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What? It’s not Tuesday?

Oh well. Here’s a teaser anyway :)

I’ve been working on a little something that I’m really thrilled about. It’s called Giving Off Sparks and it’s the follow up to Burning Up, which is my story in the Down and Dirty boxed set. I just typed the end on it at around 5:30pm Sunday so it’s as yet unedited. But I thought to celebrate the The End part I’d share the first few pages of what I’ve done with you. I’m really really in love with Rob :)

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Chapter One

Two things woke Rob McConnell at 3:46 in the morning. The sound of a woman screaming and the acrid smell of smoke.

He shot out of bed, his firefighter’s instincts on full alert. Yesterday, he’d spent the better part of a ten hour shift working with his crew and several others to dampen a factory fire before it spread to the surrounding industrial area. They managed to douse the flames without any loss of life, but they weren’t always so lucky. Screaming and smoke tended to make Rob spring right into action.

He was yanking on a pair of jeans in two seconds, bolting out of his bedroom in three. He stopped in the darkened hall, listening for the roar of flames. It took him a moment to realize there was no roar, and that the woman’s screams weren’t the ‘come and save me I’m burning to death’ kind. They were more of the ‘Oh, God, baby, yes! I’m coming… I’m coming… oooohhh!’ variety.

Rob groaned and rubbed at his eyes with the heel of his hands. His housemates were at it again. Blair Bowman and Leo Chatfield—otherwise known at the fire station as Blue and Chats—were working their way through all the women in Ashton Heights, and a few surrounding suburbs, who were willing to take both of them on at the same time. Unfortunately, there were a lot to choose from.

Ordinarily Rob wouldn’t care what his two workmates did in the bedroom. He wasn’t a complete stranger to the delights of three-way action himself. But the walls in the old Queenslander the three of them shared were paper thin. The noise was effecting his sleep.

Pushing out a sigh, Rob walked into the kitchen to grab the milk from the fridge. Just as he was about to lift the carton to his lips he detected that scent of smoke again. The screams might have been nothing to worry about but that persistent smell was a concern. He followed it to the open kitchen window, which faced the kitchen window of the neighboring house. Through the glass he saw a telltale orange glow emanating from inside.

“Shit!”

Rob dropped the milk carton, spilling the contents all over the linoleum floor. Ignoring the mess, he yanked the fire extinguisher off its wall bracket and bolted toward the sliding glass door that lead to the back patio. He ran down the stairs three at a time, vaulted over the fence between the two properties and leapt up the back stairs of number nineteen. He banged on the glass of the house’s back door, trying to rouse the single mother and three kids who lived inside.

Through the glass Rob could see the fire had already consumed the toaster on the bench. As he watched and banged furiously on the door, the flames leapt from the toaster to a nearby tea towel and set it alight.

Where the hell were their smoke alarms? Fuck it, he thought. He couldn’t wait for Cheryl to wake up. He lifted the fire extinguisher and rammed the base of it into the door. A crack appeared in the glass immediately. With only one more blow the whole sheet exploded. Glass fell everywhere, leaving shards on the inside and outside of the house.

A woman screamed, the sound ear-splitting. Rob didn’t even look at her as he leapt over the broken glass and headed for the kitchen. He lifted the fire extinguisher and released the safety switch. Rob gave it a few good long bursts, spraying at the flames until he buried the small blaze in white foam.

When the noise of the extinguisher died down, silence fell. Outside, a dog barked. A few screen doors creaked as they opened. The commotion had obviously gotten the attention of the neighbors. Rob’s heart rate began to calm as the adrenaline eased out of his system.

It sped up again at the sound of one shrill question. “Why in the world did you do that?”

Rob’s head whipped around so he got his first real look at the woman who’d screamed earlier. A woman who was definitely not Cheryl, the forty something mother of three who lived at number nineteen. This woman was not forty, probably wouldn’t be for at least fifteen years. And if her hips had born any children they sure didn’t show a sign of it. She was trim and slender, with long hair that fell in straight dark strands all the way to her tiny waist. Which wasn’t far because she was short.

She was short, cute, and really ticked off. Which ticked Rob off. Fortunately, his annoyance distracted him from the feeling of being sucker punched he experienced the first instant he laid eyes on the woman behind him.

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Sami

A Sad Day

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Robin Williams has been on my screens, either TV or movie, for almost my whole life. When I was 5 years old Mork and Mindy was my favourite show. My mother used to call me in from outside so I could see it, because I would be devastated if I missed the beginning. I was going to grow up and move to Boulder Colorado so I could live with Mork, right or wrong.

