Friday, June 27, 2014

~ Symposium: The Space Between ~

Hello Everyone! Welcome to my June Symposium!

This month I thought I’d asked my friends and fellow authors to tell us a little about their favorite scenes to write. Are they the action packed scenes, or the hot and steamy ones? Read on and find out what everyone had to say! 

LAURIE ROMA: In each book I write there are different scenes that I enjoy working on, depending on the mood that I’m in. Sometimes I like the intimate moments, where the main characters express their feelings, while other times I love the action scenes and plotting out the demise of a nasty character. Still, when I look back I’d have to say my favorite scenes to write are the ensemble scenes, when multiple characters are interacting with each other. I love having different personalities clashing in conversation, with a bit of humor added into the mix. I like the sense of reality these scenes add to my storylines, almost as if I’m part of the scene instead of just writing it. Then again, these are also the scenes that are the biggest pain in the ass to what does that say about me? LOL

As one of Earth’s greatest leaders, Commander Jax Spartan lives his life by a strict code. Dedicated and alpha to the core, he is the epitome of what every Elite solider aspires to be. Second-in-command Sullivan Archer rules by his best friend’s side, and together they form an unstoppable force that few are foolish enough to challenge. Jax and Archer have always known they’d share their chosen, but their hearts have already been claimed by the woman they’ve vowed will belong to them.

Alliance scientist Serra Lysander is a genius who has kept the planet safe with her inventions. She’s lived a sheltered life, separated from society by her brilliant mind and her overprotective mother. The only time Serra has truly ever felt accepted is with the two men that will cost her everything…

When danger leads Serra straight into the arms of Jax and Archer, they will do anything to keep her safe, even claiming her despite the fact she is off limits. With the future of the Alliance on the line, will their love and dedication be enough to save them, or will they be too late to stop the growing threat from destroying them all?


CHEYENNE MCCRAY: My favorite things to write are action packed scenes because I’m a total action junkie. Love to read it, watch it, and write it! A critique partner and I have always said, “If all else fails, blow sh*t up! That could mean any number of things related to action, but it’s our motto. I love putting my characters through the worst possible circumstances, until things look so dire that readers will wonder how each character is going to survive or conquer what they’re facing. I love explosions, chase scenes, bad guys doing bad things, and pretty much anything related to action!

New York Times best selling author Cheyenne McCray returns to steamy romantic suspense with a high-octane thriller about a woman running from a Mexican cartel and the man determined to protect her. 


Tori Cox, a talented and sought after musician, heads back to her roots in a small southwest town in Arizona as she flees an abusive relationship. When she arrives in Bisbee, she finds herself in the wrong place at the wrong time—and witnesses the execution of a Federal agent by none other than the son of El Demonio, the head of the Jimenez Cartel. Tori and everyone she loves is now in danger as the cartel comes after her before she can testify.


Landon Walker, a special agent with the Department of Homeland Security, rescues Tori when he sees the beautiful woman running from members of one of the most ruthless cartels in the world. He sets out to protect her, but soon protecting her isn’t enough. The fire between them makes him want her in a way that he’s never wanted another woman, despite his wounded heart. 


Diego Montego Jimenez will do everything in his power to kill the young American woman who threatens his business and family. No one lives to testify against the Jimenez Cartel. Landon isn’t about to let the cartel get hold of Tori. He’ll go to the ends of the earth and back to protect her—and show her he’s never letting her go. 

AMAZON     B&N     KOBO     ARe

N.J. WALTERS: Books are made up of spicy sex scenes, nail-biting cliff-hangers, exciting action sequences and those quiet moments in-between. Which one do I like to write the most? Truthfully, I don’t have a favorite. Writing is an emotional rollercoaster that touches the reader and the author in different ways. It can make you laugh, touch your heart, make you ache, incite anger or even tears. Unlike many authors, I work strictly in chronological order. The story unfolds for me as I write it so I’m always excited to finish the next scene—whatever it is—so I can find out what happens next. Each type of scene brings both challenges and rewards. As a writer, I’m simply happy when all the different scenes come together to produce a book that I love, and one I hope my readers will enjoy.

