will be the one to ruin her. She may not get to spend forever with this man she still loves, but at least she can have one night of pleasure.

But a mask is not enough to hide her identity. Vaughn recognizes Bea, shocked to find her aboard an airship where sexual freedom isn’t just a thought, it’s celebrated. But her actions are far from innocent. Captivated, he’s determined to make her his.

The heat between them flares, but Vaughn is torn between desire and honor. Bea is afraid to risk her heart on a man she can’t trust. And when her future husband arrives on the scene, it’s more than their hearts in danger.

Buy it from Ellora’s Cave, Amazon or Kobo.

Weekend Writing Warriors-Rescue by Ruin Part 4

Welcome to the Weekend Writing Warriors. Click here for the rest of the amazing writers participating.

Today I have another snippet from Rescue by Ruin, a Victorian steampunk story, for you. Beatrice and Vaughn are exploring their connection. The gatherings on the Venia are like none other, filled with sensuality and a freedom of expression found nowhere else. The things happening in the ball room open Beatrice’s eyes to a whole new world. And they teach her something about herself she hadn’t known before.

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“The wildfire flared back to life between her legs.

Vaughn paused and studied her face. Color bloomed on her cheeks and she dragged her eyes away from the spectacle before her.

A dark smile lifted his lips. “You like to watch.”

For a moment Bea struggled with her answer, but then she touched her mask and remembered he would never know her as her true self. She didn’t have to hide behind a façade of respectability.

She teased his cheek with the lightest touch of her fingertips, once again wishing she no longer wore her silk gloves and could feel his skin against hers, “I believe I do.”

 

Happy Sunday!

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Forced to marry a violent man, Beatrice knows only one way out—ruin her reputation. She climbs aboard the Venia, a dirigible of ill repute, for a masquerade. Bea does not expect to run into Vaughn Kemple, the third Duke of Missenden, who eight months ago left her without an explanation. Feeling secure behind her mask, she decides Vaughn will be the one to ruin her. She may not get to spend forever with this man she still loves, but at least she can have one night of pleasure.

But a mask is not enough to hide her identity. Vaughn recognizes Bea, shocked to find her aboard an airship where sexual freedom isn’t just a thought, it’s celebrated. But her actions are far from innocent. Captivated, he’s determined to make her his.

The heat between them flares, but Vaughn is torn between desire and honor. Bea is afraid to risk her heart on a man she can’t trust. And when her future husband arrives on the scene, it’s more than their hearts in danger.

Buy it from Ellora’s Cave, Amazon or Kobo.

Weekend Writing Warriors Snippet!

I hope you are enjoying the pre-Christmas days and having some fun!

Today I have the opening paragraphs from Rescue by Ruin, a Victorian steampunk story, for you. Click here for the rest of the amazing writers participating in the Weekend Writing Warriors.

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“Miss Beatrice Viola Trevan tugged on her coat to ensure it covered her scandalous clothes. Glad her shimmering golden evening gloves hid her sweaty palms she tweaked the somewhat uncomfortable red and gold mask hiding the upper half of her face. She exhaled and walked toward one of the many gangplanks leading up to the Venia, the airship tethered in Hyde Park.

The airship was one of the new SkyCat models, meaning two pontoons ran the length of the passenger floor, making the airship appear like a resting cat from the front or the back.

Beatrice walked onto the gangplank, but then stopped at the edge, letting the traffic flow past her. The wooden plank vibrated under the other guests’ steps, their laughter and echo of their voices filled the air around her. The coaches stopping behind her to release more guests hissed and rumbled, their steam engines panting.

Beatrice’s heart pounded, her throat was dry.”

Have a wonderful rest of the weekend and fabulous next week!

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Forced to marry a violent man, Beatrice knows only one way out—ruin her reputation. She climbs aboard the Venia, a dirigible of ill repute, for a masquerade. Bea does not expect to run into Vaughn Kemple, the third Duke of Missenden, who eight months ago left her without an explanation. Feeling secure behind her mask, she decides Vaughn will be the one to ruin her. She may not get to spend forever with this man she still loves, but at least she can have one night of pleasure.

But a mask is not enough to hide her identity. Vaughn recognizes Bea, shocked to find her aboard an airship where sexual freedom isn’t just a thought, it’s celebrated. But her actions are far from innocent. Captivated, he’s determined to make her his.

The heat between them flares, but Vaughn is torn between desire and honor. Bea is afraid to risk her heart on a man she can’t trust. And when her future husband arrives on the scene, it’s more than their hearts in danger.

Buy it from Ellora’s Cave, Amazon or Kobo (BOOKRIOT50 gives you 50% off select titles on kobobooks).