Then with Robin moved on to movies he showed how versatile he was. The sensitivity he brought to his more serious roles was sublime. One of my favourite movie scenes of all time is the ‘It’s not your fault’ scene in Good Will Hunting. I cannot watch it without tearing up.

But then there are so many great moments. The Oh Captain my Captain scene from Dead Poet’s Society, the hilarious restaurant scene in Mrs. Doubtfire, his chilling performances in One Hour Photo and Insomnia, the DJing sequences in Good Morning Vietnam that I believe no body else in the world could have pulled off. the countless voice overs he provided for animated movies… the list could go on. Let’s just say it’s difficult for me to imagine a world where there will never be a new Robin Williams film, and I’m very very sad today.

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Nanoo, nanoo Mork

Sami

A glass of Red Red Wine…anybody?

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Would anyone care for a sip of my brand new book? I promise, there’s plenty to go around.

Yep, it’s the 5th of Aug, which means release day for Red Red Wine, book 2 in the Tastes of Seduction series.

If you’re looking for an emotional romance that’ll warm your heart and heat up your body…look no further.

RED RED WINE: The Blurb

She’s tantalizing…tempting…and taken. 

Tastes of Seduction
, Book 2

When Andrew Stafford’s business partner banishes him from work with strict instructions to take a much-needed holiday, the offer of five days relaxing in wine country is too enticing to refuse. As is the woman he encounters the minute he arrives at the hotel.

She’s everything Andrew’s ever wanted in a partner, and meeting her should be the answer to all of his prayers. Except for one thing—she’s strictly off limits.

Tori Worthing has never been happier. She’s about to marry an amazing man, and her life is laid out perfectly before her—until her dream winery wedding becomes an unexpected nightmare. Her heart shattered, she turns to the one place she never expected to find comfort—a stranger’s arms.

Tori and Andrew both know theirs is a rebound affair destined to end when the week is over. But when the time comes, letting her go proves to be the hardest step Andrew’s ever had to take.

Product Warnings: Jilted brides are not supposed to have this much fun. Especially when the fun involves a bottle of red, a sexy man and getting naked in the gazebo at midnight.

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RED RED WINE: An Excerpt

“I think you’re amazing,” she whispered into Andrew’s neck. He smelled amazing too. Musky and masculine. She’d always loved Declan’s expensive aftershave—until right now. Suddenly she preferred the earthy, natural scent of a man.

“Me?” He snorted in disbelief. “You think I’m amazing?”

“I do. What you’re doing takes an incredible amount of courage.”

“If you want to discuss courage, let’s talk about you.”

“Me?” Yeah, let’s not.

“I think your being here, with me tonight, is incredibly courageous. Seeking happiness when you could be wallowing in self-pity.”

“Oh, I’m wallowing. Believe me.” Using Andrew for rebound sex wasn’t courageous. It was selfish.

She shifted in his lap, uncomfortable with how quickly he’d directed the conversation back to her and stunned by how much she’d wanted him.

Andrew groaned softly, and she lifted her head in time to see him grit his teeth.

“Are you okay?”

“I’m…fine.” His voice was hoarse.

She shifted again, seating herself more comfortably, and he emitted another groan, this one more anguished than the first.

“You don’t look fine.”

He closed his eyes and breathed deep. “Just…keep still, and all will be good. I promise.”

At which point Tori became aware of the hardened bulge pressing against her butt.

Ah-ha.

Mentally she shook her head, belatedly berating herself. She’d been so wrapped up in her own pain, her own need and her own pleasure, she’d failed to think about Andrew’s.

His interest in her had been obvious from the start—and it had served to increase her own level of arousal. Made her want him with a hunger that had cut through her heartache and her pain, blinding her to everything but him. But still, she’d taken, then taken again, and in her dazed state of satiation afterwards, had not thought to give. She’d simply snuggled into the hard, comforting warmth of his body and let him numb her pain.

He’d done too good a job. Not only had he numbed her to her pain, he’d numbed her to his pain too.

“You mean keep still as in don’t do this?” Deliberately she rolled her hip, so the side of her body undulated against him.

He grunted and took a good few seconds to respond. “Th-that’s exactly what I mean.”

“Oh. Okay.” This time when she shifted it was to turn in his arms and face him, wrapping her legs around his waist in the process. She would have locked her feet together behind his back, but the beam stood in her way, so she was forced to bend her knees and rest her feet on the ground. She leaned forward then and undulated her hips again, this time rolling her groin along the length of his erection. “So I can do this, and it won’t be a problem?”