Broke and homeless, Eliza Hart is at the end of her rope. She’s spent the last year of her life trying to evade a dangerous stalker. In desperation, she turns to the man she once loved, the man who walked away from her without a backward glance—Rabb Hatter. 

Rabb is shocked when Eliza shows up at Hatter’s—the club he co-owns with his brother—looking for a job. He’d left her and hadn’t looked back when he’d thought she’d cheated on him with another man. Now he discovers that not only did Jason Ware lie, but he’s been stalking Eliza the whole time. The spark between them certainly hasn’t died, and when Rabb learns she’s lost everything, he’s determined to protect her. But first he must overcome the pain of their past and convince her she’s right to trust him with her heart. 


JOEY W. HILL: My answer to this probably gives away my not-so-secret love for 80s bodice rippers. Though I write some pretty hardcore BDSM scenes, what I love are those key moments where it’s clear the hero is fulfilling the heroine’s needs, protecting and cherishing her – even while he’s busting her ass (lol). For instance, like this snippet from the upcoming Highest Bid in my Naughty Bits series. 

Logan’s arms tightened around her. “I do mean it, Madison,” he said. “I know it’s going to take awhile for you not to fear intimacy, for every argument we have not to be a rehashing of your past. If I have you here, living with me day to day, from that first brushing of teeth in the morning, to the last kiss at night, I’ll prove it to you, every moment.” 

“Plus you’ll have a sex slave within reach of your fingertips.”

“There is that.”

Madison is a control freak with one wish—to lose control. Her hidden submissive cravings have led to a string of disastrous relationships. So when she inherits her sister’s North Carolina lingerie shop, Naughty Bits, she jumps at the opportunity to dump her boring finance career and bad history and try her luck down South. But before Madison can settle in, she catches the attention of the owner of the neighboring hardware store. Sexually dominant Logan Scott can see the hunger for command in Madison’s eyes and is anxious to help unleash her submissive desires.

Faced with the realization that she can’t sell fantasies to her lingerie customers without embracing her own, Madison accepts Logan’s offer. Now, she’s about to discover just how far her desire can take her…

Naughty Bits is a four-novella series. Parts 1-3 have already been released. The finale, The Highest Bid, is due out July 15! 


LACEY THORN: I love a great action scene, and action can cover a lot of bases. I like the dark scenes, the ones with torture and fighting. I love to hate a great bad guy, and I want to make readers hate them as well. I also love to write a powerful sex scene. This means pages of foreplay that lead into an emotional sex scene. I want you to feel the need to reach for a toy or share the scene with your lover. Mostly, I want to take the reader to the places I go when I write. Hopefully, at least for some, I succeed.

Legend awakened...
Reno has known there was more to him since he awoke in the hospital, alive when he should have died. Only one thought consumed him. Find Tah. Watch over him. Protect him. Then everything changed. 

A tempted tiger...

A mission gone wrong brings him face to face with a woman who tempts his tiger from hiding. He wants her with a fierce hunger that consumes him and shocks him with the possessive nature she awakens. 


Amia belongs nowhere. Not with the Blane family of hunters she was born into, and not with the dominant man who kidnaps her and turns her world upside down. She runs. She fights. And when the time comes, she pays the price. Running isn't an option, and there's no fighting a man who turns her inside out with unquenchable lust. Maybe, just maybe, she's found where she belongs.


SUSAN HAYES: I’m a sucker for a sappy moment, those scenes where my characters speak from their hearts, or sometimes they don’t say anything at all, and let their actions speak for them. My favourite scenes are the ones where my own characters bring me to tears, or touch me with a tender moment. Those kinds of scenes are never planned, they come on their own, as the characters develop and evolve. They are the magical moments that almost write themselves, when I’m no longer the writer, but a spectator, taking transcription of a scene playing out between my creations. When my characters make me laugh, or cry, or connect with me on any emotional level, those are the scenes I love the most. 

