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Leaving at Noon, the first draft

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No one would ever accuse me of being obsessively neat or tidy, or worrying that the house is a mess and people might be shocked to see it. But one thing I’ve never done is let readers see the messy, first draft of a manuscript. Dirty washing, dirty plates and dirty rooms don’t worry me. Dirty drafts? Yeah, that terrifies me.

So please understand how brave I’m being to show you this. There are spelling errors, grammatical errors, typos and…the story hasn’t been plotted out at all. You’re seeing an extract from this book in all its rough mess.

What’s the book about? Well, it’s the fourth story in the Sunday Night Dinner Club series, and focuses on the only married couple in the club, Zoey and Theo Hughes.

Things have been shaky between them for a while. Their marriage is headed for a major collapse, and this is the scene where everything comes to a head:

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Leaving at Noon: A very rough excerpt:

By the time he’d climbed out of the car, stalked down the garden path and reached the front door, his apprehension had turned to anger.

What the fuck?

Theo didn’t pretend to be quiet when he let himself in. He slammed the door and turned on the light in the entryway. Once he’d tossed his keys and her bag on the table, eliciting two satisfying clangs, he walked through the house, turning on every light he passed.

Zoey wasn’t in the lounge. Nor was she in the dining room or kitchen. Frustration bit at him, and he smashed his fist on the kitchen counter. The bang resounded off the walls and cupboards.

She wasn’t in the either of the spare rooms—his temporary home office and hers, until they had kids—which meant, if Zoey was indeed home, and Liv seemed to think she was, there was only one place she could be.

The bedroom door was open. Riding a wave of fear, fury and frustration, Theo kicked it, ramming it into the wall. It bounced back at him, and he kicked again for good measure, hard as he could. The wood splintered against his foot.

Theo didn’t give a shit. He whacked his hand against the switch, and light flooded the room.

Zoey gaped at him from her side of the bed, her jaw hanging open, her eyes wide with shock.

At least, for once, she wasn’t pretending to sleep.

“Are you crazy?” she demanded.

“What. The. Fuck?” Breath sawed from his chest.

She blinked. “Excuse me?”

Theo pointed in the general direction of his car. His hand—which he was surprised to notice held his phone—still shook. “I have just spent the last hour looking for you. Driving up and down the streets of Sydney.”

She sat up, glaring. “Well, you found me. Right here, where I asked Levi to tell you I’d be.”

Yeah, that was true. Levi had told him she’d gone home. On foot.

“I drove to and from Chelsea’s, three times, searching for you.”

Unmoved, Zoey set her lips in a straight, angry line.

He held up his iPhone to show her, clenching it so tight, he cracked the protective cover. “I called you. Over and over and over. Couldn’t get hold of you.”

Zoey narrowed her eyes, then said unrepentantly. “I was on the phone.”

Rage lit his veins. Theo squeezed his mobile tighter. The damaged cover pinched the skin of his middle finger, and stinging pain shot through him. Hard as he could, he hurled the phone against the far wall.

It shattered on impact.

Zoey jerked in shock. Then she schooled her features in a bland mask. “Feel better?”

“Not even a bit.”

“The phone was what? Four months old?”

“I thought you’d been hurt. Broken a leg maybe.” He’d thought worse. Way, way worse. “Taken. Attacked.” Twisted visions of rape had haunted him for an hour, intensifying with every passing moment. His breath was uneven and his back damp with sweat.

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K, that’s it. All I’m brave enough to show you.

*Wipes sweat from brow*

Leaving at Noon releases on the 22nd of May. You can pre-order it now at:

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(It’s not up at Amazon yet – but it will be soon.)

🙂

Jess

 

 

 

Now available: A new friends-to-lovers romance

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(As posted over at International Heat, but with a little bit of a difference)

Are you a fan of friends-to-lovers romance?

I am. I’m such a massive fan, I seem to return to the theme in my books over and over again. In fact, I love it so much, I decided not just to write a book on this trope – but an entire series.

The Sunday Night Dinner Club is based around a group of friend who meet every few weeks for dinner. It’s their way of ensuring they see one another regularly in the chaotic everyday lives they lead.

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Party Of Three, the first book in the series, focuses on two best friends and their mutual love for one very sexy restaurant owner.

But it’s the second book, Table for Two, I’d like to focus on in this post. And the reason is…IT RELEASES TODAY!

*happy dancing*

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So, what’s this book about?

I think the blurb explains it best:

 

TABLE FOR TWO – The Blurb

Sunday Night Dinner Club, Book 2

James Elliot never meant to barge into his friend’s bedroom, but now that he’s caught an eyeful of Olivia Taylor, butt-naked, he can’t seem to imagine her any other way.

