Dirty Dates – book birthday!

I’m so pleased to announce that today is the official book birthday for Rachel Kramer Bussel’s new anthology Dirty Dates!

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I read an advance copy of this collection, and oh baby is it hot! Perfect to read to your significant other to spice things up, or to keep all to yourself for naughty enjoyment…

So, in honour of the book’s birthday, I thought I’d post a saucy excerpt from my story “Switch”, which is included in the collection.

The scene below is a reunion between two lovers – enjoy!

…Switch…

Mina Murray

“You’re early!”

I don’t mean to sound accusatory, but I’ve been practicing a new dance routine and am not exactly dressed for a sexy reunion. The yoga pants I’m wearing have bleach stains around the hems, and my tank top has also seen better days.

“Yeah? Well, you’re sweaty,” he says, and drops his bag in the hall.

“Sorry,” I say, grimacing. “Let me take a quick shower and I’ll welcome you properly.”

Grady kicks the door shut behind him and tugs me into an embrace.

“I’m just teasing, Cass,” he murmurs against my throat. “You smell amazing. You smell like woman.”

I groan at that. He always knows the right things to say, the things that get me wet.

Strong hands grip my hips and heft me up against the wall. I have no choice but to wrap my legs around his waist, unless I want to fall. My arms loop around his neck and I lean in for a kiss, but he holds himself just out of reach.

“I missed you,” he says.

“Oh baby, I know,” I purr, and rub myself against him. “I missed you, too.”

He lets me kiss him then, light brushes of my lips against his that gradually build into something deeper and more consuming. It’s been so long, I feel like I could almost come from this alone: from his tongue in my mouth, his breathless kiss, the pressure of his hips rocking against me. But it’s not enough, and eventually we have to break for air.

I unravel myself from around him. Even before my bare feet touch the floorboards, I’m reaching for his belt.

“Not yet.” He stills my hand. “Not till after I give you your present.”

“Grady, you shouldn’t have.”

“It’s something we’ll both enjoy.”

He smiles, a sly look that does nothing to warm his eyes. That’s when I start to get nervous.

See, Grady has this uncanny ability to change gears, right when I least expect it. One minute he’ll be all sweet and solicitous, then some hidden switch will trip inside him and he’ll become this domineering bastard who’ll make me crawl to him, make me beg. He’ll drag me to my limits and then make me take that final step into the void, alone—and fully conscious of what I’m doing. And when I’m on the other side—after I’ve fallen—he’ll praise me and tell me he’s proud of me, and that’s what will make me cry.

Sometimes I don’t know which version of Grady I love more. But I know which one I’m getting this afternoon.

Intrigued? I hope so! Let’s just say there’s a twist in the story… but you’ll have to buy the book to find out!

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A promise fulfilled – Viking soundtrack

Ok, so last month(!) I said I’d post some of the music that inspired me while writing my Viking story “Ásgeirr and the Tree of Life” (available in Conquests: an Anthology of Smoldering Viking Romance).

Clearly time got away from me! But I always keep my promises, so in this post I’ve embedded some of the songs that found their way onto my Viking playlist. As a bonus, I’ve included pictures of my main characters, and an excerpt from my story. Enjoy!


Wardruna’s sound best evokes the mood I was trying to create:


But there are some contemporary-style songs that resonated with me, too:



And here’s what my main characters look like:

Ásgeirr is a combination of these two attractive gentlemen:

Charlie Winzar Source

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…and Ashling looks like this:

Una HealeySource

Or like this, when she’s staring out to sea:

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 And now, as peace offering for my tardiness, I offer you a sexy excerpt!


ÁSGEIRR AND THE TREE OF LIFE

Danger and desire collide when a wounded Viking warrior washes ashore on a remote Irish island

Vikings_600…The island folk think all Northmen are fair-haired, but this one’s hair is dark. Closely cropped at the sides and back, longer on top and at the front, it falls at a rakish angle over his forehead. His dark beard, the hair curling over his chest and his forearms, all emphasize the natural paleness of his skin. Ashling cocks her head to the side, taking in the long lines of his back then letting her gaze travel lower. Over the dip at the base of his spine. Over the mounds of his arse. Over his powerful thighs, the back of his legs, his ankles, his long feet.

Ashling’s heart thuds as she circles to view him from the front, scandalized at the brazenness, the thoroughness, with which she examines him.

A line of hair bisects the sharply-defined muscles of his abdomen. The fine trail starts just above his umbilicus and leads all the way down to his member, which lies like a sleeping dragon along his thigh.

No, thinks Ashling. Not a dragon.

For etched into the sensitive skin just below his navel is another tattoo. A serpent, biting its tail. She drops to her knees beside the bed to get a better look and a shock pulses sharply, sensually, through her. Down, down, down the serpent writhes. Its scaled body coils intimately around its master’s cock, and then rears up again, tapering gradually to the fine point of a tail held between two sharp fangs.

Nothing can prevent Ashling from touching the Northman now, from tracing with her fingertips the tattoo’s serpentine progress. She undresses quickly, casting off her overdress and her léine, and lies down beside him.

His skin burns against hers. The fever that threatened earlier has taken hold. For a moment, she feels a pang of guilt. But then the voice of temptation speaks. He will not remember, it says. Or he will think it only a dream

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Viking World Tour – 2015 A.D!

ConquestsOut now in Kindle and print

Our Vikings made landfall on 14 July, and for a glorious while, we were true conquerors – number #1 on the Amazon Viking romance e-book list! There’s proof below – see?

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Since then, we’ve fluctuated between #2 and #10 – which is awesome for an independently-published book.

The contributors to this volume – all 13 of us, including our indefatigable editor, Delilah Devlin – did our own promo for the release. But we had some help along the way, from some very generous people who hosted us at their blogs or posted reviews.

So, here’s a shout-out to you all, to say thanks (Þǫkk! in Old Norse):

Arla Dahl

Bernard Foong

Christine Mandara

Donna Allen & Stephanie Biedlingmaier from  Words Turn Me On

Gale Stanley

H.K Carlton

Kayla Lords

Muffy Wilson

Sahara Foley

And a big Viking thank you as well to all the lovely people who left us Amazon reviews!

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