Two bullets. That’s all it took to change Taggart Wilde’s life. His wounds have healed, but his career as a police officer is over. Struggling to move on, Tag searches for new purpose, and ends up finding it in the most unlikely of places. 

Jolena Miller’s passion is fixing up classic cars. As the owner of her own garage, she has convinced herself she’s happy just being one of the guys, unnoticed and unremarkable…until she meets Tag. 

One look at the curvy little mechanic has Tag’s engine revving, and he is determined to make her his. But just as Jo starts to believe they might have a future together, her ex-husband reappears in her life, stirring up old pains and new problems. When pushed to the edge, can two lonely hearts fight for a future together, or will the past be too much to overcome? 

JENIKA SNOW: My favorite scene to write in a story is that first one where the hero and heroine meet. So many different emotions go through them, some better than others, but they are all genuine. What makes it even more intense is if the other character is adamant about wanting that attention, whereas the other is hesitant--a sort of sexual cat and mouse game. They have to work through that first time, get to know each other, and finally they get the sweet satisfaction of falling in love. Of course the sex scenes would be next, but it is again that very first sexual encounter between them that solidifies the genuine emotions that the hero and heroine feel for each other. You can never find a more perfect scene than least not in my head.

Fans. Sex. Rock & Roll. 

The only three things a rocker needs, or so they say. 

Seeing Jackson "Jacks" Lorde again, lead singer and guitarist for the band Savage Light, brought back the raw feelings that Tanner Mason had for him. But success can change a person, and can transform someone overnight. Now Jacks is wanted by women all over the world, is wealthy, and has chemical temptation thrown at him daily. 

Jackson has spent the last five years immersed in his passion for music. Now his band is one of the biggest names in the music industry. But then he sees Tanner again after five years--the one woman that still consumes him even after all this time. 

Being in love with a rocker has its own obstacles. Can they stay together when everything that comes with fame and the limelight are thrown their way?


KALI ARGENT: From the first word to the last, from one paragraph that flows seamlessly into the next, every scene in a book is meant to tell a part of the story. Every scene is important, whether it’s to deliver information, make you think, or make you feel something—joy, frustration, anger, sadness. My favorite scenes to write, though, are the twists. That moment in a story when you think you have it all figured out, when you know exactly what’s going to happen, and then you’re thrown a curveball you never saw coming. As an author, these pivotal moments are just as exciting for me as they are for readers. Mostly, because I just love breaking the rules and exceeding expectations. 

Night’s Edge – Coming Soon! 

What would you sacrifice to save a complete stranger? 

When Lieutenant Fawkes Banning was recruited to lead a special ops paranormal team known as Echo Team Seven, he ceased to exist beyond falsified records and an elaborate cover story. While on assignment to retrieve and safeguard one of the seven keys known collectively as the Hallowed, he finds himself in a deadly race against the clock when a voice he doesn't recognize begins whispering in his mind. The woman knows things about him she shouldn’t, things no one could know, placing more than just his mission at risk. 

What started as a normal day for Ara Teagues quickly spirals into a nightmarish reality, and everything she thought she knew about the world is tested. No one is what they seem, and even those she thought were friends want her dead, leaving her no choice but to place her trust—and her life—in Fawkes’ hands. Safety comes at a price, though, and as more mysteries are unraveled, Ara realizes the only way out of this new hell is through the flames. 

Emotions run high and sexual tension simmers between Fawkes and Ara, but they’ll put everything on the line—including a chance at love—to survive the dangers lurking at the edge of night.

(Kali is an amazing author, with a new book will be coming out soon. She also has a new monthly blog segment called Fourth Friday Faves - I joined in the fun this stop by and check it out!) 