Liv’s world is falling apart. The goals she’s worked so hard to achieve are crumbling. The only thing she can rely on now is the constant stability her friends provide.

But one of those friends is changing the dynamics of their relationship. James is whipping away everything that’s familiar between them and replacing it with a sensuality and a passion Liv can’t ignore.

With so much at stake, Liv has no time to fall in love—even if it’s with her best friend. It’s up to James to guide her through the toughest challenge of her life and show her that the light on the other side of the tunnel just might burn between them forever.

Warning: Contains all the red-hot loving you’d expect from a Jess Dee romance, and a sexy, sports-mad, muscle-bound alpha hero with a penchant for tossing his heroine over his shoulder.

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BTW – this postcard is slightly different from the one posted over at International Heat.

 

Table for Two can be enjoyed as a stand alone book, or read as part of the series.

The choice is yours.

You can get your copy right now at:

Amazon  –  B&N  –  iBooks  –  ARe

Happy reading

🙂

Jess

Check out the cover I made for Kat and Mouse!!

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over the knee high heeled boots

 

Me! I made it! All by myself!

That’s all.

(Oh, and you can buy the book for .99 right here Yay!!!)

DUDcon13 in pictures

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On Friday, after carefully clearing the house of any family (I packed them off on a camping trip), the Down Under Divas gathered at my place for three days of just being together. Yep it was our very first official Down Under Diva Conference, otherwise known as…DUDcon13.

Sami Lee made sure to draw up an agenda so we actually got some great work done, but in general we had a blast chatting about anyone and everything industry related. (And yep, if you’re reading this blog, it’s safe to assume we chatted about you! In the best possible way, of course. 🙂 )

I could bore you with details, but instead I’ll just post some of the pics we took that summarize our time together. (You might already have seen them on Facebook.)

DUDcon13 begins

DUDcon13 begins

Soon as Lex arrived, we started posting pics to FB. (Yep, you may already have seen all of these there.)

Soon as Lex arrived, we started posting pics to FB.

Friday night was loads of fun - especially with the help of this industrial sized bottle of ready-made margarita mix. :)

Friday night was loads of fun – especially with the help of this industrial sized bottle of ready-made margarita mix.

Saturday morning saw us exercising. A long walk along the beachfront and cliffs. (Sami warming up)

Saturday morning saw us exercising. A long walk along the beachfront and cliffs. (Sami warming up)

And...the beachfront we walked along. (Remember it was early morning.)

And…the beachfront we walked along. (Remember it was early morning.)

Our American guest - Mari Carr gate crashed the conference. (And yeah, she brought beer.)

Our American guest – Mari Carr gatecrashed the conference. (And yeah, she brought beer.)

Saturday lunch at the Deli. (Yeah, we did A LOT of eating and drinking.)

Saturday lunch at the Deli. (Yeah, we did A LOT of eating and drinking.)

Back home again after lunch, Sami is cracking her whip, and we're getting some work done.)

Back home again after lunch, Sami is cracking her whip, and we’re getting some work done.)

Saturday dinner was the best! Frozen yoghurt. (And RC managed to put away a shitload of the stuff. Seriously, for a thin girl, she eats like a horse!)

Then came the moment I had to skip out for a little while on Sunday morning. But I was comfortable leaving my house in the care of my three good writing buddies. Really comfortable. Because who wouldn’t trust these girls:

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(Sorry, would have liked to upload the video here, but WordPress wouldn’t let me.)

Suffice to say we had a blast and are already planning our next conference – DUDcon14.

🙂

Jess

Welcome to the diva couch – Kelly (Smutty Kitty)

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If Blogger Week at the Divas must come to an end (*sigh*) at least it’s ending on a high. With the very wonderful, very lovable Kitty Kelly from The Smutty Kitty.

Kelly is another blogger who has become a very close and very dear friend of the Divas.

She’s also become a vital part of my writing life, and an integral part of my personal life. I would miss my daily texts with her horribly  if they ever stopped. (And now that Kelly has finally worked out there’s a time difference between Texas and Sydney, I’m enjoying her texts even more.)

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We love and adore this Kitty Cat, and welcome her to the Divas blog

Jess

1)   

     Who is Kitty Kelly, and why Kitty?

When I started joining Yahoo groups to talk about these wonderfully smutty books I found I noticed there were a fair share of Kelly’s roaming around.  My email has been kittykelly28 since I was 12 and my mom always called me kitten, so my reader alter ego was born.  KittyKelly doesn’t hold back.  Lol  She doesn’t get embarrassed and has no problem showing you what’s under her tutu.  And when the ears are on, the filter is gone! 

