Teasing Fiery Bliss #excerpt #WIP

Today, I'm giving you an excerpt of one of my current WIP, Fiery Bliss. To be honest, the title will probably change. As a temporary title it works, but it's not fitting with these two people, their personalities or their talents.

Violet and Theron are in the park, having a picnic.

“Something happened before you left or did you lose touch while you were in Florida?” Theron frowned. She’d said she’d been homesick. He could see her trying to keep in contact if it was possible. It might not have been possible if there was danger to her though.

“Something happened between us before I left, but I don’t want to talk about it right now. I need to see if I can reestablish the relationship, but I’d rather talk with them first.” Violet looked down at her plate.

“That’s all right. We still have a lot to learn about each other. We have time. I’m not going to rush you into anything that you’re not ready for.” He brushed his fingers across her cheek. He’d like to lean in and kiss her, but she still looked sad. He didn’t know whether she afraid to talk about it or perhaps embarrassed, but he wanted her to feel free to tell him anything.

She looked up at him and smiled. “Thank you. How has your first few days as a police officer been? Have you managed to get in touch with the realtor?”

“My first few days have been tiring. I like Alden Glen and have enjoyed learning the streets in the daytime. My second day, I rode along with Alex on his normal patrol. I am curious about what’s going on here though.” He accepted the change in subject, but noticed that she’d put her food to the side and scooted over closer to him.

“I think we all are. Curious that is. Especially me after what happened with my tires.” Violet put her hand over his.

Theron glanced down. The touch was encouraging, but he didn’t know if he was reading too much into it. He didn’t want to move too fast wither and lose the trust she’d given him. He could tell that taking chances as she had when she’d asked him out was something she didn’t normally do. He had a feeling she didn’t trust too easily now. It probably had something to do with what had happened to her before she’d left here. It took will not ask for more details on that.

“Did you have any trouble with taking off from work that day?” He glanced down at her.

“No, I said I had to file a police report and get new tires. They were understanding. It helped that I was able to do some of the stuff from home after we finished. If it became something that  happened again and again. Yeah, they’d probably have an issue with it.” Her fingers brushed across his cheek.

He leaned into the light touch. She cupped her hand behind his neck before she grazed her lips over his. The soft flesh barely touched his, but it left him wanting more. He opened his mouth and nibbled at her lips. He didn’t want a soft feather light touch. He wanted to feel her lips pressing against his as they both became lost in the kiss. His tongue thrust against her lips and she opened for him. Her arms slipped around him. Her breasts pressed against his chest. He could feel the hardened nipples even through the fabric of her shirt. His hand grazed over her hip and up over her ribs. He cupped his hand over the firm mound.

The sound of a shrill shriek silenced the birds. Theron lifted his head and looked around. He saw children playing in the clear field area. Other people walked around the park or sat on benches. He drew in a shuddering breath. Fuck. Much more and he would have slipped his hand into her shirt.

“I didn’t want to stop you.” She straightened away from him and pulled at the him of her shirt.

“I didn’t want to stop. It felt so good, but it’s probably a good thing that we were interrupted.” He laced his fingers through hers. Even though they couldn’t kiss, he didn’t want to stop touching her.

Happy Reading!

Revision Musings.

So the last few weeks, I've been in revisions, but I'm doing that along with my regular writing. It hasn't made for fast revisions. I've gotten a lot of writing accomplished which is great, but sometimes it feels as if I'm not making a lot of progress.

But since I have a list of what needs to be done, seeing the highlighted marks over the scenes I've finished shows me that I really am cutting through what needs to be done.

I added a step to my revisions because this book needed it. I knew I needed to break down the book and find the weak spots. So I went through scene by scene making a list of the major problems.

In this book, it's a lot of adding scenes. I found I'd left some holes and gaps in the plot that left huge story questions unanswered. Can't do that.

At times, I have to remind myself that each book is different. Some need to be cleaned and spruced up, maybe a minor scene rewrite. Others need to be torn down and rebuilt from the ground up. This one is not quite that bad.

I am excited about the changes I've made to it though. It's already so much better than it was when I began. I still have a few scenes to add to it, but I'm feeling better than when I did my first read through.

I know which book will be next on the list to revise. It doesn't need as much work so it should be a quick revision without tons of added scenes that take the word count upward and consume more time. Sometimes adding words in revisions is so much harder than actually getting words down in the first place. You need to make sure that you're not putting in dialogue about something that happens two scenes later. It's a lot of double checking.

Also this week, I revised a couple of my spreadsheets that I use to keep track of my word count and characters, etc. I needed some different ways to categorize my progress and track how I'm doing. Once I started thinking about it, I had to get it done. (It became one of the things my mind fixated on and it interfered with other things.

 Now, I have to go find two pages of notes (not revision related which is why they aren't with me,)
sit down and crank out some new words on the WIP.

Happy Reading!

Cover Reveal: A Sailor's Delight by Beverly Ovalle

Today, I'd like to welcome Beverly Ovalle to the Lair. She's revealing the cover for her upcoming book.