REBECCA JOYCE: What do I like to write about…it’s the everyday stuff, from crazy family drama, lots of laughter, jokes and pranks, too oodles of sex. There is just something about taking my day to day life and experiences, and writing it down on paper, add in bucket loads of hot sex, and well it can be a very stimulating read. Growing up in a free minded household, I derive many of my stories from family members, and no I’m not gonna tell you who’s who and in what book! I’ve gotta eat with these people at holiday’s folks! Geez….anyway, writing isn’t easy and it takes a lot of thought and preparation. Then comes the daunting task formulating the words on the computer to make them sound believable. For some, it’s a bit easier, but for others they have to work at it. Regardless of what you write, you start with the basics…what you know, and I know crazy…cause I am crazy!

Andrea Sharp is a reporter seeking an exclusive into the life of a BDSM submissive. Searching for a way into the world of sex, domination, and lust, she is overjoyed when an opportunity opens up. Not thinking about the consequences, she jumps at the chance, only to find out that the lifestyle is more than she bargained for.

Quinton and Justice Hightower are bored. When a beautiful submissive literally falls into their hands, they waste no time agreeing to educate her on what it means to be their submissive. Agreeing on a one-week contract, the brothers start her training immediately, enjoying the pleasures she brings.

When the truth comes out, Andrea must make a choice. Stay and continue her training or leave without the exclusive she came for. With their contract breached, the brothers are left with two options, punish their submissive, or let her go forever.


ERIN M. LEAF: I ADORE writing the beginning of a novel. My latest release, ANGEL'S SHIELD, has it all: intense dialogue, emotion, and tension. Jeremiel and Haniel are struggling with Haniel’s inability to shift into angel form (he was injured in a battle with demons, and can no longer fly). Here’s a snippet:

“Are you with me?”

Haniel forced his eyes open and swallowed past his sore throat. Jeremiel crouched over him, hands on Haniel’s shoulders.

“You with me?” Jeremiel asked again.

Haniel coughed. “Yeah. Always.”

“Here. Have some water.” His friend handed him a bottle.

The sides were cold and damp, condensation tracing patterns on the battered metal. Haniel struggled to sit up. Jeremiel gave him a boost, grimacing sympathetically when Haniel bit back a moan. His skin hurt. His bones, too. His whole body ached, as if he’d jumped into a crushing machine and somehow come out the other end still alive. He tipped his head back and flipped open the top of the bottle, pouring some of the water over his face. The humidity in the forest was so thick he could barely breathe, but that wasn’t why he felt so wretched.

“We need to find a cure for this,” Jeremiel said, watching his friend sip the water.

Haniel shook his head. “There is no cure.”

Charmiene has been alone since her grandmother died, so when two sexy hikers ask to stay in her trail shelter, she invites them into her house instead. As an Asian American in a rural town, her dating prospects have always been nonexistent.

Haniel wishes demons hadn’t ruined his ability to fly, but his best friend, Jeremiel, has his back while he hunts for the creatures that hurt him. Of course, when he meets Charmeine, all thoughts of fighting fly away. The only thing he can think about is making love.

Jeremiel would do anything for Haniel—the angel saved his life, after all. But when they meet Charmeine, he knows the time for wandering is over. She’s small, fierce, and just what they need to push them from friendship into love.

Unfortunately, the demons don’t want them to bond. They want all the angels to burn…


S.J. MAYLEE: My favorite scenes to write are the ones where I’m challenging my characters. I enjoy pushing them and seeing what they’re made of. Their choices when on the point of thrusting their lives forward or falling backward are gripping. It’s also surprising where these changes take place. For my characters, it could be anywhere, at the office, or their favorite BDSM club, or even at a coffee shop. They may be my characters but no matter how much I’ve plotted their lives, they take on a life of their own and they’re always surprising me. 