Jess & Kelly

 

2)    How did you become involved in the wonderful world of romance books?

I’ve always loved reading.  I always participated in the summer book clubs at my library growing up and dominated them for that matter.  But after I finished the Harry Potter books there wasn’t anything that captured my interest.  Now this may come as a surprise but I had never even read a romance novel before.  The DVD of Twilight was about to come out and I thought it looked interesting.  I was discussing it with a coworker and she suggested I read the books.  She let me borrow all four of them.  4 days later I was begging for more to read. 

(Jess says: And there it is! Twilight.)

So she gave me Christine Feehan’s Carpathian series.  The Carpathians get a little dirty but nothing too much.  I started looking online for more books and came across the wonderful world of Amazon and the Kindle.  It took a while for me to actually get a kindle but thanks to the app on my phone I was able to get my first freebie-Regina in the Sun by R.G. Alexander.  I was amazed.  Authors write dirty books?  And I can read them?  I was hooked ever since.  I started joining Yahoo author groups and found out about RT and I’ve never looked back.  I love this world.  The readers are awesome.  The authors are so wonderful and generous.  I’ve made so many new friends that I would have never met had it not been for these books.  I’ve even become friends with so many of the authors I love (I certainly view all of the International Heat girls as my friends).  I wouldn’t trade anything in the world for this wonderful world of romance enthusiasts.  Well damn I got a little misty eyed there.  Lol

(Jess again: Kitty we all love you too. Just like we love this whole world of romance enthusiasts.)

Sami, Ive, and Jess RT 2011

3)    Tell us all about your blog.

It’s called The Smutty Kitty, and as the name implies I like my books on the smutty side.  I review, pimp, and host guests within all genres and heat levels.  I think reviewing is fun.  I like to talk about my books with friends so I thought why not type what I’m thinking for the whole world to see?  I have one rule and that’s that I do not post negative reviews.  There is so much negativity in the world I like to keep my blog a happy place where people can come read about a new book or author and win some awesome shit.  Heh, I made it all the way to question 3 before I cussed!  That might be a new record!  😉 

4)    Do you work alone or are others blogging/reviewing with/for you?

It used to just be me, but my EDJ and life was becoming a bit much for my growing blog so I put out a call a few weeks ago for some help.  I have such a wonderful following that I got quite the response.  I now have seven wonderful ladies (my Pride) helping me dig through my ever growing review pile.  I’ll be introducing them on my site over the next several weeks.

5)    Do you have preferred genres – you know books you gravitate to?

I really don’t.  Well other than I like my sex.  Lol  I love it all: paranormal, contemporary, sci-fi, BDSM, and just about anything else you throw at me.  I will give anything a try.  I think that is what helps keep me wanting more.  If I get tired of contemporary I just read a paranormal and flip flop back and forth.  With the changes in the romance market being flexible means I always have a steady flow of amazing books to read. 

Okay, now let’s have some fun…

1.     Name your celebrity free pass

Alexander Skarsgård AKA Eric Northman-back the F off he is MINE!!!!

(Jess says: Kitty, you know I love you. But don’t even try lay a finger on that man. Just…don’t.)

2.     Tell us about the worst day job you ever had

My time spent in retail was not exactly awesome.  Lol  But honestly I’ve been pretty lucky to never really hate any job I’ve had.  Did I enjoy it all the time? Hell no! But hate?  Ehh not really. 

3.     Describe your blog in 3 words

Amazeballs, Smutalicious, Meow

4.     If you won the lottery, what would be the first thing you’d buy for yourself?

A shit ton of corsets and tutus!!!!

(Jess intervenes: So, it seems Kitty’s given up altogether on the not cussing thing…)

5.     What food will you absolutely not eat?

There are so many things I won’t eat.  It would probably be easier to say what I will eat.  Lol

6.     Describe your favorite outfit

I kinda already did.  Lol  Here I’ll show you instead.

Kitty tutu

7.     What is your worst vice or habit?

OMG I have so many.  Lol I don’t think it’s a bad thing but I sing all the time.  Like seriously all the time.  I don’t even realize I’m doing it most of the time.  I only notice when other people point it out to me.  I also have a tendency to sing what I’m doing.  Like singing about getting dressed or cooking.  I’m just kidding about the cooking…I don’t do that.  Lol 

8.     As you’re typing the answers to these questions, what are you wearing? (That’s not a naughty question unless you have a dirty mind)

I should lie and say a corset and a tutu, but sadly I am in my paw print Jamie shorts and a sleeveless t-shirt.  It’s hot as hell here right now. 

