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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.

My Writing Process Blog Tour

Friend and fellow author Joan Leacott has invited me to speak about my process on the My Writing Process Blog Tour.

1) What am I working on?

I am currently working on Tangled Redemption, book 4 in the Celestial Surrender series. Sydney, a Naema we first meet in Tangled Hunger, gets into a spot of trouble with the Spaniard, a character I have mentioned a number of times in all three books. And then Jayden appears on the scene and makes both of them pay attention.

2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?

My universe is ruled by Vampires, Naemas and Humans. I have Vampires in space;). They are just another species that follows some of the Vampire myths, but I also bring new twists to the genre. Naemas are part angel, part demon, who have to face their own challenges. And then there are Humans, who have to live in a universe where they are physically weaker, but stand out through sheer numbers and by being savvy.

3) Why do I write what I do?

I like to make s*** up and not be limited. Although I try to stick to reality, I love that if I want it to rain gum balls, I can make it rain gum balls. I am the Queen of my very own Galaxy;).

4) How does your writing process work?

I usually start with either a situation or a character. For example Rescue by Ruin started with Beatrice climbing aboard a dirigible of ill-repute to ruin her reputation. Then Things Happen.

After that I discover my character’s back story. Why? Why? Why? Goal, motivation and conflict are key. The next step is an outline. I just need to know the key steps. What happens between them the characters tell me. For my last project, Sexy Steampunk 2, the sequel to Rescue by Ruin, I put each scene on a post-it note and lined them up on the wall. That way I could remove one every time I finished a scene. I haven’t yet done this yet for Tangled Redemption, but I may do so next;).

This is me in my somewhat chaotic and still evolving nutshell.

Next Monday discover the process of two of my friends.

Lexi Post lives with her husband and cat in the Caribbean where gorgeous sunsets, warm weather, and driving on the left are the norm.

Cristal Ryder is a multi-published author, lives in a small Canadian town and is a single mom of two college aged sons.

Guest Post and Give-Away!

I chatted with Lexi Post over at HappilyEverAfterThoughts and am giving away a copy of Rescue by Ruin. Come by and comment. The contest runs until Tuesday 18th February.

Weekend Writing Warrior-Rescue by Ruin Snippet 8

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 another snippet from Rescue by Ruin, a Victorian steampunk story. Bea and Vaughn escaped the AirPirates in a dashing flight filled with swash and buckle. Now they are back on the ground and Bea has to decide on what she wants to do next.

“He studied her face. “Is that really what you want? Don’t you think we have a few things to talk about, Beatrice?”

Bea wanted to curl her cheek into the warmth of his hand. His eyes, even covered by goggles, held a need and a vulnerability she couldn’t ignore. Nor could she ignore the demand inside herself to spend more time with this exciting and fascinating man.

And they had to talk about how to move on from this tenuous position.

She nodded.”

I am currently enjoying the beautiful sunshine on St. Croix. Here is the view from my window:

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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 2

Only a few more days to Christmas. I hope you’re all set and ready to enjoy the season.

Click here for the rest of the amazing writers participating in the Weekend Writing Warriors. Today I have another snippet from Rescue by Ruin, a Victorian steampunk story, for you. Vaughn, the hero, has just caught sight of a rather unusual young lady.

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“Vaughn Kemple stared at the vision in gold and red. She looked like a woman dressed in flames. He only cared about ladies’ fashion in so far as he knew how to undress them, but even he knew her ensemble was highly irregular. The blouse followed its owner like a second skin. The deep-red corset presented her breasts to the world, lent just a hint of modesty by the sheer gold overshirt. The skirt hugged her beautifully rounded hips and made him want to follow the curves with his hands.

He balled his fists, attempting to push his instant attraction aside. Just because his best friend had dragged him here to drown his sorrows in great booze didn’t mean that he had to take the first available female who dragged him out of his brooding.

He had not given up hope of persuading Miss Beatrice Trevan to see reason.”

Enjoy your weekend and if you would like to win a copy of any of my books come over to Darker Temptations and tell me what you’re excited about this Christmas.

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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).

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).

Weekend Writing Warriors Snippet

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The Weekend Writing Warriors are at it again! Click the link to see the rest of the brigade;).

The eight sentences are from the sequel to Rescue by Ruin again. To save herself and her father Susan has agreed to pose for Warren, no idea if he can even paint. She got a little bit more than she bargained for;).

“He saw everything.

Nothing escaped his eyes. With just a few lines in charcoal he captured the essence of his subjects.

He hid none of it.

The good, the bad and the ugly. He brought everything out on paper.

And now he was about to use her as his subject.

Susan wasn’t sure if she could stand what his image would show of her.”

Thank you for stopping by and have a fabulous weekend.

Sentence Sunday with the Weekend Writing Warriors!

I have joined the Weekend Writing Warriors. Click on the link to find all participants.

I am sharing 8 sentences from my current untitled WIP Sexy Steampunk 2, the sequel to Rescue by Ruin. Warren has just met the young woman Archer has feelings for and would like to bring in as their third in late Victorian London.

“Archer leaned forward and kissed Warren. “She is the one for me.”

Warren nodded. “I know.”

Anxiety curled through Archer’s stomach. “And you?”

Warren cupped Archer’s cheek and kissed him softly. “She grabbed me by the throat the minute I saw her.” He stroked his finger across Archer’s cheek.”

Thanks for stepping by and join me next Sunday to find out more about how Archer and Warren deal with this change in their lives.

Sneak Peek Sunday-10th March 2013

Here is my Sneak Peek Sunday snippet from the book that will never end or that is how it feels;). It is still the sequel to “Rescue by Ruin” and in my head called Sexy Steampunk 2. I really need to come up with a proper title…

“His lover now tenderly kissed the bite mark on his neck and gently rubbed his nipples, helping him to slowly come down.

“I love you.” Warren rubbed his cheek against Archer’s chest, wanting to curl into his partner and never move again. Whatever happened next with Miss Rigdon he knew it would change them. Most likely on a fundamental level.

As Archer wrapped his arms around Warren and said “I love you”, Warren could only hope that it would be change for the better.”

 

Click here to see the other fabulous authors sharing their peeks.

Sneak Peak Sunday

Here is my Sneak Peek Sunday from my current, unnamed WIP. It is the sequel to Rescue by Ruin.

“Warren smiled, love and arousal bringing out the gold in his eyes. “You had enough tension racing through you to crack a wall.” He rubbed his fingertips across Archer’s cheek. “What happened? Has the indomitable Miss Rigdon thrown you in a spin again?”

Archer sank onto the sofa, which was wide enough they could lie side by side, and leaned into Warren’s touch. When they’d moved in together four years ago, well aware of what would happen if anyone ever discovered their true relationship, they’d sworn never to lie to each other.

He leaned forward and kissed Warren. “She is the one for me.”

Have a great week!