Janna’s ready to make over her life and get out from under the controlling thumb of her father. She doesn’t want another failed arranged marriage. She’s ready to do whatever it takes for the career she wants, enter the lifestyle she craves, and to earn the trust and love of the man that has captured her heart, but heartbreak and career hiccups seem to be her destiny. 

Simon’s still recovering after his last submissive lied her way into his life. He’s not ready for Janna and how she pushes against his prejudices. He needs to decide if he’s willing to lose her or if he’ll fight for her love and submission. 


KAREN NICHOLS: The beginning. Nothing is ever the same again, in so many ways. I’m not sure where they come from, but for me, they open one of two ways. Like a slow blooming rose or a sudden thunderstorm. There’s nothing at all subtle about either one, though. Usually one or both of them are in denial, which always complicates things. There’s so much to get across quickly and clearly in the beginning that it becomes a challenge and fun at the same time. Especially if it’s the actual beginning of a new series. Everything has to be gripping. Everything has to be wild and a little crazy. I want to grab my reader’s attention before they realize they are spiraling down into the new world with you. 

Hayley Russell really wasn’t sure about the crazy idea she had for entering the world of BDSM. But she was in the middle of another streak of rebellion against her four male cousins. Yeah, that’s the story she’d use if asked. It was their fault. 

Dane Landon and Jonathon ‘Jack’ Bennett had been friends a long time. Discovering a fondness for domination hadn’t been a real surprise to either of them. Exploring the sharing of a strong sub…now that had come as something alive and exciting.

When they arrived at the club, Independence, it was just in time for the charity auction. It was the final entry that had caught more than just their attention. But to capture Hayley’s heart would take a lot of careful planning. And some rope. A lot of rope. 

ARe     AMAZON     B&N

WILLOW BROOKE: Thank you to the fabtacular Laurie Roma for inviting me back! As a writer, there are times I get burnt out on certain types of scenes given my mood. Sex while on my girlie time, relationship drama when I’ve had to endure listening to real drama, (which I hate, so the drama in each romance KILLS me haha) etc. So, my favorite type of scenes to write are the ones that make me cry. Or laugh. Or take a step back and go, “Wow. I did good!” Whether it be a hot sex scene that makes Mr. B get extra schmexy lovin’ that night, or a fight scene that has me pumped up on the edge of my seat, if it draws up emotion in me, I love it! 

Robin Hoode was born into a life of wealth and privilege, complete with a silver spoon in her mouth. Her family didn’t see fit for her chosen profession of a journalist and cut all of her inheritance until she accepted her place in the family business and society, leaving her to fend for herself. 

Growing up, she had always been the odd sheep in the family, taking her overly abundance of lunch money and extra food to the homeless and less fortunate in secrecy. 

When the mayor taxes the town’s people out of their homes and out on the streets, Robin sees an opportunity to take a stand and give back to the very people whose blood and sweat built their city. Like a thief in the night, Robin Hoode steals from the rich to give to the poor- from the very people she was forced to associate with at the ridiculously priced parties her parents attended throughout her childhood. 

Will Scarlett had a great career, owned his own house, and lived a comfortable life… until Mayor Nottingham ruined the blue-collar economy and he lost everything. Forced out of his home, he joins forces with others like him and takes refuge in Sherwood Forest, living a life of serene simplicity. When a nosey little journalist starts poking around in their business threatening their existence with promises of money and supplies, he fights the undeniable attraction and the ache in his jeans to protect their last resort of survival. 

John Naylor, or Little John as he was known growing up, has loved Robin as long as he could remember. When she takes notice of him for the first time as the attractive man he has become, John risks it all to help her on her mission. She is soon hunted for the crimes she has committed, and all fingers point towards him. John must fight to prove his innocence, and to win the love he has longed for. 

Robin Hoode, princess of thieves- loved by two men with whom fairy tales are made of. Can she choose her prince charming and save the people? 