9.     Do you prefer a hairy or smooth chest?

Smooth…I am not a fan of a hairy man.  He can have some but I’m gonna need him to trim it up if it’s more than a little. 

         Tattoos—love or hate?

LOVE Give me a man with tats and I am a happy girl.  I have three myself and I want more!  Stupid EDJ gets in the way of me having too many more though.

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You can contact Kitty Kelly through these links:

The Smutty Kitty Blog

Facebook

Twitter

CONTEST TIME

Kelly is running a contest – all you need to do is leave a comment about her blog or about your favorite place to visit on the net when you’re in the mood for romance, and she will pick two winners.

The prizes?

For peeps living inside the USA – a choice of book from her bookshelf (And she has AWESOME books!)

For peeps living outside of the USA – A $10 Amazon gift voucher.

Phuong’s Reading Journey

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Phuong is the last of our reading guests for this month. She is, to put it mildly, uber awesome. She is also one of the most hardcore romance readers I know. Not only that, she makes Jess, Rhian, Sami and me feel amazing every time we see her. And she’s one of our biggest cheerleaders on Twitter. Yep, we love Phuong. Big time.

Read her post, you’ll love her just as much.

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photoI have always been an avid reader ever since I was a little girl and I devoured the Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys and Little House on the Prairie series. I remember asking my mom to take me to the public library every week and checking out as many books I could at one time. I’m an only child so I really didn’t have an problems being by myself and just spending hours reading.drew38

I would soon discover my love for romance books in my pre-teen years once I started reading Sweet Sixteen, Sweet Dreams and Sweet Valley High books. I loved that the girl would meet her “first love” in high school and I enjoyed reading about them dating and being together. I enjoyed the innocence and sweetness of it all. The book that introduced me to S-E-X was Forever by Judy Blumes. OMG!!! I was SHOCKED, I tell ya! images-1My eyes nearly popped out, jaw hanging open and I had to keep re-reading the sex scenes and trying to understand. Holy smokes! Did the guy just named his “private part”? *Gulp* Well, I guess that didn’t leave any permanent damage to my young psyche because in the 8th grade, a fellow student gave me my first “adult” romance book to read, Remembrance by Danielle Steele and never looked back. I LOVED that book!!! It was a tragic love story but so good and I found myself sobbing in the school library where I volunteered. I find that if an author can evoke such raw emotions in a reader, then he/she has done a brilliant job writing the story.

1315722121About 6 years ago, I found myself somewhat dissatisfied with the sex scenes in the books I was reading and then I discovered the world of “erotic romance books”. OMG! That has been the best discovery of my life! I never knew there was such a genre and I fell in love with it after reading Branded By Gold by Carol Lynne and Covert Lessons by Mari Carr (NYT Bestselling Author) and one of my favorite authors. I enjoy reading both sweet contemporary romances as well as erotic romances including contemporary, menages, BDSM and paranormal. If I could read ALL DAY, I would, except that day job gets in the way. I love to just relax and escape into my fantasy world that these authors have created.

Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would meet any authors I had read, but I was fortunate enough to meet Jess Dee, Lexxie Couper, Rhian Cahill and many more at the RT Book Fair in 2011. I was so shy when I first met them and just in awe of being around my favorite authors. These ladies were the main reason I went to RT in Kansas City (sad I couldn’t meet Sami) this year because I just LOVE them to pieces and they have made me feel very special and let me be their “fan girl” because I have read almost ALL their books. Down Under Divas have made my life richer just by knowing them and I thank them for their kindness and helping me come out of my shell.

Phuong

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Accidentally going there.

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You might wonder what the title of this post has to do with our theme for this month but bare with me, it fits. 🙂

Let me start by saying way back all those years ago when I was young and can no longer remember I shared a house with a gay couple. They were openly gay (actually they were both bi) when it wasn’t in their best interests to be so. In fact I remember one night coming home late to find David on the back step looking the worse for wear because someone on the train had taken offence to him and his choice. It was a sad reality that he and his partner Jimmy lived with every day. I couldn’t and still don’t get the hate directed at someone for being who they are. I mean you don’t go round bashing people because they don’t like peanut butter or Vegemite or coffee do you? So why go there just because of someone’s sexual preference? Unfortunately we have this level of hatred in our world and it’s not just directed at those who we’re honoring this month. Living with David and Jim was an amazing experience for one very simple reason. THEY didn’t discriminate or hate anybody! It didn’t matter to them one way or another, they accepted everyone as a friend. It’s part of the reason I love LOVE so much. It knows no bounds. And that’s exactly how it should be.