It might not be a problem for him, but it sure was for her. Her action had just set her body on fire all over again.

For the second time, it took a while for Andrew to answer. “You can do that. As much as you like.” He sucked in a shallow breath. “But I reckon if you do, you’ll find yourself naked and flat on your back before you’ve taken your next breath.”

“That wouldn’t be so terrible.” No, that would be fucking amazing. Her breasts tightened and white heat raced through her body at the idea. She grinned and once again rolled her pussy over his hard cock.

Andrew surged forward, grabbing her by her waist. Her heart lurched, and she braced for impact, knowing he was about to flip her on her back.

But in an unexpected reversal of intent, Andrew dropped his hands and slumped back against the beam. He let out a frustrated moan, closed his eyes and banged his head against the beam, once, twice, three times.

She stared at him, stunned. “Y-you’re choosing a brain injury over a sure thing?” Because she was a sure thing. No question about it. All he needed to do was get her naked, and she was all his.

Well, for tonight anyway.

He banged his head again, then glared at her through one eye. “No… Fucking… Condom.”

And just like that, Tori experienced the same urge to bang her head against a wall.

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You can get your copy of Red Red Wine at: Samhain | Amazon | B&N

And please don’t forget the contest Kitty Kelly is running on her blog:

CONTEST:

To celebrate the release of Red Red Wine we are offering up TWO signed print copies of my latest print release More Than This.  I’m gonna mail them straight from the land down under (AKA Australia) and this contest is open Internationally.  Click the link below to enter to win.  Please note… You have to answer the question in the Rafflecopter. (Answers left in comments will not be taken into account. PLEASE USE THE RAFFLECOPTER LINK BELOW!)  No cheating.  lol  Winners will be picked next week.

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Happy reading,

:D

Jess

 

Time for a Rendezvous

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My first ever solo self publishing venture is now available! I’m so excited about this, I got a little thrill when I pressed the ‘publish’ button. Self-publishing is something I’ve been thinking about doing for a long time and Rendezvous is my way of getting my feet wet. The characters in my story, Cassie and Reed, get their feet wet, as well as a lot of other parts, lol. But this story is about more than just sex. This is a story about a couple who has drifted apart finding each other again. It’s about a man accepting the monumental importance of communication, compromise and humility in a relationship (all the gals know what I’m talking about, right?). It’s about tropical waters, warm sunshine, magical islands, sea sickness and second chances. Basically, it’s just a lot of fun packed into a small package. Kinda like me *wink*

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Twelve months ago Cassie Dalton fled Sydney and her three year marriage to tough city cop, Reed. Now she’s living a new life chartering tourists around the pristine tropical waters of the Whitsunday Passage on her inherited yacht, The Rendezvous. Despite having unresolved feelings for her estranged husband, she sends divorce papers in her desperation to move on. To her surprise the move shakes Reed out of his emotional hibernation and brings him to north Queensland, determined to win her back. As they spend the next six days sailing and sharing secrets, Cassie begins to wonder why she ever thought living without the man she loves was a solid life plan.

But just as she thinks all their fences have mended, Reed breaks her heart all over again…

Rendezvous is available from Smashwords Amazon iBooks B&N

Yay!

Sami

 

Ready for a Rendezvous?

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I’m so excited to announce another release! You might call it a flash release because I’m taking you by surprise with it :). I wrote this little short story a while back and have been sitting on it, because I needed to get up to speed on the whole self publishing thing before I released it. Eventually I decided I just had to jump in and do it, so here I am, announcing my first ever solo self publishing venture! (can you hear my knees knocking from where you are?)

I always wanted to release this story on my own because I liked it so much the way it was–short, hot, kind of sweet and sad in parts, and overall uplifting. It’s a story about an estranged husband and wife who have one last shot at making their marriage work. In Romanceland, we so often focus on firsts–first meetings, first loves, first kisses and the first (insert your choice of verb here *wink*). That’s good stuff, fun stuff. But we rarely get to see what happens after the initial blush of love starts to wear off and a couple is left to deal with real life stuff. When my heroine Cassie and her husband Reed had to deal with their real life issues, they didn’t do it very well. In Rendezvous, we see them trying to rectify that… while sailing around the idyllic Whitsunday Islands of course. Because I’m the author and I could set the book anywhere I wanted :).

So are you ready for a book not about firsts this time, but about second chances?