Reveal Banner - A Sailor's Delight


TITLE – A Sailor’s Delight
SERIES (& Book #) – The Santiago’s Book 2
AUTHOR – Beverly Ovalle
GENRE – Contemporary Romance
PUBLISHER – Midwest Dragon Press
COVER ARTIST – Dawne Dominique
PHOTOGRAPHER – Capture Life Photography

A Sailors Delight - Medium


Lee Santiago went from one mistake to the next. When a friend dies, exposing his mortality all too well Lee’s family steps in to force him to make something of himself. He can’t be a party boy all his life and if he wants to sign his life away, it will be on the dotted line. He doesn’t even have time to say goodbye. Anyway it was only a drunken one night stand.

Isabella was always the good girl. Until that night. When the man she’d always worshiped finally noticed her. She couldn’t say no. She’s heartsick to find out he doesn’t remember it. Isabella’s life crashes around her when the results are in. The truth comes out and she has nowhere to turn. She looks for Lee, but he’s gone.

Will he be man enough to step up and face the consequences when he learns the truth?



Beverly Ovalle dabbled with writing on and off for years when her best friend finally dared her to submit a story to a writing contest. Beverly decided she had nothing to lose and since she’d always wanted to be an author sent it in and agonized for months waiting to hear back. Contract in hand she has never looked back.
Beverly has been obsessed with dragons and romance since she was a young girl, collecting dragon books and reading everything she could find on them even down to the care of real life dragons. She’s always been slightly panicked that the world as we know it will end, so has prepped for it, haunting survivalist pages and prepper projects she felt she needed in the event SHTF.

An avid fan of all romance, Beverly’s goal is to share her love of the written word and write the hot and erotic romances that she enjoys. She writes what she loves to read and it was only a matter of time before her obsessions crept into her writing for her to share. She hopes you enjoy her tales as much as she loves writing them.
A Navy Veteran, Beverly has traveled around the world and the United States enabling her to bring her settings to life, meeting and marrying her husband of twenty five years along the way for her own romance. Reading romances since the fourth grade she’s followed as the genre changed and spread into the vast cornucopia of romance offered today.


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Thank you for stopping by, Bev!

Happy Reading!

Don't be afraid of the Dark-S.A. Hoag Guest blog #excerpt #newrelease

I'd like to welcome S.A. Hoag to the blog today! She's sharing an excerpt of her latest release Hunter's Moon!

Hunter's Moon
by S. A. Hoag

Lyra Alexander considers herself an archeologist, a job that normally wouldn't be very dramatic or dangerous.  The problem with her job, however, is that she studies vampires.  And they aren't too keen on being studied.

In this world, there are all kinds of creatures prowling in the night . . . Humans are no longer at the top of the food chain.

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"You don't look so great," Tegan says as we whip down the highway.  He has a lead foot.  A new white Mustang convertible, top down, sun high in the sky, temperatures hovering near the comfortable zone, it's almost a perfect day.

  There was dirt road for close to twenty miles, then two lanes of old blacktop for a few more, and finally what I suppose could be considered a real road.  My motion sickness has been here for the entire ride, and I think I'm on my last nerve.


  "I didn't get any sleep last night.  Or the night before," I tell him flatly.  "I'm like that when there are vampires around."

  "If you were in any real danger, do you think I'd have left you alone?"  He glances over. 

  "Don't you do what they tell you?  Isn't your job to keep me in line?"

  He snorts a swear word under his breath.

  "And what in the hell is 'real danger'?"  I point out.  "There are vampires and . . ."  I glance sideways at him, stuttering off the word before I say it.

  "Werewolves?"  he grins, finishing the thought for me.  It's a derogatory term.

  " . . . out there and humans are too ignorant to see how fragile their place on this planet really is."

  "You see them.  You know."

  "I know vampires."  All too well.  "Shapeshifters," I shrug.

  "You do know, I'm a shapeshifter."  He isn't threatening me, but it comes off sounding like something I didn't want to hear anyway.

  “Of course.”

  "How did you know?" he asks.  It's an honest question.  When you spend god-knows how many years masquerading as something you're not, it pays to find the little details you might miss.

  "Body temperature."

  "Ah the one thing I can't change," he nods.  "Now, did you know, or did your brother tell you?"

  "I knew.  We did get pretty damned close.  Morgan told me what 'Samael' means."

  "Did it scare you?" he asks, amused.  He gets a lot of free entertainment at my expense.

  "No," I lie.
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Available now on Pre-order at Amazon

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Other Books

The Wildblood series, a post-apocalyptic, science fiction, action adventure.

Backlash – Before there was team Three, there was the Blackout. (prequel novella) http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0104VMFI4

The Vista: Book 1 of The Wildblood  http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00W6R8WNM

Renegades: Book 2 of The Wildblood  -  available in 2016
You can read an excerpt on my website.

Thank you for stopping by, S.A.!

Happy Reading!

Sabotaged Desires Book Tour

I've booked a tour for Sabotaged Desires with Sensuous promos. Below you'll find the tour schedule! Stop by and read the excerpts and find out about the characters.

5/2 - Sensuous Promos
5/3 - Nicole Morgan  
5/4 - Nicki Day
5/5 - Darkest Cravings
5/6 - Get Cozy
5/8 - The Book Pub
5/9 - All my Book Finds
5/10 - Characters Behaving Badly             
5/11 - Sage Marlowe
5/12 - Nikki Noffsinger
5/13 - Bound by Passion
5/14 - Michelle Roth
5/16 - Andrew Jericho

Happy Reading!