HAZEL GOWER: Which type of scene is my favourite? I’d have to say I love to write fight scenes the most. There is nothing better than when the odds are down, the characters are fighting to just hang on, and then the characters get their chance to show what they are made of. A fight scene is the ultimate opportunity for the males to show their Alphaness in all their glory. It’s a chance for the women to show what they are capable of. I feel like they are the scenes that makes or breaks a character, it tells you what they are really about.

Faith York is human, but she has psychic powers, which is a little odd since neither of her parents have paranormal abilities. Thankfully, the werewolf family who lived around the corner help her learn to control her powers. She instantly fell in love with the entire family, but especially Kane, the oldest son who is next in line to be Alpha. Unfortunately, Kane doesn't see Faith the same way she sees him. Heartbroken, she leaves town.

When Faith returns from two years overseas, her parents throw her a welcome home party. Faith is shocked when Kane kidnaps her from the party and mate marks her. Now she struggles with the choice of whether to leave again and live a normal life—a life she yearns for—or stay with the man she's always dreamed of and live a supernatural life.

To complicate matters further, her psychic powers intensify and she begins to have visions of an upcoming demon Armageddon. Then she learns she was switched at birth, and she has a half-brother…who is half demon.

Faith must be stronger than she ever believed possible, and maybe in the process, she can trust herself to give Kane another chance.

AMAZON     ARe     B&N

Everyone be sure to wish Hazel a Happy Birthday today! :)

Monday, June 16, 2014

~ Guest: Jess Buffett - Cowboy's Chocolate Roses ~

Cowboys Chocolate Roses
Silver Stone Ranch 1
Available now from:

Having just signed a deal that will set his ranch up for life, Joshua Jell is totally unprepared for the changes that are headed his way. After a night spent with the woman of his dreams, josh is devastated when he wakes up alone. Packing his bags, he heads for home, nursing a broken heart.

Brianna Evans has spent the last two years struggling to take back control of her life after a horrific trauma. When events lead her to Josh, she finally believes there is a chance for her to be happy again. 

When a ghost from her past threatens to take everything away from her, Bri must trust that her cowboy will stop at nothing to keep her safe.


Waking up slowly, Bri groaned. Her mind was fuzzy, her head throbbed, and it felt like something had died in her mouth. God, why did she let Charlotte talk her into doing stupid things? And it would be Charlotte's fault. Her sister constantly pushed Bri out of her comfort zone. And drinking alcohol didn't agree with Bri. Why did I drink so much?

Because Charlotte had everything Bri wanted and might never have a chance to get. A pang of guilt wormed its way into Bri's thoughts. She loved Charlotte and wished her every happiness, but Bri would admit to having a streak of envy running through her heart, too. The perfect sister with the fairy tale wedding, a dream Bri gave up—no, she wouldn't think about it. Not now.

Blinking open her eyes, she winced when a sharp jab shot through her skull at the light, then instantly stiffened—though not from the pain. She didn't belong here. The warm beige walls and the dark, heavy furniture were nothing like those in her room. Oh, God. Where am I?

Bri shifted, trying to get a better look at her surroundings, but a strong arm around her waist pinned her to the mattress. A soft sheet draped over her, kissing her skin and Bri realized she wore nothing. Heat along her back, and a firm, naked erection pressing into her had a prickle of nervous awareness skittering down her spine. Her pulse beat wildly and she struggled with the implications. Oh, God. What had she been thinking? She could have gotten hurt…again. No! She wouldn't think about that.

She muttered, "Geez, Bri. What have you done, now?"

Cupping a hand over her mouth, afraid she may have woken the man behind her, Bri sighed in relief when the stranger grunted but remained asleep.