Now when I write I write about love. Well, duh, I am a romance author. 🙂 But when I set out to write a story my characters are very much in the drivers seat. I’m in the back madly scribbling notes. 😉 So when I set out to write a novella set around Sydney’s famous Bondi Beach I had the title, Bondi Beach Boys and the vague idea that it would be a menage. A mfm menage. Oh boy, was I wrong about that. Nate and Sam made it pretty obvious from the beginning that I’d got their story wrong. By the end of the first chapter they’d set me straight (or not) and I was on my way to writing my first mmf menage. So I ‘accidentally’ went there. 🙂

 

What’s a girl to do with two sexy Aussie surfers? Ride the waves, of course…

After weeks of lusting over a couple of hot surfers, Piper Doyle has the opportunity to turn fantasy into reality. There’s just one problem—they’re her new clients. When the men offer a no-strings-attached affair, Piper has a decision to make, one her body made for her weeks ago when she first started watching “her boys.” She can’t risk the job that could make or break her career, but she sure as hell isn’t going to pass up this chance to live out her wildest dreams…

Sam Bridges and Nate Russo share everything, from their home to their business to the occasional woman. Even themselves. But they’ve never shared what they feel for Piper. What starts out as hot sex with a willing woman turns into something none of them expected—but what’s wrong with a few strings on a hot summer day at the beach…

Warnings: This book contains graphic sexual content that some readers may find objectionable (including ménage a trios with male/male sex, anal sex)

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Warning! The following contains adult content. Scram if you’re not of legal age in your country.

Excerpt –

He tossed the wet towels in the laundry as he strolled past; he’d throw them in the washer after their meeting. He walked through the bedroom and headed straight for the bathroom. Stripping out of his shorts, he stepped into the large shower recess, the supersized area one of his biggest indulgences. Multiple jets angled to spray every part of the body with steaming water, and an alcove with a bench seat and a glass wall looked out over the ocean, all pleasure for the senses. Sam reached for the soap and lathered it in his hands.

“Need some help with that?” Nate asked.

“I’d love some, but we don’t have time for that right now.” Sam eyed the bulge in the front of Nate’s pants. “What’s got you all hot and bothered?”

“The brunette.”

Sam arched a brow. “Really?”

Nate laughed. “Like I don’t know you’ve been jerking off to the image of her in your head for the last few weeks.”

Sighing, Sam turned under the spray to rinse off. His friend was right; the little brunette had gotten under his skin in a big way. And considering he didn’t even know her name, never mind the color of her eyes, he was probably in big trouble.

“Don’t stress it. We’re in the same boat.” Nate held out a towel. “Tomorrow we get to know her.”

“Tomorrow,” Sam agreed, the word a promise and a prayer.

 

Nate made his way back to their office. He’d already rung Burt, their foreman, and knew the Baker Street job continued to be on schedule, he’d spoken to Emily at the bank about their overdraft, and he’d cleared the conference table ready for the meeting with the web designer. All that remained to do was to start the coffee. Sam walked in, his blond hair still damp from the shower, and Nate glanced at the clock to see if they had time for a quickie. They had thirty minutes until show time, plenty to get his rocks off and remove the raw edge he currently rode.

“Drop your pants.” He growled the words as he stalked across the room.

“Like that, is it?” Sam smiled with that know-it-all grin that always got Nate’s demanding nature riled up.

“Yes. Drop ’em.”

Sam turned his back, pushed his hips back, and wiggled his arse. “Make me.”

Nate almost crash-tackled him to the ground. In record time, he had the button and fly of Sam’s pants undone and the gorgeous cock hiding inside in his hand. He stroked hard, the way Sam liked it. A moan slipped from Sam’s throat and Nate ground his erection into the curve of his friend’s arse.

“I need…”

“I know.” Sam broke from his grasp and pushed his pants down. He always knew how to soothe the savage inside Nate. They’d been friends long before they’d become lovers, and Nate still thanked the woman who’d shown them this other side of themselves. Fumbling with his belt, he struggled to control his trembling fingers.

“Jeez, she’s really got you on edge.” Sam brushed Nate’s hands aside and dispensed with Nate’s trousers.

“Totally.”

“Good. We’re in the same place then.”

“No offense, but I’m gonna pretend you’re her when I bury my cock in your arse.”

“None taken.” Sam slid a condom down his length, sending fire into Nate’s balls and a shudder up his spine. “I’ll be doing the same when I fuck you.”

Nate laughed as he shoved Sam over to the table. “Hold on.”

 

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