Six days at sea with her ex… Conditions are about to get rough

Twelve months ago Cassie Dalton fled Sydney and her three year marriage to tough city cop, Reed. Now she’s living a new life chartering tourists around the pristine tropical waters of the Whitsunday Passage on her inherited yacht, The Rendezvous. Despite having unresolved feelings for her estranged husband, she sends divorce papers in her desperation to move on. To her surprise the move shakes Reed out of his emotional hibernation and brings him to north Queensland, determined to win her back. As they spend the next six days sailing and sharing secrets, Cassie begins to wonder why she ever thought living without the man she loves was a solid life plan.

But just as she thinks all their fences have mended, Reed breaks her heart all over again…

Release date 1 August 14, when it will be available everywhere including Amazon. Preorder at Smashwords or iBooks AU, with more preorder links to come. You can read an excerpt here.

What do you think?

Sami

 

 

 

It All Starts With Sex Under A Desk…

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Getting Played releases Tuesday. TUESDAY, people! TUESDAY! Book 7 of the Heart of Fame series, the second last book in the series, is available Tuesday. So here’s some sexy graphics to whet your appetite :)

 

Enjoy :)

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It all starts with sex under a desk…

After yet another month without a lead singer, the band Synergy is on the verge of calling it quits. Which drives Jaxon Campbell, keyboardist and perpetual player, to do something dangerous—hit up a woman with contacts—and curves—in all the right places. Trouble is, the last time he saw her, he kind of broke her heart. And stole her cherished, autographed AC/DC album.

Natalie Thorton, Dean of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, knows everyone who’s anyone in Australia’s music industry. She’s driven and utterly professional and doesn’t have room in her schedule for relationships.

When Jaxon strides into her office, all of Natalie’s suppressed sexual urges—the ones born in Jax’s arms—surge to the surface. He wants something from her? Well, she wants something from him. Orgasms. Lots of them.

How can Jax say no? He’s never forgotten her, and it’s not like they’re going to fall in love. But just who’s playing who? And whose heart is going to fall first?


Product Warnings

Contains a sexual challenge involving sex in public places, sex in private places, sex in moving cars, sex against windows and sex in the company of an oblivious federal politician. So basically, we’re talking about getting laid. A lot.

Click on the links to take you to the book so you can make sure it pops up in your inbox or ereader the second it’s available. Go on…you know you want to :)

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Irrepressible Jasmine out NOW

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Book 2 in the Wild Crush series has just been released, and let me tell you it is one hot book. Jasmine is a great character, a true ‘bad girl’ who returns to her hometown for what is supposed to be a temporary stay. She thinks she can get a little action with an old school buddy while she’s marking time in Leyton’s Headland, but her fun affair soon becomes a lot more complex than that. Jasmine has a lot of demons to face. Luckily, Aaron Sanderson is there to help her do that in the sexiest way possible! (note: there are silk neck ties and wooden rulers involved :))

Blurb – Irrepressible Jasmine

You can’t keep a bad girl down…at least not without restraints.

Wild Crush, Book 2

After an affair with a Dom turns sour, Jasmine Campbell returns to Leyton’s Headland to build up some good karma by keeping her sister’s business afloat. For that, she needs help from real estate developer Aaron Sanderson—an old school mate who’s grown up movie-star handsome.

When Jasmine knocks on his office door, Aaron can barely contain his triumph. In high school he had an unrequited crush on Jasmine, but ten years on he’s better at close encounters with the opposite sex. He thinks he knows just how to handle Jasmine—with an aloof demeanor and a firm hand.

Little does he know just how firm a hand Jasmine needs.

Jasmine figures a fun vanilla fling will cleanse her sexual palate. Yet her lover proves himself surprisingly adept at satisfying her submissive desires. And soon she’s in serious danger of doing the one thing she swore never to do: fall in love.

Warning: Contains casual sex, intimate sex, slow sex, fast sex, rough sex, roleplay sex and spanking. So basically, lots of sex and spanking.

You can download Irrepressible Jasmine at these vendors

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And do check out book #1 in the series, Unforgettable Summer, which tells the story of a World No 1 Surfing champion who comes home to reunite with the woman he’s always loved.

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And book 3 in this series, Eternal Brand, is currently being written and is due for release around March 2015! (it’s an MMF people. Yummmmy)

And on the International Heat blog, I’m running a competition to celebrate Jasmine’s release. You could win a $20 gift card, just by playing my (slightly dirty) word guessing game. Sound like fun? Head on over to International Heat!

Sami

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