Pulling herself gently away, making sure not to rouse him, she slipped out of the bed. Her knees shaking, she inhaled deeply and exhaled slowly until the wobbly feeling decreased. Turning to inspect her bed partner she gave herself credit, he had handsome features. Thick blond hair, slightly longer on top to frame his eyes, and a chiselled, angular bone structure, the term masculine work of art came to mind. With the sheet draped to just below his hip, his hard, muscular body seemed huge against the white linens. Oh, wow. His erection peeked out from under the heavy cotton, long and thick, and almost begged for attention. Dampness pooled between her legs, surprising Bri. She'd never had such an instant reaction to a man before.

It scared her.

The sudden need to run became too hard to ignore. She trembled at the thought of him waking up and things turning ugly. She couldn't let it happen again. Bri fought for breath, sudden fear suffocating her. She hated being afraid. Hated feeling weak and helpless.

Grabbing her dress, she quickly pulled it on, before picking up her underwear, clutch, and shoes. Tiptoeing to the door, she glanced back, taking one last look at the beautiful man lying in the bed. Regret pierced her heart for a guy she didn't even remember, but so did an overwhelming sense of terror.

"One of these days, you're going to stop being so afraid," she said to herself.

Slipping on her shoes and stuffing the rest inside her clutch, she exited the room, then raced home as fast as she could. Home was good. Home was safe.


Stretching his arms up above his head, Josh let them fall back by his side. Patting the space beside him, he opened his eyes and turned his head. Empty. He lay there dumbfounded for a moment. Josh thought he and Bri had really hit it off, but it seemed she didn't feel the same. Judging by the coolness of the sheets, he guessed she'd left some time ago.

Josh gazed at the ceiling wondering what had gone wrong. He had sensed something, knew it had her more cautious than most, but then she opened up a little. He assumed she had become more comfortable with him. Christ, he had spoken more to her than he had any other woman in his life.

"Nice one, Josh. She took you for a ride." He should have known better, but it had been nice.

No woman ever wanted to talk to him that much, most just tried to get into bed with him. They all assumed good looks and a cowboy hat equaled not a lot upstairs; he was just a cowboy after all. Bri clearly thought the same as those women, and that hurt. Josh actually thought they'd made a connection, one that could maybe go somewhere. He felt like a fool.


Jess Buffett was born and raised in New South Wales, Australia. She is a mum of two, married to her high school sweetheart.

Jess is a hopeless romantic who is a huge fan of M/M and M/F romance with a happy ending—anything with hunky men in all their glory, whether they be Shifters, Vampires, Cowboys, or the boy next door. 

A caffeine addict who shamefully can’t make a decent cup of coffee to save her life, Jess believes in soul mates, happily ever afters, and in love at first sight, but that sometimes people need a second or a third for the brain to catch up.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

~ Guest: Erika Reed - Double Her Chances ~

Madison Duffey would do anything to protect her three-year-old son, Trent, including lying to everyone she loves to hide the identity of Trent’s father. A single mother with no time for anyone but her beloved boy, Madison’s world changes forever the night the men she’s always wanted blow into town and back into her life.

After one too may concussions on the ice put their future at risk, hockey players Riley and Stormy Masters are trying to decide whether to hang up their skates for good. Now they know the woman that has invaded their every dream has kept a very important secret from them. Riley and Stormy must decide if their careers are more important than the woman and child that has suddenly appeared in their lives.

Will Madison be willing share her heart to double her chances for love and have the family she has always wanted? 


“Riley, I can explain. Just not here, please,” Madison pleaded as she looked around the room full of her family and friends.

Riley looked to his twin brother, Stormy, nodded, and sighed. “Okay, Madison, but after this party is over, we will talk,” he said before turning on his heel to walk over to the bar to where Tye was standing serving people drinks.

Madison released her breath that she had been holding in ever since she spotted her twin standing in her family’s bar. Shit was going to hit the fan tonight and Madison wasn’t looking forward to the conversation she was going to have in the future with Trent’s fathers.

Over four years ago, Madison had attended one of Tye’s away games, which she had done numerous times before. Tye didn’t like to be alone on these long trips. He had told her on several occasions that he felt homesick and wanted one of his sister’s or his father to join him when he traveled on his away games.

On one particular away game, Madison couldn’t sleep, so she decided to go down to the bar and have a nightcap. After receiving her vodka cranberry, she decided to take her drink and sit in a booth in the back of the bar, where she could enjoy her drink in peace. That’s when she noticed the two handsome men, Riley and Stormy Masters, walk into the bar. She knew who they were since they were her brother’s teammates, but she had never formally been introduced to them.

Every woman in the bar took notice of them, including their loyal fans. After they signed a few autographs, they took their drinks from the bar and turned around, looking for a place to sit. That’s when they both locked eyes on her. Madison felt her skin heat as her clit throbbed by the way their hot molten eyes were boring into hers. They smiled at her and walked toward the table she was seated at in the back and smiled at her as they approached her. These guys were the tallest men she had ever seen. Madison was a tall five-foot-nine woman but even she had to stretch her neck to look at them as they spoke to her.

“Hi,” the one she recognized as Stormy said.

Madison nodded and smiled. “Hello.”

Riley, Stormy’s identical twin asked, “Do you mind if we join you for a drink?”

She waved her arm at the chairs around her, but they both decided to sit in the booth on either side of her.

Riley was the first to address her. “Do I know you from somewhere?”

“Tye Duffey is my little brother.”

“Ahh…I thought I recognized you from somewhere.” Stormy then turned to face her and moved in a little closer. “So where is little brother now? Did you put him to bed with his pacifier?”

Madison snickered. She noticed that he had slid closer so that she could smell the scent of the fresh soap he must have just used. She noticed his black hair was still a little wet. They must have just showered and come down. Stormy had short spiky hair like Riley’s except Stormy’s hair was only spiky in the very front as to where Riley’s was spiky all on the top of his head.

“No, he was tired and wanted to crash early.”

Riley nodded. “Stormy practically dragged me out of bed too. Today’s game wore me out.” He leaned in closer and whispered, “But I sure am glad he talked me into coming down here for a drink. This gives us a chance to get to know you better, Madison.”

Long story short, after a few hours and way too many vodka cranberries Madison ended up going up to their room and having sex with them. The next morning when she woke up in the middle of them, naked, she grabbed her clothes and ran like a scared little rabbit. She knew it was a mistake having sex with them. But it was the best sex she had ever had. They were both so attentive and relentless in bed. She barely had a chance to breathe when they wanted to have sex again. They fucked like bunnies until the sun came up. Riley and Stormy probably had a girl in every town the visited. Madison didn’t want to be one of their groupies.

After that one special encounter with the twins, somehow they got her cell number, most likely from Tye, and tried to contact her by phone messages and even text. By then her period was late and she knew she was going to have their baby. Madison was scared and didn’t know what to do. The twins were just starting out in their careers. For God’s sake, they were only twenty-three to her twenty-eight years. She knew that they wouldn’t be ready to have a baby. She couldn’t bear to abort her baby if they asked her to. After a while the phone calls and text stopped. And Madison’s world of motherhood was about to begin without a father for Trent.

Lana’s voice brought her out of her trance, bringing her back to reality.

“Are you okay?” she asked in a concerned voice as she dragged her back to the kitchen for more privacy.

Madison closed her eyes and looked around to make sure that no one was listening. That’s when Trent came from the back storage room holding a stack of plates and the basket of French bread.

“Mommy, are you okay? You look sick,” the sweet little angel said to her.

Lana was the one to answer him. “Mommy is fine. She just needed to get something back here in the kitchen she forgot.” Lana shushed him from the kitchen before turning to face her once more.

With Lana’s hands on her hips she said, “Spill, Madison. I am not blind. I know Riley and Stormy are Trent’s father. Holy crap, how couldn’t I have seen the resemblance before today? I have seen them play with Tye all those years. They look just like him.”




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